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01:59 PM - November 17, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

This week’s Throwback Thursday is heating up… MONSTER JAM! HE’S ON FIRE!

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11:07 AM - November 17, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Every sport but baseball features some form of a salary cap -- and even baseball has embraced some of the vestiges of a cap without going all in on actually capping overall team salaries with the luxury tax.

With that in mind, sports games generally do a decent job at simulating the cap as it stands at the moment, though NBA 2K17 does introduce dynamic elements to the league into the future such as salary cap and rules changes.

Managing the cap can be a pain for sports gamers, as non-direct knowledge of how it works could end up wrecking your roster. Some games explain their salary rules better than others as well.

So what about you? Do you play with the Salary Cap on or off? What do you do to manage your team's overall salary? Sound off by voting in our poll!

10:36 AM - November 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

You can now earn more rewards by playing and winning games in NHL 17. If you win a division title in HUT Online Seasons you will get an Online Seasons Rewards Pack. Check out the full details below.

HUT ONLINE SEASONS DIVISION TITLE REWARDS

If you win a division title in HUT Online Seasons, you will now earn an Online Seasons Reward Pack on top of the coin bonus for winning the division. The pack can be found in your Unopened Packs and contains 3 untradeable items that can consist of one or more of the following items*:
  • Any active and available Bronze jerseys, logos, coaches or collectibles
  • Any active and available Silver jerseys, logos, coaches or collectibles
  • Any active and available Gold items.
There are three tiers for the Online Seasons Reward Packs:
  • NHL Rewards Pack – For winning division titles in Online HUT Seasons Division 1 or 2
  • AHL Rewards Pack – For winning division titles in Online HUT Seasons Division 3, 4, 5 or 6
  • CHL Rewards Pack – For winning division titles in Online HUT Seasons Division 7, 8, 9, or 10
Winning division titles in higher divisions will increase your prospects of getting better reward items.

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
10:18 AM - November 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

PES 2017 data pack 2.0 is scheduled to arrive on November 24, while the promised PS4 Pro support has been pushed to mid-December.

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Data Pack 2.0 includes "Anfield", the home stadium of our official partner Liverpool FC, "Signal Iduna Park" of Borussia Dortmund and "Allianz Parque" of Palmeiras, as well as Liverpool FC's classic kits, the anthems of Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund and more than 100 players' real faces and new boots.

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Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
09:39 AM - November 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

HB Studios have released The Golf Club VR patch 1.04, check out the full details below. Currently the game is only available on PC via Steam, compatible with the HTC Vive.

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Let the competition begin! Phase one of asynchronous gameplay has been implemented. Each course now has a Rival select flow which allows you to browse your friends and other community members completed rounds. Select who you would like to play against or alongside before starting your round. Rival scores update on the scoreboard along with you as you complete each hole. In addition to Rivals we have also added stat tracking per difficulty which is displayed on the back of the yardage book. After each round is completed you can see your individual stats based on the difficulty you’re currently playing on. To try and keep the game fair for everyone we have added some anti-cheating checks to keep the Rivals list honest. If you are caught cheating during your round the hole will be marked on your scoreboard and the round will not be posted once it’s been completed.

Bug Fixes
  • Clearing local save data and then resuming saved course leaves watch/pointer/menu disabled
  • If user switches controllers without restarting the game, the new controller will not display shot grades.
  • Add the green speeds to the putter info pop up instead of surface penalty, when on the green.
  • The practice putt on Pro flashes in when putting beside the ball.
  • Interactions between golf balls and clubs and the bag cause the bag to fall over.
  • The ball can bounce off of the users pocket after being hit.
  • The watch breaks after losing tracking with the headset.
NEW AND UPDATED FEATURES

Rivals
With the addition of Rivals you will now be able to compete against scores posted by your friends and other community members. With the option to select up to 3 Rivals per-round you will see their scores update alongside yours after each hole. A few things that you need to know about Rivals:
  • All available courses now have a Rivals button that you can select before beginning your round.
  • When viewing Rivals the difficulty of each submitted scorecard is displayed with the users name and score.
  • You are free to compete against any scorecard regardless of the difficulty you have chosen.
  • Only completed scorecards will be posted to the Rival list.
  • Scorecards that have been caught cheating will not be posted to the Rival lists. You are free to play how you enjoy the game however we want to keep a fair balance to the posted scores.
Stat Tracking
In-game stats can now be viewed on the back of the yardage book. The stats that are displayed are based off the set difficulty that you have chosen through the settings. You can switch between difficulties freely do view your stats with each one. Only completed rounds will add to the accumulation of your in-game stats.

