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Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
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Friday, May 22, 2015
07:27 PM - May 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Press Row regulars Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Samit Sarkar to discuss the NHL 16 feature set reveal. The team compares last season’s PR process to this year’s as well as the overall reaction by themselves and the fans. Up next, Madden 16’s Creative Director Kolbe Launchbaugh joins Rich to describe his approach to this fall’s Madden game as well as a preview of its theme.

Enjoy!

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Thursday, May 21, 2015
07:25 PM - May 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After answering some questions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will you be able to edit players in GM Mode? After trades, goalies sometimes have terrible colour schemes for their equipment. Not to mention masks from other teams. Also when will we be able to resign players before the resign phase? I found that was the only unrealistic part of the game trading/signing wise. Thanks.

You will not have the ability to edit players in GM mode. We prioritized bringing back features like AHL Integration, Fantasy Draft and Sim Intervention back to Be A GM over this. This is something we will continue to look at. As for the resign phase Be A GM does not have contract extensions and contract signing/negotiations during the season at this moment. Our version of this is the resign phase in free agency which is a week before the July 1st free agency period that allows you to renegotiate with your own players before open free agency.

Will the custom camera modes return in NHL 16? (custom 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Custom cameras are currently lower on our priority list. At the moment, we're working on a new camera for Be A Pro, OTP and EASHL.

Why aren't there authentic coaches in the NHL series, and why isn't there an option to hire/fire coaches in be a gm mode?

Authentic coaches are definitely something that we're looking at moving forward. The main reason that they're not currently in the game is due to licensing. Hire/Fire coaches is a feature that we will continue to investigate.

Will we see defensive skill stick in NHL 16?

We will not be adding a new defensive skill stick in NHL 16 but what we are doing is ensuring that all defensive mechanics are tuned and balanced so that it's fun to play every position on the ice. For example, Precision Skating will help you on the defensive side of the puck giving you the ability to close passing and shooting lanes more effectively.

Will you FINALLY have the correct goal horns for ALL teams? For the longest time, EA has used Detroit's goal horn for Dallas' goal horn.

We are doing our best this year to get the moments around goals for each team as authentic as possible. A big focus has gone into that area and we have definitely paid close attention to the fan sites dedicated to teams unique goal moment presentation.

Will there ever be the introduction of a skills competition into the NHL series? Years ago the '2K' series had it and I found it was an exciting offline mode, that foreseeably would be able to incorporate online modes also.

We will never say ‘no’ to great feature ideas. We are always looking to add fun modes and features that are authentic to the NHL experience. We focused this year on the modes and features that were the most requested by the community with a prime focus on ensuring there was a way for everyone to play and will continue to do so.

Does the new EASHL still allow us to put XP into our players stats?

That's a good question! In developing the new EASHL, we conducted a ton of research and really engaged with the fans. The feedback we got was that gameplay balance and a level playing field are of high importance. Because the previous EASHL allowed users to grow their pro characters' attributes by investing time or money, EASHL players who started playing after launch or who didn't purchase the boosts were often at a disadvantage. While we know it's fun to boost your pro, it takes away from the goal of making EASHL the best way to compete as a team. With the new balanced player class system, EASHL players of all levels can play and succeed based on their skill on the sticks.

In EASHL will you be able to create and name your own teams so you can invite your friends? Also will you be able to customize your skaters attributes or will it be pre-set classes? Will there be leaderboards for the teams & skaters? I appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions.

Hi Lyle, thanks for your questions. EASHL is a team-based game mode where you can create/customize your own club and compete alongside your friends. New to EASHL in NHL 16 is the player class system where players can select from a set of carefully balanced skater and goalie classes. This is tuned in a way so that the strengths/weaknesses of each class are authentic to hockey. It's up to you and your team on what combination of classes best suits your play style. As far as leaderboards go, there will be club and player stats available.

With couch coop online on Xbox one, will we be able to have multiple people per couch?

Hi Dallas. With online couch co-op (on both Xbox One and PS4), you and three other friends can play cooperatively in a head to head online match.

I just want plain old, regular Season Mode. Beginning to end, including playoffs and the cup. Please don't skimp on the basics that built this franchise!

Season Mode with playoffs is in the game and you will be able to play in any of the 10 leagues in NHL 16.

Are the EASHL playoffs going to be monthly again?

The playoff feature as part of Online Seasons will be the same as the previous EASHL. We're listening to our fans to determine what the right cadence of playoffs is.

Is there going to be a shootout mode in NHL 16?

