Friday, November 18, 2005
12:52 AM - November 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • Project Gotham Racing 3 Review (X360 - 9.4/10)
    "Bizarre Creations’ creation is everything that gamers expect in an Xbox 360 game with regular Xbox roots. The gameplay mechanics, presentation, and available modes have all been supercharged, the graphics push the capabilities of the hardware without wavering, and the engine and exhaust noises are so glorious that you won’t even care about loading in your custom tracks."
  • NHL 2K6 Review (X360 - 7.7/10)
    "If you’re an Xbox 360 owner and a hockey fan, unfortunately your options are a bit limited with the launch line-up. While NHL 2K6 is a rock-solid game, it isn’t a next-gen showpiece that many gamers are looking for. The visuals have been upgraded, the gameplay has slightly been tweaked, and it is one of the best hockey videogames to date."

12:51 AM - November 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted their preview of Test Drive Unlimited.
"The attention to detail is really where this game differentiates itself from other racers. Each vehicle will include an interior view (this may explain the lowered vehicle count) as well as power windows. It is also possible to see the back of your car. If you want to tune your car then you need to actually drive to a dealer, rather than just select a part; this is an ambitious ask though, as driving around could just get a bit boring after awhile."

12:51 AM - November 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
1up has posted the following reviews:
  • NBA Live 2006 (X360 - 7.5/10)
    "So in short, Live 360 has more flaws than 2K6 360. Fact. But it also is far more ambitious and is the first game in a long time to take large steps towards making basketball games as a whole better. There's nothing at all safe about this game, and as a result the finished product is raw, unpolished and lacking depth -- but it's also one of the most "next-gen" and exciting games you can play right now on 360."
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted (X360 - 8.5/10)
    "Like several of the launch games on 360, it does highlight some of the issues with multi-generational, multi-platform games. Although it's a very good looking game on the new box, and by no means as guilty of the crimes committed by the likes of Gun and Tony Hawk, it does seem to be somewhat hampered visually by its brothers on Xbox and PS2."

Thursday, November 17, 2005
06:37 PM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more MVP 06 NCAA Baseball screenshots.
"There are 285 universities that sponsor teams in NCAA Baseball. In MVP06 we couldn’t add all the features I listed above AND add every NCAA D-1 team. Working with our licensing partners we pared the list down to what we believed to be the 14 top conferences that encompasses 128 teams. We also have 19 of their stadiums, including Rosenblatt, which is the home of the College World Series in Omaha. Next year we hope to have every D-1 team."

06:12 PM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA SPORTS Arrives on Xbox 360 with FIFA, Madden NFL Football, NBA LIVE, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Franchises

Redwood City, Calif – November 17, 2005 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced it has shipped its biggest launch line up of EA SPORTS™ titles to stores with four EA SPORTS branded games for the Xbox 360™. FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup™, Madden NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 are all available for the new game system.

The most heralded franchises in videogames sports history arrive at launch offering consumers four different sports games to play when they take their hardware out of the box for the first time.

“As launch titles, our four EA SPORTS titles for the Xbox 360 will give consumers a next generation sports experience from the time they take the shrink-wrap off the games and the console out of the box,” said John Schappert, Group Vice President and General Manager EA Studios. “This first round of games is what the hardcore videogame consumer wants, and we’re delivering that with these EA SPORTS launch titles.“

EA’s four EA SPORTS launch titles for Xbox 360 are:

FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup
FIFA 06 Road to FIFA World Cup immerses players into the emotional intensity of next generation soccer. Utilizing the power of the Xbox 360, fans will be able to revel in the world’s most sophisticated representation of soccer. Experience a newly enhanced gameplay engine that delivers extremely responsive controls and greater level of depth. New physics and animations mean that players will now react more realistically to every tackle, shot or pass of the ball.

