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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
08:20 AM - March 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 review. Find out what Shawn Drotar had to say about it.
"Golf and the Nintendo Wii - it seems like the best possible videogame pairing since… well, the Wii and bowling - but I digress.

Electronic Arts' Tiger Woods series moves to the Wii this spring, with the intent of extending Tiger's domination to yet another platform, and it does the job in workmanlike fashion.

If you're familiar with the Tiger Woods series at all, you'll find nothing truly new here save the control scheme, so I won't belabor the point. Tiger for the Wii is essentially Tiger for the PlayStation 2, minus a game mode or two. What's new and interesting - and what I'll focus on here - are the new motion-sensing controls that bring the game to life."

08:13 AM - March 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Burnout 5 to Feature HD Eye Toy (360)

CVG has the scoop.
"Little is currently known about the HD Eye Toy, but it looks like it'll make an appearance in some form in Burnout 5. At E3 in 2006 Sony began talking about the evolution of the motion-cam add-on, seemingly dubbed the 'HD Eye Toy', but little else has actually been discussed regarding the peripheral."


Sony Reveals WipeOut Pulse (PSP)

Boomtown has the scoop.
"A new iteration of the futuristic racing series is heading to PSP in September.
The new game promises 24 new circuits and some all-new weapons to play around with. A new team joins the usual suspects – EG-X being their moniker."


Colin McRae: Dirt Trailer (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted Colin McRae: Dirt trailers.
"Codemasters released this first trailer of Colin Mc Rae: Dirt, unfortunately 100% in CG. Ha well, it still makes me want to play the game even more than before!"


Other Stuff...

We had a game in the 35 and over league last night, if you would like to call it that. We won by over 50 points as we played 4 on 4, since the other team didn't have enough players. It was boring, to tell you the truth. I'd much rather have played 5 on 5, but what can ya do.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Do you spend more time on the internet, playing games or watching TV?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

Fiddy (26), thegreatone0381 (26), AsianChexMix (21)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
09:53 PM - March 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
KEY STATS
Barry Bonds will not break the homerun record in 2007; coming up two shy
Milwaukee wins Central - 86 wins and 76 losses
Padres win the West - 102 wins vs. 60 loses
Phillies win the East - 88 wins and 74 losses
Mets will take the Wild Card - 87 wins and 75 loses
Angels win the West - 98 wins and 64 losses
Indians win the Central - 85 wins and 77 losses
Yankees win the East - 103 wins and 59 losses
Red Sox take the wild card - 91 wins and 71 losses

NATIONAL LEAGUE
MVP - A.Soriano, Chicago Cubs: Ave .310; HR 45; RBI 132; H 185; R 113; SLG .636
Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award: Lance Berkman, Houston Astros: Ave .328; HR 40; RBI 109; H 187; R 117; SLG .633
Rookie of the Year: Scott Thorman, Atlanta Braves: Ave .258; HR 24; RBI 71; H 114, R 48; SLG .453
CY Young; Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros: ERA 3.62; W 19; K 194; BB 57; WHIP 1.292
Rolaids Relief; Jason Isringhausen, St. Louis Cardinals: ERA 2.68, W 0; K 51, BB 23; Saves 50; WHIP 1.252

AMERICAN LEAGUE
MVP – Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins: Ave .322; HR 29; RBI 109; H 194; R 106; SLG .566
Silver Slugger - Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians: Ave .349; HR 27; RBI 92; H 206; R 118; SLG .607
Rookie of the Year - Delmon Young, Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Ave .303; HR 20; RBI 83; H 195; R 84; SLG .443
Hank Aaron Award - Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians: Ave .349; HR 27; RBI 92; H 206; R 118; SLG .607

CY Young - Chien-Ming Wang, New York Yankees: ERA 3.38; W 20; K 170; BB 73; WHIP 1.301
Rolaids Relief - MarianoRivera, New York Yankees: ERA 1.93; W 4, K 54, BB 16; Saves 44; WHIP 1.212

MLB 07 The Show
MLB 07 The Show has more than 500 hours of analysis from the entire 2006 MLB season; every pitch, every at-bat, every action in every inning for every game. Using that type of statistical data, MLB 07 The Show was able to come up with these predications and continues to raise the bar on what fans call the BEST baseball simulation available.

Last year, MLB 06 The Show continued its reign as market leader across all gaming platforms and dominated the Playstation platforms. We all evolve, and this year, like you, MLB 07 The Show’s even better. Sony will keep producing authentic, immersive and technologically superior sports titles for the PS3, PS2 and PSP.

