Tuesday, December 20, 2005
09:14 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
DriverHeaven has posted their review of GT Legends, giving it a 91 out of 100.
"Simbin made some excellent choices with this title. Sure, they could have simply updated their very solid GTR with vintage cars, and called it good, and it certainly would have been good, with outstanding graphics, physics, and drivability. Instead, what they have done is taken elements from previous games, and very effectively integrated them into GTL to make it even better. Take the historical feel of Gran Prix Legends, and get rid of the astronomical difficulty level. Take the complex tuning options of Richard Burns Rally, and hone them down to the essentials, with adjustments a player might make on their own car. Take the rewarding adventure of progressing though NFS: Porsche Unleashed, buying better cars and unlocking wilder tracks, but retool it with a realistic physics engine and better competition."

09:14 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
CVG has the scoop.
"Usually game companies don't bend to the demands of the game playing public, Shenmue 3 for example is nowhere to be seen despite massive fan fervour. Konami however seem to be taking on board the Christmas spirit, as it's now considering a Track and Field release via Xbox Live and it's all down to the power of Official Xbox 360 Magazine readers."

09:14 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Fragland has posted the following:
  • DTM Race Driver 3 Singleplayer Demo (PC)
    "The demo contains three tracks: the Phillip Island GP Circuit for V8 Supercars, the Hockenheim GP Circuit for DTM touring cars and the National Dirt Raceway Stage 5 track for Baja Motocross buggies."
  • MotoGP 2006 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
    "There isn't much known about the game; except the presence of a new career mode, new racers, new bicycles and tracks, and an improved extreme mode. The release date is another question, but it will probably be in 2006."
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted Review (PC - 79.7%)
    "Perhaps I am a bit negative because Most Wanted does have all the features to be a magnificent game: a lot of modes, decent music and surround-sound, adequate graphics, working gameplay, beautiful cut-scenes, … but it just feels as if they took an sixty-year-old prostitute and spent a few millions of plastic surgery on her so she looks as if she is in her twenties again. Okay, they may get her to look like that but she won’t ever **** you like a teenager again. Wait a minute, this is going the wrong way here. The looks of a young woman combined with the experience of an old tart, that might just be the everything you could ever dream of."

09:14 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
3D Gamers have posted a demo of RTL Skispringen 2006.
"A German playable demo for RTL Skispringen 2006 is now online, allowing the chance to try out the new German ski jumping sports sequel by 49Games. This demo contains a tutorial as well as the training mode on the Bischofshofen (Austria) and Oberstdof (Germany) ramps, but you may be in for a little guesswork if you don't speak the language."

09:13 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Voodoo Extreme has posted screenshots from the following games:

09:13 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
MyGamer has posted the following:
  • Fight Night Round 3 Preview (Xbox 360)
    "The ability to replay rivalry bouts from your career, along with improved gameplay and online play, will hopefully give Round 3 a boost in its depth and replay value. However, we will have to wait and see what depth there is in this game as far as customizing your created boxer, the number of arenas, and game modes. As it stands right now, Fight Night Round 3 has the look of a great contender. Make LL Cool J and your mother proud, when Fight Night Round 3 hits stores in Spring 2006."
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS2 - 7.6/10)
    "What it comes down to is this: if you liked the Need for Speed Underground series, you'll like Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Yes, there's some pandering; catch the ads for body sprays and auto parts shops, not to mention the fact that all of the decals you can add to your ride are ads in and of themselves. Yes, it's strange to be able to damage cops but not have a scratch even when they hit harder than Ike Turner. But that's all part of the fun, and it's unfair to judge a game for not being something it's not trying to be anyway. This isn't the blockbuster racing hit of the year, but it's worth at least a rental."

09:13 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameplanet has posted the following:
  • EA Sports Rugby 2006 First Look (PC, Xbox, PS2)
    "With the release date set for mid march 2006, EA looks to create a more free flowing game with new offload passing; create overlaps and scope some of the most memorable tries in history. To add more thrills and to experience the glory in Rugby 2006, pick from over 25 tactical plays that best suit's your style of play and run riot all over your opposition. These are just some of the features that aim's to improve game play and add a bit more than what has been seen by its predecessors."
  • England wins FIFA Interactive World Cup
    "The second FIFA Interactive World Cup has come to a close as ten finalists from around the world battled it out for the title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2005 on FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup for the Xbox 360. After a series of matches throughout the day, Xbox Live entrant Chris Bullard, 18, of Ipswich, England, emerged victorious having defeated Gabor Mokos, 15, Hungary in the final, earning himself an all expenses paid trip to the FIFA World Player Gala 2005 which took place in Zurich last night."

