How does the spiritual successor to the popular 90s game stack up thus far?
How do the game's ratings stack up?
Some ideas to make Madden more of a sim for the next year...
What is the formula the Patriots and Falcons used?
Operation Sports Content
Monday, August 27, 2007
IGN has posted the following:
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Screenshots (DS)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Videos (DS)
- Backyard Hockey Preview (DS)
"Backyard Hockey is extremely similar to its sister football game, which we've discussed at length here. That means a very easy, pick-up-and-play experience that focuses on simplifying sports for the young player, while simultaneously giving enough control and customization to appeal to older children."
- Backyard Hockey Screenshots (DS)
- Backyard Football 2008 Preview (Wii)
"The Backyard Football series has always been a simple, fun franchise for children to jump into, and that mentality hasn't seemed to change. Backyard Football 2008 starts with a lighthearted animated opening, accompanied by a brand new theme written and performed by Chris Ballew, musician for the Presidents of the United States of America."
- Backyard Football 2008 Screenshots (Wii)
- Backyard Football 2008 Screenshots (PS2)
GameSpy has posted the following:
- Wipeout HD Preview (PS3)
"Currently, Wipeout HD's tracks are based on those found in handheld versions of the series. You'll have some tracks that you might find familiar from Wipeout Pure, as well as some from the upcoming PSP title Wipeout Pulse, which the Sony Liverpool team is also currently hard at work developing."
- My Horse and Me Screenshots (Wii)
GameSpot has posted the following:
- Rumor: GameStop Increasing Pre-Order to $10, Changing Image
- Miss South Carolina Teen USA Explains Her TV Meltdown
- Piranha on Steriods (Yikes!!!)
- JkDefrag v3.19
We have just posted some more NBA Live 08 screenshots, including a Dynasty video.
"The EA SPORTS™ NBA LIVE franchise was the #1 selling basketball game in 2006*. The game is not yet rated by PEGI or the ESRB; visit www.esrb.org for updated rating information. For more information, log onto www.nbalive.com."
ACTIVISION REVEALS EPIC SOUNDTRACK FOR TONY HAWK’S PROVING GROUND
MCA of the Beastie Boys Also Unveiled as a Secret Character
Santa Monica, CA – August 27, 2007 – This October, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is bringing the sounds of skate culture to life like never before in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground -- the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever. Featuring over 50 tracks including “The Pretender,” the first single from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album and popular anthems from Nirvana, Bloc Party, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, The Rolling Stones, and many more, players will be able to create their personal skate legacy to the songs that have fueled today’s skateboarding culture. Additionally, MCA of the Beastie Boys makes an appearance in the game as a secret unlockable character.
“Tony Hawk games are known for having incredible soundtracks and we’re really excited to have MCA, an icon of the music industry in our game as a secret character,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground continues the tradition of great music and provides the perfect vibe for players as they create their own experience, no matter what kind of skater they choose to become.”
The following songs will be featured in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground:
- !!! – “All My Heroes are Weirdos”
- Airbourne –“ Girls in Black”
- Angels & Airwaves – “Secret Crowds”
- Anglo Jackson – “Motorbike”
- At the Gates – “Slaughter of the Soul”
- Bad Brains – “Banned in DC”
- Beastie Boys – “Electric Worm”
- Blackalicious – “Your Move”
- Bloc Party – “Version 2.0”
- Cursed – “The Hands will Abide”
- Cymande – “Fug”
- Dag Nasty – “Circles”
- Darkest Hour – “Sanctuary”
- DJ JS-1 featuring L.I.F.E. Long & Immortal Technique – “Audio Technician”
- El-P – “Up All Night”
- Folk Implosion – “Natural One”
- Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”
- Fu Manchu – “We Must Obey”
- Funky 4+1 – “Rappin and Rockin the House”
- Future Pigeon – “Gift Tax”
- Gallows – “Come Friendly Bombs”
- Gorilla Biscuits – “Hold Your Ground”
- Jimmy Castor Bunch – “It’s Just Begun”
- Jurassic 5 – “Radio”
- Kittens – “Carpenter”
- Los Abandoned – “Panic-Oh!”
