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.
Keep reading for a few bits of Madden NFL 12 news that the Sports Gamer thought you might like to be looped in on (including an awesome "Football's Back" trailer with all-new gameplay footage!)
The SI Kids offices have been buzzing for months now over two burning questions. One: Why does Professor Ulane where those goofy glasses in his photo? Two: What will 2K do for an encore after last year's terrific NBA 2K11 starring His Airness, Michael Jordan?
The answer we've all been waiting for: They're bringing back Jordan, and this time, he's not alone. Keep reading to see full size cover images of who’s joining Jordan this year.
Are you looking for a new PS3 game but can’t decide on one? Well, look no further because Cars 2 the video game, like the movie is fantastic. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movie yet, the game doesn’t spoil the plot. Whether you’re a big fan of Lightning McQueen and friends or just like racing games this is an amazing game because it is so much more than just a racing game.
Cars 2 is the newest video game installment in the Cars franchise and, obviously, ties in with the movie, Cars 2. The game takes on a whole new approach, breaking away from a strictly kids-oriented game, to creating a toned-down kids version of the popular racing game “Blur.” In all honesty, this probably was a great move, as people of all ages, not just kids anymore, will be interested in the game.
Developer Natural Motion boldly made a run at the Madden franchise last year with their underappreciated take on football. The game, titled Backbreaker (PS3 and 360; 505 Games; look for it in the bargain bin at your local game store), featured a realistic physics engine called Euphoria which resulted in some of the best tackles the Sports Gamer has ever seen. Unfortunately, without the coveted NFL license, which Madden's publisher EA Sports has a lock on, few gamers were willing to give the game a shot.
But buried within the mini-games section of Backbreaker, and also available on the iPhone (Backbreaker and Backbreaker 2: Vengeance), was a gaming experience that arguably captures more of the essence of the football experience better than Madden does in its entirety. I'm referring, of course, to Tackle Alley.
If you've played Tackle Alley on the iPhone or 360/PS3, then you have a good idea of what you're in for with Backbreaker: Vengeance (Xbox Live Arcade; $15). Once again, you take control of a ball carrier and attempt to traverse all 100 yards of the football field while tacklers attempt to take you down.
Looking for a taste of Saturday afternoon football before the college season officially begins in August? NCAA Football 12 (EA Sports) is in stores on July 12th, which is a mere 14 short days away. But if you can't wait that long, and you have an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, you can download the NCAA Football 12 demo right now. Best of all, it's free.