Are they a concern to you? Simulation realism?
Taking a look at the game modes in The Show.
Looking at the top three in each category...
A look at an indie soccer title...
Operation Sports Content
Sunday, February 4, 2007
ESPN Videogames Update
ESPN Videogames have posted the following:
- Florida Teen Wins NHL 2K7 Title
"Eastern Conference All Star Daniel Briere wasn't the only one to drive off the ice in a new 2007 Dodge Nitro. During the second intermission of the 55th Annual NHL All-Star Game, 2K Sports and Western Conference All Stars Joe Thornton and Marty Turco awarded a custom 2007 Dodge Nitro to 19 year-old Vincent Herelle of Palm Beach Gardens, FL."
- Quinn Kicks Off Pro Career with Xbox 360
"Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has teamed up with Xbox 360 to give fans an inside look at his journey to the pros. Beginning February 9, the Xbox team will chronicle the weekly routine of the potential No. 1 pick -- from workouts and training sessions to his favorite video games -- leading up to the NFL Draft on April 28."
- Major Konami Announcements on Monday!
- Giant Pet Invasion
- First and ten: the technology behind the Super Bowl broadcast
- The Mad Gamer #4: EB Games EXPOSED!
- Far Away, Super Bowl’s Losers Will Be Champs
We'll be headed down south to watch the Super Bowl and pig out at my brothers house today. I'm just hoping for a good game.
Looking forward to the Pistons/Cavs game, hopefully the Pistons can continue their winning ways.
Enough about me, what's up with you?
- QOTD: Who is the MVP going to be in the Super Bowl?
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
bieniemy25, thekid491972 (35), toychri (32), SmUrFiNaToR (22), Rahzel (18)
Saturday, February 3, 2007
On The Radar: February 2007
5WG has posted their monthly On The Radar: February 2007.
"The Street series of games has long been one of my favorites, and when EA released NFL Street 3 last fall for the PlayStation 2 only, my heart broke a little. This month, they’ll try to make amends with NBA Street: Homecourt, the latest in the Street hoops series. The game’s demo just released on Xbox Live today, and I’ve seen some good and some bad. The game’s “trick remixer” reduces the insane number of trick buttons to a manageable two and the Xbox 360’s “bumper buttons” can be used as modifiers - that’s good. The game’s three (at least in the demo) camera angles are terrible, making it very difficult to get in position for a rebound or grab a loose ball - that’s bad. However, the more I played it, the more I wanted to play it again - that’s very good. While NBA Street hasn’t ever really been a basketball game - it just looks like one - it’s raucous multiplayer gaming at its most fun, and… that’s good."
THQ Announces WWE Games for Wii and DS
NintendoWorldReport has the scoop.
"Farrell announced that both the Wii and Nintendo DS would be getting a WWE game during THQ's 2008 fiscal year, which runs from April 2007 to March 2008. It was not said if the games would be versions of THQ's main Smackdown! vs. RAW series, or original games for the Nintendo consoles. An exact release date was not mentioned either, but given the popularity and strength of the WWE brand, it would not be surprising to see the game release on both platforms before Christmas 2007."
Blitz: The League Demo (360)
According to Boomtown, there is a Blitz: The League demo on the Marketplace.
"Blitz: The League offers up two teams and two quarters for its rather large 1.35GB download.
"The full game takes players behind the glitz and glamour of professional American football through a revolutionary campaign mode, Blitz: The League explores the on-field violence, off-field fallout and front-office politics feeding the headlines in America's media spotlight." says the Midway press release."
- Addicted to Achievements?
- Playstation 3 System Software Update 1.51 Available
- The D-Wade Limited Edition Sidekick 3
- Are we on the brink of the flying car?
- WWII Nazi's Tank Manuals - unexpectedly hilarious!
Busy day today with chores all over.
What's up with you?
- QOTD: What game(s) are you playing this weekend?
