Sunday, May 15, 2016
11:07 AM - May 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

MLB The Show 16 Patch 1.05 is scheduled to be released Monday, May 16 at around 6:00 AM ET, following server maintenance and restart. Once details have been provided, we will post them.

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Saturday, May 14, 2016
12:23 PM - May 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The current state of sports games – on console, PC, and mobile devices – is ever-changing and evolving at a rapid pace. Former creative director of the Madden NFL series Ian Cummings returns to the Press Row Podcast to join host Bryan Wiedey and friend of the show Rich Grisham to discuss his own mobile game as well as the “bigger picture.”

For starters, Ian describes his mobile game Photo Finish Horse Racing that is gaining steam on iOS and Android, the evolution of it from a one-man side project to a full-blown experience, and the challenges he has faced since launching last year. As the conversation continues, the group then pivots to a breakdown of the first features announced for Madden NFL 17. Ian weighs in on his reaction to them, what he sees happening with the franchise, and then moves to evaluating the state of the sports gaming genre as a whole. It’s a fascinating look into our current sports game landscape from someone who’s been in it from multiple perspectives and has emerged successfully in 2016 as an industry leader and voice of the consumer at the same time.

Joining us this week:Ian’s game Photo Finish Horse Racing can be downloaded for iOS devices through iTunes and for Android devices through Google Play.

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Run Time: 1 Hour, 32 Minutes

Don’t forget about your chance to own Out of the Park Baseball 17 for 10% off! Just go to ootpdevelopments.com, click on the OOTP 17 banner, then enter the promotional code "PRESS17" at checkout to take another 10% off the price.

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 0 - View All
11:12 AM - May 14, 2016. Posted by RidinDwnKingsley. Written by Steve Noah

MLB The Show 16 OSFM roster version #3 is available now in the roster vault.

PSN - Ridindwnkingsley

V3 is a continuation of the base that was used for V2. It features updated transactions and all corections from previous versions as well as the following
  • Glitch free roster base
  • Updated Equipment
  • Updated prospect ratings where needed
  • Additional prospects and minor leaguers
  • SCEA caps from roster updates added
  • SCEA updated ratings from live rosters
  • More international FA (Thanks Ivanhoe)
  • More Face edits
  • Batting stance and pitch motion edits where needed
  • As far as corrections all minor leaguers with career stats replaced and additional birthplaces and age corrections
  • Additional actual FA' such as J.Gomes
  • Stamina and def updates for pitchers and players where needed.
OSFM is always going to be updated with more and more additions. -As far as which version to use, it's user preference. Any version after V2 has the base stat -glitch removed. -As far as the most "complete" the newest will always be the most complete and V3 is on point.


Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Friday, May 13, 2016
04:47 PM - May 13, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest WWE 2K16 video from Shady, featuring an entertaining match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Game: WWE 2K16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
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Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team players can earn vouchers in MUT 16 that can be traded in to unlock rewards in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.


MUT 16 Loyalty Badges will be rewarded for playing in various areas of Madden Ultimate Team such as new solo challenges, Draft Champions Ranked and Salary Cap Ranked. You will need to put 10 Loyalty Badges in a set to earn a MUT17 Voucher. These Vouchers will carry over into Madden 17 and will be redeemable for various rewards (see below). There is a maximum of 10 total Vouchers that can be carried over from completing this set. However, you will be able to earn Vouchers in other ways that include, but are not limited to:
  • Major Milestones for Solo Challenge Wins
  • Major Milestones for Set Completions
  • Pro, All-Pro, and Legendary tier members of MUT Rewards

Players will have a choice of year-over-year rewards for the first time in Ultimate Team history by using Voucher collectibles in a number of Loyalty Reward sets. The rewards that can be chosen in MUT17 with Vouchers include:
  • Contract Pack
  • Silver Offense Pack and Silver Defense Pack
  • Gold Offense Pack and Gold Defense Pack
  • Elite Offense Pack and Elite Defense Pack
  • Event Tickets
  • Pro Pack
  • All-Pro Pack
  • Legends Pack
Players will receive their rewards when they enter Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team for the first time this fall, giving them an immediate competitive advantage.


Rank has its privileges. Players who have completed MUT Master, Road Master, or MUT Ultimate Master Sets in Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team will receive exclusive Player Items that have Master Chemistry in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
  • MUT Master - 85 ovr. Odell Beckham, Jr.
  • Road Master - 85 ovr. Tom Brady
  • Ultimate Master - 87 ovr. Marcus Allen
Note that players who have previously met any of these requirements in Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Team will receive the proper rewards in Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team.


A gift for the grinders! Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team players will be rewarded with Loyalty Vouchers based on the number of Head to Head Seasons games played, Draft Champions Ranked games played, Salary Cap Ranked games played, Solo Challenges won, and Sets completed in Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team.


