Review: NCAA 13

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Texas State receiver demonstrating one
of the newly added catch animations against my Teambuilder squad…
still not sure how he got that open.

By Jahmal Peters

Contributor

Summer is a great time of year for
college football fans.

It’s a time of year when every fan
believes that their team is poised to achieve greatness no matter how
outlandish the expectations may be and it’s only after the season
begins that the cold hard reality sets in and they are once again
reminded of their team’s place near the bottom of the food chain.

While college football fans can enjoy a
few more months of unwavering optimism, their gaming playing
brethren won’t be as lucky.

EA Sports’ NCAA Football 13
is the latest iteration of the company’s annual college
football game, and with minimal updates and an overemphasis on DLC,
the game is more UCLA than USC – promising but a long way from
dominant.

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A choice for the ages: Would you pick Barry Sanders or Herschel Walker?

EA Sports’ fan vote to decide which Heisman winner will appear alongside former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III on the cover of “NCAA Football 13″ is down to two candidates.

Herschel Walker and Barry Sanders. Two of the greatest college running backs of all time.

Walker won the 1982 Heisman for the Georgia Bulldogs at the end of a brilliant college career. Walker went pro for the New Jersey Generals of the short-lived USFL before playing for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Walkers also represented the United States in the 1992 Winter Olympics as a bobsledder, which this writer thought was awesome.

Barry Sanders won his Heisman for his accomplishments in the 1988 season, during which he rushed for an average of more than 237 yards per game. Sanders went on to spend his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions and earned distinction as the best real-life running back of his era. (Bo Jackson, of course, is the best Tecmo Super Bowl running back of his era.)

 

You can vote here. There are more important elections this year, but this one is pretty cool.

NBA 2K12 roster to include Magic, Kareem, Bird, Dr. J, Jordan …

Remember how so many basketball fans liked NBA 2K11′s the “Jordan Challenge?”

The game’s developers did. 2K Sports announced today that Jordan and 14 other NBA greats will appear in a new “End the Debate” mode, giving players a chance to electronically settle arguments over which teams and players deserve recognition as the Association’s best of all time.

The full list:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar;
  • Larry Bird;
  • Wilt Chamberlain;
  • Julius Erving;
  • Patrick Ewing;
  • Magic Johnson;
  • Michael Jordan;
  • Karl Malone;
  • Hakeem Olajuwon;
  • Scottie Pippen;
  • Oscar Robertson;
  • Bill Russell;
  • John Stockton;
  • Isiah Thomas;
  • Jerry West.

FWIW, I would love to see 2K Sports carry on this idea to MLB 2K and see if they can gain some ground against “The Show.” Who wouldn’t want to relive such great baseball stories as the Brooklyn Dodgers’ first championship in 1955, the 1968 World Series matchup between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals or the Boston Red Sox’s comeback in the 2004 ALCS?

Attention 2K Sports, This is Ridiculous …

I have played five regular season games in Major League Baseball 2K11. In all but two, I have lost a starting pitcher (Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda and Ted Lilly) to injury. I also lost left fielder Xavier Paul to an injury in another game. This does not happen in real life.

Are other players experiencing the same problem? I was able to give the game a qualified recommendation of sorts when I first reviewed it, but if this problem is widespread, I cannot recommend this title for purchase unless and until this gets patched.

Dragons or baseball, it’s your money

 2K Sports’ “Major League Baseball 2K11″ and EA’s Dragon Age II are available in stores as of today.

MLB Baseball 2K11 is 2K Sports latest baseball title. (Surprise.) I have to confess that I missed 2K9 – which was panned – and 2K10, which I heard was better. But I’m going to check this one out, so expect a review soon after I get a chance to evaluate the title on its own merits.

The title is available for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3 Sony PSP and XBox 360.

“Dragon Age II” is the Bioware-developed sequel to “Dragon Age.” (Surprise, surprise.) If you’re the type of player who likes fantasy RPGs or Dragon Age, you’re probably already excited about this one. Expect to see a write-up on this one after our reviewer gets a chance to explore its world.

This one is released for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

EA Sports case heard in Pasadena courthouse

The Pasadena Star News, with an assist from the Associated Press, reports a three judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will heard arguments in a case revolving around EA Games’ use of college football players’ likenesses in the publisher’s NCAA Football franchise.

A central question the three-judge panel of
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena was asked to decide in
the case filed by a former college quarterback Sam Keller is whether
such video games are protected as “expressive art” under the First
Amendment.

Keller is seeking compensation from Electronic Arts Inc. and
the NCAA for the use of his image in the “NCAA Football” video game.

Attorneys for Electronic Arts Inc. and the NCAA argued Tuesday
that video games are constitutionally protected as free speech – much
like authors, filmmakers and songwriters use real people in their works.
They are seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit.

Please click the link for the full story.

Sony posts new trailer for MLB 11: The Show (Football is over!)

Here’s one for all the video baseball fans out there. The new “Yankee Killer” trailer for “MLB 11: The Show” lets a digital version of Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer step up to the plate against the New York Yankee’s C.C. Sabathia.

In this writer’s opinion, any scenario in which the Yankees lose is a good one.

The game is set for a March release.