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03:00 PM - April 24, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Between the games we’re playing right now and talk of the games coming down the line later this year, this week’s Press Row Podcast touches all the bases. Our panel hits on playing NHL during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, whether losing the Masters hurts EA Sports’ upcoming PGA Tour game, the impact of WWE coming to the PC, our latest stories playing The Show, and the leaked information about Spike Lee contributing to the next version of NBA 2K. There’s never a dull moment in the world of sports video games!

Enjoy!

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 32 Minutes

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
11:53 AM - April 24, 2015. Posted by HustlinOwl. Written by Steve Noah

Limited Edition Movers and Shakers packs are available now in MLB 15 The Show Diamond Dynasty, throughout the weekend. Each pack contains 6 player cards, limited to players who switched teams in the off-season, with a chance of receiving a bronze, silver, gold and diamond all doubled. Good luck.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
09:34 AM - April 24, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.


MLB 15 The Show has been out a few weeks now and our staff has been playing it non-stop -- foregoing jobs, wives, and even our own children in pursuit of winning a World Series.

Ok, perhaps it's not that bad, but everyone does seem to be enjoying the game still. Check out several rounds of impressions after the jump!

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Impressions After a Few Weeks of Play

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
Thursday, April 23, 2015
07:20 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Millennium.
Controlling the run game may be one of the most overlooked parts of not only MLB The Show, but baseball in general. It's the little things that keep good runners stationary, and some of the most basic things you may not be doing could be hurting your chances to mow down a runner at second. So I went to the lab, tested some methods myself, then asked the developers in order to bring to you my guide where we tell our opponents:


PICK OFF ATTEMPTS

L2+Double Tap is the casual move.

L2+Hold is the Deceptive move

L2+Tap is the Quick move

Many don't use pick off attempts because they only see the risk (throwing the ball into the stands). What you need to know is this: A pick off attempt affects the runner for the rest of the at bat. On a preloaded steal attempt (by either the CPU or User) the chance for a Good to Great "jump" (how quickly the runner gets into his running animation) is directly affected by a pick off attempt. There is still the chance your pitcher throws the ball away (determined by the type of move used and the pitcher's Arm Accuracy rating), but the reward of a runner being thrown out on a bad jump is immensely important.

SLIDE STEP

Achieved by holding R2 while pushing X to begin your pitch to the plate.

Again we are talking risk/reward. The risk: Your pitch will have less accuracy, less break, and less velocity. The reward: You get a shorter stride to the plate, giving your catcher more time to throw the runner out. Especially important for pitchers with high leg kicks and/or slow stretch motions to the plate (yes, it's just like real life: you CAN time pitcher's strides to the plate in MLB The Show)

PITCH OUT

You can use L1+X when selecting a pitch to select a pitch out.

This is good when you know a runner is going, but if you're wrong you will have just wasted a ball at the plate. Great in 0-1 and 1-1 counts.

PITCHING CADENCE (PRO TIP)

Here is my Number One tip to controlling the run game, either User or CPU. If you come to a set position and throw the pitch immediately every time then people stealing on you is completely your fault. Vary the length of time you are in the set position every time. Even count to yourself if necessary. This will not only throw off users who manually steal against you, THIS DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE CPU AND USER "JUMP" AND PICK OFF SUCCESS, especially with baserunners with high Steal ratings. I have confirmed this with a gameplay dev at SCEA recently, and can't stress this enough. This practice is what separates holding a decent runner to first from stranding a Jose Reyes type.

These 4 tips should have you keeping baserunners from running all over you in no time!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
04:24 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Team VVV has posted another Project CARS gameplay video as he tests many of the cars and circuits.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 11 - View All
03:13 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Nearly a month after the game was released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, R.B.I. Baseball 15 is available now for iOS devices. You can purchase and download it at the Apple Store for $4.99. For those of you looking for the Android version, a release date has not been announced yet.

