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Thursday, December 18, 2014
05:03 PM - December 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Super Mega Baseball is a surprise title this year, with many raving about its quality. Our review gave the game some praise as well.
But what about you? What do you think of Super Mega Baseball?
Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment on your general thoughts.
04:16 PM - December 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post
Thanks to BradyBunch88 on the Operation Sports Forums for his great FIFA beginners guide. If you want to cheat ahead in this series, you can see the full document at the link. Throughout the rest of this week, we'll be posting tidbits from the guide to help newer FIFA players along. Today, we're looking at youth players.
First off, there is an extremely awesome scouting guide at FIFAScoutingTips.com.
With that said, your youth staff is actually very easy. Obviously ideally you want a guy who is a five star on both judgement and experience -- but ideally we'd all have an unlimited amount of funds to build our teams with as well. The floor on scouts is probably a 3 star guy, as anything below that results in quickly diminishing returns.
When sending a scout to a new country, make sure you send him to a place with talent. Wasting your time in countries where there is no talent is just that. The best countries for talent seem to be England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, and France.
The main thing you want to focus on is player potential. What you want is a player rated in the 70-75 range at least. Anything over 75 is a likely hit, and signing him immediately is a good idea. I have always looked at the number directly in between both the upper and lower end as the true number a player will reach.
When you sign players, keep them in your youth academy until the May update. That time period is huge as your young players get a boost in May. After that, you can simply sign the best onto your main squad with a £500 a week contract.
When a youth player wants out, you either will have to call him up or let him go. Obviously if he's not developing a release is the easiest solution. Giving young players playing time against bad teams is a great way ensure they develop when they are finally on your squad, with many developing up to +3 points a year. While having players get good match ratings used to be a way to ensure they grow, I'm unsure if that's the case in FIFA 15. So obviously, make sure young players play well to ensure they develop to their fullest potential.
How do you go about developing youth players in FIFA 15?
03:14 PM - December 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.
Check out the changes for this mornings roster update below.
NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests in this thread, should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.
Here are today’s roster update notes:
All Injuries/Lineups/Rotations reflect most recent games
- Anthony Davis OVR 94 (0)- Standing Mid Range +4, Moving Mid Range +5
- Russell Westbrook OVR 90 (+1)- Pass Vision +2, Shot IQ +2
- Tony Wroten- Remove calf sleeve. Add right knee hex pad
- KJ Mcdaniels- Change padded arm sleeve to arm sleeve
- Furkan Aldemir- Add compression pants
- Jabari Parker- Add both knee sleeves
- Chris Paul- Remove both arm sleeves. Add left shoulder full arm sleeve. Add right shoulder sleeve
- DeAndre Jordan- Change left double rubberband to single rubberband
- Glen Davis- Change knee sleeves to hex pads
- Matt Barnes- Change to short socks
- Chris Douglas-Roberts- Add left mid calf sleeve
- Kyle Korver- Remove arm sleeve
- Kent Bazemore- Remove right arm sleeve. Add left arm sleeve. Add both rubberbands
- Jeremy Evans- Remove both arm sleeves. Change to medium socks
- Tim Hardaway Jr- Add left arm sleeve. Remove hex pads
- Jordan Hill- Remove hex pad
- Jordan Clarkson- Change to medium socks
- Maurice Harkless- Change to medium socks
- Devin Harris- Change hex pads to knee sleeves
- Deron Williams- Add compression pants
- Mason Plumlee- Change to medium double socks
- Mirza Teletovic- Remove arm sleeve. Remove rubberband
- Darius Morris- Add compression pants
- CJ Miles- Change both knees away color to team color 2
- CJ Watson- Remove knee sleeves
- Greg Monroe- Remove left arm sleeve
- Jodie Meeks- Change left elbow away color to white
- Caron Butler- Remove compression pants. Add knee sleeves. Change to medium socks
- Jason Terry- Change left elbow colors for home and away to team color 1
- Jeremy Lamb Add compression pants
- Mitch McGary- Add right wrist wrap. Remove both hex pads
- Gorgui Dieng- Change to medium socks
- Corey Brewer- Change headband logo to back
- Andrew Wiggins- Change to medium socks
- Zach LaVine- Remove calf sleeves. Add compression pants. Change to short socks
- Damian Lillard- Add left rubberband. Add right double finger strap. Add both knees hex pads
- Steph Curry- Remove compression pants. Add hex pads. Change to medium socks
- Marcin Gortat- Change to medium long socks
- Kevin Seraphin- Change to medium socks
- Cavs Alternate Jersey Shoes Black
- Celtics Pride Jersey Sleeves, Socks, and Shoes Black
- Hornets Alternate Jersey Socks and Shoes White
- Jazz Alternate Jersey Socks Black, Shoes Black
- Kings Home Jersey Purple
- Knicks Home Jersey Headbands and Sleeves Orange
- Lakers Away Jersey Sleeves Black
- Magic Pride Jersey Sleeves Blue, Shoes White
- Pelicans Alternate Jersey Headbands White
- Rockets Alternate/Away Jersey Arm Bands Red
- Suns Away Jersey Headbands Dark Grey
- Warriors Alternate Jersey Sleeves, Socks, and Shoes Black. Arm Bands Yellow
- Wizards Alternate Jersey Socks and Shoes White
-Mike Stauffer (@2Kstauff)
02:41 PM - December 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has released the Madden NFL 15 week 16 roster update, along with an Excel spreadsheet showing all of the changes. These changes include updated ratings and/or position changes for 619 players.
