FIFA 20 Review: VOLTA Football Invigorates the Series

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EA Sports' FIFA franchise began in 1993 with its debut installment, FIFA International Soccer. While still commonly regarded as one of the best sports game franchises, FIFA has simply lacked excitement for a few years, leaving players begging for a fresh experience. With new and improved gameplay mechanics, a more detailed career mode, new FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) seasons objectives...

NHL 20 Review: RPM Takes Center Stage

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NHL 20 marks six installments since the franchise made the jump to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And while the series is clearly better off now than what it was when NHL 15 launched on the consoles, it hasn't gone without its fair share of disappointments. EASHL was rebuilt after being removed while the gameplay and overall presentation had...

NBA 2K20 Review: Sinking Threes, but Missing the Free Throw

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When you’re the top basketball game in the market it’s easy to get complacent, but to NBA 2K’s credit they’ve continued to improve. However, with a new game, breeds new expectations, so is NBA 2K20 ready to meet them, or coast by on their name? NBA 2K20 Review Presentation The new intros as you start an NBA game in 2K20 are a...

NASCAR Heat 4 Review

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NASCAR Heat 4 is more than just the next installment in a racing franchise. It's a game that shows that developers do, in fact, listen to the feedback of their fans in order to make the game better. Whether it be alleviating the grind that many felt the career mode had become or changing how drafting plays out on the...

Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2020 Review

The start of the NFL season is upon us, and you may be in the mood to play some football to celebrate the beginning of a new year. However, Madden isn't the only football video game out there. We here at SGO have played and reviewed a different type of football video game, titled Draft Day Sports: Pro Football...

Madden 20 Review: Is It Worth Your Money?

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With the launch of Madden 20, it marks 15 years since the Madden NFL series has faced any actual competition.  Over this last decade-and-a-half, there have been incredible installments in the series -- I’m looking at you Madden 07 and Madden 10 -- but there have also been some real duds like Madden 13.  Touting a new career mode, game-changing player...

NHL 20 Beta: Full Impressions

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For the first time since its announcement in June, fans were able to get their hands on NHL 20 with the launch of the game's annual Open Beta. The beta focused primarily on showcasing the game's improvements on the gameplay side of things as opposed to anything else. And since there's a lot to cover here, let's just dive right...

Tour de France 2019 Review

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Reviewed by Sam aka FIFA Brit Tour de France 2019 is a game that was released on the 27th of June as the latest installment of the Tour de France series. It was developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Bigben Interactive. Now, ever since the United Kingdom started to lowkey ~dominate~ the Tour de France, I’ve been trying to follow competitive...

F1 2019 Review: First Place Finish

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For the better part of the past decade, Codemasters has delivered racing hit after racing hit for gamers. From the Dirt Series to Grid to Formula 1, there hasn’t been a racing game that wasn’t a fun play from the studio. Featuring updates to modes, a new series, and fine-tuned graphics and gameplay, F1 2019 takes everything that the team...

Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 2019 Review

When you think of sim-style games, you think of names like Out of the Park Baseball and Football Manager. Those titles have done a tremendous job at giving gamers the experience of controlling and managing their own team by being detail-orientated and easy to work with. However, there are other sim-style games out there, and today we here at SGO...

Dangerous Driving Review: Burning Rubber

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Full disclaimer: I love the Burnout series. In fact, if you were to ask me to rank my favorite game franchises of all time, the Burnout series would easily sit in my Top 10. So, you have to understand why I was just a little bit excited when Three Fields Entertainment -- a studio filled the team behind the old Burnout...

MLB The Show 19 Review

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MLB The Show has never been a game to make huge overhauls year in and year out. Instead, they take what they have and improve it. With a solid foundation, MLB The Show 19 continues to be one of the top sports games in terms of gameplay and realism. MLB has always been about the little things, and this year...

RBI Baseball 19 Review

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Six installments after its revival, RBI Baseball has given fans an outlet for those seeking a more casual type of baseball experience than the flagship baseball simulation MLB The Show series. For Xbox One baseball fans specifically, it's a game to simply quench their baseball thirst. With RBI Baseball 19, does MLBAM accomplish what they set out to do for...

Dirt Rally 2.0 Review: Stay Focused

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Dirt Rally 2.0 is as satisfying of a racing experience as Codemasters has ever developed. It can even be stated that it’s as satisfying of a racer that’s ever been made. The sequel to 2015’s Dirt Rally, Dirt Rally 2.0 is a game geared to hardcore fans of rally racing which may turn off some new players looking to get...

Monster Energy Supercross 2 Review

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After years of subpar releases, niche sports are back to seeing games released that are worth playing. From Steep to OnRush, these impressive games have once again given hope to fans that they aren’t as forgotten about as they once seemed. The one sport still feeling that way, however, is off-road motorcycle racing. While there have been various Motocross and Supercross...

