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NLSC has posted their 127th podcast, as they welcome Leftos and JaoSming, from the NBA 2K16 team, to the show. They discuss MyGM, MyLEAGUE, MyLEAGUE Online, including details about the franchise modes that haven't been discussed yet.

Make sure you give it a listen.

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Episode #127 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, and it’s a special episode this week as Arcane and I welcome Leftos and JaoSming back to the show they started! After catching up with our old friends and joking around a little, we get down to business as Leftos gives us a detailed insight into MyGM, MyLEAGUE, and MyLEAGUE Online in NBA 2K16.

In short, a lot of work has gone into the franchise modes in NBA 2K16. In our interview, Leftos talks about improvements to logic and functionality, explains the ins and outs of the new features, describes the philosophy behind the development of the modes, and answers questions straight from the community. If the developer diary on MyGM, MyLEAGUE, and MyLEAGUE Online in NBA 2K16 got you excited to play this year’s franchise modes, you’ll definitely want to tune in for more information.

BluFu has posted some of the details from the podcast below, but make sure you listen to it all, for much more.

The Good
  • Per 100 poss stats are in
  • For the normalize minutes option, you can normalize all stats if you don't play on 12 minute quarters
  • Player and team hot streaks are mentioned in the Ticker
  • In MyLeague Online, you can invite players into you league whenever you want
  • You can randomize owner personalities in MyGM.
  • Players and staff can give feedback on their decisions in MyGM (if they don't want to sign with you, they'll let you know why)
  • VC and in-game money (I'll call it 'IGM') are separate things. IGM is accumulated through completing owner goals and can be used on things like your arena and relocation. When you buy the team, a part of the profits accrued in game is put towards your IGM.
  • Owners can change goals (long term and short term) based on team situation (he will evaluate constantly during the season). As well, players can change ambitions.
  • You can now override player retirements in MyLeague! In MyGM, you can convince them to not retire (example: Convincing Duncan to stay another year because you feel the roster has got a shot at a ring. Or even promising a staff possition the next year)
  • Improved FA logic (won't have great players sitting in FA)
  • Player turned coaches go by a system called the HOF rating. Things like win totals and rings are taken into account (hopefully this includes role players like Avery Johnson and Steve Kerr)
  • Option to edit staff! this is huge! (offensive, defensive, training, and scouting attributes can be edited!)
  • Can also edit team style in edit staff option (can choose what types of players will be targeted)
  • When relocating, you don't need to keep the name of the city or team
  • Owners that disapprove or are unsure of your relocation can be questioned
  • Draft logic was looked at. Busts and steals have been included without crazy bad logic (assuming this means guys that are ranked low in the mock drafts won't be selected top 5 and vice versa)
  • Draft prospects automation has been reworked. Beds (among others) helped out in ensuring that prospects were rated appropriately according to the new scale
  • League talent balancing while simming many years was touched on (better ratio of talent among prospects)
  • Accessory logic has been added to draft prospects!! (Higher probability for dual knee sleeves, and matching home/away colors etc. They've also used accessory data from the NBA to reflect on the draft classes. Unfortunately, headbands weren't confirmed or denied)
  • Audio team has been working very hard
The Unfortunate
  • No option to 'force' a player to become a coach
  • You cannot save logo/jersey designs to be imported for later
  • No draft protections but it's being looked at for the future
  • No preseason or D-League (takes up a lot of space and resources)
  • No team/player export (very complex stuff)
  • Career ending injuries will not be accompanied by a letter to the fans

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
04:03 PM - September 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Previously, we looked at how to attack the deep zones in Madden with a few thoughts on passing concepts against the cover two. Today, we're going to take a look at some thoughts on the short passing game. If you can't see the video above, click here to view it.

As with the last video, it's pretty much impossible to comprehensively cover the concepts needed in the short passing game in a quick five-ish minute video, so we'll keep the content simple and the approach pretty broad brushed.

The short passing game's biggest positive is that if you know how to effectively run it, you can keep the chains moving by getting your receivers into open space where your quarterback can effectively deliver the ball to them. Obviously, you will need to know how to read the linebackers and what they are doing as well as have an understanding of the matchups your receivers are facing.

