Sunday, June 26, 2016
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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11:29 AM - June 26, 2016. Posted by aholbert32. Written by Steve Noah

Geoff Harrower, A.K.A. GameplayDevUFC, has been posting quite a few details on the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 patch on his Twitter page over the past few days. While no date for the patch has been revealed, he has posted quite a few nuggets. Check out some of them below and let us know what you think!
  • AI will now perform takedowns after catch kicks
  • Improvements to AI stamina management. AI now more likely to take time between combos to regen stamina if low.
  • Tuned AI fighter tendencies for fighters who should throw more/less kicks
  • Improved judges scoring logic
  • And to top things off, there is a brand new move coming

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
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Friday, June 24, 2016
04:56 PM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
Video games didn't begin as a medium for narratives. Within the last decade, you would be hard pressed to find games without a story or character arc.

Even sports games, which long neglected story telling before the likes of Fight Night, have come around. NBA 2K16 boasted one of the most discussed narratives in all of video games just last year. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that EA is testing the waters with its most popular franchise, FIFA.

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02:07 PM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Celtics had a busy night in the 2016 draft.

Various sports outlets have been discussing last night's draft, handing out analysis, and giving grades to team's performances. We took a look at three winners and losers from last night's draft ourselves with NBA 2K17 in mind.

Around the web, there have been various reactions rolling in from the draft last night. Here are a few:

ESPN writes international players and the OKC Thunder came out ahead on draft day:

"The Los Angeles Lakers then took Brandon Ingram with the second pick, making him the fifth top-two pick for the Lakers in the common draft era.

The rest of the draft may have delivered a bit of a shock."

USA Today writes that surprises came early and often with the 2016 draft:

"It started when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Thon Maker at 10th overall. Maker, in large part because of his unusual path, which included a an extra year at Orangeville Prep playing as a post-graduate student rather than the typical path of heading to college, was a real wildcard in this draft."

Bleacher Report checks in with some draft grades for all 30 franchises:

"Numerous impact players were taken on Thursday, as the 2016 class featured future stars like Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons as well as strong depth throughout the first round with Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray."

CBS Sports also broke down each team's draft with grades and analysis:

"...it's clear that there are quite a few winners and losers after the 2016 NBA Draft given what went down."

With the draft behind us and news of NBA 2K17 certainly coming in the next few weeks -- the time to look ahead to next season has already begun.

Has the draft changed how you want to approach NBA 2K17? Which rookie(s) are you most looking forward to playing as?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
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Check out the latest Madden NFL 17 video from GoodGameBro, showing off some gameplay, commentary and a fake field goal trick play.

A few weeks ago, EA flew me out to Los Angeles to record some early Madden 17 gameplay. This is the second video that I've released, and I show off a ton of commentary with some of the new presentation changes too.

I tried to make sure that the Madden 17 gameplay focused on the new commentary guys, Brandon Gaudin & Charles Davis. Some of the cuts on the video are a bit rough, but that's because I wanted to make sure you could hear the full audio of a lot of the segments. Best part? I believe only 40% of the commentary was in the game during this build!

You'll get some gameplay of Paxton Lynch & Jared Goff, but most of the gameplay focuses on the Denver Broncos vs the Oakland Raiders. If you guys have any questions about the game, feel free to leave a comment below & I'll try to answer a few of them!

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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10:53 AM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Want to be the champ? It all starts in the draft.

Last night, the 2016 NBA Draft was held in Brooklyn -- with the usual fanfare surrounding 60 new players entering the league. Some teams came out of draft night winners, and others didn't really advance an agenda towards championships. Let's look at some winners and losers with NBA 2K17 as our guide.


Oklahoma City Thunder -
They're my hometown team and I just want to get this out of the way now. The Oladipo for Ibaka trade was brilliant and to add Domantas Sabonis to the mix as well for frontcourt depth is just a cherry on top. The Thunder appeared to get a lot better yesterday. The starting five of Westbrook, Oladipo, Durant, Adams, and Kanter are going to be about as good as you can get in NBA 2K17.

Boston Celtics - When you enter the draft with as many picks as Boston had, its really hard to mess up draft night. The Celtics got Jaylen Brown with the third pick then followed that up with two potential future front-court players in Guerschon Yabusele (PF) and Ante Zizic (C). Demetrius Jackson and Ben Bentil are both potential future rotation players and they were gotten in the second round. There's some projects here, but this draft could yield true dividends for the Celtics in the future. They're more intriguing to play as if your goal is long-term building in MyTeam.

Philadelphia 76ers - I won't lie in the sense I oftentimes don't know what the heck Philly is up to in building their franchise. There have been starts and restarts and restarts of restarts. However, Ben Simmons is a potential star and a couple of athletic guys who can fill up the bucket in Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot and Furkan Korkmaz. In terms of NBA 2K17 -- you've got a lot of young pieces to build a championship contender around now long term.

The Losers

Brooklyn Nets -
The Nets hosted the draft and badly needed something good to happen. After mortgaging the franchises future on two over the hill players in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce -- the Nets were rewarded by coming into draft night with a bad draft position but a desperate need to rebuild. Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead may or may not be NBA rotation type of guys, but nothing moved the needle here. The Nets have a long way to go and don't offer much excitement except as a total rebuild in NBA 2K17.