What's New in 2015:
  • Authentic ballparks with unique characteristics from every Major League Baseball club
  • Modify your lineup with complete MLB rosters or play classic R.B.I. Baseball mode with 16 player rosters
  • Stat tracking by team, player and season league leaders across multiple seasons
  • Features over 1,000 MLB Players with detailed attributes based on hundreds of millions of data points from the MLB.com database
  • Own the pitch: Control the movement of your pitch from start to finish
  • Season, Postseason & Exhibition Mode
  • Adjustable difficulty settings; Easy, Medium, Hard
  • Intuitive touch controls
  • Automatically Save and Resume your in-progress ballgame
If you missed our review of the PlayStation 4 version, you can read it here.

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 15Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
02:25 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will feature three distinct gameplay styles, ranging from Arcade to Classic as well as new ball physics according to a new blog released by EA Sports today.

The three types of play are arcade, classic, and tour.

Quote:


Arcade - This style uses a simple analog swing mechanic that is familiar for to those who have played previous games in the versions of PGA TOUR franchise. The length of your backswing determines the power of your shot, while keeping your swing on plane will affects accuracy.

Additionally, aids like power boost, spin, and an aiming arc will help make this style the most accessible. It’s like slipping right back into a comfortable, broken-in pair of golf spikes.

Classic - Remember how you used to push the “A Button” back in the day to set the power, then tap it again to lock in accuracy? Classic controls bring those days back, using a 3-Click meter to determine how far your shot goes and how accurate you hit it.

However, this isn’t some rookie mode though, you’ve got to get the timing just right to hit the perfect shot. You also can’t add spin after the fact, so if the ball starts veering off-line you’ll just have to be ready to deal with the consequences.

Tour - The true pros will want to try out the Tour control scheme, as it feels the closest to the real thing. The length of your backswing and the speed of the follow-through set the power, while accuracy is determined by how straight a line you make with the analog stick.

There are no assists such as spin, zoom and aiming arc. Just you, the club and the ball.


The blog also goes on to detail other important gameplay changes, as well as explaining how you can customize your gameplay style by combining the three above. Check out all of the changes on EA's website.

Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR screenshot gallery - Click to view Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR screenshot gallery - Click to view
Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
02:23 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived this morning. It includes more than 3,700 ratings changes and five player movement updates.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update. Download the Excel spreadsheet with all of the changes here.

GOING UP
  • Justin Hamilton +4
  • Hassan Whiteside +1
  • Luis Scola +1
  • Matt Bonner +1
  • Mike Dunleavy Jr. +1
  • Tyson Chandler +1
  • John Henson +1
  • Quincy Pondexter +1
  • Richard Jefferson +1
  • Matthew Dellavedova +1
  • Derrick Rose +1
  • Ramon Sessions +1
  • Dwight Howard +1
  • Dirk Nowitzki +1
  • Tyreke Evans +1
  • Jared Sullinger +1
  • Luigi Datome +1
GOING DOWN
  • Chris Kaman -1
  • Caron Butler -1
  • Bradley Beal -1
  • Nikola Vucevic -1
  • LaMarcus Aldridge -1
  • JJ Redick -1
  • Omer Asik -1
  • Harrison Barnes -1
  • James Harden -1
  • David Lee -1
  • Kyle Lowry -1
  • Joakim Noah -1
  • Andre Iguodala -1
  • Kemba Walker -1
  • Trevor Ariza -1
  • Cody Zeller -1

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All


The first gameplay trailer for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is here! In the trailer, we learn about the various gameplay styles as well as the enhanced ball physics and how the different types of courses are going to affect your shots in the game.

Also a big piece of news is that the game, while being listed with a June 2015 release for some time is actually going to end up being released in MId-July -- July 14, 2015 specifically.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
10:28 AM - April 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post


This post is the first in a new series from Jake Berger entitled, "The Show Training 101". You can check Jake out on YouTube here.

Welcome to the first episode in my new series, The Show Training 101, where we’ll take an in-depth look at various mechanics and control schemes, analyze how they’re implemented in MLB 15 The Show, and explore the ways in which you can leverage your newfound knowledge to take your game to the next level.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Zone Hitting Guide (Video)

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
(Image courtesy of Polygon)

The early rumor of Spike Lee possibly working with 2K Sports and NBA 2K16 seems to be very real. According to Owen Good of Polygon, Spike Lee will have a role developing the career mode in the game.

Based off of some sources and leaked media, Golden St. Warriors Steph Curry, Houston Rockets James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant have been chosen as the cover athletes of the game and will be promoting The new Spike Lee joint "Be the Story" on social media channels.

