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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
01:54 PM - September 20, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Wolverine Studios have just announced Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2017. Check out some of the new features below.
  • MATCHUP MAKER – Settle those debates once and for all by pitting your favorite teams from 1976-2015 against each other in exhibition matchups to see who really would be the best of all time
  • EXPANDED HISTORICAL PLAY – Start in modern times or any year back to 1976 and rewrite basketball history
  • MORE STATS – The game gets deeper with new stat additions such as lineup tracking so you can see how every lineup you put on the floor shapes up
  • MORE OPTIONS – Enjoy new game options like injury slider controls, randomizing historical draft classes and much more
  • MORE CONTROL – Taking the GM seat gets even more realistic with brand new control options for trading, scouting and player interactions.
  • If you’re new to the franchise start off by taking a look at the blog entries detailed some of last season’s fantastic new features of the game.
More details, including developer diaries can be seen on the official website.

11:56 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Here's a great little video for newer Madden players who are trying to figure out a good passing scheme out of the 5WR formations in the game.

There are several great tips in the video, here are a few highlights:
  • WR Screens are a must for five WR sets to give a different look.
  • QB Draws are a great option to counter an opponent trying an umbrella type of coverage against your five-wide sets.
  • Two types of plays to attack the defense in two different directions: Shallow cross (Horizontal) and Four Verticals (vertical).
What are some of your approaches to five wide receiver sets? Any favorite variations or playbooks with them included?


Video: ZFarls on YouTube

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
11:29 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Here's a video from NHL 17 from YouTube user BaconCountry talking about some of the new strategies you'll need to be employing in NHL 17.

In the video, we see a lot of talk about cycling the puck around and controlling the perimeter on offense. You have to be patient and try to work the perimeter to try to open up the ice to get a good quality shot. Moreso than ever, it's super important to work your offense and be patient for better shot quality.

What are some of your strategies you are employing to open up the ice for better quality shots?

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
09:59 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe
For more information about this topic, check out Mike Lowe's accompanying YouTube stream.

Madden 17 is easily the best Madden ever made, and the numerous threads and stories already floating around Operation Sports -- mine included -- have been praising the game even before its official release. So how can Madden 18 be an even better experience next year? First and foremost, I think it starts with Connected Franchise mode.

So here's my top five things I'd like to see in Madden 18's Connected Franchise mode.


Read More - Madden NFL 17: The Five Biggest Changes Needed for CFM

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
08:07 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS.

The Forza Horizon 3 launch trailer has arrived, one week before the official release date.

For those of you that pre-order the Ultimate Edition, you can play it on Friday.

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Forza Horizon 3 Official Launch Trailer - Winner of 29 E3 awards, including ""Best Racing Game,"" Forza Horizon 3 can be experienced now with the free Xbox One demo. You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars, including the debut of the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you.

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, September 19, 2016
11:04 PM - September 19, 2016. Posted by Cowboy008. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest WWE 2K17 video explaining how you can become a Paul Heyman Guy in MyCAREER mode.

WWE 2K17 releases on October 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows.

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
04:05 PM - September 19, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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More than two years in the making, FIFA 17 The Journey is a new and innovative addition to the franchise. The Journey lets you live the story of of the Premier League's next rising star, Alex Hunter, where every decision, every action, every moment impacts your attempt to rise to the highest level of the game.

Watch the trailer here and read more about the making of The Journey, here.

Game: FIFA 17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
10:21 AM - September 19, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert

I've played more than my fair share of NHL 17 over the past couple weeks, and I've been spending a lot of time in Hockey Ultimate Team. It's an area of the series that has undergone somewhat of an overhaul this year, with a few key changes to note.

I'm going to take this chance to go a little more in-depth with my thoughts on this addictive pastime.

Read More - NHL 17 Ultimate Team Offers a Good Experience

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
06:31 AM - September 19, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

F1 2016 patch 1.50 is available now for PlayStation 4 and scheduled to arrive for Xbox One and PC soon. Check out the details below.

