Gaming News January 2007

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World of Warcraft : Burning Crusade (PC) review 

Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“As with every MMO an expansion pack was bound to come out and I’m sure that no matter how bad it was people would still buy it like there was no tomorrow. But as Blizzard have shown with The Frozen Throne (the expansion pack for Warcraft III) their expansions are usually just as good as the original product if not better. That leaves us with the question: “Just how good is The Burning Crusade?”

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Review
Technic 3d :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The Game Pro Evolution Soccer 6 from Konami arrived Technic3D. Better than Pro Evolution Soccer 5? See you the Details in the following Review.”

World Of Warcraft Burning Crusade 
Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
For a few years now market analytics have been saying that PC gaming is in decline. Judging from the sales figures of PC games there is at least some truth to their claims. But every single claim of theirs is void when you look at the sales figures of Blizzards MMO behemoth – World of Warcraft. The latest reports say that currently there are over 8 million active subscribers playing the game, every one of them shelling $15 per month to Blizzard.

Surprisingly it seems that even those numbers are not big enough for the team responsible for WoW. As with every MMO an expansion pack was bound to come out and I’m sure that no matter how bad it was people would still buy it like there was no tomorrow. But as Blizzard have shown with The Frozen Throne (the expansion pack for Warcraft III) their expansions are usually just as good as the original product if not better. That leaves us with the question: “Just how good is The Burning Crusade?”

PlayStation 3 Price Cut Chops at Sony Profits
Sony :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sony’s core electronics business more than doubled profits in the last quarter of 2006, but failed to offset price cuts to its PlayStation 3 game console, leading to an overall profit decline of just over 5 percent, the company said Tuesday.

Penny-Arcade about Xbox Live High School Lockdown
Penny Arcade :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Here is the new ‘Penny Arcade’ comic titled ‘The Federal Bureau of Taking All Your Shit’. If you have no idea what this is about, you must have missed this news item.

Peter Moore: Welcome to Windows Vista
Microsoft :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
For the first time in Microsoft’s history, we’re releasing an operating system built from the ground up with gaming as a core scenario. With a worldwide presence of over 200 million gamers of all stripes, we’re taking the world’s most popular gaming platform and making it easier, safer, and more fun for everyone, while delivering new technologies that will deliver the most powerful, most immersive, most innovative gaming experiences to the Windows platform.

How to Update Your Xbox 360 With a CD-R
Microsoft :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
You can download a file from Xbox.com and burn a DVD or CD. Use this method if you don’t have your console connected to broadband, or if you use a dialup connection to the Internet. You could even do this at a friend’s house who has a broadband Internet connection and a DVD or CD burner.

Xbox 360 and Windows Vista
Microsoft :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
What does the upcoming release of Windows Vista™ mean for gamers? Cross-platform play, for one thing. Seamless wireless integration with Xbox 360™, for another. Take a look at some of the new features of Vista that will revolutionize your gaming and digital entertainment lifestyle.

Guitar Hero to continue on PlayStation 2
Red Octane :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
RedOctane will continue to support PlayStation 2 with the Guitar Hero series for as long as the platform is viable, according to publishing boss Dusty Welch.


MS cuts 360 estimates, Xbox division posts $289m loss
Microsoft :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Shipment figures reduced to 12m for fiscal year ’07

Microsoft Confirms 10 New Live Arcade Titles
Microsoft :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Representatives from Microsoft have released information on ten of the Xbox Live Arcade titles set to hit the service in 2007, including an XBLA version of PlayStation classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Team 17’s seminal Worms.

PS2 DecalGirl Skins Review (Playstation 2)
RB Consoles :: Monday, January 29, 2007
We continue our look at console skins from Decalgirl.com with a look at two skins for the PS2. In our review of their Xbox skins, we were impressed with the quality and easy installation of the skins. Will the streak continue with these PS2 skins? Let’s find out.

My Thoughts On The Sony PlayStation 3
Tech ARP :: Monday, January 29, 2007
“Late last year (on November 17, 2006), Sony finally got around to launching their long-awaited (and long-delayed) PlayStation 3. The launch prompted eager gamers to brave long nights in the bitter cold while standing in line. But the elements weren’t the only concern to some others, there were plenty of mishaps as well.

However, there has been a recent wave of units hitting some stores lately. I happen to run across one such unit (a spanking new 60GB model) at our local Wal-Mart. That caught me offguard as I did not expect to see any in stock for the next few months. ”

D.i.R.T. Origin of the Species Review 
Gamepyre :: Monday, January 29, 2007
This game could have been a lot better, with a bit more polishing before release, but unfortunately, this is all too common of game makers recently. The level design and character scripting needs quite a bit of work, and that’s just starting the list. On the plus side this game has a $30 price tag, which is all right; maybe $5-$10 cheaper would be more in line with what you get.

Ultima Online Newbie Guide
Ice Teks :: Monday, January 29, 2007
“/Ultima Online may be an old game, but is still widely played. If you have not played, you are missing out on a great experience! This guide will help you get started as a new player./”

America’s Army Goes Mobile
Gameloft :: Monday, January 29, 2007
America’s Army: Special Operations is an extremely realistic military game. Inspired by the popular PC and console versions, the collaborative project is the only mobile game in which players assume the roles of U.S. Army personnel from Apache helicopter pilot to infantry Soldier to armored vehicle commander. The game features authentic U.S. Army weapons and vehicles including Apache helicopters, Strykers, M4A1 rifles, and Stinger missiles. Borrowing from real Army operations, players must achieve mission objectives ranging from neutralizing a radar station to combat search and rescue.

RIP 3: The Last Hero now runs under Win Vista
White Elephant Games :: Monday, January 29, 2007
The new version (v.1.5) is the second update since the official release of the game (late November). The first update (v.1.3) included a new perk system, online High Scores, ability to carry and use 3 types of weapons at the same time and many other improvements.