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Sports Game of the Year

Sports GotY

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Sports Game of the Year.

Third Place – Blood Bowl 2

Visceral violence, compelling competition, gruesome gore and fantastic fantasy all come together to bring the Blood Bowl board game to life in a digital form.

Greg Giddens (me) described it in his review as:

Blood Bowl 2 is a brilliant sports title, one that brings together cerebral strategy with mindless violence in a beautiful Warhammer themed package.

and indeed it’s this combination of fantasy violence, tactical scope and all round highly enjoyable play, that earns this title a place amongst the very best sports titles of the year.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – NHL 16

NHL 16’s enhanced movement and puck control, along with its new tutorial system, makes the sport more accessible than it has been for years, and this dedication from EA Canada to create the ultimate ice hockey title has paid off spectacularly.

Dave Moran described NHL 16 in his review as:

NHL 16 has certainly returned to form with this excellent title, players new or old will instantly feel comfortable with how the game plays and with a good selection of teams and modes to play through you’ll be well entertained this year.

Indeed NHL 16 has received precisely the kind of enhancements that it needed to once again become an ice hockey fan’s ideal digital facsimile of the real thing, allowing it to glide into second place in our Sports Game of the Year awards.

Check out the review here.

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Sports Game of the Year – FIFA 16

for me it’s all the little changes that make FIFA 16 great.

Says Dave Moran in his review of FIFA 16, and it is indeed these small enhancements that EA Canada continue to make each year to FIFA that keeps it on top.

Finally women’s teams have made an appearance, passing is more crucial than ever, the physicality and animations are smooth and accurate, and the whole experience feels that much more realistic and tactical, as Dave goes on to say:

I spend a lot of time passing the ball back to defence to restart an attack, it feels so much more realistic and tactical.

And because of the continued efforts to make the FIFA titles more realistic, and representative of the beautiful game, it’s no surprise that it take this year’s first place ribbon as TiX Sports Game of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour, PES 2015, Madden 16 and IDARB, all of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

NHL 16 gets a front cover player change

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EA have changed the front cover of NHL 16 due to the sexual assault allegations against Patrick Kane, the new cover only features Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews.

EA Sports NHL posted on Twitter:

In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16. He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover, nor will he participate in other EA Sports NHL 16 promotional activities.

Kane was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his house in Hamburg, the investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been made at this time. The original cover is pictured below.

nhl 16 original cover

E3 EA Conference – round-up

Bethesda kicked it off, Microsoft then wowed us, but it’s now time for veterans EA to show us what they have in store for us this year and next.

First off is a new teaser for Mass Effect 4, showing off a new lead character suited up in N7 armour, all in-engine footage – representative of gameplay but not actually gameplay footage of course – and then the reveal of a title change to Mass Effect Andromeda. Indeed then this latest entry in the series is set in a new galaxy and fills us with excitement and intrigue as questions such as: how they got to the Andromeda galaxy, if the Mass Effect drives from the Milky Way were repaired, and whether the Reapers will show up in Andromeda? We can’t wait to carry on the story, but we’ll have to wait until Holiday season 2016 to get our hands on it.

Next up was Need for Speed. After a short introduction, visual performance and quality that would blend seamlessly with live action footage was proclaimed, then came the footage that proved their claims correct. Firstly live action actors in a garage set the scene for customising your car, then the camera moved to your car and broke down the areas you can modify, revealing that the garage and car were CG. Expansive customisation options were promised as well as five over lapping stories and a release date of November 3rd this year. Then gameplay footage was shown off, looking as realistic and awe-inspiring as they claimed, with spectacular detail and lighting, certainly approaching photo realistic. Additionally a wonderfully intense chase camera was shown off that tilts as you speed round corners. It was a highly impressive showcase.

Need for Speed

Next came an announcement of continued support and content creation for Bioware’s Star Wars free to play PC MMO, Star Wars The Old Republic, along with a full expansion, free to subscribers, called Knights of the Fallen Empire, which promises the kind of story experience Bioware prides themselves on. A lengthy, and stunningly beautiful, CG trailer showed off the new expansion’s story threads and indeed looked intriguing. It will be available 27th of October this year.

Something a little unexpected was revealed next, a charming and cute physics puzzle adventure called Unravel, where you control an adorable character made of yarn through the perilous world as he unravels and uses his yarn to manipulate the environment, swing around obstacles, and solve puzzles. No release date yet, unfortunately, but it sure does look good.

Unravel

Next was some more information about Plant vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, which was previously revealed in the Microsoft conference. Gameplay footage was shown this time, showing the same crisp, cartoon graphics as the original as well as the same wonderful sense of humour. The new zombie characters shown off were crazy and thrilling to witness, fighting equally crazy plant enemies. The new four player Grave Yard Ops was shown off as a squad of four zombies completed an objective whilst fighting off the plants before exfiltration. It was also revealed that there would be a singleplayer experience against the AI which can be played cooperatively split screen, and you can transfers unlocked characters from the first game. Finally a promise of support and free content updates was proposed.

PVZ Garden Warfare 2

The EA Sports titles were shown off next. Largely it’s the expected annual iterations, but tweaks and new features make them fresh each and every year and this year seems no exception.

NHL 16, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour 15, FIFA 16, Madden 16, and NBA Live 16 were all shown off, each featuring enhanced visuals and animations, women’s teams in FIFA, and precisely the kind of refinements you’d expect to improve each games realism and sense of control.

A new feature being rolled out to all titles is a new tutorial training system that hints which buttons to press and when during play to help you better understand the control system and the advanced moves and tactics available to you. Additionally a new Game Face app will be launched alongside NBA Live so you can create a character that looks just like you in-game. Its accuracy appears to be pretty good, but time will tell.

NBA Live will also feature a new physics based live motion system, which, through dynamic animation, achieves smoother, more responsive, and realistic movement and control of players. Ball handling has also been tweaked so you can release the ball when taking a shot when you want. Certainly these refinements and new features are the kind of things EA need to bring to the series to compete against NBA2K, and it’s looking like they have a winner on their hands.

NBA Live 16

Several CCGs (collectable card games) have appeared this E3, and EA has a new Star Wars one, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, hitting portable systems soon. Additionally Minions Paradise takes the adorable and hilarious Minions from the Despicable Me films and builds a management game around them getting stranded on an island. The humour appears spot on but it’s another from a long list of tapping management games on mobile.

Mirrors Edge Catalyst was shown off next, with a mix of pre-rendered and gameplay footage showing faith kicking butt and free running smoothly and impressively through the minimalistic, glass filled open city. There are no levels, no loading, it’s a free roaming experience, and it’s coming February 23rd 2016.

Battlefront

The final game in this conference is Star Wars Battlefront, and the highly anticipated gameplay reveal. The previous in-engine trailer whetted our appetite but we needed to see it in action to better judge the visuals and experience, and this gameplay footage did not disappoint. The visuals are absolutely stunning, achieving a close to photo realistic look, with all the authenticity of accurately modelled assets based from props, and all the superb sound effects from the films. The battle for Hoth was the setting for this gameplay reveal, showing off the ground combat between the rebels and the Empire, combat against AT-STs and AT-AT Walkers, as well as air combat with X-Wings and TIE fighters. It all looks superb, sounded astonishing, and seemingly played beautifully. We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves, and we won’t have to wait long: the release date is November the 17th this year.

EA pulled off a very impressive conference, showing us precisely what they needed to get us excited for releases later this year and in 2016. Ubisoft is next, let’s see what they can wow us with.