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  • Blog Post: Where Is The Playoff Spirit In Contemporary Sports Games?

    The game changes when teams enter the playoffs. The stakes are higher and players can finally see the championship, a goal their team has been fighting for all season, in reach. Whether it's hockey's coveted Stanley Cup or the NFL's Vince Lombardi Trophy, every player in their respective... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – WWE 2K15

    This fall will see pro wrestling's debut on new-gen consoles, with WWE 2K15 scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I've enjoyed the last couple years of the product, but would love to see a few things be shaken up with 2K's first full development cycle in the franchise. Here's... More
  • Blog Post: NBA 2K15 Wish List

    Most sports game developers phone in the next-gen debuts, but not Visual Concepts. Instead, NBA 2K14 featured two completely rebuilt modes, the story driven MyCareer and reimagined Association mode, which is now dubbed MyGM. With new game modes comes new problems, however, so we put this laundry list... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Sports Storytelling Is Brimming With Potential

    Every player, every game, every season has a story. Whether it’s the underdog who wins the championship or the star player falling from grace, sports are full of highs and lows. So often during sports games, I fill in these trials and successes myself. I’ll play as a rookie and turn heads... More
  • Blog Post: Rey Mysterio Talks WWE 2K14 And His Upcoming Return

    WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio spoke to us today over the phone to promote the release of WWE 2K14 . The interview covers the game, his recovery from injury, recent appearances at house shows, changes to in-ring style, and who he'd like to work with (hint: he seems very interested in tag teams). Out... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: It Will Get Worse For NBA Live

    When EA Sports canceled NBA Elite 11 in 2010, I found the decision regrettable but looked forward to brighter days ahead. Now that NBA Live 13 has been cancelled, things are getting ugly. Biting off more than it could chew, EA Canada's new control scheme for NBA Elite 11 was such a mess that EA Sports... More
  • Blog Post: 2011 Sports Game Of The Year Awards

    As is to be expected at this juncture in the console cycle, most of the development teams working on sports games are in their comfort zone, making subtle tweaks to pre-existing foundations rather than making wholesale changes or introducing big idea innovations. This was reflected in our reviews, as... More
  • Blog Post: 2010 Sports Game Of The Year Awards

    In a subgenre governed by eight-month development cycles and yearly releases, there isn’t a lot of changeover from year to year. Not 2010. With high-profile cancellations like NBA Elite, bold new challengers like Backbreaker, and the return of classic franchises like NBA Jam (awesome reboot) and... More
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