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Thursday, August 21, 2014

HBStudios has revealed some patch details for The Golf Club on Xbox One and PC. They are also continuing to work on the servers that have been getting pounded on since launch. In fact, they sent this tweet, letting users know they made some tweaks to solve multiplayer issues.

While the PC patch should be available today, the Xbox One patch has been sent to certification.

Below are some of the details on what the patch will fix:

Xbox One

Some Achievements Not Unlocking:
We are investigating this issue and should have it resolved with the first patch, or before.

Can't Save Courses in the Greg Norman Course Desgner on the Xbox One:
We are still investigating this and believe it to be a server issue. Hard reset has been know to work for some users.

Terrain Sculpting Block Column:
This is likely a local issue and will be fixed in the first patch.

Missing Courses on the Xbox One:
This seems to be related to a memory leak. A hard reset should get all the courses back
We will have a permanent fix in the first patch

V-Sync Resets Every Time The Game is Closed:
It actually doesn't, the graphic for the button is bugged to look like it does. This will be fixed in the first patch.

Audio Popping:
This will be fixed with the first patch.

PC

Stats Not Completely Cleared:
This will be fixed on the server side in the coming days.

Average Score of E on the HUD:
We are investigating this now.

Overheating Graphics Cards:
We recommend turning down the graphics settings as we work to optimize the game further in the coming weeks.

Putting Info Blocked By Player:
We are working on this and it will be fixed in a patch in the coming weeks.

General Crashes and Freezes:
These are being investigated on an individual basis with the use of output logs.

Read up on some of the other items being looked into here.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
02:33 PM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Microsoft has resolved the Madden NFL 15 early access issue for EA Access subscribers. For some odd reason, users were able to download it, but couldn't actually play the game.

Exclusive to Xbox One users, EA Access subscribers get six hours of gameplay. So make sure you close out of the app when it's not in use. The timer starts when you start the game and pauses when you exit and close the app.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
02:24 PM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Steam has revealed the system requirements for the PC version of NBA 2K15. It will cost you $59.99.

For those of you that aren't aware, the PC version will feature everything the PS4 and Xbox One version has.


Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 36 - View All
01:37 PM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Codemasters has just released a new F1 2014 video featuring a hot lap around the Austrian Red Bull Ring.

F1 2014 ships on October 17th for the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3.

Read the full press release below.

SEE AUSTRIA’S SPIELBERG CIRCUIT DEBUT IN CODEMASTERS’ FORMULA 1™ VIDEO GAME SERIES IN NEW F1™ 2014 HOT LAP VIDEO

DANIEL RICCIARDO’S RED BULL SETS THE PACE IN NEW VIDEO

Today Codemasters® released a new hot lap video for F1 2014. The hot lap is set by Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull RB10 and marks the return of Austria’s Spielberg circuit to the FORMULA ONETM calendar, which brings a classic track with dramatic changes in elevation back to top level motorsport after over a decade’s absence.

It is the first time the track has featured in an official FORMULA 1 video game from Codemasters and is one of four circuits which offer new gameplay experiences in F1 2014, including the new Sochi Circuit in Russia, the return of the Hockenheimring to the calendar which last held a race in 2012 and the BAHRAIN GRAND PRIXTM which was run as a night race for the first time in 2014.

This year, Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes won at the stunning nine-turn circuit which was based upon the old A1 ring and last hosted a FORMULA ONE race in 2003. It records some of the quickest lap times on the calendar and the undulating track features a testing combination of fast and slow corners which make for thrilling racing.

F1 2014 will arrive on October 17th for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Codemasters will then introduce a new FORMULA 1 title in 2015 the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

Game: F1 2014Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
10:55 AM - August 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Up until last year, playing defense was about as fun as watching grass grow in Madden. Perhaps I am overstating things a bit, but the simple truth is that Madden was only really fun on one side of the ball. Defense was a burden you bore to get to the next offensive possession.

Not so this year.

