Tuesday, August 26, 2014
08:57 PM - August 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

It's release night of Madden NFL 15, and so far it seems like release day is going about as planned. As our official review says, on the field Madden may play the best brand of football you can find. And while there are still some nagging issues, it seems the franchise is more than on the right track. However, it seems that when you get to the facade around the on-field gameplay that the title shows some weakness.

Most of our staff have gotten just as much playtime as most of you at this point, so here are some initial thoughts from the guys who will be covering the game in the coming days and weeks...

Read More - Madden NFL 15: Your First Impressions (Roundtable)

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
12:34 PM - August 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

Today's guest video post is from Brian Mazique at Franchise Play. If you are stuck at work or haven't checked out the demo, Brian plays a game in the demo and gives his thoughts on what he's playing. This should be a pretty good watch for you PS4 users waiting on your demo time.

If you like Brian's style, be sure to check him out on YouTube and subscribe to him.

Also follow Brian on Twitter.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All
11:00 AM - August 26, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS.

EA Sports released a new trailer for NHL 15, showing off the 'Living Worlds' aspect of the game. Here are some highlights:
  • Each arena has been brought to life like never before.
  • Lighting from the arena lights reflect off of the ice. The ice also shows incremental wear throughout the game.
  • Each arena is scaled uniquely, with precise seating charts and details, including championship banners.
  • 9000 individual crowd models in the arena.
  • The fans have real behaviors, including banging on the glass during fights or big hits or anticipating big plays. Each fan has a different behavior, such as superfans being more active.
This aspect of the game does look darned impressive. What do you think of the in-arena details included within the game?

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All
10:34 AM - August 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's officially release day for Madden NFL 15!

As with any major release, the OS Community is alive and well today talking about the game in our Madden forum, so you should not hesitate to venture in and get any questions you have answered!

Here are some more pertinent links for you to explore today:
Here's to a happy and healthy Maddenoliday this year for everyone!

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
10:25 AM - August 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

More new cars were revealed today for Forza Horizon 2, adding to the (eventual) fully revealed list of 200-plus cars in the game.

Today's cars include:
  • 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
  • 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
  • 1995 Ferrari F50
  • 1992 Honda NSX-R
  • 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex
  • 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
  • 2009 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 1994 Nissan 240SX SE
  • 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
  • 2012 Caterham Superlight R500
  • 2009 Honda S2000 CR
What do you think of the new cars? Several of the new cars are now in our Forza Horizon 2 screens database.

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Game: Forza Horizon 2Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

Operation Sports has teamed up with FanDuel to run a fantasy football championship to kick off the season. The winner takes home cash, bragging rights, and a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One courtesy of FanDuel. FanDuel is the leader in one-week fantasy football leagues, where you can play for real money.

The week 1 Operation Sports league starts on opening Sunday. It costs $10 to enter and pays the winner $150. If you’re new to FanDuel, sign up with promo code OS100 to receive a 100% deposit bonus, which is FanDuel’s biggest offer. Click here to go to the week 1 league on FanDuel.

FanDuel will run Operation Sports leagues for four consecutive weeks. The four league winners advance to the final round, where the top score wins the PS4 and all the bragging rights.

Here’s a little introduction to the host site FanDuel. FanDuel was featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines last Sunday and announced a major sponsorship of the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. They’ll pay out $10 million every week this football season and are changing the way people think about fantasy sports.

There are a few great things about FanDuel’s one-week league format. There’s no long-term commitment, cash payouts are instant each week, and a bad injury won’t ruin your year. It’s a salary cap game, so you can pick any player you want for your team as long as you stay under the cap. There’s no waiting around for a draft. You do your research and fill out your team on your own time.

Click here to join the opening week Operation Sports Fantasy Football league!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
02:27 AM - August 26, 2014. Posted by ManiacMatt1782. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released another patch for EA Sports UFC, which includes a second free content update (see video here), containing three new fighters and plenty of updates. Check out the details below. Currently the patch is available for Xbox One users, PS4 gamers should get it later this afternoon.

UPDATE: It is available for PS4 users now.

