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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
05:12 PM - May 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports continues to slowly reveal the roster for Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. Today they have released a quick video showcasing Jonas Blixt.

So far EA Sports has confirmed Rickie Fowler, winner of The Players Championship, Masters Champion, Jordan Spieth and the cover athlete Rory McIlroy, with plans to reveal more of the roster in the coming weeks.

Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR is scheduled to release on July 14th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All

There's a brief window where NFL football goes off to slumber following the NFL Draft -- it's actually a relief. But EA is all like, "Nah son Madden NFL 16 is coming on August 25 and you need a reason to look forward to that when we are not doling out screenshots and junk."

And what's the one mode that is always being updated -- and just so happens to make EA a lot of money? Well Ultimate Team of course! So in step "loyalty rewards" for Madden Ultimate Team.

Now this is something we've seen in some form or fashion in EA's Ultimate Team modes in the past, so in short you can earn rewards for MUT '16 by doing three things in MUT '15:

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1. Total Season and Solo Challenge progress and Sets completed
2. Completing MUT Master, Road Master, or MUT Champion Sets
3. Completing new MUT Season Vault Sets using MUT Season Collectibles

By doing these tasks, you'll earn coins, player items and contracts. You will get some of these rewards in MUT '15 and others once Madden 16 comes out.

EA makes it clear which rewards you will get in Madden 15 and which you will get in Madden 16 as each is tied to one of those three aforementioned tasks. You can check out the full release here for that breakdown.

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 3.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
10:39 AM - May 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner, and there’s always a great deal of hype and zeitgeist generated by the teased, shown and playable games. It’s one of those times where it’s easy to get kind of swept up in the moment, losing sight of the fact that you are being messaged the whole time. Developers and publishers want you to think of their game above all others, and they also want to show you their games in a very favourable light. This can lead to hyperbole during the show and then a crashing reality once the game actually ships (or is delayed). It doesn’t mean games at E3 won’t end up being great games. On the contrary, many games at E3 will end up delivering the goods. But we all have to understand that E3 is a big marketing machine, first and foremost.

Read More - E3 and the Hype Train



Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is scheduled to arrive later this summer for Xbox One and PC (via Steam), check out the trailer here. It will include 2 brand new stadiums (see the screenshots here) and quite a few new features and improvements.

For PlayStation fans the new content will be coming in form of updates and/or free DLC. More details on that will come at a later time.

Read the full press release and new features below.

It’s time for Xbox One and Steam gamers to warm up in the on-deck circle as independent developer Metalhead Software announces it is bringing the award-winning baseball game Super Mega Baseball to the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, and to PC via Steam, in the summer of 2015. The newest version of the game, Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings, will feature a bevy of new content, including brand new stadiums, enhanced gameplay and improved baseball simulation.

“Right now there are few options for quality, accessible sports titles on the market, particularly when it comes to baseball games on the Xbox One and PC,” said Metalhead Co-founder Scott Drader. “We’re really looking to put this genre back on the map for more casual fans, especially the younger generation of gamers who haven’t had access to the types of games that were common during their parents’ generation. Games that could introduce a sport to the uninitiated and turn them into fans for life.”

Super Mega Baseball’s initial iteration was met with critical acclaim, garnering an 85 Metacritic score and “Sports Game of the Year” honors. The game has a unique Ego system, which offers a fine-grained control of difficulty on a per-user basis, that has been widely praised for its ability to level the playing field in cooperative and competitive modes. This system will push seasoned gamers to their limits while simultaneously providing a gentle introduction for beginners.

