Posts Tagged ‘top 10’
  • #1 of 2010: NBA 2K11
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    Posted January 11th, 2011 at 1:30 pm 62 Comments
    It may be predictable but it is deserving. NBA 2K11 comes out on top of the best sports games of 2010 countdown having delivered on a complete experience and advancing the series from the premiere basketball title to a place in the cultural mainstream. (more…)...
  • #2 of 2010: FIFA World Cup
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    Posted January 7th, 2011 at 12:30 pm 19 Comments
    In a year that had several quality soccer offerings the one that stood out the most was 2010 FIFA World Cup. The game was exceedingly fun and when tied in with the emotions of the real World Cup taking place it really nailed the full experience. Even the vuvuzelas made an appearance! (more…)...
  • #3 of 2010: NCAA Football 11
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    Posted January 5th, 2011 at 1:30 pm 55 Comments
    Coming off a flat year that created some concern about the future viability of the franchise, NCAA Football 11 stepped up with significant improvements to gameplay and valuable feature additions. Sales numbers got a bump of 8% in the first month showing how the proper priorities could result in a shift of consumer interest, but even accounting for that the series has not been able to display necessary growth throughout the generation. Regardless NCAA Football 11 has become arguably the most co...
  • #4 of 2010: EA Sports MMA
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    Posted January 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am 15 Comments
    There are advantages to being the first entry in a brand new franchise. Chief among them are that expectations are naturally lower and consumers interested in the product tend to be more patient. UFC Undisputed broke onto the scene last year capturing the top game of the year distinction by surprising with its fun factor and polish. EA Sports MMA succeeded as well this year by delivering on accessibility and innovative features. (more…)...
  • #5 of 2010: FIFA 11
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    Posted December 30th, 2010 at 1:00 pm 14 Comments
    FIFA 11 continued its run this year as the most popular sports game in the world, becoming the fastest selling sports title ever. In the US it has been gaining steam the past few years and broke through in its first month of sales with its best performance ever finishing in fifth place. The game continues to provide a realistic experience along with a wide array of features that help it appeal to even non-soccer fans. (more…)...
  • #6 of 2010: Madden NFL 11
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    Posted December 28th, 2010 at 11:00 am 128 Comments
    Madden faces far and away the heaviest scrutiny of any sports game franchise. Various boundaries placed on the series have kept the game from really breaking out of the perception that each year simply brings about a marginal upgrade. Madden 10 was an excellent attempt even exceeding many expectations but Madden 11 failed to follow-up on that. A change in philosophical direction and a move to appeasing casual players proved to be a mistake but one that could be corrected going forward. (more&...
  • #7 of 2010: Kinect Sports
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    Posted December 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm 3 Comments
    As the most nontraditional game in the rankings, Kinect Sports seemed an unlikely candidate all the way up through release. Motion gaming was not high on the list of desire when it came to sports offerings and the Kinect hardware was being questioned as to how viable its performance would be in the real world. Despite that Kinect Sports turned out to be a surprising source of pure fun providing good variety, options, and accuracy making for a very unique experience. (more…)...
  • #8 of 2010 – MLB 10: The Show
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    Posted December 20th, 2010 at 12:00 pm 53 Comments
    Perhaps due to reaction garnered by MLB 10: The Show the series is making some significant changes going into next year in an attempt to provide a feeling of advancement. Though The Show has remained amongst the best in sports gaming in terms of quality it has seemed to settle in and avoid taking any risks. Doing so made some sense...consumers were happy and sales numbers were rising. Despite that it has become more heavily scrutinized especially as The Show acts as a quasi-exclusive title. (...
  • #9 of 2010: NHL 11
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    Posted December 15th, 2010 at 6:00 pm 7 Comments
    The NHL series from EA Sports has been one of the most highly regarded this generation. With NHL 09 in particular the franchise had a resurgence and became more mainstream than many would have anticipated possible. The game began to reach those not necessarily fans of the NHL. It captured the #2 spot with NHL 09 but then didn't make the list with NHL 10 due to a push towards milking consumers through downloadable content and a lack of intriguing upgrades. NHL 11 is still hampered by the focus ...
  • #10 of 2010: NBA Jam HD
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    Posted December 13th, 2010 at 3:30 pm 9 Comments
    A good arcade style game can provide great entertainment value and act as a much needed change of pace. In the past few years games such as The BIGS, Blitz: The League, NBA Street, and Madden Arcade have found their way into the end of year lists. 2010 however was a down year for the arcade game, and almost by default NBA Jam claims the #10 spot in the countdown. (more…)...
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