Posts Tagged ‘impressions’
  • Smart Design Decisions Overshadowed by Reliability Concerns in Early MLB 14: The Show Online Franchise Mode Testing
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    Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 10:45 am 36 Comments ╗
    While SCEA revealed some of the framework to Online Franchise for MLB 14: The Show the company never explained the actual logistics of the mode. Baseball inherently presents challenges like the length of the season and time requirement to play games which necessitates chunks of them being open on the schedule for example - but then how are rotations, injuries, and fatigue handled when not playing games in any specific order? Server issues, the need to actually play some of the games to de...
  • Early Assessments of Quick Counts and Player Lock in MLB 14: The Show
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    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm 37 Comments ╗
    SCEA made two time-saving features the most marketed additions for MLB 14: The Show. There is no doubt that the length of time it takes to play games has limited baseball's potential video game consumer base and even hampered the ability for the most dedicated fans to play to the extent they would like. Of the two options developed for MLB 14 at least one is proving to be a worthwhile option to consider.┬á (more…)...
  • NBA Live 14: Hits and Misses
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    Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm 46 Comments ╗
    When EA Sports cancelled NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 the company attempted to capitalize as best they could on the failures by framing the decisions as if they had done consumers a favor. That of course was not the primary consideration behind the moves to cancel them - however in the end it has to be recognized that no one felt ripped off over the four years since their last sim NBA game released. That was a big reason that many remained open to the return of NBA Live along with the new...
  • Next-Gen Madden NFL 25: Hits and Misses
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    Posted November 25th, 2013 at 5:15 pm 35 Comments ╗
    Madden NFL 25 was a disappointment on the Xbox 360 and PS3 but the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4 brings promise of a fully featured product with improved gameplay and atmosphere. That would certainly represent a much better entry situation than how the previous generation was welcomed in and for the most part EA Sports has achieved that goal. It just may not be enough to get consumers excited since the base product it builds on was already lagging so far behind in the minds of many. (more...
  • Early Impressions of Next-Gen NBA 2K14, Madden NFL 25, and FIFA 14
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    Posted November 19th, 2013 at 5:15 pm 22 Comments ╗
    While more detailed write-ups will be done in the near future here are brief initial assessments of the three launch day sports games on the PS4 that will also be out for Xbox One this week.┬áRare is the occasion where several sports games are released on the same day so time with them has been split evenly thus far. It'll take longer to craft a more complete review for each which they deserve to have. (more…)...
  • Madden NFL 25: Hits and Misses
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    Posted September 5th, 2013 at 4:15 pm 52 Comments ╗
    Madden NFL 25 released without any truly defined expectations. With an anniversary year being heavily promoted it stood to reason that EA Sports would pour resources into the game - releasing at the tail end of the current generation where it peaked in the last - and realize the benefits of having rebuilt eight years ago and overcoming some of those struggles as of late. At the same time launching on the Xbox One and PS4 in November the next-gen version of the game was sure to siphon off ...
  • Madden NFL 25 Complete Connected Franchise Owner Mode Impressions
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    Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am 139 Comments ╗
    The name change to Connected Franchise is accompanied by a whole new career path in Madden NFL 25. For some time Owner mode has appeared to be what will determine most the value of this year's edition in the series at least in terms of new features. What follows is a run-through of the Owner mode experience. There simply was not enough time to analyze every feature included within, but instead this represents a general overview of how the mode shapes up and its potential lasting appeal. E...
  • Madden NFL 25 Complete Initial Impressions
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    Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 9:59 am 54 Comments ╗
    Madden NFL 25 is one of the most difficult to evaluate sports games in recent memory. It carries with it considerable value thanks to a deep feature set, distinct improvements to gameplay, and appreciable fun factor. For every positive though there seems to be something dragging it down from potential excellence. Features aren't completely fleshed out, gameplay looks and feels chaotic, and legacy issues remain unaddressed. Make sure to check out the detailed walkthrough of Connected Franc...
  • Madden NFL 25 Demo Gameplay Videos, Player Ratings, and Brief Impressions
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    Posted August 13th, 2013 at 4:15 pm 89 Comments ╗
    The demo for Madden NFL 25 released earlier today and provides a significant sample of gameplay to evaluate. Here are three complete game videos along with brief impressions and player ratings for the Seahawks, Packers, 49ers, and Ravens.┬á (more…)...
  • NCAA Football 14: Hits and Misses
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    Posted July 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am 47 Comments ╗
    In recent years the NCAA Football series has lacked ambition, innovation, and even proper execution of features. With NCAA Football 14 however those concerns have been largely washed away and the result is a fun football video game that isn't necessarily a great college football video game. Continue on for an assessment of where NCAA 14 has succeeded and where it falls short in this Hits and Misses review.┬á (more…)...
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