Terrible Knucklehead

October 18, 2007

Observations from NBA2K8

Filed under: gaming, NBA, ps3, review, Sports, Spurs, wii, xbox — Marcus Ramsey @ 1:07 am

So I’ve played almost 10 games on NBA2K8 at work on lunches and have come to the conclusion that it is a must own game. I knew it would have the best gameplay, but the “personal” touches for each team are out of this world. Playing it is a joy, and when playing with Josh at work we often comment, “there’s no other game with that… ever.” Here are some of the things I’m talking about, most of them crowd related.

Fans in San Antonio – Just like the real fans in San Antonio they know two chants; “GO SPURS GO” and “D-FENSE!” This is, trust me, the first game to have the real “dum-da-dum-da-dum…. GO SPURS GO!” chant. I totally freaked when I heard it. The other great moment is when Bruce Bowen shoots the fans yell, “BRUUUUUUUUUCE!”

Bruce Bowen – Speaking of, he shuts down Kobe in the game. Or LeBron. Or anyone else. It’s him. How do you know for sure? I have yet to miss a three from the corner with an open Bruce Bowen. And when the crowd yells “BRUUUUUUUCE!” it is a “holy shit, they actually did that?” moment.

Fans in Detroit – Okay, I love the Spurs, so I’m going to like the Pistons. It’s slow, defensive minded basketball in both cities. But the fans and arena are great because they have all of the following in the game… “DETROIT…. BASKETBALLLLL!” “Scored by Chauncy B-B-B-Billups” “SHEEEEEEED!” “PRIIIIINCE!” It’s awesome. Playing a home game there is just awe inspiring, and loud.

Rasheed Wallace – Okay, so it’s got his shot style and his spot on the head and the Air Force Ones. But, call a timeout and Sheed goes and talks to the refs for the whole timeout.

Phoenix Fans – Remember when I said Detroit was a very loud place to play? Well Phoenix is dead on, as a quiet place to play. Sure, fans cheer, but in Detroit you can tell it’s 16,000 nutzo, riot when we win, Pistons fans, and in Phoenix it’s 16,000 average fans. At least on the team you get Marions shot, and Stevie Nash makes any layup he tries that isn’t blocked.

The arena atmosphere makes this game a step above the others. It’s like nothing else. And it amazes me that EA Sports, being known for “it’s in the game”, can’t even put the Eagles, Jets, Redskins, or anyone else’s cheer in Madden? If there was an NFL2K8 you would have all of the above plus, cheeseheads, Seattle’s 12th man, Raider’s blackhole fans, Cleveland dawgs, Redskins Pigs, Jets Fireman Ed, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, Steelers terrible towels, and whatever else I’m missing. Just imagine playing in Pittsburgh in the playoffs with 80,000 towels waving, or in Philly hearing “FLY EAGLES FLY, ON THE WAY TO VICTORY” when you give up that TD. Wouldn’t that be better than the same old, “Touchdown!” then it plays generic music for 4 seconds?

So here’s my comparison shot, I do this all the time with EA vs. 2K….

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Kevin Garnett (Real)

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NBA 2K8

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NBA Live 08

Obvious to me that 2K8 got it right.

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September 16, 2007

Madden Part III and Week II NFL Picks

Filed under: Fantasy Sports, funny, gaming, hockey, list, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sparkling Record, Sports, TV — Marcus Ramsey @ 1:16 am

Quick notes here;

Petey texted me telling me OU was kicking ass. It’s true, I’m thrilled, Bradford looks like Jason White on good knees. Look at these numbers…

83.3% Completion Percentage (Best in Nation)
11.8 Yards Per Attempt
11 TD / 1 INT

But let’s face it, if this kid doesn’t beat Texas then this season might not matter. And you thought Yanks and Sox fans were nuts.

Okay so here’s the, maybe, final commentary on Madden 08. I really think the “weapon” system is cool. But it needs tweaking. For instance, if you have good weapons, then you need some kind of “bad weapons.” For instance, Chad Pennington got the accuracy weapon, but he should have some kind of symbol for the fact that he won’t throw more than 30 yards in one pass with any kind of success. So here are my ideas for Madden 09’s new “Strug-a-ling” feature:

Duck Passer – Like the Pennington example, guys who are better in a West Coast style, because anything further than 30 yards quacks its way downfield. Example: Pennington, Vick, and Bledsoe.

Butterfingers – Players who have a hard time with the ball. Example: Ahman Green, old Tiki Barber, Steve McNair

Weak Sauce – Players who have a history of getting hurt. Example: Chad Pennington, Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis

Stumble out the Gate – The players who never do much until it’s the second half. I think Vince Young and Eli Manning fall into this as guys who seem to come out of the gate so slow and eventually get steam built up and throw 3 TD’s in one quarter.

Timekiller – Why not give a coach a bad quality? How much more interesting would it be if you picked the Chiefs and because Herm Edwards was your coach the clock was blurred out the last two minutes of the game?

Passive – A coach who doesn’t do anything. If a play loses yardage you have to call it again in the next series. If you have a rookie QB you spent millions on you won’t play him even when your other guys obviously stink and the whole town wants to see the rookie.

