Both NBA Live 16Â and NBA 2K16 are rolling out a significant online-based mode that shares the same name. The importance each one holdsÂ is wildly different however, with Live Pro-Am being the main feature of that game, while 2K’s Pro-Am is just one of severalÂ modes that offerÂ considerableÂ depth.
Based on the results of the poll on the two, Live has done well with its announcement as it has attracted some interest. 29% of respondents found themselves more intrigued by Live’s Pro-Am compared to 58% for 2K’s. Considering 2K dominates the basketball market with about 97% of all theÂ sales, that’s a pretty decent showing for the EA Sports game that is in desperate need to demonstrate growth after a disastrous Live 14 and a Live 15 that stabilized the seriesÂ but fell even further in sales.
NBA Live 16 will have a demo where peopleÂ get an opportunity to not just try the game out, but do so within the Live Pro-Am, while 2K is unlikely to offer any demo at all. Live will have its chance to draw some attention and prove itself, but one mode may not be enough to sway those who feel 2K16 is the safest bet, particularly as the squeeze is on due to the sheer number of game releases creating intense competition for consumer dollars this month.
The demo for Forza Motorsport 6 is now available to download on Xbox One. It can be done directly from the console or queued up through the Xbox website.
Experience the most beautiful and comprehensive racing game of this generation, named â€śBest Racing Gameâ€ť of gamescom 2015. The Forza Motorsport 6 demo features a selection of the 450 Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. Youâ€™ll experience highlights from the gameâ€™s 70 hour career mode, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.
Forza 6 releases September 15 – or five days earlier for those who purchase the $100 Ultimate Edition – and introduces night racing and rain to the series, adds new race leagues and online spectator mode, includes races involvingÂ up to 24 carsÂ both offline and online, and offers up 450 different cars to race in 26 locales.
Draft Champions mode in Madden NFL 16 has earned near universal praise. It’s a compelling concept involving the selection ofÂ players and construction of a team without the necessityÂ of a long-term commitment or investment of money. Unfortunately what has becomeÂ apparent in recent days is that the lack of stakes affectsÂ how people play the games online.Â Read more
WhileÂ the roster update this weekÂ for MLB 15: The Show isn’t very significant on the surface, there is an intriguing set of new rookies making their way into the game. With rosters expanding in September there will be many more of them in the updates to follow.
Players with notable ratings movement this week: Zack Greinke (+1 to 95),Â Max Scherzer (-1 to 94), Kris Medlen (+4 to 83), Justin Verlander (+5 to 82), Hanley Ramirez (-5 to 82),Â Francisco Lindor (+5 to 81),Â Miguel Sano (+4 to 81), andÂ Mike Fiers (+5 to 80).Â Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Check out articles written and videos recorded for Sporting News and Hit The Pass:
Â Â Â â€˘Madden NFL 16 simulation shows the difference between Brady and Garoppolo
Â Â Â â€˘Madden NFL 16 review: it will change what you play, and how you play
Â Â Â â€˘TheÂ 28 players designated as “clutch” by Madden NFL 16
Â Â Â â€˘The new Vikings stadium that opens next season is in Madden NFL 16
Â Â Â â€˘The Madden NFL 16 review roundtable edition of the Press Row Podcast
Â Â Â â€˘Is a grittier, more mature NBA 2K16 worth the risk? (video)
â™¦Amazon Prime deals still available: $5 off FIFA 16 and NHL 16 and $7 off Forza 6.
â™¦Youtube Gaming just launched, make sure to subscribe to the Hit The Pass account!
â™¦ThatSportsGamer has the play of the year so far in Madden NFL 16.
â™¦Returning NHL 15 HUT playersÂ will get a bonus for use in NHL 16 Hockey Ultimate Team.
â™¦EA Sports has answered some more questions about NHL 16 on the game’s official page.
â™¦Check out screenshots of the 26 mascots that are featured in NHL 16.
â™¦EA listed out the top 10Â rated goalies and top 10 rated defensemenÂ for NHL 16.
â™¦New commentary will accompany the upcoming course addition to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
â™¦A demo for Forza 6 is scheduled to go out this Tuesday on Xbox One.
â™¦EA Sports released a short video clip of an intro to a playoff game in NBA Live 16.
â™¦Bruce Lee has been added to the mobile version roster of EA Sports UFC.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week include the sensational Mad Max: Fury Road.
The latest Press Row Podcast features full panel discussion on Madden NFL 16 – always one of the most popular shows each year! We break down gameplay, Ultimate Team, Draft Champions, Franchise and more before taking on a number of listener questions. First though the show kicks off with a developer interview about the Prologue that opens up Madden 16: how it came together, the thought process behind it, and the technical challenges experienced at launch.
There are some new “Traits” that have been added for Madden NFL 16. One of them affects the frequency penalties are called on eachÂ particular player, and the others relate to the new types of catches (aggressive, possession, run after catch) implemented in the game.
The concept of “Clutch” though remains one of the more hotly debated things in sports and Madden continues to offer up a trait related to that. Players designated clutch get a ratings boost in late-game high pressure situations. It’s an exclusive group in which players are rewarded for stepping up in big moments of games and inÂ particular in the playoffs.
In the past there have generally been between 34-38 “Clutch” players in each Madden. This year the season opens with only 28 of them. Malcolm Butler is new to the group, and that’s consistent with players having been rewarded for memorable plays in the Super Bowl – Tracy Porter and David Tyree were once classified as clutch. All the guidelines for how “Clutch” has to be earned for Madden however were broken with Jameis Winston being given the trait.
Check out the full list of “Clutch” players in Madden NFL 16 along with further analysis in the article on Sporting News.
Player customization remains one of the bigger elements of the NBA 2K series, as a user’s MyPlayer is tied into various modes including MyCareer, MyGM, and the 2K Pro-Am. For NBA 2K16 tattoos are taking on a bigger role. There are over 1,500 designs that can be moved, scaled, rotated, and layered onto a created character’s chest, back, neck, arms and legs.