Saturday, August 13, 2005
12:37 AM - August 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Virtua Tennis World Tour Screenshots (PSP)
    "Virtua Tennis World Tour will feature a playable array of internationally renowned tennis pros in addition to a make-your-own player mode, exclusive mini-games, and original courts. Wi-Fi gameplay is supported, encouraging up to four friends to play together."
  • GT Legends Trailer #2 (PC - 23.88 MB)
    "Numerous different game types as well as five levels of difficulty promise a high degree of long-term motivation for both beginners and pros. With a new engine, improved graphics and an extended list of features, GT LEGENDS will provide high authenticity, a detailed presentation and thrilling entertainment behind the steering wheel of an untamed racing beast."
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 Courses and Players with Screenshots (PS2, Xbox)
    "In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06, you will attempt to settle the old debate of just who is the #1 Golfer of All Time. Play golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan on their terms and in their specific eras (equipment, clothing and all). However, Tiger Woods is also there and is after the same goal. It's your job to find him, stop him, and ultimately supplant him as the #1 golfer of every era."

12:36 AM - August 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • L.A. Rush Hands On (Xbox)
    "Plan on getting the majority of your swerve-on in L.A. Rush immersed in a Story Mode with plot plucked straight from a mega action film. Imagine a fast and somewhat furious street racer that has won his share of rides pink-slip-style, by psyching out opponent and opponent in unsanctioned events."
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06: Courses and Golfer Lineup (Xbox)
    "Also, four new PGA TOUR pros will join Tiger Woods and the ever-growing list of rivals this year including Chris DiMarco, Mike Weir, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald."

12:36 AM - August 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted player profiles and some screenshots of Virtua Tennis World Tour.

12:35 AM - August 13, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
1up has posted their preview of Virtua Tennis: World Tour.
"It's important to note that you'll have to work on increasing your skills at first if you want a chance to take on the big boys, since you can only enter tournaments that you qualify for, and when you start out ranked #300, there are only a few that you qualify for."

Friday, August 12, 2005
12:16 PM - August 12, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gamer Feed has posted their preview of NBA Live 06.
"I find myself enjoying this game, but at the same time I as well as the rest of the industry is at a crossroads. Do we pony up the dough and pick up the Xbox, PS2, and GameCube editions, or do we wait for the Xbox 360 incarnation? EA hasn't announced whether Live 06 will be available at the 360's launch, but seeing as how the NBA season kicks off in November and Microsoft's new toy is rumored to be dropping the same month, it's safe to assume that the next generation of hoops will follow soon after. However, if you're not down with the 360, the current-gen version will probably be almost as good."

12:14 PM - August 12, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Informer Online has posted some screenshots of Blitz: The League.

12:11 PM - August 12, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Zone has posted an interview with Scott Stutsman, Producer of NASCAR '06: Total Team Control.
Game Zone: "NASCAR '06 utilizes the Logitech headset in a unique way."
SS: "This year in NASCAR '06, we have added voice recognition to the mix. There are 3 main categories for utilizing the voice recognition: Team Commands, Dynamic Race Feedback, and Menu Options. The Team Commands, as previously discussed, provide you with 8 new features that can be use to set the track and punch your team through the pack. Dynamic Race Feedback allows you to access real-time feedback from your crew chief and spotter. This can be used to find out where your teammates are on the track, what your fastest lap time is, and much more. Through activating the Menu Options, you can command the rear view mirror on and off, pause the game, or even call out pit strategies like a 2 tire or 4 tire pit stop. So many of these things you would normally have to go to a pause menu settings screen to adjust, and now you can now do this on the fly as you are racing."

10:49 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Football Manager 2006 Also Coming To Xbox 360 (X360)
    "SEGA Europe and Sports Interactive are today proud to announce that Football Manager 2006 will make its debut on the Xbox 360. This now completes the line-up for Football Manager this season, with Football Manager 2006 PC/Mac out early November 2005 and the previously announced PSP platform and now the Xbox 360 version both out Spring 2006."
  • NCAA Football 06 Review (Xbox - 9.0/10)
    "Whether you like getting down and dirty and controlling the players yourself, or just prefer to stand on the sidelines and coach your players to victory, there’s something for you in this game. The feeling of winning college football’s most prestigious player award or taking your team to a National Championship just can’t be beat."