Good ideas? Maybe not, Week 2 picks…

Carolina (+6.5) over Houston

Atlanta (-10) over Jacksonville (Simmons last chance)

Indy (+7) over Tennessee

San Francisco (-3) over St. Louis

Giants (even) over Green Bay

Buffalo (-9.5) covers Pittsburgh

Cincy (+6.5) over Cleveland

New Orleans (+3.5) over Tampa Bay

Minnesota (-3) over Detroit (There needs to be meetings for those of us who drafted Peterson to get together and pat each other on the back.)

Dallas (+3.5) over Miami

Seattle (+3) over Arizona

Baltimore (+10) over the Jets

Kansas City (-12) covers Chicago

Oakland (-10) covers Denver

San Diego (-3) over New England

Philly (+7) over Washington

September 11, 2007

Madden Part Duex

Filed under: funny, gaming, hockey, MLB, NBA, NCAA, News, ps3, review, Sports, Uniforms — Marcus Ramsey @ 11:03 pm

Okay, I wrote that Madden thing off the top of my head, just bored writing to be honest. So after playing a game here is what I’ve got to say.

Adrian Peterson will NEVER fumble the ball 4 times in one game. I don’t care if he did it on spin moves or juke moves, he never will do that. And when he does a Redskin lineman isn’t going to pick it up and run untouched 60 yards for the TD. These sort of things should never be in a game. And to make it worse, Chester Taylor fumbled twice. I honestly wouldn’t be so angry if the CPU was fumbling the ball as much as I do.

Also of note, what happened to “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game?” From the last game I played…

– Clinton Portis wears his socks low. Looks terrible but he does it almost every game, so then put it in the game.

– Joe Gibbs is one of the two coaches I know of that wear a full set of headphones with mic during the game, opposed the to the normal one ear style most coaches wear. Again, put it in the game.

– Gibbs also ALWAYS wears that cap with the “R” script on it. Put it in.

– Why do the players (still) run right through the walls in the endzone? How hard would that be to fix? It’s not like players in NBA Live just run right out the arena when they are going out of bounds. The hockey guys in NHL 07 seem to be able to stay on the ice. Fix it.

I still can’t give this game a rating, but if I did on emotions it would be a 4 of 10 right now, there’s so much right, and still so much wrong.

September 9, 2007

What Needs Work in Madden 08

Filed under: gaming, list, NCAA, ps3, review, Sports, wii, xbox — Marcus Ramsey @ 12:41 am

After playing two different seasons on Madden 2008 I feel pretty well versed in the game, here are my complaints.

1. Fix the PlayStation 3 version – EA Sports blew it with not making the PS3 version 60 FPS like the Xbox 360. It really does show, and makes 2008 look more like 2007.5. Also, the Sony faithful were what made Madden from about 2001 to 2006 such a huge franchise. You think the Nintendo 64 put Madden as a top seller?

2. Fix the preplay “HUD” – To start, I know you can turn it off. But, I want the game to not show all the options until I press one. I’ll play random against people and if I turn the HUD off I have no clue what the audibles are unless I go set that up (which I hate people that do that) and then memorize what I put. Just have an option to “Turn on when pressed.” Done.

3. Bring Madden back into Madden – Okay, outside of the name on the box where the hell is Madden? One of the great things about Madden (the person, not the game) is he is at the point where he is a characture of himself. He sawed a turducken in half with his bare hands. Madden once greeted, then, President Regean with “Hey how ya doin?” This guy needs to be doing the color work in this game. I guess the ESPN licence kind of screwed that. So then…

4. Take Madden out of Madden – Call the damn game Monday Night Football and get Turico, Kornheiser, and Jaws to do the commentary. Put Tafoya on the sidelines and call it a night. It took 2K Games one year of “so-so” ESPN intergration then they blew it out the water with Boomer, Wingo and even got Mel Kiper in the game! EA Sports can’t even get an ESPN personality at the pregame, as Marshall Faulk does an absolutely horrible job at the pregame.

5. Make more sense on these trophies and rings. I have no clue what trophies I’ve won when the game is over, tell me what I did. I have no clue where the points for the rings are coming from, please tell me where they come from.

6. Get the Unis right – All team captains are wearing a “C” patch this season. Guess how many teams in Madden 08 have this? None. Also, when picking a uni, give a preview before selection, and when picking, let the home team pick first, just like in the (wait for it…) NFL.

7. Fix the Crowd – There are about 5 sprites for the crowd remade to make 80,000 people. Somehow, in NBA2K7 there seems to be about 25 different types of people and they will occasionally get up to get food or go to the bathroom. It’s fucking surreal in that game to see a timeout, the mascot runs out, security walks down the stairs, and it looks like a timeout. Call a timeout on Madden and you cut to a screen that says “TIMEOUT” and you can see the crowd going completely ape shit below like someone yelled “FREE IPHONES FOR EVERYONE THAT JUMPS!”

8. Fix Speeds of Players – Antoine Winfield (cornerback for the Vikings) runs a 4.41 second 40 yard dash. I got caught by Jon Kitna from the Lions and had to do a damned spin move to not get tackled by a quarterback chasing me, a white one at that. Either way, this should not happen.

Do it EA.

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