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Friday, May 18, 2007
07:56 AM - May 18, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Sega Rally Revo Impressions and Movie Clip

Kotaku has posted some Sega Rally Revo impressions, including a movie clip.
"The handling took a bit of getting used to, but I've found that's common with Rally racers. While I thoroughly enjoyed the game, I'm sure hardcore Rally fanatics will probably give this game a pass because it puts fun before realism on a small scale. For instance, there's no damage modeling for the cars and the tracks are all creations of the developers."


Other Stuff...

The Pistons finally took care of business last night and move on to the ECF. I think the Nets and Suns win to force game 7's tonight.

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


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Dayton_Cowboy (37), mcinnis518 (36), biglami (31), assman (30), Jabisco (24), msf518 (24), jason (23), ald31 (18)

Thursday, May 17, 2007
09:30 PM - May 17, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (Multi)

GameSpot has posted the following:


IGN Update (360, PS3, PS2)

IGN has posted the following:

08:00 AM - May 17, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA 08 Screenshots and Trailer (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some NBA 08 screenshots, as well as a trailer from Gamer's Day.
"Sony announced a new game at Gamer's Day - NBA 08 was there, and, wow. They're now focusing in face emotions, making all those crazy-eyes turning the floor into a maniac paradise. Aren't most of them supposed to look at the ball?"


Sega Rally Revo Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Xboxyde and Playsyde have both posted some Sega Rally Revo screenshots.
"With DiRT is focusing on McRae's new own sport, Sega Rally Revo might be one of the last genuine in-the-woods rally game out there. Sega seems to like the idea of showing a 25% part of the *real* images, in weird resolutions, while releasing the full images a couple of weeks later. So, expect some more watchable versions of these soon."


Project Gotham Racing 3 on the PS3?

I think not, but nice try. Thanks Kotaku!


Other Stuff...

I was up ENTIRELY too late last night playing MLB 07: The Show, with my created self in Road to the Show. I'm in AA ball, batting .406 w/ 8 HR's and 23 RBI's. Anyone know how long it takes to get called up to triple A? Having an absolute blast in this mode and haven't even played an exhibition game, lol.

Can't wait for the Pistons/Bulls game tonight. I think it's gonna get a little chippy.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: How do you like The Show?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

nohokies (38), Chrono (30), RhynoT99 (26), pdrpunk (25), clayshime (22)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
09:45 PM - May 16, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (360, PS3)

IGN has posted the following:

07:52 AM - May 16, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tecmo Bowl Tease Trailer (?)

Kotaku has posted a tease trailer for Tecmo Bowl.
"First a teasing announcement, now a teasing trailer. Is this what the world's come to? Teasing for previews? Ack. Still, 1993 was a good time, as was Tecmo Bowl, so if you were alive and self-aware at that stage, let's sit back and remember. Oh, and also remember not to game with popcorn on your lap. It's messy!"


Rockstar's Midnight Club Going Nex-Gen

DarkZero has the scoop.
"Rockstar Games have today announced that they will be releasing a fourth instalment of its Midnight Club franchise under the name of Midnight Club: Los Angeles on 360 and PS3 in early 2008. The game will once again be developed by Rockstar San Diego, who have also worked on previous instalments of the now long running series. The series focuses on competitive street racing and the import scene, with many ideas influenced by The Fast and the Furious movies. If you never picked Midnight Club up before it might interest you that Rockstar San Diego also worked on Midtown Madness and Midtown Madness 2 which were also great racers in their own right so it might be worth getting excited for the game this time!"


Ultimate Duck Hunting Coming in July (Wii)

GamingGroove has the scoop.
"Ultimate Duck Hunting features four modes of play: Single Hunt where you score points by shooting a required number of ducks, Career Mode in which you hunt over several seasons, create your own hunter and dog, and improve your dog by earning points, Multi-player Mode where two players compete head-to-head on a split screen, and Training Mode, a mini-game for training your dog."


Other Stuff...

Oh wow, I think Ben Gordon just made another jumper. No, make that 2 jumpers...wait...I had to turn off the game early in the 4th, pitiful performance at home nonetheless, for the Stones. I think they'll bounce back in Chicago, but if it goes Game 7, that is a TON of pressure on the Pistons, IMHO. Will they collapse? I don't think so, but you never know.

