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    by Published on 02-11-2016 09:30 AM
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    NBA LIVE 16 game update 1.06 is now available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The 2.7 GB update adds 2016 All-Star Game content including the court and uniforms.

    The update also includes an updated facescan for Kristaps Porzingis as well as over 250 new LIVE Season challenges.


    Continue on to see more details from this game update as well as screenshots of the new content. ...
    by Published on 02-11-2016 07:30 AM
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    A new update is now available for NHL 16.

    The update addresses several gameplay bugs including an issue where players would remain in the penalty box for the duration of the game and an issue lining up on certain faceoffs, among other issues. It also adds Winter Classic and 3rd jerseys for numerous teams.

    Continue on to read the update notes courtesy the EA Forums. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2016 07:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream showcased the bevy of gameplay improvements coming to the title.

    The game has added new and player-specific animations for home run sequences, dives, double play turns, batting stances, outfield post-game rituals, and more. Four new swings (Spray, Slap, Asian, & Short Follow Through) bring the total of hitter types to seven.

    It was also highlighted during the livestream that 'switch-pitcher' Pat Venditte will be able to pitch left or right-handed in the game (as he can in real life), but he will be the only player to do so. Also added will be the Jose Bautista bat flip from game five of the ALDS, Edwin Encarnacion's 'chicken wing' home run trot.

    Improvements to in-game logic will include players out of position unable to use the same animations as an average player at that position, as well as improved bunt logic and foot planting.

    The next MLB The Show 16 livestream will be on February 11 and cover the "little things,", including umpire personality traits, sounds of The Show, improvements to Challenge of the Week, and more.

    Continue on to see an archive of the livestream as well as info on some of the gameplay improvements coming to the title. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2016 09:00 AM
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    A new game update is now available for EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. On PS4, the update comes in at approximately 7.5 GB.

    The most notable addition is the inclusion of turn-based stroke play to unranked online head-to-head matchups.

    Continue on to see details of this latest update. ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 11:00 AM
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    Uniforms, rosters, and the court for the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto have been added to NBA 2K16.

    With this being the first NBA ASG to be played outside the United States, the uniforms have numerous nods and tributes to the host city/team, Toronto. The uniforms include the city's skyline, the national symbol of the maple leaf, Raptor claw marks, and design influence from the first ever NBA game in 1946 between the NY Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies.

    The uniforms also include a KIA logo/patch which could be a precursor to the eventual inclusion of ads/sponsorship patches on all uniforms.

    Continue on to see screenshots of the 2016 All-Star Game content via NBA 2K16. ...
    by Published on 02-01-2016 09:00 PM
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    Take-Two Interactive and Visual Concepts, the manufacturers of NBA 2K, have been sued by Solid Oak Sketches, a company that via the original artists has acquired the copyrights to select tattoos on some of the NBA's biggest stars.

    In total, eight tattoos on players including LeBron James & Kobe Bryant are listed in the complaint. Solid Oak Sketches are asking for $819,500 in prior 'unauthorized' inclusions within the game and promotional items, while also offering a perpetual license for a one-time cost of $1,144,000. All of the tattoos were issued a Certificate of Registration by the United States Register of Copyrights in June/July 2015, although the plaintiffs are seeking restitution from before that timeframe. The full complaint is available for viewing at The Hollywood Reporter.

    Concern over a lawsuit of this nature has become one of the reasons the Madden NFL franchise will only include player tattoos that the player has the rights to and/or that the tattoo artist will grant usage rights to EA SPORTS. Sports franchises such as NBA LIVE and EA SPORTS UFC already engage in the practice of excluding or modifying tattoos of licensed properties to avoid a legal issue. Some examples of these include Shaquille O'Neal's 'Man of Steel' and C.M. Punk's 'Cobra Commander' and Pepsi logos. Unless/until a court decision rules that tattoos are a commissioned work of art that are owned by the licensee, could sports titles remove player tattoos in the interim? If so, that would certainly damage the realism in player details that EA SPORTS UFC, NBA 2K, and NBA LIVE have excelled at.

