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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday afternoon, NBA 2K15 installed a server-side update to its MyTeam game mode that changed the collection rewards for several NBA teams from 25,000 MyTeam coins to special edition "sapphire" player cards.

One of those sapphire players, New Orleans Pelicans point guard, Jrue Holiday, turned out to be extra special, in that he has no arms, prefers to play shirtless, will often turn invisible, and shoots the ball like it was a shotput, because both of his hands are hideously stuck to his shoulders:


Holiday's handicap doesn't seem to affect his dribbling, passing, or shooting abilities, as I was able to score 21 points and hit 5 of 6 three-pointers in a test game with him and some of the other new sapphire cards. Mutated Jrue does have a hard time, however, grabbing hold of rebounds and loose balls, as there were a few occasions (at 2:13 and 5:47 of the above video) where he would bend over to pick up the ball, only to bounce back up holding nothing but air in his tiny, misaligned hands. Layups are also pretty difficult for armless-Holiday to hit, as the ball will teleport along an unusually low arc during those shots, making them very easy to block, or just errantly clank off the bottom of the backboard/rim.

Visual Concepts quickly recognized this bug and released a fixed, perfectly human version of sapphire Jrue Holiday late last night. So you can't get this glitched abnormality anymore, unless he's already on your MyTeam, or is sitting in your reward queue.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
08:07 PM - January 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Mrn4s has posted a 6 minute gameplay video from Project CARS. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
02:19 PM - January 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.

Check out the changes for this mornings roster update below.

NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests in this thread, should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.

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Hey Everybody!

An update went live this morning that added all of the recent signings such as:
  • JaMychal Green
  • Tyrus Thoms
  • James Michael McAdoo
  • Quincy Miller
Also the update adjusted all lineups and rotations and injuries returning Aaron Gordon, Dwyane Wade, Doug McDermott and Al Jefferson among many others!

Expect more updates throughout the week, hope everyone had an excellent holiday weekend!

-Mike Stauffer (@2Kstauff)

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
01:24 PM - January 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Matthew Coe

Reviewer's Note: This game was reviewed using the latest available version, 1.1b

With Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 4, Wolverine Studios is attempting to build upon years of crafting text-based sports simulation games. This edition sees a renewed focus on the user interface, enhanced stat tracking including advanced metrics, and a more robust game engine for the head coach in all of us. DDS:PB4 is the most value-packed basketball simulation from Wolverine Studios yet, but it is not without some major issues.

Read More - Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 4 Review (PC)

09:35 AM - January 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Some pictures that the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets have tweeted out, show the NBA 2K16 team performing body scans on various players of each respective team. Could we see player specific body types in the game or are they simply scanning for updated tattoos?

Also of note. Natalie Tenerelli, a dance girl for the Los Angeles Clippers, has mentioned that she was getting scanned in.

We probably won't hear much chatter about NBA 2K16 until May or June, but this is something OSers can analyze until more details are revealed.

Thanks GoodGameBro!

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

EA Sports UFC has released another free content update for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, weighing in at just over 1.1 GB. As mentioned previously, it includes Holly Holm, Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. A few other fixes have been added as well, check them out in the image above.

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UPDATE: This will mark the last major update for the game as we’ll now begin shifting focus towards the future.

Get in a few fights and post your thoughts!

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
07:12 PM - January 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

With 2015 looking to start a bit slow in terms of games, especially with big AAA titles, there is a window for some indie developers to steal the spotlight. This is especially true in the sports space, as some industrious indie folks could come along and make a big impact in either an established sport or a fringe one. As both the Xbox One and PS4 start to gain market share — and with the WiiU, mobile and Steam providing other opportunities — there are lots of potential users for almost any sport. The proverbial brass ring is there if a developer wants to grab it.

What sort of games could we see? Frankly, I think almost every sport is up for consideration.

Read More - Will 2015 Be the Year of the Indie?

02:01 PM - January 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

As it turns out, one of the top new multiplayer games available on Steam is a sports game...sort of. It's also a lot like a first-person shooter, and contains more colors than you'd think possible.

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is an unwieldy, but hyper-accurate title for this early-access independent game from developer Erik Asmussen. In it, you are a robot, fighting in a Tron-like arena with the simple task of throwing balls at the other team.

