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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
11:55 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • NBA Live 06 Hands On (X360)
    "The presentation in-game has that definitely-next-gen feel to it; from the player introductions on the scoreboard, to the first time you lay eyes on the arena. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr are the commentary duo, as they are for the current-gen version of NBA Live 06."
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Art Interview (X360)
  • College Hoops 2K6 Cover Athletes Announced (Xbox)
    "2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, announced today that Marvin Williams, the #2 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and star forward for the 2005 NCAA Champions, University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, along with Roy Williams, the current head coach at UNC, will grace the cover of and act as the official spokespeople for College Hoops 2K6."

11:55 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted the following reviews:
  • Moto GP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology (Xbox - 8.0/10)
    "While it’s hard not to be disappointed with the so very few improvements/additions to the main game outside of the Extreme mode, you won’t find a better bike racing game anywhere else. With wonderfully silky controls, over 30 tracks and a fabulous online mode all running at a super smooth 60fps, Moto GP 3 is a delight for racing game fans."
  • FIFA 06 Review (PSP - 6.5/10)
    "FIFA 06 isn't the stellar soccer game we were hoping for. Anyone who is an arcade soccer fan would be best advised to pickup World Tour Soccer, and if you're a simulation fan then it is highly advisable that you wait for Pro Evolution Soccer 5 to come to the PSP. Soccer fans are being treated on the PSP, with some great games coming out, but unfortunately FIFA 06 isn't one of them."
  • Top Spin Review (PS2 - 6.5/10)
    "Top Spin isn't a bad tennis game, it's been released at a budget price point and the fact it even made it over to the PlayStation 2 is a positive. However, this feels as though it was just ported to be out in time before the sequel comes out for the Xbox 360, a suspicion that's further aroused by some distinctly shoddy loading times and average graphics."

11:54 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 Preview (PS2)
    "Once you step into the ring, you are going to find a couple of new features as well, and a much better graphic and audio engine. For the first time, I think I actually enjoy the commentators! They are split up just like in the WWE; J.R. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler on one side, Tazz and Michael Cole on the other."
  • TOCA Race Driver 3 Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PC)

11:54 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameDaily has posted their review of NBA '06, giving it a rating of 2 1/2 stars.
"Kudos to Sony for trying something new, but there's no way I would ever purchase this game. It's not that I hate it, but it just lacks the presentation and quality gameplay that I expect out of today's basketball titles. I want announcers, instant replays, half time shows, lots of cut scenes, and the surprise element that goes with waiting to see if a shot will go in or not, but all of these things are missing from this title."

11:53 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Ferrago has posted their review of FIFA Manager 06, giving it a score of 80%.
"While it is certainly true that football management simulations aren't for everyone, it is hard not to recommend this game to the many that do, or those who are keen to join the legions of soccer fans who are already suffering from Vitamin D deficiencies due to copious sunlight dodging."

12:28 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Splinters From The Pine.
This morning, WNBA star - and one of the finest women's basketball players in history - Sheryl Swoopes, revealed that she is gay.

By her own account, this was not done to get attention or to appear heroic to others; rather it was borne out of exhaustion - an understandable desire to stop hiding who she was from a nation still coming to grips with the obvious.

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07:45 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
I didn't have the chance to get Natalie her Halloween costume last night. I'm definitely going tonight, I don't want to pick from the leftovers. Last year was her first Halloween, so this year she knows what to expect and she asks me every single day, "Daddy, is it Halloween yet?". She's such a cutie pie!

Late last night, right before I went to bed, I saw a freaking mouse running around on my kitchen floor. Are you kidding me? How did this chump get into my house? No worries, I'm getting some traps later today and I'll keep you guys up to date, lol. I just turned on the light and I saw him trying to scamper and find a place to hide. He ran into the stove and right before I grabbed that chumps tail, he slid right under it. He's MINE BABY! He's gonna wish he never messed with me.

What exactly are the Eagles thinking when they signed Jose Cortez? Does anyone have any idea why they released France? I for one would love the Boys to pick him up, I have no idea what to expect from this practice squad kid they just brought onto the 53 man roster. With so many people in this world, you'd think field goal kickers would be a dime a dozen. Well, they are out there, but there sure aren't very many good ones. Maybe I should start working out my legs and tryout myself.

Enough about me, what's up with you? Are the Astros going to win a game in this series?

GameInfoWire has the scoop.
"2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that Marvin Williams, the #2 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and star forward for the 2005 NCAA Champions, University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, along with Roy Williams, the current head coach at UNC, will grace the cover of and act as the official spokespeople for College Hoops 2K6."

07:09 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The official rFactor site has posted a patch for their game.
"Welcome to the first update for rFactor. When executed, the update program will first search the current directory for version 1.020. If it locates a valid copy, it will update the appropriate files while making a backup copy in the rFactor\Support\Backup directory. You will find an update log file in the support directory as well. If the out-of-date version is not present in the current directory, the update program will search the registry for the install location and proceed from there."

07:09 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted some screenshots of WRC Rally Evolved.
"Evo Studios' fifth WRC rally game is about to be released on PlayStation 2. It's easily the best rally series on the console and one of my favourite racing series of all time. Interestingly for the latest version there are random events that occur through the stages such as rock falls, rival breakdowns and animals on the road. Here are some shots of the sort of thing that can go wrong for a rally driver."

07:08 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Talk Xbox has posted their review of Blitz: The League, giving it a 6.8 out of 10.
"Blitz: The League had a promising foundation, but laying the groundwork is where Midway stopped. Sure, you won’t find many gamers who don’t love exaggerated violence, and personally, I love that aspect of the game. If they would have combined the violence with good gameplay, decent playbooks, and maybe some more modes, Blitz: The League would have been one heck of an arcade-style football game. With gameplay that’s immensely lacking in the feature department, poor graphics, and audio that will give you a headache, Blitz: The League is a game solely for the diehard followers of the Blitz franchise, and even then you’re taking a risk with your money."

07:08 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has posted another NHL 06 patch.
"Patch #3 Fixes

1) Issue where after installing Patch #2, and having substituted a non-NHL team in Dynasty mode, the game is crashing when selecting to "Exit" at the end of a game.
* Also includes roster updates from Patch #1 and fixes from Patch #2."

07:08 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Game Over Online has posted their review of Gretzky NHL 06, giving it a 55%.
"If you don't get the gameplay right, all else fails. Yes, the Franchise mode is pretty solid, but this isn't hockey league simulator, you'll eventually want to manually play a few games. The Wayne vs. Wayne mode is loads of fun, but it's not worth paying $39.99 USD for. I just can't recommend Gretzky NHL 06 over either of the other two hockey video game franchises currently on the market. The developer has to take stock and figure out which direction to take their franchise. Is the goal to provide an accurate simulation of the game of hockey or to create an over-the-top arcade experience, like the Wayne vs. Wayne mode. The next time we see Gretzky on the ice, it might very well be for the PlayStation 3. Let's hope the developer can figure it out by then. Until that time, Gretzky NHL 06 is best left on the bench."

07:08 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
CVG has posted their review of Pro Evolution Soccer 5, giving it a 93 out of 100.
"There's also some important additions, with officially-licensed Arsenal and Chelsea teams and stadia, a Memorial Mode that enables you to load in multiple option files so you can keep a tally of match stats between mates, an improved Master League (a cut-down Football Manager to the uninitiated) and of course, proper online options with (yes!) two-on-two multiplayer. Look, I've said enough - play our exclusive demo and see what I mean. If you're a fan of football, you need this beautiful game."