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    by Published on 07-06-2015 08:00 AM
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    Ahead of tonight's cover reveal on RAW, 2K Sports has announced that Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin will grace the cover of WWE 2K16.

    "Not only will Austin grace the video game's cover, but he's involved in shaping its creative direction. Through his numerous contributions, inclusion on the largest roster in franchise history and the game's to-be-announced features, WWE 2K16 is certain to put everyone on notice," said Chris Snyder, vice president of marketing at 2K. ...
    by Published on 07-04-2015 08:15 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS
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    The lengthy lawsuit versus Electronic Arts and the NCAA may finally be drawing towards a close as the July 2 deadline for student-athletes to file a claim has now passed. 16,200 of the potential 93,000 claimants actually did so.

    Student-athletes who filed claims could earn anywhere from $74-$6,700. 'Participation awards' will see named plaintiffs (including O'Bannon, Keller, Hart) receiving a combined total of $200,000. Lawyers will be taking in no more than 33% of the total $60 million EA/NCAA settlement, which equates to approximately $19.8M.

    The next hearing for this case is on July 16 and that is where Judge Wilken may grant approval of the settlement. She must also rule on fees and expenses being sought by the plaintiffs' lawyers, proposed additional payments to the named plaintiffs, and objections that have been raised by three potential claimants.

    Still on the horizon is the Kessler vs. NCAA lawsuit and also worth watching is how the NCAA and/or conferences/schools establish policy on allowing player likeness to be utilized and compensated in the future. These are the remaining key items to seeing a possible return of the NCAA Football franchise. ...
    by Published on 07-03-2015 01:00 PM
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    Following the reveal of Ignite Engine at E3 2013, fans have been looking and expecting more from the 'Living Worlds' in EA SPORTS titles. The NHL franchise has been a leader in this regard and expands it even more in NHL 16.

    In their latest developer blog, the franchise discusses the addition and inclusion of "signature effects and props that are synonymous with arenas from around the league." This initial blog entry highlights four arenas with more arenas/details coming in future weeks.

    NHL producer Sean Ramjagsingh has been answering community questions on other arena details via Twitter. Continue on to see arena screens and Twitter answers from Rammer. ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 12:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has released a new blog detailing improvements to lighting and animations coming to NBA Live 16.

    The blog recaps some of the known processes such as face-scanning, but adds that Live 16 has focused on improving player facial animations, lighting, and player texture, tones, and even sweat. The screenshots also provide a look at the LA Clippers new road uniform.

    The company has increased early marketing and social media efforts for the title as compared to the past, regularly sharing new screenshots from the game.

    The next major feature reveal for the title is expected to come in early August, coinciding with GameCom. ...
    by Published on 06-30-2015 01:00 PM
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    If you pre-order Rory McIlroy PGA Tour through Amazon and are enrolled in Amazon Prime, you'll receive $10 off in addition to the pre-order bonus of TPC Scottsdale and release day delivery. You won't see the discount until you get to the final checkout page.

    For those who are interested in the title but had reservations about the game due to a limited (at least at launch) course and golfer listing, this promotion makes the game investment significantly more tolerable. It is unknown how long this promotion will be in effect.

    In other PGA TOUR news: As speculated by the community for months, it is now confirmed that the game will not be a yearly title. However, the development team has plans for free content down the line for the title which apparently include courses, as noted by several tweets this afternoon from the product's account. ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 03:00 PM
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    Ever since the announcement that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR would utilize the Frostbite Engine, the company has discussed the benefit of no loading time between holes and a new video showcases this aspect.

    A new Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR developer blog features a six-minute gameplay video highlighting the lack of loading times and the new Quick Rounds feature which will allow users to finish a full 18-hole round in just minutes.

    The blog also includes information on Golf Channel integration, camera options, and presentation elements. Continue on to see the first look at PGA TOUR gameplay then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 06-24-2015 09:00 PM
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    Fresh off a Stanley Cup Championship, Chicago Blackhawk teammates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been announced as co-cover athletes for NHL 16.

    The revealed 'cover' image has drawn significant criticism from the community, but it is unknown if it is the final version for retail. Traditionally, EA SPORTS has released a 'placeholder' cover for the initial athlete reveal only to update the cover following a photo shoot. However, their most recent cover reveals (Madden NFL 16, NBA Live 16, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR) featured the final cover.

    Continue on to see part of the press release from EA SPORTS and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 06-24-2015 03:00 PM
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    Michael Jordan is returning to the cover of NBA 2K. Following cover appearances on NBA 2K11 & NBA 2K12, 2K Sports has announced the Michael Jordan Special Edition of NBA 2K16 (PS4/XB1 only). The cover features MJ in various iconic images and much like the standard edition covers includes Jordan in his college (UNC) uniform. However, the school name has been photoshopped off of his jersey. The released Curry/Davis/Harden covers include their respective college names on their uniforms.

