If there’s a question that 2K Games has received ad nauseam, it’s along the lines of “Where the heck is the next BioShock game?” Well, thanks to a recent announcement from 2K themselves, we don’t have to ask that question anymore. Their brand new studio Cloud Chamber will be working for “the next several years” on the latest game in this ultra-popular FPS series. Not only is the developer roster composed of people who worked on the first three games, but it is being captained by Kelley Gillmore (Who has experience working on IP’s like Civilization and XCOM). The fourth title in the BioShock series certainly won’t be a launch title for the next-gen hardware, but the folks at 2K will do everything in their ability to make this game as polished as it can be.
If you’re a gamer and avid pro-wrestling fan, this week has most likely been a rough one for you. WWE 2K20 was released this Tuesday, and its customers have been in a complete uproar about not only the missing features, but also the sheer amount of bugginess this game contains. Whether it’s bad hair physics, messy targeting, game crashes, or characters getting stuck in the ring, 2K20 has been viewed as an absolute jobber by wrestling-gamers around the globe. It is unknown if the team at Visual Concepts got lazy or the game was rushed out due to contractual obligations with the WWE. Regardless of the main reasons, we can only hope that 2K manages to release a patch that pulls the game out of its nosedive. WWE 2K20 has the ability to be in the wrestling-game title picture, but it must first be able to get into midcard status.
There have been many competitors when it comes to basketball games, and NBA 2K has been on the top of the mountain since its opening tip-off in 1999. For many years, it faced its toughest competition in EA’s NBA Live series, but the latter began throwing up very bad bricks as the eighth generation of consoles started. The 2K series has been heavily lauded for its spectacular graphics, tight controls, and incredible depth, and this year’s iteration once again delivers all of the above in spades. With that being said, let’s hit the paint and discuss all the three-pointers that NBA 2K20 effortlessly drains.
A virtual Mike Lupica novel
The most notable change in this year’s game is the overhauled MyCareer mode. You still have the usual prelude games and exercises, as well as off-court interactions with NPC’s, but the storyline of your career is more cinematic and emotional than ever before. It feels like 2K took notes from the story modes of FIFA and Madden NFL, and that’s not a bad thing. The cutscenes look beautiful and the voice-acting drains its layups. Did I mention the story was written by a team that includes LeBron James?
Other than a career mode with a new structure, the list of modes is business as usual. You’ve got obligatory modes like exhibition games, MyTeam, MyGM, MyLeague, Blacktop, and online play. Also, you can now play through a full WNBA season if you’re up for shooting hoops with the ladies. The Neighborhood has new additions like a day/night cycle, seasonal changes, and even a disc golf course. The sheer level of depth that NBA 2K is known for once again delivers.
Shot clock cheese
The graphical improvement is very subtle, but the visuals are still as crisp and beautiful as ever. 2K20 also has stellar audio, with the usual butt-ton of above-average commentary lines and a decent soundtrack that blares everything from Ariana Grande to Motley Crue.
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
Ever since ’99, it’s clear that the folks at Take-Two Interactive love basketball, and they’ve once again proven just how serious that love is. Even if basketball isn’t your favorite sport, NBA 2K20 belongs on your shelf if you need a sports game that constantly delivers backboard-shattering dunks worthy of the highlight reel.
Some wrestling gamers like myself thought 2K was quietly future-endeavoring their WWE-licensed games, but it turns out we were wrong. With two months before its scheduled release date, WWE 2K20 has appeared on the TitanTron, and 2K has informed us of some of the most notable additions to this year’s iteration. One of the new features I’m really pumped up for is that we finally get to play as women in the MyCareer mode, which in turn brings back mixed-tag matches. And speaking of women, this year’s 2K Showcase is based on the careers of the Four Horsewomen (Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Bayley). This won’t be the only story in the Showcase mode, as 2K is working on a package of DLC entitled 2K Originals, which is full of unique worlds and themes. Towers mode also returns, bringing with it a tower based on the career of Roman Reigns. One last thing to note is that longtime developer Yuke’s has parted ways with the WWE license, leaving Visual Concepts as the sole developer. The studio behind NBA 2K promises streamlined controls that will appeal to beginners and veterans alike. With all that being said, is 2K20 going to emerge from the mid-card, or will it be placed in a squash match? The bell rings on Oct. 22.
After leaking the release date on twitter, developer Gearbox has now gone back to the social media platform to confirm the release date for Borderlands 3. Alongside the tweet, Gearbox and 2K released a new trailer for the upcoming game.
The tweet confirming the release date came only one week after Borderlands 3 was announced at Pax East. The tweet read, “Boarderlands 3 arrives on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on September 13, 2019.” The tweet continues by announcing a gameplay reveal event that will occur on May 1st.
For fans wanting to play this game on PC there is a catch. Like the Division 2 and Metro Exodus, Borderlands PC version will be exclusive to The Epic Games Store. For the first six months, starting on September 13, Borderlands fans will not be able to purchase the game on other platforms, like Steam. This decision could be because of the 12 percent revenue cut Epic takes from the purchase of games on their site, oppose to the 30 percent of Steam.
If you are looking to play Borderlands on the Xbox One, PS4, or PC, but can’t wait until September, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is available now.