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Tuesday, October 27

NFL Picks: Week 7 Results / Week 8 Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks!

Here are the standout picks from Week 7:

  • EVERYONE got the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots AND the Philadelphia Eagles CORRECT in their respective games.
  • xxInspirationxx and IronHorse1995 were the ONLY ones to get the Cincinnati Bengals CORRECT after they destroyed the Chicago Bears.
  • Finch865 was the ONLY man to get the Oakland Raiders WRONG after their loss to the N.Y. Jets.
  • Deus Legend and xxInspirationxx were the ONLY people to get the Miami Dolphins WRONG in their loss to the Saints.
Our standing from Week 7 alone:

T1.) Stopable / 10
T1.) KnightnBattle10 / 10
T1.) JRC865 / 10
T1.) JohnnyX77 / 10
T1.) IronHorse1995 / 10
T6.) Jerhawk / 9
T6.) xxInspirationxx / 9
8.) Deus Legend / 8
T9.) BlazenHawks / 7
T9.) Finch865 / 7
Now for our Overall PowerRankings, presented by Geico. So easy, Jerhawk can do it.

T1.) Stopable / 69
T1.) KnightnBattle10 / 69
T3.) BlazenHawks / 68
T3.) JohnnyX77 / 68
T5.) Jerhawk / 65
T5.) JRC865 / 65
T5.) IronHorse1995 / 65
8.) Deus Legend / 62
9.) xxInspirationxx / 58
10.) Finch865 / 40

The Week 8 Matchups:

Denver @ Baltimore

Houston @ Buffalo

Cleveland @ Chicago

Seattle @ Dallas

St. Louis @ Detroit (Stink Fest)

Minnesota @ Green Bay (Favre Fest '09 Part 2)

San Francisco @ Indianapolis

Miami @ N.Y. Jets

Oakland @ San Diego

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

Carolina @ Arizona

N.Y. Giants @ Philadelphia

Atlanta @ New Orleans (Monday Night)

There's no Sunday Night game this week due to the World Series. Please have your picks in by kickoff of the first slate of games on Sunday. Thank you all.

Now for our Halloween themed NFL Player Comparisons, I found this great one between Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (left) and Eddie Munster (right).

Monday, October 26

3rd Person Mode in Modern Warfare 2?

Someone seems to of gotten a copy of Modern Warfare 2 early for PS3 and they have been live streaming it to the public. Something interesting in this video is that its played completely in third person and looks like it is not spectator or anything of the sorts. Could this be the big secret Infinity Ward has been talking about?

It seems it is true according to a screenshot someone took of the game modes screen, hit the break to see the picture and a list of game modes. It is in another language but the users on the Infinity Ward forums were quick to translate it.

team deathmatch
ground war
HQ Pro
Search and destroy
capture the flag
3rd person team deathmatch
hardcore team deathmatch
hardcore Search and destroy
teamdeathmatch ...(cant read) (maybe something like team tactical)
cage match 3rd person

Assaissin's Creed II Video Preview

I'm not very interested in this game but, I know some of you(our viewers) are. So here is a video preview.

Tuesday, October 20

Fall Update Video Preview

The update should be out sometime in November. Early updates should be going out in the coming week.

NFL Picks: Week 6 Results / Week 7 Picks

Thanks for tuning into xboxlivenetwork.com's NFL Picks! I'm your host, Jerhawk!

Here are the standout picks from Week 6:
  • EVERYBODY got the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers AND the New England Patriots CORRECT in their respective games. Nice!
  • EVERYBODY got the Philadelphia Eagles WRONG after they were upset by the Oakland Raiders.
  • Jerhawk, JRC 865 and JohnnyX77 were the ONLY ones to get the Kansas City Chiefs CORRECT over the Washington Redskins.
  • BlazenHawks was the only one to get the Buffalo Bills CORRECT after they took out the N.Y. Jets.
Our results from Week 6 alone:

1.) JohnnyX77 / 11
T2.) Jerhawk / 9
T2.) BlazenHawks / 9
T4.) JRC865 / 8
T4.) xxInspirationxx / 8
T6.) Deus Legend / 7
T6.) KnightnBattle10 / 7
T6.) IronHorse1995 / 7
9.) Stopable / 6

