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NBA 2K22 MyCareer will feel like an ‘open-world’ RPG

With more things to do

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Days away from its official launch on September 10, NBA 2K22 finally launched a trailer for one of its more popular games modes — MyCareer.

If you hadn’t pre-ordered yet, this whole update might just help you make up your mind. 2K is taking a more open-world RPG like approach to MyCareer by way of various quests you can take around The City.

Meet “MP”

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In NBA 2K22, the MyPlayer is called MP. It’s a much more generic name compared to what we got in previous years (Freq, AI, and Junior), but one that reflects this year’s approach.

Keeping up with the times, MP is a high school social media sensation. He moves in to The City with Ricky Bennet — his best friend who also happens to be his business manager. It’s a set-up that almost sounds like the relationship between LeBron and his inner circle.

The goal remains the same — to make it to the NBA. But the path to get there reflects the current situation now. In last year’s MyCareer, two different paths were already offered — play in College or the G League. This remains true in NBA 2K22 but playing in pick-up games, training sessions, and interviews will now also factor in to how you build up your draft stock.

The various paths will show themselves as quests in The City and will determine the path you take to NBA stardom.

Beyond Basketball

MyCareer

New to NBA 2K22 is how MP can look into venturing outside of basketball. We’ve seen players do this with Damian Lillard releasing his own albums and LeBron being somewhat of a Media mogul with his many ventures in production and publishing.

This seeking-a-side-hustle mechanic is part of the many quests tied to the whole MyCareer experience. And the quests come with their own cinematics.

The decisions you make here will also affect a new metric — Personal Brand. It’s pretty straightforward. 2K says it will keep track of everything you do on and off the court and this will be factored in to your Personal Brand. And this will ultimately dictate what off court opportunities and endorsements will be available to you.

What else is new?

MyCareer

As announced previously, Seasons will also make its way to MyCareer and The City. This opens up plenty of new content, more quests, and more ways to level up your MyPlayer. This also introduces Daily Quest that can help guide you in case the whole ‘open-world’ approach starts feeling overwhelming.

There are also changes to matchmaking. On 3V3 Player vs Player, NBA 2K22 is taking away squads. This should help even the playing field a little as you won’t have to go up with squads who have been playing together for years.

The chemistry built by these squads won’t be entirely wasted in the 3V3 Player vs AI mode. Here, players can test their mettle against NBA Stars and Legends.

The Neighborhood for Previous Gen

Despite the demand, it’s been hard for a lot of people to get their hands on Next Gen consoles. That’s why NBA 2K22 still built a satisfying MyCareer experience for Previous Gen console owners (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch), and PC.

The Neighborhood is now a cruise ship. The ship will have different decks to explore. Each deck will give you access to various modes like Pro-Am, MyCourt, and more.

Every now and then, the cruise ship will dock. This is where the Seasons component comes in. When docked, players will gain access to more content, new challenges, and new rewards.

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PlayStation launches ‘Our Sweetest Deal’ promo

Featuring the PS VR, DualShock, and select games

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Photo by: Marco Verch via Flickr and via Creative Commons

PlayStation seems eager for people to take PS VRs off the shelves as the device is once again on sale as part of their “Our Sweetest Deal” promo.

The promo runs from January 28 to February 13, 2022. Here are what’s on offer.

PS VR Standalone

PS VR with PlayStation®Camera will be available at a special price of PhP 15,190.

DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers

Customers who purchase DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers (designated colors) can enjoy the discounted prices as followed:

DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller Special Price Discount
Select colors PhP 1,990 PhP 1,000

Color variations of DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and software available at each retail store may vary. 

PS5 and PS4 games (Blu-ray Disc version)

Selected PS5 and PS4 titles (Blu-ray Disc version) will be available at special prices as followed:

Platform Title Special Price
PS5 “Demon’s Souls” (English & Chinese version) PhP 2,190
PS5 Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’S CUT PhP 2,490
PS4 Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’S CUT PhP 2,190
PS4 The Last of Us Part II PhP 1,090
PS4 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time PhP 1,090
PS4 FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE PhP 1,690

SEE ALSO: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection review


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Lenovo Legion S7 review: Is it too slim for your liking?

A continuation of power, performance, and portability

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Is the Lenovo Legion S7 too slim?

Every gaming laptop out there just seems typical, complete with the RGB and the hefty design. Yes, there have been other laptops that are starting to break the mold. However, they did so while sacrificing some huge features in the process. Although, that hasn’t stopped most manufacturers like Lenovo from trying their hardest.

What we have here is the Lenovo Legion S7, with the “S” literally standing for “slim.” On paper and by design, it’s possibly one of the slimmest gaming laptops currently available. Just from the unboxing experience alone, it raises a few eyebrows design-wise and the hardware inside it. Beneath its slim chassis, there lies the beast, as they say.

But is this a gaming laptop worth considering given its potential sacrifices? Let’s find out.

