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Chris Sanner

Home Town: Norman, OK
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Monday, June 9, 2014
03:57 PM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden NFL 15 delivers everything fans need to own their rivals on both sides of the field, including the most immersive defensive gameplay control in franchise history. Like the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, you can pave your way to the Lombardi Trophy by building a stout defense fit to challenge the most prolific offenses in the game. Fans will also experience an entirely new broadcast presentation that delivers Madden NFL game day like never before with dramatic all-new camera angles, as well as dynamic pre-game and halftime features. It’s not just football, it’s Madden Season.

Deliver on Defense

A New Point of View – See defense through a whole new lens with all-new camera angles that let you attack the play from the defensive’s perspective. Lock in on a single defender and go for the big play or follow the action wherever the ball goes.

Bring the Heat –
Utilize a new set of pass rush tools to beat your blocker and disrupt the backfield. New mechanics to jump the snap, shed blocks and steer offensive linemen put your in control and make defensive linemen more powerful and versatile than ever.

Risk vs. Reward –
Defenders can now make aggressive or conservative tackles in the open field, with proximity cones showing the effective range of each. Aggressive tackles can lead to big plays and fumbles, but conservative tackles are more likely to bring the ball-carrier down without giving up extra yards. The choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Best of Broadcast

Director’s Cut – Broadcast and NFL Films –inspired presentation redefines the way games are presented. New cameras capture the emotion of every play from fresh new perspectives, and choose from 6 gameplay cameras pre-snap to get the best view of the action.

Show Time – The new pre-game and halftime shows, complete with studio commentary, tell the story of the game, with special emphasis on game-changing matchups and big play highlights.

Be a Student of the Game

Crowd-sourced Play Call – A revolutionary recommendation engine utilizes data from millions of online games to surface the best selection of plays possible for the match-up and situation. Sort from traditional sets and formations, to expert recommendations, to what’s working the best in the Madden NFL community.

Run The Gauntlet – Skills Trainer has been expanded to teach not only gameplay skills, but strategy and football concepts as well. Learn how to read zone defenses, when to hot route a receiver, and more with nearly 50 new tutorials and drills. Once you’ve mastered the basics, enter The Gauntlet where your skills will be put to the ultimate test through intense challenges and boss battles.

On top of the features above, be sure to check out the new Madden screenshots which you can find here.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All

EA released their FIFA 15 trailer just ahead of their E3 conference. The trailer shows plenty of gameplay, including the new Emotional Intelligence which is going to model the emotional state of all 22 players on the pitch.

FIFA 15 players now have a range of emotions that evolve contextually throughout the game based on interactions with opponents and teammates. Each player has an attitude or feeling towards everyone else on the pitch and will react accordingly during the game’s events – frustration after missed passes, anger with hard tackles, and excitement when chances are taken are just some of the over 600 reaction animations that could tell the story of the game.

“We want our fans to feel the highs and lows of the drama that is football, and experience the emotional rollercoaster that plays out during a match,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “We’re now able to immerse you in the game and let the story of the match unfold based on new commentary, crowd activity, and the natural reactions of the players, which make every game unique.”

The turf of the pitch will evolve with every step, plant, or slide -- resulting in a more alive pitch than ever before. For the first time ever, the FIFA development team utilized physically based rendering to bring atmospheres and players to life, further blurring the line between the virtual and real world of football. The new rendering works in combination with a new player model and rigging system to make every athlete look and feel athletic, lean, and true to their natural form. FIFA 15 is played on a Living Pitch where boots and hard slide tackles will leave their mark as each match progresses; players will get mud and dirt on their kits. Other visual details including animated LED ad boards, corner flag and goal frame movement, and realistic atmosphere conditions will keep fans immersed in the game.

“Visually, this is the biggest step the FIFA franchise has ever taken,” said David Rutter. “We set out with the goal of creating atmosphere, players, crowds, and pitches that not only look like they do on match day, but also feel like they do when you play or watch football – it’s a level of immersion we’ve never been able to bring to the game before.”

Agility & Control builds on step-based locomotion and delivers an all new level of responsiveness and control to FIFA 15. Tuned player biomechanics cause players to react and move with balance and closer control when in possession of the ball. Precise steps and turns at low speed, and closer control at high speeds will give FIFA 15 fans more control and increased mobility when commanding players on the pitch. New stutters and strides let you cut, sprint, and explode out of turns, and run touch dribbling gives players’ personality that reflects their real self. A new ball physics system models ball movement depending on the spin and the precise contact with the ball. The accurate movement of the ball, combined with the control of the player brings a new level of realism to dribbles, touches, passes, and deflections in FIFA 15.

Off the ball, Man to Man Battles transforms defending in FIFA 15. Players now use full-body defending to separate their man from the ball, while possession tackles will reward great defending, helping defenders keep the ball close to their feet when a challenge is made. New shoulder barges, shirt pulling, and big fall physics allow fans to feel the battle making dispossessing opponents more rewarding than ever.

