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Panty lines

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gets rope tug and buoy hopping

And tan line tech
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
It's not just volleyball, clapping titties, and virtual reality you're getting with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. No, no, no. As shown off in this new video, there's also tug-of-war and pool crossing minigames. The latter would be...
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Rocket League Chaos Run

Rocket League December DLC adds first non-standard arena

Along with Mad Max-esque battle cars
Nov 18
// Darren Nakamura
We knew a new Rocket League announcement was coming today. It's not any more word on if/when the car soccer game would show up on other platforms. Instead, it's a handful of new car customization options modeled after brutal ...
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Sports games

What's your most beloved 'alternative' sports game?

Get wacky
Nov 18
// Chris Carter
Before big publishers sought to buy up every license known to man, there was an influx of amazing alternative sports games. Mario has somewhat kept that torch alive with arcade-like influences over the framework of real sport...

Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Nov 18 // Chris Carter
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)Developer: Camelot SoftwarePublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: November 20, 2015 There's no two ways about it -- Ultra Smash  is a bare-bones game. If you came to this court expecting anything other than basic tennis, you will walk away disappointed. And even then, it doesn't handle the basics as well as its predecessors. There is a degree of strategy at work in Ultra Smash, just like in the past games in the series. Serves can be timed for greater effect, specific hits can be returned as direct counters (such as returning a topspin with a slice), while twitch movement and the ability to predict your opponent's moves are still paramount to your success. In that regard, nothing really has changed. You do have a few extra control options as the GamePad can mirror the TV (and I do mean "mirror," as perspectives aren't shifted for same-screen play, sadly) or function as a scoreboard. The Wii U Pro Controller and the Wii mote can also be used, though the latter does not feature motion support. The core modes are Classic or Mega Battle, the latter of which just throws in a Mega Mushroom occasionally to allow your characters to grow larger for a limited time, with enhanced stats to boot. Yep, the big gimmick this time is a power-up, and only one of them, on top of the fact that only one player per side can get it at a time. There's no story mode and no real experience to gain outside of coins (which unlock a mere four characters and courts paved with new material, like carpet) -- what you see is what you get. [embed]320462:61082:0[/embed] Other modes are just as paltry. There's the Mega Ball Rally, which tasks players with slicing a ball back and forth until someone (either another person or the CPU) screws up. It's literally one round and then it's over. It's almost indistinguishable from the other modes. Then there's the amiibo-based Knockout Challenge, which is the closest you're going to get to a progression-based system. In short, you'll be pitted against a crescendoing circuit of matches one after another, earning some bonus rewards (which again, can just be bought with coins) along the way. It's basically Classic mode with the ability to play with an amiibo partner, without any of the amiibo depth from other games like Smash Bros. I had a chance to try out online play before launch, and things seemed rather smooth, even if there are no lobbies or extras of any kind. It's probably the only real shining light of this package, but even then, it feels odd that it's a surprise for a Nintendo game to feature it in 2015. Of course there's a caveat -- you cannot play directly with friends. And... that's all you're getting. If you can stomach playing classic mode for hours on end with someone local, you'll probably find something to love here. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels like it was rushed into the holiday season to mask the absence of Star Fox. You're better off just playing any other previous game in the series, which is particularly easy to do since the first game is on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 10 bucks. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Swing low
Once upon a time, Mario Tennis was a national pastime at pretty much every household I visited. Back in the year 2000 there weren't a whole lot of alternative sports games outside of a few gems (I miss EA Sports Big), an...

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Rocket League

Psyonix is 'looking at all kinds of platforms' for Rocket League

More news later this year
Nov 12
// Darren Nakamura
Thus far, Rocket League has seen some phenomenal success on PC and PlayStation 4 (in part due to the PlayStation Plus promotion), and developer Psyonix hasn't been shy about its desires to move onto other platforms in the pas...
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Rocket League update

Rocket League is now even more chaotic

The mutator update is here
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
"Get back into Rocket League" just jumped to the top of my gaming to-do list. With the latest update on PC and PlayStation 4, mutators are in! There are a bunch of specifics to dig through -- and I've included the full patch ...
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Will EA confirm EA Sports UFC 2 today?

All signs point to yes
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
Looks like Electronic Arts will be confirming EA Sports UFC 2 later today. A post on the official EA Sports UFC Facebook page states: "The Wait is Finally Over! Tune in tomorrow".
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Ultra Smash

The Mario Tennis roster has at least one pleasant surprise

Obligatory spoilers
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
The more I see of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, the more I want to wait for an eventual sale. I've played a little, and it does feels good, but my concerns about Camelot not breaking enough new ground persist. There are also too...
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Incomplete online roster

Konami sorry for PES 2016 update boner, needs a few more weeks

Nov 03
// Steven Hansen
Konami's in the news today for more concerning reasons, but remember that the pachinko-maker does regularly make one video game that's not Metal Gear: Pro Evolution Soccer. Unfortunately, Konami screwed up its late roster upd...
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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Bowser Jr. and his dead father join the ranks of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Skeleton and son
Oct 31
// Ben Davis
The most recent trailer for Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash introduces both Bowser Jr. and Dry Bowser to the court. Neither character is new to the Mario Tennis series, although Junior is now bringing the Koopa Clown Car along...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 scores English subs

