Saturday, July 2, 2016

This may be one of the funniest mess ups in the history of roster management. The New Orleans Saints were supposed to e-mail the league office to claim Connor Shaw off waivers but instead sent an e-mail to the other 31 franchises in the league.

Of course, to claim a player on waivers you have to contact the league office and not the other 31 franchises -- which is when the Chicago Bears swooped in and picked up their 4th string QB of the future...

"ESPN originally reported that the Saints had landed Shaw one day after the Cleveland Browns placed him on waivers.

But another ESPN report said the Saints mistakenly sent an email to the other 31 teams in the league instead of only to the league office to put in their claim.

Whether that factored in the Bears' acquisition of Shaw before the 3 p.m. CT waiver claiming deadline was not known.

The Bears hold priority over the Saints in the waiver claiming order, and therefore would have landed Shaw with a claim regardless if they knew of the Saints' desire to get the South Carolina product."

Shaw probably won't factor into the Bears' future plans, but it's a funny story of roster mismanagement -- almost you would hear someone doing while playing Madden.

What's your biggest mistake you've ever made while managing your roster in Madden? Any accidental releases? Bad contracts? Over-signed positions? Sound off with your story in the comments below!

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
Friday, July 1, 2016

MBL Network has posted their Madden NFL 17 4 Verts Podcast with the equipment guru himself, Dustin Smith. Lots of great information in here, especially for those of you that don't really understand the process and what happens behind the scenes, to get all of the equipment in the game. He also mentions why some items just don't make the cut (mouth pieces, for example).

Of note, Sean Payton is in (still no Bill Belichick). Patching in equipment isn't an option this year.

The first part of a two part interview. We discuss Madden equipment with the guru himself, Dustin Smith. We talk about helmets, shoes and other equipment and how they end up in the game. Dustin explains why mouth pieces aren't there and what the outlook for it is down the road. We touch on the face scanning process and how EA goes about getting do it, and finish up with some talk about coaches and stadiums.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
05:54 PM - July 1, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For those of you following the story on MLB The Show 16 bans, SCEA has posted an update on the situation.

Our goal for MLB The Show 16 is to maintain a fair and competitive game community. It is absolutely paramount for us that the integrity of our online play, particularly modes like Diamond Dynasty where so many of our fans invest so much of their time and passion, remain intact. As such, we are constantly monitoring the server for unusual or potentially exploitive behaviors.

We recently discovered a glitch in the Community Market was being taken advantage of to double user Stubs and cards. In many cases, this was apparently done hundreds of times. In addition to violating the terms of service, this conduct gives abusing players an unfair advantage over others, negatively impacting gameplay and the shared marketplace.

In order to restore balance as quickly as possible, we suspended approximately 200 user accounts that were exhibiting unusual behavior as we worked to diagnose and fix the exploit. Again, our top priority is to protect the broader community and the integrity of their experience with The Show. With the vulnerability now addressed, we’ve gone deeper into the telemetry and are reactivating select accounts.

As always, we will strive to improve our ability to communicate these types of situations as they arise and develop. We‘re grateful for the understanding and patience of the entire MLB The Show community, and for helping us make this the best place to play baseball.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email theshow@sony.com.

If you were one of the "approximately 200 user accounts" that were banned, let us know if your ban was lifted or not. No official word has been given on whether lifted users will receive any sort of compensation.

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
11:30 AM - July 1, 2016. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA has posted another Madden NFL 17 blog, as they take a behind the scenes look at the new gear and clothing creation process in this years game.

Expanding our create-a-coach feature involved increasing the variety and quantity of head and clothing options. New to this year, we have represented a whole range of ethnicities, including Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Samoan, Asian, and more. Trips across the nation were made with our Mobile Head Scanning Rig to scan heads of people who fit the look of a coach, old and young. These anonymous lucky people can truly say “they’re in the game!”

