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Thursday, December 18, 2014
10:42 AM - December 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

Defense is improved in Madden NFL 15, that's not a lie. The improvements are minimal, and don't impact the game with a realistic impression. But if you find the right set of sliders (and beware, one size does not fit all) you'll notice realistic scores, balanced attacks on both sides of the ball, and a reasonable but not overwhelming number of turnovers.

Unfortunately, Madden still doesn't feel quite right.

Read More - How to Make Madden Play More Realistic Defense

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
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08:56 AM - December 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

As announced last week, EA Sports UFC is now available for free, in The Vault for EA Access subscribers.

A subscription package is available exclusively for Xbox One users for $4.99 a month or $29.99 yearly. The package features early access to games (usually time limited), and free full games from The Vault.

For those that are curious. Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Peggle 2 are also available free of charge with an EA Access subscription.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
02:03 PM - December 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Matthew Coe

Sports gamers have a variety of ways to receive roster in 2014. Going forward into 2015 and beyond, there is a debate over what kind of delivery method is preferred by the community. In this piece, we'll take a look at using rosters generated by companies like Synergy and SportVu versus the method that is tried and true: manual handmade edits. Let's look at the debate.

Read More - The Future of Sports Gaming Roster Updates

11:06 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

Thanks to BradyBunch88 on the Operation Sports Forums for his great FIFA beginners guide. If you want to cheat ahead in this series, you can see the full document at the link. Throughout the rest of this week, we'll be posting tidbits from the guide to help newer FIFA players along. Today, we're looking at players wages and contracts!

Wages - I have yet to not give the player what he wants. If you squad rotate a lot, you can typically give a player what he wants if he wants to be an important player or a crucial player. The key is making sure you can meet your player's expectations.

Contracts - Again, this is a story of giving the player what they want. If a player does reject, don't give up and offer again the next week.

Canceling Contracts - If/when you do this, make sure you never want that player again because they likely won't re-sign for you ever.

Player Morale - If a player says that he is unhappy, that means he wants to play more. Give the player a couple of games on the field and they'll typically come back saying, "Thanks for putting me back into the team."

If they are unhappy because management is poor, the solution to that is simple: win more games. If they're unhappy because they are underpaid, you can give them a new contract or sell them, whichever makes more financial sense for your club.


How do you manage players wages, contracts, and morale in FIFA 15?

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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09:58 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

One of the big features in the upcoming Feature Update 2 for The Golf Club is the handicap system. For those of you that aren't familiar with a handicap in golf, make sure you read this article explaining it. We have posted a few notes from it below.

WHAT IS A HANDICAP?

A handicap is a system that will bring competitiveness between players of all skill levels. It is weighted in a way that the better player will normally win but if they have an off round or weaker player has an exceptional day then the weaker player will win.

WHAT DOES MY HANDICAP MEAN?

The Handicap can be from 38 through to an infinite positive number (+8 is Tiger Woods’ handicap). Having a handicap between 1 and 38 means that you are allowed an extra shot on certain holes, depending on their Stroke Index. The harder the hole the more shots you’ll get. If you have a positive handicap, like Tiger, you’ll have less shots on easier holes on the course.

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE

If I have a Handicap of 1, I am awarded an extra shot to reach par on the course and the only hole affected on the round will be the hardest hole on the course (Stroke Index 1). If this hole is a par 5 and I shoot a 6, it will still be classed as a 5 in my NET score, or 3 points in Stableford because I had an extra shot.

If I have +1 handicap the only hole affected will be the easiest hole on the course (Stroke Index 18), on that hole, a par 3 say, I’ll need to shoot a 2 to have my net score classed as a par, or my Stableford points to be 3 points.

In Tiger Woods’ case (he has a +8 handicap) he would need to birdie eight holes to get an even par for those holes and those holes he would need to birdie would be the eight easiest so the ones with a Stoke Index 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 11.

In the case of my Real Life Handicap 21, I get a to make a bogey on 15 holes and a double bogey on the holes with an SI of 1, 2 and 3.