Features
  • Realistic Simulation and Physics: Don’t be fooled by the light-hearted/comical presentation; the fundamentals of baseball are well represented and if someone isn’t familiar with the rules, they will be after playing Super Mega Baseball.
  • Groundbreaking Difficulty System: Super Mega Baseball boasts an innovative difficulty control scheme called the Ego system. The Ego system offers a fine-grained control of difficulty on a per- user basis, which has been widely praised for leveling the playing field in cooperative and competitive modes. This system will push seasoned gamers to their limits while simultaneously providing a gentle introduction for beginners.
  • Up-to Four Player Local Co-op Play: In addition to solo play, players can try their hand at head- to-head, 2v1, 2v2 and co-op against the CPU. In co-op mode, teammates alternate batting/running each time at-bat, and alternate pitching/fielding each inning, meaning ballplayers need to be on their toes every play. To even games, players can use the Ego system to set up a competitive game between friends of any skill level.
  • Ultra Responsive and Blazing Fast Gameplay: Controls are easy to learn, but players will need to master jumping, diving, wall-catches, power-swings and cut-off plays to properly dominate friends. Short load times and a streamlined interface means most of the time is spent in the action, with nine-inning games taking around 20 minutes to play.
  • Leveling System: Players tally up Starpoints for hits, strikeouts and catches during each game and Level Up once they collect enough points. Players can hire staff to train and coach their squad, improving skill attributes such as Power and Speed. Use that jacked up team to win at higher difficulties (and post higher leaderboard scores than friends)!
  • Full batting and pitching statistics: Comprehensive baseball statistics that ballplayers can use to show off their MVP-quality skills
  • Player Customization: Customize the look and names of a team’s players to create a ragtag crew of family and friends. Make as many aesthetic adjustments as you can imagine!

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07:13 AM - May 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

With E3 just around the corner, EA Sports plans to reveal the first new feature for FIFA 16 tomorrow on their YouTube channel.

What are you hoping to see?

Game: FIFA 16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
01:45 PM - May 26, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Jayson Young

Metalhead Software's work on Super Mega Baseball's first major patch has been completed, according to the company's Twitter account. The version 1.01 title update will be up for download on the PlayStation Network "within a few weeks" as it must first pass Sony's certification process.

In the meantime, Metalhead Software has been teasing fans with screenshots and descriptions of some of the patch's changes, which you can see pictured above and below.

Operation Sports writer, Robert Kollars, gave Super Mega Baseball a 7/10 in his review, praising the game's rapid pace, and its appealing combination of cartoon aesthetics with realistic gameplay. Super Mega Baseball was also voted the "rookie of the year" by the Press Row Podcast, and it placed third on the panelists' countdown of their favorite overall sports games from 2014.

If the game's $20 price seems too intimidating, Super Mega Baseball is also available as a rental through PlayStation Now's on-demand streaming service, starting at a rate of $1.99 for 4 hours.


Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 3 - View All
07:54 AM - May 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

For a game representing one of the more popular sports in North America, the release of NASCAR 15 has been relatively quiet. NASCAR used to command the same attention as other annual racing games and sports titles. This year, the Gamestop where I purchased my copy had only received two copies for each platform.

Worse, the game comes with a large share of the usual warning signs: last-gen only, later than usual release date, exclusive retailer, budget price, etc. The biggest issue, however with NASCAR 15, is that it's really just a rescind NASCAR 14.


Read More - NASCAR '15 Review (360/PS3)

Game: NASCAR '15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All

NBA 2K fans can get their hands on a copy of NBA 2K16 four days prior to the official release date by pre-ordering the game. NBA 2K16 releases on September 29th, if you pre-order you get it on Friday, September 25th. It is currently available to pre-order on Amazon with more vendors to follow.

Your NBA 2K16 pre-order will also include the following in-game bonuses:
  • 10,000 Virtual Currency (VC);
  • MyTEAM VIP Package:
    • New-Gen & PC - 3 MyTEAM Emerald Packs each with a guaranteed Emerald player;
    • Prior-Gen - MyTEAM Gold Booster Pack with Guaranteed Gold Player and 4 additional Gold items.
As noted by LD2K on Twitter.

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Also, the #NBA2K16 Early Tip-Off Weekend pre-order is NOT retailer specific. Anywhere you can pre-order (including digitally) you get it.

And more clarification in the comments section.

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Not only a week early release date up in to September, but pre-ordering ensures you're playing it FOUR days early, unlimited access.

Also, two things to clarify:
  • Yes, this is a pre-order applies BOTH digitally and physically. More details are being worked out on exact timing (time zones etc)
  • This release date will be the same in ALL regions internationally - September 29... but only some regions will have the pre-order, 4-day early - UK, AUS have it for example). More details will be coming on those questions later.


Read the full press release below.

