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09:07 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The initial Madden NFL 16 trailer arrived earlier today, along with the first information on this game which confirms what we first reported — that Madden NFL 16 is going to be focusing heavily on the passing game.

This is all well and good, and the first trailer actually shows a few new add-ons that you might miss if you aren’t paying close enough attention. You can watch the video above or read on below...

Read More - Breaking Down the First Madden NFL 16 Trailer

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
08:15 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA Sports released the first official trailer for Madden NFL 16 featuring the four cover-athlete candidates and showing off some new pass catching and defense animations.

Many of the animations feature what I would suppose are the more spectacular catches which were added into the game. No doubt Odell Beckham Jr. is a great cover choice given the game's emphasis this year.

As was revealed earlier today, the big 'back of the box' features for Madden NFL 16 were released today -- with a particular interest on the passing game being the big focus in this year's title. Those changes are definitely long overdue for the series, and if the same treatment can be given to the passing game that was given to the run game -- Madden looks to have a much improved game of football this year on the field.

What did you think of the trailer? Sound off and let us know!

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
05:52 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

Odell Beckham Jr. has beat out Rob Gronkowski and will be on the cover of Madden NFL 16.

It's hard to be too shocked by the result. Odell Beckham Jr. had the highlights and the stats in his rookie season. In just 12 games, he had 91 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Oh, and there's this catch.

That being said, Rob Gronkowski would have been a fine selection as well. He's a national treasure, and regardless of Deflategate, I know GRONK is pure and innocent in all of that.

Right now, there's a lot of negative attention around the Patriots though, and so that probably did not help Gronkowski's case. Either way, perhaps Patriots fans will be relieved he's not going to be on the cover. While Gronkowski did get through last year mostly injury free -- and the Madden Curse is not as evil as it once was -- it's probably better not to tempt the football gods.

Looking forward, some news about what folks can expect from Madden NFL 16 has started to come out. Beckham Jr. being on the cover makes buzzwords like "battle for air supremacy" and a focus on fighting for 50/50 balls make a lot of sense as well.

We will be sure to update you with any other updates that trickle out at this point, but until then how is everybody feeling about the selection?

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All


AlexPressPlay on YouTube posted a behind the scenes look at Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown doing some voice work for Madden NFL 16. There is a very brief look at some in-game footage, but generally it's Big Ben and Brown hamming it up for the camera.

Most likely this is work being done for an experience similar to the Seahawks/Panthers experience last year. Both guys seem to be mimicking on-field calls and such -- if it's something else it could be rather exciting.

Last year's experience with the Panthers and Seahawks really was a little too good -- and makes you wonder why we can't have a presentation that alive all the time. Obviously the amount of time it'd take to do that and have it be dynamic is probably impossible, but a guy can dream right? But regardless, watch the video and let us know what you think about what Big Ben and Antonio Brown are working on!

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
04:06 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Amazon has just released some of the new features for Madden NFL 16. There are some details on Total Control Passing, receiver and defender controls, playmaker broadcast and more.

Check out the details below and let us know what you think.

Be the playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with all-new controls that allow you to dominate in the battle for air supremacy. New QB mechanics including body-relative throws and touch passes provide unprecedented depth and control while under center. Combined with a new risk/reward catch and pass-defend system, get ready for the biggest WOW moments in franchise history.

KEY FEATURES

New to Madden

Battle for Air Supremacy

Total Control Passing - Place the ball where only your receiver can get it with body-relative throws including high-point, low-point, back-shoulder, and the ever-popular touch pass. Become the ultimate dual-threat and terrorize defenses with new pressure avoidance and QB scramble controls.

Receiver/Defender Controls - Dictate the outcome of each passing play while the ball is in the air for the first time ever in Madden. For receivers, go for the highlight reel with the ‘aggressive’ catch or move the chains with the ‘possession catch’. On defense, disrupt the outcome of each play using the new ‘play ball’ and ‘hit receiver’ mechanics. Receivers and defenders deliver the most authentic exchanges to date with new press and zone-chuck interactions, contextual hand-fighting, and a variety of 2-man interactions at the catch point including pass interference penalties, tip balls, knock outs and simultaneous possession catches.

Playmaker Broadcast

Integrated Broadcast Graphics – Your playmaker highlight reel has arrived with new player spotlights, dynamic goals and achievements, and innovative on-the-field cameras bringing you closer to the game than ever before. Making plays has never been this much fun and rewarding!

