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  • Tiger Woods 12 iPhone Review
    Posted April 5th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 8 Comments »
    By Brian Sipple Tiger Woods is an enigma. As his continuing struggles on the golf course show his future is subject to anyone’s best guess and his swing seems to have run off with Elin and the kids. If there’s anyone alive who can truly comprehend what’s going on in Tiger’s head right now, he’s probably too busy making a fortune in the stock market or helping the U.S. government find Bin Laden. I mean, seriously, how do you fall from worldwide icon, become the butt of a million ba...
  • Fight Night Champion iPhone Review
    Posted March 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments »
    By Brian Sipple George Foreman once said: “Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.” Boxing video games have definitely come a long way since the days of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, yet the presumption among many in the industry is that they are a dying breed. Fight Night Champion represents EA Sports’ attempt at revamping its long standing franchise – which has lost its luster over the years - and it also includes the company’s first boxing entry for th...
  • NBA Jam iPhone Review
    Posted February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am 16 Comments »
    By Brian Sipple If asked about the best arcade games of all time, most of us (being sports gamers) would no doubt include NBA Jam among our top picks. It's pure and simple, slam-dunking fun will forever have a place in our hearts – even for Bulls fans, who could never quite beat the Pistons. So when EA Sports decided to reboot the franchise into the 21st Century, it came as no surprise to fans who lauded the idea of hearing “Boomshakalaka!” in Dolby 5.1. Now though you can take it a ...
  • Backbreaker 2: Vengeance iPhone Impressions
    Posted December 10th, 2010 at 2:20 pm 4 Comments »
    By: Brian Sipple The sports gaming version of Barack Obama running a campaign of hopeful and exciting promises to revamp a struggling nation, Backbreaker was marketed as the ultimate anti-Madden, the game that – with the use of its Euphoria physics engine – would give those who felt beleaguered from EA’s exclusive NFL license a formidable alternative. Although before being patched, the console version received reviews slightly more positive than the Democratic Party’s election results...
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 iPhone Impressions
    Posted November 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment »
    By: Brian Sipple Whenever a publisher holds off on releasing information for an upcoming title gamers have a legitimate reason to start casting doubts in its direction. When delays pile up, demos get canceled, and early reviews are embargoed, it’s surely going to raise a couple of eyebrows. What do you though when a game appears seemingly out of thin air? When all of a sudden you hear somewhere about a game being released that few people knew was even being made? Such is the case with UF...
  • EA Sports MMA iPhone Impressions
    Posted November 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am 3 Comments »
    By: Brian Sipple Thanks to its main catalyst, the UFC, mixed martial arts has launched itself towards the mainstream of our culture since the beginning of this century. THQ acquired the rights in 2007 to develop titles with the UFC name and saw a huge initial success with UFC 2009 Undisputed. Not to be outdone EA decided to enter the genre with its own non-licensed MMA product that still managed to grab names like Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko. EA Sports MMA hit the App Store a short...
  • NBA Elite 11 iPhone Impressions
    Posted November 10th, 2010 at 1:08 pm 8 Comments »
    By Brian Sipple Last week’s obituary for NBA Elite 11 on the major platforms came as no surprise after all the tribulation the series has faced in recent months. A few loyal fans will tell you that they were really looking forward to EA’s newly reinvented franchise, and that the game was only canceled because it was deemed to have too much awesomeness for public consumption. For the most part though Elite received constant criticism throughout its development, culminating with the release...
  • FIFA 11 iPhone Impressions
    Posted October 26th, 2010 at 3:30 pm 3 Comments »
    By: Brian Sipple Ask any soccer (or fútbol) fan what’s so special about the world’s most popular sport and they’ll immediately delve into the passion they have for their club, the allure of the teamwork and skill demonstrated by the players, and the feeling of excitement you get after a goal that’s sometimes best summed up in Andres Cantor’s famous “GOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!” calls. For the better part of its 17 year history Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise has been the top choice o...