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â™¦Target offering Buy 2 Get One Free on all video games starting today through the 14th.
â™¦EA Sports put out an infographic going over the numbers of FIFA 16 through 16 days.
â™¦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for NHL 16.
â™¦Super Mega Baseball free DLC pack of two new stadiums is now available on PS4.
â™¦Details on the patch that has gone out for Super Mega Baseball.
â™¦Two special edition Fallout 4 cars are making their way into Forza 6.
â™¦Details on the first patch that has gone out for Forza 6.
â™¦Details on a patch that has gone out specific to the PC version of NBA 2K16.
â™¦New teams feature will be coming with an update to the MyNBA2K app.
â™¦Quote from my review on Sporting News made it into the latest NBA 2K16 ad.
â™¦Extensive patch details have been released for WWE 2K16.
â™¦New update has added private lobbies and more into Driveclub.
â™¦Payouts from the O’Bannon lawsuit settlement will be distributed to claimants soon.
â™¦New in-ear stereo headset for the PS4 is coming out in December.
â™¦Fallout 4 can still be preordered with discount for Amazon Prime.
â™¦Rise of the Tomb Raider can still be preordered with discount for Amazon Prime.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Terminator Genisys and Trainwreck.
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).
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 onÂ 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
It’s hard to believe but there’s only about a month now until promotion of the upcoming MLB: The Show title typically begins. Last year the cover athlete announcement came on December 5th and that was followed three days later by the reveal of the central features for the game.
MLB 15: The Show was an excellent game – easily the most complete in the series’ history. There are many avenues to be looked at for improvement however with MLB 16: The Show. Commentary is one that has been on the radar for many years now, while Road to the Show and Franchise modes are in desperate need of a refresh or reimagination.
Recently we went through ways to improve the postseason experience for MLB 16. Now let us know what improvements and additions you’re hoping for from the upcoming game! They can relate to anything from gameplay to presentation, online, RTTS, Franchise, Diamond Dynasty, or even completely new modes and features. We’ll be going over the most common requests and those of our own in an upcoming article and Press Row Podcast episode!
Yesterday the first in-season roster update went out for NBA 2K16 applying some changes based on performance from the first handful of games. Another update has released today adjusting some other players around the league.
LeBron James has company at the top of the ratings now. Stephen Curry, averaging 37 points per game, has moved up to 94 Overall to tie him for the honor. What changed were some shot ratings: Standing Shot Medium was boosted four points while Standing Shot Close, Moving Shot Close, and Moving Shot Medium all went up by three.
James Harden did take a hit today after his glaring absence from the last update. He lost three points in Standing Shot 3PT and three points in Moving Shot 3PT.
Players Up: Steph Curry (+1 to 94), Russell Westbrook (+2 to 91), Blake Griffin (+1 to 89), Kawhi Leonard (+1 to 88), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1 to 80), Kristaps Porzingis (+1 to 75), C.J. McCollum (+2 to 74)
Players Down: James Harden (-1 to 91), Tony Parker (-2 to 81), Joe Johnson (-1 to 79), Jrue Holiday (-1 to 79), David West (-1 to 76)
2K Sports today released the first roster update for NBA 2K16 that takes into account performance from regular season games. The Warriors didn’t receive any upgrades despite a record-setting start, nor did the Rockets receive any downgrades after getting blown out in their first three games before bouncingÂ back last night. Considering the season is so young it’s not surprising that only a handful of players were moved up or down.
Kobe Bryant is the player with the highest profile to be affected, losing three points in the Standing Shot 3PT attribute after a 6-29 start from outside the arc. Yet James Harden, who is 7-44 on threes so far this season and shooting only 30% from the field, had no ratings altered.
Players up: Andre Drummond (+1 to 84), Bradley Beal (+2 to 82), George Hill (+1 to 79), Rajon Rondo (+1 to 78), Nikola Mirotic (+1 to 77), Marcus Morris (+2 to 75), Julius Randle (+1 to 75)
Players down: Kobe Bryant (-2 to 83), Derrick Rose (-1 to 83), Gordon Hayward (-1 to 82), Goran Dragic (-1 to 80), Monta Ellis (-2 to 79), D’Angelo Russell (-2 to 75)
With Black Friday still over three weeks away, an opportunity to pick up NBA 2K16 at a discount before then has popped up today. Amazon has the game for $47 on PS4 and Xbox One.
2K16 has been out now for over a month now and opinions on the game really haven’t changed. It’s arguably the most impressively assembledÂ sports game ever released.
The Michael Jordan Special Edition was also offered for $20 off earlier today as a lightning deal but that has now expired.
For those who are willing to give up theÂ potential playtime prior to Black Friday on November 27 it’s likely that 2K16 will be available for $35 or $40 through various retailers.
While Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has garnered the highest Metacritic scoreÂ for a sports game since 2013, those reviews obviously couldn’t take into account developments that would occur in the weeks and months afterÂ release. Support for the series has always been shaky and in a year where publisher Konami made its intentions clear that they will be focusing on mobile game development instead of console products going forward – with the exception of the PES franchise – it’s unsettling to see that continue.
It took six weeks for the first roster update to arrive for PES 2016 and when it did fans quickly noticed glaring errors and omissions. Konami quickly acknowledged the problem and today sent out an apology while noting it will be several more weeks before a fixed roster will make it out. Read more