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Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:57 AM - May 20, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
The Veteran Legend Ken Griffey Jr. card has been released in the Ticket Counter, which means people who pre-ordered MLB The Show 17 and already have Rookie Legend Ken Griffey Jr. can now (in theory) complete the Diamond Program to unlock the MVP Legend Ken Griffey Jr. (99 overall). The Diamond Program tied to this MVP Griffey card still takes many other steps, and you will need to be Gold level 1 and have 5,000 Tickets to purchase the Veteran Griffey, but at least some folks out there who had been grinding and waiting for this card to be released should now be able to snag one of the best cards in the game. If you don't currently have the Rookie Griffey, the developers at Sony San Diego have said the card will be released at some point, we just don't have a date as of yet.
There was also a roster update and a new Bases Loaded pack released (5,000 Stubs, limited to three per person). The Bases Loaded pack actually has solid value this time around as you're guaranteed at least two standard packs, plus one of the old promo packs or a 10, 20 or 50 pack bundle of standard packs. So in theory you could get 52 packs for 5,000 Stubs.
In terms of the roster update, it was a relatively tame one this week, but we still have some players moving between tiers:
Diamond: Craig Kimbrel (92)
Gold: Greg Holland (87), Lance McCullers (85)
Silver: Felipe Rivero (82), Eduardo Rodriguez (80)
Bronze: Erasmo J. Ramirez (74), Justin Smoak (73), Zach Efflin (72), Matt Albers (72), James Hoyt (71), Chris Taylor (70), Tommy Pham (70), Joe Kelly (70)
Carlos Correa and Zach Greinke also became stronger Golds this week.
Silver: Masahiro Tanaka (82)
Common: Ross Stripling (69), Jarred Cosart (66)
In addition, Rich Hill became a weaker Gold, and Edwin Diaz became a weaker Silver.
Friday, May 19, 2017
05:13 PM - May 19, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The official MLB The Show 17 roster update is available now. Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes, we've listed some of the overall changes below.
- Craig Kimbrel+4 (92)
- Zack Greinke +1 (89)
- Carlos Correa +2 (87)
- Greg Holland +3 (87)
- Rich Hill -1 (86)
- Lance McCullers +1 (85)
- Kevin Pillar +4 (84)
- Trevor Rosenthal +3 (84)
- Adam Duvall +3 (83)
- Matt Bush+8 (83)
- Alex Wood +3 (83)
- Brian McCann +3 (83)
- Masahiro Tanaka -4 (82)
- Felipe Rivero +3 (82)
- Evan Gattis +1 (81)
- Edwin Diaz -3 (80)
- Eduardo Rodriguez +3 (80)
- Fry, Paul - BAL
- Infante, Gregory - CHW
- Machi, Jean - FA
- Lombardozzi, Steve - MIA
- Gallegos, Giovanny - NYY
- Wahl, Bobby - OAK
- Pagan, Emilio - SEA
- Powell, Boog - SEA
- Moreno, Diego - TAM
- Stanek, Ryne - TAM
- BibensDirkx, Austin - TEX
- LF Trey Mancini moved from Orioles Bench to Orioles Position.
- C Welington Castillo moved from Orioles Minors to Orioles Position.
- CP Dellin Betances moved from Yankees Relief to Yankees Closer.
- CP Aroldis Chapman moved from Yankees Closer to Yankees Minors.
- SP Blake Snell moved from Rays Starting to Rays Minors.
- SP Francisco Liriano moved from Blue Jays Starting to Blue Jays Minors.
- SP Mike Bolsinger moved from Blue Jays Minors to Blue Jays Starting.
- SS Troy Tulowitzki moved from Blue Jays Minors to Blue Jays Position.
- 1B Steve Pearce moved from Blue Jays Bench to Blue Jays Minors.
- RF J.D. Martinez moved from Tigers Minors to Tigers Position.
- CF Andrew Romine moved from Tigers Bench to Tigers Position.
- SP Jharel Cotton moved from A's Starting to A's Minors.
- SP Sean Manaea moved from A's Minors to A's Starting.
- RP Steve Cishek moved from Mariners Minors to Mariners Relief.
- RP Edwin Diaz moved from Mariners Closer to Mariners Relief.
