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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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Friday, February 10, 2017
05:15 PM - February 10, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has sent out another Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions update, check out the details below.
  • Added a QB round. The first round of every draft will now consist of 3 QB options. After the QB round there will be no other QB’s shown in the draft. This is to give users more variety in the positions they get to choose from while drafting.
  • Updated Legend Round. The pool of players in the Legend round has now been updated to account for some of the more up to date Legend items in MUT. The older Legends that were taken out the Legend round can now be found in the normal draft pool. Legend round is now 2nd round of draft instead of first.
  • Updated Draft Pool. The players in the draft pool have now been completely updated. We will look to continue to update the draft pool throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Updated Base Team. Base teams have been updated to now consist of all Gold player items.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:59 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NASCAR Heat Evolution DLC is scheduled to arrive on February 17. The free DLC will include quite a few new paint schemes. The team also mentions more will be announced before it is released, so stay tuned.

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Pit Pass 5: Fan-favorite paint schemes including Tony Stewart’s final ride and Joey Logano’s Pennzoil 50th Anniversary Penske scheme are headed your way. In addition, players ages 21 & up can race in Kevin Harvick’s Busch schemes for the first time ever in a NASCAR video game. Pit Pass 5 will be available for FREE on February 17 on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam.

FREE paint schemes include:
  • Tony Stewart: Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited, #AlwaysRac14g
  • Kevin Harvick: Busch Light, Busch Light (Chase), Busch, Busch (Chase), Orange Busch Hunting (Chase), Busch Throwback
  • Joey Logano: Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil, AAA (Chase), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 16), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 12), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 8), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 4)
  • Chris Buescher: CSX (Chase)
  • Carl Edwards: Arris (Chase)
  • Austin Dillon: Breast Cancer Awareness/American Ethanol (Chase)
  • Chase Elliott: Mountain Dew, Kelley Blue Book
  • Landon Cassill: ThePeteStore.com
  • Michael McDowell: Thrivent Financial
  • Casey Mears: Geico Sonoma, Geico Texas
  • Paul Menard: Menards/Richmond Water Heaters, Menards/Moen, Menards/Dutch Boy
  • Regan Smith: Citizen Soldiers
  • Ryan Ellis: Dustless Blasting, Union/EJ Wade
  • Matt DiBenedetto: Texas Police, NASCAR Heat Evolution #49, JAS
  • Trevor Bayne: AdvoStrong

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
10:36 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The final Madden NFL 17 roster update of the season is available now. These weekly roster updates include changes to player ratings, depth charts, and injuries for all 32 teams. All players are now fully healthy and free from injury.

You can check all of the changes here. We've listed some of the changes below.

GOING UP
  • Tom Brady +1 (Overall 96)
  • Julian Edelman +1 (Overall 89)
  • Marcus Cannon +1 (Overall 88)
  • DeMarco Murray +1 (Overall 87)
  • Melvin Gordon +2 (Overall 85)
  • Alan Branch +3 (Overall 82)
  • Trey Flowers +1 (Overall 81)
  • Robert Alford +1 (Overall 80)
  • Deion Jones +2 (Overall 80)
  • James White +2 (Overall 80)
GOING DOWN
  • Nate Solder -1 (Overall 87)
  • Matt Forte -2 (Overall 84)

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
08:12 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We had our own MLB The Show 17 twitch stream, right after Sony Interactive Entertainment had theirs. Make sure you are subscribed to our Twitch channel, so you get notified when we go LIVE.

In this MLB The Show 17 gameplay breakdown, Millennium runs through the entire stream and points out plenty of details you might not have noticed. Give it a watch and post your thoughts and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
05:08 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Speedy. Written by Steve Noah

Sony Interactive Entertainment has just started their MLB The Show 17 Twitch stream. Watch it here.

The team will be discussing gameplay, animations and retro mode. Post your thoughts!

UPDATE: Here is the link to the archive, for those of you that missed it.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
12:22 AM - February 9, 2017. Posted by bostonchipster. Written by Steve Noah

As pictured in the image above, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, joins NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, at the league’s headquarters in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, as they announce plans to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league. NBA 2K eLeague will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world, and marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Read the official press release below. More details are scheduled to arrive later today.

NBA AND TAKE-TWO TO LAUNCH NBA 2K eLeague

First Official eSports League Operated by U.S. Professional Sports League Set for 2018 Debut

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced plans to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world. This marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Set to debut in 2018, this groundbreaking competitive gaming league will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. The founding teams, each composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars, will be announced in the coming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup.

“We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA sports team operators with Take-Two’s competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience.”

“We are proud to expand our strong relationship with the NBA and co-create the NBA 2K eLeague,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Through the NBA 2K series, which is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans, we have a proven track record of highly successful collaboration. With this new venture, Take-Two and the NBA aim to fuel the accelerating growth of eSports and take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights.”

