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Friday, May 22, 2015
09:13 AM - May 22, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

NASCAR '15 is out today. So if you are looking to look at Jeff Gordon's beautiful virtual face one last time before he retires, this is your ticket (until he's probably a legend in future versions of the game).

The game is out now on Steam and can be downloaded for $19.99. It is not out yet on the Xbox 360 or PS3 marketplaces, but there were rumors it may be a digital download weeks back so we will update this post if it shows up in those stores.

If you have picked up the game, feel free to post any impressions below.

Game: NASCAR '15Reader Score: Vote Now
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
07:25 PM - May 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After answering some questions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will you be able to edit players in GM Mode? After trades, goalies sometimes have terrible colour schemes for their equipment. Not to mention masks from other teams. Also when will we be able to resign players before the resign phase? I found that was the only unrealistic part of the game trading/signing wise. Thanks.

You will not have the ability to edit players in GM mode. We prioritized bringing back features like AHL Integration, Fantasy Draft and Sim Intervention back to Be A GM over this. This is something we will continue to look at. As for the resign phase Be A GM does not have contract extensions and contract signing/negotiations during the season at this moment. Our version of this is the resign phase in free agency which is a week before the July 1st free agency period that allows you to renegotiate with your own players before open free agency.

Will the custom camera modes return in NHL 16? (custom 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Custom cameras are currently lower on our priority list. At the moment, we're working on a new camera for Be A Pro, OTP and EASHL.

Why aren't there authentic coaches in the NHL series, and why isn't there an option to hire/fire coaches in be a gm mode?

Authentic coaches are definitely something that we're looking at moving forward. The main reason that they're not currently in the game is due to licensing. Hire/Fire coaches is a feature that we will continue to investigate.

Will we see defensive skill stick in NHL 16?

We will not be adding a new defensive skill stick in NHL 16 but what we are doing is ensuring that all defensive mechanics are tuned and balanced so that it's fun to play every position on the ice. For example, Precision Skating will help you on the defensive side of the puck giving you the ability to close passing and shooting lanes more effectively.

Will you FINALLY have the correct goal horns for ALL teams? For the longest time, EA has used Detroit's goal horn for Dallas' goal horn.

We are doing our best this year to get the moments around goals for each team as authentic as possible. A big focus has gone into that area and we have definitely paid close attention to the fan sites dedicated to teams unique goal moment presentation.

Will there ever be the introduction of a skills competition into the NHL series? Years ago the '2K' series had it and I found it was an exciting offline mode, that foreseeably would be able to incorporate online modes also.

We will never say ‘no’ to great feature ideas. We are always looking to add fun modes and features that are authentic to the NHL experience. We focused this year on the modes and features that were the most requested by the community with a prime focus on ensuring there was a way for everyone to play and will continue to do so.

Does the new EASHL still allow us to put XP into our players stats?

That's a good question! In developing the new EASHL, we conducted a ton of research and really engaged with the fans. The feedback we got was that gameplay balance and a level playing field are of high importance. Because the previous EASHL allowed users to grow their pro characters' attributes by investing time or money, EASHL players who started playing after launch or who didn't purchase the boosts were often at a disadvantage. While we know it's fun to boost your pro, it takes away from the goal of making EASHL the best way to compete as a team. With the new balanced player class system, EASHL players of all levels can play and succeed based on their skill on the sticks.

In EASHL will you be able to create and name your own teams so you can invite your friends? Also will you be able to customize your skaters attributes or will it be pre-set classes? Will there be leaderboards for the teams & skaters? I appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions.

Hi Lyle, thanks for your questions. EASHL is a team-based game mode where you can create/customize your own club and compete alongside your friends. New to EASHL in NHL 16 is the player class system where players can select from a set of carefully balanced skater and goalie classes. This is tuned in a way so that the strengths/weaknesses of each class are authentic to hockey. It's up to you and your team on what combination of classes best suits your play style. As far as leaderboards go, there will be club and player stats available.

With couch coop online on Xbox one, will we be able to have multiple people per couch?

Hi Dallas. With online couch co-op (on both Xbox One and PS4), you and three other friends can play cooperatively in a head to head online match.

I just want plain old, regular Season Mode. Beginning to end, including playoffs and the cup. Please don't skimp on the basics that built this franchise!

Season Mode with playoffs is in the game and you will be able to play in any of the 10 leagues in NHL 16.

Are the EASHL playoffs going to be monthly again?

The playoff feature as part of Online Seasons will be the same as the previous EASHL. We're listening to our fans to determine what the right cadence of playoffs is.

Is there going to be a shootout mode in NHL 16?

Shootout mode is not in NHL 16, but it's something we're continuing to look into.

In be a GM, Will there be "expectations" like in NHL 14 where the owner told you have win this many games or make it to this round of playoffs. NHL 15 lack emotion in Be a GM.

Be A GM will not have expectations like NHL 14 but to bring out the emotion of being a real General Manager we will have the new Player Morale feature which will bring out the player interaction a real GM has to deal with in his dressing room.

