Back to the court, ‘NBA Playgrounds’ Launching May 9!

I grew up with NBA Jam and other classic less serious sports titles. I long for the days of games where realism isn’t the focus. So when I saw the trailer for NBA Playgrounds, below, I instantly wanted to play it. Luckily, it doesn’t look like I’ll have to wait too much longer!

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. May 3, 2017 – Independent developer Saber Interactive has confirmed that NBA Playgrounds will be available on May 9 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC (Steam) as a digital-only release for $19.99. Yes, next week!

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Play as NBA superstars and legends from the past, including Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Shaquille O’Neal.

Features:

  • Up your Game! Features a progression system to unlock real NBA players. Uncover new moves for each player as you upgrade their experience.
  • Tournaments and Online Play. Play solo, with friends in local and online multiplayer, or against the world in online tournaments.
  • Lottery Pick System. The lottery pick system introduces a new twist to the game by rewarding great play with unique rewards.
  • Massive Roster of NBA Superstars. Current and retired ballers from all the official NBA teams will be available at launch. Hundreds more NBA superstars will be added post-launch.
  • Over-the-top Moves. Timing is key, whether you’re shooting 3-pointers, pulling off major dunks, showing off your finger-roll game, or defying analytics and winning with long 2-pointers.

NBA Playgrounds is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB and PEGI 3+. For more information, visit www.nbaplaygrounds.game, like NBAPlaygrounds on Facebook, and follow @NBA_Playgrounds on Twitter.NBA Playgrounds is published by Mad Dog.

New Nintendo Uniqlo shirt designs coming soon!

Fresh from Nintendo’s PR email, we were just told about new UNIQLO + Nintendo collection of fan-designed shirts that will be available on May 19. The result of a global design contest, the winners were chosen with the help of Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and include some great designs featuring Mario, Splatoon, Zelda and other Nintendo brands.
There are 25 total designs that will be available. Men’s and Women’s shirts will be $14.90 and Kids’ shirts will be $9.90. While as a Big & Tall guy, these usually don’t come in my size, the designs chosen are honestly really amazing. You can find more information here, and see the designs in the above video!

Star Wars Battlefront II coming later this year!

Now that’s out of the way. It seems EA has learned their mistakes with the first Battlefront deciding to introduce a single player story in the sequel. There’s not a ton of information out right now, but what we know is:

Live the untold Star Wars story of Iden, an elite Stormtrooper, in an original single-player story. Battle on land and in space in an expanded multiplayer experience with iconic heroes and villains, thrilling space battles, and a deep progression and customization system. Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.

Just give me dogfights and I’m game.

Jak and Daxter PS2 Classics coming to the Playstation 4!

Coming straight from the Playstation Blog:

The dynamic duo is back!

We are delighted to announce that Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3 will be available on PS4 via download at PS Store later this year! Longtime fans and new players alike can experience the incredible exploits of Jak and Daxter as the duo sets out to explore ancient lands and unravel the mysteries of the Precursors.

And we’re not done… ready to get car-Jakked?

That’s right! Jak X: Combat Racing, Naughty Dog’s wild vehicular combat PS2 classic will be available for the first time anywhere since its release back in October 2005. Originally released for PS2, Jak X will make its way onto PS4 later this year. Play Adventure or Exhibition mode in this no-holds-barred buggy brawler for hours of challenge and fun. Although there will be no online features you can still battle against your friends via splitscreen.

Experience these Naughty Dog PS2 classics with 1080p up-rendering and Trophy support. Additional enhanced features include Shareplay, Remote Play, and Activity Feeds (an active PlayStation Plus membership is required to use certain online features).

We hope you are as excited as we are about these games — stay tuned for more news as we get closer to launch!

I’m quite excited, as I never played the Jak games as a kid so this should provide a unique way to experience the titles. Expect content closer to release!

Persona 5 upcoming DLC dated & priced!

Persona 5 is days away and the DLC pricing and dates are finally available! Atlus just shot us the following info! A good thing to note is that the Japanese Audio DLC, available day 1, is free! Also, any DLC costumes also come with corresponding background audio during fights!

My personal favorite is the Catherine DLC, pictured below:


Without further ado, head below the jump!

Click on to read the full PR…

Steven Universe & OK K.O. come to consoles in 2017!

