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01:27 PM - August 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden NFL 16 is a game where I have faced mixed emotions playing it. On one hand, the gameplay has arrived in every way now, and can be put amongst any other game in our genre in terms of great-playing sports games.

On the other hand, funky design decisions and truly bad bugs really hamper the experience in the gameís main mode: Franchise.

That always brings a tension in reviewing a game. It's brilliant but left wondering why some decisions were simply made.

With all of that said, Madden NFL 16 is the best football game youíve ever played, and the experience is generally becoming one that can be described as great.

Read More - Madden NFL 16 Review (PS4/Xbox One)

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:44 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 146th episode of the Press Row Podcast is our official Madden 16 Review Roundtable. The show is actually another two-parter; up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Madden Creative Director Mike Young and Assistant Producer Jake Stein to talk about this year's opening cinematic. The three chat about how it came together, the thought process behind it, and the challenges experienced at launch. Up next, Rich is joined by Owen Good, Bryan Wiedey, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Gus Ramsey to explore Madden 16 in depth. It's one of our most popular episodes each year!

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and canít 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 youíre 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: 2 Hours, 11 Minutes

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


Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:42 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Robert Kollars

Itís that time of year again...EAís latest version of Madden is upon us. If youíre a football fan there is no better time, and if youíre a video game football fan itís, at the very least, an interesting and engaging time. The developers of Madden have gone on record that they truly understand the repetitive on-field issues that have plagued the Madden series over the last decade, and have promised the fan base to do all they can to eradicate them. Now having spent a solid 20 hours with the newest title, I take a look at just how realistic a game of football Madden 16 is on the gridiron. After all, football is a difficult game to faithfully recreate.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Analyzing the AI

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:32 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Shut it Down Diamond Dynasty packs are available now, and throughout the weekend, for MLB 15 The Show costing 10,000 stubs.

Each pack contains 3 player cards from the best relievers and closers. You are guaranteed 1 Gold card or higher with 10 times the chance of receiving a diamond.

Below is a list of players available in packs:
  • Craig Kimbrel
  • Dellin Betances
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Wade Davis
  • Koji Uehara
  • David Robertson
  • Trevor Rosenthal
  • Zach Britton
  • Andrew Miller
  • Cody Allen
  • Ken Giles
  • Drew Storen
  • Glen Perkins
  • Darren O'Day
  • Mark Melancon
  • Roberto Osuna
  • Kevin Siegrist
  • Carson Smith
  • Tony Watson
  • Junichi Tazawa
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Pedro Baez
  • AJ Ramos
  • Sergio Romo
  • Hector Rondon
  • Justin Wilson
  • Jeurys Familia
  • Joe Smith
  • Shawn Tolleson
  • Pedro Strop
  • Josh Fields
  • Luke Gregerson
  • Will Harris
  • Andrew Chafin
  • Hunter Strickland
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • Blaine Hardy
  • Keone Kela
  • Alex Wilson
  • Sean Gilmartin
  • Will Smith
  • Zach McAllister
  • Shawn Kelley
  • Jeremy Jeffress
  • Brad Brach
  • Travis Wood
  • Mark Lowe
  • Brian Matusz
  • Liam Hendriks
  • Franklin Morales
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 28 - View All
09:08 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the latest Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 trailer, featuring all 10 skaters in the game. For those of you that haven't been following along with the title, you can choose from the following skaters:
  • Tony Hawk
  • Riley Hawk
  • Chris Cole
  • David Gonzalez
  • Lizzie Armanto
  • Nyjah Huston
  • Leticia Bufoni
  • Andrew Reynolds
  • Aaron "Jaws" Homoki
  • Ishod Wair
Activision Community Manager, Josh Engen, has posted more details about the new Create-A-Park feature in the game, which includes over 250 usable objects.

Start out by selecting your location (beach, skatepark, school, warehouse, and a super-secret locale), select the size of your park (small, medium, large) and start designing your park.

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Building a park that has perfect, skatable lines with enough variability that skaters are forced to be creative is difficult, but THPS5 allows players to seamlessly switch between skate-mode and editing mode. So, as I created my own park, I would repeatedly pause construction to skate and reskate the new lines, adjusting them slightly to increase or decrease their difficulty.

THPS 5 comes out on September 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and November 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. You can pre-order it now. For more Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 news, screenshots and videos, check out this page.

Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Thursday, August 27, 2015
10:22 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Danny Webster




The point of Madden NFL 16 this year, plain and simple, is to "be the playmaker."

It's been obvious ever since Odell Beckham Jr., was named the cover athlete many months ago. Receivers were about to get their time to shine in Madden, even if it meant certain receivers coming down with never-before-seen catches and them appearing to look overpowered in the game.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Offensive Gameplay Breakdown

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
10:11 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Brandon Kosal

For many athletes, playing defense isnít nearly as fun as offensive. The same holds true for many gamers, myself included, more so when it comes to Madden. In the past, defensive efforts felt like going through the motions and that the user had little control over the outcome. Part of that is only being able to control one out of the 11 players on the field, sure, and to a large extent thereís only so much a developer can do to give the user a greater sense of control. With Madden 16, I think EA Sports has made great strides in this department.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Defensive Gameplay Breakdown

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
07:29 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

EA has unveiled the changes for NHL's Ultimate Team (HUT) mode. The major change is that single-player seasons will now be a thing.

This should come as no surprise for those out there who play Ultimate Team a lot as single-player seasons are in some of the other Ultimate Team modes as well. In short, the folks working on NHL 16's Ultimate Team just want to try and keep their mode in parity with the others out there.

NHL 16 will be released on September 15 in North America.

