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Sunday, November 12, 2006
02:44 PM - November 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
5WG Articles (360)

5WG has posted the following articles:
  • Tiger is Better Than Ever
    "In video games as well as real life, Tiger Woods is the biggest name in golf. This year, Tiger's game on Xbox 360™ is expanded and improved, and it's a great title for golf fans of all ages and skill levels.

    With "Easy play"turned on, along with certain swing aids, a young child can have both fun and success while playing.

    But crank the game up to the "Tour Pro" difficulty level, and the serene golf courses in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07 can become ravenous, snarling monsters that won't be easily tamed."
  • FIFA Soccer 07: Have a Ball
    "Sure, FIFA Soccer 07 is already the third FIFA title released for Xbox 360™, but it's the first one with an actual soccer ball inside the game. Let me explain.

    In previous iterations of FIFA Soccer, the ball would go from player to player, and in a way it became part of them, integrated with their own animations and reactions. In FIFA Soccer 07, the ball is its own entity, with completely unique physics, and it reacts with the players accordingly. It'll bounce off a player's chest, head, legs, and even the goalposts realistically, and when we see it in action, it looks amazing. The end result is a fluid, startlingly realistic and unpredictable representation of "the beautiful game."


Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 10 Simulation

The Ex-'Burgher has posted week 10 of his Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 10 simulation.
"So, um, here’s the deal. The notebook where I write down the play-by-play of the games as I sim them? Yeah, I, um, misplaced it. Seriously.

But no matter. Rather than going through and replaying all the games (because it’s already 11 p.m. on Thursday and **** that noise), I’m going to write about the ones I haven’t pre-written (a whole three! Feel it!) as I remember them and, barring that, I’m just going to make stuff up and we’ll both be surprised at what the game results are. If it sucks, email me and tell me how horrible I am, but it will be normal next week."


Madden NFL 07 Week 10 Simulation

ESPN Videogames has posted week 10 of their Madden NFL 07 Week 10 simulation.
"This battle between the teams with the two best records in the NFC did not disappoint, as the Giants racked up their sixth straight win in an epic overtime slugfest with the Bears. Jay Feely hit his fourth field goal of the contest -- and his second field goal over 50 yards -- by connecting from 52 yards away on New York's first overtime possession to get the winning points, after Chicago mounted a late drive to set up a Robbie Gould field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Bears had a third down on the Giants' one-yard-line with four seconds left and kicked the field goal to send it to overtime rather than go for the win."


Wii Sports Impressions (Wii)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of Wii Sports.
"When I got the Wii yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do was play Wii Sports. I wanted to dig into the interface, check out pictures, the online service, Excite Truck and of course, most importantly The Legend of Zelda.

But once I worked my way into all of that stuff, I figured I better check out Nintendo's freebie gamepack and I'm happy I did. I forgot how fun some of these games are.

Wii Sports includes five different games, some of which are addictive, others not so much."


Tony Hawk's Project 8 PS3 vs. Xbox 360 Comparison

GameTrailers have posted a movie clip comparing the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Tony Hawk's Project 8.
"See for yourself the graphical differences between the two next-gen consoles."


18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' Patch (PC)

3D Gamers have posted a patch for 18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin'.
"ValuSoft has issued the first patch for 18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' to accelerate the retail edition of the recent 3D trucking simulation sequel by SCS Software to version 1.06. This upgrade includes gameplay tweaks, plenty of bug fixes, and some other changes as outlined in the accompanying release notes."


TrackMania United Website Launches (PC)

Check out the official TrackMania United website.
"TrackMania United is to be released this year only in France, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland (French parts). For all other territories, it will be released in February/March 2007.
As we do not want to let the community and all gamefans behind, we have decided to sell 10,000 copies online (maximum). You can already buy and preload TrackMania United. You will receive your activation key by mail on November 16th midnight!"


