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Gaming Round Up for 08/24/06

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Catching up from a hectic work week and preparing for the upcoming East Coast Gaming Expo, here is some video game news bits from the past week:

Midway casts a champ in Romanowski
Bill Romanowski, a four-time Super Bowl champion, will join the gritty crew of Blitz: The League when the million-selling game is repackaged to hit the Xbox 360 and Sony PSP later this year.

Romanowski is set to be cast alongside hall of famer Lawrence Taylor as co-cover athlete and just like Taylor, will be featured as an in-game voice and personality. He will play a role in the game’s story both on and off the field as Bruno Batagglia, a much-hated linebacker for the fictional Baltimore Bearcats.

The 360 version of the title is slated to ship in October with the PSP version to follow in November.

Activision recruiting soldiers for upcoming show
Activision is calling for would-be soldiers for a reality television event that will be hitting the airwaves later this year on Spike TV.

Slated to be filmed at a top-secret military location from Sept. 20-22, the “Game Head Call of Duty 3 Challenge” will feature the upcoming war title as well as real-life boot camp challenges. Those interested will need to submit a personal movie no more than five minutes explaining why they should be chosen.

Sixteen finalists will be chosen for the competition that will net the grand prize winner VIP access to Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, a home entertainment system from Best Buy and a tip to France.

The challenge will be aired on Spike TV’s Game Head on Nov. 10.

Unlimited goes gold
Atari not only recently announced the development of Test Drive Unlimited is complete but also the game has already achieved gold status.

Developed for the Xbox 360, Unlimited will provide free-roaming open online racing with the price tag of $39.99 when it hits shelves on September 6.

The second demo for Test Drive Unlimited is available now for download on the Xbox 360 Live Marketplace. While the E3 demo servers are now down, the new demo has its own server with more cars, bikes and longer time limit.

Konami announces portable titles
Konami announced a few details on an upcoming portable version of Silent Hill and a sequel to Lost in Blue.

Silent Hill Origins for the PSP will feature an all-new over-the-shoulder perspective when it hits stores in 2007.

Lost in Blue 2 introduces two new characters deserted on an island as players use carpentry and culinary skills to stay alive. The touch screen and microphone will be used once again as players explore the new territory that is now their home. No release date is currently set for the title.

Sonic rides again on the PC

Sega announced it will porting Sonic Riders to the PC.

The game features high-speed racing in 13 locations with single or two-player options. The PC version of the game is being released this holiday season and will be priced at $19.95.

Sierra dishing out free fragging fun
Sierra is allowing gamers to download F.E.A.R.'s multiplayer component free of charge.

F.E.A.R. Combat includes all features and maps from the original release as well as all current upgrades and three new maps. Those interested must register and obtain a CD-key at joinfear.com.

Bryant named as cover star for NBA ‘07
Kobe Bryant will be the next hoops star to grace the cover of Sony’s NBA series in NBA ’07: The Life Vol. 2.

The new game will continue following the careers of The Kid and Big W and will offer more than a dozen mini-games, the return of “Showtime Gameplay” and revamped stealing, passing and shooting mechanics.

Johnson strikes a pose for newest Street title
EA today announced Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson will be the cover athlete for the upcoming NFL Street 3.

Additions to the game include items and game modifiers above the playing field, mid-air style moves and being able to be in full control of offensive and defensive Gamebreakers. New events will be unlocked through mini-games as well.

The game is scheduled for release on Nov. 14 for the Playstation 2 and Sony PSP.

Nintendo announces new Lite colors
Nintendo has two more colors of DS Lite up its sleeve that will make its way to store shelves on Sept. 13.

Onyx and Pearl Pink will join Coral White as new colors of the DS, following the sale of the one-millionth copy of New Super Mario Bros. in the United States.

EA to host some Bad Company
Electronic Arts recently announced the development of Battlefield: Bad Company for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Built exclusively for next-generation consoles with the Frostbite game engine, Bad Company puts gamers behind enemy lines for a single-player mode with a cinematic storyline of revenge. Much destruction is promised as the release indicated “nearly everything is destructible.” In fact, DICE Senior Producer Karl Magnus Troedsson states the environment is “90 percent destructible.”

Of course, multiplayer will remain intact for the upcoming title. Currently, no release date is set.

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