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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 | 01:02 AM | by
So if you hadn't heard, the Tokyo Games Show starts this week. It's kind of a big deal.

Then it's followed by X06, which is another big thing for Microsoft and the 360.

So Microsoft will be putting up a whole bunch of demos and videos up on XBL this week, supposedly starting today, for those of us that don't feel like a trucking our lazy asses overseas. But only until the 29th, at which point it will all disappear. So you've gotta get on that shit, or you'll miss it.

They haven't announced what game demos we'll get, but I'm anxious. I hope there will be some good ones. I know what videos we're getting but... meh. I dunno. Game videos just don't do it for me. Not in this day and age where so many companies have been caught passing off pre-rendered footage as gameplay to build hype. I prefer to see it in action, for myself.

That's one of my favorite aspects of the 360; demos are right at your fingertips. Often we get to try a game before we buy.

Not that it was terribly helpful deciding which NHL game to buy.

So 2K7 gives us a whole period to play through. It gives you a pretty good feel for the game mechanics. NHL 07 only gives a shootout mode. Now, I can understand why, they want to show off their Skill Stick (which I must admit, is a genius step forward for the genre). But it doesn't let me see how the rest of the game plays. Defense, offense, checking, etc.

Now, 2K7, from what I've heard, is the beefier game. It's got better online play, better options, etc. However, it still relies on the same gameplay mechanics hockey games have been using for the past fifteen years, and it still rests its weight on use of the one-shot to score.

NHL 07, however, is lacking in some areas, like online play. But it has the Skill Stick, which completely changes puck handling, shooting and scoring, in a way hockey games desperately needed.

Me? I'm going to throw my chips in behind EA's NHL 07. I'll take quality over quantity, and innovation over safe bets. Let's just hope that when NHL 08 rolls around, the rest of the game catches up to the Skill Stick.

TGS

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 | 01:37 PM | by
Holy crap, Microsoft is just clobbering Sony today.

First of all, they've partnered with Hironobu Sakaguchi, the guy behind the Final Fantasy series to deliver two exclusive RPG's to the 360. The first of which, Blue Dragon, will be packaged with the core 360 system in Japan for the holidays to help move the system.

This is along with 110 other games to accompany the console's push in Japan. Better late than never.

Also Microsoft announced that the 360 will support 1080p through a software update, matching a feature that Sony has been holding up as a selling point of the PS3.

Not to mention the HD-DVD addon, which, coupled with a premium 360 system, still comes in less expensive than the PS3 and Blue-Ray.

Also, games like Contra, Dig Dug, and New Rally-X on XBLA.

TGS news

Thursday, September 21, 2006 | 01:03 AM | by
Terry Mesnard, one of our CADMedia writers, is rocking out with all the latest Tokyo Games Show news. So check it out!