Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed, during the busy week. This includes the latest videos from our content team and featured articles from the staff.
Sports Gaming News
- NBA 2K League Announces Winter Cla$h, Tipping Off Friday with a $35,000 Prize Pool
- Cyber Monday Sports Game Sales: Here Are Our Recommendations
- Madden NFL 21 Server Maintenance Scheduled For Tomorrow, December 1 at 7:00 AM EST
- WWE 2K Battlegrounds on Sale For $12.74
- NBA 2K Mobile Season 3 Arrives Today with New Features and Long-Term Partnership with Kevin Durant
- NBA 2K21 MyTeam Starter Guide From DBG
- Madden NFL 21 Patch Available – Includes Gameplay Tuning, New Superstar Abilities, New X-Factor Players & More – Patch Notes
- NBA 2K21 Patch Available For Xbox One, PlayStation 4 – Player Likeness Updates, Winter Holiday at 2K Beach – Patch Notes
- Super Mega Baseball 3 Patch #5 Available Today – Adds Online League Updates, Many Improvements & Fixes – Patch Notes
- WRC 9 Update Arrives on December 7, Featuring GR Yaris Rally Concept, All-New Co-Driver Mode & More
- Rocket League Season 2 Arrives on December 9 with Player Anthems
- New Solo Event Coming to WWE SuperCard Tomorrow
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We have put together a FIFA 21 graphics comparison that shows the next-gen gameplay going up against the current-gen gameplay.
If you want to see a FIFA 21 next-gen full game in all its 4K glory, then this might be a good option for you. We have Man City going up against Man United at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. This is an AI vs. AI game on World Class. You can see the new pre-match introductions as the teams enter the stadium. You can also see the new default camera view on next-gen FIFA 21.
If you want to see a human on the sticks rather than just an AI vs. AI game, then Brian is here to showcase that aspect of FIFA 21 next-gen gameplay. He uses the “dynamic difficulty” setting here so EA is changing his experience as the game progresses in this Liverpool vs. Leicester City matchup. This is a full game in 4K, and hopefully this helps you gauge things a bit more as we all learn about these next-gen games together.
Brian has posted a full Madden 21 next-gen gameplay video here. It’s a simulation AI vs. AI game on broadcast view between the Bucs and Patriots.
We have posted a 4K video of our Madden 21 next-gen graphics comparison. This shows off the current-gen and next-gen versions of the game running on a PS5.
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Welcome to the squad, Blake. (Also, just a heads up, I’m still on current gen for now.) Now that’s a really short, simple sentence to type out, but the card itself took over my life. I didn’t do myself any favors by starting the XP grind slowly in Season 2, so these last couple of weeks were especially intense as I tried to catch up. It got to the point where I was constantly buying cards to earn XP, then turning around a day later to sell them so I’d have MT to buy more cards. I couldn’t even tell you if those cards were fun to play with, or any good on the court, which kind of defeats the purpose of the mode in my opinion.
Like most sports titles over the last several years, the in-game slider settings have become an increasingly crucial and useful in-game tool for people. Now, the sight of all these sliders and options at your disposal can be overwhelming for many, but the perfect slider settings — depending on what you’re looking for — can help to create the most realistic or unrealistic gameplay experience possible. For the last few years, EA Sports has included the ability to customize skill levels, how frequently penalties are called and even how fast the game plays. I will include these factors in my NHL 21 realistic sliders and settings.
Every sports game needs a roster share or general “share” feature. But in a sport like football, soccer, baseball or hockey it becomes even more useful due to the wide breadth of leagues and teams available. What’s unfortunate here is that only two of those sports have quality “share” features: baseball and football. We made another stink this year during pre-release when we were informed there would once again be no NHL 21 roster share feature, but it’s not the only culprit here.
With pretty much all of the information about next-gen FIFA 21 out now — plus the game itself — we’re all going to go on this journey together. But is it justified to be excited for next gen? Let’s recap all the biggest pieces of news we’ve gotten the last two weeks to answer that question and get you all caught up if you’re taking the next-gen plunge today.
When I first started writing this article, we had sparse details about what this leap into the next-generation of gaming would entail. There were no full videos of actual gameplay and even some of the screenshots may have been enhanced to showcase the power of the systems. About the most information we had came from the OS preview via Bob, and from EA developers.