The visual quality improvements for the clothing of the coaches was powered by no other than a trivial Xbox 360 Kinect. That piece of hardware is capable of quickly providing a 3D scanned object, which we took full advantage of. We casted multiple co-workers with varying body types, wearing a closet full of unreleased Nike outfits for this project. By doing this, we increased the quantity and variety of clothing options by magnitudes over previous Maddens.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All

The hype train for 2K Games' WWE 2K17 got underway after Monday's announcement that 'The Beast Incarnate' Brock Lesnar would be gracing the cover of this year's game. As an added bonus, we were also presented with an October 11 release date on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

So, as we look forward to the release of the game later this year, it's time to start questioning how it might improve upon last year's effort. At a guess, we might be treated to further expansion of the game's substantial roster and suite of creative tools. The series' recent transition to more of an ultra-realistic representation of the action inside the squared-circle will surely evolve for the third year running, too. All of that is good stuff, and it would be enough to convince the hardcore fans like me to invest for another year. That said, if 2K wants to generate an even bigger user base for the series, it needs to work on captivating those current non-believers.

Read More - Unlocking WWE 2K's Online Potential May Be the Key to Its Long Term Success

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

EA and Juventus have agreed on a three-year exclusive partnership, starting with FIFA 17. Many players, including Buffon, Pogba, Dybala, and Chiellini have been scanned in already, along with Juventus Stadium. Check out the video here, along with plenty of new screenshots.

In addition to new player faces and creating Juventus Stadium through FIFA 17’s brand new engine Frostbite™*, the partnership will see a range of cross-marketing activities during the 2016/17 season including EA SPORTS gaming pods with FIFA 17 located in Juventus Stadium, accessible before the matches and at half time, fan competitions hosted on EA and Juventus digital channels and a dedicated EA SPORTS sponsorship of the Juventus MVP of the month, supported by exclusive FIFA 17 digital content.

Juventus will also play a significant part in the overall marketing campaign of FIFA 17, including featuring on the FIFA 17 demo as well as in upcoming global marketing content, featuring Juventus players rendered in-game.

Source - Juventus

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Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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07:51 AM - July 1, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Sportsnet has posted their hands-on preview of NHL 17, going over customization, franchise mode, EASHL, Be a Pro, gameplay, HUT, visual on-ice training, World Cup of Hockey, Draft Champions and much more.

NHL 16 introduced a more refined way for forwards to get to the in front of the net for tip-ins, screens and such, but there wasn’t much you could do as a defender. NHL 17 looks to correct that by introducing all new animations and moves defenders can do when trying to shut down a guy trying to cause havoc in front his goalie such as stick lifts and little shoves.

Goalies are experiencing an even bigger change as they now better reflect the fact that some NHL netminders are a lot bigger than other and as such the sprawling, acrobatic saves aren’t necessary unless they’re caught out of position. Instead, you’ll see more positional saves and animations that involve raising the shoulder to cover off the small gaps of the net.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Thursday, June 30, 2016
04:32 PM - June 30, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kevin Love was sporting the Austin 3:16 shirt during interviews, following the Cavs game 7 win over the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Shady has taken it to another level, with WWE 2K16. Check out the video here.

Game: WWE 2K16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
01:50 PM - June 30, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves

Last week EA released a news statement stating the J1 League, Japan’s top flight soccer league, would be featured in FIFA 17. On the surface it’s not surprising seeing as EA has been adding more and more licensed leagues to its FIFA franchise for the past few years. In typical OS fashion, let’s dive a little deeper to see what impact, if any, this has on consumers.

Read More - The Impact of the J1 League in FIFA

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
09:50 AM - June 30, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves

With the Copa America 2016 wrapped up and Euro 2016 in full swing, it’s time to dust off your copy of PES 2016 and play along with the action. When Konami announced its intentions with a downloadable Euro 2016 mode, gamers like myself were initially excited at the prospect of playing along with the real action. What could be more exciting than leading Wales through their first European competition in fifty years, or taking the reigns of Portugal and attempting to finally get Cristiano Ronaldo over the hump? But in what seems to be a trend with Konami, the game released with outdated rosters and unlicensed national sides.

Thankfully the lads over at PES Universe stepped up, as is the case more often than not, and provided PS4 players with a complete file full of all the outstanding teams and managers necessary to make your virtual Euro 2016 experience as authentic as possible. Just take a look at this video created by the one and only Weedens featuring the excellent editing work done by the MidniteKid...

