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Midway Huddles for a Full Blitz

Revamped sports lineup premiers across all console platforms
 
Midway Sports, renowned for attitude-injected sports games, has reworked this season's lineup to give gamers a more realistic experience while still maintaining all the outrageousness that has made its franchises popular. Heading up the fall 2003 roster are NFL Blitz Pro and NHL Hitz Pro for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube. Both Pro games feature Midway's familiar over-the-top action, but also sport numerous additional features designed to more closely follow the rules of play. The most obvious changes: Each game lets you field a full team, with eleven players on each side of the ball in Blitz and five skaters plus a goalie in Hitz. Both games have full licenses for the leagues, players, teams, and stadiums, and online Internet play for all three platforms will give gamers an extended Internet season.
 
Harkening back to the days of Larry Bird versus Dr. J, Midway is also tipping off a one-on-one basketball game, NBA Ballers, for all three console systems this fall. Featuring a full NBA and NBA Legends license, 60 current players and 24 Hall of Famers like Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain are represented in the game. Online tournaments will let players go head-to-head on all three systems.
 
Midway's sports machinations don't stop there, however. Due out in June for all three console systems, Freestyle Metal X marries the free-roaming environments of games like Activision's Tony Hawk with motocross bikes, for a trick- and style-oriented game. Featuring real freestyle motocross riders like Clifford "The Flyin' Hawaiian" Adoptonte, Freestyle Metal X also includes a sophisticated level editor for expanded playtime.
 
- By John Marrin

 
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