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03:44 PM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
The Next Chapter of the Best-Selling Video Game Franchise Electrifies with Music from Top Artists Including The Bravery, Daddy Yankee and Sum 41

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 28, 2007 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) today unveiled the highly anticipated music track listing for Madden NFL 08 set to release August 14, 2007. The in-game soundtrack boasts 27 songs from some of the most influential artists in music today including: MIMS, Queens of the Stone Age and Daddy Yankee as well as explosive debuts from Atreyu and Datarock.

Historically, the Madden NFL soundtrack has become the industry’s most important showcase for music industry icons as well as an essential launch pad for new artists across every genre. Over the past five years, the Madden NFL franchise has been instrumental in the introduction of such bands such as Good Charlotte, OK GO, Fallout Boy, Chamillionaire, Franz Ferdinand, Ozomatli, 30 Seconds to Mars and many more.

“The annual goal of the Madden NFL soundtrack is to give unprecedented exposure to new artists, bring established stars to a whole new level, and single-handedly define the sound of the coming year via the biggest sports franchise in video game history,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing at EA. “Radio is adding songs based on a band’s inclusion in the game. Video channels are creating their playlists based on the soundtrack. Simply put, Madden moves music forward. And this year’s soundtrack is perhaps our most daring and effective mix of artists ever.”

Among the highlights of Madden NFL 08 are songs by debut artists Airbourne, Datarock, Operator and Enter Shikari, and such Platinum stars as The Bravery, Swizz Beats, Sum 41, Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake, The Hives and Yellowcard. Last month’s official announcement of Ozzy Osborne’s “I Don’t Wanna Stop” resulted in unprecedented airplay and downloads for the legendary rocker’s first-ever Madden NFL track. The excitement continues through the summer with soon-to-be-announced live performances and events featuring many of the soundtrack’s artists.

The complete in-game soundtrack for Madden NFL 08 includes:

ARTIST
SONG

Airbourne
Runnin’ Wild

Atreyu
Becoming

Brother Ali
Whatcha Got

Daddy Yankee
Impacto

Datarock
The New Song

Earl Greyhound
S.O.S.

Enter Shikari
OK, Time For Plan B

From Autumn To Ashes
Daylight Slaving

HE**YEAH
You Wouldn’t Know

Jupiter One
Countdown

MIMS
Cop It

Murs
Dreadlocks

O-Solo
Monsta

Operator
Soul Crusher

Ozzy Osbourne
I Don’t Wanna Stop

Pharoahe Monch feat. Showtyme
Desire

Pitbull feat. Don Omar
Fuego Remix

Queens Of The Stone Age
3’s & 7’s

Red1 feat. Afu-Ra
Dem No Worry We

Shadows Fall
Redemption

Swizz Beatz
It’s Me Snitches

Sum 41
Underclass Hero

Team Shadetek feat. 77Klash & Jahdan
Brooklyn Anthem

The Bravery
Believe

The Hives
Tick Tick Boom

The Used
The Ripper

Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
Release

Yellowcard
Fighting

Zion I & The Grouch
Hit’em

To purchase the music from the soundtrack, go to EA’s music site at www.ea.com/eatrax/.

03:06 PM - June 28, 2007. Posted by ExtremeGamer.
Fragland has the scoop.
"Weekly Famitsu, the Japanese gaming bible, has exposed the fact of Tecmo working on Super Swing Golf 2 for Nintendo's Wii."

03:03 PM - June 28, 2007. Posted by ExtremeGamer.
Gamespot has posted a new Madden NFL 08 trailer.

07:45 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
5WG has posted update #1 from NBA Live 08 Community Day.
"After spending a full day with an early build of NBA Live 08, I have a good idea regarding which direction producer Brent Nielsen and his team are going the recently-flagging franchise. The good news? It’s the right one.