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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Friday, February 2, 2007
07:40 PM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.We have just posted a trailer featuring the new Signature Style found in the upcoming Major League Baseball 2K7.
"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."
07:33 PM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Peyton Manning Throws for 203 Yards, but Gives the Ball Up Five Times as the Chicago Bears and their Defense Dominate the Indianapolis Colts
PARKVILLE, MD – February 2, 2007 – Enlight, one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of entertainment software for the PC platform, today gave their prediction for the outcome of Super Bowl XLI through a “Football Mogul 2007” simulation of this week’s big game. With the bittersweet culmination of the 2006 NFL season on Sunday, fans can rest assured the action will live on the way they want it to with Football Mogul 2007.
“Fans who want the most realistic statistical-simulation football game on the market should look no further,” said Paul Lombardi, CEO of Enlight Interactive Inc. “Come Monday we’ll all see how accurate the Football Mogul 2007 simulation of Super Bowl XLI really was.”
As the simulated Super Bowl game progressed, the Bears clamped down on Manning and the Colts offense, holding them to just 299 yards total and forcing three interceptions and two fumbles. Meanwhile, Rex Grossman and the Bears methodically moved the ball down field for three touchdowns; one passing, one rushing, one defensive and three field goals as they went on to win it all, 30-10.
With the Super Bowl this week and fantasy football now over, fanatics don’t have to wait until next year for NFL action. “Football Mogul 2007,” the deepest football simulation for fans keeps the season alive year round with a new play calling engine, formation editor, complete historical stats, HTML output to run a league for friends and much more.
For more information, please visit: http://www.sportsmogul.com/footballcd/index.htm
We have just posted another movie clip from Def Jam: Icon. This is Part 1 of an interview with the Producer.
"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."
04:06 PM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Edmonton - Feb 02, 2007 SplitFish(tm) GameWare Inc., a leader in video game hardware innovation, today responded to the growing interest and speculation stemming from their January 30 press release regarding their SensorFX force feedback system that they have developed for the PlayStation 3 and other next-generation video game consoles.
According to SplitFish president, Ken Tetterington, “SplitFish is devoted to bringing our controller technologies such as the SensorFX and EdgeFX to the PlayStation 3 and other next generation gaming systems so that consumers can have the most exciting, immersive gaming experience possible. We have met recently and continue discussions with Sony Computer Entertainment of America specifically related to SplitFish’s up coming PS3 gaming technology portfolio. However, SCEA have not, as they have stated, yet seen our very recent force feedback technology.”
“We have a very amiable relationship with Sony,” continued Tetterington, “Our goal is to work in cooperation with Sony to provide a win-win situation for PlayStation 3 owners.”
The new SplitFish dynamic force feedback system was designed to insure compliant operation with the new tilt, motion and directional sensor technologies currently found in the next generation consoles. While the SplitFish EdgeFX uses a mechanical feedback system, this new technology produces a whole new aspect of force and tactile feedback.
This low power consumption force feedback technology uses no moving parts to produce meaningful sensory feedback. A broad range of intensity and sensation compliment the ability to derive feedback sensations from isolated areas on the controller, one side or the other, movement from front to back or all areas at the same time. As an example, a gamer playing a racing game can feel variations in pulse, strength and location allowing them to feel intensity differences between a smooth guardrail swipe and a full frontal slam into a wall.
The patent pending SensorFX has two modes, one for games that have force feedback support already built in and the other mode that relies on motion tilt sensing and button use and other actions to trigger the SensorFX tactile feedback. SplitFish plans to work with video game publishers and next-generation hardware manufacturers in an effort to establish standard support for this full directional force feedback technology.
SplitFish is a developer of original patented video game hardware technologies that include the EyeFX (tm) 3D Adapter, EdgeFX Controller, MotionFX Tilt- sensing Adapter, GlideFX Trackball Controller, and the DualFX Laser Gun. For further details email us at email@example.com or visit our web site at www.splitfish.com.
