Guide your favorite NFL team to the Super Bowl in this continuation of Electronic Arts' venerable Madden series on PlayStation 2. The 3D graphics engine, play modes, and features are identical to its predecessor on the console, with the exception of rosters, ratings, and team statistics, which have been updated to reflect the 2010 season. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
Sony's critically acclaimed baseball simulation returns to the PlayStation 2 for another season of grounders, curveballs, and road trips in MLB 11: The Show. The popular RPG-like "Road to the Show" mode returns, with potential aces and five-tool studs beginning with more present skills, and now earning points for less concrete accomplishments such as inducing easy outs or working a good at-bat. An entirely new co-op mode lets up to four people team up in offline games or 2-on-2 online play, and the new "Online Challenge of the Week" is exactly as it sounds: Each week, gamers will be given the chance to compete in a particular challenge, with the winners awarded real-world prizes, and unsatisfied contestants allowed to retry the challenge for a small fee. A variety of small changes have been made to the presentation of games, including graphical adjustments to player animations, new stadium camera angles designed to mimic their real-life counterparts, and while commentators Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell return, tertiary broadcast member Rex Hudler has been replaced by former Nation League Rookie of the Year Eric Karros. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
The PlayStation 2 version of Major League Baseball 2K11 features the same game types and features as previous versions of the game on the console, albeit with updated stats and rosters. Guide your favorite team across multiple years in the franchise mode, or test your skill in a single 162-game season. Practice your hitting and pitching by creating custom scenarios, or enter the Home Run Derby to determine the king of swing. The "Manager Showdown" mode offers a more simulation-style of play, with you setting the lineups, choosing your rotation, and calling the shots from the dugout instead of directly influencing the action on the field. Online play is once again supported for head-to-head matchups against other 2K11 owners. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
Based on the Pixar film three-quel and produced by Disney Interactive Studios, Toy Story 3 is a 3D adventure that sets high-spirited action and mini-games in the world of the film series. The game's "Adventure Mode" follows the story of the movie, with players guiding Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and their gang to meet new toy friends and explore new places, as they embark on a long and challenging journey back home to Andy's room. Also central to the play of the game is an open-world "Toy Box" mode, in which players can mix and match parts and pieces from different toy sets, to create their own characters and stories. Players can assemble cowboys, space rangers, dinosaurs, and other dolls and action figures, into new adventures through an interactive playroom. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure for PlayStation 2 is based directly on the special prime-time television episode of the same title, which concludes the cartoon series' "Magic Storybook Trilogy" and follows Dora and Boots on their adventure back home from Wizzle World. Players guide the brave young explorer and her red rubber-shod monkey companion through simple running and jumping platform challenges, and gamers can take control of Boots to get access to small areas in which Dora cannot fit. The game is designed for play by preschool fans of the television show, to offer an engaging challenge but avoid frustrating young gamers. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
This sixth entry in THQ's best-selling pro wrestling series on PS2 emphasizes enhanced customization options, allowing players greater freedom in designing their characters, storylines, finishing moves, and match types. More than 70 pro wrestlers, male and female, are included, along with over 100 match variants. Highlights include "Hell in a Cell," "Money in the Bank," and "Tables, Ladders & Chairs." A new physics system is included to heighten the game's realism, and the "Road to WrestleMania" mode has been retooled to incorporate new storylines, free-roaming locker rooms, and impromptu matches. The most notable addition is the "WWE Universe" mode, which has you making an assortment of decisions to help shape future scenarios, from new rivalries and alliances to championship matches and surprise events outside the ring. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien -- Cosmic Destruction is a third-person action-adventure, featuring 3D platform puzzles and plenty of combat against a host of extraterrestrial enemies. Challenging boss fights define the end of each level, with cut-scenes moving the story forward between the action sequences. As the adventure progresses through famous international locations such as Paris, Tokyo, and Rome, players earn upgrades that can be applied to their favorite alien powers. The game is the first to be based on the third incarnation of the animated sci-fi TV series, Ultimate Alien, in which a 16-year-old Ben Tennyson learns about the powers, limitations, and dangers of using his newly acquired Ultramatrix.
Similar to the Omnimatrix featured in the earlier editions of the Ben 10, the Ultramatrix is a high-tech device that allows its user to transform into various alien creatures, each with a different set of special abilities. Unlike the Omnimatrix, the Ultramatrix also allows Ben to assume the more powerful "ultimate" forms of the aliens in his repertoire, and to transform into never-before-playable creatures including Ampfibian, Armodrillo, NRG, Terraspin, and Waterhazard. At different points in the adventure, each alien character's special abilities may be crucial to overcoming a progress-stopping obstacle or defeating an especially tenacious enemy. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
Retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan headlines this installment of Take Two's top-selling basketball series, which features an exclusive "Jordan Challenge" mode. Players will slide into the pricey sneakers of His Airness as they attempt to duplicate Jordan's efforts in ten legendary games. Featured events include 1990's 69-point outburst against the Cavaliers, Game 6 of the 1997 finals, and Jordan's final game with the Chicago Bulls. Once all ten scenarios are completed, Jordan will then become a playable athlete in the main game -- as a rookie -- in a new mode called "Creating a Legend."
You'll "be like Mike" as he begins a new career in the current NBA, gradually aging over the course of multiple seasons until his eventual retirement. In addition to prominently featuring Michael Jordan, NBA 2K11 also features a number of presentation and gameplay tweaks. The animation is designed to be more dynamic in this installment, allowing you to interrupt motions at will for more fluid control. New dribbling and passing schemes are present, and team management options can be changed on the fly. Returning to the game are the same modes found in NBA 2K10 on the console. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
The "2011" edition of EA Sports' FIFA Soccer presents a multifaceted virtual experience of playing the world's most popular sport. Although built upon the same basic game-engine foundation and featuring play systems developed over many years of top-selling soccer releases, the game's interface has been updated and key elements have been refined for more balanced action on the pitch. In particular, goalie artificial intelligence is enhanced, for more responsive, perceptive, computer-controlled keepers. In any position, the individual experience of being a member of a pro soccer team is a focus throughout the game, and new aspects of player and team customization are prominent in all versions of FIFA 11. As in earlier editions, FIFA 11 includes representations of hundreds of real-life pro players and teams from various minor and major leagues around the world. The game's revamped career mode allows the gamer to take the role of a player, a manger, or both -- as a player-manager combo -- to lead the team through as many as 15 full seasons of club play, with the chance to participate in worldwide competition every four years. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing has you testing your fishing skills in a tournament setting against real-life professionals. Structured similarly to a televised event, the presentation includes professional announcing from In-Fisherman TV's Barry Brueland, "live" updates, leaderboards, analysis, and weigh-ins. There are over 20 tournament events in each season as you attempt to win the championship trophy. To ensure your success on some of the leading freshwater lakes in North America, you'll choose from an assortment of licensed boats, lures, rods, and apparel. In addition to the single-player season, a friend can participate in over 50 events geared specifically for multiplayer competition. You'll battle head-to-head in various timed, accuracy, weight, and location-based challenges. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide