Thursday, February 2, 2006
08:30 AM - February 2, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Game Revolution has posted their review of Torino 2006, giving it a D-.
"If that's even possible. The Winter Olympics might not have the appeal of the Summer Games, but there's still plenty of interesting gameplay conventions to explore. Unfortunately, Torino 2006 is so wildly uninspired, so entirely rote in its design that it barely qualifies as decent merchandising even at its discounted $20 price. The GR judges give this one the finger."

08:29 AM - February 2, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
BlackBean Games has posted a fact sheet for Evolution GT, including some screenshots.
"With some of the best AI seen in a racing game players can expect intense rivalries to develop between teams and individual AI controlled drivers. The opponents you face want to win just as much as you do! Feel the pressure as they try to force you into making mistakes and use the teachings of Gabriele Tarquini (BTCC and ETCC Champion) to gain the edge! Coupled with a superb physics model where every car drives like its real world counterpart and a revolutionary skills systems which allows players to create and modify the driver depending on their style of drive, Evolution GT is a total immersion racing experience that literally lets you BE THE DRIVER!"

08:29 AM - February 2, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Game Chronicles have posted their review of Cross Racing Championship 2005, giving it a 7 out of 10.
"I would have to say that Cross Racing Championship 2005 is a success, overall. As I said before, it is a racing game that is a little different from the others, more sim than arcade, but still giving you the freedom that you don’t have to follow all of the rules that some of the more serious racing games have. This one just allows you to get in, get dirty, and have fun without having to worry about all the other stuff, while at the same time, offering a true simulation of off-road driving."

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
11:27 PM - February 1, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Virtual RC Racing v3.1 Full Install (PC - 30.06 MB)
    "Virtual RC Racing is the worlds most advanced and realistic r/c car simulation and on-line r/c racing community. This v3.1 still features the same RC Speedway and Oslo tracks, but now improved physics, dual player LAN, multilanguage support and new timer system."
  • Test Drive Unlimited Screenshots (X360)
    "Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
  • TOCA Race Driver 3 Crashes Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PC - 47.87 MB)
    "Race drivers will be competing in a massive variety of the world's most aggressive motorsports, complete with explosive damage effects, head-to-head online multiplayer racing and a game engine rebuilt for a greater degree of simulation."

11:27 PM - February 1, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has the scoop.
"The Steelers rushing game, on the other hand, was dominant. Fast Willie Parker took home the MVP trophy with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown. Bettis did his share too, with 44 yards on only 8 carries for a juicy 5.5 YPC average. The Bus also tossed in a touchdown run to top off his Hall of Fame career in high style."

Enlight Software Announces Partnership with Sports Mogul to Deliver Baseball Mogul 2007

Take a Swing at Managing Your Own Major League Franchise and Guide Them to a Championship Season

PARKVILLE, MD – February 1st, 2006 – Enlight, a leading software developer and publisher, today announced their partnership with Sports Mogul Inc. to deliver the next installment of their award-winning "Baseball Mogul" series, "Baseball Mogul 2007." As the premier sports statistical-simulation game on the market, "Baseball Mogul" will provide baseball enthusiasts with all the intense excitement and addictive entertainment that they have come to expect.

With new features and additions to "Baseball Mogul 2007," gamers will have the opportunity to create or take charge of any Major League Baseball team from 1900 to 2006 while managing all operations and team objectives. General Managers can actively scout and train talent from the best high school and colleges around the world to build their championship caliber ball club. Players will also be able to engage in complex trades, sign multi-year contracts, negotiate with sports agents, and handle team expenses with detailed budget management. From balancing rosters to actively calling the shots on the field through animated play-by-play mode, "Baseball Mogul 2007" will be the most comprehensive baseball management simulation available.

“With their reputation as a leader in the PC market, Enlight provides us with full confidence that the 'Baseball Mogul' series will continue to thrive again this year,” said Clay Dreslough, President of Sports Mogul Inc. “We have added a host of new features to enhance the simulation for this year’s title, and players will be able to enjoy the most realistic and compelling experience ever.”

“After having been involved in baseball as a player, coach and teacher, along with my son currently being recruited by major colleges and pro scouts, my passion for the sport is continued through this incredible game,” said Paul Lombardi, CEO of Enlight Interactive. “Never before has a sport simulation title provided such attention to detail and 'Baseball Mogul 2007' will be the ultimate statistical companion for all hardcore baseball enthusiasts.”