Madden NFL 06
Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 has been built from the ground up to deliver completely redesigned gameplay and the most lifelike football experience ever created. Gamers will feel the true emotion and passion on the football field with incredibly detailed player models that come to life on every play, as well as lifelike stadiums and fans. With a full Franchise mode, in-depth online play and a new presentation style with a hometown announcer and new playcalling system, Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 is poised to once again raise the bar for the authentic football gaming experience.

Live and breathe basketball like never before with NBA LIVE 06 on the Xbox 360. Rebuilt from the ground up and powered by next generation gameplay, players can see and feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with NBA LIVE 06. Players jump to life with real-world physics and enhanced animations including sweat rolling down the players’ faces. With true-to-life details, major gameplay advancements, and unprecedented player graphics, the sport of basketball is elevated to a whole new level with NBA LIVE 06.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06
With greatness comes pressure and in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 on Xbox 360, players experience the intensity of competing in championship golf events. Thousands of fans line the fairways and pack grandstands surrounding the greens, watching every shot as players aim to become the world’s #1 golfer. Players have a shot at realizing their ultimate dream of earning a PGA TOUR Card through Q-school and climbing the ranks on the PGA TOUR by playing against nine of the world’s greatest golfers like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco. It’s that pressure and the challenge of competing against some of the world’s top golfers on intimidating courses that await you in the next generation of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06.

“We will continue to deliver games in the coming months that demonstrate why EA SPORTS is a beloved brand and that authenticity, competition and innovation continue to be what EA SPORTS branded games deliver to the consumer,” Schappert added.

FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, Madden NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 are all rated E by the ESRB.

08:38 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Yesterday me and Nat cooked up some dinner. She had a blast doing it too. She was making the crossaints, I showed her how to open the can and when it popped she couldn't stop laughing, haha. Anyways, I showed her how to actually roll them up and she called herself "Chef Natalie". She helped me stir the corn and macaroni as I whipped up the other stuff. We were in the kitchen for about an hour and she kept wanting to do something. I might have had more fun than she did, just watching her do things. She's growing up way too fast for me, I wish she could just stay at this age.

Unfortunately, Dan didn't make his J.V. basketball team. He was cut yesterday, so I was just trying to encourage him to get better and I'll be getting him in a few leagues, so he won't be completely out of playing. He took it kind of hard, as expected. We went out and bought some new Nike's and that cheered him up some. He's a good player and he didn't think he got a fair shot. I understand his feelings, I was cut my freshmen year. Sometimes life isn't fair, you just have to deal with it and get stronger. He'll be fine and hopefully this makes him work harder until next year when he tries out for the Varsity team.

As some of you know, I received the final beta version of College Hoops 2K6 yesterday. I posted some screenshots just a few minutes ago. I only played 1 game and it was between Duke and Maryland. I just wanted to get a sense of the atmosphere and see what the gameplay was all about. No Cameron Crazies. There are plenty of animations taken from NBA 2K6, but the game plays like a college basketball game and I had a blast with it. With time running down in the 1st half, Maryland (AI) took the ball up the court and dribbled at the top for the final posession, they didn't start the offense until about 10 seconds were left in the half. In the second half, I was up 3 with the ball late and they fouled me. But when I went up by 7 points, they stopped fouling. I only played one game, but I did notice this. Hopefully it was just a fluke, late game AI is huge for me. If you have some gameplay questions, I'll try to answer a few here in the "What's Up?". See the benefits of posting here? I'll open up a Q&A down the road, if I have the time. Movies and more screenshots will be coming before release, bank on that.

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Airforce1, GenjuroKibagani (24), FenrisWolf (20), AlsAg (18)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

08:34 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just received our final beta copy of College Hoops 2K6 and posted a bunch of screenshots. As always, it's the meat and potato screenshots first, the other stuff later.
"The professional basketball game is filled with big contracts, bigger egos, and star-studded highlight reels of high-flying dunks. This is perhaps why college basketball is admired throughout the land as the last place to experience the purest state of basketball where good coaching is necessary for direction, teamwork is essential for success, and rivalries raise the competitive spirit to new heights. No college basketball game exemplifies the passion and pageantry of collegiate basketball like College Hoops 2K6, where every year prized traditions are revisited, new records are made, and the fire of school spirit is rekindled."