The relationship between NBA and Take-Two dates back to 1999, with the NBA 2K series selling over 68 million units worldwide. The most recent release, NBA 2K17, is the highest-rated annual sports game of the current console generation and the highest-rated title in the history of the NBA 2K series.(1) To date, NBA 2K17 has sold-in nearly 7 million units, and is poised to become 2K’s highest-selling sports title ever.

In December, 2K launched its second official eSports competition, NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, which offers teams of gamers the chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2017. The 5-on-5 tournament, featuring a $250,000 grand prize, will culminate on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Slightly Mad Studios has released their Project CARS 2 announcement trailer, scheduled to arrive in late 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) with VR support.

The game features over 170 cars and more than 60 tracks with varying terrains and motorsports, tested and approved by world-class drivers, and featuring more iconic cars from the world’s most elite brands.

Read the full press release below.

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. TAKES GAMERS TO THE TRACK FOR THE MOST AUTHENTIC MOTORSPORTS RACING EXPERIENCE EVER CREATED IN PROJECT CARSTM 2

Slightly Mad Studios to Deliver the Ultimate Driver Journey to Virtual Racing Drivers in the Americas

Leading interactive entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., and Slightly Mad Studios, today announced their publishing partnership to bring Project CARS™ 2 to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017. Project CARS 2 features an expanded roster of over 170 cars and 60+ tracks, brand-new fan-requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines – including ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing – over its critically acclaimed, ground-breaking predecessor (Project CARS™). All of this racing action can be presented at up to 12K* resolution graphics (PC) with VR support, making Project CARS 2 the most immersive and technically advanced racing simulation experience.

Created by gamers and fine-tuned by professional racing drivers, Project CARS 2 delivers an unparalleled racing experience to players of all skill levels. To achieve this goal, Project CARS 2 utilizes leading-edge visuals, precise car physics, and realistic A.I. designed to mimic a competitive driver’s heart and mind that is sure to challenge players. The use of Slightly Mad Studios’ proprietary LIVETRACK 3.0 technology enables the development team to create dynamic real-time weather & seasonal effects, track surface conditions & time-of-day changes, and implement advanced tire grip/wear physics into the Project CARS 2 gameplay. By combining these features with the highest performance driving machines in the world, Project CARS 2 will enable players to live-out their dreams of being a racecar driver.

“Project CARS 2’s authentic presentation of motorsports racing isn’t just cutting edge, it surpasses the cutting edge,” says Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “No other driving game or racing title can approach Project CARS 2’s level of visual fidelity, real-world physics, and intelligent driver A.I. These features combined with dynamic weather and track effects, refined controls, and an authentic love of competitive eSports guarantees players will be able to live-out their racing aspirations on multiple gaming platforms.”

“We’re thrilled to pull off the covers on our publishing partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and finally share more details on our latest build with Project CARS 2.” said Stephen Viljoen, Game Director for Project CARS 2. “Our collective goal at Slightly Mad Studios is to create a simulation racing experience that rivals that of real-life. Realism and authenticity are central to our development mantra for Project CARS 2, hence we’re making sure we employ the best professional drivers, game developers, artists, and sound engineers to realize our vision for a game that takes players on the ultimate driver journey.”

Project CARS 2 is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. Project CARS 2 will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017.

Game: Project CARS 2Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
07:40 PM - February 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Horizon 3 Playseat car pack is available now for $6.99, or free for Car Pass subscribers. The car pack includes the following cars. Check out the trailer here.
  • 1985 HDT VK Commodore Group A
  • 1990 Renault Alpine GTA Le Mans
  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V
  • 2017 Aston Martin DB11
  • 2016 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
  • 1970 Honda S800
  • 2016 Honda Civic Type R

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
02:08 PM - February 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest MLB The Show 17 video, featuring gameplay improvements and an expanded amount of animations available for this year. The video also provides more details on new ball physics, the all new Catch and Throw engine, Cat and Mouse gameplay, and the new catcher throwing meter.

Don't forget to tune into the MLB The Show 17 Twitch stream on Thursday at 5:00 PM ET, as the team gives more details.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
10:24 AM - February 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Codemasters is looking for F1 2017 beta testers, with 300 places per platform available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They plan on getting things started once the season has started. If interested, make sure you register here.

On another note, Codemasters is giving fans a shot at designing their own helmets for the game. Download the template and read the guidelines here.

Game: F1 2017Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
09:39 AM - February 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Simbin Studios UK have posted some more GTR 3 screenshots and information on the game at their official forums. The game is scheduled to release sometime in 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The new screenshots feature the Spa circuit in Belgium, playing host to a group of BMW GT3 cars in a variety of lighting conditions, showing off the power of the Unreal 4 graphics engine.