- Lyrics Born featuring KRS-One and Evidence – “Pack Up Remix”
- Maylene and the Sons of Disaster – “Memories of the Grove”
- Motorcity Daredevils – “Bear in the Air”
- Nation of Ulysses – “You’re My Miss Washington D.C.”
- Nirvana – “Breed”
- Oh No feat. J. Dilla and Roc C. – “Move Part 2”
- Paint it Black – “The New Brutality”
- Paris – “The Devil Made Me Do It (Poach a Pig Mix)”
- Percee P – “Throwback Rap Attack (Madlib remix)”
- Pierce the Veil – “I’d Rather Die than Be Famous”
- Pig Destroyer – “Loathsome”
- Reverend Horton Heat – “Baddest of the Bad”
- Revolution Mother – “Come On”
- Roots Manuva – “Chin High”
- Sayvinyl – “That’s Entertainment”
- Silversun Pickups – “Well Thought Out Twinkles”
- Slick Rick – “Children’s Story”
- Smashing Pumpkins – “Tarantula”
- Snapcase – “Energy Dome”
- The Bled – “Starving Artiste”
- The Clash – “Clash City Rockers”
- The Cramps – “Garbage Man”
- The Icarus Line – “Gets Paid”
- The Kooks – “See the World”
- The Octopus Project – “Music is Happiness”
- The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
- The Sex Pistols – “Holidays in the Sun”
- Twilight 22 – “Electric Kingdom”
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is scheduled to be available this fall and is in development by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB. The Wii™ home video game system and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system versions are being developed by Page 44 Studios and are rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB. The Nintendo DS™ version is being developed by Vicarious Visions and is rated “E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older.
For more information about the game visit http://www.thpgonline.com/.
About Tony Hawk, Inc.
Tony Hawk, Inc. is a world leader in its field with the unprecedented ability to bring alternative sports and their unique lifestyle to the masses while maintaining an indispensable edge of authenticity with the market's hard-core, trendsetting audience. Founded by Tony Hawk in 1998 and based in Vista, CA, the company is organized into five segments: Merchandising, Events, Endorsements, Film and Digital Media. These lifestyle sports include skateboarding, BMX, Motocross, surfing and snowboarding. Consumer goods bearing the Tony Hawk brand have dominated several markets, including interactive games, skateboard hard goods, lifestyle apparel, toys, publications and more.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
Da Czar is back, make sure you check out his latest offering, he terms the Sim City Sports Network. Download and check out the show, let us know what you think!
"Da Czar of the telestrator is Back... Bigger and Badder than ever! If you've enjoyed his informative commentary and music filled sports videos thus far, then your going to love what's new.
Sim City Sports Network"
IGN has posted the following:
- EA Shoots for FIFA Street 3 (Multi)
"EA officially confirmed FIFA Street 3 in a small mention about the game in an official press release earlier this week. In development at EA Canada, the game was shown behind closed doors at the Leipzig Games Convention. Official details about FIFA Street 3 are not yet available for the public, and the game has not yet been officially announced for release in any for specific territories (the game is being shown in Europe, so we'll assume it's coming there, and FIFA Street 1 and 2 had releases stateside and elsewhere in North America as well.) Exact platform plans were not officially announced either, other than that the game shown at GC was "next generation consoles" -- this is assumedly PS3 and Xbox 360, but it's not known yet whether Wii fits in the plans or if other current-gen systems or handhelds will see FIFA Street 3."
- Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Hands-on (DS)
"Although we weren't allowed to try all the game modes out, our hands-on time would lead us to believe that the meat of PES on the DS is World Tour. Here, gamers create a team -- name it, decide its emblem, choose a stripe color, etc. -- and assign players to it. You win matches, move toward the top of the soccer world and unlock new players. Another component of World Tour is the store where you'll buy player enhancers such as improving your team's attack, speed and defense."
- Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Hands-on (PSP)
"Slide tackle was our favorite button. The first time we did it, Brazil took out the Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo, we got yellow carded, and Portugal scored on the free kick. Lame. For revenge, we immediately took out an opponent. This time Ronaldo freaked out and made a big to-do out of exaggerating his injury. We got yelled at again and argued with the ref for awhile. In short, it was worth it."