10:49 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted their preview of Colin McRae Rally 2005.
"The damage model is simply the best seen in a rally game to date. When players crash into an object, the screen will blur a little, with doors flying off and windows smashing. And rather than take an arcadey approach, CMR is very much based on simulation."

10:48 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:

10:48 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
1up has posted their preview of SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006.
"SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 also features a few new match types including the fan-requested Buried Alive, as well as a much-needed improved Ladder match. There's even a "Fulfill Your Fantasy" match where players will be able to dress up the divas and have pillow fights -- no joke."

05:20 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.

Hip-Hop Luminaries, such as The Roots, Common, and Aceyalone, Provide Exclusive Original Songs, In-Game Appearances and National Tour to Promote Soundtrack

New York, NY – August 11, 2005 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), today announced that NBA 2K6 will incorporate the deepest integration of music and sports video games to date by featuring a soundtrack of all original and exclusive music by hip-hop’s hippest acts, many of whom will tour to promote NBA 2K6 and also appear in The Entertainer's Basketball Classic (EBC) at Rucker Park mode, which allows gamers to play as their favorite rappers in this seminal street-ball tournament. By working with influential artists in the urban community, such as The Roots and Common, NBA 2K6 - which launches this fall for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft - will hit close to home with gamers who understand the relationship between hip-hop and hoops.

“Basketball and hip-hop culture have always been connected at the street level, so we wanted to ensure that NBA 2K6’s vibe is as authentic as the gameplay,” said Tim Rosa, director of marketing and promotions for 2K Sports. “By featuring exclusive original tracks, accompanied by both a tour and the ability to play as select musicians in the game, our pioneering approach to music integration marks a turning point in what is possible in the video game industry.”

One of NBA 2K6’s most distinctive features is the soundtrack. While having a custom song in a game is nothing new, NBA 2K6’s soundtrack boasts 14 original tracks created exclusively for the game by luminaries of hip-hop culture, such as The Roots, Common, RJD2, Jean Grae, Aceyalone, Aesop Rock, Lyrics Born, Zion I, Hieroglyphics and more. In addition to appearing in the game, these songs will be released by Decon Records on a compilation CD entitled “The Tracks.”

Taking the music integration element up a notch beyond the soundtrack is having select-featured artists, in tandem with other renowned hip-hop groups, playable in the first ever video game simulation of The Entertainer's Basketball Classic (EBC) at Rucker Park. Celebrity hip-hop talent are Method Man, Redman, Flava Flav, ?uestlove from The Roots, Common, and Aesop Rock, among others will contribute to this dynamic feature.

Rounding out the music integration campaign, will be the nationwide “2K Sports Bounce Tour” in promotional support of the game and its soundtrack. The tour, which is being headlined by The Roots and underground icons such as RJD2 and Aceyalone, is traveling to more than 30 top markets this fall. This is the first in a series of annual live events that bridge hip-hop, sports and video game culture by featuring renowned music artists, sports gaming kiosks, projection vignettes and celebrity and professional athlete appearances.

The 2K series of simulated sports games are produced by Visual Concepts, a Take-Two studio.

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

05:18 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Bytesector has posted an interview with Scawen Roberts, the programmer, and Victor Van Vlaardingen, music and website designer of Live For Speed.
Bytesector: "The physics engine in this game is nothing short of amazing. How did you manage to model car handling like this, and how long did it take?"
Live For Speed: "Thanks! I started with something simple about six years ago, just for fun while I was still at my previous job, where Eric worked as well. The important thing about the simulation at that time was that, although the tyre and suspension models were very simple, it was a fully three dimensional system, a rigid body suspended on four contact patches. This instantly gave it some realism and the user could pull off any kind of stunt that they wanted to do, without needing any special programming for the different stunts and moves."

05:18 AM - August 12, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Games Digest has posted their impressions of Burnout: Revenge.
"A consequence of being able to use traffic to destroy your enemies is that you can expect to get away with a little more: Burnout 3 punished collisions quite harshly, and although bumping into walls and columns will still destroy you in the same way it did in the original, traffic collisions give you a little more leeway. This, and a truckload of new game modes, mean that Burnout: Revenge should please fans of the series when it comes out in September."