With only two days to go until release 2K Sports is still in the process of revealing features for NBA 2K16. Today it’s a look at changes made to standard online ranked games.
Play Now Online in 2K16 features a “league” system that is similar in nature to Online Seasons in various EA Sports games. Winning games will prompt movement up to higher leagues while losing will mean relegation to a lower one.Â There are some differences though as coming out on topÂ with lower rated (by tier) teams results inÂ aÂ win bonus and at higher leagues classic teams are unlocked.
Back in July it was discovered that 2K Sports had obtained the license for at least 11 universities for use in an unknown capacity within NBA 2K16. It has now been confirmed that only 10 schools will appear in the game.
Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, and Wisconsin will be be the options to choose from in 2K16’s MyCareer story mode.
There are playable elements to both the high school and college portion of the story. As expected the time spent in each are very limited, with there being three games in high school, and possibly (as of yet unconfirmed) only three in college as well. Unfortunately the run in college may not beÂ in the form of a tournament which seemed to be maybe the most natural and engaging way to handle that stretch.
Arizona State and Davidson it would appear then were licensed only for the purposes of displayingÂ their uniforms on the individual covers of the game featuring James Harden and Stephen Curry. It had been noted that 2K had the license for Arizona State from the CLC while Davidson handles their own deals. The other covers feature Anthony Davis and Michael Jordan where all signs of Kentucky and North Carolina were scrubbed from their images.
Earlier this month Madden NFL 16 was able to stake a claim to being the highest rated traditional licensed sports game on Metacritic since 2013. The 84 on Metacritic rose above all others that followed FIFA 14 which had a score of 87/88.
Now Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has taken the title away as the game currently stands at 87 on Metacritic. Many will point to competition as being a factor here, with the FIFA series having been dominant for nearly a decade.Â Konami has been forced to to offer dramatic improvements to become a viable alternative outside of particular regions where it remained strong all along, despite being hampered by limitations in areas such as licensing.
As was the case with Madden, theÂ title may be short-lived for Pro Evolution. NBA 2K16 is out late this week and could be the rare sports game to reach or exceed 90Â on the review aggregator. It’s great to see the quality of theÂ sports games that are still aroundÂ rising considerably, in a time where the selection is more sparse than ever.
The competition may not be direct for all of them but given the broken sports gaming scheduleÂ only the strong will survive.
EA Sports today released the secondÂ patch for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour on Xbox One and PS4. It includes fixes and improvements to various aspects of the game and introduces a new course. There are now ten licensed courses in the game plus four fantasy courses.
It took over two months from release for the first new course to make it to the game. East Lake Golf Club is the addition and it’s available to use within all modes.Â Read more
The latest edition of the biggest selling video game franchise in the world releases this week. FIFA 16 is facing a strong challenge from Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, making it the only sport that features true competition in the genre. FIFA has been on top for nearly a decade but EA Sports is starting to struggle in holding onto that position.
This is the least I’ve enjoyed a FIFA game in a long, long time. It’s still a good game, but new frustrations related to gameplay, and a sleazy implementation of the new FUT Draft were immediate turn-offs.Â Check out the full review now over at Sporting News!
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â™¦Some womenÂ had to be removed from national teams in FIFA 16 due to NCAA’s threats.
â™¦TopÂ rated teams in Western Conference and Eastern Conference revealed for NBA Live 16.
â™¦The mobile companion app for NBA 2K16 won’t be out until October 1st.
â™¦Rasheed Wallace will not be on the 2000 Blazers and 2004 Pistons rosters in NBA 2K16.
â™¦New episode of the Press Row Podcast is a review roundtableÂ centered on NHL 16.
â™¦New DLC pack is coming to Rocket League sometime next month.
â™¦EA Sports released a complete list of all the leagues and teams included in FIFA 16.
â™¦The transfer market is back on the web and mobile for Ultimate Team in FIFA 16.
â™¦Konami is shutting down all game development on consoles except Pro Evolution Soccer.
â™¦It has been reviewed great on consoles but the PC version of PES 2016 is best avoided.
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