If Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash were a book, it would have the cover of an epic novel and the pages of a children’s book. What was billed as a fun and engaging Mario sports game is lacking in both, and instead presents a shallow game that takes all of twenty minutes to fully experience. In a year where Nintendo seemed to make massive strides, delivering a major new IP and finally showing some understanding of how DLC can make games better, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash serves as an unwanted reminder of how Nintendo used to work.
The spectacle of sports entertainment is difficult to perfect in a three-hour Monday night time slot every week, let alone an interactive video game, but 2K Sports sets out every year to bring the professional wrestling experience to gaming consoles everywhere. WWE 2K16 is the studio's latest endeavor, and while there are a lot of improvements from last year's title, the game just can't get the job done.
The music, a generic, 2001-esque rock tune, cuts in and out on the loading screen, then restarts entirely when the level starts to load. Objects pop into view haphazardly, and most textures only start to think about showing up for work. Your character is last to appear, an undetailed blob that vaguely resembles Tony Hawk; you feel a vague unease to go along with his blurred features. The objective: using your skateboarding skills, knock 25 giant balls out of a pool. There are actually 26 balls, but whatever. You struggle with the controls, flailing and flopping on maneuvers you swore you landed, all while the timer counts down with a corporate logo hanging heavy above it. You've nearly gotten all of the balls out when you jump. Tony goes ragdoll for no reason and launches twenty feet into the air in grotesque slow-motion until he tumbles down, into the ground, and jams there like a twitchy tombstone. The textures of his clothes and face finally load; his face is an expressionless, joyless mass with eyes more dead than Gravelord Nito.
Mr. 900's return to console gaming isn't as smooth as we were hoping, given the glitches plaguing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5's launch.
Despite all the controversy Jimmy Kimmel got for making fun of gamers, another late night TV host has teamed up with Lil Weezy to play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.
2K, Yuke's and WWE have revealed their 'Raise Some Hell' trailer for WWE 2K16 as well as a first look at MyCareer Mode.
EA Sports is axing 13 female footballers from the roster of FIFA 16 in order to protect the athletes' eligibility to compete in collegiate sports.
2K and Yuke's have revealed the latest set of wrestlers coming to WWE 2K16 as Mrs. Foley's baby boy returns as Dude Love.
Newly confirmed wrestlers for WWE 2K16 include the more obvious additions of The Rock and Undertaker, but also of the late, great Macho Man and Rick Rude.
18 wrestlers have been added to the roster of WWE 2K16, and we have a ton of new gameplay footage to reveal, including the famous "Austin 3:16" promo.