- Virgil Green +4 (80)
- Bacarri Rambo +4 (74)
- Odell Beckham Jr. +3 (88)
- Frostee Rucker +2 (80)
- Will Beatty +2 (87)
- Brett Kern +2 (87)
- Eli Manning +2 (85)
- Pat McAfee +2 (96)
- Reggie Nelson +2 (88)
- Rodger Saffold +2 (89)
- Josh Scobee +2 (89)
- Kevin Zeitler +2 (87)
- Johnny Manziel -2 (75)
- Philip Rivers -2 (89)
- DeSean Jackson -2 (89)
- Jay Cutler -2 (79)
- Jahri Evans -2 (83)
- Thomas Morstead -2 (93)
- Colin Kaepernick -2 (81)
- Antoine Bethea -2 (89)
- Mike Tolbert -2 (85)
- Sam Shields -2 (83)
- T.J. Lang -2 (89)
- Orlando Franklin -2 (87)
- Aaron Rodgers -1 (98)
10:42 AM - December 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
Defense is improved in Madden NFL 15, that's not a lie. The improvements are minimal, and don't impact the game with a realistic impression. But if you find the right set of sliders (and beware, one size does not fit all) you'll notice realistic scores, balanced attacks on both sides of the ball, and a reasonable but not overwhelming number of turnovers.
Unfortunately, Madden still doesn't feel quite right.
Read More - How to Make Madden Play More Realistic Defense
08:56 AM - December 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
As announced last week, EA Sports UFC is now available for free, in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.
A subscription package is available exclusively for Xbox One users for $4.99 a month or $29.99 yearly. The package features early access to games (usually time limited), and free full games from The Vault.
For those that are curious. Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Peggle 2 are also available free of charge with an EA Access subscription.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
02:03 PM - December 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Matthew Coe
Sports gamers have a variety of ways to receive roster in 2014. Going forward into 2015 and beyond, there is a debate over what kind of delivery method is preferred by the community. In this piece, we'll take a look at using rosters generated by companies like Synergy and SportVu versus the method that is tried and true: manual handmade edits. Let's look at the debate.
Read More - The Future of Sports Gaming Roster Updates
11:06 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post
Thanks to BradyBunch88 on the Operation Sports Forums for his great FIFA beginners guide. If you want to cheat ahead in this series, you can see the full document at the link. Throughout the rest of this week, we'll be posting tidbits from the guide to help newer FIFA players along. Today, we're looking at players wages and contracts!
Wages - I have yet to not give the player what he wants. If you squad rotate a lot, you can typically give a player what he wants if he wants to be an important player or a crucial player. The key is making sure you can meet your player's expectations.
Contracts - Again, this is a story of giving the player what they want. If a player does reject, don't give up and offer again the next week.
Canceling Contracts - If/when you do this, make sure you never want that player again because they likely won't re-sign for you ever.
Player Morale - If a player says that he is unhappy, that means he wants to play more. Give the player a couple of games on the field and they'll typically come back saying, "Thanks for putting me back into the team."
If they are unhappy because management is poor, the solution to that is simple: win more games. If they're unhappy because they are underpaid, you can give them a new contract or sell them, whichever makes more financial sense for your club.
How do you manage players wages, contracts, and morale in FIFA 15?
09:58 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
One of the big features in the upcoming Feature Update 2 for The Golf Club is the handicap system. For those of you that aren't familiar with a handicap in golf, make sure you read this article explaining it. We have posted a few notes from it below.
