Tuesday, March 13, 2007
05:01 PM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

Swing like the Pros on the Nintendo Wii

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – March 13, 2007 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07, the newest title from the best selling golf franchise, has shipped in North America for the Wii™. The game will be available worldwide on March 16th.

In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 the power and control of every swing are literally in your hands. Whether you tilt the Wii Remote to hook and slice the ball or swing away for a long straight drive, the Wii’s innovative game controller provides a realistic golfing experience. The Nunchuk can also be attached for the traditional analog swing.

“Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 fits perfectly with the Wii and its innovative controller, so we’re very excited to bring our game to the platform,” said Todd Arnold, Executive Producer at EA Redwood Shores.

The top-selling golf video game franchise is packed with content, including 18 championship courses and 35 pro and fantasy golfers, so take your aim and swing to the top. Use the Wii Remote’s point and click interface to move the new golf glove, grab the True-Aiming circle to position your shots with Grab and Drag True-Aiming, then hit away for true-to-life accuracy.

Developed by EA Redwood Shores, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.95 for Nintendo Wii. The game’s official website is http://www.easports.com/tigerwoods07.

04:59 PM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
No. 1 Kids Baseball Video Game Hits Grand Slam with All New Graphics, Gameplay, and Major League Pros as Kids

NEW YORK, NY – March 13, 2007—Humongous, Inc. announced today that Backyard Baseball 2007 is shipping to retail stores nationwide. Backyard Baseball, now in its fifth iteration, is the best selling youth baseball video game of all time, and the only title to hold the coveted Major League Baseball® (MLB) and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) licenses.

“As a top quality producer of baseball video games, Humongous continues to release the most exciting and innovative MLB-themed titles tailored to today’s youth,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties. “This new version provides a real-time baseball experience along with cutting-edge graphics and a simplicity that will allow our next generation of fans to easily engage in playing Backyard Baseball 2007.”

The 10-year old Backyard Baseball game franchise, which stars animated versions MLB pros as kids, has undergone a major transformation since its last release two years ago. Backyard and MLB pro characters have evolved into older, edgier, more believable athletes playing within graphically rich, dramatic and interactive environments. What’s more, the physics of the game are finely tuned for more precise, authentic gameplay.

“The 5 to 10 year old audience is much more sophisticated than even a few years ago--many kids have been playing baseball and video games for years and their expectations for quality and realism are high,” says Lauren Schechtman Allen, Humongous Co-President. “Backyard Baseball 2007 provides that authentic baseball experience on a level appropriate for a child. That means adding lots of humor, increasing the action and pace of the game, and making it easy to jump into the game without complex directions. We’ve also included multiple levels of difficulty so even seasoned veterans will find it compelling and challenging.”

World Series® heavy hitter Albert Pujols happens to be one of those “seasoned veterans” who is a fan of Backyard Baseball 2007. Pujols, six-time MLB All Star and one of the best players in the game, not only plays the game with his son but stars on its cover alongside his Backyard kid alter ego.

“Backyard Baseball really lets kids see what it’s like to play Major League baseball,” said Pujols. “It teaches kids the rules of the game, and helps them understand real baseball strategies, like when it’s the right time to steal, what pitches to hit, or when to try for a double play”.

Along with Pujols, Backyard Baseball 2007 features many other top MLB heroes such as Alex Rodriguez, Ichiro Suzuki, Lance Berkman, David Ortiz, and Vladimir Guerrero, to name a few. The game includes all 30 MLB teams, uniforms, and logos. It offers single pick-up games, homerun derby, or season play (with all the stats) and varying levels of difficulty. In addition, the game’s kid-friendly, non-violent format, and high level of cultural diversity makes it especially popular with parents.

Backyard Baseball 2007 is rated “E” (Everyone) by ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.99 for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube™, and Game Boy® Advance $19.99 for WINDOWS. Backyard Baseball 2007 GBA, PS2, and PC will be on shelf this week with the GameCube titles shipping next month.

