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    by Published on 08-03-2015 02:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has announced the EA Trax soundtrack coming to Madden NFL 16. Users can listen to the soundtrack via the Madden NFL 16 Spotify playlist.

    The soundtrack contains 30 songs, primarily from up-and-coming artists. Continue on to see the full track listing and then share your thoughts with the community.

    What do you think of the soundtrack? Do you even listen to in-game/menu music? ...
    by Published on 08-02-2015 01:00 PM
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    The ratings reveal has begun for Madden NFL 16. Similar to last year, EA SPORTS will be releasing the top players in the rookie class, by position, etc. Kicking off the M16 ratings reveal are the rookies and running backs.

    Continue on to see the top players by category in Madden NFL 16. ...
    by Published on 07-30-2015 08:30 PM
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    NBA 2K16 has provided a first look and info on a new mode entitled 2K Pro-Am.

    In a nearly two-minute trailer, features of this new mode are briefly shown and/or listed: instant match-making, leaderboards, and customizable arenas, courts, and uniforms including uploadable logos. Users can play with friends or 'walk on' and the games will be 'NBA style basketball with time-outs and fouls.'

    Based on this early, limited look, it appears 2K Pro-Am is a customizable version of NBA 2K15's Jordan Rec Center with match-making to help users get into the full-length games quicker.

    Continue on to see the 2K Pro-Am trailer and share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2015 09:00 AM
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    At MUTrewards.com, EA SPORTS has launched a reward system for the dedicated and passionate fans of Madden Ultimate Team.

    Players who sign up for the program will earn rewards based on the volume of packs opened in Madden Ultimate Team. 50 packs earns Pro Level status, 250 packs All-Pro Level, and 1,000 packs for Legendary.

    While the initial article from EA SPORTS was thin on details, via social media MUT developers clarified that packs opened in Madden 15 will count towards reward level status.

    Continue on to read the full release on the new MUT Rewards program. ...
    by Published on 07-23-2015 07:00 AM
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    Via the Xbox Smartglass App, feature set info for NBA 2K16 has been revealed. As marketing for the title has been slow and steady, this leak provides some basic information on all game modes, even revealing some of the major areas of focus.

    The much recently teased 2K Pro-Am sounds like a mode for the top MyPlayers to battle it out in 5-on-5 matches with full NBA rules. (Perhaps a more restrictive Jordan Rec Center.)

    MyTeam will employ a team creator that will allow users to customize team logo, uniform, and even arena. In this basic description it seems as if this mode is similar to that found in MLB The Show's Diamond Dynasty. (Confirmed MyTEAM features were announced in yesterday's 2KCast, including the ...
    by Published on 07-21-2015 06:30 PM
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    During this week's NBA 2KCast, Ronnie Singh and Chris Manning detailed the first information on MyTeam mode in NBA 2K16.

    My Team in 2K16 will feature five card classes: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Amethyst, and Diamond. Classes will be defined by ratings range. The goal was to provide a clear definition for the value of each type of card.

    Cards can also have a 'themes.' For example, a green theme means it is a dynamic rating card and that the player card will match the ratings assigned in ratings updates throughout the season. Should the player be traded, released, etc. their team designation will be updated as well. No theme means it is a static card and the ratings assigned to that card will not change during the year.

    The other theme cards are 'Moment' cards (purple background). Should a player have a big game, a special card may be released shortly thereafter will ratings reflecting. These cards are auctionable. There are other 'theme' cards that will be announced at a later time.

    The Michael Jordan Moment card (available only in MJ Special Edition) ratings will reflect his talents at the start of his career, "Game One MJ" as stated by Singh.

    Also, cards obtained via Locker Code promotions will now be auctionable to help more users possibly acquire these cards. More MyTeam details will be announced in the future. ...
    by Published on 07-20-2015 09:45 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS FIFA
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    Electronic Arts and Real Madrid have signed an exclusive three-year deal making EA SPORTS the official videogame partner of the Spanish club.

    FIFA 16 will feature updated 3D head scans of fourteen of Real Madrid's most popular players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema.


    Continue on to see a video of Real Madrid players getting scanned into the game. ...
    by Published on 07-20-2015 07:00 AM
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    In North America, US forward Alex Morgan and Canadian captain Christine Sinclair will share the cover of FIFA 16 with Lionel Messi in their respective countries. The choice is no surprise given the inclusion of women's national teams coming to the game.

    Continue on to see the press release from EA SPORTS as well as the Canadian cover of the game. ...
    by Published on 07-17-2015 02:00 PM
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    The lengthy lawsuit versus Electronic Arts and the NCAA may finally be drawing towards a close as the July 2 deadline for student-athletes to file a claim has now passed. 16,200 of the potential 93,000 claimants actually did so.

