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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
08:20 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Xbox One gamers will once again have the opportunity to play Madden NFL 16 five days before the actual release date with a subscription to EA Access, confirmed by Microsoft marketing executive Aaron Greenberg on Twitter.

With Madden NFL 16 releasing on August 25th, EA Access subscribers should be able to download the game on August 20th.

As an Xbox One exclusive, EA Access gives subscribers ($4.99 a month/$29.99 a year) access to The Vault, which provides full digital downloadable games for EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15, Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, NBA LIVE 15, Madden NFL 25, Madden NFL 15, Need For Speed Rivals, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, and Peggle 2. EA Access subscribers also receive 10% off EA digital purchases and trial versions (typically 6 hours) of EA games before they are released.

With that said, EA Sports released another Madden NFL 16 screenshot on their Facebook page. It features New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski defended by Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson.

For more Madden NFL 16 details, including features, screenshots and the first trailer, check out our official page.

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
05:08 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After answering some questions yesterday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will there be any smartglass or kinect integration? It would be sweet to be able to edit/change lines with smartglass.

There will not be Smartglass or Kinect integration.

Will Be a GM Mode include a Fantasy Draft option?

Yes!

So are you guy gonna add the ECHL i would like to see it and play as my favorite team in that league but for 3 years the same leagues have been in the game. Is there a reason you guys wont add it?

NHL 16 will have 10 leagues in our game. NHL, AHL, CHL (OHL, WHL, QMJHL), SHL, Liiga, DEL, Extraliga and Nationalliga. We are always looking for new opportunities within the hockey world but there will be no new leagues for NHL 16.

Will offline season-mode be back in NHL 16?

Yes. Season is back in NHL 16.

Once a Player Score a Hat Trick, will there be an animation for it?

Yes, home fans will celebrate hat tricks by showering the ice with hats in NHL 16.

Are Online Shootouts coming back? If not why?

Online Shootouts are definitely a priority for us. At this point, I cannot commit to a timeframe.

When is the first trailer coming out?

We will be unveiling our first official trailer at E3, but keeping following us on our NHL social channels for information and visuals from NHL 16.

Will there be a NBC Playoff Presentations before Playoff games?

Yes, we have continued to add pre-game analysis from Doc and Eddie when there is a specific story to mention. You will hear of streaks, home stand and road trip success, etc. In the playoffs, there is always something for them to cover based on the current series score and how the games have gone so far within the current match-up.

Have you done any upgrade or update on the physics part of the game. IE. Ice conditions, fatigue, hits, puck physics?

For balance, we are always looking at the effect of player collisions. We want to ensure that size is represented well and that you get the outcomes you expect on the ice. Big players with size and better balance will have a much easier time standing up to body on body contact and retaining the puck compared to smaller players with less size and balance. We have also added stumbles back in to give a greater range of fidelity when it comes to collisions so that the overall effect of collisions donít have to be as extreme. That being said, when you really line a player up correctly, there are still very big hits in the game.

For the basis of pre game intros, will you go into more outdoor detail? Or will there be a focus on the indoor feel of the arena at game time?

You will once again see city and arena intro shots to mimic the real world feel of an NBC Sports broadcast. We have also definitely added to the indoor feel of the arenas across the league by taking what was a great architectural foundation by our artists last year and expanding that to emulate the live show that each team puts on for their fans. Over the course of a season, you may see entrance props raising to the rafters, fire and smoke effects from the jumbotrons, fans passing team flags through the stands, and many other elements to enhance the game day authenticity.

Do you expect outdoor arenas to be available in NHL 16?

Outdoor arenas will not be a part of NHL 16. Although they are a big part of the NHL, there are two challenges that we face: 1. The stadiums can be difficult to license and if we make them generic, they immediately lose their authenticity. 2. Unless they are done as DLC, by the the time we get them into the product, the event is already 9 months old.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
02:49 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was heartbreak for some, and relief and joy for others. But now what it means for every NBA 2K fiend and NBA Draft hound is that it's time to start obsessing over how the 2015 NBA Draft will play out, and how these players will even look on the virtual hardwood next season.

So we took control of all 30 NBA teams, put everybody in their correct real-life draft order, and we put together the first 14 picks in the NBA Draft. Let's look at the results and these soon-to-be-drafted players in all their virtual glory.


