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...

MotoGP17 Review: Finishing First

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After spending the week with MotoGP17, I can confidently say the game does what it sets out to do. The dev team at Milestone does an excellent job at providing an authentic MotoGP racing experience. Graphics and Presentation In MotoGP17, you can see where Milestone poured the game's resources. Despite lack of depth in the background environments, foreground items look gorgeous. In addition,...

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...

WWE 2K17 Review

Wrestling is a performance. It's exaggerated, it's over-the-top, and everyone knows it's not exactly real. Fans flock to professional wrestling precisely because of how insanely over-the-top it can go. They go for the show. Nobody actually cares if the actual wrestling is real or not, all they care about is how well the performance is sold to them and how well the...

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...

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 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...

FIFA 15 Review: Midterm Grades

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Since its launch in late September 2014, millions of people across the globe flocked to retailers to get their hands on FIFA 15, EA Canada's latest take on football. Within hours the internet was flooded with reviews and scores of the game for eager fans to read and make up their minds if this years installment is worth a buy. Far...

Dangerous Golf Review

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Dangerous Golf is a blast. Cheesy joke aside, there is no better way to describe this game. It’s heaps of fun, and there’s plenty of carnage, but you might be left a little underwhelmed when it’s over. Dangerous Golf was created by independent studio, Three Fields Entertainment. You may not have heard of them, but founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward...

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,...

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...

NBA Playgrounds Review: A Slam Dunk or Near Miss?

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The arcade basketball genre is one that used to be almost as big as the simulation games it parodied. From NBA Jam to NBA Ballers, the fun was there with all of these games before they went the way of the Woolly Mammoth years ago. Now in 2017, Saber Interactive looks to bring back this style of game with its two-on-two...

Elgato Stream Deck Review: Unneeded or Game Changer?

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Livestreaming has turned into a major business venture, and like any venture there needs to be products to help it grow. Elgato has quickly earned the reputation as being the best company to produce streaming and video recording equipment. Whether you are a prominent streamer or an upstart on YouTube, many live and die by the hardware of Elgato. While...

NHL 18 Beta Impressions: Threes Shines, Gameplay Thoughts

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As someone who has been a dedicated player of anything NHL for the better part of the last 18 years -- NHL '99 was the first "new" game purchased -- it's always an exciting time whenever the opportunity comes to get hands on the latest release. Recently, the chances come sooner thanks to the release of game betas during the...

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...

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...

Old Time Hockey Review: A Return To The Glory Days?

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Nostalgia is a weird animal. For my generation, it's reminiscing about what Nickelodeon use to be in the 1990s, and the idea of having to sit in the same room with people -- I know, spooky -- in order to play video games with them. It's something we can't avoid, and many of us look to grab ahold of those nostalgic...

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...

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...

MLB 15 The Show Review: A Home Run for Sony San Diego?

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The grass is getting greener. The days are getting longer. The sun is getting brighter. Spring is here. And so too is baseball season, along with its virtual representation in MLB 15 The Show. Sony’s lone and inveterate sports franchise bears its cleats firmly in the mound as it continues to transition to the PS4. So, naturally, the question...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Sebastian Loebe Rally EVO Review

Milestone has a long and storied history with motorsports. For the past two decades, they've spent a long time developing racing games for everything from the MotoGP to the World Rally Championship. With five games based on the World Rally Championship under their belt, it's safe to say they know a thing or two about rallying. Their latest take on...

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...

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...

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...

The Golf Club 2 Review: King of the Links

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With the warmer weather finally here in most places in North America, there's plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fun outdoor activities like cookouts, fishing, boating, and, yes, golf. Of course, there's plenty of people who either can't or don't want to do any of those things. Instead, they'd rather just use the time to simulate doing...

NBA 2K15 Review: Midterm Grades

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The next installment of our Midterm Reviews focuses on the popular NBA 2K15. In this review we will tackle content, graphics and presentation, gameplay, fun factor, and longevity. The Midterm Grades give a more accurate representation of the overall quality of the game because we have had almost six months to play, explore, poke and prod this game and know...

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,...

Axis Football 2016: Just Short of the Goal Line

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Nine years ago, EA Sports' Madden franchise abandoned PC gamers. Today, Axis Games is trying to fill the void left by the mega-developer. Their latest release, Axis Football 2016, may do just that. Gameplay and Features Axis Football 2016 managed to improve on most of the glaring issues present in its predecessor. Using the game's innovative mechanics, the player can take control of the...

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...

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Review

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio set to kick off, Nintendo recently released the officially licensed accompanying title Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Wii U as well as the Nintendo 3DS. Mario and Sonic first teamed up for the 2008 Olympic games in this series and Nintendo has sinced released mutiple variations of these...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review

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Let's talk about Pro Evolution Soccer 2017! We are going to analyze Graphics, Gameplay, and Game Modes. Part one of our video review can found above, and part two is at the bottom of the page. Without further ado, let's get into it! Graphics This year is the best we've seen in terms of graphics from Pro Evolution Soccer, however when...

NBA LIVE 15 Review: Midterm Grades

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NBA LIVE 15 was Originally scheduled to release October 7th 2015 alongside its "Arch Rival" but was delayed after community feedback following a showing at Gamescom the development team took an extra three weeks to "Polish" the game. Eventually releasing October 28th 2015 which was opening day of the Actual 2014-2015 NBA Season. Some Fans were rightfully skeptical of the final...

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...

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...

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 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...

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