Category Archives: Sports

I love sports games. I always have. Don't get me wrong, I'm about as competent on the football field or on the basketball court as a pet rock on stilts... I was always the kid at school during baseball games who would pray for the love of God for the ball to stay the hell away, but when it comes to videogames, there's just something that clicks...

While hard hits and dazzling end zone plays seem to garner most of the attention when it comes to American Football, there's a deeper strategy element that sometimes gets overlooked. Pro Strategy Football 2013 [$1.99] looks to celebrate that facet of football with gameplay that focuses exclusively on the play-calling and scouting elements of the game. It succeeds well in this regard too, making it a must-play for any technical fan of the game...

After last week's soft launch in select territories, FIFA 14 [Free] is now available worldwide. Besides a brand new touch control scheme, this year's FIFA offering is also treading new ground by being a free-to-play title. It seems EA is going all in with free-to-play, but while something like Plants vs. Zombies 2 worked out alright, Madden 25 was basically a disaster. In FIFA 14 it seems like they've struck a pretty fair middle ground, offering a limited taste for free and a "full-game" premium unlock for $4.99. IAP currency packs are there, but seem mostly unobtrusive as the point currency is doled out liberally in the additional modes made available through the premium unlock...

Well ahead of its console big brother which is set to be released on September 24th comes FIFA 14 [Free] for iOS devices. It's a free 1.16GB download with two main types of IAP: In-game currency, and a single $5.99 unlock to shift the game into its "premium" mode which enables kickoff, tournament, and manager modes. So far it seems like a pretty simple payment model which is a breath of fresh air compared to Madden...

While Madden NFL 25 [Free] is far from what a traditional football video game, there are likely folks out there that will want to play it for its social spin and team deck building mechanics. Unfortunately, those mechanics come with a lot of elements that push players towards IAP, as we described in our review. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to provide some explanation as to what types of IAP are offered in Madden 25, whether they're required to adequately enjoy the game, as well as tips to help folks avoid having to shell out for (or, if you must, the most efficient ways to pick up) the IAP...

'Madden NFL 25' Review - An Incredibly Disappointing Display of Football and Freemium

Being a somewhat enthusiastic football fan, I was excited when I heard that Madden NFL 25 [Free] would see a release on iOS. Unfortunately, any excitement was quickly extinguished when I fired up the game and realized this would not be anything like its console brethren. Instead, Madden 25 for iOS fully embraces its freemium roots, offering an experience that all but the most hardcore fans should avoid...

Attention fans of Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], a huge update has finally landed in the App Store for the game and it's quite a doozy. Super Stickman Golf 2 originally launched back in March this year and was quite a success: we loved it in our review. The following month an update was issued which was mostly bug fixes and the like, but with a promise that the "next update will be big!" Well, what the heck? That was like over three months ago aka a million billion years in App Store time...

We're not much for speculation around these parts, unlike our bros over at MacRumors, we're typically just flooded with actual information about games- Both released and upcoming. That's not always the case though, especially when it comes to "big name" releases run by marketing departments that are deeply rooted in the "traditional" ways of promoting video games... Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, it's just the way it is...

Now this was a heck of a surprise when I jumped on to the forums the other day and saw that Colin McRae Rally [$2.99] was available on iOS. I rubbed my eyes and stared at the screen, thinking that the information was too good to be true and that someone must have spiked my cereal but no, it was right there, App Store link and all...

You’d think that a game involving stickmen wouldn't be that in-depth. Or warrant anything other than a free download...

Upon starting Downhill Supreme [$0.99], you are greeted with a song. It’s strange as it doesn’t really fit any particular vibe or scene you would otherwise associate with a sport like mountain biking and is more akin to a royalty-free track fit for "MTV Cribs". Your eyes fare no better as you are also visually distracted. There are a lot of bright, vivid colors and there seems to be three NASCAR racers’ worth of logos strewn about. Superficially, it is a very busy game...

As we mentioned at the beginning of the month with the release of Stick Stunt Biker 2 [$0.99], Djinn Works are the most prolific producers of stick-figure based mobile games. They crank them out at a brisk pace, but they always end up being pretty darn fun little games. Not even a month later and already they are back with another title, this time taking on the world of tennis with Stickman Tennis [Free]...

Baseball season is in full swing, and in celebration of the 2013 All-Star Game coming in July Major League Baseball has released MLB.com Home Run Derby [Free], a free-to-play game that puts you in the shoes of an actual MLB player as they try to become the winner of the Home Run Derby competition. While the core game at the center of Home Run Derby is solid, and visually it looks great, the whole thing is hampered by a stingy free-to-play model that pretty much ruins what would have been a fun little mobile game for baseball fans...

My official most-played-iPhone-game True Skate [$1.99] just received a minor, though significant update. Backing up, True Skate is Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] developer True Axis' attempt to create a skateboarding simulation built for the touchscreen, and they absolutely nailed it. We loved the game in our review from back in October, and since that time True Skate game has been updated frequently with new features and customization options, and even a huge new skatepark to play around in...

There's no escaping it: multiplayer on a single iPad is pretty much always a full contact sport. It's all hands and fingers everywhere, ducking and dodging to see under and around your opponent and clear to your goal. You can try to fight it, to keep everything very organized so everyone stays in their respective corners. Or you can embrace it, as Alistair Aitcheson has with Slamjet Stadium [$2.99 (HD) / Free (HD)]..

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