Read More - NBA 2K15: The 2015 NBA Draft Comes Alive

(All thanks go to NBA 2K user EmbraceThePace who has this Draft Class file uploaded on PS4 for all to download and use!)

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All

FIFA 16, Madden NFL 16, NBA Live 16, NHL 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will all be on the show floor at E3 from June 16 through June 18. We will have 3 guys at the show this year, so expect quite a bit of coverage.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
12:35 PM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order car pack, which was available exclusively for fans that pre-ordered the game, is available now to purchase for $4 in the Xbox Live Store.

The car pack includes the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera, 2013 BMW M6 Coupe, 2008 Ferrari California and 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant.

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Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
09:46 AM - May 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Brandon Kosal

The news of Odell Beckham Jr. being voted the youngest ever to be on the cover of Madden is still fresh, and itís also the first first sign that the gameís release is on the horizon.

Which means thereís only one thing to do: Figure out what team to dominate your Connected Franchise with next season.

For some, picking a team for a franchise mode is almost as important as anything you will ever do in your life. Thatís why weíre getting this out of the way now, three months before the game comes out. With the NFL Draft and free agency finished (at least for the most part beyond some post-June 1 cuts that may shake things up), thereís a little more roster clarity.

Having a three-month head start might help you clear your head and figure out what team is a better option for you. On some level, it would make sense to make a case for each of the 32 teams, but hopefully narrowing it down to just five teams will help crystallize things a bit more.

Important note: Tampa Bay and Tennessee are obvious choices that will be omitted from this list. A lot of people will jump at the chance to play with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. For this list, weíll look beyond those two teams.

Here are five teams, in no particular order, which you should think about for your franchise mode in Madden 16.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Five Teams to Consider for your Franchise

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
09:28 AM - May 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


The courses for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour continue to slowly be revealed. EA Sports has revealed their next course, TPC Boston.

Other courses that have been revealed include the following:
  • Wolf Creek
  • TPC Sawgrass
  • TPC Scottsdale
  • Saint Andrews
  • Royal Troon
  • Bay Hill
As mentioned previously, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will not include Augusta National.

Courses will continue to be revealed on a week to week basis until the game releases on July 14th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For more news, details and media, check out the Rory McIlroy PGA Tour page.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
01:54 PM - May 19, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

At this point, we have now received the major bullet points that EA will be touting this year for NHL 16. The big things that detracted from NHL 15 were a lack of modes and a general rushed feeling everything had off the ice. Clearly, EA is trying to correct those issues this season.

So let's breakdown what we know piece by piece and talk about all this.

Read More - NHL 16: Let's Talk About the Features

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
12:01 PM - May 19, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Jayson Young

After a shaky rookie season in NBA 2K13, MyTeam has quickly become a huge money-maker for Visual Concepts. But for as great as the mode is at encouraging users to make microtransactions, MyTeam still has not become a particularly fun or interesting mode to play.

So here are some areas where MyTeam must improve in the offseason if it wishes to be mentioned alongside Electronic Arts' Ultimate Team -- or even Sony San Diego's Diamond Dynasty -- as one of the most enjoyable fantasy team modes in sports gaming.

Read More - NBA 2K MyTeam Still Struggling To Match EA Sports' Ultimate Team

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All


EA Sports is doing something new this year, with an Ask NHL feature on their website complete with short videos answering fan questions about the game.

In the first set of videos (three total), the team answers questions on in-game customization, action tracker and single player game modes. The video above is a compilation of the first three videos and runs just shy of two minutes.

The NHL 16 Ask EA page is already filled with quite a few answers on questions they have received. Below are just a few, read more here.

Will we see GM Connected again? If not, will we see a smaller scale of online dynasty type mode?

GM Connected was a highly requested feature that unfortunately failed in many ways. When we look a the data, only a very small number of leagues had more than 2 players per league and though the mode supported up to 25 years, very few leagues made it past the 20 game mark of season 1. We understand that that there were some issues with the overall speed of the mode. Moving forward we want to work with our fans to better understand their needs and expectations on what a great online dynasty for the new generation of consoles should deliver and where we fell short on GM Connected similar to the approach we took in bringing EASHL to NHL 16.