02:31 PM - March 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our SSX Blur review. Find out what Shawn Drotar had to say about it.
"The over-the-top SSX series has always had gamers bouncing up and down in their chairs and leaning from side to side as they careen down mountainsides, so bringing the series to the Nintendo Wii seems perfectly natural.

A creative control scheme keeps the game fresh, but its steep learning curve makes SSX Blur less-than-accessible for the masses.

All of the game modes you'd expect from an SSX title are here, of course: races, trick events and other skill challenges, and there are plenty of thing to win and unlock, so SSX veterans will feel quite at home."

07:48 AM - March 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 Competition (360)

360Monster is giving away a few copies of Brian Lara International Cricket 2007. Find out how you can win a copy and good luck!
"360Monster and Codemasters have teamed up to offer you lucky Monsters the chance to win a copy of Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 on the Xbox 360. Four copies are up for grabs with each hand picked winner receiving a copy of the game."


WipEout Returns to PSP

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Sony has announced that a new WipEout game for PSP will be released this September, courtesy of our old pals Studio Liverpool.

WipEout Pulse promises 24 new, reversible circuits to race around in new ships shooting people with new weapons while listening to new licensed music, including songs by Mason, Loco Dice and Stanton Warriors. God I feel old."


PSX Extreme Previews (PS3)

PSX Extreme has posted previews from the following games:
  • Hot Shots Golf 5
    "Above all golf franchises that I've ever played, simply none of them have ever compared to Hot Shots Golf. But really, when the only other notable golf series is Tiger Woods, Hot Shots Golf doesn't have much in the way of competition. Sony's golf series has employed a super cute, cartoon-like approach, with deceivingly sharp gameplay aspects and a sense of realism. And gameplay has been the primary drive of the franchise since its inception back on the original PlayStation. It's ironic how the series has never taken itself seriously, and yet it remains at the forefront of golf games. Now with the fifth installment approaching, it looks like Hot Shots Golf will continue to reign."
  • DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road
    "I have to be honest when I say that the battle for rally-racer supremacy last generation was one of the best videogame shoot outs I can think of. We were treated to so many fantastic rally games over the years, such as World Rally Championship, RalliSport, V-Rally 3, and of course the Colin McRae series. There could be a few I'm forgetting, but those four stand out among the rest. Release after release, developers were bringing us quality rally games left and right, and I couldn't have been any happier. Hell, competition got so fierce that even Gran Turismo got in on it with some superb rally racing of its own. Now, we've moved on a generation, and some of these franchises are no longer with us. Sony has halted WRC, in favor of developing MotorStorm, V-Rally is nowhere to be found, and neither is RalliSport. So we're left with Gran Turismo, the revival of Sega Rally, and Codemasters' bread-and-butter...Colin McRae. And while the rally legend has passed on (may he rest in peace), his namesake will continue to live on with the series."


Other Stuff...

What an absolutely unbelievable game the Pistons and Nuggets had last night huh? Sheed through it up from almost 3/4 court at the buzzer to put it into OT. I think it's safe to say most people thought the game was over, including myself. Unreal.

What is up with traffic! There is a fender bender on the other side of the interstate, but everyone has to stop and stare, causing traffic on my side of the interstate. I'd like to slap a few people right about now.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: What is the most exciting play in sports?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

MagicMan, jbmoll (28), Husker_OS (20)

Monday, March 26, 2007
07:47 PM - March 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Don't forget, Xbox Live is going to be offline tonight for maintenance!
"We've got some scheduled maintenance coming up and want to let all of you know that both the Xbox Live service and Xbox.com will be offline and unavailable starting at midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday March 27, 2007 for approximately fourteen hours."

09:14 AM - March 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Arena Football: Road to Glory review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"The Arena Football League is scrappy. For 20 years now, it has fought tooth and nail to become a popular sport in the US. It never tried to compete with the NFL, or any of the other major sports for that matter. It never tried to be a mainstream event. The AFL knows what it is. It’s an exciting and action-packed version of football that is played by big strong men that were mere fractions of a second too slow or a half a dozen pounds too light to make it on Sundays. Professional athletes being paid to play a game, in front of fans willing to pay to see the product that they produce."

