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Tuesday, May 9, 2006
08:26 PM - May 9, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Leading Soccer Franchise Makes Debut on Next-Generation Systems with More Teams and Expanded Modes of Play

LOS ANGELES – Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 – May 9, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, and PC, as well as the series’ debut on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo DS™. Marking the return of the world’s top soccer franchise, the game extends its leadership position with new international teams, new modes of play and astoundingly realistic gameplay.

The world’s best rated soccer video game franchise, Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 expands upon the series’ unmatched realism with faster gameplay, more responsive control and improved artificial intelligence. Players will now make intelligent runs without the ball, identifying opportunities and pointing to where they would like the ball to be delivered. Similarly, the game is now more physical, with defenders jockeying for position and strikers working to turn their opponent as they receive the ball. The game’s shooting system has also been refined, letting players take more snap shots, while volleys have been updated for more player control.

Players will also be able to enjoy the Beautiful Game in more ways than ever before with new play modes. International Challenge mode lets players compete through four continents of opposition to become a champion, while Random Selection Match lets gamers take the field with a group of players selected at random from a predetermined league or geographic area. The popular Master League mode returns with more options, allowing players to take complete control of their favorite team and control its destiny for an extended period of time.

The game’s roster of teams is also expanded with new, fully-licensed international teams for players to use including Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, as well as additional club teams. Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 is planned for retail launch in January 2007. For more information on the game, please visit www.konami.com/gs.

02:11 PM - May 9, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Set to Deliver Industry's Top Franchises to
Nintendo's Groundbreaking Next Generation Console

Redwood City, Calif, - May 09, 2006 - Huddle up sports fans, Madden NFL 07 is coming to Wii! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today confirmed that Madden NFL 07, the world's most popular sports game, is being custom-designed for Nintendo's groundbreaking next generation game console, Wii(tm). Conceived as an entirely original football experience, the game will put players on the field like never before. Using the console's unique remote to pass, kick, snap, throw, catch and run, players will interact with the game in an entirely new way. Boasting massive gameplay innovations inspired by the motion sensor of the remote, Madden NFL 07 maximizes the power and unique design of the game system. Madden NFL 07 will be on display at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 10-12, 2006. Additional titles currently under development will be announced in the coming months.

EA Canada has assembled a team of talented, experienced designers who are dedicated exclusively to developing games for Wii. The development team is incubating new gameplay ideas that are native to the platform.

"Nintendo is breaking new ground with Wii. The brilliance of their innovation is inspiring and we have dedicated ourselves to developing outstanding new play experiences for the platform," said John Schappert, Senior Vice President and Group Studio General Manager, EA. "Deploying resources against a single platform in this manner is a new approach for us - but it is the right approach."

Schappert added, "Madden NFL 07 is a Wii original. You may have played a football game in the past, but you've never played a game like this before."

"EA is renowned for their superior games," noted Reggie Fils-Aime, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "With their in-house development talent and the huge innovative leap the Wii controller and the system offer, we can't wait to experience the games."

07:25 AM - May 9, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ridge Racer 7 Movie Clip (PS3)

Club Skill has posted a movie clip from Ridge Racer 7.
"This is the trailer is being shown at this years E3. The trailer is for the latest Ridge Racer game which is heading for the next-generation Playstation 3. The game itself was only recently revealed to the world, but looking at this video makes you want to fly over to Los Angeles and try the game out for yourself."


Madden NFL 07 Gets Physical on Nintendo Wii

MSN Money has the scoop.
"Huddle up sports fans, Madden NFL 07 is coming to Wii! Electronic Arts Inc. ERTS today confirmed that Madden NFL 07, the world's most popular sports game, is being custom-designed for Nintendo's groundbreaking next generation game console, Wii(TM). Conceived as an entirely original football experience, the game will put players on the field like never before. Using the console's unique remote to pass, kick, snap, throw, catch and run, players will interact with the game in an entirely new way. Boasting massive gameplay innovations inspired by the motion sensor of the remote, Madden NFL 07 maximizes the power and unique design of the game system."


Motorstorm Screenshots (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some screenshots of Motorstorm.
"Sony already released a few images of their big PS3 titles, starting with the much awaited Motorstorm."


Formula One Screenshots (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some screenshots of Formula One.
"Formula One is shown with these 4 new images. Looks good, but nothing amazing."


Gran Turismo Man Talks Tech (PS3)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Legendary Gran Turismo development head Kazunori Yamauchi has issued a statement following last night's viewing of his Gran Turismo HD demo in Los Angeles, outlining the visual specifications of the software and hinting that a full Gran Turismo game for PS3 may arrive soon after launch."


Gran Turismo HD Screenshots (PS3)

Boomtown has posted some screenshots of Gran Turismo HD.
"At their press conference, Sony demonstrated next-gen graphics on the PS3 with a title called Gran Turismo HD. The game is an updated version of GT4 with better resolution and a solid framerate of 60 fps. However, the details remain last-gen."


Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on the pricing and specs of the Playstation 3?


