Conclusion: What a treat the last few releases have been for Marvel fans that also dabble in gaming. First, The Incredible Hulk got his just due without the movie license constraints. Then, Marvel served up some new blood in Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects . Now we get a Bagley-inspired, Bendis written Spidey title with all the trimmings. I place Ultimate Spider-Man somewhere in between the previous, recent Marvel releases.
Excerpt: Being the Ultimate Spider-Man geek that I am, it's fair to say that I had astronomically high expectations for the comic-to-game adaptation. I was among the first to salivate over the title when it hit store shelves and among the first to pick up the not-so-rare limited edition copy, which all in all wasn't worth the extra money.
Excerpt: If you’re a football fan, then you just have to love college football. The NFL may provide a tougher and more glamorous form of the sport, but it can’t match the pageantry, loyalty, and unpredictability of college football. Any game that has any hope of capturing the feel of college football had better play upon these differences or it will come across as a clone of an NFL game, except with different uniforms and more teams.
Excerpt: Everybody knows that I am just not much of a college football fan on the consoles. I will admit that I was, once again, not very excited about playing this year's installment of NCAA 06. I was thinking it was going to be the same game with a new roster and a few new animations. However, I must admit after actually sitting down with the game for a few weeks, I am very impressed. Something that I never thought would be possible.
Excerpt: Most sports fans know the continual debate of determining which is ultimately better: collegiate or professional sports. While many strongly argue that professional organizations host the best athletes of that sport, collegiate fans argue for deep seated rivalries and the heightened passion that accompanies every athlete during every play. Naturally this argument has crossed over to the gaming realm, where players argue about the NFL vs. the NCAA.
Excerpt: Summer vacation has barely begun for many school-going football fans, but with the release of NCAA Football 06, EA Sports is looking to send you on an early trip back to campus. The game includes several major tweaks and upgrades, such as the race for the Heisman mode and in-season recruiting. Perhaps more importantly, the game balance, especially in the passing portion, is much improved over last year's edition.
Pros: Much improved game balance over last year's, Controls mapped to right analog stick mean more-intuitive gameplay, New animations make for a great-looking game overall, In-season recruiting and improved features in dynasty mode
Cons: Certain new features not quite as refined as they could be