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Wednesday, February 1, 2006
08:36 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.2K Sports has posted another Big League Tuesday, featuring Major League Baseball 2K6. New screenshots, video clip and interview included.
"Over the years, broadcasters have played a key role in how sports fans experience baseball. More so than any sport, baseball has been blessed with great broadcasters and colorful commentating personalities that describe the game with great wit and insight. Major League Baseball 2K6 enhances gamers' baseball experiences by using broadcast-quality presentation style and featuring the best commentary team in major league baseball."
CheatCodeCentral has posted their review of Torino Winter Olympics 2006, giving it a 2.4 out of 5.
"With no opening or closing ceremonies, or otherwise flashy presentation, the game is as boring to look at as it is to play. Granted, the graphics look good when static but the animation, especially of the characters, is stiff and choppy. It looks like the Special Olympics for Rusted Tinmen. The commentary is delivered in a flat, boring tone that would make Leonard Cohen sound exciting. (See: Obscure references 101) Not only are the announcements stale sounding, but they provide nothing in terms of information, only vague and arbitrary comments - many of them reduced to one word. And if that wasn't enough, they are repeated endlessly. The crowd sounds are also on a loop and abruptly kick in and out like a comedy skit gag. It's just too bad there's nothing intentionally funny about this game."
08:36 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.Gameinfowire has posted some screenshots of Test Drive Unlimited, including an updated fact sheet.
"With the ability for thousands of gamers to play simultaneously, Test Drive Unlimited is M.O.O.R.: Massively Open Online Racing. This is a truly unprecedented experience for racing gamers and is the ultimate automotive experience for car enthusiasts. Once in the game, players can visit the most sophisticated car dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Gamers can then participate in 16 player races or take vehicles for a drive on over 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads and pass by thousands of other real players. Further, players can collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Finally, gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
EA Sports has posted a video tutorial from Rugby 06.
Boomtown has posted their review of Ridge Racer 6, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"The single player world tour is joined by some online fun in the form of time trials against the best in the world and 14-player Xbox Live races. These all add up to a competent package that mostly pushes all the right buttons but doesn't quite aspire to greatness. The return of Ridge Racer to consoles is most welcome, and there's lots of fun to be had here, even for newcomers - but it's by no means a must have game. If you're searching for pure old-school arcade thrills, you won't find better on the console, if you want more depth in your arcade racers I'm sure you know exactly where to turn instead."
Fragland has posted their review of NBA Live 06, giving it a 74 out of 100.
"NBA Live 06 is the successor of 2005's edition and there's little new to be told about it. It's a good basketball game, looks fantastic (at least on a hi-def TV), but the gameplay does have some drawbacks here and there. If you have a similar game that you're satisfied with, or you've got last year's edition and no HD-TV, then there's little reason to go running to the nearest shop. Hardcore NBA fans may not agree though, and who am I to contradict them?"
Voodoo Extreme has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"PGR 3 might not be the most innovative racing game ever (it's more like PGR 2.5) but it does boast the best graphics I've ever seen. Combined with rockin Live! multiplayer support and heaps of replay value, Project Gotham Racing 3 is something I proudly park in my 360 garage."
Sega has their OutRun 2006 website online.
"So much speed, so little time! Experience the superior speed and handling of the latest and greatest Ferrari's in OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast! Your only problem is Ö which one first? Will it be the limited edition Superamerica with a top speed in excess of 200kph or the F430? Choose from 15 elite racers in this arcade favorite. You'll streak across deserts and blaze through cities and mountains in 30 thrilling stages, including 15 new U.S. locations. With all-new single and multiplayer modes, you will shred tread with six other players utilizing PS2 NetPlay or PSP wireless connectivity. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!"
TVG has posted the following reviews:
- Rugby Challenge 2006 (PS2 - 6/10)
"Rugby Challenge 2006 is a disappointing game that tries to throw in a strong amount of variety in its gamemodes, but sadly fails in its execution. Looking at the game pragmatically the various glitches could be attributed to the turbulent few months experienced by Swordfish following its Summer 2005 acquisition by VU Games and the fall of Hip Games, meaning that a follow up next year (if given the green light) may prove more successful. But please Swordfish, drop Messrs. Inverdale and Morris..."
- Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360 - 7/10)
"It may not be the ideal example of what the next-generation represents, but Ridge Racer 6 remains a very good arcade racer. The speed of the cars, the house music, and the 21st Century menu interfaces make the game slick and stylish without being pretentious, and if this just sounds like every other Ridge Racer title you've ever played, that's because it is still very much every other Ridge Racer you'd ever played."
Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of Test Drive Unlimited.
"Atari sent us these 11 images of Test Drive Unlimited. Being a MMO isn't easy, and I really hope we won't see any more release date delays."
Press Start Online has posted their review of Ridge Racer 6, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"Well, tough. By the time I was as far into the game as Iíve reached in this review, any misgivings I had at the start had simply ceased to matter. The music, for the most part, had grown on me. The graphics too, though definitely not up to PGR3 standards, have a certain flair to them that still allows them to stand out. Repetition is a non-issue when whatís being repeated is so inherently fun."
TeamXbox has posted the following:
- AND 1 Streetball Hands-On (Xbox)
"The first thing that most will notice the first time they step on the court in AND 1 is that the emphasis of this game is less on putting the ball through the hoop and more about making your opponent look like a blind monkey than anything else. The tide of a game can be switched with one electrifying dunk or one ankle breaking crossover much more-so than in the pro game."
- Rugby 06 Video Tutorial: Quick Penalties (Xbox)
"EA SPORTS Rugby 06's exhilarating gameplay now mirrors the real thing closer than ever before, with new moves such as off-load passes, quick line-outs and quick penalties that encourage attacking, momentum-driven rugby."
- Fight Night Round 3 Boxer Renders (Xbox)
"On the way to becoming boxing's greatest legend, train to fight like the best including Muhammad Ali or create a boxing style unique only to your boxer."
GameDaily has posted their review of Torino 2006, giving it a rating of 1 1/2 stars.
"It's times like this I'm glad I own my Generation NEX system and my cherished copy of Track & Field, because I honestly feel there's more Olympic goodness in that classic Konami game than there is in one event of the terrible Torino 2006."
Ferrago has posted their review of Madden NFL 06, giving it a score of 79%.
"Overall, it is clear what the developers have tried to do with its first foray into the world of Xbox 360 American football games. The graphical 'wow' factor is certainly there which will provide any non HD-TV owning gamer with as good as any excuse to remedy that fact (although the game still looks barn stormingly good on a normal TV), however the key issue is whether these looks alone are enough to hold the gamer's attention."
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Cyber Gaming Network has posted their review of Need for Speed Most Wanted, giving it a score of 4.0 out of 5.
"When itís all said and done Need for Speed: Most Wanted delivers one of the best racing experiences on the Xbox 360. Itís not as polished as PGR3 in some respects but the story mode keeps players interested long enough for them to enjoy this solid arcade racer."