GAME MODES

Connected Franchise – Whether playing solo or online with friends, your quest to build an NFL dynasty comes complete with a brand new scouting and draft system as well as all-new dynamic goals throughout each game. Develop players with Game Prep and build your teams’ confidence through performance and front office transactions. Balance keeping players’ confidence up, to increase abilities and build player XP.

Madden Ultimate Team – Build your ultimate team with your favorite NFL players from the past and present while dominating the opposition in head-to-head seasons, solo challenges, and more. Earn coins to buy packs through the online store, where you can trade and auction off items on the road to building the Ultimate Team. Engage with the NFL year round thanks to live content and service updates in the fastest growing mode in Madden.

Skills Trainer – With 60+ tutorials and drills, Skills Trainer focuses on teaching the strategy behind different passing and run concepts, as well as how to play Madden for new users to the series. Fan favorite Gauntlet mode returns with all-new Boss Battles, Extra Life challenges and opportunities to jump or fall levels in a single play.

UPDATE: Pre-order info added based on details posted on EA's site.

"Madden NFL 16 is now available for pre-order at all major retailers, and fans who place their orders now will receive $15 in Ultimate Team content including 10 Pro Packs and a Playmaker Pack for use in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). The Playmaker Pack grants fans with an Elite player who they can use to give their Ultimate Team an extra boost right out of the gate and start making the huge plays right away.

Those looking for even more content can upgrade to the Deluxe Edition, which ups the ante with 36 Pro Packs and a Playmaker Pack, all for $69.99."

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
02:51 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

With the year's cycle of sports games starting to come in full effect, it's apparent that we'll likely go one more year without the "perfect" sports title. That is perfectly OK, of course. There hasn't been a perfect game up to this point and it's reasonable to assume there won't be one for a while. Collectively, however, there's enough to draw from each individual title to make something great. For instance, what if Madden had a coaching carousel mode similar to College Hoops 2K8 and NCAA Football 2014? Or maybe if Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour had The Golf Club's intricate course design? These are all things that are easy to fantasize about, but just as easy to shove aside as things that will never happen. But why can't they? There is no reason why games should be so afraid to borrow from another series. With that said, here are a few features that games would be shrewd to obtain.

Read More - What Features Should Sports Games Borrow From One Another?

02:48 PM - May 13, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


VooFoo Studios and Ripstone Publishing have announced a brand new snooker DLC is coming soon for Pure Pool on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here.

The pack will feature online snooker leagues, a full career mode for all difficulty levels; Amateur, Pro and Master, two new snooker challenge modes and DLC specific trophies, achievements and snooker accolades.

No solid release date or pricing has been announced, if we hear more we will update this post.

If you missed our review, check it out right here.

Game: Pure PoolReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
11:41 AM - May 13, 2015. Posted by Bullit. Written by Steve Noah

MLB 15 The Show patch 1.03 is available now for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, which fixes quite a few offline and online issues with the game. Check out the details below and let us know what you are seeing.
  • Offline/Online - Fixed the issue causing runners to be left on base after a home run. This would happen any time a user runner went half way and was stopped when the ball went over the fence and was a called a HR
  • Offline/Online - CPU or User would attempt to advance after a high infield fly ball was caught. Defender would use a casual throw to the next base, but it would be too slow and the runner would often be safe
  • Intentional walk exploit fixed – Calling for an intentional walk after the baserunner leads off causes the baserunner to take additional steps and getting thrown out easily.
  • Online - New Action shots for 50 players, to be seen on Player cards in Collections and Diamond Dynasty mode.
  • Online - Collections screen now save and load the last page you were on, making buying and selling cards more streamlined.
  • Online - Tuning to Online Gameplay - These fixes are all intended to stabilize online gameplay and eliminate consumer reported blue screen crashes and hangs that lead to standoffs.
  • Offline/Online - Foul/Fair ball detection in CHI White Sox - 3rd base line
  • Online - HBP/avoid and pitcher ejection issue - One user would get a HBP reaction and ejected, the other user would not resulting in a freeze.
  • Online – When defensive shifts would occur in an online game, the OSD’s were inaccurate. Fix for Defensive Positioning drop down to reflect the current defense.
  • Online/Offline - Reduce the success rate of bunts
  • Offline - Fixed retail crash while simulating through Franchise mode. Occurrences described below:
    • Crashes when simulation far in the future
    • Crash when autosaving following very specific injury sequences
    • Crash when simming through certain pinch hit appearances
    • Crash when entering the amateur draft
  • Offline - Fixed a low frequency retail crash in RTTS player editor.
  • Offline - Fenway red seat added in the right field bleachers.
  • Online - Restricting batting views for online games per Design - if user has batting view that is restricted, force batting view to catcher - don't give user restricted views for batting view
  • Online - issues with take it yourself plays at first base online have been resolved.
  • Online – Numerous online gameplay stability checks to eliminate consumer reported blue screen crashes.
  • Online - Resolving guess pitch on defensive machine and forcing offense machine to use data from defense machine
  • Offline – Changed the art of the Injured icon (Franchise/Season)
  • Online - Adding additional entitlements to the show shop, to allow for future promotional packs
  • Online/Offline – AI check that was not allowing for early moving catches
  • Offline - Fix for crowd catching flyball vs. fielder catching robbable balls - don't allow ball to attach to crowd if already attached to a player
  • Online Franchise/Diamond Dynasty – Play by Play audio code has been modified to exclude filling in career stats for Arena mode (DD) and League Mode. They get filled in for MLB season mode only. Online modes career data was incorrect.
  • Online - Adding one more minute to the online Pause menu countdown
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
08:42 AM - May 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chase Becotte