NBA® 2K16 Announces Early Tip-Off Weekend

Fans who pre-order get a head start on the action four days ahead of street date plus bonus digital goods

2K today announced that NBA® 2K16, the next iteration of the top-rated NBA video game simulation series for the past 15 years*, will offer fans an unprecedented Early Tip-Off Weekend, putting the full game into the hands of fans four days ahead of the scheduled street date. Beginning today, fans can pre-order NBA 2K16 at participating North American retail and online vendors, ensuring they receive their copy beginning on Friday, September 25, four days ahead of the game’s September 29 street date, along with in-game bonuses.

“NBA 2K16 promises to be one of the most groundbreaking sports titles in video game history, combining exciting new features with uncanny realism,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K. “We’re always seeking new ways to excite and ignite our fans’ tremendous passion for the franchise, and offering unmatched early access is just another way to bring them closer to the on-court action they crave.”

In addition to Early Tip-Off Weekend access, NBA 2K16 pre-orders will include the following in-game bonuses:
  • 10,000 Virtual Currency (VC);
  • MyTEAM VIP Package:
    • New-Gen & PC - 3 MyTEAM Emerald Packs each with a guaranteed Emerald player;
    • Prior-Gen - MyTEAM Gold Booster Pack with Guaranteed Gold Player and 4 additional Gold items.
NBA 2K16 will be available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft; and Windows PC platforms on September 29, 2015.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
Monday, May 25, 2015
12:15 PM - May 25, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte


Players On The Rise


Bryce Harper has become everything everyone projected he would be this season, and with that came Diamond tier status in Diamond Dynasty this week. I am not shocked it happened, but I am a little shocked it happened already. He deserves the rating, but he's been getting ratings boosts almost every week so I was not sure if he would get another big one so soon -- but he did. With his upgrade, Harper's no longer needed for the Nationals Collection anymore.

Other big winners this week come from the Braves as Shelby Miller and Freddie Freeman both went Gold. A couple other players who seemed a bit overdue for ratings boost also got an uptick this week in Todd Frazier, Ryan Braun, Freddy Galvis, Jimmy Paredes, Brandon Crawford and Lucas Duda.

The biggest winner this week was Vidal Nuno who was a plus-seven week over week in Overall rating. And the final note is Dee Gordon going up plus-three means he's no longer needed for the Marlins Collection. Therefore, the Marlins are now one of the easier Collections to finish.

Tier Changes
  • Ubaldo Jimenez went from Bronze to Silver
  • Miguel Gonzalez went from Bronze to Silver
  • Nate Karns went from Common to Bronze
  • Brandon Guyer went from Common to Bronze
  • Russell Martin went from Silver to Gold
  • Jason Kipnis went from Silver to Gold
  • J.D. Martinez went from Bronze to Silver
  • Kendrys Morales went from Bronze to Silver
  • Carson Smith went from Bronze to Silver
  • Logan Morrison went from Common to Bronze
  • Freddie Freeman went from Silver to Gold
  • Shelby Miller went from Silver to Gold
  • Bryce Harper went from Gold to Diamond
  • Lucas Duda went from Bronze to Silver
  • Todd Frazier went from Silver to Gold
  • Ryan Braun went from Silver to Gold
  • Michael Blazek went from Common to Bronze
  • Matt Carpenter went from Silver to Gold
  • Kevin Siegrist went from Bronze to Silver
  • Jhonny Peralta went from Bronze to Silver
  • Vidal Nuno went from Common to Bronze
  • Yasmani Grandal went from Bronze to Silver

