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Okay I know that I’m calling this too soon but this trailer literally shows everyone that NBA 2k16 MyCareer Mode is going to be the biggest, most in-depth version every thought of for an NBA game. It’s usually about the hype of the career, this year it’s about EVERYTHING.
Hats off to Spike Lee on this one…. What will your story be?
I don’t think that is any better way of mentioning this beside recommending you take a look at the new trailer “Art of Siege” which allow you to share best practices with others TODAY and guarantee yourself beta access as of September 24th. Get to the site and get in the game!
From the early hype of Fallout, it shall never ends until hands are holding cases with the game packaged, and I don’t blame you! Check out the first of seven trailers of SPECIAL, S for strength. It’s a full blown instructional video that only Bethesda can deliver.
Why wait until Just Dance 2017 to be a thought bubble to play all of the new songs as they push the radio airwaves and draw your attention faster than you can learn the hook? Ubisoft has announced back at E3 Just Dance Unlimited, a premium service which will allow you to get your dance on all year long from titles featured in the previous installments of Just Dance, plus new tracks will appear exclusively inside this subscription based option.
To sweeten the pot just a bit more and to get your feet tapping faster to a new rhythm, Ubisoft has announced one free month of JD Unlimited, on a trial basis. The service will be available under the options of 1 month, 3 months or a full year.
Just Dance 2016 will feature tracks from artists like Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman and Lady Gaga, allowing you to experience it al with the new Just Dance mobile app. Just Dance 2016 will be available October 20th on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii and Wii U platforms.
Just when you might have told yourself I can’t wait for Destiny, boom this just happens! Check out the live action trailer that previously release to get you in the mood of revealing your Destiny all over again.
This year I decided to immediately go from NBA Live 16 to NBA 2K16 and get deep into the gameplay aspect as far what we can look forward to this year. After playing NBA Live 15 and reviewing the game as well, I genuinely mentioned it as being a step in the right direction. Anyone that touched NBA Live 14 would’ve considered it night and day in gameplay, graphics and mechanics. However it didn’t push quite enough to create its own level of boldness.
So now we are all wondering the same thing, should I buy NBA Live? I won’t answer that question right away, let’s break down the experience.
I played a full game as the Rockets took on the Spurs in Houston, a bittersweet rivalry in the NBA. Graphics were the first noticeable piece, and I was excited and a bit disappointed at the same time. Some players looked very realistic while others looked like they could’ve been faces in the crowd. In all seriousness, James Harden looked like he was running in the hot sun all day and wanted a tall glass of water. He was darker and didn’t look close enough to his real image.
This wasn’t the case for everyone however as some players did have great visual comparisons that looked amazing. But same as NBA Live 15, there weren’t enough animations to make the overall presentation seem fluid. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve played Live 14 or 15, but at times players had this default look to them where they were emotionless; no facial expressions. In honesty you see it in some of the Live 16 trailers as well.
To complement the new visual enhancements though EA has added new camera angles, bringing you a bit closer to the court. Personally the cutscenes when time outs were called had the most realistic feel and look better than any other Live in the series, or NBA 2K for that matter.
The experience on the court was much better as you could feel the new mechanics as your player have the ability to control their dribble, controls teased more for NBA Elite, the year Live disappeared. But still focusing on a big comeback, Live has proven they have the ability to deliver better dribble mechanics year over year, a step better than NBA 2K.
The problem with the ball handling was shot selection. At times I found myself shooting and missing almost everything with extremely high accuracy as far as trajectory. And bad seemed to gone to worse at the free throw line to where I managed to make one shot easily only for the second to bounce off the rim. I understand one player can’t make them all, but we’re talking Tony Parker at a consistent high percentile.
Another thing to briefly touch on is another year of these NBA Jam Tournament Edition slam dunks you can perform. I love as anyone else the ability to perform a high quality, rim-rattling dunk. But when I can perform dunks like an NBA player leaping over a high school student “every time,” something’s wrong.
Defense was sluggish as well as I never really needed to post up on my opponent. After the first half, losing by a few points, I attempted to become more aggressive. I started reaching for the ball, and reaching, and reaching and reaching. As many times as I was able to snatch the ball without a single foul called leads me to believe there’s more last minute work to be done. I was excited to take the lead back, but it was a true lack of authenticity, which was also quite noticeable in NBA Live 15.
