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10:10 AM - April 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


Confused as to how to use your created player in Diamond Dynasty? Wondering which cards to feed your created player and which to keep? Wondering which position you should shoot to play him at?

Here's the guide to answer all of those questions.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: How to Use Your Created Player in Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
08:39 AM - April 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


DiRT Rally is available now through the Steam Early Access Program. You can purchase it now through May 4th and get 10% off at $31.49. Check out the trailer here and a bunch of screenshots here.

More details can be seen at the official blog, as well as the full press release below.

Welcome to DiRT Rally - a new world of DiRT. A pure expression of rally, the pinnacle of off-road motor racing and it begins now, in Early Access, with regular free updates including new locations, new game modes and new vehicles.

DiRT Rally captures the essence of what makes rally unique – that sense of trying to remain in control of your emotions, as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time. It’s the ultimate test of a driver’s skill, and it’s the ultimate in high risk, high reward gameplay.

Every stage will test you differently, as you feel out grip across varying surfaces and adapt your style to a range of different weather types. As the car suffers attrition you’ll need to account for mechanical damage whilst your dedicated rally team tries to keep you competitive with time-limited repairs between stages. As stages string together, each rally becomes a marathon-like test of concentration and skill, as you trust in your co-driver and your own ability to react and adapt, in order to stay competitive and chase that ever-elusive perfect run.
  • DiRT RALLY AND THE COMMUNITY: The community is DiRT Rally’s co-driver and their feedback will help shape the evolution of the experience. For players joining DiRT Rally in Early Access and the road ahead, the team want their feedback. They’ll be helping to test theories and providing vital data that will help to refine DiRT Rally.
  • EXPERIENCE 3 MASSIVE NEW REAL-WORLD RALLY LOCATIONS: From the start of Early Access, DiRT Rally offers three massive environments and 36 challenging stages, with more to follow. Drive them during the day - in dry, overcast, sunny, misty, wet, rainy and snowy conditions - and then take them on at night for a very different, intense experience that will challenge the elite.
  • Powys, Wales - Muddy, wet gravel stages and forest runs often in the rain during the day and at night.
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco – Tight, twisting, dangerous roads covered with snow and ice that wind through the Alps. Snow and mist affect visibility during the day and at night.
  • Argolis, Greece – Sweeping dusty gravel stages that take their toll on even the strongest rally cars in the intense heat of the Mediterranean in the bright daylight or at night.
  • 14 CARS OVER 6 NEW AND CLASSIC CLASSES TO DRIVE NOW: Rally is about having the right car and DiRT Rally will have all of the right cars. At the start of Early Access, DiRT Rally delivers 14 cars and will be adding more cars over more classes in the future.
  • NEW DRIVING MODEL: The physical simulation for DIRT Rally has been completely rebuilt to adequately capture how it feels to race across changing surfaces, and loose surfaces collect under the wheels during lateral sliding, creating a completely new feel to sliding around corners.
  • RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPS, RALLY ASYNC & CUSTOM RALLY EVENTS: Take on a single stage and learn the calls in Custom Rally events, compete against increasingly skilled opposition in Rally Seasons or prove yourself against the entire community of players in Rally Async challenges.
  • TEAM MANAGEMENT: Hire up to four engineering staff to work on your vehicle between stages. Drill down and hire them based on their contract length, wage demands, and on the insight they can offer over upgrades to the vehicles you own. Keep renewing an engineer’s contract and you’ll be able to give them perks that will help upgrade specific vehicles faster.
  • UPGRADES: As you drive a vehicle in events your engineers will become more familiar with it and will research upgrades that will unlock the full potential of the car. DiRT Rally’s comprehensive upgrade system makes meaningful improvements to the car’s handling and performance to stay competitive
  • TUNING: Delivering the most comprehensive tuning system ever in a DiRT game, DiRT Rally enables players to tune their cars based on weather conditions, car condition and more to ensure they can refine their setup and get the car feeling right for their driving style.
  • DAMAGE & REPAIRS: Off-road racing is tough and unforgiving; competing causes vehicles to suffer wear and tear as replicated by DiRT Rally’s comprehensive mechanical damage system. Thankfully, damage can be repaired by hiring eEngineers to work in the team’s Service Area between stages. Much as in the Colin McRae Rally games, there’s a finite amount of time to repair cars between rally stages.
  • PHYSICS-BASED ASSISTS: Being fast is about skill, not raw speed. Whilst DiRT Rally allows players to experience cars in their purest form it also offers a selection of real world assists, similar to those seen in race and road vehicles. Traction Control works to minimise wheel spin, ABS increases your braking ability by preventing the wheels from locking up and Stability Control keeps your car from over rotating in the corners.