Finding mismatches and soft spots on the field will mean you can complete short but meaningful passes for reasonably good gains. When mixed with an effective run game, you'll find the chains are always moving for your offense. As with last time, if you want a specific topic covered be sure to suggest it in the comments and we'll certainly consider it for a future video!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
03:12 PM - September 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Robert Kollars

If you’re an Xbox One owner, and one of the many who was less than impressed with RBI Baseball 15, then you are in luck -- assuming you still have a baseball itch and need to scratch it -- because Metalhead Software's Super Mega Baseball: Extra innings has made its way to the Xbox.

Originally released on the PS4 (like PS4 owners really need another great game of baseball), owners of the Xbox finally get to see what all the hype was about back in December. I loved SMB back then, but after spending more hours than I care to admit playing this game, will it hold up this late in the season?

Read More - Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings Review (Xbox One)

Game: Super Mega Baseball: Extra InningsHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
02:31 PM - September 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NHL 16 Producer, Sean Ramjagsingh and Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack are playing NHL 16 on Twitch right now. Click the link to watch.

To watch it here on the site, click the spoiler button.



If you watch it, please post your thoughts. When it has completed, we will update the post with the archive.

UPDATE: The livestream has completed, click here for the archive, or click the spoiler button above to watch the embedded video on the site.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All
01:42 PM - September 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has continued to reveal their FIFA 16 player ratings, featuring the top 50 players in the game. Today they reveal players 20 through 11.

20. Philipp Lahm - FC Bayern München (Germany) - (Overall Rating - 87)
19. Luka Modrić - Real Madrid CF (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 87)
18. Mesut Özil - Arsenal (England) - (Overall Rating - 87)
17. Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid CF (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 87)
16. Cesc Fàbregas - Chelsea FC (England) - (Overall Rating - 87)
15. Jérôme Boateng - FC Bayern München (Germany) - (Overall Rating - 87)
14. Toni Kroos - Real Madrid CF (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 87)
13. James Rodríguez - Real Madrid CF (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 87)
12. Sergio Agüero - Manchester City (England) - (Overall Rating - 87)
11. Andrés Iniesta - FC Barcelona (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 88)

Previously released FIFA 16 player ratings:

Game: FIFA 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:02 AM - September 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


In our most recent poll here on Operation Sports, we found that just under 12% of you are playing Ultimate Team above the other modes in the game. When combined with Draft Champions (perhaps Ultimate Team lite), that number is 22%.

A few years ago, 1 in 5 people playing Ultimate Team type of modes in Madden was probably unfathomable. And yes, while the core of the experience in Madden for OS'ers still is Franchise, the number of people dabbling or moving into Ultimate Team modes certainly seems on the rise.

In our newest poll, we're asking you what your feelings on Ultimate Team are. Do you ever see yourself switching to it as a primary mode? Do you dabble in it already? Sound off by voting in our newest poll and comment on what you think of Ultimate Team modes below!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:00 AM - September 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the latest Need For Speed video, highlighting five ways to play.

In Ventura Bay money talks but reputation (REP) rules the streets and you’ll earn both as you carve your path through the immersive narrative in the game. Compete in events and you’ll earn the money needed to spend big on your dream garage of cars, but it’s REP which is the most important currency of all.

Increase your REP and the people who matter most will start to notice and more importantly, respect you. Want to attract the attention of one of the five real world icons; Magnus Walker, Ken Block, Nakai-San, Risky Devil or Morohoshi-San? Your REP is the key to opening that particular door and with it, a world of new events, cars and customization options await.

So how do you earn REP? That comes down to Need for Speed’s Five Ways to Play; Speed, Style, Build, Crew, or Outlaw.
  • SPEED, it’s what we all love, what we all live for and above all else it’s what we all need. Take part in Speed events such as Sprint Races and Time Attacks, cross the line first and be the fastest. Empty the nitrous tank and keep it clean to earn some major Speed REP. The fearless take the win, don’t lift off and get the SPEED REP you deserve.
  • STYLE is all about expressing yourself behind the wheel as Ventura Bay becomes the ultimate Gymkhana playground. Whether you’re putting the car sideways in drift contests or pulling off jumps and donuts, by showing your flair and precise car control you’ll soon find Style REP flowing your way. For some, STYLE is all that matters.
  • BUILD rewards you for creating your own one of a kind ride. Performance upgrades let you awaken the beast in each and every ride as you earn your REP and become a master of the mod scene in BUILD.