Defense this year actually has compelling components to it and, dare I say it, it's actually kind of fun. Playing as a defensive end and trying to get around an elite OT is a challenge I've long waited for in Madden. The big thing defense is missing is a set of dedicated DB/WR interactions you can utilize while playing as a member of your favorite team's secondary.

I did notice that rushing the passer was a little too easy on default settings, so I did have to employ some slider tweaks. The good news is sliders are effective at curing many of the little problems you will run into in this game, so many will get a game they really love with time.

Here are three ways I've found defense to be much improved:
  1. Tackling isn't a simple button mash anymore. There is a moment in every approach of the ballcarrier that you have to decide if you want to risk missing out to deliver a bit hit or not. I've missed tackles due to this, so there's a real risk/reward you have to employ while trying to tackle the ballcarrier.
  2. The DL mechanics are simple, but they work. Rushing around the end with an elite pass rusher and trying to beat an elite OT is a wondrous experience. It adds intrigue to each play for sure, although I do hope in the future the player-to-player interactions become more dynamic to show this battle unfold each play.
  3. Playing as a LB or DB is more fun, not all the way where it should be. If you prefer to play as a LB or DB, it's certainly more fun than it has been to play in Madden, especially with the new over the shoulder camera angle. Shedding blocks makes playing as a LB'er much more of a timing based thing, almost like a mini-game in and of itself, but you'll feel weird in pass coverage almost guaranteed. The controls certainly work, although you do get the feeling there is another layer you aren't getting to fully explore at this level. Compared to last year, we've definitely taken a noticeable step forward though.
I will have more thoughts on defense and the mechanics you employ in my review of Madden NFL 15 coming up soon here on OS. Until then, enjoy my random stream of thoughts about the game I will be posting throughout the day on my Twitter feed.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
10:23 AM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Early access to Madden NFL 15 has arrived for EA Access subscribers.

Exclusive to Xbox One users, EA Access subscribers get six hours of gameplay. So make sure you close out of the app when it's not in use. The timer starts when you start the game and pauses when you exit and close the app.

UPDATE: EA Access subscribers can download it, but can't actually play it. We will update when they get it working...

UPDATE #2: Just received this Twitter response from EA Access.

UPDATE #3: Everything works now, post your impressions in the new post.

Quote:
Hey Steve, we're aware of an issue with the trial. Microsoft is working on a fix. We'll make sure everyone gets their full time.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
08:02 AM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

While most of the news on FIFA 15 has been about the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, EA Sports hasn't forgotten about the many fans still on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out the features and game modes for the old-gen consoles below.

Gameplay: Player Control
  • Agility and Control: Our most responsive FIFA yet. Players react and move with closer control and balance when on the ball.
  • Man-to-Man Battles: Tackles are now more rewarding and physical. Possession Tackles allow you to keep the ball after winning a challenge. You’ll feel the battle with new shoulder barges, push/pull animations and crunching big fall physics.
  • Correct Contacts: Ball movement in FIFA changes the game. Now every dribble, touch, pass, shot and deflection will see accurate movement according to what the ball last touched. You’ll see accurate spin, curl and varied ball trajectories.
  • Set Piece Control: Take control of players receiving the ball during throw-ins, corners and free kicks, and place them in better positions.
Unrivalled Intelligence
  • Team Management: An all new Team Management system gives you greater control and personalisation of different squads.
    • Team Sheets: Available in Career Mode on Xbox 360 and PS3, you can customise up to six different Team Sheets per club and easily alter your strategy for the next match.
    • Instructions: Up to five attacking and defending player instructions can be applied to each of the ten outfield players. These instructions let you manage the attacking runs and defensive positions players take on the pitch and gives you deeper customisation options for how your team sets up.
    • Formations: Preset formations for any of your custom squads and pick the best to take on your next opponent.
    • Roles: Easily set roles like captain, set-piece and penalty takers for each of your squads.
    • Tactics: Set a default Team Tactic to each of your Team Sheets in Career Mode so your game plan is locked before hitting the pitch.
  • Team Tactics - Adjust your team’s strategy on the fly. All new tactics “Park the Bus” and “All Out Attack” are just some of the tactics fans can utilize in matches in FIFA 15. Change your team’s mentality and have them adapt to any situation.
Incredible Visuals
  • Authentic Player Visuals: The FIFA 15 development team has brought the Next Generation footballer to Xbox 360 and PS3. New character models and body rigging mean players appear more lifelike, powerful and athletic, while their kits will become dirty with mud and grass.
Unmatched Authenticity
  • Barclays Premier League: All 20 stadiums, an extra 200 new 3D player faces, Goal Line Technology and a stunning broadcast feel
  • Turkish Süper Lig: Our most requested league returns to FIFA with all 18 teams featured
Game Modes