Last year Kevin Durant was announced as the cover athlete of NBA 2K15 on May 6th, so we could hear something more official in the coming weeks.

Source - Polygon

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
09:37 AM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the latest Project CARS multiplayer trailer.

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In Project CARS online multiplayer, create your own public and private race weekends or join players all around the world to put your skill to the test.

Project CARS arrives on May 6th for PC users and May 12th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
06:42 AM - April 23, 2015. Posted by Bullit. Written by Steve Noah

MLB 15 The Show patch 1.02 is available now for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. Play a few games and let us know what you are seeing.

Check out the details below.
  • Online Gameplay – Game would occasionally hang following an Intentional Walk, a regular Base on Balls, a Hit by Pitch, or a Balk.
  • General – Batters would strikeout on the second strike when the performed certain check swings at pitches in the dirt.
  • Franchise mode – Edit Player screen was limiting users from editing generated players, and players on certain teams.
  • General – Specific home runs would result in a baserunner staying on 1st base, and not score correctly.
  • Online Franchise - Injuries were not occurring during Online Franchise games.
  • Online Gameplay – Guessing Pitches had a delay and users would occasionally fail to guess Location and Pitch Type when offering input quickly.
  • Online – Within Game Rooms, users were missing their rank logos that distinguished them as Rookie, Veteran, All-Star, Hall of Fame, or Legend rank.
  • Online – Play Now Rated and Diamond Dynasty – Home and Away team assignment was not random, resulting in some users always being the home team, or always the away team.
  • Online – Play Now Online rated – Controlling the KC Royals, user would be given control of the ace pitcher (Ventura) no matter who was chosen to be the starting pitcher in the Pitcher Select screen.
  • Card Collections – Redeem Legend button was missing after completing a collection.
  • General - CPU runners were not using correct lead off logic.
  • General – Specific edited rosters would cause the game to crash when loading into a Road To The Show Showcase game.
  • General – Andrew McCutchen’s hair has been adjusted – We gave him a haircut to match his current appearance.
  • General – Wrigley Field had some collision/Home Run detection issues. Certain foul balls were being counted as Home Runs down the 1st base line.
  • General – Sounds of the Show issues have been resolved. Custom music was not being saved correctly where users intended them to.
  • General – Public Announcer audio was frequently incorrect (announcing the wrong name) during the end of game wrap up and also when bringing relief pitchers into the game.
  • General – Highlight Reel was added back into post game menus, by popular demand!
  • General – Tweaking and refining of in game sound effects.
  • General – Front End User Interface tweaking. Team colors on User’s Player Card.
  • General – Tuning to trade logic, specifically how the CPU traded with other CPU teams in Franchise and Season modes.
  • General – Baserunning/Lead Runner windows were missing from Manager Mode.
  • General - Players will now wear sleeves when the game is played at lower temperatures.
  • General – Fixed many occurrences of consumer reported crashes, reported to us through the PS4 operating system crash reporting tool. Areas that encountered these rare crashes included: Exiting Amateur Draft in Franchise mode / Entering Diamond Dynasty / During initial boot-up / Using the Suggested Trade feature in Franchise mode / Specific in game scenarios.
  • Community Market – Changing pages in the marketplace completed order now works.
  • Gameplay – Animation clean up and tuning.
  • Gameplay – Adjustments to tagging sliding baserunners.
  • AI tuning – Bunt success rate was incorrect/too successful and accurate.
  • Year to Year Saves modifications – Properly handling a small batch of players who were not in the league in MLB 14, and how they transfer over to MLB 15.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 18 - View All
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
03:53 PM - April 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just announced that they will release Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR gameplay information tomorrow. To see all of the information that has been released so far, check out our official game page.

What are you hoping to see tomorrow?

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
10:28 AM - April 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA is offering players a chance to boost their teams in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) with a new bonus player: Barry Sanders.

Available through April 29, Sanders features an overall rating of 92 with a speed rating of 92, elusiveness of 94, and a 95 agility. Bonus players' initial ratings are boosted slightly, and they do wear off after a couple of days.

To get Sanders' bonus card, simply log in to MUT from the main menu in Madden NFL 15.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All

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