The demo for NBA Live 16 has essentially showcased all the major improvements to the game for this year with the online Pro-Am modes and of course basic gameplay. That makes the EA Access trial period less of an event, but there’s a lot that has opened up through it as well. I’m working towards a review for Sporting News that will go up Monday. Until then, check out some of the early gameplay videos that have been captured from the full game!Â Read more
NBA Live 16Â isÂ out now to download as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.
The 10 hours are there to play whether or not its all used by Tuesday.Â SavesÂ are stored on the hard drive so progress in any of the modes and online records carry over if a full copy is bought. The complete game is available during the trial period.
For those without EA Access there is still the demo available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That demo features not only exhibition games but the ability to play online in the two new modes within Live Pro-Am.
EA Access was announced last July and is exclusive to the Xbox One. This is the case because Sony has declined to offer the service through PlayStation 4 saying it doesnâ€™t offer enough value, despite being arguably the best value in all of gaming. EA Access includes the â€śVaultâ€ť which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the companyâ€™s catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.
With only two days to go until release 2K Sports is still in the process of revealing features for NBA 2K16. Today it’s a look at changes made to standard online ranked games.
Play Now Online in 2K16 features a “league” system that is similar in nature to Online Seasons in various EA Sports games. Winning games will prompt movement up to higher leagues while losing will mean relegation to a lower one.Â There are some differences though as coming out on topÂ with lower rated (by tier) teams results inÂ aÂ win bonus and at higher leagues classic teams are unlocked.
Back in July it was discovered that 2K Sports had obtained the license for at least 11 universities for use in an unknown capacity within NBA 2K16. It has now been confirmed that only 10 schools will appear in the game.
Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, and Wisconsin will be be the options to choose from in 2K16’s MyCareer story mode.
There are playable elements to both the high school and college portion of the story. As expected the time spent in each are very limited, with there being three games in high school, and possibly (as of yet unconfirmed) only three in college as well. Unfortunately the run in college may not beÂ in the form of a tournament which seemed to be maybe the most natural and engaging way to handle that stretch.
Arizona State and Davidson it would appear then were licensed only for the purposes of displayingÂ their uniforms on the individual covers of the game featuring James Harden and Stephen Curry. It had been noted that 2K had the license for Arizona State from the CLC while Davidson handles their own deals. The other covers feature Anthony Davis and Michael Jordan where all signs of Kentucky and North Carolina were scrubbed from their images.
Earlier this month Madden NFL 16 was able to stake a claim to being the highest rated traditional licensed sports game on Metacritic since 2013. The 84 on Metacritic rose above all others that followed FIFA 14 which had a score of 87/88.
Now Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has taken the title away as the game currently stands at 87 on Metacritic. Many will point to competition as being a factor here, with the FIFA series having been dominant for nearly a decade.Â Konami has been forced to to offer dramatic improvements to become a viable alternative outside of particular regions where it remained strong all along, despite being hampered by limitations in areas such as licensing.
As was the case with Madden, theÂ title may be short-lived for Pro Evolution. NBA 2K16 is out late this week and could be the rare sports game to reach or exceed 90Â on the review aggregator. It’s great to see the quality of theÂ sports games that are still aroundÂ rising considerably, in a time where the selection is more sparse than ever.
The competition may not be direct for all of them but given the broken sports gaming scheduleÂ only the strong will survive.
EA Sports today released the secondÂ patch for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour on Xbox One and PS4. It includes fixes and improvements to various aspects of the game and introduces a new course. There are now ten licensed courses in the game plus four fantasy courses.
It took over two months from release for the first new course to make it to the game. East Lake Golf Club is the addition and it’s available to use within all modes.Â Read more
The latest edition of the biggest selling video game franchise in the world releases this week. FIFA 16 is facing a strong challenge from Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, making it the only sport that features true competition in the genre. FIFA has been on top for nearly a decade but EA Sports is starting to struggle in holding onto that position.
This is the least I’ve enjoyed a FIFA game in a long, long time. It’s still a good game, but new frustrations related to gameplay, and a sleazy implementation of the new FUT Draft were immediate turn-offs.Â Check out the full review now over at Sporting News!