Average User Score: 3.6Jan 9, 2014A good remake will make the user want to play the old game again, for nostalgia's sake. Unfortunately the same can be said for a bad remake.A good remake will make the user want to play the old game again, for nostalgia's sake. Unfortunately the same can be said for a bad remake. Once you play Speedball 2 HD for an hour, you'll never want to touch it again. For the same price as Speedball 2 HD you can purchase the "value" version of Amiga Forever 2013, which will allow you to emulate the original Speedball and many other classic titles with ease.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Apr 11, 2013Geniaware's Lords of Football is a creative and unique simulation with endless potential. But all the potential in the world will not help youGeniaware's Lords of Football is a creative and unique simulation with endless potential. But all the potential in the world will not help you if your game is released half finished, and that is how this game feels: rushed and incomplete. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay itself is functional and working as intended. If they expanded on the basic principles and functions that the game flirts with, I do believe it could be a Game of the Year candidate for football enthusiasts and sim enthusiasts alike.
The reality is that this game, in its current form, falls flat on its face and will have you constantly expecting more.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Mar 9, 2012The first few years of MLB: The Show offered gamers an amazing product with a rareness not often seen in sports games. Unlike EA releases, TheThe first few years of MLB: The Show offered gamers an amazing product with a rareness not often seen in sports games. Unlike EA releases, The Show improved with each year and did not stagnate, rivaling the likes of the NBA 2K series. Fans started to get nervous in 2011 as it appeared SCEA was running out of fresh ideas. While MLB 12: The Show is not a completely new experience, it is not a complete rehash either and continues to appeal to the most dedicated fans.
GRAPHICS (8/10) - With a few new animations thrown in, little has been done to improve on this aspect. But it really does not matter. People joke that HDTV was created for Baseball and Golf specifically. It's not a joke anymore. Old or not, The Show is beautiful.
HOME RUN DERBY (8/10) - After this year's upgrade, I'm really not sure what else they could do with this game mode. A few new camera angles here, a little polish there, and a ball trail showing where your homers went after everything is said and done. Grab a few friends and enjoy.
DIAMOND DYNASTY (7/10) - This is a very new concept and you will find this game mode discussed in Good, Bad and Unproven perspectives for that very reason. It's too soon to tell how it will play out. But as it stands, it has immense potential. Tons of customization options for team logos and uniforms. The ability to train and customize Dynasty players alongside the option to hire MLB journeymen is a lot of fun, and makes it unique from EA's Ultimate Team formats.
SETTINGS CUSTOMIZATION (10/10) - My absolute favorite part of MLB 12. In the past, if you wanted to play with a plate coverage indicator, you HAD to be playing on Veteran difficulty. Likewise, if you wanted timing based hitting, you HAD to be on Rookie. MLB 12 not only allows you to mix and match settings, but it will accomodate your choices and try to match you with a similar opponent in Online play. Amazing!
CROSS PLATFORM (8/10) - I do not have much to say about this. It is a brand new feature. It's the Seventh Inning Stretch and you need to leave for work? No problem. Sync your Playstation Vita with your PS3 and finish your game on the run. Just please don't do it while you are driving.
DIAMOND DYNASTY (7/10) - There are many things which may or may not work in this game mode. Like Ultimate Team, its success is contingient on players buying and selling cards. We've seen both good and bad here. In NHL and FIFA, the market is bustling. In MADDEN, the market is so dead they had to implement trading. Who knows what will happen.
CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK (Not Rated) - Yet to be activated. Looks interesting.
COMMENTARY (6/10) - A complete rehash from prior games. If there is a single line that has been added, I have yet to find it.
ROAD TO THE SHOW (7/10) - The only real change is that you are now a Double-A starter from the beginning of your career. This may reduce the time it takes to get to the Bigs, but overall, this change is underwhelming.
FRANCHISE (6/10) - Once again, no changes.
RIVALRY (7/10) - No changes, but I've always felt as if this was an underrated game mode. If you have a friend who loves ball as much as you do, it's not hard to spit out 15 head-to-head games. This format lets you do that competitively.
ONLINE PLAY (7/10) - Only change here is that Diamond Dynasty head-to-head games count for your online win-loss. TOO MANY GAME OPTIONS? - A personal pet peeve maybe, but it feels to me that they are changing the game mechanics too much. Guess pitch 1/4, 1/6, 1/8. Meter pitching. Analog hitting and pitching. Timing hitting and pitching. Zone hitting. And now Pulse Pitching? Pulse just feels unnecessary, and most diehards of the game stick to the classics. Guess Pitch 1/4, Meter Pitching and Zone Hitting all day baby.
KING OF THE DIAMOND, removed in 2010, has yet to return. The last remaining "arcade" piece to what is now a very "sim" game.
