Game Review: Major League Baseball 2K11 (Xbox 360)

Play Ball! Baseball season is back, the games are in full swing and Major League Baseball 2K11 is your ticket to the ball park. 2K Sports has released this year’s edition of MLB but does it hit a home run or is it a swing and a miss?

Major League Baseball 2K11 brings a lot to the table this year with tons of game modes and added extras. Admittedly, the game loads a lot of data before you get to the actual game. It’s great to have an extra like MLB Today to keep up with your favorite teams and activity in the league but the added load time feels a bit dragged out. However, the game makes up for the heavy loading with the quick menu system. Simply by flicking the right stick you pull up the main menu and can jump to any mode in the game. The convenience of not having to exit, wait for more loading and still have to navigate another menu is indispensable.

Getting to the menu quickly is also great since the menu has so many options. Outside of the traditional exhibition mode and franchise selections, you have Home Run Derby, Online Leagues, My Player and drills to help fine tune your skills. Although I had a lot of fun playing the drills, I really fell in love with My Player mode quite a bit. My Player lets you create your own character and draft him to your desired team. While you have to start in the minors, you work on improving your players’ stats by completing specific challenges. You can simulate the game up to your next at-bat or fielding situation and pending how you complete the tasks, you are awarded points for your performance. It helps ease the slow pace of a real game and you don’t spend the whole game waiting to be involved.

When it comes to a regular game, MLB 2K11 captures the feel of a baseball event well. The fields are complimented by a very lively crowd, no generic cut outs in these stands. The fans are always moving and making noise. They even fight to catch homeruns and foul balls. The players in the dugout dodge foul balls also. 2K Sports has also put some work into the uniqueness of individual players. The details in their batting stances are done so accurately you feel like you’re watching a live game. Aside from the well textured characters and home fields, the only noticeable graphical issues I found were objects moving through other objects. For example, at the end of a game, you can view press book photos from the game. While this does add another element of realism to the game, it does bring to light some of these faults. In the collection of great pictures, you see some pictures with feet going through bases and/or hands going through gloves. You might miss these problems in-game but the stills make them very obvious.

The gameplay is pretty challenging but does get simpler with the use of the drills mode. The learning curve isn’t too high when it comes to pitching but it will take some practice to do the gestures well. You use the right stick to throw your pitches while taking into account the balls path to the catcher. The pitching gestures range from simply down-up to a more complicated right-full circle. The movements take practice and the key to getting those strikeouts is timing. The batting is also done with the right stick and requires the patience of real baseball. It is challenging to hit a good ball but it is also very satisfying when you do. Fielding is easy and far less complicated then the latter. All you have to do is get use to switching players and running in the correct direction. As you know, incorrectly fielding a line drive single can turn into a game changing triple. Luckily for those of you without the patience to learn all the nuances for each area of the field, you can change the difficulty sliders in the options and fine tune the complexity of pitching and each other aspect of your baseball experience.

Major League Baseball 2K11 is a pretty clean simulation baseball game that has some rough edges. The commentary sounds like a broadcast game at first but after 9 innings you will have heard the same dialogue at least 6 times pending how many times your rotation has gone up. I also had an instance when a replay chose a camera way far from the actual play. On a lighter note, the ability to climb walls and rob homeruns is a fun addition and makes great replay saves. With MLB 2K11 being the only baseball simulation on the Xbox 360, baseball fans don’t have any other options in the genre. While this game isn’t perfect, it does capture some of the finer but greater points of the sport. 2K Sports has continued to improve the game year by year and 2K11 is a step in the right direction.

Major League Baseball 2K11 [Xbox 360]
Major League Baseball 2K11

Genre: Baseball Simulation
Platform: Xbox 360 (Also available on PS3)
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Rating: 7.5 / 10

Serena Williams Adds Sex Appeal to Top Spin 4 – BOING! (Video)

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That’s the sound of my eyes popping out of my sockets at this new Top Spin 4 promotional video from 2K Sports. Living tennis legend Serena Williams is featured using the PS3 Move in cheeks-hanging out glory. It’s kind of amazing. I really feel like I’m being drawn into the game, if not into the 2K Sports marketing team’s tennis wet dream.

Oh, fyi, neither Top Spin 4 nor the PS3 Move will be shipping with a virtual Serena Williams.

