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  • New NBA 2K16 stuff: More VC through the app, Clippers alternate, mask for Rose
    Posted November 11th, 2015 at 12:00 pm 8 Comments »


    Roster updates and content additions to NBA 2K16 continue to be provided on a frequent basis. Just today three new things were introduced with an alternate uniform for the Clippers, a mask being added to Derrick Rose, and another way to get some bonus VC.  Read more

  • Andre Drummond and C.J. McCollum continue rising with latest NBA 2K16 roster update
    Posted November 10th, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment »

    NBA 2K16 Andre Drummond

    The third in-season roster update for NBA 2K16 went out today and the meteoric early season rises for Andre Drummond and C.J. McCollum continue. Drummond, averaging 19.4 points and 19.6 rebounds, is now up to 86 Overall. McCollum is averaging 20.9 points and is now 78 Overall after starting the season at 72.

    While Stephen Curry rose in the last update to tie LeBron James as highest rated in the game, the other two cover athletes haven’t fared as well. James Harden dropped in the last update and Anthony Davis does in this one. Kobe Bryant continues his plummet falling all the way to 80 after starting the season at 85.

    Ratings UP: Paul George (+2 to 88), Damian Lillard (+1 to 87), Andre Drummond (+2 to 86), Kevin Love (+1 to 85), Eric Bledsoe (+2 to 84), Bradley Beal (+1 to 83), Isaiah Thomas (+1 to 82), Reggie Jackson (+3 to 81), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1 to 81), Rudy Gobert (+1 to 80), Jonas Valanciunas (+1 to 80), C.J. McCollum (+4 to 78), Jahlil Okafor (+1 to 78), Ricky Rubio (+1 to 78), Thaddeus Young (+2 to 77), Jordan Clarkson (+2 to 77), Kristaps Porzingis (+1 to 76), Will Barton (+2 to 75), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (+1 to 74), Nik Stauskas (+1 to 70)

    Ratings DOWN: Anthony Davis (-1 to 91), LaMarcus Aldridge (-1 to 87), Klay Thompson (-1 to 86), Tim Duncan (-2 to 85), Pau Gasol (-1 to 85), Kobe Bryant (-3 to 80), Wesley Matthews (-2 to 79), Lou Williams (-1 to 79), Joakim Noah (-1 to 78), Chandler Parsons (-1 to 78), Kris Middleton (-1 to 78), Ty Lawson (-4 to 77), Joe Johnson (-2 to 76), Jabari Parker (-1 to 76), Taj Gibson (-1 to 75), David Lee (-1 to 75)

  • EA Sports UFC 2 coming spring 2016
    Posted November 10th, 2015 at 9:15 am 12 Comments »


    EA Sports today officially announced EA Sports UFC 2 with an planned release for spring 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The first features will be revealed on Friday, however the menus seen in the trailer show that the game will have its own Ultimate Team mode.

    EA SPORTS UFC 2 innovates with stunning character likeness and animation, adds an all new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features, and invites all fighters to step back into the Octagon to experience the thrill of finishing the fight. From the walkout to the knockout, EA SPORTS UFC 2 delivers a deep, authentic, and exciting experience.

    The first EA UFC released in June 2014 with a disoriented identity that satisfied practically no one. The company had attempted to go after a casual crowd, both promotionally and in their design decisions, that never was going to have interest in the game rather than tailoring it towards the actual fans of the sport. Post-release however the game was improved significantly through multiple patches and free additions to the roster of fighters. After struggling to gain traction in sales UFC was added to the EA Access “Vault” after only six months.

  • Mutators have arrived in Rocket League
    Posted November 9th, 2015 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment »


    The free content update for Rocket League adding in mutators went out today on PS4 and PC. The update also includes other new content, gameplay improvements, and bug fixes. A special playlist has been added that features the five new ways to experience the game. Read more

  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is only backwards compatible sports game on Xbox One
    Posted November 9th, 2015 at 9:00 am 26 Comments »


    Today Microsoft revealed the initial list of games receiving backwards compatibility on Xbox One when the functionality launches for the system on Thursday. As expected the sports gaming genre has little representation with only one game in the mix.

    NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be available with the first batch of games. Originally released November 2011, OFE was a $15 downloadable-only title. It was fairly well received, with 85/81 on Metacritic, but also followed only a year after the incredibly disappointing original reboot of the series which was a full-priced retail release that EA Sports failed to support. That didn’t get much better with the sequel which went months before a roster update released, and months more before a second and final one went out. Sadly OFE is still being sold for $15 so there isn’t even a discount four years later for those seeking an arcade basketball fix.

