Our Five Biggest Takeaways After Playing The NBA Live 18 Demo

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Our Five Biggest Takeaways After Playing The NBA Live 18 Demo

The free to download NBA Live 18 demo kicks off today, giving hoops fans their first look at the EA Sports project that has been under renovation for two years. With a development timeline double that of a typical sports game, NBA Live 18 brings a host of new changes that developer EA Tiburon hopes results in an appealing alternative to the NBA 2K juggernaut. 

I spent a few hours checking out the content available for the demo at a recent event at EA, which serves as the full intro to the created-player experience dubbed The One. You assume the role of a hyped college athlete who blew out his knee right before he was about to declare for the NBA draft. The injury forces you to go back to college to rebuild your reputation before trying to impress NBA scouts by playing street ball and in pro-ams like the Drew league. The demo picks up with your character (who you can fully customize) hitting the streetball games with his best friend, Nick Howard and ends with you getting drafted into the NBA.

Here were our five biggest takeaways after playing through the demo. 

Madden 18 Outlines Connected Franchise Changes

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Madden 18 Outlines Connected Franchise Changes

Madden developer EA Tiburon just announced details regarding what's new for its Connected Franchise Mode (CFM). While there aren't any big splashy sea-change features, a bunch of tweaks are being instituted to tune the game in various areas.

Here's an excerpted list of some of the changes for CFM:

Draft 

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Trailer Shows Billie Lurk's Killing Prowess

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Trailer Shows Billie Lurk's Killing Prowess

The Marilyn Manson song "Killing Strangers" perfectly sets the mood for the latest Dishonored: Death of the Outsider trailer. 

Taking place after the events of Dishonored 2, Billie Lurk (a.k.a. Meagan Foster) sets off on a mission to find her mentor Daud (voiced again by Michael Madsen) and put an end to the supernatural chaos unleashed upon the world by The Outsider. With no god-gifted superpowers of her own, Lurk finds some powerful artifacts to help on this impossible task of assassinating a deity. The gameplay shown in the trailer demonstrates just how dangerous she's become, and also gives us a glimpse of some of the new faces standing in the way of her mission. At least one new enemy type looks as if it's born from the void, and we also see new parts of the city of Serkonos. In one scene, Daud studies a map of Upper Cyria. A newspaper clipping hanging next to the map mentions that the "Eyeless" still remain an eyesore for the city.

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Trailer Shows Billie Lurk's Killing Prowess

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Trailer Shows Billie Lurk's Killing Prowess

The Marilyn Manson song "Killing Strangers" perfectly sets the mood for the latest Dishonored: Death of the Outsider trailer. 

Taking place after the events of Dishonored 2, Billie Lurk (a.k.a. Meagan Foster) sets off on a mission to find her mentor Daud (voiced again by Michael Madsen) and put an end to the supernatural chaos unleashed upon the world by The Outsider. With no god-gifted superpowers of her own, Lurk finds some powerful artifacts to help on this impossible task of assassinating a deity. The gameplay shown in the trailer demonstrates just how dangerous she's become, and also gives us a glimpse of some of the new faces standing in the way of her mission. At least one new enemy type looks as if it's born from the void, and we also see new parts of the city of Serkonos. In one scene, Daud studies a map of Upper Cyria. A newspaper clipping hanging next to the map mentions that the "Eyeless" still remain an eyesore for the city.

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NHL 18 Expansion Draft First Look – Can You Build A Playoff Team In One Season?

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NHL 18 Expansion Draft First Look – Can You Build A Playoff Team In One Season?

With the Las Vegas Golden Knights joining the NHL as the 31st franchise this year, the league currently sits as an odd number. Commissioner Gary Bettman has already entertained the addition of a second expansion team in the near future, which is likely why EA Sports was allowed give users the ability to add the 32nd franchise in NHL 18.

During an event at EA HQ, we got our first glimpse at how franchise mode handles adding new teams to the league. You can only add the 32nd team at the beginning of a new franchise mode, which means you have to pick from the leftovers remaining in the aftermath of the Golden Knights' expansion draft. Picking second for every position obviously puts the 32nd franchise at an extreme disadvantage, but I looked at the experience like a challenge. Could I draft a team that could compete for a playoff spot out of the gate? Watch this video to find out if I had what it takes to put a winner on the ice:

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The Fatherland Knows Best In New Wolfenstein II Trailer

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The Fatherland Knows Best In New Wolfenstein II Trailer

The latest look at Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and its alternate world where the Nazis occupy America comes in the form of a live-action snippet of the fictional show Trust in Brother.

