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PWX is back on Kickstarter and this time it's not only met but exceeded its goals.
Which teams will have the most stacked lineups when the game launches near opening day?
A look at each point of emphasis and what it does for you.
The news came yesterday, with online franchise details from MLB 14 The Show being released.
There's a lot of winning type of features being touted by the SCEA folks, including online browser-based control of many features within the mode. What about you, do you like what you've seen on Online Franchise? Do you plan to participate in a league?
Sound off by voting in our poll!
Presumably, EA has been quietly smithing away on the next version of the NHL series for at least the last year — and possibly longer if you count pre-production and other early research and development. The reality is that the company couldn't release a game for the next-generation console launches, as there just wasn't the install base to provide adequate return on investment. The NHL series, as I've noted before, has been on a very gentle slide in the last couple of years (even though the games have been consistently solid), and this extra year allows the smaller-than-average dev team to figure out what they really want to do with the next evolution in hockey video games.
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When you create an Online Franchise, you automatically become the league’s Commissioner. You’ll get to choose the divisional alignment, schedule type, Designated Hitter preference and whether or not to upload a custom roster, among other things. Once you’re happy with your settings, you’ll need to invite other players to the league, and also determine what teams will be controlled by the CPU (if any at all).
Building a successful team in Online Franchise is as much about what happens on the field, as about what happens off the field. One of the most important things you can do to remain competitive is to draft amateur players effectively, in order to keep replenishing your major league roster with top-tier talent. To do this, you’ll need to scout players throughout the regular season so that you don’t go into your live online draft unprepared. Without proper scouting reports, you’ll have a much tougher time trying to distinguish between future superstars and draft-day busts.
The vast majority of your drafted players will need some seasoning in the minors before they’re ready for The Show, so we’ve given you access to full minor league rosters. You’ll be able to move players up and down from Class-A all the way to the Majors, set training assignments, and also pull-off trades with other teams. Our trade logic has been greatly improved as well, so forget about lopsided trades involving three top prospects for an average major league middle reliever.
This brings us to the offseason, which we divided into two parts. In Part 1, you will handle all of your contract renewable players, arbitration cases and draft pick signings. Our player contract logic has received a much needed overhaul, as we made MLB service time more of a factor when determining player interest and ideal salary. One example where this is really noticeable is when trying to offer contract extensions to your young players. In the past, you were able to sign young superstar players to extremely cheap long-term contracts, which is unrealistic in today’s MLB. Now, you’ll still be able to lock these players up early in their careers, but you’ll have to pay something much closer to their market value. This type of contract is becoming much more common in real-life lately, with teams like the Rays and Braves leading the way, and it was important for us to incorporate this new dynamic into the game.
Free agent signings happen in Part 2 of the offseason, which is divided into an adjustable number of rounds, or advancement periods. Every team gets a chance to make their best offer, and then the commissioner advances to the next round.
Players will either sign with a team, or they will remain on the market for the next round. The bidding wars that occur in this part of the offseason can become pretty intense, coupled with the fact that you’re competing against other human opponents makes the bidding all the more entertaining.
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Rounding out the whole package is our expanded record keeping, as we now store draft classes, retired players, and additional career stats and awards on the Player Card. In addition, League Events and Notifications will keep you up to date on what’s happening around the league, and what tasks you need to perform to manage your team properly.
We’re all extremely happy with the way Online Franchise turned out, and we hope you enjoy playing it just as much as we enjoyed putting it together. See you online!
Bleacher Report has posted an interview with MLB 14 The Show developers, Luis Martinez and Lance Leahy, providing even more information.
The sports gaming graveyard is quite the long list, unfortunately.
From losing NCAA Football (our freshest wound) this year, to NFL 2K, to NBA Street, there really is no shortage to the list of sports games which have gone away. Because of developers lack of desire to bring arcade experiences to the table, many series which aren't officially canned are, in fact, on the way out in a de-facto manner.
Considering games which won't be released in the next calendar year, which game would you like to be brought back as a regular series again.
