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Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Demo (360)
According to Major Nelson, the Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 demo is available on the Marketplace.
"Play as thousands of the best professional soccer players with the #1 soccer game in the world. New leagues and teams give you umatched realism with amazing next generation graphics. You can even play the game in English or Spanish!"
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Another game, another loss. We lost to the best team in the league last night by 16. We actually were only down 4 w/ about 10 minutes left, but the wheels fell off, just like they usually do.
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- QOTD: So, what are your thoughts on the new baseball games?
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"SSX Blur is everything you expect from the franchise, delivered in a totally unexpected way. Revolutionary controls take full advantage of the Wii's potential by putting you in total command of your skier or rider, on-the-ground & in-the-air, by translating every motion you make into the skills that create mountain legends.
SSX Blur will be available for the Nintendo Wii in March 2007. The game has a 3+ PEGI rating. It is not yet rated by the ESRB."
IGN has posted the following:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 27, 2007 – Experience the soul of SSX™ remixed, re-energized and fully realized. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that SSX™ Blur, developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii™, ships to North American retailers today, and on March 9 in Europe under the EA SPORTS BIG™ brand. The game fully maximizes the intuitive capabilities of Nintendo’s next generation console while staying true to the fast action-packed gameplay that you have come to expect from the franchise. Developed by EA Montreal, SSX Blur is huge air, insane speeds and monster tricks delivered in a fresh, innovative, Wii-a-fied package.
Experience the familiar as well as the unexpected. You’re still ripping down the slopes, but this time you’re carving and catching air with the revolutionary new on-the-ground and in-the-air control system. SSX Blur delivers the essence of the critically acclaimed franchise but takes it to the next level with the capabilities of the Wii. Use the Nunchuk to tear down the mountain and use the Wii Remote to paint a virtually unlimited array of aerial maneuvers. Every second of your SSX Blur experience will be maxed out with motion.
Your favorite characters return to the mountain to tackle 12 freshly laid tracks on three distinctly themed peaks. Feel the tunes intensify as you pick up speed and stick your tricks, with dynamic music mirroring your gameplay experience. Keep grooving, bombing and boosting to fill your groove meter and you’re set to let your Uber Tricks loose on the mountain. SSX Blur is on-the-ground and in-the-air excitement from top to bottom.
SSX™ Blur is available for the Nintendo Wii and has an MSRP of $49.99. The game has been rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI. For more information, log onto www.ssxblur.com.
“Our development team has worked incredibly hard to deliver what we believe is the next generation standard for baseball video games,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Baseball is a sport comprised of passionate fans who expect all the details to be spot-on, and with Major League Baseball 2K7, I believe that even the most pure of baseball purists will be pleased with what we’re giving them.”
Major League Baseball 2K7 sets the visual standard with Signature Style - over 300 unique player animations raise the level of authentic detail. Gamers will instantly recognize the unique pitching styles, batting rituals, and characteristic movements of their favorite MLB® players. Major League Baseball 2K7 offers a range of new replay camera perspectives showcasing the high quality of the next generation visuals, including camera shots outside ballparks, dynamic camera shots of highlight plays, unique camera angles of each batter at the plate and much more.
Major League Baseball 2K7 features the best collection of commentators assembled in any baseball video game. Featured studio commentators Jeanne Zelasko and Steve Physioc lend their talents in developing the storyline of the ballgame with team histories, player analysis, and entertaining comments before the first pitch of each game. When the players take to the field, the extraordinary voices of Jon Miller, partnered with Hall of Fame™ legend Joe Morgan, tell the tale of every pitch and at bat with remarkable insight, delightful humor, and the trademark style that has made this duo the best commentary team in the business.
Featuring New York Yankee captain and seven time All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball 2K7 is rated “E” for Everyone and is available now for the Xbox 360 and Xbox video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, for $59.99 and $29.99, respectively, the PLAYSTATION 3 system and PlayStation 2 system for $59.99 and $29.99 respectively and the PSP system for $29.99. Major League Baseball 2K7 for the Game Boy® Advance and the Nintendo DS™ will be released this spring.
For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com
"Let me be honest, when I first heard that one of my most anticipated games of 2007, MVP 07 NCAA Baseball, was only going to be available for the Playstation 2, it was a major letdown. There are several words I could use to describe my emotions at that point, unfortunately, we like to keep things as PG as possible around here, so I’ll leave it at that. After taking several days to cool off, and realizing that my love for baseball would eventually win out, I decided to give EA Sports a chance. I’ve been doing it for years with another one of their sports titles, why stop now? I mean, MVP 05 Major League Baseball is arguably the greatest console baseball game ever, and the engine that made that game so great is still intact today, why should I pass on this game? So, here I am with all of these questions, and with only one way to answer to them.
