A look at each point of emphasis and what it does for you.
Even more details released by EA Sports on their upcoming 360/PS3 release of FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
A look at two new and improved features in this year's baseball title from Sony.
The crazy, brief, and wholly interesting history of left handed infielders in Major League Baseball.
We haven't heard anything in regards to R.B.I. Baseball 14 since it was announced on January 14th. Nothing from their Facebook or Twitter page.
This evening Darren Rovell tweeted the game will be released on Xbox 360, PS3, iOS and Android devices on April 10th. There was no mention of Xbox One or PS4 release. Could it have been delayed or even canceled? Guess we'll find out sooner or later.
No other details have been released. In just over a month the game will be released and we have no details, screenshots or videos to go off of. They certainly aren't making a good impression.
EA Sports has just released some more EA Sports UFC screenshots. These feature Ronda Rousey, Gilbert Melendez, Robbie Lawler and Benson Henderson. More screenshots of other athletes in the game will be released in the coming weeks, prior to the Spring 2014 release for Xbox One and PS4.
Previously released screenshots below.
- Jon Jones
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Chael Sonnen
- Rashad Evans
- Minotauro Nogueira & Demetrious Johnson
- Costas Philippou
- Forrest Griffin & Chan Sung Jung
- Chuck Liddell, Erik Perez, Donald Cerrone & Mike Easton
- Cung Le & Joe Lauzon
- Frank Mir, Jose Aldo & Ricardo Lamas
- Scott Jorgensen & Cub Swanson
- Cain Velasquez, Brad Pickett & Mark Hunt
- Demian Maia & Rory MacDonald
It just so happens I'm one of those people that make the local baseball stadium a must visit item on my list when vacationing. One of my favorite aspects of The Show is being able to see the stadiums in pretty amazing detail. With the PlayStation 4 edition of MLB 14 The Show launching later in the year, there will be even greater detail expected within the game to explore for ballpark junkies.
Which ballpark are you excited about playing in most, and which old ballparks would you like the next-gen game to eventually include?
Details for the upcoming NASCAR '14 patch have been released on the ETX NASCAR Facebook page. No release date has been announced.
- Fixes for various freezing issue experienced by some players
- Fix to sound issues experienced by some players
- Changes to aggressiveness of AI to give players greater control over levels
- Tweak to difficulty setting to bring AI closer to selected level (want the full NASCAR experience? Select 100% for real-life scenario or dial down for less intensity)
- Increased yield when lower difficulty level selected
- Adjustment to Darlington and Kansas race lengths
- Fix for pitting issues experienced by some players
- Fix for private lobby issues experienced by some players
- Fix to ensure results achieved are accurately reflected
- Fix for decal / paint issues experienced by some players
Source - ETX NASCAR Facebook
For a limited time, a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 will be included with the purchase of an Xbox One at the retail price of $499.99. The promotion will start next week at select U.S. retailers.
For those of you that are curious, this DOES NOT apply to the TitanFall bundle.
Source - Major Nelson
We have just posted some more 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil screenshots showcasing the menu and some stadiums.
The news came yesterday, with online franchise details from MLB 14 The Show being released.
There's a lot of winning type of features being touted by the SCEA folks, including online browser-based control of many features within the mode. What about you, do you like what you've seen on Online Franchise? Do you plan to participate in a league?
Sound off by voting in our poll!
Presumably, EA has been quietly smithing away on the next version of the NHL series for at least the last year — and possibly longer if you count pre-production and other early research and development. The reality is that the company couldn't release a game for the next-generation console launches, as there just wasn't the install base to provide adequate return on investment. The NHL series, as I've noted before, has been on a very gentle slide in the last couple of years (even though the games have been consistently solid), and this extra year allows the smaller-than-average dev team to figure out what they really want to do with the next evolution in hockey video games.
Read More - NHL 15: Three Keys to Success
When you create an Online Franchise, you automatically become the league’s Commissioner. You’ll get to choose the divisional alignment, schedule type, Designated Hitter preference and whether or not to upload a custom roster, among other things. Once you’re happy with your settings, you’ll need to invite other players to the league, and also determine what teams will be controlled by the CPU (if any at all).
Building a successful team in Online Franchise is as much about what happens on the field, as about what happens off the field. One of the most important things you can do to remain competitive is to draft amateur players effectively, in order to keep replenishing your major league roster with top-tier talent. To do this, you’ll need to scout players throughout the regular season so that you don’t go into your live online draft unprepared. Without proper scouting reports, you’ll have a much tougher time trying to distinguish between future superstars and draft-day busts.
