Thursday, April 26, 2007
01:46 PM - April 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"As someone who gets 99% of their exposure to soccer from either video games or the World Cup, I won’t pretend to understand the depth of the passion that soccer fans have. I think U.S. sports fans certainly have passion for their baseball and football, but I’m not sure the average fan lives and breathes their favorite club like a soccer fan does. So, even though it always strikes me as strange, I shouldn’t be too shocked about how many new titles seem to drop every year. That’s why I was only mildly surprised to have UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 show up in my mailbox barely a half a year after FIFA 07. That’s not to complain, I certainly enjoyed FIFA 07 and was more than happy to jump feet-first into a new title and kick it around a bit.

If you’re a novice to international - specifically European - football, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League features some of the absolute elite football clubs that even soccer newbies are mildly familiar with. Clubs like Real Madrid, A.C. Milan and Manchester United all compete on this grand European stage for the chance to hoist the European Champion Clubs' Cup – considered the most prestigious by most European fans. Unfortunately, here in the states, I’m not sure that having a title specific to Champions League is nearly the selling point that it is on the other side of the pond."

Sack One of the Nation’s Top Quarterbacks on XBOX LIVE

NFL Draft prospect Brady Quinn to challenge fans in upcoming Xbox LIVE Game with Fame session.

Former Notre Dame quarterback and potential No. 1 overall draft pick Brady Quinn is spending the night before the start of his professional career doing what he loves the most: hanging with family and friends and playing EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 07™” on Xbox 360™. Quinn, who led the Fighting Irish to two Bowl Championship Series games during his illustrious career, will lead a virtual team on the field as part of the latest Xbox LIVE® Game with Fame session.

Xbox LIVE Gold members interested in challenging the strong-arm quarterback in “Madden NFL 07” from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT/4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 27, 2007, should send a friend request to the gamertag BQuinnGWF.

Quinn, who is arguably the top prospect in this year’s draft, will have his professional fate decided April 28-29 in New York City when each of the professional teams selects the future of its franchise. Many analysts speculate that Quinn will be selected within the top several picks on draft day. The lucky gamers who are able to challenge him the evening before will no doubt be playing against a rising star.

Quinn received the Maxwell Award as college football's top player in 2006, and he was a finalist for last season’s Heisman Trophy. Quinn also was named the Cingular All-America Player of the Year during his senior year and garnered the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s top senior college quarterback.

The Xbox LIVE Game with Fame program gives Xbox LIVE subscribers the unique opportunity to meet, chat and play against some of today’s hottest stars. Past Game with Fame celebrity players include Kansas City Chiefs’ Larry Johnson, New York Jets’ Jonathan Vilma, Jack Black, Jenny McCarthy, Chamillionaire, New York Yankees’ Jason Giambi, Ryan Cabrera and Ludacris. Further information on other Xbox LIVE events is available at http://www.xbox.com/gamewithfame.

In “Madden NFL 07,” players control the running game like never before. For the first time ever, players step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower or slash away from would-be tacklers while fighting for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give players a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks and the distinct running styles of their favorite quarterbacks.

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09:35 AM - April 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
John Elway, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and hundreds more are brought to the virtual field in All-Pro Football 2K8

New York, NY – April 26, 2007 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today new details regarding the highly anticipated release of All-Pro Football 2K8. Featuring hundreds of legends combined with an innovative attribute system showcasing the well-known, signature abilities of each football star, All-Pro Football 2K8 delivers a one-of-a-kind next-generation football experience.

“With All-Pro Football 2K8, we’re bringing the greatest players in football history back to the game,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Imagine an offense featuring John Elway, Thurman Thomas and Jerry Rice going against a defense led by Ronnie Lott, Mike Singletary and Reggie White. By highlighting the signature abilities of the game’s greatest legends, we have created a highly customizable and unique football experience tailored for the football fan.”

