It's in the game
Sony’s putting that new FIFA 18 deal to good use, launching a new advertising campaign that claims the PlayStation 4 is the best place for sports. To be fair, when you’ve got exclusives like MLB The Show 17 and Gran Turismo Sport in your arsenal, that’s kinda hard to argue against. The clip also includes NBA 2K18 but is...
Let's get sweaty
With both the World Cup and Wimbledon in full swing, conversation here at Push Square Towers has focused on old sporting favourites for a few days now. We’re not referring to veterans such as Pele and Martina Navratilova, of course, but classic video game franchises that have prompted more than a few shiny brows over the years...
Once at the apex of industry excitement, the extreme sports genre’s popularity has faded faster than the artwork on an abused skateboard. Now a pastime for Hanson imitating teenage misfits, the days of earnestly discussing kickflips over a curry in the office canteen have long faded. British indie Roll7’s hoping to turn back the...
It’s been a long time since EA Sports actually followed through and tossed a new NBA Live title onto consoles, with nothing but a line of cancelled releases filling the space since NBA Live 10. However, with a new generation of consoles arrives the ideal opportunity to revive the dormant franchise properly. Sadly, the awful NBA Live 14...
There isn’t a platform on the planet without some form of pub pastime compilation. Simulating the excitement of otherwise social sports such as snooker, pool, and darts has been a fascination among game developers since programming boffins realised that computers could be employed for more entertaining applications than solving the seven...
Flying through hoops
Visual Concepts’ vaunted NBA 2K franchise has a reputation for its high standards, and the series’ latest entry on the PlayStation 4 continues that sequence of slam dunks by towering over its PlayStation 3 counterpart. Not content with a mere visual upgrade, NBA 2K14 on Sony’s next generation system plays a totally...
Through on goal
EA Sports' annual football franchise has enjoyed a good run of late, maintaining steady form over the past few years. The PlayStation 3 version of FIFA 14 was another solid step in the right direction, even if it was more about evolution rather than revolution, as we described in our review. Now, the game makes the jump to Sony's new...
Laying the Smackdown
An orphan of THQ’s unfortunate demise at the beginning of this year, the WWE videogame license was quickly snapped up by 2K, and while its role appears to have been limited to simply overseeing WWE 2K14’s completion, the final product is the most comprehensive wrestling package yet. As the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania...
Doesn't quite drop the ball
Madden NFL 25 is a celebration of one of gaming's most iconic franchises – and on its silver anniversary, EA Sports delivers a decent experience that will get fans chanting. This is a largely lifelike release with real drama, energy, pain, and sweet victories – and the power of the PlayStation 4 boosts the release by...
Now comfortable and confident with its position right at the very top of the football gaming league, FIFA remains a solid and reliable choice this year. But with Pro Evolution Soccer slowly but surely closing the gap between itself and EA's consistent franchise, does FIFA 14 do enough to secure its lead? The short answer is yes –...
Putting the Evolution back in PES
Improved physicality has been the goal of many sports titles of late, and while progress has been slow, PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer has managed just that this year. It's this attribute and the overall impact on the beautiful game that has produced one of the best entries in Konami's series in quite some time, and...
Don't try this at home
What happened to extreme sports games? They were more popular than Mountain Dew towards the end of the PSone era, but the genre seemed to fizzle out faster than a ska band’s fanbase. Overexposure certainly contributed to Kelly Slater and crew’s sudden crash in popularity, but with only a half-hearted Tony Hawk to compete...
Ditching its typical naming pattern for something a little more celebratory, Madden NFL 25 marks the silver anniversary for EA Sports' massively popular American Football series. However, even though this is still a great game, it's not quite the commemoration that you may have wished for, offering plenty of tweaks and enhancements, but...
Having performed extremely well as an app on both iOS and Android devices, it was only a matter of time before Unreal Engine 3-based punch-‘em-up Real Boxing made its way to Sony’s handheld. The good news is that it makes the perilous jump almost seamlessly. Upon starting the game, you’ll be asked to customise your boxer,...
Fairway to heaven
You’d need a heart more barren than a bothersome bunker to dislike Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (or Everybody’s Golf, as it’s known in Europe). Originally putted onto the PlayStation Vita, this PlayStation 3 port of the sugary sporting sim is every bit as sweet as its portable predecessor. Boasting a bevy of colourful...
British developer Big Head Games racked up International Snooker on various other formats prior to this high-definition PlayStation Vita port, and generally to favourable reviews. So, given the handheld's repertoire of quality controls and processing power, does this enhanced version of the title build a big break, or sink the white on...
Last year we had Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, then earlier this we got Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, which should tide most golf gamers over for a good while. Don't think EA is taking its foot off the Tiger Woods accelerator pedal though, as it's revealed the first images from a motion capture session for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13...
Series' fastest seller
Everyone who bought a copy of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters during its first week helped the game to become the fastest-selling entry in EA's long-running golfing series. According to EA, the game sold 225,000 copies across all formats during its first week on sale, a 17% increase over previous record-holder Tiger Woods...
Will it be ace?
Looks like Sega's Virtua Tennis 4 won't be the only Move-enabled tennis game next year: 2K Games has just announced Top Spin 4 will launch in North America on March 15th, with PlayStation Move support from day one. Promising the largest-ever array of past and present stars of the sport – early shots show Andre Agassi and Pete...
PS3 gets exclusive Collector's Edition
While Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 may not have been the best demonstration of how to 'do' PlayStation Move controls, it easily beat the competition in terms of features, and successor Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters looks set to improve still further. The biggest addition, you won't be surprised to learn, is...
Will be in 2K12 though
If you've been playing the superb NBA 2K11 with PlayStation Move, you might have been disappointed that the Navigation sub-controller is unsupported, leaving you with a Move in one hand and DualShock 3 in the other. Whilst we presumed Navigation support would be introduced later in the game's cycle, 2K Sports' Community...
Ball your eyes out
If you've always fancied yourself as a bit of a basketball wizard, the first incarnation of the sport to use PlayStation Move is out this week. NBA 2K11 is out in Europe today having already been released in North America this past Tuesday, and is the first basketball game in donkey's years to let gamers play as iconic baller...
Well, not really, but you get the picture
If you've always wanted to be Michael Jordan but don't have the money, talent or advertising pull, perhaps it's time you dialled your expectations down a little and thought about a Michael Jordan simulator. The upcoming NBA 2K11 should fill those Nike shoes quite comfortably, with Move support promising to...
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