Handball 21 Review: A Solid Penalty Throw

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If you did not know, Handball is an official sport. Like most official sports, it has its own video game counterpart. Now, some time has passed since the last Handball game released back in 2016. However, NACON (formerly BigBen) announced the release of Handball 21 for this November. We have been fortunate enough to spend some time with the PC version...

Monster Truck Championship Review: Spectacle Over Substance

I can't remember the last time I thought about monster trucks. I reached out to my Dad to see if we had ever been to a monster truck rally. He says we did, and we had great seats. Even though I don't remember the event, the pageantry is seared into my mind. I remember the overt intensity of Monster...

FIFA 21 Review – Alive and Kicking

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FIFA 21 is a game that knows the next generation is here. This year’s installment of the annual soccer franchise has been used to fine tune various elements on the pitch as a new era is set to begin.  There’s nothing earth shattering about what you’ll experience, but it’s not a game that’s going to turn away those who decide...

RIDE 4 Review: Numerous Turns And Steep Learning Curves

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Simulation sports games can be brutal if not unforgiving. Often times coming into a series late seems like an insurmountable task, especially in the racing genre. After spending some time in RIDE 4, that definitely feels like the case. That does not mean the game is bad by any stretch of the word. It more so indicates you just...

PES 2021 Season Update Review: A Cross To Next Gen

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Over the past few weeks, I got to play Konami's newest soccer simulation game, PES 2021. Officially listed as eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, this year's update to the series is exactly what it sounds like. Back in July, Konami announced that, rather than release a brand new entry this year, they would be producing a half-price update to PES 2020. By...

Tennis World Tour 2 Review: An Ace Serve In Simulation

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Simulation sports title must balance providing veterans with engaging content while welcoming newcomers to the series. If not careful, the needle can easily lean to one side or the other. Veterans may find an iteration lacking in depth. On the contrast, if the learning curve is too steep, new players may not want to invest the time. Launching a...

WWE 2K Battlegrounds Review: A Solid Midcard Debut

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In the wake of the less than lackluster launch of WWE 2K20, 2K put their flagship franchise on hiatus to build a bigger, better game. In the meantime, the company announced WWE 2K Battlegrounds, an arcade style fighting game geared to showcase WWE Superstars in a different way. Arcade vs Simulation (Gameplay) WWE 2K Battlegrounds focuses on an arcade style experience. With that in...

NBA 2K21 Review: Mamba Forever

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Before its launch, NBA 2K21 on current-gen consoles had a lot going against it. With the 2020 pandemic and nex- gen systems right around the corner, gamers had no idea what to truly expect. But with a game featuring a major gameplay change and a highly requested change of venue to its most popular mode, does NBA 2K21 exceed...

Street Power Football Review: The Beautiful Game, The Wrong Price

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Street Power Football is a very good $20 game. Street Power Football (stylized in the US as Street Power Soccer, also SPF) is an arcade soccer game developed by SFL Interactive and Gamajun. SPF has a roster of 25 "heroes," who are freestyle soccer icons. Each hero has their own Superpower, a special move they can use during rounds in Street...

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Review

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Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s there was one sports franchise that seemed to always get everyone talking: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. A once beloved series, the Tony Hawk franchise fell on hard times before hitting rock bottom with the dreadful Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 back in 2015. Fast forward five years later and there’s been...

WRC 9 Review: Practice Makes Perfect Timing

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Simulation racing wears many faces in gaming with several franchises focusing on different parts of the world's racing scenes. With WRC 9, Nacon (formerly BigBen) once again proves they know what's what when it comes to rally racing. In the racing genre, expectations from a content standpoint are pretty straightforward. The question comes down to does it deliver in experience. After...

Madden NFL 21 Review – End of an Era

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With every new Madden NFL release there’s always two things you can expect: upgrades that EA Sports hope are well received, and the inevitable disappointment amongst the fan base when what they wanted addressed wasn’t. With Madden NFL 21, the game signifies the end of an era as it’s the last one released primarily for the Xbox One and...

Project CARS 3 Review: The Gamiest Race

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When Slightly Mad Studios introduced Project CARS back in 2015, many, including myself, felt that the team had the next big sim racing franchise on its hands. Fast-forward five years later and Project CARS 3 is here with the series making some changes to try and appeal to both the sim and casual racing communities. The game dumps a lot of things that...

