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    by Published on 02-20-2017 12:00 PM
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    The latest Gamestop "MLB Mondays" feature reveals some of the 'little things' coming to the game; aspects that will aid in the depth, immersion, and presentation for the user.

    Some of the aspects disclosed: 500+ Diamond Dynasty cards will be released during the season ("many" of which will be brand new), carryover saves can be used from the cloud or console this year, and the return of classic stadiums such as the Metrodome, Shea Stadium, & Yankee Stadium.

    More details will be announced and/or covered in greater detail on Thursday's Twitch livestream.

    Continue on to see the Gamestop 'Little Things' video and recap. ...
    by Published on 02-14-2017 11:00 AM
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    Game update 1.10 is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update focuses primarily on addressing gameplay issues, but also includes some stability & CFM fixes.

    Among the most significant improvements:

    - OL/DL interaction tuned to make sure that an elite (or definitively superior) line will be more effective versus their counterparts. [TGT Take: This will help make building a roster in MUT, Draft Champions, & Salary Cap more challenging as now users cannot - for example - compete against a highly rated defensive line with a low rated, patchwork OL.]

    - All game modes now run at the same game speed.

    - Blocking: Improved pass block targeting, fixed 'players freezing' issue coming out of blocking interactions,and free O-lineman will no longer ignore nearby defender who just beat a block.

    The update comes in at just 441.2 MB on PS4, making it a relatively quick download. Continue on to read the patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2017 01:00 AM
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    With eSports growing at a rapid pace, NBA 2K & the National Basketball Association have announced the NBA 2K eLeague, which is scheduled to launch in 2018.

    While long-term plans include an eSports team for every NBA franchise, the initial five-month season will feature teams for approximately only half of the league. Each team will have five professional gamers being paid salaries with the goal of making this endeavor their full-time job. Current plans include an 82-game season and playoffs for the eLeague. There has been a lack of a definitive launch timeframe and association with a specific title (to date).

    What do you think of this formal eLeague? Are you interested? Will you watch or follow along?

    Continue on to read coverage of this announcement from ESPN & USA Today as they have provided the most details thus far. ...
    by Published on 02-01-2017 11:00 AM
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    The official EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Game Simulation predicts that the New England Patriots will rally to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 27-24 in Sunday's match-up.

    In a battle going down to the wire, the sim has Tom Brady connecting on a 4th & 4 touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    Do you think the game will play out like the simulation? How do you see the game playing out?

    Continue on to see the simulation and to read the game recap from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-31-2017 04:00 PM
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    Available this week only (Jan. 31 - Feb. 7) is the Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Edition. For just $20, this digital download provides purchasers with the full game of Madden NFL 17 plus 5 All-Pro Packs for Madden Ultimate Team. This digital download is only available on Xbox Live & PlayStation Network.

    Continue on to see the official press release on the Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Edition courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2017 04:00 PM
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    Game update 1.06 is now available for NHL 17.

    Available just one week after game update 1.05 & tuner update 1.02, this patch fixes some smaller issues/bugs. These include, but are not limited to game crashes, HUT Competitive Seasons bugs, & more.

    Continue on to read the patch notes published by EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2017 10:30 AM
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    Game update 1.09 is now available for Madden NFL 17. While light on gameplay improvements, it does address an exploit that allowed users to have a high rate of success blocking field goals.

    The primary area of focus for this patch is Madden Ultimate Team and more specifically, MUT Seasons. Season progress, playoff presentation, night games, and also a bug fix in this game update all help to improve this mode within MUT.

    Continue on to read the patch notes straight from EA SPORTS.

    Also, this weekend (Thu-Sat) is Madden Bowl from Orlando, site of the Pro Bowl. The competition will be streamed on YouTube. ...
    by Published on 01-25-2017 11:00 AM
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    In their latest development blog posted on the PlayStation website, MLB The Show 17 has released more information on Retro Mode, regional cover athletes, pre-order bonuses, & the 2017 developer blog and Twitch livestream schedule.

    - A nod to baseball games of past, Retro Mode allows user to play with simplified controls and old school presentation graphics/UI elements. Pitching in the mode consists of using just one button, X, and the direction analog stick will help adjust pitch type and velocity.

    - In Canada, the cover athlete will be Toronto's Aaron Sanchez. In Taiwan, Miami's Wei-Yin Chen will grace the cover.

    - The blog/Twitch schedule reveals a new presentation package and two new commentators joining the booth. While details have been edited out with asterisks, it is believed that the intended text is 'MLB Network Presentation Package' and 'Harold Reynolds & Jon Smoltz Join the Booth.' Presentation details will come via a Twitch stream on March 2.

    Continue on to read the full blog to read the details of the pre-order bonuses and to view the pre-release content schedule. ...
    by Published on 01-19-2017 04:15 PM
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    Content update #3 (title update 1.05) is now available for EA SPORTS NHL 17.

    The biggest inclusion is the addition of a new feature, Competitive Seasons, within Hockey Ultimate Team. This mode will allow users to compete in a monthly season format to earn rewards. The better the player fares each month, the better the reward that can be earned at the season's end.

    Also included within this update are improvements/changes to gameplay, EASHL, and presentation, along with Tuner 1.02.

    Continue on to read details of content update #3 straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-17-2017 05:00 PM
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    Madden NFL Mobile has received a new January update including updating the digital cover athlete to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown after previously highlighting Rob Gronkowski and then Von Miller in previous updates.

    The primary focus of this update includes changes to Defensive Gameplans to help alleviate the severity and harshness of some counters. Other additions within this update include social media sharing, quick selling coin collectibles from the pack opening screen (ala NBA LIVE Mobile), as well as stability fixes.

