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Saturday, August 25, 2007
GameSpot has posted the following:
- Manhunt 2 to be released on October 31st
- PAX 07: Sony Tethers PSP Slims to Cute Girls, Awkwardness Ensues
Friday, August 24, 2007
Our friends over the 2KHockey, have posted some detailed information on NHL 2K8. Including create-a-team information, screenshots, details and a full game video clip!
"NHL 2K8's Create-A-Team (CAT) mode has seen a significant upgrade this year. When you create your team, you can now create up to three jerseys. You could pick an overall color scheme and take a pretty standard route -- say, a white home, a colored away, and a black alternate. Or you can go nuts and make all three jerseys completely unique -- maybe a purple home, bright green and yellow away, and pink alternate. The amount of customization and how cool (or embarrassing) your created team looks is up to you."
08:12 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Xboxic has posted their compairisons between PES 2008 and FIFA 2008, with gameplay video clips to back it up.
"The annual fight between the two biggest football titles has officially commenced here in Germany, with both being shown not just at their own developer’s booths, but elsewhere on the floor too. We managed to play FIFA two days ago, but couldn’t get to PES until today. Having waited for around thirty minutes for the damn public to get out of our way, we finally stepped up to complete our hands on. We also have some video footage for you to check out.
Both games immediately look visually better than last year. FIFA 07 already looked good, however this year it again has improved. PES was always going to look better since it looked so awful last year on the 360, and it is certainly the best it has ever been. Naturally, this was reassuring to see."
IGN has posted previews from the following games:
- SBK-08 (360)
" While half decent car-based games are released on a seemingly hourly basis, you can generally count the number of quality motorcycle games on the wheels of one bike. Milanese developer Milestone knows a lot about each genre, with a heritage comprising the likes of Screamer, Evolution GT, Lamborghini FX (four wheels) as well as Super-Bikes Riding Challenge and the MotoGP and SBK series (two wheels)."
- Burnout Paradise (PS3)
"Your car is going to get messed up. If there was one thing to take away from EA's presentation of Burnout Paradise -- that is beyond all the street names, easy D-Pad online system and snapshot photos that they rehashed from E3 -- it's that your car is going to get screwed up in this game, and you're going to love it."
The Madden NFL 08 demo is available on the Marketplace, weighing in a just over 800 MB. Thanks to everyone that sent this in.
08:11 AM - August 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.Gamersyde has posted screenshots from the following games:
- Midnight Club L.A.
"Take Two Interactive and Rockstar San Diego release the first images of Midnight Club L.A., last instalment of this urban races series that, unlike what the name could make you think, is not always by night. It doesn't look bad at all !"
- Sega Rally
"Sega released a whole bunch of images of Sega Rally during the Game Convention. We quite enjoyed the game."
- Microsoft readying 'new' Xbox 360 for autumn?
- Sony hasn't ruled out PSP hard drive
- Wii wins the console war early
- Game Design Essentials: 20 Difficult Games
- Strangest athlete endorsements
- The NEStari
- Weird Deep-Sea Creatures Found in Atlantic
- Elway to coach son in high school
- Where Are the Women Coaches?
- 9 Baseball Moments More Wretched Than Steroids
- How to Buy a Cheap Airline Ticket in First Class
After trying out a few more tricks w/ my router last night, I'm getting a wireless card for my 360. I just can't get the 360 to work right on the 2K servers. Very irritating.
The big test tomorrow to become MCSE, can't wait! Wish me luck.
I have a lot of yard work to do this weekend, so I'm really looking forward to that.
What's up with you?
- QOTD: What are you up to this weekend?
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Shawn Drotar over at 5W-G has posted an article entitled, 5WG in NHL Community Day Video.
"Well, mostly Mark, thankfully. You’ve been spared the sight of me falling all over myself on the ice - at least until the inevitable blooper reel surfaces…"
N-Europe has posted three trailers of Ferrai Challenge.
Gamersyde has posted the following:
IGN has posted the following:
- NHL 08 Producers Blog - Dynasty Mode (Blog)
"This year we have added the American Hockey League to dynasty mode. The AHL is the top minor league to the NHL. All 29 teams including the Rockford IceHogs, Lake Erie Monsters and the Quad City Flames will be in the game and all will be affiliated with their proper NHL parent club."