Shootout mode is not in NHL 16, but it's something we're continuing to look into.

In be a GM, Will there be "expectations" like in NHL 14 where the owner told you have win this many games or make it to this round of playoffs. NHL 15 lack emotion in Be a GM.

Be A GM will not have expectations like NHL 14 but to bring out the emotion of being a real General Manager we will have the new Player Morale feature which will bring out the player interaction a real GM has to deal with in his dressing room.

Can you play in the european leagues in Be a Pro?

You will not be able to play in the European leagues in Be A Pro.

In BeAGM mode, will I be able to see my AHL/CHL players statistics?

We will have AHL integration in Be A GM. So you will be able to have statistics for your AHL players as well as be able to play games with your AHL team. We do not have statistics for CHL players in Be A GM.

Hello, I would like to ask why you can not play in GM mode for two teams at once. Thus, to be able to two players on two drivers play one season for the two teams. This feature should be the basis for a game console that is designed for multiple players in the home. The option will be in NHL16? Thank you

We will have Season Mode in NHL 16 that will allow multiple users to play together thru one season as two separate teams.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
08:20 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Xbox One gamers will once again have the opportunity to play Madden NFL 16 five days before the actual release date with a subscription to EA Access, confirmed by Microsoft marketing executive Aaron Greenberg on Twitter.

With Madden NFL 16 releasing on August 25th, EA Access subscribers should be able to download the game on August 20th.

As an Xbox One exclusive, EA Access gives subscribers ($4.99 a month/$29.99 a year) access to The Vault, which provides full digital downloadable games for EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15, Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, NBA LIVE 15, Madden NFL 25, Madden NFL 15, Need For Speed Rivals, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, and Peggle 2. EA Access subscribers also receive 10% off EA digital purchases and trial versions (typically 6 hours) of EA games before they are released.

With that said, EA Sports released another Madden NFL 16 screenshot on their Facebook page. It features New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski defended by Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson.

For more Madden NFL 16 details, including features, screenshots and the first trailer, check out our official page.

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
05:08 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After answering some questions yesterday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will there be any smartglass or kinect integration? It would be sweet to be able to edit/change lines with smartglass.

There will not be Smartglass or Kinect integration.

Will Be a GM Mode include a Fantasy Draft option?

Yes!

So are you guy gonna add the ECHL i would like to see it and play as my favorite team in that league but for 3 years the same leagues have been in the game. Is there a reason you guys wont add it?

NHL 16 will have 10 leagues in our game. NHL, AHL, CHL (OHL, WHL, QMJHL), SHL, Liiga, DEL, Extraliga and Nationalliga. We are always looking for new opportunities within the hockey world but there will be no new leagues for NHL 16.

Will offline season-mode be back in NHL 16?

Yes. Season is back in NHL 16.

Once a Player Score a Hat Trick, will there be an animation for it?

Yes, home fans will celebrate hat tricks by showering the ice with hats in NHL 16.

Are Online Shootouts coming back? If not why?

Online Shootouts are definitely a priority for us. At this point, I cannot commit to a timeframe.

When is the first trailer coming out?

We will be unveiling our first official trailer at E3, but keeping following us on our NHL social channels for information and visuals from NHL 16.

Will there be a NBC Playoff Presentations before Playoff games?

Yes, we have continued to add pre-game analysis from Doc and Eddie when there is a specific story to mention. You will hear of streaks, home stand and road trip success, etc. In the playoffs, there is always something for them to cover based on the current series score and how the games have gone so far within the current match-up.

Have you done any upgrade or update on the physics part of the game. IE. Ice conditions, fatigue, hits, puck physics?

For balance, we are always looking at the effect of player collisions. We want to ensure that size is represented well and that you get the outcomes you expect on the ice. Big players with size and better balance will have a much easier time standing up to body on body contact and retaining the puck compared to smaller players with less size and balance. We have also added stumbles back in to give a greater range of fidelity when it comes to collisions so that the overall effect of collisions don’t have to be as extreme. That being said, when you really line a player up correctly, there are still very big hits in the game.

For the basis of pre game intros, will you go into more outdoor detail? Or will there be a focus on the indoor feel of the arena at game time?

You will once again see city and arena intro shots to mimic the real world feel of an NBC Sports broadcast. We have also definitely added to the indoor feel of the arenas across the league by taking what was a great architectural foundation by our artists last year and expanding that to emulate the live show that each team puts on for their fans. Over the course of a season, you may see entrance props raising to the rafters, fire and smoke effects from the jumbotrons, fans passing team flags through the stands, and many other elements to enhance the game day authenticity.

