Pro Evo Plays Better Than FIFA, But That's Not Enough

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015's motto is "The Pitch Is Ours". It's a rallying cry to purists, fans of the sport who want their game to play like the real thing, not just look like it. It's also accurate: in almost every respect, Konami's game plays better than EAs. But that doesn't matter. » 11/17/14 10:00pm 11/17/14 10:00pm

Yes, You Should Play The New Version Of GTA V

This week, Rockstar is re-releasing Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 and Xbox One. The new version, which also comes to PC in January, has better graphics, new music, and a new first-person mode. You can now play the the bulk of the game—shooting, driving, skydiving, sexing—in first-person. » 11/17/14 10:40am 11/17/14 10:40am

The Xbox One NFL App Needs Serious Improvements

In May of last year, when Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox One, they made grand, lofty promises. Here was the console that would change the way we watch TV, revolutionizing all things NFL and enhancing our football Sundays forever and ever. » 9/15/14 3:30pm 9/15/14 3:30pm

No, You Can't Bite People in FIFA 15

Sebastien Enrique is the lead producer on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 15. He's been at EA Sports since FIFA 06 - in other words, when the series was still awful - and he's been there to see its rise to greatness. » 8/13/14 6:30am 8/13/14 6:30am

Hacking Still Sucks: On Watch Dogs And Next-Gen-Console Malaise

The promise of Watch Dogs was simple, and explained much of the anticipation leading up to the wantonly hyped prestige video game's May release: Finally—finally! (finally?)—someone was going to make hacking cool. In this case, it was the developer Ubisoft, whose ambition to make coding as engrossing as urban… » 7/17/14 12:48pm 7/17/14 12:48pm

Hell Is Other People: Titanfall's Story-Free, Multiplayer-Only Dystopia

Loyal readers of Deadspin might be interested to know that this site's esteemed editor, Mr. Tommy Craggs, is a preternaturally gifted Halo player, or at least used to be. This would have been almost 10 years ago, in San Francisco, in the House of Debauchery, where most of us lived. We were a small but loyal band of… » 5/29/14 11:17am 5/29/14 11:17am

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 6:00pm 12/31/13 6:00pm

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 6:41pm 12/29/13 6:41pm

RG3 Gave The Redskins' Offensive Line Xbox Ones for Christmas

Without anything else to hand off for the rest of the season, benched Washington Redskins franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III rolled up to Redskins park earlier this week with a sedan full of Xbox One consoles for the offensive line that let him get sacked 38 times this year. » 12/26/13 3:00pm 12/26/13 3:00pm

Don't Swear While Playing NBA 2K14; You'll Get A Technical Foul

I used to throw my controller across the room when I got frustrated. These days, with touch screens and gyroscopes and motion sensors, that's probably not such a good idea. I'm well out of the video game loop by this point, but I can tell you this: I damn sure wouldn't want my console enforcing its puritan morality on… » 12/03/13 9:36am 12/03/13 9:36am

The Xbox One's Reinvention Of Watching TV And Sports Will Start Slowly

The Xbox One's reinvention of television, both hyped and heckled for months, will begin with a baby step, if a recent demonstration of the November console's impact on live sports broadcasts is any indication. » 9/03/13 10:00am 9/03/13 10:00am

Who Wants to Play As an Accused Murderer in Madden?

It was never so evident of how image-conscious sports leagues can be until Aaron Hernandez, who played tight end for New England, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on June 26. » 7/03/13 9:00am 7/03/13 9:00am

Again, NBA Live Quietly Distances Itself From Past Failures

Reading between the lines of an open letter by NBA Live's new executive producer, one understands that whatever comes next in that franchise is really no continuation of last year's effort, which, like its 2010 predecessor, was aborted a few weeks before its assumed date of release. » 6/22/13 3:00pm 6/22/13 3:00pm

A Pair of Kings: NBA 2K14 Gets LeBron James for Its Cover

Solidly established as professional basketball's best player and a mortal lock for the hall of fame, LeBron James, after 10 years as an A-list superstar, will finally appear on the cover of a video game when NBA 2K14 hits shelves this autumn. » 6/06/13 8:51pm 6/06/13 8:51pm

The Xbox One Uncertainty Principle

At the start of a cocktail party that was to end an exciting, bewildering and altogether odd day at Microsoft's Redmond campus, I approached Microsoft v.i.p. Aaron Greenberg. Hell of a debut day for the Xbox One, I told him. Some impressive stuff, some confusing stuff. Some fierce reaction online. » 5/24/13 9:00am 5/24/13 9:00am