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June 25, 2008

Who Is On The NBA Live 2009 Cover?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 2:52 am

We will find out later on the 25th of June who is on the cover of Live 09, but I figure we can make a good guess of it.  The basic rule is that it will not be anyone who was on a cover the past 2 seasons of any game and not anyone who has ever been on the cover of Live,  meaning Chris Paul, Shaq, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, Antoine Walker, Tim Duncan, KG, Stevie Francis, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Tracy McGrady, and Gilbert Arenas are out.  Check here and EA Sports websites on

Wednesday to see who is on the cover.

1. LeBron James – King James had a huge 2007 and next season he looks to improve.  Or have his team-mates improve, which would help much more.  Not a more marketable guy in the league, from 1998-2008 his jersey is the 4th best selling, amazing when you consider he came into the league in 2003.  ODDS 2-1

2. Kevin Durant – The Rookie of the Year in 2007 looks to become not only the face of a franchise, but the face of a city as the ownership of the Sonics are trying to move the team to Oklahoma City.  Remember the stories of him not being able to bench press anything before the draft and how weak he would be?  He’s a stronger guy then most folks thought.  As an Oklahoma City native, I really hope the Sonics get there as soon as possible.  ODDS 3-1

3. Paul Pierce – The NBA Finals MVP went and run amok against the league in this post season.  He was not the same player we saw last season, or maybe ever.  He outplayed Kobe Bryant when it mattered most and brought the NBA Championship back to Boston for the 17th time in history.  Odds are lowered though, since the agents and people that do these deals probably already had signed off on who was on the cover before the Finals actually happened.  But, if not, then Pierce has a great chance as he became, almost overnight, a household name.  ODDS 7-2

4. Tony Parker – Little known fact, Tony has been on the cover of the French version of the game for the past 4 years.  Why not make the logical leap to the US Cover?  EA Sports might be thinking ahead with this choice, as the Spurs tend to win championships in seasons where the year is an odd number.  Parker is also quite young, only 26, and already has 3 NBA Championships and one Finals MVP under his belt.  Some might think this is a dark-horse pick but I’m thinking this will be the start of a series of wins for the Spurs this season.  ODDS 4-1 and my pick.

The “it will not happen” pick: Michael Jordan – If a retired Brett Favre can be on the cover of Madden 09 then Jordan can be on the cover of Live.  It’s a very small chance, but I will not be suprized when the year comes where he is on the cover of one of the NBA games.

Check here and EA Sports websites on Wednesday to see who is on the cover.

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June 18, 2008

NBA Live 2009 Screens

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 2:54 pm

IGN.com posted up a movie and preview that you can read HERE.  It’s pretty interesting up until you get to “Quickstrike Anklebreakers.”  Maybe EA Sports hit the point where they said “Screw it, 2K is the sim, we’re just going to be arcade.”  It’s very possible.

Anyways, here are the first pictures of NBA Live 09, these are from the 360… (Click to enlarge)


June 17, 2008

NHL 2K9 on Wii (Mario Celebrates)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 5:27 pm

News from 2K Sports as they are the first to have an NHL game on Wii.  This seems like a great idea, if 2K does like they always do on the hockey games and includes a ton of mini-games this will be a great game.  Here’s the press release from 2K Sports:

2K Sports today announced that the next iteration of the popular hockey franchise, NHL 2K9, will be coming to the Wii™ console from Nintendo this fall. As the first and only officially licensed NHL and NHLPA video game for Wii, NHL 2K9 will offer fans the fun opportunity to play like the pros using the Wii Remote™ controller as a hockey stick, and enjoy playing hockey in a wholly unique and entertaining experience like never before.

In celebration of NHL 2K9 for Wii, Nintendo’s most iconic video game character, Mario™, will be walking down the red carpet during the 2008 NHL Awards tonight at the Elgin Theatre, 6:15 p.m. ET in Toronto. Fans in attendance will also have the special opportunity to meet and greet Mario and have their picture taken with him.

NHL 2K9, being developed by Visual Concepts, is not yet rated by the ESRB, and will be available this fall for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii console from Nintendo, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

And here is Mario in Toronto at the NHL Awards…

June 8, 2008

Kevin Garnett on Cover of NBA 2K9

Filed under: gaming, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:48 pm

This is TK’s first tidbit on NBA 2K9; Kevin Garnett is on the cover.  2K Sports held a contest to guess who would be on the cover, and anyone who picked KG won.  I think it is a pretty good fit, KG was on the cover of NBA Live 2001, and now 8 years later he is going to be on the 2K9 cover.

