Wednesday, November 23, 2005
10:07 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted a few screenshots of Fight Night Round 3, including a movie clip.

02:56 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
College Hoops 2K6 Captures the Tradition, Pageantry and Competitive Spirit of College Basketball with Multiple Feature Firsts

NEW YORK, NY - November 23, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that College Hoops 2K6 for the Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is now available at retailers across North America. 2K Sports' highly acclaimed college basketball franchise returns to deliver the most realistic collegiate experience yet, featuring an enhanced Legacy mode, underclassmen recruiting, high school camps, virtual coaches and an unprecedented five in-game commentators.

"Fans love college basketball because it portrays basketball in its purest state; where solid coaching, strong teamwork and school spirit prevail," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "College Hoops 2K6 incorporates this by introducing new features that make it the most comprehensive college basketball game, delivering the emotion and drama of the college experience like never before."

Bringing personality to the franchise mode are the coaches and multiple commentators. College Hoops 2K6 breaks new ground by featuring real college coaches, including Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, Jim Boeheim, and Lute Olson. College Hoops 2K6 gives gamers in-depth game coverage, enhanced by insightful commentary from Verne Lundquist as the play-by-play announcer, Bill Raftery for color commentary, Bonnie Bernstein reporting from the sidelines and Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg as tournament presenters.

"This is the first time that a video game company has obtained the licensing right to use a large number of college coaches within the body of the video game," said David Kirkpatrick, vice president of non-apparel marketing, The Collegiate Licensing Company. "We think that college basketball fans will revel in the opportunity to have top college coaches walking the sidelines."

In addition, College Hoops 2K6 showcases new features for the franchise such as Player Disposition, the Coach's Clipboard, the High School Camp and many of the elements that made NBA 2K6 a critical success, such as the Strip 'n' Rip System, Shot Stick and V.I.P. System(tm).

* Player Disposition focuses on each player's inherent set of attributes: consistency, focus, and confidence. By utilizing practice drills, scrimmages, and weekly meetings in the game, you try to raise these attributes to their peaks, so that you can heighten your Player Psyche and optimize your players' performances.

* The Coach's Clipboard feature captures the true collegiate atmosphere by stressing the importance of good coaching. The feature gives gamers the ability to give specific direction to their team during timeouts to help coach them to victory. Gamers have total control over individual zone replacements to make the necessary substitutions for improving zone defense efficiency and exploiting an opponent's weaknesses.

* The High School Camp feature lets gamers scout top performing high school players by visiting camps and observing or playing with the top prospects in the country to judge their performance in drills and scrimmages. This feature complements the underclassmen recruiting feature, in which gamers can now recruit high school players at any level and secure interest that will carry over from year to year.

Through the Xbox Live(r) online game service and PlayStation Online, College Hoops 2K6 provides gamers with the most realistic, interactive gaming experience with seamless head-to-head online play. The comprehensive online features also provide stat tracking, buddy list management and online leagues.

College Hoops 2K6 for the Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is rated "E" for Everyone and available in North American retail stores for $29.99. College Hoops 2K6 for the PlayStation(r) 2 computer entertainment system will be available in stores in early December. College Hoops 2K6 for the Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is slated for release in early 2006Additional details and features will be available in the near future.

For more information, please visit www.2Ksports.com.

12:31 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Trend has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a 93%.
"If you can't figure out by now that Project Gotham Racing 3 is the flagship racing game for the Xbox 360 launch then I don't know what to tell you. From mind blowing graphics and lighting effects and the brilliant experience of speed. The enormous amount of vehicle choices and racing options. Music choices out the whazoo, and stellar sound effects. All the online possibilities with leaderboards and live viewing of races. Add to that an easy to use track editor and you have a real winner here. PGR3 gets the checkered flag in my book, and is a must have in your new Xbox 360 library."

12:30 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
G4 has posted their review of Madden NFL 06, giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
"With Xbox Live play and solid gameplay fundamentals for head-to-head showdowns, Madden NFL 06 will satisfy the casual football game fan. Those with more discerning tastes, or even those who have played Madden for years, will find all the missing options a bit too much to rationalize its $59 price tag. As the only NFL game on the Xbox 360, next August could be a long time to wait for the likely improved version, but we recommend a tryout before signing this one to your Xbox 360 roster."

