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Are Sports Video Games Worth The Fuss?

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Madden [EA Sports]

As a sports fan, I tend to always feel duped year after year. Whether it is NBA 2K, Fifa or Madden, I feel the same emptiness after every purchase.

Every year I am over the moon once a big sports game release is near. I always have this strange notion that a new iteration of a sports game for the year will do away with issues from old, and provide me with a brand new experience. Yet a week or two after the release, there it sits, the game back in it’s home and soon to collect dust on my gaming coffee table.

We have this imagination as sports fans, whether any of us admit it. We support our teams even through losing seasons and boneheaded moves by front office personnel. Within our minds or now with access to social media, we derive and construct these ideas of how we would run our favorite franchises, or how we would play, and that leads to this fascination with the games.

For every sports fan, we have somewhat of a dream of what it would be like to play within this level with these “sports icons” who we only see on television or view from a distance. Sports games give us this instant access to be within the leagues, the games or run our favorite franchise, or create ourselves to play within the games. This is a fantasy we try to realize every time we purchase these games, but the illusion is better than the actual project.

Fifa20 [EA Sports]

Sports game are a rehash of the game the year before, we are given some roster updates, maybe a few shiny new details like a wrinkle on a jersey, or maybe a couple of new additions, but let’s be honest, is it worth sixty-dollars and tax? I’d say NO. We are bamboozled year after year to purchase these rehashed games, which in turn is also our fault as consumers. Sure the product could be better, but greatness takes time, the best games take years to develop, but we are so hungry for our sports, we need it churned out every year.

So here we are, sitting here waiting on new copies of the sports games this year. Maybe the developers are money hungry souls, who consume our fandom year after year with re-done games, or maybe as sports fans we are impatient fools who demand our sports in any way or form we can get it. The jury is still out on who is really to blame here, but with that being said, who is excited for the new Madden this year?!

 

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Marvel’s Avengers | Cash Grab Or Extraordinary Game?

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Stan Lee created an empire unseen in memory altogether. The Marvel universe has gone beyond comics, and sure DC Comics can also claim fame in this aspect as well, but not in the way that Marvel has.

The Avengers are not just a popular comic series, or nowadays a popular movie franchise, but it has become a way of life. Picking a favorite avenger, or opinion on the film’s franchise defines relationships and friendships, and could possibly break them. That is the level of popularity this company has established.

In terms of gaming this hasn’t been the case. As the Marvel franchise has stuffed it’s pockets in recent years, the gaming industry has felt a heavier effect from DC with the Arkham Batman video game series. That was until Marvel’s Spider-Man debuted on the Sony PS4 in 2018.

The game was an incredible example of how Marvel could easily slide into the role of being a game changer within the gaming industry. A lot of the crowd that are fans of the Marvel movie franchise are also huge gamer’s, so it was very surprising it took this long for Marvel to capitalize on this. There have been Marvel games in the past, but usually they are cash grab movie tie-ins that can easily be beat in four to six hours with little enjoyment.

So that leaves the question we all want answered, how great of a game can the new Marvel Avengers be? I have tried the beta for the game, honestly I did not come away completely impressed. Although, it did have some inspiring moments. But after all, it is just a beta, so I wont judge based off of this information. With that being said this game really does make one wonder what are we in for? Is this truly the ride we have all been waiting for as long time fans?

We can not truly know until we have our physical copy on hand (digital as well if that’s your gig) but the excitement seems to be rather reserved. This could be more or less because of how COVID-19 has sucked the life out of human society as we know it, or it could just be that we are not expecting much from Marvel.

With Spider-Man, we had gotten so many trailers and game images and hype that it was almost expected it was going to be a triple AAA hit. This can not be said for the Avengers game. Trailers and game play footage has been minimal. Square Enix who is publishing the game is a big-time player in the gaming industry, even much larger than Insomniac who published Spider-Man. So why is this? The virus can not be the reason, if anything being forced to be at home should be ever more the reason for this hype train to take off.

We are all wondering if this is a cash grab or a truly great game, and to be honest we have no idea what we are getting, but like many around the world who are so starved to play a Marvel game or get back into the Marvel universe, we can not wait to go on this adventure, hopefully the price of admission is worth the ride.

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Star Wars: Squadrons | Official Trailer – HD

Buckle up, take full control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, and feel the adrenaline of strategic first-person 5v5 multiplayer dogfights alongside your squadron.

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Star Wars: Squadrons is an upcoming action video game set in the Star Wars universe developed by Motive Studios and published by Electronic Arts. The game’s story is set after Return of the Jedi.

Publisher: Electronic Arts

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The Last of Us II: Fans Of The First Entry Should Surely Have This On Their List

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The Last of Us: Part II [Naughty Dog]

The year of 2020 is one for huge remembrance. Gaming wise it will be as well. ‘The Last of Us II’ release is right around the corner. The hype surrounding the game has been possibly plagued by issues outside of entertainment, but nonetheless developer Naughty Dog is right back this month to deliver the highly anticipated title.

Naughty Dog is no normal studio, not only are they known for the classic first edition of the title, but also they are responsible for the immensely popular series ‘Uncharted.’ The expectations for the newest entry are through the roof, and when it comes to this developer, they never seem to drop the ball.

The first ‘Last of Us’ game released in 2013, told an intriguing story of an alternative America. Survival was the name of the game in this title. America had been turned upside down as creatures once human, became cannibals infected by a strain of fungus. The third-person thriller came at the end of the PS3 cycle, which is exactly what this title is doing as the PS4 takes it’s swan song.

The Last of Us: Part II [Naughty Dog]

The story will look to continue the story of characters Joel and Ellie, who developed a father-daughter like relationship in the first title. From the trailers and videos it seems quite some time has passed, with Joel and Ellie looking much more mature in this new entry. Details have been far and few in-between, but we should expect to see much more of the same type of tense and dramatized moments.

If you were a fan of the first entry, this one surely should be on your list. Honestly if you own a PS4 it should be on everyone’s list. The type of action packed horror and thrilling moments will be there, in fact this is a Naughty Dog forte. June 19th can not come soon enough!

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