Posts Tagged ‘year in review’
  • End of the Year Community Awards: Best Mobile Sports Game
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    Posted December 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 Comment
    The year-in-review process opened up earlier this week with the start of the Community Awards. Today the category is Best Mobile Sports Game. The number of nominees are being expanded to five in this category given the sheer number of mobile games and the unlikelihood that a majority of voters would have played any or all of what would have been a top three. (more…)...
  • End of the Year Community Awards: Best Gameplay of 2013
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    Posted December 17th, 2013 at 4:15 pm 9 Comments
    The year-in-review process opened up yesterday with the start of the Community Awards. Kicking it off was the Best New Feature and today the category is Best Gameplay. Since starting the Community Awards the three franchises nominated for the honor of Best Gameplay have remained the same. NBA 2K, MLB: The Show, and FIFA have established themselves as the finest in the sports gaming genre. NBA 2K11, FIFA 12, and NBA 2K13 have taken home the honors. This year it's NBA 2K14, MLB 13: The Sho...
  • End of Year Community Awards: Best New Feature of 2013
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    Posted December 16th, 2013 at 1:45 pm 12 Comments
    With 2013 coming to a close it's time to begin looking back on the developments that have taken place and awarding the various efforts in sports gaming. To start will be the first of the Community Awards. You can check out the winners from previous years here. The categories to look forward to are Community Sports Game of the Year, Best Gameplay, Best Online Play, Best Presentation, Best Franchise Mode, Best Career Mode, Best Mobile Sports Game, and Most Disappointing Game. Kicking it off...
  • #1 of 2012: FIFA 13
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    Posted January 16th, 2013 at 12:30 pm 8 Comments
    The FIFA series repeats in the top spot even though it does so somewhat by default as the field in 2012 simply did not do enough to knock it off the throne. FIFA 13 capitalized off the excellent prior iteration by making important refinements and building on already established strengths resulting in the best overall product of the year.  (more…)...
  • #2 of 2012: NBA 2K13
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    Posted January 15th, 2013 at 11:15 am 23 Comments
    For quite a while NBA 2K13 was slotted into the top spot as the Pastapadre Sports Game of the Year. NBA 2K was set to be the first series to have won twice since the awards began in 2006 (2K11 won in 2010). It had it in its grasp but ultimately it slipped away when justification of the entire product as the "best" of this year's crop was made more more difficult. NBA 2K13 arrived on the scene with welcome changes to controls, terrific presentation, an excellent career mode, and much impro...
  • 2012 Community Choice Award Winners
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    Posted January 14th, 2013 at 2:00 pm 5 Comments
    After being open for a month and collecting over 26K votes it's time to announce the winners of the 2012 Pastapadre Community Choice Awards. Former Community Game of the Year winners FIFA, NBA 2K, and Madden fittingly found themselves up for the big one this year as well. Continue on for the results and brief analysis for all the categories!  (more…)...
  • Revisiting the Top Stories of 2012: Former Madden Developer Rips EA Sports
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    Posted January 11th, 2013 at 4:30 pm 11 Comments
    One of the most fascinating developments of the year came late as a former Madden NFL developer went on an unprecedented Twitter rant regarding the state of the franchise and the stifling environment in which he had departed from. It was insight into the ongoing process and frustrations that may be faced by those who work on the games that the public rarely if ever hears. Certain elements of that are true of all major corporations but with it being Madden in particular it struck a nerve with...
  • #3 of 2012: Madden NFL 13
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    Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:15 pm 17 Comments
    The Madden NFL series is easily the most heavily scrutinized of all the sports video game franchises. As the biggest seller in North America - only FIFA tops it worldwide - much of the criticism it receives is justified but some of it is not. EA Sports has to accept that the product will be held to the highest standard and produce on a level to meet expectations. There are no excuses why they should not be able to do just that. Yet this generation they've come up short more often than not...
  • Revisiting the Top Stories of 2012: MLB 2K12 Perfect Game Contest Controversy
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    Posted January 8th, 2013 at 6:15 pm 12 Comments
    The $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge entered its third year with MLB 2K12 and 2K Sports finally got the structure right by turning it into an actual challenge rather than a race. The first two years had the winner complete the task on the first day essentially ending the promotion prematurely. That would no longer be the case as 2K12's competition involved a month long window where any perfect games completed would be "scored" based on a number of factors with the top eight earning a spot i...
  • #4 of 2012: SSX
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    Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 pm 13 Comments
    Attempting a reboot of SSX was a daunting task for EA Sports. They faced inevitable backlash due to the inherent nostalgia fans of the series carried - which could naturally have inhibited creativity and use of new technology - and a shrinking base of consumers open to arcade-style games in general. The end result however was the best sports related offering in the first half of 2012. SSX delivered great gameplay, innovation, and superb post-release support. (more…)...
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