- CP Tony Zych moved from Mariners Relief to Mariners Closer.
- CF Carlos Gomez moved from Rangers Position to Rangers Minors.
- SS Adeiny Hechavarria moved from Marlins Position to Marlins Minors.
- RP Matt Albers moved from Nationals Closer to Nationals Relief.
- CP Shawn Kelley moved from Nationals Minors to Nationals Closer.
- CP Jeurys Familia moved from Mets Closer to Mets Minors.
- CP Addison Reed moved from Mets Relief to Mets Closer.
- SP Eddie Butler moved from Cubs Minors to Cubs Starting.
- RP Mike Montgomery moved from Cubs Starting to Cubs Relief.
- SP Amir Garrett moved from Reds Minors to Reds Starting.
- 3B David Freese moved from Pirates Minors to Pirates Position.
- RF Stephen Piscotty moved from Cardinals Minors to Cardinals Position.
- SS Jhonny Peralta moved from Cardinals Minors to Cardinals Bench.
- SP Zack Godley moved from D'backs Minors to D'backs Starting.
- CF Andrew Toles moved from Dodgers Position to Dodgers Minors.
- SP Kenta Maeda moved from Dodgers Starting to Dodgers Minors.
- SP Hyun-Jin Ryu moved from Dodgers Minors to Dodgers Starting.
- SP Rich Hill moved from Dodgers Minors to Dodgers Starting.
- CF Denard Span moved from Giants Minors to Giants Position.
- SS Brandon Crawford moved from Giants Minors to Giants Position.
04:43 PM - May 19, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Discover why the McLaren 720S supercar in Project Cars 2 will be the closest you can get to driving the real thing. This episode details the painstaking process behind the in-game development of the new McLaren 720S by McLaren’s chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, to ensure the virtual driving experience matches up to the exacting standards of McLaren’s performance vehicles.
The Built By Drivers series dives deep into the process of the game’s development featuring the professional drivers and the amazing talent that together make Project CARS 2 the most realistic and technically advanced racing simulator in the world.
Project CARS 2 will be available late 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.
Read More - How One Final Session with McLaren’s Chief Test-Driver Chris Goodwin Changed The Feel of Projects CARS 2
04:31 PM - May 19, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Guest Post
This is a special article from guest contributor and OS user Smirkin Dirk.
Australian football. For us Australians, it arouses passions only seen in love and war. For Americans, it is that weird sport that sometimes makes the Sportscenter Top 10. Greater Melbourne has roughly the same population as greater San Francisco, and we sustain 10 professional teams. The teams average between 25,000-50,000 fans per game, and the TV rights to the league were sold for $2.5 billion. 30 years ago, the league was rooted in suburban rivalries with rotting facilities and creditors kicking down doors. It is now a slick, monetized TV product with indoor dome stadiums, kiss cams and analysts using telestrators.
With one glaring exception.
Read More - AFL Evolution: What Is It and How to Play It
Codemasters and Deep Silver have released their DiRT 4 Be Fearless trailer, featuring real life rally drivers discussing how they overcome fear on the track and how they push themselves to be the best. DiRT 4 is is scheduled to release on June 6 for PC and consoles.
DiRT 4 puts you at the wheel of some of the world’s most iconic and powerful off-road vehicles as you test yourself against the road and the elements in a battle against the clock. There is also multicar racing in rallycross and landrush where you will have to be brave and fast in order to take the chequered flag.
World renowned rally driver Kris Meeke, who worked as a handling consultant on DiRT 4 commented, “You have to forget about the fear factor. It’s purely about winning or losing. That’s the real special element in rally.”
Two time FIA World Rallycross champion and DiRT 4 handling consultant Petter Solberg said, “If you believe in yourself a lot, you know you will jump in the car again and be fast... I won three races in a row after probably the biggest ever accident in rally. It’s about how much you want it.”
Featuring two different handling models, Gamer and Simulation, DiRT 4 offers both depth and accessibility for players old and new to the franchise. The game’s innovative Your Stage system allows you to produce a near infinite number of unique rally stages at the touch of a button. Your Stage allows experienced rally players to create longer, more technical routes, whilst newcomers can create simpler shorter routes as they hone their skills.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
08:20 PM - May 18, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Kylotonn has announced WRC 7, scheduled to arrive in August for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here, featuring some pre-alpha footage, along with some WRC broadcast footage.