“It’s great to be back not only ‘playing’ the game I’ve loved my entire life, but now I get to compete with and against the best players of all time,” said Jerry Rice, the legendary wide receiver and all-time career leader in pass receptions, yards and touchdowns. “2K Sports has a proud legacy of making the best football games and this one is no exception. I’m proud to be part of the All-Pro Football 2K8 team.”

Football fans will instantly identify their favorite legendary football players not just from their appearance but also by their trademark playing styles. With these football greats, All-Pro Football 2K8 celebrates the football tradition and creates a brand new next-generation football experience.

All-Pro Football 2K8 is planned for release this summer for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

09:26 AM - April 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Now Fully Compatible (PS2, PS3)

According to Eurogamer, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is now fully compatible on the Playstation 3.
"Konami has announced that Pro Evolution Soccer 6 for PlayStation 2 is now "fully compatible" with PlayStation 3.

In fact, says the publisher, it was all taken care of in the 1.70 firmware released last Friday, which sorts out the problems that were preventing the game working properly online."

Famitsu Reveals More Hot Shots Details (PS3)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Next, online news- the lobby will hold up to 50 players at once, and each player will be able to customize their avatars by utilizing a set of characters, equipment, and items. The online service will be free right off the bat, as expected. We're anxiously awaiting more online information as the weeks progress (how's about mentioning that those with a -27 on the Leaderboards used Big Cup, for example?), and we'll keep you updated."

Other Stuff...

Well, I can't sit still for more than 5 minutes, so gaming is out of the question. I've just been walking around the neighborhood trying to keep my head on straight from the boredom.

At least the Pistons are on TV tonight, so I can pace around the living room watching them beat up on the Magic.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
10:00 PM - April 25, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (PSP, Blog)

IGN has posted the following:

Worthplaying Update (PS3, PC)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

11:10 AM - April 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports have sent us some features for The BIGS, which included eight screenshots. What are your thoughts on the game?
"2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today features for The BIGS™, the larger-than-life Major League Baseball® licensed title coming out this summer. The BIGS delivers a unique pick-up-and play baseball video game experience driven by quick reflex timing and smart power-up strategies, with highlight reel moments on every play.

“With The BIGS, we want to take the baseball genre to new heights and redefine what a baseball video game can be,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “The BIGS has the fast learning curve of an arcade game coupled with deep play mechanics, amazing visuals, and hero-like presentation of real MLB® players that will keep gamers coming back for more. The BIGS will showcase dramatic highlight reel moments at every at-bat, creating a truly epic baseball title.”"

10:28 AM - April 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Project Gotham Racing 4 Details Emerge (360)

Eurogamer has posted some Project Gotham Racing 4 details.
"This time around you'll have more options when creating your driver, which will form the basis of a revamped Career Mode. Your opposing drivers will also now be more charismatic, identifiable by their racing styles and "personalities". There'll also be more spectators who will react better to what's going on around them, and might even wave a national flag or two."

Hot Shots Tennis Announced (PS2)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Yet another game announcement came today, this one from Sony. SCEA announced that they'll be releasing Hot Shots Tennis for the PlayStation 2 this coming July in the US. The game's been out in Japan for a while now, but it'll soon be seeing a stateside release. Hot Shots Tennis marks the first Hot Shots tennis entry for the, otherwise, golf series. It'll feature 11 locations, 14 characters, a number modes, and the distinct personality that the series is known for. It'll retail for $29.99."

8 Ball All Stars Screenshots (DS)

NintendoWorldReport has posted some screenshots of 8 Ball All Stars.

Everybody's Golf 5 Scans (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some scans of Everybody's Golf 5.
"Famitsu this week has nothing less than 4 full pages about Everybody's Golf 5, as always for this series much awaited in Japan. The online lobby is unveiled, and it certainly does look very cute."

Other Stuff...

I had an emergency appendectamy late Monday evening, so needless to say, I'm not feeling myself. The news will go on, as I need to get back to my routine as soon as possible.