Special limited solo challenges and sets will be added to MUT16 now through August, giving the players more and more opportunities to unlock Loyalty Badges and cash in on rewards for Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.


Recognition for the major pack rippers! MUTRewards members who are Pro, All-Pro or Legendary Tier will receive Loyalty Vouchers based on their tier. Check your MUT Rewards status or sign up today at MUTRewards.com

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
10:34 AM - May 13, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

Hey guys, it’s Robby from Two Brothers Gaming again here with some more NBA 2K16 My Team Throwback Thursday card reviews! Every week in NBA 2K16’s My Team mode, there are Throwback Thursday cards released with specific players’ highlight seasons. Each week here on Operation Sports, I’ll be highlighting these players and showing you stats, badges, individual attributes, and everything related to each player. If you pull one of these cards, you’ll know what to do with them! Don’t forget to watch the accompanying video review as well.

Let’s get into it...

Read More - NBA 2K16: Throwback Thursday Card Reviews (5/13/16)

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
10:12 AM - May 13, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest Madden NFL 17 screenshot, featuring Adrian Peterson. You can see the Under Armour and Adidas cleats much better here. More equipment details are coming soon.

As Clint Oldenburg and Dustin Smith have noted on Twitter, the screenshots that are released on various outlets are a WIP and equipment will get updated before launch.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
09:16 AM - May 13, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Brandon Kosal

As we navigate through the NBA playoffs, it's time to start taking stock of things. We're down to four teams, and the Draft Lottery is just around the corner. Coaching changes are still coming (sup, Scott Skiles), and in all there's lots of teams trending in many different directions.

So I want to take this opportunity to play a little game of you all: NBA Stock Market.

Below, I'm going to give one team I think is trending up, one team I think is holding steady, and then one team that is trending down. I'm basing this on how I would feel about playing with that team in NBA 2K's Association Mode moving forward and weighing it against how I would have felt using the team earlier in the season.

From there, I'd love to hear what categories you might put some teams in at this juncture.

Read More - NBA 2K Stock Market: What Teams Are Trending Where?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
09:02 AM - May 13, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

The first bits of Madden NFL 17 info hit the internet yesterday.

Instead of re-posting the entire first details post, you should just head over to the link and check out what Madden NFL 17 is bringing to the table this year.

So with that, what info of the first release has you most excited or intrigued? Vote in the poll with your choice and comment below on what you liked most out of the first bits of info!

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Thursday, May 12, 2016
11:37 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

SimFBallCritic has posted an interview with Rex Dickson, Creative Director for Madden NFL 17. Below are a few notes from the interview, but make sure you listen to the full interview here.
  • The first trailer is not for our community and he explains why...
  • Several major changes this year, as he describes them, major bomb drops are coming...
  • Lots of new announcements are on the way, including Developer blogs...
  • Clint has an 8 page blog on the improvements to the ground game...
  • Zone blocking and gap play will fundamentally alters the entire running game...
  • Lots of discussion/blogs/etc. coming in the next 2 to 3 weeks...

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All

Check out the Madden NFL 17 first look trailer.

Also, be sure to check out the video from our friends at GoodGameBro, on 5 things you must know about the game.

With Madden NFL 17 featuring Rob Gronkowski as the cover athlete, EA SPORTS has unveiled a bit of news about their upcoming title. From new equipment to major changes on the defensive side of the ball, there's a lot to be happy about with Madden NFL 17.

Find out five things that you need to know in Madden 17 before it releases on August 23rd for Xbox One & Playstation 4.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All

Madden NFL 17 address all three phases of the game on offense, defense, and special teams.

Let's start with offense and the new Ball Carrier Controls. We’ve added a tiered system to the types of special moves different players are able to pull off – depending on their attributes, ratings and speed. So now, expect your bigger bruising backs to be more effective with truck moves and stiff arms, while smaller, shiftier backs have more effective jukes and spins. Now don't worry if you’re not a magician yet on the sticks. New Ball Carrier UI Prompts help teach moves available to you, while the new Path Assist helps you navigate and anticipate down field. Additionally on lower skill levels, you can put the work on us and we will pick the appropriate moves for you, unlocking the fun for all of our players. Now, onto the defensive side of the ball.

While the new tools on offense make you a better, more creative ball carrier, the New Defensive AI System is built on up to date NFL Strategies – such as Gap Play, Force Defenders and improved Zone Coverages. It’s time to force your opponents to stop being so one dimensional. New Gap Play AI brings a new level of NFL authenticity and strategy to your defensive teammates. Each of your teammates has a gap assignment on run defense that puts them in position to better defend the run. Force defenders protect the outside of the field, pushing the ball carrier back inside allowing cut back defenders to make the big play. Finally Zone Coverage has been completely overhauled, with the addition of 8 new zone concepts never before seen in Madden. Defenders have more awareness of threats to each zone and can pattern match receivers, creating defensive counters to stop virtually every passing concept. It's our most realistic AI to date and it's across the entire field.