Finch865 did not pick. When Jerhawk was asked at his weekly press conference about Finch's status coming into Week 7, here was his response:

Now for our Overall PowerRankings, presented by the Taco Bell Black Taco (with pepperjack sauce):

1.) BlazenHawks / 61
T2.) Stopable / 59
T2.) KnightnBattle10 / 59
4.) JohnnyX77 / 58
5.) Jerhawk / 56
T6.) JRC865 / 55
T6.) IronHorse1995 / 55
8.) Deus Legend / 54
9.) xxInspirationxx / 49
10.) Finch865 / 33

BlazenHawks has gained first place. The scores should begin separating from each other any time here. Or at least I hope so.

As I said last week, here are our Divisional Picks that we made at the beginning of the season:

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals(3-2): Deus Legend, Stopable, KnightnBattle10, JRC865, Finch865, JohnnyX77
Seattle Seahawks (2-4): Jerhawk, BlazenHawks, xxInspirationxx, IronHorse1995
Not Chosen: San Francisco 49ers (3-2), St. Louis Rams (0-6)

NFC North:

Minnesota Vikings (6-0): Deus Legend, KnightnBattle10
Green Bay Packers (3-2): BlazenHawks, Stopable, xxInspirationxx, JohnnyX77, IronHorse1995
Chicago Bears (3-2): Jerhawk, JRC865, Finch865
Not Chosen: Detroit Lions (1-5)

NFC East:

N.Y. Giants (5-1): BlazenHawks
Dallas Cowboys (3-2): JRC865, IronHorse1995
Philadelphia Eagles (3-2): Jerhawk, Deus Legend, Stopable, KnightnBattle10, xxInspirationxx, Finch865, JohnnyX77
Not Chosen: Washington Redskins (2-4)

NFC South:

New Orleans Saints (5-0): BlazenHawks, Stopable, xxInspirationxx, JRC865
Atlanta Falcons (4-1): Deus Legend, Jerhawk, KnightnBattle10, JohnnyX77, IronHorse1995
Carolina Panthers (2-3): Finch865
Not Chosen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)

AFC West:

San Diego Chargers (2-3): Everyone except Jerhawk
Oakland Raiders (2-4): Jerhawk
Not Chosen: Denver Broncos (6-0), Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)

AFC North:

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2): Jerhawk, Deus Legend, Stopable, KnightnBattle10, JRC865, JohnnyX77
Baltimore Ravens (3-3): BlazenHawks, xxInspirationxx, Finch865, IronHorse1995
Not Chosen: Cincinnati Bengals (4-2), Cleveland Browns (1-5)

AFC East:

New England Patriots (4-2): Everybody
Not chosen: N.Y. Jets (3-3), Miami Dolphins (2-3), Buffalo Bills (2-4)

AFC South:

Indianapolis Colts (5-0): BlazenHawks, KnightnBattle10, xxInspirationxx, JRC865
Houston Texans (3-3): Deus Legend
Tennessee Titans (0-6): Jerhawk, Stopable, Finch865, JohnnyX77, IronHorse1995
Not chosen: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

We will not be re-picking for the division winners, you're basically stuck with the teams you chose. Remember: these picks are worth 5 points for each one you get correct at the end of the regular season. Follow your teams and make sure they come through on their end!

The Week 7 Matchups:

Chicago @ Cincinnati

Green Bay @ Cleveland

San Francisco @ Houston

San Diego @ Kansas City

Minnesota @ Pittsburgh

Indianapolis @ St. Louis

New England vs. Tampa Bay (London)

Buffalo @ Carolina

N.Y. Jets @ Oakland

Atlanta @ Dallas

New Orleans @ Miami

Arizona @ N.Y. Giants (Sunday Night)

Philadelphia @ Washington (Monday Night)

Please have your picks in by 10:04 A.M. Pacific Time or 1:04 Eastern Time (I know you like to do things at the last minute on me Inspiration you goofball) Thanks everyone!
Here's our player comparison this week. Lee Thompson Young (left) who currently has a role in ABC's FlashForward. He was also Chris Comer (Running back #42) in the film "Friday Night Lights." I'm comparing him to wide receiver Torry Holt (right).