New and Updated Content
  • Addition of 3 new fighters. 2 in Welterweight: Matt Brown, Mike Pyle and 1 at Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic
  • Updates to fighter records
  • Gameplay – Added Referee TKO stoppage if dominant fighter throws too many blocked strikes without the submissive fighter trying to improve his position
  • Gameplay – Added the ability to catch kicks on parries if the attacking fighter has low stamina or high leg damage when throwing a kick. If Parry button is held, a takedown will be initiated.
  • Gameplay – Added new defensive standup transitions from Full Guard. Moved Sweep to Advanced Transition
  • Gameplay – Added Back Mount escape for submissive fighter
  • Gameplay – Added manual taunts. Press Left or Right Directional buttons to taunt
  • Gameplay – Successful Basic Single Leg Takedowns will now end in Half Guard
  • Online – Added Coins to Championships. Watch partner videos from the Home Panel and earn Coins to trade in for Season Points.
  • Fixed issue where dominant fighter could stall transitions
  • Fixed an exploit where fighters could sneak in a free hammer fist during Posture up and down animations
  • Fixed exploit in Side Control where users could land a free shot after transitioning to Side Control.
  • Fixed an issue with Cage Clinch Break denial inputs.
  • Tuning – Increased base punch speed of all weight classes
  • Tuning – AI tuned to be less aggressive. AI is more aware of stamina and fight pacing.
  • Tuning – Duration and probability of Health Events has been tuned
  • Tuning – Stamina loss on strikes landed has been adjusted
  • Tuning – Tuned denial windows for various ground transitions, getups and submission attempts
  • Tuning – Animation speeds adjusted for strikes that were being abused Online
  • Added delay on submission attempts after a failed submission.
  • Submissions cannot be attempted when attacker has minimal Stamina
  • Fighters can change stances while blocking
  • Adjusted Antônio Rogério Nogueira’s and Robbie Lawler’s Hand Power and Speed attributes
  • Fixed issue where Crucifix was unavailable in career. Will now be available on new Career save files after purchasing transition.
  • Allow users to view Fighter Stats and Abilities in Online Championships Fighter Select Screen
  • Disabled Online Pause in all Online modes. User can still access the Pause menu, however it does not pause gameplay.
  • Tuned White Belt promotion and division belt thresholds.
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect video for ‘GSP Switch Kick’ move.
  • Fixed a crash when adjusting Walk out music
  • Fixed an issue with Mat damage
  • Changed Antônio Rogério Nogueira’s stance to southpaw
  • Various replay fixes

Source - EA Forums

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, August 25, 2014
11:01 PM - August 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden NFL 15 is now available in stores. Be sure to read our review if you haven't gotten the game. If you have, leave your own impressions of your first play sessions in the comments below!

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
08:06 PM - August 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

NBA 2K15 made some serious noise earlier today by debuting some in-game footage as well as the pre-game studio show and a lot of new atmosphere elements within the game. It's time to ask the OS Staff Writers what they thought of the trailer, and whether you should be as excited as you think you are for the game.

Read More - NBA 2K15: Yakkem Trailer Impressions (Roundtable)

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All
07:44 PM - August 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

The NHL 15 demo is available now on Xbox Live for Xbox One users. PlayStation 4 users can expect the demo tomorrow afternoon when the PSN Store updates with new titles.

UPDATE: The NHL 15 demo is now available for PlayStation 4 users. If you can't find it, click this link.

Some have had luck going to "New Demos" all the way over to the right. Games>New>Demos>New Demos (all the way over to the right) and grab the NHL 15 demo. Thanks @TheFlopfish)

The demo weighs in at 2.58 GB. Here are the details.
  • New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings
  • Full game with three two-minute periods
  • Play in Madison Square Garden or Staples Center
  • Gameplay Camera Angles: Dynamic Low, Dynamic Medium, and Dynamic High
  • Practice Mode: Master the Superstar Skill Stick with a free skate against a goalie
  • Difficulty Settings: Rookie, Pro, All-Star
If you can't find it, try searching for it with Bing.

Play a few games and let us know what you think of this year's NHL title on Xbox One!

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All

It seems Scott O'Gallagher's presence on the NBA 2K team is being felt already. In a tweet earlier today after the release of the Yakkem trailer, O'Gallagher claimed that both the charging cheese and the 1-3-1 defense are both no longer in the game -- both have been major complaints of sim-heads for quite awhile.

In a tweet clarifying the above statement
, Chris Manning said, "When you move your player around them, you will and can dribble around defenders. No more quick-draw charges."

So there is some good gameplay news for you today. How do you like both changes?

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All
12:11 PM - August 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The first extended gameplay trailer for NBA 2K15 is here, and…Yakkem!

