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Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:20 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by aholbert32. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports UFC 2 patch 1.06 and content update #3 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans, weighing in at just over 1 GB. The update adds 3 new fighters, Cris Cyborg (Women's Bantamweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Bantamweight) and Albert Tumenov (Welterweight).
Below are the gameplay updates in patch 1.06.
- Added a third transition for submissive fighter in Back Sitting.
- Block will not come back up automatically after a missed parry, or a timed out parry.
- Liver Health Event allows high or low blocking.
- Addressed issue where spamming transition fakes on the ground would regain stamina.
- Addressed double stamina tax when opponent sprawls on user's takedown.
- Addressed an issue where takedown denial stamina penalty was being applied when the user is struck out of a takedown.
- General AI Improvements.
- General Referee Improvements.
11:27 AM - May 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters last night, tying the all-time record.
While Scherzer's performance wasn't the greatest of all-time for sure, he still put up a plethora of impressive stats.
Zero walks. Twenty-four of thirty-three batters faced hit with first pitch strikes. Only twenty-three balls thrown.
That's the type of stats that, if you had them in The Show, you'd instantly start adjusting the control slider to make the game more realistic. Scherzer isn't the only pitcher tearing it up this year, so is Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.
In your time playing MLB The Show 16, have you had a performance similar to that of Scherzer's 20K performance Wednesday night? Let us know in the comments if you've done anything similar!
12:51 AM - May 12, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Madden NFL 17 will feature a renewed focus on Franchise mode, all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and an innovative, authentic defensive AI system.
As seen on the Xbox site, Rob Gronkowski appears to be the cover athlete, however that might be a placeholder. The first screenshots revealed are with him, Antonio Brown and Von Miller. Could we see all 3 on the cover or multiple covers? We will know for sure today at 6:00 PM ET on SportsCenter.
Below are some more details on the various Madden NFL 17 bundles:
Madden NFL 17 Standard Edition ($59.99)
Pre-order your copy today and receive a 1 month EA Access Trial as well as bonus content including nine Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to seven Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs.*
Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition ($79.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 10 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.*
Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition ($99.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 30 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.*
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
05:34 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
OOTP 17 patch #6 (version number 17.8.54) is available for users that purchased the game directly from the OOTP website or from official resellers. For those of you that purchased on Steam or the AppStore, it should be available in the next few days. Check out the details of the patch below.
- Improved 2016 MLB roster sets (need to start new game for changes to apply)
- Updated the historical databases (error corrections and fielding ratings improvements)
- Fixed rare crashes in 3D in-game mode
- Fixed issues when scouting discoveries were disabled and international FAs were enabled
- Added new GM ratings to coach filter lists (need to delete data/tables folder)
- Adjusted top prospect list rankings
- Fixed age in real-stats for randum debuts in fictional leagues
- Fixed spring split stats report
Source - OOTP
05:20 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
If you haven't picked up a copy of Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, now might be a good time to get it. PlayStation 4 users can purchase and download a digital copy on the PlayStation Store for $15.99, while Xbox One Gold members can purchase it on the Xbox Store for $16. The sale ends on Monday, May 16.
For those of you that have missed out on the recent news about the game, another game update arrived yesterday and it's also available in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.
Source - EA Sports
03:36 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has been unable to recover from the attempted reboot of NBA Live as NBA Elite while at the same time seeing their competition flourish to become a juggernaut. It’s been six years but the company has yet to produce a quality and compelling product since that fiasco and in the process consumers have lost all confidence in the Live brand. The series simply can’t escape its past.
Knowing that a shake-up was necessary EA yesterday confirmed the first report of Live being pushed back to 2017. Despite that acknowledgement uncertainty will continue to surround the series as there’s no guarantee it will again see the light of day on consoles. If it makes it back as currently scheduled the form in which it does could be very different than what consumers have become accustomed to with traditional annualized sports games.
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- Owen Good (@owengood) Polygon
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01:59 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Does NBA Live have a future as a franchise?
That's the question you can't help but ask after yesterday's new release from EA Sports.
EA has announced that they are committed to consoles but their main focus with the Live series will be on developing a mobile gaming experience. While the mobile space has grown quite a lot -- there isn't much of a path forward for more intensive simulation sports games outside of text simulations.
This raises the obvious question: Does NBA Live even have a future as a major AAA sports gaming franchise?
Sound off with a comment and a vote in the poll!
01:55 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Jimmy Butler has certainly arrived as one of the best two-way players in the NBA -- but there have been a lot of reports of problems in the locker room with Butler in Chicago.
This trouble has even prompted various rumors that Butler could end up traded away in some sort of a blockbuster deal -- but it seems that Chicago isn't quite interested in dealing Butler.
Instead it looks like they are sending Butler to represent the franchise at the NBA Draft Lottery:
At a post-season presser, Bulls GM Gar Forman did say "we have to explore all options" when he was directly asked about Butler being the face of the franchise moving forward.
What do you think? Is there a trade that would even make sense for the Bulls to get rid of Butler?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
05:22 PM - May 10, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Steph Curry will have an overall 99 rating for 30 hours, starting May 12 at 6PM ET, making him the greatest shooter in NBA 2K history. The update will also unlock a brand new MVP colorway of the Curry Two's in the game. Check out the screenshots here.
STEPHEN CURRY EARNS TOP LEAGUE HONOR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Under Armour Celebrates Curry’s Second Consecutive Kia NBA MVP Award with NBA 2K16 and Limited Edition Back-to-Back Shoe Pack
Stephen Curry’s impression on the sport of basketball is a lesson in the power of perseverance, through sheer will and hard work. In the 2014-2015 season, we thought we saw pinnacle Curry, as he broke the three-point season record, claimed the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Award, and captured his first Larry O’Brien World Championship trophy. Then during the 2015-2016 season, he helped to lead the Warriors to the single-season record for wins, shattered his own three-point record, led the league in scoring, and joined the prestigious 50-40-90 shooting club en route to the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, presented today.