Gear Club Unlimited 2 Review: A Worthy Switch Racer?

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The Nintendo Switch has no shortage of great games available, but what it does lack is a great sim racer. Gear Club Unlimited tried to get a grip on that market when it came out back in 2017 for the hybrid console. Unfortunately, it couldn’t get over the hump of being a mobile port to really stand out to players....

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review: Smashing

If Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were the last Smash Bros. game in the series, I wouldn’t be upset. Overall, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a nostalgic throwback through all of Nintendo’s properties while also diligently handling third party characters with the love and care you’d expect from this series. Let’s start with the good stuff before we tackle what irked...

Ride 3 Review: Best Motorcycle Racer Ever?

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There's something about being on a motorcycle that just makes you feel free. Maybe it's the fact you aren't enclosed in a metal and plastic box on wheels. Or maybe it's the ability to easily cruise at high speeds. Or maybe it's the fact that you are playing a game of Russian Roulette with your life where one simple mistake...

Football Manager 2019 Beta Review: No Red Cards Here

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Soccer (or football, depending on what part of the world you live in) games have become quite popular in recent years, thanks in part to the explosion of EA's FIFA series. Other soccer games, such as PES, have seen good times and bad times. Football Manager 2019, which differs greatly from some of the other games previously mentioned, is out,...

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Review: Thin Bench

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If you’re expecting NBA Jam or NBA Street out of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, you’re going to be vastly disappointed. While NBA 2K Playground 2 pays homage to both NBA Street and NBA Jam, it doesn’t come close to the depth of NBA Street or the on-court madness that is NBA Jam. Instead, it’s very vanilla and safe take on...

WWE 2K19 Review – 2K Kicks Out At Two

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WWE 2K19 refuses to shy away from the shortcomings of its predecessor. Instead, as a proper sequel or successor, it builds off the foundation laid by WWE 2K18. It's because of this, the game feels much smoother and sealing the holes left in general gameplay for years now. It has prove to be more than just an updated roster with bells...

Franchise Hockey Manager 5 Review: A First Line Showing

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Opening Franchise Hockey Manager 5 was like going to an old friend’s house I haven’t been to since high school, but once you walk through the door it is like you never left. Before I get into my review of Out of the Park Developments’ latest hockey management simulator, I feel my past with this game may help. Franchise Hockey...

Axis Football 18 Review: Another Step Forward

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When playing Axis Football 17, there was always something sitting in the back of my mind whenever I loaded up. It was a comment from one of the game's producers about the future of the franchise. Specifically, about what fans would see with Axis Football 18. "I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t believe we were on to something,...

FIFA 19 Review: A Soccer Juggernaut

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Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the beginning of what would become the bestselling franchise in gaming history. The game simply known as “FIFA” to most has seen vast improvements which have jumped out at you from year to year during the early iterations and subtle, yet appreciated advancements in recent years. FIFA 19 is all about refining...

NASCAR Heat 3 Review: Finding Its Line

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Driving in circles is a great metaphor for what the NASCAR video games have felt like for the better part of the last decade. While there have been nice strides forward at times, there was just too much of the same to really make the games feel fun and different year over year. It often felt like you were doing...

NHL 19 Review: Top of its Class

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With NHL 18, the one thing that stood out the most was the fact that it was clearly starting to become a stale experience on the current generation of consoles. The gameplay felt old, the presentation had become dull, and the modes all felt like too much of the same. It was obvious that something needed to be done or...

NBA 2K19 Review

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Every year, the NBA 2K series delivers a top-level basketball product to gamers. And despite being at the top for so long, they’ve done a great job of not becoming complacent and continuing to push the bar higher and higher. With the release of NBA 2K19 many are wondering if 2K Sports is able to once again top the standard...

NBA Live 19 Review

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The NBA Live series has slowly been making strides to once again be seen as a serious competitor for basketball fans. Live 18 made a huge leap over its predecessor and showed gamers they were going in the right direction. So, does NBA Live 19 match the rising expectations of the franchise or does it take a step back? The...

The Golf Club 2019 Review: A Near Ace

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The Golf Club is a franchise that comes from humble beginnings of just a group of developers that wanted to create a golf game that offered options for players that hadn't been seen before. Fast-forward four years later and The Golf Club is entering new territory as a licensed title with The Golf Club 2019 featuring the PGA Tour. Right away,...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Review

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Reviewed by: Daniel Baesel As summer slowly turns to fall, we get ready to welcome the beautiful game of Football back into our lives as most major leagues have now officially kicked off for another campaign. And with the start of the Football season we also welcome another iteration of Pro Evolution Soccer onto our favorite gaming console or PC. This years theme is simple: Refinement. Grizzled PES veterans will...

