Friday, June 18, 2010

A lot to look forward to with sport games

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of the biggest video game shows of the year, has displayed this year’s upcoming sports games.
There are a lot of new sports titles making their way to store shelves this year, most of them are continuations of franchises we all know and love. So, nothing that original this year, but is that a bad thing? Did anyone even play the original football game Backbreaker?
Electronic Arts, one of the biggest names in the sport gaming world, showed off their new installments in their popular franchises. They had Madden NFL 11, that will be coming out for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PSP, EA Sports Active 2.0, which will be a Wii only title, EA Sports MMA for the PS3 and Xbox 360, NCAA Football 11 for the PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for Xbox 360, Wii and PS3, NHL 11 for Xbox 360 and PS3, FIFA Soccer 11 for the DS, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Wii and the very anticipated NBA Jam, which will be a Wii exclusive.
Out of all those games I’m really excited for NBA Jam. I was a huge fan of the game on the Sega Genesis, it claimed many hours of my childhood. I just hope it can recapture all the things that made that original game so great.

The next game studio is Ubisoft. They showed off one sport game this year and that was Shaun White Skateboarding. This game will come out for the Xbox 360, PC, Wii and PS3. I know a lot of people disliked Shaun White Snowboarding, but I bought it for the Xbox 360 and I actually liked it. Yeah, I know the game lacked in many areas, but it was fun. SO, I’m actually interested in seeing how this skateboarding game plays.
Sony Computer Entertainment is next on the list. The three games they had were Sports Champions for the PS3, The Fight: Lights Out for the PS3 and Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip for the PSP. All these games look interesting.
UFC has been brought back this year by THQ with UFC Undisputed 2010, which is a good game. I’m not going to say that UFC Undisputed 2010 is a great game because it gets repetitive. Yet, it’s not a bad game and UFC fans will really enjoy it. THQ also had WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, which will come out for the Xbox 360, DS, PS2, PS3, Wii, PC and PSP. They are also coming out with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online for the PC.
It’s going to be interesting when EA Sports releases EA Sports MMA to go up against UFC Undisputed. I wonder which one is going to be better and which one is going to sell more copies.
Konami is next on the list and they have three games. First up is Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes del Ring that is coming out for PS3 Xbox 360, Wii, DSiWare and PSP. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is getting an iPhone game and their last game is The Cage: Pro Style Battling Practice, a Wii exclusive.
Konami has some interesting titles, but why are they so long? Who is going to remember Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes del Ring? That’s a long title; couldn’t they just call it Lucha Libre AAA? What would have been wrong with that title?
Now 2K Sports is going to have NBA 2K11. That’s the game that will have Michael Jordan on the cover. I know that everyone is excited about this and they should be, but my question is who is going to put on the cover of NBA 2K12 that can top Michael Jordan? Oh, no one thought about that! Next years cover is already a disappointment.
A lot to look forward to this year.

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