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    by Published on 07-14-2021 09:12 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
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    In a press release announcing the inclusion of The Old Course at St Andrews Links in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, the company also revealed that the game will include the fan favorite three-click swing method as well as brand-new swing mechanics that will be detailed in the coming months before the game's scheduled spring 2022 release.

    Excerpt: Inspired by The Open’s rich history and historic 150th championship, EA SPORTS looks to its own long history of making golf video games since 1990 to inspire their next generation golf experience. In addition to playing the Old Course at St Andrews Links, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR players can also look forward to the return of fan favorite gameplay elements such as the three-click swing method which will make its return alongside analog and brand-new swing mechanics which will be detailed further in the coming months.

    Continue on to read the entire press release. ...
    by Published on 06-29-2021 08:25 AM
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    The latest Madden NFL 22 developer deep dive video and blog focuses on Dynamic Gameday - features designed to help make each game feel unique.

    There are three core components of Dynamic Gameday: Gameday Momentum, Gameday Atmosphere, and Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI.

    Gameday Momentum features a Momentum Meter that its perks, M-Factors. M-Factors can be unlocked or taken away depending on the status of the Momentum Meter. Per the dev blog: "M-Factors are team-wide effects that vary between boosting a team’s performance and providing additional challenges to overcome throughout the course of a game. ... The M-Factors that are available in each game will always vary, based on where the game is played or what the elements are so that each game will feel like a different experience." A feature more prominently found in NCAA Football historically, Home Field Advantage, comes to M22. The home team will receive an extra stadium specific M-Factor but it will be the first disabled if the road team gets the momentum first.

    Gameday Atmosphere focuses on improved atmosphere, broadcast, and presentation. This includes new crowd animations and created super fan characters, remastered real crowd audio recordings, as well as improved sideline and organic on-field player reactions. It also features Gameday Conditions, which are modifications to gameplay that will affect each team equally, either as a benefit or detriment.

    Finally, Next Gen Stats - Star-Driven AI will "drive AI behaviors and tendencies at both a player level and team level."

    Continue on to see the Dynamic Gameday Deep Dive video and blog which also contains notes on core gameplay improvements such as improved player movement, tackling, catching, blocking, and more. ...
    by Published on 06-22-2021 09:30 AM
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    A year ago, a lackluster list of improvements to Madden NFL 21's Franchise Mode led to #FixMaddenFranchise to become one of the top trends on Twitter. In the aftermath of this embarrassment, the Madden NFL development team worked to release post-launch updates to improve the Franchise experience in M21. Heading into Madden NFL 22, the additions and improvements to Franchise Mode have been presented upfront and perhaps as part of the primary focus of the game.

    Some of the big additions include a Coaching Staff (OC, DC, Player Personnel) that can be upgraded through 'Staff Points,' and Talent Trees that provide boosts for each Franchise Staff member. (The Franchise Staff and Talent Tree models appear reminiscent of those similarly found in NCAA Football 14.)

    Planned to arrive in a September update is an improved Scouting system. A deeper look at this system will come on July 19. Other improvements include Weekly Strategy, new Season Engine scenarios, redesigned Franchise Mode hub, tuning and quality of life improvements, among other additions.

    Continue on to see the Franchise Mode trailer, links to Madden developer podcasts, and the Franchise Mode blog. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2021 03:46 PM
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    Madden season has begun as EA SPORTS released the Madden NFL 22 cover athletes, release date(s), and first game feature overview.

    The rumors from early spring proved correct as the M22 MVP Edition will feature Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes as the cover athletes. The Deluxe and MVP Editions will be available on August 17, with the standard version released on August 20. Information on the differences between the pre-order bonuses for the versions can be found here.

    Based on the trailer and early game previews from media, M22 will focus on improved game atmosphere with 'Homefield Advantage' and 'Dynamic Gameday' with the goal of making each game and season unique.

    The first game info also highlighted improvements coming to Franchise Mode, ...
    by Published on 05-30-2021 07:38 AM
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    In this edition of the TGT Podcast, @cdj80 and @JBHuskers take the feature set of Madden NFL 21 and rank them as they think the College Football community would like to see them added into the franchise.

    Follow the link to watch the Video Podcast and share your thoughts on the show along with future topics. ...
    by Published on 05-17-2021 11:32 AM
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    Ahead of this weekend's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, EA SPORTS has disclosed some early game info that relates to the event.

    The title, currently slated for release in early 2022, will allow users to play for the PGA Championship and win the historic Wanamaker Trophy in the Champion's Ceremony. The game will include the 2021 host course Kiawah Island and the 2022 host course at Southern Hills Country Club.

    The game will also include the "Team of 20" PGA Club Professionals on in-game leaderboards and will also feature in-game tutorials and challenges designed in-part by PGA Education and Player Development Departments. The tutorials and challenges will be designed to help users not only in-game, but also with their golf game in real life. ...
    by Published on 05-11-2021 10:53 AM
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    Via Twitter, EA has announced that EA Play Live will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2021. This is a month later than EA Play's normal timeframe of mid-June.