Excite Truck Impressions (Wii)

Planet GameCube has posted their impressions of Excite Truck.
"The steering controls are a bit tricky at first, but after less than an hour of playing, I'm already feeling more comfortable with them. Don't worry about the remote being over-sensitive – you're more likely to have the opposite problem. There are times when my remote is turned completely vertical, trying to steer as hard as I can. It's not uncomfortable, but I was at first worried that this movement would be required too often. It turns out that steering is heavily dependent on the vehicle you choose, as well as the terrain under your tires. If you drive well and stay on the paths, extreme steering won't be necessary."


Question of the Day

Make one up.

Busy day!


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Saturday, November 11, 2006
10:46 AM - November 11, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 Q&A (360)

Xboxyde has posted a Q&A session with Dan Ryan, the Game Designer of WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007.
Xboxyde: "Will the control system remain as in past games or have any changes been made to further improve it?"
Dan Ryan: "This year we’ve made some radical improvements to the control scheme, as the Right Stick now controls all of the grappling and gives WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 the most intuitive game play experience to date. On top of that, we’ve pushed the boundaries even further with the addition of Ultimate Control Moves, as players now execute entire maneuvers from Repeating Powerbombs to Airplane Spins with the Right Stick and right along with their SuperStars on screen. Just wait until you see how this sense of complete control is utilized with objects in and around the ring via our brand new Environmental Grapples."


ExciteTruck Has MP3 Option (Wii)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Rumours that Nintendo Wii launch title ExciteTruck allows for custom soundtracks have turned out to be true, with US review copies revealing the option.

All you have to do is insert is put some MP3 files onto an SD Card and then pop the card into the Wii's SD slot before you start up the game.

Then, before a race begins, press the plus-sign on the Wii remote and you're taken to the Sound Options screen, where you can select SD Card and then browse through the first 100 songs stored on the card."


Excite Truck Impressions (Wii)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of Excite Truck.
"If Excite Truck had an online mode it could easily become the Mario Kart DS for the Wii. But it doesn't. That doesn't mean the game isn't any good, it just means that it has limited life, in my book.

The controls are interesting. You hold the controller sideways, with the D-pad to the left, and turn the remote side to side as if steering a car. While in the air you can also use the controller to change the pitch of your airborne vehicle to make for longer or shorter jumps and softer landings. The one and two buttons are the gas and brake and the pushing anywhere on the D-Pad gives you turbo.

The game is fairly straight forward. You tear around sloppy courses turboing to just shy of exploding your engine. The game awards points for doing tricks, long jumps, smashing other cars, driving between trees and other things. At the end of the race you also get points for your placing. The total is used to determine your rank. To unlock the next cup you need to get a B or better in every race in a cup."


Excite Truck Movie Clips (Wii)

N-Europe has posted two Excite Truck movie clips.
"We're just as disappointed as you guys about the situation regarding Excite Truck. It will be a while before any of us get our hands on it. But, we're human, so we need to get our adrenaline fix from somewhere.

The good news is that we can still get our fix. The bad news is, it is only in video form. But hey, that's the next best thing."


TrackMania United Trailer (PC)

3DAvenue has posted a trailer from TrackMania United.
"Focus Home Interactive today released a new official trailer for TrackMania United, showing off the game's in-game action. The trailer also unveils the new tracks and blocks of the "Stadium" environment."


MotorStorm Delayed (PS3)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"The pamphlet reveals that despite MotorStorm enjoying a December release in Japan, where the PS3 goes on sale today, it won't be released in the US until February."


Question of the Day

What game(s) are you playing this weekend?

Gears of War, CoD 3, Splinter Cell and NBA 2K7.


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12:18 AM - November 11, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Sports, Blog, 360)

IGN has posted the following:

Friday, November 10, 2006
10:01 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some College Hoops 2K7 screenshots and a trailer.
"The #1 rated college basketball game four years running on both the Xbox and Playstation 2, returns as well for its sophomore season on the Xbox 360. With over 325 NCAA Division I schools and the deepest legacy mode around, College Hoops 2K7 defines the college basketball experience.

