Tuesday, April 18, 2006
11:58 PM - April 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Baseball Mogul 2007 Demo (PC)

FileShack has posted a demo of Baseball Mogul 2007 Demo, weighing in at 30.18 MB.
"Playable demo of the management sim Baseball Mogul 2007."

NFL Head Coach Preview (PS2)

GameDaily has posted their preview of NFL Head Coach.
"NFL Head Coach looks to be just the kick in the pants that EA's football legacy needs, a crucial change that will no doubt put a refocus on the gameplay at hand and allow gamers to see a different side of the story, through the eyes of those on the sidelines instead of their favorite quarterback or wide receiver."

2006 FIFA World Cup Screenshots (PSP, DS)

GameSpy has posted some 2006 FIFA World Cup Screenshots for the following consoles:

IGN Update (PS2, Xbox, 360, GC, PC, DS)

IGN has posted the following:

Worthplaying Update (PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC)

Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • FlatOut 2 Screenshots (PS2, Xbox, PC)
    "The sequel to the destruction racer is set to accelerate its way onto the PS2, Xbox, and PC in the nitrous charged form of FlatOut 2 this June, courtesy of Bugbear Entertainment and Empire Interactive, while Vivendi Universal Games will distribute the title in the U.S."
  • Stacked with Daniel Negreanu Preview (PSP, PC)
    "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."

07:16 PM - April 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Only Official Game Of The FIA World Rally Championship Ships For The PSP™ System

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 18, 2006) – Get ready for a heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing thrill of a lifetime as leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that World Rally Championship (WRC) for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system has shipped. Rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB, WRC is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

“WRC is the perfect pick-up-and-play racing game for a handheld system, “said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “As the only official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, fans of the franchise can play online and race friends on their portable gaming console anytime; anywhere.”

WRC offers a complete World Rally Championship season across five continents and 16 countries, and includes a vast array of wild terrains and surfaces including such first-time locations as the streets of Japan and the hills of Mexico.

WRC is based around the 2005 season and features 30 official and fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution, and Extreme spec cars from leading manufacturers such as Ford, Subaru and Mitsubishi, as well as all 36 official WRC 2005 drivers and co-drivers.

Offering 64 Super Specials Stages on gravel, tarmac and snow, WRC incorporates six exciting game modes encompassing single and multiplayer levels, including Quick Rally, Time Trial, Single Rally, World Championship, Head-to-Head Wireless and Turn-based Multiplayer, as well as Wireless Multiplayer (Ad-Hoc) for up to eight players.

For more information on WRC and all of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.’s products please visit www.namcobandaigames.com.

07:14 PM - April 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Crave Entertainment slides best-selling street racer into stores

Newport Beach, Calif.-April 18, 2006-Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced they have shipped the next installment in the popular street racing series, Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. With an incredibly low SRP of $14.99, longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike can enjoy exhilarating street racing without a huge price tag.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT takes the adrenaline of street racing into the mountains and onto very demanding courses. Race genuine production cars on real mountain courses. Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more are all there to be tested on some of Japan's toughest terrain in Iroha, Haruna, Rokko and Hakone. State-of-the-art data recording techniques ensure that the courses look, feel and race just like the real thing.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT has two distinct racing challenges. As a race car driver, you take part in official mountain races during the daytime and then race for pride (and car upgrades and parts) at night. The idea is to earn money from day races to enhance your car and then bet car parts in night races. Sponsors will further enhance your income if you are successful. There are uphill and downhill races, day and night time races, challenging weather and season conditions and a nerve-ending one on one rival racing battle system.

"TXR DRIFT still has the elements TXR fans expect," said PSM 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine. "The driving feels as tight as ever, and the new drift mechanics are enjoyable to master."
"There's a lot of drift-oriented racers out there now, but this is the first one that made me feel as if I was barreling down a mountain road," said GotNext.com.

Game features include:
o Drive and compete in licensed cars from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more.
o Customize your cars in endless combinations.
o Master the driving art of "Drift" and earn respect and victories.
o Race in the picturesque and authentic mountain sides of Japan.
o Compete in official day and unofficial night races.
o Winding hills, changing weather and grueling environments affect the race course and test your driving skill.
o Multiplayer competition with rival races.

About Crave Entertainment
Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube™, the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that World Poker Tour® for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, is now available in stores across North America. World Poker Tour for the PSP system, based on the highly popular World Poker Tour television poker series, delivers a bevy of new, entertaining features, allowing gamers to experience the exciting world of poker wherever they go.

“World Poker Tour pioneered televised poker, creating unprecedented interest in the card game and a true cultural phenomenon,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Now available on the PSP system, World Poker Tour delivers a wealth of awesome features, including prominent poker venues, comprehensive player customization, unparalleled A.I. logic, as well as unique online play. It is by far the most complete poker game for the PSP system.”

