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Virtua Tennis 4 Review

Like Foot-Faulting on Match Point

Virtua Tennis 4 Screenshot

HIGH Working your opponent into a corner and then unleashing an inside out forehand for a winner on match point.

LOW Needing to move one space to enter a tournament and having no one space move vouchers.

WTF Why does Rafael Nadal look like he's sweating milk?

Fight Night Champion Review

As Goes the Heavyweights, So Goes Boxing

Fight Night Champion Screenshot

HIGH Brian Kenny's soft hair reporting on my last fight.

LOW Controlling a fight for nine rounds, only to be instantly knocked out by poor collision detection.

WTF The feeling of watching my boxer, with my face, get pummeled mercilessly into unconsciousness.

PlayStation 2sDay: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Screenshot

Back in 1999, when I first got my hands on the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater demo for my PlayStation, I knew that I was in trouble. I played it for hours, trying to improve my scores and seeing what crazy combinations of tricks that I could muster. I'd never ridden a skateboard—and I still haven't—but games like Skate or Die on the Commodore 64, Top Skater in the arcade, and even Street Sk8er for the PlayStation put me in a position where I could actually be that cool guy on the board without breaking every bone in my body.

Sports Champions Review

A Game in a Tech Demo's Clothing

Sports Champions Screenshot

HIGH The impossibly tactile feel of nocking an imaginary arrow to a bowstring that doesn't exist.

LOW Volleyball. Incredibly abstracted and not particularly immersive.

WTF In Gladiator Duel, sending opponents soaring weightlessly out of the ring and seeing them smash through background scenery.

How video games helped me to talk to my father

TV Sports: Football Screenshot

My dad isn't a particularly complex guy.  He believes in hard work and close family ties.  He believes in healthy marriages, tradition, and solid spirituality.  He enjoys retribution and cusses at frustrating phone calls.  He hates any movie that isn't a comedy; the Naked Gun films are probably the only ones he's seen multiple times.  He sings along to '60s tunes in the car.  He doesn't appreciate "art."  He hates crying. He loves sports.

The Great Games: Super Dodge Ball

Super Dodge Ball (NES) Screenshot

I grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended a small, Catholic elementary school in the working-class neighborhood of South Buffalo, just a couple of blocks from our house. Apart from the crazy nuns who ruled with iron fists and the epic snowball fights that would erupt as we walked home after school, my most memorable times at the school were playing dodge ball during gym class and at Boy's Club on Friday nights.

Madden NFL 10 Review

Made The Playoffs, But Lost In The First Round

Madden NFL 10 Screenshot

HIGH Breaking through a six man gang tackle to rush for a touchdown.

LOW Having to play the fight for the fumble mini-game when I was the only one near the ball when I fell on it.

WTF Enough with the measuring, it's clearly a first down.

Wii Sports Resort Review

The Revolution... no really, we mean it this time!

Wii Sports Resort Screenshot

HIGH When Wii MotionPlus works, it works.

LOW When Wii MotionPlus doesn't work, it doesn't.

WTF Trying to Cycle with my hands equals "Why?" plus "Ow".

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