They say one swallow doesn’t make a summer, but in EA’s case it has set the flock flee and ensured a long hot Indian one.
First out is Burnout: Revenge, which hits shelves in just two days time (23 September for PS2 and Xbox). The latest edition of this pedal to the metal, balls out street racer cares more about the utter annihilation of your opponent, than who is first past the chequered flag. It features new multi-level tracks designed to cause maximum destruction and describes traffic as “hockey on the highway” because it can be used to slam into rivals and create points toting pile-ups. Whatever would the DVLA say?
Just one week later and FIFA 2006 will appear on GBA, NGC, PC, PS2 and Xbox, with an NDS version on 7 October and the PSP edition bringing up the rear on 21 October. The latest incarnation of the world’s best selling footy sim (we don’t call it soccer on this side of the Atlantic, mister), continues to licence every possible aspect of the sport. Rooney and Ronaldinho feature on the cover and the sound track (including the likes of Block Party, Doves, Hard-Fi, Oasis, Paul Oakenfold, Röyksopp and The Rakes is better than most album compliations). Free kicks and player control have been completely revamped, and there’s an all-new manger mode included for the first time.
On the 7 October is the FIFA’s spiritual brother: FIFA Manager 2006 for PC. A full 3D match engine, with free cam, is available and the navigation system has been rebuilt from scratch to minimise clicks. An in-game website provides a portal to all of the info in the game as well as latest news around the clubs and the exhaustive database now covers more than 2,000 clubs and 20,000 players.
On the same date Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 makes its debut on NGC, PC, PS2, PSP and Xbox. Step into the shoes of the world’s most famous golfer and you’ll discover the latest incarnation has a new advanced swing technique which uses both analogue controller sticks to “shape” shots. The left executes the swing, the right controls trajectory and spin. 11 licensed courses are featured alongside three fantasy ones and fifteen actual PGA players make an appearance.
Completing the sporting avalanche on 21 October is SSX On Tour, the newest addition to the popular skiing and snowboarding series. 12 new tracks feature in the latest build, from crowded groomer slopes to off-piste powder trails. Shred challenges are introduced for the first time beside “Try on Twin Tips”, a redesigned tricks system which has been incorporated into the racing game play. For the adrenaline junkies “Monster Tricks” have been added, allowing skiers and boarders to defy gravity with a touch of the right analogue stick.
Who said games should always be massively delayed and years apart? Oh yes, that was Valve!