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    by Published on 05-20-2016 12:00 PM
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    2. NASCAR
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    After acquiring the NASCAR license from Eutechnyx, publisher Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) has announced the return of developer Monster Games to develop NASCAR Heat Evolution for PS4 & XB1. The Northfield, Minnesota-based studio previously developed NASCAR Heat and NASCAR Dirt to Daytona in the early 2000s.

    While no game media happened to be released with the news, it was disclosed that the game will include all 23 licensed NASCAR tracks, a new AI and Speed Rating system, Career and Chase modes, as well as the return of Challenges. UPDATE - The first game trailer is expected to coincide with the Coca-Cola 400 in early July.

    Carl Edwards will grace the cover of the game when it releases on September 13, 2016. Continue on to read the first game details straight from DMR. ...
    by Published on 05-18-2016 06:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    It's not just ball-carriers getting improvements in Madden NFL 17 as the defensive AI (vs. run & pass) has been vastly improved along with the addition of gap control. Alignment, assignment, and technique all matter in the new run fits system.

    To help with alignment, the game has added a new defensive auto-flip feature. When ON, this will see the AI automatically flip the defense when the offense flips so that the defense aligns against the strength of the offensive formation. The entire defense, coverage, or front could flip depending on the defensive play call. Each play-type has it's own 'flip rules' to make this determination.

    While individual defensive gap assignments will be shown pre-snap, it doesn't mean that will be the gap assignment the entire play. Players will react to the action and update their gap throughout the play. The Play Recognition Rating is very important as the higher the rating, the faster the defender will break out of the new 'read & react' animation to fill their gap.

    New run-fit techniques help make defenders play their gap authentically. These techniques include: Force, Cutback, Fill, Jet, Crack-Replace and 2-Gap.

    Finally, the detailed blog concludes with information on improvements to blocking, namely zone blocking AI and new animations. Continue on to read the full blog with even deeper details and information from M17 designer and former NFL offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg. ...
    by Published on 05-18-2016 05:30 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Madden NFL 17 continues the recent trend of deepening the available controls and ball-carrier moves to give more user-depth and allow those with great stick skills to pull off more moves.

    Special moves are spread out in M17 based upon playing style and ratings, letting bigger backs perform more effectively at stiff arms and truck moves, while smaller backs are more proficient at spin moves and jukes. The animations will also play out at at different rates/success, meaning some will be very smooth/effective (Elite) and others not as smooth (Lumbering). Should a player be fatigued, they will be less effective at performing special moves regardless of ratings.

    As eluded to in the initial feature overview, ball carrier mechanics include standard moves, speed modifier, precision modifier, and utility moves (with some of those being steerable).

    New mechanics are also included to help provide user feedback. Recommended special-move prompts will tell the user the recommended move/button which they can press or ignore, should they choose. On lower difficulties, special move feedback text will let the user know if the timing in the fakeout window was early, perfect, or late.

    An under-rated addition is the projected path indicator which will show the current path/direction the ball-carrier is headed based on their stick-input. This is beneficial behind the line of scrimmage in making sure the user is hitting the intended hole and also beyond the line in seeing if they are heading wide of an oncoming defender.

    Ball-carrier special moves can be set to auto (CPU will execute moves), assist, or manual (user in control of all moves).

    Continue on to read the entire lengthy blog for further details on ball carrier special moves in Madden NFL 17 and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 05:05 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    With the reveal of Rob Gronkowski as the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete, EA SPORTS has also disclosed some early information on the game's feature set.

    Ball Carrier Controls: Depending on the player's attributes, players have a have tiered system of special moves that can be executed. Bigger backs are more effective at trucking defenders while smaller backs are more effective at jukes and spins. UI Prompts will indicate the moves available at that instance and on lower difficulties the moves will be automatically executed. The new Path Assist will help users see exactly what hole they are heading towards and also their current path downfield.

    New Defensive AI incorporates gap play, force defenders, and improved zone coverages. Defenders are more properly aware and following assignments than ever before, meaning the offense must be able to read defenses in order to be successful against top competition.

    Special Teams have long been considered automatic - if not downright boring - in Madden NFL (and NCAA Football before it), but a new Kick Meter (& kick options), ability to ice the kicker, trick plays, and a block kick mechanic will add a new dynamic to the third phase of the game that has long been missing.

    Lacking any additional details at this time, EA SPORTS is also touting a redesigned and deeper than ever Franchise Mode.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS on the first features overview. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 05:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Announced on SportsCenter, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will be the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete. Gronk and Madden NFL 17 signage were featured throughout the entire broadcast and he also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live later in the evening to promote the game.