Monday, October 19

Halo WayPoint Details

This video walks you through some of the destination's functionality, notably the "career system" which will track "in-game accomplishments across multiple Halo games." Unsurprisingly, that career will be limited to the Xbox 360-released Halo games: Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, and "all Game Add-on content for those titles."

Halo Waypoint is being developed collaboratively by Microsoft's internal Halo studio, 343 Industries, and Certain Affinity. Waypoint will be available November 5 for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

Friday, October 16

Mass Effect 2 Release Date

Electronic Arts has announced the release date for Mass Effect 2, the anticipated sequel from developer BioWare.

The game is scheduled to launch on January 26, 2010 in North America and January 29 in Europe.

A slew of pre-order bonus items have also been revealed. Pre-ordering Mass Effect 2 at GameStop gives players access to two special items. The Terminus Armor, which increases run speed and personal shields, and the M-490 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon, a high-powered gravity gun.

Pre-ordering the game at other retailers gives players The Inferno Armor, which recognizes elevated heart rates and gives a negotiation bonus for Commander Shepard, along with an increase in run speed and augmented damage from combat powers.

Thursday, October 15

Splinter Cell: Conviction Walkthrough Video

This game looks cool. I'm glad they delayed this game til early next year so I can have time to play this.

Tuesday, October 13

NFL Picks: Week 5 Results / Week 6 Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks!

Here are the standout picks from Week 5:
  • EVERYBODY chose the Pittsburgh Steelers, N.Y. G-Men, Philadelphia Eagles AND the Minnesota Vikings and got ALL 4 CORRECT.
  • BlazenHawks and Finch865 were the ONLY ones to pick the Cincinnati Bengals CORRECT over the Ravens. However, they were also the ONLY experts to get the Washington Redskins WRONG as they went down to Carolina.
  • Stopable and JRC865 were the ONLY guys to pick the Cleveland Browns CORRECT over the Bills.
  • Finch865 managed to be the ONLY player to pick the Kansas City Chiefs over the Cowboys AND the Tennessee Titans over the Colts, but got both games WRONG.
  • Jerhawk, BlazenHawks AND IronHorse1995 were the ONLY ones to pick the Seattle Seahawks CORRECT after they took down the Jaguars 41-0.
  • BlazenHawks was the ONLY man to get the Miami Dolphins CORRECT on Monday Night Football.
Our results from Week 5 alone:

1.) BlazenHawks / 11
T2.) Stopable / 10
T2.) IronHorse1995 / 10
T4.) Jerhawk / 9
T4.) KnightnBattle10 / 9
T4.) JRC865 / 9
T4.) JohnnyX77 / 9
T8.) Deus Legend / 8
T8.) xxInspirationxx / 8
10.) Finch865 / 6

Now our overall PowerRankings, presented this week by Freecreditreport.com:

1.) Stopable / 53
T2.) BlazenHawks / 52
T2.) KnightnBattle10 / 52
4.) IronHorse1995 / 48
T5.) Jerhawk / 47
T5.) Deus Legend / 47
T5.) JRC865 / 47
T5.) JohnnyX77 / 47
9.) xxInspirationxx / 41
10.) Finch865 / 33

It's still a cluster in the middle with four players tied at 47. Now for those of you wondering about those Super Bowl picks that we made before the season started, here they are:

Jerhawk: Tennessee Titans (0-5)
Deus Legend: Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
BlazenHawks: Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Stopable: Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
KnightnBattle10: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
xxInspirationxx: New England Patriots (3-2)
JRC865: New England Patriots (3-2)
Finch865: Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
JohnnyX77: Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
IronHorse1995: Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

In Week 10 when we start doing the Upset Specials/2 Point Conversions, we will pick again for the Super Bowl, where you can either swap our your current pick and choose a different team. However doing so will degrade your Super Bowl pick (if correct) down to only 5 possible points. You can also just decide to stick with your current team and go for all or nothing and keep the possible 10 points. But that's not until Week 10. I thought I'd just let you guys know ahead of time so you can see how your teams are doing and give you some time to think about it. I'll show you guys our divisional picks next week.

