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Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
03:16 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 wide receivers and tight ends in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Top 5 Wide Receivers
  • Calvin Johnson - Overall 99
  • Brandon Marshall - Overall 96
  • Andre Johnson - Overall 95
  • A. J. Green - Overall 95
  • Dez Bryant - Overall 94
Top 5 Tight Ends
  • Jimmy Graham - Overall 97
  • Rob Gronkowski - Overall 96
  • Vernon Davis - Overall 94
  • Jason Witten - Overall 93
  • Greg Olsen - Overall 88
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

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

Ripstone has announced Pure Pool is scheduled to arrive on July 30th for PlayStation 4 and July 31st for PC. Xbox One gamers will need to wait a little longer.

Read the full press release below.

Pure Pool cued for launch on PlayStation®4 and Steam!

Hone your skills then challenge real world legends with VooFoo Studios Pure Pool

Indie developers VooFoo Studios and Publisher Ripstone announced today that Pure Pool; the latest addition to the Pure series will shooting onto PlayStation®4 on 29th July in Europe and on 30th July in the US, in addition to PC via Steam on 31stJuly.

After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay, not only can players expect full immersion in a living, busting pool hall, but the team at VooFoo have raised the quality bar higher than ever resulting in the ultimate pool game.

Offering four game modes in single player from classic American 8 Ball to Killer and four challenges from Royal Rumble to Perfect Potter, players can refine their skills solo or relish in the challenges of full live online multiplayer - competing against the best in one-on-one matches and in global online and custom leagues.

Promising players the most authentic pool experience outside of real life, Pure Pool not only boasts the most convincing baize and balls in pool simulation history - the game has been built from the ground up with the idea of connecting players.

Pure Pool tracks players' individual gaming-styles - closely monitoring traits, ranging from the length of time it takes for a player to take a shot to the number of balls are potted in quick succession. This will create a unique DNA profile as they play, allowing gamers to take on AI interpretations of their friends and foes, no matter whether they're online or not. Players' pool skills will be challenged to the maximum by weighing up against the DNA profiles of the development team or snooker, pool and gaming superstars.

Game: Pure PoolHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:16 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



HB Studios has released another video from The Golf Club. This is part 1 of their creating surfaces tutorial, from their Greg Norman course designer.

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This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part One demonstrates how you can add the surfaces to create a custom fairway path.

UPDATE: Video #2 is online as well.

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This tutorial video for The Golf Club's Greg Norman Course Designer demonstrates a fantastic new feature - creating surfaces. This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part Two demonstrates how this feature enables you to have general terrain between tee and green.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
02:29 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports posted a Madden NFL 15 Player Sense 2.0 video last week. Today they posted some more details in a blog, as well as released some more screenshots.

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A common theme you will see in Zone Coverage is drop back, take away the deep, and then come crashing down hard to anything underneath. Hook Zone defenders are now in better position on shallow route combinations, which mixes perfectly with Flat Zone defenders being in better position on deep route combinations.

In Man Coverage, we have redone the system for reacting to cuts by WRs. Instead of waiting for the right point in the cut for the defender to react, we ensure that the defender gets to a specified coverage point based on the cover type (off Man or Trail), the route type, and player ratings (Route Running vs. Man Coverage).

Ratings matchups will play more of a role as defenders vie for underneath or overtop positions. There’s no more “wait and break” positioning, as it is more realistic. If players do get beat, the separation will not be as exaggerated as in past years of Madden.

