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"The first game was a great sports title and this one looks to add more layers to several key areas so it’s really hard to see where this game experience could go wrong. Still, the key question for many potential buyers will be: “Is the game ‘next-gen’ enough?” We’ll find out shortly."
"Players can fully charge kicks and sit back and watch as Mario, Wario, Peach, Donkey Kong and the other captains unleash the fury of the amazing Super Strike kick. Use the ultimate slide attack to completely wipe opponents out or knock them into the walls surrounding the field for an electrifying finish. Players fake out opponents as they easily spin away from attempts to steal the ball from beneath their feet. Players must gather their wits for strategic strikes as they drop a not-so-friendly Chain Chomp on their opponents."
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Wednesday, October 12, 2005 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that NCAA® March Madness® 06, the strategic college hoops simulation featuring the all-new EA SPORTS™ Lockdown Stick, has shipped to retailers nationwide and is now available in stores under the EA SPORTS brand.
NCAA March Madness 06, which features Duke as the top-ranked team in the country as part of the EA SPORTS Top 25 in-game ranking system, delivers the ultimate strategic basketball experience with an even deeper playbook that covers both ends of the court. Players can now dominate rivals with an authentic brand of defense and push the ball on offense with an enhanced Floor General Playcalling system that features more sets than ever before. With the all-new EA SPORTS Lockdown Stick, defense creates offense by allowing players to pressure the ball, force turnovers and harass opponents on the court.
EA Sports Top 25
8. Michigan State
10. Texas Tech
12. George Washington
15. Ohio State
16. West Virginia
18. Oklahoma State
19. Boston College
With former North Carolina Tar Heels star Raymond Felton on all packaging, NCAA March Madness 06 celebrates everything that makes college hoops unique, including cheerleaders, mascots, authentic fight songs, raucous fans and ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler calling all the action. Featuring an enhanced EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode™ and 10 new dream historical matchups in the popular College Classics mode, the Road to the Final Four® begins with NCAA March Madness 06.
Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA LIVE and NBA STREET franchises, NCAA March Madness 06 is available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB. The game’s official website is http://www.marchmadness06.com.
EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, MVP Baseball™, NCAA® Football, NASCAR® racing and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.
"Much like the Dreamcast game before it, this slick conversion should please just about anybody. It's at its best with a crowd of friends, but the single-player mode does have enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase even if you don't anticipate much chance for group play. In short, it deserves to be a smash. Sorry."
"FIFA '06 may not be as strong a sports title as, oh, NBA 2K6 or even Madden, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in quality. It's just how you approach the excitement of the sport in general, so if you're a hockey fan, this will be your idea of utopia for the year. The game feels pretty good, the presentation is killer, and the abundant extras will probably keep you busy until the next World Cup tournament unfolds. This is a fine game to, ahem, "kick it" with."
"I have a lot of mixed feelings about SSX: On Tour. On the one hand I love the skiing, and hope that it continues in the next versions of the franchise. But with all the things EA changed and removed from the game, SSX: On Tour in general feels less exciting than SSX 3. I don’t feel as if I’m progressing as much with this map menu, and I never seem to have enough money to upgrade my skis, board, or outfits as I did in previous iterations. Plus with the added emphasis on goal accomplishment, it makes me miss what I loved dearly with the franchise up to this point. SSX: On Tour isn’t a bad game by any means, but it seems like a step backwards instead of a quadruple flip forward."
"EA Sports has done a magnificent job with NBA Live 06, one of the best basketball games to come out this year. While its gameplay mechanics don’t quite come close to capturing the balance between simulator and arcade sports game that NBA 2K6 clearly possesses, this is a solid basketball game that no PS2 owner should miss."
"NHL 06 is a tremendous sports simulation, so if you have any love for hockey, not owning this game is downright inexcusable. Even if you don't watch real-life hockey and are just looking for a sports game to pass the time and entertain, this game is capable of doing just that."
"Mario Smash Football is a five-a-side based football tournament pitting teams of classic Nintendo characters against each other."
"Sounds of the game are done well, but all the cars start to sound almost the same after a while, especially since the cars are motoring at nitro-induced speeds and sound just like a jet fighter boosting its afterburners. Since EA is now the publisher of Burnout Revenge, the same type of soundtrack that you'll hear in most EA Sports titles pops up in Burnout Revenge, with plenty of fast-rocking tunes to get your blood boiling and fuel your fire for roadway revenge."
- Burnout Legends Screenshots (DS)
"Burnout Legends sets the bar for on-the-go automotive anarchy, combining the series' trademark speed, destruction and depth. Gamers can look forward to eight gameplay modes, including crash, road rage and pursuit."
- Stacked with Daniel Negreanu Screenshots (PS2, Xbox, PC, PSP)
"A Texas Hold 'em game that captures the spirit of the professional poker tour, Stacked utilizes an advanced learning artificial intelligence system that adapts to each player's style of play and a detailed tutorial mode to deliver a thrilling and realistic poker experience."
- World Championship Poker 2 Screenshots and Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PSP - 16.46 MB)
"World Championship Poker 2 features a much more detailed one player game, where you now have to work your way up the ranks, starting in your mom's basement. Once you start winning and accumulating money, you can spend your winnings on increasingly better pads, and furnishings."
"Although not the most potent Xbox racer on the market, L.A. Rush lets gamers go fully custom in LA; something that many car nuts have looked forward to for a long time. Technically L.A. Rush is fine, but it lacks the kind of character that is needed to separate a tuner-style title from the rest of the pack."
"FIFA 06 is arguably the most disappointing iteration of the game in recent years. EA Canada showed signs of promise, having fixed up certain annoying factors, like the game’s AI, but that the same time, they’ve managed to disrupt the smooth flow of the game with some bizarre control choices, poor physics and bizarre graphical features which only serve to clog up the game."
- Amped 3 (X360)
"Amped 3, like snowboarding itself, isn't just about the sport. Sure, there's an all-new physics engine, an innovative artificial intelligence engine, and perfected controls, so you get the most authentic riding experience at some of the world's greatest winter resorts, but snowboarding is all about style."
- FIFA Street 2 Screenshots (Multi)
"Prove you have what it takes in four on four gameplay action which captures the passion and flair of real street soccer in this fresh arcade experience. Humiliate your opponents with the new trick stick beat system, over the top juggling moves and all-new gamebreakers that allow you to win a game like never before."
- L.A. Rush (PS2, Xbox - 6.0/10)
"If L.A. Rush had been released a year ago, it may have fared much better, but in a world where there's plenty of choice in the "action driving" genre, or whatever you want to call it, it's overshadowed by some tough competition."
- FIFA Soccer 2006 (PS2, Xbox, GC - 9.0/10)
"In keeping with FIFA's move towards being more "Madden-like" the career mode is given more prominence than ever this year. For some, this is arguably the biggest "EA-ification" of the game, and consequently a bone of contention for some players. Personally I've learned to quite enjoy it as it's evolved, and this year the 15-year business that it represents provides a knowing nod toward the soccer management games that are so popular in Europe."