Read More - Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is a Fun Experience


EA Sports released another NHL 15 patch today, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users, bringing it up to version 1.05. It weighs in at 1.8 GB. All of the details can be seen in the image above.

Thanks to azy19 for the heads up!

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:23 AM - January 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Things definitely look a bit dimmer after the NCAA convention, with any action on licensing of college player likenesses or apparel not seeing any movement during the yearly landmark meeting. I wrote an article on the possibility of new legislation making it possible for college sports games to make a return, but that simply didn't happen. We did see small hints that such a model will be viable in the future, but there are no signs an immediate return in the next 18 months is coming. Coming out of the meeting was landmark four year scholarships and full cost of attendance scholarships -- but no movement on the licensing of player likenesses.

While a future NCAA meeting will likely discuss this issue, thanks to the 'resolution to modernize the collegiate athletics model', until ongoing litigation is dealt with, there likely won't be any real movement.

More thoughts on the podcast:


Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 44 - View All
Monday, January 19, 2015
06:54 PM - January 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Having Ed Martin behind any NASCAR gaming product is kind of like a nice security blanket for whatever product coming to store shelves eventually.

With Martin's new company DMi Games now officially owning the NASCAR gaming license, you can certainly bet there will be some quality NASCAR gaming experiences returning to consoles and the PC soon. As reported first on the OS Forums, a new NASCAR game has rumored to be in development for some time.

An open letter on DMi's website announced the news today:

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"As of January 1, 2015, DMi became NASCAR’s exclusive licensee for video games and digital entertainment. It is a deal that had been in the works for several months. But it was something that could not be disclosed until everything was finalized. And by “everything”, I mean a very long and complex set of negotiations and agreements. Just to give you some context, a contemporary NASCAR video game has over 1,000 licensed and approved properties in it. That’s a lot of stakeholders and people to get organized!

DMi’s CEO is Tom Dusenberry. Tom was the founder & President of Hasbro Interactive – which is where we met several years ago. Tom has an incredible background in publishing and interactive entertainment. He is also a HUGE NASCAR fan!

DMi has a long-term license with NASCAR to develop & publish a wide range of games across pretty much any interactive entertainment platform you can imagine – including console, PC and mobile. Our focus is on quality games for NASCAR fans and a wide range of different types of games for all NASCAR fans. We are based in Charlotte, North Carolina - right in the heart of NASCAR-country."

As part of the deal, DMi will acquire some assets like tracks and cars from Euctechnyx, giving whatever games are under development a head start on coming to market. The first DMi NASCAR game is expected in 2016, with Euctechnyx releasing one more title this Spring, entitled NASCAR '15. Also some existing NASCAR games were acquired in the deal, which will be re-released at some point in the future, like NASCAR Manager.

10:32 AM - January 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Slightly Mad Studios has just released their latest Project CARS trailer titled, Start Your Engines.

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For those still wondering why they should get Project CARS, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect...
  • It’s got a huge variety of motorsports on offer. Our teams are based in over 18 different countries so cars and car culture all mean something different to us all. For me, it’s growing up in the ’80s with the Formula 1 days of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna. For others it’s modern-day NASCAR, the German Touring scene, or European Endurance racing. So with Project CARS we wanted to ensure the cars in the game represented truly global motorsports with each of their rules and formats intact.
  • Project CARS has the largest track roster of any recent racing game: locations from all around the world from Australia to Dubai to Belgium, Japan, US West Coast, and the UK we’ve packed in over 250 miles of tarmac.
  • Lastly but by no means least, we’ve ensured that Project CARS is accessible, customisable, and tailored to each and everyone’s comfort and skill level with a huge amount of personalisation options. You can dial the handling to anything from a complete sim experience to something more casual. With Project CARS you’ll truly be able to make it your own.
Source - PlayStation.Blog

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:59 AM - January 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Phil Varckette

A casual glance through the WWE 2K15 roster leaves you thinking there are some obvious additions just begging to be added to the roster. Great potential rivalries are there for the taking, and some truly legendary superstars are just outside of the reach of WWE fans in the current videogame roster. Here are some of the more notable omissions which still exist:

1.) Bret “Hitman” Hart - It would be great to relive the rivalry between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Not to mention Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

2.) The Road Warriors aka The Legion of Doom - How could arguably the greatest tag team ever not be included in the game. You gotta have some great tag team rivalries.

