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The Game Is Yours In NBA 2K17

With most recent consoles like XBOX One and Playstation 4 when you buy a game you are fortunate to have upgrades to each game so there seems to always be something new there for you. One game that goes above and beyond it is NBA 2K17.

I have been a fan of the NBA 2K series ever since they added the Jordan Brand kicks to the game. Besides sneakers the NBA 2K series is always improving on elements to the game every year. They listen to the fans and look to make those improvements in the next installment.

The game movements are fast and incredibly fluid that makes the gameplay very life like. The controls for dribbling, passing and shooting are easy to learn if you haven’t played the game before. You can control all the action when bringing up the ball on the court and call plays your teammates to make just like in the NBA. Even alley-oops are a breeze to make. I felt in past basketball games you were lucky to even attempt an alley-oop let alone complete one.

Player animation and all the visual effects that go into the game are phenomenal. One of the things that I love about this game are the announcers. That may seem odd, but hear me out. In past sports games the announcers would say the same thing over and over again. Yet in NBA 2K17 you have different color analysts for each game just like you would see on TV. Plus having the NBA on TNT guys headline the game is a huge plus.

In the game you don’t have to just play a regular NBA game. There are quick matches, either in the authentic team venues or on a bunch of street court settings. You can play through online and offline leagues or play as the General Manager and handle all the stuff behind the scenes, even adding your own team to the league.

If you are looking to add your own team you can create and customize your own team. It is set up with a collectible-card system that allows for upgrades as you progress in the game. There’s a Pro-Am mode for online play, a USA Basketball mode showcasing classic Olympic teams and much more. If you play on Team USA then right alongside of you is Coach K on the sidelines.

In the MyCareer mode you are part of one of the10 licensed collegiate programs. Your on-court performance and career decisions lead to different outcomes as you determine your path through an immersive new narrative, featuring Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, new player controls give you unparalleled supremacy on the court.

I have the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition with Kobe Bryant. If you buy the hard copy version you get a Kobe poster, Black mamba controller skin, 2 Panini Kobe trading cards and a Lenticular cover insert. For the digital content you get 100,000 VC, 92 Dream Team playable in Quick Game, Kobe #8 Mitchell & Ness Jersey, Kobe USA Basketball Jersey, Kobe hoodie, Nike Kobe shoe collection – 24 shoes in all and a MyTEAM Gold Bundle (includes 5 packs w/guaranteed Kobe Free Agent card). Pretty sick right?

You will want to play this game whether you are a hard core hoops fan, a casual fan or gamer. You will be challenged with solo play or going up against your friends or playing online. To pick up the game go to the 2K website HERE!

XCOM 2 Is Showcased At E3

Some exciting news coming out of E3. 2K announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen greatly expands upon the XCOM 2 campaign. ADVENT, in its bid to recapture the Commander, has deployed a deadly new enemy force called the “Chosen.”  To aid XCOM in its fight to liberate Earth, players will have access to three new resistance factions, each with their own Hero class.

The expansion also includes other new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth of strategic gameplay.

“Firaxis continues to redefine the award-winning XCOM franchise with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen,” said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K. “XCOM 2 fans are going to love the all-new narrative and features, enhancing the XCOM experience and providing endless reasons to re-play through the campaign.”

“We’re thrilled to offer our fans an unprecedented amount of cool new toys and features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, challenging and empowering players in exciting new ways never seen before in the franchise,” added Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games.

XCOM 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and available for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. XCOM 2 is also available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen will be available on August 29, 2017 for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC, and will be available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive at a later date.

Check Out The Black Panther Trailer

During the NBA Finals Marvel Studios released the trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!

Upgrade Your Geek Side With Kotobukiya

Ever since I was a kid I have loved the Star Wars universe. Today as more and more films, series and collectibles come out my fellow Star Wars geeks and I are in nerd nirvana. For some reason I am a big fan of the Stormtrooper. I even purchased an authentic Stormtrooper costume for last year’s Halloween. When Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens came out in theaters I was really digging the First Order Stormtrooper design.

When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we got the see even more new Stormtrooper designs. There was the Death Trooper and the Shoretrooper. The designs for each trooper was badass. I couldn’t wait to see what type of merchandise came out from Star Wars around the movie’s theatrical debut.

A few years back I stumbled upon the company Kotobukiya. They specialize in high quality collectibles from Star Wars to DC Comics to Marvel to Anime. Kotobukiya is a geek’s favorite place to go to add some fantastic statues to their collection.

So I was really excited to see that Kotobbukiya was coming out with the Shoretrooper and the Death Trooper two pack statue set. The Death Trooper set is coming out later this year, but the Shoretrooper will be available soon.

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Shoretrooper TWO PACK ARTFX+ is beautifully re-created in 1/10 scale, the Shoretroopers look like they stepped straight off the screen. The sencludes multiple arm and weapon parts allowing for the creation of dynamic action poses to change up your display.

Check out the Shoretrooper and the rest of the brilliant designs over at kotobukiya.com. Below is a video that I made with the Shoretroopers.

MTN Dew Spikes Up The Fun Factor

Let me just say that MTN Dew knows how to party. Don’t believe me? Well check out what they did for some lucky people. MTN Dew had NBA star Devin Booker, rapper Mac Miller and hip hop icon Method Man hang out some some unsuspecting people to play zombie paintball  and race exotic cars in Las Vegas recently.

The zombie paintballing and exotic car driving activities were part of the summer experience hosted by Mtn Dew Spiked Lemonade and Taco Bell to show how Dew does summer. Along with Devin and Method Man, Mtn Dew and Taco Bell surprised 10 lucky fans with the ultimate trip to Las Vegas to celebrate the launch of the all-new Mtn Dew Spiked Lemonade – made with crushed lemons, real sugar, and a shot of prickly pear cactus juice – available on fountain and freeze at Taco Bell and at retailers nationwide.