Remember: Only certain defenders have outstanding Man Coverage (MCV) ratings, so keep that in mind when calling Man defense. Know your players’ abilities and put them in position to succeed.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
04:29 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NHL 15 Producer, Sean Ramjagsingh just tweeted this image of Seth Jones in the game.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
01:50 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 running backs and fullbacks in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Top 5 Running Backs
  • Adrian Peterson - Overall 98
  • LeSean McCoy - Overall 97
  • Jamaal Charles - Overall 97
  • Matt Forte - Overall 95
  • Marshawn Lynch - Overall 95
Top 5 Fullbacks
  • John Kuhn - Overall 93
  • Mike Tolbert - Overall 92
  • Marcel Reese - Overall 92
  • Anthony Sherman - Overall 90
  • Jerome Felton - Overall 88
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.
  • Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies (Released)
  • Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs (Released)
  • Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs (Released)
  • Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs
  • Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players
  • Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs
  • Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs
  • Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs
  • Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs
  • Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties
  • Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams
  • Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings
  • Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings
  • Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings
  • Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings
  • Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
11:02 AM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has released a new NHL 15 video featuring the Superstar Skill Stick. They have also released a new blog and some new screenshots.

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Now, all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands.The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player, featuring an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but also packed with depth.

The all-new Superstar Skill Stick allows for complete fluidity when stickhandling, giving incredible control with the right analog stick.

Use the Superstar Skill Stick with the right analog stick and True Performance Skating with the left to combine dekes and skating movement together. The left and right stick now act independently, allowing for more moves to embarrass the opposition.

Chain moves together to keep defenders guessing. Use a stride deke to move a defender one way then turn him inside-out by chaining it together with a windmill deke. In NHL 15, there are countless ways to get past defenders and creating scoring opportunities using the Superstar Skill Stick.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
09:13 AM - July 23, 2014. Posted by 22cedric. Written by Steve Noah

FanSided has posted an interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien where he hints that a demo could come sooner than expected. How much sooner? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Without officially confirming it, O’Brien did hint that a demo for the game will be coming sooner than average demos are released. In most cases, a demo for a game is released two weeks prior to a game’s official launch. With NBA Live 15, it appears as if the company is pushing to get a demo out a bit sooner than that.

Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
05:44 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports posted a Madden NFL 15 tackling mechanic video last week. Today they posted some more details in a blog, as well as released some more screenshots.

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We broke the tackling problems down into several main categories:

1. Defenders were at a movement disadvantage vs. ball carriers
2. Inability for users to understand direction and spatial distances between defender and ball carrier, and how that affected tackling
3. Lack of UI feedback to help the user understand how the tackle mechanics work
4. Poor risk/reward component in the tackling mechanics
5. Forcing defenders to physically collide with ball carriers before initiating tackles resulted in too many missed tackles

To solve the movement disadvantage and the collision requirement, we made the decision to allow user-controlled defenders to 'match' tackles if they get close enough (ball carrier inside tackling cone). This eliminates the need to actually collide with the ball carrier before triggering a tackle. Any tackles performed with the ball carrier inside the cone will have heat seeker steering if this option is turned on.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
03:25 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports will release an NHL 15 video tomorrow featuring the Superstar Skill Stick. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
12:15 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released the top 5 quarterbacks for Madden NFL 15.
  • #1 Peyton Manning - 98 Overall
  • #2 Aaron Rodgers - 98 Overall
  • #3 Drew Brees - 96 Overall
  • #4 Russell Wilson - 93 Overall
  • #5 Tom Brady - 93 Overall
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.
  • Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies (Released)
  • Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs (Released)
  • Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs
  • Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs
  • Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players
  • Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs
  • Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs
  • Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs
  • Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs
  • Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties
  • Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams
  • Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings
  • Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings
  • Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings
  • Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings
  • Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap

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



EA Sports UFC patch version 1.02 is available now, which includes 3 new fighters (Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw and Tyron Woodley) and quite a few fixes (as seen above).

EA Sports has also released a new trailer featuring the new fighters here.

