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    by Published on 08-16-2017 12:35 PM
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    NBA 2K's Mike Wang has written the first gameplay blog of the year for NBA 2K18 detailing on the court improvements coming to the title.

    The most noteworthy item of the blog is the change away from an animation-driven system to a new motion engine that is driven by stick input and player's attributes all done on the fly. One of the more long-standing complaints of the NBA 2K franchise was their reliance on animations, some long and drawn out.

    Other points of interest from the blog: improved pull-up jumper game, new triple threat jabs and fakes, walking size-ups and combos, Receiver Control, improvements to steals and blocks, more varieties and outcomes in hustle plays, and more.

    Continue on to read the lengthy blog from Wang and 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 08-16-2017 10:05 AM
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    NBA 2K18 has released their first major trailer for the game, entitled 'Get Shook.'

    The trailer is set to “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep and showcases a wide variety of players, teams, reaction animations, and cutscenes. ...
    by Published on 08-15-2017 03:00 PM
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    The second developer diary from 704games discusses some of the improvements coming to Career Mode in NASCAR Heat 2.

    New to the title will be Rivalries. Should you drive aggressive enough or upset certain drivers enough, they may become your rival and in turn, drive more aggressively against you in races making competing more difficult.

    Other improvements include Momentum. Check out the trailer for more details straight from the development studio. ...
    by Published on 08-11-2017 04:00 PM
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    Through social media, today 2K Sports announced the inclusion of All-Time Teams coming to NBA 2K18. Each of the 30 NBA teams will be have an All-Time Team comprised of the best players in that franchises history. In addition, 16 new Classic Teams will also be added to the game.

    Finally, 2K also announced that Big Baller Brand shoes will be included in the game and that Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball will be wearing them come release of the game. No images of the in-game shoes were made available. ...
    by Published on 08-10-2017 11:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has shared details on Play Now Live and Franchise Mode improvements coming to Madden NFL 18.

    Play Now Live allows users to jump into the season at any point with rosters and stats accurate to that point. Simple Season allows users to continue the year and decide how in-depth they want to be with team management. Users can also begin their franchise at any point in this season.

    Franchise Mode does not sport any singular major addition or significant area of focus, but rather a bevy of community requested or smaller improvements. Some of these improvements/additions include a customizable draft board, improved franchise commentary, and significant tuning in numerous areas.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-10-2017 09:10 AM
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    In conjunction with the release of the NBA LIVE 18 demo, EA SPORTS has announced that Houston Rockets star James Harden will be the cover athlete for the game. (Harden was previously one of the NBA 2K16 cover athletes.)

    Along with a cover announcement, the company also announced that the game will be available September 15 and that those who pre-order the game from participating retailers can receive 33% off the cost, making it cost approximately $40.

    Does the demo and lower cost make you more likely to try and purchase the title this year? Continue on to see the cover athlete reveal trailer. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2017 11:19 AM
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    EA SPORTS has announced the full soundtrack listing for NBA LIVE 18. The soundtrack will contain 31 songs featuring artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi.

    After curating the soundtrack for NBA LIVE 14, NBA LIVE 15, and NBA LIVE 16, Mick is no longer involved. Continue on to see the blog entry and full track listing from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2017 10:45 AM
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    2K Sports has posted a new video blog detailing the improvements made to the graphics, player models, jerseys, shoes, tattoos, body types, and more coming NBA 2K18.


    Narrated by 2K18 Art Director Joel Friesch, the video showcases the visual improvements coming to the game this fall. The end of the video announces the free NBA 2K18 Prelude returning, coming September 8. No details on Prelude contents were announced at this time. ...
    by Published on 08-04-2017 11:03 PM
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    Ahead of next Friday's release of the NBA LIVE 18 demo, the NBA LIVE Companion App (v2.0) is now available on both iOS and Android. The app will allow users to scan their face for use in NBA LIVE 18's single-player mode, The One.

    The app adds in a skin color slider setting for users, but lacks the ability to add in hairstyles and does not have a viewable 3D version of the final scan as were in the previous app (v1.0 for NBA LIVE 16). As in 16, users can enter player name and select college, hometown, state, and uniform number.

    Download links: iOS - Android ...
    by Published on 08-03-2017 10:00 AM
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    Confirmed by EA SPORTS, NBA LIVE 18 will include the WNBA, joining EA SPORTS FIFA as including female squads.


    GI's Matt Bertz notes that EA SPORTS treated the WNBA with the same level of detail as they do the men, getting face-scans and motion capturing female players, while also aiming for gameplay to match the style of the league. The teams & players will not be included in The One or Dynasty modes, but could not be ruled out for inclusion in Live Ultimate Team, per comments from Producer Mike Mahar. At launch they can only be accessed in Play Now or Online Versus match-ups. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2017 03:00 PM
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    In a series of videos showcasing the seven real-life streetball courts in the game, EA SPORTS has announced the NBA LIVE 18 demo will be available on Friday, August 11. No further information on the demo were made available at this time.

    In a new area of the official product website, more on 'The Streets' aspect of 'The One' mode were disclosed. Users can participate in Live Events (appearing similar to the temporary challenges/events found in LIVE Mobile), LIVE Run (competitive multiplayer games), and Pro-Am Tour (solo story and throwback challenges).

    The seven real-life venues are Rucker Park, the Drew League, Venice Beach, The Crawsover, Dyckman Park, Barry Farms, and Chesashore Playground. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 11:00 AM
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    Coaching Adjustments, a popular feature from the NCAA Football franchise, will be coming to Madden NFL 18. The feature will be very similar, but with some additions and updates since we saw it last.

    One of the bigger additions is another highly requested community request, Cornerback Matchups. Users now have the ability to select from one of five ways for their CBs to be assigned to WRs: By Overall, By Speed, By Height, By Route Running, or By Depth Chart.

    In addition, the CPU will also utilize the Coaching Adjustments feature in specific situations.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS on the new Coaching Adjustments feature. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 10:00 AM
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    Madden NFL Designer and former NFL offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg has authored a new blog on some of the new features and highlights coming to blocking in Madden NFL 18.

    Some of the new features include ID the Mike, Offensive Line Unit Awareness, and a bevy of tuning and improvements to blocking logic.

    ID the Mike is a risk/reward mechanic that allows users to identify the Mike linebacker or who the fifth target of the offensive line should be. Offensive Line Unit Awareness will see your O-Line play above their ratings in recognizing and picking up blitzes, led by the awareness rating of your center.

    Continue on to read full details on the blocking improvements coming to Madden NFL 18 in the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2017 11:05 AM
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    2K Sports has begun to start the reveal of NBA 2K18 game news and info beginning with a very in-depth blog from Senior Producer Erick Boenisch on the additions and improvements coming to MyLEAGUE and MyGM modes.

    Some of the many additions & improvements listed include: a narrative-based, story-driven MyGM mode, a number of details from the 2017 CBA, G-League integration, draft-and-stash, an analytics tool, rebranding in existing arena, All-Star location selection experience, player accessory frequency, and much more. While 2K's depth and options may almost become daunting and overwhelming at times, at least the options are there for hardcore fans to engage in them.

    NBA 2K continues to be the sports leader in franchise mode depth and options and it appears 2K18 continues that trend. As Boenisch states at the conclusion of the blog: "I shouldn’t be at this point, but I am continually surprised at how little support other sports games give their franchise modes. I vowed long ago to never let the NBA 2K franchise regress to that mean." The advantage and lead 2K now seemingly has in franchise/career modes over other sports titles may be large enough to almost become embarrassing. Will any of them try to bridge the gap in upcoming years?

    Continue on to read the blog from Boenisch and 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2017 10:11 AM
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    EA SPORTS has posted a new Madden NFL 18 blog detailing some of the top community requests from M17 and how they addressed them for M18.

    Some of the highlights include: injuries away from the ball (including linemen), 'Ballhawk' now a timing-based skill, elimination of the 'Swerve' technique, improved fumble recoveries, size & weight more important in determining Hit Stick and impact block outcomes, and slower players less likely to catch faster players, among other numerous improvements.

    This blog is one of the best and most-welcome for Madden NFL 18 thus far in the pre-release cycle and ALL sports games should do something similar. Sometimes the biggest improvement(s) to the game for many in the community is just improving and addressing concerns and issues from the previous iteration, so learning about these changes now should only bolster and boost community anticipation for the title.

    Continue on to see the lengthy blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2017 06:15 AM
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    The WWE 2K18 Collector's Edition will be centered around John Cena.

    Some of the extra content will include an exclusive Cena action figure, a ring mat and autographed Cena photo, and two (throwback) playable versions of Cena. In addition, two WWE legends return as part of the Collector's Edition: Batista (better known currently as Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise) and Rob Van Dam.

    Continue on to see the full list of items contained in the Collector's Edition. ...
    by Published on 07-24-2017 11:05 AM
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    2K Sports has released the first screenshots and player ratings for NBA 2K18.

    Three new screenshots showcase Canadian cover athlete DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas, and newly traded Paul George in the new Nike uniforms for the first time.

    Continue on for the screens. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 06:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has posted the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18 and three blogs detailing specific areas of gameplay imrpovement coming to the title: the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and three selectable gameplay style options (arcade, sim, and competitive).

    The new target passing mechanic adds an additional level of control by letting players see exactly where the pass will go and lead/deliver it with precision. The new WR/DB interactions essentially incorporate a new mini-game within gameplay featuring a bevy of new mechanics and options, and the three gameplay style options to let users select what type of experience they aim for when playing a game of Madden NFL 18.

    Click the following links to read the specific gameplay blogs for the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and gameplay style options.

    Continue on to see the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 09:00 AM
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    2K Sports has announced the full soundtrack listing for NBA 2K18 and also created a playlist on Spotify. This year the soundtrack contains 50 songs including ranging from the 90s to tracks from today.

    NBA LIVE 15 cover athlete turned Team 2K athlete Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers contributes two songs to the soundtrack, Wasatch Front and Shot Clock. The latter will be a hidden track that can be unlocked via MyPLAYER mode.

    Click here to listen to the soundtrack on Spotify and continue on to see the full soundtrack listing. ...
    by Published on 07-15-2017 03:00 PM
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    Four years after reporting exiting the EA SPORTS College Football franchise following the aftermath of the player likeness lawsuit settlement, the Ohio State University has been sued by former Buckeye two-time All-American Chris Spielman and other former players over the use of their player likenesses.

    Courtesy The Columbus Dispatch: Spielman also said attaching his name to Honda puts him in a difficult situation given a separate sponsorship deal he has with a local Mazda dealership. Spielman said he is fine with Ohio State using his name and likeness for non-commercial purposes. “You can slap your name and logo on banners all you want,” he said. “But as soon as you slap a corporate logo on there, I have rights, in my opinion, to say yes or no, or to negotiate that.”

    In 2013, Ohio State reportedly followed the lead of conferences such as the SEC, Pac-12, and Big Ten by withdrawing usage of their trademarks for what may have been known as EA SPORTS College Football 15 as they sought to minimize risks in potential future lawsuits over player likenesses. However, at least in the case of Ohio State, it appears they only made the move to save face at the time and did not have the interests of student-athletes at heart as they would engage in their own form of alleged player likeness infringement and face a lawsuit.

    Continue on to read more on Spielman's class-action suit versus Ohio State. ...

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