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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
11:40 AM - September 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
We’ve seen many technological “gimmicks” make their way into -- and out of -- the video game industry: 3D games, motion controls, playmats, the Kinect, etc. The sports genre, in particular, has had uneven success with these enhancements. For every good golf game that used a motion controller, there were three barely functioning fitness games.

The next addition on the horizon for PS4 owners is PlayStation VR, releasing on October 13. The success of this new platform, like any other, will be dependent on the quality of titles post-release. For sports fans, will there be enough offered to make PlayStation VR last once the novelty wears off?

Here’s a preview of some sports titles expected at launch...

Read More - Playstation VR Sports Titles at Launch

Platform: PS4
09:12 AM - September 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K has just posted the WWE 2K17 Universe Mode details in a blog written by the designer, Cristo Kyriazis.

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If you’re not familiar with it, Universe Mode is an experience based on the WWE shows and events, with WWE Superstars competing against each other in rivalries and for championships, in settings where anything can happen all year round. Alongside the results you would expect to see on TV, we want players to also experience the “what-if” and fantasy scenarios that could happen in WWE. This could include things like a surprise underdog earning a title shot and winning the gold against the odds; a fan-favorite Superstar turning against the crowd and doing everything he or she can to make them hate him or her; or even watching tag team partners compete against each other to see if their comradery will endure the rivalry or if they’ll go their own separate ways.

What makes Universe Mode really stand out is the huge level of customization we support for the players who want to take control with their own ideas. You can create your own roster of WWE and custom Superstars, choose the championships they compete for, change up the shows and PPVs they compete on – or even create your own! The WWE 2K17 Creation Suite and Community Creations options unlock a huge level of potential for WWE Universe that are unlike anything else.

Read all about it here and post your thoughts.

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Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, September 26, 2016
07:27 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Joel Smith


The NHL season is right around the corner, which means NHL 17 is in full swing. Since its inception in NHL 09, one of the game modes that has really commanded the attention of the fans is EASHL. Despite its ups and downs over the years, it has become a pinnacle to look forward to every year.

This year's iteration has added some subtle yet fantastic changes that make EASHL a great experience for veterans of the mode as well as newcomers.

Read More - NHL 17: EASHL's Great Steps Forward and Ghosts of Hockey's Past

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
07:04 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by Cowboy008. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K17 developers have posted a new video featuring the various taunts 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
02:44 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Sgibs posted a great tip video comprehensively talking about how to stop the run in Madden NFL 17.

There's a lot of great information in this one to help you improve your run defense, including recommended settings and how to align your defense. Gibs really spends a good bit of time breaking down why Madden NFL 17 is different than previous versions and why paying attention to your gap assignments is incredibly important.

What do you think about stopping the run this year in Madden? What kind of things are you doing to stop it?

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
02:14 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


The 4 Verts Podcast checked in with Madden Creative Director Rex Dickson to talk a variety of topics relating to Madden NFL 17.

Check out the topics they discussed:

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"-Thoughts on stumbling out of the blocks with EA Access and Run/Pass Glitch.

-The patch process and how they approached it.

-Shift from how they define success in a launch.As they move from review based goals to core sentiment feelings.

-"Crowd sourced" development and EA's approach, specifically Madden's approach, to the player first mentality.

-Rex explains the struggle to balance SIM, Casual, and Competitive gamers.

-The tuning process, when to hold steady versus making changes, and how data drives these decisions. Rex specifically addressed the upcoming tuning on the fatigue bug and why it occurred.

-How,and why, the Nano Detection System came to be.

-Competitive gaming, and it's place in Madden's growth going forward.

-.....I also ask him why my WR1 is on the left and not matched up against CB1 by default, and his explanation (kind of)."

Be sure to listen to the podcast and add your thoughts below!

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
12:19 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS.

3on3 Freestyle, developed by Joycity, is attempting to build an authentic street basketball game experience. PlayStation 4 fans can sign up for closed beta now, at the official site.

According to the blog post on Playstation.com, 3on3 Freestyle will feature courts from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York.

The game will feature a variety of characters, where no two characters will appear the same, with different playing styles and stories behind each player, along with their own signature moves and tricks.

3on3 Freestyle will support online multiplayer -- but the game will also feature a local co-op multiplayer mode, allowing you to gather with your friends at home and play online multiplayer as a team.

Below are some of the game features:
  • Dive into the massive online community and play real-time 3on3 matches
  • Enjoy the unique art style powered by the Unreal Engine
  • Support for local co-op to challenge players online (up to 3 player locally)
  • Play the easy to pick up and fast paced street ball match with your friends
  • Choose character with different position and different skill set for strategic team combination
  • Initiate co-op skills with your teammates to show off the team work
  • Manage your characters to unlock more skills and features in the game

Game: 3on3 FreeStyleHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:46 AM - September 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. 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!
  • Fixed bug where cancelling the SUB transition from postured up half guard to guard would interrupt all DOM strikes
  • Gave DOM the ability to break out of a single leg attempt after reversing into that position from SUB side control
  • Added increased damage to any round strike that connects with an opponent who lunges sideways into it
  • Added Anthony Pettis and Renan Barão to Featherweight

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
04:54 AM - September 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

OOTP Developments have just announced Franchise Hockey Manager 3 will release on October 17 and will be the first NHL PC game since NHL 09 to be officially licensed by the NHL.

Fans can save $10 by pre-ordering the game today through October 16. Check out some of the new features below, along with this link to their livestream, going over more details.
  • Officially licensed by the NHL®! Teams will have their real logos, insignias, and uniforms along with the Stanley Cup® Championship and post-season awards!
  • All-New 'Path To Glory' Mode: A streamlined and more approachable way to play, with improved game and information flow as well as news from around the world that impacts your experience.
  • Generate your GM/Coach, assign your skills as you wish, start low and work your way up - or take the helm of your favorite team and take it to the Stanley Cup® Championship!
  • New Role-Based Tactical System: Allows the coach to choose from a variety of pre-set tactics to build their team's "system" and then assign players specific roles that fit into that system.

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Game: Franchise Hockey Manager 3Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 0 - View All
Sunday, September 25, 2016
10:21 AM - September 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
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
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
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 17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - 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

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