The new SSX (360/PS3, $59.99) is in stores--the first new SSX since 2007's Blur, which was a Wii-exclusive. So what exactly is SSX? It's an over-the-top snowboarding simulation that encourages gamers to take monstrous leaps off the sides of mountains while performing death-defying tricks which sometimes resemble dance moves. Sure, it's more ridiculous than realistic, but when you're having this much, who cares, right?
Being a member of the gaming press obviously has its advantages, one of which, of course, is receiving things like the Vita before the rest of the continent receives theirs. The Sports Gamer has had his Vita for over a week now. Heck, I've even had the chance to take it with me on a trip, to see how much of a road warrior this thing is. (More on that later.) So what do I think of Sony's first new console in five years? And would I recommend the Vita, right now, at launch? The answers are coming at you in 3…2…1…
Believe it or not, Madden is more than an excellent videogame--it's also an excellent predictor of Super Bowls. Of the last eight Super Bowls, the annual Madden simulation has been correct an amazing six out of eight times. Wow.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS3/360, $59.99) will be in stores next month on February 14th (yes, that's Valentine's Day). The final game will include more than 20 tennis legends, including Bjorn Borg, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams and Roger Federer, to name just a few.More »
The Consumer Electronics Show is currently in full swing in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you're into games, gadgets, and the latest in high-end technology, this is the place to be. So what's happening on the show floor? The Sports Gamer has all the information you need. Of all the trade shows that take place around the world each year, CES is easily the most overwhelming. That's because so many things here light and make noise and offer--in very real ways--to make my life easier (and if not easier, at least it'll be cooler--see the new OLED TV mentioned below).
Let's take a moment and imagine an NFL where there are no referees, no running plays, and no Bill Belichicks patrolling the sidelines. Also: first downs require you to cover not 10 yards but 30 yards. And showboating and excessive celebrations? Not only are both allowed--they're encouraged. Welcome to the over-the-top world of NFL Blitz, a game which debuted way back in 1997, and is available right now, in an all-new high-definition version for current-gen consoles (PS3, $14.99; 360, 1200 points).
The Sports Gamer's real name is Scott Jones. He played football for 12 years before hanging up his cleats and jumping into video game writing. In his time covering the gaming world, Scott has interviewed star athletes such as Venus Williams, Tony Hawk and David Wright.