Here's the Week 6 matchups. As always, please have your picks in by no later than 1:00 P.M. Eastern time on Sunday morning:

Houston @ Cincinnati

Detroit @ Green Bay

St. Louis @ Jacksonville

Baltimore @ Minnesota

N.Y. Giants @ New Orleans

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh

Carolina @ Tampa Bay

Kansas City @ Washington

Philadelphia @ Oakland

Arizona @ Seattle

Tennessee @ New England

Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets

Chicago @ Atlanta (Sunday Night Meltdown)

Denver @ San Diego (Monday Night Fiesta)

Here's another player comparison, brought to us by Deus Legend. This week it's Clark Gable (right) and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank (left).

Sunday, October 11

NBA Live 10 Review

Welcome back to another edition of Reviewing with Blazen. In this edition, I am going to be reviewing NBA live 10, the newest game for the NBA live series made by EA sports.

Originally, the NBA Live series was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES with NBA Live 95. The naming was changed from utilizing the last two digits of the year to the entire year number from 2000-2005, but returned to the original naming convention with NBA Live 06.The Create-A-Player feature was not available in the 1995 versions of the game, but have been a mainstay since NBA Live 96. NBA Live 98 in 1997 was the last NBA Live game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and the SNES. NBA Live 98 also was the first NBA Live series game to support 3Dfx graphic cards. Only first generation Voodoo and Voodoo Rush cards were officially supported. Starting from NBA Live 2000, the series featured NBA Live Legend All-Stars Teams, which included some biggest names from five decades (50s to 90s). These teams could be used instantly, but to use the players as regular players (e.g. traded, played on regular NBA Teams) they needed to be unlocked. Along the series, some of the rosters were changed due to many reasons.NBA Live 2005 brought the addition of the Slam Dunk Contest, and Rookie Challenge. NBA live was released October 6TH, 2009.

In NBA Live 10, audiences are given a bigger role to create more lifelike atmospheres, while teams are given their individual playing style with faster running animations that take into account player size. Passing and shooting has also been improved by adding new controls and features. A new training facility called "The Hangar" will be included as well. There have been many improvements to the details of the players including their tattoos, hair, shoes, uniforms, signature shots, and moves. It has also been revealed that Dynamic DNA, introduced in NBA Live 09, has been improved. The presentation is so cool how they have Lebron James' powder, and Howards pre-game jumping and shooting.

New to online is you can play up to 10 players on 5 player teams. This is a cool feature you can just play. The bad part about it is that it lags when you get that many people. The regular online when you are playing someone is just like NBA live 09 people know how to cheat and they just play with one play they don’t know how to spread the ball around. When playing in regular season, this gives you a challenge the computer is a lot smarter. Thought there are some things that still need to be fixed. Such as the computer can still drive on you in the hole but when you try to do it, you get striped. The rebounding can be awkward sometimes, where you are right in front of the ball but you don’t get it. Also when you get to the playoffs, the game changes. The AI gets harder and the fans are more into it so for this game.

I am going to give a solid
I would recommend that you just rent this game. Thank you for reading this review.

Saturday, October 10

Halo 3: ODST Review

Welcome back to this edition to the Reviewing with Blazen. In this episode, I will be talk to you about halo 3 ODST. Wes I know it has been a while since the game has come out but I want to give my review where I have played everything.

Halo 3: ODST was released 2 years after Halo 3 on 09/22/2009 created by Bungie. Halo 3: ODST is a shooter video game with game play taking place from a first-person perspective. Although the game play of ODST bears a strong resemblance to previous Halo titles, the player does not assume the role of the enhanced human super soldier Master Chief. Instead, the player controls a lone UNSC soldier, known as the Rookie.

In ODST that comes with two discs. The first disc is the ODST game and the second disc is the complete Halo 3 multiplayer experience with all the maps so you don’t have to buy all the maps extra kind of cool. It includes 21 Halo 3 maps and 3 exclusive maps from this edition of the multiplayer. The new features that come with ODST is a brand new campaign and a new multiplayer mode called firefight. Firefight is just like horde on Gears of War 2. The campaign is a little short only 8 missions so it can go by fast but it should take around 8 hours to get through. The graphics for the game are just the same a halo 3 2 years ago so there is not much to look forward to. There is a slight graphic upgrades and enhancements but overall, the graphics are similar to Halo 3. For the campaign, I played single player and also I played co-op. I think for ODST you would want to play this game in co-op it’s a lot more fun.