Backyard Baseball 2007 is the latest entry in the Backyard Sports series, the best selling sports video gaming franchise for kids and the only game brand licensed by ALL professional US sports leagues: Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association, National Football League, NFL Players Inc., National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, and National Hockey League. Since 1996 the franchise has sold over 10 million units and has received over a hundred awards. What’s more, according to an independent study, 15 percent of boys in the United States ages five to 10 own at least one Backyard Sports game.

About Humongous Inc: Humongous, Inc. publishes the award-winning Backyard Sports video games series—the best selling sports gaming franchise for kids. Founded in 1992, Humongous (formerly Humongous Entertainment) is owned by France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA, the largest video games publisher in Europe, and parent company to Atari. Along with Backyard Sports, Humongous is recognized for high-quality, animated CD-ROMs starring original characters. For more information: www.backyardsports.com

© MLBPA-Official Licensee, Major League Baseball Players Association. Visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the Players Choice on the web.

04:30 PM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Newport Beach, Calif.— Mar 13, 2007 Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for Wii(tm).

The Dave Mirra video game franchise has sold more than 2 million units across all platforms, and the latest installment is sure to please fans with its arcade-like feel and diverse play. Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the Wii(tm) video game system features, 12 different environments and 13 bikes to choose from. Each unique environment includes two race paths, and can be played in race or trick-oriented modes. Player characters are customizable, and BMX legend Dave is the featured rider. Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for Wii (tm) will feature several control options utilizing the unique Wii(tm) Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

“Dave Mirra BMX Challenge will be the first BMX game for Wii(tm),” said Jim Flaharty, senior vice president of Crave Studios. “The immersive Wii(tm) controls combined with the thrill of BMX racing will make Dave Mirra BMX Challenge a real treat for action sports fans.”
Dave Mirra is listed as one of the most recognizable names in sports today, an honor he shares with the likes of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. He currently holds more Gold Medals than any other competitor in the history of the X Games. Dave has “placed” in more than 50 action sports competitions, such as “Action Sports Athlete of the Year” at the 2005 ESPYs, and a gold medal in Bike Park at the 2005 X Games.

Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the Wii(tm) will be available June 2007 at a price point of $29.99, and is currently available for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

About Crave Entertainment

Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS(tm), Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube(tm), Wii (tm), the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

08:46 AM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Flatout Ultimate Carnage Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of Flatout Ultimate Carnage.
"After Flatout 2's succes on PC, Empire Interactive and Bugbear have made the excellent choice of bringing the series back on Xbox 360. Here are the first (tiny) images."

Sony Shows Off Special GTHD Demo (PS3)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Recently, the demo surfaced once again, this time at the Nissan Motor Sports Exhibition 2007 in Yokohama. However, it was a special version of the demo, as this one featured the Xanavi Nismo Z to tool around with. Anybody who wanted a shot at it could test out the car in the demo, and attendees could even pit their virtual skills against professional road racers."

Major Nelson Update (360)

Major Nelson has posted the following:
  • Trailer: Madden Bowl
    "SpikeTV's weekly videogame show visits Miami to chat with both past and present NFL players at Madden Bowl 2007. Includes interviews with Dan Marino, Shaun Alexander, Chad Johnson, and more. Find out who the players think should be on the Madden NFL 08 cover! Watch Game Head every Friday at 1 AM, only on Spike."
  • NCAA March Madness 07 : In Game Content
    "Download the just-announced 2007 NCAA Tournament bracket, complete with accurate seedings, updated team ratings and Final Four court artwork! Go bracket busting in the most realistic way possible with this download and NCAA March Madness 07! Note: after downloading, please load default rosters to enable the updated team ratings."

Gameinfowire Update (360, PSP)

Gameinfowire has posted the following:
  • Forza Motorsport 2 Screenshots (360)
    "“Forza Motorsport 2,” the sequel to Microsoft Game Studios’ award-winning, fully customizable driving simulator “Forza Motorsport,” speeds its way onto Xbox 360 this holiday. With authentic simulation physics, bone-jarring damage, photo-realistic graphics, and licensed tuning and customization options, the franchise improves on the unprecedented features gamers enjoyed in its debut installment. Loaded with more than 300 of the world’s hottest cars for you to collect, personalize and tune, “Forza Motorsport 2” gives you a complete racing experience."
  • Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars Screenshots (PSP)
    "Now gamers can relive the addictive, action packed gameplay of the original Dreamcast games, Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2, on the go. Hang up those fuzzy dice and register for a cabbie license this Summer with Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars developed by Sniper Studios."

