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MLB 15 review?

Where's our MLB 15 The Show review? (Royals suck edition)

Sony provided release date, PS4 code
Mar 31
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation's baseball monopoly continues this year with the consistently good MLB 15 The Show (PS3, PS4, Vita). That does come with more caveats than ever this year. Online servers seem to be shutting down for the previous ...
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Joe Montana Football 16

Joe Montana Football 16: 49ers legend making a Madden competitor

Runs in Unreal Engine 4
Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
After 20 years, Joe Montana Football is back, this time with a lot of direct involvement from its titular star. In fact, the storied 49ers quarterback -- on Twitter, uncannily, as Joseph Montana -- seems to be the only one ta...
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Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy replaces Tiger Woods on EA's PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
Tiger Woods' name has gone from being synonymous with golf to being a different kind of pop culture reference. I'm not even sure if he golfs anymore. I just know he shows up to places missing teeth. Of course, EA's PGA Tour ...

Review: OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

Mar 10 // Kyle MacGregor
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS4 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: Roll7Publisher: Roll7Released: March 3, 2015MSRP: $14.99 (Cross-Buy, Free at launch via PS Plus) OlliOlli 2 seems nearly identical to its predecessor, or that was my initial impression, at least. My memories deceived me, though. After spending many hours comparing the games side by side, I can confidently say OlliOlli 2 is a great leap forward. This feels like the game Roll7 always wanted to make. Outside of the sleek, new art direction, the most apparent distinction at work here is the manual, a trick where skateboarders balance on their back wheels while moving forward. It may sound like a small difference, but it makes for a world of difference. Landing a manual after pulling off a grind or trick allows players to keep a combo going, allowing you to string together a series of maneuvers into a single, colossal trick.   The manual introduces a critical element of risk and reward, daring players to keep a combo going throughout an entire level and punishing those who deliver anything less than excellence. It really reinforces a key tenet from the original OlliOlli: precision. The experience demands players land or grind in a very particular way if they want to be successful and get the most out of their efforts. OlliOlli 2 has a smooth learning curve. The campaign starts out with an in-depth tutorial covering the basic systems at play, then throws players into a series of five worlds, each with five levels, all of which have five special challenges to complete. The difficulty ramps up at a steady pace, easing players in with straightforward stages and concluding with stages even veterans will be lucky to just survive, let alone pull off any impressive combos. Along the way the challenges do a great job at encouraging players to experiment and try various play-styles that may not arise naturally. This goes a long way toward expanding one's skillset, which will come in use once you start focusing on climbing the leaderboards. Once a level's five objectives are completed successfully, a more difficult version of that stage will unlock. There's even a third tier (which unlocks upon completion all five challenges in every level across both Amateur and Pro modes), which is apparently so difficult it only goads players to endure. The new-look visual design is a real treat. This time around the aesthetic is far brighter and more colorful, thanks in large part to the more varied and fantastical settings. OlliOlli 2 takes players on a journey through sun-drenched Southern California landscapes with movie studio backlots, the Wild West, a Central American rainforest dotted with Aztec pyramids, a futuristic cityscape, and a post-apocalyptic amusement park. It's a brilliant collection of backdrops with a lot of personality. The art retains the simplistic vibe of the original game, but moves away from the muddy pixels in favor of a far cleaner presentation. This, combined with the silky smooth animation and impeccably tight controls makes OlliOlli 2 handle like a dream. Even at its most difficult, the experience seems fair. When I wipe out, I'm upset with myself, rather than the developers, realizing it's poor execution on my part that's at fault, not shoddy design. Honestly, it's difficult to levy complaints against Roll7 for creating a more absorbing and beautiful follow-up to one of my favorite titles of last year, but it feels a bit safe. It might have been nice to see some new modes or something. Aside from career mode, spot challenges, and daily grind competitions, the only new addition is local multiplayer, which didn't release with the game. The studio promises to add in the feature later on, but its absence at launch is a tad disappointing.  Despite those minor gripes, Roll7 has easily outdone itself with this one. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is a massive step up from the original game. It's a gorgeous, worthy successor that's even more absorbing and difficult to put down. Get ready for your next gaming obsession. [This review is based on an retail build of the game acquired via PlayStation Plus.]
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Sicky sicky gnar, bro bro!
OlliOlli was a pleasant surprise. A year ago, the minimalist skateboarding game materialized out of nowhere, deconstructing the genre and distilling its essence down the barest essentials. It stripped away any traces of exces...