Full list of modes available for FIFA 15 on Xbox 360 and PS3:
  • FIFA Ultimate Team - Loan Players, Concept Squads, Friendly Seasons and Legends (Xbox One and Xbox 360 only).
  • Career Mode - managing your squad and finding players even more authentic.
  • EA SPORTS Football Club - share news and interact with your friends, and shop for unlockable items using the new EA SPORTS FC contextual widget.
  • Tournament Mode - returns to FIFA 15 with all new tournaments.
  • Online Seasons - compete online in a season format. Now with the Guest Play option to compete with friends on your team.
  • Online Friendlies - compete online against your friends.
  • Co-Op Seasons - compete online with a friend in 2v2 matches.
  • Skill Games - new Skill Games added to the popular practice mode including four new games that cover the basics – dribbling, shooting, passing, defending.
  • Kick Off - jump straight in to play head-to-head offline against a friend or the AI.
  • Learn-to-Play (FIFA Basics)
  • Practice Arena - practice 1v1 situations against the keeper.

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Game: FIFA 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
07:23 AM - August 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Quite a few Madden NFL 15 reviews have hit the web this morning and we have rounded them up for you. If you find any others, post them and we will update the list.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
02:00 AM - August 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


I have spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of days playing the retail release of Madden NFL 15, which is set to release in a limited format to EA Access customers later today. To put it simply, this is probably the best Madden ever from a technical perspective and may be some of the most fun I’ve had with the franchise in years.

Here are my pros and cons after about ten full games:

Pros

Defense is fun again — There are multiple mini games you can now effectively partake in on each play on defense. Beating the OL is a timing mini-game of sorts which requires you to jump the snap and then make an effectively timed and directionally smart move to get to the QB. You can tell when you are facing an elite OT, because he will feel like a brick wall on many/most plays.
• Quarterbacks feel different — I don’t have enough info to safely say the pass accuracy is fixed, but playing Peyton Manning feels like you are playing a more elite level QB versus, say a Matt Cassel. Defensively, I found that it was even more of a rush to get to the QB when he was better, because you knew he was going to make decisions faster.
• Good news, the tackle cone doesn’t suck — From my initial play-sessions with Madden, it appears the tackle cone is not a major in your face type of addition many feared. The new tackling system adds a risk/reward setup to what used to be a very boring aspect of the game.
• Defenders are smarter — Zone defenders are much smarter this year, with players reacting to the ball much faster resulting in much narrower throwing lanes. This is going to make a lot of people used to soft zones very angry initially.
• The New Connected Franchise Options Are Great — Setting up a weekly gameplan or repairing your team’s busted up confidence is such a great series of decisions to have to make each week. Alex Smith had a horrible game against the Broncos and his confidence sank, so I had to spend valuable preparation points to raise his confidence back up. These are the things you don’t see in the NFL, but things coaches have to do to ensure players are at the top of their game.
• Community Playcalling is surprisingly good — The playcalling feature which I thought was nothing more than a gimmick actually seems to be pretty good at both conveying information that you would find relevant in both how users and how you use it. It makes the whole experience feel more connected.
• Thank goodness for the new cameras — Seriously, the new cameras and how they've been implemented (fast switching) is something which should be universal in sports games. It's that good -- it doesn't hurt the camera angles themselves are quite good, including the new over the shoulder defensive angle you can switch to on defense. Major kudos EA.
• The graphics, audio, and in-game broadcast presentation have arrived — It has long been a dream to have Madden look and feel like the rest of the major sports games in our genre, it always lagged behind. This year, at least to me, I feel like the presentation and graphics are both up there with anything you can find on store shelves today. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely gotten to a point where it’s clearly quite good.

