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NHL 09 disc error also known as the cache time-bomb

Sports fans, grab the tissues because the tears are about to start flowing. Users on the official EA Sports forum are reporting widespread disc read error issues with NHL 09 -- over time. Many users are reporting the popular hockey franchise works as advertised during the initial play through but eventually crashes after loading saved modes or regular games once the Xbox 360 reboots.

While EA has yet to release an official statement regarding the problem users have found success with two bandaid solutions -- which point to cache problems in the game. According to the EA Forum users clearing the cache of the Xbox 360 and disabling the auto-save feature in NHL 09 may help fix the problem but as gamers play more of the game the issue returns.

Let's hope we'll get a fix for the game soon. Actually, it's cool. We'll just play our 82 game seasons in one sitting. No, really.

Update: EA Sports actually responded to this issue late last night recommending the cache clear route as a possible solution. They have yet responded to the cries for a patch.

FIFA 09 demo kicks its way onto the XBLM

Available prior to the game's official release next month, EA Sports just released a shiny new FIFA 09 demo to the Xbox Live Marketplace. The 740MB demo is available for download in all Live regions and (according to the demo description) features "more responsive first-time shooting, passing, one-touches plus faster and more controlled dribbling and improved trapping." Oh, and for those who are confused over what the heck "FIFA" actually is, think football if you live in Europe and soccer if you're Stateside. Have fun downloading and demoing!

NHL 09 demo slap shoots the Marketplace

There's a new NHL 09 demo available for download off the Xbox Live Marketplace and it can best be described as "hockey'licious". (They should have totally used that as the demo description.) The demo is said to include the "Be a Pro" mode, but online multiplayer play seems to be lacking. We think EA says it best, "if you love sports video games, you have to try this demo" and if you don't love sports games, turn up your nose and go back to your regularly scheduled gaming habits.

Head Coach demo calls plays on Marketplace

We sort of get the feeling that anyone interested in NFL Head Coach 09 probably already picked it up in the special edition of Madden 09, but for those of you that haven't, there is a demo on Xbox Live Marketplace right now. The standalone version of the game is releasing next week, so if Madden isn't you're cup of tea, you might give the demo a whirl.

Besides, armchair quarterbacking is too physically taxing. Armchair coaching is where it's at.

What's new in Madden this year? What's different? Find out what's good (and what's not so good) in our Madden 09 Season Update.

360 Deals: $5 gift card with Tiger Woods 09

Today is Sunday, which not only means we're less than twenty-four hours away from manic Monday, but it also means it's time for some Xbox 360 deal hunting. Sadly though, the deals available this week lead a lot to be desired.

At Best Buy, there are a few pre-order deals including a free Nuka Cola can opener with a Fallout 3 pre-order and a ringtone / poster kit with a Saints Row 2 pre-order, but that's about it. Really. Circuit City is giving away a free wireless controller with any Xbox 360 purchase and are also handing out $5 gift cards with the purchase of Tiger Woods 09. The usually video game friendly Target doesn't have a darn thing to offer us. Those are all the deals we could find which is sad really, so just move along ...

Tiger Woods 09 demo hits LIVE

Hear that light, tapping noise echoing from various homes in your neighborhood? That's the sound of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 fans golf-clapping to the demo released for the game on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Clocking in at just over 1GB, the demo showcases some of the new additions of the latest entry of the popular simulation golf franchise from EA Sports -- and by popular we mean it's the only simulation golf game available anymore. On the fence regarding a potential Tiger Woods 09 purchase or just looking to improve your stroke? Check it out today!

Note: We were only kidding, we know Tiger is a popular franchise regardless of its lack of competition! Also note that this is the only time we'd be able to use the phrase "improve your stroke" without getting into trouble, so we kinda had to say it.

X3F Presents... Season Update: Madden NFL 09

Welcome to X3F Season Update where we outline the additions and changes to major sports franchises. Looking to nab Madden NFL 09? This handy guide will walk you through some of the updates to the franchise and pinpoint issues we've heard from around the web. In this feature we tackle everything from the new Madden IQ feature to the utter failure that is the online leagues in the game. Jump in sports fans and find out everything you need to know about Madden NFL 2009.

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Shipping this week: Turducken edition

It's Madden time kids. Specifically, it's Madden 09 time. With good old Brett Favre emblazoned on the cover (wearing his Packers uniform or his fancy new Jets uniform), we're sure copies will be flying off shelves and into man-filled living rooms everywhere. We're also fairly certain that the percentage of "sick days" will be pretty high this week. Get out the snacks, the (root)beer and the turduckens. It's game time.

If the foosball isn't your thing, take comfort in the fact that we're also getting Bionic Commando Rearmed on XBLA this week.