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EA Vault

Madden NFL 15 latest EA Vault addition

Mar 04
// Robert Summa
EA Access continues to prove itself worthy as Madden NFL 2015 has just been added to the current lineup of available games in the The Vault. It's a shame Sony turned down this service. Despite their concerns, it appears to be providing plenty of value -- at least it would for me.
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That was sudden
The original OlliOlli managed to charm a large number of the Dtoid staff, and a lot of us were looking forward to the sequel -- we just didn't think it would come this soon. According to the developer, OlliOlli 2: Welco...

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NBA Live 15

NBA Live 15 added to EA Vault

Kind of like when gramps gets shipped to a nursing home
Feb 24
// Robert Summa
Times have never been so low for those of us who love basketball and the games the sport inspires. While the NBA2K series may appear to be good enough for the majority, there is a growing minority that has become fed up with ...
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Disco Dodgeball

I didn't know I needed Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball in my life

But I've seen the light, and it looks an awful lot like an incoming ball
Feb 19
// Jordan Devore
I never got much into my high school's favorite rainy-day activity, dodgeball, but it was fun to half participate in, half watch. Our gym teacher would roll out carts full of fluffy, foamy, definitely-not-rubber balls and ab...
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Goes to show...

MLB 15 The Show gets bat-grain 10th anniversary edition

With some major league caveats
Feb 06
// Steven Hansen
Ok, that's a pretty sweet steelbook case. And Canada getting the Blue Jays' Russel Martin on the case is a nice touch. The rest of this package is a little more troubling. First, the 10th anniversary is only offered for PS4. ...
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Frozen Cortex update

Frozen Cortex gets a single-player-focused update

And finally adds ROBOT HATS!
Feb 02
// Patrick Hancock
Frozen Cortex, the sports-esque strategy game from the Frozen Synapse developers, has recently released an Early Access update that focuses almost entirely on the single-player aspect. New modes included in this update are K...
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The Big Game, baby!

Sonic, nipple slips, and Super Bowl gaming memories

The Big Game, baby! What games are you playing to ignore it?
Feb 01
// Steven Hansen
Ah, the Big Game. The NFL championship. The Big Gambino. I'm just sitting here enjoying a brewski and last night's pizza watching big men beat up on each other and it's pretty good. Of course, like usual, I'm sitting beside t...
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New combo system and moves
OlliOlli took off like a storm after it hit the Vita. While it was an unassuming indie skating game, its quality spoke for itself, and it's a certified success at this point. Developer Roll7 didn't rest on its laurels t...

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Super Bowl

Madden's predictions and my prop bets for the Super Bowl

Get your bookie on the horn
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
As it's wont to do anytime a major sport's national championship comes around, EA released a prediction for the outcome of the Super Bowl based on its season-old game Madden '15. In the match-up between two teams whose hands...
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Gunsport's idea of a dystopian future is cyberpunk volleyball

Future millenium sporting action
Jan 26
// Darren Nakamura
In the future, two teams of two people will face one another in small arenas. Guns at the ready, they will prepare their trigger fingers, take aim, and fire... at a volleyball. At least, that is what Gunsport predicts the fu...
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Gaming culture

NBA logos go gaming

Luigi's pants, tho
Jan 24
// Robert Summa
Have a favorite NBA team? Have a favorite gaming mascot? Did you want them combined? No? Well, too bad because someone just did that. Have a look at these cool designs by ak47_studios.
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The woes of NBA2K15

Or why it's hard being a NBA2K addict
Jan 23
// Robert Summa
If you're a non-sports game fan, then your only association with NBA2K is probably the image above of my boy Jeffrey. Poor Jeffrey, he's literally become the face of an entire franchise. It doesn't have to be this way. And it...

