Posts Tagged ‘Visual Concepts’

WWE 2K18 hits its release date (with a chair)

Can you smell what Rocky is cooking?

Are you ready to do a bro-slam from the corner of the fighting pit? Maybe you’d rather clotheshorse your opponent onto the safety mat. Or batterslap them into a Willy Nelson, before delivering a final heel storm? The possibilities are many in WWE 2K18 [official site], which came out yesterday. As an expert in wrestling, I can tell you it is the roughest, toughest and buffest since…

*checks filing cabinet*

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WWE 2K18 will slam into PC alongside console launch

This year’s WWE wrestlefest will actually launch for PC on the same day as consoles, 2K announced today. WWE 2K18 [official site] will launch off the turnbuckle and slam PC with a flying clothesline on October 17th, and I don’t know what to do with myself. One of the annual rhythms of my job is seeing 2K announce the year’s annual wrestling game in May or June, release it on consoles in October, then eventually plop it onto PC several months into the following year. I’m all shook up. First Pip leaves and now 2K are stopping faffing us around? I just don’t know any more. Read the rest of this entry »

WWE 2K17 powerbombs PC today

Slip into your spandex, grease your pecs, and practise your microphone voice as WWE 2K17 [official site] has arrived on PC. Our Adam would tell us all Wot He Thinks but he’s in hospital following a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for control of the RPS treehouse radio so for now, hey: it’s out. Consider yourself informed. Please excuse that ↑ official screenshot; until Adam recovers from Alec’s Attitude Adjustment, I can’t show you the weird self-inserts and nude purple mutants people actually play as. Read the rest of this entry »

WWE 2K17 rumbling onto PC February 7th

BONG

In what has become an annual wrasslin’ tradition, WWE 2K17 [official site] is coming to PC on February 7th, months after its console launch. The console version is the best WWE release in the last few years, with marginal improvements in the career mode and creation suites, and better in-ring action. Most notable is the fact that triple threat matches and the like are actually enjoyable now, thanks to longer rest spots outside the ring for battered wrestlers, allowing for better match flow. I still wouldn’t go so far as to recommend it, but it’s on the right track. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA 2K17 Career Stars Michael Jordan (The Other One)

Like a thespian Bo Jackson, Michael B. Jordan is acting all the sports. After mastering boxing in Creed and handegg in Friday Night Lights, he’ll now tread the boards of the balltobasket stage in NBA 2K17 [official site]. He’ll play your custom character’s best ballbuddy in the game’s MyCareer story mode, where players guide a character of their own creation through life on and off the pitch. The story’s written and directed by Creed co-writer Aaron Covington too. If this seems extravagant for a sports game, pssh, this is nothing: last year’s story was a Spike Lee joint.

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From Parts Unknown: WWE 2K16 Coming To PC March

I still don’t understand why WWE 2K15 [official site] came to PC so many months after the initial console release and, well, here we are again. The latest entry in the pro wrestling series will arrive on PC March 11th, having landed on consoles at the end of October last year. We’ll get all of the DLC, and the PC version will be equivalent to the current-gen console release. That’s good, because if we were getting the cut-down PS3/360 version, I’d have taken it as confirmation of a 2K heel turn.

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A Spike Lee Joint: NBA 2K16 Dunked Onto Steam

“Boom shakalaka!” begins this post, indicating how out of touch I am with basketball. My American sport of choice was baseball, really. But I know enough about slamming a fierce jam and high dunking a score off the top turnbuckle to tell you that NBA 2K16 [official site] has arrived. What’s new about this year’s release? Oh, you know, the usual – it’s a Spike Lee Joint.

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Wot I Think: WWE 2K15

In these alt text captions I will provide insight into the various wrestlers pictured for non-wrestling fans. These fine fellows are members of the Wyatt Family. They are controlled by their sentient beards, which force them to fight everyone even though they are gentle men.

Professional wrestling is a ridiculous cultural phenomenon and I love it dearly. I also happen to think it’s blend of theatre, physical performance and interactive storytelling is ideally suited to gaming. It’s a weird and wonderful world that offers all manner of opportunities for interactive storytelling, from heroic fights against the odds to villainous victories and roster management.

WWE 2K15 [official site] seizes many of those opportunities, but do they wriggle out of its meaty grasp? Here’s wot I think.

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Cheap Pop: WWE 2K15 Coming To PC Soon

WWE 2K15 is coming to PC “this spring”. While the latest entry in the series has had something of a rough reception in console land, I’m excited about this. There hasn’t been an official WWE game on PC since 2002 and even though this seems like a transitional year at best – Eurogamer call it “actively bad” – 2K do solid sports work elsewhere. They acquired the WWE license following THQ’s dissolution in 2013 and will hopefully turn the ship around before long, rather than aiming for the rocks.

As for the PC version itself? What better way to get John Cena over with the fans than to have him deliver an honest-to-goodness, PC-lovin’ promo right here in the middle of the RPS squared circle. That’s below.

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Giants – Citizen Kobe: NBA 2K15

In this edition of ‘News that emerged during Gamescom but slipped through the net’, let us discuss baskets and the balls that so neatly pass through them. NBA 2K15’s PC release will be equivalent to the PS4 and XB1 versions, which is good news. When a sporting console release straddles the past and the present, the PC has often found itself relegated to the past, presumably to maximise the number of possible players. Not so with NBA though and that’s cause for celebration – 2K’s basketball series has the greatest career mode in any sports game franchise. It’s sport as RPG and I find it enormously compelling, despite knowing next to nothing about point guards and low posts.

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