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03:20 PM - August 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top strong safeties in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Kam Chancellor - Overall 93
Troy Polamalu - Overall 93
T. J. Ward - Overall 91
Eric Berry - Overall 90
Reshad Jones - Overall 89

Previously released Madden NFL 15 player ratings:

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All

It’s the middle of summer, and while there’s a bit of a lull in the release calendar before the fall blitz, plenty is still happening in the sports video game world. The 95th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a combination of several conversations. Up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Owen Good, Chris Sanner, and Bryan Wiedey to discuss the implications of the just-announced EA Access subscription program. After that segment, Rich is joined by Bryan as well as T.J. Lauerman and Pete Dodd to analyze the sports game ‘patch culture’ as well as whether sports commentary matters. Finally, Madden 15 producer Joe Alread joins Rich to describe all the new changes and improvements coming to Ultimate Team in this year’s upcoming Madden.

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
01:28 PM - August 1, 2014. Posted by Ermolli. Written by Steve Noah

IGN will showcase WWE 2K15 starting next week. They plan on showing gameplay video, roster reveals and much more.

Game: WWE 2K15Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
11:40 AM - August 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Back in 2009, Cyanide released a web based version of Front Page Sports Football, but don't be mistaken, this wasn't a remake of the Sierra Online versions many of us played in the 90's. In fact, in 2009, when we interviewed the Producer, Régis Robin, he had this to say:

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Operation Sports: First off, the question everyone is wondering, is this game related to the old Front Page Sports Football series?

Régis Robin: It is related in terms of the name and "core values". We are fans of the series and so we aimed to create a game which focused on strategy and management instead of requiring proficiency with a gamepad. When looking for a name, we discovered that the original Dynamix trademark had expired and so "Front Page Sports Football" was reborn.

With that said, Cyanide is set to bring Front Page Sports Football back again this year for PC users, before the season officially kicks off. We are trying to line up an interview, so if you have have any questions, feel free to post them here.

Read the full press release below.

Be the GM and Coach You Fantasize About with “Front Page Sports Football"!

Football fever about to kick into full swing, and while you prepare to gorge yourself on the games and fantasy football, Cyanide is bringing back a blast from the past for you to enjoy this season: Front Page Sports Football! This classic American Football PC video game license from back in the 90’s is now being brought back to life as one of the most rich and detailed sport management games on PC.

With Front Page Sports Football players will be able to manage a US football team of their creation and make all the decisions that a real manager or coach would make during a season. Just like every other general manager, players will compose the best team (from the draft, signing free agents and the like, as well as manage many other details like morale, affinity, finances, training sessions, etc.

At the same time players will fill the role of coach, setting a game plan for every match through a playbook of over 2,300 unique plays. They will also have access to a range of orders and actions to improve management of the team. Players can also watch full 2D or 3D replays of their game and consult a wide range of statistics to improve his team moves, anticipate the reaction of his challengers, and much more.

Front Page Sports Football is coming soon, just in time for the upcoming football season. It will be self-published by Cyanide and available for PC.

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Game: Front Page Sports FootballHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
09:54 AM - August 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Golf Club is set to release on the week of August 25th, but could release a week earlier, according to HB Studios.

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Please understand that this is all predicated on the notion that the second submission goes smoothly, but we are confident that the game is in good shape. That being said, there is a possibility that things could change...though we all hope not!

When an official release date is set, we'll update everyone.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
09:10 AM - August 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


HB Studios has released another video from The Golf Club. This one shows how the pitch shot works, one of the most important shots in golf.

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Generally played with one of the wedges, pitch shots have a steep trajectory and very little roll. Unlike chip shots, which spend minimum time in the air, maximum time on the ground, pitches spend maximum time in the air and minimum time on the ground. This video demonstrates how the pitch shot works in The Golf Club.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
Thursday, July 31, 2014
06:39 PM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top free safeties in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Jairus Byrd - Overall 96
Earl Thomas - Overall 95
Devin McCourty - Overall 94
Eric Weddle - Overall 94
Charles Woodson - Overall 86

Just guessing we see strong safeties tomorrow and that will throw the complete schedule EA Sports sent us out of whack. We will post a new schedule if they send us an updated one.

Previously released Madden NFL 15 player ratings:

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
03:39 PM - July 31, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young
In the summer of 2007, two roads diverged, on the path to developing a new fantasy team mode in sports videogames.

One track, named UEFA Champions League 2006–2007, sent gamers on a card-collecting quest, with the goal of building a five-star team of superstar soccer players.

The other trail, titled All-Pro Football 2K8, felt more like a recess game of football, where two talented captains picked their supporting casts from a lineup of flawed role players, each inhibited by multiple shortcomings, but blessed with one or two specialized skills.

The videogame business, naturally, took the road more easily monetized -- spawning fantasy team modes like Ultimate Team, My Team and Diamond Dynasty, which were not primarily designed to be fun, but instead, to test gamers' purchasing patience and spending self-control.