DIAMOND DYNASTY has no trading as SCEA admits they ran out of time to fit it in.
Also, one season in DIAMOND DYNASTY lasts five games. I hate, hate, hate this. When you play a head-to-head match, it only shows the current season. You are basically being misrepresented on the experience level of your opponent every single time.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Mar 6, 2012I often find myself comparing the mechanics of one game to another to paint a picture, so when I was told that Two Worlds II was a RPG thatI often find myself comparing the mechanics of one game to another to paint a picture, so when I was told that Two Worlds II was a RPG that could rival the likes of Skyrim I couldn't help myself and purchased it. What I played was far from Skyrim, but there were some comparisons that jumped out at me. The graphics remind me of Tomb Raider, the combat system reminds me of Fable 3 and the quest cutscenes reminded me of World of Warcraft. Confused yet?
This game is a mess. The single player campaign mode is difficult to enjoy at face value. But then you throw in all the cut scenes. The characters mouth and arm movements are stiff and dont even come close to reflecting the words that are actually being spoken. And as if this isnt bad enough, there are a LOT of these cut scenes.
I was impressed with the graphics but it felt as if two different artist renditions were combined into one. Beautiful character models and beautiful enviroment, but when you put both in the same frame, they don't mesh very well together. It makes for a very clunky experience.
Thirdly, combat can be repetitive and boring at times. But the sheer amount of options you have in customizing your player really saves this aspect. It is a decent RPG. Nothing more, nothing less. I would recommend this game only if you can get it for 10 bucks or less. Any more than that and you'll probably find yourself feeling disappointed.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Mar 6, 2012NCAA 10 may very well be the closing chapter in a very good series. Is has since been discontinued and now, in 2012, there is still noNCAA 10 may very well be the closing chapter in a very good series. Is has since been discontinued and now, in 2012, there is still no indication of it coming back. In my opinion, the biggest downfall of NCAA Basketball 10 and the entire series was the lack of advertising and distribution in lesser markets. EA Sports does not seem to understand the scope of March Madness' popularity and it was incredibly difficult to find this game in Canada of all places. I had to drive four cities away back in the day to purchase NCAA Madness 10 for a full sticker price of $59.99, and the only place to find the 09 or 08 games in their respective years was on Ebay.
But unless you are a diehard hoops fan who is drawn to the Create a Player style gaming, this game will not disappoint. And even a hardcore fan may want to take the plunge now that the price has done the same. The game only has two major flaws and I will start with those because the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Firstly, this is the only modern sports game that does not have the Create a Player mode where you play a single player and rise the ranks. The second is a messy at best post game where players will often find themselves doing up-and-unders and fadeaways completely by accident. To sum it up, the controls are too clunky to risk getting fancy and you will often find yourself limited to backing down and throwing up a hook shot or pulling faceup because that is the only play that will do what you expect it to do when you press the corresponding buttons.
On the other end of the spectrum you have excellent graphics and commentary for its time. EA Sports has added CBS broadcasts and commentary for teams who earn the right to play a televised game. In the past even when your team earned the honor of match of the week, the game looked and felt the exact same as any other. The NCAA Tournament environment has also been improved drastically, but those who prefer to simulate with Hoopcast and intervene halfway through will be disappointed. The Tournament is the only fixture where you cannot do that. It only offers play now and straight sim.
AI difficulty is great with some sliding tuners. I personally play on All-Conference with beefed up player sliders so my shots go in more frequently but the defense is much tougher. There is no cheeseball shots. Even at 100%, if you're not open, it will not go in.
And finally, Dynasty Mode has seen drastic improvements. You cannot simply take a D+ team, go undefeated and get the #1 rank anymore. Things like strength of schedule and TV exposure influences your rank. I went 31-0 with Wichita State, with three wins over top 25 teams, and only managed to be ranked as high as #12. It is more realistic. Overall a very solid game. And if this is infact the last game of the series, EA Sports has done a good job of leaving people with a fond memory and something that they can play for a long time.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.2Nov 14, 2011Infinity Ward accomplished everything they had hoped to in their own mind, but the final product falls short in the eyes of a true FPS gamer.Infinity Ward accomplished everything they had hoped to in their own mind, but the final product falls short in the eyes of a true FPS gamer. Modern Warfare 3 looks and feels slick and streamlined for the first hour or two and the novelty, if you can call it that, wears off shortly after. In my opinion this game is nothing more than a hybrid between Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops. The thing is, when you combine the elements of two best-selling games, the distinctiveness tends to get a wee bit diluted. I'm not going to go as far as saying that this is a bad game because it isn't. But it is a forgettable game, the likes of which hasn't been seen in the CoD series in quite some time. Infinity Ward raised the bar for itself so high that even Shaq couldn't pole vault it. A future best seller, but nothing to phone home about.… Expand