Game: The Golf Club VRHype Score: Vote Now
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
12:31 PM - November 16, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Here's a helpful new video from the folks at The Crease Police on YouTube which goes over some tips on how to play goalie in a breakaway situation.

For a variety of reasons, being a goalie in a breakaway situation in hockey is the ultimate disadvantaged scenario -- but there are several things you can do to make sure you can make the ultimate clutch save.

The video includes tips on when to leave your stand up position, when and where to position, and more. If you are interested in becoming a better goalie, its worthy of a watch.

What are you doing to stop breakaways in NHL 17 as a goalie?

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
12:12 PM - November 16, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Hockey is a beautiful game, and EA Sports' NHL allows you to play the sport in a variety of ways.

But when it comes to how you play, what are you finding is your best attribute on the ice?

Are you at your best with a good defense? Do you have a patient and opportunistic offense? Is your shot selection top notch? Do you manage your lines in a way that you think is impressive?

Let us know which aspect of hockey you feel you are best at in NHL by voting in our poll and then do a bit of a self-assessment in the comments with what you think you are best at and what you'd like to see improve!

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
08:22 AM - November 16, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K announced today NBA 2K17, the latest iteration of the #1 NBA video game series*, and Fitbit have partnered together on an unprecedented connected health initiative, which will reward healthy activity through in-game NBA 2K17 rewards. Starting on November 25, NBA 2K17 will enable players around the world to cross over and connect their Fitbit tracker and will receive in-game boosts when players reach a target of 10,000 steps per day.

Specifically, after users reach the steps milestone, the game will prompt them to apply temporary +5 attribute boosts and success rate to their MyPLAYER in categories like agility, layups and dunks, and more that will significantly improve performance for the next five games played that day.

2K and Fitbit hope to encourage a healthy lifestyle while rewarding the fans of the game in a new unique, innovative way. This partnership breaks down the boundaries between in-game training and real life, players can reap the benefits of their personal training with their MyPLAYER’s performance in the game. It’s an extra incentive for fans to get out and reach their target steps per day as it gives them an edge in NBA 2K17.

Read the full press release below.

The NBA 2K17 fitbit integration makes it easy for players to temporarily boost their career players abilities by simply keeping active in the real world. NBA 2K17’s “MyPLAYER Inventory” feature is where users customize their MyPlayers by equipping new on and off court clothing, new animations, shoes, accessories as well as see their MyPlayers overall attribute progress.

All 2K17 users will see the ‘fitbit’ menu option on the top page of the MyPLAYER inventory. When users select the fitbit option for the first time, a sell sheet will explain where to go to register their fitbit trackers and provide a brief rundown of how the feature works. Players will be instructed to visit the 2K Sports website to register their fitbit’s.

When a player with a registered fit bit tracker selects ‘fitbit’ in the myplayer inventory, they will no longer see a sell sheet and a ‘syncing’ animation will appear as the game attempts to access the most recent data available to us pulled from the fitbit servers.

NBA 2K17 will display and timestamp the most recently available step count data for the current 24 hour (midnight to midnight) window. Based on a predetermined target value (10,00 steps currently) we will either congratulate the user for reaching their goal or tell the user how many steps they have to go to reach their goal.

If there is a desync between fitbit tracker on the users wrist and the game, the menu will tell the user exactly what time current data it is showing was pulled. We will also include a message to “check again shortly” for more recent data.

If the user has reached their step goal for the day, the game will prompt the player to press a button to apply temporary attribute boosts to their MyPlayers. We will be adding +5 to each attribute that affects a career players abilities and success rates, this is a significant increase. The career players boosted attributes will be active until the user has played 5 (tunable) games at the boosted rated – generally about 2 hours play on average, or until midnight when fitbit trackers refresh step counts for the next day. (If a game is started before but ends after midnight, they will stay boosted for the whole game).