PGA Tour 2K21 Review: Stroke Play

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As far as game franchises go, the rise of The Golf Club is one of the better ones. A smaller indie title growing enough to be picked up by one of the biggest publishers in the world in order to expand the game's reach. Now rebranded under the PGA Tour 2K name, developer HB Studios is here with a...

UFC 4 Review: A Five Round Slugfest

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Just like the landscape of the UFC has changed since 2018, so has the landscape of the EA Sports-developed series. More and more people are tuning in while longtime fans look for new experiences from the sport. UFC 3 was an enjoyable game in its own right, but lackluster modes and multiple hard-to-learn gameplay mechanics not only turned new...

NASCAR Heat 5 Review: Finishing Strong

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NASCAR Heat 5 is in a truly unique position for the franchise. Not only is it the first installment with developer 704 Games being on their own for the series, but it's also the final one to use the Unity engine that has powered the game since 2016's NASCAR Heat Evolution. Releasing earlier than any of the previous games developed...

F1 2020 Review: A Repeat Champion

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To put it bluntly, F1 2019 was an absolute masterpiece. Arguably the best racing game of the current generation, there were so many things about the game that kept your attention and kept you playing. F1 2020 could've easily been a case of Codemasters wanting to make subtle changes this year while preparing for the next generation of consoles....

Madden 21 Gameplay First Impressions

The wait is over for Madden fans wanting to check out the latest installment of the series as Madden 21 released their closed beta to gamers who were provided codes to access the game. With the beta, players are able to take one of four teams onto the field for some quick games or head-to-head play online. And while seeing...

Tour de France 2020 Review

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The 2020 Tour de France may have been postponed from its original July start, but that doesn't mean you can't get your racing fix until late August. Tour de France 2020 is now available for purchase, but should you consider grabbing? Let's take a deeper dive into the game first. Look Into Tour de France 2020 Tour de France 2020 includes...

Super Mega Baseball 3 Review

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Super Mega Baseball 3 doesn’t try for a second to be something it’s not. The game is a true arcade baseball title that’s accessible for anyone interested.  But don’t let the looks and the name fool you, this game can be as deep as you’d like.  The follow up to the critically acclaimed Super Mega Baseball 2, this year’s installment feels...

MotoGP 20 Review: Smooth to the Last Lap

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It's amazing how much of a difference two years can make for a game, but when you look at MotoGP 20 compared to MotoGP 18 you'll get a good understanding of what that difference is. MotoGP 18 was the first to utilize Unreal Engine 4 and launched as a nearly unplayable mess with bugs and glitches galore. That was followed...

Out of the Park Baseball 21 Review

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There may not be any live baseball being played right now, but that doesn't mean you can't get your baseball fix at home. Out of the Park Baseball 21, the latest installment of the OOTP franchise, is out now and if you've ever dreamed of running your own team, then this game might be just for you. Out of the...

RBI Baseball 20 Review: Swing and a Miss

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With the entire sports world -- and the rest of the world in general -- at a complete standstill, people are looking for any way possible to quench the thirst for action. RBI Baseball 20 attempts to give players that escape, but, once again, it's left striking out. Swing and a miss RBI Baseball 20 tries to take a more modern...

TT Isle of Man 2 Review

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There's something about the freedom of being on the open road on a motorcycle with nothing but two wheels and a seat -- so to speak -- between you and the pavement below. It's a feeling that's not only hard to describe but hard to replicate, especially in the video game world. TT Isle of Man 2 attempts to...

MLB The Show 20 Review

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MLB The Show 20 is the latest installment in the long-running PlayStation-exclusive baseball franchise. Growing from a game trying to compete with the EA Sports and 2K titles to becoming the sole simulation game on the market, the series has gone through quite a lot to keep its place as one of the best sports games out there. Now with...

Overpass Review: Slippery When Wet

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Over the past few years, something I've come to realize is that if you don't like a racing game that's available, just wait a few days and a new one will be released. Overpass the newest title on the market that takes everything you know about what defines racing, and shakes the whole thing up. An off-road racer, Overpass sees...

Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing Review

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Dirt Racing is something that's been missing from the gaming landscape for quite some time. Sure, we've gotten tastes of it here and there, but we haven't gotten a true dirt racer since World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars back in 2010. Tony Stewart's Sprint Car Racing not only gives fans that game but does it in a way that...