    It is expected that this event will showcase upcoming titles and perhaps some reveals. At this time, EA has not shared an itinerary or schedule of games to be presented.

    What games should fans expect to see at EA Play Live? The following slide from Electronic Art's Q4 FY 2021 results provides a potential starting point. (Note the disclaimer of 'announced' fiscal year 22 titles.) Continue on to read more. ...
    by Published on 04-06-2021 08:21 PM
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    Leading up to this year's Masters Tournament, EA SPORTS has announced they are bringing back their PGA TOUR franchise and that the upcoming title will be the exclusive home for Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Road to the Masters will be the only golf game where fans can compete in golf’s four major championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship.

    While not confirmed by EA SPORTS, Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Fred Ridley stated that the game is scheduled to be released ahead of next year's Masters Tournament, which will take place April 6-10, 2022.

    The game will be built on the Frostbite engine and utilize "first of its kind aerial scanning to collect millions of data points, previously inaccessible in golf games, to recreate the unparalleled beauty of Augusta National authentically in the game."

    Continue on to see the press release for the return of the franchise and the partnership with Augusta National. ...
    by Published on 03-15-2021 06:50 AM
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    March Madness is upon us and that means it is time for the 2021 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. ...
    by Published on 03-03-2021 04:00 AM
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    The final update to Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 21 is set to arrive on Thursday, March 4 and ahead of its arrival, EA has released full patch notes.

    An overview of improvements include: League History, Trade Logic & Player Value Improvements, Draft Pick values, Team Philosophy Value Differences, Player Value Modifiers, and QB-Specific Value Improvements.

    Also included in the notes is a video from Madden EP Seann Graddy reiterating that Franchise Mode will be an area of focus for the title heading forward. In the background is believed to be a look at some changes coming to the mode in Madden NFL 22, namely redesigned goals and focus assigned to the HC, OC, DC, and Player Personnel.

    Continue on to see the M22 Franchise Mode tease as well as the details on M21's final Franchise Mode update. ...
    by Published on 02-22-2021 04:30 AM
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    When EA SPORTS announced that EA SPORTS College Football was in development on February 2, they stated that over 100 schools were on-board at that time. However, today one of the remaining holdouts, Notre Dame, has announced they will not participate in the game until players can be rewarded for name/image/likeness (NIL) usage.

    While the initial news that a traditional power in college football with not be included in the title is discouraging, keep in mind that the game is years away from release and NIL rules/legislation could be established in the meantime. Such a proper agreement for player NIL usage would likely see the Irish return to the title.

    However, we do not expect Notre Dame to be the only school taking this stance and this may lead to more of the holdouts making their stance publicly known sooner than later. ...
    by Published on 02-10-2021 03:30 AM
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    Courtesy the Orlando Sentinel and coming as no surprise, EA SPORTS College Football will be developed at EA Tiburon, the home of Madden NFL and where NCAA Football was also produced. However, before full-fledged production can begin, EA will be looking to flesh out the College Football development team.

    “It’s not like we have a group of people just sitting around doing nothing that are waiting to build College Football,” [EA COO and CFO Blake] Jorgensen said. “We’re going to need to grow a team to do that. We think it’s the right thing to do.”

    EA Tiburon is still on track to move from their current studio in Maitland, Florida to a larger studio in downtown Orlando's Creative Village this October. This new studio space could see the current Tiburon employee count grow from 700 to 1,000 by 2025, spearheaded by new projects such as College Football. As part of the move, EA could receive as much as $9 million in tax incentives, and the deal only required the studio to maintain a workforce of 600. Per an EA Tiburon recruiter, College Football job listings will be available and posted "soon" at careers.ea.com.

    Public social media postings by current and former EA employees have revealed that EA currently has College Football development team members "on each coast," presumably at EA Tiburon (Florida) and either EA Redwood Shores or EA Vancouver, and that some developers were already assigned to the project as far back as summer 2020, if not earlier. EA is also currently 'assessing how spread out the team will be;' determining what other studios may be assisting in development. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 03:00 AM
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    In just one day of being announced publicly, the official EA SPORTS College Football Twitter page has garnered just over 162,000 followers, showing the demand and hunger fans have for a new college football title.

    Comparing this number to followers for other sports titles puts College Football in the top ten with the possibility of going even higher as actual game information is known along with more fans becoming aware of the title. With the 162K followers in one day, College Football has already surpassed NBA LIVE and is within range of EA SPORTS UFC and Madden Mobile.

    A passion for the title is of no surprise given that, per yesterday's official press release, "the EA SPORTS college football franchise was a consistent top-five sports title in North America during its previous run, generating tens of millions unit sales from 2005-2014." However, this immediate massive following seemed to even catch the official account off-guard as they tweeted a statement later in the day sharing how they are blown away by the fan's passion for the upcoming title.

