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    by Published on 09-07-2014 10:03 PM
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    While NHL 15 has been praised pre-release for its gameplay, graphics, and presentation, it has been roundly criticized for what is considered a neutering of features from its last-gen counterpart. However, with the capability of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the NHL development team is able to update the game with features and options.

    On the EA Forums, Producer Sean Ramjagsingh has laid out the content update schedule for NHL 15. This includes Playoff Mode, improvements to Be A Pro and Hockey Ultimate Team, GM Draft, Online Team Play, and more. Continue on to read the full posting from Ramjagsingh. ...
    by Published on 09-05-2014 09:31 AM
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    EA SPORTS has released a new trailer for FIFA 15 focusing on the improvements coming to goaltenders in the soccer title. In development for the past two years, goalies have been rebuilt from the ground up to "look, move, and think like their real-life counterpart. Goalies will now read and react to deflected or swerving shots that change direction at the last second." There are also numerous new save animations for goalkeepers.

    Continue on to see the video featuring Everton goalie Tim Howard and voiced by FIFA 15 Senior Producer Nick Channon. ...
    by Published on 09-04-2014 10:10 PM
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    Coinciding with the start of the 2014 season, Zynga has launched NFL Showdown. As part of its new Zynga Sports 365 series, the mobile developer aims to increase demand for sports-based mobile games with this title that is based on the NFL's popular Fantasy Football game. The Maitland, Florida based studio includes numerous former EA SPORTS staffers, including some from the Madden NFL and NCAA Football franchises.

    In NFL Showdown, which is free, gamers join a league with 31 other random players. The goal is to win a monthly Super Bowl, or at least to get into the playoffs and advance to a more difficult league with more experienced players.
    Gamers prepare their star players and roster for upcoming games by training them and making sure they are all healthy. There’s a free agent auction, where you can acquire new players before a game starts.

    “The game focuses on the strategy of running a team,” said Jason Shenkman, who also came from EA Sports. “I think the experiences are very, very similar to Fantasy Football. It’s a mobile version of that, but we wanted to have players go in, update it and go on about their day.”

    Other game displays show team standings, NFL logos and player names. The game features a “health kit” you can use to heal injured players, a lightning bolt to give them extra energy and skill points that can be applied to your players’ rating. Having friends online helps in acquiring more energy or health. There’s “money” in the game, too. “Every time you win a game you get money, and money means something, because you have to pay salaries of your players,” Shenkman said.
    (Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel)

    Continue on for the feature set as announced by Zynga as well as some game images. If you give the game a try, let us know what you think in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 09-04-2014 12:21 PM
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    Game Informer has posted an article breaking down the improvements coming to MyGM in NBA 2K15. With career modes taking a backseat in many other sports franchises, NBA 2K hopes that improved and increased depth will reinvigorate the mode.

    Among some of the improvements: players (and media) will remember your promises and failing them could lead to locker room issues, owners will have dynamic goals, every GM has control of the the team roster from the beginning, SimCast, new pro scouting system, new central Coach Gameplan hub, improved scouting system with player storylines, revamped player training and progression, expanded injury system, improved CPU-controlled team logic, and most notably, the mode will distance itself from VC (virtual currency) and instead rely on an XP system.

    Click here to read the entire article from Game Informer. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 12:45 PM
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    The latest trailer for NBA LIVE 15 has been released today featuring the drastic visual improvements from NBA LIVE 14. Everything in this trailer is from the game itself showing that this year, the game is going to look and feel much better than its return last year. The trailer features many of the up and coming and established stars of the NBA, along with highlighting the cover athlete Damian Lillard. Let us know what you think of the video and new screenshot featuring Dwyane Wade below. ...
    by Published on 08-27-2014 08:07 PM
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    The college football season is here and with it come the annual return of The Gaming Tailgate's College Football Challenge and College Football Pick 'Em groups on ESPN.com. The winner of each group at the end of the season will receive their choice of a $20 PSN or XBL card.

    College Football Challenge: This game challenges you to build a roster of college football players consisting of 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WR/TEs, 1 Team PK, and 1 Team D/ST from all Division I college football conferences. Best of all, it's FREE to play.

    College Football Pick 'Em: This game challenges you to select the winner of 10 selected games for 14 weeks during the NCAA football season using a confidence scoring system. You receive the amount of confidence points you assigned to each game, but only if you correctly selected the winning team. Best of all, it's FREE to play.

