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"Test Drive Unlimited is the ultimate automotive experience for car and bike enthusiasts alike. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customise each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
"Gaming-Age forumite EB Guy sent us a new shakycam video of Project Gotham Racing 3. The short clip is from the Tokyo course, and showcases not only the amazing graphics and sound--but also every view angle in the game. Truly breathtaking."
"If the objective was to bring Burnout goodness to the PlayStation Portable without sacrificing too much, Criterion and EA pulled it off pretty well with Burnout Legends. Cramming all the cars, events, options, and even a large soundtrack into one UMD is nothing short of masterful, providing exactly what the PSP needs to grow – games designed to be played in spurts, yet as massive as the same sort of game on the home systems. The visuals are decidedly 1st generation PSP, and the sense of speed has dropped a bit, and the presence of the earlier titles pre-Burnout 3 is minimal, but otherwise Legends is a great game that captures what made Burnout 3 such a phenomenon last year, only for on-the-go gamers, who now can create chaos riding the bus, or the train...even a plane. But please, don't play Burnout Legends while actually driving your car."
Top Spin Serves Up New Players, Moves, Online Play and Eye Toy Capability
NEW YORK, NY - September 28, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced today that Top Spin, the first online pro tennis title for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, is now available in stores across North America. Based on the #1 rated tennis video game* for the Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, this latest Top Spin release builds on all of the original features that have made it a top franchise. Among the new additions are online play and Eye Toy(tm) USB Camera (for PlayStation(r)2) capability, and tennis stars' Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Carlos Moya - all of which blend together to create the most authentic virtual tennis experience on the market.
"Top Spin gives tennis fans and gamers a tennis experience to celebrate with stunning visuals and all of the top pros," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "PlayStation 2 owners now have access to the most critically acclaimed tennis series on the market."
Top Spin allows players to execute a variety of shots during match play including slices, drops, lobs, backhands, and several trick shots including behind the back and between the legs. Just as in real tennis, Top Spin also challenges gamers of all levels to take risks and attempt difficult shots to get "in the zone". If players' Zone Meter(tm) timing is successful, they can use that momentum to improve their play. In addition, gamers can play on a variety of surfaces - clay, grass, and hard court. Each surface affects player movements and ball physics differently. Players will choose on which surfaces they want to master their play.
Top Spin is packed with 16 star-caliber athletes that tennis fans can take on, play as, or team up with including: Roger Federer (Switzerland), Carlos Moya (Spain), Lleyton Hewitt (Australia), Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil), Jan-Michael Gambill (USA), James Blake (USA), Sebastien Grosjean (France), Tommy Robredo (Spain), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Venus Williams (USA), Martina Hingis (Switzerland), Meghann Shaughnessy (USA), Elena Dementieva (Russia), Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia), Amanda Coetzer (S. Africa), and Ashley Harkleroad (USA).
Other features include Coach's Corner, where players train with a coach to improve their weaknesses and perfect their game. In addition, gamers can immerse themselves in the game with Eye Toy(tm), allowing them to scan their virtual "self" onto a customizable character and play against the pros!
As the only online pro tennis game available for the PlayStation 2, Top Spin lets gamers challenge other tennis players from around the world. Matchmaking, sponsored tournaments, seedings, and player ladders are all available online.
Top Spin for the PlayStation 2 is rated "E" for Everyone and is available in North American retail stores for $39.99. For more information, please visit www.2Ksports.com.
"Test Drive® Unlimited is the ultimate automotive experience for car and bike enthusiasts alike. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive® Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
"Test Drive® Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages."
"Here we go again. Another year and another batch of NBA basketball games - but this year is slightly different. This year, we have the Xbox 360 debuting in the two months and so we will have two different versions of each NBA game. Because of this, the development teams working on the games have had to split times working on them. Will this cause EA to release a subpar version of NBA Live 06 for the Xbox? Let’s see."
"It’s that time of year again--the time of year where basketball courts around the nation are filled with excitement, slam dunks, unbelievable athletes, Cinderella stories, and championship dreams. Nothing captivates the nation like the NCAA Basketball Tournament and no other game captures the collegiate atmosphere and energy like College Hoops 2K6."
"Gusto Games is handling the PSP version for Eidos and the game boasts some interesting features.
A realistic 2D match engine
55 playable leagues across the top 12 footballing nations, including Europe, Asia and South America
25,000 players from 100 nations
Exclusive PSP game modes, including Challenge mode and Quick-play 3 season mode
Live Cup Draws
Realistic manager options to influence your team tactics, and the match result
Fully interactive transfer system simulating modern day negotiations
Exclusive PSP skin and interface
Interactive Board and Backroom staff
Downloadable Season Data – keep all of your stats right up to date via the game's website."
"I'm quite sure everyone has already seen it, but I'll post it anyway. Here is a "stolen" video of Project Gotham Racing 3 filmed during the press presentation a few days ago. Compared to the original video this reencoded one is a bit brighter, it might help a bit."
"Featuring more than 90 licensed tracks, this diverse roster of artists delivers a non-stop blend of music as players swerve past landmarks in five of the world's most renowned cities, including Tokyo and New York. Through Xbox 360, players are in full control of the experience as they decide what band they want playing and how loud they want the music."
"Allright, I know the quality of the movie isn't really something to be proud of, but I can assure you that many racegame-fanatic will need some tissues to clean their desk after they've seen following ingame footage of PGR3."
"Once again we find ourselves in the position of recommending a PSP game, but offering a warning that if you already own the ‘bigger’ version, you won’t be getting the best value for money with this purchase. It should also go without saying that if you prefer your racers to be non-violent, you might be left a little miffed by what Burnout has to offer. If you only intend to own one PSP racer then Burnout Legends has a lot going for it, but in the end it comes down to personal taste."
"As with previous versions, Colin McRae is a highly polished title that will serve you well if you need your rallying fix when out on the road. The introduction of the automatic save is a clever thought on Codemasters’ part and shows the publisher isn’t just looking to cash in on a PSP version. This attention to detail should be congratulated."