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- WipEout Pure (PSP - 9/10)
"This is really one of the best PSP launch titles. Wipeout Pure is a joy to look at, and it's viscerally satisfying enough to please fans of the series and new players alike."
- Need for Speed Underground: Rivals (PSP - 8/10)
"Need for Speed Underground Rivals for the PSP is a solid racing game despite its few flaws. Fans of the Need for Speed Underground series will feel right at home with Rivals."
"What you have here is a competent, playable, fun football game pretty much ruined by game-killing bugs, freezes, flaws, and debacles. Sure, there are bugs in many games, but Madden NFL 06 takes the cake as the Unfinished Product of the Year – not something to be proud of. Without these flaws the score would be much higher, as Madden has an admirable feature set, and the patient player will find the game to have a ton of replay value. However, these flaws to exist, and it's impossible to recommend a game that's so screwed up by an apparent lack of proper testing. I just can't imagine anyone not playing the Franchise mode to make sure everything worked right, but here we are, with freeze city – and not just any old freeze, a freeze that outright turns off your PSP. Those who buy the game later will probably get a fixed version making the review a bit skewed, but considering EA's lackadaisical attitude to this problem, perhaps that's wishful thinking. If you really want a PSP football game, you have no choice – after all, EA now owns the NFL and can pretty much get away for releasing a broken game...well, until the NFL gets wind of this disaster. I'd love to recommend the game, but until they issue a real fix and admit the problem and stop sweeping it under the rug, it ain't happening."
- Need For Speed Most Wanted Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NHL 2K6 Exclusive Features (Xbox 360)
- WipEout Pure Review (PSP - 9/10)
"The Master league has functioned as PES's league mode where you build up a team of superstars to take on the world's best clubs. Seabass' development team are still inking in the final details but apparently the main online stumbling block will be star players - balancing the transfer market when there is literally only one Wayne Rooney or Andriy Shevchenko."
"The first "Ridge Racer 6" screenshots show off a variety of the game's beautiful and thrilling courses, which include a modern metropolis, a surfside resort, industrial bayside, a city night scene and a canyon. The images also provide a sneak-peek at the elegant curves and detailed textures created by "Ridge Racer 6's" evolved machine graphics."
"There's not much more I can say about Cross Racing Championship 2005 aside from what I have said in my review. I'll admit that I was quick to give up on the game after coming in second place three races in a row, but I managed to rekindle my patience, put forth the effort to become better acquainted with the controls and ended up having a great time with the game. If it's worth anything to those of you reading this, I may have even convinced my roommate to go out and by the game after seeing me play through it for a few hours."
"Urban Football Championship lets the player challenge an AI team or play head-to-head against a friend. Good play generates SKILL points that allow team members to pull-off spectacular cartoon-style special moves, such as jumping over other players, scoring from the half-way line, and or dribbling past all the opponent's defenders."
"As a conversion itself, while not being totally perfect (slight graphical glitches can be found, and why on earth those little point-winning cutscenes are still there we simply don’t know) Sumo Digital have to be congratulated. The stunning – while still slightly zombified – visuals remain close to fully intact, with no qualms as to the loading times, nor any kind of loss of use of the Tour Mode. It’s one of those games that shows off just what the PSP can achieve both graphically and the proof that the control system can work with a fast-paced game."
"It's still just basically racing around a track making left turn after left turn for a pre-determined number of laps while avoiding wiping out into other cars or the track's wall, but with a few new features and the same old standard EA Sports game-making excellence at its soul, NASCAR 06 is a must-buy for both the NASCAR Nation and "casual" car-racing gamers alike."
- NHL 2K6 Review (Xbox)
- Which of the following Xbox 360 games are you planning to purchase? (Poll)
- Blitz: The League Beta Screenshots (Xbox)
- NBA 2K6 Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- Madden NFL 06 Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NBA Live 06 Fact Sheet, Screenshots and Movie Clip (PSP)
- NBA '06 Movie Clip (PS2)
- NCAA March Madness 06 Q&A, Screenshots and Movie Clip (Xbox)
- Need For Speed Most Wanted Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- NBA Live 06 Screenshots (Xbox 360)
- FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox 360)
"There isn’t much to say that hasn’t been said before. New animations, a slicker graphical performance, and gameplay that’s more compelling and involving than ever mean that Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is the only simulation that any true football fan could want. PES gets a maximum score for the fifth year running, and has never deserved it more. An absolute no-brainer for anybody who's ever even seen a football."
"In my honest opionion, GT Legends is the best race game I've ever played. It looks great, plays great and is insanely fun! The new career mode is really addictive without becoming boring or repetitive. The large number of cars - all having different styles and handling - should allow any kind of racer to find something to suit his driving style.
If you don't find anything you like in this game, than you've either got a problem with the basics of car racing, or you're a total nitwit "
"Dribble like Pele, bend it like Beckham, place the ball in the net with the effortless grace of Zidane, before celebrating by flooring the opposing goal keeper with a well-aimed turtle shell. The referee won't like that one! Super Mario Strikers will be storming its way onto the Nintendo GameCube in early December."
Game Chronicles: "Race fans have had the chance to drive in L.A. in countless other titles before this. What are you planning to do to keep this version of Los Angeles fresh and original?"
Pall Palsson: "We are bringing “The Rush” to LA… that means you’ll see the city of angels like never before… you’ll see the city from above as you send your car flying through the air off a massive ramp, as you race on the rooftop of the LA Convention center, as you smash through the Hollywood sign… our version of LA is more fun than it’s ever been."