Shawn DrotarOn the Radar: April 2009

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

As winter gives way to spring, a new crop of games sprouts up on store shelves this month. Here’s a few to keep a lookout for:
The Godfather II (Electronic Arts): April 7 (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Probably April’s biggest multiplatform release, Electronic Arts reaches for the brass ring once more with The Godfather II. The […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots: GDC Edition

Posted on March 27th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for the last day of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco…

The hot gaming platform isn’t a console or the PC. It’s a cell phone - Apple’s iPhone, to be exact. It seems like every publisher around is jumping onboard, finally envisioning a gaming product that everyone might eventually carry around in their pocket. […]

Shawn DrotarOpening the Curtain: A candid discussion with EA Sports’ Peter Moore

Posted on March 23rd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

To most gamers, Peter Moore needs little introduction. The Dreamcast. The Xbox and Xbox 360. Moore’s been at the vanguard of these seminal consoles’ march into gamers’ homes and hearts, and now lends his big-picture experience and detail-oriented approach to EA Sports as that division’s president. An avid sports fan himself, Moore’s refreshingly candid and […]

Shawn DrotarEA Sports Season Opener: The Wii Comes of Age

Posted on March 19th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

While Fight Night Round 4 and the Xbox 360 version of Tiger Woods 10 dazzled with beautiful graphics and polished gameplay, the San Francisco-based event belonged - surprisingly - to the three titles for the Nintendo Wii that look to change the perception surrounding the “casual” gaming system.
Thanks to the functionality that the forthcoming Wii […]

Shawn DrotarEA Sports Season Opener: The Downloadables

Posted on March 18th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

At the EA Sports Season Opener in San Francisco, some of this spring and summer’s titles were on display, many of them far along in development.
While new titles like EA Sports Active and Grand Slam Tennis had the highest profiles of the event and a rejuvenated Tiger Woods 10 and Fight Night 4 attracted plenty […]

Shawn DrotarFight Night Round 4: The Look

Posted on March 16th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Fight Night Round 3 is still one of the better-looking titles available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so there’s no question that the bar’s set high for its long-anticipated sequel.

Fortunately, Fight Night Round 4 lives up to expectations, sporting extraordinary graphics that bring the intensity of big-time boxing to life. Player models are […]

Shawn DrotarThe Week in Preview

Posted on March 15th, 2009 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It never rains, but it pours!
After returning from the Wii Community Event and EA Sports Season Opener in San Francisco, there’s a lot to talk about regarding Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10, EA Sports Active, Grand Slam Tennis and more.
However, on Monday, a part of my non-disclosure agreement for Fight Night Round 4 expires, so […]

Shawn DrotarOpening Day for EA Sports

Posted on March 11th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

I’m on my way to San Francisco, where I’ll be attending the EA Sports Season Opener, a media event showcasing this year’s releases from the Redwood Shores-based developer.
I’m staying in the historic Embarcadero area, near the Bay Bridge - this year’s event won’t be held at the EA studio, but rather at a local hotel […]

Shawn DrotarThe newer, more transparent EA Sports

Posted on March 10th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

For the better part of two decades, millions of gamers have flocked to Electronic Arts’ stable of sports titles. And for the better part of a decade, many gamers have mocked EA Sports on uncounted Internet message boards for what’s often perceived as by-the-numbers development by pencil-pushing sales types.
I’ve never been one for the anonymity […]

Shawn DrotarBrotherly Love

Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

There’s no question that Sony Computer Entertainment America’s (SCEA) latest baseball title, MLB 09: The Show, is a lovingly-made representation of the sport, intricately designed and meticulously detailed.
But few realize how strongly the game is pulling the sports gaming world forward by inspiring other developers and challenging them to keep up with what’s become the […]

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