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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
08:04 PM - August 22, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Welcome to Maddenland!

ESPN has posted an article entitled, Welcome to Maddenland!
"A wise man -- probably John F. Kennedy; possibly the guy who sang the theme song to "Malcom in the Middle" -- once said that life is unfair. He was mistaken.

Life isn't unfair. Life is flat-out rigged. How else to fathom the residents of Madden, MS (population: 74 or so) receiving free XBox 360s and copies of Madden 07, all while the rest of us -- and I believe this is the technical term -- get jack freakin' squat?"


Asphalt: Urban GT 2 Coming in March 2007 (DS, PSP)

Ubisoft has the press release.
"Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that it will publish Gameloft's Asphalt™: Urban GT 2, a driving simulation game for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Nintendo DS™. Asphalt: Urban GT 2 is developed by Virtuos and Game Source and will be available for the DS in November 2006 and the PSP in March 2007."


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07:55 PM - August 22, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
To commemorate Maddenoliday, NFL greats Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk and Warren Moon deliver free Xbox 360s to all Madden residents in small-town celebration of top-selling EA SPORTS title.
"Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today declared “Maddenoliday” in Madden, Mississippi (pop. 74), joining forces to celebrate the launch of Madden NFL™ 07 on Xbox 360, the only next generation console available at the beginning of the football season for fans to experience the new and exciting features of the most popular sports game in the country. As part of the celebration, NFL greats Jerry Rice, Warren Moon and Marshall Faulk surprised the town by giving away free Xbox 360 units to all Madden residents in a small-town ceremony, while more than a thousand children and parents from surrounding communities were among the first in the country to play Madden NFL 07 on Xbox 360 kiosks."

BILL ROMANOWSKI JOINS LAWRENCE TAYLOR AS COVER ATHLETE FOR MIDWAY'S NEXT GENERATION BLITZ®: THE LEAGUE™

FORMER PRO LINEBACKER BILL ROMANOWSKI STEPS IN AS BRUNO BATAGGLIA, THE LEAGUE'S MOST HATED PLAYER

NEXT GENERATION EDITION OF THE MILLION UNIT SELLER DELIVERS THE AWARD–WINNING ENTERTAINMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL PLUS MUCH MORE TO THE XBOX 360™ AND PSP™ (PLAYSTATION PORTABLE)

CHICAGO – August 22, 2006 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that 4–time Super Bowl champion, Bill Romanowski, will join Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor, as co–cover athlete of Blitz®: The League™ for the XBOX 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and of Blitz®: The League Overtime for the PSP™ (Sony PlayStation® Portable). Along with contributing his image for the game's packaging, Bill Romanowski will also be featured as the voice and personality of one of the League's most hated linebackers, Bruno Batagglia. Bruno is the franchise player for the Baltimore Bearcats and plays a significant role in the game's storyline which occurs both on and off–the–field.

"With over one million games sold to–date, Blitz: The League has been an enormous success for Midway," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "We are excited to have Bill Romanowski, arguably one of the most feared and talented defensive football players of his time, working in conjunction with Midway to bring fans the first Blitz title on next generation systems."

Blitz: The League is scheduled to ship for the XBOX 360™ in October 2006 and Blitz: The League Overtime for the PSP™ is expected to ship in November 2006. Blitz: The League is currently available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

About Blitz: The League

The game which revolutionized pro football videogames is back and better than ever, starring new bad boy, Bill Romanowski, as Baltimore Bearcats linebacker Bruno Batagglia, and the return of Lawrence Taylor, as Quentin Sands. Step onto the field with more customizable options than ever before, with new cities, logos, and unlockable players which will help you to create what could be the greatest franchise in League history. Take your team online and dominate your opponents using new offensive and defensive evasion moves, or try and defeat the new all–star teams stacked with the best talent on the field. Get ready for another dramatic season of Blitz and experience The League like never before.

04:35 PM - August 22, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Best Selling Franchise from EA SPORTS Launches on Eight Consoles; Revamps Running Game and Introduces New NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 22, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that Madden NFL 07, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS™ best-selling football franchise with the exclusive videogame license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, is in stores everywhere today. Madden NFL 07 continues to lead with innovation and gameplay by reinventing the running game with the all-new Lead Blocker Control and the new highlight stick so you can run like the real players run. NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode comes to Madden NFL 07 this year, where you can live the life of an NFL Superstar.

