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New Releases: Week of 9/27

/ Sep 27th, 2015 No Comments

NBA 2K16 Gameplay Trailer

September comes to a close bringing with it the last of the sports games for 2015. This week doesn’t only have something for the sports crowd. It also has something for those looking to build and play with some Legos, or those just trying to dance.

This week’s new releases include the latest toys-to-life entry in Lego Dimensions, competing basketball franchises with NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16, some Japanese dancing with Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and a return of the skate king with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.

Lego Dimensions – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U – September 27

The Lego Multiverse is in peril. Lord Vortech, ruler of the planet Vorton, has opened up vortexes around the various Lego worlds. His mission is to track down the Foundational Elements in an attempt to control the multiverse. These vortexes have damaged the boundaries between worlds merging and shifting inhabitants around.

LEGO Dimensions

Lego Dimensions.

Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle jump into a vortex after their friends are stolen by one. Once on Vorton, they end up able to build a vortex generator of their own to travel to different worlds to save their friends and stop Vortech.

Lego Dimensions brings together many different franchises together with franchises including DC Comics, The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Portal 2 and more. The game leverages its NFC base extremely well. Gameplay in the game utilizes different aspects of the real-life toys and position on the base. It creates a new spin on the familiar Lego brand of gameplay. There is also the cool building aspect to a number of the toys, which gives it a unique spin.

NBA 2K16 – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – September 29

The juggernaut of NBA simulators is back. While criticized for being a bit of a prize fighter that has gone to pot, NBA 2K16 aims to do something new with the series. Outside of graphics and gameplay tweaks and improvements, the game has a redoubled focus on the MyCareer mode. In a sentence you don’t hear often with sports games, NBA 2K16 aims to tell an interesting story.

How do you achieve a sophisticated storytelling in a sports game? You get Spike Lee involved. MyCareer in NBA 2K16 is going to be a Spike Lee joint. The director of Malcolm X had a heavy involvement in the game’s development. As you play through MyCareer, you will follow a top high school player going through the roller coaster of emotions as he makes decisions toward his pro career.

NBA Live 16 – PS4, Xbox One – September 29

EA’s competitor to the NBA 2K series hasn’t fared well since it returned this generation. The beleaguered series has become a bit of a punchline. However, respect has to be given to EA Tiburon for sticking with it, despite the less than favorable response and myriad of issue facing prior iterations. While EA Tiburon keeps tightening up the foundational aspects, there are some new aspects to the NBA Live series this year.

NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16.

New to NBA Live 16 is LIVE Pro-Am, which features two online modes: LIVE Run and Summer Circuit. LIVE Run is a five-on-five street ball affair, while Summer Circuit pits players against NBA greats on their home courts. LIVE Motion is a new physic-based player movement system allowing players to create movements as they play with a rebuilt passing and catching system, and a new shot system. Whether any of this makes NBA Live 16 a contender remains to be seen.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night – PS Vita – September 29

A trend this week is genres with a story focus that shouldn’t have them. Persona 4: Dancing All Night takes place after the events of Persona 4 Golden. Everyone’s favorite idol, Rise, has took to the stage mentoring junior idol Kanami, while Yu has returned to the city. It wouldn’t be a Persona 4 game if there wasn’t some nefarious multimedia threat. A new rumor has popped up about videos playing on the internet where if people watch them, they’ll disappear.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

When members of Rise’s junior idol group, “Kanamin Kitchen” disappear, Rise asks Yu to summon the Investigation Team to help her discover the cause behind these vanishings. The group gets pulled back into another mess as they take the “Midnight Stage” to dance off against Shadows to rescue the members of Kanamin Kitchen. While the Investigation Team dances for their lives, Dojima, Nanako, and Kanami try to solve it on their end.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night has addicting rhythm gameplay with plenty of stages, costumes, and items to unlock. The game offers plenty of dancing action for players between its story and free dance modes. With a good degree of difficulty, there are plenty of opportunities to prove you can defeat Shadows while looking fabulous.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – PS4, Xbox One – September 29

It’s been an extremely long time since we’ve had a Tony Hawk game with Proving Ground releasing nearly eight years ago. It has been even longer since an entry in the Pro Skater strain has been out. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 mark the return of the series with a focus on delivering the familiar Pro Skater gameplay with needed updates and tweaks to make it fresh for the current-generation of consoles.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.

Players can play offline by themselves or enjoy drop-in and drop-out online multiplayer. Whether players work together to complete missions or challenge each other, 20 players can play in a single session together. The game features eighty missions over nine environments with opportunities to unlock new content and level up their skaters. Returning to the series is the ability to build and share skateparks with the game’s park creation tool set. Either create your own skater or play as one of the top skaters in the world.

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