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NHL '12: Another Year, Another (Mostly) Terrific Game 5

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • September 13, 2011 6:46pm
Platforms:
Microsoft, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Sony, Nintendo
Release Date:
September 13, 2011
Price:
N/A
Rating:
7.5

EA Sports--particularly their Vancouver-based development team--always seems to make it look easy. While EA Tiburon--makers of Madden--sweat and labor and work their fingers to the bone to make each successive Madden better than the last Madden, EA Vancouver and their hockey sims always seem to arrive silently and elegantly, like a puck quietly sliding into a net. Year in and year out, these guys deliver an excellent approximation of the sport of professional hockey. And this year is no different.

So what's new? And do you need to buy this year's NHL if you already own last year's? Let's take a closer look.

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Scott Jones

Must-See Video of the Day: The Latest NBA 2K12 Trailer 4

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • September 2, 2011 1:00pm

The best sports game in the universe--of course I'm referring to NBA 2K11--is in grave danger of losing its crown. Which game, you might ask, has the sand to take that crown? 

The answer: NBA 2K12.

The game isn't due in stores until the first week in October, but already the Sports Gamer office is abuzz with excitement over what 2K Sports is promising this year in 2K12. Instead of shifting the franchise into cruise control and taking a well-deserved victory lap around the game industry, the development team seems to be working double-time over there, making sure that they maintain their full-court press on the competition. Keep reading to see a trailer for the game, including all of its cool new features!

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Scott Jones

Happy Madden Day! 4

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • August 30, 2011 1:16pm
Platforms:
Microsoft, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Sony, Nintendo
Release Date:
August 30, 2011
Price:
59.99

Calendars list all the usual holidays--Thanksgiving, July 4th, Labor Day, etc.--but no calendar, with the exception of the one the Sports Gamer has on his desk, lists Madden Day.

Yes, Madden Day is the annual holiday when football fans and Madden fans everywhere gather together in game stores and electronics stores to pick up their copies of Madden. Then they head home and fire up the game for the first time, steeping themselves in a whole lot of football goodness.

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Scott Jones

Always Wanted to Watch NFL Games Through Your PS3? Now You Can! 0

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • August 30, 2011 1:12pm

Everyone has an uncle who has one of those weird little satellite dishes attached to his house/mobile home. That satellite dish indicates one of two things:

1. that your uncle is communicating with aliens, or

2. he is a subscriber to DirecTV.

One of the advantages of DirecTV, of course, is the ability to access the NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows you to see up to 14 NFL games each Sunday, no matter where you live. Well, if you're a PlayStation 3 owner, and you're interested in the NFL Sunday Ticket, and you don't want that satellite thing on your house, you now can stream NFL Sunday Ticket through your PS3. But as with everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. Let me break it down for you.

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Scott Jones

Madden NFL 12 Takes the Sports Gamer's Annual "Madden Test" 1

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • August 26, 2011 6:03pm

My NFL team of choice is--and always has been--the New York Giants. When the Sports Gamer was younger, the Giants were terrible. I recall watching a Sunday afternoon game with my dad. The Giants were just about to wrap up a victory against their rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. On the final play of the game, instead of just kneeling on the ball, the QB attempted tried to hand the ball off and fumbled, and one of the Eagles (Trivia: It was Herman Edwards, the future NFL coach) picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. The Giants lost the game that day, but they gained a life-long fan in me. 

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Scott Jones

Madden NFL 12 Arrives in the SI Kids Offices, Productivity Drops 88-Percent 2

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • August 19, 2011 1:06pm
Platforms:
Microsoft, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS, iPhone, PS2, PSP, Sony, Nintendo, Others
Release Date:
August 30, 2011
Price:
N/A

When you review video games for a living, as the Sports Gamer does, you typically have two kinds of days: You have good days, and you have great days. But every once in a great while, you have downright awesome days. 

This week, I experienced one of those downright awesome days.

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Scott Jones

Nicktoons MLB: Baseball Gets 42-Percent More Fun! 4

  • Sports Gamer
  • Posted by: Scott Jones
  • August 19, 2011 12:59pm
Platforms:
Microsoft, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, Nintendo
Release Date:
September 13, 2011
Price:
N/A

2K Sports, makers of the excellent MLB 2K series, is currently putting the finishing touches on a much more light-hearted take on America's favorite pastime. Imagine, if you can, Phillies hurler Cliff Lee working a full count on SpongeBob Square Pants while a capacity crowd at the Poseidome--the fictional underwater ballpark based on the SpongeBob universe--rises to its feet.

It's those kinds of bizarre moments--when fact meets fiction, and the fiction gets funny--that Nicktoons MLB will provide.

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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.

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