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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
02:17 PM - September 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Yesterday we learned a lot of info about what Universe Mode was bringing to WWE 2K17. New features like promos and run-ins were announced as were multiple save slots.

A few of our staff writers gathered around the OS Roundtable to talk about yesterday's announcement and what we can expect from this year's effort...

Read More - WWE 2K17: Universe Mode Info Roundtable

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
11:38 AM - September 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


The folks over at The Ringer put together a mock Super Mario Esque game based on the lives of real-life Mustache Bros. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the 'game', Kanter and Adams are charged with rescuing Kevin Durant from the Warriors. Just wait until you see what the Mario-like star power morphs the 'Stache Bros. into.


10:29 AM - September 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


The pick and roll, perhaps the most classic of all of the NBA offensive techniques.

In case you are unfamiliar with what the pick and roll is, it is one of the most basic but yet effective offensive sets in the NBA. A player (typically a post player) comes into the back court to set a screen for a guard or small forward.

As the guard (we'll call him that in this case) dribbles to initiate the screen the post player setting the screen slips towards the basket as soon as the screen is set. The goal of this play is one of two things happens...either the roller (the post player) is open for an easy bucket in the lane or the guard gets free from the screen and himself has an open mid range jumper or a drive to the basket.

So how to defend this thing in NBA 2K17? There are a few techniques, we're checking in with YouTuber Sam Phan in the video above for some tips.

Add your own defensive techniques to keep the pick and roll in check below!

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
09:27 AM - September 28, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Metalhead Software has just announced Super Mega Baseball 2, scheduled to release sometime in 2017. Check out the teaser trailer here, along with some features below and more details at the official website.

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Customize your squad, step up to the plate, and knock ‘em out of the park. The makers of Super Mega Baseball have returned with a brand new, streamlined baseball simulator that’ll keep you coming back for more. Build your dream team and challenge your opponents to a good old-fashioned game of hardball, online and off.

Online
Got game? Show it off in Super Mega Baseball 2’s online mode. Friends and strangers, online or on your couch, will marvel at your heavy hitting in co-op and versus play. Or keep the fun all to yourself in single player mode. However you like to play, the game’s critically acclaimed ‘Ego’ difficulty system will keep you neck-and-neck with any opponent.

New Look
Step onto the mound with brand new, more realistically scaled character models and soak in the sights and sounds of new and updated stadiums. Physically-based rendering and a fully rebuilt user interface round out a massive set of visual upgrades.

Baseball
Baseball fanatics will be in their element with visceral, convincing physics and a fine-tuned baseball simulation, while newcomers will succeed with accessible controls and a wide range of difficulty settings.

Customize
Your team, your league, your way. Full customization is at your fingertips with logo design, uniform choices, player appearance, league construction, sandbox seasons and more.

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Game: Super Mega Baseball 2Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
06:47 AM - September 28, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

F1 2016 patch 1.06 is available now for PlayStation 4 and scheduled to arrive for Xbox One and PC soon. Check out the details below.
  • Fixed a crash loading specific mid-session saves from a previous version.
  • Fixed the LCD display on the steering wheel not always showing the current gear.
  • Fixed a multiplayer bug that would sometimes show players who pit under the safety car as being in first place which led to the queue breaking and penalties being awarded incorrectly.
  • Players who disconnect now behave like players who have paused, they will ghost and drive at the chosen AI difficulty level.
  • The session starts in countdown will no longer reset when a new player joins the lobby.
  • Fixed a number of crash bugs.

Game: F1 2016Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
04:49 AM - September 28, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K17 developers have posted a video featuring the new filters for create a show this year. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
01:12 PM - September 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K17 patch 1.03 was released last night for PlayStation 4 users. Here are the official patch notes. The patch is coming soon for Xbox One users, but no date has been given.

GENERAL
  • Updated court floors for both the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Uniform improvements including the addition of a number of patches (e.g. Pacers 50th anniversary patch) and changes to more accurately represent uniforms for a number of teams.
  • Addressed an issue where some pre-order users were unable to see the ’92 Dream Team on the Play Now team select menu.
GAMEPLAY
  • Substitutions made during a timeout will now immediately apply, rather than waiting for the next dead ball.
  • Reduced the frequency of lob passes and increased pass speeds across the board.
  • Fixed the 5-Second Closely Guarded rule in Euroleague-rules games such that the violation is only called when the ball carrier is holding the ball (as opposed to dribbling the ball).
MyPARK/2K PRO-AM
  • Voice chatting has been added to the Pro-Am Team Arena.
  • As your Pro-Am Team levels up, you will now begin to see your Sponsors’ logos appearing on your custom arena walls!
  • Pro-Am teams of Elite 4 (and higher) will now see big heads in the crowd of their players during games.
  • The “On The Rise” and “Get Your Feet Wet” achievements should now unlock when the proper criteria has been met.
  • Injuries in MyCAREER will no longer carry over into MyPARK/Pro-Am games. Regardless of your injury status in your career, your player will now always be fully healthy in MyPARK/Pro-Am.
  • The Turbo meter will now flash red when depleted in MyPARK/Pro-Am games.
  • Travelling as a team to Parks and Pro-Am games should now be a lot smoother and more reliable.
  • Once earned, Grand Badges should now properly appear on your player in Pro-Am & MyPARK games.
  • A large number of improvements to the camera system used during Pro-Am games. The entire experience should now look and feel much cleaner.
  • Custom Wall progress will no longer disappear when changing basket types while editing a Pro-Am Team arena.
  • Made a change such that the only whistles you will hear in MyPARK are those from your current game (unless you are walking around).
  • Your Gamertag/Online ID will now correctly show on the back of your team’s Pro-Am jersey.
  • More reliable search capabilities when searching for players in the Free Agency feature of Pro-Am.
  • Corrected a number of animation upgrades for Pro-Am that had incorrect team level requirements.
  • Fixed an issue where the overall rating of another player would display as 55 when viewing their player card during a shootaround.
  • MyPARK intro animations will now be shown with a greater variety when more than one is equipped.
MyCAREER/MyCOURT
  • Corrected a case where users would have an optional practice and a game overlapping on a single day, resulting in the user being forced to simulate to the next game.
  • Proper controls for “Orange Juice” are now shown in the Controls menu in the in-game pause menu.
  • The Ankle Breaker badge should now properly unlock when the appropriate conditions are met.
  • Attributes earned exclusively through off-court events (e.g. free throw shooting, stamina, etc.) should now properly be saved to your MyPLAYER once earned.
  • Coach Brubaker will no longer critique you for missing team practices while you are injured.
  • When playing as a Point Guard, the playcalling menu will no longer be brought up on-screen when attempting to use “Orange Juice” controls with the d-pad.
  • Fixed an issue where your MyPLAYER would sometimes appear out of focus during a post-game interview with the studio crew.
MyGM/MyLEAGUE
  • Removed an errant dialog during MyGM setup that prevented more than one custom-built team from being added to the league at time of league creation.
  • Fixed an issue in MyLEAGUE Online where loaded custom draft classes were not being preserved.
  • User vetoes are now respected in MyGM when your owner approaches you regarding the proposed rule changes for the upcoming season. If you don’t want a rule enacted, say no. If you are interested in the rule, say yes and it will go up for vote with the league.
  • When using a downloaded Team Design, the commentators will no longer refer to the team by an incorrect name.
  • Team Cards will now list team stats for the last 24 years, rather than the current and last season it showed previously. The more information, the better!
  • Fixed an issue where the Advanced Rotations menu was not properly updating following a trade, which could lead to a hang in some cases.
  • Players should now sign for normal contract values when the salary cap rule is turned off.
  • Commentary and crowd sounds will now be heard when jumping into a game that was initiated with SimCast.
  • Playoff stats will now be used in the Team Comparison and Player Comparison menus during the Playoffs (previously used regular season stats).
Many other small bug fixes and adjustments were also made, game-wide.

NOTE: All patch fixes will work in your existing game mode saves.

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 23 - View All
11:40 AM - September 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
We’ve seen many technological “gimmicks” make their way into -- and out of -- the video game industry: 3D games, motion controls, playmats, the Kinect, etc. The sports genre, in particular, has had uneven success with these enhancements. For every good golf game that used a motion controller, there were three barely functioning fitness games.

The next addition on the horizon for PS4 owners is PlayStation VR, releasing on October 13. The success of this new platform, like any other, will be dependent on the quality of titles post-release. For sports fans, will there be enough offered to make PlayStation VR last once the novelty wears off?

Here’s a preview of some sports titles expected at launch...

Read More - Playstation VR Sports Titles at Launch

Platform: PS4
09:12 AM - September 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K has just posted the WWE 2K17 Universe Mode details in a blog written by the designer, Cristo Kyriazis.

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If you’re not familiar with it, Universe Mode is an experience based on the WWE shows and events, with WWE Superstars competing against each other in rivalries and for championships, in settings where anything can happen all year round. Alongside the results you would expect to see on TV, we want players to also experience the “what-if” and fantasy scenarios that could happen in WWE. This could include things like a surprise underdog earning a title shot and winning the gold against the odds; a fan-favorite Superstar turning against the crowd and doing everything he or she can to make them hate him or her; or even watching tag team partners compete against each other to see if their comradery will endure the rivalry or if they’ll go their own separate ways.

What makes Universe Mode really stand out is the huge level of customization we support for the players who want to take control with their own ideas. You can create your own roster of WWE and custom Superstars, choose the championships they compete for, change up the shows and PPVs they compete on – or even create your own! The WWE 2K17 Creation Suite and Community Creations options unlock a huge level of potential for WWE Universe that are unlike anything else.

Read all about it here and post your thoughts.

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Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, September 26, 2016
07:27 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Joel Smith


The NHL season is right around the corner, which means NHL 17 is in full swing. Since its inception in NHL 09, one of the game modes that has really commanded the attention of the fans is EASHL. Despite its ups and downs over the years, it has become a pinnacle to look forward to every year.

This year's iteration has added some subtle yet fantastic changes that make EASHL a great experience for veterans of the mode as well as newcomers.

Read More - NHL 17: EASHL's Great Steps Forward and Ghosts of Hockey's Past

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
07:04 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by Cowboy008. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K17 developers have posted a new video featuring the various taunts in the game this year. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
02:44 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


Sgibs posted a great tip video comprehensively talking about how to stop the run in Madden NFL 17.

There's a lot of great information in this one to help you improve your run defense, including recommended settings and how to align your defense. Gibs really spends a good bit of time breaking down why Madden NFL 17 is different than previous versions and why paying attention to your gap assignments is incredibly important.

What do you think about stopping the run this year in Madden? What kind of things are you doing to stop it?

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
02:14 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.


The 4 Verts Podcast checked in with Madden Creative Director Rex Dickson to talk a variety of topics relating to Madden NFL 17.

Check out the topics they discussed:

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"-Thoughts on stumbling out of the blocks with EA Access and Run/Pass Glitch.

-The patch process and how they approached it.

-Shift from how they define success in a launch.As they move from review based goals to core sentiment feelings.

-"Crowd sourced" development and EA's approach, specifically Madden's approach, to the player first mentality.

-Rex explains the struggle to balance SIM, Casual, and Competitive gamers.

-The tuning process, when to hold steady versus making changes, and how data drives these decisions. Rex specifically addressed the upcoming tuning on the fatigue bug and why it occurred.

-How,and why, the Nano Detection System came to be.

-Competitive gaming, and it's place in Madden's growth going forward.

-.....I also ask him why my WR1 is on the left and not matched up against CB1 by default, and his explanation (kind of)."

Be sure to listen to the podcast and add your thoughts below!

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
12:19 PM - September 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS.

3on3 Freestyle, developed by Joycity, is attempting to build an authentic street basketball game experience. PlayStation 4 fans can sign up for closed beta now, at the official site.

According to the blog post on Playstation.com, 3on3 Freestyle will feature courts from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York.

The game will feature a variety of characters, where no two characters will appear the same, with different playing styles and stories behind each player, along with their own signature moves and tricks.

3on3 Freestyle will support online multiplayer -- but the game will also feature a local co-op multiplayer mode, allowing you to gather with your friends at home and play online multiplayer as a team.

Below are some of the game features:
  • Dive into the massive online community and play real-time 3on3 matches
  • Enjoy the unique art style powered by the Unreal Engine
  • Support for local co-op to challenge players online (up to 3 player locally)
  • Play the easy to pick up and fast paced street ball match with your friends
  • Choose character with different position and different skill set for strategic team combination
  • Initiate co-op skills with your teammates to show off the team work
  • Manage your characters to unlock more skills and features in the game

Game: 3on3 FreeStyleHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:46 AM - September 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. 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!
  • Fixed bug where cancelling the SUB transition from postured up half guard to guard would interrupt all DOM strikes
  • Gave DOM the ability to break out of a single leg attempt after reversing into that position from SUB side control
  • Added increased damage to any round strike that connects with an opponent who lunges sideways into it
  • Added Anthony Pettis and Renan Barão to Featherweight
(UPDATE: 9-27) The patch is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, below are the patch notes.

Updates
  • Added three new fighters; Nikita Krylov in Light Heavyweight; Jimmie Rivera in Bantamweight; Jake Matthews in Lightweight
  • Added Anthony Pettis and Renan Barão to Featherweight
  • Updated moves for various fighters
  • Ultimate Team players now earn a reward pack for their first win of the day in Ultimate Championships
Gameplay
  • Added increased damage to any round strike that connects with an opponent who lunges sideways into it
  • Added the ability for the DOM fighter to break out of a single leg attempt after reversing into that position from SUB side control
  • Fixed the Stamina setting in Practice Mode
  • Fixed bug where cancelling the SUB transition from postured up half guard to guard would interrupt all DOM strikes

Game: EA Sports UFC 2Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All

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