PRO-AM will officially release on September 15th with the ability to apply your face into the game. Yes EA Sports have announced that you’re in the game with the all-new Game Face HD app on mobile devices. Though pushed back just a bit, we can only hope this bold move of providing a demo will win gamers back.
Weeks away from NBA 2K16, and I have to say now that it’s going to be quite the scorcher. Pretty sure I wasn’t needed to confirm that, but for the first time ever you start from the ground up in your MyCareer; high school!
I’m here to give you my impressions for NBA 2K16 which was amazing. It was only a quarter long as the Warriors took on the Cavaliers, but I took 2K16 for a couple of spins and here are some of the highlights.
Presentation was much of the same as NBA 2K15 in terms to camera angles and re-game details. If you recall playing NBA 2K15 pre-install of the Spurs and Heat, you kind have a better understanding. Graphics however were spot on! Players are looking a bit closer to their likeness thanks to lighting and certain tweaks, enhancing overall visuals from the court to the sideline.
There are plenty of new animations and mechanics as I remind everyone I played through a few times and literally saw a handful of new animations between games. What specifically? New shot variations for one, NBA Live had this on lock last year, but someone took some great notes and implemented it this year in 2K16. You’ll also see new player interactions and of course players twirling their mouth guards. If I said it before, I’ll say it again. The only way to improve the game is by fine tuning and delivering more authenticity. To admit, NBA Live’s ball control still has the plus one.
NBA 2K16, though repeating a single quarter, felt rich in quality. It’s hard to explain but the second you are playing it feels like a new experience rather than NBA 2K15 2.0. The A.I. plays smarter and harder this year. If you can recall the CPU used to cut through the paint because your team focused on his 1v1 coverage rather than a player closing up to the rim; those days are over. In 2K16, players are better contested rather than managing every layup and dunk possible.
Some will be possible however, especially after managing to still perform a “zig-zag” past the opponent. It does require you being more strategic like calling for a pick and roll at the right time. Again, stepping up their level of greatness in NBA 2K16.
There weren’t as many terrible things that I’ve notice, and I truly found myself looking. I did notice the transition game was much better in reference to 2K15’s input lag, which was personally my biggest let down next to servers.
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Rated: M for Mature
Supermassive Games is attempting to release the scariest game of the summer with the PlayStation 4 exclusive, Until Dawn. Until Dawn has been teased to have a butterfly effect to the story where every action will have its own reaction, being either good or providing consequences of some sort. But the only way to find out is by making a choice, plenty of them. Whatever you do, don’t die.
Square Enix have Life is Strange, TellTale have a few and there’s even Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain; a few examples that demonstrated this very breath of Until Dawn. But we can only wonder from here does Until Dawn truly provide scare tactics that will leave you breathless?
Like any psychotic and horrific storyline it all begins with a group of friends coming together in an isolated cabin in the woods on a cold winter night to celebrate at what they call the Annual Blackwood Pines Winter Getaway. But what awaits them is unimaginable.
Hannah finds herself looking for love while Mike and the rest of the group are looking to scare and humiliate her. Embarrassed by the group, she runs off, with her sister Beth chasing after her. What happens next is literally up to you. And though it doesn’t end well, the outcome is inevitable.
Skipping ahead, a year to be exact the group again decides to come together yet again. You play as Sam, Hannah’s best friend. As you approach the gate to Blackwood Pines you find yourself jumping over quite a bit and dealing with a few quick time events. Also before entering the cabin you learn a few tactics in a less frightening manner like being completely still, not moving your “controller” at all. From there, you’ll find yourself interacting as others in the story, and every decision matter.
Until Dawn also have what, or rather who is known as the analyst that at times shifts your train of thought and operates as your walkthrough, sort of. At times you may be asked a random question of how you feel when thinking or looking at specific items. As he asks for honesty, anything here may also affect the future. Totems will also help predict future outcomes and offer guidance.
Hayden Panettiere being the main character only makes me think, “Save the Cheerleader, save the world.” Only in this story the cheerleader, while making major decisions, will be deciding who lives and who dies. There’s an awesome cast as Brett Dalton (Agent Shield), Rami Malek (Need For Speed & Night of the Museum, Meghan Martin, Nichole Bloom and more gives Until Dawn recognizable faces as well as amazing voice cast to drive the story.
