Friday, August 24, 2007
09:12 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
The Madden NFL 08 demo is available on the Marketplace, weighing in a just over 800 MB. Thanks to everyone that sent this in.

09:11 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamersyde has posted screenshots from the following games:
  • Midnight Club L.A.
    "Take Two Interactive and Rockstar San Diego release the first images of Midnight Club L.A., last instalment of this urban races series that, unlike what the name could make you think, is not always by night. It doesn't look bad at all !"
  • Sega Rally
    "Sega released a whole bunch of images of Sega Rally during the Game Convention. We quite enjoyed the game."

08:18 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

After trying out a few more tricks w/ my router last night, I'm getting a wireless card for my 360. I just can't get the 360 to work right on the 2K servers. Very irritating.

The big test tomorrow to become MCSE, can't wait! Wish me luck.

I have a lot of yard work to do this weekend, so I'm really looking forward to that.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: What are you up to this weekend?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

Jackdog (45), mrmagoo806 (40), dbyrnes33 (32), spranger24 (29), mgoblue (27), bgdg824 (25), IrishFootball (25), edmfan16 (20), ender8vii (20)

01:55 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.

01:55 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
Shawn Drotar over at 5W-G has posted an article entitled, 5WG in NHL Community Day Video.
"Well, mostly Mark, thankfully. You’ve been spared the sight of me falling all over myself on the ice - at least until the inevitable blooper reel surfaces…"

01:55 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
N-Europe has posted three trailers of Ferrai Challenge.

01:54 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
Gamersyde has posted the following:

01:54 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN has posted the following:
  • NHL 08 Producers Blog - Dynasty Mode (Blog)
    "This year we have added the American Hockey League to dynasty mode. The AHL is the top minor league to the NHL. All 29 teams including the Rockford IceHogs, Lake Erie Monsters and the Quad City Flames will be in the game and all will be affiliated with their proper NHL parent club."
  • NHL 08 Screenshots (360)
  • NHL 08 Player Ratings (360)
    "Though EA has had a few admirable efforts in the long history of its NHL franchise, it's never been known as the most realistic hockey series in gaming. In fact, many would argue that for years, NHL has relied on being more arcade than sim in order to win over casual fans."
  • GC 2007: NBA 2K8 First Look (360)
    "It's called the NBA Black Top for a reason. In each of the contests, you can scroll through the big list and bring your favorite player in to test his skills. We were shown a slam dunk contest between King James, Vince Carter, and Dwayne Wade."
  • GC 2007: Ferrari Challenge First Impressions (PS3)
    "First impressions are relatively good. Visually it's pretty decent - not stunning but good enough to catch your eye from a distance. The car model - we only saw a single Ferrari in action - is detailed and feels weighty when you slam it into a corner."
  • skate Trailer (360)
  • GC 2007: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Hands On Preview (Wii)
    "There were two new characters on display to join the cast of Mario, Sonic, Peach, Luigi, Bowser, Knuckles, Tales, and Dr. Eggman. On the Nintendo side we had a look at Yoshi and SEGA unveiled Amy. Each character has different stats in four areas: dash, speed, acceleration, and skill."
  • Project Gotham Racing 4 Screenshots (360)
  • GC 2007: Race Driver One First Look (360)
    "Also, Fulton mentioned a further aspect of Race Driver that could be extremely interesting. You see, the development team is keen on producing a "persistent world of motorsport" that changes as you play. So, the three regions that you drive in (USA, Europe and Japan) evolve during gameplay - which means that different racing teams are available to race against or you may have access to new types of races depending upon when you play."

01:53 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpy has posted the following:

