Driveclub is known for having by farÂ the roughest launch in recent gaming history – one that took practically nine months to finally iron out. However it has emerged as a beautiful racing game appreciated by those who stuck with it or jumped in once fully featured and operational.
Today Driveclub Bikes launched on PlayStation 4 as a digital download in the store. It’s an expansion of the original game that does not require its ownership although there is a discount for those that do. Driveclub Bikes is available for $20 standalone or $15 to those that own last year’s Driveclub.Â Read more
Support for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, which released without nearly enough content to justify its price, hasn’t been all that inspiring. Until today one real-world course had been added since mid-July, and a promise has been made toÂ deliver a few new courses, golfers, and play now modes by the end of March.
NowÂ though the first of that upcoming content has arrived. Treasure Island, a new fantasy course, and Dustin Johnson have been added in a free update today on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Treasure Island is availableÂ in Play Now and online modes.
Some other tweaks to the game have also been made, most notably removing Night Club celebration animations from created golfers in regular modes.Â Read more
The highly acclaimed PC baseball simulator Out of the Park 16 is now on sale through November 4. The game is being offered for $75% off – that’s just $10! It can be purchased on Steam or directly from its official website.
OOTP 16 features for the first time in series history the MLB.com license which means all the real league and team branding is built-in, joining all the real players which have always been included. Additionally the game has a number of improvements and additions from previous versions in the series.
With all the sports games out for the year attention turns towards actually playing them instead of just following news and developments in anticipation of them. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has emerged from the group as the highest rated sports game since 2013, while FIFA 16 and NBA 2K16 are dominating in terms of worldwide sales.
Of course there’s also Madden NFL 16 which has a strong hold on many, some may be settling in with NHL 16, revisiting MLB 15: The Show due to postseason interest, racing in Forza 6, or hooked on the breakout hit Rocket League.
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Â Â Â â€˘Madden and NBA 2K sayÂ Peyton Manning would beat Dirk Nowitzki in a race
Â Â Â â€˘Da Czar teaches the Pick and Roll mechanic in NBA 2K16 (video)
Â Â Â â€˘Continue to send in your court/uniform designs from NBA 2K16
Â Â Â â€˘Will there ever be competition again in NFL gaming?
Â Â Â â€˘The Back to the Future DeLorean has traveled into Rocket League
Â Â Â â€˘NBA Live may have reached the end of the road (video)
Â Â Â â€˘How the postseason can be improved in MLB: The Show (video)
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â™¦Four sports games (NBA 2K16, Madden 16, FIFA 16, NHL 16) landed in top 10 Sept sales.
â™¦FIFA 16 is still available for $40 on PS4 and $44 on Xbox One.
â™¦Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 can be had for $46 on Xbox One.
â™¦EA Sports has detailedÂ the “Most Feared” Ultimate Team additions for Madden NFL 16.
â™¦MUT had a challenge on Saturday where you had to stop a giant Marshawn Lynch.
â™¦The first roster updateÂ to apply to all modes is finally coming this week for PES 2016.
â™¦An update to NBA 2K16 has fixedÂ the issue of socks not appearing on players in MyCareer.
â™¦EA Sports provided some very basic info on the latest patch for NBA Live 16.
â™¦In addition to the DLC last week a new patch went outÂ for Rocket League.
â™¦A major announcement set for Wednesday is being teased for Rocket League.
â™¦The full reveal has been made of all the cars found inÂ the soon-to-release Need for Speed.
â™¦The last NCAA Football cover athleteÂ discusses what losing theÂ series has meant to him.
â™¦Sony listed out exhibitors and playable gamesÂ appearing at theÂ PlayStation Experience.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Southpaw, Pixels, and The Gift.
The latest Press Row Podcast focuses in on the NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16. Discussion relates primarily to impressions of the 2K Pro-Am mode and the state of Live considering the dire straits it finds itself in due to miserable sales numbers.
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MLB 15: The Show does some great things for postseason games and exposes consumers to them more than probably any other sports series. The game offers up a standalone Postseason Mode and incorporates the presentation into The Show Live, rather than just being there only for those who reach the playoffsÂ in Franchise Mode.
Despite that there there are many ways in which it could be improved. Watching the real postseason games this year have made that obvious. Based on community feedback there seem to be three central themes to what people are looking for more from:
â™¦Handling of pitching rotations and bullpens
Rich Grisham and I discussed the elements of the postseason that The Show represents well and those in which it could use improvement in our latest video, which is also available as a podcast on Hit The Pass Radio.
The roster update following week six of the season is available to download now in Madden NFL 16. Tom Brady returns to the class of 99 Overall rated players and in doing so joins Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Rob Gronkowski, Von Miller, and Marshal Yanda. Check out the full details of the roster update with the spreadsheet here.
Other players on the rise include Luke Kuechly (+1 to 97), Le’Veon Bell (+1 to 96), Mike Daniels (+1 to 95), Fletcher Cox (+1 to 95), DeAndre Hopkins (+1 to 94), Cameron Wake (+1 to 94), Greg Olsen (+1 to 94), Jimmy Graham (+1 to 94), Demaryius Thomas (+1 to 94), Philip Rivers (+2 to 92), Tyler Eifert (+2 to 90), Devonta Freeman (+3 to 86), and Ben Watson (+3 to 81).
Among the players headed south are Eric Weddle (-1 to 96), Michael Bennett (-1 to 95), Vontae Davis (-1 to 94), Adrian Peterson (-2 to 92), Peyton Manning (-1 to 89), Andrew Luck (-1 to 89), Jairus Byrd (-2 to 88), Eli Manning (-2 to 85), and Mike Wallace (-2 to 85).