Highly Anticipated Game Features Hit Songs From Top Artists Including Big Boi, Ludacris, T.I. and more
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 2, 2007 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), in partnership with Def Jam Interactive, announced today the complete track listing in DEF JAM: ICON™ for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system. Infusing hip-hop music into the gameplay, DEF JAM: ICON features a play list of 29 tracks from prominent artists such as The Game, Lil Jon and Young Jeezy, to name a few.
Incorporating hip-hop lifestyle and music into every aspect of the game, DEF JAM: ICON delivers the intensity of a no-holds-barred street fight but with style and rhythm. Music affects how players fight in each environment and avoiding hazards become a key strategy to staying alive.
DEF JAM: ICON also features an exclusive My Soundtrack mode for the Xbox 360 allowing players to load any MP3 into the game and it will drive the environment and game play just like songs already included on the game’s soundtrack. Gamers can now fight to the beat with any song using My Soundtrack.
Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA commented, “DEF JAM: ICON is the pinnacle of interactive music entertainment. For years, we have been leading the way in game soundtracks and this year we take it to an all new level with the fully interactive DEF JAM: ICON soundtrack. It is a real breakthrough that will forever change the relationship between music and gameplay.”
“The Def Jam Interactive/EA partnership continues to be one centered around innovation. For the first time in any video game, the music is completely interactive. DEF JAM: ICON allows players to use these songs, as opposed to playing them in the background. And not only is there an incomparable soundtrack of today and tomorrow’s hottest music, but now we guarantee the player with an authentic hip-hop lifestyle experience”, said Lauren Wirtzer, Vice President of Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.
Artist - Song - Title
Big Boi (i.e., Purple Ribbon All-Stars feat. Big Boi) Kryptonite
E-40 - Tell Me When To Go
E-40 - Go Hard or Go Home
Fat Joe - Make It Rain
Ghostface - The Champ (Remix)
Jim Jones - Crunk Muzik
Jim Jones - We Fly High
Konkrete feat. Big Boi - What's that Smell
Lil Jon - Get Crunk
Lil Jon (and the Eastside Boys) - Get Low
Ludacris - Get Back
M.O.P. - Ante Up
Method Man & Redman - Da Rockwilder
Mike Jones - Back Then
Mike Jones - Got it Sewed Up - Remix
Nas - Hate Me Now
Paul Wall - Sittin' Sidewayz
Paul Wall - Trill
Redman - Rush Da Security
Redman - Let's Go
Sean Paul - Head in the Zone
Sean Paul - All Out
T.I. - What You Know
T.I.- Top Back
The Game - One Blood
The Game - Scream on ‘Em
Young Jeezy - I Do This
Young Jeezy - Soul Survivor
Young Joc - It’s Going Down
DEF JAM: ICON is scheduled to ship in North America on March 6 and in Europe on March 16 for the PLAYSTATION®3 system and Xbox 360. DEF JAM: ICON has been rated M by the ESRB and 18+ by PEGI and the USK. Visit www.esrb.org for updated rating information.
02:07 PM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Signature Style animations, detailed player models, and newly redesigned stadiums elevate the next generation baseball experience
NEW YORK, NY - February 2, 2007 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced today new standard-setting features for Major League Baseball(r)2K7. Major League Baseball 2K7, the only MLB(r) simulation video game on every major platform, features next generation graphics, authentically detailed ballparks and Signature Style player animations, delivering the most authentic and electrifying Big League video game experience ever created.
With Signature Style, 2K Sports has added over 150 unique player animations to Major League Baseball 2K7. Gamers will instantly recognize the unique pitching styles, batting rituals, and characteristic movements of their favorite MLB(r) players. Additionally, great attention to detail has been given to replicate the exact look of how each player wears his uniform and accessories, accurately giving each player their signature look.
