John Elway to Play Again!

Hallelujah! Elway's taking to the gridiron again! Denver, you may now erupt into spontaneous explosions of joy.

Okay, okay, it's just a videogame. I know. But it's a new videogame (meaning shiny graphics!) and it has John Fucking Elway (or at least a janky illustration of him) as the main cover model and, far more importantly, as a player in the game. As for its video game bona fides, it's the resurrection of the fabled 2K sports football game, which was murdered by Electronic Arts when they bought an exclusive NFL license a few years ago.

For gaming neophytes, 2K was always the underdog to EA's Madden series juggernaut, but it also had a sterling rep as the more realistic simulation of the game of football. So now they've made a game starring the Best.Quarterback.Ever. Along with Elway you get a couple hundred other NFL greats (yeah, like that matters) to play around with on your PS3 or Xbox 360. Don't have one of those? Will there ever be a better reason to get one? Not if you live in Denver.

The game's official release date is July 18 but this Sunday's newspaper circular ads promised the usual suspects in the big box electronic retailer world would have it in stock today. That means tonight, I'll be guiding my Elway-led team of historical superstars to the Super Bowl (or whatever the fictional equivalent is in 2K's non-NFL licensed world) and MVP honors. If I finish my championship season before dawn, I may do it again.

Fanatic? Yeah, I am. It's Denver, and if you don't go to the Church of Elway at least on Christmas and Easter, you get expelled from the city. Me, I go twice a week. -- Cory Casciato

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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