12:30 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Yahoo! Games Domain has posted their review of Ridge Racer 6, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
"Ridge Racer 6's graphics may be pure 360 shininess, but the gameplay is from a generation ago... hell, two generations ago and that's generous. If you're looking for an arcade racer, you're almost certain to be better served by Need for Speed: Most Wanted. If it's something more realistic you're after, Project Gotham will fit the bill just fine, In other words, unless you're specifically looking for another Ridge Racer game, pass this one up."

12:29 PM - November 23, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
GameSpy has posted the following:
  • NBA Live 06 Review (2.5/5)
    "NBA Live 06 knocks the progress of this series back to the Stone Age. It sacrifices everything (dunk contest, Superstar Freestyle moves, Franchise mode) for next-gen graphics, yet ends up looking worse than NBA 2K6 -- which kept all of its features in tact. Remember back in '95, when EA didn't release Madden for PlayStation because Sony's NFL GameDay was a vastly superior product? Maybe they should've done the same thing here, and saved themselves some embarrassment. It plays decently and looks good, but that's not worth some shiny new $400 hardware and a $10 higher software price tag."
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Review (4.5/5)
    "Again, THAW for Xbox 360 is a phenomenal gameÖif you haven't picked it up already. Not to beat the flesh off a dead horse, but if you have the Xbox version already, it's not really worth your time or money. It's the same game with better graphics and a better controller. If you totally mark out for visuals and you want to earn some more Accomplishment points, then it might be worth your while. It's still a great title, but unless you don't already have it, it's not an essential purchase."
  • NBA 2K6 Review (4/5)
    "However, if you already own NBA 2K6 on another system and are happy with what you have, you're only missing eye candy here. As sweet as that candy is, I don't know if you want to pay at least $360 to get a taste. I'm personally very glad 2K Games ported it; the fact that I've shunned my Xbox version's saved games should tell you something about its merits. However, with no gameplay advancements and a high price tag, it's definitely not for everyone."
  • Ridge Racer 6 Review (4.5/5)
    "In closing, if you want a realistic gaming experience complete with upgradeable cars, real-life streets and authentic car licenses, Ridge Racer 6 is not your game. If you want arcade style racing complete with high-speed corner bending, annoyingly foppish announcers and the most fun driving you can have without smashing the other guy off the road (that's coming in March to 360), then you want to pick up Ridge Racer 6. The split-screen multiplayer is fun, but can slow down at times, while the World Xplorer should keep people occupied for a good while so that they have a fighting chance over Xbox Live. Leave the sim racing to the guys playing PGR 3. If you want to hop right into a solid racing title, look no further than Reiko and Co."
  • Madden NFL 06 Review (4/5)
    "Although there are a few issues here and there, Xbox 360 owners should pick up a copy of Madden NFL 06 on launch day. Now, that's not to say that Madden fans should run out to buy an Xbox 360 just to play the game. Many hardcore fans will be disappointed by the number of features that were removed from the game, especially the highly entertaining minicamp drills and the deeper elements of the game's Franchise mode. However, if you're the type of player who just wants to play the nicest looking football game in history, buying Madden NFL 06 is a no-brainer."

08:31 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Now that some of you have had a full day with your Xbox 360, what do you think about it? I can't believe how much these things are going for on Ebay! What game has blown you away and what game flat out hasn't impressed you? I personally can't get enough NBA 2K6, I'm seeing a new animation with every single game. I had a triple double with Kevin Garnett last night, but the announcing crew didn't mention it. I missed hearing the little things like that, which was in the Inside Drive series. No big deal, just something I hope the team can implement next year.

Have you guys been watching the Maui Invitational? That Gonzo/Mich St. game last night was NUTS! Morrison was lighting it up from all over the place, that white boy can shoot! It took 3 overtimes to decide the winner, great game!

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Mangum (30), chamillionaire (21), Crazym0nk3y (17)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

08:31 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Soccer Gaming has posted their review of LMA Manager 2006, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"LMA Manager 2006 is not in the same class as Football Manager 2006 in terms of depth and realism. It is more suited for those who prefer a lighter approach and just want to have some fun. It does its job well and with some great innovations thereís every reason to upgrade from LMA 2005 to the 2006 version. Itís clearly the pick of the bunch of console football management games."

08:30 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
RosenblattReport has posted an interview with Head Producer of MVP '06 NCAA Baseball, Ben Brinkman.
RosenblattReport: "What will users of this game see on MVP NCAA Baseball that was not seen on previous versions of MVP Baseball?"
Ben Brinkman: "A lot of animations on the game will be different from previous MVP engines. For instance, this game engine will engage in many more humanistic responses to events. For example, if a player is running toward a ball at the wall, he may not take the same path every time, as seen in previous reasons. Instead, he may have to back-track in order to get the ball or shift to the right or left. This engine change will be most evident when a ball is head up against the wall. We wanted to make this game lifelike with mistakes."

