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Monday, November 14, 2005
09:15 AM - November 14, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
TweakGuides have posted a tweak guide for Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
"The Need for Speed series is one of the classics of gaming. Starting out in 1994 with the original Need for Speed, and working through such titles as Need for Speed SE, II, III, High Stakes, Porsche Unleashed, Hot Pursuit 2 and the Underground I and II series, this game has gone from accurate simulation to arcadey racer to street racer over the years, and has now arrived at a watershed: NFS:MW takes elements from all the previous versions and blends them together to try to please both the original "purist" fans of the game, and the more recent street racing fans."

09:15 AM - November 14, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
NintendoDS Advanced has posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 9.4 out of 10.
"Mario Kart DS is not only the best game to be found on the Nintendo DS, it's also the best kart racer ever developed. The replay value of this title is through the roof and the challenge surpasses every one of its predecessors. Whether you can round up eight guys for some crazy multiplayer or if you're a bit of a lone ranger, you'll find plenty to be satisfied with in Mario Kart DS."

09:15 AM - November 14, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted a demo of TOCA Race Driver 3.
"This TOCA Race Driver 3 Honda Civic demo gives you a taste of the action. The full game will be released for the PC, the Xbox and the PS2 in February 2006."

Sunday, November 13, 2005
10:53 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Armchair Empire has posted their review of NCAA March Madness 06, giving it a score of 8.2 out of 10.
"While the graphics engine is ready for serious retirement, the Dynasty mode not totally up to the EA Sports standard, and some online lag issues, NCAA March Madness 06 completely engulfs players into the world of college basketball."

10:53 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • Test Drive Unlimited Trailer (X360)
    "Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads."
  • Madden NFL 06 TV Commercials (X360)
    "EA has released two new TV commercials featuring the Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 06. Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 has been built from the ground up to deliver completely redesigned gameplay and the most lifelike football experience ever created."
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Black Edition Trailer (Xbox)
    "EA has released a new Need for Speed Most Wanted trailer featuring the BLACK EDITION of the game. This collectorís edition will feature exclusive cars, races and specially-tuned rides, as well as a bonus DVD with behind the scenes footage of model/actress, Josie Maran, concept art, exclusive videos and much more."

09:02 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Well, I played a few games on NCAA Football last night online with a couple of friends. The first game I won on a last second 40 yard field goal, the next one I lost on a 1 yd. TD run with 16 seconds left. Both games were intense and very fun, I'm really enjoying NCAA Football 06, no question about it. I think the game is very solid.

Other than that, my day was fairly uneventful. Grilled some food outside and relaxed most of the day. Watched Dan's team lose in the soccer playoffs 4-1. I don't really follow soccer too much, so I thought it was boring.

I'll be going down south to visit my parents today, hope everyone has a nice Sunday. I'll probably watch the Bucs/Skins game down there, hopefully the Bucs can pull one out. It's going to be hard to wait until Monday night for the Boys game, I think I've waited long enough for them to play. I think it's harder for me to wait on a Cowboy game, than to wait on the 360, lol.

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Ron Artest (26), soxedge (24), greyfox142002 (19), SHaynes23 (18)

Enough about me, what's up with you? Enjoy the NFL games.

09:02 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
GamePro has posted their review of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, giving it a 4.5 out of 5.
"As with any new hardware launch, the initial gaming pickins' aren't very robust--fortunately for you there's Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Its easy pick-up-and-play style will have you skating like a pro in no time, and its addictive gameplay will keep you glued to your chair for days on end."

09:02 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
UGO has posted their review of Virtua Tennis World Tour, giving it an A-.
"A great many PSP sports games have been crippled or lacking features, but Virtua Tennis World Tour takes the same gameplay from the consoles and places it on the portable with little taken away. Even if you don't like tennis, you should give this a try, as the gameplay itself is perfect for a video game - fast paced, twitch action that's incredibly addictive and simple all the same. Games like this are the kind of titles portable platforms thrive on - which bodes well for the future of the PSP."