- NHL 08 Screenshots (360)
- NHL 08 Player Ratings (360)
"Though EA has had a few admirable efforts in the long history of its NHL franchise, it's never been known as the most realistic hockey series in gaming. In fact, many would argue that for years, NHL has relied on being more arcade than sim in order to win over casual fans."
- GC 2007: NBA 2K8 First Look (360)
"It's called the NBA Black Top for a reason. In each of the contests, you can scroll through the big list and bring your favorite player in to test his skills. We were shown a slam dunk contest between King James, Vince Carter, and Dwayne Wade."
- GC 2007: Ferrari Challenge First Impressions (PS3)
"First impressions are relatively good. Visually it's pretty decent - not stunning but good enough to catch your eye from a distance. The car model - we only saw a single Ferrari in action - is detailed and feels weighty when you slam it into a corner."
- skate Trailer (360)
- GC 2007: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Hands On Preview (Wii)
"There were two new characters on display to join the cast of Mario, Sonic, Peach, Luigi, Bowser, Knuckles, Tales, and Dr. Eggman. On the Nintendo side we had a look at Yoshi and SEGA unveiled Amy. Each character has different stats in four areas: dash, speed, acceleration, and skill."
- Project Gotham Racing 4 Screenshots (360)
- GC 2007: Race Driver One First Look (360)
"Also, Fulton mentioned a further aspect of Race Driver that could be extremely interesting. You see, the development team is keen on producing a "persistent world of motorsport" that changes as you play. So, the three regions that you drive in (USA, Europe and Japan) evolve during gameplay - which means that different racing teams are available to race against or you may have access to new types of races depending upon when you play."
GameSpy has posted the following:
- FIFA 08 Preview (Wii)
"One of the notable things that we saw during the demo was a goalie throw. We knew that you'll raise remote and nunchuk above your head to throw a ball back into bounds. We also knew how to hit a sliding tackle and a finess shot."
- New International Track & Field Screenshots (DS)
- Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Screenshots (360)
- Project Gotham Racing 4 Screenshots (360)
GameSpot has posted the following:
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground GC '07: 5 Minutes with Tony Hawk 2 Video (360)
- GC '07: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Hands On Preview (Wii)
"Though we didn't get to try it out, the archery minigame seems like a nice change of pace from the hectic dash events. Here, you draw your arrow in much the same way as you might do with a real bow: by holding your Nunchuk straight out in front of you, then pressing the A and B buttons together to simulate pinching the arrow on the string, after which you pull back with your Wii Remote."
- Skate Gameplay Movie 3-5 (360)
- GC '07: Top Spin 3 First Look (360)
"One of the big areas of focus with Top Spin 3 has been character animations. Right from the get-go, it's easy to see the qualitative leap the game has taken since the last entry in the series, which was no graphical slouch to begin with. Not only are there a host of new animations for serves, shots, and crosscourt moves, but all the animations string together in a fluid, lifelike manner."
- GC '07: NBA 2K8 Updated Hands On Preview (360)
"The other big addition to gameplay is the new off-ball controls--as they're known. Here, the idea is to give the player more flexibility with how plays unfold on the court, and the team at 2K is taking the system to a surprising level of depth. Essentially, the system lets you choose a two-man play to run and gives you the ability to choose which players are involved in that play."
- Backbreaker Kicks Off in '08
"NaturalMotion is best known for being the purveyor of the euphoria, endorphin, and morpheme animation tools for in-game animaton."
- Backbreaker Screenshots (PS3)
- FIFA Soccer 08 Screenshots (360)
- FIFA Manager 08 Screenshots (PC)
- GC '07: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Hands On Preview (PS3)
"Jumping at the chance to play the first version of Pro Evolution Soccer for the PlayStation 3, we were pleased to see how good the game looked. Now 75 percent through development, the game looks noticeably sharper on the PS3 at this point than on the Xbox 360. The extra fidelity really helps you spot individual players and appreciate the extra detail in the animation."
- GC '07: FIFA 08 Hands On Preview (PS3)
"It's pretty much a given that EA's FIFA series is so polished you can nearly see your face in it. However, this year, the incidental details are almost so many that they become throwaway. For example, take the incredibly detailed cloth deformation on the players as they move: This is something that really only becomes apparent at the end of a match as you see them running off the pitch."