2K have released details about WWE 2K18’s Universe Mode.
In a blog post on the official WWE 2K18 site, Universe Mode’s designer, Cristo Kyriazis, talks about what’s new for this year, including new rivalry types, Intensity, Power Rankings, updated calendars and several other additions and improvements.
WWE 2K18 will be released in a mere week’s time, and this year two new additions to the game will provide new experiences for your custom player, with MyPLAYER adding character classes of sorts and ROAD TO GLORY offering an experience that allows your wrestler to continue to grow and develop while fighting against other players online.
If the trailer intrigues you then 2K have outlined these changes thoroughly in a post on their official WWE 2K18 web site.
2K and Firaxis Games announced at the E3 2017 PC Gaming Show that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, a expansion pack to the terrific XCOM 2, will be coming to Xbox One on August 29 this year.
XCOM 2 Creative Director, Jake Solomon, revealed XCOM 2: War of the Chosen on stage at the PC Gaming Show, with the following trailer:
War of the Chosen focuses on ADVENT’s bid to recapture the Commander, with deadly alien heroes being deployed called the ‘Chosen’. XCOM must approach and win over three new resistance factions, each with their own Hero class, to help combat this new threat and liberate Earth.
Firaxis continues to redefine the award-winning XCOM franchise with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen,
said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K.
XCOM 2 fans are going to love the all-new narrative and features, enhancing the XCOM experience and providing endless reasons to re-play through the campaign.
We’re thrilled to offer our fans an unprecedented amount of cool new toys and features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, challenging and empowering players in exciting new ways never seen before in the franchise,
added Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games.
The expansion also includes a bunch of new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth to the strategic gameplay. Your soldiers now bond with their teammates, adding new abilities and perks as that bond grows and they’re deployed together. Meanwhile, regular community challenges with a global leaderboard extend the replayability beyond the new story content.
For those of you who have not yet purchased Mafia 3, there is now a demo released on Xbox Live.
Mafia 3 was originally released in October 2016 and published by 2K.
Also released today is the “Faster Baby” DLC, with new features listed after the trailer!
Sinclair Parish is a small rural township in the countryside with lots of opportunities to tear through turns, jump gaps and run from the law, and newly introduced is the ability to activate a slow-motion ability!
You’ll now have access to proximity mines so you can lay out traps on the backroads or in enemy encampments. Also, take advantage of the ability to toss grenades from your car while enemies are in hot pursuit.
…and there’s a great story as well! “Faster, Baby!” takes place alongside events in the main game. A civil rights leader is murdered while investigating local sheriff “Slim” Beaumont – and other activists are next on the list.
So wrestling games, should be brilliant, but generally tend to let you down. It’s been a really long time since a WWE game has made me want to play it forever, we’re talking back in the Playstation 2 days of Smackdown and Smackdown 2. I stopped playing them for a long time, partly because I lost interest in the WWE but partly because the game just weren’t great.
WWE 2K16 was ok, I enjoyed playing through the Stone Cold Steve Austin memories but the controls were just too fiddly and it was too easy to lose despite being well on top of most matches. I wanted WWE 2K17 to be good,it’s slightly better, but not by much.
One of our big frustrations from last year was the control scheme, the B button was used for too many options and cause no end of problems when playing in matches with more than two people, but thankfully this year things have been moved around and things feel much more intuitive. Apart from the subtle improvements nothing much has changed with the way the wrestlers fight each other, the Right Trigger is the button you’ll be using most as you constantly try to reverse your opponents moves, while combinations of the A button with the right stick dicates your attacks.
Matches are still frustrating unfortunately, despite me laying the smackdown with two Rock Bottom’s and Stunners, my opponent somehow raises their shoulder just before the three count, when all of a sudden I find myself laid out falling to a three count thanks to once finisher. It doesn’t happen every time but when it does it makes you want to dismantle your controller and never play again. Thankfully going into the options and adjusting the AI’s sliders to make things more fair is a good way to go.
WWE 2K17 seems to want to please wrestling fans by bringing you as much authentic wrestling action to your home as possible and despite boasting a huge range of superstars to play with still lets us down. Yes, you have all the pyrotechnics, entrance moves and musi and great looking stages, but then the commentators come in with the limited script which feels so robotic.
This year, WWE 2K17 features a new MyCareer mode, replacing the showcase mode from previous titles. Your new star begins life as an NXT trainee with the dream of becoming the next big superstar in the WWE. Once you have worked your way around the Creation Centre, customising all manner of things to create a fictional character your journey can begin. You’ll learn some of the basic in terms of fighting before learning about the other side of the WWE, the promos.
During certain shows you’ll get the opportunity to address your fans, or your haters, by choosing one of four options you’ll move between between the heel and the face, it’s completely up to you which way you decide to go. Not only that, but you will alter your relationship with other WWE superstars, eventually giving you the chance to form tag teams or even become part of a stable. It’s a great system but again let down by some very odd choices. My biggest issue is the lack of vocals, not only for your superstar, but for all superstars. Considering how much effort 2K have put into to the NBA series you think the same values would translate across their whole sports series, but it isn’t the case.