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12:17 AM - May 9, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Computer and Video Games News (PS3, 360)

Computer and Video Games has posted the following news:
  • Gran Turismo HD Exposed! (PS3)
    " Taking the cars and tracks from Gran Tursimo 4, GT HD will be super charged in visual terms and will take full advantage of the hard drive and online play. But,essentially, it's a better looking take on Gran Turismo 4 with some much anticipated online play modes."
  • Test Drive Demo Spins Onto 360 Marketplace (360)
    "The taster features a hefty glimpse of both online and offline challenges, along with 40 miles of Hawaii's Oahu roads. You can take a spin in a Ford Shelby GT500, Lotus Exige or Lamborghini Gallardo, setting your own checkpoints in as many instant online challenges as you wish."


Test Drive Unlimited E3 2006 Trailer (360)

FileShack has posted a trailer of Test Drive Unlimited, which weighs in at 30.99 MB.
"Trailer from Test Drive Unlimited, highlighting the game's various features and vehicles."


GameSpot Update (PSP, PS3, 360, PC)

GameSpot has posted the following:


IGN Update (PS2, PS3, 360, PC, Wii)

IGN has posted the following:

Monday, May 8, 2006
10:33 PM - May 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has just sent us a screenshot from NBA Live 07, including a movie clip.

10:31 PM - May 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has sent us some motion capture screenshots from Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07. Hopefully, we'll have a fact sheet real soon.

02:34 PM - May 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Test Drive Demo Is Online (360)

360Monster has the scoop.
"This demo weighs in at 483.17MB and lets you play Online and in Offline modes that stretch over 40Miles (60Km) of tarmac. One house is unlocked in this demo along with 3 challenges and there is a Lamborghini dealership to check out too. This demo is still work-in-progress as the final game isn't released till September."


New Xbox Live Marketplace Trailers (360)

The Xbox Live Marketplace has posted trailers from College Hoops 2K7, NCAA Football 07 and Test Drive Unlimited.
"You may recall a press release that went out last week that talked about the E3 related content that will be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace as part of the ‘Bringing it Home’ promotion on Xbox Live. Well it’s time to test out that broadband connection of yours, since moments ago, the first wave of new content started washing up on the Marketplace shores.

Here are new game trailers now on the Xbox Live Marketplace. This content is available 720p format in all Xbox Live regions."


College Hoops 2K7 and NCAA Football 07 Trailers (360)

Xboxyde has posted trailers from College Hoops 2K7 and NCAA Football 07.
"Microsoft put online these 2 trailers of some very american college sports games. One is being published by EA, and the other by 2k Games."


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07:10 AM - May 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Test Drive Unlimited Trailer (360)

Xboxyde has posted a trailer from Test Drive Unlimited.
"Atari has released an E3 trailer for Test Drive Unlimited, showing some non-HUD in-game races and various garage sequences. A great, great way to hype up the demo release... tomorrow?! Poor Snoopers who won't be able to play the demo which expires on sunday, being away on some stupid trip all week!"


Test Drive Unlimited Marketplace Details (360)

360Monster has the scoop.
"Atari has recently announced details on the upcoming demo that will appear on the Marketplace during E3. The demo will be available to download from 8 May until 14 May 2006 as part of Microsoft’s plans to bring gamers closer to the E3 experience and offer of free Xbox Live Gold membership for the week."


Question of the Day

Which game are you most interested in hearing about at E3 this year?


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Saturday, May 6, 2006
11:14 AM - May 6, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
RewiredMind Screenshots (PS2, PSP)

RewiredMind has posted the following screenshots:


Pro Cycling Manager 2006/2007 Screenshots (PC)

Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of Pro Cycling Manager 2006/2007.
"For the first time in the life of the Cycling Manager series, the German T-Mobile team will be present, making Discovery Channel the only Pro Tour squad not available in PCM 2006/2007."

05:36 AM - May 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Table Tennis Preview (360)

XboxCore has posted their preview of Table Tennis.
"The gameplay in Table Tennis is said to be simplistic and fun. Rockstar wants anyone who can pick up a controller to easily be able to handle this game. Luckily, with next-gen power behind the gameplay Rockstar is able to craft a realistic experience. Basically, the ping pong ball is going to react and bounce exactly how one would expect it to. Anyone who has played ping pong before knows the quirks of hitting the ball just right to either make your opponent miss or have them overshoot the table. Table Tennis looks to bring back this type of strategy."


Test Drive Unlimited Trailer (360)

GameTrailers have posted a new Test Drive Unlimited trailer.


Pro Cycling Manager 2006/2007 Screenshots (PC)

3D Gamers have posted some screenshots of Pro Cycling Manager 2006/2007.
"Pro Cycling Manager 2006/2007 is the next installment in the long-running cycling team management sports series by Cyanide Studio. Our game section for this title is now online, offering what little information has been issued so far along with the first four officially released screenshots for download and online viewing."


Question of the Day

What are you up to this weekend?


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12:19 AM - May 6, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (Xbox, 360)

GameSpot has posted the following:


IGN Update (PS2, PSP, Xbox, 360, GC, PC)

IGN has posted the following:


Worthplaying Update (PS2, PSP, 360, PC)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

Friday, May 5, 2006
06:43 PM - May 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports has just sent us some NBA 2K7, NHL 2K7 and College Hoops 2K7 screenshots.

