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Saturday, May 23, 2015
03:13 PM - May 23, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

A lot of 2K fans out there were probably just happy to get everybody back and healthy in the end-of-year NBA 2K15 roster update, but Jeremy Lin is not too psyched his ratings dipped from 78 at the start of the season to a 75 overall at the end of the year.

"This game is rigged," said Jeremy Lin in the accompanying YouTube video on his friend AJ Rafael's YouTube channel.

Once he got past looking at the grades and looked at the ratings by the numbers, he softened his stance a bit. Still, Jeremy Lin was left in shock when his Strength rating was revealed to be a 35.

After showing the camera his bicep, he recovered long enough to be in agreement with his high quickness and speed ratings. But at the end of the day, it's another athlete not in love with his video game ratings.

Lin's scoring efficiency did dip a bit this season, but between Byron Scott shying away from three-pointers and the Lakers not having the same type of floor spacing as the Rockets, that's not a real surprise. His defense continued to be underrated, and overall while some will call his season in LA a disappointment, I think Lin showed he will have no problem continuing to be a solid contributor in the NBA.

In the meantime, he's put his fans to work by telling them to tell the NBA 2K development team to boost his ratings.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
11:17 AM - May 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We all hit a lull in our sports video game seasons. We were curious if you play more or less sports video games during the playoff season.

Please vote and comment in the poll above in the Forums, or on the right side if you are voting from the home page.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Friday, May 22, 2015
07:27 PM - May 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Press Row regulars Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Samit Sarkar to discuss the NHL 16 feature set reveal. The team compares last season’s PR process to this year’s as well as the overall reaction by themselves and the fans. Up next, Madden 16’s Creative Director Kolbe Launchbaugh joins Rich to describe his approach to this fall’s Madden game as well as a preview of its theme.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Run Time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All

The folks at Sony San Diego have released two new Diamond Dynasty card packs for the weekend. They are the Ballers Pack and Prime Time Pack.

Details about what can be found in each pack below:

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Ballers Pack (35,000 Stubs)

-Four Cards (3 Player & 1 Equipment)
-2 Guaranteed Golds with One Rated 90 or Higher.
-Over 100x Higher Chance of Diamond
-Legends Included in Pack
-Equipment Gold or Higher

Prime Time Pack (15,000 Stubs)

-Four Cards (3 Player & 1 Equipment)
-1 Gold
-Over 25x Higher Chance of Diamond
-Equipment Gold or Higher

As of now, the servers are still a little spotty due to some server maintenance that has run a bit long (originally was supposed to last from 3-5 a.m. PST).

Once the servers have returned to normal, Sony has promised to pass along the change notes. If you can't wait to buy some packs or use the marketplace, The Show Nation website seems to be working just fine.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
09:57 AM - May 22, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte


Codemasters posted the first gameplay teaser trailer for F1 2015 this morning. You can get a look at the trailer embedded below, and we've also grabbed from screenshots from the trailer, which are also embedded below.

The trailer features some of the venues you will be racing at as well as some close up shots in rain-slicked, day and night environments. It's a quick tease so you will want to watch it a couple times to squeeze out all the details you can.

F1 2015 will release on July 21, 2015 on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam.

UPDATE: Codemasters sent updated info, the release date is now set for July 21, 2015.

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Game: F1 2015Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
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
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
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: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - 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:

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"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: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All


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!

UPDATE: The team also had some maintenance done on Friday, here are the change notes.
  • Arena player will now have stats inside of the game. Prior to this change, when in a DD game, DD player stats on things like the jumbotron were zero'd out.
  • Time parse check on draft status to recover us from those that sit in the draft room for long after its done. This should speed up Ol Franchise drafts.
  • Ol Franchise Draft archiver improved in case bad picks are made.
  • There is now 1 new "Camo" equipment item per equipment sponsor. 9 total. They have a noticeable Camo background and attribute boost differences. Their quality is between gold and diamond. They can be obtained through any pack where a gold or higher equipment item can be earned. This has been added to ote already, so you can check this out now
  • Two new packs added tomorrow morning:
    *Ballers
    *Prime Time

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

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