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  • Various improvements to the competitive side of gameplay in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 28th, 2016 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments »

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    While it’s inevitable that people will find exploits or elements of gameplay in sports titles that are used to unnatural advantage when playing others, more work has probably been done with Madden NFL 17 to combat than than was seen with the series in the past. In the latest developer blogs EA Sports has gone over some of the improvements made to more realistically balance the scales and give both sides an opportunity to react and adjust.  Read more

  • More details on the Special Teams improvements in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 27th, 2016 at 12:45 pm 16 Comments »

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    Despite the importance of special teams in football it has never received the attention it deserved in the Madden series. That looks to finally be changing with Madden NFL 17 and further details have been released on what to expect. While unfortunately it looks like surprise onside kicks have been left out yet again, and the return blocking hasn’t been worked on, there’s a lot to be excited about for what had been largely mundane waste-of-time plays in the video games having failed to represent their potentially exciting game-changing nature.   Read more

  • MLB The Show 16 roster update details for week seven
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    Posted May 27th, 2016 at 8:15 am 2 Comments »

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    Some big name starting pitchers have taken a hit to their ratings with the latest roster update for MLB The Show 16. Matt Harvey, Sonny Gray, and Dallas Keuchel have struggled mightily early this season and their attributes are now beginning to reflect that.

    Harvey is one of the players that has disappointed the most this year. He’s 3-7 with a 6.08 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. After opening MLB 16 with a rating of 94 he has now dropped to 88.

    Gray is now down 5 points from where he began the season and recently went to the DL. He’s 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. This week he lost 6 points to BB/9 and 5 to K/9.

    Keuchel, the reigning AL Cy Young, is now down 4 points from where he began the season.  He’s 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. This week he dropped 7 points in the HR/9 category.

    Other notable players affected this week include Daniel Murphy (+3 to 86), Jonathan Lucroy (+3 to 85), Ryan Madson (-2 to 84), Vince Velasquez (+2 to 82), Jay Bruce (+3 to 81), Yangervis Solarte (+2 to 81), Steve Pearce (+2 to 81), Russell Martin (-3 to 81), Matt Holliday (-4 to 80), Alexei Ramirez (-5 to 78), and Howie Kendrick (-5 to 77).

    New rookies include Jared Hoying (Rangers OF, 70 Overall, B Potential), Whit Merrifield (Royals 2B, 69 Overall, B Potential), and Cesar Vargas (Padres SP, 65 Overall, B Potential).

    Additionally some new cards have been added to the player pool. Robin Yount (93), Ian Desmond (88), Asdrubal Cabrera (86), Andrelton Simmons (85), and Matt Carpenter (82).

  • Details on the improvements to zone defense in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm 13 Comments »

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    EA Sports has released a new Madden NFL 17 developer blog and this one goes over in great detail the work that has been done to zone defense. The zones which had been independent of one another will now operate in sync within a global scheme and new types of zones and coverage logic have been added.  Read more

  • Quick look at the new juke and hurdle moves in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:00 pm 8 Comments »

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    One of the main areas of gameplay improvement for Madden NFL 17 has been identified by EA Sports as the new ball-carrier moves. The company has posted two examples of that already – besides what was seen in the cover announcement trailer – to better define what to expect starting with jukes and hurdles.

    On the surface they don’t really look unlike those seen in past Madden games, but in comparing side-by-side differences can be spotted. Besides the poor running animations it’s worth noticing how both the juke and the hurdle are assisted by new defensive fakeout animations.

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  • SSX now backwards compatible on Xbox One
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 10:15 am 3 Comments »

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    While games like Fight Night Round 4 and Skate 2 are expected to be made backwards compatible for Xbox One in June, one new Xbox 360 title has been added today. 2012’s reboot of the SSX series will now be playable on Xbox One.

    SSX excelled with its technical achievements, exhilarating gameplay, and social-based online but also grew excessively frustrating to play at times. A post-release patch added in two head-to-head online modes while DLC was released featuring additional characters.

    The game was free in December 2014 to those with Xbox Live Gold and was frequently on sale for less than $20 those years ago. It’s currently $20 digital through the Xbox Marketplace while used copies through Amazon can be had for about $9.

  • New Star Soccer spin-off released on mobile
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 9:45 am 1 Comment »

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    Considered by some to be the best sports game ever released on mobile, New Star Soccer now has a follow-up out on iOS and soon Android being sold for $4.

    New Star Soccer G-Story combines game challenges with a narrative that’s credited to a partnership with a book publisher and children’s authors. That makes it a somewhat interactive story that’s targeted more at a young audience.  Read more

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 announced and first gameplay features revealed
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    Posted May 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am 14 Comments »

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    Though it has failed to gain traction with consumers in North America – due to a combination of the entrenched nature of the FIFA series and absence of some licenses – Pro Evolution Soccer has become recognized as the better of the two franchises by reviewers and many fans. Today Konami officially announced Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and revealed some of the new gameplay features to expect this September.  Read more

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