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    by Published on 06-22-2016 07:30 PM
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    Announced at tonight's 2016 NHL Awards, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will be the cover athlete for NHL 17. During the show, the official gameplay trailer was also revealed.

    Similarly to last year, fans can play in the NHL 17 beta to help test the game and provide feedback. Users can sign up for the beta now and it will run from July 28-August 4.

    Continue on to read the full press release from EA SPORTS which contains information on how to sign up for the NHL 17 beta. ...
    by Published on 06-20-2016 01:41 PM
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    This time of year is always hard for the die-hard NCAA Football fans. Typically the game would be releasing in the next few weeks and by now, impressions & videos would be coming out of the woodwork making the wait even harder. However, with the absence of NCAA, EA is using this window to talk about the upcoming Madden NFL 17 due out in a couple of months. As part of that, Madden's Creative Director, Rex Dickson was doing an interview at E3. As part of that, the question was asked about the return of NCAA Football.

    Continue below to hear his answer. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2016 04:00 PM
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    The season two finale of NBA 2KTV featured host Rachel DeMita and NBA 2K's Ronnie Singh who, between jokes, provided some of the first info on September's NBA 2K17.

    - Presumably primarily featured as a shoe option within MyPlayer, Yeezy's will be a new in-game choice.
    - Timed Locker Codes. Free Agent cards will allow for the timed cards, giving all users chance to play as or try a certain card/player before they expire.
    - Face Scan App. Some of the biggest complaints of 2K15 & 2K16 were challenges in getting the console specific camera scan to work and also the decrease in face scan import from 2K15 to 2K16. In the video, Singh implied that 2K17 will utilize a face scan app on mobile devices.
    - According to developer Mike Wang, 2K17 will feature the most signature animations of any game to date along with full control of get-back animations with the right stick.

    Continue on to watch the season finale of 2KTV featuring the first bit of info on NBA 2K17. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2016 04:50 PM
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    Just ahead of EA Play and E3, EA SPORTS has released two lengthy blogs on the improvements coming to Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 17. Part two of the Franchise blogs focuses on Big Decisions, a methodology that surfaces important decisions the user must make, and some of the top community requests added to the game, such as an in-game score ticker, full player editing, and practice squad.

    As Franchise Mode has underachieved - and been underdeveloped - in the eyes of many the last few years, M17 aims to change that by satisfying some of the biggest community requests. An in-game score ticker will help keep users connected to other games that week in the Franchise, even updating other user scores (if game is completed) during the action. Commissioners have the ability to fully edit rosters, including player ratings, appearance, and even contract terms. Highly requested, each team now has a practice squad, allowing them to develop ten players but be careful - as in real life, these players are essentially free agents and can be poached by other squads.

    Big Decisions surface the major options and choices a user must make during the course of a season that, if they existed prior, were previously hidden or buried in menus. Now, they are brought front and center.

    Continue on for part two of the Franchise Mode improvement blogs by Senior Designer John White. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2016 04:40 PM
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    Just ahead of EA Play and E3, EA SPORTS has released two lengthy blogs on the improvements coming to Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 17. Part one of the Franchise blogs focuses on features that help to streamline the experience/playing time within the mode and also changes to the weekly Game-Planning feature.

    To help users play through more games at a faster pace (or avoid getting bored by full games), Play The Moment will allow users to hop in and play the game-defining or manually selected situations. As the game simulates towards each possible Moment, the user can select from variable simulation speeds. SuperSim has been improved both visually and behind the scenes. The engine will now try to always reach the NFL-average of 120 snaps regardless of quarter length.

    Oft-criticized in the past, Game-Planning is now more efficient and helps to prepare the user for their foe each week. Game-plans can be selected that can take away the opponent's strength, highlight the user team's strength, or give XP to positions of need. Users will see Tendencies for their foe each week that they can practice for with specific drills. If the user completes/masters those goals, they can receive in-game boosts when calling those particular plays.