F1 2018 Review: The Best Gets Better

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Since taking over the Formula 1 license eight years ago, developer Codemasters has seen its share of highs and lows. If 2015 was it's low point then it's safe to say that F1 2017 was an ultimate high for the series. From a deep career mode to the most realistic gameplay produced, F1 2017 left the studio with what some...

Maximum Football 2018 Review: A Flawed Experience

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For a lack of a better phrase, Canadian Football 2017 just wasn't a good game. A lack of depth along with countless bugs made it feel like a rushed college project as opposed to finished product. Now, after another year of development and a complete re-branding, Canuck Play is back with Maximum Football 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Moving...

Madden NFL 19 Review: Status Quo

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With another football season comes a new Madden NFL game to get our hands on. Despite the new additions of the locomotion system and upgrades to popular modes, will Madden once again face criticism for being lazy and basically releasing Madden 18.5, or will Madden 19 truly be a game of its own? PRESENTATION When entering an offline game, we are greeted...

Danger Zone 2 Review: Fun Yet Shallow

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Back in the early 2000's, there was a little series that you might have heard of known as Burnout A racing game by genre, Burnout was much more than crossing a finish line first . It actually awarded players for being crazy, out-of-control drivers. From near misses to driving in the wrong lane, you were rewarded for your pretty terrible...

Mario Tennis Aces Review

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On paper, Mario Tennis Aces and the Nintendo Switch are a match made in heaven. A hybrid console that offers games on the go, and a game that features accessible controls and short games? Why wouldn't this be a perfect pairing? Unfortunately, for everything that is great about Mario Tennis Aces, there is enough that make it feel like an...

Onrush Review: Chaotic Entertainment

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When anyone thinks of racing, they immediately think of a group of competitors battling for position to see who can come in first place. It's a pretty straight forward concept that Codemasters' latest title Onrush throws right out the window. Although it's technically a racing game, Onrush is nothing like what you'd expect. Where you finish doesn't matter because there is no finish...

Super Mega Baseball 2 Review: A Grand Slam

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For years, arcade sports games had seemingly gone the way of the dodo bird. Every company seemed to be more focused on providing as realistic of an experience as possible that no one wanted to venture back into the genre that had given players games like NFL Blitz, NBA Jam, and MLB Slugfest. Over the last few years, however, we've seen...

Casey Powell Lacrosse 18 Review

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It came out of a nowhere like the scariest of RKOs, but a sequel to Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 is here in the form of Casey Powell Lacrosse 18. Immediately, you notice how the game looks quite similar to Lacrosse 16. Despite two years between releases, the player models in Lacrosse 18 look nearly identical to those in 16. There...

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Review

If gold standard means "a thing of superior quality which serves as a point of reference against which other things of its type may be compared", then OOTP 19 is definitely the gold standard of the baseball simulation games. Or perhaps even of the whole genre, even if Football Manager has that worldwide reputation that's hard to pass, especially...

RBI Baseball 18 Review

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RBI Baseball 18 has tried to pick up the slack left by the MLB 2K series for Xbox. Since MLB 2K's demise, that community has dispersed into different directions. Some have long since moved on to MLB The Show for the PS4. Others stayed and either stopped playing baseball games or got acquainted with the RBI Baseball. With its...

MLB The Show 18 Review: Long Live The King?

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Building the best sports game isn't always about making the biggest additions possible year over year. Rather, it's often about taking aspects from previous installments and adding more details to make the in-game experience more authentic. Even the smallest additions can make a game more fun than a big new feature can. It's a reason why the MLB The Show series...

Burnout Paradise Remastered Review – Welcome To Paradise City (Again)

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You get two options: enter Paradise City or start a party. Upon entering Paradise City, you're thrust into the open road where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Maybe not that last part, but the grass is a bit greener and the graphics are beautiful. You will not mistake the game for a current gen title;...

EA Sports UFC 3 Review: An Ultimate Showing

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When it comes to sports games, fans may often seem overly critical. However, when it's all said and done they are really just hoping for an experience that's not only enjoyable to play, but does a good job of representing the realism of the sport they're invested in. The first two titles in the EA Sports UFC series provided nice...

Mutant Football League Review: Where Horror Meets Gridiron

In the 1990s and early 2000s, game developers weren't afraid to take risks by creating unique games that parodied the seriousness of simulation sports titles. Back in 1993, EA actually decided to release its own over-the-top arcade football game called Mutant League Football for the Sega Genesis. The game quickly became a cult classic to fans, and even spawned a...

Need for Speed Payback Review

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Just for a moment, close your eyes and picture yourself speeding along beautiful landscapes in an amazing car, and racing for a chance to make it big. Now imagine that, in the middle of that race, you hit 20 potholes, an oil slick and you fly off a cliff. That's Need for Speed Payback. The game kicks off by throwing you...