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BuzzFocus 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers of All Ages

2010 was a robust year for games rated “E” for Everyone. We’ve outlined several choice titles for the holidays that can be gifted to and more importantly enjoyed by gamers of all ages. Everyone’s favorite plumber Mario makes a Holiday splash with several titles to mark 25 Years of Super Mario Bros. He’s also coming home with a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the DSi XL.

Other iconic characters to check out this holiday season include Mickey Mouse in Epic Mickey, Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Colors and Harry Potter in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. For family and friends who love to race, you’ll want to check out Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Gran Turismo 5. While sporting fans will delight in NBA 2K11 and Fifa Soccer 11.

Two big 2010 gaming innovations will delight casual gamers this holiday: the Apple iPad and the Xbox 360 Kinect.

As a note, we’ve also added Rock Band 3 to the list, despite its “T” for Teen rating. The Teen rating applies primarily to the songs included on the game. This is the first time a musical sim game allows you to use both a real keyboard and a real guitar. With proper supervision of song choice, you can introduce your children to a whole new appreciation of music.

BuzzFocus 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers of All Ages:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 [Wii]

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an action platformer for Wii that continues the space-based fun begun by the 2007 runaway hit Super Mario Galaxy. Featuring out-of-this-world platforming across a wide array of unique planets and space environments, players can go it alone as Mario or team up with his old buddy Yoshi as they platform and puzzle-solve to their hearts content. Additional key features include new and returning power-ups, special power-up abilities when teamed with Yoshi and the new drill mechanic that allows Mario burrow into and through planets.

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NBA 2K11 [PS3, Xbox 360]

NBA 2K11 is the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series. NBA 2K11 is the best way to plug into NBA culture. It’s the most fun, authentic NBA videogame experience and is for any sports fan with that competitive fire who wants to play the best NBA simulation on the market. It’s the NBA series that everyone is playing – from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features – gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more – to deliver the best basketball videogame experience EVER.

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Pokemon HeartGold SoulSilver

Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver [DS]

Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the beloved original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago. The richly detailed adventure of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver is now enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems with updated graphics and sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises. Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version bring dozens of Pokémon characters back into the limelight for a new Pokémon generation – and longtime fans – to catch, train and battle.

The Pokéwalker (included) is a special pedometer that you carry with you that lets you take Pokémon fun wherever you go.

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Rock Band 3 [Xbox 360, PS3]

Rock Band 3 is the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform developed by the category’s leading pioneers, Harmonix Music Systems. Featuring innovative game modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

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Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sensor [Xbox 360]

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.

Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures! for Xbox 360:

Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect:
Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey [Wii]

Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for Wii™ console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 21, 2010

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a new take on a beloved Nintendo franchise. The first Donkey Kong Country game developed for play for Wii, this new iteration blends familiar actions, levels and characters with a whole new graphical treatment and feel, as well as new control schemes and play options. Features include: a co-op play option allowing you to team up as Donkey Kong and Diddy, radically different visuals ranging from nearly 3D treatment to others that appear in silhouette, two different controller schemes and more.

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Sonic Colors

Sonic Colors [Wii, DS]

The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help.

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn [Nintendo Wii]

Kirby’s first console platform game since the Nintendo 64™ days introduces an amazing new look based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby™ to take on a variety of new forms. It’s a one-of-a-kind platformer that lets players explore high and low for hidden objects and fun adventure.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS]

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 brings the action, adventure and fun of the first 4 stories in the Harry Potter catalog to the video game screen in the way only the LEGO franchise can. Featuring all your favorite characters and story environments, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets players play as the wizard of their choice, combining them piece by piece as is only possible in the LEGO franchise of games. Play options include single player story mode, free-play and two-player co-op.

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Nintendo DSi XL 25th Anniversary Edition

The DSi XL is the second hardware release in Nintendo’s DSi product line and is a high-powered handheld video game system with an two extra large, 4.2-inch diagonal viewing angle screens that are 93% larger than those of the DS Lite. Not only does it possess all the features of the standard DSi, it is backwards compatible to all game cards designed for the DS, DS Lite and DSi, allows for access to downloadable DSiWare games and applications through the Nintendo DSi Shop and comes bundled with three DSiWare titles. Additional features include touch screen control via the included full size, easy to hold stylus, the ability to snap, edit and share photos with friends using the two built-in digital cameras, music playback with Nintendo DSi Sound and Internet browsing with the built-in Nintendo DSi browser. From playing games to just playing around, the DSi XL does it all.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary Super Mario Bros. game franchise, Nintendo is releasing a special, DSi XL gaming system bundle for the 2010-2011 holiday season. The bundle is headlined by a beautiful special edition version of the DSi XL handheld console in Mario’s favorite color, red.

Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle with Mario Kart:

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit [Xbox360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem [DS]

Mario and Donkey Kong clash in a new action-puzzle game. Mini Marios. Grab your stylus and tap the Mini-Marios to get the toys marching into action, then use the touch screen to build a safe path through over 200 puzzling levels packed with traps set by DK! Place girders across pits, build ramps, and set springs under ledges to get them safely to the goal but you better think fast – the Mini Marios won’t stop marching. Tap into a endless stream of new levels created by other players.

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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies [DS]

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is an action RPG designed specifically for handheld play on the DSi. The ninth game in the beloved Japanese Dragon Quest series, like its predecessors Sentinels of the Starry Skies features third-person oriented turn-based battles and a deep combo/multiplier system. In addition to this the game possess powerful new features including multiplayer and online functionality, extensive customization options, new play modes and a means to share content with other players.

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Puzzle Quest 2

Puzzle Quest 2 [DS]

Puzzle Quest 2 marks the return of the world’s leading puzzle adventure series and its trademark blend of match 3 gem-based gameplay and fantasy role playing. Rewarding and accessible for all levels of gamer, it is the ultimate delivery system for the mental escape that puzzle gamers seek.

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Apple iPad Tablet

The best way to experience casual gaming, the web, email, photos, and video. Hands down. All of the built-in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device. A large, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display. An incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen. And an amazingly powerful Apple-designed chip.

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Super Scribblenauts [Nintendo DS]
Release Date: Oct 12, 2010

Super Scribblenauts, the sequel to the award-winning 2009 hit Scribblenauts, gives players even more chances to harness their creative brainpower with the addition of adjectives, improved controls and 120 brand new levels.

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Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 [PS3]

The next installment of the award-winning Gran Turismo simulation racing franchise, Gran Turismo 5, is designed for play exclusively to the PlayStation 3 system. Known for its signature beauty and precision, this highly anticipated racer showcases new jaw-dropping cars, real-life tracks, and diverse racing styles. Gran Turismo 5 promises to deliver exciting advancements to the series, and in the process deliver in the most comprehensive racing experience ever.

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Fifa Soccer 11

Fifa Soccer 11 [PS3, Xbox360, Wii]

FIFA Soccer 11 is the 18th game in Electronic Arts’ popular video game soccer series. Continuing with the franchise’s unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game pitch that fans crave, FIFA Soccer 11 is an exciting must-have title for both longtime and existing fans of console sports gaming. Game features include: a roster of over 15,000 real players represented in-game, the Personality+ system which mirrors the abilities of every player imported into the game, all-new passing abilities, finer dribbling controls, extensive customization options and more.

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Game Review: NBA 2K11 (PS3)

Michael Jordan is back! It’s been over a decade since the name of Player 23 was momentarily eviscerated from digital basketball. So when 2K Sports unveiled Jordan as the cover athlete to NBA 2K11, most long-time bball gamers stood at attention. Jordan on the cover of a basketball game was huge. But, let’s face it: sports games that are updated and released yearly rarely show improvement. Developers and publishers dance the line of trying to make sports games more casual for wider audiences to accept, while keeping the controls complex enough to remain appealing to the core fan base. Usually, you get a game that’s good, but you’re always a little more than pissed off that you had to spend another $59.99 for no real improvement. Keeping up with the online gaming Joneses is indeed a B*%&h. If you’re concerned about purchasing NBA 2K11, have no fear. NBA 2K11 is the definitive basketball game all gamers have been dying to play. And, Jordan is only partial cause for the games abundant success.

nba 2k11From the moment you power on NBA 2K11, you will be engrossed in basketball game that is just as appealing to watch, as it is to play. The game bypasses any complex menu system and thrusts you right into the game. Michael Jordan wants to know if you’re ready. Hell yeah! Game on! While you’re eyes are drawn into what looks like a CG version of the 1991 Lakers vs. Bulls 1991 NBA Finals, you may just miss the tip off. That’s right; NBA 2K11 starts with game time and no real warning. But, that’s what makes this game so good. Even the commentary pulls in historical information, like references to the Bulls vs. Pistons match in the prior playoff matchup.