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With the power of Unreal 4 behind the title, GTR 3 will be able to host a fully scalable time of day transition, giving the studio the opportunity to run proper 24 hour racing with the game simulating the visual differences as the sun drops below the horizon and night takes hold of the circuit. It sounds like an obvious thing to include in a racing game, but sadly all but a few current generation sim accommodate night time racing in the current crop of games. What's more, with Unreal Simbin will now be able to simulate a wide range of weather conditions, to a level previously impossible given the limitations of the technology on offer at the time.

This could be big a big win for racing sims going forward and will go a long way towards bridging the realism gap present in a today's marketplace. With advanced weather and time of day conditions, new physics, artificial intelligence and damage model coupled with the usual Simbin quality found across it's back catalogue of games, early signs are GTR 3 could well be a big hit.

Game: GTR 3Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
09:12 AM - February 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

As announced last month, WWE 2K17 is available today for PC users, check out the trailer here. Modding on the WWE 2K17 PC edition, will work the same as it did for WWE 2K16.

WWE 2K17 Standard Edition - $49.99
  • Pre-order for a 10% discount
  • Copy of WWE 2K17 video game
  • Goldberg Pack (included in every copy): access to two playable versions of legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas
WWE 2K17 Deluxe Edition - $74.99
  • Pre-order for a 15% discount
  • Copy of WWE 2K17 video game
  • Goldberg Pack (included in every copy): access to two playable versions of legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas
  • Season Pass
  • MyPlayer Kickstart
  • Accelerator
  • NXT Enhancement Pack
  • Legends Pack
  • New Moves Pack
  • Future Stars Pack
  • Hall of Fame Showcase (Available post-launch)
Season Pass - $29.99
  • MyPlayer Kickstart
  • Accelerator
  • NXT Enhancement Pack
  • Legends Pack
  • New Moves Pack
  • Future Stars Pack
  • Hall of Fame Showcase (Available post-launch)
All DLC released to date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be available for PC immediately at launch. Any future DLC released after the February 7 PC launch will be available on PC at a later time. Read up on all of the DLC details right here.

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, February 6, 2017
04:41 PM - February 6, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

GameInformer has posted a new developer trailer for The Golf Club 2, giving fans a glimpse of the revamped course creator, online competitions and more.

They have also posted an interview with producer, Shaun West, answering questions on Societies, new tempo swing, course creation, and much more.

How does the game handle bringing your offline Society online? Does the entire Society (clubhouse, etc.) go online, or is it just the money that transfers?

The only things that carry over from Career Mode to Societies are your earnings and any player customizations that have been purchased. The progression of a Society will evolve as it grows with members and more prestigious events.

When online Societies are playing against each other, in terms of matchmaking, does it matter if the Societies are of different member sizes or have more money in the bank?

When competing in Society vs Society there will be multiple leaderboards for each event. Depending on the number of members you have completing in that event, your Society will be grouped in a corresponding leaderboard. All Societies will be free to complete in any event that's being held, if they can meet the criteria set by the hosting Society.

Read the full interview and watch the trailer here.

Game: The Golf Club 2Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
11:20 AM - February 6, 2017. Posted by tnixen. Written by Steve Noah

Derek, the designer from NEW ERA, sits down with Ramone and Gil, the designers from Sony Interactive Entertainment San Diego to talk about the MLB The Show x NEW ERA 9FIFTY hat.

The hat is created exclusively, and in limited quantities, only at GameStop, for fans that purchase the Hall of Fame Edition of MLB The Show 17.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
12:33 AM - February 6, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Simbin Studios UK has announced GTR 3, scheduled to arrive sometime in 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, featuring the Unreal 4 game engine.

The team has confirmed the game will cater to both the sim and casual gamers.

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I think another point we need to take note of is, whilst the PC community would love this hard core simulation thing which is fine, as Allan said there is a console community that aren't going to fully adhere to that. The product at the end of the day needs to appeal to both sides, hardcore racer as awell and the casual gamer. A game that does that really really well is Formula One. I can have fantastic fun in the simulator on PC and I can have just as much fun as a casual gamer on a console. They do it really well. I'm not saying that's something we are going to follow completely, I'm just saying that they've done it and it's possible... The best way to put it is neither side will be forgotten.

GTR 3 will contain day to night transition, allowing for fully scalable 24 hour time of day conditions as well as a fully dynamic weather system, bringing with it changing handling in the different conditions, aquaplaning and dynamic water movement that will allow rain to pool organically on the racing surface and dissipate as cars travel through the standing water. Coupled to these features will be the ability to now model vehicle damage and bring to the new sim a substantial improvement over RaceRoom's current particle system and AI behaviour.

You can read more about GTR 3 at the Race Department Forums.

Game: GTR 3Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All