A golfer with a Scratch Handicap, 0, will get no shots taken from or added to their scorecard.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
08:37 AM - December 17, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports has just added the Christmas uniforms for the Wizards, Knicks, Thunder, Spurs, Cavaliers, Heat, Lakers, Bulls, Warriors and Clippers, as well as the new Pride uniforms for the Celtics and Magic, along with the new Cavaliers alternate uniform for NBA 2K15.

This year's uniforms include each player's first name on the back of the jerseys, but in NBA 2K15 it still shows the last name. We will continue to upload some screenshots of the new uniforms here.

NOTE: These uniforms are all tied to the 2K Sports official roster update, so you have to start over to see them in other modes. They are available in MyTEAM.

UPDATE: These uniforms are scheduled to arrive for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 fans tonight.

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Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
07:20 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.

Check out the changes for this mornings roster update here.

NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
05:32 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K announced today that former Baylor University center Isaiah Austin is now available as a playable free agent in NBA 2K15 on all platforms. To celebrate his remarkable courage and character during his career-ending diagnosis of Marfan syndrome, 2K conducted facial scanning with Isaiah at the NBA 2K studios to fulfill one more part of the dream of any aspiring basketball athlete by becoming an in-game player in NBA 2K15.

Fans will have the opportunity to add him to their team as a free agent as well as in the MyTEAM mode, and view him on this week’s episode of NBA2K TV.

For those that are curious, Isaiah Austin is rated an overall 73.

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Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
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PlayStation 4 fans can purchase The Golf Club for $20.99 ($24.99 if you are not a PS Plus subscriber). No such sale exists for the PC or Xbox One version, as of this post.

NOTE: This price is good until December 23rd.

UPDATE: Throughout the Steam Holiday Sale, which ends on January 2nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST, The Golf Club will be priced at $24.49 for PC users.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All
01:44 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With The Golf Club rolling out feature update two, which includes the new Handicap system, there are also a few other important additions to the game on top of that. In the second feature update, there will also be two new official 72 par courses added to the game.

Flin Flon Golf Club, built using the Boreal Theme, and Great Tottington Golf Club, built using the brand new Countryside Theme, are included in feature update number two. Be sure to check out our new screenshots of both courses.

Feature update two of The Golf Club should arrive by Christmas.

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Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
01:32 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by wiscowilz. Written by Steve Noah


2K Announces Availability of First WWE® 2K15 Downloadable Content Offerings

WCW® Superstars Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, Fit Finlay, Lex Luger and Lord Steven Regal set to join playable, in-game roster

2K today announced the availability of new downloadable content for WWE® 2K15, the latest release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Featuring five playable WCW® Superstars, the downloadable content offering* via Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, includes the following items:

WCW Pack
  • Playable WCW Superstars: Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal and Lex Luger.
  • WCW Pack is available now for a suggested price of $7.99.
WWE Diva Paige finally made her WWE 2K15 debut today for Showcase Season Pass holders.

UPDATE: 2K Games is adding two iconic characters to the game--Hulk Hogan and Sting--who were initially offered as exclusive pre-order and special edition bonuses.

Source - GameSpot

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
10:45 AM - December 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

Thanks to BradyBunch88 on the Operation Sports Forums for his great FIFA beginners guide. If you want to cheat ahead in this series, you can see the full document at the link. Throughout the rest of this week, we'll be posting tidbits from the guide to help newer FIFA players along. Today, we're looking at the financial aspects of career mode!

Transfers and Loans - The best way to loan or transfer a player is to put them up for sale before the transfer window is open.

Financial Difficulty - Don't shoot yourself in the foot here. When you set the difficulty higher, it actually just doesn't give you the full amount of money you make from selling a player. You can sell a player for £10 Million, and you only will get £8 Million to use with the club taking £2 Million. It's best to set this to lenient rather than moderate or strict if you want to have the full funds available to you.

