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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
PC Gameworld has posted their preview of TrackMania: Sunrise.
"TrackMania: Sunrise is shaping up to be an exciting and fun game for everyone. Gone are the realistic cars and flat tracks, this game is like scalectrix on drugs. Eat your heart out simulation racing, Sunrise is showing you what fun really is."
TeleFragged has posted their preview of Fight Night Round 2.
"I may sound like I hate every aspect of this game, but I admit that I'm over-critical of boxing games. In fact, I've only really gotten into about four or five over the last 20 years. At least with Round Two, the boxing itself is entertaining in a way that you won't get in a button-mashing boxer, nor will you get it in a vanilla fighting game (whether it's 2D or 3D). It remains to be seen if the enhanced career, training, or online modes promised in the full version will be worth the price tag and the upgrade from last year's title. Fight Night Round Two is set to be released in stores on March 1st (only about eleven months after its predecessor) on the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube."
Designed For Simulation Gamers and Tuned by top Drivers, NASCAR SimRacing Offers A Multiple Series Career Mode And Online Racing For Up To 43 Live Drivers
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 15, 2005 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that NASCAR® SimRacing™ from the EA SPORTS™ brand is shipping for the PC. NASCAR SimRacing was developed by a dedicated PC production team for more than 18 months with the help of NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series™ drivers including Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The drivers’ contribution to the game assisted the team in producing the most realistic NASCAR PC simulation game to date.
NASCAR SimRacing is the perfect combination of realism, true racing ‘feel’, depth, and advanced EA SPORTS presentation. Race down the straightaway at Daytona International Speedway® alongside 42 other live drivers online as Voice Over IP talk mixes with the roar of V8 engines in surround sound. Computer driven cars ensure a full field of 43 cars when racing online, regardless of the number of live drivers. Broadband connection required for online play, microphone required for Voice Over IP.
NASCAR SimRacing also features the first multiple series NASCAR PC Career Mode where gamers will battle through 25 authentic tracks in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. While progressing through the career mode, enjoy full race replays and analyze in-depth telemetry data. Improve skills and refine car setups for each track and move up the ranks towards the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship. Pre-designed setups are available for less experienced drivers.
NASCAR SimRacing is designed for simulation fans by a dedicated PC development team at EA Tiburon. The game ships on February 15th and is rated “E” for (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $39.99. The game’s official website is: www.easimracing.com.
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Monday, February 14, 2005
G4TV.com has posted their review of Winning Eleven 8, giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
"There's nothing quite so rewarding as turning a defender around, then blazing past him. Oh, wait, there is: try putting it between his legs and watch him helplessly backpedal to get back into position. While WE vets will love the juke-and jive, stop-and-go possibilities, beginner's can stick to the basics and still miff weak defenders."
Worthplaying has posted the following:
- World Tour Soccer 2006 Cover Athlete Signed and Screenshots (PS2)
"SCEA announced today the signing of Manchester United and U.S. National Team goalkeeper, Tim Howard, to be the cover athlete for the upcoming release of World Tour Soccer 2006 for the PS2."
- Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Screenshots (PS2 & Xbox)
"Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition is the quintessential racing game for any true aficionado of the automotive and racing lifestyle. Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition is the only game to offer a full range of street vehicle culture including over 50 fully customizable licensed vehicles."
Gaming Age has posted their review of ATV Offroad Fury 3, giving it a C+.
"Overall, ATV Offroad Fury 3 is a fun, challenging racer with solid online play. But when ATV Offroad Fury 2 is every bit as good – even graphically, and extremely inexpensive because of its age, there's very little reason to get this version."
Eurogamer has posted the following:
- TrackMania Owners Given Sunrise Beta Demo
"Digital Jesters and French developer Nadeo have decided to reward fans of the original TrackMania by making a beta version of the sequel available to them a full two months before the game is expected to ship on 8th April."
- SEGA Assembling Next-Gen Racing Studio in UK
"SEGA is constructing a new UK development studio to focus on next-generation racing titles based on some of the publisher's most successful IP, including Crazy Taxi and SEGA Rally, according to a report in UK trade mag MCV."