08:30 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Voodoo Extreme has posted their review of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"Need for Speed: Most Wanted sports some 50 hours of single player gameplay in career and challenge series mode with excellent replay value. Although the difficulty curve is rather steep after hitting around blacklist 7, overall the game is extremely fun. Superb controls, good audio and visuals plus heaps of content make Need for Speed: Most Wanted a must for any fan of the series."

08:30 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Nintendojo has posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 9.5 out of 10.
"If youíve never, ever loved Mario Kart, then you arenít going to be swayed. Thatís a pretty insignificant audience: many non-gamers, casual gamers, and other people who generally shy away from games still fondly recall Mario Kart. Everyone else will love the title and find loads of fun to be had. It is darn near perfect in most ways, and the online mode adds more than it takes away. LAN mode racing is among the yearís greatest gaming experiences. You may well be looking at a contender for Game of the Year across any platform."

08:29 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Nintendo Insanity has posted the following reviews:
  • Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (8.6/10)
    "Overall, Tony Hawk American Sk8land is a great DS game. The short and relatively easy story mode is still a blast to play through, and the other modes make it a fun game. Tony Hawk fans will be disappointed with the easy story mode, but the novelty of having a Tony Hawk game on the DS is still worth the purchase. The game makes it easy for anyone who hasnít played one of the Tony Hawk skateboarding games to pick this up and get right into it. I really enjoyed American Sk8land, and itís a great addition to anyoneís DS library."
  • Mario Kart DS (9.2/10)
    "All in all, Mario Kart is one of the better games to grace the Nintendo DS, and a great opener for Nintendoís Wi-fi Connection. If you have the ability to use the WFC and own a DS, I canít stop recommending purchasing MKDS. If youíve been complaining about Nintendo not going online for the past two-three years, quit whining and get the set-up. With what I have experienced over the WFC, I canít wait to play Metroid and Animal Crossing online, not to mention the possibility of something like Four Swords!"

08:29 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Planet GameCube has posted their review of Tony Hawk's American Sk8Land, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"Taken on its own, Sk8Land is an incredible leap over the GBA versions, which were already impressive. It may be the best looking DS game yet, and it matches the console experience to a degree that you'd expect only on the PSP. It's also a great start for third-party online games, even outpacing Nintendo's own offering in many respects. The main problem with Sk8Land is that it's somewhat redundant with American Wasteland but with half as many levels, so if you have already played through the console version, you may get bored with the DS game once the novelty wears off. But if you passed on Wasteland, and especially if you haven't played a Tony Hawk game in a few years, Sk8Land is truly a must-own title on the Nintendo DS."

08:29 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The Bovine Conspiracy has posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 5 out of 5.
"Overall Mario Kart DS is the game youíve been waiting for. Nintendogs had a certain limited charm and sold like hotcakes but Mario Kart DS is the systemís killer app. With only a few minor quibbles against it I think it is the perfect game not only for the DS but stands on its own right as an incredible racer. It combines the time-tested Mario Kart formula with online wi-fi play and sets the bar for handheld racing."

08:28 AM - November 23, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has posted the following reviews:
  • Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360 - 8/10)
    "But, as I keep saying, too much of what's changed since PGR2 is superficial once the initial novelty value of the graphics, Gotham TV, etc. wears off. PGR3's is a slightly flawed but overwhelmingly engaging framework for an already excellent skew on the driving models we're traditionally used to, and there's little else I'm going to turn to on Xbox Live for a significant time to come. But when I answered my friend's questions yesterday I simply said that it's like playing PGR2 on a system that can do it justice - and that comes close to summing it up. I will always love the thought of turning into my drive listening to the clicker, and PGR3 is still that feeling in game form - unfortunately, I'm starting to feel like I got home a long time ago."
  • Mario Smash Football (GC - 8/10)
    "Mario Smash Football neatly distils the entire 'fun for everyone' ethos that permeates so many of Nintendo's titles. It's charmingly designed from the ground up to be as fun and accessible as possible, yet despite its astonishing simplicity, it still managed to hold our interest well beyond our expectations. With polished visuals, amusing audio and impressive technical touches adding the final gloss to this excellent, addictive package, it's yet another fine example of why the GameCube shouldn't be written off just yet."