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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, May 12, 2016

Madden NFL 17 address all three phases of the game on offense, defense, and special teams.

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Let's start with offense and the new Ball Carrier Controls. We’ve added a tiered system to the types of special moves different players are able to pull off – depending on their attributes, ratings and speed. So now, expect your bigger bruising backs to be more effective with truck moves and stiff arms, while smaller, shiftier backs have more effective jukes and spins. Now don't worry if you’re not a magician yet on the sticks. New Ball Carrier UI Prompts help teach moves available to you, while the new Path Assist helps you navigate and anticipate down field. Additionally on lower skill levels, you can put the work on us and we will pick the appropriate moves for you, unlocking the fun for all of our players. Now, onto the defensive side of the ball.

While the new tools on offense make you a better, more creative ball carrier, the New Defensive AI System is built on up to date NFL Strategies – such as Gap Play, Force Defenders and improved Zone Coverages. It’s time to force your opponents to stop being so one dimensional. New Gap Play AI brings a new level of NFL authenticity and strategy to your defensive teammates. Each of your teammates has a gap assignment on run defense that puts them in position to better defend the run. Force defenders protect the outside of the field, pushing the ball carrier back inside allowing cut back defenders to make the big play. Finally Zone Coverage has been completely overhauled, with the addition of 8 new zone concepts never before seen in Madden. Defenders have more awareness of threats to each zone and can pattern match receivers, creating defensive counters to stop virtually every passing concept. It's our most realistic AI to date and it's across the entire field.

Special Teams, the 3rd phase of football, is where big games are often won and lost. For the first time years we’re bringing the excitement back to special teams. A New Kick Meter is designed to increase the challenge of the kicking game like we see in today’s NFL. Additionally, the ability to ice the kicker allows you to turn up the pressure on those late game winning field goal attempts. New trick plays and a new block kick mechanic add new elements to the risk and reward of Special Teams.

Some features...

GROUND GAME
All-New on Both Sides of The Ball - Experience the most balanced gameplay to date on offense making you a better, more creative ball carrier, while new defensive AI puts your teammates into position to stop the run or passing game.

FRANCHISE
Redesigned and Deeper Than Ever - Take your team all the way in the deepest Franchise mode to-date, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run.

PRESENTATION
See It and Hear It to Believe It - Feel and experience the game from a new perspective - focused on you.

MADDEN 365
Never Miss a Beat - If it happens in the NFL, it happens in Madden. Experience fresh content daily for your football fix.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
05:02 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Just announced on SportsCenter, Rob Gronkowski is the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete. You can check out some images from the cover shoot here.

Read the full press release below.

Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) officially unveiled the Madden NFL 17 cover art, featuring New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski. EA and ESPN jointly revealed the cover live during the 6pm ET/3pm PT edition of SportsCenter, alongside a video debuting this year’s game. In Madden NFL 17, players on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 can take their team all the way with new gameplay features that elevate the ground game, arming teams for success on both sides of the ball.

“It’s great to finally be able to share with the world that Gronk will be joining our cover fraternity,” said Josh Rabenovets, Senior Director of Global Marketing at EA SPORTS. “He’s one of the most fun, dominant and exciting players in the league, and it’s awesome to feature the famed Gronk Spike on the Madden NFL 17 cover.”

Gronkowski is one of the most decorated tight ends in the NFL, holding the season record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a season, as well as a four-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion. He’s widely regarded as one of the most physically dominant players in the league, and was the highest-rated tight end in Madden NFL 16.

“It’s a really special honor to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 17,” said Gronkowski. “It’s one of those things that pretty much every guy in the league secretly dreams of, so to actually be the one on the cover, it’s a really big deal.”

EA also released a Madden NFL 17 video today showcasing Gronkowski and the first of several new features for next-gen consoles in this year’s game. Fans can check out the Madden NFL 17 website to learn more about improvements to the ground game, including a new path assist feature, new defensive AI and expansion of ball carrier special moves, which give players new creative controls on the ground, all of which are featured on the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 versions of the game.

EA Access* members can try Madden NFL 17 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial, only on Xbox One.

Madden NFL 17 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 on August 23. To learn more about Madden NFL 17, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
01:32 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Along with the EA Sports UFC 2 game update 1.06 and content update #3 that arrived earlier today, EA Sports has introduced an all-new Live Event Competition. Check out the trailer below, along with the official press release with more details.

