Friday, July 3, 2015

IGN's Ryan McCaffrey recently interviewed three men who have helped shape Microsoft's video game legacy: Xbox designer Seamus Blackley, former Xbox 360 frontman Peter Moore, and current Xbox One headman Phil Spencer. While the entire hour-and-a-half discussion is an informative listen, sports fans will particularly want to hear the conversation from 19:08 to 22:45, where Peter Moore explains Microsoft's decision to drop-out of the sports gaming business shortly after signing a deal with Don Mattrick -- then President of Electronic Arts' Worldwide Operations -- to finally get EA's games onto Xbox Live. NCAA Football 2005 was Electronic Arts' first Xbox title to include online play, despite the fact that Microsoft's gaming network had been up and running since November of 2002.

Read More - Peter Moore Discusses Microsoft's 2004 Decision To Stop Making Sports Games (Written by Jayson Young)

Game: XSN SportsReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: XboxVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, July 2, 2015
07:41 PM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA Live 16 Twitter feed continues to provide new screenshots from the game. Today they showcased Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.

Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
05:42 PM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

June Topps 50 (12,000 stubs) Diamond Dynasty packs are available now for MLB 15 The Show. Each pack contains 3 player cards limited to the top 50 performers from the month of June. You are guaranteed 1 Gold or higher with 5 times the chance of receiving a Diamond. These packs will be available through the weekend.

Also of note:
  • No Tax on the Marketplace all weekend
  • 704 Free Stubs given to all users who have connected to MLB 15 The Show online
The list of players you could receive in packs are listed below.

  • 1B Miguel Cabrera 99
  • CF Mike Trout 99
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt 97
  • SP Max Scherzer 97
  • RF Giancarlo Stanton 94
  • LF Bryce Harper 94
  • SP Chris Sale 93
  • C Buster Posey 93
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki 93
  • 2B Dustin Pedroia 92
  • 3B Manny Machado 92
  • SP Madison Bumgarner 92
  • SP Zack Greinke 92
  • SP Chris Archer 91
  • 3B Todd Frazier 91
  • CP Kenley Jansen 90
  • 1B Albert Pujols 89
  • 3B Nolan Arenado 89
  • SS Jose Reyes 88
  • LF Yoenis Cespedes 88
  • CP Trevor Rosenthal 88
  • 1B Freddie Freeman 87
  • SP Jacob DeGrom 87
  • C Matt Wieters 86
  • 2B Brian Dozier 86
  • CF Brett Gardner 86
  • LF Starling Marte 86
  • C Brian McCann 84
  • CP Zach Britton 84
  • RF George Springer 83
  • RF Jason Heyward 82
  • CP Mark Melancon 82
  • RF JD Martinez 81
  • RP Darren O'Day 81
  • 2B Brandon Phillips 81
  • 2B Joe Panik 81
  • 3B Maikel Franco 81
  • CF Charlie Blackmon 81
  • LF Curtis Granderson 81
  • RP Chasen Shreve 80
  • SP Jaime Garcia 80
  • SP Yovani Gallardo 78
  • SP Marco Estrada 78
  • CF Cameron Maybin 78
  • SS Carlos Correa 77
  • SS Xander Bogaerts 77
  • SP Taijuan Walker 77
  • C Welington Castillo 75
  • RP Ken Giles 75
  • RP Will Smith 74
SOURCE - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 25 - View All

The MLB 15 The Show servers will be down on July 7 and July 9 from 5:00 - 11:00 AM PT. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.

We will be performing server maintenance on July 7 and July 9, both from 5-11am PT. We hope the entire maintenance period will not be needed, but you will not be able to connect online on these days, during those times. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 25 - View All
11:20 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA Live 16 team posted a new blog today detailing the improved lighting and visuals in the game. As seen in the screenshots, the improvements are very noticeable. Not only are player faces scanned, they have also scanned jerseys, shoes, socks, environments and much more.

While it's great to see more player faces in the game, the team has also added many facial expressions. Whether the player is happy, upset, excited or maybe showing off the occasional mean mug, it will be on display without the zombie look in their eyes.

The lighting system has been completely overhauled, thanks to color corrections made across the board on nearly every asset in the game. They have also improved the jersey colors, skin tones and sweat effects. More details on the improved lighting and visuals are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks.

SOURCE - EA Sports

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Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
10:28 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Donny Moore, aka the ‘Madden Ratings Czar’, is leaving Electronic Arts as he will be “pursuing other interests.”

In an official statement on Twitter, Moore said, “After much thought & consideration, I have chosen to step away from @EASports & announce my retirement as the Madden Ratings Czar as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to rate players for some of the greatest fans in video games today. After 16 years, it is finally time to hang up the czar's mouse pad! #Czartirement"

For Moore, this ends a long tenure as the guy running the ratings and updates for Madden. Moore’s tenure spanned 16 years at EA Tiburon, which means he was easily one of the most tenured at that studio. There is no word yet on who will be replacing Moore, but we do expect an announcement soon.

