Sunday, September 19, 2010

NLL The Video Game: A Review

By: Josh Bourhis

Hey everyone, once again I’m back! And today I’m going to kick off the inaugural content blog.  The three writers have written blogs introducing themselves, but this marks the first blog we talk about NLL stuff. Today I’m talking about the NLL video game that came out back when last season was going on.  This is what I thought of it:

 

  The talks of an NLL video game started way back when in about 2008 when a deal had been made with Activision to make a full fledged game, coming out in the stores.  That soon got shut down because of lack of interest and the issue remained dead for a couple years.  Then earlier this year talks began to come up again with the commissioner of the league and other NLL representatives.  This time they knew a full game wouldn’t work so they decided to start small with a five dollar Indie game available on the Xbox marketplace.  The game features all the players, with their numbers and includes a season mode also.

            For five dollars, the game was worth the money and there were many high points that came from the game. 

1)      The Game Itself:  Getting an NLL game out there, not matter how small it was, gets the word out about the NLL and helps for the future.  This increases the chance of an actual NLL game made by a big game company.

2)      The Controls:  The controls are bang on, relating to the same control scheme as NHL. Using the right stick to shoot, using buttons to deke and a speed burst etc…

3)      Season Mode:  Adding an extra game mode than just play now in a small game like this is important to attract players to keep playing.  The season mode is a full 16 game schedule and has all the things you would imagine in a season, including the championship game.

There were some downsides though:

      1) No penalties: It’s not a big deal, but in the end, that is a part of the game and should be included.

      2) The Graphics:  The Graphics are absolutely atrocious and they are not aesthetically pleasing at all.

      3) The Physics Engine:  Above I said the control scheme is good, but I never said the controls are responsive.  Pick and roll rarely works and sometimes passes fly the other way.  Not to mention that the hit button rarely works.  The players get stuck in the boards, the ball never can fall out of play, and sometimes, there are no line changes.

            Overall, the game is decent, and like I said for five bucks, it’s a great deal.  Hopefully this will be able to spark enough interest for a full game. If you haven't already experienced this game, and are a fan if the NLL, you should give the game a try.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Now Introducing...

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing fasmatasical.  My name is Josh Bourhis and Mike and I have been doing our show “In The Crease” for almost a year now and when he asked me if I wanted to blog for the site I was excited. I had heard little about lacrosse when I was younger, but I knew about the Toronto Rock.  It was in 2005 when I watched my first NLL game.  It was the Championship game between Toronto and Arizona.  It was only a couple weeks after that I heard Edmonton was getting a team.   By the next NLL season, I was sitting in Rexall Place, watching one of the most exciting sports I have seen in my life. And what do you know; I began to play lacrosse that year myself. It’s now my fifth year playing lacrosse and it’s my favorite sport.  I have a feeling this NLL year is going to be a good one, with some teams making major acquisitions, and I am ready to cover it to the best of my abilities.

Cheers,

Josh Bourhis

P.S I’m the middle guy in the picture Mike posted.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Allow me to introduce myself

Hey folks, my name is Avry Lewis-McDougall. I'm the 2nd writer that will be contributing to the NLL blog with Mike Wilson. I've been an NLL fan for over 10 seasons, the first team I followed was the Toronto Rock with guys like Jimmy Veltman and Colin Doyle. When Edmonton got a team in 2006 I felt was my duty to support the hometown team! Hopefully the Rush make it to the post season for a 2nd time in 2011 and Mike and I along with other bloggers will make sure this blog is always fresh with NLL news.

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Mike here,

I always like to know what the author of what I am reading looks like. So i'm the guy on the left.

Enjoy

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Welcome to the NLL Blog!

This new site is a collection of blogs on the National Lacrosse League.

My name is Mike Wilson and I am one of two admins of this site. I host "In The Crease" radio on blogtalkradio.com and write for other blog sites. One being CFL Insider.com another one in which I partially own.

This site is all about the fans point of view of the NLL. If you have something to say big or small, send it to me at inthecreasemw@gmail.com and I'll make sure it gets on the site promptly as long as it is appropriate. I will post a code of conduct soon as the site is still partially under construction.

We are looking into adding features such as a complete NLL schedule and individual pages on each team.

Thanks for reading,
Mike Wilson