Thursday, August 30, 2007
01:52 PM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
A full playable demo of NHL 08 for the Xbox 360 is now available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Play as the Anaheim Ducks or Ottawa Senators and experience videogame hockey at its best before it ships to a store near you. With unlimited control, unmatched depth and infinite possibilities, no game is ever the same with NHL 08. A PS3 downloadable demo is also coming soon to the PLAYSTATION® Store.

The game ships to retailers under the EA SPORTS brand on Tuesday, September 11. NHL 08 was developed by EA Canada and is rated “E10+” by the ESRB. The game’s official website is www.easports.com/nhl08/.

01:07 PM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
ESPN has posted Behind the Scenes with Tiger Woods. They've included a few video clips with Tiger talking about his recently released game.
"You are cruising through Midtown while sitting atop one of those double-decker tour buses, a wide swath of perfect blue sky encasing the city. There's nothing like a cool summer morning in Manhattan, the bustle of the streets against the familiar background of granite and concrete, the sweet smell of chestnuts and perfume, exhaust fumes and sweat forming a cornucopia that is unmistakably New York.

A woman brandishing a chartreuse handbag hurriedly crosses 33rd Street, evading an oncoming taxi by mere inches. Three pigeons swoop down on an unsuspecting hot dog vendor before he shoos them away.

Look around, though, and you'll notice that your fellow passengers aren't enjoying the same pleasures. It's an intriguing array, these people. A dozen or so public relations folks, more than a handful of VIPs, some unwieldy cameramen, a few buttoned-down security guards and seven Tiger Woods wannabes."

09:51 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxic has posted an article entitled, PES 2008 takes a dive for the worse.
"It’s true that diving (or simulation) has become a huge part of football. Every week there is a contentious decision where the referee has little chance of getting it right. Some simply accept it as part of the game, others call for video referees to cut it out of the much-loved sport. Either way, every spectator hates it, so football games are always a nice alternative for a fair chance of winning.

Not anymore though. Holding down the shoulder buttons (presumably the triggers for the 360 version) results in your player taking a dive. The decision, just like real life, can go one of two ways: either the diving player gets booked for his attempt at tricking the ref, or awarded a free kick for being “fouled”. The consequences of this are huge; playing online will never be the same again, as it is likely that people will be diving in the penalty box all the time in the hope of getting a penalty. This will prove incredibly frustrating for those that just want a fair game."

09:51 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has posted their impressions of Burnout Paradise.
"Simply driving around and exploring Paradise (or "Free Burning", as they call it) is the core of the game, and the idea is to keep you occupied even when you're between events. Hence the Power Parking. Hence the endless jumps (Paradise's use of ramps makes GTA look conservative). Hence the "Burnout" signs in awkward places, which you have to try and smash through (c.f. ramps). And hence the Road Rules, a pair of goals for every main road in the game, which act like mini time-trials - swing onto a road, burn along it at record pace, and every time your friends turn into it they're reminded of your best time."

09:50 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gamersyde has posted another gameplay clip from Need For Speed ProStreet.
"The Game Convention is still not over on Gamersyde! Here comes another gameplay video of Need For Speed ProStreet, where Snoopers has a lot of troubles staying on the track!"

09:50 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameSpot has the scoop.
"While NFL Football doesn't have the massive international appeal of actual football (some call it soccer), it's far from an English-only pursuit. The NFL itself clearly recognizes this, as evidenced by the league's Spanish-language NFL Mexico and NFLatino Web sites."

09:50 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
PSX Extreme has posted the following:
  • Burnout Paradise Pushed Into 2008
    "The next installment in one of the most critically acclaimed racing franchises in the industry is now scheduled for Q1 2008: Burnout Paradise will not make its initial 2007 release date, according to a recent confirmation by EA. They say the development is nearing completion, but they "want to make it perfect," so they're taking the extra time. It's too bad we have to wait for this hectic, fast-action title, but hey, we say give 'em the time if they need it. After all, attention to detail is exactly the thing that made prior entries in the series so damn good."
  • Ferrari Challenge Preview
    "Now speaking of performance, just like Sega's old F355 game, this is a pretty simulation focused racer. You can't just mash the pedal and take turns going 100MPH. Turn in poorly, and you'll lose control. Break too late and you'll go off course. The game is reportedly taking shape to be fairly challenging, so those who are looking for a pick-up-and-play experience may want to look elsewhere: like Project Gotham or Need for Speed. Now, just like F355, there will be assists in the game, although it simply isn't made to be played with them. Furthermore, if you really screw up, you can actually flip the car over. And remember, because this is a sim game, you'll have to use some strategy in your pit stop planning."

09:50 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
CVG has posted their preview of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
"Fast players like Ronaldo can really outstrip their plodding counterparts - it's not absurd, but you stand more chance of bursting past a full back than in PES6. There's a real advantage in having, say, Aaron Lennon running the wing rather than a lead-footed Ivan Campo, making your key players more effective in their specialist areas. On the flip-side - as is the trend in successive Pro Evo's - defenders can exploit their physicality to blunt razor-sharp runs. Playing as Man United vs Inter Milan, little Anderson was being spun every time he crashed into leggy Vieira - while dogged tacklers like John Terry dominate in goalmouth scrambles. The cheeky q tackles and fiddly slides of PES6 are complemented by more realistic scrambles, with desperate hacks at the ball and some naughty shirt-pulling."

09:49 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
WorthPlaying has posted some International Track & Field screenshots.
"The New International Track & Field features over 20 different athletic events, with several unlockable characters from other Konami franchises, such as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2 and Sparkster from Rocket Knight Adventures."

09:49 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

07:37 AM - August 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.

Nat has Kindergarten orientation this evening and she is so excited to meet her teachers. We grabbed all of her school needs last night, besides her backpack, we are getting that over the long weekend. She's growing too fast.

Bought Tiger last night, but didn't have the time to play it. Hopefully I'll get a little time w/ it after the meeting tonight.

The Boys play the Vikes in the last preseason game, but I doubt many of the starters play. It's just time to fill out the 53, should be some suprising cuts over the weekend.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: What do you think about preseason football?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
10:40 PM - August 29, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted two more Skate ads.
"With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, SKATE offers a unique and authentic next-gen skateboard videogame experience unparalleled in the skate videogame genre. Featuring physics driven animations, gamers will have a unique experience every time they pick up the controller since no two tricks will ever be the same. The amount of information the game is able to take from the unique flickit analog controls and interpret it through the physics engine could never be done on a current generation console system. From a fully procedural trick engine to the way cloth moves on the skaters, all movement is physically simulated and dynamic offering gamers a skating game that is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting their feet on a board."

10:37 PM - August 29, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
ShackNews has the scoop.
"Over 40 machines will be available for players to tune up and tweak in order to overcome a new physics model. They can then enter their cars in an online match, attempting to best up to 16 opponents. In the offline mode, an overhauled computer AI will hopefully provide racers with a challenge as they tear across tracks such as Eiger Nordwand, London City, and Suzuka."

10:36 PM - August 29, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.

10:36 PM - August 29, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
Shawn Drotar over at 5W-G has posted an article entitled, Mo' Beta Blues.
"Needless to say, consumers - many of which purchased the game in order to try out the new features, are rightly upset and disappointed, and there have been reports of game stores even accepting opened copies for return due to the fact that the game’s stated feature list is not available for use."