I'll be grabbing my copy of MLB 07 The Show at around lunch time today and just browse the manual, as I wait to get off work. As soon as I get home, I need to download the Halo 3 demo and and pop the game into the PS3. Review scores for The Show are not favorable, but from reading the impressions in our Forums, those sites didn't play the game all that much, shocker.

What's up with you?
  • Q'sOTD: Getting The Show today? What about the Halo 3 demo, excited?


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ThaBlazer, FrankLampard, lexman (39), twinswinagain (29), hvegasooner (25), Klue516 (23)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
09:20 PM - May 15, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (360)

IGN has posted the following:

08:44 PM - May 15, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more Skate screenshots.
"With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, SKATE offers a unique and authentic next-gen skateboard videogame experience unparalleled in the skate videogame genre. Featuring physics driven animations, gamers will have a unique experience every time they pick up the controller since no two tricks will ever be the same. The amount of information the game is able to take from the unique flickit analog controls and interpret it through the physics engine could never be done on a current generation console system. From a fully procedural trick engine to the way cloth moves on the skaters, all movement is physically simulated and dynamic offering gamers a skating game that is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting their feet on a board."

05:05 PM - May 15, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA has just launched their Skate website.
"The site is packed with new content, news and interaction. Learn more about all the featured in-game skaters announced thus far including Danny Way, Jerry Hsu and Mark Gonzales. You can read up on their profiles, check out photos and watch videos of the skaters. Stay in the know on everything skateboarding with news feeds coming from other skate outlets. Connect with the community by participating in the forums where discussion topics can range from the game to skateboarding to skate culture. Lastly, sign up for the skate newsletter that will feature updates, previews and prizes."

07:35 AM - May 15, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
5WG Article (360)

5WG has posted an article entitled, Transparency.
"While I suspect that Electronic Arts will wisely get around this by resurrecting their “EA Locker” initiative, as suggested by knowledgeable EA evangelists, it’s important to note that despite EA’s best efforts, they’re not the beginning and the end of sports gaming; an Ouroboros that lives merely to consume itself - there are other game developers out there who may not have the time to incorporate such technology into their upcoming titles, unless Microsoft warned them in advance."


Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some Tony Hawk's Proving Ground screenshots.
"Activision and Neversoft unveil the first images of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, new instalment of the series to be released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Nothing really exciting here as there's not much to see, but those of you who used to play Project 8 should feel like home."


NASCAR 08 and Project Gotham Racing 4 Movie Clips

Kotaku has posted movie clips from NASCAR 08 and Project Gotham Racing 4.
"From what I can see in the video it looks like those water effects are simply static skins attached to the cars, and not some sort of magical dynamic rivuletation system. Still pretty, but until I have to pull a t-shirt out of the back to wipe the condensation off the front windshield, driving games will never truly be real."


Other Stuff...

The Suns just made the Spurs series interesting last night. I'm feeling the affects of watching that game this morning. These games are on entirely too late, but I stay up and watch anyways. I hope the Suns win the series, as I can't stand the Spurs. I think Horry will be suspended.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Love or hate the NBA playoffs?


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kyleschubring, ehale911 (23)

Monday, May 14, 2007
09:54 PM - May 14, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (360, PS3)

IGN has posted the following:


TeamXbox Update (360)

TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • Build Your Own Web Garage with the Forza 2 Fan Site Kit (360)
    "Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the official Forza Motorsport 2 Fan Site Kit (FSK) is now available for download. The Forza Motorsport 2 FSK (35 MB) includes all the materials web masters will need to create a compelling Forza 2-themed web site, including web site interface components, logos, screenshots, desktop wall papers and other web-ready artwork."
  • Brand New Test Drive Unlimited Downloadable Content (360)
    "Available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace for 350 points, the Test Drive Collection Volume 4 features six highly desirable cars, the Dino 246 GT, Ferrari Challenge Stradale, Cadillac® Cien™, RUF RK Spyder, Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, and the TVR T440R."