09:12 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameTrailers have posted their video review of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, giving it a 7 out of 10.
"A visually impressive and entertaining entry into the next-gen of golf games."

09:12 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted screenshots from the following games:

12:02 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Review (PS2 - 8.6/10)
    "Overall, Need for Speed: Most Wanted has all the makings of a great game, but its otherwise solid gameplay is tarnished by the lack of an online segment. The CG sequences and voice acting add a great deal of story to the game; it's still a little shallow in most situations, but the buildup in the main story is executed flawlessly."
  • Love Football Screenshots (X360)
    "A few months back at the Xbox Summit 2005 Namco revealed that it is working on a new soccer title for the Xbox 360. Love Football is being endorsed by Japanese soccer star Tsuneyoshi Miyamoto, who has lend his likeness to the game, as well as being featured on the cover."

12:02 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following screenshots:
  • Stacked with Daniel Negreanu (Xbox)
    "STACKED will feature its own sanctioned multi-table tournament system called "STACKED Masters" and will also include involvement from the seven professional players associated with the game, providing the most in-depth online play and community experience for any poker video game."
  • MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2006 (X360)
    "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."

12:01 AM - December 20, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Ferrago has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a score of 91%.
"Simply put, PGR3 is just about the most involving and exciting arcade-sim racing experience yet. Its amazing graphics and sound show off the true power of the Xbox 360. So is it perfect? Not quite. The one problem with PGR3 is the length of its single player Gotham Career. While online it has endless potential, players without Xbox Live may feel the 90 events in the Gotham Career don't last quite as long as they might want, especially compared the 172 single player events in PGR2."

Monday, December 19, 2005
11:09 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The one and only Wayne Gretzky sits down with OperationSports.com's Shawn Drotar to discuss his latest career move, the "new" NHL, video games and even tells us which players he thinks of as hockey's next "Great Ones"!

11:05 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Rookie of the Month to Take on Gamers in Latest Xbox Live ‘Game with Fame’ Session

Rookie center for the New York Knicks, Channing Frye, is stepping off the hardwood to bring his talents to Xbox Live®. Fans that are interested in going one-on-one with Frye will need to keep an eye out for the Xbox Live gamertag ‘ChanFryeGWF’ on Thursday, December 22 from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM ET to challenge him in NBA Live 06® for Xbox®.

“It has always been my dream to play in the NBA and now that I have my name and likeness in a video game it is a little overwhelming,” said Frye. “The Knick fans have been great and we are really building something special, so I can’t wait to grab the Xbox Live headset and get to know some of the fans. They just better take it strong to the hole, because I’ll be waiting to reject any weak stuff. ”

Frye, the eighth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, ranks second in scoring (14.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.514 percent) and blocks (.95 bpg) and third in rebounding (6.5 rpg) among rookies. Frye recorded 20-plus points in three consecutive games from Nov. 16-20, becoming the first Knick rookie to do so since Gerald Wilkins during the 1985-86 season and the first New York player to do so off the bench since Latrell Sprewell during the 1998-99 season. Aside from being one of the Knicks bright young stars, Channing is an avid video gamer and computer aficionado, maintaining his own website www.channingfrye.com.

The Xbox Live "Game with Fame" program gives Xbox Live subscribers the unique opportunity to meet, chat and play against some of today's biggest athletes. Past "Game with Fame" celebrity players include Buffalo Bills running back Willis McGahee, Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and Adrian Aucoin of the Chicago Blackhawks. For further information on other Xbox Live events, be sure to visit the "Game with Fame" Web site at http://www.xbox.com.

Live and breathe basketball like never before with NBA LIVE 06. Rebuilt from the ground up and powered by next generation gameplay, players can see and feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with NBA LIVE 06. Players jump to life with real-world physics and enhanced animations including sweat rolling down the players’ faces.

Xbox Live continues to transform and unite Xbox game communities worldwide, with a presence in 24 countries worldwide and a global community of more than 2 million members. As the first and only global, unified online console games service, Xbox Live offers world-class games, intelligent matchmaking, tournaments, unique programming and integration with Xbox.com.

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.

05:54 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Zone has posted their review of College Hoops 2K6, giving it a 8.1 out of 10.
"Despite the lackluster presentation, College Hoops 2K6 is still the most enjoyable college game on the market. What it lacks in flare is more than made up with its depth and realistic take on the sport. Therefore, if you prefer a brain over beauty then this is the college game for you, if not, you may want to go elsewhere."