    Visually customize your car with the hottest after-market body modifications. Let your inner artist run wild with an awesome paint job, decals and bespoke wrap. While personalized handling ensures your car drives and handles exactly how you want.
  • CREW is all about coming together and driving as one. Compete in events such as Drift Train and get REP for speeding through the urban jungle with your friends in tow. Keep it razor close to the car in front for as long as you can to crush the competition. Ride, represent and win with your CREW.
  • OUTLAW is all about high stakes, risk versus reward driving and of course, messing with the cops. Smash through the city, creating havoc and getting yourself noticed for all the wrong reasons. When you’ve had your fun, put your foot down, escape the heat and drive off into the night. OUTLAWS do things their own way and live life on the edge. Go out and become notorious.

You’ll earn REP in each of the Five Ways to Play, but combine all five to create that perfect Need for Speed moment; driving insanely fast, sliding through a corner in your customized ride alongside your friends, whilst being chased by the cops.

Pull this off and you’ll maximize your multiplier and send your REP soaring.

Your driving style, your REP. This is your Need for Speed.

Source - Need For Speed

Game: Need for SpeedHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
01:03 AM - September 3, 2015. Posted by MoneyOvaHuds. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K16 development team continue to reveal nuggets about their game. Today they show off a triple threat match between Kevin Owens, Neville and Sheamus.

For more news, details and media on WWE 2K16, check out this page.

Game: WWE 2K16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
03:09 PM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released their NHL 16 player ratings for the top 50 players in the game, along with screenshots of many of their rating attributes.

1. Sidney Crosby (Overall Rating - 96)
2. Jonathan Toews (Overall Rating - 94)
3. Carey Price (Overall Rating - 94)
4. Shea Weber (Overall Rating - 94)
5. Alex Ovechkin (Overall Rating - 93)
6. Duncan Keith (Overall Rating - 93)
7. Drew Doughty (Overall Rating - 93)
8. Steven Stamkos (Overall Rating - 93)
9. Henrik Lundqvist (Overall Rating - 93)
10. Pavel Datsyuk (Overall Rating - 93)
11. Ryan Suter (Overall Rating - 93)
12. Jonathan Quick (Overall Rating - 93)
13. John Tavares (Overall Rating - 92)
14. Jamie Benn (Overall Rating - 92)
15. Corey Perry (Overall Rating - 92)
16. Patrick Kane (Overall Rating - 92)
17. Evgeni Malkin (Overall Rating - 92)
18. Anze Kopitar (Overall Rating - 92)
19. Tuukka Rask (Overall Rating - 92)
20. Pekka Rinne (Overall Rating - 92)
21. Henrik Zetterberg (Overall Rating - 92)
22. Braden Holtby (Overall Rating - 91)
23. Ryan Getzlaf (Overall Rating - 91)
24. Tyler Seguin (Overall Rating - 91)
25. Patrice Bergeron (Overall Rating - 91)
26. Erik Karlsson (Overall Rating - 91)
27. P.K. Subban (Overall Rating - 91)
28. Victor Hedman (Overall Rating - 91)
29. Vladimir Tarasenko (Overall Rating - 91)
30. Claude Giroux (Overall Rating - 90)
31. Taylor Hall (Overall Rating - 90)
32. Nicklas Backstrom (Overall Rating - 90)
33. Jakub Voracek (Overall Rating - 90)
34. Zach Parise (Overall Rating - 90)
35. Marian Hossa (Overall Rating - 90)
36. Sergei Bobrovsky (Overall Rating - 90)
37. Joe Pavelski (Overall Rating - 90)
38. Ryan McDonaugh (Overall Rating - 90)
39. Cory Schneider (Overall Rating - 90)
40. Roman Josi (Overall Rating - 90)
41. Alex Pietrangelo (Overall Rating - 90)
42. Kevin Shattenkirk (Overall Rating - 90)
43. Jeff Carter (Overall Rating - 90)
44. Max Pacioretty (Overall Rating - 89)
45. Ryan Johansen (Overall Rating - 89)
46. Mark Giordano (Overall Rating - 89)
47. Phil Kessel (Overall Rating - 89)
48. Ryan Kesler (Overall Rating - 89)
49. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Overall Rating - 89)
50. Frederik Andersen (Overall Rating - 89)

Previously released NHL 16 player ratings:

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All
02:23 PM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports has just announced, on the GameStop Twitch livestream, they have added the '04-'05 Phoenix Suns and '05-'06 Miami Heat to the list of classic teams in NBA 2K16.

There will be 12 new classic teams added this year, 10 of them have now been confirmed.