Graphically, if you can set your next-gen experiences aside for a few brief minutes, EA’s MVP 07 NCAA Baseball holds its own against any other sports title for the Playstation 2. Considering how MVP 05 Major League Baseball looked, which was the pinnacle of the MVP series, there have been significant strides in making this one of the better looking games available for the Playstation 2. The player models and stadiums look exceptional, and fluid animations help represent a realistic interpretation of the game of baseball. The game also includes ESPN broadcast integration, which features updates from ESPN Radio, as well as news and ticker feeds. Also, MVP 07 NCAA Baseball is backwards-compatible on the Playstation 3."
Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of MotoGP 2007.
"THQ unveils the first images of MotoGP 2007, and it looks alot like its predecessor, to say the least. The game is planned to ship somewhere this year."
SSX Blur Hands On Impressions (Wii)
Kotaku has posted their hands on impressions of SSX Blur.
"Talking to one of the game's developers, I learned that the team had experimented with three totally different control set ups, finally agreeing upon one that involved using the full capabilities of the nunchuk-attached scheme. The left hand will move your character, in an unusual (and customizable) blend of analog stick and nunchuk movement. The Z-trigger makes your boarder crouch to build up speed. Your right hand will be busy with jumping and trick duties. Holding A will make your character jump. Flip up the remote for, well, flips."
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Wow, that Livingston knee injury was nasty wasn't it?
Work is already piling up, so I need to get started.
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- QOTD: Ready for the baseball games?
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"It’s a whole new ballgame! Major League Baseball 2K7 redefines the pure baseball video game experience with true, Next-Gen details, all-new throwing mechanics and a revolutionary presentation system. Featuring stunning, lifelike player models, Signature Style™ animations, Inside Edge™ data and more, Major League Baseball 2K7 delivers the most authentic baseball action to date."
Worthplaying has posted the following:
- The Fast and the Furious Gets Exclusive Features, Screenshots (PSP)
"nspired by the Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift film, this game will immerse players in the underground world of drift racing. Set in a world related to, yet separate from, the movie, the game features a ground breaking drift mechanic that makes drifting accessible to both beginning and veteran racing game drivers."
- NBA Street Homecourt Screenshots (PS3, 360)
"NBA Street series expands on the fast-paced and larger-than-life 3-on-3 basketball gameplay, creating a hyper-real world that merges legendary courts with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars into one seamless city of streetball moments."
"EA Chicago’s unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they’re actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities.
“The Def Jam Interactive – EA relationship has expanded into a new frontier with EA Chicago’s breakthrough technology. We have worked very closely with the team to ensure that authentic hip-hop culture and lifestyle permeates through every part of the product. DEF JAM: ICON will guarantee the ultimate combination of a real hip-hop experience and revolutionary fighting gameplay,” said Lauren Wirtzer, VP Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.
DEF JAM: ICON is scheduled to ship in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 system and Xbox 360. DEF JAM: ICON has not yet been rated by the ESRB."
"I received a final retail copy of the PS3 version today. I just popped the game in, and am going to try a exhibition game between the Phillies and Mets. If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to answer them."Update: Aaron Holbert has the Xbox 360 version, check out his Q&A thread right here.
"Here you go. Fire away. The only thing I wont answer are ratings, rosters or questions that will require me to go deep into franchise mode to find out."
According to quite a few people on our Forums, the Major League Baseball 2K7 demo is available on the Marketplace.
Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Gran Turismo HD Concept will be available to download from the PlayStation Store on 23rd March, Sony has announced, to coincide with the European launch of PlayStation 3.
It will be free to digitally snatch, and will let you race around the Eiger Nordwand track in the Swiss Alps until your heart is content, either ploughing around the course the normal way, like a sane person, or in reverse, like a weirdo."
Who Will Be The NCAA Football 08 Cover Athlete?
SportsGamer has posted an article entitled, Who Will Be The NCAA Football 08 Cover Athlete?
"The recently launched website for NCAA Football 08 included a statement from EA Sports that the cover athlete is going to be officially announced in the near future.