NBA 2K11 features several classic rosters from Michael Jordan’s career. This isn’t simply limited to the Bulls. In the Jordan Challenge mode, gamers will get a chance to play ten games from Michael’s now legendary career. So not only will you face off against Magic, but also Dominic Wilkins. Here is a warning: the challenges are very difficult and not meant for the casual player. It’s going to take time and effort to mimic the numbers that Michael put up. It also forces you to be somewhat of a “chucker” or ball hog on the court. For instance, one MJ challenge requires that you score 63 points in a 1986 game against the Celtics. In another matchup, the year is 1990 and you have to outscore Dominique Wilkins hold him under 25. Each challenge has 3 to 4 stipulations. Beat them all and you’ll unlock the MJ: Creating a Legend Mode, allowing you to draft MJ onto your roster instead of a created player. If you only beat a few, you can still use collect vintage Jordans to add boosts to your created player.

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Most challenges require you to win the game. However, being a ball hog doesn’t necessarily work in your favor in a game like NBA 2K11. That’s because of the upgraded AI. Don’t expect to “skate” past screens like you did in the past. To be really good at this game, gamers will have to not only learn how master the controls but also how to coach. Much like Madden, knowing the playbook will only work to your advantage. Once you know it, you can call for fancier defensive and offensive plays to try to outwit the AI. There are several plays to learn online that transcend the standard passing, shooting and dribbling. This won’t make playing the AI any easier; they’ll still know precisely when to switch when a pick comes in. Another thing that’s changed are the long-bomb passes. Don’t do them. If you think a player is open across the court, think again. The other team will pick off the pass nearly every time.

Developer Visual Concepts really did their research in creating the best basketball simulation possible. Because that’s what NBA 2K11 is all about: realism. When you dribble, you feel it. You feel the give and go. You’re right there on the court on the post. Each movement doesn’t feel labored, nor does it feel fantastical like NBA Jam or NBA Street. On the offensive side, gamers have a myriad of moves allowing them to take several shots and execute different ankle-breaking dribbling tricks. Dribbling is not simply flicking the control stick. With over a hundred different basketball moves at your disposal, there’s a lot of learning and game to be found in NBA 2K11. Gamers finally have absolute control of their players’ offensive and defensive movements.

The Association mode really kicks up the bball feel to “damn is this real” level. Not only do gamers have post-game press conferences, but they also get the chance to win endorsements. Gamers won’t be able to trick the computer into making silly trades so don’t go trying to pick off LeBron James or Dwayne Wade if you’re anti-Miami Heat. If that’s not enough, just simple tweaks in the crowd offer a great basketball arena feel. You’ll see the bleachers fill up, crowd members move around and chants for team support. Plus, mid-quarter highlight updates are a nice touch as well as camera cuts to the benches during a timeout. Mascots break dance. Stats flash on the screen during substitutions. Oh, and that guy who wipes the floor just before an in-bounds pass is there too.

The only hiccup in NBA 2K11 is the online play. There has been less lag since the game launched, but it’s still prevalent. This happens especially when two gamers try to partner up with other players online in the Team Up mode. The great offensive and defensive AI will seem to disappear as players fall asleep on the court. The mode allows for upwards of nine players. However, the more players you add, the more you will start to see your players stand by idly as passes whiz by.

NBA 2K11 is about as great or even better than a basketball game can be. I liken this game to Joe Montana Sports Talk Football. When it was originally released, hearing a game give real commentary was revolutionary. NBA 2K11 is that next stage of basketball gaming evolution. It will be hard for any game to top this one.

NBA 2K11 [PS3]
NBA 2K11

Genre: Basketball Sim
Platform: PS3 (Also available on Xbox 360)
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
Rating: 9 / 10

Video Games: BuzzFocus Hot Picks for Oct 5, 2010

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means, new video games to kick-off October!

This week, we’ve got several hot games that will excite sports gamers, lovers of the notorious platformer, hip hop savants and those looking for a break from the typical rock music sim, nostalgia fans and button masher fanatics.

From Konami, the Belmont family returns in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. And, while It may not be the year of the Monkey when you play, NamcoBandai is bringing home a story about Monkey in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Wham! BAM! EA Sports is coming back with an NBA Tomahawk Jam! NBA Jam resurfaces on the Wii thanks to the folks at EA Sports. But this isn’t just the week for wild sports titles. 2K Sports brings back the best basketball franchise on the market with NBA 2K11. And, guess who is rocking the cover – Player 23 aka Michael Jordan.

Coming to a Karaoke bar near you, its Def Jam Rapstar, a game that’s long overdue in the music gaming market.

Check out the Hot Picks for Oct 5, 2010:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a single player Action-Adventure game developed as a reimagining of the classic Castlevania mythology. An entirely modern action console game, Lords of Shadow combines fast-paced weapons and magic based combat against otherworldly enemies, with platforming and puzzle-solving gameplay, to create a fresh gameplay experience that will thrill both fans of the original game series and gamers more rooted in modern action games.

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NBA Jam [Nintendo Wii]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

EA Sports NBA Jam revives the classic franchise with vintage NBA JAM gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA Sports NBA Jam mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation on the Wii

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NBA 2K11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

NBA 2K11 is the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series. NBA 2K11 is the best way to plug into NBA culture. It’s the most fun, authentic NBA videogame experience and is for any sports fan with that competitive fire who wants to play the best NBA simulation on the market. It’s the NBA series that everyone is playing – from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will on build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features – gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more – to deliver the best basketball videogame experience EVER.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

ENSLAVED centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters. Players take on the role of Monkey, utilizing a mix of combat, strategy and environmental traversal to ensure he and Trip survive the threats and obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom.

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Def Jam Rapstar [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

Def Jam Rapstar captures the essence of what Hip Hop is all about: the music, the battles and of course…the swagger. The ultimate emcee experience for video game consoles, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop.

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Top 20 Video Games to Check out in October 2010

October 2010 brings home gamers several titles worth checking out, from NBA Jam and Sonic 4 throwbacks to killer FPS titles like Medal of Honor and hardcore RPGs like Fable 3. October also heralds a new showdown in the genre of musical sim gaming as PowerGig: Rise of the SixString takes on Rock Band 3. Kirby makes an appearance on the Wii in his first sole console game since the N64 in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Sporting fans will delight in Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, featuring Total Control gameplay.

Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs [Nintendo DS]
Release Date: Oct 4, 2010

As a Pokémon Ranger, players investigate the nefarious actions of the Pokémon Pinchers, who have been disrupting the peace by chasing and catching Pokémon.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a single player Action-Adventure game developed as a reimagining of the classic Castlevania mythology. An entirely modern action console game, Lords of Shadow combines fast-paced weapons and magic based combat against otherworldly enemies, with platforming and puzzle-solving gameplay, to create a fresh gameplay experience that will thrill both fans of the original game series and gamers more rooted in modern action games.

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NBA Jam [Nintendo Wii]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

EA Sports NBA Jam revives the classic franchise with vintage NBA JAM gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA Sports NBA Jam mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation on the Wii

Def Jam Rapstar [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

Def Jam Rapstar captures the essence of what Hip Hop is all about: the music, the battles and of course…the swagger. The ultimate emcee experience for video game consoles, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

ENSLAVED centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters. Players take on the role of Monkey, utilizing a mix of combat, strategy and environmental traversal to ensure he and Trip survive the threats and obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 [XBLA,WiiWare, PSN]
Release Date: Oct 11, 2010

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I offers sublime 2D gameplay through beautifully rendered HD environments. Fans will be able to speed through each level with the classic Spin Dash move, and destroy enemies using the Homing Attack.

Medal of Honor [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 12, 2010

When the mission must not fail, the National Command Authority calls in the Tier 1 Operators. And we’re not talking about those guys who sell candles and wicker chairs. We’re talking “Tier” 1 with a “T.” They are the best of the best — the elite-est of the elite. To give you an idea of just how elite they are, more than 2 million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines serve in our armed forces. Out of those 2 million, about 50,000 fall under the direct control of Special Operations Command. Although their exact numbers are classified, only a few hundred out of those 50,000 make the cut as a Tier 1 Operator. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence. And out of those few hundred, only one, namely you, will step into the boots of one of these elite warriors in the hostile, unforgiving battlefield conditions in present-day Afghanistan.

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn [Nintendo Wii]
Release Date: Oct 17, 2010

Kirby’s first console platform game since the Nintendo 64™ days introduces an amazing new look based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby™ to take on a variety of new forms. It’s a one-of-a-kind platformer that lets players explore high and low for hidden objects and fun adventure.

Fallout: New Vegas [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

Welcome to Vegas. New Vegas. It’s the kind of town where you dig your own grave prior to being shot in the head and left for dead…and that’s before things really get ugly. It’s a town of dreamers and desperados being torn apart by warring factions vying for complete control of this desert oasis. It’s a place where the right kind of person with the right kind of weaponry can really make a name for themselves, and make more than an enemy or two along the way. As you battle your way across the heat-blasted Mojave Wasteland, the colossal Hoover Dam, and the neon drenched Vegas Strip, you’ll be introduced to a colorful cast of characters, power-hungry factions, special weapons, mutated creatures and much more

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Power Gig: Rise of the SixString [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

Power Gig: Rise of the Six String is the next evolution of band based music games. The game introduces players to a world where music is power and heroic and villainous rockers battle for control. Each player takes on the role of one of these rockers as they attempt to unite and retake the world from the oppressive rule of the Headliner. Gameplay allows up to 3 players to take on the role of a guitarist, drummer, & singer. The game utilizes a set of revolutionary new instrument peripherals headlined by the SixString Guitar Controller. The SixString evolves guitar controllers from buttons to real strings, giving players a more authentic gameplay experience and providing the option to make the experience even more real through Power Chord mode, which integrates songs’ real power chords into gameplay. The game also uses Seven45 Studios new drum controller, which will revolutionize how games play drums as well.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

Total Control: PES Productions has enhanced the 360-degree passing ratio, offering unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, throw-in, through ball and lofted through balls. Users can pass the ball into space, and move their play with total freedom. Players must precisely weight their passes and second-guess the runs of their team-mates and exploit their movement. Players even can apply pressure on opponents to force them off the ball.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

The tornado of fierce ninja action that is Naruto Shippuden returns to the PlayStation®3 and hits Xbox 360® for the first time! NARUTO™ SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 brings the worldwide hit manga franchise to life in completely new ways. With refined fighting mechanics, a rich story mode with deep replay value, and the first online play ever in the Naruto franchise, the game is nothing less than the most electrifying fighting-adventure game ever.

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Vanquish [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

Directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil™ series, comes Vanquish a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions. The story of Vanquish takes place on a vast space station in a near future world where nations war over the planet’s remaining energy resources. Against this backdrop, players take the role of Sam Gideon, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies.

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DJ Hero 2 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 19, 2010

The follow up to the award-winning #1 new videogame IP of 2009, DJ Hero 2 will transform living rooms into nightclubs all over again with an entirely new music-gaming experience. Friends & families can become mix masters and singing sensations to experience hit music like they’ve never heard it before. With a host of new DJ and vocal multiplayer modes, including innovative DJ Battles, and 70+ mixes featuring the biggest dance, pop and hip-hop hits, DJ Hero 2 delivers the new standard in music gaming.

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Shaun White Skateboarding [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Oct 24, 2010

Shaun White Skateboarding is a skateboard game created with the input of board sport superstar Shaun White in which players do much more than skate. They literally transform the gameworld and shape their path through it. Set across multiple districts, the game utilizes unique gameplay mechanics and loads of authentic tricks that when correctly performed, bring color, life and manifestations of a shredder’s attitude to a perpetually gray and repressed world. Features include cooperative or adversarial modes, more than 80 recognized tricks and more.

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Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

– Engaging and harrowing storyline
– Seven dangerous predators – one wrong move, and YOU’RE the hunted!
– Unparalleled suspense
– Worst case scenarios
– Includes next-generation shooting galleries featuring hot-seat, multi-stage and head-to-head multiplayer options

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Rock Band 3 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

Rock Band 3 is the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform developed by the category’s leading pioneers, Harmonix Music Systems. Featuring innovative game modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

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WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 [PS3, Xbox 360,Nintendo Wii]
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

Having sold more than 50 million units worldwide, the renowned WWE simulation experience and annual centerpiece in THQ’s expanding WWE videogame portfolio returns to define the ultimate WWE moments and give players even greater creative and decision-making freedom throughout their storied journeys within WWE.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 [Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii]
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

The Star Wars® Saga continues with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the highly anticipated sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever created, which has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the world was introduced to Darth Vader’s now fugitive apprentice, Starkiller—the unlikely hero who would ignite the flames of rebellion in a galaxy so desperately in need of a champion. In the sequel, Starkiller returns with over-the-top Force powers and embarks on a journey to discover his own identity and to reunite with his one true love, Juno Eclipse. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Starkiller is once again the pawn of Darth Vader—but instead of training his protégée as a ruthless assassin, the dark lord is attempting to clone his former apprentice in an attempt to create the Ultimate Sith warrior. The chase is on – Starkiller is in pursuit of Juno and Darth Vader is hunting for Starkiller.

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Fable 3 [Xbox 360]
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

We’re not philosophers. We just like to play videogames. We don’t know the first thing about free will vs. determinism, but we do know that it is your destiny to get Fable III, the latest installment of the franchise that allows you to forge your own adventure through the choices you make. Set five decades after the events in Fable II, the land of Albion has enjoyed the fruits of the industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is in peril. As you are drawn into the revolution, you’ll find yourself in a position of power. Whether you use that power for personal gain or for the greater good is up to you — unless you were predestined to make those choices.

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NBA 2K11 Game Trailer #4

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2K Sports and Philadelphia 76ers star Andre Iguodala have teamed up to released the fourth trailer for NBA 2K11. The “Iguodala Day” trailer was unveiled on Andre Iguodala’s official Twitter @AI9. The trailer showcases the arena atmosphere in NBA 2K11 as Iguodala demonstrates the show stopping skills that fans of the Philadelphia 76ers come to see.

NBA 2K11 comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360 Oct 2010.
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Game News: Player 23 Takes the Cover of NBA 2K11

2K Sports has just announced that Michael Jordan is coming to the cover of NBA 2K11. Jordan has been off the grid since the 90s when words Air Jordan became larger than the NBA itself. Gamers simply know him as Player 23. Now, he’s back and staking his claim in the ongoing basketball game wars with EA Sports’ NBA Elite 11. EA may be going for a new physics gaming engine, but is that good enough to compete with the leader in the business and Michael Jordan. We’ll see this October.

NBA 2K11 comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360 Oct 2010.
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Official Release:
New York, NY – July 7, 2010 – 2K Sports today revealed the official cover art for NBA® 2K11 featuring Michael Jordan as the face of this year’s iteration of the top rated and top selling basketball simulation franchise*. The art style, featuring a highly-stylized, three-panel, iconic image of Jordan, represents a departure from previous NBA 2K titles to reflect the significance of having the greatest player of all time grace the cover.

“We knew as soon as we signed Jordan that we needed to do something special for the cover,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “This could possibly be the most highly anticipated cover art in the history of sports games and we think the image we came up with delivers on every front. I think fans will be pleasantly surprised at how Jordan is actually used in game, as NBA 2K11 will pay homage to ‘His Airness’ in many ways, but the cover art represented our first chance to stop and honor him along the way.”

“Its exciting to see it all come together,” said Michael Jordan, a recent Hall of Fame inductee. “I am looking forward to seeing the final product, but my kids might have to give me some lessons.”

NBA 2K11 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available October 5, 2010.

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NHL 2K11 Cover Athlete Announced

2K Sports has recently announced Vancouver Canucks alternate captain, Ryan Kesler, will be the cover athlete for their latest hockey title, NHL 2K11.

“Having the opportunity to participate in the Olympics and play in front of my home crowd was one of the best experiences of my life. To now be chosen as the next cover athlete for NHL 2K11 is another dream come true,” said Kesler. “It was awesome to work with 2K Sports last year on the NHL 2K10 commercial shoot and the outdoor motion capture session on the Las Vegas strip was incredible to be a part of. I’m looking forward to having just as much fun again, and helping them make another great hockey game this year.”

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Game Preview: Major League Baseball 2K10 – Stats & Splits Trailer

2K Sports just released a new Major League Baseball 2K10 trailer, entitled Stats & Splits. The new trailer highlights “the real language of baseball” by showcasing the title’s level of baseball statistics (inside edge) and specifically focusing on how these stats are utilized by the commentators in the game.

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