Features, Games and Gaming, Reviews

I love driving games. Even though I drive extremely conservatively in real life–and wouldn’t have it any other way–I really let loose with my inner aggressive driver with various video games.

Codemasters games are amongst my favorites. I got introduced to the company through GRID (where’s the sequel dammit??), then DiRT 2 and now the third game in that series. We’ll get to talking about the game itself in a bit but first a little digression about presentation. One of the reasons I hate EA so much, in fact, is that despite buying the rights to use ESPN’s style of broadcast presentation for FIFTEEN FUCKING YEARS is that they have hardly done a damn thing with it until the last few years. Most of us watch football on TV and we’re used to flashy graphics, interesting stat presentations and whatnot. ESPN 2K5–STILL the best NFL football game EVAR–made use of the ESPN experience in a way that still pulls me into the game more than any other. Yeah, EA bought the rights to kill the 2K series but DAMMIT do something with that shit. Grrrr.
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EA loses its grip?


A press release by QUICKHIT reveals that EA’s “exclusive” licensing deal with the NFL (set to run out in 2012) may not be all that exclusive after all.  Perhaps the NFL tires of EA?  Perhaps the NFL 2K series might return?  Perhaps pigs will fly to the moon?  Will this post look good when I submit it?  All these questions and more will be answered on the next episode of … THE PHASENING.