09:13 AM - March 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Backyard Basketball 2007 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"I spend a lot of time playing video games. Not as much as my wife tells people I spend, but I do spend my fair share of time gaming on various platforms. The women in my life are very tolerant and patient with my hobby. My wife accepts it as part of my personality. She knew about it when she met me and, as she says, there are so many worse things I can be doing with my time and disposable income. My oldest daughter is a first grader and has very little interest in Dad’s games. She likes playing games, but much prefers Barbie or any other glamorous princess dress-up games that she can find. The more bling, the better!"

07:18 AM - March 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer Update (PS3, Wii)

Eurogamer has posted the following:
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Preview (PS3)
    "There are specially designed tracks for drifting, complete with plenty of narrow sections and tight corners, and you score points according to how long you manage to drift for. You can chain drifts together too for extra points. There are plenty of modes to choose from, such as Drift King, where you have to score more points than all your rivals, and Drift Obliterator - anyone who fails to score at least 50.000 points during a lap gets eliminated."
  • No Juiced For Wii Just Yet
    "Juiced 2 project lead Richard Badger believes that the porting approach taken by some racing games is unsuitable for Wii, and has told Eurogamer that this is the reason his game won't be appearing on the Nintendo format."


360Monster Q&A's (360)

360Monster has posted some Q&A's from the following games:
  • Brian Lara International Cricket 2007
    360Monster: "How does BL2007 capture the atmosphere of televised cricket coverage?"
    Peer Lawther: "It captures it perfectly. As we’ve got the ICC (International Cricket Council) licence we’ve worked with them extensively so the main World Cup mode of the game recreates overlays, fonts and graphics that you would see in TV coverage.

    Obviously we’ve also got the rights to use Hawk-Eye as well, which adds to the TV feel immensely, and the fact that we’ve got David Gower, Jonathan Agnew and a host of other commentators in the game means it’ll feel like it’s you out there at the crease!"
  • Virtua Tennis 3
    360Monster: "What are the primary differences between the Xbox 360 and the arcade versions of the game?"
    Toby Allen: "The arcade version of the game has been improved on the PS3 by AM3, we took this latter version and added a few extra features. You can expect a new world tour mode, character customisation, mini-games and 1080p quality graphics. Specifically on the 360 version we have taken the Virtua Tennis 3 experience to a new high with the addition of Xbox Live support; this include tournaments, game higlights, VT.TV and spectator mode. You can play up to 8 players online with doubles in a tournament - all playing at 60fps and in superb 1080p quality."


Other Stuff...

Appliances...Ugh, who would have ever thought something as easy as an appliance would be so hard to choose from. I can finally say we have picked them out, although the measurements won't work on the dishwasher, but I have already found the replacement. Sheesh, I hope we never have to redesign a kitchen to save my life.

What's up with you?
  • Q'sOTD: How many correct Final 4 participants in your bracket? Who do you think wins the championship?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'er!

Bacardi151 (32)

Sunday, March 25, 2007
08:12 AM - March 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
PAL Version - Tiger Woods 2007 Reduced Quality? (Wii)

WiiNintendo has the scoop.
"It´s confirmed that EA has excluded the enhanced graphics in tha PAL-version of Tiger Woods 2007 for the Wii.

The NTSC (American) version of the game features 480p in widescreen, but the PAL version only plays in 576i widscreen. For people like Petter Jacobs from Sweden, who brought this to my attention, who have projectors… ouch."


PSX Extreme Update (PS3)

PSX Extreme has posted the following:
  • Sega Rally Revo Preview
    "So, with Sony bowing out of the rally field and Microsoft's RalliSport nowhere to be found; only Codemasters' Colin McRae and Sega's Sega Rally remain. While there are, quite possibly, a few rally titles in development right now, few will probably live up to the caliber of gaming that these two namesakes will be soon putting out. But unlike DIRT: Colin McRae, Sega Rally's focus will be more arcade-like, but still feature some simulation aspects. Still, typically the Sega Rally franchise has been more about exaggerated arcade physics than realism, so if you're looking for a full-fledged rally sim out of Sega Rally, consider Colin McRae."
  • Euro Gamers Treated To GTHD Version 2.0
    "Euro gamers may have had to wait a lot longer for the PS3, but in addition to a better launch lineup, they also get one other little bonus: an updated version of Gran Turismo HD Concept, which is dubbed simply, Version 2.0. This latest version actually suppports force feedback for racing wheels!"


Other Stuff...

