Sunday, August 28, 2016
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
07:23 PM - August 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We haven't heard from the folks at Mutant Football League in awhile but we got a bit of an update as to what they're up to this weekend:

Developer Digital Dreams Entertainment have announced that Mutant Football League™, the spiritual successor to the #1 selling Sega Genesis sports-hybrid game, has launched its Steam Greenlight campaign. The game will also be available for hands-on multiplayer at PAX West 2016...

Mutant Football League is considered the spiritual successor to Mutant League Football originally released in 1993. This new version will feature 7-on-7 arcade style play with the old Mutant League concepts in place.

Currently the new MFL game is scheduled for a Fall 2016 Early Access release on PC/Steam and should also release on PS4 and XB1 in Q2 2017.

You can check out a trailer for the game on YouTube.

Game: Mutant Football LeagueHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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Friday, August 26, 2016
03:30 PM - August 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Check out all of the moves listed in the images above.

You can check out more control options in the Madden NFL 17 manual available online.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
03:07 PM - August 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Joel Smith

As sports gamers, the one thing many of us look for in the titles we choose to play is the realism of the game. How does the real-life game translate over to its sim title? Does the gameplay feel the same as what we get to watch on TV? How do the graphics look?

One thing that many of us as sports gamers also look at is the fidelity of the game, and how it is presented to us while we play. From pregame setup and intro, to the atmosphere and emotion during the game -- including crowds, proper play-by-play/color commentary and teammate reactions -- to stat overlays and player information, to halftime (if applicable) and postgame shows/information.

Read More - Sports Gaming Presentation: Does It Live Up To Your Standards?

01:18 PM - August 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

EA has changed up a lot of how the running mechanics work in Madden NFL 17. There is now more depth and more to recognize with this year's game, and some players have moves others don't.

The first thing you need to realize is that you need to run to your player's strengths.

For instance, a big bruiser of a running back won't be as effective with the juke and spin vs. the truck and stuff arm. Making sure you are playing to your back's strength's will ensure you a bit more success when you go to your special moves.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some backs are not going to be good as others in performing moves. A player with higher special moves ratings will perform much higher quality moves versus those with lower ratings. Thus, it does pay to invest some of your salary cap space (or your actual salary if we're talking MUT) to a better back this time around.

Each move you use does take up some stamina so that's something else to keep in mind.

There are also modifiers for ball carriers which will have different effects upon the game:
  • Standard (No Modifiers) - What it sounds like, standard moves.
  • Speed (RT/R2) - Shorter and quicker moves, they don't move your ball carrier off their current path.
  • Precision (LT/L2) - Longer and more deliberate moves which can be used to successfully fake out a number of players.
  • Steerable (RT/R2 + LT/L2) - These moves allow you steer your special moves with the left stick. These moves influence defender pursuit angles. Only works with Truck, Spin, Juke, Back Juke.
Utility Moves

These moves consist of the 'other' moves which aren't steerable and give you the ability to do a few different items.
  • Ball Carrier Give-Up – LT+RT / L2+ R2 + Square/X
  • Celebration Run – LT+RT / L2+ R2 + A/X
  • QB Slide – Tap X/Square or LT+RT / L2+ R2 + Square/X

What else are you finding out about the running moves in Madden NFL 17? Share your findings and tips you've found to be working!

Video: Zfarls on YouTube

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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07:00 AM - August 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K and the NBA 2K17 team have just announced "The Prelude" a free downloadable experience, giving you a head start on your MyCAREER, available for free on September 9, just one day after the mobile companion app releases, which allows you to scan your face into the game and much more. Watch the trailer here. (Only available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4)

Fans will have the ability to play college games, choosing from multiple Division I programs and boost their stock for the NBA Draft. You will also be able to try out the all-new tutorial mode, 2KU, featuring Coach K.

Read the full press release below.

Download NBA® 2K17 “The Prelude” For Free Starting September 9th

Critically acclaimed franchise to give fans early start to this year’s MyCAREER experience, ability to play collegiate games and more!

2K today announced “The Prelude,” a free downloadable experience for NBA 2K17, the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series*, which will be available on September 9, 2016. For the first time in NBA 2K history, gamers – both new and old – will get to start their MyCAREER experience prior to the game’s launch on September 20, 2016 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems. Gamers who download “The Prelude” will choose from multiple authentic Division I collegiate programs and have the ability to boost their stock for the NBA Draft. Additionally, “The Prelude” experience will include enhanced MyPlayer personalization through new mobile phone face scan technology via the MyNBA2K Companion App, and an all–new tutorial mode in 2KU, featuring 2016 USA Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski (“Coach K”).

“The Prelude was designed specifically to introduce new fans to our franchise, and give them an introduction to our legendary MyCAREER mode that puts the user at the center of an epic basketball story,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. “Veterans of NBA 2K will also love getting a head start on their MyCAREER, so when the game launches they can be ready to jump in and compete.”

During “The Prelude”, players will watch their draft stock fluctuate dynamically based on their performance across the participation of multiple authentic college games. In true cinematic form, they’ll also catch a glimpse of exclusive MyCAREER scenes through their customized avatar, which include interactions with high school coaches, teammates, and more. Players’ in-game performance during college play will ultimately influence where they are drafted upon entering the league in NBA 2K17.

“The incredible excitement during the first week of NBA 2K16’s launch showed us there was an opportunity to connect with even more fans prior to the formal release of NBA 2K17,” said Alfie Brody, VP of Marketing for NBA 2K. “We think we’ve given our passionate community something special with this year, and can’t wait to see the response from not only existing fans, but new ones as well.”