    Continue on for more, including to see the list and in-game screens of offending players and tattoos. ...
    by Published on 02-01-2016 09:15 AM
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    The EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16 Super Bowl 50 prediction forecasts a 24-20 victory for the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos.

    The Madden NFL Super Bowl prediction has correctly predicted nine of the last twelve Super Bowls including the exact score and MVP of last year's game.

    Continue on to view the video prediction from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-28-2016 08:05 AM
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    A new roster update is now available in NBA LIVE 16. The Magic's Nikola Vucevic is the biggest gainer of the week, gaining three points overall. The biggest decrease of the week belongs to Cleveland's Matthew Dellevadova who drops three points overall following a drop in recent production.

    This update includes roster, rating, and apparel changes only. While not confirmed and no indication from the development team, it is expected based on LIVE 14 & 15 release schedule that the next significant game update will come around February 9 alongside All-Star Game content.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS with notes on this update. ...
    by Published on 01-28-2016 08:00 AM
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    The WWE has announced a new multi-year extension with 2K as exclusive developer and publisher of WWE video game properties. 2K is the developer and publisher of both the WWE 2K franchise (consoles) and WWE Supercard (mobile). Financial terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.

    “We are thrilled with the positive momentum of the WWE 2K series, including generating year-over-year growth, as well as the success of WWE SuperCard," said David Ismailer, Chief Operating Officer for 2K.

    2K acquired the rights to the WWE franchise from THQ on January 13, 2013 following THQ's move towards bankruptcy. There had been some speculation that a poor year for WWE 2K16 may have led to the end of the agreement.

    Continue on to read the full press release courtesy WWE. ...
    by Published on 01-27-2016 12:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has posted a video and blog breaking down how UFC Ultimate Team (UUT?) will work in EA SPORTS UFC 2.

    Anticipation and interest in the mode even by those traditionally not big Ultimate Team fans exists due to the individual basis of the sport as compared to the team-based focus in other Ultimate Team modes.

    In UUT, users will create five different fighters as part of their team and they can be across various weight classes.
    Coins (earned in-game) or UFC Points (purchased) can purchase packs to earn packs and items to improve/customize their fighters. Within the mode, users can compete in Daily Objectives as well as Single Player & Online Championships.

    Continue on to see the video and read the blog to learn about UFC Ultimate Team. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2016 12:00 PM
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    A new video blog from MLB The Show 16 details some of the improvements coming to Road to the Show (RTTS).

    This year in RTTS, users can play a series of games without having to go to the main menu which should allow for more games completed in less time. Changes to the training system allow users to utilize specific gameplay perks to help them excel. ShowTime is a new way to slow down the action in critical moments to help give the user more control.

    The perks system has been a source of some debate and concern by the community as some worry that it could be gimmicky and ruin the purity of the mode.

    The next MLB 16 livestream is tentatively scheduled for February 4 at 2 PM PT on Twitch with a deep dive look at Road to the Show improvements and the new ShowTime feature.

    Continue on to see the MLB 16 VLOG as well as the upcoming information release schedule. ...
    by Published on 01-21-2016 05:00 PM
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    A new roster and data update is now available in NBA Live 16.

    Steph Curry remains the top player in the game (95 OVR) while LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are now tied for second-best (93 OVR).

    This update also corrects the issue with the Phoenix Suns' Orange Flex uniform. It now appears correctly in-game.

    Continue on to read the blog entry from EA SPORTS on this update. ...
    by Published on 01-20-2016 11:00 AM
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    The mystery pre-order fighter has been announced for EA SPORTS UFC 2 and as many in the sports gaming community corrected guessed, it is former boxing champion Mike Tyson.

    Users who pre-order the standard edition of the game will have instant access to "Iron" Mike Tyson, modeled and based upon the boxer in the 1980s. Those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will receive both “Iron” Mike as well as “Legacy” Mike Tyson, which is based upon the end of his boxing career. Both versions can also be unlocked by progressing in the game.

