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11:56 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of Ski Alpin 2006.
"RTL Enterprises' is bringing its next titles in the Ski Alpin frachise o the PS2 and PC this coming November. Ski Alpin 2006 will feature new graphics, soundeffects, and more animations to increase the reality and immersion of the game. Multiplayer will support up to twelve players, hot-seat, online and LAN."

11:55 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Armchair Empire has posted their review of Mario Superstar Baseball, giving it a score of 8.0 out of 10.
"In the end, Mario Superstar Baseball isn’t a game for everyone. Anyone seeking a deep, option-rich baseball experience is likely to be disappointed. However, anyone on the lookout for a fast-paced, cutesy arcade baseball title which happens to feature famous Nintendo mascots need look no further—MSB is the only game in town."

11:55 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball MAX'D Review (Xbox - 8.4/10)
    "Although stripped of its sleeper status, Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D will still lull some of its competitors to beddy-bye with perfectly-functioning and well though out controls, strong online network code and functionality, and a new focus on team control."
  • New PGR3 3D Screenshot (X360)
    "Bizarre Creations has released a new 3D screenshot of Project Gotham Racing 3 featuring the TVR Sagaris. The flash movie has been designed to show off some of the detailed car effects Bizarre has implemented in PGR3."

11:54 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted their review of F1 Grand Prix, giving it a overall score of 5.5 out of 10.
"We thought that if any company would have mastered the art of handling with a vehicle on the PSP, it would be a game published by Sony. Even if you're a fan of the previous Formula One titles you may want to give this one a miss, there is just far better alternatives available for the PSP right now."

11:54 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameDaily has posted their review of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, giving it a rating of 4 stars.
"The game is also loaded with plenty of new modes, including a Rivals mode where you can challenge many of the greats and a career mode that includes a number of wealthy new opportunities."

11:32 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted a movie clip of NBA '06.
"Engineered from the ground up to take advantage of the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, NBA ‘06 debuts on the hardwood including entirely new game design, innovative gameplay features, and exclusive modes of play. Introducing an all-new “Showtime Gameplay” system, gamers affect real-time attributes for the player and teammates by mastering this game within the game. The objective is to maintain a delicate balance of teamwork, skill, and entertainment from the perspectives of team and individual."

05:55 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our SSX on Tour review. Find out what Mark Fossen has to say about it.
"I have fond memories of SSX. It's what got me back into gaming. I played the original game on a friend's PS2, and the incredible graphics, speed, and fun is what got me all hot 'n' bothered to get into the next generation of consoles, and the rest was history. Strangely enough, it's now one of the old men of gaming, with SSX: On Tour being the fourth installment in the franchise. It ushered in this generation of gaming, and now is ushering it out. Has SSX stood the test of time?"

05:46 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Horizon has posted the following:
  • NHL 2K6 Preview
    "NHL 2K6 for the Xbox 360 looks to be a hit for the casual or hardcore hockey fan as it keeps the wonderful gameplay of its predecessors while adding great detailed graphics. Of course, NHL 2K6 will be helped by the fact that it is also the only NHL game coming out upon release for the Xbox 360 in November; obviously EA missed the boat on that decision. The only other question gamers have to wonder is what the price will be for the 360 itineration - will they go for a slightly cheaper value like the other console versions or launch at the high mark?"
  • NBA 2K6 Preview
    "Overall NBA 2K6 for the Xbox 360 is shaping up to be the NBA game fans have been dreaming of since first picking up a controller. Now with lifelike graphics all the way down to sweat and clothing, this game looks to have it all. The gameplay will be just like the previous Xbox releases which is a good sign as those games were easy to pick up and play. NBA 2K6 is a must get for sports fans when the Xbox 360 launches in November."

05:43 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Dark Station has posted their review of Gretzky NHL 2006, giving it a 6/10.
"Gretzky NHL 06 is a game that I would have a tough time selling because there are some issues that the game still needs to address. However if you enjoy the semi-arcade feel of last year's game and want the update rosters and rule changes, then this is the game for you. However with better hockey games on the market, I would have to say this game only warrants a rental at most."

