EA Sports, in conjunction with NBA, have launched an online contest to design a new jersey to be featured in NBA LIVE 09. Users can create their own NBA team jerseys using various assets from all 30 NBA teams as well as custom shapes, numbers and text with the “Jersey Creator” tool. The winning entry will featured in the upcoming game.
Winners will be determined based on creativity, talent and originality; last date for entries is November 16. Other contest prizes for two runners-up include an autographed Gilbert Arenas jersey and video game “library” packages.
2K Games has announced that Chris Paul, starting point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has been named as the cover athlete and official spokesman for NBA 2K8, the upcoming entry in the basketball franchise.
“It’s a great honor to be a part of the best NBA video game title, let alone the guy on the cover,” said Chris Paul. “I’m a big time video gamer and it’s a dream come true to be on the cover and represent the next NBA 2K game, NBA 2K8.”
Here’s the deal on the man:
Chris Paul has made an immediate impact in the NBA. Following two All-American seasons at Wake Forest University, the Winston-Salem, NC native was the fourth overall selection by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2005 NBA Draft. During his rookie season, Paul led all rookies in points, assists, steals, and minutes en route to earning Rookie of the Year honors, receiving the most votes (124 of 125) since David Robinson in 1990. The only unanimous selection for the 2005-2006 NBA All-Rookie First Team, Paul continues to evolve as one of the most exciting players on the USA Basketball Senior National Team that represented the United States in the 2006 World Championship of Basketball, playing in all nine of the USA’s games, and averaging 7.0 points and 4.9 assists per game. The 2007-08 season looks bright for Paul as he will lead the Hornets’ return to New Orleans and continue to prepare for his expected participation on Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
One of the top-rated NBA simulation games in the market, the next entry in the series will see the studio building and expanding on the Signature Style feature, as well as adding new moves, animations and more. NBA 2K8 will be available for the PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 this Fall.
EA sent out word that Carmelo Anthony will grace the cover of NBA STREET Homecourt, the fourth game in the 3-on-3 basketball series. This will be Anthony’s third time, as he has appeared on the covers of NCAA March Madness 2004 and NBA Live 2005.
“I credit a lot of who I am today as a player to my days playing on the streets in Baltimore,” said Anthony. “My homecourt in Baltimore will always be a part of who I am, because that’s where I gained the skill and desire that has made me successful in basketball. NBA STREET Homecourt represents real street basketball and the place where it all started for me.”
NBA STREET Homecourt will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year.
EA has announced NBA STREET Homecourt, the newest iteration of its streetball franchise. The fourth entry in the series expands on the fast-paced 3-on-3 basketball gameplay with a new animation engine and control system; players will also be able to create gravity-defying tricks on the fly.
“NBA STREET Homecourt gives fans the opportunity to play where legends were made, and will be made,” said Dan Ayoub, lead producer on the product. “Every legendary player got his start somewhere and most of those roots are set in homecourts across the United States. The vision for the game’s concept, visuals and gameplay all give a nod to those hometown courts, and will provide fans with an incredibly addictive and rewarding experience.”
NBA STREET Homecourt merges legendary proving grounds with the homecourts of your favorite NBA stars, featuring 360 degrees of view. The NBA’s best are rendered with the same level of meticulous detail, making true athlete likeness a reality and putting you up close and personal with every move and moment. Earn a name for yourself and garner respect as you progress along your hometown journey and become a legend.
The game is in development at the publisher’s Vancouver studio for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
With next-gen already here, 2K Sports announced new “standard-setting” features for NBA 2K7. The game will feature high-level visual player details with Signature Style animations; it will also include hyper-detailed arenas, enhanced arena lighting and numerous new camera angles.
Signature Style elevates next generation animation and adds new level of gameplay strategies as gamers adjust to the different shooting styles of each NBA player. Whether it’s Shaquille O’Neal’s two-handed drop step dunk, Steve Nash’s dribble, Gilbert Arenas’ wrap around the waist free throw routine, Richard Hamilton adjusting his face mask, Allen Iverson’s crossover move, or Shawn Marion’s fadeaway jumpshot, Signature Style comprises over 300 unique animations in shooting, dribbling, and dunking in NBA 2K7.
The level of detail has also been dramatically enhanced around the players, as NBA 2K7 features hyper-detail to every NBA arena. New lighting effects have been authentically replicated to give each court its own look and character. New crowd reactions and animations deliver more life to each of the games, as well as new arena specific elements of mascot animations, dance team performances, and much more. Lastly, users can experience the game with over 30 new camera angles ranging from the birds-eye view from the upper-level seats, to the eye level view from the coach’s cam. All of these cameras are further customizable to any gamer preference, giving gamers hundreds of new ways to watch the best NBA simulation video game for the next generation.
NBA 2K7 will be available for the PS2 and Xbox 360 later this month, with a PS3 version released in time for the Holiday season.
Adorning yet another celebrity athlete on the cover of its game, 2K Sports sends word that Shaquille O’Neal of Miami Heat Center and 2006 NBA World Champion will be the cover athlete and official spokesperson for NBA 2K7.
However, Shaq’s involvement doesn’t lie only in gracing the cover: he has also worked with the developers on a new direction in the post game for NBA 2K7. Post-players are now characterized by teir power, speed and finesse ability, giving each player their unique feel in the post. For example, power post-players will battle for rebounds with their size and score with powerful dunking authority, speedy players will utilize their quickness and first-step to penetrate the hoop, and finesse players will use fadeaway jumpers and float baby-hook shots to score.
NBA 2K7 will be out for the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 this September. A PS3 version of the game will be available this Holiday season.
Expanding on the popular Street franchise, EA has announced the next-gen version of NBA Street, marking it down for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in Spring 2007.
In development at EA Canada, the fourth chapter in the NBA Street series will expand on the 3-on-3 basketball gameplay by offering “easy to pick-up and difficult to master gameplay” as well as “progressive visuals”. No additional details were revealed.
Midway has unveiled its full lineup for this E3 the company will showcase the following titles at its booth (#4001, Petree Hall):
- Stranglehold (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Unreal Tournament 2007 (PC, PS3)
- Blitz: The League (Xbox 360, Wii, PSP)
- Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2, Xbox)
- Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2, Xbox)
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC)
- Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War (PC)
- Happy Feet (PS2, GameCube, Wii, GBA, DS, PC)
- The Ant Bully (PS2, GameCube, GBA, PC)
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (PS2, GameCube, GBA)
- MLB SlugFest 2006 (PS2, Xbox)
- RUSH (PSP)
- Mortal Kombat: Unchained (PSP)
- NBA Ballers: Rebound (PSP)
Further information after the jump.