    Continue on for part one of the Franchise Mode improvement blogs by Senior Designer John White. ...
    by Published on 06-11-2016 09:00 PM
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    E3 2016 takes place June 14-16, but developer and game information begins this weekend even outside of E3. Sunday, EA and Bethesda hold their press conferences with Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony kicking off E3 on Monday.

    What games or possible reveals are you hoping to hear more of this week? Post your hopes and thoughts on the event(s) in the comments below with the community.

    There may no television coverage of the event, but you can catch them all via livestreams. Continue on for a schedule of events and links to streams.
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    by Published on 06-10-2016 03:00 PM
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    Madden NFL 17 continues to innovate by becoming more accessible to those with vision issues with options to enlarge graphics, colorblind support, and brightness/contrast controls. Similar options have become common in major titles, but sports franchises have been slow to adjust until now.

    Continue on to read the full blog from designer Karen Stevens and learn how to suggest additional accessibility features for the future of the franchise. ...
    by Published on 06-08-2016 09:00 AM
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    With many Madden NFL fans becoming tired of the long-time commentary from Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, M17 will feature a new commentary team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis.

    Gaudin has recently covered Georgia Tech athletics while also working for Westwood One and the Big Ten Network. He is most recently recognized for his radio call on the Miracle on Techwood; Georgia Tech's improbable last-second victory over Florida State last season. Davis is an analyst for the NFL Network and Fox Sports. Both men have spent several days each week recording lines at EA Tiburon leading to unprecedented depth in game commentary. In addition, this access will include the ability for additional commentary to be recording during the season and implemented into the game.

    Continue on to read the full blog from Designer Christian McLeod. ...
    by Published on 06-07-2016 02:00 PM
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    The feature overview has been released for NHL 17.

    - Two new features include the World Cup of Hockey and Draft Champions.

    - Franchise Mode has expanded the aspects a user can control for a team, all while the user must satisfy the watchful eye of the owner who will have goals that must be met.

    - EASHL returns with a uniform and arena creator.

    - The ECHL has been added to the game featuring all 27 teams and accurate uniforms & rosters.

    Unfortunately, the popular GM Connected mode from NHL last-gen does not return this year.

    Continue on to read the released NHL 17 feature list courtesy EA SPORTS to learn about some of the gameplay improvements, including goal-tending play and Net Battles. ...
    by Published on 06-06-2016 11:00 AM
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    Ahead of EA Play (EA's new standalone event during E3), the company has released a teaser trailer for FIFA 17 entitled 'Football has changed.' The video confirms the inclusion/switch to the Frostbite Engine and it is believed that all EA SPORTS titles will be changing to Frostbite in the immediate near-future.

    Disclosed as part of the trailer reveal are four new football ambassadors: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC, and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund.

    The full FIFA 17 trailer will be available June 12. Continue on to see the reveal trailer as well as the press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 06-03-2016 09:00 AM
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    Similarly to last year, fans who pre-order NBA 2K17 will receive/be able to play the Early Tip-Off Edition; this year on Friday, September 16. (Presumably the game will be available for those who do not pre-order on Tuesday, September 20.)

    This year, NBA 2K offers three different versions of the game: the Standard Edition, Legend Edition, and Legend Edition Gold. Each varies in price and content. Continue on to see the known items included for each version. ...
    by Published on 06-02-2016 01:00 PM
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    The fourth content update for EA SPORTS UFC 2 is now available for download worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This content update adds two new fighters, UFC Ultimate Team features, and gameplay updates.

    The two new fighters added are Women's Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz and men's Featherweight Thiago Tavares. Ultimate Team improvements include Fighter Showpieces (think Collections) that can unlock new rewards.

    Continue on to read the full blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 06-01-2016 05:00 PM   
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    Officially announced during the finals of the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals championship livestream, Paul George will be the NBA 2K17 cover athlete for the standard ($60) version of the game. The cover is very similar in design to that of NBA 2K16 (which featured Curry, Harden, and Davis) in featuring several images of George. One background image is of him in his Team USA jersey, which could infer the inclusion of Olympic squads in NBA 2K17.

