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Sunday, October 1, 2006
10:40 PM - October 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted the fact sheet for the upcoming FIFA Soccer 07.
"The players in FIFA Soccer 07 now include 'soccer brains' never before seen in a video game – and we've given them a brand new ball to play with. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay."

09:18 AM - October 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 4 Simulation

The Ex-'Burgher has posted week 4 of his Tecmo Super Bowl simulation.
"Well, we're on to week four: Previewing every damned NFL game with Tecmo Super Bowl, just as God intended, because I hate sleep and love readers (For those who are confused by this strange, futuristic "Tecmo" and "internets" thing, check out the explanation from the first week here, idiots)."


Madden NFL 07 Week 4 Simulation

ESPN Videogames has posted week 4 of their Madden NFL 07 simulation.
"San Diego came off its bye week rested and ready, and handed the Ravens a loss in a defensive battle that saw the Chargers befuddle Steve McNair throughout the game. The Baltimore quarterback looked great on the opening drive, taking the Ravens 74 yards for a touchdown as he hit Derrick Mason from 16 yards out, but the team would manage just 182 yards for the rest of the game as the Chargers defense adjusted and attacked."


Question of the Day

Can you believe it's October already?

No, I can't. It's going to be Christmas before you know it.


Other Stuff...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'er!
samuelwatkins (28)

Saturday, September 30, 2006
10:32 AM - September 30, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Operation Sports and Xbox.com continue to work together to provide you with more sports gaming content. Our very own Shawn Drotar has posted a new article entitled Built by the Pros, Made for You at Xbox.com, make sure you check it out.
"NHL 2K7 brings all the smooth-skating, crisp-passing, hard-hitting, sharp-shooting action of real NHL hockey home to Xbox 360™. Why is it so realistic? It's simple, really—2K Sports is working hard to make the most realistic professional hockey simulation ever. Who better to help them make it than NHL professionals themselves?"

10:32 AM - September 30, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 Video Clips (360)

Game Informer Online has posted some video clips from WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007.
"We just got the final build of the Xbox 360 version of WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 in the office and had to share it with everyone. We've got intro videos for Kane, Lita, and Melina. And there's plenty of footage of Kane versus Booker T, and a three way cat fight. To top it off we've got ten minutes of Royal Rumble footage including a huge roster of never-before-seen wrestlers. Get ready for all of the sweaty men you can handle!"


Football Manager 2007 First Impressions (PC)

Eurogamer has posted their first impressions of Football Manager 2007.
"Perhaps the key new feature this year is Player Interaction, which effectively extends last year's manager interaction process to all the players as well - and not just your own, but the those on rival teams too. Essentially, you can conduct your little 'chats' face to face with members of your squad or conduct your communication through the media, giving rave reviews of potential targets to unsettle, flatter, or just plain tap them up."


Championship Manager 2007 Demo (PC)

The official Championship Manager 2007 website has posted a demo from their game.
"The demo is playable for six months with the English, French and Italian leagues (with those languages available too.) You'll also be pleased to hear that the demo is fully save game compatible with the full version of CM2007 (which will be released in the UK on the 13th of October.)"


TrackMania United Screenshots (PC)

Gameinfowire has posted some screenshots of TrackMania United.


Question of the Day

Who is your cell phone provider?

Verizon for me. After the debacle I had with Sprint, I'll never leave Verizon.


Other Stuff...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
swoopes63, jazz989 (38), Chompy (18), kgfan247 (17)

10:26 AM - September 30, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some NFL Street 3 screenshots.
"With the exclusive video game license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC., NFL STREET 3 brings back the gravity-defying moves and ankle breaking jukes, but now this year NFL STREET 3 allows the player to collect items above the field that can change the game and garner respect. With the third iteration in this franchise, you have the ability to control your Game Breaker and execute all new power moves. Remember it's all about Respecting the Street!"

12:21 AM - September 30, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Computer and Video Games Previews (360, PS3)

Computer and Video Games has posted the following previews:
  • Colin McRae: DIRT (360)
    " So far, we know that the driving will be more trying than in previous games, the courses will be longer and the terrain and elements are set to provide a far greater challenge than ever before."
  • MotorStorm (PS3)
    " As you can imagine, each vehicle type has its strengths and weaknesses, and the rest of the field will try to exploit this at every opportunity. Frankly they're all a bunch of dirty beggars, and after getting underway you'll more than likely find yourself upside down or staring at a closeup of a truck's arse within a nanosecond of starting."
  • Gran Turismo HD (PS3)
    " Kazunori also announced that GT HD will be the first iteration of the franchise to include Ferraris, and showed a gorgeously modelled Ferrari 599 which, we can safely assume, will be among the cars in the game."


FileShack Downloads (PC)

FileShack has posted the following downloads:


Fight Night Round 3 Preview (PS3)

GameDaily has posted their preview of Fight Night Round 3.
"The selection of fighters for this game is quite staggering, including several newbies in the lightweight division, as well as a few old pros who know their game inside and out. Perhaps topping this list of the boxing elite is the one and only Muhammad Ali, who prances around the ring like he did back in his heyday as he delivers knockout after knockout."


GameSpy Update (360)

GameSpy has posted the following:


IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

Friday, September 29, 2006
09:38 PM - September 29, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another movie clip from Need For Speed Carbon.
"Each crew member has unique skills that you trigger during races to give you the winning edge over opponents. Call on a Blocker to create a distraction and slow down other racers or a Scout to lead you to shortcuts on the track."

09:36 PM - September 29, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another movie clip from Tony Hawk's Project 8.
"Reengineered from the ground up for Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, Tony Hawk’s Project 8™ immerses players in the definitive skateboarding experience using ultra-realistic graphics, enhanced physics and extremely responsive controls that simulate the feeling of skating with every trick and bail. The game challenges players to experience the intensity and pressure of skating against some of the world’s top pros in true to life competitions as they aim to become the #1 skater and establish their town as a skateboard destination."

Activision’s Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D Hits Shelves - Locked and Loaded for PlayStation®2

SANTA MONICA, CA, September 29, 2006 –Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D (GHTP™) PS2 fires onto shelves today with some of the fastest action on PlayStation 2. Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D (GHTP™) PS2 takes the best from before and puts a spin of optimal speed and performance into the hands of players with new features and enhancements that separates this game from other first person action games. GHTP MAX'D PS2 is available now from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc.(Nasdaq:ATVI).

With up to 60 frames per second (FPS) in career mode, GHTP MAX’D PS2 sets new standards for intense speed and realistic action. Gamers are thrown straight into the action - fanning the triggers, jumping over bunkers, and snap shooting in turbo speed. Other new features include: the “Snake Jump” which allows characters to jump over low lying ‘snake’ bunkers; “Ramping” that enables dual R1 and R2 trigger firing up to 24 rounds per second; “Adaptive Stealth” that allows AI opponents to rapidly move up the field avoiding detection by crawling, crouching and running behind bunkers and “Suppression Fire” which enables NPC’s to pin down opponents.

“The GHTP franchise is building and evolving with each and every game,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing, Inc. “Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball has been one of the most popular multiplayer games for the Xbox platform. From what we have seen with this game, we expect the PlayStation2 game to exceed players expectations.”

From the beginning, gamers have recognized Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball for its ‘play for real’ gameplay. Players take to the field to sharpen their paintball skills with basic skills and equipment and advance from rookie to pro facing off against multiple players and top paintball pros. In GHTP MAX'D PS2 the experience is ramped up a notch with 5 new levels; 15 new selectable characters; 10 new markers, including the Shocker, Ego, and Bob Long’s Intimidator; 28 other new gear items, and 80+ new teams to choose from. Gamers will find licensed markers and gear from over 20 manufacturers and authentic field layouts from the three major leagues: NPPL, Xball and the Millennium Series. Gamers also take part in a new “Round Robin” tournament feature in career mode. The game has online play, co-op, new additions to the Breakout Manager and Field Editor, and new voiceovers featuring Matty Marshall, co-host of ESPN’s US Paintball Championships.

The GHTP franchise is no stranger to gamers. The original Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball game for Xbox® became the sleeper hit of 2004. To date, over 160,000 registered gamers have played GHTP on Xbox Live.

GHTP MAX'D is available for the PlayStation 2 game system from Sony for a suggested retail price of $39.99. It is also available for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and on Nintendo Game Boy® Advance and DS™. The current versions of the game have been rated "E-10+" ("Everyone 10 and older" -- fantasy violence) by the ESRB. GHTP MAX’D cell phone game will soon be available on Verizon, AllTel, and Amp’d Mobile. For more information about the game visit www.GHTP.net, www.activisionvalue.com, and www.GHTPMUSIC.com.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.47 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

06:51 PM - September 29, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Long-time leader among baseball simulations moves to the top among all PC baseball games.

September 29, 2006 – Sports Mogul Inc. announced today that their award-winning product, Baseball Mogul 2007, had topped 100,000 units in sales. According to NPD Research, this figure makes Baseball Mogul 2007 the #1-selling PC baseball game for the current year.

In previous years, Baseball Mogul has trailed graphics-intensive games such as MVP Baseball by Electronic Arts. But this year, the continued growth of the franchise simulation genre created by Baseball Mogul has helped that product reach the top spot.

This year's Baseball Mogul was the first game ever to give the player full control of any baseball franchise while also adding the strategic option of playing each game pitch-by-pitch. To achieve this level of realism, Sports Mogul built a database tracking every season from 1900 to 2006, including individual pitch ratings and pitching styles for every pitcher.

"This is the first time we've been able to lay claim to the title of #1 baseball game," said Clay Dreslough, founder and president of Sports Mogul Inc. "Fans of realistic baseball simulations have enjoyed our games for years. It's great to finally see our game enjoy some popularity among mainstream baseball fans."

This is the first year that Baseball Mogul was published by Enlight Software Ltd. (www.enlight.com). Dreslough credits much of the game's success to the efforts of the Enlight team. "We've worked with several publishers over the past 13 years. Enlight is by far the best of the bunch. Baseball Mogul is a game that enlightens people; it helps them enjoy and understand their favorite sport. Enlight understands that type of game and how to portray it to the mainstream game buyer."

About Sports Mogul Inc.
Sports Mogul Inc. is an electronic entertainment company that designs and develops computer-based General Manager sports simulations. The company's product line includes Baseball Mogul, Baseball Mogul Online, and Football Mogul. The Mogul series of games has received numerous accolades, including "Sports Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World magazine and "Editor's Choice" from PC Gamer.

About Enlight Software Ltd.
Enlight is one of the world's leading developers and publishers of entertainment software. The company was founded by Trevor Chan in 1993, with a mission of creating games that are not only entertaining, but of equal importance, enlightening. Since the company's inception, Enlight has won numerous industry awards for its innovative and top-quality game products.

07:42 AM - September 29, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our NHL 2K7 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"In 1989, I drove a 1976 Ford Grenada. She was a golden rust color with a tattered black roof, windows that wouldn’t roll down and an A.M. radio with 8-track player. She was a good car though. My first. I worked hard to pay for the car myself – all $90 of it. I loved that car.

Like the car, I’m a big fan of the NHL 2K series from the team at Visual Concepts. NHL 2K6 on the original Xbox was one of my all-time favorites and even grabbed a 10 out of 10 from me on the infamous OS scale.

Right now you’re asking yourselves, “what do his 1976 Grenada and NHL 2K6 have in common?”"

07:25 AM - September 29, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Dated (360, PC, PS2)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Pro Evolution Soccer 6 will be released on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and PC on 27th October, Konami announced today.

PSP and DS versions will follow "shortly after."


Street Race NYC Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of Street Race NYC.
"Gaia Industries made us aware of that the images released yesterday, from the Xbox Live Arcade title Street Race NYC, during X06 was from a quite old build of the game, and sent out the following images from a newer version. It certainly looks better now, and seems really impressive this time. With some luck this fully 3D Live multiplayer title can be out next month, and you'll find some more info inside."


Gran Turismo HD Images and Trailer (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some screenshots and a trailer from Gran Turismo HD.
"Sony and Polyphony Digital released this whole bunch of images along with a new trailer from the Premium version of Gran Turismo HD."


