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    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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    2. NBA Live
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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. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2015 08:00 AM
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    The latest game update is now available for MLB 15 The Show. Game Update 1.04 primarily addresses online issues and bugs that resulted in a combination of incorrect outcomes being reported, hang-ups, and an issue with synchronizing accumulated XP and stubs.

    Continue on to see the full list of patch notes, straight from SCEA. ...
    by Published on 06-11-2015 05:15 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
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    EA SPORTS has shared details on the online features coming to Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR: An overhauled head-to-head mode and Online Tournaments.

    H2H mode is available in ranked and unranked settings, with users being able to vote on the course played in ranked contests. Results from ranked matches feed into a new leaderboard system that will be tracked by gameplay style.

    Thanks to next-gen technology, all golfers will be rendered and appear in real-time on the course. This should help the rounds and contests become more immersive, seemingly being right there on the course with your friends/competitors.

    Online Tournaments following the traditional format and offering found in previous editions of the game.

    Missing from this list is the popular last-gen feature of Country Clubs. Let us know your thoughts on the online features of PGA TOUR in the comments! ...
    by Published on 06-11-2015 04:00 PM
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    With the NBA Finals underway and the Cavs holding a 2-1 lead, NBA Live 15 has released their latest weekly roster update.

    After helping to fill the void following an injury to Kyrie Irving, Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova has slowed down MVP Steph Curry while also putting up a 20-point night in a Game Three victory. For his efforts, the gritty guard receives a six-point boost to his on-ball defense rating.

    Warriors guard Klay Thompson has helped Golden State stay in the series with several strong offensive performances, including a game-high 34 in Game Two. His overall rating has increased by one point to an 85. ...
    by Published on 06-09-2015 03:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has announced that Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook will grace the cover of NBA LIVE 16. Despite an injury-plagued season for the Thunder, Westbrook kept his team in playoff contention while finishing fourth in MVP voting.

    Westbrook played like something out of a video game this season in recording eleven triple-doubles, while leading the league in scoring and earning 2015 All-Star Game MVP honors.

    Continue on to see the cover announcement trailer from EA SPORTS, some brief game feature information, as well as some screenshots from the game. After checking them out, let us know what you think of this early NBA LIVE 16 news. ...
    by Published on 06-04-2015 05:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    It's official - your NBA 2K16 cover athletes will be Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden.

    An earlier leak had Kevin Durant on the cover instead of Davis, but speculation has centered on possible concerns over health and his status in OKC that may have led to the switch.

    Info on how to interchange covers will be announced in the coming days according to NBA 2K Community Manager Ronnie Singh.


    Which cover/athlete do you prefer and hope to land on your copy of the game? Continue on to see the first details on MyCareer in NBA 2K16. ...
    by Published on 06-04-2015 04:00 PM
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    As the NBA Finals get underway, the latest NBA Live 15 roster update is now available.

    This week's blog from EA SPORTS highlights two members of the supporting cast: Golden State's Draymond Green and Cleveland's Timofey Mozgov.

    Green receives a two-point boost in Blocks and a one-point improvement in Post Defense in this update while Mozgov's Help Defense and Block ratings both receive one-point bumps. Overall, there are 240 rating changes in this update. ...
    by Published on 06-04-2015 12:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    EA SPORTS has announced that Madden NFL 16 will feature the return of EA Trax - a game soundtrack that features "a multi-genre roster of soon-to-be- breakthrough artists and superstar acts."

    The Madden NFL franchise featured EA Trax in the past before shifting to a game soundtrack consisting of NFL Films music.

    The actual soundtrack will not be revealed until this summer, however Spotify users can listen to the Madden NFL playlist on the network which contains songs from previous versions of the game.

    Let us know what types of artists and songs you hope will be included as part of EA Trax in Madden NFL 16. ...
    by Published on 05-29-2015 05:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    The latest episode of NBA 2KTV features host Rachel DeMita visiting with several game designers and producers to glean some early NBA 2K16 game information.

    Gameplay Producer Scott O'Gallagher shared that three new classic teams will be coming to NBA 2K16 the 99-00 Raptors, 07-08 Celtics, and the 00-01 Lakers - and that there will be more.

    Senior Producer Rob Jones and artist Winnie Hsieh disclosed that shoes will be 3D scanned into the game to help improve their visual quality and that there will be updated/proper shoes for players such as Dwayne Wade and Klay Thompson while the team is currently working BrandBlack on acquiring the correct shoes for Jamal Crawford.

    2K aims to improve the crowd as they have recaptured fan animations and hope to replicate the atmosphere and excitement from the biggest moments properly, as Producer Asif Chaudhri cited the local Oracle Arena as an inspiration.

    Finally, Gameplay Director Mike Wang shared that the team is working on something 'big' and that the engineers have been tasked with tackling the 'biggest and most challenging' items in recent years. He also added that animation and tech under the hood have been improved, while ending his segment saying that the AI team is working on something big that will make the game look 'significantly better than any [basketball] game before it.'

    What do you think this 'big' item could be? Do you like teases such as these or would you prefer 2K wait to discuss the game until more can be disclosed and shared? Continue on to watch the latest episode of NBA 2KTV with the first info on NBA 2K16. ...
    by Published on 05-28-2015 03:15 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
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    EA SPORTS has posted a new blog detailing Tour Pro Mode in Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR.

    To begin, users will select a brief backstory for their golfer - whether they are a prodigy, a collegiate star, or an instructor. Career mode then begins at TPC Sawgrass, the last event of the Web.com Tour. Career Mode extends for fifteen years of play.