As the weeks have gone by, Diamond Dynasty has continued to be something I play on an almost daily basis. It's still popular to chat about among the staff as well, so it seems time to check in with a couple more tips for getting the most out of this popular mode nestled within MLB 15 The Show.

And just to be clear, I will be talking about how to get the most out of the auction house before discussing a couple basic strategies for when you get out on the field.

Let's get to it.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Succeeding On and Off the Field in Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski are your Madden NFL 16 cover athlete finalists.

Unlike the first round, where voting could only be done through Madden NFL Mobile or Madden Ultimate Team, fans can begin voting on ESPN tomorrow at 9:00 AM ET with the polls closing at 5:00 PM ET. ESPN will then announce the winner during the 6:00 PM ET edition of SportsCenter.

Would you rather see Odell Beckham Jr. or Rob Gronkowski on the Madden NFL 16 cover?

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
10:50 AM - May 12, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.


In sports video games, rookies are as big of a mystery as in real sports.

Some rookies come in and play exceptionally well, others come into the big leagues with a lot of hype and fall flat.

Rating rookies in sports video games such as Madden can't be easy. You are basically tasked with putting a number on the unknown. It's easy to assign a speed rating to rookies, but much harder to determine how accurate of a mid-range passer they are in the NFL game.

For basketball, it's easy to tell how good of a shooter someone is -- but it's impossible to tell if they will be able to shoot that well in the pros with a faster game and better players.

Rookies will remain an enigma in pro sports forever -- and in sports video games they'll be the source of great debate for years to come.

If you had to give rookies ratings, what would you cap their top overall ratings at? Vote in our poll and sound off with comments on how you'd rate rookies below!

09:41 AM - May 12, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The RIDE demo, which has been available in other regions since March 17th, is finally available here in the United States. The PlayStation 4 demo weighs in at 4.5 GB, while the Xbox One demo is 4.92 GB.

Read the full press release below.

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA RELEASES DOWNLOADABLE DEMO FOR RIDE

Complete Motorcycle Racing Simulator Available as Downloadable Demo
on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam for PC

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and developer Milestone s.r.l., have announced that a downloadable demo for RIDE, the complete motorcycle racing simulator, are available on the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC today, with the full retail release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and digital download on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 and PC (Steam) coming soon.

The downloadable demo of the game includes the Quick Race game mode and the Sierra Nevada track as well as 3 bikes in the Naked Heavyweight, Superbike and Supersport categories. Players will even get a small sampling of the robust customizable elements that make RIDE a complete motorcycle racing simulator.

From the grease of the garage to the sight of burning rubber on the racetrack, RIDE offers motorcycle enthusiasts and gamers alike a complete racing experience as players take on four different categories of racing – more than 100 Superbikes, Supersports, Naked, and Historical bikes. The title offers extensive vehicle and rider customization, presenting gamers with a vast array of options to keep gameplay fresh and exhilarating through a huge selection of circuits that range from city, country, and historic tracks from the world of motorcycling.