    Each event is free to play so feel free to invite family, friends, and co-workers to join in as well. Good luck! ...
    by Published on 08-26-2014 11:32 AM
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    The EA SPORTS NHL 15 development team has released a new video showcasing the impressive Living Worlds and game atmosphere coming to the title. While Living Worlds has been slightly disappointing overall for EA SPORTS titles, it appears NHL 15 may change that.

    The video showcases numerous visual presentation and crowd items that may help make NHL 15 the new standard-bearer for crowd atmosphere in a sports title. Items include: incremental wear on the ice, unique and accurate stadium spacing and layouts, 9000 individual crowd models, superfans, and more. Continue on after the break to see the trailer.

    Also, the EA SPORTS NHL 15 demo is available today for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users. Post your impressions and general thoughts on the demo in the thread linked here. ...
    by Published on 08-25-2014 02:47 PM
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    2K Sports has revealed their first major sizzle video for NBA 2K15, entitled "Yakkem." The trailer features our first look at the studio show featuring Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal while the action is set to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Suck My Kiss". The clips in the video are fast-paced close-ups of faces, uniforms, mascots, jerseys, dance squads, and more - lending itself to needing an intense screenshot breakdown.

    Here is 2K Sports' trailer synopsis: NBA 2K15 hits the court with unprecedented life-like graphics, ultra-realistic NBA gameplay, and more. With over 5,000 new animations, NBA 2K15 will provide the most authentic and real gameplay a basketball simulation title has ever delivered. Adding to the authenticity is the addition of Ernie Johnson and 4x NBA World Champion Shaquille O’neal who are featured in this trailer.

    Continue on to see the trailer and what "yakkem" means. ...
    by Published on 08-25-2014 08:32 AM
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    Following yesterday's cover reveal tease on EA SPORTS NBA LIVE's social media channels, Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard has announced via Instagram and Twitter that he will be the NBA LIVE 15 cover athlete.

    We will update this article with any press releases, media, etc. from EA SPORTS and other media outlets as available. ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 05:23 PM
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    In conjunction with Tuesday's launch of Madden NFL 15 and our friends at EA SPORTS and Microsoft, we are proud to be able to give away a Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Console Bundle.

    The bundle includes:

    • Download code for “Madden NFL 15” on Xbox One
    • Standard Xbox One console
    • Standard Xbox One wireless controller
    • Standard Xbox One chat headset
    • Special edition “Madden NFL 15” packaging
    • Token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs


    Continue on to enter. ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 06:38 AM
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    The media embargo for Madden NFL 15 has been lifted and The Gaming Tailgate will be posting new media all through launch. Do you have a team or player you would like to see video or screenshots of? If so, post your request below or in this thread. Madden NFL 15 videos and media from around the web can be found here.

    Our media release begins with videos showcasing some of the new game mechanics being played for the first time in Skills Trainer and more videos and screens will be added leading up to launch.

    Also, check The Gaming Tailgate Thursday evening for word on a MAJOR Microsoft and Madden NFL 15-related giveaway. ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 06:19 PM
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    After weeks of community speculation, this afternoon EA SPORTS NHL Producer Sean Ramjagsingh released the full feature set for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, confirming doubts that the popular EA SPORTS Hockey League and GM Connected modes will not be available in NHL 15. It is worth nothing that Online Team Play will be added to NHL 15 in a future content update.

    While losing features from last-gen to current-gen is always discouraging, this news stings even more given that the NHL development team did not put out a PS4/XB1 version last year at console launch as they worked towards "developing a best-in-class hockey experience for new platforms in the future."

    If you were planning on purchasing NHL 15, does this dampen your enthusiasm and prevent you from purchasing the title? Or will the other available modes keep you on-board? Continue on share your thoughts with the community and see the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-18-2014 11:29 AM
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    A point of concern since the EA Access service was announced, the actual amount of pre-release gametime with Madden NFL 15 will be "six gameplay hours." This comes via the EA Access Twitter account in response to a question from an assumed customer of the service.

    EA Access costs $4.99 a month (or $30 a year) and allows users to play older EA titles for free while also giving them five days of early access to new EA titles. While a limited playtime makes sense for games with a storyline (Dragon's Age, Battlefield, etc.), many sports gamers have expressed disgust at going from unlimited three day playing time with EA SPORTS Season Ticket to now six hours over five days. (Season Ticket returns to PS3/360 this year.)

    EA Access is only available on Microsoft's Xbox One as Sony (PlayStation 4) allegedly declined carrying the program, citing it a poor value for consumers. With full details now available, do you agree with Sony's decision? Continue on to share your opinion and to see some initial reactions to this time limit via Twitter. ...
    by Published on 08-17-2014 06:23 PM
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    Yesterday's WWE 2K15 roster reveal announced 59 wrestlers coming to the game with more to be announced at a later date. The most surprising being CM Punk given that he is no longer with the company. However, earlier in the week it was disclosed that he will be featured within the new "2K Showcase" mode for his two-year rivalry with John Cena.