Other than the Mavs loss to the Warriors, there haven't been too many upsets in the NBA playoffs, as of yet. Great to see the Pistons taking care of business. Although they always tend to make it interesting at the end for unknown reasons.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
11:03 PM - April 24, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
FYI, our fearless leader Steve is going to be "out of commission" for a while. So it will only be me doing the news, for now until Steve comes back.

GameSpot Update (PS2, PS3, PC)

GameSpot has posted the following:

TeamXbox Update (360)

TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • The BIGS Screenshots (360)
    "The BIGS brings blazing graphics to huge proportions with larger-than-life MLB player models and ballparks. Featuring fantastic pitching, batting, and fielding animations, gamers can also take advantage of spectacular power-ups with outrageous special effects."
  • 2K Sports Unveils Features of The BIGS (360)
    "2K Sports announced today features for The BIGS, the larger-than-life Major League Baseball licensed title coming out this summer."
  • EA Sports UEFA Champions League Semi-FInal Simulation (360)
    "Chelsea moved one step closer to winning an unprecedented four titles in one season after defeating Liverpool 2-1 on aggregate to reach the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in history, according to an EA SPORTS UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame simulation of the semi-final matches."

Monday, April 23, 2007
10:05 PM - April 23, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PS2, PC)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (PS2)

IGN has posted the following:

Forza Motorsport 2 Gameplay Videos (360)

Pro-G has posted some gameplay videos of Forza Motorsport 2.

Saturday, April 21, 2007
09:00 AM - April 21, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Live 07 Playoffs Sim (PC)

Our friends at the NBA Live Series Center have posted their NBA Live 07 Playoffs Sim.
"Using the latest version of the current roster update for NBA Live 07, I've simmed through a virtual NBA Playoffs. Will the results prove to be an accurate prediction for the real 2007 Playoffs? Come June, we'll know the answer."

NBA Live 07 Playoffs Sim

ESPN Videogames have also posted an NBA Live 07 Playoffs Sim.
"The Pistons easily dispatched the Magic, grabbing each of their four wins by at least eight points and losing only Game Four, when Orlando needed a late comeback and a last-second shot by Grant Hill to win 90-88."

DIRT: Colin McRae Off Road Screenshots (Multi)

Gameplay Monthly has posted some screenshots of DIRT: Colin McRae Off Road.
"In addition, gamers will be able to relive those intense and often breathtaking moments behind the wheel with stunning replays. DIRT’s replay system includes dynamic cameras that follow, capture and focus on the most exciting moments during each race, and for the first time in the series players are given full control over the replays action."

Football Manager Live First Impressions (PC)

Eurogamer has posted their first impressions of Football Manager Live.
"So how's it looking now? Essentially you log in with an email address and password, select a squad from the pool of players in the 'game world', or simply auto-select and let the computer take care of it for you. As long as you don't go above the mandatory £100k wage ceiling, you can pick whoever you like, providing someone hasn't got there first. The first thing to note is that although the players themselves are from the real world of football, you have to create your own fictional team name (Pathetic Athletic), complete with nickname (The Tossers), stadium name, pitch length and width, as well as all your own personal details, photo, logo, favourite team, the area where you live and so on. That way, Sports Interactive reasons, you won't end up with dozens of people all playing as Manchester United to gain the advantage. In FML, it's all about your signings, playing the transfer market, keeping an eye on the contract situation and, of course, your tactical nous on match day."

Colin McRae: DiRT Release Date Announced (Multi)

360Monster has the scoop.
"Colin McRae: DiRT has been getting alot of publicity recently. The amazing screenshots that we've been given are simply mind-blowing, and we've noticed a lot of buzz within the Monster community for the game.

Codemasters today confirmed that Colin McRae: DiRT will be hitting the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on 22nd June 2007."

Forza Motorsport 2 Movie Clips (360)

Xboxyde has posted the following Forza Motorsport 2 movie clips:

Other Stuff...

We are finally getting the last touches on our kitchen today, so we'll be complete. Well, other than a few back ordered things, but they are only cosmetic. Can't wait to use that overhead microwave! LOL.

