Week in and week out the very best sports-centric video games and peripherals cross the Sports Gamer's desk. Some of those games and peripherals, as you know from my regular column, are absolutely awesome, while others are merely OK. (And, in some extreme cases, some make for good paper weights and that's it. Quick question: Who even uses paper weights these days? Who has papers just blowing around the room all the time that they actually need a weight to hold them down? Anyone?) Without further ado, here's a list of some of my favorite things from 2011. Enjoy the holidays, game fans.
Still haven't sent your wish list to Santa yet? Neither have I. Which is good, because I recently found something that's perfect for giving and receiving this year.
Last week OnLive announced a suite of nice-priced holiday gaming packages. No doubt you're asking yourself, "Hey, Sports Gamer, refresh our memories--what the heck is 'OnLive'?" OnLive, for those who have forgotten, is an on-demand gaming service. Same way that you can order movies on-demand through cable, OnLive permits you to play games. Instead of investing in a noisy, expensive console that--cough, cough, Xbox 360, cough--threatens to break down at every turn, OnLive requires that you have only a decent 'Net connection, an HDTV, and a controller. That's it.
Here's the breakdown on price ranges for the OnLive gift bundles:
The talented team at 2K Sports most definitely over delivered on NBA 2K12. Man, that game does pretty much everything I've ever wanted a basketball game to do, and then does things that I didn't even know that I wanted a basketball game to do (example: the awesome My Player mode).
But now, for the price of 800 Microsoft point on Xbox Live or $9.99 on PlayStation Network, you can experience over-over delivery with the game's new Legends Showcase pack.
The Super Bowl isn't the only thing to look forward to in early 2012. This January, a reboot of the NFL Blitz franchise will be available for download via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live ($14.99 and 1200 Microsoft Points respectively). Keep reading to find out more about this over-the-top game, including an awesome trailer!
Once or twice a year a game comes along that causes the Sports Gamer to miss deadlines (sorry, Professor), forego meals, forget to call his mom back, and skimp on sleep in the name of maximizing playtime. Forza 4 (360, $59.99) is one of those games.
Around the SI Kids offices, we've seen plenty of video game racing wheels come and go. Usually these wheels either offer too much--gas and brake pedals, "units" that need to practically be bolted down to your coffee table, wires flying everywhere, etc.--or too little (see: the Wii Wheel). But the new first-party Wireless Speed Wheel for the 360 (Microsoft, $59.99) hits the sweet spot in-between those two extremes.
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition is out--available via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network--and the Sports Gamer has played it. So is this edition of the game on fire? Here's the answers.