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    by Published on 09-02-2016 11:00 AM
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    As the game continues to improve graphically, a new NBA 2K17 trailer (entitled "Kicks Matter") highlights the 3D scanned shoes that will be coming to the game which will more accurate, if not nearly photo-realistic. This type of scanning has seemingly become commonplace in game development on Gen 4 consoles for player faces, uniforms, shoes, textures, and more.

    Some of the shoes spotlighted in the video include the adidas Yeezy Boost 350, D Rose 7, Air Jordan XXXI, and the entire Kobe Bryant collection, featuring 24 pairs in total.

    Continue on to watch the "Kicks Matter" trailer, see screenshots from the video, and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2016 08:30 AM
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    The first post-release game update (1.03) is now available for Madden NFL 17 for both PlayStation 4 and X-Box One.

    The most significant fix includes elimination of an exploit that allowed the user on defense to determine if their opponent would run or pass the ball. In Franchise Mode, users are no longer able to see the ratings of the upcoming draft class prior to the NFL Draft, however in doing so this has removed the ability to edit the draft class, prior to the draft.

    Continue on to read the published list of items addressed, fixed, and included in this update. ...
    by Published on 09-01-2016 07:30 AM
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    NBA 2K17 keeps the foot on the gas pedal when it comes to gameplay improvements as noted in a gameplay blog from Producer Mike Wang.

    This year the primary focus of gameplay changes center on making the skill(s) of the user matter more. Except for dunks, all shots now have a timing mechanism tied to them. Along with this, the shot meter has also been revamped. Users who prefer the shot button can default to that instead of the shot stick. Ball-handling and steals have also been improved along with post-play and improved physicality.

    These changes have all been made with the goal of rewarding the player with the better user skills, however through options (such as difficulty and settings) and an improved 2KU (in-game tutorial), players of all skill sets can play the game how they want and improve.

    Continue on to read the lengthy blog from Gameplay Producer Mike Wang. ...
    by Published on 08-30-2016 03:00 PM
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    Similar to the mode of the same name in the Madden NFL franchise, NHL 17 will be adding the popular Draft Champions mode.

    Utilizing a 12-round draft, users will pick from current and former players to build their team. Following the draft, the player can compete offline or online head-to-head where winning four games will help them unlock Draft Collectibles. These Collectibles can them be redeemed as part of sets for top-tier packs and items.

    Continue on to see the Draft Champions trailer and to also read the blog entry with additional details from Associate Producer Jesse McLean. ...
    by Published on 08-29-2016 04:00 PM
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    The college football season is upon us! Think you can pick the winners each week? Join the 2016 TGT College Pick 'Em group at ESPN.com.

    As is TGT tradition, the season winner will receive their choice of a $20 PSN/XBL/Nintendo card. The group is free to join, so you are welcome to invite friends and family. The more the merrier!

    Continue on to read full details on joining the TGT College Pick 'Em group. ...
    by Published on 08-26-2016 08:00 AM
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    On September 9, XBL & PSN users will be able to download - for free - The Prelude for NBA 2K17. In The Prelude, users will be able to created their MyPlayer and begin the MyCareer experience playing through college. The trailer for the mode seemingly suggests the mode will end with the user getting an invite to play (or tryout) for Team USA, perhaps aiming to be the impetus for users to buy the full retail version of the game and continue the mode, with the goal of representing the United States. It remains to be seen how detailed or fleshed out the international competition aspects will be, though some national squads have been added to the game.

    Available colleges in NBA 2K17 are: Kansas, Georgetown, Arizona, Louisville, UConn, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.

    The Prelude is a similar pre-release downloadable experience to NBA 2K10's Draft Combine that allowed users to create a prospect and compete to improve their draft status. With the MyNBA2K mobile app releasing on September 8, users can scan their face for inclusion into The Prelude the next day.

    Continue on to see the trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 07:00 PM
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    Long speculated based on a NBA 2KCast livestream in the spring, NBA 2K17 will feature a free face-scanning app to allow users to import their face into PS4 & XB1 versions of the game. It will not be available or work for the PC version.

    This feature will be included in the standard NBA 2K app which also features several ways for users to earn VC, the MyTeam Mobile card game, MyTeam functionality, and MyPlayer apparel options.

    The app will be available on iOS Android on September 8. Continue on to read Game Informer's article on the NBA 2K17 mobile app. ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 12:00 PM
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    Polygon's Owen Good was able to recently go hands-on with NASCAR Heat Evolution.

    One of the most noteworthy areas of focus by Good addressed improved CPU driver AI including adaptive AI. Computer controlled competitors will no longer race on rails but rather will adjust to the user's skill level.

    Due to the ESRB's rating standards, previous racing games were not allowed to include alcohol sponsorships on vehicles or they would lose the E (for Everyone) rating. However, NASCAR Heat Evolution will provide users the option to include them via free, age-gated DLC.

    Continue on to read some excerpts of the article. ...
    by Published on 08-23-2016 06:45 PM
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    With release of NBA 2K17 a month away, the NBA 2KCast returned and outlined some of the upcoming marketing schedule.

    Hosts Ronnie Singh and Chris Manning also briefly recapped the recently released #FRICTION trailer and the announced the ten community members who will visit the NBA 2K studio in Novato, California next week to see the game and then share impressions with the community afterwards.

    Continue on to read a full recap of the show. ...
    by Published on 08-15-2016 07:00 PM
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    The third season of Madden Mobile will launch Tuesday afternoon and to prepare fans for the new modes and improvements, EA SPORTS has put out a blog and video detailing the changes.

