NBA2k16 Songs Full List (Free Time)

Although the game doesn’t arrive until late September, 2K Sports has unveiled the official soundtrack to NBA 2k16. Curated by DJ Premier, DJ Mustard and Khaled, the playlist is said to be the “most expansive musical collection” in the franchise’s history.

At 50 tracks – spread out through six in-game playlists – the list boasts songs from JAY Z, J. Cole, RJD2, Gang Starr, and plenty more.

Each DJ also provided an original beat and an exclusive track as well. Premo linked up with Papoose; Khaled included a cut with Ace Hood and Vado; and Mustard called on young RJ for his submission.

Check out a break down of each playlist below, and continue scrolling to stream via Spotify – which, unfortunately, doesn’t feature the exclusive songs.

DJ Premier Playlist

Papoose – “Hold the City Down” (prod. DJ Premier) [Exclusive]
Gang Starr – “Same Team, No Games” f. NYGz, H. Stax
Nas – “Made You Look”
Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
Jeru The Damaja – “You Can’t Stop The Prophet”
DJ Premier – “Bum Bum Bum (Instrumental)” [Exclusive]
Ramones – “Blitzrieg Bop”
NYGz – “Policy”
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – “More Levels”
PRhyme – “U Looz”

DJ Khaled Playlist

DJ Khaled – “365” f. Ace Hood, Vado, Kent Jones [Exclusive]
DJ Khaled – “We Takin’ Over” f. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby, Lil Wayne
Ace Hood – “Hustle Hard”
Rick Ross – “The Boss” f. T-Pain
Jay Z – “Where I’m From”
DJ Khaled – “Black Rims (Instrumental)” [Exclusive]
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
Ace Hood – “Bugatti” f. Future & Rick Ross
Nas – “Represent”
DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win” f. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross

DJ Mustard Playlist

DJ Mustard – “You Don’t Want It” f. RJ[Exclusive]
J Cole – “Rise and Shine”
Fergie – “L.A. Love (la la)”
Imagine Dragons – “I’m So Sorry”
M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”
DJ Mustard – “Ball at Night” [Exclusive]
MGK – “Till I Die” (Cavs Version)
Drake – “0 To 100”
Iamsu! – “I Love My Squad”
Santigold – “Disparate Youth”

2K Classics Mixtape

Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Friendly Fires – “Skeleton Boy”
LCD Soundsystem – “Time to Get Away”
Santigold – “Shove It”
OneRepublic – “Everyone Loves Me”
RJD2 – “Clean Living”
ZION I – “Ride”
The Flaming Lips – “The W.A.N.D.”
Hogni – “Bow Down (To No Man)”
The Chicharones – “Little By Little”

Around The World

Rael – “Vejo Depois”
Calvin Harris – “Blame” f. John Newman
Zedd – “I Want You To Know” f. Selena Gomez
Emicida & FeFe – “Bonjour”
Ana Tijoux – “Vengo”
Major Lazer – “Lean On” f. MO & DJ Snake
Club Dogo – “Fragili” f. Arisa
AM444 – “Lies” (Jay. Soul Truth Remix)
Bag Raiders – “Shooting Stars”
Dynamic Duo & DJ Premier – “Aeao”


Microsoft’s 10 most important E3 2015 announcements (Article)

 Microsoft managed an unusually smooth keynote at E3 2015. It adroitly stayed away from less popular topics like Xbox apps and the Kinect (which was totally absent) and included crowd-pleasing announcements like the option to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. It’s nearing the release of its flagship exclusive Halo 5: Guardians, which is coming out later this year. And the rest of its slate, including Rise of the Tomb Raider and a new Gears of War, doesn’t look half bad either.

In theory, Microsoft is competing with Sony here, but its keynote seemed like a much more direct response to PC gaming: it introduced a more customizable controller and an early access program for Xbox One games. And the rest of the week is going to be big for augmented and virtual reality: one of the coolest parts of the show was a HoloLens version of Minecraft, which we’ll be learning more about next month.


The Xbox One will play 360 games

Microsoft was dismissive of backwards compatibility when the Xbox One was in development. Now that the console has been out for a year and a half, though, the company is walking that back. Around the end of the year, Microsoft will make its first batch of around 100 last-generation Xbox titles playable on the console, with a promise that players won’t have to pay for titles they already own.

Microsoft E3 2015 

There’s A new Xbox One controller

The “Elite” wireless controller is a more customizable version of the standard Xbox gamepad, with features like controls that can be re-mapped and a directional pad that can be swapped out. It works on Windows 10 as well as the Xbox, making it a bit of a competitor to the computer-friendly and similarly remappable Steam Controller.

Microsoft E3 

Halo 5 is really big

Halo 5: Guardians appeared at last year’s E3 as well, but we’ve now gotten a much better look at the game’s cooperative combat and its over-the-top cinematic graphics. Among other things, there’s a new multiplayer mode called “Warzone,” and the multiplayer maps in general are supposed to be several times larger than in past games. Halo 5 is coming out in October, giving the Xbox One a much-needed exclusive blockbuster.

Microsoft E3 

A new game from Mega Man’s co-creator

We generally know very little about the post-apocalyptic ReCore, but our own Jake Kastrenakes describes it as a mashup of Star Wars and Wall-E. It’s an Xbox One exclusive developed by Keiji Inafune, who helped create Mega Man, and the makers of Metroid Prime. And it’s going to be out in the spring of 2016.

Microsoft E3 

Forza Motorsport 6 looks gorgeous

Granted, the Forza series generally banks on looking gorgeous — if you don’t have any guns in your game, you’ve got to have something to make up for it, and it might as well be dynamic weather. But the early Forza Motorsport 6 footage from E3 gives us a hint at what’s to come. The game itself will be out on September 15th.

