The game: NBA 07 on PS2 brought you into the life of an NBA star by throwing agents, rivalries, and anything else you could think of a real player deals with. On PS3, however, the game will focus much more on the court with outrageous 1080p graphics
We think that…: Sony’s little first-party bball has a serious shot at upsetting 2K and EA on the court. The AI flibs that we expected to see weren’t prominent, and the game looks absolutely fantastic. They even have the mop-guy sitting underneath the rim for crying out loud. The developers also promise that weekly “Game of the Week” updates will keep players engaged long into the actual NBA season, free of charge of course.
The game: The NBA 2K series has focused more on realism to provide players with an authentic basketball experience, and the PS3’s NBA 2K7 will be no different. 2K promises that PS3 version will run in full 1080p at 60 frames per second, while there will also be additions to the controls with the motion sensor capabilities.
We think that…: Just like Madden, we wouldn’t feel inclined to pick this one up unless we missed it on Xbox 360. NBA 2K7 is, and will be, a fine basketball game, but we don’t see where it will much differ from the previous release.
NBA Live 07
The game: Like every other EA Sports title in 2005, NBA Live 06 suffered from a ton of lost options and gameplay modes in favor of a rushed launch title. In Live 07, all of the missed modes make a return, along with improved Superstar controls and variety.
We think that…: NBA Live 07 will finish last amongst the basketball titles available during the launch season. Many gamers, including our own D’Marcus Beatty, felt that the core basketball mechanics were flawed, and we have seen nothing in the PS3 version to make us think otherwise for its upcoming release.
Need for Speed Carbon
The game: From the Underground to Most Wanted, Need for Speed has now taken the high-speed action of illegal street racing to the mountains. As the player’s crew battles rival racing gangs for dominance street-by-street, the action will shift to the downhill tracks of Carbon Canyon, where the next turn could be your last.
We think that…: Carbon will make racing fans drool over its cool Autosculpting system, through there won’t be anything different between this and the Xbox 360 version. The SIXAXIS controls will essentially help you take sharp turns more effectively, but offers nothing else different from other consoles.
The game: 2K Sports’ hockey entry in 2006 was a smash hit and they are hoping they can deliver that same experience to the new Playstation 3. New to this version are controls that take advantage of the SIXAXIS controller in checking players in the boards or defending the goal.
We think that…: The three hockey fans out in the world will absolutely love this game, unless they already have it on 360. Both versions will feature identical gameplay mechanics and modes and both will run in 720p/1080i.
Resistance: Fall of Man
The game: What would it be like to live in an alternate-reality 20th century war zone that was dominated by alien forces bent on conquering humanity? As Sgt. Nathan Hale, players will go toe to toe with frightening monsters using advanced physics-based weaponry to stop the alien threat from engulfing the planet.
We think that…: Resistance will turn more than a few heads when it releases at launch. The weaponry that Factor 5 has been showing off is pretty cool, what with the guns that fire through walls and the dual-wielding pistols that aim independently. More importantly, Fall of Man looks the part of next-gen FPS. Graphics whores round the world rejoice!