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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
02:47 PM - February 26, 2008. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Erik Westfall
We have just posted an article discussing the future of the All Pro Football series, entitled All-Pro Improvements, written by Erik Westfall.

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"Well, we’re back for more All-Pro Football discussion and this week, we look to the future. In our look to the future, we ask the question: What can 2K Sports do to keep the All-Pro franchise fresh and new to increase sales? What can they do to keep pace with EA’s mega-hit, Madden?"

Game: All-Pro Football 2K8Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 57 - View All
02:45 PM - February 26, 2008. Posted by MMChrisS.
We have just posted our inaugural OS Fact or Fiction article.
"The inaugural OperationSports.com edition of Fact or Fiction has Erik “Ralbot” Westfall and Chris Sanner arguing about the possible Take-Two/EA merger, the future of the APF franchise, and what the forecast is for the PS3 in 2008. Do you think MLB 08: The Show is worth the purchase of a PS3? Well they argue about that as well.
Ready? Fight!"


12:38 PM - February 26, 2008. Posted by TJdaSportsGuy.
2K Sports Puts Fans in Touch with the Action in
Major League Baseball® 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars for Nintendo DS™

Never before has a baseball video game been
so fun and addictively interactive

New York, NY – February 26, 2008 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), in partnership with Deep Fried Entertainment, today officially announced Major League Baseball® 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars, an exciting new baseball title that will put fans into the action like never before. Available exclusively for Nintendo DS, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars will offer fans of all ages a wildly fun experience featuring starting lineups from all 30 Major League Baseball clubs, a variety of exhibition and tournament modes, All-Star training mini-games, along with fantasy-themed baseball stadiums.

Utilizing the functionality of the Nintendo DS touch screen, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars will provide fans the unique opportunity to control the power and technique of their swings and the speed and accuracy of their pitch by performing specific gestures and intuitive usage of the stylus. Fielding, baserunning and other controls will also utilize the DS touch screen, as players drag and trace lines to execute these specific baseball actions.

Adding to the addictive gameplay experience, players will also have the ability to obtain special “power ups” to complete incredible batting, pitching, and fielding performances. Players can force their opponents to chase after the “chicken ball” that runs away from fielders once it’s on the ground, or confuse them with a “crazy ball” that takes an unpredictable flight path. Pitchers can throw amazing new pitches such as a “super splitter” that splits the ball into two pieces to confuse the batter or a “fireball” that screams over the plate at rocket speeds while engulfed in flames. Fielders can join in the power up fun with the “brick wall” that causes a wall to instantly rise out of the ground to stop the ball in its tracks or the “super jump” that allows them to jump incredibly high toward the ball in flight.

“It’s exciting to continue expanding our wide number of baseball offerings with Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “With all new fun and innovative gameplay features, fans will now have the great opportunity to step up to the plate and enjoy playing baseball like never before.“

“We’re proud to offer fans a unique and interactive baseball experience on Nintendo DS that is both fun and appealing for all ages,” said Brenda Bailey, chief operating officer of Deep Fried Entertainment. “With Spring Training™ right around the corner, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars comes at the perfect time to put players in touch with the action on a new level.”

Some of the fun and exciting features included in Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars include:
  • Unique Interactive Experience -- All aspects of the game will be controlled on the Nintendo DS touch screen, including batting, pitching, fielding and baserunning.
  • Exciting Gameplay Modes -- Exhibition mode will allow players to quickly choose their favorite teams so they can immediately jump into the intense baseball action, while Fantasy Pennant mode will offer various tournaments to compete in. All-Star Training will assist players in learning the fundamental DS control functions wrapped up in a variety of fun and challenging mini-games.
  • All-Star Lineups -- Players can create their own unique baseball teams by choosing from the different starting lineups and putting together their favorite All-Stars.
  • Uniquely Themed Stadiums -- Set in extreme environments that portray the diverse North American environment, uniquely themed stadiums are in locations ranging from the Everglades in Florida to the Frozen North, locations that can only be mastered by the best.
  • Multi-player -- Supports two-player DS Wireless and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. For added competitiveness, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars will utilize DS Wireless and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections so players can go head-to-head in intense worldwide multi-player gaming.

Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars, developed by Deep Fried Entertainment and published by 2K Sports, will be available exclusively for Nintendo DS™ this April and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information about this title, please visit: www.2Ksports.com.

Game: Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-StarsReader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDSVotes: 2 - View All
11:59 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Lusion.
GameDaily has posted an interview with Tony Dungy, the face of NFL Head Coach 09.

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GameDaily: "Will Head Coach show us just how tough it is to head up an NFL team?"

Tony Dungy: "It's going to go a long ways to that. As they start to play the game and realize all of the decisions that have to be made with the clock running down and different things popping up. You might think you're all set and then something will flash on the screen saying Jeff Saturday may approach the team about being traded. Fans will say, "Man, I didn't realize you had to deal with all that."

Game: NFL Head Coach 09Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 64 - View All
10:46 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Steve_OS.
CVG has posted some more Gran Turismo 5 Prologue screenshots.
"Just so you never forget how incredible the cars look in this game, all the menus are backed by either a picturesque scene with a shiny car, or a short scene in a garage, where mechanics work on their shiny motors."

Game: Gran Turismo 5 PrologueReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 8 - View All
10:46 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamer 2.0 has posted Midnight Club: Los Angeles previews for the following consoles:
  • Playstation 3
    "Rockstar’s Midnight Club series has been around for years. The original game helped launch the PS2, and its sequels kept on improving on the already solid formula. The last in the series, DUB Edition, sold very well on both the Xbox and PS2, so inevitably Rockstar would have to follow it up. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is the latest game in the series and is hoping to elevate the series into the top street racing title of this console generation."
  • Xbox 360
    "While there are numerous street racing games available now, Midnight Club: LA looks to try to do for this series what Paradise did for Burnout: re-invent the series. There is no definite street date set for the game as of yet, but Gamer 2.0 will have a review when it hits."

Game: Midnight Club: Los AngelesReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 13 - View All
10:31 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by WDOgF0reL1fe.
IGN has posted their first look at NFL Head Coach 09, including quite a few screenshots here.

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"The first edition of NFL Head Coach was an exercise in frustration. A great premise and sometimes-exciting gameplay was marred by a UI seemingly hell-bent on getting you to turn the game off or throw your controller on the wall, with the depth needed for such a game to be exciting spoiled by gaping logic flaws and AI issues. As an exercise in the tedium of simulating meetings and getting little done, it was superb; for those people who were looking for an actual fun, exciting simulation of what it's like to be a coach at the highest level of football, well, they were left unsatisfied."

Game: NFL Head Coach 09Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 64 - View All
09:43 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Kanobi.
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy Will
Grace the Cover of NFL Licensed Strategy Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Put on your headset, grab your clipboard and see if you have what it takes to be a head coach in the National Football League. Today, Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS - News) announces NFL Head Coach 09, featuring Indianapolis Colts’ head coach Tony Dungy on the game’s cover. Released under the EA SPORTS™ brand, NFL Head Coach 09 is a unique NFL experience that gives gamers the power to make decisions that define their career and ultimately the fate of their franchise as a head coach in the NFL.

“In NFL Head Coach 09, the gamer has complete control of their franchise’s destiny,” says NFL Head Coach 09 Executive Producer Jeremy Strauser. “From draft day to game day, the gamers’ decisions impact their team’s success and make or break a team’s road to the Super Bowl.”

In 2007, Dungy became the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. Since Dungy’s arrival to Indianapolis in 2001, the Colts have earned six playoff berths and have won more than 70 regular-season games. Dungy has an impressive .661 winning percentage as a head coach over the past 12 seasons.

