October 25, 2004

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2004.10.25 Time for Sports Game Publishers to Take a Break

Sid Meier's Pirates, NHL 2005, Tak II and more!

Laura Foy and Tina Wood (of G4TV.com) once mentioned that sports game publishers should simply take a break and not release a game back to back from year to year. Are they introducing anything whoppingly new that requires another release with the next year?

This applies to: NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, T.H.U.G, etc.

Unless you REALLY have the need to release the game because of some innovative new technology that would make game play 150% much better, all you're doing is milking your customer base for money and releasing CRAPPY-arse games. Oh wait, that's what you wanted to do in the first place.

In that case, keep on what you're doing. At $49.99 a pop, I'm sure ESPN wouldn't mind looking to taking your customers for only $19.99; lower price, better features!

Sid Meier's Pirates PC preivew (Nov 22)
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PS2 4 out of 5 stars
NHL 2005 PS2, PC, XBox & GCN 3 out of 5 stars
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams GCN, PS2 & GBA 3 out of 5 stars
Donkey Konga GCN 4 out of 5 stars

Posted by John Highway at October 25, 2004 11:00 PM | TrackBack

I completely agree. Though I don't think it applies to every sports game, such as the MVP Baseball and Madden NFL Football franchises. Those two games always seem to take a step forward no matter what. NHL went way backwards this year (ESPN is way more realistic, and, of course, 20 bucks :)).

I heard that today was suppose to be GTA Day on G4TechTV, but I got home at 4 PM to see Mo beating on Adam (kinda funny how that happened). Was it only until 3 CST?

Posted by: Magus Relmyn (from at October 26, 2004 07:14 PM

yes, i agree also, but some games that have released every year like the tony hawk series have gotten better. i havent played thug 2 yet though.

Posted by: redfusion (from at October 26, 2004 11:23 PM
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