Gran Turismo Sport Review

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For over four years, racing fans have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment in the Gran Turismo franchise. The wait is over. Gran Turismo Sport has finally arrived. Gran Turismo Sport Review Gran Turismo Sport is easily the most realistic racing simulation game to date. The PlayStation 4 exclusive offers something for everyone. This includes the casual and hardcore fans of...

Football Manager 2018 Review – Taking Managing To The Next Level

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Annual franchises tend to come with a certain shadow of doubt. Each November soccer simulation gamers have one with the yearly release of Football Manager, the always-popular manager simulation from the Sports Interactive. Getting past these doubts can be difficult. However, the game is nothing but great. Annual franchises sometimes like to indulge in their success and not produce enough...

Franchise Hockey Manager 4 Review

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It's a unique feeling that's hard to replicate. Whether you happened to build your team by signing nothing but the best free agents and trading for key players or you built a dynasty through the draft, there's nothing quite as rewarding as when your hard work pays off in the form of a championship. To paraphrase a near 50-year-old song: you...

WRC 7 Review

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Who didn't dream of driving a rally car in their childhood? The World Rally Championship series aims directly at these kinds of gamers. This year we reached the seventh edition. World Rally Championship 7 is the third chapter produced by Kinnenon. Many users were hoping that this new version would resolve some of the problems still present in the sixth edition. Does...

FIFA 18 Review – SGO

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Another September, a new FIFA and a fresh round of everyone being concerned that annual release cycles are a cynical money-grabbing enterprise, but still buying the game anyway. In a few short days FIFA 18 will burst onto the scene once more, packing stores across the world and hitting the top ten sellers as so many of its predecessors have...

PES 2018 Review: A Good Game Getting Better

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Another year later and Pro Evolution Soccer is back. The competition is fierce in the soccer gaming business, and KONAMI put forth a big-time effort to keep up with it. PES 2018 doesn't promise a lot of new stuff compared to last year's edition, but the developers did make a great effort in securing more licenses to have real teams...

NBA 2K18 Review: A Slam Dunk for 2K?

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With the release of NBA 2K18, 2K Sports once again is the go-to for fans of basketball. Much like the iPhone, while we all know we're going to buy it in the end. We want to be convinced we’re not just getting the same phone (game) every year. Now, with the increased competition from the resurrected NBA Live 18, we look...

NASCAR Heat 2 Review: Back On The Lead Lap

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NASCAR is a sport that usually garners two simply reactions: love or hate. The same goes for video game adaptations of the sport. You either enjoy them, or you don't. There is simply no “tolerating” a NASCAR video game. NASCAR Heat 2 is looking to take everyone who was on the “dislike” side of the spectrum, and bring them over to...

NBA Live 18 Review: Driving To The Hoop And Finishing Strong

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NBA Live 18 is attempting a comeback. Much like in it's "The One" mode where you take control of a former college player whose career was cut short by a significant injury, you can make the case that the NBA Live franchise is also recovering from a significant injury. A blow caused by what could be seen as a poor effort...

NHL 18 Review: The More Things Change

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Since the debacle that was NHL 15 three years ago, it's safe to say that the NHL series finally got back on track with NHL 17 last year. But after getting things back into a nice rhythm, the pressure was on EA Sports to deliver another fun experience with NHL 18. The game doesn't make the jump to the Frostbite...

Super Blood Hockey Review

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Super Blood Hockey is a retro-style hockey game that gives off the feeling that you are playing the classic Ice Hockey game from the NES, just with a bit more blood and violence. Players have the option to choose from a handful of countries including the United States and North Korea -- not intentional, I'm sure -- in three modes:...

Everybody’s Golf Review: A Course in Fun

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Everybody's Golf is a sometimes arcadey and sometimes simulation experience all wrapped up nicely in a fun, cartoony, and fast paced game of golf. The game really excels in the graphics department. Offering the option of 4K visuals and HDR. Or you can opt for the steady 60-frames-per-second mode. Either way, the game is beautiful. The colors pop and the...

Madden NFL 18 Review – SGO

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If Madden 17 was the installment that restored faith into a franchise that many thought was becoming stale, then Madden 18 is the installment that proves just how great the series really is. Even though it's been four years since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launched, Madden finally looks like what fans expected a "next-gen" football game to look like...

F1 2017 Review: A First Place Finish?

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It's been a somewhat bumpy road in recent years for Codemasters and their Formula 1 racing series. The series came to the current generation of consoles with a mediocre, at best, showing of F1 2015, but followed that up with an improvement with F1 2016. Now, with F1 2017, the series is going for the checkered flag with the deepest, most...

Axis Football 17 Review: Contender or Pretender?

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Football, the new great American past time. Don't believe, just turn on your TV or go online. There's never a day where it isn't being covered by every sports outlet in the country. Even the digital world can't get enough of their hard-hitting, touchdown-scoring, pass-catching football. While Madden is still clearly the king of the gridiron, more and more developers want...

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