05:40 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
GameSpy has posted their preview of Ridge Racer 6.
"Ridge Racer 6 also boasts over 230 races to unlock over 130 cars, including concept vehicles and Namco-themed cars. The drift types, standard, mild, and dynamic, are still in play, as is the nitrous meter. In a cute, self-referential touch, players' positions in the race won't be determined with simple numbers like the PSP version -- instead, an icon of a powered-up Pac-Man chasing vulnerable ghosts pops up in the lower left corner of the screen. Whether he eats the ghosts if a player is in first place remains to be seen."

05:38 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their review of NBA Live 06, giving it a B+.
"For a first round ball effort from EA, I will give them props that they delivered a very fun game with excellent gameplay and plenty of options to keep you busy. I would like to see more come in the form of a Franchise mode complete with at least a Create-a-Player next season. A good rookie effort and I’m sure we’ll see more where that came from in future installments of the series. Easily the best basketball title on a handheld to date."

04:33 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another screenshot of NFL Head Coach.
"Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that NFL Head Coach (*working title) will be available in stores in spring 2006, under the EA SPORTS™ brand. NFL Head Coach is in development in Orlando, Fla. by EA Tiburon, makers of other NFL properties including Madden NFL Football and NFL STREET. The new exclusive deal with the NFL has allowed EA to build this franchise and work with all coaches in the NFL Coaches Club."

03:54 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
ACTIVISION’S GREG HASTINGS’ TOURNAMENT PAINTBALL
MAX’D BURNS A LANE INTO RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDE

Follow-Up to 2004 Sleeper Hit Takes High Caliber Paintball Action to New Heights

Minneapolis -- October 18, 2005 – With the release of Greg Hasting’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D (GHTP MAX’D) the intensity and innovation of the 2004 sleeper hit returns to the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. With new features such as Breakout Manager and Field Editor, the franchise’s continued focus on speed, tactics and teamwork separate this first person action game from the pack. GHTP MAX’D is available now from Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI).

GHTP MAX’D sets the tone with a breakthrough feature set providing limitless gameplay possibilities for gamers. The new Breakout Manager gives gamers complete control of their AI teammates’ positions, moves and targets at the start of the game. This control is so complete that gamers can even direct their AI teammates to maintain shooting at key positions known as “Burn Lanes.” In addition, the new Field Editor and Split Screen features enable gamers to create their own fields and test their skills with multiplayer split-screen action, allowing both head-to-head competition and Co-Op play on their own created fields.

"With more than 120,000 registered users on Xbox Live, Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball is among the most popular multiplayer games for the platform,” said David Oxford, Activision, Inc. “Now with GHTP MAX’D, fans and new players alike will experience a whole new level of intensity and innovation.”

GHTP MAX’D builds on the speed, tight controls and recognized innovative features that made the original GHTP a 2004 sleeper hit. In GHTP MAX’D, gamers engage in “play for real” action to carry them through 213 field layouts and 29 tournaments offered in the game. Using a combination of speed and tactics to take out their opponents, including 14 pros from Keely Watson and Chris LaSoya to Greg Hastings, players are constantly challenged by the limitless combinations of team match ups and field layouts. From designing their own fields to taking control of the team with voice and field commands, gamers must utilize true tactics and strategy to earn their degree from the GHTP Shooter School of Tricknology.

The Xbox Live factor plays heavy with this game. Over 120,000 registered gamers have played the original GHTP on Xbox Live and the game has consistently ranked in the Xbox LIVE Top 25 games since its launch last year. GHTP MAX’D is poised to pick up where the first game leaves off with the ability to have up to four players on the same Xbox. Career Mode Co-Op also lets players join with friends to break up the pros or taking each other on head-to-head.

A groundbreaking game would not be complete without an outstanding soundtrack. The GHTP MAX’D soundtrack is setting a new standard for music in video games. Working together for the first time, multi-platinum artists DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) and B-Real (Cypress Hill) have recorded a new hip-hop song entitled “Play for Real” for the GHTP MAX’D soundtrack. In addition, the soundtrack features Puddle of Mudd, and several up and coming bands.

GHTP MAX’D is available for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft for a suggested retail price of $39.99 with other platforms to follow soon. The game has been rated "E10+" by the ESRB for ages 10 and up. For more information about the game visit www.activisionvalue.com.