We are installing some lights in our kitchen today, so I'll be a busy body. Appliances and countertop should be here by Saturday and we'll almost be complete.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Which game(s) currently occupies most of your time?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

Cesco (33), baseballif (24), DaHungerForMore7 (21), kdawg325 (20), Pat788 (19), johhnywave (17), thequestionn3 (17)

Friday, March 23, 2007
10:55 PM - March 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has sent us some screenshots from NASCAR 08, including Tony Stewart being announced as the cover athlete.
"Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that two-time NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series champion Tony Stewart will appear on the cover of NASCAR 08, scheduled for release this summer under the EA SPORTS™ brand. Developed by EA Tiburon, NASCAR 08 is the first title in the NASCAR franchise to be made available on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft.

“Being on the cover of NASCAR 08 is an honor for me and my team,” said Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing. “I am really impressed with the next generation game features and graphics - the realism and authenticity are amazing.”

Stewart’s two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championships have come in the past four years, and since he entered Cup in 1999, he has amassed 29 victories in NASCAR's top series and never finished lower than 11th in the final point standings. During his most recent championship season in 2005, the Columbus, Ind., native won five races and led all Nextel Cup drivers in top-five and top-10 finishes, which included a victory at Stewart’s “home” track – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – when he won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Throughout his career, Stewart has finished in the top-10 in 59% of the races in which he has competed."

10:52 PM - March 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some Brunswick Bowling screenshots.
"Brunswick Pro Bowling will give players a detailed, realistic bowling-center experience, complete with authentic sights and sounds, and official Brunswick bowling gear. Brunswick Pro Bowling will be highly customizable, allowing players to choose everything from their character’s appearance and accessories to ball styles. Other Brunswick Pro Bowling features include: • Realistic physics engine simulates real- time changing lane conditions and accounts for momentum and spin. • Unlockable content includes a variety of Brunswick balls, additional bowling centers, equipment and apparel. • Players in career mode will face rivals, who seek out and challenge them throughout their careers. • PSP® system version will include ad hoc wireless multiplayer mode and additional character customization options."

10:48 PM - March 23, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (360, PS3)

IGN has posted the following:

10:13 PM - March 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Phoenix, AZ March 23, 2007 – Grey Dog Software, a Phoenix based developer of sports management simulation software for personal computers today announces World of Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA). World of Mixed Martial Arts is scheduled to be available for digital download exclusively through Grey Dog Software for U.S $34.95 in early Fall 2007.

WWMA will allow players to manage contests between fighters from a variety of backgrounds; the player takes control of a MMA company, and is in charge of just about everything to do with its running, including hiring fighters, match making, marketing, and so on.

For more information on World of Mixed Martial Arts, visit the official Grey Dog website at www.greydogsoftware.com.

About Grey Dog Software
Grey Dog Software, LLC an Arizona based, privately-held company, is a leading developer of sports management simulations for the PC. Grey Dog Software strives to provide ground-breaking features, enormous depth, and endless replayability with each game.

07:17 AM - March 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Announces NASCAR 08 For Summer

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Much like that "Road to the Show" feature in MLB 07: The Show, the latest NASCAR installment will let you start off as a rookie driver and move into a full racing career. Of course, we assume you'll actually be starting in NASCAR, and not racing in some little stock league somewhere. Finally, like most all next-gen games these days, the game will feature online multiplayer for up to 16 players."


WipEout Races to PSP Via PS3

PSP World has the scoop.
"Lost in the buzz surrounding the recent Game Developers Conference and all the news that came out of that, Sony quietly released the original WipEout for PSP via the PlayStation Store on Thursday."


Ultimate Duck Hunting Coming To Wii

N-Europe has the info.
"Jeff Hill, co-publisher of Detn8 Games has today announced Ultimate Duck Hunting for the Wii. The title is the publisher's first release, and should be seeing a release in the US this June, and will see an European release in the last quarter of this year."


Forza Motorsport 2 Goodies (360)

360 Monster has posted the following Forza Motorsport 2 goodies:


Other Stuff...

I tried a shortcut today to get to work, it seemed to be a little quicker. I'll find out on Monday if in fact it is. On Friday's the traffic is usually pretty light.

How are your brackets looking now? If Ohio St. would have lost last night, I would have been done. Should be some exciting games on tonight as well. I guess the less upsets in the early rounds gives us the better matchups, but the 1st 2 rounds seemed boring to me.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Do you have an iPod, other MP3 player or nothing at all?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

Mxracer23x, Pinstripe_Power (35)