EA SPORTS UFC 2 INTRODUCES ALL NEW COMPETITIVE GAMING EXPERIENCE

Players Are Invited to Compete for a Chance to Become the EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 World Champion at Live Event Competition: UFC® 200

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced the launch of Live Event Competitions, a brand new competitive experience in EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 Live Events mode. Starting Saturday, May 14, fans around the world can play the qualifiers in the Live Event Competition to start fighting for their chance to earn Ultimate Team rewards and a trip to compete at the live finals coinciding with UFC Fan Expo®, part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, and UFC® 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2 in Las Vegas. The winner of the grand final match, taking place on Friday, July 8 at the UFC® Fan Expo in Las Vegas, will receive $10,000 USD* and walk away with the belt as the EA SPORTS UFC 2 World Champion.

To learn how to compete and qualify, watch the Live Event Competitions trailer.


“Fans love EA SPORTS UFC 2 for the intense head-to-head competition, and we’re excited to raise the stakes for all our players,” said Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Competitive Gaming Division. “Live Event Competition encourages players to experience the thrill of each bout by bringing fans even closer to the intensity of mixed martial arts.”

“We are thrilled to launch our first online competition to find the top EA SPORTS UFC 2 players,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski said. “UFC International Fight Week is the largest celebration of combat sports in the world and we couldn’t think of a better place than the UFC Fan Expo to crown the first-ever EA SPORTS UFC 2 champion!”

Players enter the competition in Live Events on the EA SPORTS UFC 2 menu, select one of four athletes fighting on an upcoming card, customize their athlete by applying five out of 10 fighter perks, and start competing online. All available in-game fighters are balanced with the same overall attribute rating and move level. Rankings on the global leaderboard are determined by the number of wins a player can accumulate during the qualifying period before taking three losses. Players are encouraged to go back and fight again as many times as they’d like to improve their top score during the qualifying period.

At the end of each qualifying period, eligible players with the top scores on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 will be invited to compete in the finals in Las Vegas where the champion will be crowned at the UFC Fan Expo leading up to UFC® 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, which takes place on Saturday, July 9, at T-Mobile Arena. The semi-finalists will receive tickets to the landmark event and other special prizes. The finalists aren’t the only ones who win though, as all players who compete in the Live Event Competition will have a chance to earn in-game rewards based on their overall performance.

For complete details and Live Event Competition: UFC 200 rules visit, easports.com/UFC200LiveEvents.

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All

EA Sports UFC 2 patch 1.06 and content update #3 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans, weighing in at just over 1 GB. The update adds 3 new fighters, Cris Cyborg (Women's Bantamweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Bantamweight) and Albert Tumenov (Welterweight).

Below are the gameplay updates in patch 1.06.
  • Added a third transition for submissive fighter in Back Sitting.
  • Block will not come back up automatically after a missed parry, or a timed out parry.
  • Liver Health Event allows high or low blocking.
  • Addressed issue where spamming transition fakes on the ground would regain stamina.
  • Addressed double stamina tax when opponent sprawls on user's takedown.
  • Addressed an issue where takedown denial stamina penalty was being applied when the user is struck out of a takedown.
  • General AI Improvements.
  • General Referee Improvements.

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All

Madden NFL 17 will feature a renewed focus on Franchise mode, all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and an innovative, authentic defensive AI system.

As seen on the Xbox site, Rob Gronkowski appears to be the cover athlete, however that might be a placeholder. The first screenshots revealed are with him, Antonio Brown and Von Miller. Could we see all 3 on the cover or multiple covers? We will know for sure today at 6:00 PM ET on SportsCenter.

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Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 with a renewed focus on Franchise mode, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run. Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with the most balanced gameplay to date, featuring all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and an innovative, authentic defensive AI system. Madden NFL 17 is the most complete Madden … ever.

Below are some more details on the various Madden NFL 17 bundles:

Madden NFL 17 Standard Edition ($59.99)
Pre-order your copy today and receive a 1 month EA Access Trial as well as bonus content including nine Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to seven Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs.*

Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition ($79.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 10 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.*

Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition ($99.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 30 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.*




Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
05:34 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

OOTP 17 patch #6 (version number 17.8.54) is available for users that purchased the game directly from the OOTP website or from official resellers. For those of you that purchased on Steam or the AppStore, it should be available in the next few days. Check out the details of the patch below.
  • Improved 2016 MLB roster sets (need to start new game for changes to apply)
  • Updated the historical databases (error corrections and fielding ratings improvements)
  • Fixed rare crashes in 3D in-game mode
  • Fixed issues when scouting discoveries were disabled and international FAs were enabled
  • Added new GM ratings to coach filter lists (need to delete data/tables folder)
  • Adjusted top prospect list rankings
  • Fixed age in real-stats for randum debuts in fictional leagues
  • Fixed spring split stats report
Update Info: To apply the update, simply download the setup file and install it over your current installation. There is no need to uninstall or unlicense your current copy! However, you should quit the game before installing it, of course. updates always contain all the changes from previous updates. Saved games are compatible between different versions.