Madden NFL 06¸ since its launch, has sold more than 6.5 million copies*, and was the #1 selling videogame of 2005 in North America. Madden NFL Football has become a cultural phenomenon, with more than 51 million copies sold (LTD), and the launch day becoming a holiday for many avid fans.

“Madden NFL Football has become a cultural phenomenon and, with Maddenoliday, we are honoring all the Madden gamers across the country who line up at midnight and then take off the day to play Madden NFL 07,” said Todd Sitrin, VP of marketing for EA Tiburon and EA SPORTS brand. “We continue to bring innovative changes to the game every year, and now with the improvements in the running game, Madden NFL 07 is even more authentic. You will know how it feels to be actually on the field playing with the pros.”

You now control the running game like never before with Lead Blocker Control in Madden NFL 07. 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.

NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode makes its debut in Madden NFL 07 on the Xbox 360 and is even deeper for the current generation systems. You can create and customize your own player and guide him one Sunday at a time from that position on the field for an all new way of experiencing the game. Madden NFL 07 Franchise Mode is deeper than ever before. On current generation platforms, now scout collegiate prospects with the all-new NFL Draft Scouting System and the College All-Star Game, or watch players around the NFL impact their teams with the new Franchise Player Roles feature. On Xbox 360, participate in an interactive player rehab through mini games.

For the Xbox 360 there is an all-new Mini-Camp mode where you can build up your players attributes by running him through skill-based, combine-type mini-games. In the off-season use Mini-Camp to condition players or rehab injuries to get back on the field faster. Track your career accomplishments in Franchise Mode to earn Madden Gamer Points, then risk your points against the computer or live opponents in the same room.

In its second installment on the PlayStation® Portable system, Madden NFL 07 brings you a new exclusive mini-games -- return kicks, avoid tackles, and players can aim for the high score in “End 2 End.” And for the first time you can transfer an entire season in Franchise mode from your PlayStation®2 to your PSP system.

September 1 in Denver, CO is the kick off to the highly-anticipated 5th annual EA SPORTS™ Madden Challenge, played exclusively this year on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, with a $100,000 grand prize check for the Finals winner. Void where prohibited. Eligibility Restrictions Apply. Tournament runs on published dates in each city. For additional details and Tournament Official Rules see www.maddenchallenge.com.

Entering its 17th year and with more than 51 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. Developed in Orlando, FL by EA Tiburon Madden NFL 07 will be available on August 22 on Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, PC (as well as www.downloader.ea.com), PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and Game Boy® Advance. Madden NFL 07 is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $59.99 for the Xbox 360, $49.99 for the PlayStation 2 console and Xbox, $39.99 for Nintendo GameCube, PSP, and PC, $29.99 for Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. In Europe, Madden NFL 07 launches on PS2, Xbox, NDS, PC, PC Downloader August 25 and on Xbox 360 and PSP September 8. For more information check out www.madden07.com.

06:55 AM - August 22, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Kobe Bryant to Cover NBA '07 (PSP, PS2)

Kotaku has the scoop.
"Eight-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant returns to the cover of a video game this year. He's been named as the spokesman for NBA '07 due to hit the PS2 and PSP this fall."


NCAA Football 07 Picture Packs Available (360)

Major Nelson has the scoop.
"New 'NCAA 07' picture packs are on Marketplace for members in the U.S. and Canada. Each picture pack is 200 points each."


John Terry Signs Pro Evolution Soccer Contract Extension

GamesIndustry has the scoop.
"England football captain John Terry has signed up for another year as the face of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series in the UK.

He will take his place on the game's packaging along with Brazilian striker Adriano, who under the terms of a previous deal will appear on the packaging in all European territories."


Question of the Day

So, how long did you have to wait in line for Madden NFL 07 last night or are you picking it up later today?

I've had a copy since Friday.


