Posts Tagged ‘impressions’
  • EA Sports UFC: Hits and Misses
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    Posted June 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm 19 Comments »
    Hope for the future of UFC games were high when EA Sports announced the acquisition of the license just over two years ago. There was to be significantĀ development timeĀ and investment made prior to release of the first entry in the series, it would launch on the new systems and have an opportunity similar to how Fight Night Round 3 stood out early in the previous generation, and the company was coming off a good first effort in the sport with 2010's EA Sports MMA. It's especially disapp...
  • Guest Review: EA Sports UFC
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    Posted June 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am 12 Comments »
    by Dylan Favorite I have been eagerly anticipating the release of EA Sports UFC since it was officially announced two years ago. Unfortunately, after spending a good chunk of time with it, I can say that it is considerably flawed. I have enjoyed all of the past UFC games from Undisputed 2009 to EA MMA. I would consider myself well versed in both the games and the sport. This version just falls flat in some key areas. (more…)...
  • EA Sports UFC Demo Impressions
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    Posted June 4th, 2014 at 12:30 pm 22 Comments »
    TheĀ demo for EA Sports UFC holds a great deal of importance for the new series. The goal with it is to appeal to both the hardcore fight fans and a more casual crowd while also trying to shake off the stigma of the THQ series which lost 70% of its consumer base over the course of three releases. UFC 2009 Undisputed had a demo that was so dynamic and exciting it propelled the launch to heights well beyond what THQ had forecasted. It allowed the game to attract a crowd that wasn't limited to ...
  • FIFA 14 World Cup Ultimate Team Potential Thwarted by Gameplay Regression
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    Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 4:15 pm 6 Comments »
    The free content for FIFA 14 on all platforms arrived late last week and with it some hope that it could be a good compliment, and maybe even a substitute, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup game that released only on 360 and PS3. Obviously the addition to FIFA 14 was never going to provide the same depth as that standalone game but it was also offering something completely different. A free entry point into a unique Ultimate Team mode where money could be spent but didn't necessarily need to be. Ā...
  • iOOTP Baseball 2014 Review
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    Posted May 30th, 2014 at 11:30 am 3 Comments »
    by Brendan Wilhide iOOTP ā€˜14 ($5 in the iOS App Store) is the latest version of the popular Out of the Park Baseball game for iOS devices. The game allows you to pick up and play the 2014 MLB season, replay a historical season, or create a fictional universe with its own teams, players, and rules. Longtime players will feel right at home thanks to a nearly identical look and feel from previous games. The features are all there, too, including the ability to pick up and play with real M...
  • MLB 14: The Show – PS4 Hits and Misses
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    Posted May 13th, 2014 at 2:15 pm 18 Comments »
    MLB 14: The Show on the PlayStation 3 didn't end up being the complete product that was MLB 13. Not surprisingly the game received less than the typical publicity at the timeĀ since many were waiting on the PS4 version for this year with higher hopes considering the capabilities of the new system. While it has retained all the same features, promises were really never made that it would do anything more than improve on the graphics of the earlier version. In that regard the game has succe...
  • 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 38 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.Ā  (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.Ā Rare 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 ...
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