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
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
04:03 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Monday, October 5, 2015
09:41 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
11:55 AM - 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
06:02 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
09:33 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
10:17 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: 13 - View All
Monday, August 17, 2015
07:53 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
09:35 AM - August 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Glenn has given his thoughts on the EASHL beta, and now I'm ready to hop in with my own thoughts. Also check out the video we recorded yesterday with thoughts on EASHL's Beta...

Read More - EASHL Beta Shows Improvement for the Mode, But Some Old Issues Remain

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
10:38 AM - July 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

When Axis Football 2015 went live on STEAM last Wednesday, July 15, the Greenlight program's latest graduate hit the field stumbling and bumbling around like a broken, buggy mess. Most –- but not all -- of those gameplay glitches have since been bandaged up by the version 1.3 patch. But there's no hotfix for Axis Football 2015's biggest problem: it's simply not much fun to play.

The game's one noteworthy feature –- using mouselook to aim your passes -- just feels like an alternative to traditional icon-based passing rather than a revolutionary replacement. All other aspects of Axis Football 2015 come across as amateurish and archaic. A more apt title would have been Axis Football 96, because that's the era of football gaming –- the Nintendo 64's and Sony PlayStation's early 3D efforts –- the on-field action and off-field options most closely resemble in their current state.

Read More - Axis Football 2015 Review (PC)

Game: Axis Football 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
06:42 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by jyoung. Written by Jayson Young

Visual Concepts' weekly NBA 2K Twitch stream just released some tidbits on how the MyTEAM game mode has changed for NBA 2K16.

According to hosts Ronnie2K and LD2K, there will be five card tiers this year, which are only based on a player's overall rating:

1) Bronze
2) Silver
3) Gold
4) Amethyst
5) Diamond

The specific rating ranges for these tiers will be revealed at a later date.

Cards will also come with different themes, and three of those themes were detailed today (more will be announced later):

1) "Day One" theme -- The attribute ratings on these cards won't ever change, as they will be based on the initial roster that ships with NBA 2K16.

2) "Green" theme -- The attribute ratings on these cards will automatically change based on the game's regular roster updates. You will receive three of these cards just for preordering NBA 2K16.

3) "Special Moment" theme -- Whenever current NBA players produce buzzworthy moments in the upcoming season, Visual Concepts will create special edition cards featuring boosted attribute ratings. So if Kyrie Irving scores 50 points in a game again next year, he could get a Special Moment card with increased shooting and scoring attributes. You will be able to sell these cards on the auction house. Ronnie and Chris also hinted that these cards might be used as locker codes, or might possibly be in-game rewards that you have to earn/unlock.

The "Special Moment" Michael Jordan card (pictured at the top of this post) you'll receive for preordering the Jordan Edition of NBA 2K16 will have attribute ratings based off MJ's first career NBA game.

Pink Diamond cards will not be back for NBA 2K16, though locker codes will still exist in some form.

The auction house will be returning, though no specific changes or improvements were mentioned.

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
09:53 AM - July 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

To the generation of sports fans currently in their teens, 20s, and 30s, Ken Stabler was never a Super Bowl champion, an NFL MVP, or a quarterback who once took orders from coaching legends like John Madden and Bear Bryant. To football fans under the age of 40, Stabler was just another gray-haired gentleman sitting among Alabama's alumni, whom CBS' cameras loved to show between downs on SEC Saturdays. But for the few thousand young people who played All-Pro Football 2K8 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the quarterback called “Snake” might be remembered a bit differently.

Read More - Ken Stabler's Immortal Presence In All Pro Football 2K8

Game: All-Pro Football 2K8Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 57 - View All
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mebius and Clarice Games are planning to bring Bases Loaded to the PlayStation 4, according to an image posted on Mebius' website. Both companies are based in Japan, and Clarice Games has previously worked with fellow countrymen, Hamster Corporation, to help port other old Jaleco properties (like Exerion and City Connection) to the PlayStation 4 as a part of Hamster's ongoing "Arcade Archives" digital series.

Bases Loaded was a big hit for Jaleco in the late 1980s, beginning its career at Japanese arcades and on Nintendo's Famicom in 1987. Bases Loaded later came to the American NES in 1988, and appeared on the Game Boy in 1990, though that handheld version was missing the franchise's famous behind-the-pitcher camera perspective.

It's unclear which version of Bases Loaded Mebius and Clarice plan to publish, or if they are even attempting some kind of remake, but a straight port of the arcade version seems most likely, given the recent style of Hamster's "Arcade Archives" titles. Past entries in this digital-only series have released first in Japan at a price of ¥823, then arrived weeks (or even months) later in America for $7.99, if they leave the Land of the Rising Sun at all.

Even if this Bases Loaded reissue stays in Japan, it can still be downloaded on an American PlayStation 4 by creating a Japanese PlayStation Network account. And if you want to satisfy your nostalgia right now, you can currently download the NES version of Bases Loaded from Nintendo's eShop for $4.99.

Platform: PS4
Friday, July 3, 2015

IGN's Ryan McCaffrey recently interviewed three men who have helped shape Microsoft's video game legacy: Xbox designer Seamus Blackley, former Xbox 360 frontman Peter Moore, and current Xbox One headman Phil Spencer. While the entire hour-and-a-half discussion is an informative listen, sports fans will particularly want to hear the conversation from 19:08 to 22:45, where Peter Moore explains Microsoft's decision to drop-out of the sports gaming business shortly after signing a deal with Don Mattrick -- then President of Electronic Arts' Worldwide Operations -- to finally get EA's games onto Xbox Live. NCAA Football 2005 was Electronic Arts' first Xbox title to include online play, despite the fact that Microsoft's gaming network had been up and running since November of 2002.

Read More - Peter Moore Discusses Microsoft's 2004 Decision To Stop Making Sports Games (Written by Jayson Young)

Game: XSN SportsReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: XboxVotes: 0 - View All

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