Bud Light turns man into Pac-Man in Super Bowl ad

This will probably never happen to you
Jan 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
Bud Light has released one of the ads which will air during the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, in which an unsuspecting beer consumer becomes the player of a fully-realized, physical Pac-Man game while a live DJ spins music in a ...
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Mutant Football League

Mutant Football League failed its Kickstarter, but it's still in development

Pre-alpha footage
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Mutant Football League didn't do so well with its $750,000 Kickstarter goal, only meeting $141,821 in total. But that wasn't the end for the project, as the developers noted that it will see the light of day. That was in 201...
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Japanese baseball

This is the year I finally import Pro Yakyuu Spirits

Konami's Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 coming to PS3, Vita in Japan this spring
Jan 13
// Kyle MacGregor
MLB The Show is the only baseball game in town these days. Well, if you don't count things like Super Mega Baseball, which I don't. Not really. Not enough Yasiel Puig. Or something. It's the only Major League Baseball game ar...

Review: Super Mega Baseball

Jan 12 // Chris Carter
Super Mega Baseball (PS3, PS4 [reviewed])Developer: Metalhead SoftwarePublisher: Metalhead SoftwareReleased: December 16, 2014MSRP: $19.99 I'm not going to sugar coat it. Super Mega Baseball doesn't have a whole lot of options or extras in its downloadable incarnation. There's no training camp, massive simulation mode, coaching options, or batting and pitching minigames. Instead, Mega does one thing and does it very, very well: a modern arcade rendition of baseball. One of my favorite things about Mega right off the bat is that it has a really cool tutorial that's designed to just "let you play." I'm too used to going straight to the help menu these days, and immediately the developers put in a little message saying "we recommend you play a game first before reading!" I love it! Another easy sell is the cartoony veneer that reminds me of old-school arcade baseball games. It's easy to get into as the characters look semi-lifelike but exaggerated, with ridiculous hair and accessories. Teams are mostly named after animals, including the Moonstars and the Wild Pigs, and have their own special focus like power pitching or batting. The crowd effects are also impressive and the stadiums are interesting, which all help set the tone. [embed]285877:56854:0[/embed] Every system from batting to pitching to fielding is set up so that it's easy to learn, but tough to master. The former lets you aim a contact swing with the analog stick, compensating for where you think the pitch is going to go -- once you're ready, just hit the corresponding button. Flavor text will pop up that tells you whether you swung early or late, which not only adds to the charm, but also helps you improve. You can also bunt or hold a different swing button to charge up a power hit, giving you a roughly three-second window to garner the highest amount of power before the charge fizzles out. It was here that I realized how deep Super Mega Baseball really was. It may have a silly art style, but the depth is real, and even hardcore sports fans will have a skill ceiling to work towards. You can edit your batting lineup if you so choose. Baserunning is also fun, as you can hold L1 to advance all runners, R1 to return, and hold both to freeze -- which makes pickles particularly fun. You can also individually control runners with the analog stick. Fielding is probably my favorite part. Players can automatically gravitate towards a pop fly, but the more you jack up the "Ego" meter at the start (read: handicap), the less automation you'll get. Think "All Madden" and you'll have some sort of idea of what to expect. Again, there's plenty of advanced options here, including the choice to toss power or light throws (the former is timed just like power hitting), and you can cut throws from the outfield to the infield by pressing L1, or throw to any base by pressing the applicable face button that matches up to the diamond. As expected pitching is also a well-crafted system. You can choose your pitch type from plenty of options like a two-seam fastball and a forkball, in addition to your typical sliders and curves. Pressing the button for a perfect pitch is also timed like nearly every other skill-based mechanic, and you can of course choose the trajectory. As a result every pitch is intense, and the transitions are so quick that it doesn't feel like any particular game is dragging on and on. The default setting is for five innings, but you can go up to the standard nine. Custom characters are a big focus, with options to edit first and last names, gender, appearance, skin tone, mood, and jersey number. If the team names were any clue this isn't your typical baseball game, and you can have whoever you want in your particular lineup. If you're the type of person who likes to put their family and friends into games and painstakingly recreate every detail, this is your chance. Again, don't expect to be playing Super Mega Baseball for months down the line if you don't dig massive amounts of exhibition games. There is a season mode, but it's basically just a string of games without a whole lot of meta-options. And while there are technically unlocks, they're more like marginal perk-like increases for your team such as "Yoga Classes" that provide a small stat increase. They aren't all that exciting. If you so choose you can go at it solo, but the game supports up to four players. Super Mega Baseball should be your next purchase if you moderately enjoy baseball on any level. Although it doesn't have the bells and whistles you may expect from a recent sports title, you'll be playing for quite some time based on the strength of the core game alone, whether it's by yourself or with friends. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Mega Baseball review photo
Indie in the outfield
Like many people out there, I learned how to play most sports through videogames. By the time I entered various real-life leagues for baseball, basketball, and football, I had a grasp of the basic concepts of each, mostly tha...

