September 2015

Watch Us Play FIFA 16 With Pro Soccer Players

FIFA 16 is out in the wild, which means millions of players are running onto the virtual pitch to check out its new offerings. To get a more informed perspective on how the EA Sports’ latest soccer title captures the essence of the beautiful game, we invited players from the future MLS franchise Minnesota United FC to GI headquarters to play a match and discuss their impressions.

Check out the video below to see defensemen Tyler Polak and Brent Kallman discuss what they like about the new version, how they would like to see the game evolve, and what they think their player ratings will be once MN United FC joins the MLS.

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To hear our perspective on FIFA 16, read Kato’s review and then check out the three things every player should do with the game. To learn more about Minnesota United FC, head over to its official website.

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NBA 2K16 Review

NBA 2K16 is a tale of substance and style, loaded with a degree of personality not found elsewhere in the series. It proudly displays its Spike Lee-directed “Livin’ Da Dream” narrative, which adds more story, drama, and reasons to come back to MyCareer mode. But that character stretches far beyond the melodramatic cutscenes. Personal interviews, pre- and post-game shows, unique player mannerisms, and even teammate video-bombings give each matchup that big, true-to-life NBA feel. On the court, however, it can be a struggle to find your rhythm.

The controls have been expanded to allow you to direct and feed a ball to the post, pitch a pass behind you, and manage the position and timing of screens. These inclusions find mixed success. NBA 2K16’s layered gameplay systems demand smart and thorough explanation, but there’s a lack of training that’s makes it difficult for newcomers (and even returning players) to grasp everything new that’s happening on the hardwood.

MyCareer wonderfully captures the setting of a high school basketball game.

It’s a shame, too, since once you begin to time screens correctly and master the jukes and fakes tied to the Pro Stick, NBA …read more

App Store Update: September 30

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Bridge Constructor Stunts – ($1.99 Launch Sale, Normally to be $2.99)

The Bridge Constructor series is back with a new truck-flippin’ sequel likely more focused on destruction than construction:

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Finally, a New ‘Hearthstone’ Tavern Brawl, ‘Boom Bot Vs Annoy-o-Tron’

After a few weeks of repeat performances and build-your-own-deck Tavern Brawls, Hearthstone [Free] developers have finally given us a Brawl we haven’t seen before, and I’m actually enjoying this one. As you can imagine, this one is pretty much a Mech battle, and you’ll play as either Boom Bot or Annoy-o-Tron. Annoy-o-Tron’s Hero Power gives the lowest attack minion Taunt and Divine Shield and Boom-Bot’s deals one damage to two random enemies. As you can guess, if you happen to play on the Boom Bot side, you’ll get Dr. Boom, not a bad little guy that one. Unlike the last few Brawls, BB Vs AT offers pre-constructed decks, something many were asking for because it allows people without strong collections to compete with the rest.

Still, I think it’s interesting that many over at r/hearthstone aren’t happy with this Brawl, calling it unbalanced and boring. While I can see the unbalanced argument (the decks play differently with one being faster than the other), it’s hard to see how a Brawl with random decks and plenty of Legendaries is boring. For me, this is exactly what Tavern Brawls should be all about: pre-made decks, heroes …read more

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Space Survival Horror Game Syndrome Announced

Syndrome, a new space survival horror game, is coming in 2016.

Developers Camel 101 and Bigmoon Entertainment want to bring first-person survival horror “back to its roots” with Syndrome.

Players awake from cryosleep stranded on a spaceship and must discover the fate of its crew, some of which are dead, and others that appear to have changed into monsters. Syndrome will limit resources and ammo and offer the choice to hide or engage enemies as you explore the claustrophobic ship.

Syndrome will be releasing on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and will support Oculus Rift for a more immersive first-person experience.

In other horror game related news, Among the Sleep, a game where players control an imaginative 2-year-old, has a release date on PS4. And if you’re a fan of the horror genre, IGN recently took a look at the current state of horror video games.

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