Other Stuff...

Final game of the season for us tonight as we gun for our 3rd win in a row. Not likely to happen, but hey, it sure sounds good, haha.

Ran into a few snags last night with the kitchen cabinets, I just knew it was going to happen. It seems they shipped us a wrong cabinet for one of our walls. It was supposed to be a 30" and they shipped a 33". They also didn't ship us the correct amount of crown molding. Gotta love it, you just gotta. Needless to say, I'm pissed off about it, but in the back of my mind, I knew it wouldn't be this easy.

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  • QOTD: What is your next game purchase going to be?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

dzl13 (27), J G 22 (20), pistons388 (19), Brandon13 (19), Macar91 (16)

06:46 AM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Major League Baseball 2K7 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"There’s no denying the passion of a baseball fan. Rivaled only by college football - perhaps - no game generates more dyed in the wool fans with live, breath, eat and sleep your favorite team passion more than Major League Baseball. Whether it’s the perennial powerhouses like the Red Sox or Yankees or the lovable losers like the Cubs, there’s no mistaking a baseball fan."

06:42 AM - March 13, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Def Jam: Icon review. Find out what Chris Sullivan had to say about it.
"Typically, when you have a formula for success, you stick with it. Some minor tweaks to gameplay here, an extra game mode there, but in the end, the game plays essentially the same as it’s predecessor. That’s why I was surprised to hear that upon taking the reins of the well-established Def Jam series, Electronic Arts Chicago was planning to stray from the formula that made Def Jam: Fight For New York such a huge hit. Will this strategy lead to continued success, or will it tarnish the Def Jam series’ well-earned reputation?"

01:15 AM - March 13, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PS2, 360)

GameSpot has posted the following:

Monday, March 12, 2007
09:09 AM - March 12, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tiger Woods 2007 Golf Commercial (Wii)

GameVideos have posted the commercial for Tiger Woods 2007 Golf.

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 Demo (PC)

Fragland has posted a demo of Brian Lara International Cricket 2007.
"The demo brings a warm-up one-day match of three overs between England and Australia, taken from the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 in India."

Forza Motorsport 2 Screenshots (360)

360Monster has posted some screenshots of Forza Motorsport 2.
"The screenshots feature the usual shiny cars and grey tracks in glorious sunshine, but let's be honest, we can never get enough of a good thing right?"

Other Stuff...

The kitchen's floor has been laid and the walls have been painted, the cabinets should be installed during the week. It's really coming together quite nicely and the wifee is very happy, what more could I ask for. The only thing that sucks during this process is having to eat out every day. We can't cook anything, unless we wanna nuke a hotdog or something easy.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Any daylight savings time issues?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

Clay_OS (34), drterb (28), sportsguy312 (25), DScott (19), Smackizzle (19)

Friday, March 9, 2007
03:39 PM - March 9, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Championship Manager 2007 Patch #1 (PC)

The Patches Scrolls have posted a patch for Championship Manager 2007. More details about the patch, can be found here.
"Player and staff data updated up to the close of the January 2007 transfer window.

Added FA Cup Second and Third qualifying rounds. These are regionalised rounds and teams are split into northern and southern sections.

Updated Paint competition so that teams are sub divided into four regional sections for round one – Northern (west), Northern (east), Southern (west) and Southern (east) with 16 byes consisting of 8 teams from the northern section and 8 teams from the southern section."

Skate Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some Skate screenshots.
"Electronic Arts released these 6 images of SKATE, a very promising game with a quite interesting control scheme according to those who saw it running."

