Yup, today’s the day: August…13. You know, the day before Madden 08 comes out. If you want to preorder, today’s your last day to do it- and preorders are selling like hotcakes for the 08 installment. If you already have it preordered, your store probably has a launch party, so I suggest calling them.
I don’t know what else I can say. Uh, buy Madden?
Earlier yesterday, EA put up a small notice on their website announcing that 49 of its EA Nation online games would be shutdown in the next three months. The notables are all of the EA Sports games pre-07 (that goes for Madden, NCAA Football, NBA Live, March Madness, Tiger Woods…). Also, Need for Speed Most Wanted and Underground will be put down, along with Burnout Revenge.
September 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Arena Football for PlayStation 2
Arena Football for Xbox
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 06 for PC
FIFA06 for PC
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation 2
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PC
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation 2
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA World Cup 2006 for Xbox
Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation Portable
Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox 360
Madden NFL 06 for PC
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation 2
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation Portable
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for PlayStation 2
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for Xbox
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for PlayStation 2
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for Xbox
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for PlayStation 2
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for Xbox
NBA Live 06 for Xbox 360
NBA Live 06 for PC
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation 2
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation Portable
NCAA Football 2005 for Xbox
NCAA Football 2006 for PlayStation 2
NCAA Football 2006 for Xbox
NCAA March Madness 06 for PlayStation 2
NCAA March Madness 06 for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PC
NFL Head Coach for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for PC
NHL 06 for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for Xbox
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox
November 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Burnout Revenge for Xbox
Burnout Revenge for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PC
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Most Wanted for PlayStation Portable
Need for Speed Most Wanted for Xbox
Today, Sony released updates for PS3 and PSP firmware. The PSP firmware only includes security upgrades and support for more titles on the playable network.
The PS3 firmware update has more features then the PSP update. The new update includes messaging smilies (emotions), support for custom wallpapers for the XMB (Cross Media Bar). New AVCHD video playback (whatever that is) support from external devices, better DMB hard drive game sorting. It also includes improved CD audio quality from HDMI or digital audio out. A cool new eject disk function (an option you can do via the controller), and 1080p24 HDMI output for Blu-Ray media.
So nothing super exciting, but nonetheless some new features.
EA unleashed seven new screenshots from the next installment in their (exclusive) NFL football video game franchise, Madden 08, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic- if it’s real-time, and I don’t think it is. Click the first image to see the gallery.
Yeah, that’s right- Sony announced a new PSP today at their E3 Press Conference, which shares all too much with another company’s redesign: it’s 33% lighter and 19% slimmer, and now comes in white. Yeah, it’s a Sony PSP Lite (ok, it’s still called the PSP). The redesign will maintain its 4.3-inch LCD Screen and UMD disk format…and the one-analog control scheme.
The PSP could greatly benefit from a second analog, and many PSP owners would agree- we’ve been waiting for a newer PSP with an analog. Wasted opportunity! It does, however, support video out, so theoretically you could watch your UMDs and play your games on your TV set- that’ll actually be real nice, as long as the graphics don’t get blown up and look ugly.
Anyway, it’s slated for October, and will also sport improved battery life and *gasp* faster loading times.