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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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11:14 AM - July 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just announced their plans to launch their NHL 16 EASHL beta, starting July 30 until August 6, for Xbox One (including EA Access version) and PlayStation 4 users. If you purchased the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version and have upgraded to current-gen console, you have a chance to access the beta as well. Look here for the details. The beta will weigh in at roughly 5GB.

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This fan-favorite online team mode has been reimagined and lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses.

EASHL lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Choose from 12 different player classes that fit your team’s style and strategy.

Below are some notes from the NHL 16 EASHL beta FAQ.

Will I be able to customize my player or goalie in the beta?

Yes. You will be able to create a custom player in the EASHL beta. You will be able to edit a player or goalie’s general information, appearance, and equipment. Any creation or customization in the beta does not carry over to the full game. For more information on EASHL customization click here.

Will my player and team stats carry over to the main game?

Player and team stats will not carry over to the main game when NHL 16 launches in September. However, individual & team skills you learn through this beta will!

Will I have to re-create my team when NHL 16 launches on September 15?

Teams created in the beta will not carry over to NHL 16.

Does a team need to have a full lineup to play a game?

No, you can play an EASHL game without a full lineup and as little as 2 human controlled players. In those circumstances, AI will take control of non-human controlled players.

More info on the beta can be seen at Polygon.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
09:07 AM - July 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Slightly Mad Studios has released their first Project CARS track expansion, check out the trailer here. It includes Ruapuna Park in New Zealand with 5 different layouts, along with Prototype and GT cars from Audi.

It costs $5.49 and weighs in at 8.8 MB.

Here is the list of cars.
  • Audi R8 LMP900
  • Audi R18 e-tron Quattro
  • Audi 90 IMSA GTO
The team has also released Free Car #2, the Audi A1 Quattro, as well as Free Liveries Pack #2, which includes community created livery for the Ford Escort Mk 1, Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution2 and more.

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
04:19 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Bigben Interactive and Kyltotonn Games have just released their WRC 5 announcement trailer, along with quite a few new screenshots in all sorts of weather and terrain.

WRC 5 will be available this October on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and PC.

Game: WRC 5Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
03:48 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

F1 2015 is available today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. If you missed the features trailer, you can watch it here. We've posted the full press release below.

Get some laps in and post your impressions!

RACE LIKE A CHAMPION AS F1 2015 ACCELERATES INTO STORES IN THE AMERICAS TODAY

STUNNING NEW GAME ENGINE AND ‘BROADCAST PRESENTATION’ VISUALS BRING F1™ 2015 TO LIFE

Codemasters® today announced the launch of F1 2015, the official videogame of the 2015 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, racing into stores throughout North and Latin America today and will be available in Brazil on July 24, 2015. Distributed by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. F1 2015 arrives earlier in the season compared to previous Codemasters FORMULA ONE™ releases. The launch of F1 2015 marks the award-winning series’ debut on PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. The game is also available for Windows PC through STEAM.

F1 2015 delivers a truly immersive experience thanks to an all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ style that recreates the unique race day atmosphere of a GRAND PRIX™, complete with introductory grid sequences, new motion-captured pit stops by a real world pit crew, and the iconic podium celebrations. Using voice recognition technology available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, players can become immersed in the cockpit, engaging with their race engineer through in-game voice commands with Kinect for Xbox One and the PlayStation®Camera or compatible headsets and microphones for PlayStation 4. Players compete as their favorite FORMULA ONE star in the all-new Championship Season and push themselves to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode. The game also features fully playable 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ bonus content.

F1 2015 takes players closer to the real-world experience of racing in the world’s most glamorous, exciting and prestigious motorsport, thanks to a brand new version of Codemasters’ proprietary EGO game engine. In addition to spectacular visual fidelity, F1 2015 offers a significant step forward in the physics-based handling model of the game, which is designed to be inclusive for both seasoned players and those new to the series. The handling model offers enhancements and additions in over 20 areas, including engine and transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension and most notably, a brand new tire physics model, to recreate the breathtaking handling characteristics of the world’s fastest and most responsive racing cars.

