Saturday, July 29, 2006
12:35 AM - July 29, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (360)

GameSpot has posted the following:

Test Drive Unlimited (PC, 360)

GameSpy has posted some screenshots of Test Drive Unlimited.

Worthplaying Update (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam Screenshots (GBA, DS, Wii)
    "Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam delivers a skateboard experience focused on head-to-head racing, allowing players to feel the breakneck speed of downhill competition as they tear up the world's steepest terrains while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in such locations as San Francisco, Machu Picchu and Hong Kong."
  • Let's Make A Soccer Team! Screenshots (PS2)
    "SEGA Europe is bringing the Japanese PS2 exclusive football management game, Let's Make a Soccer Team! to Europe. The game offers a unique football management experience allowing you to create, build and control every aspect of your own football club in the real football world!"
  • Test Drive Unlimited Alfa Romeo Unveiled with Screenshots (Multi)
    "Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
  • German Street Racing Screenshots (PC)
    "German Street Racing is a street racing game, developed by Dutch studio Team6, spread out over 5 of the biggest German cities."

Friday, July 28, 2006
Netamin Announces Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 Summer Classic
Participants to Compete for Major League Baseball Tickets and Merchandise

Diamond Bar, California - July 28, 2006 - Netamin Communication Corp. today announced that its Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 Summer Classic will begin Aug. 7. This double-elimination tournament, which will continue through Aug. 15, will be open to 16 six-man teams. Five players from each team will take the virtual field at once, with the sixth player available for substitutions-a brand-new Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 (UBO 2006) feature. The UBO Summer Classic will actually include two separate 16-team tournaments, allowing lower-level players to compete for prizes as well. Players can sign up for the UBO Summer Classic at http://www.ultimatebaseballonline.com

UBO 2006 has drawn a great deal attention for its innovative format: MMORPG meets sports game. Ryan McCaffery of Games Radar said, "Ultimate Baseball Online's initial steps give hope that every fan's dream could become reality," and Randie Kilgore of Daily Game said UBO 2006 is "shaping up to be a baseball fan's field of dreams."

The event cost is $6.95 per player, and real-world prizes will be awarded to each player on the top three teams. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Upper Division (Level 30 and above)
1st: $100 toward game tickets/merchandise to any MLB, Minor League, or other professional baseball game
2nd: $50 gift certificate to shop.mlb.com
3rd: Custom UBO T-shirt

Lower Division (Levels 1-40)
1st: $75 gift certificate to shop.mlb.com
2nd: Custom-fitted UBO hat
3rd: Custom UBO T-shirt

The UBO Summer Classic comes just weeks after each player on Storm was awarded a brand-new PSP(tm) (PlayStation(R) Portable) system in the Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 PSP Invitational Tournament. Storm beat Gearheads to finish the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.

About Ultimate Baseball Online
In UBO, baseball enthusiasts and gamers compete in 3D virtual stadiums. With stunning graphics and surround-sound audio reactions from the crowd, participants control customized characters for each position and compete together against other UBO gamers. Players use an avatar to bat, pitch, field, run, steal and perform any baseball action. Participants can practice, play pick-up games, join or found their own teams, compete against rival teams, play in specialized tournaments, and win league championships in post-season play. Gamers create their own characters and build their skill level (player stats) through successful play on the field against other real human players. Unlike current video games that aspire to simulate professional sports, UBO delivers a first person perspective to sports team interaction via real-time online experiences. Visit www.ultimatebaseballonline.com for more information.

About Netamin
Netamin Communication Corporation, a pioneer in Massive Multiplayer Online Sports Games (MMOSG), is headquartered in Diamond Bar, California with operations around the globe including Korea and Taiwan. The company has launched its first MMOSG title, Ultimate Baseball Online, with subsequent titles expected as demand and interest for this next-generation gaming technology grows. Founded in 1998, Netamin is a privately held corporation aiming to provide an online virtual playing field for all major sports. For more information, please visit www.Netamin.com.

04:40 PM - July 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has just sent us some more NHL 07 screenshots.
"The golden age of console hockey will return when NHL 07 debuts with gameplay innovations that will allow players to feel like they are actually on the ice. Featuring an unmatched level of freedom and control, NHL 07 will represent a watershed moment in the history of the console hockey when it ships throughout Canada and the United States in September 2006. Hockey purists and casual fans alike will feel like they can play like a pro when they pick up NHL 07."

