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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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10:18 AM - July 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner



Today should be d-day minus two towards NCAA/College Football 15ís launch.

We should be celebrating the first new-generation effort of collegiate football, with the expected beautiful graphics and enhancements we were expecting all along.

This week should be the kickoff to our sports gaming season, where nearly every AAA game is released over a four month period.

Silence.

Read More - It Should Be NCAA Release Week...

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 41 - View All
Saturday, July 12, 2014
09:06 PM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



EA Sports will be releasing NHL 15 screenshots from every NHL arena over the next few months. Today they have released screenshots of American Airlines Center and Rogers Arena.

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The power of the next-gen consoles finally allows the NHL franchise to capture every detail of an NHL arena. Unique arena elements such as 19,000+ seat capacities, dynamic lighting, player entrance tunnels and much more are all captured with a level of detail not possible on the previous generation. This summer, NHL 15 will make home games will truly feel like home.

Previously released arena screenshots:Your thoughts?

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
09:37 AM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For those of you that might be still on the fence, OOTP 15 is on sale for $19.99 until July 16th. For the rest of you that already have the game, patch #4 is available now, check out the details below.

Download links and more information can be found here. In case you missed our review, read that here.
  • Improved 3D ball flight engine, using realistic physics-based calculations
  • Improved 3D ballpark importer / editor
  • Improved memory management resulting in increased stability and speed, especially with large games
  • Free agent compensation / arbitration is now more realistic. OOTP correctly assigns FA comp status to all free agent-eligible players who stayed on the team the entire year, and compensation draft picks are only given when the user/AI offered arbitration to this player.
  • Draft picks with signability of "impossible" no longer state their demand. You have just one shot to convince the player with a great offer.
  • Added the option to hide player nicknames (in the player personality section of the game setup)
  • Improved the league events editor. When in commish mode, users can edit the dates of existing events and also create events using the internal event types. That way experienced users may fix problems with events caused by league scheduling errors.
  • Improved in-game AI for several situations
  • Improved in-game play-by-play commentary
  • Moved the "Force Start / Position" section in the player strategy screen from the depth chart strategy to the pitching strategy for pitchers and renamed it "Force Role."
  • Re-ordered the items in the team menu to match the order of tabs on the team screen
  • Fixed issues with touchpads on Macs
  • Fixed several bugs and rare crashes

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
09:14 AM - July 12, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner


Checking in today with his personal take on the lack of NCAA Football this summer, Owen Good writes that it won't be the lawsuit that does the series in, it will be the lack of a playoff option in old games.

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"And nothing will give it the College Football Playoff, or any game mode resembling the four-team finals that begin with this year's postseason. It would have been intriguing to see it handled by this series,which had always done a smooth job of making the human-voted aspects of college football seem lifelike (even to the point of believably screwing have-nots out of big bowl bids or ignoring their players for big honors.)

That's a big blow to a series that was, in hindsight, still one of the most cunningly future-proofed titles in licensed sports video gaming, thanks to a number of key features."

What do you think about the lack of a playoff option in NCAA? Are you going to play last year's game with updated rosters?

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
Friday, July 11, 2014

Joe Montana tweeted this CG image of himself... Twice, for some reason... with the following hashtags.

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#youvewaitedlongenough #joemontanafootball16

He then followed it up with a bunch of pictures from the Legends of Candlestick flag football game, which featured retired players (see the full rosters here) with Joe Montana and Dan Marino quarterbacking the respective sides.

The image Montana tweeted doesn't really match up, does it? Could we get a Joe Montana Football 16 announcement in the coming days or is it just wishful thinking?

With the exclusive license still in the hands of EA, if a videogame version of Joe Montana Football does arrive, it won't have any current NFL player names, likeness, etc.

Maybe it will feature retired players, similar to All Pro Football 2K8? Maybe it's going to be a simple mobile game. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.

Either way, if we do see a football game from Joe, with a 16 at the end of the tweet hashtag, we probably won't see it until 2015. Let's hope for the best.

If anything solid comes from this, we'll update everyone.

UPDATE: Thanks to jlfarris (via FaceMask), it does in fact look like a mobile game is in the works, utilizing Unreal Engine 4.

What are your thoughts?

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01:20 PM - July 11, 2014. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms

Heís coming home.

LeBron James has announced, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, that he will be returning to his roots. LeBron is going back to Cleveland.