Included in “The Prelude” is 2KU, a tutorial featuring Coach K, focused on fundamental basketball strategies including pick and roll execution, proper defensive positioning, ball movement, boxing out, court awareness and more. Gamers can also use the MyNBA2K17 iOS and Android companion app to scan their facial likeness into their MyCAREER avatar within minutes. This new mobile phone camera fan scan technology serves as the perfect introduction to the custom experience, as players begin playing MyCAREER. Additionally, after September 16, 2016 gamers will be able to purchase and download playable “all-time great” teams for each of the playable colleges as well as special collegiate MyTeam cards representing legendary players.

The NBA 2K17 Standard Edition will be available in both digital and physical formats for $59.99 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, and Windows PC platforms on September 20. The NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition will be available in digital and physical formats for $79.99 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system. Also available for pre-order is the NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold offering fans the ultimate value at $99.99 with all of the regular NBA 2K17 Legend Edition contents plus bonus items. All fans who pre-order any version of NBA 2K17 will receive their copy at Early Tip-Off four days early, September 16.

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
06:30 AM - August 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Konami has announced an official partnership with the Argentine soccer club, Club Atlético River Plate, which will be seen in PES titles and related mobile games, check out the trailer here.

Club Atlético River Plate is an Argentine soccer club founded in 1901, which has won 13 international titles including the South American club football tournament twice. The club has also won the domestic league 36 times -- the most in Argentina.

Through this agreement, PES 2017 (scheduled for release on September 13th in the Americas, and globally on September 15th) will include the club's uniform and the team's home stadium -- Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti (also known as "El Monumental"). These new implementations will enrich the River Plate experience.

Comment from Club Atlético River Plate:
“PES has been home to some of the most heralded football franchises in the world so we are excited to partner with KONAMI. We look forward to working closely with them to extend our team’s unique playing style and abilities to a wider audience.”

Source - Konami

Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
06:23 AM - August 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

One of the most anticipated Press Row Podcast episodes on an annual basis is here with the Madden NFL 17 Review Roundtable! The panel discusses various themes of this year’s game, examine where it excels, and identify the areas that need the most work going forward.

On the show this episode:

Joining us this week:Written reviews from our panelists: Sporting News, Polygon, USgamer, Operation Sports, IGN

Run Time: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Thursday, August 25, 2016
01:54 PM - August 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden NFL 17 is sure to bring much debate about the direction of the series, but let there be no doubt the game has certainly planted itself as a serious contender for more casual football fans' hearts.

This year, Madden has added several new features that basically hold any newer user’s hand to virtual pay dirt. From the way the new auto-running moves function to the continued increase of on-screen feedback, Madden is working very hard to win over new fans' hearts while simultaneously deepening the love from existing fans with more and more simulation depth.

Read More - Madden is Now Deeper But More Accessible Than Ever

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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12:39 PM - August 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Owen Good from Polygon has just posted his hands-on impressions of NASCAR Heat Evolution with quite a few interesting details. Check it out and post your thoughts. The game releases on September 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The previous editions of NASCAR-licensed games, developed by Eutechnyx, had drivers racing on rails and accelerating or braking within them. "This is a very racy AI," Wilson said, mentioning that the EA Sports games had three AI lines that all drivers adhered to. NASCAR Heat Evolution has none. Drivers should drive where they would in that situation in a real race.

"You just always knew where they're going to be," in earlier series, Wilson said. "We really wanted a race at Talladega, in our game, to pack up like in real life."

That also means the potential for a Talladega-class wreck. I didn't see many AI driver errors, much less ones leading to a major pileup.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
12:36 PM - August 25, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by Steve Noah

Madden NFL 17 designer John White mentioned on Twitter today, that the rookie exploit, where ratings were visible before the draft is fixed, via server update for Cloud Franchises. An offline fix will be in the next patch. No release date has been set.

No restart is required for this fix to be implemented.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
12:08 PM - August 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

If you are like me and you don't look at the controls before diving into Madden -- you probably have had the QB take off and not known how to slide at the end of the play. This may have ended fine for you, it may have ended very poorly -- regardless you don't want your QB taking too many hits in football.

This year, to slide with your QB you have to hold both triggers (LT and RT) down and push x on Xbox One or square on your PS4. When to slide is all a personal preference, but I would recommend trying to avoid any big contacts with your QB since they're more prone to fumbling and an injury to your franchise QB isn't a good way to win a Super Bowl. QB slides will help you avoid the hit and keep the yards.

Video credit: Sports Gamers Online on YouTube

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Willie Reed Jr. has managed to leak out some NBA 2K17 video footage confirming David Aldridge and Brent Barry in the game.

NBA2KGames grabbed a copy of one of the videos here. Hustle Westbrook managed to get a copy of another video here.

UPDATE: The videos have been removed, but we definitely saw David Aldridge and heard Brent Barry on the commentary team in NBA 2K17. In another video, you could hear Doris Burke and Greg Anthony. Is Clark Kellogg gone? Could we see multiple commentary teams in the game? Let the speculation begin.

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
08:29 PM - August 24, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

More NBA 2K17 player ratings are being revealed by the actual NBA players on Twitter. Below are the ones that have tweeted so far, click the links below for a screenshot of the player in NBA 2K17. We will continue to update this post as more screenshots and ratings are revealed.Your thoughts?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All

The team of Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play) and analyst Charles Davis have been spending more time in the EA Sports studio lately, with plans to continue throughout the NFL season. These commentary updates will arrive in Madden NFL 17 according to their schedules.

With that said, let us know what you're hearing in the latest update.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

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