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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
TVG has the scoop.
"Italian publisher Black Bean Games has today confirmed development of SBK-08: Superbike World Championship for a host of platforms, with a planned release during May 2008."
TeamXbox has posted the following:
- SEGA Rally Revo Screenshots
"Now, SEGA Rally is back and set to reinvigorate the genre with the vital ingredients that many of the modern racers lack – fun, character and beauty, with few rally games able to match its unique and rewarding experience. Rally’s dead, long live SEGA Rally."
- skate Ads
"skate is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting your feet on a board. With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, the power of the next gen hardware, and the ability to sculpt tricks that define your own style, skate delivers an authentic boarding mecca like no other videogame."
IGN has posted the following:
- Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Videos (PS3)
- Super Swing Golf 2 Screenshots (Wii)
- skate Videos (360)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Screenshots (DS)
- NFL Gridiron Screenshots (Cell)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Tees Up (PS3)
"Wannabe Tigers can play the FedExCup, featuring rounds at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill and East Lake. In addition to many of the top Tour players, the game also features top LPGA golfers Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel."
- PAX 2007: Table Tennis Hands On Preview (Wii)
"Interestingly, this version of Table Tennis actually has three different control options. The first is a simplified control scheme -- heavily inspired by Wii Sports Tennis -- in which only the Wii Remote is used to hit the ball. When using this scheme, the computer will control your player's physical position around the table, allowing to focus on serving and returning the ball."
- SEGA Rally Near-Final Preview (PS3)
"For a start, it looks beautiful. In fact, it looks beautiful right from the start. When you load up each race, there's a brief introduction that shows the trackside details that you'll be driving too fast to spot during the actual races themselves. Giraffes graze under the gaze of overhead hot-air balloons in Savannah races; windmills and railway trains are accompanied by relaxing birdsong in Alpine settings; and a Hoover-style dam forms the backdrop for aerial display teams in Canyon races."
GameSpy has posted the following:
- Indianapolis 500 Legends Trailer (360)
- NBA 08 Preview (PS3)
"The biggest change this year is the implementation of the progression hub. You'll be able to create a player, and as you take him through a career, you'll be able to gain points that you can spend on gear or development."
- SBK-08: Superbike World Championship '08 Screenshots (360)
- Indianapolis 500 Legends Screenshots (Wii)
- NBA 2K8 Screenshots (PS3)
GameSpot has posted the following:
12:20 AM - August 29, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.CVG has the scoop.
" Topspin senior producer Jean-Yves Patay told CVG that his team at PAM is aiming to do so much more with the Wii than the relatively simple approach taken to the sport by Wii Sports Tennis."
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
EA SPORTS TO CAPTURE NBA STARS GO-TO MOVES FOR NBA LIVE
NBA LIVE 08 Cover Athlete Gilbert Arenas Hosts Paul Pierce, Josh Howard, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion and Randy Foye This Week at EA Canada
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 28th, 2007 – Fire up the Hibachi! Electronic Arts Inc(NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today NBA LIVE 08 cover athlete Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards) will host the NBA LIVE Summer Camp taking place at EA Canada in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, August 29. Along with Arenas, NBA stars Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Josh Howard (Dallas Mavericks), Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors), Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) and Randy Foye (Minnesota Timberwolves) will be on hand to have their go-to moves authentically represented in NBA LIVE through motion capture.
NBA LIVE Summer Camp, open to the media but not to the general public, will provide the NBA players the opportunity to get their first look at NBA LIVE 08, give feedback to the development team, and get them on the court for a little friendly competition. As an added bonus, Arenas will pull out the hibachi and grill lunch for his guests.
“One of our biggest goals has always been to develop the most authentic sports games on the market,” said Jordan Edelstein, Director of Marketing, EA SPORTS™. “Bringing in some of the NBA’s best athletes to EA for motion capture gives us the means to create a basketball experience as realistic in the videogame as you see it on the court.”
During the motion capture session, the NBA players will be dressed in a custom fit suit with reflective markers. Cameras – each with their own light source – surround the floor and record the point of light reflecting off the markers as a dot on the screen. The “bones” of the game character are pulled around by the dots in the same manner a string would pull a marionette’s body around. This data is transferred into the game and enables the development team to realistically represent that player’s movement as a videogame character. EA Canada is home to the largest motion capture studio in the world pumping out more than a half-million seconds of animation delivered each year with 200+ shoot days.
All six players attending NBA LIVE Summer Camp will be paired with kids attending the event from Burnaby KidSport during their friendly shoot-around in the gym. This locally-based not-for-profit organization raises and distributes money for kids in Burnaby, B.C., aged 5 to 17 who would not otherwise be able to participate in organized sports due to financial barriers. This will be led by EA Canada’s Community Relations program, EA™ Cares, which has a strong tradition of supporting the community.
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, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.
NBA LIVE 08 will be available in early October for the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft and the Wii™. NBA LIVE 08 will ship to retailers on PC in late October. NBA LIVE 08 has been rated 3+ by PEGI and “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB; visit www.esrb.org or www.pegionline.eu for updated rating information. For more information, log onto www.nbalive.com. This event is open to the media and not open to the general public.
