If you’ve got a Xbox 360 and a broadband connection, just plug it in – the Free-for-All Xbox Live Week will run from April 8 through 15.
Sponsored by Adidas, the free week will be available to all members of Xbox Live, letting Silver users enjoy multiplayer games anytime throughout the week, as well as additional content in the form of videos, packs and more only for Gold members. Participants in the free week will also have the chance to win 11 limited edition Xbox 360 console’s (FIFA World Cup Edition) including a free subscription to Xbox Live. The consoles will come with an exclusively designed faceplate, a copy of the 2006 FIFA World Cup game and a voucher for the adidas Match Ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Can’t keep the demos down:
- 2006 FIFA World Cup on the Official Website, 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Computer Games and Worthplaying
- Dungeon Lords Collector’s Edition (556 MB) on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, FileFront, Strategy Informer, VGPRO and Worthplaying
- Keepsake on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, FileFront and Worthplaying
Neither the patches:
Seeing as how lackluster the sales of Xbox 360 has been in Japan, Microsoft, in collaboration with FIFA, EA and Adidas, has announced the release of a limited edition Xbox 360 bundle in the region to coincide with the launch of the FIFA 2006 game in Japan.
The limited edition bundle will feature the regular console package along with a Adidas Japan blue faceplate featuring the colors of the Japanese football team, an Adidas Japan blue bandana and a copy of the footie game.
April 27 is the day for Japanese football fans to look forward to the bundle, which, according to various reports, will see a limited run of 10,000 units; it will also be open-priced, giving retailers the chance to price the package accordingly.
Bringing news to
Football Soccer fans in Europe, Sega has announced the localized version of the highly successful Japanese football management game “Let’s Make a Soccer Team!” Exclusive to the PS2, the game will allow players to create, build and control every aspect of their own football club.
Let’s Make a Soccer Team! allows you to create your own football club from scratch and control every element of its progress against real-life teams and players. Your career begins when you take charge of your own club in England, France, Holland, Italy, Germany or Spain with just three matches of the season remaining. A ruthless rival is threatening to take over your club, to safeguard its future you must guide your team to promotion to the second division.
As boss, you take responsibility for the clubs successes and failures – on and off the pitch. Appoint your own personal secretary to help manage your diary as you focus on the tasks of controlling everything from the badge and kit design, right through to sponsorship, merchandising, stadium expansion and extra facilities to help bolster profits.
You’ll also be in charge of the squad, so you’ll have to buy and sell players, set-up training sessions to nurture the stars of the future, tweak your tactics and mastermind your climb to the top. Through the advanced 3D match engine of Let’s Make a Soccer Team! you can monitor your team’s progress and view your tactics in action whilst managing your team from the dugout. Success will then allow you to rebuild the squad in a bid for another promotion into the top league, and once you achieve that – the Championship and European competitions await.
Keep your players, fans and the media happy – dealing with players concerns; media interviews and rivals mind games. Your club in the real football world – time to decide if you belong in the dugout or the director’s box!
No release date has been announced yet.
A v1.0.1 update for MX vs. ATV Unleashed has been released, enhancing the editor and menus, while addressing some bugs. Get the patch from 3D Gamers, FileFront and FilePlanet. Matrix Games has made available the v1.095 patch for Maximum Football, offering gameplay improvements, among other things.
In patch related news, EA’s Battle for Middle-earth II website has details on recent hardware upgrades as well as plans for the v1.02 patch and the subsequent v1.03 update.
Codemasters has posted an update, announcing that LMA Manager 2006 has been delayed for the PC and Xbox 360. This is to ensure that the game “remains true to its heritage and strengths,” meaning that the company is allocating additional development time to the installment. No confirmed release date has been provided, though one is expected shortly.
Coming up in June is the 2006 FIFA World Cup event in Germany, and in anticipation, EA announced today that it will release 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany for all platforms including Xbox 360 this April.
The 2006 edition of the game will feature 12 official stadiums; 100 of the world’s superstars, capturing their playing styles and individual likenesses; 127 national teams, and more. 2006 will also see the introduction of new modes of play, including the Global Challenge that will recreate classic moments in FIFA World Cup history. Additionally, the game now supports up to eight-way multiplayer matches.
In development at EA Canada, 2006 FIFA World Cup will be hitting PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, DS, GBA, PSP, PC and mobile platforms this April.
Quite a few games have been released. Check them out:
- 24: The Game (PS2)
- Black (PS2, Xbox)
- Dungeons & Dragons: Online Stomreach (PC)
- FIFA Street 2 (PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, DS, PSP)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II (PC)
- The Sims 2: Open for Business (PC)
- SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate (PC)
Having gone gold, EA has announced the complete soundtrack for FIFA Street 2, which will make its way to stores next month. The soccer/football title will feature three distinct radio stations hosted by DJs, with tracks being featured from Rock, Hip-hop, Latin and Drum n’ Bass. Below is the full 47 track soundtrack listing:
- Acredite Ou Nao (Funk Esquema Morro Mix) – João Marcello BTMscolli
- Ant Music – Hyper
- Astounded – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield
- Babylon Rising – DJ Fresh feat. Pendulum
- Babymaker – Pacific
- Big Picture – Artificial Intelligence
- Bite The Bullet – Roni Size
- Blood Fire – The Nextmen feat. Dynamite MC
- Caionagandaia – XRS Land feat. Caio Bernardes & Fernanda Porto
- Carnival – Shimano & Codeine
- Defcom 69 (Remix) – Total Science
- Flo Fashion – Sway
- Formed A Band – Art Brut
- Free the Beast – Ivory
- Freestyle Em Movimento – J3
- Funk Academy – DJ Fresh
- Futurismo Y Tradicion – Café Tacuba
- Gaviota – Jimmy Bosch
- Get Up – Giant Robot
- Going Deaf – DJ Marky & XRS
- Guerreiro – Curumin
- Hold Your Colour (Bi-Polar Mix) – Pendulum
- Jawbreaker (Big In The Game Remix feat. Aggi Dukes) – Killa Kela
- Kickback – Lethal Bizzle
- Made In Bahia – DJ Patife feat. Cleveland Watkiss, Cortejo Afro, Mariene De Castro & MC Fats
- Munich – Editors
- Net Ripper – Futurebound & Entity
- Never Gonna Stop The Show – General Midi
- No Return – Artificial Intelligence
- No Time 2 Love – DJ Marky & Bungle
- Nu Yorica – Lemon D
- O Yeah – End of Fashion
- Que Isso Menina – DJ Patife feat. Trio Mocoto
- Raw Live – Lyrics Born, Del The Funky Homosapian, Pigeon John and Steve Knight
- Rock & Roll Queen – The Subways
- Rock The Boat – Shy FX & T Power feat. Di
- Samba De Flora – Airto Moreira
- Say Your Words – Concord Dawn
- Something’s Got Me Started – Swing Fly
- Suzie – Boy Kill Boy
- The Odyssey (Grooverider VIP) – Drumsound & Simon Bassline Smith
- Tijuana Bass – Nortec Collective
- Tru Skool – Coldcut feat. Roots Manuva
- Victory – Q Project
- Without Me – British Beef
- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – The Flaming Lips
- Your Isolation – Craggz & Parallel Forces