    Continue on to read the blog from developer Danny Doeberling. ...
    by Published on 01-15-2017 10:00 PM
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    With the Nintendo Switch now publicly detailed and heading towards its March 3 release date, for those in the sports gaming community the focus has shifted towards game options, both short & long-term.

    During the Nintendo Switch Presentation and subsequent release of console and game information, only two sports titles for the console were announced: EA SPORTS FIFA and NBA 2K18. Both are scheduled for a fall 2017 release with 2K18 detailed for a September release.

    During the life-cycle of both the Nintendo Wii and Wii U, 3rd party titles were lacking, specifically in the sports realm. While EA SPORTS began making titles for the Wii, they were often considered lacking features, if not watered down ports of the console version(s).

    While there is some speculation that EA SPORTS FIFA on the Switch will be built off of the PS3/360 versions of the title (speculation EA denies, by the way), NBA 2K18 will reportedly include many of the same features as the PS4/XB1 version: MyPLAYER, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, MyLEAGUE, and MyGM. ...
    by Published on 01-11-2017 04:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Title Update #4 is set for release on PC, with the PS4 & XB1 versions in the near future.

    The update includes fixes/improvements across gameplay, FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, and Visuals/Presentation.

    Continue on to see the update notes. ...
    by Published on 12-20-2016 02:00 PM
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    NBA 2K has announced that the second installment of Park After Dark will take place Friday, December 30 at 11 PM ET featuring the rapper Future.

    Park After Dark consists of MyPark, Slam Dunk Contest, and Three Point Contest in a new, specific venue with a special in-game soundtrack featuring a DJ/host.

    The inaugural Park After Dark on November 26 featured Snoop Dogg as the musical host, however the event was plagued by issues in playing MyPark games. On the PS4 side, it took nearly an hour and a half before users could play the 3-on-3 mode. While being billed as a "live set" from Snoop Dogg, the audio was clearly pre-recorded as Snoop gave shout-outs to players on courts where no games were being played.

    A future Park After Dark (date not disclosed) will feature DJ Premier as the musical host. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2016 12:00 PM
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    In the latest MLB The Show 17 video, Community Manager and Developer Ramone Russell sheds light on the improvements and features coming to the game that were teased in the gameplay reveal trailer from earlier this month.

    Some of the more significant improvements include improved spin of the ball off the bat increasing hit types (such as balls down the foul line), updated face scans, new legends, and four new historical stadiums including the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

    Continue on to see the Playback trailer and the reveal/confirmation on some of what's new in MLB The Show 17. ...
    by Published on 12-13-2016 10:00 AM
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    The newest Madden NFL 17 game update is small in size (just 88.81 MB on PS4), but alleviates issues that arose during the game's most recent eSports event, the Madden NFL 17 Classic.

    This update also prepares Madden Ultimate Team for the upcoming Holiday Freeze event.

    Continue on to read the full list of announced patch improvements. ...
    by Published on 12-09-2016 03:00 PM
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    Yet another game update is now available for NBA 2K17.

    According to patch notes released by 2K Sports, this update adds support for the upcoming NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, performance increases for users in certain MyPark venues, and reduced shooting effectiveness after excessive dribbling.

    Given the large update size, there some speculation within the community that there may be more to this update than officially announced.

    Continue on to see the short list of patch notes from 2K. ...
    by Published on 12-04-2016 08:00 PM
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    Think you know how bowl season will shake out? Prove it and join The Gaming Tailgate's Capital One Bowl Mania group on ESPN.com.

    This game challenges you to select the winners of each of the NCAA college football bowl games with a Confidence scoring system (assign confidence points to your picks). Best of all, the game is FREE to play!

    Get in the action now!


    Group: The Gaming Tailgate

    The winner will receive their choice of a $20 PSN or XBL card. It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends.

    Continue on to see the 2016-17 college football bowl schedule and to discuss the post-season match-ups & action. ...
    by Published on 12-03-2016 04:00 PM
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    Sony San Diego has released the first gameplay reveal trailer for MLB The Show 17 at PSX 2016.

    The opening scene of the video teases improvements to Road to the Show, such as players determining responses to their coach, similarly to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode.

    The trailer showcases cover athlete Ken Griffey Jr. along with numerous team and individual player celebrations, all while set to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat."

    The end of the video reveals "Retro Mode," a new game mode meant to emulate old school baseball games, including one Griffey was also a cover athlete of, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

    Continue on to see the reveal trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 12-02-2016 07:00 PM
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    After being highly desired by the community and a lengthy wait, the Madden Companion App is now available.

    Included among features of the app are Franchise Mode management, access to Madden Messenger, MUT Rewards status and statistics, user-generated content, and developer blogs.

    The app can be located in both the Google Play Store and App Store by searching 'Madden Companion.'

    After checking out the app, let the community know your thoughts and what you would like to see added to it in the future. Continue on to see the official app decription. ...
    by Published on 11-30-2016 10:00 AM
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    A new title update is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update includes numerous improvements across gameplay, presentation, and Madden Ultimate Team.

    A bevy of gameplay improvements/changes come just days before the Madden NFL 17 Classic in Burbank, CA. It will be worth monitoring if the competitive eSports event uses this new build or the previous one that competitors had become accustomed in tourney competition and preparation.

    This update adds Head-to-Head Season to MUT, which will utilize contracts and not tickets. New commentary has been added for various game scenarios as well as additional names and tuning changes.

    Continue on to read the list of changes/improvements included with this update. ...

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