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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Shawn Drotar and Mark Fossen over at 5W-G has posted an article entitled, NHL 08 Community Day: The Rest of the Story.
Shawn Drotar: "I appreciate the slow pitch — because this one’s easy to smack out of the park. NHL 08 will be the first EA Sports title this year to support full online leagues, with full stat tracking. Now, these leagues are not going to be “living”, like 2K Sports’ — with trades and injuries — but they’re expected to be robust enough for a first effort. From my perspective, the fact that EA Sports is finally jumping into this pool with both feet (albeit years late) is a good sign. Coupled with a great game experience like NHL 08, it’s even better, For me, NHL 08 might have longer online “legs” than any other sports title I’ll play this fall."
Mark Fossen: "I completely agree. The leagues we’ll be seeing are not going to be as robust as what 2K Sports was doing, but combining it with a dead-fun game that plays quickly… well, I could be spending a lot of time online with NHL 08. We brought up the online performance issues with some other EA Sports titles, and were assured that the NHL team has worked a lot on optimizing the experience. Hopefully, that pays off, and we’re able to see the beginning of an online evolution of EA Sports."
Kotaku has the scoop.
"Remember those Mutant League games you made back in the day? Those were way better than last year's Madden, and I'm fairly certain, any other iterations you have in the hopper."
Gamersyde has posted a video of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.
01:29 AM - August 11, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.Game Info Wire has the scoop.
"Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced the signing of Phoenix Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire as the cover athlete for the NBA ’08 franchise, due to hit stores October 2007. NBA ’08 will be the only officially licensed first party basketball game available exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and PSP (PlayStation Portable) system."
Pro-G has posted the following:
IGN has posted the following:
- PGR 4: New Roads to Victory - Macau (360)
"Macau has a rich motorsport history, not only for car racing but bikes as well. As well as a form of touring car and Porsche GT racing, the Formula 3 season concludes in Macau. The Motorcycle Grand Prix also comes here too. This was especially important to us here at Bizarre, given that PGR4 is the first game in the series to include both cars and bikes going head-to-head in the same race."
- NHL 2K8 Hands On Preview (PS3, 360)
"With control hinging on the two thumbsticks, it's no surprise that the Pro Stick factors into passing and shooting. Although L1 passes -- or at least we're assuming it does; we played on a 360 and are changing the controls accordingly -- on offense and changes players on defense while R1 shoots, the direction of each move will be dictated by the Pro Stick."
GameSpy has posted the following:
- Madden NFL 08 Videos (PS3)
- PDC World Championship Darts 2008 Screenshots (PC)
- PDC World Championship Darts 2008 Screenshots (PS2)
- Madden NFL 08 Screenshots (PSP)
GameSpot has posted the following:
- Madden NFL 07 Defensive and Offensive Weapons Video (360)
- NHL 08 Updated Hands On: First Look at Online Modes (360)
"For those players who are worried that the create-a-play feature will give away their best strategies in multiplayer matches, it should be noted that you can choose to turn off the illuminated lines that show up on the ice when you are in the correct position to trigger a created play."
Advanced Media Network has posted the following:
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Screenshots (DS)
- NHL 08 to Feature Online Leagues (360)
"Leagues can be created with two to 32 teams and include NHL, AHL, International Teams, Swedish Elite League Teams or a Finnish Elite League Teams."
- Tony Hawk Demo Coming Home for Thanksgiving (PS3)
"Proving Ground is the 11th game in the long-running Tony Hawk series. In what is hailed to be the largest and deepest Hawk game to date, gamers will take control of their skating destiny by traversing the streets of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. An unprecedented level of customization allows players to define their character based on the choices they make."
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Lineup Revealed (360)
"The Tony Hawk series may be on its 11th outing, but that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere within range of slowing down. Activision has fessed up the full lineup of skaters to be included in the final version."
- NBA Live 08 Wii Details Emerge (Wii)
"The GameCube control was confirmed to not be supported; instead, opting for a solely unique experience provided with the remote. Online play is also available for NBA Live 08 on Wii."
Friday, August 10, 2007
We have just posted a new regular feature called TJ's Time Machine. Love it? Hate it? Let us know.
"Welcome to TJ's Time Machine, a new regular feature here at Operation Sports. Join TJ Cutini as he takes you back for a look at classic sports titles spanning the last three decades of gaming history.
TJ's Time Machine
As I sat and watched so many historic milestones being reached this week in baseball, I got a bit nostalgic. I suppose every baseball fan does a little bit of reminiscing whenever a record falls. But my nostalgia wasn’t so much about the baseball I was watching on my television. It was about the baseball I could control on my television so many years ago. I’m talking about one of the greatest baseball games to ever grace any console. I’m talking Baseball Stars."
We have just posted our Track & Field review. Find out what Scott Burress had to say about it.
"Track and Field is the Konami classic first released in the arcade back in 1983. The game has been updated for release on Microsoft's XBox 360 Live Arcade and is available now. The simplistic gameplay is the same, the graphics are a little cleaned up from how I remember them, but does the game hold up 24 years later?"
Gamersyde has posted some NBA Live 08 screenshots.
"After the rather amusing images from a few days ago, here are some much better close up images of NBA Live 08."
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- Hot Women & the Hideous Men They Love
- What's Behind Apple's iWork?
- Daniel Kunkle can solve a Rubik's Cube in 26 moves.
- PSPTube: Watch YouTube on your PSP!
How bout dem Cowboys! I thought they looked pretty good, considering it was the 1st preseason game. Romo was nearly perfect, but couldn't punch them into the endzone. The offensive line was makeshift and no Terry Glenn. The defense showed a few new blitz packages, but really didn't open things up. Can't wait for the season to start.
Nat has been begging me to take her to Chucky Cheese all week, so I'll be taking her tonight, then hopefully, if things go right, be playing Madden the rest of the night.
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- QOTD: What are you up to this weekend?
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Shacknews has posted new media of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.