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Madden NFL 10 Review: Rejoice… Madden Is Fun Again

Madden NFL 10

When it comes to my sports video games, let’s just say this gamer doesn’t “play around.” I had high hopes for this year’s pigskin kingpin, also known as “Madden NFL 10,” as early reports said that this year’s game made tremendous strides in every aspect of the game, and I couldn’t agree more. [Continue Reading]

Academy of Champions Developer Interview: Soccer With Sam Fischer and Altair

Academy of Champions

Gamers who think that “FIFA,” and “Winning Eleven” are a little too complex, now have a much different option when it comes to soccer games, courtesy of Ubisoft. “Academy of Champions” is an arcade style soccer game that sends you to the world’s premiere Soccer school, which is overseen by the greatest footballer ever, Pele. You work your way through the game’s twenty hour story mode, which includes fourteen minigames (some that even use the balance board, so it might be time to dust that thing off), and create a team with players that you recruit. While the gameplay may be a little reminiscent of “Mario Strikers,” the story mode definitely offers a much more lengthy and robust experience. Oh, and you can play as Sam Fisher, Altair, Jade, Rayman and the Rabbids … how freaking cool is that? Check out Unit’s interview, and find out more about what “Academy of Champions” has to offer. [Continue Reading]

5 Videogame Movies That Got Something Right!: #1 – Silent Hill

01It’s no surprise that movies based off of video games tend to suck pretty hard. However, through all the convoluted and unfaithful adaptations, there were a few films that have managed to do something right. I don’t mean that the films were great by any means, but that they managed to accurately replicate an aspect of the game in one form or another pretty well. It could be anything from the costume design to the mannerisms of the characters, and we’ll be taking a look at a few films that have done a good job in visually translating its source material to the silver screen. Be sure to check in everyday as we count down to the number one movie to see who made the top of our list!

Rounding out our list at number one is my personal favorite video game movie Silent Hill. Now I will admit I am a huge fan of the series, and so my view might be a bit biased. With that out of the way, I’ve chosen Silent Hill as the king of the hill (no pun intended), because I felt the filmmakers did such a great job in bringing the creatures and atmosphere of SIlent Hill to life. From the scene in the video below, you’ll see one of the first encounters with the creatures of Silent Hill; one that was inspired from the same scenario in “Silent Hill 2.” When I saw it for the first time in theaters, I couldn’t help but get goose-bumps from how well they mimicked the game. The rest of the movie would follow suit, and recreate famous scenes made memorable from the franchise. Silent Hill did decent enough at the box office to spawn a forthcoming sequel (which I am very happy about). It may not have been a great film, but by video game movie standards I think it’s one of the best along side Mortal Kombat! [Continue Reading]

Groovin’ Blocks Review: Keep The Beat

Groovin Blocks

About a year ago, Empty Clip Studios released their first game on Nintendo’s WiiWare platform called, “Groovin’ Blocks,” and, even though it is one of the highest rated games on the service, there’s a good possibility that some gamers (like myself) may have missed it, not having a chance to play it. Well, if there are any Wii owners that didn’t catch it the first time around, and are fans of the whole falling-block genre, you’re in luck; Empty Clip and Zoo Games have released a version 1.5 of the game at retail, and you can give the enhanced version of the game a shot, at a discounted price. [Continue Reading]

NBA Jam Retro Review: From The Hoopsters That Brought You Mortal Kombat

NBA JAMIt could have been one of the most interesting ad campaigns in the history of video games; NBA greats like Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, or Dee Brown simply discussing just how fun of “NBA Jam” is. Use your imagination… I’ll give you a minute. The pinnacle of arcade basketball games was released by Midway and published by Acclaim in 1993 for most of the major consoles and handhelds at the time, with ports for both sides of the Nintendo/Sega console war. The game was so popular in arcades that it spawned a handful of “sequels,” which were basically just updates to the system, and expanded on the “NBA Jam” brand with “Tournament Edition” and “NBA Jam Extreme” until they removed all the fun, and called the game “NBA Primetime on NBC.” Through it all, “NBA Jam” carried a little extra clout due to the fact that the arcade version of basketball was more interesting then normal basketball. [Continue Reading]

5 Videogame Movies That Got Something Right!: #2 – Mortal Kombat

02It’s no surprise that movies based off of video games tend to suck pretty hard. However, through all the convoluted and unfaithful adaptations, there were a few films that have managed to do something right. I don’t mean that the films were great by any means, but that they managed to accurately replicate an aspect of the game in one form or another pretty well. It could be anything from the costume design to the mannerisms of the characters, and we’ll be taking a look at a few films that have done a good job in visually translating its source material to the silver screen. Be sure to check in everyday as we count down to the number one movie to see who made the top of our list!

