Hinted to beÂ coming for quite some time Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 was made official today. The Tony Hawk series was extremely popular and well-regarded over a stretch of time with the ‘Pro Skater’ and ‘Underground’ titles but since 2004 it has been completely mishandled. The idea to release a game tied to an expensive skateboard peripheral in 2009, riding off the music-game craze at the time, was a special kind of disaster.
Now though the series is said to be “going back to its roots”. Game Informer has the exclusive first look at the game which is expected out later this year on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and 360. Early concern from fans include being developed by Robomodo – which as a studio has a very poor track record – to the inclusion of projectiles and power-ups. Visually the first screenshots don’t look to be anywhere near current-gen quality and the decision to develop cross-gen and support the old systems is being blamed for that.
The fourth in-season roster update for MLB 15: The Show went out today. It includes seven rookies who made their first appearance in the majors over the last week – though none are quite as heralded as those added in the previous updates. Some ratings changes have also been made with Hanley Ramirez benefiting the most rising 6 points to 91 Overall.Â Read more
EA Sports is holding a cover vote for Madden NFL 16 but this year the process has been scaled back significantly. DwindlingÂ returns and fan interest in the processÂ called for them to either scrap it altogether or make a big change and they’ve done just that.Â Read more
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â™¦Check out this weekâ€™s articles written for Sporting News:
Â Â Â â€˘NFL Draft selections make their way into Madden NFL 15
Â Â Â â€˘MLB 15: The Show will let you play BAL-CWSÂ with no crowd
Â Â Â â€˘Jameis Winston added to Madden NFL 15Â as free MUT card
â™¦Recorded video of anÂ Orioles vs White Sox inningÂ in MLB 15: The Show with no crowd.
â™¦Probably not worth buying but a new pack of cards is available in MLB 15 through today.
â™¦The Houston Astros have been referring to data in The Show for scouting purposes.
â™¦More price range adjustments have been made to players in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦The launch of Team of the Season for FUT has been pushed back.
â™¦EA Sports slyly decided to promote a new Joe Montana Madden 15 Ultimate Team card.
â™¦Latest dev blog discussesÂ the retail release and patch progressÂ for The Golf Club.
â™¦The overpriced RBI Baseball 15 is now available for PC on Steam in addition to PS4/XB1.
â™¦EA Sports has released details on the latest roster update to go out for NBA Live 15.
â™¦Apparently a push is being made to acquire more licenses for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.
â™¦Konami leaving console gaming creates uncertainty around franchises including PES.
â™¦Don’t miss the brand new episode of NBA Y2K.
â™¦A Tour de France game has been announced for release in June on PS4/XB1/PS3/PC.
â™¦Some new features are being teased for the upcoming Franchise Hockey Manager 2.
â™¦Check out theÂ new black alternate uniforms for the 49ers that have been widely panned.
â™¦Here are Sony’s free PlayStation Plus games for the month of May.
â™¦Here are Microsoft’s free Xbox Live Gold games for the month of May.
â™¦Get this highly rated dual PS4 controller charging station on sale for $16.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Fifty Shades of Grey and Selma.
The latest Press Row PodcastÂ features guests Ryan Lewis and Cicero Holmes. I had the week off from recording a show. Topics include their gaming preferences, opinions on the sports gaming landscape, and the mystery around Joe Montana Football 16.
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will be out July 14 and now retailers have listed the pre-order incentive for the game. Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy and Walmart are all advertising TPC Scottsdale as a bonus course. In addition both Gamestop and Amazon will be including three $20 off coupons for use at a website that specializes inÂ tee time reservations.
EA Sports’ golf series has a history of breaking up content among various retailers and making consumers choose where to buy based on what they want, so at least with McIlroy it’s the same no matter where the game is purchased.Â Read more