Video Game Review: NBA 2K16

By Caleb Smith

On Sept. 29th, arguably one of the best video games ever created hit the market. Thousands camped outside of local retail stores in order to receive the highly anticipated 2k16. As a result of the consistent success of the 2k series throughout the years, many have questioned if the game could truly live up to the hype. While reading this article, you will not only become aware of vital features such as the graphics, and My Player, but solid teams to play with that are under the radar as well.

One of the most beloved features of 2k16 is ‘My Player’. This feature has gained an immense amount of popularity throughout the years, due to it providing gamers the opportunity to create their own player, who could eventually become the best player in the NBA. Although ‘My Player’ is believed to be one of 2k’s best attributes, many believe that there needed to be some more adjustments; thanks to the help of Spike Lee, the gamers’ needs were met.

Once you begin playing My Player on 2k16, you will not be able to put the remote down!

During the production of 2k16, 2k Games decided to partner with the Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee, in order to enhance the quality of the feature. After playing My Player, I can tell you first-hand that it’s like nothing that you’ve ever experienced – it’s like a movie within the game!

Before you begin to play, you are first presented the option to take a picture of yourself, and then submit it to the game, so you could have your player look exactly like you. Unlike the previous 2k’s, the submission of your picture is completed within thirty seconds. I know right now you might be amazed, but that’s not even the best part. Spike Lee set the ‘My Player’ feature as a documentary covering the journey from your high school career to the NBA. While in high school, you will begin to feel pressured by your girlfriend, family members, recruiters, and NBA owners, who will all have an immense impact on your decision-making.

Throughout your ‘My Player’ career, you will experience a tremendous amount of success, but it will be up to you to obtain a good image, and to keep both your brand and family under control. Although My Player has improved greatly over the years, it’s not the only 2k feature that has gamers excited.

As a fellow gamer, I know the importance of both graphics and player ratings. These two qualities are vital to one’s experience of the game. Thankfully, while playing 2k16, you will not have to worry about having any issues concerning poor graphics or inaccurate player ratings.

2k has gained a vast amount of popularity throughout the years, due to them displaying the details of a player’s tattoos and even their signature sneaker. As expected, 2k has topped last year’s performance in this department; the graphics are so detailed that you will think you’re watching the game live on your flat screen. The game displays the signature Steph Curry free-throw ritual that consists of him chewing the side of his mouthpiece while he shoots. Furthermore, I know that all of the LeBron fans, including myself were extremely disappointed at the poor detail of his hairline; well guess what gamers. He officially has a real hairline on 2k16!

After being impressed by the detailed graphics, I was even more amazed by the accurate ratings of both the teams and players. As expected, LeBron James holds the highest ranking, while only one overall point over MVP Stephen Curry. Names such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James have become synonymous with winning while competing with fellow gamers. Although these players are very dominant, your winning percentage could actually increase by playing with teams that are under the radar. Teams such as the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans are believed to be great match-ups for powerhouse clubs such as Cleveland and Golden State, due to their deep rosters.

In conclusion, with all of the new features and roster updates, prepare to be amazed!

Movie Review: American Ultra

By Kelly Kipfer

American Ultra is a comedy/action movie, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, that you may not have heard of, however, it is quite interesting to watch. Warning this film is rated R for the following: drug use, language, a little sexual content, blood, and violence. American Ultra will keep you entertained and might even surprise you while watching.

Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Stewart) make the dream team in what could be this year’s most romantic comedy, American Ultra. Sticking together and fighting off danger is what Mike and Phoebe must do. Both characters demonstrate teamwork and accomplishing what needs to be done. This movie could motivate viewers to use what they have to get what needs to be done completed.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, American Ultra focuses on Mike (played by Eisenberg), who is a stoner and an agent trained by the government. Mike tends to forget that he was trained by the government and he at times does not realize what he is capable of doing, which adds a bit of humor to the film. Mike also does weird things, such as killing a guy with a metal spoon in self-defense. Mike ends up surviving throughout the dangers the government puts him through and saves his girlfriend (Stewart) from getting killed and himself.

Mike is really a genius because he outsmarts the government from catching him, and what is funny is that he doesn’t necessary know how he does it, he just does it. He doesn’t give up either, he fights through everything. This movie can influence viewers to not let things bring you down, no matter how hard it may seem, you can fight through it and survive. Life requires strength.

This movie can be enjoyed by mature audiences, viewers who don’t mind surprises and blood, American Ultra has a good amount of action throughout, keeping its audience involved. From the strong chemistry between Mike and Phoebe to the action scenes, American Ultra is a film that is worth watching at least once.

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