The vast majority of your drafted players will need some seasoning in the minors before they’re ready for The Show, so we’ve given you access to full minor league rosters. You’ll be able to move players up and down from Class-A all the way to the Majors, set training assignments, and also pull-off trades with other teams. Our trade logic has been greatly improved as well, so forget about lopsided trades involving three top prospects for an average major league middle reliever.
This brings us to the offseason, which we divided into two parts. In Part 1, you will handle all of your contract renewable players, arbitration cases and draft pick signings. Our player contract logic has received a much needed overhaul, as we made MLB service time more of a factor when determining player interest and ideal salary. One example where this is really noticeable is when trying to offer contract extensions to your young players. In the past, you were able to sign young superstar players to extremely cheap long-term contracts, which is unrealistic in today’s MLB. Now, you’ll still be able to lock these players up early in their careers, but you’ll have to pay something much closer to their market value. This type of contract is becoming much more common in real-life lately, with teams like the Rays and Braves leading the way, and it was important for us to incorporate this new dynamic into the game.
Free agent signings happen in Part 2 of the offseason, which is divided into an adjustable number of rounds, or advancement periods. Every team gets a chance to make their best offer, and then the commissioner advances to the next round.
Players will either sign with a team, or they will remain on the market for the next round. The bidding wars that occur in this part of the offseason can become pretty intense, coupled with the fact that you’re competing against other human opponents makes the bidding all the more entertaining.
FREE AGENT CONTRACTS
Rounding out the whole package is our expanded record keeping, as we now store draft classes, retired players, and additional career stats and awards on the Player Card. In addition, League Events and Notifications will keep you up to date on what’s happening around the league, and what tasks you need to perform to manage your team properly.
We’re all extremely happy with the way Online Franchise turned out, and we hope you enjoy playing it just as much as we enjoyed putting it together. See you online!
Bleacher Report has posted an interview with MLB 14 The Show developers, Luis Martinez and Lance Leahy, providing even more information.
The sports gaming graveyard is quite the long list, unfortunately.
From losing NCAA Football (our freshest wound) this year, to NFL 2K, to NBA Street, there really is no shortage to the list of sports games which have gone away. Because of developers lack of desire to bring arcade experiences to the table, many series which aren't officially canned are, in fact, on the way out in a de-facto manner.
Considering games which won't be released in the next calendar year, which game would you like to be brought back as a regular series again.
Read More - If You Could Have One Sports Game Series Back...
If you like fantasy sports, you’re going to be blown away by FanDuel. Our friends at FanDuel are running an Operation Sports-exclusive one-night fantasy basketball league, and are paying out $300 for free. All FanDuel leagues last just one night, and FanDuel pays out winners after the last game ends.
[Enter the Operation Sports League] for free, and finish in the top 50 to win real money. First place wins a cool $100! All winners will be paid after Wednesday’s games end.
What – Operation Sports $300 Fantasy Basketball League
Date – Wednesday, March 5th
Buy-in – Free
1. Simply [CLICK HERE] to sign up for an account at FanDuel.
2. Pick your team within the salary cap.
3. Watch the live scoring on FanDuel during the games to see how your picks perform against other Operation Sports members.
The league is live and is open for registration today.
[CLICK HERE] to sign up for your account and register for the Operation Sports league on FanDuel.
Today, EA and Need for Speed Rivals released the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 as a free download pack. The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 is debuting at the Geneva Auto Show and will not only be the most powerful Koenigsegg ever built, but possibly the fastest car ever built, full stop.
The car is said to produce 1340bhp and weigh in at just 1340kg. Fans will be able to get their hands-on this super-exclusive car even before it hits the streets with the update that will be live starting today, March 4 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.
Check out the new trailer here.
A new NFL rule proposal being floated out is to move the extra point all the way back to the 25-yard line to liven up the NFL's most guaranteed play.
While it's unlikely the move to make the extra point more strategically interesting will happen for the 2014 season, it's possible you'll see it tried in some pre-season games in the next couple of years.
What do you think? Should something be done about the extra point or is it fine as-is? Sound off in our poll!
The Forza Motorsport 5 Alpinestars car pack has arrived today for $9.99 (included as part of the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass). It includes the following cars.
1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020
2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 Radical SR8 RX
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
2012 Ultima GTR720
1997 Mitsubishi GTO
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
The 1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020 will be gifted directly to the garage of Car Pass owners and those who purchase the Alpinestars Car Pack. Individually, each car costs $2.99 and whether you purchase cars or the entire Car Pack you can only use them in free play mode. If you want to use them in career mode and stash them in your garage, you still need to spend in-game currency to purchase it.
Here are some screenshots and a trailer.
Source - ForzaMotorsport.net
Konami has released another update to their PES 2014 February data pack for PS3 users. It fixes some of the player appearance issues that some gamers were seeing.
In case you missed it, here are the PES 2014 February data pack details.