Source - OOTP

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 1 - View All
05:20 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you haven't picked up a copy of Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, now might be a good time to get it. PlayStation 4 users can purchase and download a digital copy on the PlayStation Store for $15.99, while Xbox One Gold members can purchase it on the Xbox Store for $16. The sale ends on Monday, May 16.

For those of you that have missed out on the recent news about the game, another game update arrived yesterday and it's also available in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
03:36 PM - May 11, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has been unable to recover from the attempted reboot of NBA Live as NBA Elite while at the same time seeing their competition flourish to become a juggernaut. It’s been six years but the company has yet to produce a quality and compelling product since that fiasco and in the process consumers have lost all confidence in the Live brand. The series simply can’t escape its past.

Knowing that a shake-up was necessary EA yesterday confirmed the first report of Live being pushed back to 2017. Despite that acknowledgement uncertainty will continue to surround the series as there’s no guarantee it will again see the light of day on consoles. If it makes it back as currently scheduled the form in which it does could be very different than what consumers have become accustomed to with traditional annualized sports games.

Joining us this week:
  • Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
  • Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
  • Owen Good (@owengood) Polygon
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:

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Run Time: 46 Minutes
Don’t forget about your chance to own Out of the Park Baseball 17 for 10% off! Just go to ootpdevelopments.com, click on the OOTP 17 banner, then enter the promotional code "PRESS17" at checkout to take another 10% off the price.

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Steph Curry will have an overall 99 rating for 30 hours, starting May 12 at 6PM ET, making him the greatest shooter in NBA 2K history. The update will also unlock a brand new MVP colorway of the Curry Two's in the game. Check out the screenshots here.

STEPHEN CURRY EARNS TOP LEAGUE HONOR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Under Armour Celebrates Curry’s Second Consecutive Kia NBA MVP Award with NBA 2K16 and Limited Edition Back-to-Back Shoe Pack

Stephen Curry’s impression on the sport of basketball is a lesson in the power of perseverance, through sheer will and hard work. In the 2014-2015 season, we thought we saw pinnacle Curry, as he broke the three-point season record, claimed the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Award, and captured his first Larry O’Brien World Championship trophy. Then during the 2015-2016 season, he helped to lead the Warriors to the single-season record for wins, shattered his own three-point record, led the league in scoring, and joined the prestigious 50-40-90 shooting club en route to the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, presented today.

Stephen is the 11th player (third point guard) in league history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons.

“Stephen Curry’s impact on the game of basketball is immeasurable,” said Kip Fulks, Chief Marketing Officer, Under Armour. “His game, coupled with his WILL to dominate, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the NBA. Stephen’s cultural reach off the court is equally transcendent. At Under Armour we are thrilled and humbled to be alongside Stephen on this journey, and look forward to his continued perseverance in making himself a better athlete every single day.”

In the 2015-2016 season, Stephen was not only the first player ever to hit 300 three-pointers in a season, but he also incredibly reached the 400 mark in April. Over the course of the year, people marveled at his ability to hit shots; off the dribble, in traffic, and from incredible distance, with many dubbing him otherworldly in a way that couldn’t even be replicated in video games.

To celebrate his accomplishments, Under Armour is teaming up with 2K Sports and the preeminent simulation basketball video game, NBA 2K16, to honor this achievement by returning Stephen’s character to the game with a 99 overall rating making him the all-time highest shooter ever for an exclusive 30-hour window this week.

Beginning at 3 pm PST / 6 pm EST on Thursday, May 12, NBA 2K16 players will be able to download a roster update that brings Stephen’s rating to 99 for 30 continuous hours, a reference to his jersey number. The update will also unlock a brand new MVP colorway of the Curry Two in game, which will be an equippable shoe going forward. To promote Stephen’s rating update, a video, created by Under Armour and advertising agency Droga5 titled “The New Level,” can be viewed here.

In addition to the NBA 2K16 roster update, Under Armour is celebrating Stephen’s outstanding achievement with the re-release of the Curry One MVP and a new Curry Two MVP colorway. The Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack commemorates the signature footwear Stephen wore in back-to-back MVP seasons. Pre-orders are live now on UA.com, and will be available at Under Armour Brand Houses and select retailers nationwide on June 24. Images of the footwear can be found here. A graphic t-shirt is also available now on UA.com.

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
11:18 AM - May 10, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NHL 17 cover vote is down to Vladimir Tarasenko vs. Joe Pavelski.

