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Saturday, March 3, 2012
01:03 PM - March 3, 2012. Posted by DustinT. Written by Mike Kilroy

New York Knicksí point guard Jeremy Lin was a relative unknown when the NBA season tipped off. Now, unless you have been living in Biosphere2 or on the International Space Station for the last month, you know who he is Ė and you are probably Lincapable of turning on EPSN without hearing about him.

Read More - 2K's Response to Linsanity

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 102 - View All
Thursday, March 1, 2012
10:15 PM - March 1, 2012. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Bishop Tart


Several of our staff writers recently shared their thoughts on what they think of the MLB 2K12 demo, read on to get their impressions!

Read More - MLB 2K12 Demo Roundtable

Game: Major League Baseball 2K12 Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
11:56 AM - February 8, 2012. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Another year, another Madden.

With the NFL season winding down, many sports gamers already have begun removing Madden from their gaming consoles and replacing it with offerings from other sports. However, as Lee Corso would say: ďnot so fast my friends.Ē

Letís take a look back at Madden 12 and what the latest offering from the boys at EA Sports and Tiburon gave us ó and didnít give us.

Read More - Madden NFL 12 Season in Review

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Sunday, February 5, 2012
02:09 PM - February 5, 2012. Posted by DustinT. Written by Mike Kilroy

Four years ago, the New York Giants were heavy underdogs heading into Super Bowl XLII against the undefeated New England Patriots. Thanks to a dominant pass rush and some sticky fingers (and helmet) by wide receiver David Tyree, the Giants won 17-14.

Read More - Madden Sims the Super Bowl

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Friday, February 3, 2012
12:28 PM - February 3, 2012. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Just like Mike Gundy, I'm a man and I'm 40; and my fingers are not as nimble as they used to be.

This can be quite a problem when it comes to playing my favorite sports video games. As I have grown older and moved from the more simplistic gaming systems like the Atari to the much more intricate current generation consoles, itís becoming more and more difficult for me to control the action on the cyber field.

Some of my troubles have to do with my advancing age -- the reflexes arenít quite at the level of my 20-year-old self. Some, though, has to do with the more and more complicated control schemes for these games.

When you require the speed and dexterity of Lt. Cmdr. Data to call an audible or a hot route in Madden, or to simply call an offensive play in NBA 2K12, then there is a deeper issue.

Have sports video game controls became too complicated for their own good? Letís take a look.

Read More - Have Sports Gaming Controls Become Too Complicated for Their Own Good?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
12:02 PM - January 17, 2012. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Letís face it, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, aka CJ2K, stunk this season. The back was more like CJ2Lame.

In the past, such dips in production in real life were not reflected on the virtual gridiron of Madden. Recently, however, EA Sports has done a good job tinkering with player ratings each week in its flagship sports title. As happens each Sunday, some players get better while others regress.

With the regular season over and approximately 17 roster updates here and gone, letís take a look at some of the players who made the biggest rating jumps ó and dips ó from the first to the final roster update in Madden 12.

Read More - Madden NFL 12 Ratings: Winners and Losers

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Friday, December 23, 2011
02:52 PM - December 23, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Madden is everywhere. Literally.

The game is on virtually every gaming device known to man. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you are probably enamored with the idea of being able to line up with your favorite team while waiting for a bus, in line for an espresso or lounging around with a few minutes to kill.

Read More - Mobile Gaming -- A Worthy Pursuit for the Less-Sim Crowd

Platform: Android / iOS / iPad / iPhone
12:13 PM - December 23, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

An owner of the Miami Heat in NBA 2K12 doesnít have to do too much to get the franchise in position to compete for an NBA title. In the video game world this truly is a Dream Team, but that doesnít mean the roster is good enough as is, even with the Shane Battier signing.

Here are a few moves that can be made to set the Heat up for greatness, this season and beyond.

Read More - NBA 2K12: Managing the Heat

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 102 - View All
Thursday, December 22, 2011
04:42 PM - December 22, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Now that the NBA lockout is over and the season is scheduled to start on Christmas Day -- joy to the world, King James will come -- it's a perfect time to explore the My Player mode in NBA 2K12 .

Iím usually not a big fan of such modes, but I gave this one a whirl because I always wanted to be a 6-foot point guard with mad hops and skills. And let me tell you, this mode can be addicting if you donít mind occasional bursts of frustration because of your boneheaded AI teammates. This tutorial is all about the fictional point guard from Ohio named World B. Free II.

Read More - NBA 2K12 My Player 101

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 102 - View All
Thursday, December 15, 2011
12:23 PM - December 15, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Think your speedy third-string quarterback in Madden 12 would make a better wide receiver? Have an inkling that your gifted wideout could hack it at tight end? Ever wonder if your slow-footed corner would be better suited as a strong safety?

Most of the time youíd be wrong, but in certain cases position switches in Madden could turn an average schmo into an All-Star Joe. Here are a few players in Madden who benefit the most from lining up at different positions on the virtual gridiron.

Read More - Madden NFL 12: Best Position Switches

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Monday, December 12, 2011
03:15 PM - December 12, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

While drafting for a NFL is a bit more intense in the real world, it can be just as stressful in Madden 12 thanks to a few upgrades that make draft day more adventurous than in past versions of the game. And while far from perfect, Madden does simulate the draft process better than ever; Itíll test you. The question is, will you become a Bill Polian, or a Matt Millen?

Here are some tips on how you can win on draft day in Madden 12.

Read More - Madden NFL 12: Winning on Draft Day

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Monday, December 5, 2011
12:35 PM - December 5, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Dustin Toms

Sales of NBA 2K12 look to be well below last year's record-breaking totals. By all accounts the NBA Lockout, plus a less than enticing effort, has given many gamers enough reason to not fork over $60 for the game this year. Given the end of the lockout and the reintroduction of accurate and up to date rosters, should gamers who passed up on the game initially take a look at the game one more time?

Read More - OS Roundtable: Should Gamers Take a Second Look at NBA 2K12

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 102 - View All
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
11:38 AM - November 23, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

While there are plenty of overlooked players rated under 75 who can be studs in Madden 12, there are just as many duds rated over 75.

These are the guys who you think should be solid contributors on your team, but who end up dragging your cyber squad down.

Read More - Madden's Forgettable Five Over Seventy-Five

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All
Friday, October 28, 2011
12:43 PM - October 28, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Kinect games have been hit or miss since the Xbox 360 motion sensing peripheral was unleashed on the gaming masses last year. But now, gaming companies are starting to take risks with the Kinect technology.

Blitz Games dives in with Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, a rather fun title that does a good job recreating the feeling of reaching for that wall at the end of a race without the water.

Read More - Michael Phelps: Push the Limit Review (360/Kinect)

Game: Michael Phelps: Push the LimitReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
12:04 PM - October 28, 2011. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Kilroy

Madden Ultimate Team has seen many changes since it made its debut in Madden 10.

Some of the improvements have been good, such as being able to play your friends online and the ability to trade your unwanted cards; the old auction system was very flawed.

The good news is you can build a powerhouse team in MUT without dipping into your cache of Microsoft Points, because let's be hontest, who wants to spend real money on virtual cards? Those micro-transactions can drain your piggy bank in a hurry. You can succeed in MUT without being a virtual version of Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder.

Here are some tips to build your team the good old fashioned way: with some hard work, ingenuity and, yes, a little bit if luck.

Read More -Madden Ultimate Team: Building on a Budget

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 44 - View All

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