Me and Dan had a few more games last night in our NBA 2K7 season. We are now 4-6, after a nice comeback win against the Rockets. Yao missed a game winner at the buzzer from about 5 feet out, what a relief.

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12:11 AM - April 21, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PC)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (360, PC)

IGN has posted the following:

Worthplaying Update (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

Friday, April 20, 2007
08:56 AM - April 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Screenshots (360)

360Monster has posted some screenshots of FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.
"Empire Interactive (Bad Boys 2) have released two brand-new screenshots for their upcoming demolition derby title - FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage."

Race Driver One Announced (Multi)

Boomtown has the scoop.
"Combining our racing heritage with the Neon engine, Race Driver One will create a world that goes far beyond the traditional boundaries of motorsport gaming, taking players from the most prestigious race circuits to road and street events around the globe. A completely fresh career structure will engage players in an unprecedented range of racing styles as they build a team capable of becoming number one. The Neon engine will be expanded to deliver a new level of visual detail, physics and an astonishing car damage system."

Eurogamer Update (360, PC)

Eurogamer has posted the following:
  • Final Forza Motorsport 2 Car List (360)
    "Microsoft has revealed the final section of the monstrous list of cars that make up Forza Motorsport 2. The final list is included below, but you can check out the entire listing - 310-strong - over on the game's official website. Each will be fully customisable, too. Forza Motorsport 2 is due out next month, with a demo expected on Xbox Live Marketplace in the near future, as Microsoft aims to replicate the critical success of the first game."
  • SI Unveils Football Manager MMO (PC)
    "Sports Interactive has revealed that it's working on a Football Manager MMO for PC and Mac. It's due to be released in March 2008, and a beta test is planned to begin next month. Football Manager Live will let you create and manage your own custom team, competing against up to 1000 other people on each game server."

Pangya Golf Details (Wii)

N-Europe has some details about the upcoming Pangya Golf.
"Aim for the fairway as a new but fully-fledged style of golf is set to hit Wii! From tropical islands to snow valleys, Pangya! Golf With Style launches players into a world of precision and skill, mixed up with a touch of magic, as it launches across Europe on 8th June 2007.

Eleven courses are contained in the fully Wii-mote controlled game. As well as traditional golfing elements to consider like hitting the fairway, staying out of the bunkers and paying attention to the wind speed Pangya! Golf With Style also adds a touch of fantasy and it’s own rules to the mix."

Colin McRae: DIRT and Forza Motorsport 2 Screenshots (360, PS3)

Check them out at the following sites:

Colin McRae: DIRT Movie Clip (Multi)

Voodoo Extreme has posted a movie clip from Colin McRae: DIRT.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Interview (Multi)

FiringSquad has posted an interview with Bugbear's business development director, Jussi Laakkonen, as they talk about FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.
FiringSquad: "The game's physics engine has always been a highlight. Will the Xbox 360 add new interactivity and physics effects to the new game?"
Jussi: "To achieve the level of action we wanted, the key goal was to really push thousands more dynamic objects on each track. The player will now be able to mow through all kinds of barriers like an unstoppable wrecking ball. Plummeting into a tyre wall of hundreds of tyres and each one of them reacting individually to your actions is just plain awesome. It's like you created a fountain that's spewing tyres in the air. I never get tired of watching it!"

Other Stuff...

Back to back wins for me and Dan in our NBA 2K7 season, we came back from 11 down in the 4th, to beat the Lakers. The Lakers had their chance to win at the buzzer, but Kobe was denied the ball and Odom missed a jumper with a hand in his face.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007
10:37 PM - April 19, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
Colin McRae Dirt Preview (360)

Computer and Video Games has posted their preview of Colin McRae Dirt.
" Codemasters promised that the new physics engine would accurately model the differing handling of the vastly different vehicles, and that no two cars would feel the same."

IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

09:31 PM - April 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 review. Find out what Shawn Drotar had to say about it.
"There's no shortage of EA sports titles in the marketplace, but when it comes to soccer, North America must be reaching over-saturation. With UEFA Champions League 2006-07, EA tosses another soccer title in to the mix - but can any EA soccer title seem completely fresh when they seem to come out every six months?

