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04:14 PM - July 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We last took a look at shot aiming tips with the shot arc -- which is much easier than not using the shot arc.

Today we're going to look at some tips on how to handle aiming without the shot arc, which involves a couple of factors: the wind and your lie.

Beyond that, approaching each hole with an overall strategy is a good idea too. When you crank up the difficulty in Rory, the game can be particularly unforgiving. If you can't see the video above, check it out on its dedicated page.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
03:00 PM - July 29, 2015. Posted by jyoung.

EA Sports just hosted a live stream on Twitch, showing off some gameplay and answering a few questions about the NHL 16 EASHL Beta, which will be available Thursday, July 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users.

The broadcast is now over and has been archived here.

If you don't want to spend an hour watching the whole thing, here is an overview of what was discussed:

Notes
  • EA has advised fans to not stay up past midnight, since the Beta download link is likely to go live Thursday morning or afternoon, whenever Sony and Microsoft update their respective marketplaces.

  • Each player class will have its own default height and weight that cannot be changed. This should help make the gameplay more realistic, and will prevent people from exploiting the height/weight system by gaining extra speed for a power forward or additional toughness for a sniper.

  • Any player class can accept a fight, though the more physical classes (grinder, tough guy, defensive defenseman) will have more stamina and more powerful punches.

  • The "playoff beards" feature will work during the EASHL's monthly playoffs. Created players' beards will become thicker as your team progresses from the opening game to the final game. The playoff tournament is four games long.

  • The positional indicator colors are back to the old system of red for center, dark blue for right wing, green for left wing, light blue for left defense, yellow for right defense, and purple for goalie.

  • NHL 16's menu music will once again be an original orchestral score. The licensed soundtrack will only play inside the arenas.

  • EA has fixed a bug that prevented players from aiming five hole in previous NHL games.

  • YouTube users are allowed to upload Beta footage.

  • The Beta will only let EASHL teams choose from the official NHL jerseys of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs semifinalists. The final version of NHL 16 will let EASHL clubs pick from any jersey that's available in the game. You cannot create custom jerseys.

  • Fans will leave the arena early if the home team falls behind by a large margin.

  • Celebration animations are still limited to two-person interactions in NHL 16. Five-man celebrations are being considered for future versions of NHL.

  • Three-on-three overtime will not be immediately available in the EASHL, but EA is looking to add it sometime after NHL 16's release.

  • Each EASHL team is currently given three pauses per game, but EA will be monitoring this situation in the Beta to see if it's worth changing for NHL 16's final release.

  • EASHL teams cannot practice. The only way to play with your club is by starting a full, normal game.

  • In the Beta, all EASHL player classes will have the same skating attributes. Keep in mind, however, that height and weight also affect skating ability. Fan feedback will be used to determine whether or not this system should remain in the final version of NHL 16.

  • There will be a post-Beta survey where fans can give EA direct feedback. The developers will also be checking EA's official forums every day.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
10:31 AM - July 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Robert Kollars

Regardless of what professional racing series an individual may follow, it does not change the fact that each series has certain locales that are, simply put, more exciting than the others. This fact rings true just as much in the genre of video game racing as it does in real life. And what I mean by this is that certain tracks promote better racing in regards to strategy, passing and overall approach. With that in mind, and with the new F1 2015 title from Codemasters hitting retail shelves last week, here is a look at my five favorite tracks in F1 2015.

Read More - F1 2015: The Top Five Tracks

Game: F1 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
10:05 AM - July 29, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


The DM Racing team plan on releasing NASCAR '15 DLC packs today for Xbox 360 and soon for PlayStation 3. Check out the details below.


Game: NASCAR '15Reader Score: Vote Now
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
08:54 PM - July 28, 2015. Posted by Hustle Westbrook. Written by Steve Noah


The Microsoft SmartGlass app revealed quite a few NBA 2K16 details last week. A few users managed to grab screenshots of the advanced controls within the app before it was taken down.

You can check them out below, thanks to LILSPAZ57 for the video and HoopsVilla! There are quite a few new controls and things to take note of, so post your thoughts!

