Most people can agree that Xbox Live wasn’t what it should for the last few weeks. That is, down and/or crappy networking where people and gaming sessions would get randomly booted. I noticed that yesterday I couldn’t play a whole map without serious lagging and then a session ended message. The host then tried to make another game, but with the same issues.
This brings it up till now, around noon where Xbox Live service seemed to be shut down for everyone. I wasn’t able to login until right just now. Does this mean that we can play without network interruptions while they fix the problem? Maybe…
Microsoft announced that they will be doing something that the Wii has been doing for a long time, only it’s for a game system within the last few years. Simply put, Microsoft is putting full downloadable Xbox games on the Xbox Live Marketplace (Xbox 1 not Xbox 360 games).
The plan, which will be enacted early December (the 4th to be exact), will allow games published by Microsoft to be purchasable (for about $15 dollars each [cheap!] or about 1200 points) over the internet where they can be downloaded onto the console. This plan could be seen as a way for Microsoft to get more money on those bigger (120GB) hard-drives. The price may go up (or down) soon on those babies.
From what we know, Fable, Indigo Prophecy, Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex, Burnout 3, and the original Halo will be launch titles in this new service.
The fall update for the Xbox 360 is supposed to unlock this feature.
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
This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but due a communication error it never appeared. Sorry for the confusion and delay.
EA announced yesterday that NCAA 08 Football can use real-time/world weather stats from The Weather Channel to determine the kind of weather that will be used on the field. So if there is a huge snow storm in NYC, you can go check out how the footballers would play under these conditions. This feature allows games to be played in rainstorms, intense wind or just on a good old sunny day.
This feature can be turned off, but I really can’t see why you would want to. The option to choose live-time weather is only enabled when the user is online (not necessarily playing online though). EA didn’t specifically mention if all copies of the game have this feature but we would assume so.
Should make the game much more realistic. I wonder what happens when you play during a hurricane..hm.. The weather doesn’t seem to affect the fans, just the players it seems.
NCAA 08 Football is currently in stores for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 consoles.