    The game is currently available on Amazon and is just $48 for Prime members.

    Continue on to see the first look at Madden NFL 17 which centers on the cover announcement. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2016 01:00 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS UFC
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    The third content update - game update 1.06 - is now available for EA SPORTS UFC 2. The update adds in three new fighters: Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, and Albert Tumenov.

    Also included in the update is a new Live Event Competition game mode. The online mode features 1-on-1 matches based on upcoming UFC events. All fighters will be balanced with the same ratings and move levels. Each user will be able to select five Fighter Perks for a unique style/approach. The users who reach the top tier of the leaderboard will qualify for a tournament to crown the best EA SPORTS UFC 2 player in the world.

    The game update also features several gameplay improvements. Continue on to read the blog entry with full details from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 04-26-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Now available is a new way to play Madden Ultimate Team: MUT Salary Cap. Salary Cap sees users establish a 34-man roster from Player Items in their Item Binder. Each item will have a Cap Value listed on the front of the card and each roster must not exceed 1,000 point in Cap Total.

    While most active MUT users now eight months following release will have a loaded roster to aid in forming their roster, welcome and starter packs will include more Gold Players to help newcomers. Establishing a roster will be as important as on-field strategy. Users must decide if they will have a balanced roster or go star-heavy in spots knowing it will cost them in other areas/depth.

    Continue on to read additional details on MUT Salary Cap straight from producer Jake Stein. ...
    by Published on 04-14-2016 07:02 PM
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    2. NBA Live
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    A new regular season roster update is now available for NBA LIVE 16.

    Steph Curry enters the playoffs with a 97 OVR and as the top player in the game. Rounding out the top five are Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul.

    The update includes over 40 gear updates in addition to ratings and roster movement.

    Continue on to read the official blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 04-13-2016 03:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    Coinciding with the retirement of former cover athlete Kobe Bryant, NBA 2K17 will offer a special Legend Edition honoring the five-time World Champion and 18-time All-Star.

    Retailing for $79.99, the Legend Edition contains a mixture of physical and digital items. The physical items include a limited-edition Kobe poster, a Black Mamba controller skin, and two Panini Kobe trading cards. In-game items include 30,000 Virtual Currency, a MtYEAM pack bundle, MyPLAYER gear, and more to be announced.

    No game information was revealed with this announcement, except that the game will be released in September. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of MLB The Show 16. This update fixes several game freezes and addresses the dreaded 'Challenge failed' issue.

    The development team continues to work on improving the online experience behind the scenes and acknowledges the recent struggles users have been facing. To reward the patience of fans, all users who have played MLB 16 prior to Friday, April 8 will receive 5,000 stubs and 10 standard packs for use in Diamond Dynasty.

    Continue on to read patch notes and a statement from the MLB The Show 16 development team. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    2. NCAA Football 14
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    In an interview with SI Now's Maggie Gray, Big East Commmissioner Val Ackerman stated that she believes the NCAA is currently reconsidering their stance on not allowing student athletes to sign endorsement deals.

    Courtesy SI.com: Under the current rules, student athletes may not be paid for the use of their image or likeness or they would forfeit their amateur status and their collegiate eligibility could be affected. When Gray asked Ackerman why students shouldnít be able to capitalize on the value they bring to their university, Ackerman responded that the NCAA is considering changing that rule.

    ďThatís one thatís actually under consideration I believe by the NCAA,Ē Ackerman said. ďItís actually a time right now where student athlete interests are being closely examined. I donít have an answer for you on that one today but I will say that and a number of other topics are under review, and I think rightly by the NCAA and itís very possible that over the course of the next year or two as these these ideas work their way through the legislative system you could see changes.Ē


    On-going legislation includes the plaintiffs in the O'Bannon case petitioning the Supreme Court to hear their case and also the Kessler antitrust lawsuit versus the NCAA. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 12:00 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS UFC
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    EA SPORTS UFC 2 is currently holding a contest where the best Created Fighters made by the community can earn them some great prizes.

    Created fighters must be submitted by Tuesday, April 12. The first round of voting runs through April 18 and the final five will be voted on until a winner is decided on April 25.

    Continue on to see the full rules and contest info and also a look at some created fighters made by the community, including The Undertaker, Spiderman, and Manny Pacquiao. ...
    by Published on 04-07-2016 08:00 AM
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    2. NBA Live
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    A new roster and data update is now available for NBA LIVE 16.

