AFL LIVE: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
Tru Blu Games
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)
Bobbing up like a cork in the ocean, it’s last year’s AFL game,
Ah, but don’t go licking your lips like Ricky Nixon lurking outside
a Justin Bieber concert, because it’s
the same old game that we reviewed last year, good and bad and
all, just with a few tweaks to drag it kicking and screaming
(appropriately) into 2012 – with only around seven rounds left to
go. Hmm... Although in fairness the updated DLC has been available
since, uh, around round 12. Hmmmm...
As such, the Greater Western Sydney Giants now exist, as does their
Škoda Stadium, plus there are logo updates and strip changes –
although Essendumb’s delicious silvery-lilac clash number is absent,
along with venues like Hobart. Not that anybody gives a shit about
Norf, natch. Most importantly the lists are updated, so all those
cloggers from last year who’ve ventured off to muddier ovals are
outski, and all the new hopefuls and blokes who’ve traded strips are
where they should be. Criminally, however, big Ivan Maric’s glorious
mullet is MIA.
Whilst available in a box as this ‘Game of the Year’ edition – a
name roughly as accurate as Richmond’s goal kicking of late - owners
of last year’s release would be dumber than a box of Will Minsons to
buy it (even if it’s still cheaper than an MCG pie), as it’s just
the aforementioned updates and some bug squishes. The DLC featuring
the new stuff’s on the PSN for the rather Aaron Sandilands-esque sum
of $14.95, and note that you need to reset the teams in-game to have
the list changes show up. So, bye-bye rising star Tiger back flanker
Harry Mrrf, you’re dropped son!
You may go into this update optimistically, but if you weren’t a fan
before then you’ll come out misty optically.