    Also mentioned a new feature is Quick Rounds, allowing users to play a four-round tournament in the same time it would take to play one 18-hole round. This will allow players to progress deeper in Career Mode, 'in half the time.' Noted later in the blog, this feature allows users to 'focus on the most important holes.'

    Attribute Bonuses are a new way for users to set your golfer's strengths and weaknesses. The rest of the Career Mode seems similar to that as found in previous versions of the game, with users unlocking more items as they progress and the ability to customize apparel and clubs carried. Apparel can be set for each day of the event, Thursday through Sunday.

    Click here to view the blog entry from EA SPORTS and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 05-28-2015 01:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    As Ultimate Team has become the most-played mode in Madden NFL, many long-time fans have claimed that the rise of MUT came at the expense of other modes, such as Connected Franchise. To begin the pre-release news cycle for Madden NFL 16, EA SPORTS levied a lengthy blog detailing some of the changes and improvements coming to the game's career mode.

    Throughout the mode, a revamped and streamlined user interface helps users see more pertinent information in one location. This even permeates in-game action as users will be given in-game goals and post-play goal feedback. Some of this feedback appears at the bottom of the screen in a 'ticker,' which has some wondering if scores of other games and perhaps even stats will be shown there, similarly to that found in NCAA Football.

    Other improvements include new scouting and combine stats, draft feedback, free practice, and tuning to confidence and owner mode finances. Worth noting are two new commissioner tools: Members List and Sim W/L. The description for Members List sounds similar to that of Dynasty Central in NCAA Football and Sim W/L was a heavily requested feature for Online Dynasty Commissioners for years.

    While many of the changes were warranted if not directly requested, some in the community have expressed reservations towards the heavy focus on an XP system and perhaps too heavy of use of numbers throughout the mode. Check out the official EA SPORTS blog and an article from Game Informer with additional CFM details then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 05-28-2015 10:30 AM
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    2. NBA Live
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    The NBA Finals are all set with Golden State facing Cleveland beginning June 4. With the match-up determined, a new NBA Live 15 roster update is now available.

    The latest blog from EA SPORTS highlights two specific player rating changes. Just like in last week's roster update, Cleveland's JR Smith receives a one point boost to his overall rating following a great week of play in a sweep of Atlanta. Smith is now at an 82 overall.

    Despite the Rockets falling to the Warriors in five games, Houston's James Harden also received a one point increase to his overall rating, moving to a 90 overall. Harden's 45 point outburst in Game 4 helped keep the series alive, but it appears his record-setting 13 thirteen turnovers in game five came too late to be reflected in this update. ...
    by Published on 05-28-2015 07:30 AM
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    FIFA 16 will add women's national teams to the franchise for the first time. Twelve teams have been added: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

    Courtesy IGN, FIFA VP and GM David Rutter talked about the process of adding in female teams and players: "We've flown our head capture team around the world to capture the faces and the heads of the athletes, [and] they've been treated in exactly the same way as Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City. We rebuilt the animation rig to support the different dimensions and proportions of a woman's body [...] and then applied that motion capture skeleton to those very believable bodies to make sure that the standing, walking, jogging, sprinting, passing, shooting, is actually women animation rather than male animation."

    Continue on to see a trailer showcasing the addition of the women's national teams. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2015 07:00 PM
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    PlayStation fans can once again catch the E3 Experience 2015 live in theaters on the evening of Monday, June 15. The Sony E3 press conference will be shown in theaters in all 50 states and Canada. (A list of theaters can be found here.) The presentation begins at 6 PM PT and concludes with a 30-minute post-show hosted by Geoff Keighley featuring additional game previews and developer interviews.

    Tickets for the event are free and can be attained by signing-up at playstation.com/e3experience starting at 9 AM PT on Wednesday, May 27.

    Fans will also take home a special PlayStation surprise consisting of PlayStation goods and digital codes. (Last year attendees received early access to the Destiny Alpha and Battlefield: Hardline beta, along with a poster and VIP laminate.) Those unable to attend can also watch the event on their PS4 & PS3 via the Live Events Viewer app.

    Let us know if you will be attending in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2015 07:00 AM
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    In a unique but welcome strategy, fans who pre-order NBA 2K16 from participating North American retailers will receive the game Friday, September 25 - four days before the street date of September 29. Along with getting the game before the general public, pre-orders will also receive 10,000 VC and a select MyTeam package. (Click here to pre-order from Amazon.)

    The Early Tip-Off Weekend (as NBA 2K bills it) appears to have two primary goals. First, it is a counter to EA Access in allowing fans to play the game before street date, this time without an hourly or feature limit. Second, it is an enticing pre-order bonus for those who may be on proverbial fence (for several reasons) but will be unable to wait on buying once they see friends and acquaintances with the title.

    What are your thoughts on the Early Tip-off Weekend for NBA 2K? Will this influence your purchasing decision? Would you like to see this copied by more titles?

    Continue on to see the full press release from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 05-22-2015 07:00 AM
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    UK game retailer GAME is offering a special edition of Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. For £49.99, fans will receive an EA SPORTS umbrella with their copy of the game. This special edition is listed as a GAME exclusive, but it is unknown if this is a global or country exclusive perk. An attempt to get clarification from EA SPORTS was unsuccessful.

    Several EA SPORTS titles have gone away from physical items as part of special editions in favor solely of virtual Ultimate Team packs (see Madden). If this PGA TOUR special edition were offered in the United States, would you consider purchasing it? Click here to vote in our poll. ...

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