F1 2015 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC via STEAM and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Game: F1 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
03:29 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


For those of you waiting for the Wii U version of Project CARS, GameSpot has confirmed it has been canceled.

In an official statement from Slightly Mad Studios, Project CARS creative director Andy Tudor has apologized to all the Nintendo Wii U owners, claiming "...right now Project Cars is simply too much for Wii U despite our very best efforts..."

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Despite much perseverance on the Wii U version of Project Cars, we will no longer be actively pursuing development on it as the quality does not meet our own high standards nor our intended vision for the title on this platform..."

Source - GameSpot, first reported by NintendoLife

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
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01:26 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released more Madden NFL 16 ratings. Below are the top 5 running backs in Madden NFL 16, more ratings on these players can be seen here.
  • Marshawn Lynch (96 OVR)
  • Adrian Peterson (95 OVR)
  • Jamaal Charles (94 OVR)
  • DeMarco Murray (94 OVR)
  • Le'Veon Bell (94 OVR)
Previously released Madden NFL 16 player ratings:

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
07:56 AM - July 21, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA has signed an exclusive three-year deal with Real Madrid making EA Sports the official videogame partner of the Spanish club. FIFA 16 will feature updated 3D head scans of fourteen of Real Madrid's most popular players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema. Check out the video to see them in action and some new screenshots have also been released, showing off the new player likeness.

Read the full press release below.

EA SPORTS PARTNERS WITH REAL MADRID C.F. AS OFFICIAL VIDEOGAME PARTNER

Real Madrid C.F. Stars Get New Player Likeness for EA SPORTS FIFA 16

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Real Madrid C.F. today announced that they have signed a three year partnership that will see EA SPORTS™ become the exclusive and official videogame partner of one of the world’s most popular football clubs.

“We’re honored to welcome Real Madrid as an official partner club and the opportunity to bring fans even closer to the team through unique experiences and authentic player likeness in the game,” said Jamie McKinlay, Vice President of Marketing, EA SPORTS. “Real Madrid is one of the most popular clubs in the world and that’s also true within our game; we are looking forward to building a deeper connection with the club in the coming years.”

As part of the partnership, EA SPORTS FIFA 16 will include updated 3D head scans of fourteen of Real Madrid’s most popular players. New player likeness for Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez, Luka Modrić, Karim Benzema, and others will enhance the authenticity of the FIFA franchise. Fans will also find out which of their favorite stars rules the virtual pitch when Real Madrid players compete in an exclusive FIFA 16 video game tournament later this season.

Emilio Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations, Real Madrid C.F. said, “We’re delighted to be working with EA SPORTS as our official videogame partner. They’re the market leading brand in football videogames and we can’t wait to start working together to give both our fans unforgettable experiences. Many of our players are big FIFA gamers and I know they can’t wait to play FIFA 16.”

The partnership extends into the Bernabéu, Real Madrid’s storied home pitch, on game day as the stadium’s big screen will occasionally display player celebrations rendered with EA SPORTS FIFA after home team goals. Those visiting the stadium will also have a chance to get a hands-on experience with FIFA 16 in a new experiential area at the Bernabéu. In addition, fans can expect to see EA SPORTS content in the stadium and on Real Madrid’s digital channels.

Real Madrid C.F. join other EA SPORTS partner clubs around the world from top leagues including Spain’s La Liga, the Barclays Premier League in England, the Bundesliga in Germany, and Ligue 1 in France, among others.

FIFA 16 will be available starting September 22, 2015 in North America on Origin™ on PC, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems.

Game: FIFA 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Monday, July 20, 2015
01:09 PM - July 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has just revealed the top 10 Madden NFL 16 rookie ratings, along with a video of some of those rookies reacting to their ratings.

Below are the top 10 rookies in Madden NFL 16. More ratings on these players can be seen here.
  • Amari Cooper (82 OVR)
  • Jameis Winston (81 OVR)
  • Todd Gurley (80 OVR)
  • Leonard Williams (80 OVR)
  • Brandon Scherff (80 OVR)
  • Dante Fowler (79 OVR)
  • Melvin Gordon (78 OVR)
  • Kevin White (78 OVR)
  • Marcus Mariota (78 OVR)
  • Vic Beasley (77 OVR)

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
11:27 AM - July 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

GameStop Madden Mondays have returned. Today's video showcases the new Draft Champions mode.

