A look at what you should be aiming to do in Franchise Mode.
A look at what this year's mode has done right, and what it hasn't.
An incremental step forward still means a great experience for all baseball fans.
A look at the Presentation in this year's game.
"Marty's blog is back! This week we're bringing it to you right from the goalie's mouth! Find what's going on with Marty, the Dallas Stars and more!"
"It's a difficult game to mark. Newcomers probably won't find the initial game so boring, but then I'm not a newcomer so I can't comment. Me, I can't really forgive it completely. There's more excellent-game here than there is tedious-game, but even when you get past the opening stages it still takes a little while to settle down. Some races are incredibly tricky, and take time to beat, but then the next in the series might tumble on the first go. There's also the sense that the nitrous is a license for the AI to cheat; I'd love to be able to monitor whether they're actually having to earn their boosts the same way I am, but even though it's debatable my gut says they're not, which doesn't take the shine off victory but certainly does piss you off when it's the main cause of defeat."
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360 - 85/100)
"It really is surprising that so many divergent elements were all thrown together and still produced a solid, sound racing experience. The old-school cop chases and newer street racing trend are actually a solid combination for gameplay. The story is pretty linear, taking about 15 hours, but it’s combined with a toned down free-roaming element drawn from Underground, keeping things in the player’s hands. The game uses some old-school graphical techniques and borrows many of the same assets from the last-gen versions of the game, but still looks spectacular in motion on an HD set."
- Burnout Legends (DS - 30/100)
"Given that the DS hardware is woefully underutilized, Burnout Legends is simply a shoddy game. The essential ingredients are here, but there are flash games that have had more quality work put into them. Get the console version instead, you'll be glad you did."
"EA has stepped up to the plate and is ready to swing. The publisher is putting out MVP 06 NCAA Baseball to feed your college baseball fix. The game will have a number of cool features including Load & Fire batting control system."
NEW YORK, NY – January 10, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that Major League Baseball® 2K6, the only MLB® licensed game on every major console, will fully utilize and integrate the innovative scouting tools from Inside Edge™. Major League Baseball 2K6, with the help of the most comprehensive scouting data of Inside Edge™, will recreate the real-life tendencies and decisions of Major League pitchers and batters to deliver the most innovative and authentically entertaining MLB video game on the market.
“2K Sports has always been about offering the most realistic and exciting sports video game experience to our fans,” states Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Using Inside Edge™ technology truly brings every virtual athlete in Major League Baseball 2K6 to life as they exhibit the playing style, tendencies, and behaviors of the real life players in every game situation. ”
Inside Edge™ powers the behaviors and the artificial intelligence of every virtual athlete in Major League Baseball 2K6. Through an in-depth scouting report compiled over the last 3 years, thousands of stat categories have been painstakingly recorded based on numerous factors. Inside Edge™ will utilize the comprehensive data and advanced decision-making to determine the type of pitch delivered and batting tendencies in any situation. Gamers will now feel the pressure in executing a clutch-winning hit against a fireball-throwing closer and the exhilaration of striking a CPU batter out during a scoring situation. Inside Edge™ delivers the human element and behaviors of real-life MLB players into Major League Baseball 2K6 and bringing the MLB experience to the next level.
“We are thrilled to be part of Major League Baseball 2K6, the best Major League Baseball video game this year,” states Randy Istre, founder of Inside Edge™. “Since 1984, Inside Edge™ has been bringing the best scouting data to Major League teams everywhere using advanced tracking techniques, new technologies, and innovative statistic methods. Now teamed with 2K Sports, the leading developer of the best and most innovative sports titles, baseball gamers will experience the most realistic MLB video game to date.”
Major League Baseball 2K6 is the exclusive and only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game to appear on every major gaming console including the Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system and the Nintendo GameCube™. Major League Baseball 2K6 is slated to release in spring 2006.
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Enough about me, what's up with you?
"Never mind a version of Gran Turismo for PSP as the ultimate hand-held driving simulator, the guys at Metra Electronics have gone several steps better by allowing you to drive a real car using your PSP!"
"Fight Night round 3 was in the spotlight during Bill Gates' presentation at the CES in Las Vegas, with a very spectacular but obviously prerecorder fight between Gates and Ballmer. The quality isn't great but it's from a different build than the demo, and considering how slow the news are these days..."
"Blackhole Motorsports would like to thank all of our patrons that took the time to vote in our annual Sim-Racing Awards. Each year we surpass the voting numbers of the previous year and even though the number of sim-racing titles may be less than in years past, the quality is getting better. This year we changed our categories slightly by adding the Flat Tire award in an attempt add a little levity to our acknowledgements and at the same time give our members a chance to voice their opinion."
"This demo contains the Hockenheim track drivable in two different modes in the Roadster and Cup/R cars."
- Need for Speed Most Wanted (GC, PC, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 - 8.8/10)
"Need for Speed Most Wanted succeeds in many ways, but too often I found myself racing in events that I felt I had already played. In that respect, EA Canada could have put more emphasis on unique races, perhaps striving for a game that provides the gamer with genuinely new-feeling race events each time. That’s a minor gripe in an overall excellent package. If you’re a Need for Speed fan out there, Most Wanted will be your most wanted holiday present this season."
- NCAA March Madness 06 (PS2, Xbox - 8.6/10)
"NCAA March Madness 06 has great gameplay, improved graphics, and as much replay value you could ever get out of a college basketball game. It’s easily the best in the series and the improvements that have been made fit the game well. The only thing I can ask of EA Sports is to continue improving on the graphics engine for the next-generation consoles."
"Coming off yet another phenomenal year, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s MLB franchise, the longest running officially licensed baseball franchise, could be considered a dynasty. Already widely considered the most authentic baseball simulation available, MLB™ ’06:The Show picks up where last year’s game left off, but with numerous gameplay enhancements. An all-new Rivalry Mode allows those with a competitive nature set up and maintain rivalries between multiple gamers and track the stats for the life of the rivalries, while the all-new Career Spotlight underscores Career Mode accomplishments, and the refined Franchise Mode features more intuitive functionality."