01:53 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot has posted the following:
  • Tony Hawk's Proving Ground GC '07: 5 Minutes with Tony Hawk 2 Video (360)
  • GC '07: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Hands On Preview (Wii)
    "Though we didn't get to try it out, the archery minigame seems like a nice change of pace from the hectic dash events. Here, you draw your arrow in much the same way as you might do with a real bow: by holding your Nunchuk straight out in front of you, then pressing the A and B buttons together to simulate pinching the arrow on the string, after which you pull back with your Wii Remote."
  • Skate Gameplay Movie 3-5 (360)
  • GC '07: Top Spin 3 First Look (360)
    "One of the big areas of focus with Top Spin 3 has been character animations. Right from the get-go, it's easy to see the qualitative leap the game has taken since the last entry in the series, which was no graphical slouch to begin with. Not only are there a host of new animations for serves, shots, and crosscourt moves, but all the animations string together in a fluid, lifelike manner."
  • GC '07: NBA 2K8 Updated Hands On Preview (360)
    "The other big addition to gameplay is the new off-ball controls--as they're known. Here, the idea is to give the player more flexibility with how plays unfold on the court, and the team at 2K is taking the system to a surprising level of depth. Essentially, the system lets you choose a two-man play to run and gives you the ability to choose which players are involved in that play."
  • Backbreaker Kicks Off in '08
    "NaturalMotion is best known for being the purveyor of the euphoria, endorphin, and morpheme animation tools for in-game animaton."
  • Backbreaker Screenshots (PS3)
  • FIFA Soccer 08 Screenshots (360)
  • FIFA Manager 08 Screenshots (PC)
  • GC '07: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Hands On Preview (PS3)
    "Jumping at the chance to play the first version of Pro Evolution Soccer for the PlayStation 3, we were pleased to see how good the game looked. Now 75 percent through development, the game looks noticeably sharper on the PS3 at this point than on the Xbox 360. The extra fidelity really helps you spot individual players and appreciate the extra detail in the animation."
  • GC '07: FIFA 08 Hands On Preview (PS3)
    "It's pretty much a given that EA's FIFA series is so polished you can nearly see your face in it. However, this year, the incidental details are almost so many that they become throwaway. For example, take the incredibly detailed cloth deformation on the players as they move: This is something that really only becomes apparent at the end of a match as you see them running off the pitch."

01:52 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
CVG has the scoop.
" The most prominent complaint over Madden 08 on PS3 came from newspaper USA Today, which said: "action stutters far too often, particularly on injuries, penalties and turnovers."

Thursday, August 23, 2007
10:11 AM - August 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamers to Get Their First Licks in with the Purchase of the Latest Installment in the #1 Action Sports Franchise

Santa Monica, CA – August 23, 2007 – Guitar Hero fanatics prepare to get the first fix of the upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock video game demo with the launch of Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, slated to ship to stores on October 9. Players who purchase the Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground game for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will get an exclusive two week head start on experiencing the demo to this year’s hottest music based video game before its release on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace.

“Music is such a huge part of skateboarding culture and pairing the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock demo with Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground makes perfect sense,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. “We’re excited to bring together two highly anticipated games and give fans their first chance to rock out with the franchise that’s taken the world by storm.”

The demo features five tracks set in the Desert Rock Tour venue. Players will be able to rock out to:

Lay Down (by Priestess)

Even Flow (by Pearl Jam)

The Metal (by Tenacious D)

Hit Me with your Best Shot (as made famous by Pat Benatar)

Rock You like a Hurricane (as made famous by Scorpions)

Both titles are in development by Activision’s award-winning studio, Neversoft.

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground features deeper customization than ever before, including a Video Editor with full-featured editing tools and visual effects for creating “epic skate videos,” and a fully customizable online Skate Lounge where players can skate with friends in the ultimate pad. In addition, players will have the freedom to skate from single player to online seamlessly, as well as the ability to utilize new gameplay mechanics such as Nail the Manual and Nail the Grab, and the ability to modify the environment on the fly, as they enjoy the most expansive skating experience ever. Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is scheduled for release October 9, and is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB. For more information visit http://www.thpgonline.com/.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock lets gamers fire up the fretboard, crank up the amp and get ready to rock like never before. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops players into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N' Roses, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Available in late October, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB. For more information visit http://www.guitarhero.com/.

About Tony Hawk, Inc.

Tony Hawk, Inc. is a world leader in its field with the unprecedented ability to bring alternative sports and their unique lifestyle to the masses while maintaining an indispensable edge of authenticity with the market's hard-core, trendsetting audience. Founded by Tony Hawk in 1998 and based in Vista, CA, the company is organized into five segments: Merchandising, Events, Endorsements, Film and Digital Media. These lifestyle sports include skateboarding, BMX, Motocross, surfing and snowboarding. Consumer goods bearing the Tony Hawk brand have dominated several markets, including interactive games, skateboard hard goods, lifestyle apparel, toys, publications and more.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

10:11 AM - August 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameinfowire has the scoop.
"Microsoft Games Studios and Bizarre Creations revealed details today on some exciting new features for this season’s must have racing game – Project Gotham Racing 4.

PGR4 shows off an all-new career mode, dynamic weather system and PGR On Demand. The game will also feature some exotic locations, including St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Macau, plus a revised kudos system."

10:11 AM - August 23, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted some Project Gotham Racing 4 screenshots.