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Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
07:06 PM - November 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NASCAR Heat Evolution November DLC is scheduled to release on November 22 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. It includes a 2-for-1 spotter audio, free paint schemes from Toyota and more. Check out the details below.

November DLC
  • Spotter Audio - Driver Joey Gase and Curtis Aldridge, spotter of the #32 car for Gase, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Bobby Labonte, lend a helping hand on-track. (Price: $0.99)
  • Challenge Pack 3 - 6 New Challenges from Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Regan Smith, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney take you to Michigan, Bristol, Darlington, Richmond, Daytona and Talladega. (Price: $0.99)
  • Paint Schemes - Paint Scheme Pack 5: Kevin Harvick – Ditech, Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Chase Elliott – SunEnergy1, Chase Elliott – NAPA / Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Brad Keselowski – SKF, Kasey Kahne – Great Clips, Clint Bowyer – PEAK / BlueDEF, Greg Biffle – NESN Fuel, Paul Menard – Sylvania LED, Ben Kennedy – JACOB Companies (Price: $4.99)
Paint Scheme Pack 6: Kyle Larson – Glad / Clorox / Target, Brad Keselowski – Detroit Genuine Parts, Kasey Kahne – LiftMaster, Austin Dillon – AAA Mid Atlantic, Ryan Newman – CAT/Grainger, Austin Dillon – Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum, Ricky Stenhouse Jr – Fifth Third Bank, Paul Menard – NIBCO, Aric Almirola – US Air Force, Brian Scott – Goody’s Mixed Fruit Blast (Price: $4.99)

Paint Scheme Pack 7: Jimmie Johnson – Lowe’s Patriotic, Brad Keselowski – Wurth, Danica Patrick – Aspen Dental, Kasey Kahne – Drive to End Hunger, Aric Almirola – STP, Paul Menard – Duracell, Brian Scott – Medallion Financial, Austin Dillon – American Ethanol, AJ Allmendinger – Bushes Best (Blue), Jamie McMurray – Sherwin Williams (Price: $4.99)

Pit Pass 3: Pit Pass 3 includes all November DLC; Paint Scheme Pack 5, Paint Scheme Pack 6, Paint Scheme Pack 7, Challenge Pack 3, and the Gase/Aldridge Spotter Audio. (Price: $9.99)

Toyota DLC

Through our partnership with Toyota, fans will receive a free Toyota Challenge Pack and a free Toyota Paint Scheme Pack each month. Below are details for the free Toyota DLC available in November:
  • Toyota Challenge Pack 3: New Challenges from Martin Truex Jr., David Ragan and Carl Edwards at Watkins Glen, Talladega, Daytona and Bristol. (Price: Free)
  • Toyota Paint Scheme Pack 3: Kyle Busch – M&M’s Halloween, Kyle Busch – Snickers Halloween, Carl Edwards – Sports Clips, Carl Edwards – Arris (NewEGG), Denny Hamlin – FedEx Office, Matt DiBenedetto – Schluter Systems, Matt DiBenedetto – E.J. Wade Construction / RMC Events, Matt DiBenedetto – Mass Markets, Matt DiBenedetto – ScienceLogic, David Ragan – Brandeis Machinery, David Ragan – Sweet Frog (Price: Free)
Matt Tifft Comeback Pack
  • After taking some time off, Matt Tifft is back in the driver seat! To celebrate Matt Tifft’s return to NASCAR, pick up the Matt Tifft Comeback Pack which features fantasy Paint Schemes, Challenges and Spotter Audio from Matt. (Price: Free)
Spotter Audio
  • Challenges: Two new challenges at Charlotte and Talladega featuring Matt Tifft.
  • Paint Schemes: Brian Gear, Tunity Digital and Surface Sunscreen.

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
10:32 AM - November 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Today, three current and former NXT Superstars are available as DLC for all WWE 2K17 fans. Check out the trailer here.

