Football: The Kotaku Review

If Football—that is, the American National Football League football—used the same naming scheme as "Dungeons & Dragons," we'd call it "Beer Commercials & Cheerleaders." » 2/01/15 12:47pm 2/01/15 12:47pm

Buffalo Banthas and Oakland Vaders: Helmets of a Star Wars Super Bowl

If the Super Bowl was kicking off on the Death Star and not in New York, it'd be the Tauntauns versus the Wattos today. That's according to this set of helmets reimagining the NFL inside the Star Wars canon. Every choice is outstanding (St. Louis Twi'leks, for sure) but the most apt has to be the Washington Gungans. » 2/02/14 3:23pm 2/02/14 3:23pm

The Super Bowl Ends With a Safety, Says Tecmo Super Bowl

Yesterday Madden NFL 25 gave its prediction for Super Bowl Ex El Vee Eye Eye Eye, handing it to Denver, 31-28, on a field goal in overtime. Today, the guys keeping alive 1991's Tecmo Super Bowl offered their own version of events: another OT game, with Denver winning on a goddamn safety. » 1/28/14 3:47pm 1/28/14 3:47pm

Broncos Win The Super Bowl, According To Madden

Degenerate gamblers, Madden NFL 25 says you should get your money down on the Broncos. The game predicts two Super Bowl firsts: snow, and overtime—and a 31-28 victory for Denver. » 1/27/14 12:29pm 1/27/14 12:29pm

Once Again, Baseball Sends Up a Pinch-Hitter on the Xbox

For the second straight year we've gotten a January surprise with regards to baseball video games. And for the second straight year, it only nominally keeps Xbox as a relevant platform for Major League Baseball fans. » 1/19/14 6:51pm 1/19/14 6:51pm

Street Fighter Themes Go Great With Hockey [Update: Punch-Out!! Too]

Montréal and Dallas hooked up on Jan. 2 and at 4:56 in the second period, the Habs' winger Travis Moen decided he'd had enough of counterpart Antoine Roussel's shit. Hockeyfights.com Metacritic'd this spectacle at 84, with Moen clearly winning the fight. Our ears perked up because ... wait ... is that Guile's theme? » 1/05/14 5:03pm 1/05/14 5:03pm

If You Combined Battlefield and Forza's Outrages, You'd Have NBA 2K14

Earlier this afternoon, 2K Sports' Ronnie Singh—Ronnie2K on Twitter—gave everyone playing NBA 2K14 a code for a special pre-game player animation as a make-good for the online troubles that paralyzed the game this weekend. Naturally, when I went to enter the code on my PlayStation 4, 2K's servers were down. » 12/31/13 6:01pm 12/31/13 6:01pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… » 12/29/13 6:47pm 12/29/13 6:47pm

Nine Years Later, Latin America's Leagues Keep MVP Baseball Alive

We are nearing the 10-year anniversary of the licensing deal that killed MVP Baseball, yet still the game lives on—on PC, even—thanks to "MVP Caribe," a celebration of Latin American baseball that just published its seventh "total conversion" mod. » 12/22/13 5:33pm 12/22/13 5:33pm

College Players Can Get a PS4 From a Bowl Game, But They Can't Be Paid

The Military Bowl is no one's idea of a major college football bowl game. It's a shitty bowl, in fact, inviting five-loss teams to stage background-noise football two days after Christmas. Despite that, every player from Maryland and Marshall will receive a PlayStation 4 for showing up this year. » 12/09/13 7:37pm 12/09/13 7:37pm

A Retired NFL Pro Skips the Autograph Line for a Call of Duty Lobby

Seven years ago, Hunter Hillenmeyer was signing autographs in a Jewel-Osco supermarket up in Fox Lake, Ill., the kind of ham-and-egg gig that any Chicago Bear could expect at some point in his career if he was any good. It wasn't anyone's idea of stressful work. Smile, pretend to be famous, collect your couple-three… » 12/08/13 12:29pm 12/08/13 12:29pm

Auburn Shocking Alabama is Awesome in Tecmo Bowl, Too

And now we have the proper memorial for the spine-tingling finish to No. 4 Auburn versus No. 1 Alabama yesterday—on the home turf of Auburn's greatest player ever, and that's not Jordan-Hare Stadium. It's Tecmo Super Bowl. » 12/01/13 3:42pm 12/01/13 3:42pm

EA Sports Sued by a Desperate NCAA Over the Game it Endorsed and Made

Back in the summer, the NCAA piously announced it would no longer license video games, leaving it to members to decide whether they would continue to appear in EA Sports' college football series. The schools' biggest licensing agent and Electronic Arts chose to settle all claims brought by college players, leaving the… » 11/23/13 3:37pm 11/23/13 3:37pm

The PS4 Makes Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K Better, But Not Essential

Heading into this console transition my opinion was that, of all the genres that could possibly sell a new Xbox or PlayStation, sports would come in last. Despite the richer visuals and refined experiences I've seen so far, that opinion still stands. » 11/17/13 5:51pm 11/17/13 5:51pm

The PS4's Baseball Game Just Saved Thousands of Promising Careers

There's a ritual dedicated sports gamers go through with each new season. The excitement of peeling the shrinkwrap off the latest edition of NHL or NBA 2K quickly gives way to the realization that, once again, we're going to throw away our promising careers. » 11/05/13 5:46pm 11/05/13 5:46pm

WWE 2K14: The Kotaku Review

Twenty-five years ago my best friend and I set up a wrestling ring in my basement—four barstools for the turnbuckles, some old mattresses for the canvas. The actual wrestling we did was hesitant, unplanned and uncompelling. But man, the stuff we did out of the ring makes me smile to this day. » 11/04/13 6:05pm 11/04/13 6:05pm

How EA Sports Made The Best Golfer In The World Irrelevant

The end of Tiger Woods as the face of video game golf was set in motion years ago, and it had nothing to do with Perkins waitresses or a nine-iron through the rear windshield. It had nothing to do with a two-year winless streak or a drought, now spanning five years, without a major championship. » 10/29/13 5:07pm 10/29/13 5:07pm

Remembering a Miracle in the Early Days of Sports Video Games

The score was 4 to 3, two outs in the ninth, when I woke up on the couch. No one was on base. "I don't need to see this," I said. "Nah, stick around," Dad said. I had two games that day, the World Series on TV, and Hardball! on my Commodore 64. If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't win one, I'd make them win the other. » 10/15/13 8:12pm 10/15/13 8:12pm

How Often Does a Player Get Paralyzed in Madden?

This is the rara avis of outcomes in Madden NFL—the career-ending injury. It is the sports video game equivalent of permadeath, and yes, it'll actually happen in your living room, although I have never seen this myself. » 10/02/13 4:29pm 10/02/13 4:29pm

A Blindside Hit Takes Down an NCAA Football Team Rallying to the End

Wednesday night, he was having anxiety attacks over his designs for next year's game. Thursday afternoon, it didn't matter; his title was canceled. And ten minutes after showing up on Monday, he no longer had a job. » 9/30/13 5:41pm 9/30/13 5:41pm