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All

Microsoft and EA Sports have just announced their Madden NFL 16 Xbox One bundle, which includes an Xbox One console with a 1TB hard drive, a full download of Madden NFL 16 and a one-year subscription to EA Access. You can pre-order on Amazon for $399.99, with a scheduled release date of August 18.

Read the full press release below.

Football fans, rejoice: The Xbox One bundle you’ve been waiting for is here, just in time for football season. Featuring an Xbox One console with a 1TB hard drive, giving you tons of space for games, a full download of Madden NFL 16 to play when the game launches on Aug. 25, plus a one-year subscription to EA Access, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle is built for sports fans.

Madden NFL 16 brings back your favorite Madden NFL modes: Connected Franchise, Ultimate Team, and last year’s new mode, Skills Trainer. Plus, it introduces brand-new modes like Draft Champions, a Madden-style take on fantasy football. New and improved controls give you way more playmaking options on both ends of the play, whether you’re a quarterback or a wide receiver fighting for the ball in the air. And the new presentation modes make the whole thing look, feel, and sound like a prime-time broadcast. All in all, you’ve got a massive new Madden NFL experience to keep you busy for many, many hours.

Plus, if you’re a fan of any EA game, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle with one year of EA Access is a dream come true. On top of access to The Vault, a collection of awesome EA titles that are free to play anytime, and saving 10 percent on all EA digital purchases, EA Access gives members the chance play upcoming EA games on Xbox One for a limited time before their release and the ability to keep your progress if you decide to purchase the game. That’s right, with EA Access, you can take Madden NFL 16 for a spin beginning on Aug. 20 before the full game launches on Aug. 25 only on Xbox One.

And don’t forget, Xbox One is the official game console of the NFL, so you can enjoy the NFL experience with the NFL on Xbox One App, and the ability to watch games right from your console.

Available for $399 USD, you can pre-order the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle at participating retailers now. The bundle hits stores Aug. 18, a week ahead of the full game’s launch on Aug. 25. Let’s get ready for some football!

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
08:58 AM - July 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official weekly MLB 15 The Show roster update is available now. The update adds 11 players and includes 113 player movements. The "Big Update", scheduled to release around the All-Star break, is still being worked on.

Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Bryce Harper +1 (95), Chris Sale +2 (95), Zack Greinke +2 (94), Joey Votto -2 (89), Nelson R. Cruz -2 (88), Michael Brantley -2 (87), Justin Upton -4 (86), Lorenzo Cain +1 (85), J.D. Martinez +4 (85), Ian Kinsler -2 (84), Eric Hosmer -1 (84), Matt Carpenter -3 (83), Hector Santiago +2 (83), Charlie Blackmon +1 (82), Cameron Maybin +3 (81) and more.

Check out all of the other details below.


Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 27 - View All

Driveclub game update 1.20 is available now, weighing in at .5GB. The update introduces ELITE Driver Levels, new club Leaderboards for every Tour event, updates to Club Challenges, a new 'Random event' feature for quick play, options to tune or disable the camera shake settings, filters for your Garage and Car Select menus, new Photo Mode filters and frames, and many more improvements.

It also paves the way for the Driveclub Horsepower Expansion Pack, scheduled to arrive on July 28, which includes 11 new tour events, 5 new trophies and the following cars:
  • Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO
  • McLaren P1 GTR
  • Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
  • Ferrari FXX Evoluzione
Check out the trailer here.

Full details for the Driveclub Game Update 1.20, can be seen below.