So import away!
Oct 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Much like a volleyball mid-flight, it remains up in the air whether Koei Tecmo will bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to western shores. However, we received word today from Play Asia that the Asian-region version of the game will...
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Rocket League mutators

Low gravity and cubic ball are mutators headed to Rocket League in a free update

Watch a preview tomorrow
Oct 28
// Darren Nakamura
Rocket League fans will probably want to just skip ahead and watch the video below. It gives brief mention to the additions Psyonix is making to the car soccer game next month. It goes by pretty quickly, so I took the time to...
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Free games

Steampunk mini-golf game is free on Steam all day

That's a lot of steam
Oct 26
// Brett Makedonski
High in the sky, above the clouds, there is a mini-golf course. That's what Vertiginous Golf would like you to think, anyway. And, up there, rounds are free forever if you click a few buttons right now. Steampunk mini-go...
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I prefer it without the new mechanics
We've been wondering if Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash would be light on new content since E3. I played some more of it yesterday, and there are some things not previously talked about. There is online play, for one, including the...

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NBA Live

Haha, holy shit, no one bought EA's basketball game

NBA Live? More like NBA DEAD
Oct 21
// Steven Hansen
Remember how NBA 2K16 was the best-selling US retail game in September, toppling even Madden and Metal Gear Solid V? Well, that one is made by 2K. Electronic Arts also makes a basketball game, NBA Live. NBA Live was so bad EA...
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Mario Tennis

Old favorites return in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Waluigi, Daisy, and Boo confirmed
Oct 20
// Jordan Devore
Lately, Nintendo hasn't said much about Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash other than to note its fast-approaching November 20, 2015 release date for Wii U. Today isn't much different. This latest video confirms a few unsurprising ros...
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The Seahawks lost yesterday because Macklemore played Guitar Hero at halftime

Legion of Gloom
Oct 19
// Brett Makedonski
A lot of dumb things happened in football this weekend. Michigan decided it would like Michigan State to continue its recent domination of the intrastate rivalry, so the Wolverines did this -- a not very good football play. T...
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Bocce Revolution

These people take Bocce way more seriously than I do

No one has a beer in-hand
Oct 19
// Brett Makedonski
Bocce just happens, right? Like, you're at a park with friends, drinking, having a good time, and all of a sudden people are playing Bocce. There's no rhyme or reason to it; Bocce doesn't abide by the laws of reason. Apparen...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 PS4 trailer is like slapping raw chicken breasts about

Beach volleyball
Oct 15
// Steven Hansen
Costco no longer sells its bulk chicken breasts in individually wrapped two-breast packs. Now it's just a giant plastic sack full of chicken breasts. Imagine: me, you, and some friends. We each grab a couple breasts and proc...
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Feat. an Aussie man

Surprise live stream spectacular with your ol' pal Dr. Dinosexual

Lots of games, lots of lame jokes
Oct 12
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Donezo] It's 10pm ET on a Monday, what better time to live stream video games for the best website in the world? Yours truly will be streaming a multitude of games for various consoles from Blood Bowl 2, SOMA, and Th...
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Sports games are funny

NBA 2K: Jerk Kobe, teammates smacking each other, and the best dance moves

I could go for some jerked kobe
Oct 12
// Steven Hansen
NBA 2K16's been out for a while now and since both baseball season and football season are already over and there's nothing to watch, here is a collection of things people have shared from NBA 2K16 that have amused me over the past two weeks. Here's a cheeky, old man Kobe stealing a high five.