    Two of the wrestlers will be Sting and Sting (Retro), available for pre-ordering the game. Continue on to watch the IGN Live WWE 2K15 Roster Reveal and to see the list of announced wrestlers. ...
    by Published on 08-16-2014 12:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS NHL has posted the first video highlighting the new pre-game intro and Dynamic Low, Medium, and High gameplay cameras from NHL 15.

    The pre-game features NBC commentators Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk setting up the game. While this format of real-life commentators in front of a green screen is impressive, early community feedback has led to many wondering how varied and unique commentary will be throughout the NHL season and playoffs. Continue on to see the video which features St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Anaheim, Minnesota, Colorado, Boston, and Washington. ...
    by Published on 08-15-2014 09:38 PM
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    With the upcoming release of Madden NFL 15, EA SPORTS has released their 'Madden Season' trailer. Featuring Kevin Hart and Dave Franco, the trailer has been called "bizarre," "best worst trailer," and "weird," among other terms. Regardless, it is memorable and catchy. Continue on to see the two teaser videos and the full length trailer. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2014 08:29 PM
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    After seemingly being defunct with the launch of the current-gen consoles (PS4 & XB1) and EA Access (XB1 only), the EA SPORTS Season Ticket program is returning for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users.

    Featuring the same guidelines as the past, Season Ticket will provide users access to Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15 three days early, 20% discount on additional DLC, and 24 weeks of Ultimate Team Packs. Season Ticket costs $19.99 annually.

    On current-gen consoles, EA Access will provide Xbox One users access to EA SPORTS title five days early (any time limitations currently unknown), meaning that PlayStation 4 users are the only ones with no early access to Madden NFL 15 and other EA titles.

    Continue on to see the full details on EA SPORTS Season Ticket. ...
    by Published on 08-11-2014 08:05 PM
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    After a week of rumors on a possible release date for a Madden NFL 15 demo and then if one will even be available, it was confirmed today on Twitter by Community Manager Andrew Johnson that there will not be a demo for the game.

    With EA Access now available for all Xbox One users, those who wish to play Madden NFL 15 (PS4 & XB1) will need to sign up for the subscription service. EA Access will allow users to play the game five days early, however there has no word on if there will be any limits to the amount of time played in that period.

    Will the lack of a demo hurt your interest in the title? If on Xbox One, does this news make you more likely to subscribe to EA Access? Share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 08-10-2014 10:00 AM
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    With less than two months to release, NBA Live 15 has yet to officially reveal game information (or even a cover athlete) through official channels. However, this past week featured Executive Producer Sean O'Brien disclosing some game info via interviews with EGM and Game Informer. Game Informer also published an article with '20 Things We Know About NBA Live 15.'

    As noted in the Amazon synopsis for the game, NBA Live 15 is "doubling down on visuals and ... gameplay improvements."

    In terms of features the game will feature some logic and simulation changes to Dynasty and Rising Star modes, but will not include EASBL as the team works to improve the core experience before investing in online team play. Ultimate Team will add an Auction House, which should aid in user-to-user interactivity with the mode. Continue on to see the Game Informer article of 20 Things We Know About NBA Live 15 as well as links to the O'Brien interviews. ...
    by Published on 08-09-2014 07:51 PM
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    With less than two months until release, information had been low key for both basketball titles until this past week. NBA 2K15 began their info push with the first look at the game with a quick video of cover athlete Kevin Durant in action and info on some game features.

    In their weekly livestream, NBA 2K revealed that the popular Crew mode would be returning to last-gen consoles (PS3 & 360) and teased that some elements (and perhaps then-some) would be in the current-gen systems (PS4 & XB1) - to be revealed at a later date.

    First reported by Good Game Bro, it was confirmed today that former EA SPORTS GameChanger and NBA Live developer Scott O'Gallagher is now a member of the NBA 2K dev team. Confirmation came via updates to O'Gallagher's social media profiles and also in a quick Instagram video showcasing NBA 2K devs as they work in crunch time. The clip featuring O'Gallagher has him alongside former NBA Live developer Mike Wang, perhaps in a jab (unintentional or otherwise) towards EA SPORTS.

    Continue on to see the Durant trailer and also to learn about MyLEAGUE (current-gen only), an offline-only, option filled mode, similar to Association Mode. ...

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