    Student-athletes who filed claims could earn anywhere from $74-$6,700. 'Participation awards' will see named plaintiffs (including O'Bannon, Keller, Hart) receiving a combined total of $200,000. Lawyers will be taking in no more than 33% of the total $60 million EA/NCAA settlement, which equates to approximately $19.8M.

    The next hearing for this case is on July 16 and that is where Judge Wilken may grant approval of the settlement. She must also rule on fees and expenses being sought by the plaintiffs' lawyers, proposed additional payments to the named plaintiffs, and objections that have been raised by three potential claimants.

    Still on the horizon is the Kessler vs. NCAA lawsuit and also worth watching is how the NCAA and/or conferences/schools establish policy on allowing player likeness to be utilized and compensated in the future. These are the remaining key items to seeing a possible return of the NCAA Football franchise.

    UPDATE - On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken orally approved a combined $60 million settlement that ended claims against video game manufacturer Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA. More than 20,000 claims have been made and the deadline for players to seek money has been extended to July 31, according to Berman.

    It's possible the dollar amount for players will increase. Carey said it's “very possible” that Wilken will reduce attorneys' fees from 33 percent of the settlement to 30 percent. If that happens, the pool of money would increase for athletes who make claims.
    Courtesy: CBS Sports ...
    by Published on 07-17-2015 01:45 PM
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    Continuing to detail gameplay improvements coming to the title, the latest NBA Live 16 developer blog focus on freestyle control and movement. The blog breaks down enhancements surrounding dribbling, shooting, passing, and screens. Here are some of the details from the blog:

    - Dribbling: Player size-ups via holding the right stick have been removed. Instead, control is now on a one-to-one basis on the right stick so users can determine the move and speed of the size-up manually. Once the defender is sized-up, R2/RT will help the offensive player make an aggressive move (drive) to the basket.

    - Shooting: This year a new shot meter and shot animations help users fully understand the quality of their shot. Players can shoot the ball at any point in the animation in Live 16, meaning they no longer have to wait for an animation to play out.

    - Passing: As shown in interviews from E3, a new dribble hand-off system allows users to manually select which teammate will come to the ball. Touch passing allows users to dictate that the offensive player will continue the ball moving even before they make the catch.

    - Screens: Users can decide which side the screen will be set and also re-call for a screen without having to wait for the initial roll/pop/screen to play out. During the pick and roll, pressing down on the left stick will switch between a roll or pop. Letting go of the screen button early will tell the screener to slip.

    Continue on to view the entire blog and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 07-15-2015 07:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    YouTuber 'ThatKiddKuda' has posted a video that appears to show a list of schools with licenses through the CLC and 2K Sports. Since the cover reveal featured background images of the cover athletes wearing their college uniforms, community speculation has centered on users being able to play some sort of college basketball game within NBA 2K16.

    The leaked Achievement list includes users being able to "announce where your college ball will be played at," however there is no achievement tied to playing with/as a college team, simply declaring for the NBA Draft - which, as far as we currently know, could be nothing more than a chapter/storyline advance in MyCareer.

    Some of the schools with 2K Sports as video game licensing partner include: Arizona, Arizona State, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin. Noteworthy schools omitted from said licensing agreement include Duke and North Carolina. The search function does not include all Division I basketball programs (not all license through the CLC), currently making it impossible to determine all licensed schools.

    Continue on to see the video from 'ThatKiddKuda.' ...
    by Published on 07-14-2015 05:00 PM
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    Via TrueAchievements.com, the Xbox One Achievement list for NBA 2K16 has been released. The list includes 50 total Achievements worth 1000 Gamerscore. It is expected that the PlayStation Trophy List will be the same.

    While 2K has been mum on game features, this Achievement list appears to reveal some improvements and new features coming to the title.

    Some of the noteworthy aspects include: Summer League being available in MyGM/MyLeague, the ability to relocate teams in MyGM/MyLeague, an achievement for 'MyLeague Online,'and some plot points from the Spike Lee written & directed MyCareer mode including users declaring their choice for college. More details and perhaps a first look are expected around GamesCom in early August.

    Continue on to see the list of Achievements in NBA 2K16 and then share your thoughts on possibly revealed features and their overall difficulty level. ...
    by Published on 07-13-2015 05:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Via XboxAchievements.com, the Xbox One Achievement list for Madden NFL 16 has been released. The list includes 35 total Achievements worth 1000 Gamerscore. Numerous Achievements center around new game mode, Draft Champions.