09:01 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted the Project Gotham Racing 3 TV Ad.
"Microsoft released the TV-ad for Project Gotham Racing 3 we captured some days ago, in direct-feed quality. It's of course available in 30 sec and 60 sec versions, but the 30-version doesn't have anything the 60 don't."

09:01 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Total Video Games have posted the following reviews:
  • WRC: Rally Evolved (PS2 - 88%)
    "WRC: Rally Evolved isn't really an evolution, it's nowhere near a revolution but it feels as though it deserves more than a predictable "it's WRC 4.1!" joke. It's the best rally game out there, it's fantastic fun and that's all you really need to know. And in case you were wondering, the punchline for that rally joke was "Sod the puncture, what about the girl?" Damned if we remember why it was funny though."
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted (Xbox 360 - 78%)
    "If you have a real need for speed then the only place you'll find it here is on the box, but on every other level Most Wanted is still an accomplished and entertaining racer. It does look and feel like a game that is finding its feet on the 360 and there will be some better games coming out in the very near future. However, there's still plenty of enjoyable content to fill many, many hours of softcore gaming if you prefer to blink and breathe during races."
  • LMA Manager 2006 (PS2 - 80%)
    "If you are prepared to invest the hours, and put up with the game's startling lack of speed, then you'll struggle to find a finer manager game on a home console. Those after a quick fix, however, are best off looking elsewhere. Features commentary from the now retired Barry Davies."

09:00 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamer Within has posted their review of WRC: Rally Evolved, giving it a 7.9 out of 10.
"While the game may only capture a true rally fanís attention for an extended period of time, WRC: Rally Evolved is the best title in the series yet. The development team has managed to include a number of additional gameplay modes that aid in extending the gameís lifespan, all the while including the realistic gameplay that has long been evident in the series. With the relatively small number of rally titles to hit the PS2 in 2005, WRC: Rally Evolved is a worthwhile purchase for almost any devoted rally fan."

09:00 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The official rFactor website has posted some development tools.
"Because of the wide range of possible modifications and vast complexity of possible changes, ISI can not offer technical or other support in these areas. ISI can not be responsible for any events leading up to these changes or the result thereof. Use of these tools and changes to your original product are done at your own risk. Make sure to make a backup of the original rFactor directory and most of all, have fun!"

09:00 AM - November 13, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
RewiredMind has posted their review of WRC: Rally Evolved, giving it a 6 out of 10.
"WRC: Rally Evolved is a solid, playable game but unfortunately is no major step forward for the genre. Truth be told, itís no major step forward for the franchise, either. The aesthetic improvements are welcome by all means but although it may sound trite, the lack of any serious innovation means that this is one for fans of the sport or the series only. You could say that this is a decent drive thatís lacking in direction."

Saturday, November 12, 2005
10:15 AM - November 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • NBA Live 06 Screenshots (X360)
    "Live and breathe basketball like never before with NBA LIVE 06 on the Xbox 360. Rebuilt from the ground up and powered by next generation gameplay, players can see and feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience. Players jump to life with real-world physics and enhanced animations including sweat rolling down the players' faces."
  • Project Gotham Racing 3 Trailer #4 (X360 - 57.9 MB)
    "PGR 3 creates the ultimate roster of the hottest supercars in existence, introduces them to the high-definition era, and drops them into a completely new gaming world, where style rules the road. Racers define and create individually customized gameplay, and can race each other ó on or offline."
  • Project Gotham Racing 3 Screenshots (X360)
    "Enhanced and refined gameplay reintroduces racers to the familiar Kudos system with a completely original user-driven experience that lets gamers race what they want, where they want. Gamers drive with style and daring to earn Kudos in front of large crowds, and win badges to reward their skills in all areas of the game."

10:14 AM - November 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Armchair Empire has posted their review of SSX On Tour, giving it a score of 8.0 out of 10.
"In truth, it's the same with the rest of the game. SSX On Tour is just dandy -- the core mechanics of what made SSX so great are still there - but almost everything else seems like a step backward, no matter how well-intentioned the changes were. The only thing that SSX On Tour really FIXES is that you no longer fly out of bounds as often."