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    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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    2. Madden NFL
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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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    2. NASCAR
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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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    2. Madden NFL
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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. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 05:05 PM
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    With the reveal of Rob Gronkowski as the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete, EA SPORTS has also disclosed some early information on the game's feature set.

    Ball Carrier Controls: Depending on the player's attributes, players have a have tiered system of special moves that can be executed. Bigger backs are more effective at trucking defenders while smaller backs are more effective at jukes and spins. UI Prompts will indicate the moves available at that instance and on lower difficulties the moves will be automatically executed. The new Path Assist will help users see exactly what hole they are heading towards and also their current path downfield.

    New Defensive AI incorporates gap play, force defenders, and improved zone coverages. Defenders are more properly aware and following assignments than ever before, meaning the offense must be able to read defenses in order to be successful against top competition.

    Special Teams have long been considered automatic - if not downright boring - in Madden NFL (and NCAA Football before it), but a new Kick Meter (& kick options), ability to ice the kicker, trick plays, and a block kick mechanic will add a new dynamic to the third phase of the game that has long been missing.

    Lacking any additional details at this time, EA SPORTS is also touting a redesigned and deeper than ever Franchise Mode.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS on the first features overview. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 05:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Announced on SportsCenter, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will be the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete. Gronk and Madden NFL 17 signage were featured throughout the entire broadcast and he also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live later in the evening to promote the game.

    The game is currently available on Amazon and is just $48 for Prime members.

    Continue on to see the first look at Madden NFL 17 which centers on the cover announcement. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 01:00 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS UFC
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    The third content update - game update 1.06 - is now available for EA SPORTS UFC 2. The update adds in three new fighters: Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, and Albert Tumenov.

    Also included in the update is a new Live Event Competition game mode. The online mode features 1-on-1 matches based on upcoming UFC events. All fighters will be balanced with the same ratings and move levels. Each user will be able to select five Fighter Perks for a unique style/approach. The users who reach the top tier of the leaderboard will qualify for a tournament to crown the best EA SPORTS UFC 2 player in the world.

    The game update also features several gameplay improvements. Continue on to read the blog entry with full details from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 05-10-2016 04:23 PM
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    2. NBA Live
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    EA SPORTS has announced that they will be focusing on a mobile game for this fall and will be pushing the release of the console version of the next NBA Live game to Q1 of 2017. Continue on to read the letter from Executive Producer Sean O'Brien. ...
    by Published on 05-09-2016 02:00 PM
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    The Madden NFL 17 cover athlete will be revealed Thursday, May 12 during the 6 PM ET SportsCenter broadcast on ESPN. Presumably following this reveal, the first M17 gameplay trailer will also be released.

    Two of the most rumored (& likely) potential cover athletes center around Panthers QB Cam Newtown and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.

    Who do you want to see on the cover of Madden NFL 17? What are you hoping to see in the gameplay reveal? Share your thoughts with the community in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 04-26-2016 02:00 PM
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    Now available is a new way to play Madden Ultimate Team: MUT Salary Cap. Salary Cap sees users establish a 34-man roster from Player Items in their Item Binder. Each item will have a Cap Value listed on the front of the card and each roster must not exceed 1,000 point in Cap Total.

    While most active MUT users now eight months following release will have a loaded roster to aid in forming their roster, welcome and starter packs will include more Gold Players to help newcomers. Establishing a roster will be as important as on-field strategy. Users must decide if they will have a balanced roster or go star-heavy in spots knowing it will cost them in other areas/depth.

    Continue on to read additional details on MUT Salary Cap straight from producer Jake Stein. ...
    by Published on 04-26-2016 11:05 AM
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    Along with the NHL 17 cover vote, EA SPORTS has released a video detailing the developer's "vision" for this year's hockey title.

    Legacy and establish your own unique legacy is the top theme emanating from the video. Among the new features briefly discussed or revealed in the clip are franchise relocation and the World Cup of Hockey. During the video narration, NHL 17 is being called by EA SPORTS as their "biggest and most exciting hockey game to date."

    Continue on to see the NHL 17 'Vision' trailer, screenshots from the video, and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 04-26-2016 11:00 AM
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    The NHL 17 cover athlete is currently underway and will be determined by fan vote. Eight players will vie for the cover, each representing one of the eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey - one of the new features announced for NHL 17.

    The eight players include Connor McDavid (NYR), Jamie Benn (DAL), Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Victor Hedman (TB), Joe Pavelski (SJ), Anze Kopitar (LAK), Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), and Jakub Voracek (PHI).

    The winner will be announced June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Continue on to read the press release from EA SPORTS on the voting process.

    In the comments below, share with the community who you hope to see become the NHL 17 cover athlete. ...
    by Published on 04-14-2016 07:02 PM
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    A new regular season roster update is now available for NBA LIVE 16.

    Steph Curry enters the playoffs with a 97 OVR and as the top player in the game. Rounding out the top five are Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul.

    The update includes over 40 gear updates in addition to ratings and roster movement.

    Continue on to read the official blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 04-13-2016 03:00 PM
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    Coinciding with the retirement of former cover athlete Kobe Bryant, NBA 2K17 will offer a special Legend Edition honoring the five-time World Champion and 18-time All-Star.

    Retailing for $79.99, the Legend Edition contains a mixture of physical and digital items. The physical items include a limited-edition Kobe poster, a Black Mamba controller skin, and two Panini Kobe trading cards. In-game items include 30,000 Virtual Currency, a MtYEAM pack bundle, MyPLAYER gear, and more to be announced.

    No game information was revealed with this announcement, except that the game will be released in September. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of MLB The Show 16. This update fixes several game freezes and addresses the dreaded 'Challenge failed' issue.

    The development team continues to work on improving the online experience behind the scenes and acknowledges the recent struggles users have been facing. To reward the patience of fans, all users who have played MLB 16 prior to Friday, April 8 will receive 5,000 stubs and 10 standard packs for use in Diamond Dynasty.

    Continue on to read patch notes and a statement from the MLB The Show 16 development team. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    In an interview with SI Now's Maggie Gray, Big East Commmissioner Val Ackerman stated that she believes the NCAA is currently reconsidering their stance on not allowing student athletes to sign endorsement deals.

    Courtesy SI.com: Under the current rules, student athletes may not be paid for the use of their image or likeness or they would forfeit their amateur status and their collegiate eligibility could be affected. When Gray asked Ackerman why students shouldnít be able to capitalize on the value they bring to their university, Ackerman responded that the NCAA is considering changing that rule.

    ďThatís one thatís actually under consideration I believe by the NCAA,Ē Ackerman said. ďItís actually a time right now where student athlete interests are being closely examined. I donít have an answer for you on that one today but I will say that and a number of other topics are under review, and I think rightly by the NCAA and itís very possible that over the course of the next year or two as these these ideas work their way through the legislative system you could see changes.Ē


    On-going legislation includes the plaintiffs in the O'Bannon case petitioning the Supreme Court to hear their case and also the Kessler antitrust lawsuit versus the NCAA. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 12:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS UFC 2 is currently holding a contest where the best Created Fighters made by the community can earn them some great prizes.

    Created fighters must be submitted by Tuesday, April 12. The first round of voting runs through April 18 and the final five will be voted on until a winner is decided on April 25.

    Continue on to see the full rules and contest info and also a look at some created fighters made by the community, including The Undertaker, Spiderman, and Manny Pacquiao. ...

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