Author Bio
Caley Roark

Home Town: Lancaster, PA
Sports: Football, Baseball
Games: NFL 2K5, MVP 05, NBA 2k series, Civilization
Teams: Phillies, Eagles, Sixers
OS Username: CPRoark
Tags: Live: Mr Rockit
Sunday, October 26, 2014
My first online gaming experience was playing a remote user in NFL 2K1 on my Dreamcast. In the years since, Iíve watched online gameplay go from a novelty, to alternate play modes, to the core feature of both games and consoles. Usually, it works by creating immersive, innovative and unique experiences.

But other times it doesnít. When a game puts all of its eggs into the online basket, thereís room for a huge debacle, leaving gamers with nothing but a shell of a $60 game (see SimCity, 2013).

Driveclub isnít quite as bad as EAís City Builder, but inconsistent online functionality have plagued the first ďseriousĒ racing game on PS4 and left some users feeling cheated. Unfortunately, looking at just the single player options wonít inspire additional confidence.

Read More - Driveclub's Online Issues, Average Gameplay A Forgettable Experience (PS4 Review)

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Monday, October 13, 2014
11:18 AM - October 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Earlier, I took a look at EAís mobile version of Madden 15 for iOS devices, and criticized some of its free-to-play mechanics and lack of any real challenge. Iím happy to say that FIFA 15, while not a great game, is a much more enjoyable experience.

Read More - FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Mobile Review: A Decent Option on the Go

Game: FIFA 15 Ultimate Team MobileReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, October 10, 2014
11:44 AM - October 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

As the sun sets on another MLB season (and rises on nearly everything else), you may be tempted to trade in one of the best sports titles of the year for a shiny new game. And, really, who could blame you? Thereís a wealth of new and seemingly quality titles that have released or will release before the World Series ends.

But before you do, Iíd like to sing the praises of an overlooked mode in MLB: The Show 14. The Postseason Mode is a recent and simple addition, but one that captures some of the best playoff atmosphere in sports.

Read More - In Praise of MLB 14: The Show's Playoff Mode

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Thursday, October 2, 2014
09:23 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The mobile game market seems to be suffering from a great divide: either you pay an upfront premium for a high-quality experience, or you get a ďfreeĒ title that encourages money to trickle from your wallet over the long term.

Unfortunately, it seems that major sports titles are falling on the ďfreemiumĒ side of that line. And, as is the case with all things, you often get what you pay for.

Thatís true for this yearís version of iOS Madden 15, a decent playing game thatís been watered down due to the use of pay-to-play tactics and artificial limitations.

Read more - Madden NFL 15 on iOS: Even At Free, It Still Isn't Worth Your Money

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 29 - View All
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
10:01 AM - September 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

While Blood Bowl is based on a table-top game from the 80s, 1st & Goal is based on a much more recent card game. Using hand management, shrewd card play, and lucky dice rolls, 1st & Goal nicely recreates football in a captivatingly simple way.

Read More - 1st & Goal is a Fun Football Game Alternative on iOS (Review)

Game: 1st & GoalReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOS / iPad / iPhoneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
10:16 AM - September 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

More than four years ago, I had the opportunity to review Blood Bowl on the Xbox 360. Since then, multiple versions of this digital board game have been released on numerous platforms, from Nintendo DS to the PC. Now the franchsie arrives on yet another platform: mobile devices.

Read More - Blood Bowl Is a Compelling But Also Very Familiar Mobile Experience (Review)

Game: Blood Bowl MobileReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, September 15, 2014
01:24 PM - September 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Itís no surprise that Madden Ultimate Team is back for another year in Madden 15. This mode, which started way back in UEFA Champions League 2006-07 has become a required feature in all of EAís annualized sports titles.

If you are brand new to Madden Ultimate Team (MUT), itís essentially a trading card game, fantasy football, and Madden all rolled into one crazy-addicting mess. Open virtual packs, build a team, and ten play. Your results, along with other tasks, earn you coins to buy more packs. It's a continuous cycle that gives you the thrill of having the chance to pull that card. Of course, thereís the option to spend real money on those virtual packs as well.

This year, the process has been streamlined and the single-player offline mode has been given a lot more content. But, as always, the impulse to buy new packs and upgrade your team is at the core of MUT.

Read More - How Madden NFL 15's Ultimate Team Mode Has Arrived at the Next-Level

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 29 - View All
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
09:54 AM - September 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
A popular internet axiom states that ďwhat has been seen cannot be unseen.Ē And so it is with Madden. If youíve been following the media for Madden 15, you may have set some pretty high expectations. If youíve played Madden 15 on either the PS4 or Xbox One, you may find that many of those expectations are (finally) met this year, as you can read in our official review.