Opponents and Teammates in FIFA 15 now make decisions just like real athletes. New to FIFA 15, players now have short, medium, and long term objectives that they decide upon as a team and execute using Team Tactics. If a team is up by a goal, they might park the bus, or if they are down a goal, they might try to get it in the mixer to be more direct in attack and secure a last gasp winner. This, along with other Team Tactics and mentality choices, creates emergent and realistic gameplay moments that become part of every game.

FIFA 15 is scheduled to release on September 23rd for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Check out the trailer and be sure to comment with what you think!

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
02:38 PM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Forza Horizon 2 was unveiled today during the E3 Microsoft Press Conference. Horizon 2 will feature a Southern European open-world racing setting. Driveatars from Forza Motorsport 5 will seamlessly transfer into Forza Horizon 2 as well.

The game will feature online clubs with up to 1,000 members and also will include the video game premiere of the Lamborghini Huracán. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think!

Forza Horizon 5 launches exclusively on Xbox on September 30, 2014.

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
02:33 PM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

One of the surprise announcements out of the Microsoft Press Conference was that the world-famous Nürburgring track is now available to all Forza Motorsport 5 owners for the low price of free. The Nürburgring track has long been rumored to have been coming, and Turn10 made good on that rumor today by revealing it during the Microsoft Press Conference.

Check out the video above to see the track in action.

Game: Forza Motorsport 5Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
11:55 AM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The NCAA announced today it has settled the video games likenesses case brought upon by Sam Keller for $20 million. This is in addition to the $40 million EA and the CLC have agreed to pay to student athletes at certain schools who's likenesses were used without compensation.

“With the games no longer in production and the plaintiffs settling their claims with EA and the Collegiate Licensing Company, the NCAA viewed a settlement now as an appropriate opportunity to provide complete closure to the video game plaintiffs,” said NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy.

The complete details of the settlement remain to be finalized and this news also includes that the NCAA has removed their legal grievances against EA and the CLC as well.

Now that all of the video game likeness cases have been settled, for a college game to exist in the future the NCAA rules and bylaws will have to be rewritten to allow for student-athletes to receive compensation for their likenesses being used by partners.

At this time that is something which is being worked on by the major conferences, and it's possible the legal structures could exist in the future for a return of college sport video games. We'll be watching the developments closely!

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 44 - View All
11:34 AM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports has published the NHL 15 E3 Trailer a bit early on their site and it looks wonderful. This is our first look at the new-generation console gameplay in action and there is a lot to like about the trailer.

“This is the start of a new era for the award-winning NHL videogame franchise,” Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS NHL. “New technology gives us the freedom and horsepower to change almost every part of the game. From the way players look and move on the ice, to the unrivaled electricity of the in-arena experience, to the sights and sounds of an all new broadcast team, NHL 15 brings the game we love to life in ways that were never possible before.”

n NHL 15, fans will see the most realistic looking and skating hockey players ever in a videogame, along with most detailed and authentic representation of the game of hockey itself. 12 Player NHL Collision Physics and Real Puck Physics capture the hard hitting chaos and unpredictability of the sport. Gamers can look, move, play and think like a real hockey player with all new authentic player modelling and an evolved arsenal of tools, including the Superstar Skill Stick and Vision AI that allow for an unprecedented level of control and elevated player intelligence.

Witness the sights and sounds of authentic arenas across the National Hockey League, as 9,000 individual crowd models, the most ever in a sports videogame, hang on every play called by an all-new commentary team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Eddie Olczyk from NBC Sports. TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will provide insights at ice level. In addition, a new partnership with NBC Sports brings a world class broadcast package to the game.

NHL 15 is set to arrive on store shelves for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 9th.

Check the trailer out above and let us know what you think and what you find!

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:25 AM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Konami released a brief teaser trailer today to reveal that they are revealing the first look at gameplay for Pro Evolution Soccer on the new console platforms (PS4, Xbox One) on June 25.

What are you expecting from PES this year? Do you gather anything at all from the trailer?

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2015Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
11:17 AM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA released a new NBA Live 15 video today showing off the behind the scenes process of how they are using the face scan technology to create more accurate likenesses this year. An interesting tidbit is that EA is using the technology to scan other items such as jerseys as well into the game.

So far, as the screenshot released earlier today showed, the results are far ahead of what EA did with NBA Live 14.

Of course, the question will be how it all plays on the court. Stay tuned for details on that!

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
09:39 AM - June 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's officially E3 week!

Today is the day each company puts their best foot forward to show off their latest and greatest games. The biggest conferences for sports games are likely to be Microsoft, EA, and Sony's conferences. Here is today's press conference schedule:
  • Microsoft (Pre-Show then Conference) - Noon ET/9 a.m. PT
  • EA - 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
  • Ubisoft - 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT
  • Sony - 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
  • Nintendo - 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT (Tuesday)
There are several places you can watch each conference, we'll likely be tuning in at IGN where each conference will be livestreamed in one place. You can read our official predictions in our latest Fact or Fiction.

What are you expecting to be announced or revealed today for sports games? Let's hear your predictions!

