Author Bio
Steve Noah

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, June 17, 2016
06:39 AM - June 17, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted a new Forza Horizon 3 gameplay video, featuring 8 minutes of footage showing off varied terrain from Australia.

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 16, 2016
06:57 PM - June 16, 2016. Posted by smiley3. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest Madden NFL 17 video showing off the new pylon cam. A small gif is shown above, check out the full video here.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All

NHL 17 Producers are answering questions on their Ask NHL page, similar to how they did it last year. If you have questions, make sure to submit them here.

We've posted some of the questions and answers below, click here to read them all.

Will there be improvements to stick on body/stick on stick collisions?

Yes, we have made improvements to how we recognize stick-on-stick and stick-on-body collisions to determine if the puck should come free. We still don’t run full physics reactions for stick on stick though as players don’t currently have enough control to pull their stick through and evade in ways they can in the real world. That is why we still want to produce the right incidental contact effect on the puck though to reward defensive positioning. We have also made updates to how the puck comes loose when it collides with sticks, skates and bodies to ultimately reward good defensive position.

Has Opponent (or team) AI improved?

Yes, there have been a lot of improvements to both Offensive and Defensive AI to improve the flow of the game and the reliability of your teammates. You will see off puck defenders doing a much better job of sticking with their man and recognizing potential passing options as bigger threats. Those players will also utilize net battles to tie up players in front unchecked for long periods of time. On offense, the AI is smarter how they are moving the puck and in general has more flow during breakouts.

Will there be any added camera views for game action in '17?

We have added a new camera for goalies that will be available at launch.

What improvements have you made to make goaltending more fluid and stand out verses previous years?

For goalies we have introduced a new save mechanic where they can make blocking vs reactionary saves. When they have the ability to get their body in front of a shot, they will -- using their chest and shoulders to block pucks rather than making reactionary limb based saves. For Player Controlled Goalies we have also updated the mechanics to get to the post quicker using reverse VH and butterfly leans to really seal up against the post. We have updated our precision movement to give more control and allow you to control the speed using the analog stick. We also made a lot of improvements to responsiveness by allowing you to exit out of animations – for example if you want to drop back down to butterfly before fully standing up. That's just some of the improvements we've made to goaltending this year.

Will you guys consider the ability to make public rosters to share throughout the online community? It's a huge success with Madden and it generates over 13,000 shared rosters, playbooks and sliders per year.

Shared rosters will not be a feature for NHL 17 but we will consider it for future iterations.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
05:51 AM - June 16, 2016. Posted by Brooke2011. Written by Steve Noah

YouTube user strawberryyogurt0, has uploaded this Madden NFL 17 cinematic trailer of the opening sequence between the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
09:06 PM - June 15, 2016. Posted by smiley3. Written by Steve Noah

Head coaches have received some much needed upgrades for Madden NFL 17. This year, head coaches will be more dynamic and aware of the action on the field. A small gif is shown above, check out the full video here.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
03:43 PM - June 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Xboxygen has posted a few F1 2016 gameplay videos from E3 2016. Check them out below and post your thoughts.

Game: F1 2016Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
11:06 AM - June 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FSB has posted their FIFA 17 hands-on impressions from E3 2016. They talk about the Frostbite engine, The Journey, physical play, attacking depth, set pieces and much more.

One of the highlights of this early build is the variety in attacking runs. The AI is constantly assessing pace and opponent positioning in order to provide authentic and varied team mate run options. Attackers don’t just go for the gaps anymore, they consider the impact it has on the opponents backline and try to disrupt it by forcing players out of position. You will see instances where an attacker will make a run to open a gap for you. The results were quite profound in our playtest with one particular situation standing out. With Aubameyang in possession and dribbling quite close to Kagawa through the middle, Reus cuts in and makes a run into the box pulling the right back. Kagawa first offers the short pass option, but then makes an arched run behind Aubameyang, taking a centre back and opening a gap yet providing a through ball option. At that point, you realise that your AI teammates are actively providing options. Interestingly, when the opponent parks the bus, the channels become tighter, yet the effort is still there from your team mates.