WRC 7 is the official game of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring the latest cars, teams and drivers, along with the latest WRC tracks and much more. Read the full interview at RedBull.
What new features and updates can we expect to see in WRC 7? What’s new in the game that you are most excited about?
Special attention was put on the rally experience for this new opus of WRC game. The level design of stages has been redefined for a more intense driving experience. Roads are bumpier, borders are closer and more dangerous. This year’s version of the game also introduces Epic stages: very long stages providing up to 15 minutes of gameplay. The skills and concentration of rally fans will be pushed to their limits. But the most exciting aspect is that the player will discover all those new challenging environments, the 13 official countries of the WRC, by driving the new WRC 2017 cars, which are more powerful, more agile and more aggressive than previous WRC cars.
Have you added any new cars or teams to the game?
All the new WRC 2017 cars are included: there’s a Toyota Yaris, Citroën C3, Hyundai i20 and a Ford Fiesta, and new teams have also been added in WRC7. It’s the same for new junior-WRC cars, which runs with a Ford Fiesta R2 this year. We've also worked on a special bonus car, and rally fans will love it.
Have you placed more emphasis on realism or fun, and how do you strike a balance?
In our game developing process, we first setup a simulation behaviour for more realism, then we develop control aids to provide a wide range of handling possibilities for the player. Keep in mind that, more than ever, the new WRC 2017 cars are more powerful and agile in real life, and they realistically provide more fun.
11:58 AM - May 18, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
(Above screenshot is from Top Spin 4 on Xbox 360)
Bigben and Breakpoint have just announced Tennis World Tour, scheduled to arrive in 2018 on consoles and PC. The experienced team behind the Top Spin license are working on the game and promise it to be an ultra-realistic simulation of the sport.
Read the full press release below, more information is scheduled to arrive during Gamescom 2017.
BIGBEN AND BREAKPOINT STUDIO ANNOUNCE TENNIS WORLD TOUR
Bigben and Breakpoint are pleased to announce Tennis World Tour, the new standard for tennis games, due for release in 2018 on consoles and PC.
In order to make the best possible game and match players' expectations, the studio has brought in an experienced team which has worked on the "Top Spin" license.
Pierre André, Game Designer on Tennis World Tour and former Producer on "Top Spin 4": "For years we've wanted to create a new tennis game, a spiritual successor to "Top Spin 4". Technical evolutions now mean we can create the ultra-realistic simulation that we've been dreaming of."
Benoît Clerc, Director of Video Games at Bigben: "We are proud to give to all tennis fans a game worthy of their enthusiasm. The level of quality, wealth of content and game mechanics will ensure Tennis World Tour is one of the best sport simulations on the market."
This desire to provide a faithful tennis simulation translates into demanding gameplay during rally, a wide range of playing styles and a strategic preparation that influences the course of each match.
In addition to that, Tennis World Tour lets you experience the career of a professional: more than 30 playable tennis stars including Roger Federer, Gaël Monfils, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza and many more.
10:34 AM - May 18, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Konami has updated their PES 2018 website to include more details on the game. If you missed it yesterday, Konami revealed a teaser trailer, screenshots, release date and a few other things.
- The world renowned gameplay quality has been finely tuned and refined to recreate the authenticity of the beautiful game, including a more realistic game speed.
- Strategic Dribbling gives the user significantly more control in possession, with the addition of contextual shielding to protect the ball, as well as simple stick controls triggering realistic, subtle movements to wrong foot defenders.
- Real Touch+ adds a new dimension to ball control, with full body touch allowing various parts of the body to control the ball based on the unpredictability of the ball movement.
- Set pieces have been reworked with a new Free Kick and Penalty Kick system, alongside the option to choose the new one player kick off.
- Realistic visuals recreate the authenticity of football, all the way down to the finer details thanks to Real Capture.
- The benefits include true-to-life stadium lighting for day and night matches, pitch turfs and player tunnels that were recreated from more than 20,000 intricate elements of genuine data that was collected at the Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park.
- Players have been motion captured in equally realistic environments, allowing for a complete rework of the animation system, starting with core movement such as walking, turning and body posture.