The short answer? No. UEFA's a good enough game, to be sure, but it's less world-spanning than the FIFA series and plays essentially the same game on the pitch. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it might be a bit much to ask PSP soccer fans to spend again on what's essentially the same title as one they've played rather recently."

07:32 AM - April 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden NFL 08 Interview

GameDaily has posted an interview with EA Sports Director of Marketing, Chris Erb, for an exclusive interview about the pick and some hints on what the selection means to Madden NFL 08.
GameDaily: "Since Vince Young is a quarterback, will Madden NFL 08 have a new quarterback feature this year?"
Chris Erb: "Our focus this year is truly around the game play experience. As we get closer to launch, we'll start talking features, but core game play is truly the focus. We started the next-gen games from the ground up with all new engines. We feel we're in a really good space graphically and with our depth, but we've heard the feedback from users and we're taking it to heart this year."

MLB '07: The Show Movie Clips (PS3)

The following sites have posted MLB '07: The Show movie clips:

Premier Manager 08 Dated (PC, PS2)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Zoo Digital has revealed that a new Premier Manager will be available for PS2 and PC on 17th August. That's just one day before Arsenal begin their historic, maths-breaking title defence NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA CAN'T HEAR YOU NA NA NA."

Take Two Appoints Baseball Exec To Board

GamesIndustry has the scoop.
"Troubled publisher Take Two has appointed Robert A. Bowman to its board of directors.

Bowman is president and CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media and has experience on the boards of Blockbuster, World Wrestling Entertainment, The Warnaco Group and the Michigan Education Trust.

"Bob's tenure with Major League Baseball, as well as his experience as an entrepreneur, a senior corporate and financial executive, and his public sector service will provide Take Two with tremendous perspective," commented Strauss Zelnick, chairman of Take Two."

Race Driver: Create and Race Screenshots (DS)

NintendoWorldReport has posted some screenshots of Race Driver: Create and Race.

LaDainian Tomlinson Turns Down Madden

CNBC has the article.
"If you believe everything you read, you would have thought that San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was just lucky enough not to get the Madden cover endorsement. Electronic Arts Inc. officially announced last night that Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young would grace the cover of the next version of the jinxed popular video game. "Vince was the guy all along," EA's director of marketing Chris Erb told the San Diego Union-Tribune today."

GameTrailers Movie Clips (PC, PS3)

GameTrailers have posted movie clips from the following games:

SportsGamer Update (Multi)

SportsGamer has posted the following updates:
  • Madden '08 Training Camp
    "Each year Madden becomes more and more like the real NFL. Players appear more lifelike. Playbooks become more accurate. The game more in-depth with features like hot routes, playmaker controls, and the vision cone. These nuances can be enough to intimidate even the seasoned Madden gamer. While familiarity with the feature itself may not be too daunting, understanding when and how to use them effectively can be. As a result, one integral method to improving your Madden play is to develop a good understanding of the NFL game."
  • An Inside Look at EA Sports Next Gen NASCAR 08
    "EA Sports showed off its first next gen NASCAR game at its EA Tiburon studio and asked race fans if they can handle the Car of Tomorrow? "NASCAR 08" will feature four playable vehicles, including the Car of Tomorrow, the standard Nextel Cup cars, the Busch Series cars and the NASCAR Trucks. Each of these vehicles will handle like the real thing, which offers quite a different experience for games on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. The game's expected to ship this July with the two next gen versions offering different features than the returning PS2 game. The PSP game is taking at least this season off."

Other Stuff...

Well, the docs tell me I have a pulled abdominal muscle and I should lay off playing basketball for 3 to 4 weeks. That is going to kill me. At least it wasn't anything major though, so in a way, I'm happy about it.

Me and Dan won our first game of our NBA 2K7 season last night, beating up on the Kings 94-80. We are now a whopping 1-4! w00t!

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