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01:08 AM - August 22, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (Wii, 360)

GameSpot has posted the following:


IGN Update (360)

IGN has posted the following:


Worthplaying Update (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Nitro Stunt Racing: Stage 1 Screenshots and Trailer (PC)
    "Nitro Stunt Racing offers instant fun and fierce competition on amazing tracks. Following the standard motor racing rules, this game is a spicy mix of attractive elements such as pipes, loops and huge jumps on various surfaces."
  • NASCAR 07 Screenshots (PS2, PSP, Xbox)
    "With all-new speed blurring, realistic spark and smoke effects, and camera shakes, get your adrenaline pumping and experience the all-out drama and intensity of 190-mph racing with NASCAR 07."
  • Test Drive Unlimited Developer Diary #1 (Multi)
    "First, with such a huge island we made sure every kind of road would be available: from highways to narrow mountains roads, from downtown to suburbs, from green pastures on the east coast to more arid settings on the west. With over 1000 miles of such diverse roads, we made sure to leave space for the player's exploration and also for the designer’s imagination."

Monday, August 21, 2006
09:22 PM - August 21, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has sent us an interview with David Littman, Associate Producer of NHL 07 for the Xbox 360. They've also included 5 screenshots.
"What is the biggest gameplay innovation in this year’s game?

Definitely the Skill Stick Revolution. These controls are something that will change the way hockey games are played. We didn’t make the change just for the sake of change. We made it to give people the same skating and stick control that an NHL player has."

07:16 AM - August 21, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ten Reasons Why Madden Sucks

GIANT Magazine has posted an article entitled, Ten Reasons Why Madden Sucks.
"Well, first of all, I love Madden. The football game, I mean. I play it for more hours than any other game by about a factor of 50:1, even though I always play as the New York Jets. And for an overall value of $50 (or $60 if you’re a 360 gamer), the cost per hour is somewhat ridiculously cheap. Nevertheless, let’s be honest: the game can be improved.

And here are the ways how."


FIFA Soccer 07 Gameplay Movie Clip (Xbox, PS2)

GameTrailers have posted a gameplay movie clip from FIFA Soccer 07.


F1 2006 and Everybody's Golf Trailers (PS2, PS3)

Playsyde has posted trailers from F1 2006 and Everybody's Golf.
"It took us 3 months to finally get some 720p version of the trailers shown by Sony during E3. Many thanks to Midas for the uploads, and enjoy!"


LMA Manager 2007 Screenshots (360)

360Monster has posted some screenshots of LMA Manager 2007.
"Whatever the case, with the new premiership looming, Codemasters have released 6 Xbox 360 screenshots for their upcoming manager title, LMA Manager 2007. LMA is the only title to offer a 3D match pitch, which could be even more revoluntionary with the 360's power!"


NBA 2K7 Screenshots (360)

2K Sports has posted some screenshots of NBA 2K7.


3D Gamers Update (PC)

3D Gamers have posted the following:
  • LMA Manager 2007 Screenshots & Movie
    "New screenshots for LMA Manager 2007 are now available for download along with a new movie trailer for the 3D soccer management sports sequel in production at Codemasters. You can also view the images online, while the movie comes in high and HD resolutions to demonstrate the 3D Match mode in a bit under a minute of mostly in-engine sequences."
  • Need for Speed Carbon Screenshots
    "Two dozen new screenshots for Need for Speed Carbon are now available for download in medium and high resolutions to more than double the amount of available imagery for this arcade racing simulation sequel being created at EA Black Box. Naturally, the images have also been added to our online gallery for the game."


Question of the Day

What game(s) did you play over the weekend?

I played some Madden NFL 07, NCAA Football 07 and Dead Rising.


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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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Sunday, August 20, 2006
11:43 AM - August 20, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Need for Speed Carbon Screenshots (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of Need for Speed Carbon.
"Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of adrenaline-filled street racing and will challenge players to face the ultimate test of driving skill on treacherous canyon roads."


GameSpy Update (360, PC, PS3)

GameSpy has posted the following:

10:01 AM - August 20, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Ultimate Baseball Online preview. Find out what Chris Sullivan thinks of the game so far.
"For years, console sports gamers have been clamoring for an online multiplayer mode that gives us the ability to fill every position with a different human player. Fortunately for computer gamers, they now have that option in the form of Ultimate Baseball Online 2006, a massively multiplayer online baseball game from Netamin."

