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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
10:26 PM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA HITS THE MOUNTAIN WITH SSX On Tour
EA SPORTS BIG Delivers Next Installment of the Critically Acclaimed Franchise

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 11, 2005 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced SSX™ On Tour has shipped on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, and PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) handheld system.

Building on the critically acclaimed gameplay of the SSX franchise, SSX On Tour features all-new player customization and the chance to break onto The Tour. With all-new highly detailed tracks, monster tricks, and multiplayer options, players can reach breakneck speeds, catch huge air, and become an icon as they fly down the mountain as a snowboarder or skier. SSX On Tour delivers another amazing soundtrack which features songs by artists like Louis XIV, DJ Z Trip, Iron Maiden and the Perceptionists.

Players can build a career and progress from a slope-side wannabe to a black-diamond rock star. Compete for medals or just tear up the massive new mountain, while looking good because style matters when your reputation is always on the line. You create the hype—the hype creates a legend in SSX On Tour.

SSX On Tour, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., is rated E10+ by the ESRB. SSX On Tour is available on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox® and Nintendo GameCube™ at an MSRP of $39.99 and on the PSP™ handheld system at an MSRP of $49.99. Screenshots can be found at www.info.ea.com.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA™, EA SPORTS™, EA SPORTS BIG™, and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

05:48 PM - October 11, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their review of NBA Live 06, giving it a B-.
"I still would like to see the series evolve a bit more and go back to games like Live 98 when it comes to realistic gameplay pacing and physics. I hope that with the release of the next generation systems and the power they possess, we will see the NBA truly come to life. For now, NBA Live 06 provides a fun and explosive game for fans who want to just run and gun to the hoop, with all the over the top moves and flare that go with such a title."

05:47 PM - October 11, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their review of NHL 2K6, giving it an A-.
"If you want a simulation, you can play NHL 2k6 right out of the box for a while, make slider tweaks (just tweaks, not overhauls) over time and be extremely happy. If you want games that end 10-8, just play the easy level. And 2k6 is still offered for the unbelievable price of $20, as opposed to the $50 price tag on the competition. Sports gaming is on the brink of a new age with the coming of new consoles, so here's hoping the 2k series continues to raise the bar by producing the best game on the market, as they have – again – with NHL 2k6."

05:43 PM - October 11, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Informer Online has posted a video of FIFA 06: Road to the 2006 World Cup.
"To round out or X05 coverage, we bring you the first trailer for the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 06: Road to the 2006 World Cup. The soccer game from EA should hit the shelves with the 360 its self."

05:36 PM - October 11, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Console Gold has posted some screenshots of Burnout Legends.

11:02 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Madden NFL 06 Review (DS - 7.0/10)
    "It's really unfortunate that "wait until next year" is the phrase that pays when it comes down to this year's Madden title. If you're craving a lasting football experience that will end up being enjoyable despite all of the problems, Madden NFL 06 is an excellent choice."
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Screenshots (Multi)
    "Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets."
  • FIFA Street 2 Screenshots (PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, PSP)
    "Featuring all new authentic tricks, FIFA Street 2 provides new gameplay experiences by making over-the-top moves and skills even bigger in this fast-paced sequel."

11:01 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
ToTheGame has posted some screenshots of FIFA Street 2.
"Grudge match situations will result in Beat Battle encounters that allow you to test your skills one-on-one with your opponents."

11:01 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
FileShack has posted a update patch for NHL 06, weighing in at 8.74 MB.
"Update for the US retail version of NHL 06."

11:00 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:
  • L.A. Rush Review (PS2, Xbox - 70/100)
    "For all the things I enjoy about L.A. Rush, it's just not Rush to me. Midway and Pitbull Syndicate missed a golden opportunity to really give Burnout Revenge a run for it's money, knowing what I know about the series. But instead, this game goes after Midnight Club. And it does it without online gameplay, which I can't figure out at all."
  • Blitz: The League Preview (Xbox)
    "The gameplay is still the over-the-top action that you expect from Blitz. All of the hard-hitting and bone-crunching tackles are back. In addition to all of the action on the field, there is plenty of action off of the field."

07:05 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Sully.
Playstation.com has posted another system update for the PSP.
"This update is for customers who own the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system model number PSP-1001. DO NOT update your PSP™ system through this Web site if you own a different model of the PSP™ system. There is no guarantee of proper operation with other models of the PSP™ system."

07:04 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Sully.
Fragland has posted their review of Ridge Racer, giving it an 85.5%.
"With this PSP release, Namco put their long-lasting series back on track. Ridge Racer for PSP is the best Ridge Racer in ages -probably even the best Ridge Racer, period-. The controls are solid, its sense of speed is impressive and it hardly ever feels stretched. Add great graphics to that and you get yet another very solid PSP racing game. Highly recommended."

07:03 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Sully.
Xboxyde has posted some movies clips from the following games:

07:03 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Sully.
Boomtown has the scoop.
"Test Drive Unlimited joins the ever growing list of games that won't make the launch of Xbox 360, or Christmas for that matter. Okay, Test Drive being delayed isn't as bad as the delay to Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, but it's still hardly welcome."

07:02 AM - October 11, 2005. Posted by Sully.
SimHQ has posted part 1 of their rFactor review.
"If you have just bought rFactor you might feel slightly puzzled and wonder “so.... that’s it?” Cars and tracks are not meticulously recreated from real life counterparts, but rather are pure fantasy, thereby avoiding the branding fees currently plaguing PC simulation titles) and initially the cars will feel quite slow and perhaps not very exciting to drive. Additionally, your first laps may well result in you getting hit by faster cars as you motor along in the smallest unmodified car as formula and group sports cars whiz around the tracks much faster than you. Be patient, and rest assured that during this review you will find out how to get the most of rFactor in terms of enjoyment and driving satisfaction."

Monday, October 10, 2005
04:03 PM - October 10, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The Street Franchise Continues under the EA SPORTS BIG Brand

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 10, 2005 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world’s leading interactive software company, has announced FIFA Street 2 is in development under the EA SPORTS BIG™ brand and will be in stores next spring.

Prove you have what it takes in four on four gameplay action which captures the passion and flair of real street soccer in this fresh arcade experience. Humiliate your opponents with the new trick stick beat system, over the top juggling moves and all-new gamebreakers that allow you to win a game like never before. Beat the best in the world by traveling to new International locations ranging from the famous Westway Leisure Centre in London to the beautiful beachside of Brazil. Featuring all new authentic tricks, FIFA Street 2 provides new gameplay experiences by making over the top moves and skills even bigger in this fast paced sequel. Take to the streets, unleash your tricks, and humble your rivals with or without the ball.

“FIFA Street is a game franchise with its own unique flair that celebrates soccer culture and styles from around the globe,” said executive producer Wil Mozell. “We’re very excited to be developing FIFA Street 2, a sequel with more depth, more killer moves from the street, and more than 300 top players and 20 national teams, which is going to deliver a truly immersive street soccer experience.”

FIFA Street 2, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., is scheduled to ship on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system and PC. Screenshots can be found at www.fifastreet2.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.