Can you play in the european leagues in Be a Pro?

You will not be able to play in the European leagues in Be A Pro.

In BeAGM mode, will I be able to see my AHL/CHL players statistics?

We will have AHL integration in Be A GM. So you will be able to have statistics for your AHL players as well as be able to play games with your AHL team. We do not have statistics for CHL players in Be A GM.

Hello, I would like to ask why you can not play in GM mode for two teams at once. Thus, to be able to two players on two drivers play one season for the two teams. This feature should be the basis for a game console that is designed for multiple players in the home. The option will be in NHL16? Thank you

We will have Season Mode in NHL 16 that will allow multiple users to play together thru one season as two separate teams.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
05:21 PM - May 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chase Becotte
EA Sports has released a couple new screenshots that tie together with the previously discussed notion of being a playmaker in Madden NFL 16.

There is not much new info within EA's latest post, but there is a mention of "dynamic goals and achievements" based around what you do as a playmaker. It's purely speculation, but perhaps this means there will be more focus on the "Be a Pro" portion of the game, or at least there will be more ways for you to reach certain benchmarks that make each game a bit more unique.

Check out the screens at the attached link or click on them below.

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Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All


Oh Twitter, what did we ever do without you?

The official Forza Motorsport account tweeted a piece about what it takes to be a Rallyp co-driver. For the uninitiated, DiRT is a game dedicated to Rally racing and that lifestyle -- and the crew at DiRT handled this encroachment on their turf the only way they knew how: with a GIF featuring The Rock from WWE, seemingly saying 'bring it on'.

DiRT is a typically highly acclaimed game, as is Forza. This jab is obviously a playful one, but it's also quite entertaining. We're planning on having impressions of the new DiRT game, DiRT Rally, up in the next couple of weeks!

01:06 PM - May 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived this afternoon. It includes more some ratings changes for some playoff teams.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update. Only one player (J.R. Smith, Cleveland) saw his overall go up a point. Everyone else in the update? Down a point. Download the Excel spreadsheet with all of the changes here.

GOING UP
  • J.R. Smith +1
GOING DOWN
  • Shelvin Mack -1
  • Al Horford -1
  • Pero Antic -1
  • Mike Dunleavy -1
  • Aaron Brooks -1
  • Kirk Hinrich -1
  • Joakim Noah -1
  • Taj Gibson -1
  • Pau Gasol -1
  • Andrew Bogut -1
  • Terrence Jones -1
  • Dwight Howard -1
  • Trevor Ariza -1
  • Blake Griffin -1
  • Glenn Davis -1
  • Marc Gasol -1
  • Bradley Beal -1
  • John Wall -1
  • Ramon Sessions -1
  • Otto Porter Jr. -1

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All


EA today announced the new Need for Speed, a complete series reboot coming to the PC, PS4, and XBox One this fall. A teaser trailer (above) was released along with a few new (presumably) screenshots of the game. The graphics themselves look rather good.

In a blog post on the Playstation Blog, NFS Community Manager Ben Walke claims the game will feature fully customizable cars:

Quote:
"Every day someone proudly proclaims that we simply must have customization in the next Need for Speed game, so that’s exactly what you’ll have. When Need for Speed launches later this year you’ll be able to fully customize a car, in the process turning it into a truly unique resident of your garage."

Walke claims the game is a complete reboot that "delivers on what Need for Speed stands for -- rich customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive nature that drives your Need for Speed experience."

Look for more on Need for Speed, including the first trailer, at E3.

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Game: Need for SpeedHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
10:02 AM - May 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


As the football calendar comes to a close for this season, EA Sports decided to highlight the players which have made the greatest impact for their respective clubs in the leagues across Europe.

For the next few weeks, EA will be highlighting multiple Team of the Season squads, featuring the standouts from the 2014-15 football calendar season.

Check out the full teams after the jump!

Read More - FIFA Ultimate Team: Team of the Season

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
09:14 AM - May 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NHL 15 screenshot.

The initial rush of information about NHL 16 is now complete, with us knowing (in some part at least) what this year's game is bringing to the table.

What do you think about the initial announcements on modes and features? Are you excited? Was there enough to sway you in any direction?

Sound off on our poll by voting, then leave a comment on where you stand in purchasing this year's game!

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:01 AM - May 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The guys at SCEA are offering some special camo-themed gear to honor America's fallen for Memorial Day. Now through Memorial Day, you can get this special gear which will be dropping in-game randomly through Monday.

Be sure to check back frequently, as SCEA is certainly hoping you'll be playing this weekend and not miss the gear drops in-game!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
08:44 AM - May 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore


I really miss Super Spike V’ball. There was something that just really clicked with the four-player action offered by that game all the way back on the NES (and in arcades). The simplicity of the gameplay leant itself perfectly to couch co-op, but there was a layer of strategy that enabled players to get really good at blocking, spiking and misdirecting. The unique characteristics of each team also added some strategy, as the various attributes required players to emphasize strengths while concealing weaknesses.

Enter Gunsport, a futuristic retro game that looks to scratch a similar itch with its two-to-four-player action.