09:50 AM - August 20, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Live 07 Preview (360)

TalkXbox has posted their preview of NBA Live 07.
"As for the gameplay, the team has thrown out the '94 system and introduced all new computer A.I. They took their time with building up this engine and want to keep adding new features with the upcoming years. New to this year’s version is the Superstar Types. There are five different superstar types and three levels of which they could be. The five offensive types showcased were ‘High Flyer,' ‘Playmaker,' ‘Post,' ‘Scorer,' and ‘3PT.' The only two of them should need a clarifying. ‘Playmaker’ is a superstar type that is known for passing."


Madden NFL 07 Dallas Cowboys Picture Pack (360)

According to Major Nelson, there is a Madden NFL 07 Dallas Cowboys Picture Pack available on the Marketplace.
"A 'Madden NFL 07' Dallas Cowboys picture pack (60 points) and theme (150 points) is now on Marketplace for Xbox Live Members in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand."
I'll be grabbing that, thank you very much.

Update: It looks like they've just added the Indianapolis Colts.


EA Warehouse Before/After Madden '07 Arrival Images

ScrewAttack has posted some before/after Madden '07 images from EA's warehouse.
"All you Madden-holics get ready- Madden '07 is ready for shipment. EA has hooked ScrewAttack up with pics of their warehouse- Why? To show our g1s exactly how many copies are being shipped. Holy crap! Get those helmets on... Madden '07 is in stores August 22nd."


Question of the Day

How excited are you about the upcoming season? How do you think your team will do?

I'm very excited, just like every season. This season, in particular, I can't wait to see T.O. and the offense in action. I think the defense, after a full year in the 3-4, will come together well and have a great season. I predict the Boys go 10-6, which might actually win the division. I think they'll win 1 playoff game, but fizzle out. Hopefully they can make it to the show!


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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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Saturday, August 19, 2006
09:35 AM - August 19, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
ESPN/EA NBA Live Casting Call

PopCultureShock has the scoop.
"Are you the best NBA LIVE player you know? Do you want to put your skills to the test against the best NBA LIVE players in the country? Are you good enough to be the champion of the first televised NBA LIVE tournament?"


Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam Interview (DS)

Planet GameCube has posted an interview with Kenny Johnson, as they talk about Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam.
PGC: "Is Downhill Jam for DS closely based on the Wii version? Are there any exclusive tracks?"
Kenny: "Downhill Jam DS and Wii are both about speed and downhill skateboard racing, but have unique features. You will see exclusive tracks, different characters, and stories in each version of the game you play."


Question of the Day

How far are you willing to travel to get your copy of Madden NFL 07 before release date?

I travelled 2 hours myself. Got lost on the way or it would have been a little shorter.


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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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12:11 AM - August 19, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
FileShack Downloads

FileShack has posted the following downloads:


GameSpot Update (Multi)

GameSpot has posted the following:


IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

Friday, August 18, 2006
09:33 PM - August 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
International In-Game Soundtrack Takes Players around the Globe

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 18, 2006 – Brazil, France, England or the USA… who has the most die-hard soccer fans? Representing 21 different countries, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today rang in the sound of the soccer season by revealing the 40 songs that will be featured in FIFA 07. Launching in over 15 languages and 40 countries worldwide, FIFA 07 will bring the superstar athletes, stadiums and music of your every competitor into your hands.

Every year, FIFA Soccer boasts an unparalleled mix of music gathered from around the globe, hand picked to represent each country and its passion for soccer. This year, the soundtrack is highlighted by songs from Bersuit Vergarabat (Argentina), caBas (Colombia), Carlos Jean (Spain), Epik High (Korea), Keane (UK), Muse (UK), Plastilina Mosh (Mexico), Shiny Toy Guns (USA), Seu Jorge (Brazil) and The Feeling (UK).

“No sport is more celebrated around the world than soccer, so what better way to live the magic of the real-world game than by listening to the anthems and songs that will be discovered by soccer fans worldwide as they play through the season,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing.

