Sunday, August 5, 2018

MLB The Show 2016

I know this one doesn't qualify as an "older " sports game as It It Is only a couple of years old,but I had to write this post due to the amount of angst this game has caused me.Holy crap,where do I begin?

This past winter ,I received my first ,somewhat, next gen system.A PS3. Naturally, I was going to add the most recent MLB title available  so  MLB The Show 16 It is.Up until playing The Show ,I was gaming mostly on my PS1,original XBox and Sega system,rocking out on games like World Series Baseball,High Heat etc.I wasn't prepared for the level of realism I was about to be exposed to with The Show 16 .This shock,however,would soon be replaced with utter  rage!

If you haven't played any of the Show's yet,prepare yourself.You'll want to start off on an easier hitting difficulty  before putting your big boy pants on and stepping It up to All-Star,HOF and Legends levels .You'll probably find yourself wanting to move up immediately as the easier difficulty levels can be ,well,too easy.The problem with that Is that the harder levels are so challenging that the game won't be fun anymore.No my friends,much like In real life you will be grinding out at bats,striking out a ton and losing ALOT!And ,again,much like In real life,losing Isn't fun.Not to mention your players stats plummeting to the point of little snowflakes being placed next to their names In the lineups due to them slumping.Pitchers will change speeds on you,fastballs will actually rise and entice you to swing ,that is,when they're not tying you up inside.You'll be swinging and missing  early at change ups  and by the 9th inning , when you find yourself losing 1 to nothing with a total of 3 team hits,you'll want to throw a 98 mph controller.

This past weekend I knew what a real MLB team  felt like after losing 14 games In a row.It was the most games I'd lost consecutively In any sports game ,EVER!I exhibited every negative human emotion  possible  except for crying.In fact,they say crying can be a positive thing and now that I think about It,I probably should have cried a little .It might have helped.My poor dogs had to suffer through sudden outbursts as I shouted out  expletives that even as an adult would have most certainly got me sent to my room.Finally,after binge playing all of Saturday morning,I won an extra inning game In the bottom of the 10th on a Conforto walk off,snapping my 14 game skid.I am now 11.5 games out of first and In last place.I'm not exactly sure If I ever want to play this game again.Frankly,I'ma little frightened at the prospect of another losing streak.Nah,who am I kidding.In fact right after this post I'm gonna fire up the old PS3 and see If I can't get this team on the right track.But first I'm hitting the cages ;)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

NFL QB Club 97 PS1

If you love sport games , PlayStation  Is the console to own.Not only are there multiple brands and franchises for  each sport ,but most can be found used and sometimes brand new for under 5 bucks!Not all  games are playable today ,but for the price ,they're at least worth picking up  for a test drive.Seriously,you can walk into a used game shoppe with 10 bucks and easily walk out of there with 3 to 5 decent PS sports games .Enough to  curb that  adult attention deficit disorder  for a good couple of hours.

NFL QB Club 97 was an impulse buy.I wasn't about to pass up on that .99 cent price tag.

I'm always taken by the box art and screen shots on the backs of  jewel cases .Game company's do a good job of  making a game look better than what It actually was. I remembered playing QB Club all the way back when It was on the Genesis and Super Nintendo.One of my favorite aspects of the franchise was the QB challenge mode,which Is mysteriously omitted from the PlayStation version.There are a few other knocks against this game ,like season mode.You see down there under the "Gridiron Gameplay" heading where It says that you can track your own team and player stats ?Well,It means exactly that.You can only track YOUR stats ,so there's no  league leaders or league stats for you to look at during season mode.Oh,and you can only check your players stats in game by pausing It and scrolling down to player stats.Also ,there's no coin toss at the beginning of games.WTF!?!?I like the graphics ,though.The players are small but chunky and while the animations are less than stellar,the stadiums are vibrant and the sound is pretty solid.  

Is It playable ,today?

I think so.On the pro level with realistic player stamina It can be pretty even steven as far as the AI opponent goes.A human opponent might be a better experience.You'll fumble a lot In this game so be prepared for lots of late game losses when your fatigued running back decides to cough It up at the very last minute. Like a lot of other football video games,there Is always that fail safe pass or running play that comes In handy late In the game . Once you find yours,It's pretty much anybody's game.Another positive  is the length of time It takes to finish a game.With the game clock set to accelerated you can get through a game In less than 20 minutes.Having less time on my hands these days,that always comes In handy. The one glaring disappointment Is the lack of a QB challenge mode.Other than that,for the price,you could do a lot worst.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Video Game Legendz Series 1

Sorry about the lack of posts.The holidays, snow shoveling and dog walking has got me In a frenzy.This will be a quickie post displaying another custom sports video game themed card.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

If It's In The Game,It Might Be In The Game !

EA Sports famous slogan -" If It's In The Game,It's In The Game".And then later on It would be shortened to a more, straight to the point  - "It's In The Game".This was true of all the newer  installments of their sports video games.Not so much for the introductory releases.Every year ,my nephew and I couldn't wait for the new Live for the PS1 to hit  store shelves,because,even though EA claimed to put everything that was In the real game into the video game,such wasn't   the case. That's how EA got you,by incrementally adding content to each years release.We knew that EA did this gradually,adding more and more realism with every release.For instance ,It wasn't until NBA Live 99 on the PS1 that we would see the bench players along the court side .<Funny how the majority of 16 bit NBA games all had visible bench players along their court sides

Live 98 was the third released game from the series on the PS1  ,and while not much changed graphically from the year before ,new game modes and color commentary lent more credibility to the "It's In The Game" claim.

Is It playable,today?

Meh.It's a little bit on the easy side but I guess you could mess with the settings to remedy that  via the "keep scores close"  feature.Even though I hated the idea of the cpu interfering with the outcome of my games.Also,If your a fan of  that late 90s dynasty Bulls squad with Dennis Rodman (you'll have to create Jordan ,though)then this Is definitely a game you're gonna want to snatch up at some point.You can get the game  complete  for about $4 bucks  shipped .That's not bad considering the re play-ability.Plus you get to air It out from beyond the arc with  guys like Reggie Miller  and Detleff Schrempf  while recreating greatness with the likes of Malone and Stockton.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Top of the First!

My first exposure to sports video games came back In the 80's.I was around 10 years old when  Major League Baseball released on the NES. I didn't own an NES but a kid my mom used to babysit did,and he lived right down the street from me.Perfect!We were both Met fans and since neither of us would give,NY Mets vs. NY Mets match ups were prevalent.I hated that shit :( Why couldn't he just pick another team,I mean,I was older than he was and should have pulled rank.Of course ,that would have gotten me a lifetime ban from his basement.He was a notorious soar loser and after an unlucky streak ,angry yet hilariously uneffective punches to my shoulder would ensue.That was pretty much commonplace.

  MLB had real teams but no player names .Instead,the numbers of each player displayed alongside some stats helped us to distinguish the guys we had in our lineup.You don't know how many times we took to our baseball cards for  number verification.

Since I don't currently own an NES ,I can't give you a  review of how the game plays now,I can only go on memory.From what I can remember ,the game was fun.But I was 10 ,so.While MLB on the NES was entertaining, addiction to baseball video gaming wouldn't rear It's ugly head until about the 7th grade.