Sports Interactive's football sim received a makeover, but its still as good as ever.
Don't expect a revolution this year, just another step forward for the franchise...
It's not flashy or brilliant, but it'll do just fine for this year.
General first impressions after a few days with the game...
"In conclusion, Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 is a solid debut for the next generation of the series if you donít go in expecting all of the bells and whistles of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions. The gameplay has changed, and along with that the atmosphere and overall feeling of the franchise that some considered was going stale. Groundwork for all of the future EA football titles, which also include the NCAA and Arena Football series, has been laid down here and with work it will hopefully become the complete package that fans are looking for. For now though, as it stands, it is one of the top sports titles on the new platform and fans who love their football shouldnít miss out on it."
"Featuring the British GT championship, series stalwarts the DTM and Aussie V8 Supercars, Sprint Cars, Rallying, and open wheel racing all the way from karts to the BMW Williams Grand Prix Cars, and much more ToCA Race Driver 3 has something for everyone."
"The usual lovely replays (saveable to memory card) look great and show off the nicely modelled cars with some spectacularly realistic camera work and positioning Ė dynamic weather, rain, mud splatters and dust never looked better on PS2. WRC:RE has come a long way, both virtually and literally, and ends up being probably the benchmark rally game of the generation. When you consider the mighty competition, Evolution Studios deserve much kudos for that, and I canít wait to see what they come up with on PS3."
"When the dust has settled, what weíre left with is a very fine rally game. Yet the question still remains: is this an evolution or a repetition? Sony has added a few additional ingredients to the WRC recipe, and the environments you race through are certainly a bonus, but I canít help the feeling that this is caveman in a business suit. A new paint job does not an evolved game make."
"We had a healthy scepticism for the game back in May, though we have to admit Mario Smash Football has won us over. Its emphasis on fun football gameplay with a heavy dose of Mario power-ups including Koopa Shells, Stars, Mushrooms, and BobOmbs ensure that the title (and the player) never takes itself too seriously. It has instant playability for a wide age range that will hopefully reflect in sales success."
"It would be unfair to say that the few problems in WRC Rally Evolved make it unplayable. The gameplay is enjoyable, but for gamers who want something more than a driving simulator, this isn't for you. Having said that, if you have even glanced at a TV screen in a shop window and let your mind wander over the prospect of becoming a rally driver then you'll enjoy this title; for diehard rally fans, this really is a must."
Man, the Pistons really pissed me off last night. I watched a grueling double overtime game against the Wizards, only to see the Stones lose it at the end. 9-2 isn't bad, but I had penciled in a win here. I can't stand the Wizards!
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Enough about me, what's up with you? Enjoy the college football games!
"Overall, the game is a must have for Need for Speed fans. For the rest, itís an interesting arcade racing game, thanks to its spectacular police car chasses and outstanding graphics. Since the competition is almost non existent, Most Wanted can brag about being the best arcade racing game of the year, but itís pretty sad to know that youíve won a race with no competitors. In its current form, the Need for Speed series has exhausted its resources, which warrants an important change in regards to its direction. Otherwise, failure might be just around the corner."
"Team6 game studios sends along the promised playable demo for Super Taxi Driver 2006, offering the first opportunity to try out their imminent budget-priced arcade racing game. This demo contains two single-player missions and one multiplayer level, drivable in choice of two taxis."
- 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 Trailer #4 (PC - 32.47 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."
"Overall, the game is a must have for Need for Speed fans. For the rest, itís an interesting arcade racing game, thanks to its spectacular police car chasses and outstanding graphics. Since the competition is almost non existent, Most Wanted can brag about being the best arcade racing game of the year, but itís pretty sad to know that youíve won a race with no competitors."
"Though I probably wonít be watching anymore golf after playing TW 06, I certainly do enjoy playing it much more. Little things like wagering some money just before a shot with an online buddy or making that huge 40 foot putt to sink an eagle makes this more than just a boring ďgolfĒ game."
"Project Gotham Racing 3 isn't perfect. We missed the radio stations from the previous games in the series and we wished the super sports cars were not the only vehicles you could pick from. However, the graphics, racing and online options more than make up for it."