Here is the list of confirmed classic teams so far:
  • '04-'05 Phoenix Suns
  • '05-'06 Miami Heat
  • '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
The last two teams will be revealed next Thursday.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
02:04 PM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has continued to reveal their FIFA 16 player ratings, featuring the top 50 players in the game. Today they reveal players 30 through 21.

30. Diego Costa - Chelsea FC (England) - (Overall Rating - 86)
29. Sergio Busquets - FC Barcelona (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 86)
28. Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City - (Overall Rating - 86)
27. Carlos Tevez - Boca Juniors (Argentina) - (Overall Rating - 86)
26. David De Gea - Manchester United (England) - (Overall Rating - 86)
25. Alexis Sánchez - Arsenal (England) - (Overall Rating - 86)
24. Franck Ribéry - FC Bayern München (Germany) - (Overall Rating - 87)
23. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid CF (Spain) - (Overall Rating - 87)
22. Robert Lewandowski - FC Bayern München (Germany) - (Overall Rating - 87)
21. Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus (Italy) - (Overall Rating - 87)

Previously released FIFA 16 player ratings:

Game: FIFA 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
01:01 PM - September 2, 2015. Posted by DIRK41NOWITZKI. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just announced their NBA Live 16 soundtrack, which is once again curated by MICK.

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You’ve got 22 hand-selected tracks that you can customize with an individual playlist for each of these game modes: Home, Rising Star, Dynasty, LUT, LIVE Season, Practice, and Pro-Am.

You can listen to it on Spotify, right here.

Read the full press release below.

Tracks from Hudson Mohawke, Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar, King Los, Travis Scott feat. Future & 2 Chainz and More Highlight This Year’s Soundtrack

Today EA SPORTS launched the official NBA LIVE Spotify profile, featuring the NBA LIVE 16 playlist. The playlist will give fans a taste of this year’s soundtrack curated by MICK, featuring tracks from artists like Fashawn feat. Busta Ryhmes, King Los feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Nick Catchdubs feat. Iamsu! & Jay Ant, Oddisee and a brand new song by Illa J.

EA SPORTS has once again partnered with MICK to create a fresh soundtrack of over 20 songs presenting some of today’s biggest artists and tomorrow’s next stars. The NBA LIVE 16 in-game soundtrack will debut new tracks from Kill The Noise & Madsonik, Your Old Droog, OverDoz., R. City and Shirt. The full soundtrack list is below, and will be available both when the free demo debuts on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on September 15*, as well as when the game launches on September 29.

“Every year, we try to top the soundtrack from the previous year, and this year’s lineup is great,” MICK said. “We touch all regions, all sounds, and all aspects of dope new music in this game. From eclectic trap icons like Travis Scott, Young Thug, and Future to soulful and smooth emcees like Oddisee, Illa J and Phony Ppl; from lyricists like Fashawn, Shirt, King Los and Vince Staples to classic melodies by Jidenna and Jamie xx. And of course, we have some legends on the soundtrack as well: Kendrick Lamar, Large Professor and Busta Rhymes. I’m really pleased with the track list we put together this year.”


Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
10:41 AM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have captured 80 NBA 2K16 screenshots from the gameplay enhancements video released earlier this morning. Check them out here.

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Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
10:01 AM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After watching the NBA 2K16 gameplay enhancements video, make sure you read the gameplay blog, written by Mike Wang, Gameplay Director for NBA 2K16.

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Hey 2K fans! It’s time to talk gameplay! It’s been a whirlwind year for us and the game has seen a ton of improvements. In fact, it’s tough to even name an area of the oncourt experience that didn’t get upgraded in one way or another. We’ve been playing the game til our fingers bleed and loving every minute of it. There’s a lot to cover so let’s jump right in.

First off, I want to congratulate and thank the gameplay team. This is the hardest working group of guys in the industry with an insatiable drive to be the best. No one has ever said, “ehh… that’s good enough.” We’re our own biggest critics and it’s cool to work with a team of guys who constantly strive to outperform themselves and genuinely love the game of basketball.

Like I said, there’s a lot to cover, way too much to write about in just one blog, so I’m going to try and highlight some of the things we’re proudest of in NBA 2K16.

Read More - NBA 2K16 Gameplay Blog with Mike Wang

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
10:00 AM - September 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


2K has just released another NBA 2K16 video. This one features Mike Wang, Scott O’Gallagher and Jerson Sapida going over the new gameplay enhancements in the game this year.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All

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