Author Bio
Jayson Young

Home Town: Nashville, TN.
Sports: Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer
Games: Old: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, Tecmo Super Bowl III: Final Edition, NBA Hangtime, New: All Pro Football 2K8, NHL '09
Teams: Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Memphis Grizzlies
OS Username: OS: wEEman33 Xbox Live: wEEman33 BSD
Monday, November 30, 2015
02:09 PM - November 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Mario Tennis
has been a staple of Nintendo's Sports Gaming lineup for years now, with each iteration being an almost guaranteed hit with quality gameplay and modes. However, Nintendo moved this year's Mario Tennis release up a few months, and it sadly shows with a game that wasn't quite ready for prime time.

Read More - Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review (Wii U)

Game: Mario Tennis: Ultra SmashHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
03:05 PM - November 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Ones And Twos Is An Imbalanced Scoring System

After two years of ignoring one of MyPark's biggest issues, NBA 2K16 finally smartened up and changed the Park's scoring system to a normal NBA style of two pointers and three pointers. For some reason, though, The Gauntlet remains stuck with the old, unbalanced scoring setup.

Scoring baskets by ones and twos rewards reckless outside shooters who chuck up contested bombs all game long while penalizing players who are efficient scorers from mid/close range.

The Gauntlet needs to adopt the standard scoring system to decrease the value of outside shooting and make dominant post players/mid-range specialists worth having on your team. Right now, superstar perimeter players like Grant Hill and Michael Jordan, whose only weakness is poor three-point shooting, are less desirable cards than one-trick ponies like Steve Novak or Hedo Turkoglu.

Read More - NBA 2K16: Gauntlet Mode's Disappointing First Season

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
Friday, November 13, 2015
07:34 PM - November 13, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Jayson Young

"Black Friday" circular ads are already surfacing on the Internet, so if you're planning on purchasing NBA 2K16 during the Holiday shopping season, and you're looking forward to taking your created character into multiplayer matches, know that whatever you spend for your copy of the game, it won't be enough to compete online -- at least, not right away.

NBA 2K16's Pro-Am and MyPark modes are built on competitively unbalanced and psychologically manipulative grind-to-win/pay-to-win models -- the kinds you'd expect to find in a free-to-play mobile app, not on a $60 Blu-ray disc. If you want to keep up with the majority of Pro-Am/Park players, who are presently rated in the mid-80s to high-90s, your avatar must choose between slowly earning or outright purchasing six figures of in-game currency just to raise your player's overall rating from a completely inept 55 up to at least the low-80s.

Read More - MyPark & Pro-Am: Where Your $60 Entry Fee Isn't Enough To Compete Online (Written by: Jayson Young)

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
Monday, November 9, 2015
10:12 AM - November 9, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

When Damjan Rudež rose off the bench and eagerly began his four-and-a-half-minute shift during the Minnesota Timberwolves season opener, I knew exactly why head coach Sam Mitchell had sent him in: to shoot the rock. The 6-foot-10 reserve forward from Croatia -- who was a "DNP Coach's Decision" in the second game this year -- probably checked in and out of the LA Staples Center without being noticed by most television viewers and audience members. But if you've taken NBA 2K16's MyTeam mode online, you probably recognized Rudež's name and face immediately because his 85-rated standing shot -- plus hot spots in the corners and at the top of the key -- make him one of the best perimeter threats in the "bronze" tier, which is limited to athletes rated below a 70 overall.

Read More - NBA 2K16: MyTeam's Early Seeds Give Roster Rejects a Time to Shine

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
03:16 PM - October 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

After last year's game inexplicably omitted the ability to simulate to your next shift, NHL 16 at least brought that feature back from last gen's Be A Pro mode. But EA Canada still has not improved the series' annoyingly long loading times between shifts. You can expect to waste 10 seconds staring at a black screen every time you step off the ice, which adds up to about 3.5 minutes of in-match loading per game if your coach is giving you 20 shifts a night. I don't understand how a game like NBA 2K16 can get my character out of his seat and onto the court in only a second or two, while EA Canada's hockey title continues to trip over the same technical hurdle.

Read More - NHL 16: Be A Pro Mode's Biggest Problems

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
03:22 PM - October 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Overhaul The AI

In a year where FIFA 16 and NBA 2K16 both made tremendous improvements to their on-field/on-court AI, it's sad to see NHL 16's CPU skaters still aimlessly wandering at times.

