NBA 2K16 Pro-Am Mode Announced With New Trailer

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In sports sims, half of the fun is just playing through the regular season, but the other half is about getting to do your own thing. It’s why so many people loved NBA 2K‘s Crew mode. Previously appearing in NBA 2K10, 2K11 and 2K14, Crew mode let players team up and take on opposing crews; they could even come up with their own name and jersey design.

Sadly though, Crew mode was nixed in NBA 2K15 and replaced with the Jordan Rec Center, a mode which was often criticised for how long it took to load. Things are being shaken up again with NBA 2K16 though, as the new Pro-Am mode will deliver on fans’ wishes and then some. Watch the NBA 2K16 Pro-Am trailer after the break.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: Square Enix Knew Xbox Exclusivity Would ‘Disappoint’ Fans

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. After Tomb Raider (2013)‘s fantastic (but flawed) reboot of Lara Croft’s epic, globetrotting adventures, fans were ecstatic when it was announced that a sequel would be released in 2015.

But right after that initial excitement came a huge announcement that upset many fans, and even caused some irate players to threaten to boycott the game; Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox exclusive. Publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics did explain that it was only a timed exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One (meaning that it would eventually be out on PC and PS4 at a later date) but some fans were still unhappy.

Last week, however, Square Enix revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016. And following that release date announcement, Square Enix Americas CEO Phil Rogers, has revealed that the company knew that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s Xbox exclusivity would disappoint fans.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming to PC and PS4 in 2016

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. In Lara Croft’s new adventure she’ll be heading to Siberia, looking for the secret of immortality. There will be supernatural animal guardians, a sinister organisation (named Trinity) most importantly, it will have even more tombs to raid than Tomb Raider (2013).

It’s just a shame then, that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s most exciting bits have been greatly overshadowed by the fact that it will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it launches later this year. PC and PlayStation fans were angry as they have supported Tomb Raider for many years – good news then, that Square Enix has just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.

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FIFA 16: USWNT Forward Alex Morgan to Star on Cover

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This year, FIFA 16 will boast innovations right across the pitch, but one its most talked about features is its inclusion of female footballers. For years, fans have been asking EA to add women to the game and now, for the first time, ever we’ll be able to play as women’s international teams.

The decision has been a divisive one, though, as while some fans are angry at EA for including women, others are angry that just 12 women’s international teams are included, and none of the women’s regional teams are in the game. However, the developer and publisher is taking this in its stride, having made the monumental announcement that USWNT forward Alex Morgan will be gracing the game’s cover.

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FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer Shows Innovations Across the Pitch

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FIFA 15 was rather good, as it goes. Reviews of the game were mostly positive, with critics noting that EA had done a good job of optimising the graphics for PS4 and Xbox One. But ‘better looking graphics’ aren’t going to cut it with FIFA 16 and while the decision to (finally) include female footballers is a huge step forward for the series, for many core FIFA fans, they’ll need more of a reason to buy.

The solution to this, EA reckons, is to make comprehensive and tangible improvements across the entire pitch. In FIFA 16, every single position in the game has new a trick up their sleeves, from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards. But talking about them isn’t as interesting as seeing them which is why EA has released a brand new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer – watch it after the break.

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FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer Stars Messi, No Touch Dribbling

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Every year, without fail, EA releases a brand new FIFA game. And every year, EA has to come up with some significant new features and tweaks to prove that this year’s game isn’t just last year’s game in a new box with a new roster update.

EA has already tried to prove how different FIFA 16 is, with the biggest addition being the inclusion of women’s international teams. As important as that is, we don’t just want new characters models, new names on the back of the jerseys and new pronouns in the commentary, we want tangible gameplay changes. So could ‘no touch dribbling’ be the change that we need? According to the new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer, no touch dribbling will change everything.

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E3 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gameplay Trailers

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It’s no secret that the sales of the Call of Duty franchise have been declining for quite some time. Activision and the three lead development teams on the series (Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) are constantly forced to find new and exciting things to prove that in fact, this new Call of Duty is not a reskinned clone of the game you played last year.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 uses something called the direct neural interface (DNI) to prove that it’s different from last year’s Advanced Warfare. Instead of exo suits, our various different powers and abilities will be hardwired into our bodies, letting us take part in more explosive gameplay and pull off more extravagant kills.

You can see this in action in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gameplay trailers after the break.

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E3 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Trailer, Release Date

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Tomb Raider (2013) was a great game but it certainly wasn’t perfect. Its boss battles left something to be desired and with just a handful of tombs to explore and loot, it was barely befitting of that ‘Tomb Raider‘ title. So with the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, fans have their fingers crossed that developer Crystal Dynamics can do much better.

Up until this point we’ve had no idea of whether or not Rise of the Tomb Raider will be any good as we’ve mostly been fed story details (Lara is forcefully trying to get over what happened on Yamatai) and for several months everybody just argued about the game’s Xbox exclusivity. Thankfully, at Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference Crystal Dynamics had much more to show, so check out the first Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer after the break.

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E3 2015: Guitar Hero Live Release Date, GHTV Gameplay Trailer

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Later this year, Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 will both attempt to reboot their respective music rhythm game series. But with the abundance of music rhythm games being a key reason why these franchises had to go into hiatus in the first place, how will they entice us into picking up plastic peripherals and rocking out again?

Rock Band 4 has an RPG campaign, giving players the freedom to choose how their band takes over the world. Guitar Hero Live, on the other hand, is using ‘live concert’ gameplay as its selling point along with a new feature called Guitar Hero TV. At E3 2015 publisher Activision revealed more info about the Guitar Hero TV mode and they also announced the Guitar Hero Live release date.

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E3 2015: FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer Released

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Last week, Konami showed that it’s not pulling any punches with Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 as not only has the company put football superstar Neymar Jr. on the box, but their game is also boasting improved graphics, advanced collision, and it also launches a week before its closest rival, FIFA 16. So how will EA, the publisher and developer of FIFA 16 hold off the competition?

EA previously announced the fact that FIFA 16 will feature female football players for the first time in FIFA history, with 12 women’s international teams being included in the game. During their E3 2015 press conference EA shed even more light on the game so read more about about FIFA 16 and watch a brand new gameplay trailer after the break.

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