NBA 2K11 brings a visceral experience to this generation of consoles that players have been aching for with the basketball since NBA 2K5: to play as the legendary player Michael Jordan himself. There is a severe level of disappointment when a player ranks up his own player in NBA 2K10, works hard for legendary players, and sees Michael Jordan missing from the all-star lineup that makes the play incredible. The new IsoMotion dribble controls are stunningly fluid, the visuals are unparalleled with glossy shine, the My Player Mode is finally less exhausting in terms of getting recruited, and the dynamic shot control gives an unprecedented reality to the hoop approach of the dunk. Jordan Challenge is a bit of a disappointment, and most of the iconic matches from Michael Jordan’s career are less iconic in the game due to a limited variety of simulating real life events at the sake of realism. Regardless, NBA 2K11 is the most realistic NBA experience to date and vastly improved from NBA 2K10. NBA 2K11 brings the complete and definitive package to not just the career of his Royal Airness, but also the careers of many talented athletes that live by the court and breathe victory regardless of the outcome.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is remarkable. Remarkably unentertaining and hideous, that is. It manages to shatter that border that distinguishes a bad game from a good one, and puts itself into its own dreary category of the Worst “Game” of 2009 by far and for a long while. The story is incoherent, the dialogue is as dull as the previous title, and the gameplay makes Atari Console games seem next-generation.
When there is something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call..? A copy of Atari’s incredible Ghostbusters title. After literally dozens of cancellation threats on the project, the long-awaited Ghostbusters game is back – and one that I have personally hoped would come out ever since I watched the original back in the day. The iconic quartet return an excruciating 20 years after their last ghost-busting outing, bringing with them the original humour and feel of the Ghostbusters which is perfectly realized perfectly in game form. The original cast (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and of course the always witty Bill Murray) return to give the game the authentic feel to make it feel like a sequel to the films and it does nothing short of a simply fantastic job at making players literally feel as if they are a part of it.
The Prince has returned in Prince of Persia, ready to take anything with a vengeance and stop all things evil, or something purely bent on destroying anything in it is path. Prince of Persia is the fourth iteration that is bent on redefining the platform genre in this new middle-eastern adventure of sending dark trees and all things evil back from which they came. With a beautiful art direction, a blithe level of humor, and furthermore gameplay, the prince shows us all that time and change itself is a great and brilliant thing. The storybook version was so missed for such a long time for me personally, that at this point I am content with kissing Ubisoft’s ring for making this decision to dig to the inveterate classics. While the gameplay challenges the platform genre, it loses some notability in the easy and sometimes repetitive tasks that the player must perform. Despite this, Prince of Persia manages to pull players in a newly redefined world that is both convivial and surprises the inveterate need to change the past.
Rock Band 2 is the latest game to emerge from Harmonix Studios from the previous rhythm game that was the first of its kind to provide party knockers and rollers guitar, bass, and vocal instruments all in a sexy blue box. Rock Band 2 still sticks to the roots of the first games, providing the same instruments but Harmonix definitely made an effort to refine and perfect features that were introduced in the original game and make everything more lively. Some new modes have strummed out, and the development team has completely streamlined the interface, making it better to navigate and go into a game than flip through confusing menus and over practical layouts. Rock Band 2 is definitely thee version of the Rock Band series that anyone wants to play. With a new interface, new band smashing modes, and dozens of new songs and downloadable content to enrich the experience, Rock Band 2 definitely has immense potential for the holiday season and for WhatIfGaming’s Game of the Year 2008- Best Music Game.
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