Mario Strikers Charged Impressions (Wii)

NintendoWorldReport have posted their impressions of Mario Strikers Charged.
"Oddly enough, Mario Strikers Charged reminds me of the Wii version of Twilight Princess in its control scheme. The control stick moves the characters and the various buttons are used for selecting character, shooting, and using items. But if you shake the remote while near an opponent, it will cause your active character to attack, much like a sword attack in Twilight Princess. It is actually quite satisfying since the force feedback makes it feel like you are hitting something."

Test Drive Content Hits Live (360)

Boomtown has the scoop.
"Yesterday we reported on problems with the latest patch for Test Drive Unlimited on Xbox 360. Today there's happier news in the form of the release of new premium content for the game.

Atari is offering the Cadillac CTS-V for a free 25MB download, though you'll still need to earn in-game cash to buy it at the dealership."

Livery Editor for Forza 2 (360)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Microsoft has revealed that Forza 2 will feature a new Livery Editor that will let you add your own personal touch to cars through logos, decals and unique paint schemes.

Once you've got your fancy designs plastered all over the shiny edges of a muscle car, you can pop it on the freshly announced online auction house and sell it to the highest bidder. Who knows, maybe they'll post the leader board-topping time in your creation. Imagine the fame."

Forza 2 Goodies (360)

Xboxyde has posted the following Forza 2 goodies:
  • Forza 2: The Auction House
    "Microsoft and 10-Turn send us this new trailer of Forza 2, showcasing the Auction House. To put it simple, it's like Ebay to sell and buy your cars, replays etc. with the virtual money earned in the game. Nice idea !"
  • American production cars in Forza 2
    "Turn10 has updated their car list for Forza Motorsport 2, adding the American production cars. I was personally glad to see three Swedish cars some week ago, and this time you'll hopefully find some favourite american cars in there too. Inside you'll find images from this update, plus one including the HUD that was released some day ago."

  • QOTD: What game(s) are you playing this weekend?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

vlad, thehiz (31), A.M. Son (28), Streetz (27), ronnyballgame (25), davewins (24), electrolyte (23), jardy (20), NYRangers31 (19), nickpappas1 (17)

Thursday, March 8, 2007
08:55 AM - March 8, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Skate First Impressions (360, PS3)

Eurogamer has posted their first impressions of Skate.
"Skate's aiming to give us a slick simulation, and the realism Black Box is going for is evident the second you see the game moving. Your character's weighty animations are viewed from behind a very slight fisheye lens that trails behind you low to the ground in the style of skating videos, and bits of your minimalist HUD only ever pop up after a trick or if you're near a challenge."

Test Drive Unlimited Trailer (PSP)

PSP World has posted a trailer from Test Drive Unlimited.
"Atari's Test Drive Unlimited is due to burn up the streets on March 23rd! Since PSP World's original mention back in November, this game has been highly anticipated. Not least for the fact that Test Drive Unlimited is the first online racing game on the PSP. As Atari's original game description attests."

Dave Mirra BMX Challenge Wii Bound

N-Europe has the scoop.
"Following an update through my distributor contact, Dave Mirra BMX Challenge is listed down for the Wii and is scheduled to be released in Q3 of 2007. The game will be published by Crave Entertainment and should retail at around $39.99 USD. Also, Intec has a “Sword” accessory attachment being manufactured for an April release."

Mario Strikers Charged Screenshots (Wii)

NintendoWorldReport has posted some screenshots of Mario Strikers Charged.

Marketplace Demos Available (360)

According to Major Nelson, the following demos are available on the Marketplace:

Other Stuff...

The cabinet guys are coming today to start on the cabinet install. Can't wait until this project is complete, it's taking its toll on me. Stayed up until 1:30 this morning cleaning out the old cabinets, moving all the crap out of the kitchen, etc.

Hope to make it 2 wins in a row tonight as we gear up for that playoff run, lol.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: What are your thoughts on the new Playstation "Home"?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

warriorbball, BiggieBaldsie (30), degisme (30), brianbell25 (28), KingofMinot (25)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
04:00 PM - March 7, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"Gary Gorski and I have at least three things in common. We both have a fondness for the maize and blue, a keen interest in the finer points of the game of basketball, and we spend a ton of hours tied up in text-based simulations. However, while Gary’s time and effort parked in front of the monitor is producing a quality new gaming experience, my lost weekends seem to simply produce eye rolls from my wife.