There is an awesome video that looks totally CGI and not like it could be the game at all HERE.

Images from mentioned movie: (click to enlarge)

And let’s compare 2K9, 2K8, and Live 08 (no Live 09 stuff yet), it looks like if 2K9 is actually showing us “the goods” then they have the best looking game so far.  To be fair there are no pictures of Live 09, so it could look amazing, we’ll just have to wait for that.  But as is, the folks at 2K Games set the bar pretty high.

NBA 2K9

NBA 2K8

NBA Live 2008

Moment of zen…

May 7, 2008

GTA IV Impressions

Filed under: gaming — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 10:29 pm

Okay so for the last 168 hours when I was not sleeping, working, or eating I was playing GTA IV.  As many other reviewers and people have stated, this game is as close to a perfect 10 out of 10 as games get.  The notion that this is gaming’s Citizen Kane is not far from the truth.  It, more than Halo or Madden or anything else, has proven that a game can be a form of art.  

Looking at Halo 3, which previously held the best opening week for a game, it was seen as a game for young guys in college or in basements that will drink large amounts of beer and stay up until tomorrow playing multiplayer.  There is nothing wrong with that, and it did make goo-gobs of money for the people who made it.  There was a target for Halo, and the target was the stereotyped Xbox 360 owner, male, 20’s, white (perhaps).  

Madden is also a perennial for “Best Selling Game” as the 360’s version was the 12th best selling game and the PS2’s was the 15th best selling game for 2007.  As with Halo, Madden has a specific target audience, specifically: people like myself who swear EA is a bunch of assholes who are releasing “Roster Update 08” but find that updated rosters are worth $60.  More specifically, football fans.

What GTA IV does is target humanity.  Similar to Oscar winner Departed, GTA is not going to be liked by everyone.  It is a gritty, violent, game that has a focus on a criminal.  This wards off people like my mother, who would rather watch Pretty Woman for the 30473th time than spend 5 minutes watching a movie with the main character being rewarded for killing a drug dealer or other people who are not exactly the people the world needs to keep moving.  

That’s exactly what this game as been up to about 40% through it, killing people who have screwed over one of your friends.  Not to spoil anything too much, but so far Niko really isn’t a bad guy in the same way Tommy Vercetti in Vice City or Carl Johnson in San Andreas would more or less do evil acts to promote themselves.  Niko does a lot of stuff where it leaves the impression this guy is not evil, just doing what he can to get by.  

That said, the game-play is what takes this game over the top.  Last Tuesday when I was still at work, not played it yet, people told me “it is great, but the fighting and shooting is different.”  Different good or different bad?  “It’s much better.”  Yeah I agree with them, it is much much better.  I don’t know if it’s any different on 360, as I have never played a GTA game on there, but on PS3 it is exactly how controls should work.  It lets you do everything in a way that doesn’t leave you looking at the manual to see how to do things.  

Multiplayer is this biggest problem with this game.  WHAT?  Hear me out, once you play multiplayer your single player game will advance so slow because you will find yourself playing multiplayer more and more.  It is so varied in the sense that nothing is too overpowering.  If you go get the rocket launcher I can shoot you with an assault rifle from hiding.  If you have the assault rifle you can get ran over by a car.  If you are in a car you can get shot at by everyone.  There is not a limit to the things that can happen in multiplayer.

Not only is the Deathmatch mode great, but the Race mode is awesome.  I remember when the game types were revealed I thought, “Race mode?  Those are the WORST missions why would I want to race someone?”  But they included two race modes, and both are great.  The “Race” mode is a plain race, but there is no traffic, no guns, no advantage to killing anyone.  The “GTA Race” mode has guns, grenades, and is what the Twisted Metal series would be if it had a finish line.

I’ll have more on this game as it’s not leaving the PS3 anytime soon, but for now those are my first thoughts.

 

April 25, 2008

Madden Not in Madden 09 (Confirmed)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 4:42 pm

 

From EA SPORTS:

Madden NFL 09 will also feature a network-inspired broadcast presentation. Players will benefit from the authentic football knowledge of an in-booth play-by-play and color commentary team featuring Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond. In addition, numerous graphical enhancements have been made, including realistic weather and grass, sleeker player models and exterior stadium views.