Read More - Maximizing Your Summer Soccer Experience With OS & PES Universe

Game: PES 2016Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
01:26 PM - June 29, 2016. Posted by Brooklynbks4. Written by Steve Noah

A lot of you have been waiting for the Madden NFL 17 team to show off the equipment upgrades this year. Today is the day! The team has added a few helmets and updated some others. They have also brought in new facemasks and updated some more. New gloves, cleats and other accessories were also added this year. Check out the list below and the full blog here.

New Helmets
  • Riddell Speed Flex
  • Schutt Vengeance
  • Rawlings Tachyon
Updated Helmets
  • Air XP
  • Rawlings NRG
  • Riddell RevoSpeed
  • Xenith
New Facemasks
  • Speed Flex 2 Bar
  • Speed Flex Robot
  • Speed Flex Robot RB
  • Speed Flex 3 Bar RB
  • Speed Flex 3 Bar LB
  • Speed Flex Fullcage
  • Vengeance 2 Bar
  • Vengeance Robot
  • Vengeance Robot RB
  • Vengeance 3 Bar RB
  • Vengeance Fullcage
  • Revospeed Cage
  • Revospeed Grid
  • Riddell 360 Robot
  • Riddell 360 Robot 2
  • Riddell 360 3 Bar LB
  • Riddell 360 Fullcage
  • Standard Halfcage 2
Updated Facemasks
  • Standard 3 Bar RB
  • Standard 3 Bar RB Single
  • Standard 3 Bar RB Jagged
  • Standard Bull RB
  • Standard Fullcage
  • Standard Fullcage 2
  • Revo 3 Bar
  • Revo 3 Bar RB
  • Revo Robot
  • Revo Robot 2
  • Revo Fullcage
  • Revo Fullcage 2
  • Revospeed Fullcage 2
  • Xenith 2 Bar
  • Xenith Robot
  • Xenith Robot RB
  • Xenith 3 Bar RB
  • Xenith Fullcage
New Gloves
  • Nike HyperBeast
  • Nike Vapor Jet
  • Nike Vapor Jet Knit
  • Nike SuperBad
  • Under Armour Swarm
  • Under Armour F5
  • Adidas 5 Star 5.0
New Cleats
  • Nike Vapor Untouchable
  • Nike Vapor Untouchable 2
  • Nike Lunar Beast
  • Nike Zoom Code Elite
  • Nike Alpha Pro 2 ¾ TD
  • Nike Vapor Carbon Elite TD
  • Under Armour Spotlight
  • Under Armour Brawler
  • Under Armour Highlight
  • Under Armour Player Exclusive
  • Player Exclusive Retro
  • Adidas Freak X Kevlar
  • Adidas AdiZero 5 Star
New Accessories
  • One-Arm Sleeves - These will be set on each player that wears this style via the default roster so the players in Madden will match their real-world counterparts; these sleeves can also be customized when editing and creating players.
  • Updated Wrist-Tape Options - Black, Team Primary Color and Team Secondary Colored Wrist-Tape
  • Updated the Ankle-Tape options and re-named them to 'Half-Spat' and 'Full-Spat'
  • All the new sleeves, gloves and shoes are set-up for color-swapping to match each team’s primary and secondary colors, as well as black and white.
12 New Gear Packages (You can also use these when creating a coach in Franchise)
  • Nike Drifit Touch Fleece Full-Zip
  • Nike Elite Coach HZ Sweatshirt
  • Nike Elite Coach Polo
  • Nike Elite Coach HZ Full-Zip Hoodie
  • Nike Elite Hybrid Jacket
  • Nike Lockdown Jacket
  • Nike NFL 'Property Of' Circuit Crew
  • Nike NFL 'Property Of' Circuit Pant
  • Nike Performance Practice Hoodie
  • Nike Modern Crew
  • Nike Hooded Sweatshirt
  • Nike Free Trainer 5V6 Shoe

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
10:01 AM - June 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

's most enjoyable moments happen when your rider has the whole track to himself, and the only thing he's competing with is the digital stopwatch climbing higher in the corner of the screen. Time Attack is the only mode I've been able to appreciate in Milestone's third attempt at simulating the sport of motocross. Because once I started sharing the courses with 21 computer-controlled bikers, MXGP 2's unrealistic collisions and rudimentary AI ruined my fun.

