Somehow the boys still wanted to play a game together so I found this gem. I’m amazed at how quickly they are picking all of these up. It was only a matter of time however until Lukas decided he was ready to move on to something else. I just had no choice but to jump in. Enjoy!
For the third straight year there will not be an NBA game from EA Sports. NBA Elite 11’s demo was so broken that the game ended up getting delayed and ultimately cancelled. After changing studios, engines and attempting to rebuild the game from the ground up, EA decided that since they weren’t far enough yet for an October release date (in line with the NBA season) that they would again put off launching a game this year and aim to release a game for next season instead.
My question is, does anyone care?
This drought of EA basketball games (no NCAA basketball either) just happens to be during a period where the NBA 2K series can do no wrong. NBA 2K11 changed the game with the addition of Michael Jordan and the most realistic basketball game we’ve ever seen. 2K12 took all of that and improved it, adding more touches and hall of famers. Now, when the series could be on cruise control if it wanted, they seem to be pushing the envelope even more. EA couldn’t have picked a worse time to not put out a game.
EA knows all about being the only game in town. They forced 2K Sports out the door when they purchased exclusivity for NFL video games. This meant that if you wanted to play NFL football in a video game, it is Madden Football or bust. Some people yearn for the days of 2K football, but based on sales not many are still complaining. They also produce the undisputed number one hockey and soccer games with the NHL and FIFA series. Take Two backed out from hockey after NHL 2K11 fell flat, and even though Konami keeps making Pro Evo Soccer games, does anyone know anybody that owns that over FIFA13?
Baseball seems to be the only sport that has multiple video games still duking it out, and that might only be because of rights issues. The MLB 2K series has been the standard game on all platforms due to an agreement preventing third party companies from making games with the MLB license. This would have left them with no competition if SONY hadn’t decided to make a game anyway as a Playstation exclusive. MLB The Show has been regarded as the best baseball game, if not the best sports game overall, available. However since it is only available for Playstation, Take Two still gets all of the sales from baseball hungry XBOX and WII owners. That might change soon as the exclusivity agreement is about to expire. There might not even be an MLB 2K13 next year, meaning once again, there could only be one game in town.
With all that said, I again ask if it actually matters? Is it bad that all of these companies have little to no competition for their respective sports titles? Logic would say yes. Less competition leaves little desire for the work to be put into drastically improving games each year. If there is no one to challenge the throne, what is the point of spending the money. Certainly the Madden Franchise has been accused of this. Every year they come out with another version of Madden and while they still sell at a ridiculous rate, critics call in little more than a 60 dollar roster update. Truth be told, little has changed with MLB The Show, NHL or FIFA games either. Sure some strong competition would bring out the best in everyone involved right?
Not necessarily. While little changes from year to year, it must be acknowledged that these current games are regarded as the best ever in their fields. FIFA12, NBA 2K12, MLB The Show 12 and NHL 12 were all called the greatest sports game of all time by somebody. Madden might have gotten similar praise if it wasn’t so ridiculously popular. It’s just not cool to give accolades to something that well known. Call of Duty goed through the same troubles now. It’s much for fun to trash it for not being as good as it used to be. With these sports franchises not needing to make drastic changes to separate themselves from the pack, they can keep everything that works and spend their time making small tweaks that each make their game slightly more like the real thing. The casual fan might not really notice it, but NHL 13 plays a lot more like real hockey than NHL 12 does. While being the leader in a one car race can lead to laziness, it can also provide to patience to do the small things that matter more down the road.
Sports games are different from any other type of video game. It is the only genre expected to come out with a new game every year. The Uncharted series needed five years to produce three games. I didn’t notice anyone complaining though. To expect drastic changes every year from a sports game is asking for a lot. I’m not saying that competition wouldn’t make the games better, but I am saying that sports games are as good as they have ever been without it.
I guess all I’m getting at is, EA can cancel next year’s NBA game too if they wanted to.
Back in November I was left in shock by the trailer for Abobo’s Big Adventure (read my preview here), and since then I have been patiently waiting for the chance to beat down the entire NES roster. In development since 2006 by a small indie group known as Team Bobo, I never expected much from the game aside from the novelty of seeing all of the Nintendo characters on one screen (which would have been more than enough). However what I got was about as much nostalgic fun as you can have on your computer.
The game stars Abobo, an enemy from the Double Dragon series. His son, Aboboy, has been kidnapped Double Dragon style and he is out on a mission to rescue his not so little kid. From the first level you are hit with about as much retro action as you can handle. Each stage centers on one specific game (such as Contra or Mega Man) and then throws in as many characters from other games that fit into that mold as they can. Team Bobo does a great job pacing the action so that you are always left guessing what is coming next, and coming up with very clever and funny ways to kick the action up a notch.
The graphics and gameplay are exactly what you would expect. It’s Nintendo in all of it’s 8 bit glory except for one twist: THIS GAME IS GORY AS HELL! Kids getting decapitated, limbs torn off, mass vomiting, it’s a virtual bloodbath. The overall package leads to some legitimately memorable moments throughout the campaign, which is something I definitely did not expect. A pair of levels are rather annoying (like the gratuitous under water level), but the payoff after you finish them is so good you don’t really care when you’re done. Don’t get me started on the ending. Classic stuff.
If you have a couple hours to spend, I highly recommend that you visit http://www.abobosbigadventure.com and check this game out. I guarantee you have never played anything quite like it. Especially for free.
Are you a fan of the original Nintendo Entertainment System? Well brace yourself, because the trailer you are about to see might make you wet your pants. In development since 2006, a indie group known as Team Bobo has been working on a game that combines the best of the entire NES library. But enough talk, here is the trailer:
Now that you have put your eyeballs back in their sockets, you might be asking who the hell Abobo is. If you are asking that, then you deserve a punch in the face. Abobo one of the more recognizable enemies from the Double Dragon series, and now he is out the rescue his son Aboboy who has been kidnapped or something. To do so he must go through 8 worlds that combine as many other video games as possible.The best part? It’s FREE! All you need is flash and you’re good to go.
So far I’ve noticed all of the following games referenced: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Castlevania, Pro Wrestling, Kung Fu, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon (of course), The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, River City Ransom, Megaman, Contra, Punch Out, and T&C Surf Designs: Thrilla’s Surfari.
I know there are plenty I missed so if you can identify any post it below. The game is due out sometime this year (I hope) and you can read more about it on their website: http://www.abobosbigadventure.com. I encourage anyone to spread the word because this looks like it will be an absolutely epic game.