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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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)
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.
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
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.
08:49 AM - July 1, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
It all happened on one glorious looking play. The pocket collapsed from Bridgewater's left side, and with nobody open, he rolled to his right. He has Rudolph open with a little room to spare on the sideline, but the entire defense is swinging back around. Bridgewater fires it, and what normally would have been an easy throw and catch became a fight for the ball. Rudolph moved inward, laying flat-out for the football, but an opposing defender swooped in and knocked it to the ground before the ball could even reach Rudolph's finger-tips.
This play isn't something that's unusual in the realm of NFL football, but it's definitely not something you see every day in Madden. The gameplay has the potential - though it doesn't always reach this potential - to be smooth and realistic looking.
Read More - Madden NFL 16: More Hands-On Impressions
08:13 AM - July 1, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
A new Madden NFL Mobile update is scheduled to be released on August 19, bringing in a few new features and an updated user interface. Users can currently download the game for free on iOS and Android devices. Below are some of the new features coming in August.
WIDE RECEIVER MODE
In Season mode, players will be able to actively play as a wide receiver. They can cycle through their quarterback and available receivers, and then choose the one they want to control.
As soon as the ball is snapped, the player is free to run their route and cut by swiping left or right in order to get open and call for the ball.
In the new season, players will be able to use this experience in their Season games.
UPGRADED USER INTERFACE
Madden NFL Mobile has upgraded its user interface to provide a more frictionless navigation experience.
Players will move into and out of screens and modes quicker, with more screen space available to them. The UI takes on a more modern and stylish appearance that enhances visual appeal.
Special new challenges can appear at any time during Season, Head-to-Head and both intra-League and League Tournament games.
These challenges can be as simple as getting a first down to more complex like throwing to a specific receiver for a set number of yards.
Players receive special rewards for completing these challenges, such as a Collectible for a Set or additional Coins and XP.
Players can can show off that premier defensive player they have earned when they are being challenged.
Players will see Items in the 3D game, and can tap on any player to view that Item. You might call this Scouting 2.0.
Source - EA Sports
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
07:41 PM - June 30, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Another Driveclub game update is available now, bringing it up to version 1.19. It weighs in at roughly 60MB and fixes a few minor bugs. The RPM Expansion ($5.99) and Velocity Tour ($1.99) Packs are available now as well, free for Season Pass subscribers, check out the trailer here.
The RPM Expansion Pack includes the Nissan GT-R, Nissan 370Z Nismo, McLaren 570S, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. The Velocity Tour Packs features artwork created in collaboration with FuturLab.
11:21 AM - June 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Executive Editor Chris Sanner and OS Senior Editor Chase Becotte sit down to chat about FIFA 16. We break down what we know so far and what to look out for as we march towards release. Chase gives some thoughts on his hands-on time with the game from the E3 show floor, and we talk about what FIFA needs to do to be considered a must-buy this fall.
Be sure to check out the video. Also check out a new FIFA 16 gameplay video on no touch dribbling just released today.
EA Sports posted a new FIFA 16 video today, talking about the no touch dribbling gameplay feature. The video features Lionel Messi talking about how he does it in the real sport and how FIFA mimics his actions in the game.
A new blog was also released with more details, including how to initiate it. Every player will be able to perform no touch dribbles. Players with high dribbling and skill move star ratings will be more effective and it will also play a role in which moves are available in their arsenal.
- What is No Touch Dribbling?
No Touch Dribbling is our new dribble control system that gives players the freedom to decide how and when to touch the ball. By separating and creating space between the player and the ball, you will be able to perform different skill moves, feints, or even change direction without actually applying contact to the ball.
- How to initiate and use No Touch Dribbling in FIFA 16.
To trigger No Touch Dribbling, simply press and hold the L1/LB button on your controller. Once pressed, the player with possession of the ball will momentarily step away from it to create a bit of space. From there, by flicking the left analog in different angles, the player in possession of the ball will either shift his body in that particular direction or twist his ankle in the hopes of tricking the defender. If timed correctly, it can easily misdirect the defender into going one way while the player with the ball goes the other.
More complex moves can be performed by additionally pressing and holding the R2/RT button. In these situations, the player with the ball will take larger strides away from it. Although there is a risk when attempting these, if pulled off correctly they can absolutely embarrass a defender.
- Which players can perform No Touch Dribbling?
In FIFA 16, every player on the pitch can perform the no touch dribble. However, based on the player's dribbling rating and skill move star rating, it will be more or less effective. Meaning players like Lionel Messi or Juan Cuadrado will be able to pull off moves that other players may not. When playing FIFA 16 for the first time, make sure to spend a few minutes in the practice area to get familiar with No Touch Dribbling.