AI teams still struggle to gain possession inside the offensive zone, mostly due to poor decision making coming through the neutral zone. On many shifts, they will either hesitate and zig-zag around the red line before launching a futile dump attempt, or they'll skate the puck in a straight line down the side boards where you can easily crush their oncoming forward with a check.

Read More - How EA Can Bring Fans Back to NHL's Franchise Mode

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
05:03 PM - October 7, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

If you're struggling to advance through Road to the Playoffs' early seeds, or are just trying to complete some of MyTeam's more restrictive challenges, here are a few of the best bronze players you can buy in NBA 2K16...

Read More - NBA 2K16: MyTeam's Best Bronze Players

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
Monday, October 5, 2015
10:41 AM - October 5, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 looks, runs, and plays like a pre-alpha build of a game that might have been ready to release sometime in the spring or summer of 2016. Its framerate is choppier than most extreme sports titles on the PlayStation 2. Its 20-person multiplayer sessions contain more ghosting and warping than an original Pac-Man cabinet. The entire package is missing many essential options and features from the first six Tony Hawk games that rightfully belong in any modern revival.

Even if future patches miraculously resolve THPS 5's numerous mechanical and technical malfunctions, the game still won't be worth buying, due to unpatchable problems like blasé skate parks, unbalanced level designs, repetitive single-player missions, an inefficient matchmaking system, and a lack of compelling multiplayer modes.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 would be a disgraceful piece of software to ship on the PlayStation 4's launch day, much less coming 22 months into the system's life. I did not think I'd ever play a game on this console that was worse than NBA Live 14, but Activision and developer Robomodo have somehow managed to score lower than EA Tiburon's own disastrous comeback attempt.

Read More - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Review (PS4/XB1)

Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
12:55 PM - September 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Want to build your team with the best players at the best possible price? Jayson Young checks in today with a guide on the best bargain players in NHL 16's Hockey Ultimate Team. Check out his list after the jump...

Read More - NHL 16: Hockey Ultimate Team's Best Bargain Players

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Baseball fans, don't be sour. Look above, and feel the power! It's a new day on PlayStation 4, yes it is! For the first time in the platform's short history, Konami is bringing one of their two Nippon Professional Baseball games to PS4. Power Pros 2016 is targeting a Spring 2016 release in Japan on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and that's all we really know about the game right now, based on an official press release that contains one teaser screenshot.

A new version of Pro Yakyuu Spirits is also being made for iOS and Android, and that product is far enough along in development that Konami has posted a pretty detailed trailer to their Japanese YouTube channel:

Pro Yakyuu Spirits Ace should be available on phones and tablets sometime in 2015, according to the above video. Konami's also uploaded lots of in-game screenshots and a few paragraphs describing Ace's game modes on its Japanese webpage.

Game: Power Pros 2016Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
07:02 PM - September 23, 2015. Posted by jyoung. Written by Jayson Young

Visual Concepts Community Managers Ronnie Singh and Chris Manning just finished streaming some head-to-head gameplay of NBA 2K16 on the company's official Twitch channel. Their match between the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors was played on Superstar difficulty and default Simulation sliders.

If you didn't get to see the event live, click here to start watching the archive. The actual broadcast starts at timestamp 5:46. If you don't want to spend an hour-and-a-half watching the whole show, here is all of the new information that was announced:

  • NBA 2K16's Play Now leaderboards will reward users who don't always pick the most talented teams. Previously, the leaderboards were mostly just determined by total wins and total losses.

  • NBA 2K16's online servers will be turned on "late tomorrow."

  • The "Momentous" trailer will be officially released tomorrow afternoon.
My Career
  • All existing NBA 2K16 My Career save files will be deleted from the 2K servers sometime tomorrow.

  • My Career will once again have unlockable endorsements from actual companies like Kia and Gatorade.
  • You can now select which side of the on-ball defender's body your screener will come to.

  • The ball handler will have access to four signature dribbles by holding down the R2 button.

  • Prerecorded player interviews will occasionally be shown during stoppages in play.

  • There are new shooting follow-through animations that give you natural visual feedback on whether or not you're taking good/bad shots, which is helpful if you like to have the shot meter disabled.

  • The new defensive meter will light up whenever you are in a good position to contest a shot.

  • Manual instant replays now have several new options that are designed to help NBA 2K's video editing community.

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
10:33 AM - September 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Hockey Ultimate Team is back this year and better than ever. To get you started with your new team and on the right track, Jayson Young is here with a dozen tips and strategies on how to build the best possible team.