ACTIVISION’S TONY HAWK’S PROVING GROUND
EMPOWERS GAMERS TO CREATE THEIR PERSONAL SKATING LEGACY


#1 Best-Selling Action Sports Franchise Redefines Skateboarding Genre
With Unprecedented Freedom and Control

Santa Monica, CA – May 14, 2007 – It’s time for gamers to command their skating destiny in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground from Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI). For the first time, gamers will have the freedom to define their character, story and style based on the choices they make, the paths they choose and the style of skating they use on the proving grounds from Philadelphia and Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

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 utilize new gameplay mechanics such as skateable terrain altering and building, and Bowl Carving, delivering the most empowered skating experience ever. Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground also features even more Nail the Trick™ moves such as Nail the Grab and Nail the Manual intensifying the thrill of pulling off big tricks.

“Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground drops players into the skateboarding world like never before,” said Joel Jewett, president of Neversoft. “This is the largest, deepest and most compelling Tony Hawk game ever. You can skate the best lines, define your own style and produce your own videos. You can even take it further by tricking out your own Skate Lounge, where you can hang out and skate with others online. Proving Ground will throw you so deep into the lifestyle of skateboarding that you won’t be able to get out. Hands down, it’s the most exciting Tony Hawk title yet.”

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is in development by Neversoft for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo DS™. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB and is scheduled for release later this year.

07:31 AM - May 14, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
FlatOut Ultimate Carnage Trailer (360)

Xboxyde has posted a trailer from FlatOut Ultimate Carnage.
"Announced more like a port than anything else, it seems like Flatout Ultimate Carnage is more and more a quite different game from his elder brother Flatout 2, and I think everyone watching this excellent new trailer will agree."


MotorStorm Update 1.2 Fully Revealed (PS3)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"First off, they're including a new Time Attack mode that will let players race against their own ghost to see if they can top their lap times. Furthermore, the fastest ghosts will automatically get uploaded to the global leaderboards so everyone everywhere can see your ability. And the ghost update doesn't end there; there are seven total ghosts, including those "best time" ghosts and these slick "Evolution Ghosts" that feature a wide variety of skill levels."


Test Drive Unlimited DLC (Free and Premium)

According to Major Nelson, there is some new Test Drive Unlimited downloadable content.
"Premium set includes the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, Cadillac Cien, RUF RK Spyder, Dino 246 GT, Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, TVR T440R and Saturn Curve. In-game currency still required for purchase at respective dealer."


Other Stuff...

How was everyones Mother's Day? We spent the day at my parents house, eating a little too much, then eating desert...a little too much of that as well. The Pistons game was on, but I didn't pay much attention to it. The kids are always entertaining enough. I did come home to expect the Warriors to win, but they ended up getting blown out. It was fun while it lasted, I doubt they can come back down 3-1, but you never know.

Can't wait for The Show man, hopefully I can grab a copy on Tuesday, but it will more than likely be on Wednesday. The wait is almost over!

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Are you getting The Show for the PS3 or sticking w/ what you have?


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mman19, rapiscrap514, Wrightfan, TonySS, chevrock22, Tman95 (42), RockyC (32), NC2002Buckeyes (31), eXperiment63 (22)

Saturday, May 12, 2007
10:01 AM - May 12, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Roster Corrupt! (360)

Mark Fossen, over at 5WG, has posted an article entitled, Roster Corrupt!
"For those averse to link-following, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: in this week’s 360 Spring Update, it appears Microsoft took action against people who had been sharing saves on popular internet community sites. If these reports are true, they took a brute-force approach to the problem, putting together a list of banned consoles: any files created on this hardware are now seen as “corrupt” by the 360.

I don’t know which shocks me more: how invasive this solution is or how inelegant this solution is … I suppose I shall put my programming biases aside and choose “invasive”."


Sega Rally Revo Impressions (360, PS3, PC)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of Sega Rally Revo.
"Unfortunately, the game won't really have damage modeling for the cars, the most you can really do is scuff a car up, which is a bit of a disappointement. Online will support up to six players. While their will be no cross play between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions (obviously), the team is looking into potentially supporting cross-play between the 360 and PC versions."


Tecmo Bowl Coming in 2008 (?)

As mentioned yesterday, Tecmo Bowl is coming in 2008.
"Tecmo Bowl is the classic of classics; the basic football game that garnered legions of fans way back in the NES and GameBoy days. The series made it to the PS1, but seemed to die off after that, yielding to the new simulators like Madden. But believe it or not, Tecmo hasn't abandoned the series at all; in fact, they're planning another installment for next year!"


