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Monday, December 5, 2005
03:05 PM - December 5, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
G4 has posted their review of NCAA Football 06, giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
"NCAA Football 06’s refined approach seems to cater most to the hardcore college football fan rather than the casual sports enthusiast. If your definition of getting dressed up for the weekend is applying face paint, slipping on a licensed sweatshirt, and draping a team blanket over your back, then NCAA Football 06 has more than enough school spirit to keep you glued to the screen until the final corporate-sponsored bowl game."

03:05 PM - December 5, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Yahoo! Games Domain has posted their review of Madden NFL 06, giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
"Madden is fun, no question. It looks wonderful, and the visual improvements make it a more entertaining game both for players and spectators. It's also solid over Live, even though playing one-on-one in a full game is pretty much the lone option. Fortunately, Madden is solid enough on the field that it will do for now."

08:32 AM - December 5, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Man. Another tough loss for the Cowboys, fortunately they still have a shot at making the playoffs. If the offense doesn't start clicking, they can forget about it. The defense is playing solid, but the offense can't seem to generate any good drives, it's embarrassing. The offensive line is a complete joke, they can't open up any holes for the running backs and when Drew drops back to pass, he's getting swarmed. They are in "must win" mode against Kansas City next week, with a big game at Washington lurking in the background.

The Pistons don't even play until Friday, that's a LONG break. Maybe I can catch up on playing a few games at night with them not playing.

I did get a chance to play King Kong, Condemned and Gun over the weekend. All 3 games are very fun, Condemned is OK, but it's getting a little stale. I don't know, something about the game I'm just not feeling. Gun is pretty cool so far, I've played it for about an hour. King Kong started off kind of lame for me, but after meeting up with Kong himself, it's turned out to be pretty fun. We'll see. Of course no Xbox 360 session is complete without some nice NBA 2K6 action, I'm still seeing new things in this game and I've had it since launch.

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
ghm125 (39), espnba2k4 (21), Blaxican8504 (20), rdouglas125 (18)

Enough about me, what's up with you? How was your weekend?

08:31 AM - December 5, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamer Within has posted their review of WRC: Rally Evolved, giving it a 5 out of 10.
"With a series that had managed to mark itself as one of the best rally experiences available on the PS2, we are left wondering what went wrong when the famed WRC franchise made its way onto the PSP. The end result is a mediocre title that does not offer an authentic rallying experience, let alone one that can be enjoyed for any longer than ten minutes."

Sunday, December 4, 2005
11:47 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Yesterday was full of house chores and errands, so I didn't even have a chance to get the daily "What's Up?"...up. I did have a chance to watch the Pistons improve their record to 12-2 after drubbing the Bulls, but other than that, I didn't have much time for anything else. It was funny watching Sheed laugh at Andres Nocioni everytime he posted him up, he led the way with 26 points in a game that was close at the half, but dominated by the Stones in the 2nd half.

Nat threw up at around 1:00 in the morning yesterday and wouldn't go back to sleep until about 4:00 AM. Needless to say I slept in yesterday as well. It looks like she's getting sick AGAIN, if it rains it poors, I'm still trying to get over my illness, something that just lingers and lingers.

Can't wait to watch the Cowboys/Giants game today, only an hour away from kickoff, go COWBOYS! Say it with me!

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
ChiCubs (37), Ghost_x_51 (26)

Enough about me, what's up with you? Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

11:47 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Operation Sports and Xbox.com continue to work together to provide you with more sports gaming content. Our very own Shawn Drotar has posted a new article entitled NCAA March Madness 06: School's in Session at Xbox.com, make sure you check it out.
"Many will argue that basketball, in it's most pure form, takes place in gymnasiums, arenas, "barns," what have you—as long as it's on a college campus, you've found hoops heaven.

They may be on to something.

The college game is a game of schemes, of execution. Even more then the pro game, in college basketball, a smarter team can beat a more athletic one."

11:46 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Game Revolution has posted the following reviews:

11:46 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Yahoo! News has the scoop.
"In his lawsuit filed November 28 with the California Superior Court in San Mateo County, Virtual Jam owner Pernell Harris said he met with EA in late 2003 to discuss "Heart of a Champion," a football game he was developing in which players guide an athlete from high school to professional football."

11:45 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameInfoWire has posted some screenshots of Winning Eleven 9.

11:45 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted the following:
  • World Rally Championship Review (PSP - 9/10)
    "Overall WRC is quite a good game and all round performer. Codemastes have done their best to throw in everything they could think of for the fan and newcomer alike. If you have played the PS2 version do not expect the same thing as its not. Definitely worth the purchase for lovers of rally and WRC games."
  • SimBin License Ups Realism (PC)
    "SimBin aims to incorporate MoTeC real-life racing telemetry functions into games for next-gen consoles so players will be able to analyse their driving. Meanwhile future PC racers from SimBin will make use of new interpreter software from MoTeC."

11:45 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
eToychest has posted their review of Super Mario Strikers, giving it an 86 out of 100.
"Games released under Nintendo’s umbrella have long valued approachable and addictive gameplay over technological bells and whistles. Super Mario Strikers subscribes to this methodology unapologetically. There is nothing too fancy here; just simple, old fashioned mechanics that work just as well today as they would have years ago. It isn’t flawless, but as gamers we shouldn’t concern ourselves too much with perfection. Instead, it is the lasting value of the experience offered that should determine the value of the game in question, and it is here where Super Mario Strikers excels. This is a game that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their affinity towards sports games. Plus, the blood-curdling scream let out by Daisy as you tackle her into the electric fence never gets old, and is worth the price of admission alone."

11:44 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has posted their review of LMA Manager 2006, giving it a 4 out of 10.
"While paper-scissors-stone-style formation changes can occasionally work in a gratifying way, it's hard to shake the suspicion that, ultimately, success in LMA Manager 2006 is merely a case of combining the best players you can acquire with tactics that aren't too exotic. Despite the various button commands that you can use to shout instructions from the dugout, it never feels as if you could have a well-drilled team of journeymen punch above their weight. There are occasional flashes of the better game LMA could become in a future update: a slick passing move, or an instance where a defender makes a critical tackle and initiates a convincing counter-attack."

11:44 AM - December 4, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamerz-Edge has posted their review of NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005, giving it a 5.5 out of 10.
"EHM is not for everyone. Fantasy sports fans, hockey fanatics, and nostalgic old Canadians like my father will love this title. Sega offers up an interesting concept with this title, and with some tweaks on graphics and sound 2006 may score... as for NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005, I think this one hit the post."

Saturday, December 3, 2005
11:11 AM - December 3, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
ToTheGame has posted some screenshots of Rumble Roses XX.
"Featuring over 20 female characters, Rumble Roses XX is a graphically stunning wrestling title featuring a wide range of throws, counter-moves and pin-downs. Each character has a distinct personality, from Cow-Girl Dixie through to school girl Reiko and wicked nurse Anesthesia."

11:10 AM - December 3, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Xbox 2 News has posted their review of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, giving it a score of 7 out of 10.
"A lot of American Wasteland isn't anything new or that different. Though I must admit that having 1 city with no loading screens is a good step in a new direction. It seems like sequels lately have been lacking a bit on additions and upgrades. This might be a good sign that we are at the end of this generation and ready to move into the next-gen systems."