December 24, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s the stuff of internet fantasy: NBA 2K gameplay director Mike Wang began his adult life as a terribly unsure college student worrying over what he would do for the rest of his career. In the meantime, he regularly posted on the Operation Sports forums, freely offering his “advice” (or just gripes) to anyone who would listen. Through a series of incredibly fortunate favors and meetings, Wang eventually found himself at the offices of NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts. What awaited him was a team of developers that amusingly recognized his username from the forums. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

December 24, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Excellent games and unbelievable moments were everywhere in a gaming year that started strong and never let up. Enduring franchises delivered on their long-awaited promises, surprise independent gems blew us away, and masterpieces wowed us with moments that won’t soon be forgotten! As another incredible year in gaming comes to a close, join us in looking back at those epic moments that helped to make 2018 an astonishing year for everyone. BUT BE WARNED, there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for some of the the biggest and best games of the year, so come back later if you’re not ready. For…

December 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Arcades may have died out in much of the world, but in Japan, arcades are still a huge part of gaming culture. One of my favourites is Game Center Mikado in Tokyo – it’s a great place to dive into legendary fighting games and retro classics in a relaxed atmosphere. Mikado is a couple of stops from Shinjuku in Takadanobaba, a district that’s famous for being the place that Osamu Tezuka chose for his iconic character Astro Boy to be “born.” JR trains play the theme song when they stop at this station, and there are a couple of large…

December 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

While the Mortal Kombat series has never been shy about taking inspiration from popular culture, the last two NetherRealm games have really gone out of their way to include characters from other universes as DLC. Mortal Kombat X’s DLC included a handful of horror icons like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, The Predator, and a Xenomorph alien who all fit right in performing gruesome fatalities. Meanwhile, Injustice 2 had the denizens of the DC Universe squaring off some iconic characters from other comic publishers, Hellboy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hell, even Kratos popped up in the 2011 Mortal Kombat. It’s…

December 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Insomniac saved the best for last: Spider-Man: Silver Lining is what I wanted the first two chapters of The City That Never Sleeps DLC to be. Great character work across the board is not only fun in the moment but raises intriguing, farther-reaching implications for the story. And with diverse missions and a clear sense of resolution, this is just a much more satisfying day in the very dangerous life of Spider-Man. Silver Lining’s story will only run you about an hour and a half at most, but its missions are some of the most varied of the three DLCs…