Game: RIDEReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

While we already have a topic created for the PC version of Project CARS, we wanted to start one for the console gamers.

Put in some laps and post your impressions!

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
08:50 AM - May 12, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


We previously posted a review on the 200cc add-on for Mario Kart 8, which you can read here.

While the boy and girl Villagers are both welcome additions to Mario Kart 8, Isabelle, who is the Mayor's faithful dog-secretary, doesn't feel like the best option for a third Animal Crossing character. Shop owner Tom Nook, singer/songwriter K.K. Slider, or even the angry save file manager Mr. Resetti (whose torso will pop up from underneath the dirt to disrupt your drifts in the unremarkable Animal Crossing course) all would have been more interesting representatives from that franchise.

Read More - Mario Kart 8: DLC Pack 2 Review

Game: Mario Kart 8Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 1 - View All
Monday, May 11, 2015
02:11 PM - May 11, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte


Players On The Rise

The biggest risers this week were Michael Pineda, Zach McAllister, Josh Reddick, Marcus Semien, Mark Canha, Colby Rasmus, Andrelton Simmons, Yimi Garcia, Devon Travis and Odrisamer Despaigne. It's obvious to see the Oakland Athletics were the big winners this week in the ratings war.

Looking a bit deeper, Colby Rasmus, Josh Reddick and Odrisimer Despaigne all tied for the largest individual jump as they all received a +5 boost in their overall ratings.

Tier Changes
  • Michael Pineda went from Bronze to Silver
  • Eric Hosmer went from Silver to Gold
  • Mike Moustakas went from Bronze to Silver
  • Andrelton Simmons went from Silver to Gold
  • Matt Harvey went from Gold to Diamond
  • Adam Lind went from Bronze to Silver
  • Yimi Garcia went from Bronze to Silver

Full List Of Changes

Michael Pineda +4 boost in Overall rating (81 Overall, +4 Stamina, +14 BB/9, +8 Control, -11 Velocity)
Devon Travis +4 (82 Overall)
Jason Kipnis +2 (84)
Zach McAllister +4 (75)
Eric Hosmer +3 (85 Overall, +7 Contact Right, +6 Power Right)
Mike Moustakas +3 (78)
Josh Reddick +5 (83 Overall, +11 Contact Right, +13 Power Right)
Stephen Vogt +2 (80)
Evan Scribner +3 (75)
Marcus Semien +4 (74)
Mark Canha +4 (73)
George Springer +1 (80)
Jake Marisnick +3 (77)
Colby Rasmus +5 (75)
Andrelton Simmons +4 (88)
Shelby Miller +3 (83 Overall, +5 H/9, +8 HR/9, +7 BB/9)
Matt Harvey +3 (94 Overall, +12 H/9, +8 K/9, +9 BB/9, -5 HR/9)
Jeurys Familia +2 (80 Overall, +10 BB/9)
Zack Cozart +2 (75)
Adam Lind +3 (80)
Matt Holliday +1 (84)
Matt Carpenter +1 (84)
Ender Inciarte +1 (74)
Zack Greinke +3 (92 Overall, +4 H/9, +4 HR/9, +15 BB/9)
Yimi Garcia +4 (79)
Derek Norris +2 (80)
Odrisamer Despaigne +5 (75)

Players On The Decline

A couple big-time players had their ratings dinged this week in Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Martinez. Neither is surprising to see on this list, but the crucial thing is that both have been downgraded from Gold to Silver.

The other biggest losers this week were Shane Greene, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Cook.

Tier Changes
  • Victor Martinez went from Gold to Silver
  • Ryan Cook went from Silver to Bronze
  • Carlos Gonzalez went from Gold to Silver

Full List Of Changes

Masahiro Tanaka -1 (80)
Adam Warren -2 (78)
Steven Souza Jr. -2 (78)
Corey Kluber -1 (89)
Victor Martinez -3 (82 Overall, -5 Contact Right, -5 Power Right)
Shane Greene -3 (80)
Wade Davis -1 (86)
Ryan Cook -3 (77)
Coco Crisp -1 (82)
Justin Ruggiano -3 (73)
Stephen Strasburg -1 (90)
Cole Hamels -1 (87)
Jorge Soler -2 (80)
Carlos Gonzalez -3 (82)
Jimmy Rollins -3 (80)

Read More - Stock Market Changes, Players To Watch

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All