Sunday, February 19, 2006
11:34 AM - February 19, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
RewiredMind has posted their review of Rugby 06.
"Rugby 06 just doesn’t begin to fix those flaws and the addition of a very few new features, coupled with possibly the worst commentary I’ve heard in a sports game for a long time, mean that the game just doesn’t do enough."

10:12 AM - February 19, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Dan's team won their 1st game of the playoffs, but they are now scheduling other games during the week to determine the champion. They originally planned to have all the games complete last night. Oh well, they advanced and the team was extremely happy. They were down most of the game, but had a key run late and iced it w/ a couple of free throws from Dan. They won by 4.

What do you think of All Star weekend so far? I enjoyed the dunk contest, I thought Andre should have won it, but oh well. It was an exciting contest. Can't wait for the All Star game later this evening. I hope they put the 4 Pistons in with Bron.

Question of the Day: If you could change anything about All Star Weekend, what it be?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
bosoxfan1, StatMan79 (27), Elias123 (18)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

10:11 AM - February 19, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Slate has posted an article entitled, Olympic Video Games: Why are they so crappy?
"Sports video games have evolved to the point where they're almost as good as the sports themselves. So, why can't designers get the Olympics right? Unlike other sports games, which assume a lifelong knowledge of a league and its players, Olympic video games are quickies, designed to cash in on a brief infatuation. But just like the Olympic Games themselves, the Olympic Games games are easily forgotten."

10:10 AM - February 19, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
CVG has posted the following reviews:
  • Sega Rally 2006 (7/10)
    "Put simply, Sega Rally 2006 is an above average, enjoyable game which houses the classic original but with such a distinguished heritage, it's slightly disappointing for Sega fans."
  • Rugby Challenge 06 (6/10)
    "Still, it does do a great job of making a complex sport accessible to everybody. It's just a pity that World Championship Rugby already did that two years ago, and there hasn't been much improvement since then."

10:10 AM - February 19, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameplanet has the scoop.
"Featuring an enhanced version of the original's physics engine and even faster driving track designs, FlatOut 2 also promises a plethora of improvements, enhancements and additions to make this the definitive FlatOut experience: twice as many vehicles, a more sophisticated career mode, additional race environments, double the number of tracks, twice as many mini-games along with brand new and much requested online multiplayer modes are all features that are included in FlatOut 2."

Saturday, February 18, 2006
09:47 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Dan's rescheduled playoff games start and end today. Wish em' luck!

Other than a few chores to do around the house, I won't be up to much today. I'll probably swing by my parents house after the game(s).

Anyone else play that 24/7 mode in NBA 2K6 or is it just me? LOL.

Question of the Day: How many games do you buy/rent per month?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
bellz666 (31), Soccernut28 (30), GOBIGRED05 (26), iverson3layup (19)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

09:47 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Operation Sports and Xbox.com continue to work together to provide you with more sports gaming content. Our very own Shawn Drotar has posted a new article entitled The Swing's the Thing at Xbox.com, make sure you check it out.
"New to MVP™ 06 NCAA® Baseball this year are two new control schemes—one for batting and one for fielding—that completely change the way the game is played. By using the right stick for these two facets of the game, MVP Baseball has become more challenging, more exciting, and more fun than ever before."

09:47 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameZone has posted their review of MX Vs. ATV: Unleashed, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"A surprisingly fun title to have and play. I've spent more time with it then I normally would have because my kid loves it. And so I must say this; any game that can bring my son to sit with me and grin ear to ear for 60 minutes must be doing something right."

09:46 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted a trailer for Fight Night Round 3.
"Electronic Arts released this brand new Fight Night Round 3 trailer, as always very impressive graphically."

09:46 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Got-Next has posted their review of College Hoops 2K6, giving it a 3.5 out of 5.
"While College Hoops 2K6 is a great game, I find difficulty in recommending it over NBA 2K6. As a college student of a school that has won an NCAA Basketball championship as recently as 2002, perhaps I enjoy the NCAA counterpart more than your average gamer, and the reader should take this into consideration when reading this review. If you're an NCAA fan with Xbox Live, though, this game is a must if just to play your rival school and fans online. With all of that said, College Hoops 2K6 is a game that should probably be picked up at its $29.99 price point, but a game that should not be played over NBA 2K6 unless, like me, you hate the NBA in general or love the NCAA."