    Continue on to see the Twitter follower totals for current and former sports gaming video titles. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 12:20 AM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    San Diego Studio has announced the Collector's Editions of MLB The Show 21 featuring Jackie Robinson. This will mean that the title is available via four different product SKUs across PlayStation and Microsoft consoles, leading consumers to do their homework before purchasing.

    Each of the three Collector's Editions (Jackie Robinson Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition) will give players four days early access to the game on April 16. The editions also all come with different combinations of in-game perks, with the Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition including two physical items, a New Era MLB The Show 9FIFTY Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition Cap and a Limited Edition Steel Book.

    For every Collector's Edition sold in the United States, PlayStation will donate $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Pathways program. Continue on to learn about each of the MLB The Show 21's Collector's Editions. ...
    by Published on 02-02-2021 04:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has officially announced that EA SPORTS College Football is in development, marking the studio's return to college football gaming after the NCAA Football franchise's cancellation in 2013.

    ESPN has some of the first information regarding the franchise's eventual return: "[EA Sports vice president and general manager Daryl] Holt said there is not a date on when the game will return or even a date when the return will be announced other than it won't be coming back for this year."

    The company has been working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to attain rights to the FBS schools, traditions, uniforms, and playbooks. As of the article's publishing, over 100 schools are planned for inclusion in the game. Until name, image, and likeness (NIL) licensing is resolved by the NCAA, the game will go ahead without real player rosters. Holt added that the current focus for the title will be on the "FBS Division I schools and the road to the College Football Playoff and college football championship." ...
    by Published on 02-01-2021 02:00 AM
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    Featuring cover athlete Fernando Tatis Jr., MLB The Show 21 will launch on April 20 on PS4, PS5 and - for the first time - Xbox One and Xbox Series X. With the expansion to the Xbox family of consoles also comes cross-platform play.

    Some of the known feature set and improvements include RTTS players being playable in other game modes, Franchise and March to October mode updates, gameplay styles and onboarding for new players, all-new legends, and cross-platform play.


    Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions of the game will retail for $69.99 while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will retail for $59.99.

    Continue on to see the first game and feature info courtesy the product listing at GameStop (GME). ...
    by Published on 01-06-2021 08:44 AM
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    Arriving this month will be the second of three major Franchise Mode updates for all console versions of Madden NFL 21.

    One of the major additions is improved CPU QB draft logic. Now, CPU teams will have improved logic when considering drafting a quarterback in the first round. CPU teams will evaluate their roster and draft picks of the previous two years to prevent them from replacing players too soon.

    New commissioner control features include the ability to undo Free Agent signings (offseason only), the ability to assign autopilot during the draft, Play Cool-Down and Repeat Play Limits, and X-Factor Customization Restrictions. Other areas of focus include Trade Logic Improvement (more details coming in a future blog) and Franchise League History, which will allow users to review Super Bowl and award winners from each year in the franchise.


    The third update will arrive in March. Continue on to see the full details of the upcoming Franchise Mode improvements. ...
    by Published on 01-01-2021 07:09 AM
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    A significant update to 'CFB Revamped' has brought updated UI, scorebug, menus, playcall screen, and loading screens to NCAA Football 14 that match this season's ESPN branding.

    CFB Revamped helps keep NCAA Football 14 as current as possible with "updated jerseys, helmets, pants, fields, gloves, logos," and even teams as it has added Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.

    What is CFB Revamped? CFB Revamped is an update to NCAA Football ...
    by Published on 09-24-2020 10:00 PM
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    Join the 2020 TGT College Pick 'Em group on ESPN.com!

    Group Name: The Gaming Tailgate

    Here's how the game works: Every week throughout the college football season, we select 10 evenly matched games. It's then up to you to do your research (or go with your gut) and select the winners of these games while also ranking them from 1-10 based on your confidence level.

    For example, if you correctly pick the winner of your most confident game, you receive 10 points. On the other hand, winning the game you feel least confident about is only worth one point. Any time you lose a game, no points are awarded - so be careful which ones you declare as your most confident. Good luck on all your picks this fall.


    Get in the action now!

    The winner (who must be in good standing at TGT to claim their prize) will receive a game of their choosing (MSRP $60 or less). It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends. ...
    by Published on 09-03-2020 03:00 AM
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    The Madden NFL 21 development team has laid out details of the first of three planned Franchise Mode updates coming to the game. The dev blog states that the team aims to ensure all of the Franchise Mode updates do not require users to restart their Franchise in order to benefit from the update.

    The first update is tentatively scheduled for release in mid-November and aims to include X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization, Player Card Career Stats UI, Dev Trait Regression Tuning, and a visual Playoff Bracket.

    Continue on to see the full blog entry from EA SPORTS. ...

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