From the end of August, to the end of September, there are nine sports-related games releasing. Five of them are major league licensed titles. How is it that all these games will release at practically the same time, when there’s only a handful of them distributed over the other 11 months out of the year?
This situation has become of major concern to sports gaming fans, particularly as the genre has contracted so significantly over the past decade. There’s only so much money to go around, and consumers are being asked more than ever before to prioritize, and pick and choose based on criteria they may not have considered otherwise. NBA 2K16 unnecessarily moving up into September, and NBA Live 16 following it there, has made things even worse.
With that in mind I wrote up a piece over at Hit The Pass on the topic, and how it could be fixed in a perfect world. It’s an important discussion for consumers to have, and for publishers to consider, because if no changes are made even more sports franchises are going to inevitably end up getting axed.
MLB 15: The Show gamers continue to wait with baited breath for the huge roster update that Sony San Diego had promised would come around the All-Star break since last month. After very few changes were madeĀ in last week’s update, many were anticipating the significant re-rating of the entire league to drop this week.Ā While there wereĀ a number of changesĀ in the latest one, it was not the update that is being so hotly anticipated by the community.Ā Read more
It’s rare to have any game information leak prior to the planned marketing schedule for the annual sports games. That’s especially true of 2K Sports who has always been very protective of their traditional cycle. NBA 2K16 releases in two months, and the company hasn’t even put out a single screenshot or shown any gameplay footage yet, while revealing very little about the feature set and hinting any news would still be several weeks away.
That makes what’s going on with NBA 2K16 outside of their control completely unprecedented. Leaks have revealed details like the cover athletes, Spike Lee’s involvement, some colleges being included, plusĀ MyLeague Online, team relocation, new online modes and othersĀ – all before 2K planned to announce them.
More keeps on finding a way out, and that’s true again today thanks to Microsoft’s SmartGlass app, which has since had the info erased. More details on features related to MyGM, MyCareer, MyLeague, and My Team have been uncovered, further confirmation of the leaked earlier features is made, and there’s a first description of the new “2K Pro Am” which may be a replacement for last year’s “Jordan Rec Center”.Ā Read more
The highly publicized back-and-forth between Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen over theĀ last week, concerning which team of all-time greats would win between the Lakers and Bulls, can’t go much further than trash talk (their preferred method) and well-reasoned lineup analysis and speculation. However with NBA 2K15 we can see an actual game play out with rosters containing all the legends, both current andĀ past, that make up the storied franchises.
With that in mind I ran a simulation for Sporting News between the two teamsĀ and summarized the game,Ā laid out stats, and created the highlight video below. Who would you put your money on in a game between All-Time Lakers andĀ Bulls teams?