- Additionally, player models have been completely changed, with special attention paid to kit fitting and short size.
- Players photo scanned from partner teams will receive full body tattoos.
A new mode dedicated to 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play, with support for local guests. Play together with friends, take your team to the top or simply have some fun via one-off casual matches.
NEW MODES FEATURES
The fan favorite RANDOM SELECTION MATCH returns with new presentation and features. Experience life as manager in MASTER LEAGUE with pre-season tournaments, an improved transfer system and new presentation elements, including pre-match interviews and locker room scenes.
New UI for all menus and real player images for gamey screen and myClub, as well as new in-game presentation giving the game a new broadcast feel.
PES LEAGUE INTEGRATION
Compete in PES League in new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op.
SIGNIFICANT PC IMPROVEMENTS
PC Steam version undergoes substantial enhancements in graphics and content, meeting quality standards and ensuring parity across all current gen platforms.
09:55 AM - May 18, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Daniel Owens
Sixteen of the top Madden 17 players locked up in Burbank, CA this past weekend for their shot at $150,000, a title belt that would make The Rock blush and the right to call themselves Madden 17 Champion. Before the weekend was over, a total of $500,000 would be given away to the top-32 players.
Read More - Madden NFL 17 Championship Recap (Written by: Daniel Owens)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
12:30 PM - May 17, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
NBA Playgrounds is a fine-tuned blend of arcade basketball and competitive play. It has a tendency to lean on the former, but the 2-on-2 matches can get awfully tense in the final moments of a game, especially in more difficult matches against the A.I.
The game strives to be a modern-day take on the NBA Jam formula, letting players leave realism and simulation at the door in favor of a faster pace. It doesn't live up to the aforementioned classic, but it's just fresh enough that it's able to chisel a spot for itself among the short list of arcade sports titles on the current generation of consoles.
Read More - NBA Playgrounds: A New Take on Street Style Basketball
08:54 AM - May 17, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Codemasters has just announced F1 2017, scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam) worldwide, on August 25.
Check out the new F1 2017 trailer, showcasing three of the historic F1 cars that will be featured in the game – the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 as driven by Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, the 1992 Williams FW14B that was raced by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, and the 2002 Ferrari F2002 of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.
Not only will F1 2017 include the return of classic F1 cars, it will also feature an even deeper career mode, numerous multiplayer enhancements, and a brand new ‘Championships’ game mode. After watching the trailer, be sure to read the official blog for more details.
04:53 AM - May 17, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
According to Xbox.com, PES 2018 is scheduled to release on September 12. The site has also revealed some new screenshots and some of the features that will be available in the game this year.
UPDATE: Konami has just released their PES 2018 teaser trailer.
PES 2018 New Features
- Gameplay Masterclass – Strategic Dribbling, Real Touch+ and new set pieces take the unrivalled gameplay to the next level
- Presentation Overhaul – New menus and real player images
- PES League Integration – Compete with PES League in new modes including myClub
- Online Co-op -A mode dedicated to co-op play is newly added
- Random Selection Match – Fan favourite returns with new presentation and features
- Master League Upgrade – New pre-season tournaments, improved transfer system, presentations and functionality
- Enhanced Visual Reality – New lighting, reworked player models and animations covering everything from facial expressions to body movement to bring the game to life
- 2x Premium Partner Agents for myClub
- UCL Agent for myClub
- Exclusive Agent for myClub
- 4x Start Up Agents
- 1x Partner Club Agent
- 10,000 GP x 10 weeks
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
06:07 PM - May 16, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Kevin Scott
While Diamond Dynasty remains the crown jewel in MLB The Show 17 for SDS -- receiving the most attention from the developers, thanks in no small part to being a cash cow that sees players spending small fortunes to stack their teams with powerful squads -- it’s a mode that still remains intimidating and inaccessible for many. This is likely because many players simply refuse to invest the same kind of capital as others and therefore believe it’s not even worth trying to keep up with all of the Joneses with deep pockets. But the reality is you don’t actually need to spend so much as a dime in order to put together a competitive Diamond Dynasty squad. You just need to know how to harness all of the resources the game provides you free of charge to cobble together a team that can take you up the leaderboard.