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
10:55 AM - June 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

PlayStation has posted a 9 minute Gran Turismo Sport gameplay video, showing off some of the cars, tracks and locations in the game.

Gran Turismo Sport is the world’s first racing experience to be built from the ground up to bring global, online competitions sanctioned by the highest governing body of international motorsports, the FIA (Federation International Automobile). Create your legacy as you represent and compete for your home country or favorite manufacturer through multiple race class, including GT3, Prototype, Rally, and more.

Game: Gran Turismo SportHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
04:36 AM - June 15, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Feature announcements for upcoming sports games are an annual tradition out of E3. This year EA Sports has revealed a major new mode for FIFA 17 and a bevy of improvements and additions for Franchise mode in Madden NFL 17. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass those announcements are covered with guests from the development teams of both games.

Up first from FIFA 17 are Matthew Prior and Aaron McHardy to discuss the just announced story mode “The Journey” and what the new Frostbite engine will mean for the game. Then Madden NFL 17 designer John White joins the show to go through what’s new for Franchise mode this year, which includes a new way to play through games faster and a real-time score ticker.
On the show this episode:

Joining us this week:
  • Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
  • Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
  • Matthew Prior, EA Sports
  • Aaron McHardy, EA Sports
  • John White ((@EA_White) EA Sports
Run Time: 1 Hour, 19 Minutes

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
07:39 PM - June 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Just in time for the 2016 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR is on sale for $15.99 in the PlayStation Store (PlayStation Network Membership required) and Xbox Store ($16.00 - Xbox Live Gold membership required). The sale ends on June 20.

Golf without limits in EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. Usher in the next generation of golf with the power of the Frostbite 3 engine and play the most beautiful sports game to date with no load times, enabling you to explore authentic tournament courses or unique fantasy environments, opening up your golf experience like never before. Don’t just play the course, explore it!

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
06:25 PM - June 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Here's the first screenshot from NASCAR Heat Evolution, scheduled to arrive on September 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

UPDATE (6-17): Here's the second NASCAR Heat Evolution screenshot.

UPDATE (6-26): Another NASCAR Heat Evolution screenshot has been released, this one features Sonoma Raceway.

NASCAR Heat Evolution will immerse fans in the door-to-door excitement of stock car racing and allow users to live the experience of taking the checkered flag. Whether a casual or hardcore gaming fan, NASCAR Heat Evolution will dynamically adapt to any skill level and deliver a true-to-life racing experience. The new game will feature all of the top drivers, teams, and incredibly detailed tracks and environments, giving fans the opportunity to feel what it is like to be a racing legend.

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
12:48 PM - June 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Konami has released quite a few new PES 2017 screenshots, to along with the PES 2017 teaser trailer and more details, released earlier this morning.

Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
08:59 AM - June 14, 2016. Posted by OnlookerDelay. Written by Steve Noah

HB Studios have just announced The Golf Club 2, scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of next year. The game will include a very in-depth player creator, new clubs, new apparel, new swing animations, new more challenging swing options, private and public clubs/societies, a more customizable offline career mode and more.

Check out some of the features and details below, but click here to read all about it.

Unity 5 – We’ve moved the game to Unity 5. This means lots of great things for all areas of the game.

Player Creator – We’ve got a huge player creator, where player features, clothing, clubs and gear will all be customizable. It’s almost limitless with millions upon millions of combinations to get your avatar looking just as you want him or her to.

Golf Societies – We’ve now got golf societies, not only places where you and your friends can hang out and play against each other in tournaments but huge public clubs. (All currency referred to is GAME CURRENCY, not real money)
  • Societies will have club captains that will design out seasons with entry restrictions, prize money and major tournaments
  • Tournament and society entry can be restricted by entrance fees and handicap ratings.
  • Societies will have their own bank balance so they can choose their own clubhouse. The richer the clubs the grander the clubhouse. The luxury of a plush club the status that comes with that needs to be earned to get there.
  • Major Tournaments – Using club size and popularity crowds will turn up for the clubs majors. The bigger the club, the bigger the crowds. The HUD will become more TV like and the commentary will also add to the occasion.
  • Career Mode – Players will also be able to play away a more singular game against AI. Using offline societies and AI players to earn money and work your way through the challenges of increasing difficulty. All money earned here can be transferred to your online career, so it’s well worth taking part.
You’ll be able to now design courses with multi-level water, crowd placement, lots of new stuff to place as well as lots of new tools to make life easier for the designers out there.

