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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
08:19 AM - February 14, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
C&VG has the scoop.
"Snowboarding expert Shaun White - he's just won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin - is collaborating with Ubisoft on a bunch of forthcoming snowboarding games. Nicknamed "The Flying Tomato", thanks to his fiery red locks, White will be working closely with the publisher's internal development teams on titles for current- and next-gen consoles."

Monday, February 13, 2006
07:01 PM - February 13, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
THE NBA’S WESTERN CONFERENCE WINS LEAGUE BRAGGING RIGHTS
ACCORDING TO NBA ’06 FOR PLAYSTATION 2

Los Angeles Lakers Superstar Kobe Bryant and Phoenix Suns Teammates Steve Nash and Raja
Bell Predicted to Add to their Trophy Cases in NBA ’06’s All-Star Simulation

WHAT: The Western Conference All-Stars will make it four wins in five years and current NBA scoring leader, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, will take home the MVP hardware at NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston as predicted by a precise simulation on NBA ‘06 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. The traditionally high-scoring affair again showcased the NBA’s top players displaying their offensive prowess, as the two teams combined for nearly 300 points. The Western Conference, behind Bryant (23 points) and hometown favorite Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets (17 points), pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back, routing the Eastern stars 149-128.

In a simulation of the PlayStation Skills Challenge, the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash successfully defended the title he captured last year in Denver. Nash was pushed to the limit by rookie sensation Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma Hornets, but the crafty veteran’s experience won out in the end.

In the 3-Point Shootout simulation, Nash’s Phoenix teammate Raja Bell upset the field in his first competition appearance. Bell dropped 20 points in the final round, including three consecutive “moneyballs,” to down Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. New York Knicks guard Quentin Richardson, the 2005 champ, experienced the dreaded sophomore slump, getting bounced in the first round.

about: The 2006 All-Star Game, Skills Challenge and 3-Point Shootout were simulated by utilizing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in NBA ‘06 and PlayStation 2. NBA ‘06 is the most complete basketball game available for PlayStation 2, combining state-of-the-art AI, authentic gameplay, and lifelike player models and attributes utilizing the motion capture of NBA athletes, including those of NBA ’06 cover athlete and Phoenix Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire.

11:59 AM - February 13, 2006. Posted by NYJets.
Xbox 360 Advanced has posted their review of Full Auto, giving it a 8.3/10.
"Full Auto is the beginning of a beautiful series. Much like just about every first game in a franchise, it has its flaws. The framerate drops, the maps aren’t varied enough, and the Xbox Live interface is a little clunky, but the core gameplay of Full Auto is truly fun. Sega and Pseudo Interactive had a great idea here, but the final product just feels like it may have been rushed out the door. Had this cake been let alone to sit in the oven for another month, you could have a Game of the Year candidate here. However, as it stands, you have an overly very solid experience that is tons of fun, offers a lot of replay and tons of unlockable content, and will leave you with more “Did you see that?” moments than any other game on the console. Remember that the one touch instant replay is a quick tap down on the D-Pad, because you’re going to experience things that you just have to see twice to believe. Burnout, beware: Pseudo Interactive is knocking on your door."

11:59 AM - February 13, 2006. Posted by NYJets.
Game Informer Online has posted some screenshots of FIFA Street 2.

08:39 AM - February 13, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Man, the Pistons upset me yesterday. They were up 13 going into the 4th and pretty much manhandled the Heat up to that point. That's when Wade took over, he torched them and hit the game winner with just over 2 seconds left. Props to the Heat and Wade, but if the Heat need that kind of magic to beat the Pistons, they'll get swept.

I was in and out of the Pro Bowl yesterday, what did you think of it? I thought it sucked, honestly.

I've been playing around with the 24/7 mode in NBA 2K6 lately. I can't believe how much I've played it, lol. My player is rated an 84 right now and I just beat Ben Wallace in one on one, Ben ain't got nothin' on me!

Question of the Day: What is the toughest position to play in sports?

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
KDRE (30), TreyFury97 (27), Joven (17), Herdof (17)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

08:38 AM - February 13, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameinfowire has posted screenshots from the following games:
  • GTR 2 (PC)
    "Come summer 2006, GTR 2 will set new standards all over again! The new DirectX9 graphics engine ensures that the race cars and circuits are portrayed in a more detailed and photorealistic way than ever before, and the sensation of speed experienced with the HP-beasts is even more immersive, thanks to the improved driving model."
  • MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 06 (Xbox 360)
    "Adrenaline-fuelled MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology franchise will have next-gen audiences racing by the seat of their pants on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Combining fast-paced, knee-scraping racing action with the very latest technology, the next installment of MotoGP URT looks set to bring motor sport to an unprecedented level of realism and intensity."