Forza 6 

Play Xbox One games before they’re released

Microsoft is announcing something that looks a lot like Steam’s Early Access program, which has helped boost cult games like DayZ. As of today, Game Preview will let Xbox One owners buy and play unfinished versions of games, effectively acting as beta testers in exchange for getting to play it sooner. The program is starting with The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous, but if this follows the trajectory of PC early access games, it could take off quickly.

Microsoft E3 

A classic collection from Rare

Rare is the studio behind beloved titles like Perfect Dark and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and the Rare Replay collection is exactly what it sounds like: a whole lot of Rare games (30 of them, actually) bundled and sold for $30 this August. Sadly but predictably, it looks like the especially beloved games Goldeneye and Donkey Kong Country won’t be included — licensing issues with Nintendo have tied them up a little too firmly.

Rare Replay 
Halo 5 

Minecraft is a HoloLens game

One of the original demos for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset was something very much like Minecraft, but now it’s official. You can create a pixelated world on your coffee table, using HoloLens’ voice and gesture commands to build it. These controls still aren’t very sophisticated, though, so a standard controller is probably still more comfortable We’ll learn more about AR Minecraft this summer.

Minecraft Hololens 

The next Tomb Raider game is still coming

Besides Halo, one of Microsoft’s more high-profile exclusives is Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game, which was announced in 2014, will launch first on the Xbox platform (both One and 360) before making its way to PlayStation. Microsoft showed off its prize at today’s event, giving us a glimpse of some wintery exploration.

Tomb Raider 

Gears 4 comes late next year

Gears of War, the series Microsoft acquired from Epic Games last year, is getting its first non-Epic installment. It’s called Gears 4, and while we saw some footage at E3, all we really know is that it’s slated for the holiday season of 2016. As it did with the Halo series, Microsoft is also remastering Gears of War, with an “ultimate” edition available in beta today.

Gears of War 4 E3 2015 photos

Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite Controller could be the ultimate console gamepad (Free Time)

Xbox One Elite Wireless controllerMicrosoft just announced what it’s calling the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, described by Xbox boss Phil Spencer as “an elite controller for the elite gamer.” It’s basically the regular Xbox One gamepad turned up to 11, adding new features like four interchangeable paddles around back, Hair Trigger Locks for precise control in shooters, remappable buttons, and completely swappable components. The stainless steel paddles are fully removable, but when they’re attached, they allow you to keep your fingers on the thumbsticks at all times.

Users also have full customization of thumbstick sensitivity and minimum/max levels for the controller’s top triggers. These settings, along with button mapping, are handled through a standalone app that will be released for Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft says your controller preferences are stored in the cloud, and the gamepad itself can carry around two user profiles.

But all of those advanced features come at a steep price. The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller will be priced at $149.99 when it hits retail stores in October.

Xbox One controller paddles

NBA2k16 Single Player Explained (Games)

LOS ANGELES — “NBA 2K16” will be a Spike Lee joint.

2K Games announced Thursday that it recruited the acclaimed filmmaker — and die-hard New York Knicks fan — to write and direct the single-player campaign for the interactive basketball franchise’s next edition.

What did it take for the creator of such landmark films as “Do the Right Thing” and “He Got Game” to sign on to produce a video game?

Spike Lee, a noted Knicks fan, wrote and directed the single-player campaign for “NBA 2K16.” James Devaney/GC Images

“They asked me,” Lee matter-of-factly noted during a recent phone interview from Chicago, where he’s in production on his next project, “Chiraq.”

Lee said the game’s story centers on a basketball player named Frequency Vibrations, whose personal exploits off the court are just as chaotic as the game on it.

“It’s about the trials and tribulations of life on a big stage with the money, fame, temptations, family members, the press, fans, all that stuff,” Lee said.

While the game is a basketball simulation at its heart, “NBA 2K” developer Visual Concepts has integrated cinematic elements into the single-player mode over the past five years. For the latest round, the game makers passed that task on to Lee in hopes of achieving a slam dunk with gamers.

“It wasn’t a hard sell,” said Jeff Thomas, vice president of sports development at Visual Concepts. “Spike was really receptive when I first met with him. He actually said to us, ‘It’s about time I worked with 2K.’ He loves basketball, and this is a new frontier for him.”

The “Malcolm X” and “She Hate Me” filmmaker focused on drawing out realistic performances from actors, whose voices and movements were all digitally recorded. Lee, whose teenage son Jackson is an avid gamer, said he actually felt liberated working on a motion-capture stage for the first time in his career.

“I didn’t really realize how quick it was going to be,” Lee said. “We didn’t have to do costumes, makeup or hair. We didn’t have to move props around. We didn’t have to move from location to location. Everything was just there.”

Despite the writer-director’s penchant for gritty storytelling, “NBA 2K16” won’t be aimed only at adults. Lee worked within creative parameters set forth by the NBA and 2K Games.

“We make an E-rated game,” Thomas said. “It’s an NBA-licensed project, and obviously the NBA cares a lot about their brand and makes sure we stick within those boundaries. Spike understood that from the get-go, but he didn’t take his foot off the gas because of that. He still brought the drama.”

The series’ previous installment, “NBA 2K15,” has sold more than 5.5 million copies since its release last October, according to 2K Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

“NBA 2K16” will feature Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis on three separate covers. It isn’t the first time 2K Games has sunk such star power into the successful sports series. The publisher tapped Jay Z to curate the soundtrack for “NBA 2K13,” which also featured three cover athletes.

Associated Press