Posts Tagged ‘impressions’
  • NCAA Football 14: Hits and Misses
    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.  (more…)...
  • NCAA Football 14 Initial Impressions
    Posted July 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm 78 Comments
    Coming off two very weak efforts EA Sports needed to reestablish the NCAA Football franchise as something other than an also-ran to Madden. What used to be an innovative series has been anything but in recent years - and when trying for new features they've failed miserably with the implementation and their assessment of what consumers truly desired out of the product. While NCAA Football 14 doesn't break any new ground actual effort is immediately recognized in areas that have desperatel...
  • Your Turn Football Impressions
    Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 7:15 pm 11 Comments
    Your Turn Football has been out for about a week and in that time has become the sole game being played on my phone. The competitive nature of the turn-based gameplay - which has surprisingly produced fairly realistic results on the field and relies on some strategic decisions being made - has proven to be addictive and fun. (more…)...
  • Learning About NCAA Football 14 Through CPU vs CPU Gameplay
    Posted June 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am 35 Comments
    There is probably no better way to discover how the CPU plays in a sports game than letting two AI controlled teams go head-to-head and thus avoiding any user influence. Doing so obviously does not provide much insight into how a game will perform in a head-to-head pairing but instead is useful for learning where there may be holes in the AI primarily relating to single player. The first game that was set up and recorded was a fantastic example of the value that comes with examining a CPU...
  • Quick Thoughts From E3 2013 Day One
    Posted June 11th, 2013 at 6:15 pm 29 Comments
    Here are some basic impressions from the first day being on the show floor of E3 which featured prominently the upcoming EA Sports games. The company shut down any recording of the games at their booth so unlike past years the number of videos and images coming out will be limited. Included at the end of this piece are the short videos of Madden NFL 25 captured before that point as the taking of them had been approved to begin the day. Thoughts on all the games will be expanded upon in ...
  • Out of the Park Baseball 14 Impressions
    Posted May 20th, 2013 at 9:45 am 5 Comments
    The Out of the Park Baseball series has long been the gold standard of management simulations. Though the release of an iOS version the last couple years has led to some additional exposure OOTP has still relied on word-of-mouth over traditional marketing. That has allowed them to focus on doing one thing and doing it very well - appealing to the hardcore baseball or management fan - rather than diluting the product as most major titles are forced to do in order to reach the largest audience...
  • Ridiculous Fishing Review
    Posted April 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am 2 Comments
    By Brendan Wilhide Ridiculous Fishing is the latest entry in the ‘retro graphics and addictive gameplay” category of iOS games. In this case you play as a fisherman seeking to catch everything in sight at a variety of local fishing spots, each with unique fish and unique challenges. The result is an addictive “just one more turn” game which fits nicely into the iOS sports gaming genre.  (more…)...
  • iOOTP Baseball 2013 Review
    Posted April 10th, 2013 at 11:30 am 2 Comments
    By Brendan Wilhide Baseball fans everywhere welcomed Major League Baseball back with open arms last week. Baseball gamers welcome back yet another annual baseball tradition this week: iOOTP 2013, the latest version in the iOOTP series. iOOTP is the iOS version of the popular OOTP (Out of the Park) series of baseball text sims for Windows and Mac. If you’ve ever played OOTP on your computer you already know what to expect. If not, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much of the core...
  • Tiger Woods 14 Full Impressions
    Posted March 25th, 2013 at 10:45 am 16 Comments
    The Tiger Woods PGA Tour series has been solid if unspectacular this generation carrying with it somewhat limited appeal. Hampered by a heavy reliance on downloadable content the justification to purchase yearly has waned considerably. That won't necessarily change with Tiger Woods 14. People who play yearly may not find as much value as novices. However for those who have skipped recent versions or who would be new to the series it can be easily recommended.  (more…)...
  • MLB 13: The Show – Hits and Misses
    Posted March 12th, 2013 at 3:00 pm 29 Comments
    As a series MLB: The Show has been the most consistent of all the yearly sports representations this generation. Consumers have come to rely on exceptional baseball authenticity, realistic gameplay, fantastic graphics, and deep franchise and career modes to invest time with. What has been missing though is sense of accessibility and an acceptable online experience. Those aspects however are no longer holding the franchise back. MLB 13: The Show is the iteration that pulled everything tog...
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