NBA 2K18: amazing realism

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The new NBA game hit the shelves in September 2018. Millions of devoted fans ran straight for the store or ordered their copies online. 2K Sports promised a lot of innovations in the game which fired up the atmosphere before the grand opening. What amazed us the most, after playing the game for the first time, is the astonishing level of realism in the game. It almost feels that there is so much detail in the game which is so difficult to process and to notice. We will tell you all about our impressions, keep reading to see what we think about the new NBA game.

Game speed

This is probably the first most gamers will notice once they fire up the game for the first time. The speed of the game is much better compared to 2K17, much more balanced and realistic. The action moves are quicker than in the last years version and we can say nothing except that the developers did a great job.

The whole game experience is at a perfect pace. It feels smooth and stable. The overall symmetry in the gameplay is almost like watching an actual NBA game, something you would expect after watching pro-level athletes at work. Every player in the game feels to be quicker, but without breaking the threshold of realism.

 

Physical contact

Maybe the best aspect of the game are the animations which illustrate the level of contact between the players. The developers tried to show us the intensity of basketball on NBA courts and they increased the number of variable which affect player movement after or before collisions. To exemplify, when you grab a rebound with Lebron, you can accept at least one player controlled by the CPU to pressure and try to steal the ball. Of course, this will usually mean a fair amount of contact with the other player, but James would simply glide passed him with an elegant evasive maneouver, not caring to slow down.

On another instance, if the level of agression by the defensive player was greater, a foul would be called. On the rarest occasion, the defense would manage to force an offensive (charging) foul. The detail of the whole imagination is unprecedented. Besides this, you will be able to see the contact animation in all its glory while struggling for a rebound in the paint, when the centers and power forwards battle to grab the ball. Developers state that there are more than 700 animations only for post defending. Many rebounds will be deflected and the ball will be harder to get due to pokes and jabs from many hands under the rim.

Organizing the game

Calling the plays like a coach on the bench. You will feel like Gregg Popovich when setting up the Spurs offense. Offensive and defensive schemes are plentyful, so much that it will be difficult to remember them. Zone pressure, high post-ups, low ball game… Take your pick. The system of playcalling and the game as a whole advanced greatly compared to 2K17.

Gaming Genres: Which Ones Sell the Best

Do you remember the time when gaming had a bad rep for being violent and negatively influencing children? Luckily, that’s all over. It has been found more than once that gaming is actually good for people of all ages. It stimulates the mind, improves problem-solving and fine motor skills, and offers an opportunity to be social. With all this in mind, we want to take a look at the most popular games genres today. The top three pretty much lead by a wide margin with the others trailing. However, the beauty of gaming is that there is something for everyone.

Number 1 Genre: Shooter

Shooter games are at the top of the list with almost a quarter of games sold in this genre. There is just something about getting rid of the bad guy and finding the strategies to do so. Shooter games weren’t always at the top, but it pushed action out of number one in the last few years.

Number 2 Genre: Action

Action is what we all want, right? Life can get mundane and worker-day very quickly and there is no better cure than getting into an action game. You get to be a superhero or bad guy, whichever strikes your fancy. Quest, challenges, partnerships, strategy – action games have it all. No wonder they are second on the list with a percentage of sales just below shooter games.

Number 3 Genre: Role-Playing

RPG games have gained in popularity over the last 5 years or so. Role-playing games offer us the chance to be someone else and kick some ass while we do it. Everyone enjoys an RPG every now and then even if it is not your main fancy.

Number 4 Genre: Sports

Sports will always be in the top positions. Sport is a global thing that brings people together and makes us go crazy. Playing sports without going outside is the main draw for some, especially those of us who can’t really kick a ball. No matter your skill, everyone enjoys their own type of sport whether on the Wii or Xbox or PS4.

It makes complete sense that these four genres be at the top. They are the things that offer us escape and a let out for frustration. And let’s be honest, it’s just sometimes nice to kick someone in the face without suffering the consequences. So, which one is your favourite and do you agree with these stats? Let us know.

New Gaming Releases of 2017 That You Must Try

2017 has been a year if greats. It has been a year of all things interesting across the world and it’s no different in the gaming world. There are so many great titles that have been released so far this year that this was a difficult article to write. However, I chose a few favourites and hope you will enjoy them as much as we have.

1. Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

All racing game fans love Gran Turismo. There may be many racing game options out there like Forza and Driveclub, but somehow we just always fall back to GT. Gran Turismo is a favourite across the board and their new release promises to be just as fancy and lifelike as always. You can look forward to gorgeous cars, beautiful tracks, and all kinds of new and neat tricks.

2. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Yes, Mario still lives on and he has more tricks and better gadgets this time around. This is a debut for Nintendo on the Switch platform and promises to be just as exciting, if not more so, than the previous Mario releases. Mario’s hat has powers and he adventures across a big city, through robots and more. If you have always liked Mario, then you don’t want to miss this one.

3. Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

This is one of the games that we are eagerly awaiting. It is to be released at the end of October this year and we cannot wait. Assassin’s Creed may have got a bit tired with its last release, but the Origins game promises to make us forget all about that. The developers have done away with the old and boring like sync towers and have created excellent RPG to master.

This is our chosen top 3 for 2017. We would love to hear your input. If you have these games and tried them, let us know how they play and whether it is worth it.

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Gamer?

Gaming is a way of life for many of us. If you are just getting started and interested in becoming a pro or just a great gamer, then this article is for you. It doesn’t matter what age you are when you start and doesn’t matter what game you play. If you want to be a good gamer, you need to do a few simple things.

  1. Do your homework before you start playing – There are websites for almost every popular game and you will find social media pages and forums everywhere. Read up about the game you want to play and what it is about. Get the background story and understand what the objectives are and what skills you need to develop to successfully master the game.
  2. Practice, practice, practice – As with most things, you will need to practice. For professional gamers, this is key. They play and practice for eight hours a day the same way that an ice skater does to compete. Your skills will only develop and improve when you play a game over and over again. You need to practice tricks and other game-related things to get better.
  3. Study the experts – You can learn a lot of the guys who have been playing for years or just play a lot. The masters have honed their skills and practised until their fingers bled. They know strategies and secrets that you take forever to figure out. So, use their expertise and save yourself the time and effort they had to go through to learn what they know. Studying the tactics and habits of the experts will definitely help you improve your gaming skills.
  4. Join a community – Like we said before, there are forums and communities everywhere. Just look for them on blogs, like this one, or social media. Fellow gamers can help you out and you can learn from them. This is especially important if you want to take part in tournaments. You need to find some gaming buddies to enjoy this journey with.

Preparation and practice are what you need. So, choose your game and get started today. Remember to take breaks and please don’t quit your job or drop out of school to play a game. May the force be with you.