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Friday, November 29, 2013
Posted on November 29, 2013 at 12:45 AM.
During the buildup to the Playstation 4 launch, my wife asked me, "which game are you most excited to play?" I responded, "If I could only play one, I'd pick NBA 2K14." The preview videos looked amazing and I played the heck out of NBA 2K13 on my Xbox 360 and loved everything except the annoying high-paced startup music.

Skipping ahead, the PS4 finally launched and the first game I played was indeed NBA 2K14. The graphics did wow and the gameplay was just as good as I expected. With ... Read More
Category: Sports
Monday, February 2, 2009
Posted on February 2, 2009 at 04:20 PM.
Like most of you I went to my computer on Sunday evening during the Super Bowl’s no nipples allowed halftime show to check on the new Madden 10 update. I had been expecting to see the guys from Tiburon throw down with tidbits about pre, halftime, and post game shows; refs visible on the field; enhanced game analysis and television overlays; the death of suction tackling; or even just some needed additions to franchise mode.

Well needless to say I was disappointed. Don't get ... Read More
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Posted on January 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM.
We all know that the effort and resources needed to produce a modern sports game is getting pretty substantial and only seems to be becoming more difficult with each passing generation. With at least several years left to run on the newly extended NFL exclusivity deal with Electronic Arts, will the NFL have painted itself into a proverbial corner by the time the next true negotiations for the license occur?

It seems to me that after so many years have passes without any other company ... Read More
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Posted on January 13, 2009 at 02:58 PM.
Before analog controllers became an industry standard, digital controllers made anything short of all-the-way or nothing controller inputs all but impossible. If you were to play a football game from that era the players either ran full normal speed or stopped dead. There was no jogging without a button input to tell your avatar to kick it in gear and speed up.

Today's analog control has solved that problem. We all see it in just about any game we pickup where as the thumb-stick ... Read More
Monday, January 12, 2009
Posted on January 12, 2009 at 10:45 AM.
I was looking at some screen shots last week and I noticed one of them was an exterior to the Mets new ballpark Citi Field. That got me thinking about how much I liked watching the stadium run ups before the game in the PS2 version and about how nice it would be to set the tone for the location a game was taking place at before the first pitch. Madden 09 gave it a halfhearted effort this year with the stadium exteriors before the kickoff. Could this be the year Sony shows everyone how it’s done? ... Read More
Friday, January 9, 2009
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 04:17 PM.
As much as I love ESPN NFL 2K5 I've played the crap out of it. I need a break. I fill my time with other sport and non-sport games, but I always start jonesing for another football fix.

Recently I played through two full seasons (15 minute quarters) of All Pro Football and while it was a fun experience and even beat out 2K5 in some ways, the lack of a Franchise mode really hurt. I just could keep investing 30 hours of time, only to have to restart again-and-again. I moved on to ... Read More
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 02:43 PM.
It's widely know that EA's Tiburon studio is offensive minded even though arguably its most successful year producing its football line was in 2005 when Ray Lewis was on the cover of Madden and the defense finally got its due. The on field defensive aspects of the current generation games are obviously still under construction, but it appears that once again the good folks at Tiburon are going to leave defensive minded fans holding the bucket on tracking assisted tackles. It seems like it would ... Read More
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 06:03 PM.
Through 2009 Labeled Sports Games

1. MLB 09: The Show (PS3)
2. College Hoops 2K8 (PS3)
3. ESPN NFL 2K5 (Xbox)
5. FIFA 09 (PS3)
6. NHL 2K9 (PS3)

Horse Shoe Awards:

-NBA 2K9 loses to College Hoops 2K8's crazy depth
-NHL 09 loses to NHL 2K9s better animations and board play
-All Pro Football loses to ESPN NFL 2K5's license and presentation
-PES 2009 Wii loses to FIFA's crazy number of licenses

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