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Sean confirms there will be no EASHL, OTP, GM Connected or Live the Life this year at launch in NHL 15 on XB1 or PS4.
"Off the pitch, there's the usual bewildering array of options, including a thumb-ruining 15-season management mode, with lower-division fans catered for along with Premiership glory-seekers. Unlikely as it sounds, playing as The Mighty Chester, replete with real names, passable likenesses and, er, last season's kit, is not something to be underestimated. FIFA 06 may not be perfect, but it is perfectly playable, and is probably the best we could have hoped for. Apart from EA buying Konami..."
"2K Sports, part of Take-Two Interactive, has today revealed further features surrounding its Xbox 360 titles set for release this Winter on the next-gen console."
- Wrestle Kingdom (Xbox 360)
- Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360)
- World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer (Xbox)
- World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer (PS2)
- Project Gotham Racing 3 Screenshots (X360)
"PGR 3 creates the ultimate roster of the hottest supercars in existence, introduces them to the high-definition era, and drops them into a completely new gaming world, where style rules the road. Racers define and create individually customized gameplay, and can race each other — on or offline."
- Take 2's X05 Lineup Screenshots (X360)
- Various X05 Lineups Screenshots (X360)
- Atari's X05 Lineup Screenshots (X360)
- Sega's X05 Lineup Screenshots (X360)
- Activision's X05 Lineup Screenshots (X360)
- THQ's X05 Lineup Screenshots (X360)
- Project Gotham Racing 3 X05 Cam (PC - 12.38 MB)
- NBA 06 Trailer #4 (PS2 - 11.94 MB)
"NBA 06 introduces a number of feature firsts, including a behind-the-scenes, all- inclusive story mode and an entirely new game design where a player's talents on the court dictate their ability to manage teammates and even the crowd. NBA '06 delivers a comprehensive basketball experience, combining a unique cinematic career mode and action-packed mini-games with an all-access pass to the NBA's world off the court."
- World Championship Poker 2 Screenshots and Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PSP - 14.82 MB)
"World Championship Poker 2 features a much more detailed one player game, where you now have to work your way up the ranks, starting in your mom's basement. Once you start winning and accumulating money, you can spend your winnings on increasingly better pads, and furnishings. Hit a losing streak, and you may have to hock your stuff to stay in the game."
- NBA 2K6 Screenshots (X360)
"With the industry leading online experience and unrivaled franchise control, NBA 2K6 offers the most comprehensive and entertaining roundball experience anywhere. "
- Amped 3 Screenshots (X360)
"Amped 3, like snowboarding itself, isn't just about the sport. Sure, it all starts with riding huge mountains, finding lines through the trees in hip-deep powder, and tricking your butt off...which is why there's an all-new physics engine, perfected controls, and the most authentic riding experience at some of the world's greatest winter resorts."
- Project Gotham Racing 3 Screenshots (X360)
"Enhanced and refined gameplay reintroduces racers to the familiar Kudos system with a completely original user-driven experience that lets gamers race what they want, where they want."
- Project Gotham Racing 3 (X360)
"In mucking around with some of the game's other modes, we took to the open road at Nurburgring with our Lotus Elise. In PGR3, you'll have the option to completely customize your race, down to time of day, weather, number of A.I. racers (and their difficulty level) and more."
- NBA Live 2006 (X360)
"We weren't allowed hands-on impressions during EA's recent 360 media event, so all we can really do is gush about the graphics and presentation. Which, you may have already gathered, are quite excellent."
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 (X360)
- Madden NFL 2006 (X360)
"But it's the players you really want to know about. OK, so, no, it won't look like that video everyone saw. It still impresses. Not only did something like 200 players have their faces scanned into the game, they even wear their own gear from their specific helmet and facemask down to little accessories like a wristband or towel."
- NBA 2K6 (X360)
"It's not all about looks, though. The team is taking a look at a few of the player comments from the recently released current generation version of the game and looking to improve those. A few players didn't like the shot stick implementation on the right analog stick, for instance, so that's being looked at, along with a few other minor issues."
- Amped 3 (X360)
"One of the mini-games we checked out continues this non-traditional approach. Two players start tethered to each other on a single screen on sleds, and they have to balance using the shoulder buttons to figure out how to crash into the most debris and build up the biggest medical bill without falling off their sleds."
- FIFA Soccer 2006 (X360)
"FIFA 2006 is big on atmosphere as well. Team managers will prowl the sidelines while sunlight shines through the stands of beautifully-rendered stadiums, accentuating and shadowing the action according to the time of day."