  • Swing – we’re currently looking at a 3 level swing mechanic. The easy level will very much be based off of what we have now, but with tempo added and a distance reduction, Hard will be very punishing if in any way off centre and the tempo isn’t correct but when it’s good you will get a considerably further distance. Doing this gives us the variation we want, the difficulty some want and brings in the actual point of multiple tees.
  • Practice Swing – You’ll now be able to take practice swings.
  • HUD Numbering and Shot Shaper – These will be rounded giving you less ability to dial a distance while working on the shot shaper to make it much harder when trying to dial in distances.
Practice Range

We have a full driving range, putting green and chipping green. This is a full sandbox mode, giving you the ability to go out there and improve any part of your game.

  • We’ve invested heavily in the character this time out, getting full photogrammetry scans of people and clothing to make your player look as realistic as possible.
  • We’ve also invested in a huge array of motion capture from two brand new golf pros. Well not only have a lot of great new shot animations but lots of post and pre shot stuff as well.
  • Full specular effects on everything on your course, this makes it look even more realistic than it did before.

We won’t be adding a traditional lobby, but we will be improving live multiplayer extensively. We’ll be adding more game modes and the ability to play non friends.

Game: The Golf Club 2Hype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
08:36 AM - June 14, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new PES 2017 teaser trailer, along with some of the features in the game below and post your thoughts!
  • Real Touch
    See how different players control the ball in unique and different ways based on where and how you control them, dictating the flow of the game based on how they react to the unpredictable movement of the ball.
  • Precise Pass
    Combining Real Touch and real ball physics, passing is an art form in PES 2017. Many factors determine the speed and accuracy of the ball. The pass that is made on the best situation and timing will generate a perfect trajectory, creating a great satisfaction when a killer pass is made.
  • Goal Keeping
    Keepers see a great jump in quality through added motions and animations, creating the most agile keepers in PES history. Attacking moments will be more dramatic than ever, bringing the best feeling of achievement when that goal is scored.
  • Advanced Instructions
    Strategies that are quite individually defined such as Tiki-taka and Tight Marking which is strongly based on team ideology can be set in Advanced Instructions, which adds a huge variety in how you plan to win.
  • Total Team Control
    Users can instantly change the attacking and defending mentality of the team, which can be tweaked and carefully controlled with simple controls, being able to immediately react to the unpredictability of the sport.
  • Corner Kick Strategies
    Control the defensive strategies on a set piece, such as marking zonal or Man to Man. Offensive options also included such as specific player movement.
  • Adaptive AI
    For the first time in a football game, the AI will learn how you play! Player and team behaviour has always been a staple of the PES series, and for PES 2017 Adaptive AI will change sports games forever.
  • Authentic Visuals
    For PES 2017 the visuals have seen a major upgrade, offering Authentic Visuals thanks to the further incorporation of Fox Engine. Nothing has been left untouched, from player models, lighting, crowds, pitch and stadiums totally revamped. Never has a game looked so real.
  • Natural Player Movement
    Hundreds of new animations have been added to bring the players and goalkeepers to life – but it doesn't stop there. New features such as Real Touch and Precise Pass see huge benefit, giving a vast array of movements when trapping and passing the ball.
The PES Twitter account has also given a few additional details.
  • Master League, myClub, Versus Match Analysis, EDIT DATA SHARING on PS4 and more!
  • An auction house for scouts gives you more choice in the players you can sign in
  • Versus Match Analysis! Track match statistics/records when playing friends offline.
  • Master League! Dedicated budgets for transfers + wages. 6 month loans. Time element added to deadline day.
  • Staying with Master League. More team roles, including 'Hero' and 'Bad Boy'.
  • Huge news for our awesome community, Edit Data Sharing on PS4. Created team/players can be transferred onto consoles via USB.
  • Edit Data Sharing on PS4 will be multi-regional too, allowing PES fans around the world to share their edit data.
Read the full press release below.