While it’s not fair (or realistic) to try and look at the game and assume what the final product would be like, it’s also immediately clear that we’re not looking at the same disastrous product that NBA Live 07 became last year. Refreshingly, EA Sports clearly understands that NBA Live has been going downhill for years, much like Triple Play Baseball before it, which was eventually scrapped entirely and replaced by the excellent MVP Baseball series. EA has has no intention of scrapping Live, of course, but they’ve still taken the same steps in its rehabilitation."

07:44 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pastapadre has posted his impressions of NBA Live 08.
"The biggest feeling I got from playing was that it was simple, it reminded me more of the time when I was really loving basketball games. You could just play your style, be successful or not in that unique way, and enjoy doing so. I didn't run any plays other than calling for screens on occasion. Yet due to the off-ball movement and spacing and whatever way I pushed things through passing or movement, I was able to get a realistic offensive flow."

07:44 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Play.tm has the scoop.
"Anecdotal reports on the info-web today reveal that Forza 2 is at the centre of a growing number of reports concerning Xbox 360 crashes. A thread on the topic at website Forzamotorsport.net now has over 900 replies, awash with irate gamers who believe that Forza 2 is causing their console to crash. If the thread provides an accurate picture of the number of people experiencing this, then it could be Microsoft are faced with a widespread problem."

07:44 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Need to upgrade your Xbox 360 wheel? Check this out.
"Andrew Dorey has decided to show the world how he added a steel sealed cartidge bearing to his Xbox 360 wheel to eliminate the freeplay common to the steering column, and to (hopefully) extend the life of the wheel."

07:44 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamers With Jobs have posted an interview with Korey Krauskopf, Producer of Forza Motorsport 2.
Gamers With Jobs: "Now that the game has been out for a while, do you have some sense of what kind of downloadable content we'll be seeing first?"
Korey Krauskopf: "You’ll be seeing a number of downloadable content packs coming, first of which is a special pack of cars that Nissan of North America has worked with us to release for free that will enable people to take part in a special Nissan tournament. More details on that are coming very soon. We’ll have some more announcements of further car and track downloads coming soon as well."

07:43 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
GamesIndustry has the scoop.
"Codemasters has revealed that the recently released Colin McRae: DIRT sold 500,000 copies worldwide in its first week of release.

The title has also racked up over 500,000 downloads of the PC and Xbox 360 demo

"This success with DIRT is a text-book case of our product development, marketing and distribution efforts all working together to ignite consumer interest and drive sales," said Rod Cousens, CEO of Codemasters.

"Nearly half of our first week's sales are from the US alone, which means momentum behind this series is taking hold in new territories."

07:43 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Grab your copy of the Forza 2 Collector's Edition Book, right here.
"Gamers who missed out on scooping up the Collector's Edition of the incredible driving simulator Forza 2 can now download it in pdf format. Microsoft themselves are hosting the file, so there's no worries about copyright violations or any of that nasty stuff."

07:43 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Fragland has posted some Burnout Paradise screenshots.
"The game Burnout Paradise will, of course, be set in Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Public speed and monstrous crashes are key to the metropolis."

07:43 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has the scoop.
"It will feature 12 different street circuits, and the ability to upgrade your car with turbos, neon and all sorts of other jazz.

And, naturally, you'll be able to control it with the Wiimote - presumably gripping it like a steering wheel ala ExciteTruck.

Midway also said it's doing a mini-game package for Wii called "Game Party", which is due out in November as well featuring darts, air hockey and other activities."

07:42 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
IGN has posted their impressions of Wipeout Pulse.
"Wipeout Pulse is, in many respects, a refinement of Pure, the game that brought the series storming back into the collective gaming consciousness, and ably demonstrated the potential of the PSP. We've spent quite a few hours with Pulse now, and are happy to report that it will definitely keep fans happy. It may even bring a few newcomers into the fold too, thanks to the introduction of adjustable difficulty levels for the AI. If you thought Pure was too challenging, you can now ease your way into Pulse via easy opponents."

07:42 AM - June 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro-G and Eurogamer both have the info you need.
"Atari has today announced plans to enter the horse-themed video game market with the development of new titles using the official license from the Fédération Equestre Internationale - the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the governing body of equestrian sport world-wide, led by president HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan."