Tuesday, June 28, 2016
05:06 PM - June 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

It seems the likeness lawsuit settlements and final judgements continue to roll out against sport game makers -- the last announced today is Jim Brown receiving a $600,000 settlement from EA.

Check out the full press release:

"Iconic running back and Hollywood actor Jim Brown has agreed to accept a voluntary judgment offered by Electronic Arts (EA) stemming from the use of his likeness in Madden NFL video games, according to Hagens Berman. EA will pay $600,000 in exchange for a dismissal and release of Brown’s claims.

Brown’s attorney Robert Carey praised the outcome, saying, “This recovery marks an important victory for plaintiffs in publicity-rights cases, and athletes in particular. Big business should think twice before it turns players’ hard-won identities and achievements into merchandise without permission or compensation.”

Brown concurred, “I took a stand for all athletes and laid a framework for future plaintiffs with my great legal team. Hopefully, this is a step forward in getting companies like Electronic Arts to recognize the value that athletes have in selling their products.”

EA’s best-selling Madden NFL football game allowed users to play as Brown’s team (the 1965 Cleveland Browns) and other historic franchises. Brown’s suit alleged that EA asked to use his likeness and that he expressly refused. EA nonetheless created an avatar in the game that mimicked Brown’s height, weight, skin color, experience, team, position and ability level.

The payment will exceed amounts EA has reportedly paid other athletes to appear not only in the game, but on the Madden NFL cover."

This is obviously just the latest of several lawsuits ongoing against EA for using likenesses within past sports games. The most famous of which was the Ed O'Bannon case which effectively ended the NCAA Football and Basketball series' from EA.

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02:05 PM - June 28, 2016. Posted by beau21. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted a video interview with the team behind NASCAR Heat Evolution. Plenty more details about the game are revealed, along with some more gameplay.

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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11:07 AM - June 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If you've been on Twitter lately, you've no doubt been seeing Ramone Russell answer fans inquiries about why they were banned over the past couple of days.

Over the weekend, Ramone also posted in the SCEA Forums reiterating that breaking the rules and standards of the community could result in a console and PSN ID being banned.

"If a player is found cheating, exploiting, harassing other players, or breaking the rules in game or here on The Show Nation forums, we will suspend the account for a limited time or even permanently ban the ID and console.

This isn't new and we've always been on the lookout for these types of players, but it's important to remind the community of the potential consequences that may await players if they decide to travel down the dark path."

A number of players were banned in the past few days according to Ramone's Twitter Feed:

"We banned a number of users who exploited community market transactions. Bans will not be reversed, fyi flipping cards IS NOT an exploit.

Flipping cards doesn't get you banned, we encourage flipped cards, flipping cards is good for everyone."

Several users were quick to claim innocence but it appears Russell came armed with info, telling at least one user they were in the top 1% of offenders of the glitch. In fact, the SCEA investigation into the matter was three weeks long and involved multiple runs and checks of the same data.

This was a bold move by SCEA to protect the online gaming experience for many MLB The Show users. While bans are nothing new in the online gaming world, it does appear SCEA has taken some pretty dramatic steps in order to safeguard the online experience for gamers. While some of the bans are permanent, others are temporary and will last anywhere from days to weeks to months.

What do you think of the bans? Was SCEA right? Is this a good move?

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
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08:23 AM - June 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Yesterday we posted a story about a growing fear amongst FUT players that chemistry may be artificially 'nerfing' non day-1 player ratings in Ultimate Team.

There's obviously a lot more which could be said about the story, and we're still following the latest developments ourselves, but we're interested in your reaction to the story. Are you more or less likely to play FUT after reading the story and hearing the news? Is this something you think which needs to be fixed immediately?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know in the comments below!

Game: FIFA 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Game Informer has posted some NASCAR Heat Evolution career mode details, along with a developer diary video. They also discuss multiplayer, free/paid DLC and much more.

...its career mode is full bodied. You start out at the bottom of the Sprint Cup series with your own team and have to earn contracts and satisfy real sponsors in order to upgrade your organization. If you take Nationwide, for example, both you and Junior would have the sponsor on your cars (with separate paint schemes) even though you're on different teams. You can also keep your sponsorship at any time instead of upgrading, although you'll always make more money even if you decline a new sponsor.

When you start out you pick your car number, manufacturer, and your avatar (including the ability to have a female driver), and at the initial few races you'll be competing to get payouts from secondary sponsors who have various conditions such as finishing in the top 30, for instance. As you progress, separate challenges from drivers will break up the week-to-week schedule. These will be historic situations from the past few seasons.

There is a big board of upgrades you can earn, from buying and expanding your garage space and engine shop to hiring various specialists, and Monster believes your team should take some time to get to the level of the big race teams. Thankfully, there is no limit to how long the career mode goes.

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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04:07 PM - June 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

YouTube user RighteousOnix may have discovered a pretty serious issue within FIFA Ultimate Team, specifically when regarding the chemistry within the game. In a video uploaded this past weekend, Onix breaks down how chemistry could be artificially raising and lowering skill levels with no rhyme or reason by using the dribbling attribute as an example.

This could prove the feeling many gamers have of the game artificially limiting performance without any real rhyme or reason despite higher chemistry ratings within the game.

Whether this is a bug or a deliberate balancing move -- EA should comment on it considering Ultimate Team brings in over half a billion dollars a year in revenue. That's simply a lot of money people at throwing at these modes.

There is a large thread on Reddit discussing the issue.

"What we've found:
Just to give a really quick run-down of what has been discovered, in lay-mans terms:
1) In FIFA Ultimate team you open packs to gain access to cards which represent players in the game. You can also buy these cards from other users.
2) When you build your team, by playing cards in particular positions, and with particular set-ups, you can increase their chemistry attribute. Having a high chemistry attribute on a player will give them boosted stats, having a low chemistry will nerf their stats. These chemistry stats boosts are huge for how your team plays.
3) It turns out that for a large chunk of the most expensive cards in the game, FIFA has not been attributing the stats boost to the cards afforded by their chemistry. Meaning that they feel sluggish, slow and clumsy in comparison to other, cheaper cards in the game which have been given the chemistry stats boost.
4) This means that users have been spending vast amounts of in-game and real life money, sometimes hundreds even thousands of dollars/pounds, to obtain player cards which are NOT what they seem and are in fact heavily nerfed."

So in layman's terms, some higher rated cards are not getting boosted like lower rated cards -- resulting in the more expensive cards performing worse in a relative sense than lower rated cards due to some sort of artificial handicapping or bug.

The issue is, of course, these higher rated cards are sold at a premium by EA but play by a different set of rules vs. day-1 cards which actively limits their performance. We'll update this post if EA posts any response to the controversy, either directly to us or in any other official manner.

Game: FIFA 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
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08:43 AM - June 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Scott Burress

2K Games held a conference call with Paul Heyman to announce that his client, the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar, would be on the cover of WWE 2K17. The game will be released on October 11 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Brock Lesnar is the first man in history to be the NCAA wrestling champion, UFC World Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Champion and WWE World Champion. He is also the only man to be on the cover of a WWE video game, then a UFC game then back to a WWE game.

Paul Heyman didn’t go into details on the game, but he did divulge the details to his son, who’s a big gamer, and his son’s response was, “Dad, this game is going to rule!”

Brock Lesnar is fighting Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and then he’s fighting in the WWE at SummerSlam on August 21.

Pre-Order WWE 2K17 and receive two versions of Goldberg as well as two classic WCW arenas (Monday Night Nitro and Halloween Havoc).

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
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11:29 AM - June 26, 2016. Posted by aholbert32. Written by Steve Noah

Geoff Harrower, A.K.A. GameplayDevUFC, has been posting quite a few details on the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 patch on his Twitter page over the past few days. While no date for the patch has been revealed, he has posted quite a few nuggets. Check out some of them below and let us know what you think!
  • AI will now perform takedowns after catch kicks
  • Improvements to AI stamina management. AI now more likely to take time between combos to regen stamina if low.
  • Tuned AI fighter tendencies for fighters who should throw more/less kicks
  • Improved judges scoring logic
  • And to top things off, there is a brand new move coming
UPDATE 6-27: EA Sports UFC 2 game update 1.08 and content update #5 are available now, below are some additional details.

This update adds three fighters, additional moves to Ultimate Team and Create a Fighter, and AI Tuning.
  • Josh Samman - Men's Middleweight
  • Lorenz Larkin - Men's Welterweight
  • Leonardo Santos - Men's Lightweight
  • Added Stockton Slap and Imanari Roll Takedown moves to both UFC Ultimate Team and Create a Fighter
  • Adjusted AI tendencies regarding Stamina Management and Kicking for specific fighters.

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
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Friday, June 24, 2016
04:56 PM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
Video games didn't begin as a medium for narratives. Within the last decade, you would be hard pressed to find games without a story or character arc.

Even sports games, which long neglected story telling before the likes of Fight Night, have come around. NBA 2K16 boasted one of the most discussed narratives in all of video games just last year. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that EA is testing the waters with its most popular franchise, FIFA.

Read More - Sports Gaming And the Art of Storytelling

02:07 PM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Celtics had a busy night in the 2016 draft.

Various sports outlets have been discussing last night's draft, handing out analysis, and giving grades to team's performances. We took a look at three winners and losers from last night's draft ourselves with NBA 2K17 in mind.

Around the web, there have been various reactions rolling in from the draft last night. Here are a few:

ESPN writes international players and the OKC Thunder came out ahead on draft day:

"The Los Angeles Lakers then took Brandon Ingram with the second pick, making him the fifth top-two pick for the Lakers in the common draft era.

The rest of the draft may have delivered a bit of a shock."

USA Today writes that surprises came early and often with the 2016 draft:

"It started when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Thon Maker at 10th overall. Maker, in large part because of his unusual path, which included a an extra year at Orangeville Prep playing as a post-graduate student rather than the typical path of heading to college, was a real wildcard in this draft."

Bleacher Report checks in with some draft grades for all 30 franchises:

"Numerous impact players were taken on Thursday, as the 2016 class featured future stars like Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons as well as strong depth throughout the first round with Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray."

CBS Sports also broke down each team's draft with grades and analysis:

"...it's clear that there are quite a few winners and losers after the 2016 NBA Draft given what went down."

With the draft behind us and news of NBA 2K17 certainly coming in the next few weeks -- the time to look ahead to next season has already begun.

Has the draft changed how you want to approach NBA 2K17? Which rookie(s) are you most looking forward to playing as?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
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Check out the latest Madden NFL 17 video from GoodGameBro, showing off some gameplay, commentary and a fake field goal trick play.

A few weeks ago, EA flew me out to Los Angeles to record some early Madden 17 gameplay. This is the second video that I've released, and I show off a ton of commentary with some of the new presentation changes too.

I tried to make sure that the Madden 17 gameplay focused on the new commentary guys, Brandon Gaudin & Charles Davis. Some of the cuts on the video are a bit rough, but that's because I wanted to make sure you could hear the full audio of a lot of the segments. Best part? I believe only 40% of the commentary was in the game during this build!

You'll get some gameplay of Paxton Lynch & Jared Goff, but most of the gameplay focuses on the Denver Broncos vs the Oakland Raiders. If you guys have any questions about the game, feel free to leave a comment below & I'll try to answer a few of them!

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
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10:53 AM - June 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Want to be the champ? It all starts in the draft.

Last night, the 2016 NBA Draft was held in Brooklyn -- with the usual fanfare surrounding 60 new players entering the league. Some teams came out of draft night winners, and others didn't really advance an agenda towards championships. Let's look at some winners and losers with NBA 2K17 as our guide.


Oklahoma City Thunder -
They're my hometown team and I just want to get this out of the way now. The Oladipo for Ibaka trade was brilliant and to add Domantas Sabonis to the mix as well for frontcourt depth is just a cherry on top. The Thunder appeared to get a lot better yesterday. The starting five of Westbrook, Oladipo, Durant, Adams, and Kanter are going to be about as good as you can get in NBA 2K17.

Boston Celtics - When you enter the draft with as many picks as Boston had, its really hard to mess up draft night. The Celtics got Jaylen Brown with the third pick then followed that up with two potential future front-court players in Guerschon Yabusele (PF) and Ante Zizic (C). Demetrius Jackson and Ben Bentil are both potential future rotation players and they were gotten in the second round. There's some projects here, but this draft could yield true dividends for the Celtics in the future. They're more intriguing to play as if your goal is long-term building in MyTeam.

Philadelphia 76ers - I won't lie in the sense I oftentimes don't know what the heck Philly is up to in building their franchise. There have been starts and restarts and restarts of restarts. However, Ben Simmons is a potential star and a couple of athletic guys who can fill up the bucket in Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot and Furkan Korkmaz. In terms of NBA 2K17 -- you've got a lot of young pieces to build a championship contender around now long term.

The Losers

Brooklyn Nets -
The Nets hosted the draft and badly needed something good to happen. After mortgaging the franchises future on two over the hill players in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce -- the Nets were rewarded by coming into draft night with a bad draft position but a desperate need to rebuild. Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead may or may not be NBA rotation type of guys, but nothing moved the needle here. The Nets have a long way to go and don't offer much excitement except as a total rebuild in NBA 2K17.

Milwaukee Bucks - Thon Maker either is the biggest hidden gem in the history of the draft, which the Bucks stole -- or they just drafted a guy who may or may not be 19, who hasn't played anything beyond high school ball, and probably could've been acquired way down the line and probably with a favorable trade. In terms of NBA 2K17 -- its doubtful Maker is rated high at all and the Bucks overall trend seems to be sideways at best after the draft.

Dallas Mavericks - I live close enough to Dallas to see the agony DFW fans go through who aren't Rangers fans. Draft night is a reason for panic, and anytime news of roster moves hit you instantly fear the worst. The Mavs only picked A.J. Hammons from Purdue -- but the amount of 7' guys with no physcial athleticism who are successful in the NBA is very low. Really it feels like Dallas picked someone just to pick someone -- I've done that before in NBA 2K when I didn't need a pick and there was no trade which worked for me. But that was also a video game.

What do you think about draft night? How did your team do?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
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EA Sports has announced Japan's top flight football league, the MEIJI YASUDA J1 League and J.League Cup tournament will be featured in FIFA 17 when the game launches on September 27.

All 18 clubs that make up the J1 League will be featured, with authentic logos, kits, and rosters. Content from these clubs will also be included in FIFA Ultimate Team and other modes across FIFA 17.

Below is the list of clubs of the J1 League:
  • Vegalta Sendai
  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Reds
  • Omiya Ardija
  • Kashiwa Reysol
  • FC Tokyo
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Shonan Bellmare
  • Ventforet Kofu
  • Albirex Niigata
  • Júbilo Iwata
  • Nagoya Grampus
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Vissel Kobe
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Avispa Fukuoka
  • Sagan Tosu

Also of note, the new home of Gamba Osaka, Suita City Football Stadium, will be one of the new stadiums available in FIFA 17.

More news on other leagues, teams and stadiums for FIFA 17 will be announced closer to launch.

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Out of the Park Baseball 17 is on sale for $19.99 (50% off) and Franchise Hockey Manager 2 for $4.99 (75% off), during the OOTP Developments summer sale, which ends on July 4.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
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