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I bring twenty or so years of enthusiasm for, and experience of, sports to bear on my reviews of all sorts of sporting games. I've usually got what John Virgo would call the 'commentators eye' because I've played in the real world.
I want to find out just how enjoyable and important sports games can be. Read more about me.
Skate 3 courts the mainstream with sales targets and an all new, squeaky-clean city as well as team play, Own It and Kill It awards for each challenge and a much expanded online experience. However, despite several improvements, as a former skater, a part of me is mourning the loss of the rough-edged, dissenting streak of the previous outing... read now
Championship Jockey 360 had a slim chance of surprising expectations. In reality though, it was the poor controls and uninspired navigation that made this a pedestrian experience -- rather than the sport it chose to simulate... read now
FIFA 12 connects movement and collision with its new impact engine, but its the series longevity that will appeal to real football fans... read now
Virtua Tennis 4 creates a realistic tennis experience with its new PS3 Move controls. Even without being integrated into the main game and a lacklustre application of spin, the joy of real tennis is convincingly recreated for those with a genuine interest in the sport... read now
Tiger Woods 12 Wii introduces the Balance Board to its golfing swing. MotionPlus, excellent online play and improved visuals, make the Wii version hard to beat -- even by the PlayStation 3 Move edition... read now
PDC World Darts Pro Tour is as close as I'll get to professional darts, it is just a shame it's not the experience I had hoped for... read now
Ferrari Challenge Wii is a promising proposition, but ultimatley it doesn't deliver a genuine racing experience. If it were a car it'd be a Kia Rio. Let me explain... read now
NHL 11 is a brilliant game, and well deserves to win as many plaudits as its predecessors. While it might not introduce any radically new features, it showcases lots of subtle additions and improvements that add depth and refinement to what was already an excellent experience... read now
CrossBoard 7 uses Kinect's controls wisely in a downhill boarding experience that reminded me of the real thing. If you have the time to invest it really starts to flow... read now
Sports Champions table tennis promised to put my real world experience to the test. However on closer inspection it failed to deliver more than an indication of future gratification. Table tennis is one of the better of the six events on offer, but is ultimately unsatisfying for keen fans, especially when compared to Nintendo's older, less sophisticated ping-pong sim... read now
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