Key Gameplay Updates:
  • Touch Gloves: Users will now have the ability to manually make their fighter touch gloves (or choose not to touch gloves) before beginning to fight by pressing L2 on PS4 or LB on Xbox One. This can be done at the start of every round, or anytime the ref stands the fighters up.
  • Finish the Fight: During a knockout, the attacking fighter can jump on their downed opponent and “finish the fight” by delivering extra strikes as the knockout occurs.
  • Sprawls: The defending fighter now sprawls when successfully defending against a power takedown.
  • Clinch Break from the Cage: Fighters now have the ability to break out of a clinch when pressed against the fence by pressing the L3 button.
  • Power Takedowns and Sweeps: Power takedowns and side control sweeps have been removed from fighters who would not normally have them.
  • Stamina: Stamina no longer regenerates if the user holds block. The user will also take a larger stamina penalty if hit while weak blocking.
  • Sweep Defense: The dominant fighter in the Full Guard position now has a larger window to reverse the Full Guard sweep to Mount.
Play a few matches and let us know what you think.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Monday, July 21, 2014
03:59 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

HB Studios has just announced cross platform sharing in The Golf Club. That means all users, regardless of platform, can share, play and download courses at launch.

The Golf Club was submitted to Microsoft and Sony about a week and a half ago and an official release date should be announced fairly soon.

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When you create and publish a course it will immediately be available to all members of The Golf Club regardless of the system you’re playing on. There are no special steps either as the person creating the course or downloading courses. They will simply appear in the list in the exact same way as any other course!

The only difference is that names of the creators of courses not native to your current platform will be displayed as “TGC Member” – this is to conform to a number of privacy and parental control regulations on the various platforms.

The other consequence of this is that currently each platform will still be logging their own set of scorecards and can only play live against people from their own platform. In the future we will be investigating ways that we can facilitate cross-platform leaderboards or selected ghost data in a way that makes sense without revealing off-platform user identities – but it’s something that needs to be carefully considered so that it’s actually a good experience. This also means that Tours+Tournaments are restricted to those within your own platform.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
01:13 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released another Madden NFL 15 War in the Trenches 2.0 blog, which includes some new screenshots. If you missed out on the War in the Trenches 2.0 video and first blog on the subject, click here.

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Pass rush moves are contextual, and the game automatically chooses the pass rush animation based on the player and what move is best suited to the situation. Madden NFL 15 features hundreds of new pass rush animations. If the move exists in the NFL, you will see it in the game.

The moves range from rips, swims, push pulls, bull rushes, speed rushes, counter moves, clubs to everything in between. You can also steer a blocker using the left stick to hold gaps, clog up running lanes and get opposing linemen off balance to set them up for a move.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
09:49 AM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Ubisoft has announced their closed beta for The Crew is available now for PC users until Friday, July 25th. You can watch a walk through video of everything that is included here.

If you are interested in getting your hands on the closed beta for The Crew, make sure you register here.

The Map

Explore the entire United States with no loading screen and complete a variety of exciting challenges:
  • Midwest: all missions and skill challenges.
  • East Coast: all skill challenges.
  • Rest of the country (The South, Mountain State, West Coast): free roaming at will!
For the purposes of this Closed Beta, we will have missions and skill challenges available only in the Midwest and challenges in the East Coast. The final game will, of course, have missions and skill challenges throughout the entire U.S. map!

You will also have access to two PvP lobbies, one in the Midwest and the other on the East Coast, where several races will be waiting for you to prove your skills against other players!

The Cars

Expect to discover new vehicles that, in order to drive across a variety of terrains, you’ll be able to customize in the following specs:
  • The Street Spec: You’ll get this one in Detroit!
  • The Dirt Spec: This spec will be available in New York!
Remember that there are three other specs in the game—Perf, Raid and Circuit—and you’ll have a glimpse of those during this Closed Beta!

Playing With Your Friends

The Crew was built from the ground up as a breathing, living world, meaning that in this Closed Beta you will be able to play with your friends at any time – or challenge rivals from all around the world.

Finally, remember that this beta does not represent the final state of the game, and many changes will be applied before the final release on November 11!

Game: The CrewHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

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