For the first time ever, play the game in first-person perspective through the eyes of the coach. Walk the sidelines, make substitutions, and call plays. But be careful, mkake the right decisions to put your team in the best position to win or else team morale can plummet and victory will slip away."

09:36 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some screenshots and trailers from NBA 2K7.
"NBA 2K7 for PS3 dazzles with its high definition quality visuals with full 1080p support, improved Signature Style animations, and new free-throw shooting using the exclusive PS3 system SIXAXIS wireless controller, designed to enhance the realism of the game. The game also showcases the entire suite of features found in its Xbox, Xbox 360, and PS2 console versions."

07:36 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another Madden NFL 07 movie clip. This one features producers and highlights defensive free-motion controls.
"With the exclusive video game license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, Madden NFL 07 continues to be the #1 football franchise in history. In its 17th installment, you control the running game like never before. For the first time ever, step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs. Between the tackles or in the open field, run to daylight with Madden NFL 07."

06:41 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some Need For Speed Carbon screenshots.
"The battle for the city is won in the canyon as Need for Speed™ Carbon immerses you in the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing.

For the first time in a Need for Speed game, build a crew and race in an all-out war for your city against rival crews and opposing car classes. You'll risk everything to take over rival neighborhoods one street at a time.

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.

As the police turn up the heat and force the races to the outskirts of the city, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve.

Use your creativity to design your crew's cars with the revolutionary new Autoscuplt™ car customization tool that gives you the power to turn every vehicle into the car you've always wanted."

06:34 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more NBA Street Homecourt screenshots.
"With a brand new game engine only possible with the power of next generation console systems, the NBA STREET franchise is once again raising the bar with cutting edge visuals and innovative gameplay by putting the ball in your hands. With a new animation engine and control system, NBA STREET Homecourt allows users to create gravity-defying tricks-on-the-fly.

NBA STREET Homecourt merges legendary playgrounds with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars, featuring 360 degrees of view. Anthony’s court is featured in the game with true-to-life authenticity. Make a name for yourself and earn an invite to step onto Melo’s homecourt to take him on head-to-head. Plus, the NBA's best players are all rendered in meticulous detail, making true athlete likeness a reality and putting you up close and personal with every move and moment. Garner respect as you progress along your hometown journey and become a legend."

10:20 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another trailer from Tony Hawk’s Project 8. This one features Tony Hawk behind the scenes.
"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. Delivering continuous skating action in a free-roaming living environment, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 incorporates the series’ most popular features, all of which have been enhanced with next-generation technology."

09:52 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted a video clip from Fight Night Round 3.
"The award-winning EA SPORTS™ Fight Night series is back to defend its title as the undisputed champion of boxing videogames. EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 delivers the crown jewel in this top-rated sports game trilogy.

Knocking out the competition, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 brings the most intense boxing videogame experience to the virtual ring. Film-quality graphics establish EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 as one of the best looking and playing Xbox 360 sports game on the market. The graphics showcase devastating punch impacts unparalleled in any game or film. Outside of the ring, gamers can establish intense rivalries through pre-fight events putting purpose and passion behind every hit.

On the way to becoming boxing's greatest legend, train to fight like the best including Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya or create a boxing style unique only to your boxer. Go toe-to-toe with greats such as Ali, De La Hoya, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr."

09:48 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted a movie clip from Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam.
"For the first time ever, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam lets players experience the breakneck speed of downhill skateboard racing as they tear up the steepest terrains in the world while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in locations such as the crowded streets of San Francisco and rocky terrain of Machu Picchu. Developed for the Wii™, gamers utilize an innovative and intuitive control system as they take on the role of Tony Hawk or one of nine characters and compete in specific time-based challenges in one of three gameplay modes including race, trick and slalom. Gamers can also challenge friends in head-to-head competitions with up to four players as they pull off a variety of high-velocity stunts and crashes in living, populated environments filled with cars, pedestrians and buildings."

