NBA 2K16 on Playstation Plus: Enjoy Slam Dunking 0

NBA 2K16 on Playstation Plus: Enjoy Slam Dunking

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Gaming, General

As one of the NBA’s most epic seasons comes to an end, Sony has just given its players something else to cheer for.

The NBA series by 2K Sports is the second biggest gaming franchise. And it’s not hard to see why, great gameplay, fantastic online modes and it’s own take on ultimate team. EA Sports tried to enter the fray with a reboot of NBA Live, but when 2K sports does it so well, it’s not hard to see why Basketball fans aren’t budging.

The great news is that if you are a Playstation Plus subscriber, you can now get the game completely free to keep (playable at any time provided you are actively subscribed to Playstation Plus). This month has taken somewhat an unusual turn for PS Plus, which typically doesn’t offer AAA games, at least not on PS4. Hopefully this will mark the beginning of more blockbuster titles to appear, as we see more and more aged games.

The NBA game holds a score of 87 on Metacritic, a critical acclaim for a sports game. Obviously, NBA 2k17 is on the horizon, so it makes perfect sense for the publisher to let players get a taste of the action and get more excited for the up and coming 2k17 installment.

Game Features:

  • Most realistic graphics to date, with player faces captured to a high fidelity
  • Licensed by the NBA – All kits, balls and courts are official
  • Over 8 different single player game modes
  • Online multiplayer enabled
  • Better than ever AI
  • Off the ball control
  • Make plays and create custom plays
  • Exhibition game modes including Slam Dunk Contest

If you’re inspired by Basketball games and are looking to improve on your own game, we highly recommend the Vert Shock training program that is designed to get you in shape for high level Basketball play. It’s focus is on developing your vertical leap, but by building a strong jumping foundation it also improves your shooting, blocking and passing abilities.

Excited? Download NBA 2k16 now for free on Playstation Plus.

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Playstation 4.5: Our Thoughts on Sony’s next half-gen console 0

Playstation 4.5: Our Thoughts on Sony’s next half-gen console

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Gaming

Rumors suggest Sony will release a second, updated version of the successful Playstation 4, ‘codenamed Playstation NEO’. On paper, its hardware is considerably more capable than the Playstation 4 – around 60% in more computer power alone. The changes would make Playstation VR much less restricted by the Playstation 4s power, while also enabling 4k gaming for those who prefer to stick to traditional TV-gaming. However, it would be the first console ever to be significantly different from its counterpart (console hardware is in fact updated regularly, but the changes are more likely to only have minor impact on performance, such as better power efficiency).

If the Playstation NEO really is a thing, the question will be how Sony makes sure the Playstation 4 and Playstation 4.5 will co-exist in the same ecosystem. Since this is not the Playstation 5, we wouldn’t expect the original owners to be left in the dark when it comes to future game releases. It is possible, although probably not in any developer’s interest for moneatry reasons, to limit a game to only be playable on the NEO – unless Sony explicitly forbid them from doing so.

In effect the NEO would then simply be a luxury purchase, geared towards those who want sharper graphics and a smoother frame rate, and will be a natural upgrade for those who are happy to buy a nice 4k television or Morpheus VR headset. It will also attract some ‘on-the-fence’ buyers or buyers who were already planning on picking a PS4 up at some point. As such, we can’t really complain about anything – pretty much everyone is happy, including owners of the original console who aren’t prepared to buy another console mid-generation.

From a business perspective, Sony has probably done the homework on this and have deemed it to be a profitable decision. It makes sense, too, as the PS4 and Xbox One are fairly similar in technical specification, and they still manage to look comparable to modern PC games, although the frame rate takes an obvious hit. Recent games like Ratchet & Clank and the upcoming Uncharted 4 certainly look amazing by any standards. Like PC, which experiences upgrades more frequently than the ‘generational’ ones seen on consoles, it seems Sony is doing something that most gamers probably want. When you look at PS3 or Xbox 360, it’s easy to see that console gamers were probably desperate for some new technology, and hence there should be demand for something like the NEO.

It will be interesting to see how the PS4.5 fares if it does eventually surface. Could this be the beginning of consoles becoming another step closer to the PC gaming ecosystem? Why even have ‘generations’ and not move to something like the iPhone/Android system which is backwards compatible to a point (this is the same principle as PC games, except hardware is predefined so specification requirements are easier to state). What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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