To participate in the EA SPORTS NHL 17 Cover Vote, visit NHL.com or Twitter, and Tweet your vote using your player’s hashtag above. Fans will also be able to double their vote for their favorite picks when using the player-specific hashtags every Thursday for “Twitter Vote Thursdays.”

Voting ends on May 16 at 3:00 pm EST with the NHL 17 cover athlete announced during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, along with a gameplay trailer.

Who do you think gets the cover for NHL 17?

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All

As mentioned last week, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is available now in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.

NBA Live 16 is scheduled to arrive in The Vault on May 25.

For those of you that might still be unaware, EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive, allowing members to try upcoming EA games prior to release, offering 10% off all EA digital purchases and more. It also gives users access to The Vault, which houses a growing library of EA games subscribers can play as much as they want. Users can subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All

Not mentioned in the latest NBA 2K16 patch notes, Steph Curry received a boost in his range and off the dribble shooting. This boost was added in the patch, not a roster update.

Steph dropped 40 last night on the Blazers, including an NBA record 17 in overtime, giving the Warriors a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead.

NOTE: Curry is injured in the most recent roster update, but should be available again very soon.

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@StephenCurry30 is simply amazing. Btw, If you haven't noticed, Steph got some love with his range and off dribble shooting in patch 6.

Source - Mike Wang

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
Monday, May 9, 2016

Microïds has announced Moto Racer 4, coming to PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 13. The game will be developed using Unreal Engine 4.

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Moto Racer 4 has revived the craze for the winning formula that made the original trilogy so successful. High-speed races on powerful bikes alternate with motocross on more nimble machines for a white-knuckle ride that remains playable despite the need for technical prowess, with rules of fair-play often put to one side. Moto Racer 4, which is still developed by Microïds and Artefacts Studio, under the supervision of its original designer, Paul Cuisset, will include no less than 15 single and multiplayer game modes. In addition to regular fixtures such as the Time Trial, Single Race and Championship.

Check out the rest of the features below.
  • KING OF THE HILL: Each rider starts with the same time on the clock. While time runs down for the leader, the other racers get extra turbo. The first player to get their counter down to zero wins the race.
  • LAST MAN STANDING: The last player to pass each checkpoint is eliminated.
  • SURVIVAL: The race starts with very little time on the clock. Players gain time by passing the checkpoints. In single-player mode, the aim is to survive for a specific length of time. In multi-player mode, the winner is the last player with time left on their clock.
  • CATCH-UP: The player's opponents begin the race with a headstart and the player must be in first place at a specific time.
  • WOLF PACK: The player begins the race with a headstart and must maintain it for a certain length of time without being overtaken.
  • GHOST BIKE: The player starts the race in last place and is not allowed to deviate from the road or collide with others. S/he must finish in a specified minimum place.
  • GOLDEN HELMET: Competitors must earn the one golden helmet up for grabs during therace. To do this, they must be first past the initial checkpoint. If the player wearing the golden helmet is knocked by another player, s/he surrenders it to that player. If a player falls off their bike, s/he loses the helmet and it is automatically sent to the next checkpoint.
  • Alternating high-speed/motocross races
  • Traffic on the road
  • Split-screen multi-player mode
  • Online multi-player mode (2-10 players)
  • 60 images per second
  • Vehicle and rider customization
  • Possibility of colliding with opponents
  • Each competitor has a different personality and behavioural traits
Source - Microïds

Game: Moto Racer 4Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

Madden NFL 17 is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on August 23. EA Sports and ESPN will announce the cover athlete on May 12 at 6:00 PM ET on SportsCenter (no cover vote this year). Along with the cover athlete announcement, they also plan to show off the first gameplay trailer from the game.

Read the full press release below.

EA SPORTS Football Franchise Warms up for Its Return to the Gridiron

Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete will be revealed Thurs, May 12 live during the 6pm ET/3pm PT edition of ESPN SportsCenter. Fans can tune-in to check out which NFL phenom has earned cover honors this year, and also get their first look at an all-new gameplay trailer.

EA Access* members can try Madden NFL 17 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial, only on Xbox One.

Madden NFL 17 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 on August 23. To learn more about Madden NFL 17, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.

All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All

Initially scheduled to be released in April, then pushed to June, 505 Games and developer Kunos Simulation have announced Assetto Corsa will release on August 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Global video games publisher 505 Games, part of the Digital Bros Group, and developer Kunos Simulazioni announce a new release date today for the Xbox One and Playstation®4 versions of racing simulation title Assetto Corsa.

The date is now set for 26th and 30th August 2016 in Europe and North America respectively.

Game: Assetto CorsaHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All