RewiredMind has posted their review of Rumble Roses, giving it a 5 out of 10.
"And that's the main problem. Rumble Roses shouldn't have been a mere experiment in titillation. Rather, the target should have been to create a fine wrestling title that happened to feature an all-female cast. Unfortunately, these roles have been reversed and we're left with an average game that looks like the characters were developed first, with the gameplay being filled in as the coders went along. Enjoyable for a short while, Rumble Roses won't stand the test of time as the Smackdown! or Dead or Alive series have."
Game Freaks 365 has posted their review of Racing Gears Advance, giving it an 8.8 out of 10.
"Whether you’re into weapons-based racers, or straight-up racers, Racing Gears Advance will please you. With a fair amount of length, and replay value in the form of multi-player and replaying existing tracks, this game will keep you occupied on your Game Boy Advance or Nintendo DS (whichever you play GBA games on) for quite some time. So far, this is the best handheld game of 2005."
RealGamer has posted their review of Trackmania, giving it a 6.2 out of 10.
"So, the formula stands true. It has to be said, however, that were it not for the internet, Trackmania would be bargain bin-bound, feeling, as it does, like a cheap game. There is also a very pertinent problem regarding the suitability of the genre to the PC, on a more general level. A group of three or four close friends huddled round a fourteen inch portable television, battling away on a game such as this could while away many a joyful hour. The physical separation of human opponents makes every multiplayer contest a little less worthwhile, whilst the one-player game’s mission to collect track parts seems pointless if you then cannot share the resulting new tracks easily with close friends."
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Just in case you missed the features we posted this week, here they are.
- FIFA Street Fact Sheet and Screenshots (Xbox)
- Big League Tuesday Featuring, Major League Baseball 2K5 (Xbox)
- Beta Major League Baseball 2K5 Screenshots (Xbox)
GamerNETWORK has posted the following reviews:
- ESPN NBA 2K5 (Xbox - 87/100)
ESPN NBA 2K5 is a great game. Very realistic, hard, enjoyable, and looooong. It will keep you hooked for weeks. It’s just a shame that the game lacks of online play – otherwise it would be the basketball game. Still, it’s a great game for a ridiculous price. Not to be missed!
- ESPN NBA 2K5 (PS2 - 87/100)
"With EA snapping the ESPN license in a very unfair move, Take2's series must find a way to deliver the same standards but without the help from ESPN. Maybe the license of another American sports channel will be taken as a substitute - Fox, anyone? There's no point in worrying about that right now – the appropriate thing to do right now is enjoy this fabulous game at a ridiculous price. You have no excuse for not buying this almost-perfect basketball game, unless you don't like basketball."
- ESPN NFL 2K5 (Xbox - 89/100)
"Marvellous graphics and simple intuative menus make the game fun and enjoyable. Commentary is better than is quite often the case in sport sims, and the soundtrack isn't too bad either. The only thing you may not like is the huge amount of tactics/strategies. There are loads of them, and if you're not a true fan of the sport, you won't understand much."
- ESPN NFL 2K5 (PS2 - 89/100)
"A deep, enjoyable game that beats the others NFL games. It's a real shame that this game is the last we're going to see of the series. Oh, and at just 20 quid it's an absolute steal."
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Gamebiz has posted their review of ESPN NFL 2005, giving it a score of 80%.
"ESPN NFL 2005 is a title which a lot of Australians will have fun with. A lot of gamers here are curious about American Football with the hype, big hits and spectacular plays but get turned off by the strategies in which ESPN NFL 2005 will be a perfect match."
We have just posted the fact sheet and some screenshots of FIFA Street.
"Let your skills reign supreme in the ultimate combination of arcade action blended with the culture of freestyle street soccer, EA SPORTS BIG™ presents FIFA STREET. By removing the rules from the simulation soccer experience, FIFA STREET exposes the heart of the world's beautiful game, on-the-ball flare and individual style."