E3 – The Electronic Entertainment Expo – is the world’s largest gathering of interactive entertainment and takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center between June 14-16. With the popular football simulation series riding a critical high with two consecutive gamescom ‘Best Sports Game’ accolades, PES 2017 sees KONAMI building on the strong on-field performance of its predecessors with a detailed focus on control and the addition of key gameplay enhancements designed to offer an unprecedented level of control.

PES 2017 is founded around the‘Control Reality’ ethos, elevating the award-winning gameplay to a new level viaincredible new control elements and a new standard of visual realism, without sacrificing what made PES successful in the first place –playing a match with your friends. The industry-leading Fox Engine once again powers the series to reach new heights, with KONAMI looking to its focus on first touch, the making and receiving of passes, and AI that adapts to counter the way users play to elevate the game’s acclaimed realism.

Previous PES releases have seen KONAMI’s revolutionary Team ID and Player ID help PES mimic the way real players and teams move and play. PES 2017 adds new layers to these foundations with the advent of its ‘Real Touch’ system. Real Touch determines the many ways players receive a ball, dependent on the height and power of the pass, and the natural ability of the player. A new ‘Precise Pass’ system further emphasizes the game’s use of new ball physics, as players make passes based on the runs of other teammates, before perfectly placing a threaded ball in their path.

E3 will also see KONAMI giving a deeper insight into PES 2017’s Master League and my Club modes, as well as showcasing new additions that are in response to requests from the bustling PES community. Goalkeepers have been totally overhauled, producing stunning multiple saves, dominating the penalty box, andlooking to close down threats via perfect positioning. The Los Angeles showcase will also be used to highlight PES2017’s ‘Adaptive AI’ that recognizes and looks to counter repeated playing patterns from the opposition, doubling up markers on integral players, snuffing out wide attacks and interrupting passing play. New tactical advances will also be premiered, as the new ‘Total Team Control’ tactical system and new corner and advanced instruction systems for tactical adaptation are revealed.

The new gameplay additions are complemented by a stunning level of graphical detail. PES 2017benefits from the addition of hundreds of new animations, ensuring that passes and clearances are met fluidly, and that collisions and tussles are realistically recreated. Player likeness are also taken a new level with ever-more famous players added to the rosters in near-photographic quality and with the running styles and individual attributes that they show in real life. Smaller aesthetic touches are also abound with players’ breath fogging in cold conditions, goalposts visibly rattling as the ball strikes them, and all new lighting and stadium effects.

PES 2017 continues an astounding run of form for the KONAMI title. Its stunning visuals, beautifully realized animation, improved referees, and in-game tactical switches in both open and set play situations create a new benchmark in soccer simulation.

Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

Ubisoft has announced Steep, an open world set in the Alps and Alaska, where gamers can wingsuit, ski, snowboard and paraglide down the mountains with a Go-Pro view of everything. Check out the trailer and walkthrough videos above.

Ride a massive open world of the Alps and Alaska, where the powder is always fresh and the run never ends. Defy and master the world’s most epic mountains on skis, wingsuit, snowboard, and in paraglide. Go solo or drop in side by side with other players. Record and share the most insane stunts ever captured. Dare your friends to try out your custom lines, then challenge the world to beat your best tricks and relive your most epic wipeouts.

  • RIDE YOUR WAY - Navigate the open world freely and create your own path as you decide how to explore your massive mountain playground.
  • LIVE UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS WITH FRIENDS - Share thrilling, adrenaline-fueled experiences with other players.
  • PARTICIPATE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF CHALLENGES - Prove that you’re the king of the mountain by dropping in unique and spectacular challenges that put your skills to the test.
  • SHARE EVERYTHING - Relive epic moments and challenges, and share replays across all social media.
Steep comes out in December on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Fans can register for beta here.

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