Download & installation
  • The update will happen automatically when you fire up the game (or you can "Check for Updates" on PS4 for the game).
  • The update size is 0.5GB which brings the total size of all updates combined so far to 10.84GB.
What's included in Update 1.20
  • ELITE Driver Levels are now available above Level 60. You'll have to prove your skills on the track as well as reach the required number of Tour Stars and Fame Points to earn these ELITE Levels! Every new Driver Level has a reward too.
  • New 'Random Event' in DRIVE lets you quickly get behind the wheel and try something different. It's perfect for creating new Challenges!
  • Club Challenges now show all Club Members participating and individual leaderboard positions to make it more rewarding and competitive for everyone taking part.
  • New Club Leaderboards for every Tour event: go and get your Club ranked in your favourite events as soon as you update the game!
  • Improved camera shake and new Gameplay Settings option to adjust the camera shake intensity - or turn it down completely for a silky smooth drive.
  • New Gameplay Settings option to turn Face-offs on or off, for those of you who prefer the pure thrill of the race without any distractions or extra opportunities for earning Fame.
  • New Garage options to filter the vehicles so that you can more easily find the car you're looking for.
  • Adds new filters and frames to Photo Mode.
  • Adds the ability to toggle ghosts on and off in Time Trial and Drift mode, by using left on the D-Pad.
  • Stunning new #PS4share photo added to the loading screen (Credit: http://bit.ly/1I4UI8V).
  • Updated Credits with personal messages, special thanks and new members of the team!
  • Includes general improvements for game performance, stability and usability.
Update 1.20 Add-ons (available for download from PlayStation®Store on July 28 worldwide)
  • Adds support for the Horsepower Expansion Pack (download from PlayStation®Store) - which includes the Horsepower Car Pack and Horsepower Tour Pack.
  • The Horsepower Car Pack includes: Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K, McLaren P1 GTR, Nissan GT-R NISMO, Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R and the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione.
  • The Horsepower Tour includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
  • Collect every star in the Horsepower Tour to earn a new bonus Livery.
  • Adds support for the UniteInSpeed Tour Pack (download from PlayStation®Store).
  • The UniteInSpeed Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
  • Collect every star in the UniteInSpeed Tour to earn a bonus Livery.
  • Adds support for two new livery packs coming to PlayStation®Store. Each Livery Pack contains 5 new livery patterns to customise your cars with.
What else we're working on (stuff coming after 1.20)
  • Private lobbies! This is our main focus now that the servers are running smoothly and the PS+ Edition of DRIVECLUB is live.
  • DRIVECLUB companion app: We'll have more news on this soon.
  • More free cars: There isn't a new free car coming in July but we've got some awesome cars lined up for you in August and September!
  • More Cars & Tours: The packs coming in July mark the end of the Season Pass but not the end of DRIVECLUB! We have much more coming so stay with us.
  • More Game Updates: We're committed to keeping the game fresh and enjoyable for you, so we will continue to make improvements and add features based on your feedback. Please keep sharing your thoughts with us to help us continually evolve the game around you.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
Sunday, July 19, 2015
02:00 PM - July 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Driveclub has just announced the Horsepower Expansion Pack, scheduled to arrive on July 28. Check out the trailer here.

It includes 11 new tour events, 5 new trophies and the following cars:
  • Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO
  • McLaren P1 GTR
  • Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
  • Ferrari FXX Evoluzione
The Horsepower Expansion Pack is included as part of the Driveclub Season Pass. It will also be made available to download separately on the PlayStation Store.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
01:24 PM - July 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports will reveal the Madden NFL 16 rookie ratings tomorrow, along with reactions from each player.

Have any predictions?

Looking back at last year, this is what the rookie ratings in Madden NFL 15 looked like before the start of the season.
  • DE - Jadeveon Clowney - Houston (83 Overall)
  • OL - Greg Robinson - St. Louis (83 Overall)
  • OLB -Khalil Mack - Oakland (81 Overall)
  • OL - Jake Matthews - Atlanta (81 Overall)
  • WR - Sammy Watkins - Buffalo (80 Overall)
  • S - Calvyn Pryor - New York Jets (79 Overall)
  • DL - Aaron Donald - St. Louis (79 Overall)
  • S - Haha Clinton Dix - Green Bay (79 Overall)
  • OL - Taylor Lewan - Tennessee (79 Overall)
  • QB - Blake Bortles - Jacksonville (78 Overall)
  • CB - Darqueze Dennard - Cincinnati (78 Overall)
  • WR - Mike Evans - Tampa Bay (78 Overall)
  • OL - Zack Martin - Dallas (78 Overall)

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All