Previously only available as part of the WWE 2K17 NXT Edition, the NXT Enhancement Pack includes Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax, and Apollo Crews as playable characters in addition to a 50 percent boost in points while competing at NXT during MyCareer.

The NXT Enhancement Pack is available to download for $9.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. These characters are also accessible on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as part of the previously available NXT Legacy Pack. This is not part of the Season Pass.

Source - 2K

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
10:10 AM - November 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Sometimes a piece of PR just hits your feed and you can't help but watch and be totally delighted -- this morning's case of that was an incredibly creative trailer done for Retro Winter Sports 1986, an upcoming mobile release based on classic Olympic Sports games from the '80s.

The trailer has trappings of the '80s, from the Commodore 64 on the shelf behind the developers, to a Sega GameGear, to Floppy Disks (!!!).

But seriously kids, floppy disks are...ah nevermind.

The game itself will feature six winter sports events: Ski Jump, Biathlon, Bobsled, Speed Skating, Curling, and Slalom. You'll be able to compete against up to 8 friends in a hot-seat style mode (or the computer) with 12 different countries to choose from.

Be sure to check out the trailer for the game, we'll certainly be awaiting its release while we wheel in the old TV set with Return of the Jedi playing in the background.

Game: Retro Winter Sports 1986Reader Score: Vote Now
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10:09 AM - November 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Polyphony Digital plans to make the most of the additional power of the PS4 Pro and PS VR for Gran Turismo Sport. Kazunori Yamauchi says, "...video games are going to exceed and better the quality of images in movies, broadcasting, and packaged media out there.”

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With GT Sport, a powerful engine is everything — and PS4 Pro pushes the game into an eye catching fast lane featuring dynamic 4K, targeted 60 frames per second, HDR, an 18 GB VPS uncompressed stream, and wide color support. What that all means is the races are smoother, slicker, and more vibrant than they’ve ever been. And as any car enthusiast knows, the details are part of what drives the passion.

Yamauchi mentions a few details on VR, but more details will be revealed at a later date.

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...aside from the thrill of high speed, first-person driving, of course — Yamauchi-san couldn’t resist revving the engine on a couple of details.

“The raw, live feel that you get when you sit in the cockpit of a car using PS VR is something that wasn’t possible in GT before.”

“The tracks are very interesting in VR,” he smiles. “But we’re letting you explore the environments in virtual reality, such as the interior of cars. I think that kind of subtle usage is best for VR.”

Game: Gran Turismo SportHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:02 AM - November 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Patrick Friday

Years of griping about basketball have finally worked to my advantage and we've got one of the best versions of NBA 2K ever this season. But the key to being the best and sustaining is knowing that the journey is about constant growth. If you're not getting better, then you're just wasting away. Standing as the sole competitor in this corner of gaming, it would be easy for 2K to remain stagnant. Here's my take on how to prevent such stagnation.

Read More - NBA 2K17: Gameplay Tweaks We'd Like to See

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Monday, November 14, 2016
07:06 PM - November 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The November update has arrived for Madden NFL Mobile, featuring inbox improvements, gameplay tuning, and laying the foundation for new twists on future programs. Check out the details below.

UPDATE: EA is looking into the issue with gameplan counters.

New 'Madden Mobile Today' In-Box Messaging

There are always a ton of fun live events going on in Madden NFL Mobile but sometimes you are not sure what you should be focusing on. We are improving our inbox messaging to create a more informative and interactive experience. If there is a big live event going on, you will be able to see the upcoming schedule of the event and what can be earned from completing it. If a new big program launches, you will be able to view the latest items that make up the different program sets. Even cooler than that is items can be interacted with by magnifying or flipping them so you can see if the player attributes match your play style. Another helpful feature will make sure you don’t miss out on an important event like Showdown, by setting a personal reminder from the inbox (or live event tile). Setting a reminder will send a message to you when the event is about to start. No one bought your auction? No problem, you will now be able to sit back and repost the auction from the comfort of your inbox. These are just some of the changes planned to keep you up-to-date on what is going on in the ever-changing world of Madden NFL Mobile.