Stephen is the 11th player (third point guard) in league history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons.
“Stephen Curry’s impact on the game of basketball is immeasurable,” said Kip Fulks, Chief Marketing Officer, Under Armour. “His game, coupled with his WILL to dominate, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the NBA. Stephen’s cultural reach off the court is equally transcendent. At Under Armour we are thrilled and humbled to be alongside Stephen on this journey, and look forward to his continued perseverance in making himself a better athlete every single day.”
In the 2015-2016 season, Stephen was not only the first player ever to hit 300 three-pointers in a season, but he also incredibly reached the 400 mark in April. Over the course of the year, people marveled at his ability to hit shots; off the dribble, in traffic, and from incredible distance, with many dubbing him otherworldly in a way that couldn’t even be replicated in video games.
To celebrate his accomplishments, Under Armour is teaming up with 2K Sports and the preeminent simulation basketball video game, NBA 2K16, to honor this achievement by returning Stephen’s character to the game with a 99 overall rating making him the all-time highest shooter ever for an exclusive 30-hour window this week.
Beginning at 3 pm PST / 6 pm EST on Thursday, May 12, NBA 2K16 players will be able to download a roster update that brings Stephen’s rating to 99 for 30 continuous hours, a reference to his jersey number. The update will also unlock a brand new MVP colorway of the Curry Two in game, which will be an equippable shoe going forward. To promote Stephen’s rating update, a video, created by Under Armour and advertising agency Droga5 titled “The New Level,” can be viewed here.
In addition to the NBA 2K16 roster update, Under Armour is celebrating Stephen’s outstanding achievement with the re-release of the Curry One MVP and a new Curry Two MVP colorway. The Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack commemorates the signature footwear Stephen wore in back-to-back MVP seasons. Pre-orders are live now on UA.com, and will be available at Under Armour Brand Houses and select retailers nationwide on June 24. Images of the footwear can be found here. A graphic t-shirt is also available now on UA.com.
04:14 PM - May 10, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
As we reported on just a bit ago, NBA Live is definitely not coming to consoles this fall -- and may be going through a complete overhaul according to a new message posted by Sean O'Brien on EA's website.
04:07 PM - May 10, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
We haven't heard much from EA as to what to expect from NBA Live this upcoming season and it seems that was for a good reason. EA, in their quarterly results report this afternoon, had NBA Live slated as a title which won't be arriving until 2017, or Q4 in their fiscal calendar.
It appears that EA is probably giving live an extra 4-6 months of development time (and a different release window) to try to stir up interest and improve the franchise's quality.
Live's recent reboot attempt hasn't been very successful, with sales lagging and quality only just in this last edition beginning to appreciably improve. For the series to be competitive, it appears EA has decided that will mean extra development time and a different window for release.
The release of NBA Live in 2017 will probably coincide with either the start of next year's playoffs or the All-Star game. It's doubtful you'll see it before the latter event for sure.
What do you think of the news? Is this going to be a good thing for NBA Live or is it a desperate last ditch effort in your mind?
11:30 AM - May 10, 2016. Posted by Pappy Knuckles.
The Rory McIlroy PGA Tour May Update (1.09) is now available, just in time for Xbox One EA Access subscribers to check it out.
Below are the details on the update:
- Various Oakmont fixes.
- Various play now game mode fixes.
- Added more audio lines to generic audio buckets.
- Added more audio lines for specific licensed golfers.
- Updated Career to have the 3 Licensed Major Tournaments rotate the course that is played in each season
- U.S. Open will rotate between Chambers Bay and Oakmont.
- The Open Championship will rotate between St. Andrews and Royal Troon.
- PGA Championship will rotate between Whistling Straits and Quail Hollow.
- Converted Oakmont to have U.S. Open structures when in Play Now.
- Converted Royal Troon to have Open Championship structures when in Play Now.
- Converted Quail Hollow to have PGA Championship structures when in Play Now.
What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments!
11:18 AM - May 10, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The NHL 17 cover vote is down to Vladimir Tarasenko vs. Joe Pavelski.
To participate in the EA SPORTS NHL 17 Cover Vote, visit NHL.com or Twitter, and Tweet your vote using your player’s hashtag above. Fans will also be able to double their vote for their favorite picks when using the player-specific hashtags every Thursday for “Twitter Vote Thursdays.”
Voting ends on May 16 at 3:00 pm EST with the NHL 17 cover athlete announced during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, along with a gameplay trailer.
Who do you think gets the cover for NHL 17?
10:47 AM - May 10, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Steph Curry had a heck of a night last night.
Not only did he score the most points in an OT effort ever (17), but he also single handedly took a playoff game over and delivered a big W for Golden State -- putting the Warriors up three games to one and certainly clinching their ticket onwards.
Curry can catch fire like few players in the history of the game, and when he does -- it almost seems like he may actually encapsulate what it may look like to see a player with skills beyond what we typically see.
With that in mind, are Curry's attributes (especially his offensive attributes) properly captured in NBA 2K16? Do you think that Curry should be considered for something higher than a 99 overall rating?
Sound off in the comments!
09:43 AM - May 10, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
As mentioned last week, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is available now in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.
NBA Live 16 is scheduled to arrive in The Vault on May 25.
For those of you that might still be unaware, EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive, allowing members to try upcoming EA games prior to release, offering 10% off all EA digital purchases and more. It also gives users access to The Vault, which houses a growing library of EA games subscribers can play as much as they want. Users can subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year.