[Via Joystiq]

EA finally patches NCAA Football 09 [Update]

Update: According to readers the patch has not been published or has been removed from EA Servers. Looks like we're back to square one with NCAA Football 09.

College football fans have a certain level of passion that you don't see in other college sports and prove it annually by cracking the bank for EA's NCAA Football game. Having been promised the best version the series has ever seen (as sports gamers are told every year), NCAA Football 09 buyers were confronted by a pile of errors and glitches from day one. Today, EA Sports has released an auto-update patch for the football franchise that promises to fix many of the issues found in the game. A list of patch fixes can be found after jump.

[via GameStooge]

Continue reading EA finally patches NCAA Football 09 [Update]

Favre is still on the Packers (on Madden 09 cover that is) - [Update]

You may have heard the news that Brett Favre has nabbed himself a one-way ticket out of retirement town. With Favre leaving his lengthy retirement behind to join the New York Jets, many wondered if his Madden NFL 09 cover would come in a new Jet-flavor. EA Sports has debunked notions to IGN that there are any plans to release a second printing of the cover with Favre as a Jet. Prior to the announcement of the trade, EA Sports head-honcho, Peter Moore, told CrispyGamer that the developer had a plan in place for a possible Favre move. Day one downloadable content, anyone?

Update: EA has confirmed they will release a day-one update that places Favre on the Jets (and reflecting any other relevant roster changes), reports MTV Multiplayer. EA has also announced they will offer a downloadable cover in the coming days on featuring Favre in a Jets uniform. Fans can print out the Jets cover and insert it into their copy of Madden NFL 09.

[via Joystiq]

Video: Peter Moore boxes Kim Kardashian

In the red corner, weighing in at 214 pounds is former Microsoft executive now turned EA Sports head honcho. With a legendary right hook thanks to the Spartan power he receives through his Halo 2 tattoo, witness the FaceBreaker boxing all-star Peter "Big Guns" Moore!

In the blue corner, weighing in at 142 pounds is reality show "star" and beautiful face who has dabbled in celebrity fashion, acting and the apparel business. Sporting a pair of short shorts, a ponytail of abuse and a sour attitude, welcome to the FaceBreaker boxing ring Kim "Big Bottoms" Kardashian!

Let's get it on, FIGHT!

Video: You too can skate 2 too

Behold the first in-game footage of EA Sports' sequel to skate, a chronologically numbered sequel appropriately titled skate 2. Set to the music of Public Enemy's "Harder Than You Think", this skate 2 debut trailer shows off some of the new skating moves, new environments and the new tricks. It looks like skate and it feels like skate, so it must be skate just with a number 2 attached. Anyway, give the trailer a watch and tell us what your early skate 2 impressions are.

[Via Game Stooge]

Fifa 09 strikes this October

Soccer fans take note, EA Sports has revealed that FIFA Soccer 09 will release on October 3, 2008, for every platform known to man. The release date comes courtesy of MCV who spoke with senior product manager Trevor Uzice regarding the latest enhancements to the popular sports franchise. "We've made over 250 improvements from last year and we wanted to give the team the time they needed to make the best FIFA game possible."

Focusing on improved AI, physics and an ambitious 20-player online mode, FIFA Soccer 09 should grab the attention of any footy fan when it hits this fall.

Madden 09 demo spikes the Xbox Live Marketplace

Calling all pigskin fans. Available now on the Xbox Live Marketplace is a demo for Madden NFL 09 clocking in at a chunky 1.09GB. The demo features two playable modes, the Madden Test and a single Madden Moment scenario.

The Madden Test is a virtual drill simulator that puts players through various situations used to adjust the skill level of the game based on overall performance. After running four drills -- offensive and defensive rushing and passing -- the game adapts the difficulty which then fluctuates based on future performance. Long story short, if players are struggling the game gets easier and more difficult if they are mopping the field with their opponents. The second part of the demo is a single Madden Moment situation which is a mode that replays classic football scenarios and challenges players to complete specific tasks. The Madden Moment included in the demo gives players 1 minute and 30 seconds to score as the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots faced with a 4th and 1 situation -- a moment somewhat pulled from Super Bowl XLII.

If you're a football fan you owe it to yourself to check out the demo. After a quick play through we can easily say Madden hasn't looked this good in years. Also, the special edition comes with a playable version of Madden 93. We'll wait here while you go to preorder it.

FaceBreaker demo left jabs the XBLM

Just like clockwork, this morning EA released a freshly new FaceBreaker demo to the Xbox Live Marketplace. A demo that should scratch your over the top boxing mayhem itch.

This 954MB FaceBreaker demo allows gamers to experience over the top boxing action, including three different boxers, two distinct arenas and, for the Vision camera owners among us, the ability to put you or your enemy's face into the game using EA's Photo Game Face technology. Put some Vasoline on those gashes and get back into the ring, because there are faces to break. Ding, ding!

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