Given the history of the NCAA Football series, in all likelihood it will be the biggest "name". Many times that ends up being the Heisman winner but it isn't always the case. Only one defensive player has ever graced the cover, Charles Woodson in 1999. Comparatively there have been five Quarterbacks, three Running Backs, one Wide Receiver, and toss in Desmond Howard in 2006 as well."
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Nothing but fun shoveling snow for about 2 hours yesterday. My back is feeling the affects. We FINALLY decided on what tile we are going to use in the kitchen. So, hopefully we get started by the weekend.
Sat down and played Crackdown for about 4 hours last night, got a whopping 3 hours of sleep. While the game is kinda fun, it's already getting boring to me. I mean, I have 3 stars on a lot of my "Powers" but throwing around cars, shooting and kicking the crap out of people just tends to get old fairly quickly for me.
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- QOTD: Do you keep all of your old games or trade/sell them?
No birthday's today!
Playsation.com has the scoop.
"MLB 07 The Show™ is hitting the streets on February 27th and once again we’re giving you the opportunity to score a FREE New Era MLB cap! All you have to do is pick up a specially marked package of MLB 07 The Show™ for the PlayStation®2 or PSP® systems only and enter your unique code found inside the game package. Once you do that, sit back and relax until the exclusive cap from the team of your choice arrives at your doorstep. Caps will be available for all Major League Baseball teams!"
Burnout Dominator Hands On Impressions (PS2)
GameInformer Online has posted their Burnout Dominator hands on impressions.
"First off, Dominator adds several new modes. In Burnout mode, you race to fill your Burnout meter, and then try to deplete it in a continuous burst. If you refill it before it slips away, you can chain together boosts for big points. Weaving in and out of traffic is already exhilarating--doing it at those insane speeds is even better. A Near Miss mode gives players points for getting dangerously close to traffic. Of course, in true Burnout style, you’re rewarded more for avoiding cars in the opposing lane. As with most racers these days, Burnout Dominator has succumbed to the drift bug. In Drift mode, you rack up the points by braking and sliding through corners. The longer you hold your drift, the more points you gain. Finally, a Maniac mode jams all the other modes together in a great example of how not to drive. Players score by drifting, missing traffic and strategically making the most out of the Burnout meter. It’s basically the best part of the game."
ESPN Videogames Update
ESPN Videogames have posted the following:
- NCAA March Madness 07 Simulation - Wisconsin @ Ohio St.
"The Buckeyes, playing in front of a frantic home crowd, knocked off Wisconsin in a battle between the two highest-ranked teams in the nation -- and Ohio State did it without a huge contribution from big freshman Greg Oden.
The Badgers attacked Oden early and often, forcing him into foul trouble and successfully limiting his effectiveness, but the rest of the Buckeyes picked up the slack. Ron Lewis had 21 points to lead OSU while Daequan Cook added 19 in the winning effort."
- Dwight Howard: Serious Gamer
"When he wasn't impressing fans during the NBA All-Star Festivities on the court, Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard was making two gamers' dreams come true. At the 2K Sports stage at the Toyota booth at the NBA All-Star Jam at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Howard and fellow NBA All-Star Nate Robinson teamed up with a pair of Xbox Live winners to play NBA 2K7 on Xbox 360 in front of a crowd of spectators.
The Magic's Dwight Howard has been an avid gamer since he was a kid.
Howard teamed up with Travis Bryant, 21, from Philadelphia to take on Robinson and Aaron Truchil, 19, from Miami. Howard chose his Orlando Magic in the game and Robinson stuck with his New York Knicks. After playing four two-minute quarters on stage, Howard's Magic emerged victorious 22-17 in a very defensive competition."
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We are supposed to get some nasty snow, ice and sleet today through tonight. We already have 3 inches out there and the flakes are almost golf ball sized. Guess I need to head out and kill my back, should be a fun ride to work tomorrow. Yea me.
Went out and grabbed Crackdown last night, I guess I need to find out what the talk is all about.
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"I have to apologize. Last year, I attended a press event promoting MLB 2K6 and was impressed by what I saw. The graphics looked great for a first-year next-generation game and there were a ton of interesting new features. The problem with these events is that you really don’t get a chance to play the game for a long period and can’t try out the gameplay. After last year’s event, I was actually looking forward to the game and told people on the forums that it looked great…..that was until I actually got the chance to play it for a significant amount of time.
We all know what happened when the game came out, so there is no need to bring back those unpleasant memories. So going into the latest MLB2K7 event, I was cautious about getting fooled again, but after meeting with Anthony Chau from 2k Sports, I walked away impressed."