Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category
  • Press Row Podcast: Roundball Review Roundtable
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    Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am 3 Comments
    NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18 came upon their respective releases having traveled dramatically different paths to get there. NBA 2K has grown into the second biggest sports game in the world and is guaranteed to be a smash hit now annually. NBA Live is simply trying to recapture some credibility after eight years defined more by its cancellations than even its sub-par editions. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast both games are examined closely, with areas such as accessibility, gameplay,...
  • VC backlash results in cost reduction for certain customization items in NBA 2K18
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    Posted September 19th, 2017 at 4:15 pm 26 Comments
    2K Sports has generally been able to sail under the radar as it pertains to the implementation of virtual currency in the NBA 2K series. The company had to course correct following the disastrous NBA 2K14 which was made into an always-online game in order to support a currency system that was weaved throughout all of its modes, but it was the server issues that made the game literally unplayable for weeks at a time that exposed the tactics being employed and making it a story the mainstream ...
  • Review of NBA 2K18
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    Posted September 18th, 2017 at 11:30 am 13 Comments
    In what amounts to a bounce back year for the NBA 2K series, the latest edition delivers phenomenal gameplay while continuing its place as the most content-rich game in the genre. The new motion system for gameplay, expanded story elements in MyGM, and addition of all-time teams help to take the game to the next level. Note: The ongoing serious situation with deleted MyPlayer characters did not factor into the score, as this is not affecting everyone and will likely be resolved in the nea...
  • The biggest early issue for NBA 2K18 is lost MyPlayer saves
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    Posted September 16th, 2017 at 8:45 am 33 Comments
    The good news is that the servers have been performing surprisingly well for NBA 2K18 even under the intense traffic load surrounding release and with multiple online-based modes now merged together to create an open-world "neighborhood." Unfortunately there is one serious issue widespread enough that does have to do with the servers, and that's MyPlayer characters being lost with the corruption of save files. That seems to have been occurring most often after a disconnect that then results ...
  • Complete game played in NBA 2K18 MyLeague
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    Posted September 14th, 2017 at 5:00 pm 10 Comments
    Though only hours remain until release there will likely be few (if any) reviews ready to go live for NBA 2K18 right at launch. Between a shortage of time to dig into arguably the deepest sports game ever made, and a need to assess server performance given that many of the features rely on being connected online, my review for instance will probably be complete on Monday instead. With that in mind, and having spent time between MyGM and MyCareer primarily up until this point, I figured it...
  • Review of NBA Live 18
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    Posted September 11th, 2017 at 5:00 pm 22 Comments
    Does the NBA Live franchise have any life left in it to ever make a legitimate comeback? EA Sports has continued attempts to resuscitate its once-popular basketball series only to fail time and time again. Given the track record there would be little reason to expect NBA Live 18 to be a really good game but it comes surprisingly close to achieving just that. NBA Live 18 is a simplified and fun game to play with an excellent career mode that unfortunately proves to be an incomplete produc...
  • NBA 2K18 Giveaway
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    Posted September 11th, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment
    With the avalanche of sports games now upon us here is the first opportunity to win a copy of one of the year's most anticipated games. Retweet the tweet below be a follower of the @pastapadre account on Twitter to be eligible to win a copy of NBA 2K18! The winner drawn at random late Wednesday night will get to select platform of choice between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Giving away a copy of #NBA2K18 - RT/Follow to be entered for a chance at it! Winner will be drawn a...
  • Press Row Podcast: Trial Period
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    Posted September 9th, 2017 at 9:15 pm No Comments
    With limited-time trials available to play for NBA Live 18, NHL 18, and NBA 2K18, this episode of the Press Row Podcast covers first impressions of the three games which all have drastically different circumstances surrounding their release. Live desperately needs to recapture some credibility, NHL is stable but looking to generate new sales to casual consumers, and 2K18 is guaranteed to be a smash hit but is getting fans started early on their careers. Check out the podcast through iTune...
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