"The attention to detail to all MLB players in Major League Baseball 2K7 is simply astounding," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "With the power of the next generation systems, we're making big steps in delivering not only the exact look of each MLB player, but also how they act in the batter's box, how pitchers deliver from the stretch, and the ritualistic movements of particular baseball players. Through Signature Style, we're making each player in Major League Baseball 2K7 look and act more like their real-life counterparts, setting a new standard for all next generation baseball games."
The level of detail has also been dramatically enhanced around the players, as Major League Baseball 2K7 features hyper-detail in every virtual ballpark. From the completely redesigned architecture of each stadium, the different bullpen areas, the authentic monuments in every city, and the distinct fan atmosphere for every team, gamers will enjoy a new experience in every game. The virtual ballpark experience is further enhanced with dazzling new presentation elements including new replay effects, unique camera angles, high-tech overlays, and much more.
Major League Baseball 2K7 will be available for the Xbox 360(tm) and Xbox(r) video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION(r)3 and PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment systems,Game Boy(r) Advance, the Nintendo DS(tm), and PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system. Additional features and enhancements that take the virtual Major League Baseball experience to the next level will be announced in advance of the release of Major League Baseball 2K7 in late winter.
For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com
08:58 AM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports and Pontiac Announce the 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA Final 4 Tournament
Finalists to compete on the virtual court in College Hoops 2K7 at the NCAA(r) Men's Final Four* in Atlanta to win a 2007 Pontiac G5 GT
New York, NY - February 2, 2007 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), and Pontiac proudly announced today the 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA(r) Final 4(r) Tournament. Fans will have the opportunity to play every match up of the actual NCAA Tournament before it happens through head-to-head online play on College Hoops 2K7, exclusively on Xbox Live. The four finalists will be invited to show off their skills in Atlanta and play the actual NCAA Men's Final Four match-ups in front of roaring fans. The champion of the Pontiac Virtual NCAA Final 4 Tournament will drive away in a new 2007 Pontiac G5 GT.
"The NCAA Final Four is where college spirit combines with raw talent to create an atmosphere that is unrivaled in the sports world," said Erik Whiteford, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "We wanted our fans to experience the same rush that the NCAA student athletes do when they hit the court by teaming up with Pontiac for the second year to bring the tournament to the virtual court with College Hoops 2K7."
Registration is now open for the Pontiac Virtual NCAA Final 4. To qualify for the tournament, contestants must have an Xbox Live Gold account and complete 10 online, ranked games of College Hoops 2K7 for either the Xbox(r) or Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft before March 10, 2007. The top ranked 192 contestants at the end of the qualifying period will advance to the full online tournament where they will play for a chance to be one of four finalists to battle in a live, head-to-head competition in Atlanta, Georgia on March 29-April 3, 2007.
Finalists will receive a trip for two to the 2007 NCAA Men's Final Four in Atlanta where they will showcase their virtual hoops skills by playing the Final Four match-ups, with the winner receiving a brand new 2007 Pontiac G5 GT, all courtesy of Pontiac - the official Performance Machines of the NCAA. To register and for official tournament rules and regulations, log on to http://virtualfinal4.2ksports.com <http://virtualfinal4.2ksports.com/ >
College Hoops 2K7, featuring cover athlete J.J. Redick, former student-athlete of the Duke University Blue Devils, is the #1 rated college basketball simulation series for five straight years*. With over 325 NCAA Division I schools and the deepest legacy mode available, College Hoops 2K7 defines the college basketball experience. It is now available for the Xbox 360, Xbox, and the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system. College Hoops 2K7 will be available this month for the PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system.
08:26 AM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.The Czar, or samuel40 as he is known in our Forums, has put together another clip dedicated to our diehard College Hoops 2K7 fans. This is Volume 3 from "The Program".
Here's a quote from The Czar himself...
"The wait is over! The Czar and Bob are back again, bringing you fresh and exciting Big Ten tournament action. From inside the legacy of the legendary Coach I. The Czar also has another feature update he entitles, "Where's my man."
