by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams
2K Sports has been releasing NBA 2K games since 2001. And since then, their basketball games have been superb. But recently, it seems as though 2K Sports have gotten lazy with the creation of their recent basketball games, and it shows. Despite that, 2K proved me wrong with the release of 2K13, which I have to say, is the best basketball game to ever come out.
The overall gameplay has changed since 2K12. They added more than 300 animations into the game, and you can definitely see it.
Speed is more balanced than ever. No more do you see a center chase down a point guard. Everything seems to be balanced in the game and if they continue on this path, 2K Sports will dominate basketball video games.
The commentary is top notch yet again this year. The commentaries are always on point with the action going on, and it is different every time you play. You never hear a duplicate sentence. Big thumbs-up to 2K Sports for continuing to enhance their basketball games.
The MyPlayer mode has also gone through major improvements since 2K12. MyPlayer is a mode that you can take your created player and try to be the number one basketball player in the NBA. Its debut was in NBA 2K10 and received slightly good reviews. But this year, they’ve taken it to a whole new level of awesomeness. You can now strive to be the number one draft pick in the NBA Draft.
Also for the first time in a 2K basketball game, you can sit down with the general manager of the basketball team that drafted you, and talk about the problems you have with the team. You can also request to be traded. If they were aiming for realism in the game, they achieved it.
Also for the first time in a 2K basketball game there is an All-Star weekend. All-Star weekend consists of a 3-point shootout, rookies vs. sophomore’s game, slam-dunk contest, and the Eastern All-Stars vs. Western All-Star’s game. This mode is also playable in the MyPlayer if your created player is selected to be in the All-Star game.
The only downfall I saw in this game is the online gameplay. I’m pretty sure 2K sports just forgot about online completely because the same problems that were on 2K12 are on the new version as well.
Lagging issues, scoreboard disappears randomly, and other problems make the online mode somewhat unplayable.
If they can get the online situated in 2K14, then 2K Sports will have the best basketball game to date.
While this game suffers from online problems, they bounce back on their feet by having the 1992 Dream Team as a playable team.
Also they have the 2012 Men’s Olympic basketball team, as well. So the arguments about which team is better can be decided on 2K13.
Overall 2K13 is an enjoyable game. They really stepped up their game from last year’s installment. If you’re a fan of basketball and want a true authentic experience, then this is the game for you. If you’re still not convinced, then rent it and give it a shot. It will be worth your time.
…..and in theaters, ‘The Paperboy’
by Macario Mora
Lee Daniel’s film noir “The Paperboy” will leave you rushing for a cold shower in an effort to wash away the swampy Florida filth and forget about the campy clueless film that wasted away your time much as it did for the all-star cast who are probably searching for new agents as we speak.
It’s unfortunate. The film had the potential to become this year’s cult hit with a great cast, Oscar winning director and story that was initially ripe with intrigue. Instead, Daniel’s gives viewers an hour and 46 minutes of pointless story telling that revolved around each scene trying to trump the other in smuttiness and the obscene – at times resembling no more than a snuff film.
The movie begins with grainy footage of a reporter or interrogator; I’m not quite sure, interviewing Anita (Macy Gray) about the murder of a sleazy, racist sheriff in a Podunk, backwaters Floridian town in the tumultuous 1960s. Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), a repulsive, degenerate swamp dweller, is sentenced for the crime.
Years later, Charlotte Bless, a 40-something, sex-crazed Nicole Kidman, convinces a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) from Miami and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) that Van Wetter was falsely convicted and poorly defended. The eccentric Bless is the town harlot who falls head over hills for prisoners through letter correspondence and becomes convinced she’s in love with Van Wetter.
So, Ward and Yardley dutifully head to Ward’s hometown in search for the next big story. Once there, they meet up with Ward’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) who becomes their driver. He was kicked off the Florida State swim team for a ridiculous prank and spends most of his days delivering newspapers for the local rag, which happens to be owned by their father W.W. Jansen (Scott Glen). With Anita narrating throughout, the story mostly revolves around Jack prancing around in his underwear and developing puppy love for the much older Bless.
The foursome team up and initially work diligently to try and discover evidence that would prove Van Wetter’s innocence or undeniable guilt. However, tension begins to develop between Yardley and practically everyone else, which has less to do with his race but rather because he’s a pretentious jerk. And, of course there’s plenty of sexual tension because of Bless, even though she’s easy she’s still Nicole Kidman.
The story develops much like a typical film that involves a journalist trying to uncover some injustice, but we quickly forget about the reason behind their inquiry because the movie evolves into poorly scripted scenes of over-the-top nonsense. However, it isn’t without its moments. In one scene, Bless and Jack are enjoying a day at the beach when he decides to go for a swim. While flawlessly gliding through the water he’s attacked by jelly fish and barely makes it to shore. A group of women gather around Jack and decide they need to urinate on him in order to save his life, but Bless strongly insists that if someone is going to pee on Jack it was going to be her. In yet another unforgettable scene, which is quite unfortunate, Bless and Van Wetter partake in some ridiculous jailhouse foreplay while the others look on uncomfortably.
McConaughey, who has been quite busy, seems to get better with each film with “The Paperboy” as no exception. Efron is surprisingly decent, Cusack delightfully repulsive and Kidman entertaining, but the acting aside, this film is a mess.
Most readers probably won’t even come across “The Paperboy” because it’s in select theaters, and that’s all the better. This certainly isn’t a family film or really a film for anyone who values their time.
The “The Paperboy” is rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language.