    The special edition retails for $79.99 and if pre-ordered will be delivered to customers on September 25, the same date as the previously announced Early Tip-Off Edition.

    The Jordan Edition comes with several physical and digital items. They include: Jordan NBA 2K16 Poster, Jordan Fathead® Wall Cling, Digital Jordan shoes for your MyPLAYER, Digital Jordan T-shirt for your MyPLAYER, Digital Jordan jersey for your MyPLAYER, 30,000 Virtual Currency, MyTEAM VIP+ - 3 Emerald Packs AND a new Special Edition Exclusive Moments Card.

    In sports gaming (and gaming in general), it has seemed that many recent 'special editions' featured primarily or only digital editions. Do you like these special edition perks? Continue on to share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 06-21-2015 01:00 PM
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    Via XboxAchievements.com, the Xbox One Achievement list for Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR has been released. The list includes 28 total Achievements including one that is secret. Numerous Achievements center around new game mode, the Night Club Challenge.

    It is expected that the PlayStation Trophy List will be the same. Continue on to view the list, then let us know what you think of the overall difficulty level. ...
    by Published on 06-20-2015 10:00 PM
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    As the series enters its third iteration since returning following a three-year hiatus from 2010-12, NBA Live 16 aims for a strong year and the title was front and center at E3 2015.

    During EA's E3 press conference, Executive Producer Sean O'Brien showcased some of the improvements coming to the game and the title was playable on the show floor.

    Continue on to see the NBA Live 16 segment from the EA presser, the first game trailer, interviews with game developers, and some early gameplay clips. ...
    by Published on 06-18-2015 03:00 PM
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    The NBA season is over, but the roster updates continue for NBA Live 15.

    Series MVP Andre Iguodala averaged 16.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 4.0 APG versus the Cavs and for his efforts received nine points in total rating boosts.

    Following a strong playoff run up until the NBA Finals, Cleveland guard JR Smith went cold in the series leading to a seven point drop in his Clutch rating.

    (This update is through game five of the NBA Finals, so next week's update is expected to be the last of the year for the title. The screenshot above of Iguodala is from NBA Live 16.) ...
    by Published on 06-18-2015 11:00 AM
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    To help kick off E3 2015, NHL 16 has released a new game trailer. As part of the event, producers and developers also engaged in interviews with media outlets and other attendees.

    In addition to the trailer and interviews, fans can find significant game info and details in the Ask NHL portal and this game features blog from GM Dean Richards.

    Continue on to see the NHL 16 trailer from E3 2015 as well as more from E3. ...
    by Published on 06-18-2015 07:00 AM
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    2. NCAA Football 14
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    During E3 2015, Microsoft announced backwards compatibility would be coming to the Xbox One in a gradual process with more titles being added over time. To help gauge interest on which titles should receive priority, Microsoft has established a nomination/voting system. Many NCAA Football fans have indicated a desire to play the title on a next-gen console. This is the opportunity to do so.

    Head over to this site and search then vote for 'NCAA Football 14.'

    It is currently unknown if the franchise could be added due to its status in limbo due to lawsuits, but this opportunity should be taken to show EA, the NCAA, CLC, and universities that there is a strong demand for the product to return in some fashion.

    Please spread the word to all of your NCAA Football playing friends! ...
    by Published on 06-17-2015 03:00 PM
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    Following months of speculation and rumors, CEO of Superstar Games Damon Grow revealed in an interview with Unreal Engine's Dana Cowley that Joe Montana Football will be a mobile game, coming first to iOS in Q1 or Q2 of 2016.

    The news came as a disappointment to some following alleged 'confirmation via sources' - both public and anonymously - that the game might be a AAA console title that would be a direct competitor to EA SPORTS' Madden NFL franchise. Grow stated that following the iOS release, the game will be developed for Android, eventually PC and if successful, then perhaps major consoles.

    The Unreal interview provided a brief look at the game, which will be using Unreal's Metal Rendering API. An interview with 1080Players' Eric Webster provided the best insight into the game thus far, though the majority of details will not be released until a later time. ...
    by Published on 06-16-2015 03:00 PM
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    Coming to Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR is a new feature taking advantage of the game's fantasy elements, the Night Club Challenge.

    Set at night, the mode features hundreds of challenges that will test the user's skill while also unlocking fantasy golfers, courses, and rare apparel. The mode appears to borrow some basic elements from the Tiger Challenge in previous versions of the franchise, but have been amplified with adding arcade and fun elements.

