What’s up everyone! Today, we take a break from the NFL preview to talk about something that is popular to many sports fans, particularly at this time of the year – video games. Video games allow us to play as though we are our favorite athletes in the NFL, NHL, NCAA, MLB, NBA, and FIFA.
(Don’t worry, we will back to the preview tomorrow, to read previous posts, check them out right here).
And while we are all excited about our favorite sports coming back soon, we are still just as excited when our favorite sports games are released for all night parties. Today’s blog will discuss some of the various markdowns and deals on video games for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, the Xbox One available at our official store – electronics-city.com.
Xbox Live Cards 31% off on the 12-Month Versions
Xbox Live membership cards are seen in the video gaming world as some of the most valuable commodities, due to the fact that they allow Xbox 360 gamers to log online and watch media, play games online, use Skype and many other items.
For sports fans, Xbox Live is key due to the increasing use of sports on the Xbox 360 (and soon, the Xbox One) console.
Recently, the WWE announced that their monthly pay-per-view packages would be available on the Xbox 360, as well as various DVDs and specials that are available for download. The UFC has begun carrying events and on-demand programming on the system as well. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL offer packages that allow viewers to watch games, highlights and more directly through the Xbox 360 console with the Xbox Live.
If you are going to play online, especially playing games like Madden, NCAA Football, NBA 2K14 or FIFA 14, Xbox Live is a must. It adds more fun and intensity to the game and the ability to play against anyone around the world with a headset.
At the Electronics City website, the store has the Xbox Live cards currently for $41.49, down from the usual price of $59.99.
Madden NFL 25 Comes With Great Features & A New Perk – NFL Sunday Ticket!
If you are a Madden fan and will be waiting with baited breath on August 27, when the game comes out, you will find some new features available. In the anniversary edition of the game, a one-year trial of NFL Sunday Ticket comes free with the game. The NFL Sunday Ticket will be available to view on mobile devices (cell phone, tablet, computer). The Sunday Ticket allows fans to watch any game in its entirety around the country, no matter if the game is shown in your market or not (the only drawback is if the game is blacked out locally, you can’t see it. For example, if you are in St. Louis and the Rams are home and its not a sellout, you won’t be able to watch.)
Madden NFL 25 will be available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox One and the Playstation 4. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions will be available later this year.
If you are one of those sports gamers that looks for the ultimate sports experience, this year, they are bringing back the enhanced Owner Mode, which allows you to customize stadiums, set prices, concessions and build the ultimate team from the business side of things. That features was in the game back in 2006 and off and on for a few years, and its nice that its fully back for the 25th edition.
Madden NFL 25 (along with all of the EA Sports Games on the new generation consoles) will feature the new “Ignite” technology in the new Infinity Engine, giving a higher level of realism into the game and does help to make the game feel as real and as authentic as possible. Here is a video giving you the overall breakdown of the Madden game for this year (notice – as a sports fan, you may drool………keep a tissue ready).
NBA Live 14, NBA 2K14 Set To Go Head-To-Head on Xbox One, Playstation 4 – Great for Sports Gamers!
For the last few years, NBA fans have had only one game to play during the NBA season, 2K. While its not a bad thing at all that it was like that, due to the fact that 2K has had so many innovations including bringing back Michael Jordan as a playable character, the Dream Team, many of the legendary teams of the past and present, its always good to have competition.
In comes EA Sports to try to bring that competition back to the forefront.
NBA Live 14 promises new gameplay innovations, the Infinity Game Engine that I spoke about earlier in the post and a blur between players real tendencies and how they are in the game. EA promises that the game will virtually mimick most of the NBA players real-life tendencies and such. I still need to see this due to the fact that the last few NBA Live games were absolutely dreadful as compared to the surging NBA 2K games earlier in the decade.
But with the next gen of gaming coming for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 systems, I expect these two rival companies to come out with some of the best features seen in NBA games in years, which is only good for many gamers. Options in gaming is always strong. People complain about Madden games a ton, not so much because of the game being bad or anything, but a lot of the complaining comes from the fact that there isn’t any competition.
Competition brings out the best in companies, and as people as a whole, and I don’t think this will be any different for NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14 on the hardwood.
NHL 14 Is Bringing Back the NHL ’94 Game! Holy. Balls.
So, this is a soft spot for me and im sure anyone who ever had a Sega Genesis and Sega CD………….the new NHL 14 game (due out September 1) is featuring the NHL ’94 version of the game!!!!!!!!!!!
Outside of Tecmo Super Bowl, this could very well be one of the coolest features to be added into a game in many years for sports gamers. NHL ’94 was endless fun for many sports fans (including myself) for many years, even after the game was obsolete.
All I know is that Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman on the Detroit Red Wings were unstoppable if you went to the middle and tap the B button lightly and went with the wrist shot. Easily 20 goals a game……..but I digress………..
The current day NHL 14 game will be available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles on September 1, and two of the biggest features in the game outside of the enhanced player engines for overall gameplay is the new, enhanced fight engine. The game takes the same fight engine from the EA Sports Fight Night Champion game, which I consider one of the better sports games over the last 5 years.
Along with the throwback NHL ’94 and the Fight Night game engine, the game features a Be A Pro Career Mode, which features the new “Live the Life” area. Gamers can interact with teammates on and off the ice, handle press conferences, work on your relationship with fans, your teammates and upper management. How you deal with that will influences your skills and development.
From what it looks like, it seems as though this feature is very much like Fight Night Champion, in that the player has to go through personal life obstacles to become a better overall performer and as many of us know, your personal life off the playing field can have a big impact on what you do on the field, and this will add a great element for hockey fans.
EA Sports UFC Game For Xbox One, Playstation 4
Another big sports game for the upcoming year is the new EA Sports UFC game. EA Sports takes over from THQ with the UFC license, and the game will exclusively be available on the Xbox One and Playstation 4, which from the looks of it, is the absolute best way to go.
The game will feature the top UFC fighters including Benson Henderson, Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and many others.
The game will feature the Ignite gameplay system, which is a theme for all EA games on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, which for the UFC means 3D body and face animations to make fighters as realistic as possible.
Another area of the game that I’m definitely looking forward to is the adjustment for fight styles. In a regular UFC fight, fighters who take away an opponent’s strong area have to worry about the next part of their style that is hard to stop, and EA seems to have brought that into this version of the game, as well.
What will be interesting to see is if the controls are MUCH simpler from the UFC Undisputed series, which I always thought was the thing that held those games back from being absolutely stunning. Also, the career mode should be interesting, as I (along with many other UFC fans surely) will wonder if the career mode is packed as many other sports games are in terms of training, getting ready for the fight, having issues in and out of the Octagon and pre-fight hype. If those elements are on the game, this UFC game can challenge for sports game of the year, without question.
There will be more games I will preview down the line when more information comes out and when we do, come right back here for the information? Like what you saw? Preorder at Electronics-city.com.
Also, if you are excited about something, or if a game is overrated and you don’t agree with my or other’s opinions, please leave comments and lets have a discussion about it! Take care everyone!