Our first take on next-gen footy.
We got to take a look at a Pre-Alpha build of the game on the show floor.
We got a chance to play a limited version of NBA Live 14.
We go hands on with a next gen version of Madden NFL 25.
Operation Sports Content
Monday, August 15, 2005
Gamer Feed has posted their preview of NHL 2K6.
"On top of this, there's the rumor that the price will once again be in the $20 range, making this the affordable bargain for all kinds of hockey players out there. Hey, with its huge online options, its robust presentation, and the new gameplay quirks, who would turn it down? NHL 2K6 looks to be a dominant player in the field this year, and, in a matter of weeks, we'll see how it masters the ice."
Gaming Target has posted a "Final Glimpse" of WWE Day of Reckoning 2.
"In a nutshell, WWE Day of Reckoning 2 is bound to be one behemoth of a wresting game. Featuring over 40 wrestlers, intricate gameplay, a deeper story mode and better graphics, GameCube fans have something to look forward to. And the fact that there will be a fascinating total of 21 modes of play including Steel Cage, Triple Threat, Tag Team, Bra and Panties and over a dozen more, it seems like THQ is about to unleash a force to be reckoned with."
Gaming Target has posted their review of NCAA Football 06, giving it a 9.1.
"Those disappointed in NCAA Football 2005 should be happy with 06, and though it's not the best NCAA game yet, it's still a damn good game. It might be the only college football game in town, but then again, it's pretty much always been in a class of its own."
04:04 PM - August 15, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced today that powerhouse Miami Heat center, Shaquille O'Neal will be the cover athlete and official spokesperson for NBA 2K6. The latest installment in the #1 rated* NBA 2K series, NBA 2K6 promises fans the most complete and entertaining basketball experience with new offensive and defensive post play elements, developed with direct input from O'Neal.
"Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant, skilled and exciting players in the NBA," stated Erik Whiteford, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "His name is synonymous with basketball and winning. His great passion for the game and drive for excellence has made him a force on the court and a leader on every team he is a part of, including 2K Sports. We're thrilled to be working with Shaq on NBA 2K6."
"NBA 2K6 will be the best basketball game on the virtual court, and it's no secret I like to play with the best - and that's 2K Sports," stated Miami Heat Center Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal has had an exceptional NBA career, earning countless accolades for his superior talent and contributions to the game of basketball. He has been selected to participate in 12 NBA All-Star Games, is a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a two-time regular season scoring champion. In 1996, O'Neal was also selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
In conjunction with the cover athlete, 2K Sports is proud to announce new additions to post play in NBA 2K6 - with new animations and gameplay inspired and co-created by Shaquille O'Neal. These enhancements offer players a more realistic experience while "in the paint," featuring authentic NBA-motion captured moves like drop steps, head fakes, skyhooks, and the infamous fade away shot. NBA 2K6 will also feature new post specific moves including steals from post defenders and weak side blocks, adding a new layer to the defensive post game.
NBA 2K6 delivers the most authentic NBA experience as gamers can elevate their level of play by utilizing the innovative V.I.P. System(TM) to challenge profiles of friends and other NBA 2K6 gamers across the country. With online play and unrivaled franchise control, NBA 2K6 will be the most comprehensive and feature rich NBA video game released to date.
NBA 2K6 will hit courts in Fall 2005 for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com
We have just posted some info and screenshots for NBA '06.
"Expanding upon the best-selling 5-on-5 basketball simulation on PSP, NBA '06 for PSP incorporates all-new game design, animations, and mini-games for gamers to play anytime, anywhere. Supporting up to two players via ad hoc or infrastructure mode, NBA ‘06 for PSP offers the chance to play any of the 41 authentic NBA teams, including six National Basketball Development League (NBDL) teams. Two new mini-games, HORSE and Dodgeball, allow players to step away from traditional 5-on-5 play and engage in some classic schoolyard battles."
TheManRoom has posted an interview with Senior Producer, C.J. Connoy, as they talk about NBA '06.
TheManRoom: "One of the key yet sometimes overlooked features for a basketball game to succeed is the ability to play tight, realistic defense. What have you done in NBA ‘06 to achieve this?"