Monster Energy Supercross 3 Review: A Solid Yet Familiar Racer

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When it comes to names, Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Video Game 3 (MESC 3) is one of the most unnecessarily long names ever. Thankfully, the game isn't as unnecessary as its name. The third installment in the series, MESC 3 takes pretty much everything from last year's release and attempts to improve them in various ways. In some parts,...

Rugby 20 Review: Moving Forward

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Rugby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and its growing popularity can only mean one thing: more Rugby video games. Rugby 20 is the latest in the franchise from Bigben Interactive, and it's a game looking to take that next leap towards bringing the sport to the forefront of sports gamers. With deeper modes, updated animations, and...

AO Tennis 2 Review

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After the disappointment that was AO Tennis back in 2018, Big Ant Studios went back to the drawing board in more ways than one for the sequel. AO Tennis 2 comes back with improved gameplay and deeper modes than its predecessor, but is it enough to keep tennis fans hooked for more than a set? More To Do Unlike the first game,...

Franchise Hockey Manager 6 Review

EA Sports NHL is the most well-known hockey game brand on the market, and EA produces the only NHL-licensed AAA game that is currently available. But if NHL 20 isn't for you, or you may not to pay the $60 for yourself or someone else, consider Franchise Hockey Manager 6.  And today, SGO will review the latest installment of...

Need For Speed: Heat Review – Crossing the Finish Line in Style

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Need For Speed: Heat launched November 8 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. After a few exciting hours with the game, it turned out to be almost exactly what I expected in the best ways possible. The previous iterations of Need For Speed since NFS Most Wanted in 2005 left a lot to be desired. However, Heat seemingly learns from those mistakes, at...

Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019 Review

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It's pretty safe to say that I've been one of Maximum Football's biggest critics over the past three years. I've criticized the series for feeling more like a college project than a game worth any amount of money. I've also called a game in the series one of the worst I've ever played. With Doug Flutie's Maximum Football 19, not only...

WWE 2K20 PC Pre-Patch Review: A Pre-Show Botched Finish

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Only one week removed from the anticipated launch of WWE 2K20, we finally got our hands on this year's game. Despite, most of its worst qualities being well known, we wanted to to provide the sports gaming community with a look at WWE 2K20 and the good (and there is some) 2K and Visual Concepts managed to bring to the...

CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling PC Review: Wrestling Made for Everyone

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The wrestling genre is pretty slim in terms of selection. While other choices to the blockbuster franchise do not measure in terms of visual presentation, they do offer healthy alternatives to gameplay and entertainment. Then on the complete other side of the spectrum, there's CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling; a wrestling game that promises to take your willing suspension of...

The Fisherman – Fishing Planet Review: Hook, Line and Sinker?

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I have always wanted to learn how to fish growing up.  I remember my uncles talking about their adventures fishing and how big the fish were and how they had to jump in the water with the net to make sure that 25lb catfish wouldn't get away (and of course who was full of it). I recall my dad asking...

GRID Giveaway: Win Codemasters’ Latest Racing Title

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GRID, the rivalry-focused revival of developer Codemasters’ classic racing series, is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. GRID’s expansive career allows you to make a name for yourself however you’d like across 104 varied career events. Between prioritizing your preferred styles of competition, hiring distinctive AI teammates to be most compatible with your strategies, and forming long-running...

GRID Review: Worth The Grind?

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For those who aren’t familiar with the GRID franchise, its roots go back with the TOCA series on the Playstation many years ago, which is where I did a lot of my Racing gaming. However, this current installment of GRID isn’t like your parent’s TOCA as the franchise comes into this current title with significant upgrades. Putting out a...

Axis Football 19 Review

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McDonald's has Burger King; Coke has Pepsi; Lamborghini has Ferarri. Alternatives are almost everywhere so if you don't like something, there's bound to be a similar product out there that you do like. It's just the nature of consumerism. For fans of football video games, however, alternatives have been pretty hard to come by in recent years. At one point in...

eFootball PES 2020 Review: A Game With An Identity Crisis

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When you bring up soccer video games, it’s far too common to hear someone bring up EA Sports’ FIFA franchise before any other title.  For many, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series is an out of sight, out of mind product. It’s a stigma that the Japanese-based studio wants to change; it wants to be known as the king of soccer...

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...

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