Read More - The Psychology Behind Ultimate Team's Success

02:31 PM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The @NBA Twitter handle will be added to the official Spalding game ball for the 2014-15 NBA season, becoming the first professional sports league to include its social media handle on its official game ball.

EA Sports took this moment to show off the new game ball in NBA Live 15. A close up can be seen here.

Source - CBS Sports, EA Sports

Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
01:08 PM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just posted another NHL 15 blog. This one showcases the new Vision A.I. feature in the game. Players now have an elevated level of player intelligence. Vision A.I. features evolved awareness with players reading and reacting to potential plays. Scoring area recognition, pass anticipation, and enhanced team breakouts all improve the flow of the game.
  • Utilizing Vision A.I., skaters respond to the puck's current and projected position as they anticipate plays before they happen. With over 2,500 points on the ice – players will always look to be in the correct position in all three zones based on their player specific roles.
  • In the offensive zone, players will react dynamically to their teammates’ position, looking to open up potential passing and shooting lanes. Goal scoring forwards will look for soft spots in the defense and get to open shooting lanes.
  • Using just the D-pad, you can change your team’s strategy on the fly. All-new strategies include Quick and Controlled Breakouts that give you dozens of options as you carry the puck up the ice resulting in more rush formations and diverse gameplay.
NHL 15 is scheduled to arrive on September 9th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 27 - View All
11:35 AM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Here's Shady with another NBA 2K14 montage, which includes updated rosters.

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 93 - View All
10:02 AM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has just released another FIFA 15 video. This one showcases closer control, more realistic player movement, new ball physics and physical challenges.

Let us know what you think.

Game: FIFA 15Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

Madden NFL 15 made a slight change to upgrading players in Connected Franchise, based off of this image captured from the livestream yesterday.

You will now be able to decide on everything you want to purchase and confirm with a single button press, instead of one at a time. While it's not much, it's a nice time saver.