The ratings position occupied by Moore has been a staple of Madden’s internet presence for years. Moore’s ratings oftentimes drew criticism, but the weekly ratings updates were always hugely anticipated by fans, despite what ire they may have drawn.

The ratings this year will likely still come in the same pacing as previous years, and it will be interesting to see if any differences in how much players move up and down the scale happens without Moore at the helm. We’ll certainly be watching it going forward!

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
10:13 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Chase Becotte joins Chris Sanner once again, this time to talk about NHL 16 and what we learned about the game coming out of E3. We go from what the game is doing right to what we are concerned about -- and then we end the discussion with a bit of a future outlook.

First, watch the video above. If you haven't done so yet, also be sure to watch the NHL 16 E3 Trailer.

What do you think of NHL 16 right now?

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 21 - View All
09:00 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

A brand new F1 2015 features trailer has just arrived and it looks unbelievable. Make sure you check it out here and read the full press release below.

Race like a champion in F1 2015 - get closer than ever before to the experience of racing in the world’s most glamorous, exciting and prestigious motorsport. F1 2015 puts you in the heart of the action with a stunning new game engine that recreates the blisteringly fast and highly responsive racing cars of FORMULA ONE™ and features all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ that immerses you in the unique race day atmosphere.

F1 2015 is the official videogame of the 2015 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ and also features fully playable 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ bonus content. Compete as your favourite FORMULA ONE star in the new Championship Season and push yourself to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode. Hone your skills in the new Online Practice Session, and then challenge your friends and racing rivals from across the world in Online Multiplayer.

A brand new game engine, built from the ground up for the latest consoles and PCs allows players to experience FORMULA 1™ in unprecedented detail.

Featuring a naturally authentic purely physics-based handling model with enhancements and additions in over 20 areas, F1 2015 is designed to be player inclusive for both seasoned players and those new to the series.

An earlier release in the racing calendar and with free digital updates set to keep the game up to date with the sport during the season, F1 2015 brings fans the most relevant FORMULA 1 videogame ever.

Immerse yourself in the new Championship Season, test yourself to the limits in Pro Season or use the new Online Practice Session to hone your skills before taking on rivals across the world in Online Multiplayer.

F1 2015 arrives on July 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. More information about the game can be seen here.

Game: F1 2015Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
09:12 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by DIRK41NOWITZKI. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released a couple of NBA Live 16 screenshots of Jimmy Butler on their NBA Live Twitter feed. More screenshots can be seen here, along with information you may have missed here.

Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour designer Justin Patel confirmed yesterday on the OS Forums that Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is not going to be a yearly release. This is not entirely unexpected news, but it is confirmation of that fact.

Also Patel does indicate the game will get free content updates after release as well. What that means is vague, but one would seem to think it would almost certainly mean courses and golfers being possible add-ons after the fact. Given the relatively slim amount of content available on the disk, and the pushback from fans following that reveal, this is a good bit of news.

There's also not a confirmation of what schedule, if any, any future Rory games will be released on. There has been some speculation, although currently unfounded, that Rory could eventually morph into a more subscription-based format where official golfers and courses are added and subtracted all of the time.

If you recall, EA Sports UFC released with a limited number of licensed fighters, but quickly ramped that number up with updates. It's likely that PGA Tour could be following a similar model of content releases. It's also possible that Rory will be an every other year release -- but we haven't heard official confirmation of that yet.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is set to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 14. EA Access subscribers can play the trial version on July 9 for up to 10 hours. Check out some gameplay footage here.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
02:17 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Douglas Veney

Watch the video above, then be sure to check out Douglas' YouTube Channel, GoodGameBro. Also follow Douglas on Twitter.

OTP first launched in the NBA Live series with NBA Live 08. It was pretty bare-bones, but allowed players on 10 different consoles to play 5v5.

The mode was expanded upon in newer versions, leading up to the implementation of clubs, OTP lobbies, playing against friends, a "tryout" option that helped you build up reputation for a club's GM to see if you're worth playing with.

We eventually saw Adidas Live Run, but it was focused more around using real NBA players & having different "seasons" that lasted for a month that crowned a new squad a champion.

Though NBA Elite 11 never saw the light of day, it was taking OTP to the next level. The game was aiming to mimic NHL's EASHL with the EASBA. Elite 11 was going to use their Be A Pro mode to allow users to create a player, and then use that created player in the EASBA.

Based off of EA's marketing using the #RiseTogether hashtag & a few rumblings that I'm hearing, it looks like NBA Live 16 will feature an OTP mode of sorts, possibly doing something to take on 2K's Park mode.

EA built a solid foundation with Rising Star mode, and while it needs a lot of work on the customization & depth fronts, it's still a solid entry that serves as something they can build upon each year.