10:00 PM - August 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
TEE OFF WITH TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 08 AS IT HITS RETAIL STORES TODAY
Challenge Others with EA SPORTS GamerNet and Put Yourself in the Game through Photo Game Face
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 28, 2007 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08, featuring the breakthrough new EA SPORTS™ GamerNet and Photo Game Face features, is available in retail stores today under the EA SPORTS™ brand. With the critically-acclaimed Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise, gamers can put themselves into the middle of the action, test their nerves and skills against the best, and then share and compare their shots with other players from around the world in the most innovative iteration ever created.
With EA SPORTS GamerNet, an interactive gaming hub that hosts user-created gameplay online, every shot on every hole of a player’s game is recorded. From the opening drive to the final putt in the Playoffs for the FedExCup, EA SPORTS GamerNet is capturing all the shots that make, or break players rounds. With an on-line connection, gamers can then upload their most amazing – and unthinkable – performances on EA SPORTS GamerNet and then earn points and bragging rights by posting video clips for other gamers to play against and by matching challenges set by others.
With Photo Game Face, players will now be able to replicate themselves in the game, down to the finest detail. By simply uploading real-life photographs, players can create in-game characters that look exactly like the real thing with no artistic skill required, giving gamers the unique opportunity to go toe to toe with the best golfers on the finest courses in the world. EA SPORTS GamerNet and Photo Game Face are features exclusive to the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08 also features the PGA TOUR new Playoffs for the FedExCup, offering gamers the thrill of the playoff chase by playing dream rounds at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill and East Lake. In addition to many of the top PGA TOUR players, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08 also features top LPGA golfers, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.
Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08 is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment systems, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PC, Mac, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and is rated E by the ESRB. The game’s official website is www.easports.com/tigerwoods08.
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, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – August 28, 2007 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced it has shipped Track & Field Challenge, an original TV Plug and Play video game that lets children compete in a virtual decathlon. Using a custom gaming mat, players will only need a television and a competitive spirit to take part in more than seven different world class sports events.
A Plug and Play video game, Track & Field Challenge connects directly to any TV without the use of a game console to deliver hours of competitive fun. Featuring more than seven different track and field events such as the 100 meter dash, javelin throw and high Jump, players can run in place and jump on the gaming mat to recreate the on-screen action as if they were taking part in an actual decathlon. Through a variety of actions that can be performed on the gaming mat, Track & Field Challenge immerses players in the competitive atmosphere of world class track and field while also promoting an active lifestyle.
The game also features three unlockable events as well as the ability for players to monitor how many calories they have burned at the end of each gameplay session. Each of the game’s events can be played simultaneously with a friend using just one gaming mat.
Track & Field Challenge is available for an SRP of $29.99. For more information, please visit www.konami.com
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami’s titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at www.konami.com .
“KONAMI” is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.
09:22 AM - August 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.GameSpy has posted the following:
- NBA 2K8 (360)
"For lack of a better term (or an official one that we can remember), we're calling them the cell phone bars, because that's exactly what they look like: your signal reception on your phone. The bars measure your hot streaks and efficiency from specific ranges, and they're color-coded for hot, warm, and cold spots with red, yellow, and blue bars, respectively. There are also dead zones; you're not likely to hit a shot from half-court with too many people. For Davis, a shot from the top of the key gets him two bars of yellow, which means that it's not impossible, but it's better to get closer to up those bars and make them red."
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PS3)
"We've also heard that the game has more animations than PES 2007. That's where things get sticky. We played two rounds of PES 08 on 360, and we noticed that the controls felt a little tighter than last year, although it wasn't drastically different. Also, we noticed that some of the visuals got cleaned up after last year's game. That's not to say that it's a prettier game than FIFA 08, but then, has PES ever been better looking than FIFA? It's safe to say, however, that the pitch actually looks like one from a next-gen game, and less like an upscaled version of Winning Eleven 9 played back on a 360."
09:21 AM - August 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.PS3Monster has posted their hands-on preview of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
"It isn’t just the graphics that are slick. Once again, the game play for PES is unparalleled. With heaps of new animations, the title is even more fluid than previous versions, with each player moving and reacting the way they should. That being said, the game did take two or three games to get used to. Because of the new animations, and the extreme fluidity of the title, the game play has naturally changed – but for the better. The referees also seem to have a perfect balance of leniency and strictness, making the game flow nicely and stopping you from shouting abuse at them for a great slide to get the ball."
09:21 AM - August 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.IGN has posted some Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games screenshots and videos.
"Mario & Sonic at the Olympics Games features an all-star cast of characters. From the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, players will be able to compete as or against a range of familiar characters including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more. Innovative usage of the Wii control systems to maneuver your favorite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, leap over the high jump or churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after Olympic gold medal."
According to a few people in our Forums, the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 demo is available on the Marketplace.