Milwaukee Bucks - Thon Maker either is the biggest hidden gem in the history of the draft, which the Bucks stole -- or they just drafted a guy who may or may not be 19, who hasn't played anything beyond high school ball, and probably could've been acquired way down the line and probably with a favorable trade. In terms of NBA 2K17 -- its doubtful Maker is rated high at all and the Bucks overall trend seems to be sideways at best after the draft.

Dallas Mavericks - I live close enough to Dallas to see the agony DFW fans go through who aren't Rangers fans. Draft night is a reason for panic, and anytime news of roster moves hit you instantly fear the worst. The Mavs only picked A.J. Hammons from Purdue -- but the amount of 7' guys with no physcial athleticism who are successful in the NBA is very low. Really it feels like Dallas picked someone just to pick someone -- I've done that before in NBA 2K when I didn't need a pick and there was no trade which worked for me. But that was also a video game.

What do you think about draft night? How did your team do?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
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EA Sports has announced Japan's top flight football league, the MEIJI YASUDA J1 League and J.League Cup tournament will be featured in FIFA 17 when the game launches on September 27.

All 18 clubs that make up the J1 League will be featured, with authentic logos, kits, and rosters. Content from these clubs will also be included in FIFA Ultimate Team and other modes across FIFA 17.

Below is the list of clubs of the J1 League:
  • Vegalta Sendai
  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Reds
  • Omiya Ardija
  • Kashiwa Reysol
  • FC Tokyo
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Shonan Bellmare
  • Ventforet Kofu
  • Albirex Niigata
  • Júbilo Iwata
  • Nagoya Grampus
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Vissel Kobe
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Avispa Fukuoka
  • Sagan Tosu

Also of note, the new home of Gamba Osaka, Suita City Football Stadium, will be one of the new stadiums available in FIFA 17.

More news on other leagues, teams and stadiums for FIFA 17 will be announced closer to launch.

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Out of the Park Baseball 17 is on sale for $19.99 (50% off) and Franchise Hockey Manager 2 for $4.99 (75% off), during the OOTP Developments summer sale, which ends on July 4.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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12:02 PM - June 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert

E3 2016 is over, and what a hectic week it was. For those of us who eat, sleep and breathe soccer, we were treated to all sorts of entertainment. Euro 2016 and Copa América continued to provide plenty of memorable moments, and a whole host of new info was unveiled for this year's FIFA and PES releases. I love this time of year

We already knew some information about PES 2017 before E3 rolled around due to an announcement back on May 25. It was via this announcement that we were informed of a number of gameplay changes that we'd be seeing this year, including Adaptive AI, Real Touch and Precise Pass features. Shortly after, the first hands-on previews started to surface, and the majority of feedback was very positive. Not a bad start.

Read More - PES 2017: What Do We Know About the Game After E3?

Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
07:14 PM - June 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just announced their NHL 17 public beta, scheduled to arrive on July 28 and continue through August 4. Fans will be able to check out and provide feedback for the following modes:
  • Online Versus – All teams available to use in online head-to-head matches.
  • HUT – All modes to try. Cannot purchase NHL Points.
  • EASHL – Level capped but lower level team and player customization options are available.
Make sure you register for the NHL 17 public beta here.

Source - EA Sports

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
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07:05 PM - June 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released their NHL 17 gameplay trailer. Check it out and post your thoughts!

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
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07:04 PM - June 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just announced St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko as the cover athlete for NHL 17, during the 2016 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. Fans voted him in over San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.

NHL 17 ships on September 13, 2016.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
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Ropie30 has posted this Madden NFL 17 video featuring the Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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TheFlightMike has posted a couple of Madden NFL 17 videos. The first one features the New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys.

The second Madden NFL 17 video features the Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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04:09 PM - June 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Derrick Rose is going to be a New York Knick for the 2016-17 NBA Season.

In a blockbuster pre-draft trade, the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday from the Bulls while sending Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant to Chicago.

The Knicks also acquired a 2017 second round pick from Chicago.

A source close to Rose said the Chicago native was very emotional about leaving his hometown team, which drafted him No. 1 overall out of Memphis in 2008, because of all his great memories there but that he wanted the big stage of New York.

Once Rose got word the Bulls were looking to trade him, he hoped it would be to the Knicks.

"His first choice was New York," the source said. "He wants the spotlight."

Rose's trade is going to change how players approach the Knicks -- with a starting lineup which now will include Rose and Carmelo Anthony. That is, of course, assuming Rose can stay healthy. Rose did play in 66 games last season, but he's battled injuries much of the last four seasons. Rose averaged nearly 32 minutes per game in 2015-16 and scored 16.4 points per game with 4.7 assists per game.

Rose's ratings will likely be pretty solid in NBA 2K17 given his stats -- and combined that with Anthony and suddenly the Knicks look a little more like a team with a little better chance at the playoffs.

What do you think? Was this a good trade for New York? What about Chicago? Is this a trade which will benefit the Bulls as well? Are you more likely to give the Knicks a try in NBA 2K17 now?

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