Basic Offense
  • Left Stick: Move Player

  • Pro Stick(Right Stick): Dribble Moves/Shooting/Passing

  • L2/LT: Post Up
  • R2/RT: Sprint.

  • L2/LB: Call Play (tap)/ Pick Control (hold)

  • R1/RB: Icon Pass
  • 
X/A: Pass/Touch Pass

  • Circle/B: Bounce Pass (tap)/Flashy Pass (double tap)

  • Square/X: Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop, double tap for Spin Gather)

  • Triangle/Y: Lob Pass (tap)/Alley-Oop (double tap)
  • 
Up on D-Pad: 2K Smart Play

  • Right on D-Pad: Points Of Emphasis

  • Left on D-Pad: Quick Plays/ Offensive Strategies
Basic Defense
  • X/A: Player Swap (closest to ball)
  • Circle/B: Take Charge
  • Square/X: Steal
  • Triangle/Y: Block/Rebound
  • Right on D-Pad: Points of Emphasis
  • Left on D-Pad: Defensive Sets
  • Down on D-Pad: Substitutions
Shooting
  • Jump Shot: Move and hold the shot stick in any direction (toward hoop for bank shot)
  • Stepback Jumper: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop
  • Hop Gather: Press Square/X while driving (left stick determines direction of hop)
  • Spin Gather: Double tap Square/X while standing or driving
  • Putback Dunk/Layup:Move & hold the shot stick in any direction during an offensive rebound.
  • Dominant/Off-Hand Dunk: R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick left or right to with that hand (while driving)
  • Mid-Air Change Shot: Start dunk/layup, move the right stick in any direction while in the air
  • Pump Fake: Start a jump shot, then quickly release the shot stick
  • Step Through: Pump fake then press and hold the shot stick before pump fake ends
  • Euro Step Layup: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop left/right (while driving) toward hoop.
  • 2-Hand Dunk: R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick toward hoop (while driving)
  • Flashy Dunk: R2/RT + Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop (while driving)
  • Runner Floater: Move and hold the shot stick away from hoop (while driving close)
  • Normal Layup: Move and hold the shot stick toward hoop while driving (right stick direction determines finish hand)
  • Reverse Layup: Move and hold the shot stick toward the baseline (while driving baseline)
Dribbling
  • Crossover: Move the right stick toward off hand, then quickly release
  • Between Legs Cross: Move the right stick between off hand and player’s back, then quickly release
  • Behind Back: Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release
  • Stepback: R2/RT + Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release
  • Signature Size-ups: R2/RT + Move the right stick in any direction then quickly release
  • In and Out: Move the right stick toward hoop then quickly release
  • Hesitation (Quick): Move the right stick toward ball hand then quickly release
  • Hesitation (Escape): Move the right stick toward ball hand but slightly back from hoop then quickly release
  • Spin:Rotate the right stick from ball hand around player’s back, then quickly return to neutral
  • Half Spin:Rotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from ball hand to hoop, then quickly return to neutral
  • Triple Threat Jab: Move right stick left or right then quickly release (while in triple threat)
  • Triple Threat Combo Move: Move the right stick toward the hoop then quickly release (while in triple threat)
  • Triple Threat Stepback: R2/RT + Move the right stick away from hoop, then quickly release (while in triple threat)
  • Triple Threat Spinout: Rotate the right stick then quickly return to neutral (while in triple threat)
Passing
  • Pass: X/A (left stick selects recipient)
  • Bounce Pass: Circle/B (left stick selects recipient)
  • Overhead/Lob Pass: Triangle/Y (left stick selects recipient)
  • Flashy Pass: Double tap Circle/B (left stick selects recipient)
  • Icon Pass: Press R1/RB then press action button of desired receiver
  • Fake Pass: Triangle/Y + Circle/B (while standing or driving)
  • Alley Oop: Double Tap Triangle/Y (left stick selects recipient, toward basket for oop-to-self)
  • Rolling Inbound: Triangle/Y during baseline inbounds
  • Give and Go: Press and hold X/A to retain control of passer, release Circle/A to receive the ball back
  • PRO STICK Pass: R1/RB + right stick
Off-Ball Offense
  • Call for Ball: X/A
  • Call for Alley-Oop: Double tap Triangle/Y (while cutting toward hoop)
Basic Defense
  • Left Stick: Move Player

  • Right Stick: Quick Step/Hands Up/Contest
  • L2/LT: Intense D
  • R2/RT: Sprint.

