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Scott Jones

The Oldies But Goodies Department 2

Each day I get so much awesome stuff in the mail. I get builds of games--games that you won't be playing for a few weeks or even months from now--delivered right to my desk. Yes, everyday is Christmas for the Sports Gamer.

At least, it usually is.

Things have been kind of slow around the Sports Gamer office lately. It's the summer doldrums. Happens every year. Yeah, I know the new Madden is just around the corner. In the meantime, until Madden ships, I've been spending time with some older, awesome sports games. Both games are worth revisiting.

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Malik Pitchford

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 0

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  • Posted by: Malik Pitchford
  • August 2, 2010 1:42pm
Platforms:
Wii, DS, Nintendo
Release Date:
July 6, 2010
Price:
29.99
Rating:
4

One thing I liked about Despicable Me: Minion* Mayhem was that the game has a ton of stages. In each level, you have to try to maneuver your Minion through obstacles, which vary from teeny robots to humongous spikes.

Sound tough? Well don't worry. During your adventure, you'll find other Minions to help you complete each level. For example, there is a big Minion that makes beating up on enemy robots a breeze.

One of the things that I didn’t like about this game is that it is not that interesting overall. If you have played Mario Vs Donkey Kong: March of the Minis for the DSi Ware Service, then you'll be pretty familiar with Minion Mayhem's point: get your avatar from the starting point to the end point. All you do is lead your Minion past obstacles to a door that signals the end of a level. That's what the whole game is about...

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Margaret Fleck

The Last Airbender: The Movie 0

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  • Posted by: Margaret Fleck
  • August 2, 2010 1:19pm
Platforms:
Wii, DS, Nintendo
Release Date:
June 29, 2010
Price:
29.99
Rating:
10

I haven’t seen The Last Airbender movie. But the game is awesome!

There are tons of little things in The Last Airbender that makes it more fun than the average DS game. For example, when you bend, you use the L and R buttons, so the game does not totally depend on the stylus. Also, when there is a big part of the story that happened in the past, you play it, instead of watching it in clips. Finally, there are many different ways to fight and bend, so there are some new ways to play as you progress through the game. Bending is cool!

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Scott Jones

Six Days 'Til Madden NFL 11 Demo Drops! 0

When the Sports Gamer eats in all of his fancy restaurants with his fancy, sports-game-loving friends, like Professor Ulane, we usually order ourselves appetizers to gorge ourselves on until our 42-ounce sirloins arrive.

A mere six days from now, Madden fans everywhere are getting an appetizer before their main course. Of course, I'm referring to the Madden NFL 11 demo, which you can download for $0, via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network starting on July 27th.

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Scott Jones

The Wii Typepad: Up Your Trash Talking Skills 3

The Soprts Gmaer is not allways the best speler in the worlde. Since that's the case, I prefer to lay down my smack talk person to person, sitting side by side on the couch. If I'm not in the same room with my "victim"--that's what I call anyone who dares to challenge me in any sports game (Editor's Note: He's really not that good)--then I do my talking via headset on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.

But smack talkin' on the Wii is not easy to do. The only way to do it, really, is by using the Wii Speak add-on, which almost no one owns. And, the only sports games to support Wii Speak are NHL 2K10 and NBA 2K10. So far, that's it.

So what's a smack-talker itching to do some smack talk to do?

Answer: Try the TypePad from Nyko.

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Nick Bougades

Pirates Plund-ARRR 1

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  • Posted by: Nick Bougades
  • July 13, 2010 3:05pm
Platforms:
Wii
Release Date:
May 25, 2010
Price:
29.99
Rating:
7

Get ready for an adventure, matey! Pirates Plunder is a great game in which you are a pirate (with up to 3 friends) pursuing the traitor known as Rudebelly. You go through 45 different levels in which Rudebelly throws his skeleton and zombie troops as well as slug bosses your way. Along the ride, you can use the experience points you earn in each level to upgrade your pirate's weapons and attributes to take on Rudebelly. Once you make him walk the plank, you can take back the treasure that is rightfully yours!

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Erik Willis

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 3

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  • Posted by: Erik Willis
  • July 7, 2010 6:36pm
Platforms:
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP
Release Date:
June 29, 2010
Price:
49.99
Rating:
8

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is hands down the best Lego game created to date. Those familiar with Lego games would expect to find a pretty good game that mostly caters to younger audiences. But not this one!  Although it is not super hard,  the game does provide a challenge. I had a tough time with certain parts.

The length of the game is very good, and it is quite amazing to experience the depth that Lego Harry Potter gets into. The world of Harry Potter is evident in every aspect of this game. For example, in Diagon Alley, you can replay levels and buy new characters. Plus, during the main levels, you can take a class to learn a new spell or create a new potion to make a character stronger.

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