Watch on for vital information on good nutrition, state security, and how to avoid the Youth Health Ministry. And if you're looking for gameplay, there's approximately 15 seconds of it toward the end.

For a more thorough view of the game, check out the 20 things Javy noticed from his recent hands-on time with the title.

NBA 2K18 Dev Diary Breaks Down Graphical Improvements Enabled By 4K Consoles

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NBA 2K18 Dev Diary Breaks Down Graphical Improvements Enabled By 4K Consoles

With stellar broadcast style presentation, realistic animations, and more facial scans than most other games, the NBA 2K series has always been a graphical leader in the sports video game genre. With the power of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One at their disposal for NBA 218, the team at Visual Concepts is pushing their own benchmark even further thanks to 4K/60 frames per second visuals supporting High Dynamic Range imaging.

Today a new developer diary breaks down all the areas NBA 2K18 is making graphical strides, from more realistic bodies and higher fidelity face scans to authentic jersey colors and the largest collection of scanned shoes they've had to date. The video goes on to address one area of improvement called for by many people who play MyCareer – better character creation. This year, when constructing your MyPlayer you can look forward to more varied body types, improved face scan technology, and a larger library of hair styles to choose from.

Check out the video here:

Breaking Down The Big Gameplay Improvements Coming To NBA 2K18

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Breaking Down The Big Gameplay Improvements Coming To NBA 2K18

The game mechanics in sports video games are always a major point of contention with fans of the sport. Some worship the altar of realism above all, dissecting every mechanic to reveal whether it serves the master of authenticity. Others prefer a more streamlined experience that values fun over whether or not a particular player can get up the court in four or six seconds. The NBA 2K series has always straddled that line deftly, which is why every year the franchise continues to be a critical and commercial success. 

Despite its accolades, developer Visual Concepts sees plenty of room for improvement. For NBA 2K18, the studio is making meaningful changes to nearly every element of gameplay. It even took a jackhammer to one of the most integral systems in the game – player motion. 

I recently traveled to Visual Concepts' Novato, California headquarters to get my first glimpse of NBA 2K18 and talk to developers about the myriad improvements they have planned for this year. Here are the standout elements.

Retooled Player Motion Leads Long List Of Gameplay Improvements Coming To NBA 2K18

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Retooled Player Motion Leads Long List Of Gameplay Improvements Coming To NBA 2K18

The game mechanics in sports video games are always a major point of contention with fans of the sport. Some worship the altar of realism above all, dissecting every mechanic to reveal whether it serves the master of authenticity. Others prefer a more streamlined experience that values fun over whether or not a particular player can get up the court in four or six seconds. The NBA 2K series has always straddled that line deftly, which is why every year the franchise continues to be a critical and commercial success. 

Despite its accolades, developer Visual Concepts sees plenty of room for improvement. For NBA 2K18, the studio is making meaningful changes to nearly every element of gameplay. It even took a jackhammer to one of the most integral systems in the game – player motion. 

I recently traveled to Visual Concepts' Novato, California headquarters to get my first glimpse of NBA 2K18 and talk to developers about the myriad improvements they have planned for this year. Here are the standout elements.

Trailer Shows Off New Characters

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Trailer Shows Off New Characters

In a recent trailer revealed by NIS America, we are introduced to five quirky protagonists coming to the upcoming visual novel Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. 

The Danganronpa series has always been known for eccentric high school students who face death in unusual ways, thanks to a sadistic bear who watches their every move. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony brings back these themes, but takes place in a different school and introduces new mini-games.

In the trailer below, we meet five ultra-talented high schoolers who will soon scheme each others deaths and face off in trials. These characters include Ryoma (Ultimate Tennis Pro), Kaito (Ultimate Astronaut), Himiko (Ultimate Magician), Angie (Ultimate Artist) and Monodam (a robotic cub to the original Monokuma).