Tuesday, April 22, 2014
09:22 AM - April 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Every four years EA Sports gets to triple-dip and, essentially, sell three soccer games within the span of a year. The World Cup game is usually diminished in some aspects, serving as a side story to the generally substantial offerings in the annual releases. This year is a bit different in some regards, as 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a full-priced retail product rather than a download or expansion, and the developers at EA have tried to diversity the modes and gameplay offerings enough to satisfy those who might be curious to mix up the usual FIFA action.
Read More - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Review (360/PS3)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
03:13 PM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
I approached this retail release of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with some apprehension, as I've been having such a good time with the new generation of consoles and FIFA 14. Even with all of the pomp and circumstance added around these World Cup releases, going backwards in tech can seem kind of jarring. I'm happy to report that my initial time with the Xbox 360 version of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has been positive, and I feel good about where the gameplay is at.
Read More - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Reviewer Impressions
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
09:58 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
One game that's been on my radar for the last while (thanks to the folks at Giant Bomb and their dedicated community) is Windjammers. This retro future sports game from the Neo Geo arcade system has that intangible element that makes it a competitive gamer's dream, and the gameplay still holds up after all these years. In a time when local co-op games are back in style (and with competitive gaming still being a major force), there could never be a better time to bring back a retro classic like Windjammers.
Read More - Retro Rewind: Windjammers, and Why it Should Come Back
Monday, April 14, 2014
12:28 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
While there is Skype, Xbox Fitness, signing in with your face, scanning QR codes or using your voice to navigate, there haven't been any (meaningful) game reasons to use your Kinect 2.0 on the Xbox One. Enter Kinect Sports Rivals, the first substantial foray into motion gaming on the new Xbox. The idea of the game is fairly simple, and it's akin to previous Kinect Sports titles or even Wii Sports Resort. In this entry, you compete in a series of six sports in an island setting, unlocking new chapters of the game's silly story as well as new gear for your character. When you want to take your skills against the world, you do so via the Rivals mode. All of this comes for a $60 asking price, which is too high, but if you can look past that and some other issues, you may have some fun here.
Read More - Kinect Sports Rivals Review (Xbox One)
Thursday, April 10, 2014
10:41 AM - April 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Having previously experienced the Kinect Sports Rivals demo, I knew something of what to expect in this full release of the first real “Kinect 2.0” motion game. I've only played the retail version for a short while, but what's here does seem to pick up where the demo left off — that is to say, there's some surprisingly good stuff, some acceptable stuff and some bad stuff.
Read More - Kinect Sports Rivals Reviewer Impressions
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
08:50 AM - March 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
While I think most players would agree that NBA 2K14 is the best-looking sports game on the new hardware so far and FIFA 14 is the best-playing game, I feel that Powerstar Golf is currently providing the best value for money for sports gamers in this new chapter of gaming. Whether it's the price point or the reasonable unlock structure or the perfect balance of casual accessibility and difficulty, Powerstar Golf provides a meaningful template for how digital download titles can get it right in the future.
Read More - Powerstar Golf: The Best Value On New Consoles Thus Far?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
09:51 AM - March 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
The NHL trade deadline for 2014 provided some decent fireworks, with several teams busying themselves with various deals throughout the day (as well as the few days leading up to the deadline). While a couple of teams ended up landing one big fish (Marty St. Louis for Ryan Callahan comes to mind), there were several organizations that either changed their lineup substantially or started the process of some kind of rebuild. Here are the teams that I feel changed the most, one way or the other, after the 2014 trade deadline. NHL 2014 has reflected these changes – and all the rest – in its most recent roster update.
Read More - NHL 14: Five Teams Changed by The Trade Deadline
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
01:08 PM - March 5, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Presumably, EA has been quietly smithing away on the next version of the NHL series for at least the last year — and possibly longer if you count pre-production and other early research and development. The reality is that the company couldn't release a game for the next-generation console launches, as there just wasn't the install base to provide adequate return on investment. The NHL series, as I've noted before, has been on a very gentle slide in the last couple of years (even though the games have been consistently solid), and this extra year allows the smaller-than-average dev team to figure out what they really want to do with the next evolution in hockey video games.