So to step back and objectively look at Madden 15 on ďlast-genĒ consoles can be tough. For whatever reasons, this version of the game lacks many of the new, innovative and fun additions touted all summer. Things that I consider literally game-changing -- like the ability to switch between cameras on the fly -- are nowhere to be found on older consoles.

If you only own a 360 or PS3, this may come as a disappointment. However, instead of bemoaning these featuresí absences, let's look at what the game actually does on its own. Then you can decide if it warrants a purchase, or if you are safe simply upgrading Madden 25ís roster.

Read More - Madden NFL 15 Review (360/PS3)

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 29 - View All
Thursday, August 28, 2014
03:38 PM - August 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

When I first saw the trailers for The Gauntlet, I was a little skeptical; it looked too much like another Madden gimmick. But having played it, my opinion was immediately swayed.

Read More - Madden NFL 15: Skills Trainer and Gauntlet Mode More Important Than Ever

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 29 - View All
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
12:17 PM - July 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

MLB: The Show
gets high praise around here, and usually for good reason. Despite being the only true console baseball title available, the developers havenít become complacent. Every year, we see some nice innovations and revisions that demonstrate that the title isnít taking its sole status for granted.

However, if thereís one area (outside online gameplay) that gets a bulk of the criticism, itís The Showís presentation. I try to emphasize in my review each year that The Showís presentation (including commentary, camera angles, replays, etc.) isnít bad, per se. Developments like authentic broadcast angles and real-time camera shots have revolutionized how virtual baseball looks. And in terms of replays and on-screen stats, no one does it better.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: How to Improve the Presentation

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Monday, July 21, 2014
02:52 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last week I was browsing a local game store that specializes in retro titles. I found MLB Slugfest Loaded, a title absent from my Xbox baseball game collection, and picked up for $3.99.

Upon throwing it in my old console, I was surprised by this ancient arcade game's depth. While its on the field gameplay is pure arcade action, thereís a simulation at Slugfestís core. Backed by the Baseball Mogul "sim engine", its franchise mode featured a loaded roster, realistic contracts and a wealth of stats.

Read More - RBI Baseball 14: Is It Worth It on Next-Gen Consoles?

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:02 AM - July 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
While tonightís All-Star Game marks the customary mid-point in the MLB calendar, most teams hit the 81 game mark around the beginning of July. And, while we are only halfway through the season, most teamsí fates are relatively sealed. Your team is probably pushing toward the playoffs, or pushing players out the door, ahead of the impending trading deadline.

But what if things had happened slightly differently? Perhaps, with a few lucky breaks and bounces, your favorite player is in the MVP discussion and not the trade rumor mill. Or maybe a key injury has limited your team's ascent in the standings.

Using the stellar Out of the Park 15, weíve simulated this ďalternate realityĒ through July 1st. See how things could have gone, or better yet, report your own version of 2014 in the comments below.

Read More - OOTP Baseball Sims the First Half of the 2014 Season

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, July 3, 2014
09:54 AM - July 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

For the past week, Iíve been playing--and more importantly, enjoying--one of the most unique sports titles on the iOS system. Qvadriga is a chariot-racing sim with a fair amount of management; enough, in fact, for the site PocketTactics to call it ďFootball Manager for classical Roman chariot teams.Ē

Read More - Qvadriga Review (iOS/Android/PC)

Game: QvadrigaReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 19, 2014
10:26 AM - June 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Last week, while browsing the Playstation Network Store, a new sports title caught my eye: Don Bradmanís Cricket 14. I was not only surprised to see a cricket game on the US PSN, but also by the fact that it appeared to be a full-featured, non-indy title. With the knowledge that cricket is a distant ancestor of baseball (my favorite sport), I decided to give this title a try.

Before reading my experiences, please keep in mind that this a review in structure only. Sure, Iíll give you the good, bad, and ugly, as well as offer buying recommendations at the end. But I am hardly a cricket expert. Basically, this is one baseball fanís take on Don Bradmanís Cricket 14.

Read More - Don Bradman Cricket 14: A Baseball Fan Takes a Look

Game: Don Bradman Cricket 14Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PCVotes: 1 - View All
Friday, May 30, 2014
01:09 PM - May 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last week, we ran an insightful article that highlights some of MLB 14: The Showís small, but impactful, problems. All of those issues Jayson points out are evident, and can detract from the overall fun.

However, I think MLB 14 on the PS4 is one of my favorite games from the last five years. Iíve probably played more games in The Show this year than any baseball game in the past; only rivaled by MVP 2005.

So, in the interest of balance, here are small, but important additions MLB 14: The Show gets right.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Little Things Which Add to the Experience

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All

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