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If you like fantasy sports, you’re going to be blown away by FanDuel. Our friends at FanDuel are running an Operation Sports-exclusive one-night fantasy basketball league, and are paying out $300 for free. All FanDuel leagues last just one night, and FanDuel pays out winners after the last game ends.
[Enter the Operation Sports League] for free, and finish in the top 50 to win real money. First place wins a cool $100! All winners will be paid after Wednesday’s games end.
What – Operation Sports $300 Fantasy Basketball League
Date – Wednesday, March 5th
Buy-in – Free
1. Simply [CLICK HERE] to sign up for an account at FanDuel.
2. Pick your team within the salary cap.
3. Watch the live scoring on FanDuel during the games to see how your picks perform against other Operation Sports members.
The league is live and is open for registration today.
[CLICK HERE] to sign up for your account and register for the Operation Sports league on FanDuel.
Today, EA and Need for Speed Rivals released the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 as a free download pack. The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 is debuting at the Geneva Auto Show and will not only be the most powerful Koenigsegg ever built, but possibly the fastest car ever built, full stop.
The car is said to produce 1340bhp and weigh in at just 1340kg. Fans will be able to get their hands-on this super-exclusive car even before it hits the streets with the update that will be live starting today, March 4 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.
Check out the new trailer here.
A new NFL rule proposal being floated out is to move the extra point all the way back to the 25-yard line to liven up the NFL's most guaranteed play.
While it's unlikely the move to make the extra point more strategically interesting will happen for the 2014 season, it's possible you'll see it tried in some pre-season games in the next couple of years.
What do you think? Should something be done about the extra point or is it fine as-is? Sound off in our poll!
The Forza Motorsport 5 Alpinestars car pack has arrived today for $9.99 (included as part of the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass). It includes the following cars.
1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020
2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 Radical SR8 RX
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
2012 Ultima GTR720
1997 Mitsubishi GTO
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
The 1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020 will be gifted directly to the garage of Car Pass owners and those who purchase the Alpinestars Car Pack. Individually, each car costs $2.99 and whether you purchase cars or the entire Car Pack you can only use them in free play mode. If you want to use them in career mode and stash them in your garage, you still need to spend in-game currency to purchase it.
Here are some screenshots and a trailer.
Source - ForzaMotorsport.net
Konami has released another update to their PES 2014 February data pack for PS3 users. It fixes some of the player appearance issues that some gamers were seeing.
In case you missed it, here are the PES 2014 February data pack details.
EA Sports has released more details on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is exclusive to Xbox 360 and PS3 on April 15th (sorry Xbox One, PS4 fans). Make sure you check out the new screenshots and cover art here.
Road to the FIFA World Cup
Lead any one of the 203 World Cup nations through the qualifying rounds and onto FIFA World Cup glory. Up to 32 players can play locally allowing for a truly customized and unique experience. As you make your way through the 2014 FIFA World Cup, EA SPORTS Talk Radio will provide country-specific tournament updates, including over 50 hours of recorded dialogue that adapts to your team’s performance. Fans will celebrate in the streets at more than 15 different real world locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, Moscow’s St. Basil Cathedral and even the National Mall in Washington DC.
Road to Rio de Janeiro (online)
Starting at the Arena da Amazônia in the city of Manaus, Road to Rio de Janeiro allows gamers to take their nation through all 12 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup venues. Like the popular Online Seasons mode found in FIFA 14, online matches will get more and more challenging as you inch closer to the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio and a chance to play for the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Win matches to move forward, remain in a city (division), or be relegated.
Captain your Country
This popular FIFA mode makes its triumphant return. Take an established player and have them work their way up after returning from injury or create your own future Captain and prove your worth on the team. Impress your manager and win over the fans in order to earn that important role of leader. A new auto-positioning system makes Captain your Country more accessible to new players so you won’t have to worry about being caught out of position in key moments.
Story of Finals (online)
Imagine: England and Italy have just wrapped up a five-goal thriller with the English side winning in dramatic fashion. Everyone in the world is talking about that match. Re-create that stunning fifth goal finish to give Italy the win in Story of Finals mode. An hour after the final whistle of every match, a series of challenges based on the day’s result will be available to play. Replicate a specific score-line, change the course of a match or win a match without conceding a goal. There will be a number of different scenarios available to challenge. Complete challenges to earn XP earned that can be used in FIFA 14.