The trailer opens up with Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal talking in studio (in the game). From there we get an extended montage of in-game action before coming back out to a funny exchange between Johnson and Shaq on set.

What did you spy in the trailer that piqued your interest? Sound off!

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 41 - View All
11:31 AM - August 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

The 97th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a deep dive with three of the creative forces behind Madden NFL 15. Host Rich Grisham goes in depth with Creative Director Mike Young, Senior Designer Josh Looman, and “Ratings Czar” Donny Moore about the approach to design that each of them take for their specific responsibilities. Among other things, Young discusses the overall vision of the Madden franchise and how this year’s version came together, Looman details the challenges and surprises behind Connected Franchise Mode, and Moore describes how the ratings process has evolved over the years. It’s an interesting view into how a game as huge as Madden NFL 15 gets made. Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:
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
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 2:22

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
09:56 AM - August 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden NFL 15 is here for everyone tomorrow. With the review process finished here at OS, I was able to get the chance to enjoy the game moreso than critically assess it this weekend.

In my entire playtime of Madden, there are five things abundantly clear about this year's title for OS'ers, these are the five things you need to know about Madden for launch day:
  1. Defense is truly better. I mean this in the you really don't want to skip over defense again type of way. It's now as much fun as offense if you let it.
  2. The Game plays more realistic and balanced football. It's not perfect, but you'll need to use some real football ideas and strategies to succeed.
  3. Connected Franchise has a few problems at launch, so you will need to be considerate of that if you pick the game up. The QB sim stats issue in particular affects the game big time in future years.
  4. The new community playcalling is a gimmick, but there are ideas within it that will make you really love what EA is doing. My biggest wish is that the total times a play was called would apply to your current game only (or if there was an option for that).
  5. While this game needs a patch or two to even out some of its rough edges, this game is well worth your time as an NFL fan. If you aren't the biggest fan of Sundays in the Fall, you may wait to see what patches do for the game.
Are you picking up Madden NFL 15 at launch? What's the one thing you are looking forward to most in the game this year?

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
09:00 AM - August 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Damian Lillard, Point Guard of the Portland Trail Blazers, announced on his Instagram account this morning, that he is the cover athlete for NBA Live 15.

Brian Mazique, over at Bleacher Report, has posted an interview with him, along with a new screenshot. The NBA Twitter feed posted the official cover art.

EA Sports has also released a behind the scenes NBA Live 15 cover trailer and blog.

Let's hope more announcements about the game are on the way soon.

Read the full press release below.


Portland Trailblazers All-Star Earns Cover Honors

August 25, 2014 – Today EA SPORTS announced that Damian Lillard will be featured as the cover athlete for NBA LIVE 15. Lillard shared the news with his fans via social media, and EA also released a special video celebrating Lillard’s appearance on the cover.

Lillard’s involvement in the franchise goes beyond a simple cover appearance, as he has been working with the NBA LIVE team for the past two years. Lillard participated in motion capture and voice over sessions in both Orlando and Vancouver, Canada where the team was able to capture his signature movement including dribbling and shooting. The team also scanned his head for likeness and recorded facial performance as well as had design sessions about the creative direction of the game. Damian is also the star and storyteller of the new Learn LIVE onboarding mode, where he teaches players the basics of NBA LIVE 15 and recounts his own life journey in basketball. Lillard is already making his presence known in the EA SPORTS family, appearing alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Franco in the recent Madden Season video.

Damian Lillard was selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, and went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. Lillard’s impressive young career has continued to flourish, as he was named to the NBA West All-Star Team in 2014. He is also a two-time NBA Skills Challenge champion.

NBA LIVE 15 arrives with the most photo-realistic visuals in franchise history and 500+ core gameplay improvements delivering a truly fluid, fun and authentic basketball gaming experience. Reimagined visuals drop you courtside alongside the game’s biggest stars. See the intensity on a player’s face as he nails a game-winner, or the frustration of a heart-wrenching loss. All-new real-time physics on dunks and layups replicate some of the NBA’s most amazing physical plays, letting you posterize your opponent or deny his attempt at the rim. Add into the mix always-connected online game modes and LIVE’s Synergy Sports partnership and you’ll never miss a beat during the NBA season with new content updated daily, all season long.

NBA LIVE 15 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available on October 7 for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. To learn more about NBA LIVE 15, visit http://www.easports.com/nba-live.

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Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 14 - View All