Read More - NHL 15: Three Keys to Success
Thursday, February 27, 2014
09:49 AM - February 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
With the Olympics over, the NHL swings back into its home stretch, and several teams are going to be in the market for some hired guns. There are quite a few names in the mix this year, even with the fact that the trade deadline isn't quite the circus it used to be 5-10 years ago. It's always interesting seeing which unrestricted free agents (UFAs) and restricted free agents (RFAs) are moved, poached, bought or bargained for, so here's a list of ten players that could find themselves wearing a different jersey on March 5.
Read More - NHL 14: Ten Players Who Could Be Sporting New Uniforms Soon
Friday, February 21, 2014
09:27 AM - February 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
The details regarding EA's first foray into UFC-branded MMA are still a bit murky, but we do know a good deal about the fighters who will take part in the action as well as some of the systems that will power the gameplay. Since the game will be shipping sometime in “late spring” (my bet is late May or early June), we'll have to start hearing more substantive details about it sooner or later, but recent impressions and media over the past couple of weeks give us a slightly clearer picture of what to expect.
Read More - EA Sports UFC: What We Know So Far
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
09:08 AM - February 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Even though Kinect Sports Rivals missed the launch of the Xbox One console, Microsoft and Rare wanted people to know that the game was still in the works, so they released a demo on the Xbox One game store that showcases the wake racing component of the game. It's a bit sad to see a company like Rare relegated to Kinect-only development limbo, but at least Kinect Sports Rivals, from this early sampling, seems like it could provide something worth checking out.
Read More - Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason: Full Impressions
Thursday, February 6, 2014
01:01 PM - February 6, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
The creation of the WWE Network by the WWE, after years of relying on the pay-per-view (PPV) model, is the sign of a company both savvy and scared. On the one hand, they're embracing the service-based model that so many other companies have discovered (HBO, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon), and they're leveraging their considerable back catalog to provide loads of content and attract new fans. Conversely, it can also be viewed as a move of necessity and self-preservation, as the PPV market has been cannibalized by the WWE itself and hindered by the strength of the UFC.
Read More - The WWE Network and How It Could Tie-in With WWE 2K15
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
04:04 PM - January 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Now that we've seen a few games featuring the “Ignite” engine from EA Sports, it's a bit easier to understand where the NHL series may go with that technology and design philosophy powering its action. At the same time, the first batch of Ignite-powered games — NBA Live 14, Madden 25 and FIFA 14 — have all been rooted in the previous generation of consoles, showing glimpses of the next-gen gaming future while being firmly anchored to the past. The first “real” Ignite product will be EA UFC, and EA has put a lot of stock in how the sport of MMA — and the UFC brand, in particular — can help diversify their sports portfolio.
What can we take from the first Ignite games as well as EA UFC? Quite a lot, I think. From the design philosophy of those titles, it's possible to see what EA might have in store for the NHL brand, keeping in mind the fact that the folks in Burnaby working on NHL 15 only number in the dozens, not the hundreds that are found in other game studios.
Read More - NHL 15: What the Ignite Engine Means
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
09:57 AM - January 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Having previously looked at the lineups of both North American hockey teams, it's only fair to size up the host nation for Sochi 2014, as well as the other nation with the best chance to succeed — Russia and Sweden, respectively. Each team is populated with stars, former Olympians and lots of utility talent from their nation's leagues, and both groups are more than capable of being in the final four. Still, questions linger about some lineup decisions, and certain factors could slow up these competitive hockey nations.
Without further ado, let's take a look at each squad.
Read More - Breaking Down Olympic Hockey: Russia/Sweden
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:12 AM - January 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore
Now that both North American nations have made their selections for Sochi next month, it's much easier to see some of the possible combinations that will hit the ice (barring any late changes or injuries). Both line-ups feature some meaningful snubs as well, leaving a few talented skaters riding the pine (or, more correctly, enjoying a two-week sabbatical from the NHL season).
Without further ado, let's take a look at each line-up.
Read More - Breaking Down Olympic Hockey: USA/Canada