Poker buffs test their luck and skills in World Poker Tour for PSP system, as they can create and customize their own characters to play against the virtual equivalents of real World Poker Tour pros such as Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Phil “Unabomber” Laak.

World Poker Tour for the PSP system includes a completely revamped and more intuitive A.I. system allowing gamers to play against more than 1,200 different characters, all with their own unique playing styles and behavior, in some of the world’s most prestigious poker tournaments. As players increase their career earnings, they can unlock PSP system-exclusive custom clothes and events.

With over 4,000 custom variations of poker, gamers can challenge computer opponents or take their custom poker game online to make their mark as poker masters. With online play connectivity, users can connect wirelessly with other PSP systems, and/or PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems. World Poker Tour for the PSP system features exclusive tournament and “final table” venues that PSP system players can host online for both PSP system and

PlayStation 2 World Poker Tour players!

World Poker Tour for the PSP system is rated “T” for Teen and is available at the suggested retail price of $29.99. World Poker Tour is also available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Major League Baseball® 2K6 for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system is now available in stores across North America.

“We are thrilled to bring Major League Baseball 2K6, the most authentic and feature-rich MLB® video game available, to the PSP system,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Baseball fans will now be able to have the ultimate MLB experience wherever they go. Not only will gamers enjoy a bevy of exciting features found in the other versions of the game, but a PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Career Mode as well.”

Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system incorporates many of the features included in the console versions, such as A.I. powered by Inside Edge™ technology; intuitive Swing Stick™ control; the all-new Payoff Pitching™ system; World Baseball Classic Mode; and commentary from Jon Miller and Hall of Fame legend Joe Morgan. In addition to these stellar features, Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system debuts the PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Mode, a tag team-style hitting match, pitting gamers against the best sluggers in baseball to achieve home run career supremacy. Lastly, online play – both ad-hoc and infrastructure – are supported to deliver seamless online play on the go.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is rated “E” for Everyone and is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game that will be available on every major gaming console, including Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Nintendo GameCube™. The PSP system version is available now for a suggested retail price of $39.99; with the Xbox 360 version available for $59.99; and the PlayStation 2 and Xbox titles available for $39.99.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

02:27 PM - April 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Re-creating a Classic (Featuring RBI Baseball)

Yahoo! Sports have posted an article entitled, Re-creating a Classic. Just in case you missed the movie clip posted the other day, they have it here.
"Through a video-game emulator on his computer, Lastowka had rekindled his love for RBI, and he had plenty of time. Six months ago, he quit his job as a database manager. He spent his days lazing on the San Diego beach for a few months, living off the money he had saved. The cash was dwindling quickly when Lastowka saw an ad for a YouTube-sponsored contest that would pay $25,000 for the best video satirizing pop culture."

FIFA World Cup 2006 Screenshots (PS2, Xbox, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some FIFA World Cup 2006 screenshots.
"EA did a breakthrough today and finally released the first (?) Fifa World Cup 2006 gameplay image with actual HUD. They also released a big bunch of images from the Xbox 360, PS2 and Xbox versions."

Other Stuff...

07:59 AM - April 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Major League Baseball 2K6 review. Find out what Mark Fossen had to say about it.
"The life of a videogame reviewer seems glamorous: fast cars, beautiful women, and baccarat in Monte Carlo. Reviewing seems like James Bond with 100% less wacky villains wearing razor-edged bowler hats. We sit in the lap of luxury, dispensing our scores like the gods of old.

Generally, you'd be right. That's about how we roll. But then along comes something like Major League Baseball 2K6 for the Xbox 360, and makes you question your life of game-reviewing adventure. It's times like this you realize that when compared to a buggy, rushed game like this ... well, that razor-edged bowler hat doesn't look half bad."

07:56 AM - April 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Baseball Mogul 2007 Demo (PC)

3D Downloads have posted a demo of Baseball Mogul 2007, weighing in at 30 MB.
"Baseball Mogul(R) begins in any year you choose, from 1900 to 2006 with the full roster of your favorite team -- or an entirely fictional team of your own creation. As General Manager (GM), your job is to build the best lineup of players to take your team to the World Series. You can make complex player trades and sign players to multi-year contracts as you build your team, but you'll have to compete with the other General Managers, and negotiate with the player's agents."

FIFA 2006 World Cup Screenshots (Xbox, 360)

MSXbox World has posted some screenshots of FIFA 2006 World Cup.

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Screenshots (Xbox)

GameZone has posted some screenshots of OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast.

GameTrailers Movie Clips (Xbox, PS2)

GameTrailers have posted some movie clips from the following games:

Question of the Day

Have you ever experienced déjŕ vu?