After what may have been the most anticipated sports announcement in history, Cleveland fans can finally stop forcing trades in NBA 2K14 to land the King to his original kingdom. Once 2K15 drops in October, LeBron will be on the roster in what is already shaping up to be one of the most dangerous virtual lineups in the history of sports gaming. Hereís a look at the Cavaliersí projected starting lineup for NBA 2K15.

Read More: NBA 2K15: The Return of the King

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
12:34 PM - July 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
A few years ago, I stumbled across a sport that was quickly sweeping the entire country off of its feet. On its face, there didn't seem a whole lot to UFC. The stronger, faster guys always wins, right?

Well, not so much. I quickly learned that a fight between two greats in the octagon is a lot like a game of chess sped up multiple times with extremely violent consequences. Every wrong move is felt, and detrimental to the fighter's odds of winning the fight. Conversely, every right move is cause for celebration - even though there is little time to celebrate it.

Read More - EA Sports UFC: Learn the Vernacular of MMA

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
11:24 AM - July 11, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner


Lebron James is coming home.

How does this change the NBA, your view of LeBron, and all the other angles to the story you can think of?

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All

Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of The Golf Club have been submitted to Microsoft and Sony, respectively. So we should get an official release date soon.

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Weíve now got a week or so to wait until we hear back from them with regards to whether or not we are ready to hit the store. Itís highly likely that weíll get a report back with a few minor things that will need changing before we submit again, as this happens 90% of the time especially when working on a new generation of consoles.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
10:37 AM - July 11, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 92nd edition of the Press Row Podcast sees host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) joined by Press Row regular T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) on a trip to New York City to get some hand-on time, presentations, and demonstrations of three key EA Sports fall releases. Rich gets a tour of some new features in Madden NFL 15 with producer Danny Doeberling, sits down with the head of NHL 15 Sean Ramjagsingh (@Rammer34), and gets a demonstration of the key elements of FIFA 15 along with a 1-on-1 discussion of it with its lead designer Santiago Jaromillo (@Santiagoj83). Then, Rich and T.J. are joined by fellow Press Row regular Samit Sarkar (@samitsarkar), who also attended the event, to summarize their feelings and compare notes.

Itís a fun episode that Ė like we love to do here at Press Row Ė gives you a bit of a peek inside press events to see what goes on at these kinds of sessions.

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All

EA Sports released a brief Madden NFL 15 video featuring the new Gauntlet mode yesterday. A couple of sites have posted their previews this morning. If any more show up, this post will be updated.
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The Skills Trainer mode features 48 new drills, but beyond teaching you the controls of the game, they go deeper to teach you core football concepts like recognizing defenses. "When we playtested," says designer Danny Doeberling, "we found out that people call cover 2 defense, people call a smash route. They have no idea what that actually is. So, we're actually taking them through how to recognize a cover 2 defense. And once you actually see it on the field, we'll have you attack that. When you're calling different pass plays, what actually makes up a pass play? What's a cross? Outs? We basically teach you the foundation of the coverages, and we also [teach you] the most common pass concepts. We basically teach you football." Accordingly, there are also drills in the mode where you call red zone plays, for instance.
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As Cam and I crafted this vision to take the game toward 'more realistic and more authentic,' what we realized is, if we don't teach people how football works, they're never going to understand this game," Dickson continued. "That's really why the Skills Trainer mode was developed, is because I basically pitched that we need a tutorial system if we're going to keep going in a realistic, authentic direction.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
Thursday, July 10, 2014
04:54 PM - July 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has just released another Madden NFL 15 video. This one features the new Gauntlet mode. I had fun with it at E3, so I might be able to answer a few questions. Otherwise, ask away and I'll get some answers from the Producers.

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The Gauntlet is available as part of Skills Trainer in Madden NFL 15, which has received a major upgrade of its own. This year Skills Trainer will feature 48 different tutorials, drills and challenges, encompassing not only tradition in-game skills, but football strategy as well. Players can learn basic concepts like what a Cover 2 defense actually is, as well as what kinds of plays are designed to beat it. This expansion of Skills Trainer provides something for almost everyone, from brand-new Madden NFL players to 25-year vets. Once youíve mastered Skills Trainer, put your newfound knowledge to the test in The Gauntlet!

Is this something you are interested in?

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
12:09 PM - July 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released some more NHL 15 screenshots. These feature Paul Stastny (St. Louis Blues), Christian Ehrhoff (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Miller (Vancouver Canucks), Thomas Vanek (Minnesota Wild) and Jarome Iginla (Colorado Avalanche).

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Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All