NBA 2K19 Review
Last year was an odd year for the NBA 2K franchise. On one hand they put out a brilliant game with stellar gameplay, rich modes, and a beautiful recreation of the NBA. On the other, they were marred by bad press (from media and fans) from launch onward for implementation of micro transactions. The short story was, in order to advance your created player in NBA 2K18, you had to endlessly grind to level them up - or pay the piper. A year later I was fascinated to see how 2K Sports and Visual Concepts would respond to the criticism. Well, let’s jump in.
AO International Tennis Review
I put a ton of time into AO International Tennis and I can say that I never once found myself fully invested. I so desperately wanted to play a new tennis game so I tried as hard as I could to find joy out of it. Sadly there’s just so little to invest in that you realize quickly that it’s a shallow game that would have needed more time in the development before the release.
MLB The Show 18 Review
This might sound odd, but I love reviewing sports games. I really do. I’ve been doing it for over a decade and it’s an annual check in to see how some of my favorite video game franchises are doing. With the start of spring, it means it’s time to check out and review the latest baseball game from Sony San Diego, MLB The Show 18. In my review of MLB The Show 17 last year, I mentioned that I felt the franchise was beginning to feel a little long in the tooth. So, were there big changes in this year’s game?
Madden NFL 18 Review
Stories in sports games. We’ve been talking about the idea for over a decade and it’s just in the last couple of years we’ve seen the two big sports developers (EA & 2K) start investing in it. Last year both FIFA (from EA) and NBA 2K (from 2K Sports) made stories a huge pillar in their annual releases. This year, EA Sports is following up the success of Alex Hunter in “The Journey” with Longshot, a new story mode in Madden NFL 18.
MLB The Show 17 Review
MLB The Show 17 is still a great game of baseball but one that with each season seems less and less impressive compared to other sports games available. With a lack of competition, it's hard to not recommend. But with each year I'm still wanting to see the team at Sony San Diego push the envelope even if there isn't any competition to force their hand.
Bottom line, FIFA 16 is not a huge step forward for the franchise. The play on the pitch continues to get better and better and the refinements this year are all welcome. I especially was impressed with the overall flow of a match. It continues to get closer to feeling like the real thing while still being one of the most enjoyable sports games on the market.
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
When I look back on my week with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, I came away feeling like it was a launch title. It's missing the robust features and course set that video game golf enthusiasts have come to know. It has a lot of the mechanics down well enough but the game doesn’t have enough content to warrant the price tag. The career mode is bare bones and the course selection is dangerously low. Unless you just can’t do without a golf game this year, you’d be better off going purchasing a game from the Tiger Woods back catalog.
The teams at EA Sports are undeniably having a hard transition to the next-gen, but FIFA 15 has weathered the transition quite admirably. Of course we want everything to be perfect in each new game, but then how could they keep us coming back for more each year? FIFA 15 has made enough changes and improvements to warrant an upgrade, and has done so without any yellow or red cards. There will be nothing to complain about when you pick up this year’s best soccer game, other than needing additional controllers so everyone can play.
EA Sports UFC
Its been a while since we've had a UFC game, so the good news is this is a pretty good UFC game. The bad news is there is still a good deal of room for improvement both in the career mode and on the mat. Regardless there is a ton of fun to be had in EA Sports UFC and if you're a fan of the sport this game is a worthy pick up for your new console.