Sports Gamer Archive - May 2010

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Scott Jones

Tackle Alley: Best Football Mini-Game Ever? 2

Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, PS3, Sony
Release Date:
May 31, 2010
Price:
49.99

Packed away in the deep, dark recesses of each and every sports game is a mini-game or two. Or three. Example: The ubiquitous Homerun Derby that is always part of every baseball game.

In fact, mini-games have flourished particularly in baseball games over the years. MVP Baseball 2005 (EA Sports) (the one with Manny Ramirez on the cover still wearing a Red Sox uniform) features an awesome batting mini-game that still, even five years later, is incredibly fun to play. And The Bigs 2 let you play Homerun Pinball in, shall we say, fragile real-world environments like Times Square and downtown Tokyo. (Look out for the Godzilla-like monster.)

But football mini-games? None really come to mind. Not for me anyway. Until now.

I've been digging deeper into my copy of Backbreaker ($49.99, PS3, 360) and I found a little game that I can't stop playing called TackleAlley. Keep reading to see a trailer of the game!

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Scott Jones

Tackle Alley: Best Football Mini-Game Ever? 2

Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, PS3, Sony
Release Date:
May 31, 2010
Price:
49.99

Packed away in the deep, dark recesses of each and every sports game is a mini-game or two. Or three. Example: The ubiquitous Homerun Derby that is always part of every baseball game.

In fact, mini-games have flourished particularly in baseball games over the years. MVP Baseball 2005 (EA Sports) (the one with Manny Ramirez on the cover still wearing a Red Sox uniform) features an awesome batting mini-game that still, even five years later, is incredibly fun to play. And The Bigs 2 let you play Homerun Pinball in, shall we say, fragile real-world environments like Times Square and downtown Tokyo. (Look out for the Godzilla-like monster.)

But football mini-games? None really come to mind. Not for me anyway. Until now.

I've been digging deeper into my copy of Backbreaker ($49.99, PS3, 360) and I found a little game that I can't stop playing called TackleAlley. Keep reading to see a trailer of the game!

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Scott Jones

Split/Second Screeches into Stores! 4

Platforms:
Microsoft, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony, Others
Release Date:
May 17, 2010
Price:
59.99
Rating:
9

Black Rock Studio, based in Brighton, England, knows racing games. ATV Offroad Fury, MotoGP '06 and '07, and of course, the unbelievably awesome Pure are just some of the great racers on their already overcrowded resume.

Does Split/Second, their latest game, live up to their legacy?

It does. Easily. (Keep reading to see a trailer for the game!)

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Scott Jones

Split/Second Screeches into Stores! 4

Platforms:
Microsoft, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Sony, Others
Release Date:
May 17, 2010
Price:
59.99
Rating:
9

Black Rock Studio, based in Brighton, England, knows racing games. ATV Offroad Fury, MotoGP '06 and '07, and of course, the unbelievably awesome Pure are just some of the great racers on their already overcrowded resume.

Does Split/Second, their latest game, live up to their legacy?

It does. Easily. (Keep reading to see a trailer for the game!)

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Scott Jones

REVIEW: Skate 3 is here! 3

Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, PS3, Sony
Release Date:
May 10, 2010
Price:
59.99
Rating:
8

I loved Skate. I loved Skate 2 even more. You really have to give EA Games (and developer Black Box) credit for turning the Tony Hawk Pro Skater formula on its head and creating something bold, new, and most importantly, fun.

But this is the third Skate game in four years (the original shipped in 2007; Skate 2 shipped in 2009). And that's not counting the Wii, iPhone and Nintendo DS versions of the game. Is EA in danger of pushing too many Skate games out the door too quickly? Translation: Does Skate 3 do enough to distinguish itself from Skate 2?

The answer is "yes" and "no."

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Scott Jones

REVIEW: Skate 3 is here! 3

Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, PS3, Sony
Release Date:
May 10, 2010
Price:
59.99
Rating:
8

I loved Skate. I loved Skate 2 even more. You really have to give EA Games (and developer Black Box) credit for turning the Tony Hawk Pro Skater formula on its head and creating something bold, new, and most importantly, fun.

But this is the third Skate game in four years (the original shipped in 2007; Skate 2 shipped in 2009). And that's not counting the Wii, iPhone and Nintendo DS versions of the game. Is EA in danger of pushing too many Skate games out the door too quickly? Translation: Does Skate 3 do enough to distinguish itself from Skate 2?

The answer is "yes" and "no."

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Scott Jones

Backbreaker = Madden Killer? 5

Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, PS3, Sony
Release Date:
May 31, 2010
Price:
49.99

With only a few short weeks until it hits stores--June 1st is the game's official launching point--details on Backbreaker continue to trickle in.

Keep reading to hear more about the game and watch a trailer of gameplay footage!

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