We have a variety of delectable samples to choose from, including College Hoops 2K8 (PS3, PS3, X360) cover athletes, a PS3 firmware update, and news of an open beta for imcGAMES' unique MMORPG Sword of the New World, along with some extended Mad Tracks (X360).
Greg Oden covers College Hoops 2K8[ps2] [ps3] [xbox360]Former Ohio State All-American center Greg Oden will appear on the cover of the Visual Concepts-developed, 2K Sports-published College Hoops 2K8 (PS2, PS2, X360), which is due out this fall. Oden, who will also act as the title's official spokeperson, represents one of this year's top picks for the NBA Draft.
"It's a great thrill to be selected as the cover athlete for College Hoops 2K8," Oden decreed. "2K Sports is all about bringing the most authentic and entertaining sports gaming experience and itÂ’s a great privilege to be the official spokesman for the best college basketball game coming out this year."
PS3 to go 1.82[ps3]
A new PlayStation 3 firmware update, version 1.82, is planned for release later this week. Reported by director of PlayStation Network Operations Eric Lempel on Sony's official PlayStation blog, the latest update will allow the playback of AVC (H.264/MPEG-4) files.Lempel also dropped a hint for future updates, commenting that, "Hopefully this update is moving us closer to the audio playback features many of you commented about in my post the other week." However, the large range of audio-related suggestions in the linked post--which cover everything from custom soundtrack requests to HMDI bug fixes--make it impossible to discern exactly what he may be referring to.
K2 opens Sword of the New World beta[pc]
Publisher K2 Network today announced an open public beta test for the imcGAMES-developed MMORPG Sword of the New World: Granado Espada. Putting players in control of up to an entire family as they explore the 17th century New World, the Sword of the New World beta features four worlds and access to the game's costume customization feature.
"Until now gamers could only read about the unique and exciting experience that is Sword of the New World; but now they can experience this truly exceptional game firsthand," commented K2 Network VP of development Grantley Day.
Those interested can sign up for the beta, which will last until early July, by hitting the game's official site.
Mad Tracks gets madder, trackier[xbox360]
An expansion pack is now available via Xbox Live Marketplace for developer Load Inc. and D3Publisher of America's Xbox Live Arcade racer Mad Tracks. Selling for 350 Microsoft Points ($4.38), the Encore Expansion Pack adds new nine races and six mini-games to the title.