NBA 2K18 Wish List

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NBA 2K18 Wish List

With NBA free agency in full swing, fans are starting to get antsy about hearing hard details regarding how the uber popular NBA 2K series plans to evolve for the 2K18 edition. We know the cover athletes and that some version of the game is coming to Nintendo Switch, but beyond that developer Visual Concepts is running a screen play regarding the changes coming to gameplay and game modes in 2017. 

As we patiently wait for the news drop (judging by the early September timing last year we still have a few months to kill), the GI Staff kicked around the evolutions we’d like to see come to the series. Since the majority of us play MyCareer and MyGM modes, this wish list skews heavily in this direction. 

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

Exclusive Deep Dive Into Starfinder RPG’s Planet Verces

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Exclusive Deep Dive Into Starfinder RPG’s Planet Verces

Starfinder aims to catapult forward in Paizo’s Pathfinder fantasy universe, and tell stories set in a science-fiction meets fantasy setting of goblin-crewed starships, magical laser rifles, and dragon space explorers. We’ve had a few opportunities in the last several months to highlight Paizo’s upcoming tabletop RPG, including an interview with the creative director and a first look at one of the game’s iconic characters, Iseph the Operative, and later a broader look at all the central characters of the new fiction.

Today, we’re continuing the trend to show off a first look at one corner of the Starfinder universe, and some of its inhabitants, including another closer look at one of Starfinder’s iconic characters. 

Verces is one of many explorable planets in the Starfinder universe. The images below each highlight a different aspect of this single planet, but it’s worth noting that the actual Starfinder setting includes info on numerous worlds and moons, space stations, and civilization arc ships, all that neighbor Verces, not to mention the way the Starfinder setting opens the door for galactic exploration of the solar systems that lie further away. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 6, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 6, 2017)

We hope everyone enjoyed a fun Fourth of July weekend full of grilling and gaming. Based on this week's Blog Herding, it looked like quite a few people found time to write about games as well!

Community Blogs For June 22 – June 28:

My Top 4 Cinematic Gaming ExperiencesMikComposer is a huge fan of story-driven games, and these four top the list when it comes to the blogger's favorites. I was happy to see The Wolf Among Us on the list. That game, and the comic series it is based upon, are absolutely fantastic.

The Virtual Life – Getting Away With Murder In Hitman

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The Virtual Life – Getting Away With Murder In Hitman

Viktor Novikov isn't a bright man. He walks around this mansion like he owns everyone here. He's bumbled his way to the top and mistakes himself for a god. I could kill him on the sly. Break the chandelier and cause it to crush him when he gets up on the catwalk to give a speech. Painful but tidy. Professional. No signs of foul play.

But the man offends me. He's a brute who thinks he's a grifter. I'll take the pay cut just to take him down a few pegs. I follow him and the guard flanking at all times through the corridors of this maze, filled with party guests until he steps off into a secluded place to make a call on his cellphone. His guard goes down first, a wrench knocking him to the ground. Novikov turns. I give him long enough to see the pistol, to realize what's coming next, and to know that everything he built is about to be taken from him. Two roaring shots. Center mass. The Russian drops to the floor. I toss the pistol and walk back into the hallway.

Around me, people scream but no one's seen anything. I take advantage of the chaos, moving through crowds, walking past guards with their pistols drawn as they surge toward the scene of the crime. Out at the docks next to the courtyard I find the boat and make a daring but silent escape to freedom. Just another day at the office.

15 Flawed Games Worth Checking Out

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15 Flawed Games Worth Checking Out

Not every game can be perfect or even great. The vast majority of them aren't. However, there a lot of good games that have fantastic concepts or moments in them, even if whole experience might be rough around the edges. The following is a collection of such titles, each flawed in various ways but with something special about them that makes them worth dealing with the issues.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday

A gripping piece of interactive nonfiction, 1979 stuck to the rails a bit too much for our liking, but its well-told story and memorable characters ultimately made the experience worthwhile. Definitely check this one our if you're into narrative-driven experiences. You can read our review here. (Platforms: PC, iOS, Android)

The Highs And Lows Of Zelda’s Minigames

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The Highs And Lows Of Zelda’s Minigames

The world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is majestic and immersive, but recently I ran into a hitch that took me out of the experience – a frustrating obstacle course for my horse. Minigames have been a staple of the series for decades; some are fun diversions that act as a breath of fresh air, and others…not so much. To find out what makes a good Zelda minigame, we looked at some of our favorite and least favorite minigames and found that they grouped nicely around five major themes. After analyzing what made certain games endearing and others frustrating, we put together a list of Do’s and Don’ts for future minigames in the franchise.

On Motion-Controlled Minigames

Do: Keep It SimpleExample: Clean Cut Challenge – Skyward Sword 

Video Game Characters We'd Invite To Our Fourth Of July BBQ

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Video Game Characters We'd Invite To Our Fourth Of July BBQ

The Fourth of July is here. Grills are being fired up, fireworks are in stock, and our annual backyard celebrations are in full swing. Space is limited, and only the best drinking buddies get an invite. With that in mind, here are some video game characters that would make our guest list.

KratosGod of War series
Drink of Choice: Guinness

You’d think Kratos would just murder everyone in a drunken rage, but I think if everyone limits conversation topics with him, it’ll be just fine. Don’t mention how he was ordered to be executed on the day of his birth, avoid bringing up his brother Demos at all, and whatever you do, definitely don’t talk about how he killed his own wife and daughter in a fit of blind rage. That is, unless you want him to kill you in a fit of blind rage. I’ve prepared some safe conversation topics. How does he avoid getting beer froth in his beard? How is his son, Atreus, doing in little league? Does Atreus get along with Calliope…and we’re back to the sore spot.

Opinion – Separating A Game From Its Name

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Opinion – Separating A Game From Its Name

I was playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and despite enjoying my time with it, a lot of little things bothered me. Your weapons break too quickly. Your horse can’t fast-travel with you. Your stamina depletes too quickly when sprinting. These are issues that open-world RPGs solved years ago, and the fact that Breath of the Wild received universal praise despite such basic problems was baffling to me. I thought, “If this game weren’t called The Legend of Zelda, people would never be so forgiving.”

I hear that sentiment often when discussing games. I have even said it myself. You’ve probably said similar things when playing an entry in a series with a devoted following, like Final Fantasy or Call of Duty. You feel like you are the only person who sees through an illusion, and that fans are blind to failings that seem crystal clear. But even if you think an “If this game weren’t called…” observation is true, that doesn’t make it significant.