Day Two E3 Report Two – 2K Sports

It’s well known in the gaming industry that when you launch a new console you have to have a fleet of sports games to go along with it. Titles like Madden or the 2K series have massive followings; without their presence no console will be a success. The 360 had a full lineup from both EA and 2K Sports available at or soon after its launch, but for whatever reason none of the games really felt ready. 2K is now showing off their section revision next-gen sports titles, and they’re looking more than ready.

2KSports Booth
2K Sports’ booth on the E3 show floor is
constantly packed with sports fans.

NBA 2K7 is looking really amazing. Its improved graphics engine delivers some very impressive results. The wooden floors are layered with subtle reflections that highlight the seams between the boards and hint at what’s hanging from the rafters. Player models have been draped in some of the best representations of fabric shorts and jerseys ever seen in a videogame, resulting in uniforms that sway and flow and reflect light just like you’d expect them to.

College B-Ball 2K7
College Hoops 2K7 adds the college feel
to next-gen b-ball action.

Each pro player is also immediately recognizable, both thanks to detailed facial scans as well as the inclusion of many of the top NBA players’ signature moves, whether they be a particular style of jump-shot or simply a habit of fixing their hair on the floor. Their college version, College Hoops 2K7, looks equally good, and features college-specific features like cheerleaders, fight songs, and mascots. NBA 2K7 will hit the 360 and the PS3 this fall, while Hoops is set for an August launch on the 360, and will surely see a PS3 follow-up after.

Improved graphics and impressive fabric effects make
NBA 2K7 one of the best looking sports titles ever.

Another game that didn’t get much love for its first release on the 360 was NHL 2K6.NHL 2K7 hits this fall with a wholly new skating mechanism designed to quell fans of the series who didn’t like the feel of the last release. A quick play session didn’t actually feel all that new or improved, but the game isn’t slated to hit the 360 or PS3 until this fall, so there’s still plenty of time to tweak. The ice features a truly impressive level of detail, with reflections gleaming off of skate trails and ghostly images of scoreboards floating on the surface. New this year will also be a system called “cinemotion” that purports to bring some feeling into the game through pre-game pep talks from coaches and some strong fan reactions during the game. We were unable to sample this in the playable version, but were pleased to hear that it will be something you can disable in the final version should it turn out to be not very inspiring.

A new skating mechanic in NHL 2K7 will hopefully result
in a better playing game than 2K6.

2K Sports’ second round of next-gen titles feature some subtle but very important improvements that should turn return their series to their previously high regard. It’s a shame they fumbled in the first round, but nobody’s perfect.

[Text and original images by Tim Stevens.]


Report: Nintendo will release two new Switch models in 2019

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will unveil two new Switch models at E3 and release them this year. One of the models will target hardcore gamers, while the other will be budget friendly.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the Final Four online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bug lets Link ignore temperature effects

A newly discovered bug in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild allows players to max out both hearts and stamina. The glitch also disables temperature effects such as the heat of Death Mountain and the cold of Hebra.

Twitch streamer somehow beats Bloodborne, all the souls games without getting hit

A Twitch streamer named The Happy Hob has managed to play through all Dark Souls games, Demon's Souls, and Bloodborne in a row without getting hit a single time. He has been attempting the feat for months.

Newegg slashes prices on PS4 accessories and AAA games like Anthem

Newegg is currently offering big savings on a number of games for PS4 and Xbox One, including Anthem, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3. Accessories including headsets are also on sale.

Here are the best items a Shinobi should buy in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a brutally challenging game that requires persistent focus and a lot close calls with death. You can make things a bit easier on yourself with by purchasing important items from vendors.

Here’s everything you need to know about MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 launches on PlayStation 4 on March 26. If you're interested in finding out what's new in the latest iteration of the annual baseball sim, we've got all the details, from new gameplay mechanics to Road to the Show changes.

Apple Arcade might be the new game subscription service worth signing up for

Apple Arcade will launch this fall bringing a new game-subscription service with cross-platform support for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. At launch, the service will feature more than 100 exclusive games, with more added to the service regularly.

Fortnite World Cup kicks off April 13 with $1 million in weekly prizes

The Fortnite World Cup kicks off on April 13 with the start of Online Opens for solo play. $1 million in weekly prizes will be awarded during the Online Open Finals, so get practicing!

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC

From fatalities to new characters, here's what we know about Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Here is everything we know about NetherRealm's latest fighting game, including its characters.

PlayStation’s first State of Play event includes Iron Man VR announcement

Sony held the first PlayStation State of Play video presentation on March 25 and it featured the announcement of Iron Man VR for PlayStation VR. The game is scheduled to arrive this year.