Hottest Can’t Miss Games

Durant Howard NBA 2k15

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From the time I was a child up until now, one of my favorite pastimes was playing video games. I liken video games to a combination of choose your own adventures, where you can actually decide what happens next in a book and television where you’re watching what happens next for entertainment.

There are some things that I loved as a child, like watching Tom & Jerry Kids, which I don’t have the same enthusiasm about anymore and there are some things I enjoy in my adulthood, like reading articles, that I did not particularly enjoy as a child.

Video games are one of the few things that I’ve enjoyed both as a child and as an adult. The video games that are available today are far superior, at least in production value and graphics, to the video games I grew up to as a child. However, most of all, video games are all about having fun.

If you’re a gamer, you probably are well aware of the hottest new game releases but just in case you are a gamer who isn’t aware or you aren’t a gamer but you’re looking to do some early Christmas shopping for someone who is, these are a few of the hot releases that gamers will really be able to appreciate.

 

WWE 2K15

WWE 2k15

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  WWE 2k15 is the most recent installment of the most popular wrestling game series. It is possibly the best experience next to actually being present at a live show (or possibly third if you’re a wrestling performer).

The much anticipated release introduces us to new updates. The most exciting new feature being the MyCareer mode. For any of you who’ve played any of the 2k sports games, this will be a walk down memory lane for you. So what is it?

MyCareer mode will allow you to create a wrestling superstar and guide him or her through out his or her entire career. You will be in control of your created wrestler from starting out in development and deciding whether your character will be face (good guy) or heel (bad guy) all the way up into your hall of fame induction if you’re able to earn it.

If that wasn’t enough, MyCareer mode also allows you the freedom to make decisions that really shape up  your career. Up to this point, it is projected to be the most interactive experience wrestling gaming fans have had. Why? On top of all of this there is a feature called “Invasion” which is a part of the MyCareer feature. It will allow you to import up to 5 of your friend’s MyCareer created superstars into your career, who all get involved at random times and they will have the potential to either act as an ally to you or an enemy to your created superstar and work against you. There is also the much anticipated return of Sting!

Sting Autographed Sports Memorabilia

Sting WWE 2k15

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The downside to all of this, however, is that on the older generation consoles (if it’s lower than Playstation 4 or Xbox One) it doesn’t have the MyCareer mode and the game is pretty much the same as WWE 2k14. So if you have an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 4, it’s better for you not to get WWE 2k15 because you will be disappointed at the lack of updates and modes. If you enjoy creating characters from scratch (giving your characters custom entrance music and custom entrance movements, custom movesets, create a finisher, create a story, etc.), WWE legends, new matches, updated rosters, etc. you may be disappointed at how stripped down this installment is compared to previous years.

If you’ve just got to have this game, to avoid feeling like you’re paying full price for a watered down version of last year’s game with a cool new feature added, I’d suggest that you wait until it goes on sale to get it at a cheaper price. That way you can still enjoy the game but  not feel that you didn’t get your money’s worth.

 

NBA 2k15

NBA 2k15

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With the 2k Team being behind both WWE 2k15 and NBA 2k15 it makes me wonder if, perhaps, their jewel, NBA 2k15 is prioritized a bit higher over WWE 2k15. For gamers’ sakes, let’s hope not. I’d rather they bring the same magic to WWE 2k15 that makes NBA 2k15 special.

The biggest and most anticipated update for NBA 2k15 lovers is quite possibly the MyLeague feature. Much like the MyCareer feature on WWE 2k15, the MyLeague feature on NBA 2k15 gives you the control. It is similar to the association mode except you will take control over the entire league.

You will decide how the divisions the divisions are formatted and which teams are in your NBA, even being able to introduce classic teams or foreign teams if you choose to.

The Crew Mode is going to be back in its original form, unlike last year’s installation but I question 2k’s decision to only release this mode on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles and not placing it on the newer generation consoles. This may be sending the wrong message moving forward.

As you already know, the game experience is becoming more realistic with the new visual presentation. For instance, now Inside the NBA on TNT’s co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson have been added to the game.

If you’re looking to have fun playing with friends with updated rosters or looking forward to building your own NBA then this will be another year of fun experience for you. However, if you wish to play online, you may be frustrated because of a server overload. For the overall gaming experience, I would recommend this game just as long as you are willing to accept not being able to play online until the server issues are rectified.

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty is a best selling shooter game series and Advanced Warfare looks to be no different. This video game thriller takes place in a future with technologically advanced weapons where private military corporations have become the dominant force of the world. You will have newly advanced armor that will improve your jumping ability, grappling, strength, speed, endurance, cloaking and so much more. Since the game is being released tomorrow, there isn’t as much of an overview that I can give about all of the features (except for what has been released to the public prior to release) but if you’re looking to have hours of fun and you love 1st person shooter games, this is the game for you.

Call of Duty is kind of a situation where no matter what they do, it can backfire. If they continue to do what has made them popular over the years then it can eventually become repetitive and make gamers and avid fans of the series think that they’re not putting much effort into the new games. However, it’s difficult to please the public. If they change their new installment too much in an attempt to be innovative or create something new they just may, as other games have done, mess up what has made them great. There’s a fine line between ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and being too conservative.

If you’re a fan of Call of Duty on the Xbox One, there is an Xbox One Time Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle that comes with the Xbox One gaming console at a discount with free shipping but because of the popularity of this game, it probably won’t be available for long, so don’t be angry with me for sharing this.

Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle

Xbox One COD Bundle

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It does come with a custom console, controller, and a Limited Edition exoskeleton and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition but like I stated earlier, limited quantities are available.

If you’re a gamer I hope you’ve found this post informative and that it’ll help you in reaching a decision in what game(s) you’re interested in. If you’re not a gamer but are looking for games for a loved one, I hope I’ve helped you to learn something and to be able to identify something your loved one would enjoy.

I could literally talk about video games all day but I realize you have other things to do. Perhaps in the future there will be a part 2 or we may even discuss other hot items but for now and until next time, game on.

 

 

 

 

 


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