02:23 PM - July 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden Community Day: Madden NFL 07 Impressions (360)

The crew over at Madden Nation have posted the following impressions of Madden NFL 07 from Madden Community Day:
  • Nex Gen Community Day Mini Games Impressions
    "For hardcore Madden fans, mini games are sometimes an afterthought. They are a nice change of pace after you’ve run through that 27th year of franchise and have beaten your best friend for the 100th time. This year though, the next gen mini games are receiving a lot more attention from those of us who have had an opportunity to play the game. There is more variety in terms of the drills that are available to play, and the EA Tiburon team has tied the drills into other features such as Superstar and Franchise Modes. Here is a brief look at the drills in next gen Madden NFL 07."
  • Bates’ Madden 07 Xbox 360 Hands-on Impressions
    "Summarizing the running game, it will take time to adjust your defense and learn to stop an effective running attack. (Sidebar: In the informal tournament we had at EA, I was murdered by Portis and the run game. It wasn’t until I adjusted my defense to focus on the run that I was successful. Strategy and adjustment are keys.)"
  • Pasta's Community Day Impressions
    "Controlling the blocker worked well in some situations, such as runs up the middle and taking the FB, or starting right off with a lineman. In other situations it was much tougher to use effectively. It could very well be just cause we have very little time practicing with it. I think people will find it useful, but Im not sure if it will be a real common thing everyone will utilize regular basis."

Alfa Romeo in Test Drive Unlimited Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of the Alfa Romeo, in Test Drive Unlimited.
"Atari today announced Alfa Romeo as the lastest name in their line of manufacturers in Test Drive Unlimited, giving the two cars Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Alfa Romeo GT Coupe V6 the honor to be in the game."

Other Stuff...

07:09 AM - July 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Wrestling Spirit 2 review. Find out what Aaron Holbert had to say about it.
"From the best wrestling text based sim company in the world (okay, the only wrestling text based sim company in the world) comes Wrestling Spirit 2. I have to be honest with you, though: I didn’t get a chance to play the first Wrestling Spirit. When I was assigned to review this game, I assumed it was similar to Grey Dog’s Total Extreme Wrestling or Adam Ryland’s previous wrestling simulators, where you are commissioner of a wrestling company and your primary responsibility is booking matches. Wrestling Spirit 2 is nothing like that. This time you aren’t a booking matches….you are actually taking part in them. This game focuses primarily on the life of a wrestler. Instead of being Vince McMahon or Paul Heyman, you are Triple H or Jeff Jarrett."

07:06 AM - July 28, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ridge Racers 2 Screenshots (PSP)

PSX Extreme has posted some screenshots of Ridge Racers 2.

LMA Manager 2007 Screenshots (PC)

3D Gamers have posted some screenshots of LMA Manager 2007.
"A big batch of new screenshots for LMA Manager 2007, the 3D soccer management sports sequel being created at Codemasters, is now available for download."

A New Test Drive: Unlimited Contest

Digital Entertainment News has the scoop.
"The "Test Drive Unlimited - Build an Official Trailer" contest invites all gaming and racing fans to build and submit a trailer online for peer review. The resulting grand prize winner will have their submission deemed and used as an official trailer for Test Drive Unlimited."

Question of the Day

It's Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

Other Stuff...

12:39 AM - July 28, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpy Update (Multi)

GameSpy has posted the following:

IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

Test Drive Unlimited Preview (PC, 360)

1up has posted their preview of Test Drive Unlimited.
"As such, players can look forward to a large variety of cars from a large variety of manufacturers, and today we're here to show off the lineup of Ferraris in the game."

Thursday, July 27, 2006
06:14 PM - July 27, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have arranged an interview with the Producer of Forza Motorsport 2. If you have a question for the Producer, feel free to post it here. Once we get enough questions, I'll let you know.


02:33 PM - July 27, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden Community Day Photos (Multi)

Major Nelson has posted some photos from Madden Community Day. I see Shawn, do you?
"I just uploaded some photos to Flickr from today’s Madden NFL ‘07 Community day here in Florida. I’ll post more later tonight, but I wanted to get a few up as soon as I could. In addition, I’ll be recording a show with the EA and Community folks to talk about this years version."

