Operation Sports's Reviews
The ball is in Konami's court as to what kind of game they want eFootball to evolve into. Will it be a mobile-based game with online play being the driver like it is in its current state, or will they get back to their roots with a more robust experience? Only time will tell.
Still, it lacks depth, game modes, presentation, and the visual fidelity of even a PS4/Xbox One high-end game. If you're accepting of that, and career mode can hold your attention, then adding NHRA Championship Drag Racing: Speed For All to the rotation is a simple choice. It will not be a game I consistently play, but it will be something that occasionally fills a void.
In short, Madden 23 has progressed on the field this year in terms of providing improved presentation and gameplay (when judged as a whole) but still can't get out of its own way in terms of certain legacy-defining issues that have been with the series for years now.
It may lack the direct action that the F1 series does have, but that was never the intention to begin with. The game is about managing an F1 team, making tough decisions, keeping the board happy, and finding consistent success in some form. For me, F1 Manager 2022 will never be a game that's always in the rotation, but it will make an appearance quite often. It's also a title that is not only accessible but inadvertently teaches newcomers about the sport in ways that a standard broadcast could never pull off.
The hope is that more people continue to find the game in the near future to increase the player base and help open up the possibility of adding new playlists that will keep things fresh when looking ahead to the long-term relevance of the game.
That's not to say that you can't find enjoyment in the new offering from IguanaBee, as I did, and I will continue to play it for now. If you keep your expectations in check and understand the game has some issues, it is a game that is easy to pick up and play and accessible for the whole family.
The ultimate issue with MPTC is that it becomes repetitive with very little to do once career mode and online become stale. Hopefully, the developers get a second shot and can add created and shareable stadiums, logos, and players that can be used online and offline in career mode. If you're itching for a console tennis game that plays well, give Matchpoint: Tennis Championships a go, but understand it's a first-year effort, and there are some mechanical issues and a lack of depth.
With F1 22, the developers allow you to take the simulation aspect as deep as possible, or if you’re a newcomer, ease your way into it. Regardless of your approach, the difference in difficulty and accessibility is noticeable without losing fun and excitement. Whether you’re a die-hard F1 racing fan or just looking to get into the sport and have some digital fun, F1 22 deserves a spot in your rotation, and it will take a heck of a game to knock it out.
Those who did not play last year's game should not be deterred from giving Tour de France 2022 a shot. Though the graphics and animations may be a little outdated, the mechanics and how to best employ them on the course do an admirable job of recreating the strategy of cycling. The races may be long if you insist on experiencing every second of them, but the option to fast forward through sections helps immensely when the course starts to feel redundant and interminable. Anyone who did spend some playing Tour de France 2021 though is likely to be disappointed by how light this game is on new content, unless they happen to be a huge cycling fan who absolutely needs to be able to play the real route of this year's upcoming tour.
Since the first time I played Sunday Rivals, I knew it would be special. Watching it grow every step along the way has been fun, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see what's next. A few years ago when I played the prototype, Sunday Rivals was easy enough for a casual sports fan to pick up and play while packing enough meat and potatoes to keep the hardcore football fans coming back again and again. Ryan Kamins' game is the perfect mix between Madden and NFL Blitz. Sunday Rivals is a hit, and if you're a fan of sports video games, particularly football, you need to check it out.
The downside is that there's a sacrifice in the visuals, where the on-court back-and-forth lags behind other titles graphically, though this is to be anticipated in a way since the game almost expects you to fast-forward through portions of matches anyway to get through the grueling calendar of events more quickly. The ability to create your own player is marred considerably by the lack of a proper creation suite and has all of the players and managers you create looking way too similar to each other. The cycle of training and entering tournaments alongside toggling between the array of menu screens will likely become tedious and redundant more quickly to those who only casually enjoy tennis.
When all combined, Out of the Park Baseball 23 creates a deep baseball simulation experience and one that is finally accessible to the masses - or at least much closer. If you're new or a seasoned veteran, the improvements in OOTP 23 deliver a highly impactful baseball punch that is sure to please.
Though the execution of Bush Hockey League doesn't ultimately live up to the novelty of its concept, the artwork throughout and its story mode deserve credit for evoking the rough-and-tumble life of minor league hockey in the '70s just as it was depicted in Slap Shot. Ultimately, it sails wide of its target though by sticking too closely to and yet still trailing behind the NHL series when it comes to the controls and not being innovative enough in the gameplay department. It does make an attempt to implement some mechanics that lean into the more violent tendencies of the sport, but they aren't nearly as rewarding or enjoyable as you would hope.
While I understand that motorcycle racing in many areas of the world is still considered a niche sport, instead of sitting idly by and accepting that, Milestone is looking to change that by offering an excellent tutorial system to make the sport a bit more accessible through its licensed game. MotoGP 22 offers so much to the racing fan in terms of a deep career mode, the ability to relive some of the sport's history, a solid online suite of options, and the ability to create some fantastic logos and graphics with a powerful customization creator. MotoGP 22 is a title that should be in every racing fan's rotation of games, and it is finally a great year to make the leap for those who have been reluctant due to a lack of knowledge of the sport.
MLB The Show 22 is the best looking and sounding baseball game I've ever played. There are still improvements that I want to see in the future, as many of us do, but that doesn't mean I can't separate what I hope to see in the future from what is so good about this year's game. At the end of the day, MLB The Show 22 is a damn good baseball game.
If you're a newcomer to the franchise, the depth of the title can feel a bit intimidating and somewhat confusing at the beginning. Navigating through the world of college basketball isn't easy, and the realistic approach that Wolverine Studios delivered here reflects that element of things. That said, the community and developers are very helpful over on their forums, so you should be able to get over that hump. For veterans, the title's new inclusions also make Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 22 a worthy upgrade.
The bottom line here is that I had an absolute blast with Monster Energy Supercross 5, and it delivered an experience that was fun, satisfying, authentic, and addicting. Adding Monster Energy Supercross 5 to your rotation is a must, whether you're a newcomer, casual, hardcore fan, or just a fan of racing in general. If you have never played this series before, now is the time. If you're a veteran, your voice is being heard, and you can feel it everywhere in the newest edition of this long-running franchise.