Posts Tagged ‘impressions’
  • iOOTP Baseball 2014 Review
    Posted May 30th, 2014 at 11:30 am 3 Comments
    by Brendan Wilhide iOOTP ‘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
    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 time 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
    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
    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.  (more…)...
  • NBA Live 14: Hits and Misses
    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
    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
    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. 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
    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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