Test Drive Unlimited Trailers (360)

GameTrailers have posted some Test Drive Unlimited trailers.

LMA Manager 2007 Screenshots (PC, 360, PS2)

Boomtown has posted some screenshots of LMA Manager 2007.
"Designed and developed by Codemasters’ internal LMA team, which has expanded its unparalleled expertise to include a dedicated PC development team, LMA Manager 2007 utilises a new game and database engine to handle more teams, a Transfer Market system with greater depth enabling more complex contract negotiations, a detailed 3D match section that brings the reality of match day to life and a host of advancements that specifically take advantage of the formats’ capabilities."

Test Drive Concept Winner

CGOnline has the scoop.
"More than 100 designs were submitted to Atari for the chance to win $2,500 and for the car to appear in the upcoming racing title, Test Drive Unlimited. David Sichtermann won the contest with his transforming red car that will now race alongside cars such as the Lamborghini, Ferarri, and Aston Martin."

Other Stuff...

07:47 AM - July 27, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Yahoo! Games Previews (360, DS)

Yahoo! Games has posted the following:
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8 (360)
    "Away from the technical side, the biggest innovation in Project 8 is the nail-the-trick feature. It's along the same lines of basketball games using the right stick for ballhandling, or Fight Night using the sticks for punching instead of face buttons. When taking to the air, players use the analog sticks to actually control their skater's feet in a "focus"-style slow motion mode. Associate producer Randy Guillote walks us through the process: "I push the left stick up, which puts my leg out and does the kickflip. I have to hold it out of the way, so I don't hit the board. Then, when I let go, it'll catch the board and go back and land -- but the grip tape has to be up or else I bail."
  • Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (DS)
    "Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam definitely represents a new direction for the series. As it's a little more straightforward than the trick-centric titles in the past, it's ideal for younger and less experienced gamers, and Activision goes that route in terms of visuals as well. We all remember being kids, taking our skateboards and riding down the biggest hill in the neighborhood. There is a chance this shift may alienate some die-hard Pro Skater veterans, but Activision and Tony Hawk deserve the benefit of the doubt. After all, they've been winning this race for a long time now."

Premier Manager 2006-2007 Dated (PS2, PC)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"ZOO Digital says Premier Manager 2006-2007 will be out in time for the start of the new Premiership season.

And just in the nick of time, too - it's out on August 18th on PS2 and PC, with the first games kicking off the very next afternoon."

Cartoon Network Racing Screenshots (PS2)

Boomtown has posted some screenshots of Cartoon Network Racing.
"Wacky cel-shaded action on PlayStation 2."

Question of the Day

When was the last time you upgraded your PC?

Other Stuff...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
10:48 PM - July 26, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

1up Previews (PS2, PSP)

1up has posted the following previews:
  • ATV Offroad Fury 4 (PS2)
    "Classic Championship mode also makes a return. This time the races will be taking place around the world, from the U.S. to Africa, Asia and Australia, with appropriately themed visuals and regional teams."
  • ATV Offroad Fury Pro (PSP)
    "Surprisingly, the game features the same new track editor as the PS2 version, allowing tracks and ghosts for those tracks to be shared between the two platforms."
  • NBA '07 (PS2)
    "During our play time, we saw AI that was capable of getting rebounds and making fast breaks. It's still capable of shutting down any pass attempts at any kind of distance, so we hope that more time will show that defense has improved as well -- last year's game punished defensive play heavily."

Worthplaying Update

Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 Screenshots (Multi)
    "At home or on the go, challenge the world's top golfers in all-new PGA TOUR Mode, featuring training sessions, practice, and The FedEx Cup, the new PGA TOUR championship playoff system."
  • Hard Rock Casino Screenshots (PS2, PSP)
    "Gamers can try their luck at more than 20 different casino games, including table games, machine games, poker rooms and sports bets, while experiencing high-stakes areas, invitation-only tournaments and many unlockable upgrades for your highly customizable character."
  • Formula One 06 Screenshots (PS2, PS3, PSP)
    "Fasten your seatbelt and be prepared for the race of your life as Formula One 06 brings players a brand new gaming experience, allowing you to get closer to the sport than ever before, and take part in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship and truly interact with the sport."