"The video highlights various gameplay action including the new shooting mechanic, tandem animation technology, and extensive move set. Gamers can also see the new game design, with updated graphics and player models. Finally, the showtime gameplay system is evident with some clips of no-look passing and highlight-reel dunks."
"For the first time, feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience on the go with NBA LIVE 06 for the PSP™ handheld. Loaded with unique passes, dunks, and signature moves, NBA Superstars storm the court in a variety of game modes including Exhibition, Season, Playoffs, and All-Star Weekend. Go wireless with Exhibition and Head-to-Head mode and challenge all comers across the nation—or across the room. With in-depth gameplay modes, unprecedented player graphics, and wireless multiplayer technology, the sport of basketball is elevated to a whole new level."
"Conference Preview - This gives the users a scouting report and break down of every team in the NCAA at the beginning of each season. Our goal here is to give the user the same feeling and information they get when flipping through the pages of any college hoops preview magazine. They will be able to compare each team in a variety of categories such as Starting 5, Recruiting Class, and Coach. Which program's recruiting class gets an 'A' and which Starting 5 isn't getting it done....... it's all here for the User to sort through and compare"
"Overall- fans of Madden shouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up because it is the best version of Madden yet, but to me it’s just not a “wow!” inducing release. Casual fans and more “2K” focused fans may want to sit this one out till November and the XBOX 360 Madden- or whatever 2K may announce on October 5th at X05 in Amsterdam."
SEGA Ships Sports Management Simulation; the Ultimate Hockey Experience with Up-to-date Player Rosters and League Rules
SAN FRANCISCO (October 4, 2005) – SEGA of America Inc.today announced the North American release of NHL™ Eastside Hockey Manager™ 2005, a sports management simulation game that is officially licensed by NHL Enterprises (NHL™) and National Hockey League Players' Association™ (NHLPA™). Developed for the PC and Mac by Sports Interactive, developers of Worldwide Soccer Manager™ (Football Manager™ in Europe), NHL™ Eastside Hockey Manager™ 2005 represents the next evolution in fantasy sports by enabling gamers to take full control of the management of their favorite hockey franchises.
NHL™ Eastside Hockey Manager™ 2005 features an award-winning game engine that offers highly realistic simulations where gamers are responsible for overall team performance through the management of important franchise elements including, but not limited to, coaching, scouting, trading, human resources and finance. Gamers act as general manager for one of more than 250 playable pro and semi-pro teams from a list of more than 3,000 teams and 20 playable leagues worldwide – including the NHL™, AHL™, ECHL™ and Canadian Hockey League™.
Gamers can develop and shape their franchises from a database of more than 38,000 players and staff by trading them, signing free-agents and drafting the leagues' hottest prospects.
"NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 includes the new system under the NHL's recent collective-bargaining agreement and is the only game to feature the salary cap, both of which are very significant in gaining a true understanding of what teams are facing in today's new hockey landscape," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "This game incorporates most off-season roster moves, retirements, and other player and staff moves into the game's database."
"For hardcore hockey fans, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 offers one of the most comprehensive lists of licenses ever assembled in a hockey game" said Marc Duffy, product manager at Sports Interactive. "There is not a hockey game in the market today that rivals our depth and attention to detail, which is synonymous with any Sports Interactive title."
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 incorporates Sports Interactive's award winning game engine that has been refined and tuned in accordance with over 13 years of feedback and development. The game is officially licensed by the NHL Enterprises (NHL™) and the National Hockey League Players' Association™ (NHLPA™).
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 is rated "E" for Everyone and is available via the World Wide Web at SEGA.com and SIgames.com or at nationwide retailers for an MSRP of $29.95 US / $ 29.99 CDN. For art assets and additional information, please go to http://segapr.segaamerica.com.
NHL is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All rights reserved.
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Blitz: The League will feature a powerful story mode that, for the first time ever in a football videogame, explores the lifestyle and drama in professional football. Players will take the helm of a downtrodden football franchise and retool the players and coaching staff in a quest to guide them to the league championship. Additional features include intense multiplayer action with head-to head online play and complete customization of players, teams, stadiums and more.
- Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Preview (Multi)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NHL 2K6 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- Moto GP 2006 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NBA 2K6 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NBA 06 Review (PSP - 4/5)
- Gretzky NFL 06 Review (PS2 - 2/5)
- NBA Live 06 Preview (Xbox 360)
- Madden NFL 06 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- FIFA Soccer 2006 Preview (Xbox 360)