Smackdown vs. RAW 2007 Legends List Revealed (360)

DarkZero has posted the Legends list from Smackdown vs. RAW 2007.
"IGN just confirmed the legends for Smackdown vs. RAW 2007, it clocks in at 16 names which go with the other 50+ modern day superstars that are in the game although we are not quite sure why Shane McMahon is there."


Xboxyde Gameplay Movie Clips (360)

Xboxyde has posted gameplay movie clips from the following games:


Question of the Day

What are you up to this weekend?

Football and yard work, nuff said.


Other Stuff...

12:00 AM - September 29, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (360)

GameSpot has posted the following:


GameSpy Update (360)

GameSpy has posted the following:


IGN Update (360)

IGN has posted the following:

Thursday, September 28, 2006
10:26 PM - September 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Top EA Titles Drive Gameplay Innovation and Set a New Standard for Interactive Fun

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 28, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that Madden NFL 07, the EA SPORTS™ best-selling football franchise with the exclusive videogame license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, and Need for Speed™ Carbon, the latest iteration in the world’s most popular street racing franchise will be available with the Wii launch on November 19, 2006.

“Both Madden NFL 07 and Need For Speed Carbon were able to really bring out the innovation in the new FreeMotion Controller on the Wii and will attract a whole new sector of gamers,” said John Schappert, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Canada. “We are honored to be a part of the launch of this new exciting platform and are inspired by the new creative ideas it will let us explore."

With the launch on the Wii, Madden NFL 07 takes advantage of the revolutionary controller design and all-new Madden FreeMotion™ controls to create a new controller-focused experience, bringing Madden’s gameplay depth alive in a whole new and immersive way. Key Wii-only features for Madden NFL 07 include exclusive multiplayer mini games designed to support four player gameplay, new multiplayer enhancements including a multiplayer sprint, new play calling system designed for basic football fan knowledge, and Madden in-game tutorials that teach the users how to use new FreeMotion™ controls and allow users to practice within the game. Madden NFL 07 on Wii will also include the popular key features lead blocking control, NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode as well as all-new Highlight moves that allows you to run like the NFL players run.

In its 17th year and with more than 53 million copies sold life to date, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay. Madden NFL 07 for Wii is being developed by EA Canada and is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information check out www.madden07.com.

The battle starts on the streets of Palmont city, but is won in the canyons as Need for Speed™ Carbon immerses you in the world’s most dangerous and adrenaline-filled forms of street racing. Need for Speed™ Carbon and the Wii introduce the world to a whole new way to play Need for Speed. Offering the classic Need for Speed controls and immersive gameplay experience, with the addition of the Wii's unique Remote style controller scheme takes Need for Speed™ Carbon gameplay to levels previously not possible. A simple yet intuitive control scheme using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the player will instantly recognize and feel the physics differences between the 50 plus Muscle, Exotic, and Tuner cars, as they use their crew to win Canyon races, customize their cars using Autosculpt™, and battle to take control of the streets of Palmont.

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About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, POGO, Need for Speed, Autosculpt, and FreeMotion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U. S. and/or other countries. The mark “John Madden” and the name of John Madden are trademarks or other intellectual property of Red Bear, Inc. or John Madden, are subject to license to Electronic Arts Inc., and may not be otherwise used in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Red Bear or John Madden. NFL Team names/logos are trademarks of the teams indicated. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. Officially licensed product of PLAYERS INC. www.nflplayers.com. Nintendo Wii, is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Wii

Nintendo’s next system, Wii, will feature a controller designed to be used with either one hand or two -- a first in the video game industry. When picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting dictated by movement of the controller itself.

08:32 AM - September 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our NASCAR 07 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"Ask the typical NASCAR fan what attracts them to the sport and you are likely to get back a laundry list of answers. Some like the speed. Others seem to be partial to the rivalries that develop. Many like the teamwork, the adrenaline, heck; some may just like the pretty stickers on the car. The point is there is no right or wrong answer to the appeal of NASCAR.

Now flip the script and ask people who do not like NASCAR what it is about the sport that they don’t care for. Again, the list is probably as long and varied as Lindsey Lohan’s bar tab. It’s not a sport, some argue. Others think NASCAR is as simple as whoever is driving the fastest car wins. Still more will tell you that the sport is simply boring – simple, almost. Drive fast – turn left – rinse and repeat."