08:34 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has reviewed the Official Guide for Pro Evolution Soccer 5, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"Anyone who has more than just passing interest in Pro Evolution Soccer 5 will find this guide an indispensable companion to the game. Reading it will add so much depth to your understanding that playing the game will become an even more enjoyable experience. The guide’s most glaring attribute is that it has so obviously been put together by people who appreciate the game as much as we do and the input from the development team makes it worth its cover price alone. In reading this guide it feels like the scales have finally fallen from my eyes, the church of Pro Evolution Soccer has finally found its Bible."

08:33 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted three more Project Gotham Racing 3 movie clips.
"PGR3 is not only a graphical evolution of PGR2, but also features a few new modes in the career mode. The first video presents the Time vs Kudos mode, where you race against a clock you can freeze by earning Kudos. The second one showcases the Breakthrough mode, where you have to pass a certain number of gates in a certain time, each gate giving you a few more seconds. And the last one put the spotlight on the drift mode, where you have just a few seconds to earn a minimum number of Kudos."

08:33 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
UGO has posted their review of Thrustmaster Ferrari Force Feedback Wheel, giving it a B-.
"The Thrustmaster Ferrai 2-in-1 Force Feedback Racing Wheel isn't perfect, but it's a great gaming wheel for the price. Not only can you use it on PC and PS2, but the force feedback and re-centering functions will bring some added depth and control to your games. Casual gamers looking to add something to their virtual racing experiences won't regret adding this wheel to their list of affordable, must-have accessories."

08:33 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Cheat Code Central has posted their review of WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006, giving it a 4.5 out of 5.
"Closer and closer to graphical perfection, the characters are virtually photo-realistic. You won't have any problem recognizing any of the wrestlers unless they are fabricated. The animations are, (and I hate to use this word when referring to the movement of trucker-sized guys) graceful. Shots of the crowd make it appear as though you're watching the real event on TV. The voiceovers are even better than some of the stuff that passes for acting on the actual WWE broadcast. The commentary leaves a lot to be desired. It tries too hard to emulate the excitement of the game rather than just being a component of it."

08:32 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Kikizo Games have posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 9.3 out of 10.
"Not only is this the best game to come from Nintendo in 2005, nor is it simply the best game available to date for Nintendo DS or the first showcase of Nintendo's excellent online WiFi service, but it's the greatest Mario Kart game ever made. Consequently this makes it an essential purchase for anyone who has ever felt the joy of planting a shell up someone's backside. Go my pretties - experience the bliss of Mario Kart DS."

08:32 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Fragland has posted their review of FIFA Soccer 06, giving it an 80%.
"FIFA 06 is a more than decent football game. Too bad that the small mistakes get in the way sometimes. If the nice people of EA Sports knew a way to finish withthese mistakes, we could have a beautiful game. I think it could be a nice idea to skip a year. That’s the only way the gap between FIFA and PES will disappear. A decent game, could be better without all the small mistakes."

08:32 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Mygamer has posted their preview of Project Gotham Racing 3.
"The game features a number of racing options. In Eliminator mode, the last driver of every lap is bumped out of the race. This mode can be applied both to single and team races. Team Street Races consist of red and blue teams in a simple race to the finish. Capture the Track breaks down each track into sections and awards the section to whoever can complete it with the fastest time. If no one is available to play, AI teammates and opponents can be added to any of these modes. Bizarre expects to add more modes and content through XBOX Live after the release."

08:31 AM - November 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Deeko has posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 9.5 out of 10.
"Mario Kart DS is easily the finest kart racing experience to date, as well as being the best title in the series overall. Though I found the online mode to be a lot of fun, there are still a few things that need to be worked out in terms of creating a fully realized online experience. The need to chat would have been nice and I really think there should be some kind of penalty for players who just don't want to lose. It's a fantastic addition and has been a long time coming, but is very fun and well worth the time."