Read More - Volleyball and Guns Collide in Gunsport

Game: GunsportReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
08:20 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Xbox One gamers will once again have the opportunity to play Madden NFL 16 five days before the actual release date with a subscription to EA Access, confirmed by Microsoft marketing executive Aaron Greenberg on Twitter.

With Madden NFL 16 releasing on August 25th, EA Access subscribers should be able to download the game on August 20th.

As an Xbox One exclusive, EA Access gives subscribers ($4.99 a month/$29.99 a year) access to The Vault, which provides full digital downloadable games for EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15, Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, NBA LIVE 15, Madden NFL 25, Madden NFL 15, Need For Speed Rivals, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, and Peggle 2. EA Access subscribers also receive 10% off EA digital purchases and trial versions (typically 6 hours) of EA games before they are released.

With that said, EA Sports released another Madden NFL 16 screenshot on their Facebook page. It features New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski defended by Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson.

For more Madden NFL 16 details, including features, screenshots and the first trailer, check out our official page.

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
05:08 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After answering some questions yesterday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will there be any smartglass or kinect integration? It would be sweet to be able to edit/change lines with smartglass.

There will not be Smartglass or Kinect integration.

Will Be a GM Mode include a Fantasy Draft option?

Yes!

So are you guy gonna add the ECHL i would like to see it and play as my favorite team in that league but for 3 years the same leagues have been in the game. Is there a reason you guys wont add it?

NHL 16 will have 10 leagues in our game. NHL, AHL, CHL (OHL, WHL, QMJHL), SHL, Liiga, DEL, Extraliga and Nationalliga. We are always looking for new opportunities within the hockey world but there will be no new leagues for NHL 16.

Will offline season-mode be back in NHL 16?

Yes. Season is back in NHL 16.

Once a Player Score a Hat Trick, will there be an animation for it?

Yes, home fans will celebrate hat tricks by showering the ice with hats in NHL 16.

Are Online Shootouts coming back? If not why?

Online Shootouts are definitely a priority for us. At this point, I cannot commit to a timeframe.

When is the first trailer coming out?

We will be unveiling our first official trailer at E3, but keeping following us on our NHL social channels for information and visuals from NHL 16.

Will there be a NBC Playoff Presentations before Playoff games?

Yes, we have continued to add pre-game analysis from Doc and Eddie when there is a specific story to mention. You will hear of streaks, home stand and road trip success, etc. In the playoffs, there is always something for them to cover based on the current series score and how the games have gone so far within the current match-up.

Have you done any upgrade or update on the physics part of the game. IE. Ice conditions, fatigue, hits, puck physics?

For balance, we are always looking at the effect of player collisions. We want to ensure that size is represented well and that you get the outcomes you expect on the ice. Big players with size and better balance will have a much easier time standing up to body on body contact and retaining the puck compared to smaller players with less size and balance. We have also added stumbles back in to give a greater range of fidelity when it comes to collisions so that the overall effect of collisions don’t have to be as extreme. That being said, when you really line a player up correctly, there are still very big hits in the game.

For the basis of pre game intros, will you go into more outdoor detail? Or will there be a focus on the indoor feel of the arena at game time?

You will once again see city and arena intro shots to mimic the real world feel of an NBC Sports broadcast. We have also definitely added to the indoor feel of the arenas across the league by taking what was a great architectural foundation by our artists last year and expanding that to emulate the live show that each team puts on for their fans. Over the course of a season, you may see entrance props raising to the rafters, fire and smoke effects from the jumbotrons, fans passing team flags through the stands, and many other elements to enhance the game day authenticity.

Do you expect outdoor arenas to be available in NHL 16?

Outdoor arenas will not be a part of NHL 16. Although they are a big part of the NHL, there are two challenges that we face: 1. The stadiums can be difficult to license and if we make them generic, they immediately lose their authenticity. 2. Unless they are done as DLC, by the the time we get them into the product, the event is already 9 months old.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
02:49 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was heartbreak for some, and relief and joy for others. But now what it means for every NBA 2K fiend and NBA Draft hound is that it's time to start obsessing over how the 2015 NBA Draft will play out, and how these players will even look on the virtual hardwood next season.

So we took control of all 30 NBA teams, put everybody in their correct real-life draft order, and we put together the first 14 picks in the NBA Draft. Let's look at the results and these soon-to-be-drafted players in all their virtual glory.


Read More - NBA 2K15: The 2015 NBA Draft Comes Alive

(All thanks go to NBA 2K user EmbraceThePace who has this Draft Class file uploaded on PS4 for all to download and use!)

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All

FIFA 16, Madden NFL 16, NBA Live 16, NHL 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will all be on the show floor at E3 from June 16 through June 18. We will have 3 guys at the show this year, so expect quite a bit of coverage.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
12:35 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order car pack, which was available exclusively for fans that pre-ordered the game, is available now to purchase for $4 in the Xbox Live Store.

The car pack includes the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera, 2013 BMW M6 Coupe, 2008 Ferrari California and 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant.

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Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

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