08:37 AM - February 13, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted the following:
  • Championship Manager Review (PSP - 7/10)
    "Sports Interactive may be able to create an even better game with a bigger database and more innovation. However, SI did at some point warn the fans that FM PSP would not be the same as the PC game. But until we’ve seen both games in action lets just rejoice at the fact that we now have two skilled developers creating football management games for the PSP. And competition has always been a strong motivation for creating good products."
  • Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast Screenshots (PS2)
    "OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is being developed by UK developers, Sumo Digital Ltd, the team responsible for the critically acclaimed OutRun 2. OutRun 2006: Coast-2-Coast is scheduled for release in March 2006 for PS2/PSP/PC/Xbox."

Sunday, February 12, 2006
09:39 AM - February 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Hooray for the weatherman! We are just not worthy! We were expected to get anywhere from 2 to 6 inches, there is about 12 freakin' inches outside just laughing at me to start shoveling. I'd like to take all my snow and dump it on all area weathermen's vehicles. Thanks. How about this Mr. Weatherman...How about just letting us know you have no freaking idea how much snow we are getting or if we are getting any at all, just throw it back to the sports guy, I'm tired of hearing about your all-knowing predictions. Yeah, you know about as much as I know about the weather, so get up and get out of your house and shovel my driveway.

Sorry for the rant.

Well, looks like I'll be outside for most of this afternoon, oh the joy. Maybe they'll close work down tomorrow, then I can actually start to enjoy this 12 inches.

Question of the Day: Do you shovel your driveway and sidewalks or do you wait for the neighbor to come over w/ the snowblower, LOL!

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
fpac, joeman212, sportsgal, Ephexx (19), Flyboy (18), smittyjs (16)

Enough about me, what's up with you? It's time for me to throw my back out.

09:39 AM - February 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Strategy Informer has posted their review of MX vs. ATV Unleashed, giving it a 7.5 out of 10.
"It is very hard to not like this game. That's as long as you remember that this is not Gran Turismo, and it's not Need for Speed, it's simply a really fun arcade racer with so many options that you may never play them all. The sheer variety and ease of gameplay will please fans of older generation games like MotoRacer, or anyone who is looking for a simple game that doesn't skimp on variety."

09:39 AM - February 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
3DAvenue has posted their review of Gripshift, giving it a 3.5 out of 5.
"Gripshift is a game that breaks the mould of most PSP titles available now. First of all it’s only available on the PSP and second of all it seems perfect for traveling. Each game takes twenty seconds if that, but the ‘just one more time’ mentality may have you missing you bus or train stop many times over. Gripshift shows us what the PSP can do if developers get creative and look at the system as something other than a portable PS2."

09:38 AM - February 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xbox.com has the scoop.

09:38 AM - February 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameinfowire has posted screenshots from the following games:
  • OutRun 2006 (PS2)
    "With platform specific missions, the player will also be able to unlock PSP exclusive content by connecting with the PS2 version, and vice versa. Stack up the OutRun miles from the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach to the charms of Cape Way to unlock new tracks, cars and much more! With a girlfriend by your side and open country before you, which route will you take?"
  • Burnout Revenge (Xbox 360)
    "In addition to tricked out new race, crash and road rage modes, "Burnout Revenge" takes the series' blistering speed and spectacular destruction to dizzying new heights with an all-new Revenge mode, challenging gamers to battle the clock and unleash their frustrations on rush hour traffic."

Saturday, February 11, 2006
09:38 AM - February 11, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
The snow is here, the weatherman was right!...or not... As always, the weatherman was wrong. I was "supposed to see some snow on the ground when I woke up this morning. Well, I don't see any, shocker.

Anyways, Dan's basketball playoffs start and end today. They'll play all the games until there is a winner, wish them luck!

The Pistons won again last night over the Magic. I can't wait until Sunday for the Heat game.

Question of the Day: Do you trust your weatherman?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Sammich (30), Goldmember2 (27), JGama (21)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

09:37 AM - February 11, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Fragland has the scoop.
"Eidos has announced that Championship Manager 2006, as his big rival Football Manager, will make the step towards the consoles. The British company has hired Gusto Games as developer for the Xbox and PS2 versions of Championship Manager 2006."

09:37 AM - February 11, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameAxis has posted the following:
  • College Hoops 2K6 (Xbox - 8.1/10)
    "All in all, College Hoops 2K6 is a great game for those who want a little NCAA action into their consoles. It has good gameplay and a great Legacy mode, as well as pretty good AI. Some might get turned off because it lacks the flashy graphics, but who cares? If you’re a true basketball fan, then this is a game that you just have to buy."
  • WRC: Rally Evolved (PS2 - 8.1/10)
    "Overall, WRC:RE is a gem of a game in the rally racing arena. It has superb visuals, great co-driver dialogue and unpredictable environments, as well as a robust multiplayer mode. While it does have its shortcomings, most of them can just be brushed off because the rest of the game is simply a joy to play."