Check out his pointers after the jump!

Read More - NHL 16: A Dozen Ultimate Team Tips and Strategies

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, August 27, 2015
11:17 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

As I said in our staff's recent Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 roundtable, I'm fundamentally opposed to the multi-button, meter-based kicking mechanics that games like PES and FIFA have employed for over a decade. But despite not liking either of those titles' core gameplay, I've still found myself firing up lots of FIFA on the new consoles, primarily due to its well-made cooperative multiplayer modes. Whenever I'm playing Pro Clubs or Two vs. Two Online Seasons alongside my pals -- instead of being isolated against a single friend in a personal grudge match -- the gameplay frustrations that'd normally stop me from having fun with FIFA just drip off the side of my skull before they can ever reach my brain, like condensation coming off a cold bottle.

Read More - Madden Should Have Expanded OTP, Not Eliminated It

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Monday, August 17, 2015
08:53 AM - August 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

During last week's Gamescom convention, GameSpot interviewed Electronic Arts' chief operating officer Peter Moore. For sports fans (especially those owning a PlayStation 4), the most interesting part of this discussion came when Moore was asked if Electronic Arts had any plans for bringing the surprisingly successful EA Access program to Sony's system.

"Let's switch to EA Access, which a lot of people think offers a good deal.

Peter Moore: I think it offers a great deal.

Do you still want to see EA Access on PlayStation 4?

Peter Moore: Doesn't matter. It's on Xbox One, and those customers love it. We have analytics on everything these days, and subscriber satisfaction rates are through the roof. EA Access customers get to play more, because of the Vault, they get to play early, ahead of general release date, and they get to pay less because of the discounts it offers.

So, consumers love it. It's doing well. If you expand to another console, business will be even better, right?

Peter Moore: But it's not. It's on Xbox One.

I'm curious about what you're saying. Is this part of a deal with Microsoft now?

Peter Moore: It's on Xbox One-

[Interrupting] Do you want to talk about this?

Peter Moore: Well Sony talked about it, ask them [laughs]. There's not much left for me to say."

Moore's last line is a reference to Game Informer's infamous quote from an anonymous Sony representative who claimed that, "We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect. We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."

The "value" of a $5-per-month subscription ($30 for the year) was certainly questionable when Sony made its original statement on July 30, 2014. But as EA's downloadable game vault has been expanded to include the entire EA Sports catalog, and the company's pre-release trial period has been extended to 10 hours, EA Access has arguably become a better value for sports gamers than Sony's own PlayStation Plus program.

Sony's PlayStation 4 was the clear choice of a new generation when it and the Xbox One debuted during 2013's holiday shopping season. But since most sports titles look and play similarly on each console, and Xbox One owners finally have a good hardball option in Super Mega Baseball, I have mostly run out of reasons why I would recommend a PlayStation 4 over an Xbox One to someone looking for the best place to play console sports games (sup, Rocket League).

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Visual Concepts' Community Managers, Chris Manning and Ronnie Singh, just finished their regular Tuesday Twitch stream. This week, the duo discussed NBA 2K16's plans for Germany's upcoming Gamescom convention, plus they answered several community questions about the recently revealed 2K Pro-Am mode.

If you don't want to watch the entire 47-minute broadcast, here is a summary of the stream:

  • The 2K Pro-Am mode will have "eSports elements," which will be discussed in more detail at a later date.

  • There won't be any "Got Next" spots in 2K Pro-Am mode, even in the 40-person arena. Ronnie said that all the player icons moving around NBA 2K15's Rec Center were causing the lag in that mode, not the 40-person player load.

  • The developers are making sure that the fill-in AI players on 2K Pro-Am mode will be "mediocre," so that lineups with more human players will always have a competitive advantage.

  • The "ELO" leaderboard system is designed to reward teams who are beating other highly ranked teams. Wins against low-ranked teams won't count as much.

  • 2K's marketing schedule is "really, really close" to releasing NBA 2K16's first gameplay videos. Some screenshots of the cover athletes (James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Anthony Davis) will appear on Facebook tonight at 9:00 PM PST.

  • More of the new historic teams that have been added to NBA 2K16 will be announced later this week. The 1999-2000 Toronto Raptors, 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers, and 2007-2008 Boston Celtics have already been revealed.

  • There is no playable NBA 2K16 demo at Gamescom this year. Ronnie's reasoning for this decision was that the gamers attending this conference generally are not NBA fans.

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All

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