Ten new player ratings revealed for Madden NFL 15.
A complete breakdown of Madden's new tackling mechanic this year.
A deep dive into the Superstar Skill Stick feature in NHL 15.
A look at seven potential dream matches for Sting in WWE 2K15.
Operation Sports Content
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
07:18 AM - July 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
2K has announced Pharrell Williams will curate the soundtrack for NBA 2K15. The full soundtrack will be released later this summer. Billboard has stated songs from System of a Down and Strafe would be included and 2K confirmed it will be the largest soundtrack to date for the franchise.
Read the full press release below.
Grammy Award Winner Pharrell Williams to Curate NBA® 2K15 Soundtrack
Creative mogul and entertainment visionary to hand-select the most extensive and musically diverse soundtrack in NBA 2K history
2K today announced a new collaboration with internationally-renowned artist and producer Pharrell Williams to curate the most extensive and unique soundtrack compilation in NBA 2K franchise history for NBA® 2K15, the next installment of the top-selling and top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise*. The partnership brings together one of music’s most creative minds with one of the most successful entertainment properties of the last decade.
“It was a cool experience. I tried to curate songs that were diverse but yet still proved to be motivational to gamers,” said Pharrell. “It was important to me that the music complemented the on-court action of NBA basketball in NBA 2K15. I hope everyone enjoys it.”
A renowned visionary across music, fashion, and design, Pharrell has served as a pop-culture force since his days as a founding member of N.E.R.D and the Neptunes to his latest venture with multi-media creative collective i am OTHER. His work includes producing tracks for some of the biggest albums of the decade, such as Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” and Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange,” as well as hit singles "Happy," “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk.
“Pharrell’s passion and reputation as a visionary producer and expertise from working with the NBA will be evident in the largest and most eclectic NBA 2K soundtrack ever,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for 2K. “We really listened to our fans’ feedback on how we could improve their experience from a music standpoint, and we’re confident Pharrell’s collaboration in NBA 2K15 will impress players as much as it’s impressed us.”
Pharrell’s soundtrack selections will be revealed later this summer. Follow @NBA2K on Twitter and use the hashtag #YourTimeHasCome for the latest NBA 2K15 news.
Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, NBA 2K15 is not yet rated by the ESRB. NBA 2K15 is scheduled for release on October 7 in North America, and on October 10 internationally for the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft; and Windows PC.
Monday, July 14, 2014
08:47 PM - July 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
By pre-ordering WWE 2K15, gamers will receive two generations of Sting. Check out the announcement trailer here. Sting has long been a valued get for Vince McMahon, as he is currently one of the few top wrestlers ever to never wrestle a match for a McMahon. There have been rumors that will end soon, but regardless his inclusion in WWE 2K15 with two generations of his likeness will mean we can live some real fantasy matchups in the game at the very least.
UPDATE: Just added images of the two generations you will see of Sting. The baseball bat-wielding icon of the nWo-era with trademark black and white face paint, as well as the flashy, brightly colored Sting with his signature flattop hairstyle.
WWE 2K15 is scheduled to release on October 28th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Read the full press release below.
It’s Showtime – Sting to Debut in WWE® 2K15
Iconic competitor makes first appearance as two playable characters
through exclusive pre-order offer
through exclusive pre-order offer
2K today announced the long-awaited debut of Sting in WWE® 2K15, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Sting will be available for those who pre-order the game at any participating retailer for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. WWE 2K15 is currently scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 in North America and October 31, 2014 internationally.
One of the most popular and revered competitors in WCW® history, Sting will be featured in WWE 2K15 through two unique playable characters: the mysterious, ghost-like persona with trademark black and white face paint who was the face of WCW during the “Monday Night War” era, as well as his earlier look, sporting bright colors and a blond, flattop hairstyle. In celebration, a unique promotional trailer highlighting Sting’s WWE 2K15 inclusion.
“The only thing for sure about Sting is nothing’s for sure, except my debut in WWE 2K15,” said Sting. “I’m honored to have my legacy immortalized in a video game. It’s showtime!”
Making his WCW debut in 1991, Sting generated worldwide recognition for his unique presence and in-ring prowess. Across more than a decade, he amassed eight WCW championships and competed against many notable rivals, including “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the New World Order (nWo), Vader, Rick Rude, The Four Horsemen and Ric Flair.
“We’re eager to introduce fans to Sting in a compelling new way, while debuting the next-generation of gaming in the WWE 2K franchise,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Pre-ordering WWE 2K15 is the ultimate way to embrace the history and individuality of Sting’s impressive career.”