Looks like Collinsworth and Hammond are handling all the talking now.  After 19 seasons Madden will take some time off.  Interesting to me is the fact EA Sports has the license to get ESPN personalities and choose to go after Cris Collinsworth from NBC and HBO as well as Tom Hammond from NBC.  Neither one actually does the games on NBC, as Madden and Al Michaels handle that.

“…and that’s what football is all about!”

 

BREAKING: FAVRE ON COVER OF MADDEN 09

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:09 pm

BRETT FAVRE ON COVER OF MADDEN 2009

CURSE BROKEN?

 

Link to Madden site

 

April 22, 2008

NCAA 09 Update: New Screenshot

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:54 am

Nothing much today, new screenshot of the Kansas alternate jersey.

(Click to enlarge)

Nothing too amazing here, notice the extra “people” on the sidelines though.  Those folks were not there last season.  One thing of note, number 87 on Kansas is a big white d-lineman, so is it too early to ask how soon downloadable rosters will be ready?  

Blog News: Thank you to all the readers, or Google traffic-ers who have (so far) made this the 3rd most visited month in this blogs history.  

Tidbits: ESPN ran NBA Live though a playoff sim and it’s Boston vs. Los Angeles in the Finals, from the pics it looks like they ran it on a PS2, that’s quite confusing, can’t ESPN afford a PlayStation 3 by now?…  A few bad sports games were released lately according to average review scores, UEFA Euro 2008 (67%),  NBA Ballers: Chosen One (55%), and MLB Fantasy All-Stars (70%)… Bill Simmons wants Lakers vs. Celtics more than anything, Spurs vs. Pistons is not on the list… Gilbert Arenas’ Halo team “Final Boss” isn’t doing too bad in the tournaments it enters… Early request, can we get that shoulder padded undershirt Tracy Mcgrady wears in the games in NBA 2K9?

Moment of zen… (pic finally came of what snow looks like in Madden 09)

Click for biggie size, much much better actually.  I like how the sidelines have piles of snow that was shoveled over.  Looks good so far, more info to come.  Goodnight.

April 21, 2008

Madden 09 Update #1

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:07 am

From Gamestop.com:

Although some games are played in domes, football remains one of the sports in which weather can be a factor. Some of the most memorable football moments come when teams battle the elements and each other. Who can forget last year’s blizzard-like Seahawks vs. Packers playoff game, or the 1967 “Ice Bowl?”

For our continuing Madden Mondays series, EA Sports has given us another exclusive sneak peek at one of the features of Madden NFL 09, shipping out August 12, as well as the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Madden NFL 09 for Xbox 360 and PS3. In their efforts to enhance the drama and emotion of a real football game, they’ve taken on the weather.

To give Mother Nature the respect she deserves, they’ve overhauled everything from Madden 08 to give you a movie-like experience. One of these overhauls is fog, and lots of it. It gives a greater sense of depth and scale and makes the stadiums seem huge. We’ve heard that no two snowflakes are alike, and although we haven’t seen every flake in Madden 09, we can tell you the snow is more realistic than ever. You’ll see deeper snow on the fields, with dramatic accumulation and realistic wear from play. Player’s footsteps will leave imprints, snow will be piled on the sidelines and the yardage lines will be shoveled, just like in a real game. We probably won’t see a snowplow clearing off a space for a field goal since the NFL banned their use after the infamous 1982 “Snowplow Game.” But you never know.

Improved color correction and stadium light bloom mean that you’ll see the steam of a player’s breath on a frosty night, as well as splashes of water when his feet hit the rain-covered turf. And the 3-dimensional interaction that snow and rain particles have with the wind may tempt you to bundle up when you play. You’ll see it all at a movie-quality 60 FPS rate on the Xbox 360 and PS3. All of these subtle differences add up to give you an immersive NFL experience that may tempt you to bundle up.

Remember, these exclusive peeks aren’t necessarily the main new features. They’re just the tip of the iceberg. EA Sports is keeping the rest of the iceberg top secret for now. But we will continue to chip away at the iceberg with another exclusive every Monday for the next six weeks.

Here is a pic of the “new” weather in NCAA 09, so expect similar in Madden 09.  Much improved.

 

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