2014 FIFA World Cup
Compete online or locally and play the authentic 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament. From the Group stage up until the World Cup finals, win your way through the competition and lift that FIFA World Cup trophy.
Story of Qualifying
For two and a half years, over 200 nations vied for a chance to take part in this summer’s FIFA World Cup. Along the way, football fans were treated to some fantastic matches. We saw comebacks, blowouts, and even a few upsets along the way. In Story of Qualifying, over 60 of the most memorable matches can be replayed. Replicate Colombia’s three goal comeback against Chile; score two goals for 10-man France in 11 minutes against Spain to earn automatic qualification are just a few of the scenarios you’ll get to tackle.
Bonus: Additional modes
Not enough for you? In addition to the above modes you can take on your mates in online or local Friendlies or improve your FIFA skills with 50 new and classic Skill Games. Immerse yourself in the biggest FIFA World Cup yet.
EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup features over 200 teams, 7,000 players, 20 new stadiums and over 15 hours of added commentary.
More 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil information can be found below.
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil - All The New Features (Futhead News)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Hands-On Preview (XboxAchievements)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Preview (FSB)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Developer Interview (FSB)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Aims To Be “Most Accessible” FIFA To Date (IGN)
In absence of individual player assignments, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K14 have given gamers three “Points of Emphasis” to help control their AI teammates' on-court behavior. During a game, players can apply one offensive emphasis, one defensive emphasis and one bonus “flex” emphasis.
Read More - NBA 2K14: Points of Emphasis Guide
Last week, I jokingly commented on MLB 14: The Show's fact sheet, which included the addition of "left-handed infielders." To me, this seemed not only an odd thing to add, but an odd thing to publicize.
If you are unfamiliar with why left-handed infielders are so rare, it has to do with fielding and throwing runners out. Lefties field with their right hand, but need to throw to the left (first base) to get the out. This leads to an awkward transition, bad throws, and extra time for the runner. Think about the throw a right-handed first basemen needs to make on a 3-6-3 double play, or a right-handed quarterback who rolls to the left for similar throws.
Read More - MLB 14 The Show: A History of Left-Handed Infielders
In MLB® 13 The Show™, we introduced Universal Profiles. Your Universal Profile displayed a breakdown of all your earned XP, online stats from past and present, recent play history, and Ratings in our competitive online modes.
This year, we’ve taken two more steps forward in creating a personal and universal sense of progression, regardless of your platform or play style.
Read More - MLB 14 The Show New Universal Profile, Stubs Deep Dive
Nike has revealed the new NFL Nike Elite 51 uniform design for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the upcoming season.
- The Golf Club Gameplay Videos and Out of Bounds Explained
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 February Data Pack Available Now For PS3, 360 - Soon For PC
- New Tony Hawk Game to be Exclusive to Mobile Devices
- Trials Fusion Arrives April 16th - Trailer & Screenshots (Xbox One, PS4, 360 & PC)
- MLB 14 The Show Screenshots (PS3)
- MLB 14 The Show Video and Developer Blog - Quick Counts and Player Lock
- Gran Turismo 5 Online Services Will Shutdown on May 30th, DLC Removed on April 30th
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- Sports Daily: The King's Mask
- Press Row Podcast - NBA Live State of the Union
- Sports Daily: Giving 30-0 its Due
- The NCAA Debated Allowing Player Names In Video Games
- NHL 14: Top Players Who Could Be Moved at Trade Deadline
- NBA 2K: Fixing The Flaws With MyCareer
- The Golf Club Closed Beta Impressions (Q&A Inside)
- MLB 14: The Show Fact Sheet What's Hot/Not
- Sports Daily: The Limiting of Home-Plate Collisons by MLB
- Breaking It Down: Who Will Bring College Sports Back?
- NBA Live 14 Is Barely Updating Its Players