Monday, August 29, 2016
05:17 PM - August 29, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has started to reveal the top FIFA 17 players, starting with players ranked 31 through 50. More detailed ratings can be seen in the official blog.

Check them out and post your thoughts!

31. Hugo Loris - Overall 88
32. David Alaba - Overall 87
33. Leonardo Bonucci - Overall 87
34. Jan Oblak - Overall 87
35. Ivan Rakitić - Overall 87
36. Alexis Sánchez - Overall 87
37. Ángel Di María - Overall 87
38. Thomas Müller - Overall 87
39. Mats Hummels - Overall 87
40. Samir Handanović - Overall 87
41. Sergio Busquets - Overall 87
42. Arturo Vidal - Overall 87
43. Karim Benzema - Overall 87
44. David Silva - Overall 87
45. James Rodríguez - Overall 87
46. Arjen Robben - Overall 87
47. Dimitri Payet - Overall 86
48. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Overall 86
49. Marcelo Vieira da Silva - Overall 86
50. Blaise Matuidi - Overall 86

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
02:00 PM - August 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last year, Madden 16 introduced Draft Champions, a mode that mixed the team-building aspect of Ultimate Team with the tension of the NFL Draft. Basically, you take a roster full of mediocre players, and through a 15-round draft you attempt to make the necessary upgrades.

Unlike your team, the mode itself hasn't seen many significant improvements this year. It remains relatively the same as its last update in Madden 16. This is more noticeable, in my opinion, because of the changes MLB The Show 2016 made to the formula in its own Battle Royale mode.

Read More - MLB's Battle Royale vs. Madden's Draft Champions

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 1 - View All

UPROXX has posted their NBA 2K17 hands-on impressions and talk about the controls and the importance of your stick skills this year. They also go over the new shot aiming system.

“Let’s say you start this little cool move and you want to break out at that moment in time,” Jones says. “The animation had launched and there were specific branch points where you could get out, but as a user, you wanna get out when you want to get out. This year, we took all of that — what we felt like — canned stuff and was (sic) like look: ‘as a user, you can still recreate it.’ The animations that make up that guy’s dribble package, are signature. But if you wanna create that situation that he specifically does, it’s on your stick skills.”

That emphasis on a user’s “stick skills,” specifically how they’re able to move their player in a fashion similar to how they would in real life, is now augmented. You are controlling all of the player’s movements instead of just most of them. There’s no jumping off point where you’re left the manipulations of what they’ve already programmed for that player at that time in the game.

Most games only do release stuff on jump shots. Jones compared it to pulling a bow and arrow: you pull it back to the right tension and then release it. That release timing has always been there for NBA 2K jump shots, but now they’ve added aim, so “you can actually aim left-right on the shots.”

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
11:57 AM - August 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves

Football is a passing game. Despite the Denver Broncos riding a dominant defense to their third Super Bowl ring, the majority of playoff teams last year fielded offenses with potent aerial attacks. Whether it be Tom Brady's precision attack or Carson Palmer connecting on big plays, the rules in the NFL favor the pass. How does this relate to Madden? Quite simply, it doesn’t. Madden has always favored the pass as its primary means of racking up yards, but Madden 17 moves towards balance, albeit, in a good way.

Read More - Madden NFL 17: Mastering the Passing Game

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
11:25 AM - August 29, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium

A tuning update was pushed today for Madden NFL 17. Per Rex Dickson, you should see less strip fumbles. Let us know what you're seeing.

Today's tuning update: A reduction in the effectiveness of the strip ball mechanic. Should be less fumbles.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
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
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
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
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 2 - View All
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
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
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: 16 - 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
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
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

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