Shawn Drotar“Madden NFL 12″: An uneven but enjoyable experience

Posted on September 26th, 2011 in Gaming by Shawn Drotar

Madden NFL, EA Sports’ flagship title, is often a victim of paralysis by analysis - while the design team constantly tries to upgrade the game in order to keep returning fans happy, obvious concerns tend to be overlooked or bumped down in priority, resulting in an odd amalgamation of free-wheeling, enjoyable play and - ahem […]

Shawn DrotarSo Where’s The Beer?

Posted on August 16th, 2011 in Gaming, Xbox 360 by Shawn Drotar

Are you ready for some football?
I’ve got Madden NFL 12, which curiously arrived in a pizza box from Papa John’s (they’re running a $5 discount on the game through EA’s, so I’m ready to dig into this year’s highly-anticipated football title.
There’s an embargo on in-game content until August 26th - believe me, the big […]

Shawn DrotarIt’s a “Game Changer” for 5WG

Posted on August 16th, 2011 in Gaming, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After a long period of soul-searching, I’ve decided to return to 5WG with an intent to get back to my first gaming love - the world of sports.
As a sportswriter and editor by trade, the confluence of real-life sports leagues and their digital counterparts has created a fascinating landscape, one that I’m eager to explore […]

Shawn DrotarThe More Things Change…

Posted on July 5th, 2011 in Gaming by Shawn Drotar

In the gaming world, it’s important to understand that there will always be ebbs and flows with regard to quality, but in my experience, no game developer sets out to make a poor title. I never question their work ethic. Making games is hard work.
That said, we live in a world of consumerism - if […]

Shawn DrotarSound and Fury

Posted on August 4th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

When the demo for Madden NFL 11 was released, there was a clamor and din rising from veteran Madden gamers on Internet forums, primarily centered around the addition of the “Strategy Pad”, a new way of making pre-snap adjustments within the game.
Without belaboring the point, the complaints generally fell into a select few categories:
1. I […]

Shawn DrotarNCAA Football 11 grinds out the yards

Posted on July 16th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It’s summertime, and while sports fans are still soaking in baseball’s Midsummer Classic, sports gaming fans have been flush with anticipation of EA Sports’ latest college gridiron title, NCAA Football 11.
Year in and year out, the NCAA game tries to carve out a niche in a ever-shrinking release window (this year, it’s less than a […]

Shawn DrotarStanding Upon A Burning Span

Posted on July 6th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Back in 1990, The Hunt for Red October established actor Alec Baldwin as an up-and-coming star; his good looks, charm and dynamic portrayal of government agent Jack Ryan convinced many in Hollywood that Baldwin was the ever-elusive “Next Big Thing”.
But something happened on the way to Red October’s inevitable sequel, Patriot Games, in 1992. Baldwin […]

Shawn DrotarExtra Life!

Posted on July 1st, 2010 in Gaming by Shawn Drotar

It’s been so long, I’ve been out of my body with you
I feel alone, feel at home, feel like nothing is true
She took me to a place where my senses gave way, turn it ’round, shut it down, what the people say
Climbing up, killin’ time, let ‘em give you some, take my hand and let […]

Shawn DrotarOn The Radar: November 2009

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

It’s going to be a busy-but-slow month in 5WGaming-land. I’m moving in November and I’ll also be traveling for much of the month, so unfortunately, the content flow here is likely to slow down to a drip until December. But that might not be an entirely bad thing, because there’s so much to play!
In October, […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

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

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day…

The Major League Baseball season is winding down, but Sony’s right in the thick of building next spring’s MLB 10: The Show. On Kotaku, Owen Good interviews two of the game’s graphic designers about creating Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins in 2010. The real-life Target Field isn’t […]

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