03:51 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
ACTIVISION’S TONY HAWK’S AMERICAN WASTELAND SKATES ONTO RETAIL SHELVES NATIONWIDE

Best-Selling Action Sports Franchise Ups the Ante With Streaming Gameplay Through Massive L.A. Environment

Santa Monica, CA – October 18, 2005 – Doing a bert slide onto retail shelves, Activision Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland lets gamers make an expansive streaming L.A. skate world their personal playground. The game allows players to skate and BMX bike from seaside Santa Monica, to the star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood, to the gritty streets of East L.A. as they customize and upgrade their characters, unlock new tricks and choose their missions without loads or levels. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland also takes the action to new heights with expanded controls that allow players to pull off more sick tricks than ever before and new multiplayer modes including Xbox Live® support and a two-player co-op classic mode.

“Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is a major step forward for the brand,” said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. “For the first time ever, players have the freedom to experience continuous action through an immersive and humorous storyline inspired by the roots of the sport.”

In a plot-twisting story that pays homage to the roots of skateboarding and punk style, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland puts players in the shoes of a young rebel skater who makes his way to Los Angeles, the mecca of skateboarding. Once there he must prove himself to Tony Hawk, legendary skaters such as Tony Alva, and local pros, while constructing the ultimate, trick-filled skate park. Gamers can customize their character all in-game as they travel throughout the vast areas of Los Angeles. New player controls, both on and off the board allow for insane combos and include bert slides, stalls, Natas spins handstands, one-footed grinds and manuals, wall runs, wall flips, board smacks and board throws.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland features online gameplay for up to eight players for both Xbox Live and PlayStation 2 Online. In addition, Classic Mode returns with an all new two-player co-op mode where gamers can compete alone or alongside friends in their favorite Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater® levels as they race against a two-minute timer to complete favorite goals such as “Pro Score,” “Combo Letters,” and “Skate Letters.”

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland was developed by Neversoft Entertainment and is now available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube™ for a suggested retail price of $49.99. A Collector’s Edition is also available for the PlayStation 2 for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and includes two exclusive classic mode levels, two exclusive secret characters, the “Making of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland” documentary and a concept art gallery featuring creations by legendary artist Jimbo Philips. The game is rated “T” (Teen – Blood, Crude Humor, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence) by the ESRB. A Wireless version of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland was developed by JAMDAT Mobile, Inc.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available November 2005.

Brady Games' Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at bradygames.com.

About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

03:47 PM - October 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K SPORTS ANNOUNCES WORLD POKER TOUR® VIDEO GAME
NOW SHIPPING TO RETAIL STORES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), today announced that the World Poker Tour® video game has shipped to major retailers across North America. Offering real players and broadcast presentation elements that mirror the popular television series, the World Poker Tour video game is also the only poker title to incorporate real world venues. The World Poker Tour video game is available for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.

Combining world-class venues and real poker pros, World Poker Tour allows gamers to take a seat in the world's most prestigious poker tournaments. With insightful commentary by World Poker Tour hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, players can compete against the virtual equivalents of pros such as Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil "Unabomber" Laak. World Poker Tour gives gamers the chance to compete against players across the country, set up poker nights, chat live via Xbox Live® online game service, PlayStation® Online or system link or show off their best poker faces with the EyeToy(tm) USB Camera (for PlayStation®2).

The World Poker Tour video game features six Tour-exclusive casinos. These include The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA; Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA; Bay 101 in San Jose, CA; Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantaucket, CT; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ; and The Aviation Club de France, in Paris, France. These real-world locations are completely accurate, right down to the carpeting, lighting, room décor, and floor layout.

"Poker has become a cultural phenomenon as shown by the increasing popularity of the World Poker Tour television series," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "The World Poker Tour brand is an integral part of our game as it brings unmatched credibility and familiarity to millions of poker fans. With the integration of World Poker Tour pros, commentators and presentation elements, the World Poker Tour video game delivers the most authentic poker experience found on any gaming platform."

"2K Sports has created an amazing game utilizing all the best elements of the WPT," said Andrea Green, Vice President, Global Consumer Products at WPT.

"We are thrilled to add this item to our growing repertoire of branded consumer products. With so many of our fans living the "digital" lifestyle, this game brings the WPT right into their homes in an interactive way. Now they can personally experience going "All-In" against our exciting champions. "

The World Poker Tour video game is rated "E" for Everyone and is available in North American retail stores for $19.99.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com.