If EA goes the route of the EASBA, we could see your created players able to form squads/crews/teams, and then take on other groups. If custom jerseys are implemented, people would absolutely lose their minds.

What do you think about the possibility of EA SPORTS adding EASBA, OTP, or a Park-style mode in the game? Would that be enough for you to pre-order NBA Live 16?

Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
01:51 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

The official PlayStation Blog revealed today that when Rocket League comes out next week it will be free for all PlayStation Plus subscribers.

For those unaware of Rocket League, we played it at E3 and loved it. In short, it's a multiplayer-focused game where you play soccer with cars. Yeah, exactly, you should already be like "I'm in, game on."

The game will also be out on PC, and if you really can't wait to ensconce yourself in Rocket League goodness, the official soundtrack can be purchased in the interim.

Source: PS Plus: Free Games for July 2015 (PlayStation Blog)

Game: Rocket LeagueHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4Votes: 2 - View All
01:49 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chase Becotte

The official NBA 2K Twitter account posted a picture today of cover athlete Anthony Davis getting body scanned. The promise is that it will give players "more authenticity than ever before."

Obviously that's a bit vague, but this is not the first time we've heard about this type of scanning. Back in January, we pointed out that a couple NBA teams posted similar images on their official Twitter accounts. In other words, the NBA 2K folks have been making their rounds to get this done.

It's hard to say if this is to try and push more realistic wingspans, more realistic tattoos, more body types, or something else even deeper than that. It also makes you wonder if you will have more body types to choose from when creating players.

Either way, more authenticity is never a bad thing, we'll just have to see how this all comes together.

UPDATE: Body scans continued...

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
01:32 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After releasing on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in late March and for iOS devices in late April, R.B.I. Baseball 15 is finally available for Android devices today for $4.99.

Check out the features below and our review of the PlayStation 4 version here.
  • Authentic ballparks with unique characteristics from every Major League Baseball club
  • Modify your lineup with complete MLB rosters or play classic R.B.I. Baseball mode with 16 player rosters
  • Stat tracking by team, player and season league leaders across multiple seasons
  • Features over 1,000 MLB Players with detailed attributes based on hundreds of millions of data points from the MLB.com database
  • Own the pitch: Control the movement of your pitch from start to finish
  • Season, Postseason & Exhibition Mode
  • Adjustable difficulty settings; Easy, Medium, Hard
  • Intuitive touch controls
  • Automatically Save and Resume your in-progress ballgame

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 15Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: AndroidVotes: 0 - View All
01:26 PM - July 1, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

A new patch for The Crew is scheduled to arrive today, which includes the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR for all Season Pass subscribers. For everyone else, the car will be available for purchase next week.

Check out the other details on the patch below.

  • PVP game mode: The Crown
    • The Crown is a new PVP mode where players need to capture and keep the “Crown” for as long as possible.
    • Each “Crown” race takes place in a restricted area.
    • At the beginning of each race, the crown is to be captured by the first player who reaches it.
    • Keeping the crown allows players to score points.
    • To capture the crown from the “King”, other racers need to hit him.
    • When a player captures the crown (for the first time or after hitting the king), he becomes invulnerable to losing it for a short time.
    • The crown cannot be kept indefinitely by the same player without getting timer bonuses that will appear all around the map.
    • The Crown mode brings 4 additional PVP missions specific for this mode.
  • New Roulette system in PVP lobby
    • All players will now be able to select the type of PvP event they want to race in.
    • A roulette system will then randomly select the next event among the player choices.
    • If no one chooses a type of event, the event will be selected randomly.
  • New Spoiler parts for the PERF cars
    • Added a new part in the Perf Car Tuner that offers the possibility to use Full Stock spoiler on Perf cars (removes the spoiler from the PERF cars).
  • New faction missions will be available
    • The Big D - PERF spec. A to B mission.
    • Canyonero - DIRT spec. Race mission.
  • New stickers will be added to the Ubisoft stickers category
    • 11 Assassin’s Creed stickers.
  • The Crew Trial on PC.
    • PC players will now be able to try The Crew during 2 hours through Uplay and Steam.
    • Progress made during free trial carries over to the full game.
    • Co-op available.
  • Fixed an issue with the Buggy’s cockpit rearview.
  • Fixed the bug on camera rotation while an opponent car drives nearby or collides into another in PvP with the collisions off.
  • Fixed the inconsistency between award spoils on Faction and Awards tabs.
  • Fixed the bug related to crew members presence: If a player is in a crew from a previous session, and joined the game with an empty crew (all crewmates are offline) the crew will be left.
  • Improvements on Daily Salary and reputation computing: fixed the issue where the salary didn’t take into account the Award spoil bonus.
  • Improvements on refreshing the crew roster after removing friends.
  • Improvements on PVP ranking points: sometimes players lost ranking points even if they won races.
Source - The Crew

Game: The CrewReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

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