If you’re not familiar with his work, Gary Gorski is the name to know when it comes to text-based hardwood action. About five years ago, we were introduced to Total Pro Basketball 2003, which was originally released by .400 Software Studios. After that, Gary and his code moved on to help form Grey Dog Software, where he would release Total Pro Basketball 2005 and, later, a college version, Total College Basketball, that he would take with him when he formed his new company, Wolverine Studios. Gary is kind of the Robert Horry of text-based sports simulations. He’s played for a few different teams, but they win everywhere he goes."

08:30 AM - March 7, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
PSX Extreme Update (PS3, PS2)

PSX Extreme has posted the following:
  • MLB 07: The Show Preview (PS3)
    "There is some question as to how exactly this process will work. For example, is it really true-to-life, with the real challenge revolving around getting on a MLB team and staying on the team? After all, minor leaguers get called up all the time, perhaps to temporarily replace an injured player, but many times (in fact, most times), they end getting sent back down. Worst of all, if it’s a temporary gig and they tell you as much ahead of time, it almost doesn’t matter how well you perform when at “The Show;” it’s a given that you’ll be back in the minor league doldrums once the stint is over. In other words, how much control does the league have over you? And how much real control do you have over your advancement? We assume playing well moves you forward, but you always need a bit of luck, too, and there’s no telling where you’ll end up."
  • Hot Shots Demo Moves Closer (PS3)
    "So let's say you've set a certain date to release your product, but you're suddenly concerned about that date posing a problem. Well, you could delay it and annoy some people, or you could be all consumer friendly and move it up. SCEA has chosen the latter approach with the Hot Shots Golf 5 playable demo, which will now be available on the Japanese Store on March 16."
  • Sony Ships MotorStorm (PS3)
    "After months of anticipation, Sony has finally shipped MotorStorm. Developed by the gang at Evolution Studios, who are no strangers to mud and racing (WRC series), MotorStorm is easily one of the best looking next-gen console titles out there. It comes highly recommended to those looking for an addictive online experience, but don't bank on it having a very expansive single-player component."
  • Test Drive Unlimited Goes Gold (PS2)
    "Atari has announced that Test Drive: Unlimited for both the PS2 and PC has officially gone gold. Meaning, the game is complete and will be shipping to stores March 20th, as planned. The PC version will be available via digital download by the time you read this, so head over to Atari.com to secure your PC copy straight onto your hard-drive."

Test Drive Unlimited Broken? (360)

Boomtown has the scoop.
"Atari released an auto update to the game that has caused as many problems as it has solved and shows no interest in explaining these updates to the game's community.

In fact it's pretty hard to actually work out what has changed. The patch seems to have enabled Force Feedback for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, but not in any way one would like. Implementation of feedback is so poor using the wheel is less fun than it was before its introduction."

GDC 07: The Forza Motorsport 2 Super Set Up (360)

Check out the video clip posted at Kotaku, showing off a super setup for Forza Motorsport 2. The guy drives about as well as Clay.
"This clip shows the much-more reasonable four monitor scenario, with a tiny Lilliput LCD screen taking on rearview mirror duties. Honestly, when I played, I didn't once look at it, but I was going up against ghost data, not any real competition. Watch, in this exclusive clip, Wired's Chris Kohler show why he should stick to Mario Kart."

SBK '07: Superbike World Championship Preview (PSP)

PSP World has posted their preview of SBK '07: Superbike World Championship.
"While the Race Team mechanics and technicians are tweaking their bikes to extract the last drop of power ahead of this year's championship, at Milestone studios the engineers are optimizing the bikes physics, acceleration and speed in order to deliver the SBK bike experience to race fans everywhere. While at the same time adapting and tweaking the AI to ensure each rider behaves as aggressively, daringling or insanely in the game as their real world counterparts."

Other Stuff...

Man, I now have a freakin' BLACK EYE from that "nose" incident the other day. F'ing sucks. Not too long ago I had a black eye, now a pattern is starting to form and my co-workers will think I'm a thug.