I really enjoyed playing though the WWE Universe mode, where essentially you take complete control of the WWE and run it just how you like, it’s fantastic. You can customise pretty much everything about the WWE from TV Schedules to what matches take place and where you can even produce your own show intros. Eagle eyed WWE fans will quickly notice that the recent changes to split in brand haven’t been incorporated which let’s things down slightly. As well all of that you can play through every match type available, share your creations around the world through the Community section and also play against your pals online which always runs really well.
I had fun with WWE 2K17, it’s got lots of room for improvement, thankfully since release there are a lot less random glitches, it’s just a shame that it doesn’t feel like the game has moved on that much. Is it time for a new developer to take on the reigns? Possibly, what I am certain of is that we’re still crying out for the best wrestling game around.
In line with the release of WWE 2K17, 2K have released “The Basics”, the first in a series of trailers focusing on the controls of the game. The Basics guides new and seasoned players through the basic controls of the game as well as highlighting several new additions to the primary gameplay mechanics. Before you say it though, yes the controller demo in the top left is a PS4 controller but we can’t be fussy and you get the idea.
Expect to see further Control-Focused trailers appearing over the coming weeks, guiding players through the more in depth moves and mechanics of the game.
WWE 2K17 is available now to buy and for further information about the game check out the Official Website.
2K are back with another version of their visually impressive basketball sim, NBA 2K17, and whilst it doesn’t have any huge additions or new features, the few tweaks here and there help to further embed them as the dominant basketball game.
It’s no surprise at all that 2K17 looks and feels terrifically authentic. Much like it’s last few instalments, ball control is tight and intuitive, shooting and lay-ups are about timing and skill – with a little luck thrown in for good measure – and defending feels superbly balanced against attackers. The courts look real, the character animations are equally life-like, and the character models, well they’re mostly excellent but there’s a few odd-balls out there, including your created character if you use the smart phone app to scan your face.
Indeed, the presentation is still highly impressive. Stats appear throughout play but without being intrusive, and the commentators do a splendid job analysing the court and flow of play. Meanwhile, a talk show while your match is loading is a nice distraction, although the host’s facial animation is a bit hit-and-miss and some peculiar pauses in speech can pull you out of the experience a bit.
The comprehensive tutorial, 2KU, does a great job in teaching you the mechanics and systems at work, and before long you’ll be ready for the flagship mode, MyCareer. Here you create your own character and take him from his high school novice roots to becoming potentially one of the NBA’s best. The new college segment allows for some more personality to be injected into your character, providing a better origin for his career before he’s drafted into the NBA. Meanwhile, shorter load times than in previous titles is a very welcome enhancement, but there’s still a fair bit of waiting around between games.
The storytelling experience of MyCareer is still a bit corny but undeniably clever and immersive. From your house, which acts as a HUD, you have multiple options available, such as playing on your own personal court, deciding your schedule for the day, and conversing with friends, coaches, and your mum. This is of course alongside the mandatory games and training sessions, but you also have the option to attend sponsor events, go out with fellow players, and hit the practice court in order to earn stat boosts. It’s a comprehensive and well-throughout mode that immerses you in your character’s career splendidly.
Taking your created player online is the same as in previous instalments, with MyPark allowing you to play 3-on-3 games with other players. Meanwhile, 2K’s counterpart to FIFA Ultimate Team, MyTeam, is still an excellent fantasy basketball system, allowing you to build your own dream team of players, complete scenarios in order to earn VC, and challenge other players online. Furthermore, separate challenges within MyTeam, such as a mode in which you can draft a team of legends and try and win as many consecutive games as possible to earn rewards, is an excellent addition.
However, whilst the primary modes have been merely tweaked, MyGM and MyLeague have a couple of important new additions. This year both modes are more customisable and vast thanks to the ability to expand your league to 36 teams. These now include EuroLeague teams, classic teams, and even teams that you’ve made yourself, opening up a terrific options to really customise your season. Furthermore, you can choose to start during the offseason, allowing you to trade players before the season gets underway. You can also choose to only paly the Play-Offs, skipping the grind and enjoying the most exciting period of the season.
Indeed, NBA 2K17 makes smart, minor adjustments to the winning formula of MyCareer and MyPark, maintaining the former’s immersive story and the latter’s compelling collection mechanics, and it enhances MyGM and MyLeague to breathe new life into the modes. And whilst overall there isn’t much new, the NBA 2K series doesn’t need any big changes yet, as its pretty excellent as it is.
Now we all know title tracks and in game music is a major part of game development and in some cases can make or break a game and no one has taken this more seriously than Hangar 13 and 2K when it comes to the release of Mafia 3. In line with the release of the game today they have released the Official Launch Trailer which has a song written specifically for it by Ice Cube and DJ Shadow.
