Gaming News January 2006

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Chrome Specforce (PC)

Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, February 01, 2006
” It’s a solid little game that delivers exactly what it’s supposed to, but severely lacks that X factor. ”

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80 Days (PC) Review
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, February 01, 2006
You just have to ask yourself if you have a soft spot for struggling little adventurers and if you’re prepared to work with it through its issues to give it a home on your games shelf and a place to play on your pc.

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PSP: The Con
Bytesector :: Wednesday, February 01, 2006
“The sound takes you. A small crowd of spectators shouting your name as you step into your world. Tonight it’s a back alley, perhaps tomorrow a park. You are a fighter, but tonight you are more than that. Money has been a tad scarce as of late, so you decide to take up acting. With what I believe to be one of the first fighting games on the PSP, The Con takes you into a world of money making. A combination of gambling, on both yourself and the opponent, combined with the fight itself makes for so…”

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SPAMfighter 4.3.0 Review @ NGOHQ
NGOHQ :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
Quote: “Without doubt spam is one of the most annoying things associated with the Internet. For some people, say me for example, it has become Internet public enemy #1. Even viruses are being distributed via Email as spam, and avoiding this blight on the Web can be very difficult. I tried many mail server based anti-spam plugins and applications, some of which weren’t the most user-friendly, but almost nothing has been able to prevent spam 100%. Today I was desperate and began to try yet another free client spam filter hoping that this may bring some better results.”

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Fatal1ty; The Next Michael Jordon
CoolTechZone :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
“It’s no surprise that Fatal1ty has become one of the most recognized brands in the enthusiast community. He first signed a contract with Abit and is now working with Zalman and Creative (along with three other brands) on more projects. Additionally, he has been featured on numerous publications (online, print and broadcast), including his most recent appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes.”

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NBA 06
Bytesector :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
“NBA 06 is essentially a mediocre improvement from the first NBA title that Sony released for the PSP. It still has quite a few bugs that plagued the gameplay, which should have been fixed, since they were also present in the previous iteration. Despite all the problems, the game has undoubtedly improved dramatically in some of its aspects. I would think that if you are really hurting for an NBA game to play on the PSP, this one could be in the running, but it does have quite a few shortcomings that damn well should be ironed out before I can truthfully admit that Sony has finally made a good NBA game for PSP.”

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Quake Wars (PC)
Strategy Informer :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
With massive maps, more advanced graphics and animation than ever before, a large range of weapons and vehicles, not to mention a wide array of character classes to play with, gamers are going to be challenged both individually and in teams to pit their wits and skills against one another.

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DH Review: RedOctane Afterburner Metal Dance Pad
Driver Heaven :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
“While there are ?soft? dance mats mad out of cheap foam materials, dancers who wish to play the more difficult songs without an endless bombardment of problems should invest in a metal dance pad. The Afterburner Metal Dance Pad, from the makers who also brought us In the Groove, is prided for its multiplatform capabilities, increased arrow sensitivity and its sturdy metal frame. Purchasing one of these dance pads will cost around $200 plus shipping, so it?s definitely a good idea to make sure if the Afterburner is right for you.”

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Pac-Man World 3
Strategy Informer :: Sunday, January 29, 2006
It’s a great, fun little platformer with a proud history and it’s certainly worth playing if you’re looking for something simple to relax with. check it out


Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console
Laptop Gamers :: Sunday, January 29, 2006

The first impression one gets from the PSP (once you’ve ravenously clawed your way through the packaging) is just how sleek the system is. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the PSP is one seriously sexy piece of cutting-edge tech. The system’s faceplate is fashioned of one glassy piece, interrupted only by the protrusion of the various buttons. The backside is just as nice, with the UMD disc door featuring a prominent PSP logo inside a silver metal ring set flush against the backplate. The two shoulder buttons are clear plastic, and the perimeter edge is accented in silver giving the whole thing a very streamlined look

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Xbox 360 Shortages ‘Running Into Spring’
OCModshop :: Thursday, January 26, 2006

Shortages of Xbox 360 will likely drag on into the spring, according to at least one major retailer. In an article in yesterday’s USA Today, Circuit City’s Jim Babb said, “We think supplies are going to remain pretty tight for the next 90 days.” The company is still not actively promoting Xbox 360.

At CES earlier this month, Bill Gates said he expects availability to improve “over the next three or four months” as Microsoft’s extra manufacturing partner fully comes on line.

Clearly, some in the industry believe the shortages are damaging for Xbox 360s future. USA Today points out that while Microsoft sold 600,000 systems of Xbox 369 prior to the holidays, the original Xbox sold 1.4 million units in the first two months of 2001.

John Davison, editorial director for Ziff Davis’ games mags said, “Microsoft needs to get the supply-and-demand situation nailed real soon. If it drags out much longer, it’s just going to promote apathy rather than excitement.”

Richard Doherty, research director of the Envisioneering Group. “Damage to Microsoft and 360 is growing every week with no clear explanation. The silence is unfair to consumers and fans alike.”

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wxRipper v1.2 and wx360 v1.6
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, January 26, 2006
Gael360 released a new version of his tools to dump Xbox 360 discs with a PC DVD-drive using an hot-swap method (means you’ll have to open your drive – see previous news). This is a translation from french to english of what he said on the gueux forums about the new release:

I just released a big update of my tools, you will now be able to find the ‘magic number’ immediatly, without having to scan an unknown Xbox 360 DVD. So there’s no longer a difference between known and unknown games, they will all be detected/dumped the same way.

The advantage of this method is that you will be able to use wx360 directly to open the content of the DVD without having to dump it first. After doing the hot-swap you’ll just have to open wx360, select the DVD-drive and click the DVD icon. wxRipper will thus have a feature to find the ‘magic number’ immediately, without scanning the Xbox 360 DVD. The features related to dumping did not change.

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GUN Xbox 360 Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, January 26, 2006
Review – GUN Xbox 360 Review check it out

Review: Myst V
Primo Tech :: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Myst V is a tedious addition to the familiar adventure series, which will take you between two and 15 hours to complete, depending on how many times you are driven to cheat

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Keepsake (PC)
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
There are probably some kids out there who will love this game; apart from the fact that the puzzles are either really easy or really boring.

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Review: Call of Duty 2
Primo Tech :: Monday, January 23, 2006
Originality is a hard thing to come by these days in the videogame industry. And while you might expect me to now launch into a lengthy tirade about how Call of Duty 2 changes all that, you’d be wrong. Indeed, developer Infinity Ward thought up, created, and released Call of Duty 2 for those of us- including myself- who thoroughly enjoy the World War II genre. Infinity Ward must have asked itself the most famous rhetorical question in the videogame industry: Why fix what ain’t broke?

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