NBA 2K18's MyCareer Mode Takes Another Big Leap With GTA-Style Social Hub

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NBA 2K18's MyCareer Mode Takes Another Big Leap With GTA-Style Social Hub

Though the game is flush with fantastic modes like MyGM, MyLeague, and MyTeam, the majority of NBA 2K users gravitate toward MyCareer. Creating your own upgradeable player to use in a story-based NBA experience, competitive streetball competitions, and 5v5 ProAm leagues has proven a winning formula, but that's not stopping developer Visual Concepts from rethinking its most beloved mode. Taking inspirations from games like Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K18 doubles down on the social element of the MyCareer mode while at the same time honoring fan requests to deliver a more diverse player archetype system that allows users to develop and progress the type of baller they want handling the rock.

At an event in New York City, I got to experience this all-new approach to MyCareer firsthand. Here's what I learned. 

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Procedural, Auto-Running Chaos

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Procedural, Auto-Running Chaos

It's been seven years since the initial launch of Super Meat Boy, and while we've been treated to multiple releases of that critically acclaimed game across myriad platforms, the evil geniuses at Team Meat have finally resurfaced the true sequel to its 2010 smash hit. Super Meat Boy Forever has reappeared thanks to Nintendo's Indie Showcase, and I had a chance to play the sequel to one of last generation's fantastic indie surprises.

Rather than just giving fans more of Super Meat Boy, Team Meat has reworked much of how the game works. The auto-running Super Meat Boy Forever strips the titular character and Bandage Girl of their ability to retain control after they leave the ground, but the developers make up for it by granting them some offensive moves and new traversal maneuvers. Now, Meat Boy can punch, slide, and even dive-kick through these worlds, giving him new ways to tackle the challenges before him (as well as giving Team Meat new ways to design levels). Stringing these moves together feels smooth once you get the hang of it, and I loved punching through an enemy in mid-air before diving diagonally between saws for a flashy escape from danger.

Human Head And Digital Extremes Reveal First Look At Bullet Hell MMO

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Human Head And Digital Extremes Reveal First Look At Bullet Hell MMO

In advance of a showing at PAX West in the coming days, developer Human Head and publisher Digital Extremes is showing off a first look at Survived By. The game combines roguelite elements, MMO structure, bullet hell shooting, and retro aesthetics into an unusual but intriguing combo. The game promises boss fights, dungeon exploration, looting, and a crafting system as well. Players choose one of several character classes (like Druid or Geomancer) and fight their way through battles until they die, at which point one of their descendants takes up the cause, and inherits a small part of their power and skill, represented in the game by buffs and stat advantages. 

Along with the announcement, the game makers are sending out a call to join the free alpha by heading to the game’s official site.

Check out the announcement trailer below.

Check Out A Catchy, Propaganda-Filled Wolfenstein II Cartoon

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Check Out A Catchy, Propaganda-Filled Wolfenstein II Cartoon

Bethesda has released a new trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which features the intro for a popular TV show in the game's Nazi-occupied-America setting. Tune in to Blitzmensch for the catchy theme song, and stick around for a few precious seconds of new gameplay footage.

The fictional show stars a former Olympic medalist-turned-superhero as he battles a variety of American villains. It's somewhat similar in tone and subtlety to a previous game trailer, which showed another show, Trust in Brother.

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Mechanized Vulcosuits Power Up RPG Lost Sphear

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Mechanized Vulcosuits Power Up RPG Lost Sphear

Square Enix and developer Tokyo RPG Factory have released a new gameplay-focused trailer for January's Lost Sphear, and apart from displaying the restoring of the world and the usual RPG tenets, it shows off the mechanized Vulcosuits.

The trailer doesn't go into detail about acquiring said suit or all its functions, but clearly it packs a punch.

Lost Sphear comes out on January 23 on PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC digitally. Physical copies are also available for PS4 and Switch. 

What's The Takeaway From The PC Beta?

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What's The Takeaway From The PC Beta?

Destiny 2 is only days away from release on console, but a lot of the buzz this week has been around the game’s PC beta, which just recently began. PC players had to sit out the fun of the first Destiny game and its expansions, but the sequel is a different matter. Destiny 2 on PC will launch on October 24, several weeks after PS4 and Xbox One players are able to dive in on September 6. But is the wait worth it? 

As one of GI’s longtime Destiny enthusiasts, I sat down with our PC editor, Dan Tack, to discuss what makes the PC version so compelling, based on several hours exploring this latest beta. 

Matt: Dan, I’ve played some of the PC version of Destiny 2 at earlier events, conventions, and Bungie studio visits. But you have spent time with a far more polished version presented through the beta. We’ll talk about specifics in a moment, but what is your top-level takeaway? 

The Creators of Until Dawn Have A New Trailer For The Inpatient

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The Creators of Until Dawn Have A New Trailer For The Inpatient

Supermassive Games, the developers of 2015's successful Until Dawn, have released a trailer for their new PlayStation VR title The Inpatient.

Set in the Until Dawn universe, The Inpatient takes place in Blackwood Sanatorium in the 1950s. The player takes the role of an amnesiac patient who has no idea why they are committed and must figure out their circumstances.

The game is scheduled for on November 11, 2017 exclusively to PlayStation VR.

New Shadow Of War Trailer Highlights The High-Rolling Marauders Tribe

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New Shadow Of War Trailer Highlights The High-Rolling Marauders Tribe

The upcoming Middle-earth:Shadow of War adds onto the original game's Nemesis system with the introduction of several new tribes of orc warriors. One of these tribes is the Marauders, and a new trailer shows off their brutal, ostentatious style.

The Marauders are a decidedly different take on orcs, with a lust for gold and riches that rival that of the dwarves. As you can see in the trailer below, they're all about getting decked out in shiny armor, collecting huge piles of swag, and looking good while splitting skulls. It's accompanied by Goodbye Tomorrow's track, "100K" – a potentially jarring shift away from the orchestral arrangements that usually accompany Ye Olde Fantasy video games.

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett Join NBA 2K18 As Guest Commentators

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett Join NBA 2K18 As Guest Commentators

Last year the NBA 2K series introduced guest commentators, with Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, and Doris Burke joining regular analysts Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony depending on the game match-up. This year Visual Concepts is infusing more legendary talent to the booth. 

In addition to cracking the NBA 2K18 all-time rosters for their respective teams, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and fifteen-time all-star Kevin Garnett both make appearances as guest commentators. Both have recent experience working in sports broadcasting. Garnett hosted the weekly TNT breakaway show Area 21, which is aired in segments during regular NBA broadcasts. Bryant occasionally worked with ABC's NBA broadcast team during the last season.

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Crypt Of The Necrodancer Devs Reveal Strategy Sim

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Crypt Of The Necrodancer Devs Reveal Strategy Sim

Brace Yourself Games are known for making off-kilter games. Their last project, Crypt of the Necrodancer, combines the timing of rhythm games with the hardcore, edge-of-your-seat action of roguelikes. Their latest project might not be as strange, but it's still an interesting mashup of strategy, simulation, and sci-fi.

Industries of Titan is a city-building game set on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. In it, players build expansive cities that look like something out of a cyberpunk tale. The heart of each city is, as the name of implies, their factories, and setting up a bustling center of industry will be key to success. Players can also build up battleships, which they use to fight enemies.

As with Crypt of the Necrodancer, Brace Yourself Games is collaborating with Danny Baranowsky (of Super Meat Boy fame) for the soundtrack. No release date has been set. You can watch the trailer below.