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- Mario Kart DS (9.6/10)
"So after all that dribble you are probably think, why is it that makes this game so good in this reviewerís opinion. I will admit, I very rarely give a game over 9 points and consider anything above a 7 a must buy. But the reason this game scores so highly is because unlike recent games Iíve played that have had to include some kind of gimmicky feature or award system to pull me back, Mario Kart is just fun. No matter who you are and how defined your gaming skills are, Mario Kart DS can be picked up by anyone but still requires that little extra bit of focus for those willing to master this game. If a game can make me have fun whenever I play it without ever making me think, why am I doing this, then that is definitely worth a thousand points in my book."
- Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (9.2/10)
"American Sk8land is just one of those games you must own and the Nintendo Wifi Connection just makes it one of those games that you must own. The Story Mode may only take under 10 hours but the replay value is huge as you compete against the entire world to become to best of the best and vie to be the number one skater in the entire world."
- David Ortiz to Appear on the Cover of MLB 06: The Show (PS2, PSP)
"Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the signing of Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz as the cover athlete for the MLB '06: The Show, due to hit stores in spring of '06 as the only officially licensed first party videogame exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system."
- Crashday Screenshots (PC)
"Crashday puts you in the world of stunts, dents and adrenaline: whether you prefer to smash your vehicle into pieces with breath-taking stunts or better still prefer to race against your enemies in on custom highspeed race tracks - maybe you also just want to show your fellow man what a serious head-on collision can be like!?"
- Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360 - 8.5/10)
- Madden NFL 06 (Xbox 360 - 7.2/10)
- Super Mario Strikers (GC - 8.7/10)
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360 - 8.8/10)
- NBA 2K6 (Xbox 360 - 8.7/10)
- Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360 - 6.8/10)
- NBA Ballers: Phenom Screenshots and Trailer (PS2, Xbox)
"NBA Ballers: Phenom is a revolutionary sports video game that introduces an entirely new open world and interactive environment, featuring an exciting story mode and even more player customization opportunities than its predecessor."
- PureSim Baseball 2005 Gold Edition v1.20 Patch (PC - 27.59 MB)
"This new update improves simulation speed, improves the AI contract negotiations, as well as improving the roster management AI. Also nine minor bug fixes were implemented."
- Rugby 06 Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PC - 9.06 MB)
"Rugby 06 will challenge gamers to compete in a host of the World's most prestigious rugby competitions including the Six Nations, Lions Tour, Tri Nations, Guinness Premiership and the Super 14. Rugby 06's exhilarating gameplay now mirrors the real thing closer than ever before, with new moves such as off-load passes, quick line-outs and quick penalties that encourage attacking, momentum-driven rugby."
"In the end, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 is all about realism on the Xbox 360, as itís a better looking and a smarter, more serious golfing experience than any other console title to date. But while this launch game excels in presentation, itís only for those that donít already own the Xbox, PS2 or PC version and prefer realism over replay."
"Against the versions on consoles, Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 doesn't quite have all the trimmings, but as a PSP game that's radically different from them, it's a solid game with plenty of depth. The Career mode is lengthy, there's online, and plenty of non-Career options like Tuner Takedown. Sure the police AI can be highly questionable, the visuals are pretty blah as is the sound, but on the track, 5-1-0 is a good time on the go, and is a marked improvement from Rivals. Even if you have the version on PS2, or Xbox, or Xbox 360, or whatever, this PSP version is unique enough to safely double-dip on if you love the NFS franchise; the Blacklist and car lineup is about the only things that are common. Otherwise, this might just as well be a whole new game exclusive to PSP, though indeed it's only been designed this way because the PSP probably wouldn't fare too well with an open city much more visually defined than Grand Theft Auto. Anyway, 5-1-0 is a worthy buy and definitely a great alternative to playing Ridge Racer and Burnout Legends, though again it's not quite in their league."
- Fight Night Round 3 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- Fight Night Round 3 Screenshots (Xbox)
- Fight Night Round 3 Screenshots (PSP)
"More so than any previous Fight Night game, Round 3's focus on styles will mean there's more to beating an opponent than simply hoping you get lucky with a haymaker. Just like in real boxing, you'll be responsible for picking apart your opponents' defenses and watching how they react, probing for chinks in their armor and exploiting any weakness you find for maximum effect."
"I was one of the few people who were probably really looking forward to NBA 06 and the new story mode, but I come before you now to just say that I was left rather disappointed. The game had some nice ideas by really getting you involved with your player, but at the same token the repetitive nature of the mode just really takes a toll on your interest. I would highly recommend giving this game a try for its new ideas, but don't waste your money with a purchase."
As for Dan's game, he had a pretty good game and the team won by about 30, lol. They lost last week, to probably the best team in the league, by 5. I think his team is gelling quite nicely, should be a fun season for him. It looks like he's finally on a decent team of kids, usually he's on some crappy teams. He had a nice little spin move layup last night that had all the kids oohing and ahhing, I'm sure he felt good about it, it was nice, I must say, but mine are prettier.
After the long night and getting Nat a bath and into bed, I was beat, so I went to bed w/o playing the 360 for the 2nd day in a row, actually...I don't even remember the last time I turned that thing on. I'll definitely get some Kong play tonight and restart my NBA 2K6 association.
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- Halo Zero (Free game, looks decent)
- Details next patch for Battlefield 2
- Ubisoft Admits HD Kong Problem
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- Wait for the PS3 for True HD
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"Rugby Challenge 2006 gives players the opportunity to experience a unique, complete game. No less than five game modes are available to you!! Career Mode, a first in Rugby games, enables you to lead your favourite club to the summit of European Rugby."
"But when the game is running on all cylinders, it's hard not to enjoy the simple, fast-paced action. Super Mario Strikers feels more like the most thrilling parts of a Mario game than a sports game, and that puts it near the top of the quickly growing sub-genre of Mario sports titles."