    It was never realistic to expect any big sports games from 360 to be made backwards compatible – especially NCAA Football 14 which was by far the most requested, college basketball, or All-Pro Football 2K8. There are conflicts related to licensing, legal agreements that have to be held up, and even internal concerns about how games from the past being playable on the new systems could harm sales of current products on the market.

  • The Line Drive for November 8
    Posted November 8th, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 Comment »


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Check out the latest content created for Sporting News and Hit The Pass:
         •Leading candidates at mid-season for the cover of Madden NFL 17
         •Stephen Curry first to tie LeBron James atop NBA 2K ratings since 2010
         •Getting better at NBA 2K16: Da Czar teaches passing fundamentals
         •Press Row Podcast: The rise and influence of eSports
         •Hit The Pass Radio is now on iTunes and Stitcher on Android
         •More great video content coming – subscribe to HTP Youtube channel!

    ♦Target offering Buy 2 Get One Free on all video games starting today through the 14th.
    ♦EA Sports put out an infographic going over the numbers of FIFA 16 through 16 days.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for NHL 16.
    ♦Super Mega Baseball free DLC pack of two new stadiums is now available on PS4.
    ♦Details on the patch that has gone out for Super Mega Baseball.
    ♦Two special edition Fallout 4 cars are making their way into Forza 6.
    ♦Details on the first patch that has gone out for Forza 6.
    ♦Details on a patch that has gone out specific to the PC version of NBA 2K16.
    ♦New teams feature will be coming with an update to the MyNBA2K app.
    ♦Quote from my review on Sporting News made it into the latest NBA 2K16 ad.
    ♦Extensive patch details have been released for WWE 2K16.
    ♦New update has added private lobbies and more into Driveclub.
    ♦Payouts from the O’Bannon lawsuit settlement will be distributed to claimants soon.
    ♦New in-ear stereo headset for the PS4 is coming out in December.
    ♦Fallout 4 can still be preordered with discount for Amazon Prime.
    ♦Rise of the Tomb Raider can still be preordered with discount for Amazon Prime.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Terminator Genisys and Trainwreck.

  • Madden NFL 16 Week Eight Roster Update Details
    Posted November 6th, 2015 at 2:45 pm 57 Comments »

    Madden NFL 16 Drew Brees

    The roster update following week eight of the season is available to download now in Madden NFL 16. The trade deadline passed with only one deal being made as Vernon Davis moves to the Broncos in the update. Another week, another player moves up to 99 Overall, as Tyron Smith makes it seven currently at the top. Check out everyone who had their Overall Rating change with the new roster in the spreadsheet here.

    There’s a lot of weird stuff in there that doesn’t make much sense given performances in week eight. That even includes players who have been injured getting their ratings changed. Maybe there were some wider mid-season reevaluations that took place.

    Names on the rise include Tyron Smith (+1 to 99), Aaron Donald (+1 to 98), Joe Thomas (+1 to 98), Julio Jones (+1 to 97), Andrew Whitworth (+1 to 97), Carson Palmer (+3 to 94), Cameron Jordan (+2 to 94), Tyler Eifert (+3 to 93), Kawaan Short (+3 to 92), Tyrann Mathieu (+2 to 92), Josh Norman (+2 to 91), Andy Dalton (+2 to 90), Doug Martin (+3 to 88), Eric Berry (+3 to 89), Walter Thurmond (+4 to 83), Stefan Diggs (+5 to 82), and Brian Hoyer (+4 to 79).

    Among the players headed downward are Richard Sherman (-1 to 95), Earl Thomas (-1 to 95), Eric Weddle (-2 to 94), Vontae Davis (-3 to 91), Adrian Peterson (-2 to 90), Philip Rivers (-1 to 90), Jason Witten (-4 to 88), Martellus Bennett (-3 to 88), DeMarco Murray (-2 to 88), Joe Haden (-2 to 87), Eddie Lacy (-3 to 86), Roddy White (-3 to 81), and Colin Kaepernick (-3 to 77).

  • Second patch coming soon for FIFA 16
    Posted November 5th, 2015 at 4:15 pm 4 Comments »


    Another post-release patch is on the way for FIFA 16 on PS4 and Xbox One. It follows the first which addressed some issues that had been identified along with changes made based on community feedback. The new patch is already out on PC and is expected in the very near future for the consoles. It includes some updated likenesses, a few new kits, and a number of fixes – several of which are related to Ultimate Team. Read more

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