12:12 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Major League Baseball 2K6 Screenshots and Trailer (Multi)
    "Major League Baseball 2K6 includes innovative features such as a new movement system and realistic player collisions on the infield and outfield. New broadcast elements include flashback replays, and a unique player morale system will unfold the drama like never before in a baseball video game."
  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix Screenshots (PS2, Xbox)
    "Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix features all the cities, cars and music from Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition while taking the unprecedented move of adding entirely new content with 24 new vehicles, a new city (Tokyo), new music, new races and battle maps."
  • Fight Night Round 3 Trailer #10 (Multi - 14.37 MB)
    "Fight Night Round 3 brings the most intense boxing experience to gamers. Film-quality graphics showcase devastating punch impacts unparalleled in any game or film. On the way to becoming boxing's greatest legend, train to fight like the best including Muhammad Ali or create a boxing style unique only to your boxer."
  • TOCA Race Driver 3 Trailer #9 (PS2, Xbox, PC - 29.77 MB)
    "Race drivers will be competing in a massive variety of the world's most aggressive motorsports, complete with explosive damage effects, head-to-head online multiplayer racing and a game engine rebuilt for a greater degree of simulation."
  • Top Spin 2 Trailer (360, DS, GBA - 12.17 MB)
    "Experience the pro tour in venues that are alive and dynamic with environmental elements that react to your play. Characters are even more stunning with the addition of HD technology and the inclusion of the top players in the world like Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer."

12:11 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:
  • Fight Night Round 3 Trailers (PS2, Xbox, 360)
    "And we will be reliving some of the best matches in history which you will be able to play yourself in Fight Night Round 3."
  • Rugby 06 Review (PS2, Xbox - 73/100)
    "In the end, Rugby '06 is what I think real Rugby players will gravitate to. It's authentic, and that is always something EA is good at. And I'm thinking someone who actually plays the sport will understand the game enough to do well with it. The average gamer, even the avid sports gamer, I think is going to have trouble with the complexity of the controls, as well as the lack of understanding of why some things are."

12:11 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN has posted the following:
  • MLB 2K6: The Closers
    "We already gave you the dirt on the top starters in MLB 2K6, but what about crunch time? What about those late innings when you're sweating out every strike? Who do you want on the mound?"
  • NBA Highlights on PSP
    "Fans can access the video highlights to download to their PSP system and other portable media players for free through NBA.com's exclusive All-Star section at NBA.com/allstar2006."

12:10 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted the following reviews:
  • Torino 2006 (PS2 - 3.5/10)
    "Torino 2006 is just a disappointing game. We tried to like it and approached the game with an Olympic spirit that has now been shattered. Even if you're normally a fan of olympics titles then Torino 2006 isn't highly recommended, simply because the game feels like it has been rushed to be out in time for the Winter Olympics."
  • Rugby Challenge 2006 Review (PS2 - 6.0/10)
    "t’s a huge shame that Rugby Challenge 2006 doesn’t quite live up to what is required in this day and age. It gets a lot right and has some captivating mode but the Rugby simply doesn’t hold up to the variety and ability in other similar titles. That, and the awful aesthetics really are going to cause people to reject this game before they can give it a chance."

12:10 AM - February 18, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • MLB 2K6 Weekly Program: Payoff Pitching (Xbox)
    "Recreating the realism of how a pitcher spots his pitches, the Payoff Pitching system keeps pitching controls elegantly simple while delivering the total pitching experience of the Big Leagues. Players start pitching by picking a spot where the pitch will break and choosing a type of pitch by tapping the corresponding pitch’s button."
  • Fight Night Round 3 Xbox Trailer (Xbox)
    "The critically-acclaimed EA SPORTS Fight Night series is back to defend its title as the undisputed champion of boxing videogames."