WHAT IS A HANDICAP?
A handicap is a system that will bring competitiveness between players of all skill levels. It is weighted in a way that the better player will normally win but if they have an off round or weaker player has an exceptional day then the weaker player will win.
WHAT DOES MY HANDICAP MEAN?
The Handicap can be from 38 through to an infinite positive number (+8 is Tiger Woods’ handicap). Having a handicap between 1 and 38 means that you are allowed an extra shot on certain holes, depending on their Stroke Index. The harder the hole the more shots you’ll get. If you have a positive handicap, like Tiger, you’ll have less shots on easier holes on the course.
HERE’S AN EXAMPLE
If I have a Handicap of 1, I am awarded an extra shot to reach par on the course and the only hole affected on the round will be the hardest hole on the course (Stroke Index 1). If this hole is a par 5 and I shoot a 6, it will still be classed as a 5 in my NET score, or 3 points in Stableford because I had an extra shot.
If I have +1 handicap the only hole affected will be the easiest hole on the course (Stroke Index 18), on that hole, a par 3 say, I’ll need to shoot a 2 to have my net score classed as a par, or my Stableford points to be 3 points.
In Tiger Woods’ case (he has a +8 handicap) he would need to birdie eight holes to get an even par for those holes and those holes he would need to birdie would be the eight easiest so the ones with a Stoke Index 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 11.
In the case of my Real Life Handicap 21, I get a to make a bogey on 15 holes and a double bogey on the holes with an SI of 1, 2 and 3.
A golfer with a Scratch Handicap, 0, will get no shots taken from or added to their scorecard.
08:37 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
2K Sports has just added the Christmas uniforms for the Wizards, Knicks, Thunder, Spurs, Cavaliers, Heat, Lakers, Bulls, Warriors and Clippers, as well as the new Pride uniforms for the Celtics and Magic, along with the new Cavaliers alternate uniform for NBA 2K15.
This year's uniforms include each player's first name on the back of the jerseys, but in NBA 2K15 it still shows the last name. We will continue to upload some screenshots of the new uniforms here.
NOTE: These uniforms are all tied to the 2K Sports official roster update, so you have to start over to see them in other modes. They are available in MyTEAM.
UPDATE: These uniforms are scheduled to arrive for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 fans tonight.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
07:20 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.
Check out the changes for this mornings roster update here.
NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.
05:32 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
2K announced today that former Baylor University center Isaiah Austin is now available as a playable free agent in NBA 2K15 on all platforms. To celebrate his remarkable courage and character during his career-ending diagnosis of Marfan syndrome, 2K conducted facial scanning with Isaiah at the NBA 2K studios to fulfill one more part of the dream of any aspiring basketball athlete by becoming an in-game player in NBA 2K15.
Fans will have the opportunity to add him to their team as a free agent as well as in the MyTEAM mode, and view him on this week’s episode of NBA2K TV.
For those that are curious, Isaiah Austin is rated an overall 73.
02:08 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by justamush. Written by Steve Noah
PlayStation 4 fans can purchase The Golf Club for $20.99 ($24.99 if you are not a PS Plus subscriber). No such sale exists for the PC or Xbox One version, as of this post.
NOTE: This price is good until December 23rd.
UPDATE: Throughout the Steam Holiday Sale, which ends on January 2nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST, The Golf Club will be priced at $24.49 for PC users.
01:44 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
With The Golf Club rolling out feature update two, which includes the new Handicap system, there are also a few other important additions to the game on top of that. In the second feature update, there will also be two new official 72 par courses added to the game.
Flin Flon Golf Club, built using the Boreal Theme, and Great Tottington Golf Club, built using the brand new Countryside Theme, are included in feature update number two. Be sure to check out our new screenshots of both courses.
Feature update two of The Golf Club should arrive by Christmas.
01:32 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by wiscowilz. Written by Steve Noah
2K Announces Availability of First WWE® 2K15 Downloadable Content Offerings
WCW® Superstars Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, Fit Finlay, Lex Luger and Lord Steven Regal set to join playable, in-game roster
2K today announced the availability of new downloadable content for WWE® 2K15, the latest release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Featuring five playable WCW® Superstars, the downloadable content offering* via Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, includes the following items:
- Playable WCW Superstars: Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal and Lex Luger.
- WCW Pack is available now for a suggested price of $7.99.
UPDATE: 2K Games is adding two iconic characters to the game--Hulk Hogan and Sting--who were initially offered as exclusive pre-order and special edition bonuses.
Source - GameSpot