ODST also contains a new cooperative game mode called Firefight. In this game mode, players take on increasingly difficult waves of varied enemies and see how long they can last. Firefight includes new medals as well as the ability to play co-cooperatively with up to three other players over Xbox LIVE or System Link. The team has a team pool of lives, which is added to after set rounds, and the game ends upon their depletion and all players’ deaths. Skulls have been incorporated into Firefight as a means to increase the difficulty and provide variation. Some of the maps used in Firefight are unlocked as the player progresses through the single-player campaign, and there are a total of ten, of which three are unlockable. It is also noted that the enemy characters appearing in each wave are randomly generated; meaning players are unable to anticipate the strength of the next wave prior to its arrival. As you progress inside Firefight, you will get more and more characters to unlock. Players are awarded medals for making special kills, and individual and team scores are tracked throughout the games. Firefight also incorporates the Halo 3: ODST score, adding music that reflects the general mood of a map. Inside Firefight, the player have a shared pool of 7 lives, which are replenished after completing special bonus rounds.

I have the privilege to say that the people at xboxlivenetwork.com have all most beat it. So after reading this review I am going to give this game a solid


I would recommend that you buy this game if you don't have halo 3 either because you get both Halo 3 and Halo3: ODST. Tune in next time for I will be reviewing NBA live 10!

Thursday, October 8

Forza 3 Review

Forza Motorsport 3 is an exemplary racing game. It's beautiful, the controls are spot-on, the career mode is satisfying, and the multiplayer component is awesome. But there's still room to grow. The visuals could be even better, the career mode sags at times, and there needs to be at least one more option for AI difficulty. Even with those concerns, Forza 3 is a big step forward for sim racing games. Turn 10 has thrown down the gauntlet and it will be a real challenge for Polyphony Digital to deliver a superior racer with Gran Turismo 5. After all, this is the best racing game of this generation. Good luck topping it.

IGN Ratings for Forza Motorsport 3 (X360)
Rating Description
out of 10
9.5 Presentation
A simple, but easy-to-use menu system, loads of options, and a British narrator. Score!
9.0 Graphics
Some great car models and it runs smoothly for the most part. The lighting isn't perfect, and neither are some of the damage effects.
9.0 Sound
The cars sound great, the crashes are okay, and the music is weak.
9.5 Gameplay
A fantastic racing game with superb controls. The only issues are the limited difficulty range and that the career mode gets tedious towards the end.
10 Lasting Appeal
A deep and engrossing career mode matched by highly customizable multiplayer.
(out of 10 / not an average)



Forza Motorsport 3 may display graphics so beautiful it makes your eyes bleed. It may be so scalable from accessible to hardcore that everyone from your grandma to Michael Schumacher could enjoy it. It may have super-slick presentation values and an unparalleled love for all things car-related, but it somehow falls short of feeling like a classic. It’s exactly the sum of its parts, which is not something to slam when you think how great the parts are. Everything about this game is great, no doubt, from the leveling system to the ability to buy user-created vinyls, to the quick upgrade system. And despite a few flaws, Forza Motorsport 3 is still jam-packed with awesomeness.

Should be adjustable to anyone’s skill level. Anyone.

Damn near perfect if it wasn’t for those lousy visual damage models.

The music is listenable, but the sound effects are sublime.

What will you spend more time on: racing, tuning or painting?

It may seem like the same game, but its broad accessibility makes it more than that.

Overall Score NOT an average

Wednesday, October 7

Forza 3 Exclusive Content for "New" Game Purchases

Those who acquire Forza 3 "new" will get access to two extra race tracks, Benchmark High Speed Ring and Sidewinder Proving Grounds, as well as the Legends Car Pack, a bundle of 10 classic automobiles.

