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Preview: Major League Baseball 2K11 photo
Preview: Major League Baseball 2K11
by Samit Sarkar

2K Sports’ exclusive third-party development contract with Major League Baseball hasn’t really paid off for the publisher’s parent company, Take-Two, due to a series of baseball releases that have ranged in quality from half-decent to poor. Last year, developer Visual Concepts delivered the first respectable effort in years, Major League Baseball 2K10 -- it got most of the fundamentals right, but it still wasn’t quite good enough to give Sony’s MLB 10 The Show any serious competition.

This year, Visual Concepts is aiming to improve on the solid foundation of MLB 2K10, polishing what’s there by addressing underlying issues. I played a few innings of Major League Baseball 2K11 earlier this week, and from my hands-on time, I can say that the studio is on the right track.

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Preview: Top Spin 4 photo
Preview: Top Spin 4
by Samit Sarkar

By the time 2K Sports releases Top Spin 4 on March 15, 2011, it will have been almost three full years since the launch of its predecessor, 2008’s Top Spin 3. That game was well-received, but drew criticism for being somewhat impenetrable for novice players.

Take-Two closed the studio behind TS3, PAM Development, shortly after the game’s release, but much of the core team that worked on the game has since moved to 2K Czech, which is developing TS4. I had the chance to play a couple of matches of TS4 tennis earlier this week, and the game seems like a more accessible evolution of the franchise.

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3:00 PM on 01.07.2011

Catch a first look at MLB 2K11 in this trailer

2K Sports has sent out the first semi-trailer for its upcoming baseball sim, Major League Baseball 2K11, and you can watch the whole thing above. It only has about 30 seconds of footage from the game, but if you're a basebal...

Samit Sarkar

1:40 PM on 01.06.2011

2K Sports' $1 million perfect-game prize returns in MLB 2K11

Last year, 2K Sports drew a whole lot of attention to its annual baseball game, Major League Baseball 2K10, by offering a $1 million cash prize to the first person who could throw a perfect game in the game. The promotion was...

Samit Sarkar

9:40 AM on 09.14.2010

NBA 2K11 demo hits Xbox 360, PS3 today

2K Sports is dribbling a demo for NBA 2K11 on to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network today. The demo will let players relive the thrill of last season's NBA Finals, playing one quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtic...

Nick Chester

10:20 AM on 09.07.2010

Top Spin 4 announced, features 'uncanny realism'

The uncannily realistic Top Spin 4 has been announced today by 2K Sports. The game will hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii in 2011. According to 2K Sports president of product development Greg Thomas, this will be the most ...

Nick Chester

1:00 AM on 08.13.2010

Pre-order NBA 2K11, get Jordan Avatar/Home jersey

If you’re going to buy NBA 2K11, you might as well get some Xbox 360 Avatar and PlayStation Home crap while you’re at it, right? 2K has announced that it’s partnered with GameStop to offer pre-order customer...

Nick Chester

7:30 PM on 07.29.2010

NBA 2K11 soundtrack features Snoop Dogg, Ron Artest

Snoop Dogg loves 2K Sports' NBA 2K series -- so much so, in fact, that he has recorded an exclusive track, the "NBA 2K Theme," for NBA 2K11. But Snoop is only one of more than 30 artists who appear on the 27-song so...

Samit Sarkar

5:20 PM on 07.22.2010

2K Sports reveals The Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11

When you put a legend like Michael Jordan on the cover of your sports videogame, it stands to reason that his inclusion in the game would amount to more than just a roster appearance on a historic team. Today, 2K Sports annou...

Samit Sarkar



What's new with NHL 2K11 photo
What's new with NHL 2K11
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

There are three things in life that are certain -- death, taxes and annual sports game releases. NHL 2K11 is out exclusively for the Wii this September, and with it come some of the best controls I've ever used for a Wii hockey game.

This year’s entry offers true 1:1 support through Wii MotionPlus. By pressing down on the D-pad, your character will match the movement and speed of your actions with the Wiimote when it comes to moving on the ice or taking a shot at the goal. You’ll even be able to juggle the puck with the Z button because why not?

As good as the MotionPlus controls were, I was most comfortable with just using the standard Wii controls in my demo. There will be multiple controller options -- even one that matches EA’s control setup -- so it’ll be easy to pick up for anyone.

Along with the main game, I got to check out the Road to the Cup feature, which lets four players use their Miis. Players will compete in various mini-game challenges and answer trivia questions in order to win more fans than the other player. It's a nice feature for kids, but will likely be neglected by the hardcore audience.

Out of all the simulation sports games, hockey games are the only ones I can actually enjoy, and NHL 2K11 is simple, easy to get into and plenty of fun. I also got to check out the game on the NHL 2K11 tour bus that will be driving around the US and Canada later this month. Other than discovering that I get motion sickness from RVs, the setup is really nice. You’ll be able to play the game before it’s released, snag a demo disc and meet hockey players at the various stops. Check out what the inside of the RV looks like after the break.

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11:30 PM on 07.12.2010

This MLB 2K10 Achievement/Trophy is only available today

2K Sports included a time-sensitive Achievement/Trophy in Major League Baseball 2K10, and the time to get it is now. Entitled "Mid-Summer Classic," the task -- good for 40 Gamerscore on Xbox Live, and a silver Troph...

Samit Sarkar

11:00 PM on 07.09.2010

NBA 2K11 already has LeBron James in a Miami Heat jersey

There you have it, folks: 2K Sports' representation in their upcoming basketball videogame, NBA 2K11, of the most self-absorbed, obnoxious, callous, and oblivious athlete today -- LeBron James. (Too soon, 2K. Too soon.) Last ...

Samit Sarkar





10:20 AM on 07.07.2010

Michael Jordan and his tongue grace cover of NBA 2K11

2K Sports has revealed the cover athlete for its upcoming NBA 2K11, and it's... Michael Jordan. And he's trying to lick my face or something. Seriously, what's going on here? Is this a thing Jordan is known for, playing baske...

Nick Chester

4:40 PM on 07.01.2010

NHL 2K11 going on tour through Canada & US before launch

If you're interested in playing 2K Sports' Wii-exclusive hockey game, NHL 2K11, before it releases this September, then boy, do I have some news for you! 2K is taking the game on a two-month cross-continent tour in the N...

Samit Sarkar

3:00 AM on 06.08.2010

Thank 2K Sports for making Snoop Dogg look truly silly

2K Sports' Twitter feed recently dropped a couple of amusing little nuggets. They're photos of rapper, pimp and player Snoop Dogg all rigged up in a motion-capture suit to record his moves for NBA 2K11. I've always looked at ...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:30 PM on 06.02.2010

Michael Jordan appearing on NBA 2K11 cover

Last week, ESPN quoted sources as saying that the greatest player in basketball history, Michael Jordan, will be on the cover of NBA 2K11, this year's installment of 2K Sports' venerated basketball franchise. Today, 2K S...

Samit Sarkar