    Players will earn points for everything they do and will need to rack up a big score in order to achieve the maximum three stars for each particular challenge. One star is necessary to advance past the challenge to the next. Three courses host the Night Club Challenge: Wolf Creek, Paracel Storm, and Coyote Falls. Boosts can also be unlocked to help complete the challenges.

    Continue on to see the official trailer for the Night Club Challenge. ...
    by Published on 06-16-2015 11:00 AM
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    WWE 2K16 has begun their roster reveal as they claim that this year's title will be the largest ever.

    The six wrestlers announced thus far: Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Paige, and
    Finn Bálor
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    This will be Bálor's first time as part of the franchise, while Paige was only available in 2K15 as part of their Season Pass.

    The game hits store shelves on October 27, 2015. ...
    by Published on 06-15-2015 04:30 PM
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    During Monday's EA E3 press conference, Madden NFL Producer Seann Graddy (with the help of ESPN's Robert Flores) revealed a new feature coming to Madden NFL 16: Draft Champions.

    Designed to be Madden NFL's answer to Fantasy Football, the mode allows users to quickly draft a team of players to improve their low-rated base roster that they can then compete with online or solo (offline). If they can win the necessary number of games (four online, three solo), they will be considered a Draft Champion. This brief length is designed to allow the entire mode to be completed in one sitting.

    Early community feedback on the mode has centered on how Draft Champions will co-exist (if not compete) with Madden Ultimate Team. With some similarities, will users be able to placate their desire to play MUT with the (presumably) 'free' Draft Champions? Perhaps this mode is not meant to compete with MUT, but rather (as Graddy alludes to the opening) be a mode to entice Madden Mobile fans to make the move to console.

    Continue on to see the Draft Champions reveal by Graddy and Flores at E3 2015. ...
    by Published on 06-15-2015 03:30 PM
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    EA SPORTS has released the first trailer for NBA Live 16 during E3 today.

    The trailer showcased what appears to be new pre-game intros, player emotions, and a bevy of new gameplay improvements and animations. At the end of the video was a quick look at what appears to be Brooklyn's Tobacco Factory courts.

    During EA's on-stage presentation, it was revealed that NBA Live 16 will have a mobile app that will allow users to scan their face for use within the game and in various modes. The app (showcased by 'ThaHoopGawd') will be available just before launch of the game, which was confirmed for September 29. Along with EA Access, this allows users (minus those on PS4) to play Live 16 'early,' matching competitor NBA 2K16.

    Continue on to see the trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2015 07:30 PM
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    The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) takes place this week from Los Angeles and will feature reveals, coverage, and interviews surrounding all of the latest and upcoming video game titles.

    Among some of the top sports gaming headlines we expect to emerge from E3 2015:
    • The anticipated confirmation (and details) of Joe Montana Football 16. After months of speculation and rumors, E3 should finally shine a light on this much-discussed, but little-known title. Is it a console, mobile, or VR title? Does it even have a publisher?
    • The return of NBA Live. Seemingly hid in the marketing shadows the last two years, it is expected that NBA Live 16 will be shown on-stage in a serious fashion during EA's press conference Monday afternoon with gameplay information disclosed. (Competitor NBA 2K16 is not expected to be at the show.)
    • Feature news on NHL 16 & Madden 16. Both have fall release dates so complete feature sets may not be revealed this week, but fans will still likely be clamoring to learn if NHL offers a more complete feature set at launch and what the improved WR/DB & passing interactions mean for Madden.
    • The return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. A once-proud franchise looks to return from the ash bed of history. Early screenshots were not impressive, but perhaps gameplay and feature set information can change the attitude surrounding this title.


    Other major titles with significant coverage at E3 include: Uncharted 4, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Star Wars Battlefront, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5: Guardians, LEGO Dimensions, Assassin's Creed Sydicate, as well as surprise reveals expected to occur.

    The Gaming Tailgate has all the links you need to keep up with E3 2015. Continue on to see a schedule and links to E3 coverage from around the web that will be updated throughout the event. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2015 03:00 PM
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    Konami has announced that Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be avaialble September 15, one week ahead of competitor EA SPORTS' FIFA Soccer 16. Along with this announcement came the reveal of the PES cover athlete - Neymar Jr. - and the game's feature set.

    Pro Evo 2016 will feature numerous gameplay improvements including an advanced collision system, improved player control, and user-controlled celebrations following goals, among other items. In terms of presentation and in-game atmosphere, the franchise will be adding dynamic weather that can effect player performance; a feature highly requested in almost all outdoor sports games.

    Continue on to see the official game trailer and press release detailing the feature set. ...

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