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EA Sports UFC

It's now easier to unlock Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC

Old-school cool via free download
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
Martial artist Bruce Lee is in EA Sports UFC, somehow. You can play as him after besting Career Mode on Pro difficulty or higher, or instantly if you pre-ordered the game. Because money. That's how it was, anyway. Electronic ...
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EA Access

EA Sports UFC (and Bruce Lee!) joins EA Access on December 18

Seventh game in The Vault
Dec 11
// Jordan Devore
Damn. Started my last post about EA Access by admitting I keep forgetting the service exists, so it'd be poor form to do that again despite my continued forgetfulness. And now I've muddied this post by calling attention to th...
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Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is your MLB 15 cover boy

Dec 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig is your MLB 15 The Show cover athlete, Sony San Diego announced today. You can probably expect 800% more bat flips in next year's game. MLB The Show [Twitter]
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OlliOlli Wii U

OlliOlli jumps over to Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS next year

Indie skateboarding game will soon be available just about everywhere
Dec 03
// Kyle MacGregor
OlliOlli is bringing its hot moves and catchy beats to Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One early next year, British indie publisher Curve Studios announced today. Roll7's side-scrolling skating game launched exclusively on Play...
Sportsball photo

Sportsball dev on inciting rivalries, Wii U exclusivity, and big birds

Get to know the people who make great videogames
Nov 30
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes, w...
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Old Man Tony Hawk making another game with Activision

Nov 07
// Steven Hansen
46-year old skateboardman Anthony Frank Hawk tweeted this today: "I'm currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped." I've looked at tha...
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ThumbderDome Wrestling

Hahah okay: ThumbderDome Wrestling is about thumb wrestling

Greater than the thumb of its parts
Nov 05
// Darren Nakamura
I can't quite put my finger on it, but thumbthing about this game really catches my attention. I have to give it a hand; it scores in the double digits as far as silliness goes. ThumbderDome Wrestling is about thumb wrestlin...
Wii U photo
Wii U

I can't make sense of this live-action Sportsball trailer

But I like it, anyway
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
This trailer for Sportsball -- not to be confused with Action Button Entertainment's Videoball; the narrator's delivery reminded me of Tim Rogers, a bit -- is something else. I feel like I need to watch it about four more ti...
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The Giants are pumping Sonic music at batting practice

Green Hill Zone
Oct 16
// Steven Hansen
The San Francisco Giants are getting in the "Green Hill Zone" for tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco.'s Anthony DiComo reported that the Giants are taking batting practice to So...
Some kind of monster photo
Some kind of monster

NBA2K15 face scanner has borne creatures that beg for death

Spooky stories to tell in the dark
Oct 07
// Steven Hansen
At least Madden's glitches were funny. This is more like The Fly, or the chimera in Fullmetal Alchemist. 

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