Friday, October 28, 2005
07:43 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Play the trumpets, one mouse is dead. I woke up this morning tired as hell, but my eyes opened up quickly as I saw a mouse in one of my traps. I'm not embarrassed to say, I celebrated with a "HELL YEAH!". It was kind of funny to see. His head was in the trap and all of his legs were spread out beside of him, almost as if he were frozen. I'll keep the traps around and see if there are any more, from what I've read from you guys, I'm going to expect them.

I went down to GameStop last night and placed some more money towards my Xbox 360, Madden, Live and NBA 2K6. They are now claiming that I "might" be able to get one on launch, they still haven't heard how many they'll be receiving, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed. I'm still going to mosey on over to Walmart and wait in line with a few hundred, I'm sure of it. I just want to make sure I get one for launch, it's going to kill me to read impressions from the games and not be able to play it.

Looking at the AP Top 25 College Football poll, there are still 6 undefeated teams left. VA Tech (who won convincingly last night), USC, Texas, Georgia, Bama (No offense BK) and UCLA. Who is going to lose first? How many undefeateds will we have at the end of this year? I see the Dukies have the #1 spot in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. UConn, Texas, Nova and Michigan St. round out the top 5. I can't wait for the season to start, can't wait to get my grubby little hands on the beta copy of College Hoops 2K6 either!

Enought about me, what's up with you? Are you ready for the weekend?

07:43 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted an interview with Simon Barlow, the Lead Designer on Evo Studios' World Rally Championship series.
Boomtown: "The handling model has changed a lot over the years, what can we expect this year - who's going to be happier - the casuals or the hardcore?"
Simon: "Both. Weíve further refined the simulation base for the model, but instead of hiding the most advanced features away, weíve exposed it to everyone. In order to make it still feel fun for less diligent players we built in three separate Driver Aids: Brake Assist, Traction Control and Steering Assist. These are altered via sliders and you can set them up to whatever settings you feel comfortable with. The idea is that as you become more attuned to the game you can peel the layers away till youíre left with the raw Ė but still playable Ė simulation model."

07:42 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Club Skill has posted their review of Pro Evolution Soccer 5, giving it a 9.5 out of 10.
"PES5 is great, even with these set-backs. The difficulty of it can be taken one of two ways. If youíre a PES nut, and you play the game non-stop, itís good as it gives you a new challenge and a new game to master. It forces you to play real football, and it does look and feel great. If you just want a football game you can randomly pick up, win a few games, then go back to playing something else Ė PES probably isnít for you. The steep learning curve causes you to really push yourself into learning the game before you can be a master of it. You simply canít just pick up the controller and expect to win 3-0 with your first game."

07:42 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameplanet has posted some screenshots and features of WRC: Rally Evolved.
"Multi-car wheel-to-wheel action: Up to 8 cars on the same track, at the same time in the on-line Multi-car mode! This features 16 stunning, purpose built circuits that capture the best of every rally country. Go head-to head and smash the other cars off the track to win as you navigate not only the challenging terrains but the fierce competitors..."

07:41 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Jolt Online Gaming has posted their review of Football Manager 2006, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"In all honesty, we didnít expect even for a minute that Football Manager 2006 would be a bad game. It can suffer from a little over-complexity, but this sort of thing becomes irrelevant after youíve been playing the game for 15 hours solid and you can pretty much navigate your way around the game with your eyes closed. This game is just as addictive as it ever was, itís deeper than it ever was, and you can fiddle away with more stats, tactics and other various twiddly things than you ever could. We canít find anything major to complain about. Now if you donít mind, Darlington are about to play a Champions League semi-finalÖ"

07:41 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pocket-lint has posted their review of Pro Evolution Soccer 5, giving it a 7 out of 10.
"As we said in the FIFA 06 review, there are two camps when it comes to the years best football game and hardcore fans are unlikely to be swayed by what we say here in this review.

For us however while we acknowledge the game play is better in PES5, itís the overall package of the latest FIFA that we prefer, If though you arenít bothered about taking West Ham to the top of the league or winning the FA cup paying Reading FC then opt for PES5, if however the thought of playing a no brand league team is too upsetting then its FIFA 06 for you sonny Jim."

07:41 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted the following:

07:40 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Games Asylum has posted their review of Pro Evolution Soccer 5, giving it an 8 out of 10.
"At its heart, Pro Evolution Soccer was always a game about a group of friends sat around a TV screen, hopefully able to compete on fairly level grounds if they all had working thumbs and enough football knowledge. This year the game has got some realism enhancements, framerate tweaks, and feels a bit more fluid and open than before, but it takes a little more time to get used to. Jumping straight in will most likely leave you looking like an idiot, as somehow the game has become more punishing than before. It's just supposed to be a football game though, and these unnecessary bells and whistles make it seem less likeable than before."

07:40 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Fragland has posted two trailers from Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
"EA has released two new trailers for their upcoming racer, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Each trailer has just over 1 minute of footage and they come in at less than 10MB a piece."

07:39 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has the scoop.
"SEGA Rally 2006 will ship with a port of the original ten year-old arcade game when it ships, um, 11 years later, next year on January 12th in The Japan."

07:39 AM - October 28, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
UGO has posted their review of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, giving it a B.
"If you're a die-hard fan of the Tony Hawk games, American Wasteland is a solid addition to the franchise. Just be aware that you probably won't be seeing much innovation, and the gameplay is a little shorter than we're used to for the series. Tony Hawk newbies might want to make this one a rental before taking the plunge. It's short enough that you can get a feel for it without getting overwhelmed."

Thursday, October 27, 2005
11:45 PM - October 27, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted their review of NBA Live 06, giving it a score of 8.6 out of 10.
"Overall, NBA Live 2006 is far from ground-breaking but still surprisingly fun. Be sure to play on a slightly higher difficulty setting, as the lower-level AI players are too dim-witted. This title is great for multiplayer battles because of the addition of the superstar skills, but aside from that, the game is pretty similar to last year's offering. If you are looking for a completely new NBA experience, this is not the right game for you."

11:44 PM - October 27, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
1up has posted their review of Virtua Tennis: World Tour, giving it a score of 9.0 out of 10.
"But whether you're sitting at home plugged in or on the go, battery in tow, Virtua Tennis provides exceptionally satisfying handheld tennis action. It bottles the lightning of the bigger versions while losing nothing in the transition."

05:29 PM - October 27, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their review of NCAA March Madness 06, giving it a B+.
"With March Madness 06 being the real deal and true to life college atmosphere, the competition has to bring their ďAĒ game to take the ball away from EA. As it looks now, EA makes the rest look like underclassmen."

05:25 PM - October 27, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Games Radar has posted their review of Pro Evo Soccer 5, giving it a 91%.
"The result is a game that not only provides a challenge for veterans, but one that will prove satisfying for hungry newcomers. And despite average presentation and dire commentary, the ever-compelling Master League progression mode, training, unlockables and online play combine with moreish, realistic action to complete PES 5's winning line-up."