    Following an off-week (by their lofty standards), Steph Curry drops one point to a 96 overall, but still remains the best player in the game. Rounding out the top players in the game are Kawhi Leonard (95), DeMarcus Cousins (94), Russell Westbrook (93), LeBron James (92), and Chris Paul (92)

    It is unknown what the 'data' aspect of this update included. Continue on to read the official blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 04-06-2016 09:00 PM
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    2. NCAA Football 14
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    According to lawyers for the plaintiffs in the player likeness lawsuit versus the NCAA, Electronic Arts, and the CLC, settlement payments as part of the $60M settlement are beginning to go out this week.

    Pre-tax amounts ranging from less than $100 to nearly $9,300 will go to eligible players per terms of the settlement with the NCAA granting eligibility waivers to any current player receiving money. In all, 24,900 checks will be issued with the average payment around $1,750.

    Among the current collegiate players set to receive payment are Maryland DB Jarrett Ross, Central Florida QB Nick Patti and Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman. Some of the NFL players receiving checks will be Kirk Cousins, A.J. Green, and Clay Matthews.

    For more, visit USA Today. ...
    by Published on 04-01-2016 04:00 PM
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    2. NBA Live
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    The latest NBA Live 16 roster update is now available.

    It's no surprise as Steph Curry continues to be the top-rated player in the game. The likely MVP sits at 97 OVR with 99 Three Point shooting, 98 Dribbling, 91 Steal, and 98 Contested Shot. Rounding out the top five overall are Kawhi Leonard (95), DeMarcus Cousins (94), LeBron James (93), and Russell Westbrook (93).

    The update also includes the relatively recent free agent additions of Greg Smith and Ray McCollum as well as some accessory updates.

    Continue on to read details of the update courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 03-24-2016 08:00 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS UFC
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    Following social media posts from an upset Khabib Nurmagomedov, the post-fight victory celebrations have been addressed in EA SPORTS UFC 2 game update 1.04.

    The Muslim Nurmagomedov posted an instagram video of his video game self performing the Sign of the Cross following a victory. EA SPORTS informed him that the animation would change in the next update, which is the newly available 1.04. ...
    by Published on 03-16-2016 05:00 PM
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    The first content update for EA SPORTS UFC 2 adds three new fighters: Sage Northcutt, Jessica Aguilar, and as a hidden fighter, commentator Joe Rogan.

    Fighting out of the Welterweight division, Northcutt currently has a career record of 7-1. In the Women's Strawweight Division, Aguilar is 19-5. Rogan can be unlocked by entering the Konami game upon starting the game.

    Continue on to read the full blog from EA SPORTS, as well as full instructions on how to unlock Joe Rogan as a playable fighter. ...
    by Published on 03-13-2016 05:30 PM
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    March Madness is upon us and that means it is time for the 2016 TGT Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com. It is free to join the group and the winner of the Tournament Challenge group will receive their choice of either a $20 PSN, XBL, or Nintendo card.

    Feel free to invite friends and family to join the group. The more, the merrier! Click here for a direct link to the Tournament Challenge group.

    In addition to the Men's Tournament Challenge group, there is also a TGT group for the Women's Tournament Challenge. There is no prize for that group, simply pride.

    Continue on to view more info and to join each group. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2016 06:00 PM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on the two new ways to play Diamond Dynasty: Battle Royale and Conquest.


    Battle Royale is a double-elimination online event that users must buy into via tickets earned in-game. The better the user performs, the better the exclusive rewards they can earn. Users will hand-pick their roster through a 25-round draft, similar to that in Madden NFL's Draft Champions mode.

    Conquest is a single-player mode where users will attempt to earn 'fans' to help them conquer North America by capturing and defending territories against all MLB teams. Games in this mode are only three innings with the user's Diamond Dynasty squad (no draft).

    The stream concluded with a look at some player ratings and also the final rounds of the developer tournament. Continue on to watch an archive of the livestream. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2016 11:00 AM
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    2. NBA Live
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    A new roster and data update are now available in NBA LIVE 16.

    The top players in the game are Steph Curry (97 OVR), Kawhi Leonard (95), DeMarcus Cousins (94), and James Harden (93). There is a four way tie for fifth (92 OVR).

    This update adds in mid-season coaching changes for the Knicks (Kurt Rambis), Nets (Tony Brown), and Suns (Earl Watson).

    Full details will be posted here once/if available. ...
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