Here are some tips that can have you climbing the Diamond Dynasty ranks in no time.
Read More - How to Build A Diamond Dynasty Squad on the Cheap in MLB The Show 17 (Written by: Kevin Scott)
03:26 PM - May 16, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Another busy afternoon for Diamond Dynasty mode includes the Ranked Seasons rewards rolling out, a new Event being advertised before beginning tomorrow, and the Set 4 packs being released along with a pack that's tailored to the Event that will be taking place.
The Ranked Seasons rewards affect everyone who played that mode, so it's worth mentioning the release of these rewards began at 3 p.m. EST, and will be continuing for at least a couple hours. This includes the Breakout Paul Goldschmidt for those who made it to World Series rank, and the Francisco Liriano for those who at least made it to the Pennant Race tier -- as well as various other rewards depending on the highest tier you made it to during the first Ranked Seasons. The next season of Ranked Seasons will begin once the rewards have been finished being given out (presumably later today).
The new event is called Advantage: Hitters, and it will run from May 17-24. It is titled as such because it will be right-handed-only batting lineups going up against left-handed-only pitching rotations. The new pack tailored to this event is also up in the Store, and it will run you 4,000 Stubs per pack. The pack includes a guaranteed Legend or Flashback, and any of those throwbacks pulled from the pack will be eligible for the event. The exclusive players for this pack are the Hardware Legend Robin Yount (93 overall), and the Hardware Legend Steve Garvey (88). This 3-inning event will be played on All-Star difficulty, and your team can be as high as 90 overall. The top rewards are a Breakout Joe Carter (89) that you get for 50 cumulative wins, and a All-Star Flashback Andrew Miller (93) that you get for 12-win streak.
The other new pack is the Set 4 pack, which includes exclusive Breakout Legend Cal Ripkin (94), and Breakout Flashback Mat Latos (91).
Finally, some other new cards are now in the game, and they all tie into the new Ranked Season or new Event. These players are All-Star Legend Tony Gwynn (96) that you get if you make it to World Series tier in the second Ranked Seasons, and Impact Veteran Flashback Doug Fister (85) that you get for making it to Pennant Race in Season 2. As for the event, this includes a Breakout Legend Harmon Killebrew (86) that you get for a 9-win streak, and a Impact Veteran Legend Tony Perez (78) that you get for winning at least 30 games during the event.
Monday, May 15, 2017
08:07 PM - May 15, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
704Games has announced NASCAR Heat 2, scheduled to arrive on September 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The team is once again working with Toyota, an Official NASCAR Partner, for a new cover athlete competition. From now until Friday, May 19, fans can vote at www.NASCARHeat.com/CoverRace for the two Toyota drivers they want to see go head-to-head to be the face of NASCAR Heat 2. The first of these finalists to finish Stage 2 at the Monster Energy All-Star Race™ on May 20 will become the cover athlete for NASCAR Heat 2. This is the second year 704Games and Toyota have partnered to offer additional racing content to elevate the in-game experience.
NASCAR Heat 2 builds on the core experience of its predecessor, NASCAR Heat Evolution, with advancements from returning developer Monster Games. These improvements include enhanced online multiplayer, a deeper career mode, track updates, additional drivers and other features in line with the 2017 NASCAR-sanctioned national series formats.
“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Monster Games for NASCAR Heat 2,” said Paul Brooks, CEO of 704Games. “This new game will have a very different look and an enhanced overall experience that reflects the insights of actual NASCAR drivers. Over the coming months, we’ll announce additional new features that we believe will really excite our fans.”
“NASCAR Heat 2 improves on the strong racing foundation established in NASCAR Heat Evolution,” said Richard Garcia, President of Monster Games. “We added a slew of new features designed to take NASCAR games back to their roots, while delivering an authentic racing experience for fans.”
“The inaugural Monster Energy All-Star Race is going to be one of the most entertaining weekends of the year,” Brooks concluded. “Being featured on the cover of a video game is an honor for any athlete. Teaming up with a forward-thinking partner like Toyota for the NASCAR Heat 2 Toyota Cover Race is a thrilling addition to up the stakes of the weekend and increase fan involvement.”
Additional information on NASCAR Heat 2 will be available throughout the summer on the game’s official website: www.NASCARHeat.com.