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Two new sports demos hit XBLM


Two new treats for any sports-gamers out there. A little something old not so old -- a demo for EA's FIFA World Cup 06 soccer game, which launched alongside the system in November -- and a little something new -- a demo for 2K Sports' tennis-sim Top Spin 2, which came out late last month. A nice little pre-E3 treat.

Top Spin 2
developer, Indie Built, was recently closed down by Take-Two, publishers of the 2K Sports series and owners of the Salt Lake City developer.

[Thanks, Arsamore & Carl-Tang]

(Update: corrected the timeliness of the FIFA demo. Thanks HoTHiTTeR360 and BraveQuail. Can you tell I don't play sports games much? Seriously though... they just came out with a soccer game less than six months ago! What could they have changed?!)

FIFA World Cup 2006 gets a website


EA has launched the official website for their latest attempt at "the world's most popular sport," FIFA World Cup 2006. If  you're getting a sense of digital deja vu, it might be because FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup launched along side the 360 a scant four months ago to middling reviews. This game is supposed to have more stadiums, better animations and a "Best World Cup moments" mode. We'll see if five extra months in EA Canada's backfield results in a world class Cup, or just another kick in the balls for next-gen soccer fans.

FIFA Demo now on Live Marketplace

FIFA 06The latest addition to the line-up of demos on the Xbox Live Marketplace is FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, allowing you to sample some simulated football (or soccer, depending on which side of the Atlantic you prefer). Demos are a great way to experience games for yourself, without the expense of buying magazines, and more launch titles should be coming to the Marketplace in demo form soon; currently, only Kameo, Madden NFL 06, Need for Speed and NBA Live 06 are available.

What's your gamertag?

360 liveIt's time for the fanboys to unite. As we've been hearing over the past 24 hours, many of our usual online friends were not able to secure Xbox 360s yesterday. So, it's time to make some new friends (besides, the guys over at Joystiq won't accept our friend requests).

Continuing its long history (3 days now) of bringing gamers together, Xbox 360 Fanboy is providing some bandwidth for you to add your Xbox live gamertag, your zone and your list of 360 games to the comments below.

We'll go first:

Gamertag: Master Rogue (yes, it's lame. So, no need to waste valuable gaming time commenting on the obvious).

Zone: Underground

X360 Games: Quake 4, PGR 3, King Kong, Tiger Woods 2006, PDZ, Call of Duty 2, Condemed, Kameo

Manual scans to wet your lips

Condemned: Criminal OriginsGameInsider has gone to all the trouble to scan and host manuals for some upcoming titles.  The selection includes Condemned: Criminal Origins, FIFA 2006, and Project Gotham Racing 3. If you really can't wait to get your mitts on these games and want to read the manuals in preparation, give it a shot.  We already did. 

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