    The Pacers' star suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg in August 2014 during a Team USA scrimmage. He would return to play the final six games of the 2014-15 season. This season he helped the Pacers to a 45-37 record and a playoff appearance while averaging a career high 23.1 PPG.

    George is no surprise given he is already the digital cover athlete for the NBA 2K App and also with his prominence in the "Legends Live On" trailer/commercial for the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 with Kobe Bryant as the cover athlete. ...
    by Published on 05-30-2016 08:30 PM
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    During tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night RAW, the first television spot for WWE 2K17 announced that pre-ordering the game will let users play as Goldberg.

    From the 2K Games Official Store description:
    After more than a decade, one of the biggest and baddest Superstars to ever step foot in the squared circle is back! Pre-Order WWE 2K17 and receive two playable versions of the legendary Goldberg, as well as two classic WCW arenas!

    The two versions of Goldberg are black tights and black & white shorts. The two arenas are WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc.

    WWE 2K17 will be available in October for PS4, PS3, XB1, & 360. ...
    by Published on 05-27-2016 06:15 PM
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    Former tournament competitor and current Tiburon Quality Analyst Will Sykes has written a blog detailing some of the gameplay improvements will improve the quality level of competitive play in Madden NFL 17. Among the highlighted features: man and zone coverage improvements, 'Spy Crash,' some formations (EX: Quarters) less effective vs. the run, ball-carrier special moves, improved quick audibles, improved pass blocking logic, and improved online play stability.

    Continue on to read the full blog from Sykes. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2016 07:05 PM
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    Fans long clamoring for improved defensive (& defensive AI) in Madden NFL may be getting the biggest improvement in franchise history on that side of the ball in M17: a new zone coverage logic & AI architecture and new user mechanics, among others.

    Previously in the series, zone coverage was written independent of the play with defenders dropping to a spot on the field and then prioritizing whom to pick up while utilizing only three underneath zone coverages (flat, curl flat, and hook). Madden NFL 17 features ten new zone coverage assignments with each possessing proper rules and logic designed for specific coverages. This will allow defenders to make progression reads, aka pattern matching, also aided in part by the new 'Receiver Count' system. In Coach Cam, the play art will include the name of the underneath zone inside the zone art.

    The blog breaks down the ten new zone assignments, how they are used, and the routes they best defend against. A future blog on zone coverage improvements will cover progression reads for zone defenders in Tampa 2, Cover 3 Match, and 3 and 2 Deep fire zones.

    Continue on to read the full blog from designer Anthony White. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2016 07:00 PM
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    Special Teams have long been considered nothing more than a mundane task in the Madden NFL franchise, however changes detailed in the latest developer blog appear to aim towards changing that. Coming to Madden NFL 17 are a new kick meter, special team trick plays, and the ability to block kicks.

    New Kick Meter - A new 3-click meter similar to that found in baseball or golf titles will require the user to begin the kick, click at the top of the meter to establish power, and then finally press again at the bottom of the meter for accuracy. The more power on the kick, the faster the meter will drop potentially hurting accuracy. Along with this, users will have the option to select for the kick to be normal, sky kick, or backspin (punts)/squib (kickoffs).

    The blog mentions that kicker ratings will have a bigger impact in the game this year, but does not go into detail on how exactly. It is assumed that lower accuracy will result in a smaller window and/or faster speed on the drop following the button press for power.

    Trick Plays - Playbooks will feature more modern special teams trick plays (run and pass) from both field goal and punt formations. A specific example mentioned in the blog is the fake field goal touchdown pass by Seattle versus Green Bay from the playoffs several years ago. Special team trick plays are designed to be counters/more effective versus blocked kick attempts and not as a standard offensive play.