It isn’t a huge secret that I’m a pretty big fan of Steven Universe. The follow up to 2015’s “Attack the Light” (which we wrote a review for! You can find that here!) has been announced with a planned console release. You can spot the first gameplay footage for that below, as well as more info on Ian Jones-Quartey’s (He worked on Steven Universe!) OK K.O. video game as well!

ATLANTAMarch 9, 2017 – Turner’s Cartoon Network will expand the imaginative worlds of its hit series Steven Universe with a new console game set to release in 2017. Save the Light joins the new original series and console/PC game OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, announced earlier today. Continuing its commitment to producing premiere content across a variety of platforms, the new titles will engage fans with storylines, interactive play and additional surprises only available within the console gameplay.

Cartoon Network will showcase the following new original titles throughout PAX East:

  • Save the Light: An original story crafted with Steven Universe series creator Rebecca Sugar, this RPG console game is a sequel to the 2015 hit mobile title Attack the Light. Developed with renowned hit maker Grumpyface Studios, the game is expected to launch summer 2017.
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes: From the creative mind of artist Ian Jones-Quartey and developed by award-winning Capybara Games, this action brawler with RPG elements is set in the outrageous world of the upcoming Cartoon Network Studios animated series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. This new console game is expected to arrive fall 2017.

Xbox Game Pass Brings Unlimited Access to More Than 100 Games

Similar to how Sony has PS Now, Microsoft today announced the “Xbox Game Pass”. This service will allow you to play over 100 titles from the Xbox One and Xbox 360 instantly, almost like a Spotify for Xbox.

We’ve posted the PR below, which has some interesting bits. For the low cost of $9.99 a month, the Xbox library is yours to play around in.

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for gamers. As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month. Click on to read the full PR…

Twitch to sell games, giving percentage of profits to streamers!

Twitch has been a great way for people to watch others play a game, and helping to decide if you should purchase it. Apparently Twitch and game publishers agreed! Starting “soon”, Twitch will allow opt-in for partnered streamers to sell copies of the game that they’re streaming.

 

You can find the entire Q&A below the cut, but the part I’m most curious about is this:

Q. If I’m a non partnered streamer, can viewers buy games from my channel page?

A. An offer to buy a game or in game content will appear on all streamer channel pages when a game is being played that is offered for sale by Twitch. Only partnered streamers will be eligible to earn revenue through this program.

So basically, if you’re not partnered with Twitch, prepare to make them money regardless!

You can read the rest of the Q&A below.  Click on to read the full PR…

Fast RMX, Shovel Knight, and more make the Switch eShop Launch!

Competing with Zelda and 1-2-Switch! are some of Nintendo’s brightest Nindies: Shovel Knight and FAST RMX. In a PR statement today, Nintendo confirmed that both Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (along with the new Specter of Torment campaign!) and Fast RMX will be launch titles for the Nintendo Switch. They also announced a Nindies showcase that will be releasing on the 28th. Along with this news, they also shared that the Virtual Console service will not be live at launch, with more info incoming. You can find the press release below the jump, and enjoy this off-screen footage for FAST RMX!

Click on to read the full PR…

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first Nintendo Switch title to receive DLC.

DLC and season passes aren’t a new thing to many gamers, with Nintendo finally embracing the system in the Wii U’s life.It isn’t a surprise that the Switch will see DLC and “Season Passes” or as Nintendo is calling them, a “Expansion Pass”. The first of these has been confirmed to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can hear all about it from Mr. Aonuma in the video below.

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year.

For the full press release including when we can expect this content, hit that read more! Click on to read the full PR…

Marvel and Square Enix team up for new Avengers project.

I’ve always wondered why there seemed to be a lack of superhero games in the last few years and apparently, somebody at Square Enix thought the same. Earlier today we got our first teaser for Square Enix and Marvel’s new partnership, which you can find below.

Grey Box’s Spaceship Action Game ‘Dreadnought’ Coming to PS4!

Controlling giant spaceships in combat? Sign me up.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2016 – Grey Box, Six Foot and independent developer YAGER have revealed that Dreadnought, the class-based spaceship action game, will be coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system next year. Announced today with a new gameplay trailer at PlayStation Experience 2016,Dreadnought will make its console-exclusive debut on the PlayStation®4 system with a closed beta beginning in 2017, which eager captains can sign up for now at www.dreadnought.com/ps4.

You can find the rest of the PR release below Click on to read the full PR…

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