NBA 2K7 – 2K did more motion caption on more players so there are more players in the game with their signature moves. For example, Steve Nash pauses every few minutes while dribbling to lick his fingers. Shot stick is more precise so you have more control over your dunks and layups. Players sweat, the clothes ripple. There’s online play on all platforms. This game is for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 and ships at the beginning of basketball season.
NHL 2K7 – 2K focused on making gameplay a more cinematic experience. Their goal was to emulate the movie Miracle. As such, players are more graceful and gameplay is more fluid. You can give defensive orders instead of just watching them and hoping they do the right thing. They’ve got NHL and NHLPA licenses. They promised me that the crap in the current version has been cleaned up, that the inicidence of garbage goals scored from the back of the net is down and that the stats and announcing are accurate. This game is for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 and ships in Fall 2006.
College Hoops 2K7 – This is a basketball game where the more important aspect is coaching. You have to take into account team chemistry, not just grab the ball and drive the lane. The stadiums are realistic. There’s an in-depth legacy mode and online play. This game is for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 and ships in Fall 2006.
The Darkness – The first person action adventure story driven shooter will ship in 2007 for Xbox 360 and Ps3. You play a mafia hitman based on the comic of the same name. You’ve got darkness powers, shadow monsters that help you when you’re in darkness. So you run around shooting lights out to gain strength. There’s also something called Darkness TV where you can go to any TV in the game and watch a selection of TV shows and full length movies.
BioShock – I thought this was one of the hottest games at this year’s E3. They make the game feel real by giving you choice, making you afraid, and immersing you in a fantasy world. You don’t know why you’re there, but you’re in a world created by 1940’s visionaries, an underwater utopia art deco city. The water effects are very cool with real time distortion and buoyancy engines. The environment is fully interactive. There is a lot of gruesome horror with bodies lying around and people harvesting organs from them. There are some clever game mechanics and attacks. You basically roam around and explore, trying to unlock the secret of the underwater city. This ships in 2007 for Xbox 360 and PC.