Financial Takeover - This is your friend and its one way to improve your club. Think about it, how many small clubs are being taken over by billionaires? This kind of thing happens in the real world quite often, and if you happen to gain promotion into the Premiere League (or you are working with a club at that level), you will need decent players to survive. This option can be found in your EA Sports Catalogue.

Finances - Here you can choose how much transfer money you want in relation to how much in wages you want to pay. It doesn't really matter what you put unless you don't have a lot of money, but you can push this to its absolute limit! If you keep the wage/transfer balance around 50/50 you really can't go wrong. The golden rule is that you need money to offer new contracts, so you need to adjust your settings accordingly.


What are some of the approaches you take to managing your clubs finances in FIFA 15?

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, December 15, 2014
05:49 PM - December 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

One of the most surprising games of the year is easily Super Mega Baseball. With some deceptively deep on-field gameplay, Super Mega Baseball has won over a few of our hearts since starting to play it over the last few days.

If you are planning on picking up the title, be sure to read our review first and then check out these tips to get you started:
  • Pick an ego that works for you. I have played everything from the low egos (15 or so to start) up to 99. They progressively get harder, and honestly every game should do difficulty like this. It just makes sense.
  • As you play on higher and higher egos, you will need to learn to work the count as a batter and wait on a good pitch. The lower difficulty levels you aren't as penalized if you 'miss' on your targeting while swinging, but get up past 50 and things really begin to get tough, especially for players who aren't as good at contact hitting.
  • Pitch to the outside of the strike zone, just as in real life. Leaving pitches over the heart of the plate is going to result in you giving up runs.
  • In the same way, getting a good feel for the pitching meter/motion is essential. Missing over the heart of the plate is truly a bad idea, and sometimes the meter is going to want to push you there. You have to develop quick reflexes in order to ensure your pitches end up on point.
  • Mix your pitches up. This is obvious baseball 101 but those principles do work in the game. Throwing straight fastballs won't work, and throwing straight junk won't work. With so many pitches in your arsenal, you shouldn't ever have a problem mixing your approach up.
  • I have found the power swing mechanic isn't something I used much at all. If you focus on getting great contact, you'll see similar results on the lower difficulty levels. Once you move up though, the power mechanic has more of an impact.
  • Pitching wise, there is a power pitching mechanic, but I am honestly not using it and not giving up a lot of runs. My mileage seems to vary with others though.

Be sure to let us know some of your tips when you get a chance to play the game!!

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 2 - View All
04:42 PM - December 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The Forza Horizon 2 Storm Island Expansion DLC arrives tomorrow for Xbox One gamers. It will cost $19.99 ($9.99 if you are a Forza Horizon 2 VIP subscriber). Make sure you check out the videos below for more information about the DLC.

If the embedded videos below don't work for you, click here and view them at IGN.








Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
02:56 PM - December 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

It is hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the likes of Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton won an NBA Championship for the Detroit Pistons. Motor City haa gone downhill ever since and have somehow resulted in having the NBA's most under-achieving team. It isn't as if they haven't tried; moves to get Brandon Jennings and Joel Anthony were supposed to provide balance and depth. Yet, here they sit, in last place in the Central division. Here are three moves you can make in your NBA 2K15 association to restore their former glory:

1. Get Rid of Josh Smith: Look, it's not as if the Pistons probably haven't tried. Smith is both the highest paid player on the Pistons (by a long shot) and one of the least efficient. Even if you can't get anything for him, it's worth trying to unload him on a contender with a lot of room in the budget.

2. Embrace the Tank: No one wants to be called a quitter, but the Pistons aren't making the playoffs this year. Instead, focus on the years to come. If you can be open to dealing one of your bigs in Drummond or Monroe, all the better.

3. Turn Monroe into a Star: If you don't follow my previous advice to get a haul for Monroe, then do everything you can to turn him into a star. He's already one of the best at his position, but the Pistons really need him to be even better than that. Regardless of who is around him, Monroe will always be the Piston's most important piece.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All