    Mike Tyson has quite the video game legacy. He has appeared in the following franchises: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Mike Tyson Boxing, Fight Night Round 4, Mike Tyson: Main Event, WWE '13, and now EA SPORTS UFC 2.

    Continue on to see the press release and video courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-19-2016 10:00 AM
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    One of the in-game commentators in the NCAA Football franchise has now become one of the first - if not the loudest - voices in trying to get the franchise to return.

    Analyst Kirk Herbsteit is not only hoping the series returns, he puts the blame squarely at the feet of Ed O'Bannon, whose class-action lawsuit helped lead to the (temporary?) end of EA SPORTS' NCAA Football franchise. In an interview with SECcountry.com, Herbstreit issued the following comments: “I was probably as devastated or more devastated than anybody in the country. I’ll do anything I can do to help be a part, to lead a cause, bring that game back.” ... "I can’t believe Ed O’Bannon took that game away from us.”

    If Herbstreit is serious about helping to see NCAA Football return - which we believe he is - he should use his connections and weekly in-season meetings with Athletic Directors and athletic departments to push for schools/conferences to actually use their highly clamored for autonomy and establish player likeness rights for student-athletes. Since acquiring the rights to make some of their own rules, the Power Five conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC) and the NCAA have continued to punt on finally addressing this long-term issue. Until that issue (and likely all litigation) is settled, there is no little to no hope for the franchise returning.

    Continue on to read an excerpt of SECcountry.com's interview with Herbstreit. ...
    by Published on 01-18-2016 03:00 PM
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    A new course has been added to EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR as part of game update 1.06. TPC Stadium Course at PGA West can be selected and used in Play Now, Career, Online Head to Head, and Online Tournament modes.

    According to designer Justin Patel (aka HANDSWARD), the course is the only item included as part of this update. ...
    by Published on 01-14-2016 04:00 PM
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    A new roster update is now available for NBA LIVE 16.

    This update moves the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard into the top five players in the game (three-way tie for third overall) as he goes up two points overall to a 92. Meanwhile, the Cavs' LeBron James drops one point to a 91 OVR into a three-way tie for the sixth-best rating overall. The two teams face off tonight in a possible NBA Finals preview.

    Continue on to see the full blog with more information straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-14-2016 03:00 PM
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    North American Owners of EA SPORTS UFC on PS4 & XB1 are eligible to register for the EA SPORTS UFC 2 beta coming to those same consoles January 28 through February 4. To register, click here. (Registration must be completed by January 21.)

    The beta will contain several game modes, including Quick Fight, UFC Ultimate Team, Practice Mode, and Skill Challenges.

    Continue on to read the full details and information straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-12-2016 12:00 PM
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    The first video in the gameplay series for EA SPORTS UFC 2 highlights the new knockout physics engine, submissions, grappling, and defensive mechanics coming to the title.

    EA SPORTS UFC 2 is available March 16. Also worth noting is that announced today, Amazon Prime members can pre-order video game titles (such as UFC 2) for 20% off. (Savings will be reflected at check-out.)

    Continue on to see the new trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 01-11-2016 12:00 PM
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    In their first Facebook post since July 29, 2014 the EA SPORTS NCAA Football Facebook page has posted a very cryptic video of a heartbeat on an EKG machine.

    Could this be a tease of the franchise returning? Was the page hacked? Or on the threshold of the National Championship Game, is this a reminder of the franchise and the many fans who want it to return?

    We will update this story if any additional news or information is acquired.

    UPDATE - Per Owen Good:
    “No news, sorry to get your hopes up.” EA Sports rep to me re: that Facebook heartbeat video. It’s about tonight’s nat’l championship game. ...
    by Published on 01-07-2016 11:00 AM
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    A new roster and data update is now available for NBA LIVE 16.

    The update also removes the facemasks from Derrick Rose and Mike Conley, while returning the Houston Rockets' gray alternate uniforms.

    Continue on to read the details of this latest roster update straight from EA SPORTS. ...

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