Logan Is The Ultimate Wolverine Movie

As a huge Wolverine fan it is sad to see Hugh Jackman hang up the role of the iconic character that he has brilliantly portrayed for several years. Yet in Logan I can say that Jackman delivers his best performance ever as Wolverine. There is pain, anger, humor, action, sadness and heart in Logan. Growing up Wolverine was and still is my favorite comic book character. Watching the evolution of him in the comics is one thing. Watching his character grow in film is another.

If you haven’t seen Logan, well now is the time. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Hugh Jackman’s celebrated seventeen-year run as Wolverine to a close when the box office phenomenon Logan arrives on Digital HD on May 16 and 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray and DVD May 23.

Touting an R-rating, allowing fans to finally see Logan’s legendary berserk rage unleashed, Mangold brings a visceral and gritty realism to the story, based on one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters.

In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

In addition to nearly 90 minutes of original content, including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes documentary, the Blu-ray will also include Logan Noir, a black and white version of the film that gives the acclaimed story an all-new look.

“During production of LOGAN I took many black and white photographs and noticed how striking and dramatic our gritty settings and characters appeared in monochrome,” said Mangold. “The western and noir vibes of the film seemed to shine in the format and there was not a trace of modern comic hero movie sheen. Then, while editing, Fox and I started posting some of the black and white stills online and fans also began to respond enthusiastically, many hoping that they would get a chance to see the finished film in carefully timed, high contrast black and white. Well. Sometimes hope becomes reality.”

The Guardians Will Protect Your Loot

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 yet? If not you should make it a point to see it this weekend. There is action, humor, and some fantastic cameos. Loot Crate kept the fun going as the theme for the month of May was Guardians. Loot Crate packed in a lot of goodies from Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, The Goonies and more. Let’s take a look at what was in this month’s crate.

For the month of May we got a Rocket & Groot Q-Fig, Goonies Never Say Die T-Shirt, Star Wars Coloring Book with Coloring Pencils, Set of 3 Destiny Patches and an Avatar pin. All the items were legit and were totally worth the price of the crate and then some.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Next month’s crate theme is the theme of Alter Ego! June’s Loot Crate features Spider-Man, Hulk, Transformers and DC! Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Win Get Out On Blu-ray

One of the most talked about films in recent years has been Get Out. Next week the movie comes out on Blu-ray and you can win it here at MANjr. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

Some of the special features include:

Digital Copy of Get Out

Includes UltraViolet

Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Unveiling the Horror of Get Out

Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

To win tweet me HERE. A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Mtn DEW Stepping Up Their Game

There is some very cool news from the gaming world. Mtn DEW is getting into the action too. Mtn DEW is partnering with premiere PC gaming rig manufacturer, Origin PC and CEO Kevin Wasielewski, to create the most badass custom DEW Super Rig on the market – all through a user-influenced Twitch series.

The exact specs and details of the build will be decided by Twitch users! During an 8-week Twitch livestream on DEW’s Twitch channel, users will help determine the specs of the PC through commenting and voting in polls.

Every episode in the 8-part series—complete with guest appearances from pros, top gaming hosts, and industry insiders—will highlight a core gaming rig component from the Super Rig which users can influence (i.e.: graphics card, motherboard).

Notable Twitch influencer hosts include:

MightyMouseUFC

Optic Di3sel

Kevin Wasielewski from Origin PC

Zombiunicorn

Dyrus

Koozyl

Jeff Cannata

Christian Spicer

Twitch users will also get prizes by commenting and participating.  Example prizes include custom headsets, keyboards, DEW merch and more. The series launches on May 31st and will publish weekly until June 19, when the gaming PC will be completed. Each session will be hosted by DEW’s Twitch Game Fuel host David Miller and will last two hours. Even better, DEW will give the PC away to one lucky Twitch user once it’s done (est. value of $50K)!

Win A Copy Of Split On Blu-ray

If you are looking for a great movie to watch might I suggest the latest from writer and director M. Night Shyamalan? You know him from his work such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and The Visit. In Split he delivers his most gripping film yet. It is an original psychological thriller available now on Blu-ray and Digital HD.

This film stars James McAvoy and delves into the mysterious depths of one man’s fractured mind as a terror unlike the world has seen prepares to be unleashed. Split offers viewers a closer look at the movie fans are raving about with a never-before-seen alternate ending, deleted scenes, character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Heralded as “one of his best films – period” (Alex Welch, IGN), M. Night Shyamalan returns to the screen with SPLIT. Kevin Crumb’s (McAvoy) fractured mind has revealed 23 personalities, but one remains dangerously submerged, set to materialize and dominate the others.  McAvoy delivers “the role of his career” (Peter Debruge, Variety) as Kevin reaches a war for dominance among all those that rage within him, threatening his stability and impacting the survival of everyone around him.

Producer Marc Bienstock (Before I Fall) and executive producers Ashwin Rajan (Devil, The Visit) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity series) who collaborated on The Visit reunite with SPLIT. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Betty Buckley (The Happening, “Oz”), Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of  Seventeen, Follow) and Jessica Sula (“Recovery Road”), critics hail SPLIT as “a nerve-shredding thriller” (Tim Grierson, Screen International).

Some of the Bonus features include:

The Making of Split- Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what attracted them to the project and how they were able to bring such a unique premise to life.

The Many Faces of James McAvoy- A look at how James McAvoy approached the challenge of playing so many different identities.

The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan- Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan has a singular, big-picture vision of his projects. Producers, cast, and crew discuss how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest.

To win tweet me HERE with your favorite M. Night Shyamalan film. A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!