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NBA 2K17

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Somehow, NBA 2K17 continues to preserve the series’ creative gameplay ideas and expressive personality almost two decades in. Sweeping updates and additions are almost unnecessary at this stage. 2K’s lone basketball competition, EA’s NBA Live, is caught in a development delay on consoles, possibly until the NBA’s All-Star break. Yet, …

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Madden NFL 17

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Each edition of a sports video game poses and answers a question of the series preceding it, making its developers’ choice of the question just as important as the reply. The makers of Madden NFL 17 have again chosen well, and responded earnestly, for the third straight year in EA …

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Mighty No. 9

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It seems impossible to separate Mighty No. 9 from the series that birthed it: Mega Man. From its inception, Mighty No. 9 was pitched as a spiritual successor to Capcom’s “Blue Bomber.” Keiji Inafune, the Mega Man franchise’s most recognizable figurehead, is at the helm of Mighty No. 9. He …

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Lego Marvel’s Avengers

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Continuing developer TT Games’ history of translating entertainment properties into Lego adventure sets, Lego Marvel’s Avengers‘ 10-hour open-world campaign has plenty to do and a sense of humor that keeps the game entertaining. But technical and mechanical issues disassemble its charm. Lego Marvel’s Avengers is actually based on several Avengers …

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Even if you don’t consider Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s large, explorable hubs as comprising a true open-world game, there’s no denying that developer Crystal Dynamics has built something bigger and denser than 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot. And yet, Rise simultaneously maintains the tight design that made its predecessor so entertaining. …

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has the same challenge as Advanced Warfare and Ghosts before it: How do you take the biggest thing going for one console generation and meaningfully evolve it for the next? Developer Treyarch took the Call of Duty franchise in weird new directions with Cold …

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