Saturday, June 7, 2014
01:05 PM - June 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Everything matters.

When it comes down to it, that’s what MLB 14 The Show makes clear above all other things when it comes to the much under-appreciated but still just as revolutionary game feature which allows you to take your saves with you to next year’s game.

Everything matters. The moves I make today in my franchise mode could be felt years down the line as I advance in years through the mode. The decisions I make to build my franchise could be felt well into the future, if I miss out on a key free agent signing — I could feel that mistake for years to come in many future editions of The Show.

Read More - When Everything Matters, Sports Gamers Win

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Friday, June 6, 2014
12:07 PM - June 6, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

A new trailer for The Golf Club was released today, along with a few details on the game's plans for PS4 exclusives.
  • There will be curated selections of courses based upon your friends, performance, and more in the PS4 dashboard as live tiles. These will be featured courses, courses by your friends, and other suggestions. You can launch directly into them by selecting the tile.
  • PS Move integration is in the works for the game.
  • The HB Studios' team is also looking at Project Morpheus integration in the future.
Additionally, the blog confirmed what we reported on last month, that The Golf Club will be a summer release.

Are you excited about The Golf Club, releasing this summer?

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
10:32 AM - June 6, 2014. Posted by Panicshade. Written by Chris Sanner

Back in October, Brian Hayes confirmed EA Sports UFC would run at 1080p on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the face of that widely circulated report, no one had denied those claims at EA in an official capacity.

However, thanks to an analysis by Digital Foundry, the demo appears to be running at 900p instead of the touted 1080p.

It is possible that the demo is running at a lower resolution than it will in the full version, but this is obviously something many fans want to know more about as we approach the launch of EA Sports UFC in just a couple of weeks.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Thursday, June 5, 2014
02:27 PM - June 5, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Forza Horizon on 360.

IGN has a ton of exclusives concerning Forza Horizon 2 hitting their site today. Here's a rundown of what's been revealed thus far:

  • The Southern European setting is based in France and Italy. Several other areas were considered but the European setting won.
  • Southern Europe was decided upon because it felt "fresh" vs. American locales.
  • Half of the barn finds in Horizon 2 are completely new to the Forza series.
  • Forzavista won't be a part of the game.
  • Car Meets is a replacement for ForzaVista of sorts, an online meet up which allows you to take your car and see it in all its glory. You and your friends can see what you've all been doing with your cars.
  • BBC Radio DJ Rob da Bank is curating the three main radio stations within the game. There's a dance electronic station, an indie rock station, and then there's a station with a huge summer vibe.
  • Game will run at 1080p at 30 frames per second.
  • There will be unique race events such as racing a steam engine across the countryside.
  • Driveatar is back and is the same system from Forza 5.
Be sure to keep an eye here for the latest on Forza Horizon 2. We expect to hear much more about the game from E3 next week!

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
12:21 PM - June 5, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Sony today posted a new blog detailing 51 details within DriveClub which you likely didn't know before today.

Here are a few:

1. NASA data was used to accurately map out the night sky — so wherever you are in the world you’ll see the correct star constellations for your location.

2. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the northern lights — it’s possible to see the aurora borealis from the northern tracks in Norway, Scotland, and Canada.

9. The team spent weeks out on location and covered a minimum of 200km every day to get a feel for each country’s roads and atmosphere. They captured thousands of photos and recordings along the way, in all weather conditions and different times of day.

13. Some tracks boast more than 1.2 million road-side trees — and this number keeps going up as the artists try to out-do each other as development progresses.

15. Wildlife is realistically tied into the day/night cycle. You’ll see flies and butterflies only during the day, and moths and bats only at night.

21. A typical Driveclub car is made up of 260,000 polygons. The staggeringly detailed cars you see in promo videos are the same models you drive in the game — they’re not pre-rendered CG versions.

22. Each car takes approximately seven months to create — from initial licensing, reference collation, CAD data processing, asset production, physics modelling, through to the final car in-game.

36. Conversion of kinetic energy to heat is physically modelled to accurately render the temperature and glow color of brake discs.

42. In many cases, Evolution’s audio captures are the most high definition recordings of these cars in existence.

48. The AI drivers adapt their racing tactics and braking strategy based on pressure from players or other drivers. When alongside them, they will try to brake deeper into the corner.

Read the full list and let us know what you think about DriveClub's incredible attention to detail! Also be sure to check out the new screenshots we just posted from the blog post!

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:35 AM - June 5, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports today released the first glimpse of FIFA Soccer 15 via a short teaser trailer on Twitter. The tagline for this year's game is "Feel the Game," which likely means a focus on player emotions and/or in-game atmosphere will be the big story of this year's title.

The vine video above shows the entirety of the game piece of the trailer, featuring Luis Suarez. The trailer contains no cgi according to Chukwuma Morah on Twitter and is fully an in-game video, which fits with what we've seen from Madden with an expected solid leap in visuals.

What do you think? Are you interested in a more emotional FIFA?

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All