    It is expected that the PlayStation Trophy List will be the same. After viewing the list, let us know what you think of the overall difficulty level. ...
    by Published on 07-10-2015 01:00 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS NHL
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    Following the reveal of Ignite Engine at E3 2013, fans have been looking and expecting more from the 'Living Worlds' in EA SPORTS titles. The NHL franchise has been a leader in this regard and expands it even more in NHL 16.

    In their latest developer blog, the franchise discusses the addition and inclusion of "signature effects and props that are synonymous with arenas from around the league."

    NHL producer Sean Ramjagsingh has been answering community questions on other arena details via Twitter. Continue on to see arena screens and Twitter answers from Rammer.

    Let us know what team/arena details they perfected or that you hope to see added in the NHL franchise. ...
    by Published on 07-09-2015 03:00 PM
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    A new blog from EA SPORTS breaks down the improvements coming to presentation aspects in Madden NFL 16. Here are some of the highlights:

    New on-the-field cameras and Wirecam help allow the user to get a closer look at the action in a realistic manner.

    3D monoliths can provide a quick look at player or team stats during transitions such as players taking the field, as example.

    Living Worlds continue to improve in the franchise with noticeably improved crowds (female models, head tracking, signs & towels, et al.) and a new Living World Steadicam operator cameraman who will interact with the on-field action, when appropriate.

    The blog also shows an example of Dynamic Feedback with a player's season rushing touchdown total appear on-screen following a score and also goes into detail on audio improvements as well.

    Continue on to see the full Madden NFL 16 presentation blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-09-2015 08:00 AM
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    NBA 2K has announced early details on their game soundtrack for NBA 2K16. This year, DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled and DJ Premier have helped to establish a 50+ song soundtrack for the popular basketball title.

    Per the press release: "NBA 2K16’s soundtrack will be comprised of six in-game playlists, including three lists individually curated by each producer, an international “Around the World” playlist, the 2K Classics Mixtape featuring fan favorites from previous 2K titles, and a master playlist that includes all 50 tracks from this year’s selection."

    In the past, the soundtrack has been curated by artists such as Jay-Z and Pharrell.

    Does a game soundtrack mean much to you? What songs or genres of music are you hoping to hear - or conversely, not hear?

    Continue on to see the full press release from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 07-07-2015 03:00 PM
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    To no one's surprise, the Skills Trainer and Gauntlet modes are returning to Madden NFL 16 - along with some improvements.

    Users who begin Skills Trainer on Rookie or Pro difficulty will receive extra information to help them get up to speed on Madden and the game of football, including real world football concepts and strategy. The mode will go through the new passing, catching, and coverage mechanics, so it could possess positive benefits for returning Madden NFL players as well.

    The Gauntlet returns with new mini-games and challenges. Most noteworthy is that of the millions to play the mode last year, less than 200 actually completed all 40 levels. This speaks to the feature's difficulty with so few 'lives' given to complete the mode.

    Continue on to read the blog and then share your thoughts with the community. Do you find these modes fun and engaging? What would you add to improve them? ...
    by Published on 07-06-2015 08:00 AM
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    2. WWE 2K
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    Ahead of tonight's cover reveal on RAW, 2K Sports has announced that Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin will grace the cover of WWE 2K16.

    "Not only will Austin grace the video game's cover, but he's involved in shaping its creative direction. Through his numerous contributions, inclusion on the largest roster in franchise history and the game's to-be-announced features, WWE 2K16 is certain to put everyone on notice," said Chris Snyder, vice president of marketing at 2K. ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 12:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has released a new blog detailing improvements to lighting and animations coming to NBA Live 16.

    The blog recaps some of the known processes such as face-scanning, but adds that Live 16 has focused on improving player facial animations, lighting, and player texture, tones, and even sweat. The screenshots also provide a look at the LA Clippers new road uniform.

    The company has increased early marketing and social media efforts for the title as compared to the past, regularly sharing new screenshots from the game.

    The next major feature reveal for the title is expected to come in early August, coinciding with GameCom. ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 03:00 PM
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    Ever since the announcement that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR would utilize the Frostbite Engine, the company has discussed the benefit of no loading time between holes and a new video showcases this aspect.

    A new Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR developer blog features a six-minute gameplay video highlighting the lack of loading times and the new Quick Rounds feature which will allow users to finish a full 18-hole round in just minutes.

    The blog also includes information on Golf Channel integration, camera options, and presentation elements. Continue on to see the first look at PGA TOUR gameplay then share your thoughts with the community. ...
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