Special Teams, the 3rd phase of football, is where big games are often won and lost. For the first time years we’re bringing the excitement back to special teams. A New Kick Meter is designed to increase the challenge of the kicking game like we see in today’s NFL. Additionally, the ability to ice the kicker allows you to turn up the pressure on those late game winning field goal attempts. New trick plays and a new block kick mechanic add new elements to the risk and reward of Special Teams.

Some features...

All-New on Both Sides of The Ball - Experience the most balanced gameplay to date on offense making you a better, more creative ball carrier, while new defensive AI puts your teammates into position to stop the run or passing game.

Redesigned and Deeper Than Ever - Take your team all the way in the deepest Franchise mode to-date, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run.

See It and Hear It to Believe It - Feel and experience the game from a new perspective - focused on you.

Never Miss a Beat - If it happens in the NFL, it happens in Madden. Experience fresh content daily for your football fix.

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Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
05:02 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Just announced on SportsCenter, Rob Gronkowski is the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete. You can check out some images from the cover shoot here.

Read the full press release below.

Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) officially unveiled the Madden NFL 17 cover art, featuring New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski. EA and ESPN jointly revealed the cover live during the 6pm ET/3pm PT edition of SportsCenter, alongside a video debuting this year’s game. In Madden NFL 17, players on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 can take their team all the way with new gameplay features that elevate the ground game, arming teams for success on both sides of the ball.

“It’s great to finally be able to share with the world that Gronk will be joining our cover fraternity,” said Josh Rabenovets, Senior Director of Global Marketing at EA SPORTS. “He’s one of the most fun, dominant and exciting players in the league, and it’s awesome to feature the famed Gronk Spike on the Madden NFL 17 cover.”

Gronkowski is one of the most decorated tight ends in the NFL, holding the season record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a season, as well as a four-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion. He’s widely regarded as one of the most physically dominant players in the league, and was the highest-rated tight end in Madden NFL 16.

“It’s a really special honor to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 17,” said Gronkowski. “It’s one of those things that pretty much every guy in the league secretly dreams of, so to actually be the one on the cover, it’s a really big deal.”

EA also released a Madden NFL 17 video today showcasing Gronkowski and the first of several new features for next-gen consoles in this year’s game. Fans can check out the Madden NFL 17 website to learn more about improvements to the ground game, including a new path assist feature, new defensive AI and expansion of ball carrier special moves, which give players new creative controls on the ground, all of which are featured on the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 versions of the game.

EA Access* members can try Madden NFL 17 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial, only on Xbox One.

Madden NFL 17 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 on August 23. To learn more about Madden NFL 17, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.

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Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
03:37 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

NBA 2K16 released its sixth title update last week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (PC users are still waiting to receive the patch), fixing some of the most popular gameplay exploits in the Pro-Am and MyPark modes.

Ninety-foot outlet passes finally fly off-target at an acceptable rate (though I'd like to see the error percentages increased even higher), paint campers can't reset their three-in-the-key count by stepping out of bounds, and the dance between dribblers and defenders has become more believable with the elimination of unnatural speed boosts. Certain hop steps (Stephen Curry) and hesitation moves (#3) still animate much faster than the highest-rated defenders in the game are able to react. But this is probably as balanced as NBA 2K16 can be without significantly reducing the speed of those lateral dribble moves, or adding some new defensive slide step animations that can keep pace.

The purpose of this article, though, isn't providing gameplay impressions (there's already a 400-post thread discussing that), it's figuring out why it has taken until May (seven months after the game's September 25 launch) for Visual Concepts to finally achieve reasonably balanced gameplay in their online MyPlayer modes.

Read More - NBA 2K16's Sixth Patch Finally Balances MyPark and Pro-Am

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
02:41 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Battle Royale is my favorite new addition to MLB: The Show. Since the online issues have improved, it’s also where I spend most of my time. While I’m not terribly good yet, I have gathered some tips that have helped me improve. At the risk of facing stiffer competition, here are some guidelines to help you climb the Battle Royale ladder.

Oh, but first, an overarching point: Battle Royale is not traditional baseball, so don’t treat it that way. All of the Diamond Dynasty modes that utilize the shorter three-inning games and increased pitcher fatigue bend the rules of the game enough to make a non-traditional approach necessary. This is a theme that winds its way through my tips, but is important enough to highlight on its own. You almost need to approach it as an extra-innings game. The best real-life analog would be the second half of the “rain split” Game 5 of the 2008 World Series. Keep in mind, just as in extra innings, one run can usually win it.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: Tips for Winning in Battle Royale

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All