Review: NHL 16

Oct 06 // Brett Makedonski
NHL 16 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: EA CanadaPublisher: EA SportsRelease: September 15, 2015MSRP: $59.99 In a genre plagued by incremental increases, this is NHL 16's greatest offering: An on-ice trainer that goes above and beyond. Hockey is a sport that's notorious for its inaccessibility to newcomers. Putting the biscuit in the basket is easy enough to understand, but where should my forwards be positioned when in the defensive zone? What kind of check should I execute when skating backward toward my goal? This training aid helps refine gameplay on-the-fly. It kind of teaches hockey, but more importantly, it teaches how to play NHL 16. For instance, when skating into the offensive zone, a cone will appear that indicates what part of the shooting lane is open and what part is blocked. A target may show up in the corner of the goal to tell you the smartest place to aim. Or, when playing defense, a box will cordon off part of the ice at your zone. Sticking to this area and covering the man in the box is what you're supposed to do. That's how hockey is played; NHL 16, simulation of hockey as it is, wants you to play it just like hockey. Those are two examples, but this on-ice trainer permeates every second of gameplay until you don't want it to anymore. It's a good thing too. I imagine EA had grown tired of players wildly out of position trying to line up huge hits. That's not how hockey looks, and it's not how a digital representation of the game should look. [embed]314010:60626:0[/embed] To its credit, the trainer doesn't stick to a low-level understanding of hockey. If it detects a seasoned player is at the helm, it'll start to adapt so as to offer more nuanced and advanced suggestions. Basically, everyone has something they can learn from this feature and it's incredibly unintrusive despite constantly being on the screen. It's the best part of NHL 16 because it actually enforces an understanding of doing what you're doing. The rest? Well, it's what NHL 15 should've been. Maybe it's unfair to hearken back to a previous game as a reference point, but fuck it. We make the rules around here. The on-ice product in NHL 16 is again solid and it includes the modes that last year's game should have shipped with. The actual hockey-playing in NHL 16 feels extremely similar to NHL 15. There are surely some physics and AI tweaks making ever-desired strides toward realism, but they feel mostly nominal. The game still plays well outside of the occasional rare physics bug. And this. Whatever the hell that was. With regard to the modes, they were mostly done right this time 'round. Be a Pro allows the simulation of shifts until it's your time to hit the ice again. (Curiously, the coach-assigned goals and ratings often seem off. Like, how do I have two goals and an assist, but a "C" ranking on offense for the game?) Likewise, the EA Sports Hockey League has been largely straightened out. Gone are the days of maxing out player skill through real-world currency. Now, everyone has to define their aptitude via a class of player that they pick. It's a smart design decision for the game's leading cooperative mode -- not to mention a surprisingly ungreedy one. Be a GM rounds out the most interesting modes that NHL 16 has to show. In it, you eschew the skates for a suit and tie. You're in control of an NHL franchise, and it's up to you to trade, manage, and motivate players. Games are simulated via a coach's drawing board where major events become markers like a "G" for a goal scored. The fascinating facet of Be a GM lies within the morale system. It's a bit paper-thin, but NHL 16 asks you to make unique speech decisions for different players. Over time, you learn what motivates your guys. Your star's ego might be too fragile for you to just outright yell at him; you may have to baby him instead. NHL 16 isn't perfect, but it's a substantial improvement over what released last year. Mind you, that's not some sheer brilliance; it's just because of general competence. The NHL franchise seems back on track, and it has even introduced the wonderful on-ice trainer. But, that trainer aside, it's tough to shake the feeling that NHL has just caught up instead of innovating. EA Sports spent this iteration making up ground. It was a necessary move, but not one that instills confidence that the developer has grown comfortable with the generational shift in consoles. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Training wheels
In the mandatory initial matchup in NHL 16, I was forced to choose between last year's Stanley Cup Final contenders. I had to back either the Chicago Blackhawks who I very much dislike, or the Tampa Bay Lightning who I am ver...

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Street Racquetball is a real game coming to PSN

Oct 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Street Racquetball, one of the more obscure titles in D3 Publisher's budget-priced Simple series, is coming to PlayStation Network next Tuesday, October 6, as a PSone Classic. Mmm, yes, classic. In Japan, Street Racquetball&n...
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Rocket League

Good defense, guys

He said sarcastically
Oct 01
// Brett Makedonski
Old, stodgy, wrong sports broadcasters like to yell that defense wins championships. If that's true, then this team is the 2008 Detroit Lions of Rocket League (for you non-sports folk, that means they're god-fucking-awful, which you could probably tell just from watching the GIF). How Not to Defend a Goal [reddit]
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NHL 16

NHL 16 pegs Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champs

Not worth winning if you can't win big
Oct 01
// Brett Makedonski
It's not exactly a leap of faith, but NHL 16 has used its magical season simulating video game powers to predict that the Anaheim Ducks will win the 2016 Stanley Cup. By most accounts, Anaheim enters the season as the W...
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Old ppl gonna old

Sports personality Colin Cowherd proves he is an out of touch dick

Bashes eSports
Sep 29
// Jed Whitaker
Colin Cowherd, a man who covers ancient sports, has been known to speak out against eSports having said that listening to eSports commentary was "the equivalent of me putting a gun in my mouth" after ESPN2 covered a Her...
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Ultra Smash

Mario Tennis fills the void left by Star Fox Zero

November 20, 2015
Sep 29
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo says Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will release for Wii U on November 20, 2015. (Which, as you might recall, was when we were originally going to get Star Fox Zero before it slipped to 2016.) In response, people on Twitt...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 coming to PlayStation VR

Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Dead or Alive Xtreme fans will probably be thrilled to hear Team Ninja will be taking things up a notch, as the developer has revealed plans to incorporate PlayStation VR functionality in its next risqué ...
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Year's worth of EA Access included in new FIFA 16 Xbox One bundle

Also a roundup on all FIFA 16 deals
Sep 18
// Dealzon
It feels like every game is getting its own Xbox One Bundle this fall with the glut this September. The latest of the bunch is the above-pictured FIFA 16 bundle, which launched on Tuesday this week (the game comes out next we...
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13 female footballers removed from FIFA 16 following NCAA warning

EA disagrees
Sep 18
// Vikki Blake
Thirteen female football players have been removed from FIFA 16 following NCAA concerns that being in the game may jeopardise the athletes' eligibility for "collegiate athletics". North America’s National Collegiate Ath...

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