Full List Of Changes

Ubaldo Jimenez +5 boost in Overall rating (81 Overall)
Miguel Gonzalez +3 (79)
Jimmy Paredes +5 (75) -- +11 Con vs. R / +12 Con vs. L / +7 Pwr vs. R
David DeJesus +3 (73)
Logan Forsythe +4 (73)
Nate Karns +4 (70)
Brandon Guyer +5 (69)
Russell Martin +3 (86) -- +15 Con vs. L / +6 Pwr vs. L
Avisail Garcia +2 (75)
Jason Kipnis +3 (87) -- +6 Con vs. R / +10 Pwr vs. R
Jose Iglesias +4 (82) -- +16 Spd / +29 Stl
J.D. Martinez +4 (79)
Anthony Gose +3 (73)
Kendrys Morales +4 (80) -- +7 Con vs. L / +7 Pwr vs. R
Mike Moustakas +2 (80) -- +8 Con vs. R / +11 Con vs. L
Aaron Brooks +5 (68)
Johnny Giavotella +5 (66)
Nelson Cruz +2 (90) -- +3 Pwr vs. R / +3 Pwr vs. L
Carson Smith +6 (80)
Logan Morrison +3 (70)
Prince Fielder +2 (84) -- +6 Con vs. R / +8 Pwr vs. L
Freddie Freeman +3 (87) -- +6 Con vs. L / +9 Pwr vs. L
Shelby Miller +4 (87) -- +7 Sta / BB/9 +6
Cody Martin +5 (74)
Dee Gordon +3 (89) -- +10 Con vs. R / +10 Con vs. L / +15 Vision
Bryce Harper +4 (94) -- +6 Con vs. L / +12 Power vs. L
Yunel Escobar +2 (77) -- +9 Con vs. R / +6 Con vs. L
Michael A. Taylor +1 (67)
Lucas Duda +3 (79) -- +18 Con vs. L / -5 Pwr vs. R
Wiler Flores +2 (71)
Ryan Howard +2 (77) -- +16 Pwr vs. R / -11 Pwr vs. L
Freddy Galvis +4 (77) -- +10 Con vs. R / +19 Con vs. L
Odubel Herrera +4 (72)
Jason Hammel +4 (82)
Todd Frazier +3 (87) -- -11 Con vs. R / +13 Pwr vs. R / +9 Pwr vs. L
Ryan Braun +1 (85) -- -8 Con vs. L / +15 Pwr vs. R / -10 Pwr vs. L
Michael Blazek +6 (70)
Matt Carpenter +2 (86) -- +8 Pwr vs. R / +7 Pwr vs. L
Kevin Siegrist +4 (80)
Jhonny Peralta +3 (79) -- +12 Pwr vs. R / +14 Pwr vs. L
A.J. Pollock +2 (81) -- +12 Pwr vs. L
Rubby De La Rosa +6 (77)
Brad Ziegler +1 (76)
Chase Anderson +5 (76)
Vidal Nuno +7 (72)
Yasmani Grandal +4 (80) -- +9 Con vs. R / +8 Con vs. L / +6 Pwr vs. R
Brandon Crawford +4 (83) -- +9 Con vs. L / +10 Pwr vs. R / +13 Pwr vs. L

Read More - Players on the Decline and More

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All

The official weekly MLB 15 The Show roster update is available now. The update adds 6 players and includes 133 player movements.

Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Bryce Harper +4 (94), Craig Kimbrel -2 (94), Robinson Cano -2 (93), Troy Tulowitzki -3 (93), Nelson R. Cruz +2 (90), Dee Gordon +3 (89), Jason Kipnis +3 (87), Freddie Freeman +3 (87), Andrelton Simmons -1 (87), Todd Frazier +3 (87), Shelby Miller +4 (87), Russell Martin +3 (86), Matt Carpenter +2 (86).

Check out all of the details below.


Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Sunday, May 24, 2015
10:15 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by RidinDwnKingsley. Written by Steve Noah

OSFM 2015 V.2 rosters are available now for MLB 15 The Show.

To download the roster, follow these simple directions:
  • Tab over to the Community tab
  • Go to Vaults
  • Roster Vault
  • Browse Rosters
  • Find the #OSFM2015 V2 roster, created by RIDINDWNKINGSL dated 05/24/15 Download it, save it, enjoy it.
First off I wanna thank everyone who contributed to this set. This version is a completely new base roster than V1. What that means is its based off one of the newest SCEA updates with all ht, wt and body type fixes. So this was another massive project requiring hundreds of hours and I think you will agree it shows. The updates, fixes, corrections and cosmetic changes from V1 to V2 are too massive to list. I hope you enjoy it.

It is another 25 man roster because I wanted to get it out tonight instead of delaying it a day.

Here are some highlights:
  • International Free Agents-FA1
  • 2015 Top 20 MLB draft Prospects in FA1
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  • hundreds of new players, equip edits and position changes
  • up to the minute transaction updates
  • features all SCEA created players from updates
  • SCEA ratings adjustments are in as well as OSFM formulas used in past rosters
This is not another opening day set rather based on current season or within last few days.

