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  • Monster Games returns to racing with NASCAR Heat Evolution
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    Posted May 20th, 2016 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments »
    Earlier this week NASCAR made its debut on the current generation of consoles as an expansion to Forza 6. Now the first standalone NASCAR game has been announced. Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, it's from Monster Games, the development studio behind the well-regarded NASCAR Heat and Dirt to Daytona games in the early 2000s. NASCAR Heat Evolution will immerse fans in the door-to-door excitement of stock car racing and allow users to live the experience of taking the checkered flag...
  • MLB The Show 16 roster update details for week six
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    Posted May 20th, 2016 at 6:30 am 2 Comments »
    The latest roster update for MLB The Show 16 went out early this morning. The biggest movers are those on the way down, with some big name players taking a major hit to their attributes. Joey Votto has plummeted to 90 Overall which drops him out of the Diamond tier, having lost considerable points in Vision and both Contact and Power categories. He's batting just .215 on the season and on pace for nearly 180 strikeouts. Justin Upton fell 8 points to 77 though a portion of that is just ...
  • Gran Turismo Sport to release in November
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    Posted May 19th, 2016 at 3:30 pm 5 Comments »
    Today Sony officially announced Gran Turismo Sport will release November 15 for PlayStation 4. The game, which acts as a spin-off from Gran Turismo proper, will be the first appearance for the series on PS4. Gran Turismo 7 is in development and likely to release late 2017. (more…)...
  • Extensive detail on the advancements to defensive AI in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 18th, 2016 at 3:30 pm 23 Comments »
    The second of two developer blogs for Madden NFL 17 today - the first looked at the ball-carrier controls and abilities that have been added - is a more technical look at improvements that have been made to the defensive side of the ball. A new defensive AI system was promised along with the first features announced for the game. Considerable advancements have been made to the AI based on alignments, assignments, techniques, as well as the blocking from the offense to keep things balanc...
  • Much more on the new special moves for ball carriers in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 18th, 2016 at 3:00 pm 14 Comments »
    Though much of the initial reaction towards Madden NFL 17 has been positive based on the first stated features - Franchise mode as a focus, defensive AI enhancements, and work done to special teams, the one area that hasn't generated a rousing reaction is the new ball-carrier controls. Madden has been instituting visual aids to various areas of Madden for years now (defensive line, WR/DB, tackle cone) to mostly forgettable results and this is the latest. EA Sports released additional deta...
  • Details on the fifth patch for FIFA 16
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    Posted May 18th, 2016 at 12:45 pm No Comments »
    EA Sports has released a fifth post-release update to FIFA 16 on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 360, and PC. Unlike the last patch, which influenced gameplay fairly heavily, this one is relatively minor and primarily intended to improve matchmaking in Ultimate Team. ♦Matchmaking improvements to help players find each other quicker. ♦Matchmaking rematch issues in FUT Online Draft. ♦Enhanced ability to message players about issues and updates. ♦Fixed the compare feature on leaderboards. â™...
  • Interview on The 4 Verts Podcast
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    Posted May 17th, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment »
    I recently appeared on The 4 Verts Podcast for an interview to discuss the journey of Pastapadre.com, creation of Hit The Pass, and writing for Sporting News. The conversation then turns to Madden and the differences between the development team now and in the past, the impact of Ultimate Team, areas in which the series has struggled the most, and what needs to be done for it to join the elite class of sports games in a shrinking marketplace....
  • Nascar expansion available today for Forza 6
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    Posted May 17th, 2016 at 9:15 am No Comments »
    Nascar has come to the Forza Motorsport series on Xbox One. An expansion released today for Forza 6 that features a new Nascar World Tour Career, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and 24 cars/16 drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Danica Patrick. The Nascar expansion is being sold for $20 and will go out later today. How would American stock cars fare against Australian V8s at Bathurst, or aga...
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