Other Stuff...

Monday, April 17, 2006
11:52 PM - April 17, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (GBA, PC)

GameSpot has posted the following:

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Screenshots (Xbox, PS2)

IGN has posted some screenshots of OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast.

06:28 PM - April 17, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Major League Baseball 2K6 review. Find out what Clay had to say about it.
"If we’ve learned nothing else over the years it’s that the multi-million dollar business of sports gaming is a cutthroat one. The battle to make the best game for each sport has been raging since the days of RBI Baseball, Blades of Steel and Double Dribble. Long before the days of the exclusivity agreement, developers battled to be the top release. In this new era of exclusive rights, the battlefield has obviously changed a bit. The NFL lives at EA with NASCAR and FIFA, while the MLB license, at least for cross platform releases, lives with 2K Games.

The fear of the sports gamer since the first press release is always the same. What happens when there is no competition? Who wins? Who loses? What’s the motivation to go the extra mile when you’ve crippled the competition?"

01:32 PM - April 17, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports Boxing?

Mygamer has the scoop.
"Recent reports show that 2K Sports is poised to challenge EA’s boxing stronghold. The name of the game hasn’t been revealed yet, and no developer has been announced for the making of the game, but some have speculated that Venom Games (of Rocky Legends fame) may take hold of the development. Others suspect that Visual Concepts may take control of the project. Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that EA Sports and 2K Sports are headed for a full 15 rounds."

Project Gotham Racing 3 Tournament Now Open (360)

XboxCore has the scoop.
"The world wide Project Gotham Racing 3 tournament is now open for all players to qualify in the first of three rounds."

Other Stuff...

07:25 AM - April 17, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
MotoGP 2006 Demo Available Today? (360)

Pixel Gamers has the scoop.
"Microsoft have put out word that the demo for MotoGP 2006 will be put onto the Xbox Live Marketplace today for download.

Apparently the demo is already available, but a quick check on Xbox Live says otherwise. The demo could potentially be uploading at the moment but do make sure you check back from time to time."

Major League Baseball 2K6 on Xbox 360, Technical Issue Update (360)

2K Sports has posted an update on the technical issue with Major League Baseball 2K6.
"2K Sports is still finalizing a solution to alleviate the "freeze" issue on Major League Baseball 2k6 for Xbox 360 that some of our consumers are experiencing. We should have a downloadable patch available once it has fully tested to first party compliance standards.

In the meantime, our dedicated 2K Sports QA team has tested and confirmed two work-around methods for those consumers who are experiencing the "freeze" issue."

Question of the Day

Who is your favorite athlete?

Other Stuff...

Sunday, April 16, 2006
12:56 PM - April 16, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Have a happy Easter Sunday, for those who celebrate it of course!

GameBiz Update (PSP)

GameBiz has posted the following:
  • Dave Mirra BMX Challenge Announced (PSP)
    "Crave Entertainment has announced a new installment in the popular BMX Franchise, Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the PSP. Dave Mirra for PSP system features 17 levels with 9 different environments and 9 bikes from which to choose. Up to 4 players can compete via ad hoc wireless play."
  • Stacked wit Daniel Negreanu New Screenshots
    "Players can now hone their poker skills on-the-go with expert instructions on all aspects of Hold 'Em from Daniel's Poker School."

NASCAR SimRacing v1.0.2.9 Beta Patch (PC)

Worthplaying has posted a patch for NASCAR SimRacing, weighing in at 40.02 MB.
"This beta patch disables disqualification and provides more time for players to react to yellow flags and the associated rules."

09:26 AM - April 16, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
For those that celebrate this holiday, Operation Sports would like to wish you and yours a Happy Easter Sunday.

NASCAR SimRacing Beta Patch (PC)

EA Sports has released a beta patch for NASCAR SimRacing.

Question of the Day

Who's getting the 8th seed in the NBA Eastern/Western conferences?

Other Stuff...

Saturday, April 15, 2006
08:01 AM - April 15, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Major League Baseball 2K6 on Xbox 360, Technical Issue

Frustrated with the Major League Baseball 2K6 issues? 2K Sports has some news for you.
"For those customers experiencing technical issues with Major League Baseball 2K6 on Xbox 360, 2K Sports is aware of the "freeze" problem some customers are experiencing and is working on a solution. 2K Sports is working with Microsoft and a solution will be available in the very near future. For updates on this issue, please visit [u] http://www.2ksports.com/forums/showthread.php?p=691251 [u]. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused to your playing experience. "

If you haven't already, please email techsupport@2ksports.com with "MLB 2K6 Xbox 360 freeze issue" in the subject line to be receive email as soon as we have any updates."

Question of the Day

What are you up to this weekend?

Other Stuff...