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  • unmanneddrone 12:52 am on March 20, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige Bring on the sports episode! We’ve all played a sports game over the years in one form or another, right? And that shouldn’t discount your Out of the Park Baseballs, International Cricket Captains, Football Managers and other hands-off sports-centric games.

    As @tolkoto said, this new breed of dynasty games…taking a shmoe from some boondock league and dragging him up through the ranks into stardom…adds so much of what we love of other games; the JRPGs, persistent unit/veterancy in strategy games etc.

    And even then, what about the arcade sport set? The NFL Blitzes, the NBA Jams, 2K Sports The Bigs. What about things like Tony Hawk or SSX?

  • RedSwirl 1:57 pm on August 2, 2010 Permalink
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    For the most part you can count me in the “quit baseball video games after N64” camp, but screw Ken Griffy Jr. – I much preferred Acclaim’s All Star Baseball series. After that I had some good times with World Series Baseball 2k2 and 2k3 on the Dreamcast (which I guess evolved into today’s MLB 2k series, so maybe I should try those out).

    All the same though, it’s been a long-ass time since I’ve touched baseball video games. I tried to play a demo of the The Show and had absolutely no clue of what was going on. Both the pitching and batting interfaces were completely lost on me. Someone told me that the last iteration of The Show left out homewrun derby for some reason. What the hell has been happening to baseball games?!

  • mjpilon 8:27 pm on August 1, 2010 Permalink
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    @scribl Same here in both regards. I also have an inclination occasionally to plug in my SNES and play Ken Griffey Jr. presents Major League Baseball for a couple of days as well as NHL Stanley Cup.

  • scribl 8:04 pm on August 1, 2010 Permalink
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    @mjpilon N64, you say? Man, there’s nothing like Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball. That game was a huge part of my childhood. That and Mario Tennis. (The N64 original, of course. Not the horrible GameCube sequel.)

  • feenwager 7:22 pm on August 1, 2010 Permalink
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    Tolkoto is indeed correct. Road To The Show as a pitcher is the best sports/rpg experience around these days.

  • mjpilon 5:37 pm on August 1, 2010 Permalink
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    @tolkoto I fell off the baseball game wagon after the N64 and never went back for some reason. Now that I have a PS3, I am extremely tempted to get back on it with the Show but I may wait until next year.

  • RedSwirl 5:20 pm on July 29, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , sports games, Top Spin   

    @Madden Ugh. I fell out of favor with football games in general when Madden edged out the NFL 2K series – the only football games I ever really got into. I have not bought a Madden since 94 and I have not played a single Madden of the current console generation. The last one I did play was the Wii version of Madden 2007 which was the most content-rich version of that game because its last-gen tech escaped the feature-shaving EA does with every generation jump of Madden. The sad part is that EA Sports on Wii has just gone downhill ever since.

    Call me when EA decides to release just one Madden per-platform and sell updates every year, or when 2K is allowed to start making real football games again.

    Honestly though, I’ve never been really into sports games with a few exceptions through the years – one of those exceptions being most of what came out of Sega Sports (and its progeny). Probably the only Sports game this generation that I’ve paid any real attention to is Top Spin 3.

    Holy shit that game is like the Gran Turismo of Tennis games. You have to spend 3 hours in the tutorial just to learn how to hit the ball where you want it to go – which involves like three simultaneous button presses that all have to be timed within half a second of each other. Add to that actually having to strategize based on where you think your opponent is going two moves ahead, and each match after the junior league becomes a hard-won war.

    Man I need to get that save file back from my broken 60GB PS3.

    Oh, and @RTSs, I just don’t like the majority of them where you spend hours harvesting dirt so that you can eventually harvest better dirt and keep your people happy and advance culture and all that crap. I just wanna build a base, build troops, build tanks, and roll on some motherfuckers. So far the two games that provide this best to me are StarCraft and whatever Command & Conquer games involve Tiberium.

  • unmanneddrone 11:53 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , NCAA, sports games   

    @mjpilon Of course! You’re the man I should be asking for tips! It was a strange road leading up to this, primarily the sour experience of nothing in the way of a decent rugby game since Jonah Lomu Rugby on the PSone – and we’re talking so early, the thing was still majority sprite-based. This new Gameflow system they’ve put into 11 seems ripe for a guy who knows nothing about the game. I need someone spoonfeeding me what play I should make.