Developed collaboratively by Yukes and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K15 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K15 is currently scheduled for release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4™ and PS3™ on October 28, 2014 in North America and October 31, 2014 internationally.
04:52 PM - July 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Phil VarcketteEven though the weather is just now starting to heat up, It’s never too early to start thinking about the newly 2K christened WWE videogame.
This year's edition seems to offer more promise now that the authenticity driven Visual Concepts - the in-house development team at 2K Sports - is taking direct involvement in the production of the game this year. Yukes will still be involved, but the fact that Visual Concepts is now on board puts a smile on a lot of faces. What exactly will this mean for the franchise? Only time will tell, but if Visual Concepts treats “WWE 2K15” like their other sports titles, I think fans of the series might be in for a treat.
Read More - A New Direction for 2K and WWE?
04:47 PM - July 14, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah
Check out the latest Madden NFL 15 trailer, featuring the new tackling mechanic and how it could change the way you play defense.
01:33 PM - July 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
The free agency moves over the weekend did change the basic structure of the Eastern Conference, with more than one team now looking to have an inside track on the possibility of competing for a shot at the NBA Finals.
It looks as if Chicago, Cleveland, and Indiana will all at least be good enough to challenge for an eastern conference title -- and Miami could certainly be in the mix as well if the final few chips fall their way this offseason.
However, the one thing that hasn't changed is that the Western Conference still has the better crop of teams from top to bottom, and the Eastern Conference still has a long way to go before matching the west in power.
Carmelo didn't move west. LeBron didn't either. Pau Gasol is now in the East. It's time we see the Eastern Conference put forth more than one or two serious competitors for the NBA Championship -- and we could finally have that going into this year.
Has the change in balance in the Eastern Conference made it more appealing to play in NBA 2K15? Do you suspect more big changes are coming to the Eastern Conference this offseason?
12:31 PM - July 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has revealed the official global cover for FIFA 15, featuring Lionel Messi. He has previously been featured on the cover of FIFA Street, FIFA 13, and FIFA 14.
As with previous FIFA releases, EA Sports will also release regional covers featuring local talent with Messi in the next few weeks.
FIFA 15 is scheduled to arrive on September 23rd in North America, September 25th in Europe and September 26th in the UK.
For more news, videos and screenshots of FIFA 15, visit our official page.
11:02 AM - July 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
With the fall release season coming up, it seems prudent to ask OS'ers which of the four major sports games they are most excited about this fall.
Are you more excited about NBA 2K15? Madden NFL 15? NHL 15? FIFA 15?
Be sure to sound off in our poll and let us know which game not-mentioned you are also looking forward to most!
09:20 AM - July 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The MLB 14 The Show team has posted a new video simulating the 2014 All Star game. Make sure you check it out and let us know your prediction for the game.
The real game starts at 8:00 PM EST tomorrow night, at Target Field.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
12:15 PM - July 13, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahEvery Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.
- NHL 15 Screenshots - American Airlines Center & Rogers Arena
- OOTP 15 on Sale For $19.99 Until July 16th - Patch #4 Available Now
- What Really Killed NCAA Football? The Lawsuit or the Lack of a Playoff?
- LeBron James: I'm coming back to Cleveland (OFFICIAL)
- The Golf Club Submitted to Microsoft and Sony, Official Release Date Coming Soon
- Joe Montana Football 16?
- Madden NFL 15 Gauntlet Mode Teaches You How to Play Football, Get Better at Madden
- Madden NFL 15 Video - The Gauntlet
- Enter The GMC Madden NFL Sweepstakes -Meet the Developers, Play the Game Early & More
- NHL 15 Screenshots - New Faces in New Places
- NBA 2K14 Video - He's Back (Shady00018)
- NHL 15 Screenshots - Captured From Next-Gen Hockey Player Trailer
- Madden NFL 15 Video & Blog - War In The Trenches 2.0
- NHL 15 Video and Screenshots - Next-Gen Hockey Player
- Madden NFL 15 Screenshots - Evans, Bortles, Bridgewater & Manziel
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 Hands-On Impressions (IGN, CVG)
- Madden NFL 15 Interview with Presentation Director, Brian Murray
- Driveclub Videos and Interview - Dynamic Weather in Action
- The Golf Club Video - Turn Based Multiplayer
- NASCAR '14 Patch Has Finally Arrived
- The Golf Club Video - Playing in a Tournament
- More Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 Interviews
Features & Blogs
- NBA 2K15: The Return of the King
- EA Sports UFC: Learn the Vernacular of MMA
- Press Row Podcast - Behind the Scenes at EA Sports Summer Showcase
- Pure Pool Hands-On Impressions
- Wii Sports Club Review (Wii U)
10:18 AM - July 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Today should be d-day minus two towards NCAA/College Football 15’s launch.