UPDATE: The patch is available for Xbox One and PC.
  • Updated vehicle appearance for Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Manor, Renault, Force India and Toro Rosso
  • Made adjustments to relative performance of teams and drivers based upon 2016 results so far.
  • Stability improvements for all game modes
  • Various Multiplayer Fixes
  • Various graphical bug fixes
  • Various other bug fixes

Game: F1 2016Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Sunday, September 18, 2016
11:04 AM - September 18, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:25 AM - September 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA 2K17 All-Time College bundle is available now for $14.99. It includes all 10 legendary college teams from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Michigan State for use in Quick Game.

You can also buy teams individually for $1.99 each.

Queue them up below or search for them in the respective Stores.Below are the rosters for each team, more screenshots can be seen here.










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Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
11:07 AM - September 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the entire list of teams and leagues in FIFA 17, which includes over 30 leagues and more than 650 playable teams. Check it out here.

Game: FIFA 17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
08:56 AM - September 17, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


As I dive into NBA 2K17, I'm reminded once again about how deep the modes in the game are. Right now, look for my full review of NBA 2K17 sometime around Tuesday.

For now, if you are unsure about whether you are jumping in or not, here's a look at a few quick impressions after a few games:
  • The gameplay and presentation still continue to be just so smooth. Its not like that wasn't expected but it does need to be stated for the record. There's a lot more to explore on the court but I'm definitely hooked to the on-court gameplay.
  • Look-wise, the game looks better with more varied body types as one addition. The other tweaks are adding nice touches as well. Overall the game looks a hair better than last year.
  • There are still instances where you get stuck in animations -- I had one instance at the end of a game I drove the lane and tried to fire up a quick shot at the buzzer and instead my player went into a lengthy drive-layup animation which resulted in time expiring before the shot went up. That wasn't particularly good considering I was in a position to win the game.
  • Commentary seems solid enough still. I haven't played enough to form a good judgement on it but I don't see any reason after a few more games I won't be coming away with a positive vibe.
  • The only mode I've dove into enough to write anything on has been MyPLAYER. The story and background are a fun setup but the mode has some serious issues which I think will leave me thinking its a negative this year. I'll need to play a bit more but it just feels the mode goes out of its way to mire you in tedium.
  • I played a game of 1-on-1 in MyPLAYER and it felt just so right. To me its impressive the game can play a good brand of basketball be it 5-on-5, 3-on-3, or 1-on-1. That means its getting a few things right with gameplay.
Final Thoughts

NBA 2K17 is looking like a winner on the court at least. The game right now seems to have done a lot more right than wrong, but we still have a lot of time until the final review is published. For now, I'm definitely optimistic about NBA 2K17's prospects.


Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
Friday, September 16, 2016
10:03 PM - September 16, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NASCAR Heat Evolution patch #2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and soon for Xbox One. Check out the details below.

UPDATE: (9/23) The patch is now available for Xbox One.

Features
  • MPH and gear added to cockpit dash
  • RPM display fixed for non-restrictor plate tracks
  • Significant improvements to multiplayer interpolation issues
  • Fixed many multiplayer synchronization issues
  • Added the ability to change events in multiplayer races
  • Martinsville wall riding no longer beneficial
  • Wall collision improvements at Atlanta, Bristol, and Darlington
Improved the driving feel at the following tracks:
  • Autoclub
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Darlington
  • Daytona
  • New Hampshire
Significantly improved the AI pitting entrance/exit behavior at the following tracks:
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • Pocono
Improved the AI driving behavior at the following tracks:
  • Darlington
  • Indianapolis
  • Phoenix
  • Pocono
  • Richmond
  • Texas
Other
  • Fixed Chase Bonus Point calculation issue
  • Display penalty message when the player has earned a penalty (ex: at Watkins Glen)
  • Adjusted the Turn 1 penalty wall at Watkins Glen
Trophies Added
  • New Hampshire 301
  • Pennsylvania 400

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
05:28 PM - September 16, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Kevin Groves

After the dust settled and the honeymoon phase was over, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2016 quickly lost its appeal. Despite being more responsive all the while adding more animations and Player ID, PES 2016 suffered from end-to-end gameplay due to a lack of fouls and some curious/poor AI defending. As news slowly rolled in regarding the 2017 edition, consumers like myself were cautiously optimistic that Konami would listen to feedback and create a balanced footy experience. Thankfully, this seems to be the case with PES 2017.

Read More - PES 2017 Review (Written by: Kevin Groves)

Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 9 - View All