* '65 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
* '64 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage
* '81 BMW M1
* '60 Chevrolet Corvette
* '69 Dodge Charger
* '57 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
* '80 Fiat 131 Abarth
* '67 Lamborghini Miura P400
* '71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R
* '65 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

New GTAIV: Ballad of Gay Tony Trailer

Tuesday, October 6

NFL Picks: Week 4 Results / Week 5 Picks

Welcome back to NFL Picks!

Here are the standout picks from Week 4:
  • EVERYONE picked the Cincinnati Bengals over Cleveland, the N.Y. Giants over Kansas City AND the San Francisco 49ers over St. Louis, and got each one CORRECT.
  • Stopable and JohnnyX77 were the ONLY ones to get the Detroit Lions WRONG as they went down to the Bears.
  • Stopable was the ONLY person to get the Raiders WRONG after they lost to the Texans.
  • BlazenHawks was the ONLY one to get the Seahawks WRONG as they went down to the Colts.
  • xxInspirationxx picked the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Tennessee Titans and was the ONLY person to get that CORRECT.
  • KnightnBattle10 and IronHorse1995 were the ONLY guys to get Tampa Bay WRONG as they went down to the Redskins.
  • Deus Legend and Stopable were the ONLY players to get the Denver Broncos CORRECT after they took down the Dallas Cowboys.

Our Week 4 results:

1.) xxInspirationxx / 12
2.) Deus Legend / 11
T3.) Jerhawk / 10
T3.) BlazenHawks / 10
T3.) KnightnBattle10 / 10
T6.) Stopable / 9
T6.) JRC865 / 9
8.) JohnnyX77 / 8
9.) IronHorse1995 / 6

Finch865 didn't pick for Week 4. Here was Finch's response at his weekly press conference:

Our overall PowerRankings presented by the Bud Light Grooler:

T1.) Stopable / 43
T1.) KnightnBattle10 / 43
3.) BlazenHawks / 41
4.) Deus Legend / 39
T5.) Jerhawk / 38
T5.) JRC865 / 38
T5.) JohnnyX77 / 38
T5.) IronHorse1995 / 38
9.) xxInspirationxx / 33
10.) Finch865 / 27

As you can see, there's a large cluster in the middle tied at 38. Stopable and KnightnBattle are tied at the top with 43. Also, our scores will be lower during this part of the season due to the team's Bye weeks.

Here's the Week 5 Matchups:

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Cleveland @ Buffalo

Washington @ Carolina

Pittsburgh @ Detroit

Dallas @ Kansas City

Oakland @ N.Y. Giants

Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia

Minnesota @ St. Louis

Atlanta @ San Francisco

Houston @ Arizona

New England @ Denver

Jacksonville @ Seattle

Indianapolis @ Tennessee (Sunday Night Football)

N.Y. Jets @ Miami (Monday Night Football)

Please have your picks in by 1:00 P.M. Eastern on Sunday morning at the very latest. Thanks everyone!

This weeks NFL comparison is Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips (left) and All In the Family's Archie Bunker (right).

Monday, October 5

New COD: MW2 Trailer

Friday, October 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 Gameplay - Create a Class

NBA Live 10 Review

NBA Live 10, while it certainly has issues that people are going to gripe about, is exactly what the series needed to fire up its dwindling fan base and add new players alike. The gameplay is nicely refined and emulates real basketball with much greater success than past games. I expect NBA Live 11 to really step up and deliver more than this year’s game did in terms of modes. Couple some sort of career mode with the smooth gameplay and the next entry in the Live series could steal the crown away from 2K Sports.

IGN Ratings for NBA Live 10 (X360)
out of 10

A great job of delivering a TV broadcast that ebbs and flows with the game. The plethora of uniforms and shoes pushes NBA culture nicely.
Players look great and colors jump right off the screen. Can’t help but think that the athletes look a little plastic-y. Framerate is smooth throughout.
Announcers are redundant which is an annoyance but the roars of the crowd and arena-specific touches are very cool.
The new emphasis on defense is wonderful and the passing mechanics help diversify the gameplay. Live isn’t great yet, but it’s making solid progress.
Lasting Appeal
The feature set could be a little meatier, but dynamic season and Live Run will keep players coming back for some time, especially if they enjoy the notion of Dynamic DNA.