We should be celebrating the first new-generation effort of collegiate football, with the expected beautiful graphics and enhancements we were expecting all along.
This week should be the kickoff to our sports gaming season, where nearly every AAA game is released over a four month period.
Read More - It Should Be NCAA Release Week...
Saturday, July 12, 2014
09:06 PM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports will be releasing NHL 15 screenshots from every NHL arena over the next few months. Today they have released screenshots of American Airlines Center and Rogers Arena.
Previously released arena screenshots:
- Madison Square Garden & Joe Louis Arena
- Consol Energy Center & Staples Center
- TD Garden & The Pepsi Center
- Honda Center & Xcel Energy Center
09:37 AM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
For those of you that might be still on the fence, OOTP 15 is on sale for $19.99 until July 16th. For the rest of you that already have the game, patch #4 is available now, check out the details below.
Download links and more information can be found here. In case you missed our review, read that here.
- Improved 3D ball flight engine, using realistic physics-based calculations
- Improved 3D ballpark importer / editor
- Improved memory management resulting in increased stability and speed, especially with large games
- Free agent compensation / arbitration is now more realistic. OOTP correctly assigns FA comp status to all free agent-eligible players who stayed on the team the entire year, and compensation draft picks are only given when the user/AI offered arbitration to this player.
- Draft picks with signability of "impossible" no longer state their demand. You have just one shot to convince the player with a great offer.
- Added the option to hide player nicknames (in the player personality section of the game setup)
- Improved the league events editor. When in commish mode, users can edit the dates of existing events and also create events using the internal event types. That way experienced users may fix problems with events caused by league scheduling errors.
- Improved in-game AI for several situations
- Improved in-game play-by-play commentary
- Moved the "Force Start / Position" section in the player strategy screen from the depth chart strategy to the pitching strategy for pitchers and renamed it "Force Role."
- Re-ordered the items in the team menu to match the order of tabs on the team screen
- Fixed issues with touchpads on Macs
- Fixed several bugs and rare crashes
09:14 AM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner
Checking in today with his personal take on the lack of NCAA Football this summer, Owen Good writes that it won't be the lawsuit that does the series in, it will be the lack of a playoff option in old games.
What do you think about the lack of a playoff option in NCAA? Are you going to play last year's game with updated rosters?
Friday, July 11, 2014
02:56 PM - July 11, 2014. Posted by CM Hooe. Written by Steve Noah
Joe Montana tweeted this CG image of himself... Twice, for some reason... with the following hashtags.
He then followed it up with a bunch of pictures from the Legends of Candlestick flag football game, which featured retired players (see the full rosters here) with Joe Montana and Dan Marino quarterbacking the respective sides.
The image Montana tweeted doesn't really match up, does it? Could we get a Joe Montana Football 16 announcement in the coming days or is it just wishful thinking?
With the exclusive license still in the hands of EA, if a videogame version of Joe Montana Football does arrive, it won't have any current NFL player names, likeness, etc.
Maybe it will feature retired players, similar to All Pro Football 2K8? Maybe it's going to be a simple mobile game. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.
Either way, if we do see a football game from Joe, with a 16 at the end of the tweet hashtag, we probably won't see it until 2015. Let's hope for the best.
If anything solid comes from this, we'll update everyone.
UPDATE: Thanks to jlfarris (via FaceMask), it does in fact look like a mobile game is in the works, utilizing Unreal Engine 4.
What are your thoughts?
01:20 PM - July 11, 2014. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms
He’s coming home.
LeBron James has announced, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, that he will be returning to his roots. LeBron is going back to Cleveland.
After what may have been the most anticipated sports announcement in history, Cleveland fans can finally stop forcing trades in NBA 2K14 to land the King to his original kingdom. Once 2K15 drops in October, LeBron will be on the roster in what is already shaping up to be one of the most dangerous virtual lineups in the history of sports gaming. Here’s a look at the Cavaliers’ projected starting lineup for NBA 2K15.
Read More: NBA 2K15: The Return of the King