Spintires: MudRunner (or as the game’s logo would have you believe: MudRunner: a Spintires Game) is the re-release of the 2014 original with improvements and expanded onto consoles. Now helmed by Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive, the game shows interest in progressing the series, but still is too niche to recommend fully. The updates and improvements to the game are noteworthy, but the frustrations I had years ago remain. The core experience of sloshing through mud is interesting and fun, until it isn’t.
Saber Interactive plays homage to NBA Jam and even a little bit of NBA Street with NBA Playgrounds, and does so with enough changes to the formula to make it interesting, even if the attitude and enthusiasm is a bit subdued. NBA Playgrounds has some erratic difficulty swings during exhibition and tournament modes, but the arcade basketball is fun and easy to pick-up-and-play solo, local, or even online.
Independent developer Saber Interactive has confirmed that NBA Playgrounds will be available on May 9 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC (Steam) as a digital-only release for $19.99. Yes, next week!