In the vault
Psn-ridindwnkingsley
#OSFM2015 V2

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
02:47 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Jeremy Chisenhall

With the NBA Draft Lottery behind us, it is time to let the mock drafts begin. This time of year is the favorite for NBA analysts and scouts, as they get to give their two cents on who should go where when draft day rolls around. There are sure to be hours of speculation on what players should be drafted in reality, but what about the 2015 draft in NBA 2K15? Here are my top five would-be picks in the video game world.

Read More: NBA 2K15 Top 5 Mock Draft

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
02:23 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

We may or may not get a roster update tomorrow as it's Memorial Day weekend in the States. But whether the update comes Monday or Tuesday, it's time to predict who may be on the rise in the next roster update.

I'll be breaking the predictions into tiers based on my own confidence level.

Ratings Boost Probability: High

Jason Kipnis - He got a plus-one boost last week, but he's done nothing but continue to hit.

Ryan Braun - He was stripped of Gold status earlier in the year, but not many players have hit the ball better than Braun the past month.

Kris Bryant - Bryant got a plus-two boost last week, but I still feel confident projecting him to get another upgrade.

Prince Fielder - Fielder is back and healthy and he's been annihilating the ball as of late.

Brandon Crawford - This is probably a little overdue as Crawford is hitting .350 the last month.

Dexter Fowler - Fowler just has a good mix of power and speed going this year.

Brandon Belt - Belt is crushing the ball in May, and it seems maybe he's putting it together.

Shelby Miller - Miller had the near no-hitter and has just been really good. Based on his price in the marketplace, most others think he's getting a boost as well.

A.J. Burnett - Burnett is another one people in the marketplace are already expecting to get a ratings boost. It's fair at this point, his numbers are silly.

Jason Hammel - Hammel has just been really good this year, and even better over the past month.

Mike Bolsinger - Bolsinger is rolling. He's 27 and not a hot-shot prospect, but I would still be a little surprised if he doesn't get a boost.

James Paxton - Paxton is having just a solid year. This is maybe the one I feel least confident about in this category, but he still seems like a solid candidate for a boost.

After the jump, I'll post my more speculative ratings boost predictions.

Read More - Diamond Dynasty Ratings Boost Predictions

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
02:11 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms

It's no secret that NBA 2K is quite popular with actual NBA stars. Might as well add Hassan Whiteside to the list.

Whiteside recently said in an interview that he lives by the motto "give myself the ball" when it comes toppling Take-Two Interactive's NBA video game. He just can't dunk.

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Originally Posted by Hassan Whiteside via CBS Miami
Talking more NB2K, Hoch and Krantz wondered what Whiteside’s rating would be if he averaged 20 and 20 next season.

My 2k rating has to be a 99 if I do that,” Whiteside said. “It’s like 81 or something now, I still can’t dunk. I’m doing fastbreak layups. My motto is I just give myself the ball every time.
Read the full interview here, and check out NBA 2K16 release information including the rumored release date.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
01:25 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms

Take this for what you will:

The Gospel Herald is reporting that NBA 2K16 will be released on October 27 of this year.

It's interesting to note that Take-Two would push back from the regular release date of early October to be more in line with the NBA's actual season. We're seeing this a lot more now, especially with Madden being the trend setter a couple of years ago.

But the most glaring note, WWE 2K16 releases on October 27 as well. Maybe we will see combo pack of NBA and WWE 2K16 at release. It wouldn't be a bad business move to try and bring both franchise fan bases together by offering two brand new games for $99.

Also, GameStop has NBA 2K16 up on their website, along with a small paragraph detailing the next iteration in the award-winning sports video game:

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The NBA 2K franchise is back with the most true-to-life NBA experience to date with NBA 2K16. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or hone your skills online competing against gamers from around the world. With animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation, it's certain to be the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet.
We already know that Spike Lee is heavily involved with the MyPlayer story. Perhaps a re-creation of He Got Game?

But what piques my interest is the smoother movements and realistic articulations mentioned. NBA 2K15 runs at 60 FPS, so there may be a game-changing technological development coming our way this October.

UPDATE: NBA 2K16 Release Date September 29th - Pre-Order and Get it With Bonuses 4 Days Early

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All

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