    While popular modes such as Live & Blitz Events and Leagues return, the new version of Madden Mobile will feature a QB Scramble mechanic, new Gameplanning mechanics, and improved set/binder management.

    Continue on to see the blog and video from EA SPORTS as well as an early look at the game courtesy GameChanger Kraelo. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2016 01:00 PM   
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    The release of Madden NFL 17 on EA Access is just days away and only a few more beyond that for retail release.

    If you're looking for early gameplay, feature breakdowns, and tips, EA SPORTS has allowed numerous GameChangers and YouTube personalities to release early videos of the game.

    At the time of recording, the game was not quite final so please keep that in mind while watching videos. Continue on to see the released videos by GC/YouTuber. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2016 10:00 AM
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    Curated by Imagine Dragons, Noah "40" Shebib, and Grimes, the NBA 2K17 soundtrack is now available on Spotify. The 30-song soundtrack features artists such as OutKast, G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha, Jay-Z, Drake, as well as curators Imagine Dragons and Grimes.

    Basketball gamers may recognize Jamie xx, Young Thug, & Popcaan's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" as it was included on the NBA LIVE 16 soundtrack.

    Continue on to see the full soundtrack listing. ...
    by Published on 08-10-2016 11:00 AM
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    NBA 2K has finally started to release NBA 2K17 game media and information beginning with a new 'The Dream Lives On' trailer with the 1992 'Dream Team' facing the 2016 USA Basketball team.

    The video of the two teams squaring off begins with them lined up for the National Anthem with the song continuing throughout gameplay. Noticeable in the video is an improvement in graphics and also player models, as evidenced by changes to Kevin Durant. Digital Marketing Manager Ronnie Singh stated in a tweet that "we all thought we were tapped graphically on this gen, but graphics have taken a LARGE leap as you'll see in this & future vids."

    More game information is expected to coincide with the 2016 Rio Olympics over the next 10 days and also during Gamescom, which takes place August 17-21. Continue on to see the trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 08-09-2016 03:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has released a video and detailed blog detailing the changes and improvements coming to Franchise Mode in NHL 17.

    This year, Be a GM has been rebranded as Franchise Mode and expanded to include complete control of the franchise with the addition of unique team owners that will have their own goals and expectations you must meet as team president. Each owner will be defined by their spending (budget), importance of success, and patience. When beginning a franchise, the owner will also present the user with Primary Goals, Secondary Goals and Stretch Goals. The goals can evolve as the league changes over time. Meet goals to stay employed; disappoint the owner enough and you could even find yourself fired mid-season.

    As team president, users can set arena and facility prices, upgrade & maintain facilities, along with arena customization. Various factors (including foe, pricing, and team performance) will result in dynamic attendance throughout the season.

    Continue on to see the Franchise Mode trailer and read the blog from EA SPORTS for information on team relocation, promotions, and season ticket drives. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2016 03:00 PM
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    Game Informer's Q&A with Madden NFL 17 developers Rex Dickson, John White, and Michael Hoag answered questions from the community.

    Perhaps the most noteworthy is the formal announcement of formation subs returning to the game (specifically Franchise Mode) in a day one patch.

    Continue on to see the 46 minute Q&A video. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2016 02:00 PM
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    NASCAR Heat Evolution's third developer diary provides additional insight into game modes.

    The most notable feature mentioned is the ability for 40-user online races. Three lobby types are designed to help funnel users into an appropriate race: No Rules (Casual), Normal, and Hosted (host can select level of users who can join along with bevy of race settings).

    The developer video also provides a look at the create-a-driver feature and also career mode. Continue on to watch. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2016 08:00 AM
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    Following the footsteps of Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z curating prior editions of NBA 2K, 2K Sports has announced that Puff Daddy himself, Sean Combs, will produce the WWE 2K17 soundtrack.

    The soundtrack consists of 13 songs including artists such as Black Sabbath, P. Diddy, Twenty One Pilots, and Travis Barker.

    Continue on to see a video of Combs discussing the soundtrack along with the full soundtrack listing. ...
    by Published on 08-04-2016 02:30 PM
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    EA SPORTS is launching the NHL Rewards program to reward users with rewards such as in-game content (IE: Ultimate Team packs), entry into the NHL Superfan contest, 10% off shop.nhl.com purchases, along with 'surprises.'

    Everyone who signs up for the free program will be entered into the NHL Superfan contest. One member will be selected as winner and be flown to EA Vancouver for a head-scan and placement into the crowd for their favorite team as a 'superfan.'

    Continue on to read the blogs from EA SPORTS with more information on the NHL Rewards program and Superfan contest.
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    by Published on 08-03-2016 10:00 AM
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    Selecting songs for a game soundtrack can be a daunting task as satisfying the musical taste for a large user base can be next to impossible. However, in an attempt to tackle such a challenge, Madden NFL 17 will feature 40 songs across a variety of genres including rap, rock, and country. Some artists featured on the soundtrack include 2 Chainz, 3OH!3, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Fashawn, and Logic.

    Continue on to read the full press release and see the entire track listing for the Madden NFL 17 soundtrack which you can listen to on Spotify. ...
    by Published on 08-02-2016 03:00 PM   
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    The ratings reveal is underway for Madden NFL 17. Four players will begin the year with a 99 overall rating: TE Rob Gronkowski (NE), MLB Luke Kuechly (CAR), LOLB Von Miller (DEN), & RE JJ Watt (HOU). The fifth highest-rated player is DT Aaron Donald (LA).

    View and search entire player rating database here.
    Continue on to see the top players in Madden NFL 17. ...

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