Gameplay Tuning

The November release will focus on gameplay improvements in the continual effort to make Madden NFL Mobile a more well-rounded, balanced experience. Pass tuning and turnover frequency have been tweaked in various modes, especially for higher skill levels. Previously, it seemed Defensive Backs would develop almost psychic powers and be able to anticipate the ball before the Wide Receivers could react. There were also issues where many DB’s on the field could run across the entire field at once and make the pass break up during deep pass plays. Both of those issues have been investigated and addressed. In my opinion, with the updated DB reaction time and coverage, it really makes passing a less frustrating experience. Next, we looked at what it is like to pass in Madden NFL Mobile compared to the actual sport. With that info, we modified the ball trajectory on passes according to the latest NFL data. How cool is that? Bullet passes will travel at realistic NFL speeds while lob passes will no longer float in the air for unrealistic hang times. Last week, you may have noticed we released a counter tuning pass that will help make sure that your Gameplan is as effective at it should be. Finally, we added additional WR avoidance logic so you should start seeing less players unnecessarily bumping into each other all over the field. This season of Madden NFL Mobile has emphasized the importance of improving gameplay and we are committed to doing so throughout the rest of the season.

Gameplay Controls

QB scrambling revolutionized the way people play Offense in Madden NFL Mobile. This new release will add a QB slide button, so the Quarterback can avoid the big hit and a potential fumble. The game will also know if you are close to the first down marker on fourth down or the goal line. If that is the case, the slide button will become a QB dive button. It is a great feeling to see your QB dive over the pylon using the new button to get a crucial touchdown on the last drive of a league vs. league game. We took a look at improving the Left Analog Stick this release by making it adjust on the fly to where you put your thumb down on the screen. The goal of this feature is to make the controls more precise and make it less likely for fingers to slip off the controls.

League Chat

We are updating League chat with the ability to instantly show off elite players that are earned. Finally obtained that last collectible for Domination Von Miller? Show him off to the admiration of your league mates. All items can be viewed and interacted with from the league chat window.

Last but not least

One last thing to note, we have also built features around some fun upcoming programs. We want to make sure that when those programs roll out, the Madden NFL Mobile community will get to engage in new and exciting ways to fill out sets and earn players. More details will be shared in the coming months as we get closer to the launch of those programs. Finally, as with every release, there will be stability fixes, bug fixes, and fair play tuning. We make sure we devote time and resources to these areas for every release.

In Conclusion

Hopefully, you enjoyed the sneak peek into the November release. With all the gameplay additions and feature improvements, we hope your holidays are filled with many touchdowns against your inferior opponents! We will continue to update Madden NFL Mobile throughout the year, so let us know what you want to see in the game. Take care.

Game: Madden MobileReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
01:00 PM - November 14, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


You can call it a heist -- as the F.B.I. has accused hackers of using FIFA to steal millions of dollars from EA.

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"The FBI believes that a group of hackers made millions off a scam to defraud the publisher Electronic Arts, and today the government is going to court to try to take them down.

This morning in Texas, defendant Anthony Clark will go on trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after allegedly working with three other hackers to mine FIFA coins from EA’s servers, then sell those coins to “black market” dealers in Europe and China. The FBI alleges that Clark and his co-defendants made between $15 and $18 million off this scheme.

FIFA coins are the controversial in-game currency of EA’s popular soccer series, used to buy player packs within FIFA games. You can earn FIFA coins either by playing matches or spending real money to buy them in the game.

They’re also very popular in the third-party marketplace; a cursory google search for “FIFA coins” will bring up nothing but third-party sellers, including an entire subreddit dedicated solely to trading coins."

The Ultimate Team/Coin phenomenon is obviously ripe for all sorts of abuse and scandal, and this is yet another case of what you might call the basic human nature of greed leading to unintended consequences.

This obviously also calls into question the problem that an in-game based currency system can bring when it comes to cheating. As eSports continue to rise in popularity and with real prize money is on the line along with in-game currency being one of the tools you can use for winning, what is to stop hackers from exploiting games in the future?

This will be an interesting topic and likely a story that we won't see resolved anytime soon.

Game: FIFA 17Reader Score: Vote Now
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