The personalities in Until Dawn at times made me laugh, pissed me off and made me think, gameplay features that were being implemented at the exact moments of emphasis.
Great job scarring the heck out of me at times Supermassive Games! While I won’t ruin any of those moments that will make you jump and/or capture you on the PlayStation Camera, there are definitely moments that this game does a shocking good job at putting a bit of fear in you.
The early tutorial explaining the options when making choices became a slight offset as I never had the option to read the choices and made my first decision without reading them. It wasn’t all as bad however, as you have the ability to make fast decision in QTE’s and utilize your touch pad (unless you’re utilizing your controller).
Until Dawn is a must have. If you’re looking for a game that will leave you jumping more than the early Resident Evil series, Supermassive Games have created it!
Replay Value: 4.25/5
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
I put a lot of thought into the writing of these hand-on impressions between NBA 2K and NBA Live. I took plenty pf time studying key differences as I played, not based of the Dev’s updates. The player tends to always have and feel those noticeable differences year over year; and this year I feel like I know who’s in the lead.
But I decided not to be biased in any form, instead give you both NBA Live and NBA 2K’s impressions at the same time this Monday at 3:00pm (CST). One article touching on both titles and an early score based on performance. Look for the “Live 16 v 2K16 Hands-on Impressions” as I attempt to dissect them. If you have ANY QUESTIONS you would like me to touch on in the Impression, feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to mention it this Monday
Date Released: August 25th, 2015
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Platform: [Reviewed: XBOX ONE], Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Rated: E for Everyone
A little disappointed I didn’t see Kevin Hart pushing Madden this year but it’s fine. The game is more important at the end of the day and it’s officially the season where talking is cheap and winning is everything. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Madden season!
This might be petty to some, but Madden NFL 16 kicks off with a simplistic, yet gorgeous start menu of Odell Beckham Jr. Let’s just talk about what to expect from this one screen. Graphics are to notch, from player recognition and face models to the tattoos; we’ll get back to it shortly! So what’s Madden all about this year?
Steelers and the Cardinals are Madden’s prelude, but my, oh my the presentation. The coach, the quarterback, the interactions; OMG. Antonio Brown and Roethlisberger show their chemistry and what it takes to win. In short, you learn how to throw different variations of trajectory passes and catches. Madden gave us an intro to remember, but will the overall experience keep the hype on cloud nine?
After winning or losing the Super Bowl, it’s time to learn the basics and new mechanics then it onto the field to play some football. The very first thing that sticks out is the pre-game coin toss that was pulled since Madden NFL 15. It felt awkward not seeing the coin-toss as it’s NFL opening ritual when it comes to that first key possession.
There’s a handful of new mechanics that compliments Madden NFL 16 and makes it without question one of the best Madden’s in their entire development cycle. A few years back Tiburon focused on the read and react and the basic concept was there, but it’s not only there in NFL 16, it’s completely balanced. And yes, that’s important as Madden normally focuses on either offense or defense one at a time.
The QB can better time his passes as the receiver than decide how they want to catch the ball. If that’s not enough as you player react to the pass you now have the ability to aggressively or run and catch passes thrown. But while being aggressive makes for amazing highlights, it can cost you as the defenses have the similar abilities.
On paper, reading the phrase be the playmaker doesn’t mean much until you’re experiencing it hands-on. You truly have no clue what to expect as your player navigate the field as in a moment’s notice it can be snatched, batted away or even intercepted. All very exceptional mechanical updates that enhance the overall feel of the game and presentation.
Jim and Phil are still on commentary, and while the chemistry have always been there, this year play-calling was a bit more repetitive than usual. It’s more noticeable during the 3rd and 4th down conversions.
Other modes in Madden NFL 16 include, Connected Franchise, Madden Ultimate Team and Draft Champions. Draft Champions is the newbie in the series allowing you to select a coach and players to take the field and attempt to win al. Madden Ultimate Team is essentially the same as the previous years, taking your unique dream team and challenging others online. Connected Franchise as well continues down the same path as Madden 15 as well.
Madden NFL 16 could be called Madden 15 if you’re simply looking at trailers; you have to put the controller in your hand and take on the competition. The first and only word to describe this year’s Madden is presentation. I for one am again saddened that the GameFace feat has been excluded yet again, but the overall experience is so realistic it’s hard to hold that one thing against them. Madden NFL 16 proves why it deserves the recognition this year… It’s Madden Season!