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Home Town: Norman, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
OS Username: MMChrisS
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Friday, September 13, 2013
09:09 AM - September 13, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

When it comes to the NBA, no matter where you look, LeBron James is there.

NBA 2K14 will feature a new 'Path to Greatness Mode' which will allow players to decide the future of LeBron James' career. The mode is a storyline driven mode, meaning you will be playing out the future of LeBron James' career on the hardwood in some fashion.

You will be able to choose from two very different paths in the future for James. You will play into the future by completing both full and partial games, needing to complete each game to progress onwards -- not unlike a traditional single player experience.

The two paths you can choose from include 'Continue Heat Dynasty' and 'Fantastic Journey', both of which with vastly different outcomes. The former sounds as it is and is likely the simpler of the two, 'Fantastic Journey' involves Lebron taking his talents to New York with the Knicks after this season.

You won't be playing full seasons in the mode though, as some of the paths you can take might have you playing only a couple of key games per season. However, there are interesting scenarios and storylines which might play out, as players move from team to team in the futuristic version of the NBA.

The one catch? It's exclusive only to PS3 and XBox 360. Which answers the question on whether NBA 2K14 will be fully featured on next-gen consoles as well it appears. Sources: Polygon, GamesRadar

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 85 - View All
Thursday, September 12, 2013
02:49 PM - September 12, 2013. Posted by DocMurphy. Written by Chris Sanner


It appears the achievements have been revealed for WWE 2K14. The folks at Exophase posted the list this morning, here's a few sample achievements:

A once in a lifetime event - 40G

WWE Universe - Complete a WrestleMania match using a Custom Superstar (Single player).

Mr. Money in the Bank - 30G

WWE Universe - Win Money in the Bank using a Custom Superstar (Single player).

Legend Killer - 30G

Defeat the Streak - Defeat Undertaker.

Epic Match - 50G

Defeat the Streak - Kick out of a Pin from Undertaker 5 times in a single match.

For All Hulkamaniacs - 15G

30 Years of WM - WM 9 - Hogan vs. Yokozuna - Win the match.

You can see the full list of achievements here.

Game: WWE 2K14Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
02:20 PM - September 11, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The FIFA Soccer 14 demo dropped yesterday across most markets, with players having the chance to play with several teams in three minute halves.

What do you think of the demo? Has it made you consider buying this year's current gen game?

Let us know by voting in the poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 13 - View All
01:51 PM - September 11, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about Super Goal Run's quest to bring 8-bit football back to life via their Kickstarter campaign.

Today we're checking in with the guys at 8-bitfootball.com to ask some questions on their project, Super Goal Run!

Read More - Super Goal Run Interview

Game: Super Goal RunHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
04:43 PM - September 10, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NHL 14 has hit store shelves just about everywhere today, so it's time for us to take your pulse on how you feel about EA's new hockey sim. What do you think of this year's game?

Sound off in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
03:24 PM - September 10, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports and NFL.com have launched a new project entitled the Madden NFL 25 Rankings Hub, which will be a new destination where fans can rank their favorite players by position for a chance to see their ratings increased within Madden NFL 25.

Each Monday through Wednesday, fans can visiting the Rankings Hub and rate who they believe are the top performers at key positions in the NFL. Fan feedback is sent to EA Sports' Madden Rating Czar Donny Moore, who will take the pulse of the community when deciding which players will be movers and shakers each week within the regular roster updates.

Also, in addition to the rankings on the site, fans can also cast their vote every week for the Madden NFL 25 Next Generation Player of the Year. The nominees for this award are comprised of the most promising young players within the NFL, which the community will decide upon.

All in all, it seems a cool way for fans to interact with EA and get their .02 in on which players should be moving ratings wise. Will you be using the Rankings Hub on NFL.com?

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 50 - View All
Monday, September 9, 2013
04:20 PM - September 9, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The folks over at Out of the Park Developments have pushed out the first title update for Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 with some key fixes for people having issues with the 1.0 version of the game.

From the FHM Forums:

"As I indicated on the forum, the primary purpose of this patch is to resolve major issues that could potentially make 1.0 games unplayable, as well as add fixes that could be made and tested properly in a short amount of time. Things that require more coding and testing, such as complex AI behaviour regarding free agents (e.g., North American players signing in Europe too easily), AI team use of tough players, and Mac interface issues, will take more time and be addressed in the next patch (Multiplayer is still coming in the first major content patch, but these smaller patches with necessary immediate fixes will happen first.)

Thanks to everyone for their patience, that launch was a lot rougher than we hoped for but we're on the road to recovery now. There will be many more improvements to come."

Instructions for the installation of the update can be found here.

Game: Franchise Hockey ManagerReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 0 - View All
10:48 AM - September 9, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

CBSsports.com has posted a new interview with NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O'Brien talking about the science which goes into rating players for the game.

NBA Live 14 will be including information from Synergy Sports Technologies, which means EA has what O'Brien calls a, "somewhat unique approach to how ratings work," in the game.

"We are attempting to be the first sports game to only use objective data to drive how the players and teams play within our game," O'Brien said. "There are still some subjective ratings within the game as this is a multi-year process and an enormous amount of work. Physical ratings such as speed and strength are still created and used."

There are other odds and ends in the interview you might find interesting, but no additional information on the game itself outside of ratings was discussed. We're expecting to hear more about the game, including actual gameplay, very soon!

Game: NBA Live 14Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Friday, September 6, 2013
12:07 PM - September 6, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The NHL 14 early release for season ticket subscribers is available now. Be sure to share your impressions of the full retail version of the game below!

