Eidos has joined the M25-scale tailback of publishers announcing the games they will be announcing at E3. Topping the list is naturally Tomb Raider : Angel Of Darkness, the latest Lara Croft adventure, which is due out on PC and PlayStation 2 this November. Of course, no E3 would be complete without a contingent of scantily clad totty, and accordingly the new face of Lara Croft, Dutch model Jill de Jong, will be putting in regular appearances at the Eidos stand to pout at passing geeks and have her photo taken with fat embarrassed looking Americans. Oh, and for those of you who were wondering, the magic numbers are 34-26-38. With that out of the way... Eidos will be showing a range of PC and PlayStation 2 games at the show, including Republic from Demis Hassabis and the boys at Elixir, which is either the most hotly anticipated or simply the most delayed game of the year. After all the talk of being able to render unlimited numbers of polygons in real time and modelling buildings down to the last screwhead and flower petal, it will be interesting to see if there's actually a game there yet underneath the mindless hype and techno-babble, or if we're heading into Black & White territory again. Other highlights include Praetorians, a new Roman strategy game from the brains behind the Commandos series. This one has been taking a long time to see the light of day as well, but hopefully it will have been worth the wait, with the opportunity to lead a group of crack Roman soldiers against the Gauls, Egyptians and rival Roman factions. Then there's stealth action follow-up Hitman 2, featuring the most famous bald guy in video game history, and first person shooter sequel TimeSplitters 2, appearing on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox. Rounding out the line-up is a Japanese turn-based role-playing game called Legaia 2 which is being brought to the west on the Fresh Games label, and zany PC management game Beach Life, which seems to be a kind of Sim Ibiza, or maybe Tropico with less cigar-toting dictators and more sex. Eidos can be found lurking in the South Hall at stand 1300. Please try to pay attention to the games instead of just ogling Jill. Related Feature - Eidos reveals E3 line-up (for 2001, that is, but starring many of the same games oddly enough)
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