Anyways, we FINALLY WON A GAME, a LEGIT game! We won by a point after being down 44-30 at the half. We actually won 68-67. We started a full court press to start the 2nd half and we never stopped it. They turned the ball over a bunch of times and we won! I can't believe it. Maybe we can get on a winning streak to finish off the season going into the playoffs, hah. I was simply put, ON FIRE last night. I hit for 27 points, easily my best game of the season.

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  • QOTD: Let's say you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

BigKoo (36), ChiTownKid (34), SSilentstorm7 (19)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007
11:39 PM - March 6, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Sports, 360)

IGN has posted the following:

09:53 PM - March 6, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

Award-Winning Series Delivers High-Speed Automotive Anarchy on PlayStation 2 and PSP

Redwood City, Calif. – March 6, 2007 – The king of speed and destruction is back! Electronic Arts (NASAQ: ERTS) today announced that Burnout™ Dominator has shipped to North American retail outlets for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Burnout Dominator has been rated E10+ by the ESRB, with descriptors of Violence.

Burnout Dominator is an all-new installment of the blockbuster Burnout™ series that challenges players to face off against a series of hot-blooded rivals in tests of reckless driving. The game features an all-new “Maniac Mode,” daring players to take down other drivers and string together massive combos of the wildest driving stunts without crashing. Burnout Dominator also marks the return of Burnouts and Boost Chaining, where gamers store up supercharged boost and use it all in one go – before combo-ing into another Burnout – for truly irresponsible speed.

“Burnout Dominator celebrates the terrifying feeling of speeding down the wrong side of the road, slamming into the car next to you and teetering on the edge of control at 200 miles per hour,” said senior producer, Nick Channon. “It’s a return to the game’s essence – the fastest, most aggressive racing series out there, bar none.”

Burnout Dominator for PSP also features ad hoc multiplayer for up to six players, as well as “ScoreSync” functionality, which allows gamers to compare their best race times against their friends.

Burnout Dominator was developed by EA’s Criterion Games and UK Studio team in Guildford, UK.

09:51 PM - March 6, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

Featuring a Roster of Top Hip Hop and Hollywood Talent as well as an Incomparable Soundtrack, DEF JAM: ICON Delivers the Most Authentic Hip Hop Lifestyle Videogame Experience

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – March 6, 2007 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), in partnership with urban lifestyle powerhouse Def Jam Interactive, announced today that DEF JAM: ICON™ has shipped to stores nationwide. Infusing the hottest hip hop beats with an advanced, next generation fighting gameplay system, DEF JAM: ICON will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system.

Use the music to your advantage to strike down your opponent with DEF JAM: ICON’s new Building’s with Bass fighting mechanic. The musically charged environments become alive to the beat, creating hazards that you can use to defeat your opponent. Players can even trigger the beats to set off the hazards at the right time with the game’s unique DJ Controls. Never before has music become an instrumental part in the actual gameplay of a videogame.

With brand new tracks from hip hop’s greatest, DEF JAM: ICON delivers the ultimate soundtrack. Big Boi, Lil Jon, Ludacris, T.I., and Young Jeezy are just a few names featured on both the soundtrack and in the game. To keep the music fresh, players can load their own MP3’s into the game version for Xbox 360 and have their favorite beats drive the environment and gameplay.

Become a hip hop icon and build your empire from the ground up in the all-new single-player story mode. Written by renowned Hollywood writers Virgil Williams and Cle “Bone” Sloan, DEF JAM: ICON delivers an intense storyline unrivaled in any other hip hop lifestyle/fighting game. Discover new talent, build a record label and do whatever it takes to make it to the top.

Produced by EA Chicago, the developers of the acclaimed EA SPORTS™ Fight Night franchise, the game is rated "M" (Mature) with descriptors Blood, Strong Lyrics, Violence, by the ESRB with a MSRP of $59.99. The official game website is http://www.defjamicon.com.

DEF JAM: ICON is also scheduled to ship in Europe on March 16 for the PLAYSTATION 3 system and Xbox 360 and has been rated 18+ by PEGI and the USK.