Conclusion: Tony Hawk’s Project 8 needed to be absolutely mind-blowing for me to catch skate fever once again, and sadly, it just isn’t that spectacular… yet. The game engine is brand-new, so there’s time for it to blossom before the Xbox 360 console cycle is over. The direction of the game modes is promising too, which leads me to believe that the Project 8 series will soon pick up where THPS left off.
Conclusion: It hurts. No matter how you slice it, the lack of an official pro license (in a sport where the following of the pro level is strong) for this year’s MVP holds this title back a bit. Has EA done the college version of America’s Past Time justice? Yes indeed. Have they added to last year’s title to try and make it a fresh experience and worthy of a purchase? Indubitably. Will gamers buy it? That all depends.
Excerpt: Now that the Super Bowl hype has died down, it’s time to look forward to some of the other sports that will soon be taking over the airwaves. No, I’m not talking about the Winter Olympics; I’m speaking about Spring Training and the start of the baseball season. Gearing up alongside this period is EA Sports’ latest take on the American pastime, and they’re planning to have gamers roar to the ping of the bat in stadiums across the land. Wait, the ping?
Excerpt: Like most sports titles in gaming franchises, MVP 06 features a round of updates and tweaks to the formula to make this year’s title better than the previous ones. The most obvious one as I alluded to in the intro is the deviation off into the realm of college baseball. Instead of the star players of the major leagues and their massively developed farm system, MVP 06 features 128 of the top college teams from the largest athletic conferences in the NCAA.
Conclusion: cooks up a fine meal with the NCAA license. Its strengths lie in the Load and Fire system, changes to gameplay, and overall customizability of the game. Unfortunately losing the prestige that comes with the MLB's shiny stamp stings a bit and the college league is represented without a lot of personality. Even so, fans of college baseball will find themselves in a field of dreams with this title.
Excerpt: That was the credo of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas “Gunny” Highway in the Clint Eastwood classic “Heartbreak Ridge.” That’s what good Marines do in any difficult situation. There’s no surrender. You never stop fighting. You think. You act. You win.
Excerpt: A student of the game. There's no doubt about it - the roster is the MVP of sports gaming. What else could possibly explain the way sports fans make their annual migration to a game store to pick up the latest entry of their favorite sports franchise? It might seem crazy that a list of names and sound bytes could influence a title's sales so, but it actually makes sense.
Pros: Great hitting system, Interesting Cooperative option, A full roster of modes, Create-a-monster, Poor presentation
Pros: Intricate controls and spot-on physics, Hundreds of teams to pick from, Thousands of unique play animations, Mike Patrick's play calling feels so natural, Dynasty mode simulates recruiting beautifully
Cons: NCAA license means real teams but fictional players, Presentation lacks attitude, ESPN brand is hardly noticeable, Many teams and stadiums were left out