  • L2/LB: Defensive Strategies (tap)/ Double Team (hold)

  • R1/RB: Icon Swap
  • 
X/A: Pass/Touch Pass

  • Fast Shuffle: Press & hold L2/LT or R2/RT & move the left stick in any direction.
  • Hands Up Defense: Press and hold right stick in any direction
  • Shot Contest: Press right stick towards shooter

  • Pass Contest: Press right stick away from dribbler
Off-Ball Defense
  • Post Up/Ball Denial: L2/LT when near opponent (based on distance to basket)
  • Deny Hands Out: right stick in any direction
  • Ball Pressure: Press right stick toward ballhandler
  • Fight for position in Post: L2/LT + Left stick into defender (when posted off-ball)
  • Deny/Front Post: L2/LT + right stick left/right (when posted off-ball)
On-Ball Defense
  • Intense-D: Press and hold L2/LT when in front of dribbler
  • Quick Step Cutoff: Move the right stick in the direction you want to step
  • Crowd Dribbler: Press and hold L2/LT when near the dribbler
  • Fast Shuffle: Press and hold L2/LT + R2/RT, move left stick in any direction
  • Hands Up Defense: Move and hold the right stick in any direction
  • Shot Contest: Move and hold the right stick in any direction when near shooter(during shot)
  • Vertical Contest: Move and hold left stick away from the shooter and press Triangle/Y
  • Swat Block: Hold R2/RT and press Triangle/Y
  • Take Charge: Press and hold Circle/B
  • Flop: While in take charge, release Circle/B, press Circle/B
  • Intentional Foul: Repeatedly press or press and hold X near ballhandler
  • Double Team: Press and hold L1/LB
  • Icon Double Team: Press L1/LB press and hold the action button of desired double teamer
Advanced Controls
  • Positional Playcall: Press L1/LB, then press teammate’s action button and choose play from menu
  • Basic Pick Control: Press and hold L1/LB
  • Advanced Pick Control: Press and hold L1/LB. Use R1/RB to choose Roll vs. Fade and R1/RB to choose pick side.
  • Set Screen: Circle/B
  • Call for Screen: Triangle/Y
  • Icon Pick Control: Press L1/LB, then press and hold the action button of desired screener
  • Slip Screen and Early Fade: Call for pick, then press L1/LB again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early
Post Moves
  • Enter/Leave Post: Press and hold L2/LT to post up, release L2/LT to faceup
  • Drive to Key: R2/RT + Left stick toward key
  • Drive to Baseline: R2/RT + Left stick toward baseline
  • Quick Spin: Rotate the shot stick to outside shoulder
  • Hook Drive: Rotate shot stick to inside shoulder
  • Fakes: Move the shot stick in any direction but away from hoop
Post Shots (Shotstick)
  • Post Hook: Shot stick left or right toward hoop (close range)
  • Post Fade: shot stick left or right away from hoop (beyond close range)
  • Post Layup: Move and hold the shot stick left or right toward hoop (close range) while the left stick is deflected
  • Shimmy Shot: R2/RT + shot stick left or right away from hoop
  • Post Hop: Push left stick left or right away from hoop, then press Square/X
  • Post Stepback: left stick away from hoop, then press Square/X
  • Dropstep: left stick toward hoop, then press Square/X
  • Pump Fake: Start a shot listed above, then move the shot stick to neutral

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
07:08 PM - July 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Hustle Kings, the free to play pool game on the PlayStation 4, has just announced their Snooker Expansion Pack. It is available now for $4.99 within the game itself. Check out the trailer here.

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Download this Snooker Exhibition Pack for Hustle Kings to gain unlimited access to the snooker arena. Inside, you can enjoy leisurely offline knockabouts along or with friends, as well as private online matches with other owners of the pack whenever you like - without spending any Hustle Kings credits. The Snooker Expansion Pack also includes its own trophy set, so start chasing those big breaks and see if you can claim them all.