3.) Zack Ryder - Okay, I know people aren’t clamoring to play as Ryder, but one thing that should be included in the game is the entire current roster. So this spot can also be used to mention anyone else on the current roster that was left out.

4.) Demolition - The walking disasters themselves. Imagine the battles you can have with The Road Warriors, or The Ascension when they arrive through DLC. The Ascension claim to be better than all of them, so now you can find out.

5.)Razor Ramon - “The bad guy” Razor Ramon certainly holds a special place in many fans hearts. And to be able relive his rivalries with other superstars such as Shawn Michaels or Goldust would be a blast for sure.

6.) Finn Balor - He may not be a household name yet, but if you are fan of NXT then you know who Fin Balor is. Could you just imagine one of his awe inspiring entrances and makeup jobs in this game?

7.)Kevin Owens - Once again, not a household name, but he has already become one of the biggest names in NXT. Being able to feud with Sami Zayn would surely be a blast.

8.) Hideo Itami - You can’t leave out one of the most renowned international superstars over the last 5 years or so. Now a part of NXT, Itami would be nothing but a delight for for fans of the game to play with.

9.) Rowdy Roddy Piper - The hot Scot would certainly be a nice addition to the rosters to relive some classic battles with, such as Hogan, Goldust, and even the Ultimate Warrior.

10.) The Macho Man Randy Savage - Now that he’s finally being inducted into the hall of fame, The Macho Man deserves his rightful place among the others in WWE 2K15. You could relive such great battles as Hogan vs Macho man, or create new ones with current stars. You could even team him up with Hogan to form the Mega Powers one last time.

So tell us who else you think should be DLC in WWE 2K15, leave a comment below and discuss!

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
08:58 AM - January 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Driveclub game update 1.10 is available now, weighing in at 3.33 GB. It includes 5 new tracks from Japan, a new online game mode, improved AI, better weather visuals and many more improvements based on feedback.

Full details of the game update can be seen below. Race a few laps and let us know what you think.

New Features
Gameplay Improvements
  • Improvements to the weather visuals, including rainbows and heat haze!
  • Makes changes to Drift Mode, to prevent backing up to score more points.
  • Makes changes to AI drafting behaviour.
  • Makes changes to the impact of world collisions whilst driving on a straight, to reduce the amount of drag and speed lost from impact.
  • Adds a new option to Event Settings to race without crowd, track infrastructure and corner flags.
  • Adds the option to browse and register for Multiplayer events via the Social Hub.
  • Windscreen wiper speeds have been changed.
  • A bug causing AI car wing mirrors to show a flase reflection has now been fixed.
  • Disables overscan compensation when playing via Remote Play.
  • Adds a link to the PlayStation®Store to the DRIVECLUB Home menu.
  • Also includes a number of minor bug fixes, performance improvements and usability tweaks.
Photomode Improvements
  • Adds the option to reset damage and remove dirt when taking a photo.
  • Adds the option to permanently hide camera movement controls when accessing Photo Mode.
  • Players can now access Photo Mode while using a steering wheel via R3.
  • Players can now move the camera while OSD is disabled in photo mode.
Add-ons (coming January 27-29)
  • Adds support for the Icona Vulcano, coming to PlayStation®Store as a free download later in January.
  • Adds support for the Apex Expansion Pack, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium download later in January.
  • This Expansion Pack includes the Apex Car Pack and Apex Tour Pack.
  • The Apex Car Pack includes 5 new cars: Enzo Ferrari, Caterham R500 Superlight, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Centennial Edition, McLaren 650S Coupe, and Jaguar C-X75 Prototype Edition.
  • The Apex Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
  • Adds support for the Sakura Tour Pack, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium download later in January.
  • The Sakura Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
  • Adds support for 2 new livery packs, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium download later in January. Each Livery Pack contains 5 new livery patterns to customise your cars with.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Sunday, January 18, 2015
09:01 PM - January 18, 2015. Posted by MrNFL_FanIQ.
Back-to-back weeks with a Tecmo re-creation? An overtime winner in the NFC Championship game will do that.

Check out the game winning touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse in overtime, recreated with Tecmo Super Bowl.