Are mascots in the game this year?


Yes. All of the NHL teams that have official mascots will have them in NHL 16.

Why did you change the EASHL attribute system?

In NHL 16 we have changed the EASHL attribute system based on research and fan feedback. What we learned through that research and fan feedback is that there were three things that were critical for the new EASHL: 1. Created characters so you could play as yourself 2. Even playing field so skill (individual and team) is the determining factor in the outcome of games 3. Customization of characters so each player can look unique.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All

The official release of the NHL 16 Feature list is here, and while its the exact same as the list leaked yesterday, it's nice to get confirmation on what is coming in this year's game.

Here is the full list of game modes in NHL 16:


Check out the full list of NHL 16 features below:

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"Built with more input from our fans than ever before, NHL 16 steps onto the ice to deliver ways to compete as a team, new features across the most played single-player modes, gameplay innovation at every position on the ice and an unrivalled game day atmosphere.

New Ways to Compete as a Team

Hockey is a sport that comes to life in a competitive team-based gameplay experience. Whether itís through speed, skill, or physicality, every player makes an impact on the ice no matter what position they play or their role on the team. So grab some friends and jump into either 6 v. 6 Online Team Play, Online Couch Co-op, or the re-imagined EA SPORTS Hockey League and prove that great individuals canít beat a great team.

The New EASHL

Sharpen those skates and grab your buddies because the EA SPORTS Hockey League is back! This fan-favorite online team mode has been reimagined and lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games.

6 v. 6 Online Team Play

New copy: Play online with up to twelve skaters including user controlled goalies. Using real-world NHL rosters you can compete in ranked drop-in games against players from around the world or invite your friends to a private OTP session before you step into EA SPORTS Hockey League.

Online Couch Co-op

The perfect way to play when you and your friends want to jump on the couch, join forces and play some drop-in hockey online. Itís the best place to practice your team play skills before playing OTP or EASHL.

A Way to Play for Every Hockey Fan

Whether youíre an armchair GM, want to live out your NHL pro fantasy, or build your ultimate dream team, NHL 16 will deliver a single-player game mode for every type of hockey fan - each with new features that youíve never seen in EA SPORTS NHL.

Be a GM: Player Morale

Being a GM is about more than just getting the best players, itís about getting the right players to play well together. Each player on your NHL and AHL team has a different personality that you will have to manage. Deal with trade demands, teammate relationships, and much more by calling team meetings or adjusting your roster to directly affect your teamís on-ice performance.

Be a Pro: Shape Your Legacy

The way you play dictates the type of player you will become in an all-new Be a Pro progression system. On-ice actions directly influence attributes earned, ensuring that your Pro will reflect the way you play. Sim to your next shift and the ability to work your way up from CHL rookie to an NHL Superstar also make a return in NHL 16.

Hockey Ultimate Team: Single Player Seasons

The most played mode in the NHL series gets even better. Improved player management and the introduction of HUT Single Player Seasons gives you another way to hone your skills before jumping online with HUT Online Seasons or challenging your friends with the Play a Friend feature.

Visual On-Ice Training

Whether youíre new to the NHL series and looking for pointers or are a grizzled veteran trying to perfect your game, this new training tool will help sharpen your offensive and defensive skills no matter your talent level. Visual aids project shooting targets, passing lanes, open teammates, and more.

Complete Control From Every Position

Whether you play as a forward, defenseman or goalie, NHL 16 delivers a balanced gameplay experience that makes every position on the ice meaningful to team success. With gameplay innovation on offense and defense, players have new tools to not only score goals, but to prevent them as well.

Precision Skating

Utilize a new skating tool that allows you to make refined movements with your skater in any situation. On defense quickly jump into passing lanes and intercept the puck, or walk the blueline on the power play and open yourself up for that one-timer in the offensive zone.

Seamless Puck Pickups

The ability to quickly control a pass or corral a loose puck can be the difference between generating a scoring chance and getting leveled. New puck pickups result in smoother transitions when receiving the puck no matter what your position, giving you more time and control to make your next move.

Unrivaled Game Day Authenticity

NHL 16 brings the game to life with distinct arena atmospheres, the most realistic players yet, and a story-driven commentary package to pull you into the energy of the game like never before.

