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Â Â Â â€˘O’Bannon ruling complicates potential return of college video games
Â Â Â â€˘NBA 2K16 review: A legend in the making
Â Â Â â€˘NBA Live 16 review: All-in with new online modes
Â Â Â â€˘Discussing the Spike Lee story mode in NBA 2K16 (video)
Â Â Â â€˘Discussing NBA 2K16 while playing two online games (video)
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â™¦The upcoming DLC pack for Rocket League is scheduled to go out on October 13.
â™¦The first patch for FIFA 16 is out on PC and coming to PS4/XB1 soon.
â™¦New tutorial videos on freelance offense and offensive strategy for NBA 2K16.
â™¦Details on the latest gameplay tuner update that has just gone out for NHL 16.
â™¦Roster update for use online in PES 2016 is out but wait continues for other modes.
â™¦The latest episode of Breaking Madden looks to get revengeÂ for Robert Griffin III.
â™¦Details on the latest software update for PS4 which added some new features.
â™¦Amazon offering Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One for $50 to Prime members.
â™¦Amazon offering Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One for $50 to Prime members.
â™¦Amazon offering Fallout 4 on Xbox One or PS4 for $53 to Prime members.
â™¦Amazon offering WWE 2K16 on Xbox One or PS4 for $53 to Prime members.
TheÂ Press Row Podcast episode for this weekÂ has becomeÂ one of the most anticipated every year now – the full panel discussion on the latest entry in the NBA 2K series. Wide-ranging discussion on NBA 2K16 includes the mixed reaction towards the Spike Lee story mode, improvements to gameplay, changes to controls, arena and uniform creation options, what isn’t working still, and some of the most interesting moments with the game thus far.
Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS,Â onÂ Android with the Stitcher app,Â or withÂ Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.
2K Sports announced today that NBA 2K16 has set a new franchise record with four million copies “sold-in” after just one week of release. That means 2K has shipped four million – a stunning number – but it will take some time before retailers have “sold through” them.
Digital sales of 2K16 have doubled compared to 2K15 and the number of online games that have been played have tripled year-over-year. Both are clearÂ indicationsÂ of the strength of the game’s launch. Not only was anticipation and confidence high but the servers have actually been operational allowing all those online games to be played.
What may have been the biggest reason for sales growth, strong promotion of a story mode written and directed by Spike Lee, has seemed to be somewhat of a drag on review scores however. Some outlets have reviewed the game as though the movie portion of MyCareer is the primary way to play the game – and 2K did market it in such a manner –Â with criticism of the story becoming the focal point as opposed to assessments that take aÂ wider look at the incredibly deep and diverse feature set.
With the shipped number already at four million, 2K16 should be able to topple the series high-mark set by NBA 2K15 of seven million worldwide. The NBA has a long season which keeps the game relevant for nearly ten full months and the positive word of mouth is going to have a big influence on its legs. A sales total of an incredible eight or even nine million worldwide is not out of reach for this year’s game.
The roster update following week three of the season for Madden NFL 16 is available now on all platforms. A few players find themselves inching closer to the coveted 99 Overall rating while no one in the mid-upper 90s saw their ratings fall in theÂ update. Check out all the changes that have been made with the spreadsheet here.
Among the biggest risers for the week are Von Miller (+1 to 98), Julio Jones (+1 to 97), Khalil Mack (+2 to 96), Le’Veon Bell (+1 to 95), Larry Fitzgerald (+2 to 92), Mike Daniels (+2 to 92), Jamie Collins (+2 to 91), Carson Palmer (+3 to 89), Tyrann Mathieu (+3 to 87), Andy Dalton (+2 to 84), Joseph Randle (+2 to 79), and Tyrod Taylor (+2 to 78).
Those taking hits to their ratings include Cameron Wake (-1 to 93), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 90), Philip Rivers (-1 to 90), Julius Peppers (-2 to 87), Justin Forsett (-2 to 84), Alex Smith (-2 to 84), and Colin Kaepernick (-2 to 80).
The companion app for NBA 2K16 went out today – get it for iOS here and Android here. For the past two years theÂ app has been a great way to earn bonus VC every day but also includes other features likeÂ chat capability for MyPark and access to the MyPlayer Store, plus it’s where you’ll find the MyTeam Mobile game.Â Read more
When Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon vs NCAA class-action lawsuit, there was reason for optimism that college sports video games would be able to return in a few years. That was pending appeals however, and the 9th Circuit today turned in its response, reaffirming that the NCAA violated antitrust laws, but striking down the part where a trust would be set up for players to be paid for the use of their likenesses.Â Read more
Madden NFL 16 has now been out for a month now and today the second major patch for the game went live. The first patch addressed some of the most pressing issues with the game; ones that were holding up being able to play franchise mode and an unavoidable encroachment bug that was harming nearlyÂ every game that was played.
This newÂ update to the game includes several more fixes to Franchise mode plus a number of fixes that affect gameplay.Â Read more
Remarkable for the sheer amountÂ of content provided within along with excellent gameplay and presentation, NBA 2K16 is an all-time great sports game. The ambition and effort that has gone into the product is unmatched within the genre. Check out the comprehensive review of the game at Sporting News today!
There are some issues to work through; they include the 2K Pro-Am which still hasn’t worked, and MyCourt where it seems no one can join another’s unless they live near them. Otherwise the game is in fantastic shape, with online play running better than ever, a story mode high in production value, and an amazing suite of creation features to use designing teams and arenas in MyLeague, MyGM, MyTeam, and eventually Pro-Am.