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Saturday, September 24, 2016
04:35 PM - September 24, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Fraser Gilbert

It’s 2 a.m. and I’ve been playing FIFA 17's new mode ‘The Journey’ for the past five hours. Well, at least I think it's 2 a.m. -- I’m far too hooked by the mode's addictive qualities to look at my phone. Alex Hunter’s tale is an intriguing one, and my personal mission to achieve glory as a member of the AFC Bournemouth squad has engulfed my interest.

I don’t want to venture elsewhere, but there's more to discover. After I've sampled its entire feature set, I come to realize that FIFA 17 is somewhat of a divided experience on the pitch –- a game of two halves, if you will. While it succeeds in creating a primarily authentic experience against the CPU, it undoes a lot of that work when more users get involved, fluctuating between arcade and simulation tendencies along the way.

Read More - FIFA 17 Review (Written by: Fraser Gilbert)

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
04:09 PM - September 24, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

An unprecedented number of sports game releases within a compressed window of just a few weeks has left both consumers and reviewers struggling to find the time and/or money for all of them. The panel in this episode of the Press Row Podcast discusses at length four of the latest games to arrive on the market – NHL 17, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, and Forza Horizon 3.

On the show this episode:

Joining us this week:Run Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
09:37 AM - September 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves

Last week we explored a brief guide on approaching the passing game. This week we’re going to take a look at facing the blitz in passing situations. No matter how good your team’s quarterback is, consistent pressure on the QB can turn Tom Brady into Mark Sanchez. With a lot of users complaining about Madden 17's lack of pressure generated from their front four, players have resorted to dialing up blitzes at a rate that would make the late Buddy Ryan proud. Dealing with these blitzes can be very difficult, so in this article we’ll take a look at some keys to beating the blitz and keeping the chains moving.

Read More - Beating the Blitz in Madden NFL 17

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Friday, September 23, 2016
09:22 PM - September 23, 2016. Posted by Cowboy008. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K17 developers have posted a new video featuring the new finishers in the game this year. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
02:47 PM - September 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

EA Sports just announced details for the Madden NFL 17 Championship Series. The series will include four EA Major Series sanctioned events -- with qualification happening for the first three events on XB1 and PS4.

And did we mention its all for $1 million?

The schedule of the four major events is as follows:

  • Madden NFL 17 Classic (December 2016)
  • Madden NFL 17 Bowl (February 2017)
  • Madden NFL 17 Challenge (April 2017)
  • Madden NFL 17 Championship (May 2017)
You can earn a spot in the majors by competing in any of Online Head to Head, Draft Champions, or MUT Salary Cap.


You can find more details on the EA Sports Madden NFL 17 Championship Series website.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
02:20 PM - September 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Da Czar recently checked in with a bit of discussion on both freelance sets and the AI in NBA 2K17.

Da Czar breaks down the freelance sets in the game and how they work and how you can have the most success playing them. Czar gives some great thoughts and some behind the scenes thoughts from 2K on how the sets were built and how they should behave.

Also worth sticking around for the AI discussion as well!

What are you doing with freelance sets and how are you finding the most success?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
12:06 PM - September 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Scott
Madden has always been a game that deals each year in incremental improvements rather than growing by leaps in bounds. And while there may be much to like about the fine-tuned AI in Madden 17, that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas that could still use some work for next year.

Though the running game may have earned a large portion of the developers’ attention on the offensive side of the ball -- resulting in linemen being more trustworthy than they’ve ever been -- there are logic issues in blocking that remain unresolved. These become especially apparent on pitch plays, where a pulling lineman will frequently get confused about who he should be attacking on the outside to best spring a back for big yardage.

Read More - What Does Madden's AI Need to Do Better?

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
10:52 AM - September 23, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another Madden NFL 17 tuning update is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users. Below is the list of improvements and updates to gameplay.
  • Increased interception chances for user-controlled defenders in Multi-player catches
  • Reduced kick meter accuracy penalty under rain conditions.
  • Reduced kick meter power penalty under snow conditions.
  • Increased wait-time for Pass Rushers to play shed moves when pass rushing (Reduced “Insta-Sheds”)
  • A variety of tuning changes to help defense be more effective vs. running plays
  • Reduced frequency of organic knock-outs after catches
  • Reduced chances of broken tackles for ball carriers
  • Slightly reduced throw-out-of-sack fumble chances
  • Reduced chance for pass-blocking RB's to Cut-Block
  • Reduce chance for success when pass-blocking RB's Cut-Block
Let us know what you're seeing!

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
07:28 AM - September 23, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K17 Mobile is available now for $7.99 on iOS and Android devices, check out the trailer here.

Taking It to the Streets - NBA® 2K17 Mobile Now Available

Revamped Mobile Simulation Brings NBA Action to New Heights Anytime, Anywhere!

2K today announced that NBA 2K17 is now available for mobile devices to download for $7.99. Following the record-breaking launch of NBA 2K16, the NBA 2K franchise continues to stake its claim as the most authentic sports video game with NBA 2K17, taking the game to new heights and continuing to blur the lines between video game and reality.

“Mobile continues to be a go-to platform of choice for gamers, and we wanted give them even more ways to access NBA 2K17 with this year’s mobile simulation game,” said Jeff Thomas, Vice President of Sports Development. “We’ve added even more features to create the most realistic basketball experience to date, complementing NBA 2K17’s console launch.”

NBA 2K17 for mobile delivers the most realistic mobile NBA simulation experience yet, with features including:
  • Revamped Gameplay Controls and physical controller support
  • Deeper MyCAREER mode that includes college games, Off-Day Simulator, new MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more
  • Play with new Historic players
  • Expanded EuroLeague with new teams added
  • Alternate Team Uniforms
  • Earn more Virtual Currency

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Game: NBA 2K17 MobileReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, September 22, 2016
04:50 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official Madden NFL 17 roster update for week 3 is available now. These weekly roster updates include changes to player ratings, depth charts, and injuries for all 32 teams.

You can check all of the changes here, along with a new blog here. We've listed some of the changes below.

GOING UP
  • Julio Jones +1 (Overall 97)
  • DeAndre Hopkins +1 (Overall 94)
  • Greg Olsen +1 (Overall 93)
  • Desmond Trufant +1 (Overall 93)
  • Muhammad Wilkerson +2 (Overall 91)
  • Brandon Marshall +1 (Overall 89)
  • Eric Decker +1 (Overall 88)
  • Jadeveon Clowney +4 (Overall 88)
GOING DOWN
  • Khalil Mack -1 (Overall 96)
  • Tyron Smith -1 (Overall 96)
  • Joe Thomas -1 (Overall 96)
  • Aaron Rodgers -2 (Overall 95)
  • Eric Berry -1 (Overall 92)
  • Travis Frederick -1 (Overall 90)
  • Russell Wilson -2 (Overall 89)
  • Derrelle Revis -2 (Overall 89)
  • Carson Palmer -1 (Overall 88)

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
01:23 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert


If you're a keen FIFA fan, you've probably started to notice the FIFA 17 reviews trickling in. I've had a lot of time with the game so far, but we're going to hold back on our review temporarily for a couple of reasons. First, a patch has just been released containing a number of pre-release fixes. Also, I want to get more time in an online setting before summing up my thoughts.

We'll be unveiling our review as soon as we can, but in the meantime, I'm going to take this chance to sum up my initial impressions of this year's game.

Read More - FIFA 17: Reviewer First Impressions

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
12:20 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


YouTube user Xbox On has this video for new racers to Forza Horizon 3 which talks about the eight important decisions you'll have to make in the first hour of gameplay and their recommendations for what you should pick.

What do you think? What decisions did you make in your first hour playing Forza Horizon 3?

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
12:00 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium

Hey guys,

This opportunity was just brought to OS by the EA Playtesting team (not exclusively). They want to hit some of their more core audiences, and that is the niche we fit very nicely!

EA Sports is hosting a remote playtest that will start on Sep. 29th and run though Oct. 12th. If you live in the continental U.S., then we welcome you to apply for this opportunity! You will need a phone and internet access for the duration of this playtest, more details below.

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How will this work if you're selected?
  • You'll meet with our researcher who'll explain the process in a "kickoff" conference call (Sep. 29 or Sep. 30)
  • You'll play the game and fill out 5-10 minute survey about your experiences for 7 days straight (you don't even have to leave your house, but you do have to complete the surveys by our deadlines! Oct. 3rd - Oct. 9th)
  • You'll attend a short "exit" conference call with the researcher (Oct. 10, 11, or 12)
  • You'll receive your reward for participating! Participants will have the option to pick from two rewards: either 2 free EA games shipped to your door or a $50 Giftrocket gift card.
More details are available in the survey itself.

Link to apply for the remote playtest: Remote Playtest Sign Up
Link to the EA Playtesting Facebook Page: EA Playtesting Facebook
Link to sign up for the EA Playtesting Email: Newsletters will inform you about all upcoming EA playtests in your area!

10:28 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Want to become a master ball-handler? Well you have to walk before you run.

YouTube user DaryusP produced a video which goes over the very basics of ball-handling in NBA 2K17. All of the basics you may need to know including visual instructions on how the moves look on your controller are included. It's a really great resource you can draw from to practice the most basic ball-handling moves in NBA 2K17.

Given the daunting control scheme found in NBA 2K17, this is a great place to start towards becoming a master on the sticks.

What are some of the things you are doing to be a better ball-handler in NBA 2K17?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
08:12 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another free Rocket League arena called AquaDome is headed our way in October, along with a couple of new Battle-Cars, priced at $1.99 each. Check out the trailer here.

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Inspired by the seven seas, the creatures beneath the waves, and the machines we use to study both, AquaDome is the first standard Arena we’ve released since Utopia Coliseum. Expect to see AquaDome on every Rocket League playlist, including Competitive, when it’s released next month.

In addition to the new Arena, we’ll also be launching two new Battle-Cars in the AquaDome update. Triton (a slick, futuristic ocean sub) and Proteus (a more science-minded research vessel) are both made to cruise below the waves and sail over the pitch. Both cars will be individually priced at USD $1.99 (or regional equivalent) per car.

Game: Rocket LeagueReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All

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