Impressions only! Q&A here.

Our review for NHL 14 is coming up next week!

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
11:03 AM - September 6, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With today's impending Season Ticket release of NHL 14, we just have to ask the obvious question: why isn't it like this for all game releases?

Think about it: full game releases on Fridays with all weekend to play. You can take a sick day and play a game three full days before having to head back to work. There is so much which makes sense for consumers.

However, there are reasons why games are released on Tuesdays and they all revolve around retail. Everything is released on Tuesdays, from books to movies to music. Not only that but retail is typically slow on Tuesday, so media gives it a boost and outside of that a lot of the business model works better with Tuesday releases.

But we're not here to ask stores what they prefer, we're here to ask you. Would you prefer full version releases of video games were done on Friday rather than Tuesday?

Sound off by voting on our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums.

09:33 AM - September 6, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


It appears, on the surface at least, fans are no longer happy with the Madden status quo.

EA Sports reported sales of just over 1 million copies of Madden in its first week on store shelves. While EA was touting the success of Madden NFL 25, those sales numbers are down significantly from last year's number of 1.65 million in the same time span, a nearly 40% drop in sales.

The obvious culprit does seem to be many gamers are holding out for next-gen Madden, which makes a lot of sense. However, with incentive programs to upgrade to the next-gen game around and being touted by EA, it also does seem a large chunk of consumers simply are tired of Madden's current form and waiting for something new.

This puts even more pressure on the next-gen product to deliver a new and unique experience to the series, as fans are likely looking for that with the new game. However, for a year at least, it is likely the next-gen version of Madden will be a huge seller when the new consoles hit store shelves in mid to late November.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 50 - View All
Thursday, September 5, 2013
01:38 PM - September 5, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


If you have bought (or are buying) a current-gen version of Madden NFL 25, prepare to get a deep discount on the game on next-gen if you want to trade your current version in for the next-gen version of the game.

EA Sports is touting their trade-in $15 Madden offer, which is live on Amazon, Gamestop, Future Shop and Best Buy currently.

It will be interesting to see if sales of current generation Madden are lower than usual, as EA seems very determined to try to boost sales on the current generation consoles right now.

You can take advantage of this deal on Amazon right now if you plan on owning an Xbox One, we'll have links for you PS4 users soon!

Are you going to be taking advantage of the $15 next-gen deal for Madden NFL 25?

Update: There is a discrepancy in what EA says and what Amazon is offering. While Amazon says the XBox One version can be had for $9.99 but EA claims $15 on the blog article mentioned above. Even more confusing, there is no mention of a deal for PS4 users on Amazon anywhere. We're trying to get some clarification on this!

Update #2: EA tells us all of the retailers are setting their own deals. Right now, Best Buy and Future Shop appear to be the only stores doing a PS3 to PS4 deal. No retailer (as far as we know) is doing cross-company deals (360 to PS4, etc). Each company is doing their own prices, with some appearing as low as $9.99 for a next-gen Madden with the trade-in of a good copy of the current gen game.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 50 - View All
09:49 AM - September 5, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


In an exclusive interview over at Review Fix, Sean O'Brien sat down to discuss NBA Live 14, the expectations surrounding the product, and competition with 2K.

"Do you have a really tall ladder?" O'Brien said in response to a question about the expectations surrounding the product, "We place high expectations on ourselves and hold each other accountable to create a game that aligns with our vision for the franchise."

While no new feature type of information was divulged, there was also an interesting tidbit from O'Brien on the competition with 2K Sports, "Our focus right now is to make a great basketball video game. We aren't going to sacrifice our vision just to check feature boxes on the back of a package."

O'Brien went on to say that he wants Live 14 to be remembered as a great basketball video game -- a huge bar to raise for a series which has had trouble making it to market much less impressing fans. However, we expect to see a lot more from NBA Live 14 very soon and can't wait to see how the product ends up.

NBA Live 14 will be released on launch day on both next-gen consoles. That's November 15 for PlayStation 4 users and November 22 for XBox One users.

Game: NBA Live 14Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
09:40 AM - September 5, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The old saying still goes, 'defense wins championships.'

While actual studies have proven that saying to not be as true as thought, it's still a good bet that a team wanting to strive to win a Super Bowl should build a very good defense.

In the NFL, a big part of that success begins with a schematic approach to defenses. With such a limited amount of roster space, you have to know what scheme you are building around so you don't waste roster spots better served with other players.

So what do you build your defense on? A three man front to run a 3-4 or a 3-3-5? What about a four man front to run a classic 4-3 or Nickel package?

Be sure to sound off by voting in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums. Also, let us know your base scheme you like to run!

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 50 - View All
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
03:44 PM - September 4, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner


The folks over at EA Sports posted two new pieces of content about NHL 14's Ultimate Team Mode, one a list of features and one a guide to the mode.

NHL 14's Ultimate Team mode, Hockey Ultimate Team, your goal is to create your ideal hockey team from more than 4000 players from leagues around the world. The mode's mantra? One player can change everything.

New this year will be Online Seasons where players will compete in games in a series of leagues with a promotion and relegation system. Win a lot and be bumped up to tougher competition, win a little and find yourself relegated to a lower league.

Also new this year will be the new Auction Assistant which will help inform your decisions on players. Player Item Tiers are also debuting this year, where all players are separated into three tiers depending on their skill level.

There is a lot more on Hockey Ultimate Team on EA's site. Be sure to check it out and read about all the new details for yourself.

What do you think of the new Hockey Ultimate Team features this year?

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All