Pokemon Sword/Shield is the best new SPROTS video game

Since the mid-2000’s, sports video games have largely stayed the same. The various companies in charge of our AAA sports game franchises issue an annual software release, which usually amounts to updating the rosters, making graphical and in-game engine improvements, and perhaps adds in a new mode (like the ever-popular Ultimate Team modes in Madden and FIFA) or playing feature. (Remember the visual cone of … Continue reading Pokemon Sword/Shield is the best new SPROTS video game

Classic SPROTS video game review: Nagano Winter Olympics 98 for N64

It’s the Winter Olympics! Maybe you’ve heard of this quadrennial event, and perhaps even watched it on TV!

Well the fact that they are on-going inspired me to recall the greatness (at least how I remembered it from my childhood) that was Nagano Winter Olympics 98 on the Nintendo 64. Continue reading Classic SPROTS video game review: Nagano Winter Olympics 98 for N64

HOTSPROTSTAKES PODCAST 12: Playoffs!? Burger King’s new items, and bad sports video games

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with Episode 12 of the HOTSPROTSTAKES Podcast!
This week we’re talking opening round storylines from the NHL and NBA Playoffs, Burger King’s newest menu items, Mountain Dew getting patriotic with Dew-S-A, and terrible sports video games from the past. Continue reading HOTSPROTSTAKES PODCAST 12: Playoffs!? Burger King’s new items, and bad sports video games

Old School Video Game Review: Backbreaker

Backbreaker, an arcade-style football romp with no NFL licensing, promised a “real” football experience with a unique graphics engine and total team customization when it was released in 2009. The main selling point of the game was its unique physics engine, called “elation,” which promised uniquely different tackles on every play, something its then-competitors “Madden” and “Blitz: The League” (amongst others) were unable to offer at … Continue reading Old School Video Game Review: Backbreaker

Australian, Canadian football video games coming this summer

Ever since EA Sports’ Madden franchise bought the exclusive NFL rights, and the NCAA Football series had to shut down due to legal issues, there has been a big gap in football games on modern consoles.

Third party football games used to be rampant, the NFL 2k series was a lot of fun while it lasted, NFL Blitz hasn’t been made for years after trying to play without the NFL license, and even things like Mutant League Football were there to try and spice things up.

This summer, two new football games AFL (Aussie Rules) Evolution and Canadian Football 2017 aim to fill that void in different ways.

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