    @zegolf I played the demo for NCAA 11 “for research purposes” and found it equally exciting. Is it a faster style of play in NCAA? Anyway, there’s an exciting ‘for the love of the game’ thrill about the presentation of the college games, so the decision really came down to what information was readily available to the Joe Shmoe NFL novice…which Madden has this year. It’ll no doubt fill the void left by Rugby League. How microtransactiony is microtransactiony when it comes to Madden?

  • zegolf 11:41 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Madden fell out of favor with me when they went all micro-transactiony last year. I don’t want to have to pay extra for a game that I already drop $60 a year on, just to get the same functionality as the year before. That beings said, there’s a reason Madden is on top, and has been there for so long (and will be there into the future). It’s a well polished game, and plays just like the real thing. And by “real thing” I mean, sitting on my couch in my drawers, watching football on TV. There really is something intrinsically rewarding about sitting in the middle of the room with the stadium sounds cranked through a surround system. That being said, I’ve always been a bit partial to the NCAA series, but that’s just because I went to a college that had a great football program. Last year, I got both, because I knew someone that worked for EA. I probably would have stuck to NCAA this year, but I just don’t have a lot of fun playing those games anymore.

    Regardless, they’re still fun games, especially if you can play against friends online or in person. If you’re looking for more entertaining sports games, the NHL series has really made leaps and bounds in their field over the last few iterations.

  • mjpilon 11:20 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Well, there’s always a first time for everything 😉 Strangely, even as a guy who currently plays American Football (well….Canadian Football), I no longer get the compulsion to purchase Madden every year like I used to when I was a kid. Haven’t been able to figure out why yet.

  • unmanneddrone 11:11 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink
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    @scribl Full Spectrum Warrior…man, that blew me away too. It really was a revolutionary title, doesn’t seem to get the props it deserves, either. If any of the squad didn’t play it and would like to, it’s free now ( http://bit.ly/cImjkT ) the minor, meaningless caveat being it’s ad-supported. I really wish they’d take this idea and run with it as a multiplayer concept. There was multiplayer…in the sequel, Ten Hammers, I think…and also the awesome SOCOM Tactical Strike on PSP (the pinnacle of this tiny subgenre of realtime tactical squad management games), but if ever there was a time for the idea to make a comeback – it’s now.

    Still, adrenalin junkies these days might kick up a stink they’re not the ones pulling the trigger. “Dude, I’m like *already* in the action, so like, I should be the guy doin’ the shooting, broham.”

    Anyway, I’m doing something I never thought I’d do. I don’t know the first thing about it, and outside of @feenwager and possibly the Minotti lads, I don’t know if the SoS members even entertain such notions. Going by the fact there is little hope of any Rugby league game ever coming out of any quality, I’m…


    …buying Madden 11. Spot the Australian missing his contact sport back home. I don’t know much about NFL, but I like the fervour and the bombastic ‘entertainment spectacular’ vibe North American sports have got going on. So, if you’ve any tips to give a man who sniggers when he hears the term “sack”, now’s the time.

  • zegolf 2:42 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink
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    I wonder if the new EA Sports Online Pass would provide an adequate way to handle this situation? I’ve read very little about Online Pass, but it’s definitely integrated into the online aspects.

    I guess EA just doesn’t want you to buy each iteration of their games!

  • feenwager 2:35 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink
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    I know we’re not really so much for the sports games around these parts, but I also know we like talking game design, so here are a few thoughts about Tiger Woods ’11 to chew on.

    I buy TW roughly every other year, I think that’s about right for most sports games. The problem is with the player progression. You see, TW is one of the few games that I’m good at…really good at. Like, people drop out consistently when I try to play them online good. Like, if Pete cared about playing golf games good. Get it?

    So what does EA do every year? They make me start from scratch. Can I import my super-awesome golfer from the previous game(s)? Nope. You can create Joe Shablotnik and begin your climb up the PGA Tour ladder. Again. This involves playing with a golfer who drives the ball about 250 Yards (roughly 6^@$ Metric Made Up Silly Units) off of the tee, and can’t find the hole with a GPS and a telescope.

    Now…you may find this hard to believe, but it’s not really fun. Would it be so hard for EA to come up with a mode where I can take my golfer that I have built up to Woods-ian proportions and give me some challenges that are fit for him? Maybe this could replace the inane “modes” they insist on throwing against the wall with every revision of the software.

    Ok. I feel better now.

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