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Friday, July 3, 2015
03:08 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
The best sports games aren't necessarily innovative. But they do, however, contain innovative features.
Take a look at our most recent "Greatest Sports Game Ever" poll, and it's easy to match the top finishers with a ground-breaking feature. MVP Baseball 2005: Hitter's Eye. NFL 2K5: First-Person Football. College Hoops 2K8: 6th Man Meter.
This isn't to say that all great games innovate or that all innovative games are great. There just seems to be an inherent connection between those games we view as quality titles and the ability to bring something new to the table.
Read More - Has Innovation Become a Thing of the Past With Sports Games?
03:03 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahNHL 16 continues to build on their authentic arenas and atmosphere with signature effects and well known props throughout the league. Check out a few examples in the images below.
Minnesota Wild - Xcel Energy Center
The Lighthouse in the Xcel Energy Center will blast a foghorn when the Wild score a goal and after a home ice victory.
Detroit Red Wings - Joe Louis Arena
The Legend of the Octopus in Detroit is one of the oldest and most iconic traditions in the sport of hockey. That’s why we had to get Al The Octopus looking just right.
Calgary Flames - Scotiabank Saddledome
During playoff games, the C of Red will be going nuts when the Calgary Flames take to the ice. To make the experience even more authentic, fire will blast from the Saddledome flamethrowers after every goal.
Washington Capitals - Verizon Center
Speaking of red, you’ll see a ton of it when you visit the Verizon Center during playoff time. Caps fans will #RockTheRed during the postseason as they cheer on their hometown Capitals.
NHL 16 arrives on September 15 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
SOURCE - EA Sports
02:53 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can pre-order Madden NFL 16 (Standard Edition only) for $45.02 on Xbox One and $49.99 on PlayStation 4. Add it to your cart to see the price.
02:47 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can pre-order Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR for $49.99. Add it to your cart to see the price.
01:59 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The 140th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a breezy, free-wheeling discussion with regulars Kat Bailey, Bryan Wiedey, and Rich Grisham on a whole range of topics. The panel remembers with fondness when July meant NCAA Football, discusses how online leagues impacted how they continued to play games longer than they had before, looks ahead to the upcoming Rocket League title hitting PlayStation 4 (for free!) next week, wonders if arcade sports games could make a comeback, and wraps with Kat and Rich getting into a rather heated argument about FIFA's shooting mechanics on console versus the Vita. Lastly, Bryan and Rich talk about the positive reaction to their new Hit The Pass site and what it has meant to them.
Enjoy the show, and Happy Fourth of July!
Joining us this week:
- Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
- Bryan Wieday, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
- T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
- And your host, Richard Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)
- Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
- Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
Run Time: 1 Hour, 23 Minutes
Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.
01:08 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The WWE 2K16 cover is scheduled to be revealed on Monday, July 6 on RAW. Who do you think it will be?
The roster for WWE 2K16 features over 120 unique models and all of them will ship with the game, which releases on October 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
12:03 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The global cover for FIFA 16 has been revealed, featuring FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. In Australia, France, Latin America, Mexico, and The United Kingdom, fans can vote on who they would like to see share the cover with him. The FIFA 16 cover voting ends on Sunday, July 5 and the winners will begin to be revealed on July 8. If you would like to vote, click here.
For those of you into FIFA Ultimate Team, Legends will once again be exclusive to Xbox users, just like they were for FIFA 14 and FIFA 15.
FIFA 16 ships on September 22 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
11:53 AM - July 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Today, we're sitting down with Ben Vollmer to discuss his experiences with Madden NFL 16 at E3. We discuss what Madden is doing right and what we should be most concerned with as the game marches towards release in late August.
If you haven't done so yet, be sure to read Ben's thoughts on Madden from E3, both his initial hands-on impressions and his more fleshed out impressions of the game from the show.
Be sure to watch the video above and also check out the E3 gameplay trailer for the game if you haven't done so already.
08:25 AM - July 3, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Jayson Young
IGN's Ryan McCaffrey recently interviewed three men who have helped shape Microsoft's video game legacy: Xbox designer Seamus Blackley, former Xbox 360 frontman Peter Moore, and current Xbox One headman Phil Spencer. While the entire hour-and-a-half discussion is an informative listen, sports fans will particularly want to hear the conversation from 19:08 to 22:45, where Peter Moore explains Microsoft's decision to drop-out of the sports gaming business shortly after signing a deal with Don Mattrick -- then President of Electronic Arts' Worldwide Operations -- to finally get EA's games onto Xbox Live. NCAA Football 2005 was Electronic Arts' first Xbox title to include online play, despite the fact that Microsoft's gaming network had been up and running since November of 2002.