02:31 PM - July 26, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NHL 2K7 Hands On Preview and Movie Blowout (Multi)

Game Informer Online has posted their hands on preview of NHL 2K7, which includes a slew of movie clips.
"A new addition to the game is the ability to focus extra players on certain opponents. Billed as Pressure Control, by pressing the left bumper you can then target a player to have additional coverage on. If one of the opposing star players is getting too close to the crease or roughing up one of your players, you can send in another one of your guys to help even the score. However, this is a double-edged sword, because if you apply too much pressure you could be called for interference, and if you bring another additional player to help out that means you’re leaving an opposing player wide open."

Madden NFL '07 Community Day

It's just around the corner, and Operation Sports will be there.
"I look forward to meeting these Madden Maniacs, and seeing what they think of this years version of the game. Here is an interesting fact: Did you know that the first version of the game was released for the Apple II in 1989? Check out more Madden history here. So I’ll be offline today as I head to the studios in Florida for the event."

Other Stuff...

07:32 AM - July 26, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Table Tennis Demo Smashes onto Xbox Live (360)

360Monster has the scoop.
"Last week, 360Monster reported that Rockstar was going to release a demo of their popular title Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis. Nine days later, that report has come true. You can now download the demo off of Xbox Live Marketplace."

LMA Manager 2007 Preview (360, PC, PS2)

Eurogamer has posted their preview of LMA Manager 2007.
"LMA 2007 puts training to the fore. You can try out any tactics you have in mind for upcoming clashes by scouting out the opposition and then getting the B- or youth team to play that way against you. You can even adopt a Clive Woodward mentality and redevelop your training facilities completely, which will have a significant effect on your players' morale and performance. It's not exactly a feng shui simulation, and there's no Aston Villa option to sneak a journalist in and then release a player-statement criticising the chairman, but there's depth where there was little before."

D1 Grand Prix Preview (PS2)

Yahoo! Video Games have posted their preview of D1 Grand Prix.
"Playing D1 Grand Prix isn't like playing any other racer, simply because the object isn't to finish with the best time. It's to drift with style, power and consistency. The controls are as unique as the aims of the game. You'll have to use more than a simple acceleration/brake combo to succeed. Almost all the face and shoulder buttons are pressed into service, as you'll manage the handbrake, accelerator, and clutch to max out a drift. While most of the racing games on shelves let anyone get away with an automatic transmission, in D1 manual shifting is essential."

Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Screenshots (DS)

Planet GameCube has posted some screenshots of Mario Hoops 3 on 3.

D1 Grand Prix Screenshots (PS2)

PSX Extreme has posted some screenshots of D1 Grand Prix.

Tiger Woods 07 Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted screenshots from Tiger Woods 07.
"EA went crazy and released these 18 images of Tiger Woods 07 for Xbox 360 and PS3."

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 Screenshots and Fact Sheet (PSP)

Gameinfowire has the scoop.
"Take the road to the PGA Championship with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07. At home or on the go, challenge the world's top golfers in all-new PGA TOUR Mode, featuring training sessions, practice, and The FedEx Cup, the new PGA TOUR championship playoff system. Hone your skills in the all-new Shooting Gallery, then play as or against 11 players, including John Daly, on 12 championship courses. An enhanced Game Face features dramatic visual improvements, including player and course lighting, in addition to improved camera movements."

Question of the Day

What are your top 3 favorite websites?

Other Stuff...

12:02 AM - July 26, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PC, PSP)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (360, Sports)

IGN has posted the following:

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
06:32 PM - July 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Activision just sent us some Tony Hawk's Project 8 screenshots, along with a movie clip.
"Reengineered from the ground up for Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, Tony Hawk’s Project 8™ immerses players in the definitive skateboarding experience using ultra-realistic graphics, enhanced physics and extremely responsive controls that simulate the feeling of skating with every trick and bail. The game challenges players to experience the intensity and pressure of skating against some of the world’s top pros in true to life competitions as they aim to become the #1 skater and establish their town as a skateboard destination."