Do you expect outdoor arenas to be available in NHL 16?

Outdoor arenas will not be a part of NHL 16. Although they are a big part of the NHL, there are two challenges that we face: 1. The stadiums can be difficult to license and if we make them generic, they immediately lose their authenticity. 2. Unless they are done as DLC, by the the time we get them into the product, the event is already 9 months old.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All

FIFA 16, Madden NFL 16, NBA Live 16, NHL 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will all be on the show floor at E3 from June 16 through June 18. We will have 3 guys at the show this year, so expect quite a bit of coverage.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
12:35 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order car pack, which was available exclusively for fans that pre-ordered the game, is available now to purchase for $4 in the Xbox Live Store.

The car pack includes the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera, 2013 BMW M6 Coupe, 2008 Ferrari California and 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant.

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
09:28 AM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


The courses for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour continue to slowly be revealed. EA Sports has revealed their next course, TPC Boston.

Other courses that have been revealed include the following:
  • Wolf Creek
  • TPC Sawgrass
  • TPC Scottsdale
  • Saint Andrews
  • Royal Troon
  • Bay Hill
As mentioned previously, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will not include Augusta National.

Courses will continue to be revealed on a week to week basis until the game releases on July 14th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For more news, details and media, check out the Rory McIlroy PGA Tour page.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
08:13 AM - May 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After making the decision last year, not to release a Need For Speed game in 2014, the team at Ghost Games are planning to reveal a new Need For Speed game on Thursday, May 21st.

Make sure you are subscribed to their YouTube channel to get a first look at the action.

Source - Need For Speed on Facebook

Monday, May 18, 2015

2K Sports has just announced WWE 2K16 is scheduled to release on October 27th. The Take-Two earnings report notes that it will be available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

There was no mention of a PC release, but a PC release of WWE 2K15 arrived months after console release, so it could still be in their plans.

If any other news comes out, we'll update this post.

Game: WWE 2K16Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
11:03 AM - May 18, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Driveclub game update 1.15 is available now, weighing in at roughly 300 MB. Check out the details below. Other updates scheduled to arrive later this month can be seen here.
  • New Driver Levels: You can now reach Level 55 and each new level has a reward.
  • New menu images to show off some of the best #PS4share pictures created by DRIVECLUB players.
  • A new option to toggle the entire On-Screen Display on and off while you race, without pausing.
  • Statistics have been added for all cars from Expansion Packs and free downloads.
  • Includes general improvements for game performance, stability and usability.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
08:18 AM - May 18, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official weekly MLB 15 The Show roster update is available now. The update adds 9 players and includes 146 player movements. Noah Syndergaard was one of the players added, he has an overall 75 rating, with an A potential.

Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Anthony Rizzo +5 (91), Bryce Harper +3 (90), Hanley Ramirez -1 (90), Gerrit Cole +4 (90), Corey Kluber +1 (90), Michael Brantley +2 (89), Wade Davis +3 (89), Andrew Miller +3 (89), Stephen Strasburg -2 (88), Yadier Molina -4 (86).

Check out all of the details below.


Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Friday, May 15, 2015
04:33 PM - May 15, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

A new R.B.I. Baseball 15 patch has arrived for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users. We will update this post when we get official details.

UPDATE: Just received official word, thanks MLBGames!

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This is a stability patch. It addresses several roster stability issues on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as some online stability issues on Xbox One.

The roster update released today includes transactions up to April 23rd, plus the Josh Hamilton move to Texas.

Now that we can safely update rosters, there will be more frequent updates in the future.

We are also working on a follow-up patch to address additional bugs and customer feedback. More details to come on that.

Thanks for the support and we hope you all continue to enjoy R.B.I. Baseball 15!

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 15Hype Score: Vote Now
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Dusenberry Martin Racing has announced Jeff Gordon as the cover athlete for NASCAR '15, scheduled to release for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on May 22nd for $19.99.

As pointed out by BurghFan, the official driver roster, teams and primary in-game sponsors have been revealed as well. Check them all out here.

NASCAR '15 screenshots and videos can be seen here.

Game: NASCAR '15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 0 - View All
04:01 PM - May 15, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, racing enthusiasts Greg Sewart and Pete Dodd join host Rich Grisham to deliver their initial impressions of the brand new racer Project CARS – what is impressive, what’s lacking, and the interesting approach to development and distribution that the game took. The second part is a brief discussion between Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Rich about the first bit of news that has been released about this fall’s Madden 16.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 17 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

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