- WipEout Pulse Screenshots (PSP)
- Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Screenshots (360)
- Sega Rally Revo Hands-On (360)
"The game is a constant balancing act. Tracks aren't just strips of mud or pavement. Most tracks combine a variety of surfaces. You'll tear across a stretch of deteriorated pavement before sliding out into a corner painted with thick mud. The cars ahead of you cut grooves through the mud which you feel through the vibration of the controller. These grooves are persistent, too. Deep ribbons in the mud made on the first lap are there in the third lap, unless enough cars have plowed across them on the second to drastically move the mud. This makes each trip through these patches different. If you manage to race through a heavily trafficked patch of mud, you'll have far different traction that if you manage to find a lane of drier or less disturbed mud. Little things like thing guarantee that victory in Sega Rally Revo will not be linked to 100-percent memorization and mastery of a course -- maybe just 90-percent."
- Indianapolis 500 Legends Preview (Wii, DS)
"While the racing mechanics are simple at their core, Legends has implemented several unique features to heighten the experience. Most racing fans are familiar with the technique of drafting – that is, using an opponent’s slipstream to reduce air resistance and increase speed – but few games have been able to capture the value of this mechanic to any meaningful degree. But in Legends, when you pull up behind an opponent and enter their slipstream, the screen darkens and “draft” lines extend from the rear of the car ahead visibly reinforces how drafting works."
- Need For Speed ProStreet Eyes-on (360)
"However, after a few minutes of gameplay something felt off -- namely, there was no life in the environments. Sure, it looked pretty and the cars were shiny, but as folks cruised through the streets, there was nary a person, tumbleweed or windswept tree to be seen. It was as if anything not on the road was a painting."
ToTheGame has posted some RACE 07: Official WTCC Game screenshots.
"Featuring more than 300 cars in nine different racing classes, RACE 07 includes the full 2006 and 2007 seasons of the FIA World Touring Car Championships (FIA WTCC) as well as 8 more classes on 32 tracks from all over the world."
08:49 AM - August 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.CVG has posted their hands-on impressions of WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2008.
"A new 'Superstar Fighting Style' system adds an extra layer of depth to the way you fight. Aside from all the usual moves, each wrestler is capable of brawling with two out of eight fighting styles: technician, submission artist, high flier, dirty, hardcore, brawler, showman, and powerhouse."
Gamersyde has posted some Gran Turismo 5: Prologue screenshots.
"Sony and Polyphony Digital release no less than twenty-four images of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, taking place in a reparation stand. The graphics are incredible, as always."
08:49 AM - August 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"We have yet to hear if Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will even make it over to North America, but if it does, it might be nice and free.
According to GameSpot UK, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said the download will be free when it arrives on the PlayStation Store. We assume he's talking about any and all regions involved, but we can't be entirely sure. His exact words are as follows, and they're awfully encouraging for fans-
"Yes, it will be free for download on the PSN, and we are thinking of charging---but doubt it. For now it is free."
WorthPlaying has some details about patch #2 for Forza Motorsport 2.
"We're happy to announce that one of our most damaging vulnerabilities, at least in terms of the Auction House and how it's affected painters and the livery scene, is finally getting plugged up. Although I won't go into the technical specifics of how and where we've put a stop to the duping, we hope the fix will allow everyone to enjoy Forza 2 the way it was intended when we launched the game back in May."
Joystiq has posted their hands-on impressions of Indy 500 Legends.
"Budget publisher Destineer had a bunch of new stuff on display for the Wii and DS. Indianapolis 500 Legends (Wii) was a racing game with an impressive historical bent. The game starts you in 1961, with each subsequent year to 1971 representing a new difficulty level, and presents (in addition to the full Indy 500) mission objectives based on actual races, organized by driver. Each year has three drivers, and each driver has at least three missions, for about 100 different missions, involving tasks like passing a rival or surviving a crash scenario. The track was modeled on the real Indianapolis Speedway and changes by year to match the authentic appearance at the time; almost every car's engine noise is recorded from that actual model. It's an incredible effort for what turns out to be a not-spectacular-looking Wii racing game with extremely touchy motion-based steering. I kind of got used to it, but we still felt like I was fighting the controls most of the time. The tire-changing pit-stop minigame was fun, though!"