At #2 we take a look at the original “Mortal Kombat” (we shall pretend the other “MK” movie was never made). No matter how much you may hate video game movies, it’s pretty hard to deny how good “Mortal Kombat” actually turned out to be, in terms of staying true to its source. In particular, the fights scenes were some of the best ever produced. The encounter with Johnny Cage (whom I thought was better on film than in the game) and Scorpion was handled extremely well, as I though it showcased some of the character’s signature moves without being to over the top, and still showing off how skilled the fighters really are. You had Scorpions trade mark yell “Get over here…” and the addition of making Scorpion’s harpoon, an animated creature that worked better than one would have expected. They managed to also throw in a little nod to Cage’s Shadow Kick, and I know you couldn’t help but get giddy on the inside when Johnny Cage defeated Scorpion and his autographed photo fell on his remains, just like in the game. This was definitely one of the better examples of adapting a video game to the silver screen and an adaption gamers can agree that worked! [Continue Reading]

Splinter Cell Conviction Interview: Sam’s Back, And He’s Pissed

Spinter Cell Conviction

It’s been three years since Sam Fisher’s last outting, but apperently the phrase “time heals all wounds” doesn’t apply to this special ops agent. In “Spinter Cell Conviction” Sam’s back and he’s out to find the people behind his daughter’s, supposedly accidental death. Just like with every “Spinter Cell” game, Mr. Fisher has some new tricks up his sleeve, but this time around those tricks aren’t going to be new toys. Since he is going out on his own for this mission, he doesn’t have DARPA behind him this time around, but that doesn’t mean that this game is going to be boring. Check out what Unit found out about what to expect from “Splinter Cell Conviction” when he interviewed Ubisoft Montreal’s Lead Game Designer Steven Masters at a recent demo in NYC. [Continue Reading]

Wii Sports Resort Review: Nintendo Takes You On Vacation

Wii Sports Resort

“Wii Sports” was the game that sold millions of Wiis. Not only was it the first game to be packed in with a console in years, but it also demonstrated to the Wii’s unique motion capabilities to anyone that was willing to give them a shot. Three years later, the follow up, “Wii Sports Resort” has been released to show off what the new controller add-on, Wii MotionPlus, can bring to the table. But, as any hardcore gamer that owns a Wii can tell you, the shine on Nintendo’s White Knight is starting to fade, and, for some people, this release runs to possibility of crossing the line between innovation and over-hyped gimmick. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes with the game to realize that the hype is well deserved, and that “Wii Sports Resort” is a solid product. [Continue Reading]

Play Theater: Twenty Minutes Of Nazi Shooting Footage From Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein

“Wolfenstein” is one of the most beloved FPS franchises, going back as far as FPS franchises go. After a long break, Activison brought back the franchise a few years ago, and, today, released the latest title in a long line of Nazi hunting games, entitled simply “Wolfenstein.” Check out today’s Play Theater for “Wolfenstein” which features almost twenty minutes of gameplay footage, and it can help you figure out if this game will be the one that brings you back to the Castle. [Continue Reading]

G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra Review: YO JOE!

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

Oh, “G.I. Joe,” what am I going to do with you? When I originally heard that there was going to be a live-action movie based off of a beloved cartoon of my youth, I was a little concerned that they weren’t going to be able to pull it off. I have yet to see the movie, but I’ve heard good things. However, when I heard that there was going to be a game based off of that same movie I was a little more skeptical. I retained high hopes that, even though the game was based on a summer blockbuster that it might manage to still be good, even though the industry’s track record tends to fall a little short in that area. I even crossed my fingers for some kind of throwbacks to the original cartoons. EA managed to cover at least half of my hopes. [Continue Reading]

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