Read More - Peter Moore Discusses Microsoft's 2004 Decision To Stop Making Sports Games (Written by Jayson Young)
Thursday, July 2, 2015
07:41 PM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The NBA Live 16 Twitter feed continues to provide new screenshots from the game. Today they showcased Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.
05:42 PM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
June Topps 50 (12,000 stubs) Diamond Dynasty packs are available now for MLB 15 The Show. Each pack contains 3 player cards limited to the top 50 performers from the month of June. You are guaranteed 1 Gold or higher with 5 times the chance of receiving a Diamond. These packs will be available through the weekend.
Also of note:
- No Tax on the Marketplace all weekend
- 704 Free Stubs given to all users who have connected to MLB 15 The Show online
POS NAME OVR
- 1B Miguel Cabrera 99
- CF Mike Trout 99
- 1B Paul Goldschmidt 97
- SP Max Scherzer 97
- RF Giancarlo Stanton 94
- LF Bryce Harper 94
- SP Chris Sale 93
- C Buster Posey 93
- SS Troy Tulowitzki 93
- 2B Dustin Pedroia 92
- 3B Manny Machado 92
- SP Madison Bumgarner 92
- SP Zack Greinke 92
- SP Chris Archer 91
- 3B Todd Frazier 91
- CP Kenley Jansen 90
- 1B Albert Pujols 89
- 3B Nolan Arenado 89
- SS Jose Reyes 88
- LF Yoenis Cespedes 88
- CP Trevor Rosenthal 88
- 1B Freddie Freeman 87
- SP Jacob DeGrom 87
- C Matt Wieters 86
- 2B Brian Dozier 86
- CF Brett Gardner 86
- LF Starling Marte 86
- C Brian McCann 84
- CP Zach Britton 84
- RF George Springer 83
- RF Jason Heyward 82
- CP Mark Melancon 82
- RF JD Martinez 81
- RP Darren O'Day 81
- 2B Brandon Phillips 81
- 2B Joe Panik 81
- 3B Maikel Franco 81
- CF Charlie Blackmon 81
- LF Curtis Granderson 81
- RP Chasen Shreve 80
- SP Jaime Garcia 80
- SP Yovani Gallardo 78
- SP Marco Estrada 78
- CF Cameron Maybin 78
- SS Carlos Correa 77
- SS Xander Bogaerts 77
- SP Taijuan Walker 77
- C Welington Castillo 75
- RP Ken Giles 75
- RP Will Smith 74
02:17 PM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The MLB 15 The Show servers will be down on July 7 and July 9 from 5:00 - 11:00 AM PT. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.
11:20 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The NBA Live 16 team posted a new blog today detailing the improved lighting and visuals in the game. As seen in the screenshots, the improvements are very noticeable. Not only are player faces scanned, they have also scanned jerseys, shoes, socks, environments and much more.
While it's great to see more player faces in the game, the team has also added many facial expressions. Whether the player is happy, upset, excited or maybe showing off the occasional mean mug, it will be on display without the zombie look in their eyes.
The lighting system has been completely overhauled, thanks to color corrections made across the board on nearly every asset in the game. They have also improved the jersey colors, skin tones and sweat effects. More details on the improved lighting and visuals are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks.
SOURCE - EA Sports
10:28 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Donny Moore, aka the ‘Madden Ratings Czar’, is leaving Electronic Arts as he will be “pursuing other interests.”
In an official statement on Twitter, Moore said, “After much thought & consideration, I have chosen to step away from @EASports & announce my retirement as the Madden Ratings Czar as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to rate players for some of the greatest fans in video games today. After 16 years, it is finally time to hang up the czar's mouse pad! #Czartirement"
For Moore, this ends a long tenure as the guy running the ratings and updates for Madden. Moore’s tenure spanned 16 years at EA Tiburon, which means he was easily one of the most tenured at that studio. There is no word yet on who will be replacing Moore, but we do expect an announcement soon.
The ratings position occupied by Moore has been a staple of Madden’s internet presence for years. Moore’s ratings oftentimes drew criticism, but the weekly ratings updates were always hugely anticipated by fans, despite what ire they may have drawn.
The ratings this year will likely still come in the same pacing as previous years, and it will be interesting to see if any differences in how much players move up and down the scale happens without Moore at the helm. We’ll certainly be watching it going forward!
10:13 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Chase Becotte joins Chris Sanner once again, this time to talk about NHL 16 and what we learned about the game coming out of E3. We go from what the game is doing right to what we are concerned about -- and then we end the discussion with a bit of a future outlook.
First, watch the video above. If you haven't done so yet, also be sure to watch the NHL 16 E3 Trailer.
What do you think of NHL 16 right now?