08:40 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions 2007 Edition review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"With the avalanche of new poker titles hitting the gaming market every quarter, it’s never been more important for developers to go above and beyond to differentiate their title from the pack. After all, poker, the game, really can’t be changed. Sure there are a ton of variations (Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, High/Low), but the rules are the rules. Not much room for play in the core of the game.

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions 2007 Edition hits the market with a few things going for it right out of the box. The most obvious is that is using the World Series of Poker name that has become synonymous with the new poker boom. You can’t turn on the TV during the year and not find clips from the World Series of Poker airing at all hours of the night. The annual Main Event has become a media circus and a worldwide phenomenon. Having the rights to the World Series name instantly adds familiarity and credibility to the title."

08:17 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tiger Woods Couldn't Tell Himself From Game Version

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"The new technology Electronic Arts has developed to make game characters look more lifelike is so good that Tiger Woods failed to realise he was looking at a CGI version of himself.

That's according to Glenn Entis, EA's chief visual and technical officer. Speaking at the Montréal Games Summit, Entis recounted the tale of the first time Woods was shown his new animated character, saying, "We really got no response. He just said, 'Yeah?', and it's like, 'Well, did you like it?'. His response was telling; he said, 'Well, when are you going to show me the computer graphics?'

"We figured if you can fool a guy who sees that face in the mirror every day, it's got to be working."


No Forza Motorsport 2 Until June 07

Boomtown has the unfortunate news.
"Moore explained to MTV that Too Human, Crackdown, Shadowrun and Forza Motorsport 2 were all now scheduled for a release at the end of June 2007. That's some wait then.

Meanwhile he said that Halo 3 was shaping up to be "everything people would expect to see in a next-generation version of Halo."


Question of the Day

It's Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

Well, I bought CoD 3 and GoW last night, so I'm hoping to get some good gaming time with them. Raking leaves and watching the Boys destroy the Cards. Yes, I'm making that bold prediction.


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Thursday, November 9, 2006
11:56 PM - November 9, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
FileShack Downloads (360, Wii)

FileShack has posted the following downloads:


IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PRODUCTS™ DEVELOPING LINE OF ACCESSORIES FOR NINTENDO WII VIDEO GAME CONSOLE

LOS ANGELES – November 9th, 2006 –Performance Designed Products today announced its development of a full line of gaming accessories under its Pelican brand to support the launch of the Nintendo Wii game system. A limited number of accessories will be available with the retail availability of the Wii on November 19, with further products scheduled for release in early 2007. Pelican is the premier 3rd party video game accessory brand in North America and the all new Wii game system is eagerly anticipated by core gamers.

“Performance Designed Products takes pride in designing, developing and manufacturing some of the most innovative products available to gamers with our popular Pelican accessory line of products,” said Tom Roberts CTO and Senior Executive Vice President of Performance Designed Products. “With our proven track record, the company promises to deliver quality gaming accessories that will perfectly complement the unique creative innovations of the Wii Console.”

For more information on innovative products from Performance Designed Products, please visit www.pdp-usa.com

About Performance Designed Products

Performance Designed Products (PDP) headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is a creative force that designs, develops and manufactures innovative portable video game systems, console game accessories and audio peripherals for the consumer electronics channel. PDP is the parent company to four exciting brands: Pelican, the premier 3rd party video game accessory company in North America; Score, an innovative offering of video game cases and bags; Headbanger Audio, a high-end line of performance cables and audio products; and VG Pocket, showcasing a line of entry and mid level Portable Gaming Systems. Performance Designed Products is committed to providing consumers with quality inventive products to enhance their entertainment experience and lifestyle.

Performance Designed Products, Pelican, Score, Headbanger Audio and VG Pocket are trademarks of Electro Source LLC / Performance Designed Products. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo.