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    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. ...
    by Published on 07-12-2017 08:57 PM
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    On the July 12, 2017 edition of The Bottom Line with Mike'l Severe, former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller was asked about his lawsuit versus EA SPORTS and the NCAA which proved to the death knell - along with the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit - for the NCAA Football franchise in fall 2013.

    When asked by Severe if he accomplished what he hoped to as part of the lawsuit, Keller responded "...I think we did. I enjoyed it and really got behind the principle of why." He went on to add that "My small part of it kind of brought some things to light and kicked things in motion, but it was a small part of a bigger, bigger battle. I think we shed some light on some things and definitely accomplished what we set out to do, but again it wasn't to be a world-changing thing."

    The questions regarding the lawsuit were very topical given they came during the same week NCAA Football would have typically been released. However, one has to wonder what was truly accomplished given the debate over 'should players be paid; is a free education enough' (as Keller asks in the interview) have not been seriously answered or addressed by the NCAA, conferences, or member institutions. ...
    by Published on 07-08-2017 07:00 PM
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    704Games has announced that NASCAR Heat 2 will retail for $49.99 ($10 less than standard retail titles) and pre-orders will begin on Monday, July 10. NASCAR Heat 2 will be released on September 12, 2017.

    In addition, NASCAR Heat 2 will come with a coupon for $50 off the ticket price at any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway or Texas Motor Speedway.

    These two moves may be 704Games' attempt to help the title stand out and succeed in a crowded fall sports line-up consisting of Madden NFL 18 (8/22), Everybody's Golf (8/29), NBA 2K18 (9/15), FIFA 18 (9/29), Forza 7 (9/29), WWE 2K18 (10/17), and NBA LIVE 18 (TBA).

    Will the lower price point and event voucher entice you to pick up NASCAR Heat 2? ...
    by Published on 07-06-2017 08:00 AM
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    2K has announced that Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will grace the first-ever Canadian cover of the game for NBA 2K18.

    Worth noting is that the image used of DeRozan for the cover is from a December 2015 game versus the Chicago Bulls, but includes a Nike Swoosh logo. Nike takes over from Adidas as the apparel manufacturer for the NBA this upcoming 2017-18 season, however uniforms will not be unveiled for at least a few weeks. Unless Nike keeps a similar template for the Raptors, it appears 2K has photoshopped the logo onto the jersey, modified the side design, and changed the color of his leggings from black to white. Was this done to aid in the aesthetics of the cover, to provide a design different than Adidas' prior to the Nike reveal, or is it perhaps providing the first possible look into the upcoming design for Toronto?

    Continue on to read the full press release from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 07-05-2017 10:00 AM
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    2K Sports has released the first information on the feature set for WWE 2K18.

    Some of the first feature set info includes an enhanced Creation Suite, new experiences for MyPLAYER and MyCAREER, a new mode entitled Road to Glory, a new graphics engine, a new commentary team, and the standard/expected gameplay additions and improvements.

    If the name of the new feature Road to Glory sounds familiar, it should. It was the name of the single player mode found in NCAA Football that saw users locked onto one player as they attempted to set statistical records and win championships.

    More information will be coming each Thursday with the 2KDev Spotlight ...
    by Published on 06-29-2017 05:30 PM
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    Announced via his Twitter account, Kurt Angle will be the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K18. Included will be two playable versions of Angle: the WWE "American Hero" version and the ECW "Wrestling Machine" persona.

    The Angle pre-order trailer will debut July 10 on Monday Night RAW. Additional details for the Deluxe & Collector's Editions are expected later this summer.

    Past pre-order bonus wrestlers for the WWE 2K franchise include Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger/Terminator, Sting, and the Ultimate Warrior.

    Continue on to see Angle's tweets and an article from WWE.com on the WWE 2K18 pre-order bonus reveal. ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 08:00 PM
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    At tonight's NHL Awards, EA SPORTS announced that the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid will be the cover athlete for NHL 18. Along with this announcement, EA SPORTS released the official gameplay trailer and the feature set for the title.

    Some of the features include: new Creative Attack skill moves, new Defensive Skill Stick, new Creative A.I. system, NHL THREES arcade 3-on-3 hockey, EASHL 3-on-3, Expansion Draft within Franchise Mode, HUT Solo Challenges, Hockey Training Camp, and more. Users can sign up for the NHL 18 beta at this link.

    The game will be available September 15 with those who pre-order the Young Stars Edition getting the game on September 12. The Young Stars Edition will include a Connor McDavid Rookie HUT Player item, adidas Custom HUT Jersey, and EASHL celebration, along with one Rookie HUT Player item from the user's favorite NHL team.

    Continue on to see the official gameplay trailer and the press release straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 06-19-2017 12:00 PM
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    2K Sports has announced that Seth Rollins will be the WWE 2K18 cover star. The game will release on October 17, 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with no last-gen version of the game being made this year. Those who pre-order the Deluxe or Collector's Editions of the game will be able to play the title four days early on October 13.

    Just like sister franchise NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18 will feature three different versions for consumers to choose from: Standard Edition ($59.99), Deluxe Edition ($89.99), and Collector's Edition (TBA). The pre-order and each specific edition perks will be 'detailed this summer.'

    Continue on to see the cover reveal trailer and what each version of the game will contain. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2017 06:00 PM
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    Another week of EA Play and E3 is in the books. Throughout the event, new games, DLC, trailers, and more were unveiled.

    Between press conferences for developers such as Bethesda and Ubisoft, and those for Microsoft and Sony, it can be very difficult to keep up with all of the latest news and information.

    Here at TGT, we have put together an archive of the major press conferences along with recaps, media coverage, and clips for sports game media and announcements.

    Continue on to see our EA Play & E3 2017 recap. ...
    by Published on 06-15-2017 07:00 AM
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    NBA Playgrounds continues to increase the roster and game content with yet another update.

    The latest game update adds 35 NBA Players, including a mixture of current and former players. Some of the new players include Steve Nash, Bob Cousy, Isiah Thomas, Justise Winslow, Manute Bol, and Muggsy Bogues. In addition, some current in-game players will now be available on a second team, such as Kevin Durant & James Harden (OKC), Gary Payton & Shawn Kemp (SEA), and Derrick Rose (CHI). Five non-NBA players have been added in form of some popular YouTube personalities including two friends of TGT, QJB and iMAV3RIQ.

    Two new Playgrounds have been added, Chicago and Madrid. In terms of gameplay, new dunk, crossover, and finger roll animations have been added.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes, courtesy of NBA Playgrounds on Steam. ...

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