The music in FIFA 07 includes:

ARTIST
SONG
COUNTRY

Angélique Kidjo
Wele Wele
Benin

Belasco
Chloroform
UK

Bersuit Vergarabat
O Vas a Misa…
Argentina

Bitman & Roban
Get On The Floor
Chile

Blasted Mechanism
Blasted Empire
Portugal

Boy Kill Boy
Civil Sin
UK

caBas
La Cadena de Oro
Colombia

Carlos Jean
Get Down
Spain

d.o.c.h.!
Was in der Zertung Steht
Germany

Elefant
Uh-oh Hello
USA

Epik High
Fly
Korea

Fertig, los!
Sie ist in mich verliebt
Germany

Infadels
Can’t Get Enough (Mekon Remix)
UK

Keane
Nothing In My Way
UK

Malibu Stacy
Los Angeles
Belgium

Mellowdrone
Oh My
USA

Mobile
New York Minute
Canada

Morning Runner
Gone Up In Flames
UK

Muse
Supermassive Black Hole
UK

Nightmare Of You
Dear Scene, I Wish I Were Deaf
USA

Outlandish
Kom Igen
Denmark

Paul Oakenfold
Beatiful Goal
UK

Persephone's Bees
Muzika Dlya Fil'ma
USA/Russia

Plastilina Mosh
Peligroso Pop
Mexico

Polysics
Tei! Tei! Tei!
Japan

The Prototypes
Kaleidoscope
UK

Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band
Deepest Red
Norway

Seu Jorge
Tive Razão
Brazil

Shiny Toy Guns
You Are The One
USA

Stijn
Gasoline & Matches
Belgium

Suferosa
Royal Uniform
Norway

Tahiti 80
Big Day
France

The Feeling
Sewn
UK

The Pinker Tones
TMCr Grand Finale
spain

The Sheer
Understand
Holland

The Young Punx
You've Got To…
UK

Tigarah
Girl Fight
Japan

Trash Inc.
Punk Rock Chick
Lebanon

Us3
Kick This
UK

Young Love
Discotech
USA

From the first whistle, FIFA 07 throws you into the emotional rollercoaster of the soccer season as you live out the intensity of every home and away match. A specially-designed audio track authentically replicates the crowd reactions found in stadiums around the world. The dynamic game engine tracks every move on the pitch to realize the emotional response of the crowd during the highs and lows of a match. Every layer of the audio track is affected, with crowds responding to what occurs on the pitch by cheering or jeering, and broadcast commentary reflecting the momentum swings that play out in games.

This year, you have the power to shape your club’s destiny in the EA SPORTS™ Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents. The online interactive leagues feature the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League and the Mexican 1st Division. Experience the future of online gaming as you play your games according to the real-world schedule. When they play, you play. Track your team’s progress as the aggregate results determine your club’s position in the league table. Now you actually take to the pitch for the glory of your club. This is the season where you make the difference!

FIFA 07, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., is scheduled to ship on October 3, 2006 in North America and September 22, 2006 in Europe for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, and Game Boy® Advance, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PC and mobile. The game is rated is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB.

Learn more about the game and listen to samples of each song included in the soundtrack at http://fifa07.ea.com.

09:31 PM - August 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Troy, MI August 18, 2006 - Wolverine Studios, a leading developer of computer game sports simulations proudly announces the release of Total Pro Golf. Total Pro Golf is available for purchase and electronic download exclusively at www.wolverinestudios.com for $24.95 USD.

Total Pro Golf allows users to create a golfer and take him or her on tour. Hire caddies and coaches, purchase equipment and play some great golf to earn sponsorships and your professional tour card. Quickly sim or play out your rounds in a beautiful and rich 2D environment complete with real time scoring so you can keep your eye on the leaderboard as you shoot for the tournament championship. Total Pro Golf also has a course design tool which is free to download to quickly and easily create courses to be used for your seasons.

Key Features of Total Pro Golf include :
- compete on and move up and down between three levels of golf tours
- smooth 2D gameplay complete with shot trajectory, sounds and crowd effects makes you feel like you're right there on the course
- play multiple types of season events including majors, United States vs Europe or World match play events and tour qualifiers
- fully customizable database allows you to edit anything from golfers to tours, sponsors and schedules
- RPG elements force you to manage your coach, caddy, sponsors, equipment and schedule wisely so you don't go broke on the tour
- easy to use Total Pro Golf Course Designer makes creating courses a snap

Total Pro Golf is the fourth release for acclaimed sports sim developer Gary Gorski. His previous titles include the Total Pro Basketball series and Total College Basketball. Wolverine Studios will also be releasing a second demo of Total Pro Golf, this time expanded beyond quick play mode letting you try out a limited time play of career mode. Please visit our forums at www.wolverinestudios.com for more details.