Game: Hustle KingsHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
03:38 PM - July 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


The Driveclub Horsepower Expansion and Livery packs are available now. Along with it, a new trailer featuring the McLaren P1 GTR. The pack includes 11 new tour events, 5 new trophies and the following cars listed below. Make sure and click the links to see a video of each one of them in action.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All

Tru Blu Entertainment and Wicked Witch Software have just announced Rugby Challenge 3 for Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3 and PC. It is scheduled to arrive later this year, check out some of the features below.
  • NEW! Rugby Sevens - this first time addition brings all the realism and fast-paced action of live seven-a-side Rugby to the Rugby Challenge series.
  • NEW! Take total control in Be a Pro mode. Join a club team as a rookie and control your own destiny over 13 action packed seasons. Complete match goals to improve your skills as a player and work towards becoming the captain of your club. Work your way up the domestic ladder, and impress selectors to play for your national team on the world stage!
  • NEW! FanHub - the interactive Player Creator allows you to create yourself as a player and play then through the ranks. Players and teams can be shared online across all supported platforms.
  • BRAND NEW! Crisp next gen graphics - increased resolution and textures.
  • Real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and former All Blacks turned commentator Justin Marshall. French language commentary from Eric Bayle and Thomas Lombard.
  • Play in different game modes including: Single Match; multi-team Competition; extensive multi-year Career Mode; Be a Pro Mode; and Online Multiplayer Mode.
  • Play over 11 competitions including the all new Super Rugby, ITM Cup and Currie Cup!!!
Read the full press release here.

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Game: Rugby Challenge 3Hype Score: Vote Now
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01:17 PM - July 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chase Becotte


Diamond Dynasty has been a huge hit on Operation Sports this year, and I'm one of the many who has been sucked in by the mode. It's a more streamlined approach to the fantasy team concept, and taking the more straightforward approach has worked in Sony's favor. However, improvements can always be made to any mode, and so that's what we'll take a look at in this video.

If you can't see the video above, click here.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 27 - View All


Earlier this year, Metalhead Software announced Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings was going to release sometime in the summer for Xbox One and PC, along with free DLC and updates for the PlayStation versions of Super Mega Baseball. Check out the trailer here.

Today they announced the release dates for the Xbox One (August 14) and PC (August 21) versions, costing $19.99. Pre-order on Xbox One will begin on August 7th and include a 15% discount. The Xbox One version will also have a trial mode, for those of you wanting to try it out before purchasing.

For PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users of Super Mega Baseball, expect updates and free DLC in September.

Below are some of the features for Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings.
  • 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!
The team also released their first blog on the making of Super Mega Baseball.

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01:05 PM - July 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released more Madden NFL 16 ratings. Below are the top defensive ends in Madden NFL 16, more ratings on these players can be seen here.
  • J.J. Watt (99 OVR)
  • Muhammad Wilkerson (96 OVR)
  • Michael Bennett (95 OVR)
  • Calais Campbell (95 OVR)
  • Cameron Wake (94 OVR)
Previously released Madden NFL 16 player ratings:

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Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 31 - View All
11:13 AM - July 28, 2015. Posted by RefTix. Written by Chris Sanner


EA has just unveiled a new NHL 16 EASHL trailer which looks at the revamped mode from the perspective of fans of the series, who they claim helped shape this year's mode.

In the video, NHL 16 producer Sean Ramjagsingh said, "It was an opportunity for us to reimagine EA Sports Hockey League. Involving fans early was really important."

The video shows various clips of EASHL gameplay but also has a few interesting stories of the players play time with the game. Overall, the video has a very "this game is much better this year" tone to it.

Check out the video above for some player anecdotes of their playtime and some gameplay footage.

What do you all think?

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
09:54 AM - July 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With Rory McIlroy PGA Tour shipping with a limited number of courses, the game's case in reviews wasn't helped by its shallow mode offerings.

With at least two new courses in the DLC being known, it certainly appears EA is committed to at least some post-release support of the game.

If you had the choice, would you choose to have more licensed Golfers, courses, or additional features added into Rory? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below on which you prefer most!

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

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