09:00 AM - June 30, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
There are plenty of Games with Gold deals this week, including Skate 3 for $4.99. See the full list of deals at Major Nelson.
These discounts are valid now through July 6.
Monday, June 29, 2015
06:50 PM - June 29, 2015. Posted by LincSink. Written by Steve Noah
Check out the new Rory McIlroy PGA Tour gameplay video, utilizing the new "Quick Rounds" feature.
The gameplay coverage begins during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bayhill Club & Lounge in Orlando, Florida. After watching the video, make sure you post your thoughts!
EA Access subscribers can start playing on July 9 for 10 hours. The game ships on July 14th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
UPDATE: EA Sports has posted a new Rory McIlroy PGA Tour blog detailing the Quick Rounds feature, crowd and tournament structures, Golf Channel integration, BOSE Big Hit moments, Heartbeat moments, camera angles and broadcast presentation.
04:15 PM - June 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
EA Sports has revealed a couple of new mascots which will be in NHL 16 (amongst others yet to be revealed). All of the NHL teams that have official mascots will have them in NHL 16.
Stinger of the Columbus Blue Jackets (pictured above) and Bailey of the Los Angeles Kings (pictured below) have been revealed today.
Mascots will move around the arena to pump up the crowd, react to on-ice action, and they may even join in on post-game celebrations.
As we have already learned, NHL 16 is getting a major facelift in terms of in-arena atmosphere. Be sure to add your own hype score to the NHL 16 page.
12:30 PM - June 29, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The NHL 16 team continues to answer questions about the game at their Ask EA page. The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading. Other Q&A sessions have been posted here in the same fashion.
Will there be more customizablity in EASHL? (I.E. More jersey designs, more logos, etc.)
In EASHL 16, you will be able to use the logos and jerseys from the real-world teams for your club. Though this isn't complete customization, the team currently has it on the list of ideas for future iterations and it is something we will continue to look into.
Will HUT still have Collections and rewards for the Collections of teams? And if so, will the rewards be on packs or on HUT-coins?
Yes, HUT 16 will still have collection bonuses in the form of reward packs.
Will Jack Eichel be playable?
Jack Eichel will not be on the disk for when we launch. For him to be in our game he would have to play a shift in an NHL regular season game for us to be allowed to include him in the game.
First off I love the EA Sports nhl franchise and have been playing since the original nhl which I had for Sega. I noticed in be a pro mode in nhl 15 I can have up to 30 or 40 shots on goal but only end up with 1 or 2 goals while I can keep the opposing team down to about 10-15 shots and they will score 3 or 4 times. I guess what I am asking is will the players goalie be as good as the AI goalie ? This is probably the only compliant and question I have. I am very confident that everything else in the game will blow me away.
There isn't one answer to this question as the goalie and players skill vary as you progress through the different difficulty levels (Rookie, Pro, All Star, Superstar). Goalie abilities and shooting even change on different game styles. When you are playing on lower difficulties, your goalie will in some facets play better than the AI goalie whereas on higher difficulties, they play the same but the AI shooters will improve in terms of their shot selection and vision for making passes at the correct times. Game Style (i.e. Simulation vs Hardcore) will change many factors as well that will effect scoring such as how in control you need to be to get an accurate shot or how the angle of your shot and the direction you are skating in relation to your target can effect both your power and accuracy. Beyond finding a difficulty and game style that match your expectations for great competitive play, there are also sliders in the settings for both CPU and Human goalies and shooting to fine tune abilities such as Goalie Reaction Speed and Screen Effect as well as Player shooting accuracy and power that may help you dial them in closer to your expectations.
Is the face-off system being changed at all?
The Face-off system in NHL 16 will be the same as what was in NHL 15.
Are advanced stats going to be in NHL16?
Hey Sean…Advanced stats will not be part of NHL 16.
12:24 PM - June 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.
We are now just over two weeks away from the release of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour from EA Sports. As we have outlined previously, the game will feature 12 licensed golfers and 8 licensed courses (9 if you pre-order) along with some new modes.
Are you planning on buying Rory McIlroy PGA Tour? Sound off with what your plan is in the comments!
10:51 AM - June 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
OS Executive Editor Chris Sanner chats with OS Senior Editor Chase Becotte about NBA Live 16, breaking down what we know so far. We discuss Chase's experiences with Live 16 on the E3 show floor, and we talk about what NBA Live 16 must do to earn 'must buy' status when it releases in late September.
Check out the video and leave a comment!