NFL Head Coach 09 provides a complete NFL experience, offering a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise, on and off the field, in-season and off-season. With strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach’s seat by allowing gamers to comprehensively scout the opponent, build playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of an NFL franchise.

The sideline is your playing field in NFL Head Coach 09 - gamers can make adjustments to plays and game strategies in an instant. The outcome of every game depends on game-time decisions made on the sideline. Success depends on proper preparation and knowledge of the opposing teams’ strategies, as well as expert and timely play calling.

Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, NFL Head Coach 09 will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft.

EA SPORTS™ is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAAFootball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR and NASCAR racing.

Game: NFL Head Coach 09Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 64 - View All
07:18 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Steve_OS.
So... I've had this piece of floss that shredded in between two of my teeth two days ago. I FINALLY got it out last night, so I am very relieved, as I have a dentist appointment later this afternoon, along w/ my daughter. Not looking forward to going, as I hate the dentist and well, my daughter really hates them. I'm sure she'll be crying through the entire process. Me too...

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01:24 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by Steve_OS.
Matt Blumenthal had an opportunity to demo Major League Baseball 2K8 this afternoon. His official writeup of the event will be up later this week, but we wanted to get some quick thoughts up here for you guys.
  • This game looks beautiful, the player models have improved but the real leap is in the animations. The animations move silky smooth and there is no need to worry about herky jerky animations of the past anymore.
  • I'm impressed with how intuitive and fresh the analog controls are. The pitching takes a little time to get the hang of but the new mechanics add a whole new dimension to the pitching model.
  • The baseball cards feature is surprisingly cool, expect me to have more on that later on this week.
  • In-game saves are officially in the game this year.
  • Check swings don't seem to be a chore anymore. They are now accomplished by pulling back on the right analog stick - no more right trigger necessary.
  • Stadium-specific animations are in. The Yankee Roll Call was mentioned specifically.
  • There should be plenty of foul balls this year. I saw several in the few at-bats I played.
  • No spring training games this year.
  • I counted eight unlockable classic stadiums. I think more might be available by default as well.
  • No co-op play
  • You will have the option to make trades for CPU-controlled teams in franchise mode, but you won't be able to edit their rotations and lineups.
  • It was suggested to me that the demo is done and has been submitted. If that's the case, it's in Microsoft's hands now.
  • I will hit on a few of the big questions from the forum here.

Game: Major League Baseball 2K8Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSPVotes: 74 - View All
12:51 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by hdaniel1.
The EA Forums has a thread from Peter Moore called Inside the Game - 2/25.
"While I was in the air on Friday, a firestorm was quickly erupting over a front page story that MCV, a UK-based interactive entertainment publication, ran, purporting to be a synopsis of an interview I conducted earlier in the week regarding EA SPORTS."

12:50 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by hdaniel1.
EA Sports as posted a article/blog called In the Paint - All-Star Special Day 3.

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"I eventually got to the event, and managed to get in before the crowd really started to form. There they were the final 8!"

12:49 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by hdaniel1.
EuroGamer is reporting that Sony is planning to release MotorStorm 2 around the holidays.
"MotorStorm 2 was shown off to the BBC a little while ago. We're told it will take place on lush tropical islands rather then barren desert dust tracks, and feature "interactive vegetation", which sounds amazing."

Game: Motorstorm: Pacific RiftReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All
12:47 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN has posted a Ferrari Challenge interview with Mark Cale.
IGN: " Ferrari's always had a very romantic, stylish image though right?"
Mark Cale: "Absolutely. They're the most successful road racing team ever in history, and it's an iconic brand… so when there was – because I know a lot of people very closely in the factory - an opportunity to actually do an official videogame of the race series, Ferrari Challenge, and follow on from what SEGA had done, of course for us it was a great opportunity."

Game: Ferrari ChallengeReader Score: 1/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 1 - View All
12:47 AM - February 26, 2008. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN has just posted 2 updated screenshots of NBA Ballers: Chosen One.

Game: NBA Ballers: Chosen OneReader Score: 1.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All