Distinct Team Arena Atmosphere

Best in class arena authenticity gets even better with the inclusion of authentic arena effects and props including team specific celebrations, mascots, chants, and even signature props like the Lighthouse at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.

Story Driven Commentary

Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Ray Ferraro are back and now call the game with even more emotion. Hear Docís voice rise and fall with the action on the ice and get analysis from Eddie & Ray on the peaks and valleys of a NHL season. An expanded NBC SPORTS broadcast package and new pre-game intros brings the drama to life in more ways than ever before.

Superstar Authenticity

Enhanced facial features and new equipment details synonymous with the leagueís top players adds another layer of player authenticity. Use these new equipment elements to customize your own created character giving them a unique look, from custom stick tape, colored skate laces, tinted visors, and more.

Playoff Beards

One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived. With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier."

UPDATE: One thing people keep asking about is if "edit a pro" is in the game. Right now, none of the GameChangers or EA is saying it will be in NHL 16.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
09:19 AM - May 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS.

EA Sports has announced NHL Legacy Edition, which is the NHL release for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 this year. On the surface, it looks like a greatest hits of sorts for the 360/PS3 era. GameStop currently shows a $59.99 price, but we haven't heard anything official.

Here are the details:

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"EA SPORTS NHL Legacy Edition brings together the most popular modes and award-winning gameplay features from nine years of NHL hockey. Featuring updated rosters and authentic schedules, itís the perfect experience for fans looking to get that complete hockey fix on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

THE SPEED, SKILL, AND AGGRESSION OF NHL HOCKEY

Experience the explosiveness, momentum and top-end speed of the worldís best players with True Performance Skating. Dangle defenders with easy to use One-Touch Dekes and feel the hard-hitting chaos of NHL hockey through true-to-life multiplayer collisions, net scrambles, and player pileups with Multiplayer NHL Collision Physics.

LACE UP THE SKATES

Live the Life of an NHL player as you take your Be a Pro character through the junior ranks and into the NHL. Every decision you make will affect your relationship with fans, teammates and management, influencing your skills and progression. Once you master these single-player Pro experiences, jump into Online Team Play or EA SPORTS Hockey League and team-up with some friends to face online competition. Lastly, relive the glory days with NHL 94 Anniversary Mode featuring bigger goals, hits, retro presentation, and classic button controls.

MANAGE YOUR TEAM TO GLORY

Create an NHL dynasty in Be a GM as you build your team through rookie drafts, trades and signings. GM Connected enhances the manager experience by allowing gamers to manage, play, or coach with and against friends online in their own 30 team human controlled league. Finally, our most played mode Hockey Ultimate Team is the only place to build and play with a team composed of all your favorite players to create an ultimate dream team. Take your team online and face-off against other fan created teams from around the hockey world.

COMPLETE AUTHENTICITY

Choose from eight different hockey leagues including the NHL, AHL, CHL, Liiga, SHL, DEL, Extraliga ledniho hokeje, and National League. Featuring updated rosters and authentic NHL schedules."

Game: NHL Legacy EditionHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
09:15 AM - May 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jeremy Chisenhall


The Phillies are not exactly setting the league on fire so far in the early 2015 season. They are a struggling team, and it is quite clear to everyone that they need to rebuild. For fans of MLB The Show, Philadelphia can be a fun and challenging project to rebuild in franchise mode. For those of you trying this, here are a few things to try out.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Rebuilding the Phillies

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
08:13 AM - May 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After making the decision last year, not to release a Need For Speed game in 2014, the team at Ghost Games are planning to reveal a new Need For Speed game on Thursday, May 21st.

Make sure you are subscribed to their YouTube channel to get a first look at the action.

Source - Need For Speed on Facebook

Monday, May 18, 2015
09:59 PM - May 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NHL 15 gameplay.


The NHL 16 features were leaked this afternoon in a post on the Operation Sports forums by huntt26.

Of the features leaked, we learn about the new EASHL (back in the game) as well as new team play and couch online co-op. The big piece of news outside of the return of several key modes and features, is the game appears to be an Xbox One and Playstation 4 only title. Check out all of the features after the jump!

Read More - NHL 16 Features Leaked, is an XBox One and PS4 Only Title

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All