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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
3D Downloads have posted an updated demo of ToCA Race Driver 3.
Yahoo! Videogames have posted Fight Night: Round 3 reviews for the following consoles:
- Playstation 2 (4.5/5)
"To beef up the career mode, EA has added rivalries and extra details that take place between bouts. Players can create a fighter using a fantastically detailed interface, or recreate the career of a famous champ. At every stage, there are a variety of contracts and bouts to choose between, but now players can investigate each one to see details on the fighter, then plan a strategy based on his characteristics. Over the course of time, rivalries will develop with certain opponents, adding a welcome (and more realistic) layer of drama and interaction."
- 360 (4.5/5)
"The commentary, in fact, is something of a sore spot throughout the game. The track just isn't very informative, and dives into repetition far too quickly. Comments frequently aren't specific enough, and talk about referees threatening to stop the fight when there's no other evidence to suggest things have gotten out of hand. Don't be too taken aback by those small issues, however. Fight Night Round 3 is simply a great game. Between the supreme visual polish and deep, excellent play, this is the uncontested champ."
Netjak has posted their review of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006, giving it a 9.5 out of 10.
"I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record when I say this, but this year’s Smackdown is the best in the series. Where WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64 ruled as the best wrestling game, but WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 is the new standard. Yearly, this game gets closer and closer to the real thing in gameplay, and many of the elements that have been brought forth in this series will become a staple in future wrestling games. If you love wrestling, this game should be in your collection, no question about it."
DreamStation has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"Project Gotham Racing 3 is truly a showcase of what the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live has to offer. It has a decent offline mode with different challenges, but some of these challenges are more exciting than others. I would've liked to have seen more races than pylon and speed challenges, but that might be just me. Online mode is where Project Gotham Racing 3 really shines and if you are into online racing then look no further than PGR3 on Xbox 360. The graphics and sound effects are great and the music and controls are decent, but could use little more tuning. The music can easily be fixed by playing your own custom soundtrack and the controls you will get use to, so just give them some time. All-in-all, Project Gotham Racing 3 is a solid racing game that is a showcase for what the Xbox 360 can do. The scary thing is that this a launch title, so what should we expect a year or two from now from racing games on Xbox 360?"
Boomtown has posted their review of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, giving it a 7 out of 10.
"There are clearly problems with it which seem to all stem from this being a lacklustre conversion from the consoles. If you're a veteran of the series then you should consider passing on this instalment. It provides a new story but you might find it restrictive and too easy. The create-a-skater mode has been reduced from the previous version and some of the other features a step backwards in the aim of simplifying things to make it more accessible. All in all it's a good game but then so were the previous Tony Hawk games. There's nothing significant to recommend this over the previous ones if you already own one. If you don't then this is a good introduction to the series."
11:26 AM - February 21, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.Eurogamer has the scoop.
"US gamers who purchase EA's Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation Portable will have to pay for the privilege of playing the game online - or agree to let ESPN send them all manner of junk mail instead."
Fragland has posted the following:
- Football Manager 2006 Gets New Patch (PC)
"Sega has released a new update for Football Manager 2006, the highly popular soccer management sim from SIGames. The patch comes in at 72MB and is of course available locally."
- Crazy Frog Racer Review (PS2 - 19%)
"Did you think this listing of my irritations were really irritating? They are nothing compared with Crazy Frog Racer. Everything in this game is not developed properly, not developed or forgotten to be developed, and I mean everything. Do us a favour and go buy Mario Kart or even Crash Team Racing for all I care. Even if you are a loser that got Crazy Frog on their cell phone, you will not enjoy this. If you think my irritations where not so bad, you are free to buy Crazy Frog Racer. I just hope you slip over a banana or something…"
Monday, February 20, 2006
Send Your Biggest Rivals to the Canvas with All-new Impact Punches as the
EA SPORTS Fight Night Series Returns to the Ring
EA SPORTS Fight Night Series Returns to the Ring
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 20, 2006 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 has shipped to retailers nationwide. The third installment in the award-winning EA SPORTS Fight Night series assures that no fight is over until the final bell rings. In the sport of boxing, one punch can change a fight and with the all-new in-game Impact Punches, you can shift the momentum or end it all instantly with one explosive punch.
EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 features amazingly detailed graphics that capture every emotion of the fight. The game delivers an unparalleled boxing experience and is one of the best-looking and playing sports game for the Xbox 360™ system. Whether you’re hammering away at opponents with nasty hooks and uppercuts or setting them up for a wicked Impact Punch, you have the most complete boxing videogame experience in your hands.
Create a championship boxer from the ground up and take him through the ranks for a shot at the title belt in Career mode. Or re-create boxing’s greatest rivalries in ESPN CLASSIC™ mode, including such storied rivalries like Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Erik Morales, Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermaine Taylor, and many others.
Developed by EA Chicago, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 is available for the Xbox 360™ system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system. The game is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $39.99 for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PSP and $59.99 for Xbox 360. The game’s official website is www.fightnightround3.com.
08:32 PM - February 20, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.Next Level Gaming has posted their review of World Soccer Winning Eleven 9, giving it a 90 out of 100 for the PS2 and a 89 out of 100 for the Xbox.
"It's not very often that you get what could be the "perfect" sports game. Usually you say "If I could take this from this game, and that from that game, it would be perfect". Well, I think WE9 is a game that has no rival in the Soccer world. It's better than FIFA, and it's even better than FIFA Soccer for the Xbox 360."
Worthplaying has posted the following:
- Football Manager 2006 v6.0.3 Patch (PC - 72.72 MB)
"Football Manager 2006 is a comprehensive soccer management simulation offering a host of new features, including the ability for managers to negotiate with their board of directors - not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion."
- World Tour Golf Screenshots (PS2, Xbox, PC, PSP)
"World Tour Golf is destined to capture the player's imagination by fusing the features of real-world golf, high-end graphics, accurate animation and a unique control system."
Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of GTI Racing.
"GTI Racing uniquely blends a realistic and highly detailed car physics simulation with the pure fun of driving. Enjoy the greatest collection of the legendary European Volkswagen Golf series cars, representing all five generations from its original heritage through to the current day."
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:
- Torino 2006 Review (PS2, Xbox - 50/100)
"49 Games has concentrated on skiing games mostly. And for that, they are good at it from what's in Torino 2006. Unfortunately, they didn't do that well with the rest of the game. When you have to follow in the footsteps of such games as Track and Field, Konami's International Winter Sports, and even old games like Sega's Decathlete, you need to bring some solid gameplay and fun to your own title."
- Fight Night Round 3 Trailers (PS2, Xbox, 360)
"So today we are going to present to you a second set of boxing matches designed to show off different fighters and their styles. And we will be reliving some of the best matches in history which you will be able to play yourself in Fight Night Round 3."
Entertainment Depot has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a overall score of 7.5 out of 10.
"Project Gotham Racing 3 is, despite its niche approach, a solid racing title. The single player experience could have used a bit more oomph, but for those who prefer online play or make frequent use of it, the game will be in your system for a while."
RewiredMind has posted an article entitled, Online Soccer: The Way Forward.
"Why do I have to go to the squad selection screen to make a substitution, which slows down the game as it loads the various graphical trickery to display the menus? Why can’t we have a box that pops up in the corner (as in LMA Manager) that allows me to change my formation and tactics on the fly, or make substitutions?"
12:34 PM - February 20, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.PALGN has posted a trailer of Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix.
"Midnight Club III: Dub Edition Remix will be available on the Playstation 2 and Xbox and will contain all the content of the original Midnight Club III but with more cars, more races, new music and a whole new city: Tokyo."