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12:00 PM on 07.29.2014

PC Port Report: OlliOlli

OlliOlli first showed up earlier this year on the PlayStation Vita, and it flip tricked and grinded its way into the heart of Ian Bonds, who gave it a 9.5/10 and called it a masterpiece "in the sweet spot of 'simple to contro...

Darren Nakamura




How would you feel if your online opponent was secretly a bot? photo
How would you feel if your online opponent was secretly a bot?
by Jonathan Holmes

Yesterday I was playing Wii Sports Club Boxing online while contemplating stuff to talk about on this week's Sup Holmes. I thought I'd have a while to think, but I was wrong. I only had to wait like 3 seconds before I was thrown into a match. For the least popular mode of a game that I'm guessing hasn't even sold 750,000 yet, that's not too shabby. 

I got my butt kicked, so I jumped into another match. Again, it was just 3 seconds before I found a new opponent. Again, I got beat down (K.O'ed on the first fall!), so again I went looking for another a new challenger. Again, I was paired up quickly, but this time I won. After that I cut my losses and went back to training mode. Sometimes its best to quit while you're ahead. 

Now I'm not accusing Nintendo of anything here, but while punching those giant floating training mode plates, the thought crossed my mind that the person I just fake-assautled might not even be real. Maybe none of them were real. They did engage in a few exchanges with me using the games pre-set text dialogue system, but that's not exact solid proof of humanity. On top of that, all their Mii's were pretty generic, and their fighting styles were awfully similar to what you might find in CPU opponents in single player mode. Then again, in Wii Sports Boxing, there isn't a whole lot of strategy when you're not very good. It's pretty much just "Always Be Punching: The Game" (which tells you how rusty I am that I kept losing), regardless if you're fighting a the game's AI or some other flailing schlub like yourself. 

The question is, if Nintendo had set up some auto-play online opponents to give the illusion that you were taking on a "real" person, would that be a bad thing?

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1:00 PM on 07.24.2014

The physical edition of Wii Sports Club drops on Wii U on July 25

If you're into Wii Sports, you can pick up the Club package starting tomorrow on Wii U for $39.99. Nintendo notes that all five sports are included -- Tennis, Bowling, Golf, Baseball, and Boxing. Of course, they'll use t...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 07.24.2014

NHL 15 flaunts its alliteration with the Superstar Skill Stick

Slapshots from the point, cheeky tip-ins, and wristers through traffic are all perfectly fine, but when you play an NHL game, you want to embarrass your opponent. You want them going to get their jock out of the rafters...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 AM on 07.21.2014

Team USA's Clint Dempsey loses Xbox shirt for PS3/PS4 FIFA 15 cover

Lionel Messi will grace the cover of FIFA for the third year straight year, but FIFA 15's North American release will see team USA's Clint Dempsey creeping behind Messi, wondering why his lighting is so different.  ...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 07.18.2014

FIFA 15 puts priority on emotions and giant dogpiles

Last month, I did my best to tell you what EA Sports wanted to put emphasis on for its three big sports titles this year. Then, it went and undermined me by releasing videos that say exactly what I wrote. In the unfortunate ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Pucks and players are more chaotic in NHL 15

About a month ago, I explained how EA Sports' big focus for NHL 15 was physics. In the event that you didn't believe me (or hate reading), this video adequately sums up the studio's intentions. Watch it to learn how pucks bounce or to see Matt Duchene crash the net like a total badass.

Brett Makedonski

7:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Push Me Pull You is 2-vs-2 gross sausage monster ball wrestling

Hamza was won over by Push Me Pull You at GDC and I wish I had gotten a chance to try it, too. At least now there's some disturbing video of it in action.  "Connected at the waist, you and your partner must use a s...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 07.15.2014

Pharrell and his Arby's hat are picking a soundtrack for NBA 2K15

What's happening in basketball these days? That LeBron fellow went back to that city where everyone hated him for a bit and now they're all going to pretend like that didn't happen. Carmelo decided to stay in New York after o...

Brett Makedonski

11:15 AM on 07.15.2014

OlliOlli takes its four wheels and reckless attitude to PC on July 22

The totally tubular OlliOlli rides fakie next week to show off its tricks away from the handheld scene. Originally released on PS Vita earlier this year, Roll7's side-scrolling skateboarding game is coming to PC, Ma...

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 07.11.2014

Who is yelling in this Madden trailer and why, why, why

I wanted to fit a "Red Warrior is about to die" joke in this trailer for Madden's new Gauntlet mode. I got as far as "Redskins is about to die" before I started watching this video and was greeted with an over eager, discordant voice over. Bosssssss levelsssssssssssss. Who thought this was a good idea?

Steven Hansen





2:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Be as arrogant as you want in NHL 15

Who doesn't want more control in their videogames? EA Sports explains that in NHL 15, players have been rebuilt from the ground up to give players unprecedented control. That includes the ability to choose your own goal celebrations. I'm sure everyone will respectfully skate back to the bench so as to not show up their opponent.

Brett Makedonski

8:30 PM on 07.04.2014

First details for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 emerge

Although Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (PES 2015) was only confirmed for the PS4 at one time, it is now a go on the Xbox One as well, and we have new gameplay details straight from Konami. Passing options have been expa...

Chris Carter



Blah Blah Top Five Blah Blah World Cup Blah Blah Soccer photo
Blah Blah Top Five Blah Blah World Cup Blah Blah Soccer
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by SnowmanEX711]

Everybody's blah blah blah World Cup blah blah blah to celebrate top five blah blah blah soccer videogames blah blah blah.  Blah blah blah piggybacking off Google search result algorithms blah blah blah pandering to the interests of those who are more interested in thing other than videogames? Blah blah blah everyone's talking about it blah blah blah you don't want to be left out blah blah blah popular because it is popular blah blah blah Hamza's gotta eat blah blah blah Sup Holmes starts at 4pm blah.

So with out further blah blah blah, lets blah blah blah do blah blah blah this blah blah blah.

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5:45 PM on 06.25.2014

In time for calcio (football) madness, PES 2015 gets a trailer

Update: Welp, that video was pulled due to licensing issues. I'll take this moment to root very hard for Belgium to knock out the American team.  I'm a bit checked out after Italy's rare, unceremonious early exit, but we...

Steven Hansen

7:14 PM on 06.24.2014

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron to grace the cover of NHL 15

[Update: EA Sports has sent along the cover art, which can be seen below.] At tonight's 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the winner of the NHL 15 cover was revealed. The athletes went through a fan voting process, begi...

Brett Makedonski