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NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby zzcoolj21 on Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 pm

https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/04 ... hy-sequel/

The team at Saber Interactive discusses online play, new tournament support, and improved animations.


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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:08 am

I'll spin this off into its own topic. (Y)

Certainly very promising, and it sounds as though they've taken a lot of the feedback on board. I'm still a little sceptical as I was a bit disappointed by NBA Playgrounds - it's solid, but not great - but adding an online league, offline season, and further polish to the gameplay does sound very promising in theory. Dedicated servers and better matchmaking were also a must, so (hopefully) good news there as well.

Considering that NBA Jam was quickly followed by NBA Jam Tournament Edition back in the day, and EA Sports went back to back with NBA Jam 2010 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, I don't think getting a sequel a year later is a bad thing. If they can't build on the original anymore and they can put out a better sequel in short order, why not? Hopefully, it'll be a marked improvement on the original.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby zzcoolj21 on Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:00 am

I sort of swapped opinions by the end of Playgrounds lifespan. I went into playgrounds kind of drinking the koolaid with "Yeah its like NBA Street and NBA Jam all in one!!!!!" but the more I played of it, the more it felt not nearly as smooth as street, and not nearly as mechanically sound as Jam.

Maybe now that I know what I'm getting myself into my opinion will change again.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:39 am

It was respectable for a first effort, but there was definitely more than ample room for improvement. I think I let my expectations get a little too high.

Looking at those screenshots, I like that there's an overlay rather than having to rely on the scoreboard on the court. Visually it looks more appealing, but I hope they've fixed the rebounding, shooting mechanics, and cheap AI.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:38 am

I bought the original out of desperation for lack of games I was playing at the time especially with me my last game being live 15 and it was fun at first but once you got through the short tournaments there really wasn't much to the game. It took way too long to unlock players and duplicates should not be possible. The shot meter was too much for an arcade style game especially on dunks and layups. The chances that I buy playgrounds 2 is very low, especially with the success of live 18 and with 19 on the horizon

Would love to see what EA could do if they brought back Street
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:56 am

I'd love to see EA bring back Street and Jam, but unfortunately it doesn't seem that's happening in the foreseeable future.

I definitely agree that having timing/the shot meter on dunks and layups is overkill, and resulted in too many of them missing, especially for an arcade game. Even for jumpshots, I'd simply the mechanic and fix the percentages so that they're more in line with previous titles in the genre.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Thu May 10, 2018 1:41 pm

Gameplay trailer.

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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby [Q] on Thu May 10, 2018 2:41 pm

Currently on sale for 15.99 on ps store
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Thu May 10, 2018 6:08 pm

Interesting that they originally said a Summer release. As we mentioned in a couple of podcasts ago, May isn't Summer anywhere on this planet.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Fri May 18, 2018 3:15 am

Well, maybe it will be a Summer release after all. It's been delayed.

We’ve got some news to share, but we want to start by saying ‘good things come to those who wait.’ There are exciting things brewing with the NBA Playgrounds franchise that we think will take arcade basketball to new levels.

We can’t tell you everything now, but we can tell you that this means our launch date of May 22nd will be moved out. Please be patient with us, we promise that NBA Playgrounds 2 will be better than ever. We’ll have more details to share soon.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby [Q] on Fri May 18, 2018 3:41 am

Andrew wrote:Interesting that they originally said a Summer release. As we mentioned in a couple of podcasts ago, May isn't Summer anywhere on this planet.

Except Southern California :wink:

I definitely won't be buying but I'll be interested to see how well they do
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Fri May 18, 2018 3:42 am

Well, officially. Summer has quite a bit of overlap here in Australia, too.
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Fri May 18, 2018 10:25 pm

Some expanded thoughts on what I want out of NBA Playgrounds 2, when it (eventually) is released: http://www.nba-live.com/tff-5-hopes-nba-playgrounds-2/
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Re: NBA Playgrounds 2

Postby Andrew on Tue May 22, 2018 12:39 pm

PS4 gamers are being issued with refunds ahead of the original launch.
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