    Block Kicks - Previously, the only chance for a blocked kick came as a result of user exploits. In M17, the development team has implemented "a system that has very tight control over frequency and success chances." On designed block plays, the 'kick blockers' will have a B icon over them on pre-play art. Selecting one of these players and timing the jump the snap mechanic properly will give them a chance at breaking through and challenging the kick.


    The blog concludes with information on catch tuning changes, the addition of a swat mechanic, and improved ball physics. Continue on to read the full blog from Madden NFL Creative Director Rex Dickson. ...
    by Published on 05-20-2016 12:00 PM
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    After acquiring the NASCAR license from Eutechnyx, publisher Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) has announced the return of developer Monster Games to develop NASCAR Heat Evolution for PS4 & XB1. The Northfield, Minnesota-based studio previously developed NASCAR Heat and NASCAR Dirt to Daytona in the early 2000s.

    While no game media happened to be released with the news, it was disclosed that the game will include all 23 licensed NASCAR tracks, a new AI and Speed Rating system, Career and Chase modes, as well as the return of Challenges. UPDATE - The first game trailer is expected to coincide with the Coca-Cola 400 in early July.

    Carl Edwards will grace the cover of the game when it releases on September 13, 2016. Continue on to read the first game details straight from DMR. ...
    by Published on 05-18-2016 06:00 PM
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    It's not just ball-carriers getting improvements in Madden NFL 17 as the defensive AI (vs. run & pass) has been vastly improved along with the addition of gap control. Alignment, assignment, and technique all matter in the new run fits system.

    To help with alignment, the game has added a new defensive auto-flip feature. When ON, this will see the AI automatically flip the defense when the offense flips so that the defense aligns against the strength of the offensive formation. The entire defense, coverage, or front could flip depending on the defensive play call. Each play-type has it's own 'flip rules' to make this determination.

    While individual defensive gap assignments will be shown pre-snap, it doesn't mean that will be the gap assignment the entire play. Players will react to the action and update their gap throughout the play. The Play Recognition Rating is very important as the higher the rating, the faster the defender will break out of the new 'read & react' animation to fill their gap.

    New run-fit techniques help make defenders play their gap authentically. These techniques include: Force, Cutback, Fill, Jet, Crack-Replace and 2-Gap.

    Finally, the detailed blog concludes with information on improvements to blocking, namely zone blocking AI and new animations. Continue on to read the full blog with even deeper details and information from M17 designer and former NFL offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg. ...
    by Published on 05-18-2016 05:30 PM
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    Madden NFL 17 continues the recent trend of deepening the available controls and ball-carrier moves to give more user-depth and allow those with great stick skills to pull off more moves.

    Special moves are spread out in M17 based upon playing style and ratings, letting bigger backs perform more effectively at stiff arms and truck moves, while smaller backs are more proficient at spin moves and jukes. The animations will also play out at at different rates/success, meaning some will be very smooth/effective (Elite) and others not as smooth (Lumbering). Should a player be fatigued, they will be less effective at performing special moves regardless of ratings.

    As eluded to in the initial feature overview, ball carrier mechanics include standard moves, speed modifier, precision modifier, and utility moves (with some of those being steerable).

    New mechanics are also included to help provide user feedback. Recommended special-move prompts will tell the user the recommended move/button which they can press or ignore, should they choose. On lower difficulties, special move feedback text will let the user know if the timing in the fakeout window was early, perfect, or late.

    An under-rated addition is the projected path indicator which will show the current path/direction the ball-carrier is headed based on their stick-input. This is beneficial behind the line of scrimmage in making sure the user is hitting the intended hole and also beyond the line in seeing if they are heading wide of an oncoming defender.

    Ball-carrier special moves can be set to auto (CPU will execute moves), assist, or manual (user in control of all moves).

    Continue on to read the entire lengthy blog for further details on ball carrier special moves in Madden NFL 17 and then share your thoughts with the community. ...

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