Source - NHL 16 HUT (EA Sports)

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All

After giving away a free Baseball is Better Diamond Dynasty pack (valued at 15,000 stubs) for MLB 15 The Show fans last week, the team is giving away 2 free packs this week.

Simply log into Diamond Dynasty and receive one Gold Sponsor pack and one random pack (valued at 12,000 stubs) from the list below:
  • Devís Choice
  • April Topps 50
  • May Topps 50
  • June Topps 50
  • July Topps 50
  • Heavy Hitters
  • Trades and Rumors
  • All I Do Is Win
NOTE: With the reintroduction of Limited Time Equipment, the Gold Sponsor Pack may have something special.

Let us know what you grabbed in your packs.

The team has also made some improvements to the economic landscape of the marketplace, which include:
  • Reintroducing Limited Time Equipment: "Stars and Stripes" and "Camo" equipment will be back in circulation for an indefinite amount of time. We always wanted to bring it back sometime, so why not now? Lots of limited time equipment was stock piled on troll accounts that have been banned, so we need more back in circulation anyway.
  • Cap on Stub Balance and Order Amount: We are setting a Stub Balance Cap at 10 million Stubs. If you had played 24 hours a day since the game launched you still would not have even a tenth of this cap. We are also reducing anyone with over 10 million Stubs to 10 million. This will put a ceiling on the negative affect any one troll could have on the marketplace and it only affects about .01% (1% of 1%) of users. The few affected will get a super awesome package of packs. We also have placed a cap on the max transaction amount to prevent outrageous orders that have no business being on the marketplace.
  • Buy-Order Reset: In order to properly apply the Stub Balance Cap mentioned above, we have reset all Buy-Orders on the marketplace, returning posted Stubs to their owners.
  • Marketplace Caps: transactions cannot exceed 500k Stubs. This happened a few days ago.
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 28 - View All
05:01 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


NBA 2K16 is introducing over 1,500 tattoo designs that you can move, scale, rotate and layer onto your MyPLAYER. Fans will be able to apply tattoos to the chest, back, neck, legs and arms.

Check out the video here, or on YouTube at a higher resolution here.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All

EA Sports is currently recording commentary for the upcoming East Lake Golf Club, the newest course for Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR.

As mentioned previously, the course will be free in late September and available in Play Now, Tour Pro career, and online modes.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
02:08 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

Hey guys, so we recently re-launched our OperationSports YouTube channel (like, comment subscribe, etc.) We hope to expand our audience there as we continue to create videos here.

We've been focusing mainly on Madden for now as that's the most recent major release. Obviously we will be transitioning and playing more of the fall releases as they come out, but the question we have today is:

What do you guys want to see from us in terms of video content? We have plenty of ideas, but specifically when it comes to Madden what are you looking for as we move forward?

There's plenty directions we can go. We can tread in some similar territories others do where we do:
  • MUT pack openings
  • Gameplay commentaries
  • Draft Champions playthroughs
  • CFM follow-alongs and so on.
We can also do stuff that we're known for like in-depth breakdowns and critiques of anything and everything:
  • Why CFM works and fails as a franchise mode
  • The best way to play 15-minute quarters and get realistic stats
  • Etc.
An example of something a bit more in-depth would be the Penalty Analysis video I created earlier this week where I just looked at the amount of penalties and why they were called.

In addition, would you be interested in an OperationSports Twitch or YouTube Gaming stream to come hangout once or twice a week (at least for now) and watch and chat about sports, life and video games with the community? Either way we'll start streaming in due time, but if it's a priority for you all then we'll start it up sooner than later.

Feel free to reach out and give feedback in this thread, or via a private message to me, or via Twitter @ChaseBecotte. You can even tell me what you just DON'T want to see from our videos.

Any and all feedback is welcome, thanks guys!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All

2K Sports has added the '07-'08 Boston Celtics (previously revealed) and '12-'13 Miami Heat to the list of classic teams in NBA 2K16.

There will be 12 new classic teams added this year, 8 of them have now been confirmed.

Here is the list of confirmed classic teams so far:
  • '12-'13 Miami Heat
  • '03-'04 Detroit Pistons
  • '07-'08 Houston Rockets
  • '99-'00 Toronto Raptors
  • '07-08 Boston Celtics
  • '00-'01 Los Angeles Lakers
  • '02-'03 Dallas Mavericks
  • '99-'00 Portland Trail Blazers
Two more teams will be revealed next Thursday.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All
12:41 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Madden's newest mode is Draft Champions, and so far it's one of the freshest additions to the franchise in years. This is a quick and deep experience that reminds me of what I liked about the Ultimate Team mode when it debuted in UEFA Champions League 2006-2007.

According to EA's early press releases, the developers of Draft Champions had four goals: "Always on the Clock. Every Pick Matters. Keep it Tight. Replayable." With limited plays, I think they hit the mark with each.

Read More - Madden 16: Draft Champions Is One of the Best Parts of the Game

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:38 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Motorsport 6 demo is set to arrive on September 1, exclusively for Xbox One users. Check out the full car list at the official website, along with screenshots of the tracks included in the game.

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The demo features a selection of the 450+ Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. Youíll experience highlights from the gameís 26 world-famous locales, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

Everyone who plays the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their garage in Forza Motorsport 6 for no additional cost. In addition, the demo will include additional features that allow fans to get even deeper into the Forza Motorsport 6 experience.

Forza Motorsport 6 arrives on September 15, but for those of you willing to shell out $99.99 for the Forza Motorsport 6 Ultimate Edition, you can get it on September 10.

For more news, screenshots and videos on Forza Motorsport 6, check out this page.

Game: Forza Motorsport 6Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

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