C.J. Connoy: "On ball defense has been overhauled in NBA ‘06. When designing the game, we decided that the current NBA game status quo was about the “brick wall” or “ole!” solutions to basic defense. Either the ball handler is stopped cold or he flies right by. The real NBA is neither of these. We came up with a concept we call, “Skitching.” True defense is about preventing a ball handler from getting to his desired spot (for a jumper or seam to attack the basket)."
10:42 AM - August 15, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.Next Level Gaming has posted some screenshots of LMA Manager 2006.
G4TV has posted their review of NCAA Football 06, giving it a 4 out of 5.
"NCAA Football 06’s refined approach seems to cater most to the hardcore college football fan rather than the casual sports enthusiast. If your definition of getting dressed up for the weekend is applying face paint, slipping on a licensed sweatshirt, and draping a team blanket over your back, then NCAA Football 06 has more than enough school spirit to keep you glued to the screen until the final corporate-sponsored bowl game."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
12:55 PM - August 14, 2005. Posted by NYJets.Dark Station has posted some screenshots of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
GameSpy has posted the following:
- WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2006 Preview (PS2)
"The first thing we saw were the different match types. Traditional favorites like Steel Cage, TLC, and Hell in a Cell are back, as well as new modes like the much-demanded Buried Alive match, where the match doesn't end until you shut your opponent in a coffin. Fans of the WWE Divas may be disappointed that this year's game does not contain the Bra and Panties match, but don't worry -- instead, you'll be able to play the Fulfill Your Fantasy match, which takes thinks to the next level with the lovely wrestling ladies. THQ is promising 100 different match types in all, so there should be plenty of variety in your fights."
- Burnout Revenge Interview (Xbox)
"Sunshine Keys might appear a hazy, lazy place for some, but really it's made for rampaging! The laidback vibe, complete with palm trees, beach, and white hot sun are in stark contrast to the other urban or country-based courses, but that doesn't make it any less fun to run riot through."
- SSX On Tour Movie (PS2)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- Virtua Tennis World Tour Screenshots (PSP)
Gaming Target has posted their review of Outlaw Tennis, giving it a 7.3.
"Fans of the Outlaw series will find some things to like and tennis aficionados will find a decent experience with an arcade twist. Unfortunately, there are still many persisting flaws in the Outlaw series and much of the charm has been lost."
11:35 AM - August 14, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06.
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 delivers ultra-realistic course environments, allowing gamers to experience the intensity of a championship golf tournament. With greatness comes pressure, as players are put to the test of making perfect tee shots or sinking tournament-winning putts in crunch time."
GameBiz has posted the following:
- Fight Night Round 3 Screenshots (X360, PS3)
"The characters are amazingly detailed. Each boxer will have his own physical characteristics thanks to new laser technology used on the body of the boxers which accurately draws the boxer on the screen. The fighters themselves will move great fluidity and realism, just like their real counterparts."
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 Screenshots (X360)
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 will combine incredible realism with fine tuned gameplay. Expect to see beautiful, highly detailed backgrounds, lots of new features and modes, and one good looking Tiger Woods model."
- MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 Preview (Xbox, PC)
"Helmet visors on the helmets reflect the environment and road. The lighting and pavement textures have been improved, using per pixel effects and normal mapping on the riders and tarmac surface and there is a new heat effect coming from the exhaust or haze across the track and when you’re racing in rain there is a great new water effect."
Just in case you missed the features we posted this week, here they are.
- Top Shelf Tuesday Featuring NHL 2K6
- NBA Live 06 Screenshots and Movie Clip (Xbox)
- FIFA 06 Screenshots (Multi)
- Operation Sports Blog Updates
- Madden NFL 06: Be the QB (Xbox.com Article)
GameXC has posted their review of Madden NFL 06, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"So if you have a desire to play licensed football on the Xbox this year, this is obviously your pick, considering there isn’t really a choice to make. Franchise still offers that same great depth that Madden has been known for, playing defense and running are valiantly attempting to be as fun as passing, and the features are just about impassable. Superstar mode is an ambitious step in the right direction, it just needs to be smoothed out around the edges so that it feels less like a chore. The only thing holding 06 back from greatness is the balance of fun on the field."