Ticks all the boxes for general performance

 

Every gaming laptop brings impeccable performance for most day-to-day tasks, and the Lenovo Legion S7 is no exception. Of course, the biggest contributor to great performance lies within the hardware, and this machine certainly brings the firepower with an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU inside.

As advertised, the Legion S7 provides performance suitable for any task thrown at it. Whether you’re working on work documents or creating your next gameplay video, the laptop handles these things with relative ease. Also, you can effectively multitask on this device no problem with 32GB of RAM to support.

Now, the Legion S7 comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, which was alright. However, seeing how most people were hopping onto Windows 11 at the time, it made sense to upgrade the software first since it’s possible. In the three weeks that the laptop was tested, software issues didn’t occur so that’s a good start!

Decent competitive gaming performance

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When talking about gaming performance, there’s two things to factor in: the GPU, and the display. For the Lenovo Legion S7, an NVIDIA RTX 3060 with a 165Hz anti-glare FHD display seems like the ideal combo for a gaming device suitable for casual and competitive gamers out there. In reality, this lived up to expectations quite well.

For casual and competitive titles, the Legion S7 provides great performance and frame rates with a smoother feel to them. Sure, a FHD display limits the full dynamic color range compared to the 4K option for this device. But when playing competitively, that hardly ever matters. Games like VALORANT and Halo Infinite felt pretty smooth and looked vibrant when playing.

Legion S7

With RTX on, some games look pretty good but with the obvious frame rate sacrifice, especially with cranked up settings. Although, unlike other RTX mobile GPUs, the frame rate sacrifice isn’t as much, which was pretty good. For example, games like Fortnite and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy had about an 8 to 10 percent drop in FPS with RTX on vs. RTX off.

Battery life is just good enough for mini breaks

Legion S7

Much like every other gaming laptop out there, this device doesn’t last particularly long when used for casual or competitive play. On average, the Legion S7 lasts about 6-7 hours just on productivity and casual gaming on the side. When cranked up to perform at competitive levels, it cuts the lifespan to just 2-3 hours, which was expected.

To its credit, the Legion S7 comes with a 230W battery pack that will nest it back to full health in at most 3 hours. With Rapid Charge Pro turned on through Lenovo Vantage, it cuts the charge time by just an hour. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite fast and would actually give you a short break after playing your heart out.

Some questionable design features

 

As much as the Lenovo Legion S7 boasts impressive gaming performance, there are a couple of things that hold it back from its true potential. For one, it’s quite slim and has the potential to get quite hot when playing too much. Sure, Coldfront 3.0 will do what it can to keep things cool, but it still gets warmer quite fast so it’s something worth noting.

Second is in port selection, particularly with what they gave up for this machine. Fortunately, they kept the charging port and two USB Type-A 3.0 ports at the back so nothing got in the way. However, for a gaming laptop to exclude an Ethernet port and an HDMI slot is quite alarming. 

Sure, it’s to highlight the WiFi 6 capabilities along with using the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports at the right side of the device. However, having a Gigabit Ethernet port significantly improves network performance especially for competitive play. Also, most external gaming displays still come with HDMI ports so it was a missed opportunity.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For what it’s worth, the Lenovo Legion S7 is an ideal gaming device for both casual and competitive gamers. It’s slim form factor combined with powerful hardware provides the power and portability that the Legion brand consistently delivers. With a high refresh rate display and RTX-capable GPU, it even provides a solid boost to gaming performance.

Of course, even the Legion S7 has some hits and misses in there. From questionable exclusions to just decent battery life, it fails to maximize its potential to be truly something better than before. Still, with what it has going for it as presently constructed, it’s still a great gaming device on-the-go.

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The Steam Deck finally launches on February 25

Starts shipping out February 28

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The Nintendo Switch was one of the boldest experiments in gaming. Could a console successfully meld home-based gaming with mobile gaming? The answer is: It certainly could! The Switch, despite its flaws, is still one of the most successful consoles that Nintendo has ever released. Now, years after its launch, other brands are finally returning or introducing themselves to the mobile gaming market. Valve, after announcing the device last year, is finally launching its own take, the Steam Deck, on February 25.

Last year, Valve, the company behind Steam, announced the Switch-like gaming console for PC gamers. As what that implies, the Steam Deck can play your Steam library inside its lithe but powerful frame. Squeezed in by two controllers, the 7-inch device blasts through games with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU, an AMD APU, 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Naturally, the Steam Deck incited a lot of hype for gamers. It was finally possible to easily play PC games while on the road. However, despite the hype, the device went through an unsurprisingly rocky launch schedule. Initially pegged for a holiday launch, it was pushed back due to ongoing shortages.

Now, we finally have a date. On February 25, Valve will start sending out order emails to those who previously bought reservations, as stated in their latest blog post. Customers will then have three days to push through with their order. Shipments will start flying out on February 28.

Those who haven’t reserved yet can still do so for US$ 5, but the waiting time might take a while since Valve is so close to launch. The Steam Deck will start selling at US$ 399 and will go up to US$ 649 for the most premium model.

SEE ALSO: Steam launches first portable console, the Steam Deck

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