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Review: Sportsfriends photo
Review: Sportsfriends
by Chris Carter

Sportsfriends is another example of a last-minute Kickstarter save. Although it didn't look like it was going to get funded, fans came together on the final stretch and gave the game a chance -- which leads us into the PS3 and PS4 release this month.

So was it worth the wait? Well that depends on how much you want to play Johann Sebastian Joust.

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MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball photo
MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball
by Steven Hansen

I was mostly satisfied with MLB 14 The Show's initial PS3 and Vita release. Hitting ahead of the PS4 version led to some (perhaps overdue) improvements, from the UI overhaul to PS3/PS4/Vita cross saves to a universal The Show profile to franchise carry over into the next years' installments.

Coupled with little touches like a new dynamic camera angle, the addictive weekly challenge, and even more gameplay options (Quick Count and Player Lock), it felt like a worthy send off for the best baseball series of the last generation.

The problem, of course, is when the PS4 version hits (now), none of this is new. It just looks better. And somehow loads slower.

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Stick it to the man with two more free PlayStation Plus games photo
Stick it to the man with two more free PlayStation Plus games
by Steven Hansen

Tomorrow's Tuesday, which means more free games (you'll likely never play despite still paying for the service) for PlayStation Plus.

For PS4, we have Stick It to the Man, which I hear is real good and I like for its gross 90's cartoon art style.

On PS3, you can avoid giving EA more money for calcio -- soccer -- games and get PES 2014 instead. Simulate the world cup atmosphere by becoming aggressively nationalistic. Glare sidelong at anyone who appears to be from another country than you and start planning now for excuses for why your country was knocked out.

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11:30 AM on 05.05.2014

Mario Golf's upcoming DLC isn't 'on disc' or locked

Mario Golf: World Tour has taken Nintendo into a completely new realm of DLC -- Season Passes. Although they have dabbled in the practice for some time now starting with Fire Emblem: Awakening or New Super Mario Bro...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 05.05.2014

EA is teasing a new NHL game

Just like death and taxes, we all know that annual Electronic Arts sports franchises are inevitable. Unlike most of the masses though I don't automatically count them all out on arrival, as said annual iterations do tend to i...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 05.03.2014

Here's a video overview of Mario Golf: World Tour and its DLC

It's a terrific weekend for 3DS owners between Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour both fighting for our time. Nintendo has a pair of trailers out for the latter game -- one for the launch, another for those DLC ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 05.02.2014

EA looking to stream games direct to Comcast customers

Electronic Arts could soon be offering their games directly to Comcast subscribers, according to a report from Reuters. The two companies have been in talks, and after two years of testing it seems the deal is close to an agr...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





11:30 PM on 04.28.2014

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater originally starred Bruce Willis with a gun

Before Neversoft kicked off its tremendously successful Tony Hawk series, the studio worked on a PlayStation game called Apocalypse which had Bruce Willis spouting off lines like "Strap one on, it's time to Jam!" (And, befor...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 04.28.2014

Madden 15's overly serious teaser to remind you it's coming

So, last year was Madden NFL 25, and this year is Madden NFL 15? I can't wait for Madden NFL -5. Integers are fun, kids. Anyway, here's a self-important trailer. Reminder: this is a game. It's a game of a game. Madden 15 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and 360 on August 26 in North America, August 29 in Europe. Voting for the next cover player begins May 8.

Steven Hansen



Review: Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Review: Mario Golf: World Tour
by Dale North

It's been about 10 years since we've seen the Mushroom Kingdom gang out on the green, so it was high time for a new Mario Golf title. Camelot Software steps to the tee again, this time on the 3DS, bringing dual screens and and a new spin to their much-loved links with Mario Golf: World Tour.

But the biggest addition this time around is online play. Were they able to drive this one home?

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1:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Epigenesis, the Unreal engine 'Make Something' winner gets new content

Epigenesis has just dropped its "0.2b Update," which adds a new map to the game as well as a full singleplayer mode. The map is called the "Legacy Arena," and comes complete with a mineshaft. For those of you who are wondering what the heck Epigenesis even is, it won the 2013 "Make Something Unreal" contest, and has been in Steam Early Access for some time. Epigenesis [YouTube via Joystiq]

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 04.17.2014

I wonder how much money EA makes on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Every four years, many of us pretend to be fans of il calcio -- I'm sorry, soccer -- for the global spectacle that is the World Cup. Every four years, EA releases an extra, novelty soccer game (in addition to its annual FIFA...

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 04.17.2014

Here's what MLB 14 The Show looks like on PS4

MLB 14 The Show has made some welcomed strides forward on PS3 and Vita, from three system cross save to universal profiles to save data that carries over year after year. But the PS3 version does show its age, so if you want...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 04.16.2014

In BaraBariBall you lose your balls when you jump

I played BaraBariBall over a year ago at GDC 2013 and it was fun as heck. I liked it BaraBari much. But it's still not out. Not yet, anyways. It's coming this year to PC, PS4, and PS3 as a part of the amazing Sportsfriends. ...

Steven Hansen



Review: MLB 14 The Show photo
Review: MLB 14 The Show
by Steven Hansen

I was ready for last year’s The Show to be its PS3 swansong, I was feeling it. It’s not that it wasn’t good. It was as good as it ever was. But there were signs of age. The same old horrifying fan models in the stands with crooked limbs and dead faces. The same bone dry commentators. It felt like the right time for The Show to be transitioning to PS4.

But this is sports, or at least sports games. When is the last time someone went out while they were ahead in sports? But hey, if the Red Sox can give David Ortiz -- a designated hitter in 2014; an endangered species – a $16 million contract extension for what he’s meant to Boston over the last 12 years, I can give The Show on PS3 another ride for being the only good baseball series. Especially since the PS4 versions isn’t even out yet.

I mean, I owe the Giants’ first World Series to a platoon of antiquated weirdo journeymen and a weirder, sappier story than Space Cowboys. This isn’t just “another year, another Show,” either. This is a franchise in clear transition to the next generation, which has benefited the current generation.

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3:15 PM on 04.08.2014

See the ugly side of football in Dirty Sexy Soccer

Football sure has its ugly side, whether it's match fixing, hooliganism, and John Terry's wandering hands. Football Manager, for all its accuracy, never takes into account any of these things, but Dirty Sexy Soccer does. It'...

Alasdair Duncan