Show the Czar some love in our College Hoops 2K Forums, after watching the clip. It takes hours to put something like this together and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for taking the time to make it happen. His attention to detail is simply amazing.
08:20 AM - February 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Conan Vs. Serena Williams In Wii Tennis
Maybe it's just me, but I think Conan is one of the funniest people on TV. Check him out here, playing Serena Williams In Wii Tennis.
NBA Street Homecourt Demo Available (360)
According to Major Nelson, the NBA Street Homecourt is available on the Marketplace.
Release Date For DTM 3 Challenge (PSP)
Fragland has the scoop.
"It has enough modes, cars and tracks to keep even the most demanding gamer satisfied and bring this game into pole position, as far as PSP racers are concerned. If you add the 4-player Wi-Fi mode (that only requires one copy of the game), you can be pretty sure this game will sell well."
FlatOut Ultimate Carnage Updates (Multi)
The following websites have posted FlatOut Ultimate Carnage updates:
UEFA Champs League 2006-2007 Dev Diary
Eurogamer has posted their UEFA Champs League 2006-2007 Dev Diary.
"UEFA Champions League 2006-2007's associate producer Chris Coates talks about the background to the game's "Ultimate Team" mode. The game is due out on Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, PC and mobile from 23rd March.
One of our main objectives with UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 was to offer the football gamers a unique way to enjoy their favourite sport. After exploring a number of ideas we hit on the idea of capitalising on some key motivations for football fans - the desire to build your own fantasy team and the huge sense of community on making those choices."
- Windows that become mirrors at the flip of a switch
- Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer v1.1
- Why Don't We Drive On The Same Side Of The Road Around The World?
Well, um...err...What can I say about the game last night...Well, how about...We suck! We lost by 30! Our defense is HORRIBLE and we had way too many turnovers. My ankle was bugging me, but it wasn't that bad, so there are no excuses from me. I think we are going to get murdered next week, as we saw the team we play next week, right after our game. Oh the joy of an upcoming embarrassment. The ref wasn't giving me any calls. I drove the lane at least 5 times, getting hammered and hacked, but never got a whistle. Then on the other end, I block a shot or extend my arm to deflect a pass, NOT HITTING ANY PART OF HIS BODY, and I get a whistle. The game was very frustrating for me, but what can ya do. Hopefully we can get it together by the next game, but somehow I seriously doubt it.
Bah! I'm still pissed off, but enough about me, what's up with you?
- QOTD: Who's going to win the Super Bowl and what is the score going to be?
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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Thursday, February 1, 2007
11:04 PM - February 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.We have just posted some more MVP 07 NCAA Baseball screenshots, including another movie clip.
"Welcome back baseball fans, to the second year of the only college baseball game to market. EA SPORTS™, brand of the best gameplay engine around, and continuing to innovate the way Baseball is played in a video game, is proud to announce MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
To continue on with innovation in the realm of sports video games, MVP 07 NCAA Baseball from the EA Sports brand, will change the way you deliver a pitch. Rock and Fire pitching will utilize the right analog stick, giving the user an unprecedented, realistic feel. Whether it is a quick throw to avoid base runners from stealing, or a full wind up to smoke the ball past the batter, button mashing is now a thing of the past.
This year promises to bring the most authentic college experience to NCAA baseball. With the inclusion of new stadiums, conferences and teams, as well as authentic team fight songs, users will be able to enjoy the college baseball experience as if they were watching the game live. If that isn't enough, the game will even feature the famous RBI girls, Arkansas' baseball cheerleaders."
We have just posted another SSX Blur movie clip.
"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."
11:03 PM - February 1, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.GameSpy Update (Wii, PS2)
GameSpy has posted the following:
IGN Update (PC, Sports)
IGN has posted the following:
- TrackMania United Trailer (PC)
- Super Bowl XLI: Tony Dungy Interview (Sports)
- Super Bowl XLI: Muhsin Muhammed Interview (Sports)
- Super Bowl XLI: Peyton Manning Interview (Sports)