Forza 2 Demo Impressions (360)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of the Forza 2 demo.
"The cars look great though, and the AI seems nice and crafty, if a little over-zealous (I've been shunted out of a race more than a few times by an over-anxious competitor). Handling seems...OK, but you need to have driven more cars on more tracks to get a real feel for it. What I will say is that the last driving game I played was PGR 3, and this is, as it's supposed to be, a lot stricter."


Forza 2 Screenshots and Movie Clip (360)

Xboxyde has posted some more Forza 2 screenshots and another movie clip.
"After a pretty exciting week in the gaming world, the pitpass returns with some new images and more importantly some new footage of the long awaited Ring: you'll have the chance to appreciate the phenomenal sense of speed you get in the fastest cars. We're also offered a short interview of Che where the differences between the demo version and the retail version are revealed - so, as expected, pretty much nothing as the final game will be very similar in terms of graphics and sound. There's also some info about the demo content such as the AI level and Che adds that in the final game it will also be possible to tune the wheel completely."


Other Stuff...

Didn't do much at all yesterday, other than watch the Warriors paste the Jazz. They are unstoppable at home, I honestly think they can take the Jazz, w/o the home court advantage.

I got the wireless wheel yesterday, to try it out w/ the Forza 2 demo, but was just to lazy to unbox and play. After the chores around the house are done, maybe I can get to that tonight.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Wheel or no wheel when racing?


Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

NEWYORICAN (45), VanDamme (28)

Friday, May 11, 2007
Second Season of UBO 2007 Brings More Teams to $10,000 Event

Diamond Bar, California - May 11, 2007 Ultimate Baseball Online, the world's only massively multiplayer online sports game (MMOSG) for baseball, today announced 16 teams have received invitations for "Best of UBO 2007 Event," being held November 26 - December 21, 2007.

Sixteen teams from the first season of 2007 earned the chance through league and tournament championships and participation to compete in this year's Best of UBO event. The selected teams were Stigma, Storm, Bombers, RW NL, Blitz, GearHead, Yankees, Redhorns, OMEN, BigHeros, Flight, Cards, Mustangs, Beer-Alt Characters and Blacksox. While some teams won promotional tournaments and leagues to receive automatic bids to the Best of UBO 2007, a majority of invitees received invitations solely based on event participation.

With the 2007-2 season coming to an end in June, an additional 16 teams are expected to receive invitations to the Best of UBO 2007 event. With four Ultimate Baseball Online seasons in the 2007 calendar year, an additional 32 teams will receive invitations by the start of the event.

The Best of UBO 2007 is a global event open to UBO players worldwide. 64 teams consisting of five to nine players will qualify during the year to compete in the tournament, which will run from November 26 to December 21, 2007. Each round will be a best-of- three series, and the championship round will be a best-of-five series.

A team may qualify for a berth in the Best of UBO 2007 Tournament in any one of three ways:
  • Winning a UBO league (season) - There are four seasons in 2007, and three levels of teams (Major, All- Star, and Elite);
  • Winning a UBO Promotional Tournament - These are promotional events with prizes (either virtual or real-world), for three levels of teams;
  • Power Ranking - To fill out the 64 team field, the remaining teams will be chosen from those that have accumulated the most Power Ranking Points (PRP) based on UBO event participation. Win or lose, playing in UBO events will earn each team PRPs that accumulate throughout the calendar year. Participation in free and promotional events earn teams the valuable points necessary to receive their "Best of UBO 2007" invitation.

Members of the winning team in the Best of UBO 2007 Tournament will split a $4,500 cash prize. The second place team will take home $2,250, and third place will receive $1,125. Additional cash prizes will be paid to teams finishing through eighth place.

The Most Valuable Player of the Best of UBO 2007 tournament series will be selected by popular vote of all UBO members, and will receive a $200 cash award plus a virtual trophy for that player's Trophy Room.

09:17 AM - May 11, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
DarkZero has the scoop.
"Unfortunately other than playing a video of the old game and showing a logo of the new game no other information was released other that the game us set for release in 2008 and it will not be just a port. No platform was announced either with Mr. Inaga just saying "I can't tell you what platform we're making it for. But I can tell you that it's probably not going to be on the platform that you're expecting... if that makes any sense."
Let the speculation begin baby!