Let's hope we hear more about Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise soon.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
07:24 AM - July 31, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Codemasters has released a patch for the PC version of GRID Autosport, no word on a console patch. All of the details are listed below.
  • Feature Addition – Time Trial mode implemented for GRID Autosport.
  • Feature Addition – Advanced controller options made available for all devices, not only devices that are officially supported.
  • Feature Addition – “Current race timer” added to multiplayer lobbies, allowing new entrants (who are waiting within the lobby for the current race to complete) to gauge the progress of the current event.
  • Online Fix - (DLC) – Fixes specifically to improve future DLC cross compatibility within online matches.
  • Career Fix - (Audio) – Fix to prevent music from cutting off entirely within the race results screens.
  • AI Fix - (Drift) – AI could potentially control player car after terminal damage in two-part drift events.
  • RaceNet Fix - Fixed instances of RaceNet profile switching leading to Club Tags & liveries being mismatched in game.
  • RaceNet Fix - Fixed issue which caused the RaceNet Challenge Medal objectives to be too easily attained.
  • AI Fix – Resolved sporadic instances of AI being given lap times before actually completing the lap.
  • AI Fix – Fixed an issue which could make AI players within Demolition Derby events impervious to receiving terminal damage from the player’s car.
  • RaceNet Fix – Removed instances where ghost entrants could appear within RaceNet Challenge Events.
  • Splitscreen Fix – Fixed issue in relation to being able to generate playlist events which contain DLC content.
  • Career Fix - Resolved irregular instances of “Previous Race Results” grid orders being incorrect for the first race within a championship.
  • Online Fix – (Playlists) -Added “number of laps” to the online track vote screen.
  • Online Fix – Fixed messaging issue to inform a player they have been promoted to Lobby Host.
  • Online Fix – (Customisation) – Resolved instances of customised wheels not appearing correctly for certain vehicle types.
  • Online Fix – (Results) – Resolved erratic instances of retired players not being labelled correctly in the live race results screen.
  • Online Fix – (Playlist) – Fixed sporadic instances of players transitioning from Endurance to a Race/Time Attack mode then receiving an incorrect UI menu on the voting screen.
  • Stability Improvement – Dallara Indycar – Fixed sporadic crashes when loading into events using the Indycar.
  • Online Fix – Amended incorrect reference to ‘downloadable content’ used on when purchasing DLC.
  • Splitscreen Fix - Text strings updated in event rules screen for all disciplines.
  • Stability Improvement - Fixed instances of the game entering an unresponsive state after uplink removal whilst completing RaceNet Challenge events.
  • Stability Improvement - Fixed stability issues when host disconnects during rolling start events.
  • Stability Improvement - Fixed issues when booting the game with 2 or more pads active, the game giving all control to the “highest numbered” pad.
  • RaceNet Fix - RaceNet Club names now use verified strings within the online newsfeed and loading screens.
  • Online Fix - Unavailable tracks are no longer searchable via the online custom search filters.
  • Online Fix - Fixed instances of total online winnings displaying incorrectly.
  • Stability Improvement – Fixed instances when title loses functionality when controller is disconnected during inviting a friend to join game play.
  • Online Fix - Fixed matchmaking issues when players are unable to find a session after initial host left by powering down their console.
  • Stability Improvement - Remedied instances where players are given a prolonged black screen when entering spectator mode.
  • Online Fix - Fixed sporadic instances of the “Cancel” button on the YouTube upload screen failing to function.
  • Splitscreen Fix - Updated drift event rules screen.
  • Career Fix – (GRID Series) – Remedied instances of the player not being given completed objective rewards.
  • AI Fix – (Drift) – Fixed several instances where the AI in your heat always earns a score much higher or lower than the AI in every other heat.
  • Career Fix – Fixed a tuning error when using the s2000 with certain teams in the first season of tuner.
  • AI Fix - (Spa) – Resolved issues with multiple cars across various classes crashing into RHS wall at Eau Rouge chicane (turn 3).
  • Art Fix – (Washington) – Fixed blank billboards/flags around track spillage areas where sponsors should have been displayed.
  • Splitscreen Fix – (OSD) – Fixed instances where the starting sequence countdown for drift is displayed on the wrong screen, with incorrect timing for one player.
  • Splitscreen Fix – Fixed issue in relation to there being no AI present when racing in splitscreen playlist events.
  • AI Fix – (Touring) – Resolved instances of AI cars not moving off the starting grid at Mount Panorama.
  • Online Fix – Buying a car immediately after purchasing a garage slot could cause the car names to be misaligned or missing.
  • Online Fix – Users were in certain instances unable to “View Vehicle” within vehicle store until first viewing an owned car in a custom livery.
  • Online Fix – (Eliminator) – Resolved issues related to players who terminally damage will be placed first on the results screen.
  • Online Fix – Fixed instances of players switching from party mode to another vehicle discipline then having upgrade stats removed from a player’s owned car.
  • Career Fix – Using a flashback whilst corner cutting could result in the lap counter not incrementing.
  • Online Fix – Resolved sporadic instances of upgrading an owned vehicle also upgrading the loan version.
  • Online Fix – Fixed some instances of vehicle models not correctly loading for party mode vehicle classes that have multiple vehicles.
  • Online Fix - Fixed select tooltip persisting on screen during online sessions if the user is on the confirm repair screen as the pre-race timer expires.
  • RaceNet Fix – Resolved issues related to the “best lap time” ghost car using a default livery rather than the player’s custom livery.
  • Online Fix – Fixed instances of viewing another players stats causing the user to receive the wrong race winnings.
  • RaceNet Fix – Players are told they are ‘Signing out of RaceNet’ when returning to the Press Start screen after purchasing DLC.
  • Career Fix – (Street) – Some players were not awarded the team target bonus for Cup objectives when driving for Ravenwest.
  • AI Fix – (Drift) – Very easy AI in quarter and semi final heats will always have medium level difficulty scores.
  • Career Fix – (Drift) – Fixed sporadic instances of “Drive X km in a Drift event” sponsor objective giving an impossibly high figure.
  • Feature Addition – Support implemented for additional DLC including a “Sprint” pack (with additional game mode) and a “Touring Car” pack.
  • Miscellaneous additional bug fixes

Game: GRID AutosportReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All


Today, Codemasters announced F1 2014, their upcoming Formula One racing game for the 360, PS3, and PC. This will be the companies last old-gen release only, as next year they will be releasing their F1 title on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

From the Codemasters' Blog:

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"Coming October 17th (21st in NA) is F1 2014 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Drawing upon all our experience in developing Formula 1 titles down the years, F1 2014 recreates this year’s incredible season featuring all the seismic changes to the sport, including new turbocharged cars, new circuits plus all the driver moves.

The game also includes refined handling on a pad and a new driver evaluation system that tunes game settings to your skill level to increase accessibility – we want all of our players to race competitively, more quickly. Of course, all the veterans of the series will be able to experience the true challenge of racing this year’s stunning generation of cars, featuring more explosive power delivery but less downforce, by customising your options and turning off all the assists.

Scenario mode has been expanded, we’ve refined career mode options and there’s more info to come, but for now we’ll let Stephen Hood, our creative director on F1, introduce you to some of the headline changes in the sport and the game..

“There’s been a dramatic shift in the sport; the largest shake up in the rules and regulations for a very long time and the new power units provide a very different kind of challenge, for both driver and team. By delivering all of these changes, F1 2014 will make for an exciting and refreshingly different experience. Additionally, with the new driver evaluation system analysing each player’s skill level and suggesting appropriate game settings, plus re-graded difficulty levels including a brand new Very Easy setting, we aim to deliver a thoroughly rewarding F1 experience for players of all abilities, from the novice to the seasoned pro.”

Game: F1 2014Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All

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