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Game: DiRT RallyReader Score: Vote Now
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08:14 AM - April 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



A new MLB 15 The Show Challenge of the Week is available now.

This week, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez goes up against New York Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey. The challenge ends on May 5th at 4:30 AM PT.

There are no prizes this week, but share your scores, if you give it a shot.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
07:48 AM - April 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


After showing off the VW GTI Design Vision and Dodge Charger SRT8 over the weekend, DriveClub has provided a new video of the Jaguar XKR-S Coupe today for the upcoming Turbocharged Car Pack.

The car pack is scheduled to release this week and includes the Ferrari F40, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Charger SRT8, Jaguar XKR-S Coupé and Volkswagen Design Vision GTI.

For more on the DriveClub updates we will see this week, check out this news post.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Saturday, April 25, 2015



The VW GTI Design Vision and Dodge Charger SRT8 are coming to DriveClub next week, in the Turbocharged Expansion Pack, check out the VW GTI Design Vision video here and the Dodge Charger SRT8 video here.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
10:44 AM - April 25, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

TeamVVV has posted another gameplay video from Project CARS. This one features a couple of laps around Nürburgring from the helmet cam view.

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Always a challenge to the car and driver, not my best circuit but here's a two lap race and you'll see how I improve as the race goes on. Visually it runs well, note the subtle weather change towards the end. Played with the controller on 'mode 2' handling wise its initially tricky but intuitive, this car having good grip and lots of power. TCS is on but it won't save you, so being gentle on the power is always the best policy.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
10:11 AM - April 25, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

The PC exclusive Freestyle2: Street Basketball classifies itself as an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online), and it captures that feeling pretty well. It utilizes the "free-to-play" model, which serves it well since its simplistic gameplay and art style are sure to turn some people away from the get go.

Read More - Freestyle2: Street Basketball Impressions

Game: Freestyle2: Street BasketballReader Score: Vote Now
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Friday, April 24, 2015
03:00 PM - April 24, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Between the games we’re playing right now and talk of the games coming down the line later this year, this week’s Press Row Podcast touches all the bases. Our panel hits on playing NHL during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, whether losing the Masters hurts EA Sports’ upcoming PGA Tour game, the impact of WWE coming to the PC, our latest stories playing The Show, and the leaked information about Spike Lee contributing to the next version of NBA 2K. There’s never a dull moment in the world of sports video games!

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, 32 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 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
11:53 AM - April 24, 2015. Posted by HustlinOwl. Written by Steve Noah

Limited Edition Movers and Shakers packs are available now in MLB 15 The Show Diamond Dynasty, throughout the weekend. Each pack contains 6 player cards, limited to players who switched teams in the off-season, with a chance of receiving a bronze, silver, gold and diamond all doubled. Good luck.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
09:34 AM - April 24, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.


MLB 15 The Show has been out a few weeks now and our staff has been playing it non-stop -- foregoing jobs, wives, and even our own children in pursuit of winning a World Series.

Ok, perhaps it's not that bad, but everyone does seem to be enjoying the game still. Check out several rounds of impressions after the jump!