Read More - MXGP 2 Review (PS4)

Game: MXGP 2Reader Score: Vote Now
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
05:06 PM - June 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

It seems the likeness lawsuit settlements and final judgements continue to roll out against sport game makers -- the last announced today is Jim Brown receiving a $600,000 settlement from EA.

Check out the full press release:

"Iconic running back and Hollywood actor Jim Brown has agreed to accept a voluntary judgment offered by Electronic Arts (EA) stemming from the use of his likeness in Madden NFL video games, according to Hagens Berman. EA will pay $600,000 in exchange for a dismissal and release of Brown’s claims.

Brown’s attorney Robert Carey praised the outcome, saying, “This recovery marks an important victory for plaintiffs in publicity-rights cases, and athletes in particular. Big business should think twice before it turns players’ hard-won identities and achievements into merchandise without permission or compensation.”

Brown concurred, “I took a stand for all athletes and laid a framework for future plaintiffs with my great legal team. Hopefully, this is a step forward in getting companies like Electronic Arts to recognize the value that athletes have in selling their products.”

EA’s best-selling Madden NFL football game allowed users to play as Brown’s team (the 1965 Cleveland Browns) and other historic franchises. Brown’s suit alleged that EA asked to use his likeness and that he expressly refused. EA nonetheless created an avatar in the game that mimicked Brown’s height, weight, skin color, experience, team, position and ability level.

The payment will exceed amounts EA has reportedly paid other athletes to appear not only in the game, but on the Madden NFL cover."

This is obviously just the latest of several lawsuits ongoing against EA for using likenesses within past sports games. The most famous of which was the Ed O'Bannon case which effectively ended the NCAA Football and Basketball series' from EA.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
02:05 PM - June 28, 2016. Posted by beau21. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted a video interview with the team behind NASCAR Heat Evolution. Plenty more details about the game are revealed, along with some more gameplay.

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
11:07 AM - June 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If you've been on Twitter lately, you've no doubt been seeing Ramone Russell answer fans inquiries about why they were banned over the past couple of days.

Over the weekend, Ramone also posted in the SCEA Forums reiterating that breaking the rules and standards of the community could result in a console and PSN ID being banned.

"If a player is found cheating, exploiting, harassing other players, or breaking the rules in game or here on The Show Nation forums, we will suspend the account for a limited time or even permanently ban the ID and console.

This isn't new and we've always been on the lookout for these types of players, but it's important to remind the community of the potential consequences that may await players if they decide to travel down the dark path."

Also of note via TheShowNation (Victor_SDS)

There was an exploit related to cancelling transactions on the marketplace. If someone took advantage of this exploit egregiously, their ID would have been flagged and banned. Flipping cards on the market is not an offense. Buying and quick selling is not an offense. It had more process than just cancelling an order.

A number of players were banned in the past few days according to Ramone's Twitter Feed:

"We banned a number of users who exploited community market transactions. Bans will not be reversed, fyi flipping cards IS NOT an exploit.

Flipping cards doesn't get you banned, we encourage flipped cards, flipping cards is good for everyone."

Several users were quick to claim innocence but it appears Russell came armed with info, telling at least one user they were in the top 1% of offenders of the glitch. In fact, the SCEA investigation into the matter was three weeks long and involved multiple runs and checks of the same data.

This was a bold move by SCEA to protect the online gaming experience for many MLB The Show users. While bans are nothing new in the online gaming world, it does appear SCEA has taken some pretty dramatic steps in order to safeguard the online experience for gamers. While some of the bans are permanent, others are temporary and will last anywhere from days to weeks to months.

What do you think of the bans? Was SCEA right? Is this a good move?

UPDATE (6-30): via Twitter

We hear your concerns. This is very important to us. We are looking into it. We thank you for your patience. More to come soon.

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All