Ice Cube and DJ Shadow’s “Nobody Wants to Die” is an original track that evokes the spirit and themes of Mafia 3 and protagonist Lincoln Clay’s path of revenge against the Italian mafia in 1968 New Bordeaux. Full lyrics for “Nobody Wants to Die,” as well as custom commentary by Ice Cube, is available from Genius.
Mafia 3 is available to buy today for Windows PC and Xbox One and comes in Standard, Limited Deluxe and Collector’s Editions. The Mafia 3 Deluxe Edition (£69.99 MSRP) will be available digitally, and physically in a limited capacity from select retailers, and includes both the game and access to additional, post-release downloadable content, including the Season Pass. The Mafia 3 Collector’s Edition (£139.99 MSRP) is packed with physical and digital items, providing a window into the sights and sounds of 1968 New Bordeaux, including the official soundtrack and original game score, both on 180 gram vinyl, a collectable art book, art prints, and more.
Those who pre-order any edition of Mafia III from participating retailers will receive the Family Kick-Back, which includes three exclusive lieutenant-themed vehicle and weapon gifts available to players at launch.
It’s hard to imagine that 9 years ago I got to experience Rapture for the first time. I had no idea what lay ahead, but the Bioshock series would become one of my all time favourites. The Bioshock Collection would let me experience the magic all over again.
Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite have had the remaster treatment, giving fans of the series a chance to start all over, while giving a new generation of gamers a chance to find out what all the fuss was about. For the purpose of this review we’ll assume Bioshock is new to you, if you’ve played them before, you’ll enjoy it all over again.
In Bioshock you play as Jack who gets involved in a unfortunate plane crash, thankfully he survives and manages to swim to safety – the lighthouse he swims to leads him to Rapture, an underwater city built by businessman Andrew Ryan. Something isn’t right though, as it’s population has discovered ADAM, a genetic material which can be used to grant superhuman powers. To survive Jack has to fight his way through ADAM obsessed enemies, including the iconic Big Daddies.
You’ll get to make use of the plasmids that can stun enemies with electricity, set people alight with fire and even alter minds to get help. There are also physical weapons to help you through too. Bioshock gives you the chance to be stealthy, offering an alternative route through some scenarios, it always feels tense and still makes me jump all these years later. The combat is tough at times, but once you learn to manage your plasmids effectively you can become quite the menace.
Being the oldest title of the three, Bioshock has received the most attention, and it looks fabulous. Rapture is an Art Deco utopia, a and if it wasn’t for the screwed up population would have been an amazing place to reside. It’s still a pleasure to explore the city, even more so now the frame rate has been improved.
Bioshock comes with some great additional content, first up are the challenge rooms. These challenges have nothing to do with the main game but involve puzzle solving to fulfil the requirements of the challenge. The Museum is a fascinating insight into the minds of the development team, showing ideas that were created, but never made it into the game in their original form. Finally as you play through the game you’ll discover reels that unlock Director’s commentary.
Bioshock 2 makes plenty of improvements to Bioshock’s gunplay, giving you the ability to dual wield plasmids being the main draw. Despite being built by a different studio under a new creative leader the story is excellent and experiencing a different side to Rapture is well worth your time.
The game is set 8 years after Bioshock and despite a slow start is another excellent title. For the first time you actually get to play as a big daddy, adding an new element to the gameplay. The extra content that comes with a Bioshock 2 includes the Minerva’s Den DLC and the protector trials, a game mode that has you protecting Little Sisters. The multiplayer component of the game didn’t make it over, which was a shame because it was actually pretty good fun to play.
Bioshock Infinite got given a really hard time by the press when it was released. It was the first of the three that felt most like a shooter and was also the only game with its head in the clouds, literally. Although the ending felt like a bit of a cop out, the world of Columbia was a delight to explore. Infinite adds a whole new element to its gunplay. ThecSky Rails that form a transfer network around the city gives Booker the chance to attack enemies from the Sky, with Elizabeth’s support you get to take on some amazing enemies. Infinite has to be the goriest of the collection too.
With Infinite being the youngest of the three it gets the least, if any amount of work on it in terms of the graphics. Again, Infinite comes with all the DLC, including the brilliant ‘Burial at Sea’ add-on.
If you haven’t played any of the games before, then the collection is well worth spending time with. Coming in at around £40, you are getting three games with a massive amount of add-on content. All of the games look fantastic and despite some performance dips, most noticeably in Bioshock 2 this really is a package worth picking up.
Publisher 2K and Hangar 13 have just released the next trailer in their series detailing some of the features you can expect to see in Mafia 3. Titled Mafia 3 – The World of New Bordeaux – Weapons, this video shows how Lincoln Clay uses his military background in the fight to take down the Marcano family.
Experience everything from knives, guns to explosives, as the war wages in New Bordeaux. For further information on Mafia 3, check out the Official Website.
Mafia 3 is set to release on Xbox One and Windows PC on October 7, 2016.