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Impressions After a Few Weeks of Play

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
Thursday, April 23, 2015
07:20 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Millennium.
Controlling the run game may be one of the most overlooked parts of not only MLB The Show, but baseball in general. It's the little things that keep good runners stationary, and some of the most basic things you may not be doing could be hurting your chances to mow down a runner at second. So I went to the lab, tested some methods myself, then asked the developers in order to bring to you my guide where we tell our opponents:


PICK OFF ATTEMPTS

L2+Double Tap is the casual move.

L2+Hold is the Deceptive move

L2+Tap is the Quick move

Many don't use pick off attempts because they only see the risk (throwing the ball into the stands). What you need to know is this: A pick off attempt affects the runner for the rest of the at bat. On a preloaded steal attempt (by either the CPU or User) the chance for a Good to Great "jump" (how quickly the runner gets into his running animation) is directly affected by a pick off attempt. There is still the chance your pitcher throws the ball away (determined by the type of move used and the pitcher's Arm Accuracy rating), but the reward of a runner being thrown out on a bad jump is immensely important.

SLIDE STEP

Achieved by holding R2 while pushing X to begin your pitch to the plate.

Again we are talking risk/reward. The risk: Your pitch will have less accuracy, less break, and less velocity. The reward: You get a shorter stride to the plate, giving your catcher more time to throw the runner out. Especially important for pitchers with high leg kicks and/or slow stretch motions to the plate (yes, it's just like real life: you CAN time pitcher's strides to the plate in MLB The Show)

PITCH OUT

You can use L1+X when selecting a pitch to select a pitch out.

This is good when you know a runner is going, but if you're wrong you will have just wasted a ball at the plate. Great in 0-1 and 1-1 counts.

PITCHING CADENCE (PRO TIP)

Here is my Number One tip to controlling the run game, either User or CPU. If you come to a set position and throw the pitch immediately every time then people stealing on you is completely your fault. Vary the length of time you are in the set position every time. Even count to yourself if necessary. This will not only throw off users who manually steal against you, THIS DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE CPU AND USER "JUMP" AND PICK OFF SUCCESS, especially with baserunners with high Steal ratings. I have confirmed this with a gameplay dev at SCEA recently, and can't stress this enough. This practice is what separates holding a decent runner to first from stranding a Jose Reyes type.

These 4 tips should have you keeping baserunners from running all over you in no time!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
04:24 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Team VVV has posted another Project CARS gameplay video as he tests many of the cars and circuits.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 11 - View All
03:13 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Nearly a month after the game was released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, R.B.I. Baseball 15 is available now for iOS devices. You can purchase and download it at the Apple Store for $4.99. For those of you looking for the Android version, a release date has not been announced yet.

What's New in 2015:
  • 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
If you missed our review of the PlayStation 4 version, you can read it here.

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 15Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
02:25 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will feature three distinct gameplay styles, ranging from Arcade to Classic as well as new ball physics according to a new blog released by EA Sports today.

The three types of play are arcade, classic, and tour.

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Arcade - This style uses a simple analog swing mechanic that is familiar for to those who have played previous games in the versions of PGA TOUR franchise. The length of your backswing determines the power of your shot, while keeping your swing on plane will affects accuracy.

Additionally, aids like power boost, spin, and an aiming arc will help make this style the most accessible. It’s like slipping right back into a comfortable, broken-in pair of golf spikes.

Classic - Remember how you used to push the “A Button” back in the day to set the power, then tap it again to lock in accuracy? Classic controls bring those days back, using a 3-Click meter to determine how far your shot goes and how accurate you hit it.

However, this isn’t some rookie mode though, you’ve got to get the timing just right to hit the perfect shot. You also can’t add spin after the fact, so if the ball starts veering off-line you’ll just have to be ready to deal with the consequences.

Tour - The true pros will want to try out the Tour control scheme, as it feels the closest to the real thing. The length of your backswing and the speed of the follow-through set the power, while accuracy is determined by how straight a line you make with the analog stick.

There are no assists such as spin, zoom and aiming arc. Just you, the club and the ball.


The blog also goes on to detail other important gameplay changes, as well as explaining how you can customize your gameplay style by combining the three above. Check out all of the changes on EA's website.

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Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All

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