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.

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.

Ashley Johnson & Troy Baker in Studio for The Last of Us Part II.

Looks like development of The Last of Us Part II is coming along nicely. Ashley Johnson, voice of Ellie,  posted this picture today of what looks like facial tracking for voice dub.

I dunno about you guys, but I absolutely can’t wait to see more of The Last of Us, so even the smallest bit of news is amazing.

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…

Atlus USA shows off Persona 5’s “Take Your Heart” edition, and we can’t stop drooling.

We absolutely cannot wait for Persona 5. The entire team loves the series and the wait for the newest title has been painful to say the least. That said, with less than two weeks to go Atlus has uploaded a new video with their PR head William and marketing team member Lauren showing off just what lies inside the collector’s edition of the game.

April 4th can’t get here fast enough.

A first look at Modern Sonic in Sonic Forces!

I’m a bit of a Sonic fan with the games shaping my childhood. We’ve seen a teaser of what is now known as Sonic Forces earlier last year, but now we finally get to see a bit of Modern Sonic’s gameplay. It looks about how we expected but still looks fun. Check out the footage below, and let us know what you expect from Sonic Forces! 18

Sonic blasts through a city under siege by Death Egg Robot sentinels in this first look at Sonic Forces. Coming this Holiday season to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC!

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…

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy set to launch on June 30th!

Our friends over at Polygon just broke the news that the Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster will be arriving on store shelves later this year. What I had feared to be a fall release actually looks like it will be releasing on June 30th!

Coming from Polygon:

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collection includes the first three Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

The remastered trilogy features new lighting, animations, cinematics enhanced for 4K and the PS4 Pro, and a fully remastered soundtrack. It also will have full analog stick support, along with new unified save and checkpoint systems.

Vicarious Visions, which is handling the work of updating the classics, also improved the game’s bonus levels and time trials, and recreated the intro cinematic with updated graphics and sound.

The trilogy will cost $39.99.

I personally can’t wait, as I missed the Crash trilogy as a kid. Will you be picking this title up?

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…

Master the art of destruction in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

PSX held many mysteries, including what Gearbox was up to. Turns out they’re working with People Can Fly to publish a new Bulletstorm title! All the info is below, but I can’t wait if nothing else to hear Jon St. John rock it as Duke Nukem. We have a bit of a soft spot for Mr. St. John. (I wonder why?)

Frisco, Texas – December 1, 2016 – People Can Fly and Gearbox Publishing are pleased to announce Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition as the critically-acclaimed shooter comes to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC on April 7, 2017 in stunning ultra-high resolutions. Updated with hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this upgraded version of the game comes with all of the previously-released DLC along with all-new content. Also for the first time ever, players who pre-order the game will get the chance to play as the iconic Duke Nukem in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Featuring full voice over from the voice of Duke, this feature will replace main character Grayson Hunt with Duke Nukem and provide a never-before-seen experience to fans.

“We are thrilled to be working with People Can Fly to bring Bulletstorm to new audiences and platforms,” said Steve Gibson, Head of Gearbox Publishing. “Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition takes a critically-acclaimed game and adds so much to it with some killer new content, including all the separate add-on packs, and kicking up the presentation to a level that wasn’t possible with technology before. We hope fans of the franchise, both new and old, are going to love this.” Click on to read the full PR…

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