02:26 PM - May 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Baseball Mogul 2007 Demo (PC)

GamingGroove has the scoop.
"Baseball Mogul 2007 gives players total control over every aspect of their baseball franchise from calling up hot prospects, acquiring baseball?s most legendary stars and even setting ballpark ticket prices. New players can use the fan difficulty setting, while ?baseball experts? can try their hand at the mogul setting, which mirrors the difficulty of running a major league franchise. This year?s version is packed with more features than ever before and challenges players to design a baseball legacy."


Test Drive Unlimited Demo to Hit Marketplace (360)

XboxCore has the scoop.
"Atari today announced that an exclusive demo for the highly anticipated racing game, Test Drive Unlimited, will be made available to users of the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, via the Xbox Live Marketplace. The demo will be available to download from 8 May until 14 May 2006 as part of Microsoft’s plans to bring gamers closer to the E3 experience and offer of free Xbox Live Gold membership for the week."


Sensible Soccer 2006 First Impressions (PS2)

Eurogamer has posted their first impressions of Sensible Soccer 2006.
"And if you're sick to death of football games with vastly overcomplicated control systems that require the use of every button on the pad and encyclopaedic knowledge of obscure combo systems, then Sensible might be the game to get you back to playing liquid football again. With just two buttons and one stick taking care of almost every move in the game, the only other thing to focus on is judicious use of your limited reserves of sprint energy - dispensed with familiar ease using the right trigger. With the pass button doubling up as a ground shot button, and a context sensitive shot button also used for sliding tackles, headers, crosses and general all-purpose 'lunges' you find yourself fully in control right from the referee's whistle."


Test Drive To Be Released on PS2 & PSP

Boomtown has the scoop.
"Quite a surprise this one, but Atari does promise most of the core gameplay from the 360 and PC version will make its way onto PSP and PS2. Both PS2 and PSP versions will feature over 70 supercars rendered in painstaking detail, solo challenges, player-created races, car upgrades and downloadable content."


Flatout 2 Crashing Into E3

Got-Next has the scoop.
"Hitting most consoles and PC, FlatOut 2 will have twice as many vehicles and all-new online play. This new addition was developed with multiplayer modes and parties in mind, as 12 new minigames are planned for up to four players. No word yet on whether the minigames will be online-enabled (we're crossing our fingers)."


Test Drive Unlimited Screenshots (360)

Voodoo Extreme and Xboxyde have posted some screenshots of Test Drive Unlimited.
"Atari has announced that Pagari Zonda will be in Test Drive Unlimited, in form of the cars Zonda C12 S and Zonda Roadster. They also released some images and a video, presenting one of the cars."


Digital Entertainment News Update (Next-Gen, Mobile, PC)

Digital Entertainment News have posted the following:


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07:04 AM - May 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden Wii Interview

Game Informer Online has posted an interview with Madden Wii Lead Producer Jason Armenise, and Senior Product Manager Chuck Blevens.
Game Informer Online: "How does the game work with the shell controller? We’ve heard that the Wii will incorporate the nunchuck controller, but there will also be a shell controller for people who want more of a traditional experience. If that’s true, can you talk about how the game will feel while using the shell controller?"
Armenise/Blevens: "Alternate controls other than the remote control and nunchuck controller – right now what you’ll see at E3 is all dedicated towards the freehand and nunchuck combo. I think that’s where people are going to see a huge change, and be very excited about Madden and how Madden plays – those two controllers and how that works.

That’s really what the difference is in terms of the Wii version of Madden for this year. It’s just taking the new controller scheme and really creating an all new different and unexpected experience by using that controller scheme and it really brings a big difference in how you approach the game in terms of playing the game by using the nunchuck system."


Sensible Soccer 2006 Hands On Preview (PS2)

Pro-G has posted their hands on preview of Sensible Soccer 2006.
"It'll probably come as a shock to most modern gamers, but Sensible Soccer really only uses three buttons. You've got your basic pass button, a button that can be used to hit powerful shots, long passes and perform slide tackles, and a run button. That's it. There's no 'through ball' button nor separate 'cross' and 'shoot' buttons - it's simplicity itself. You can also nock in low shots from close range with the pass button, but even so, if you're expecting a game to challenge the likes of PES and FIFA head on, think again."


PGR Devs Behind The Wheel

Digital Entertainment News has the scoop.
"On Saturday, May 6, two key contributors to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Project Gotham Racing (PGR) franchise will climb behind the wheel of a Noble M400 supercar to compete in the 2006 Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America Presented by Car and Driver Magazine."


FlatOut 2 Blog Update

Bugbear Entertainment has posted another blog update for FlatOut 2.
"I've been testing the game last couple of weeks in addition my other duties, and it feels extremely nice to finally play the full game when everything works. During the development the game is often broken and you get only to play only bits and pieces here and there, so having it all done so that you actually can play the full career (finish races, cups, get cars, money and open more events etc) is really rewarding – especially when crashes are a thing of the past ;-)"


Question of the Day

Which games do you have in your rotation?


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