Cons

• The playcalling menus really need to quit defaulting to the community playcall screen — I swear the amount of manpower and hours I’m going to spend backing up one menu layer to get to my preferred playcalling screen is going to make me sad. Bonus points for the playcalling menus not having that weird lag where I literally miss my option a lot.
• QBs may still be too accurate out of the box — I need to run more tests, but I’m pretty sure QBs may be more accurate out of the box than realism would suggest is possible. The good news is, slider combinations are going to fix this largely.
• The game’s first boot takes too long to get to action you care about — We can do without this nonsense.
• The new kick meter is hit or miss — At first, I actually missed a couple of field goals, but now I seem to be automatic again. I need to test this out more.

Initial Thoughts

Thus far, Madden NFL 15 is really shaping up great. I still have a lot to check out within the game before I end up posting my final review. However, my initial thoughts are pretty strongly in favor of this year’s Madden. This is still Madden football, just a better and more true to life version of it. It’s too early whether to say Madden belongs amongst the discussion with the traditional great games in our genre, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tempting to suggest its possible at this point.

Look for my full review in a day or two here on OS. Madden NFL 15 releases later today (noon) for EA Access users in a limited six-hour demo, and will be out next Tuesday in stores.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 57 - View All
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Early access to Madden NFL 15 arrives tomorrow at noon EST for EA Access subscribers, giving you six hours of gameplay.

The six hour timer starts while the game is running and pauses when you exit.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
05:16 PM - August 20, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest NBA Live 15 screenshot, featuring the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs.

Previously released:

Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
04:16 PM - August 20, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It appears EA Tiburon has laid off some employees from the Madden team, according to Inquisitr.

It wasn't long ago when some of the NCAA developers were impacted by the game being cancelled, while others were brought over to the Madden team.

These types of things typically happen at the end of the cycle. We have reached out to EA Sports for comment. We wish the best to those that were impacted.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 57 - View All
01:25 PM - August 20, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Turn10 Studios continues to reveal Forza Horizon 2 cars, by uncovering 14 more. Check them out below.
  • 1973 Ford Capri RS3100
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
  • 2012 Bowler EXR S
  • 2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (Villa d’Este)
  • 1993 McLaren F1
  • 2010 Audi TT RS Coupé
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
  • 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  • 2004 Honda Civic Type-R
  • 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
  • 2013 KTM X-Bow R
  • 1992 Nissan Silvia CLUB K's
In total, there will be over 200 cars in the game. The list of cars that have been released so far, can be seen here. Forza Horizon 2 launches for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 30th.

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Game: Forza Horizon 2Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
09:25 AM - August 20, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Scott Burress
WWE 2K15 is making it's way to the new generation of consoles this fall and with it there are a number of changes coming to the franchise. I recently got a chance to see a full presentation by gameplay producer Mark Little who highlighted a number of changes. The Visual Concepts team is now essentially the lead developer for the game with assistance from long time developer Yukes. With that, you can feel the 2K influence in the game right away.

Read More - WWE 2K15: Full Hands-On Impressions

Game: WWE 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
09:39 PM - August 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We are going live at 10:30 P.M. EST for a special Press Row Hangout to discuss today's NHL news and what it means for this year's game and talk about the larger implications of what it means for the future of the franchise.

Be sure to tune in by watching the video above!

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All

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