"Baseball Mogul 2007" will available in March for the PC. For more information, please visit: http://www.sportsmogul.com/baseball2k7/

About Sports Mogul Inc.
Sports Mogul Inc. is an electronic entertainment company that designs and develops computer-based General Manager sports simulations. The company's product line includes Baseball Mogul, Baseball Mogul 99, Baseball Mogul 2000, Baseball Mogul 2002, Baseball Mogul 2003, and Football Mogul. The Mogul series of games has received numerous accolades, including 1998 Sports Game of the Year from Computer Gaming World magazine.

About Enlight Software
Enlight is one of the world's leading developers of entertainment software. The company was founded in 1993, with a goal of creating games that are not only entertaining, but of equal importance, enlightening. In 2003, Enlight made its entry into the publishing arena, establishing Enlight Interactive Inc., the US publishing arm of the Enlight group as well as consolidating strategic partnerships with distributors all over the world. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.enlight.com.

02:10 PM - February 1, 2006. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their preview of Burnout Revenge.
"Burnout Revenge on next-gen still features multi-level tracks designed for fighting, wicked vertical takedowns, explosive crashbreakers, a huge array of gameplay modes and wide open crash junctions for epic crash sequences that put Hollywood to shame, Burnout Revenge redefines speed and aggression for the ultimate in vehicular combat."

08:38 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Well, the Pistons couldn't make it 12 straight wins, but they still have a spiffy 37-6 record. Kidd hit some big shots down the stretch, props to the Nets.

Another busy day, yippee for me!

Question of the Day: If you were the Producer of any sports video game, what is the first thing you would change?

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Judge_Smails, SoCalTribeFan (40), Cardot (36), fishepa (28), Perceptor (28), CTre (21), calcutta (19), Abrams (17)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

08:37 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our interview with Kendall Boyd, Product Manager of Arena Football.
Operation Sports: "Could you describe the game play? How realistic is it going to be?"
Kendall: "We try to be as true and authentic to the sport as possible, so I would have to say that everything from our intricate substitution rules to pyrotechnics at the start of the game are as close to the real thing as you can get with a video game. The great thing about Arena Football is that the sport itself already plays like an arcade game so it wasn’t hard to make the experience fun and exciting."

08:36 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports Announces The World Baseball Classic(tm) Will Be
Featured Exclusively In Major League Baseball 2K6

NEW YORK, NY - February 1, 2006 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that the World Baseball Classic(tm) will be featured exclusively in Major League Baseball 2K6. The highly anticipated World Baseball Classic(tm) is a 16-nation tournament featuring the world's best players competing for their home countries or territories. The tournament will take place in March 2006 and gamers can now experience this unique event exclusively in Major League Baseball 2K6.

"The excitement is building for the inaugural World Baseball Classic," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "International baseball brings a fresh new take on the sport as players from across the world compete for their home country. This new baseball experience will be brought to life for gamers to enjoy only in Major League Baseball 2K6."

"It's an honor to represent Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic," said Derek Jeter, All Star shortstop for the New York Yankees, Team USA member of the World Baseball Classic and cover athlete for Major League Baseball 2K6. "I'm excited to promote international baseball and it's terrific that gamers who pick up Major League Baseball 2K6 will be able to experience the same excitement of the World Baseball Classic."

"Highlighting the World Baseball Classic in the upcoming edition of Major League Baseball 2K6 makes perfect business sense for all the parties involved," said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. "The World Baseball Classic is going to be a winner and will highlight the appeal and passion for baseball throughout the world. Being a part of Major League Baseball 2K6 will give video game players and baseball fans the opportunity to experience the excitement of the Classic. It's a natural extension."

The World Baseball Classic features the world's best baseball players, competing on 16 teams from the Americas, Asia and Europe. The tournament begins on March 3 and will continue through March 20, when the Finals will be held at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is the exclusive and only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game that will be available on every major gaming console, including the Xbox 360(tm) and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube(tm), and the PSP(tm) (PlayStation®Portable) system. The World Baseball Classic is one of several new features found in Major League Baseball 2K6. New features and additional information will be announced in the near future.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

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."

08:36 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
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."

08:35 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has posted a video tutorial from Rugby 06.

08:35 AM - February 1, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
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."