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 overÂ some of the improvements made to more realistically balance the scales and give both sides an opportunity to react and adjust.Â Read more
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 17Â and further details have been released onÂ 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 havingÂ failed to represent their potentially exciting game-changing nature. Â Read more
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. Â He’s 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. This week he droppedÂ 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),Â Vince Velasquez (+2 to 82), Jay Bruce (+3 to 81),Â Yangervis Solarte (+2 to 81),Â Steve Pearce (+2 to 81), Russell Martin (-3 to 81), Matt Holliday (-4 to 80),Â Alexei Ramirez (-5 to 78), andÂ 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).
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 operateÂ in sync within a global scheme and new types of zones and coverage logic have been added.Â Read more
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.
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 beÂ playable on Xbox One.
SSXÂ excelled with itsÂ technical achievements, exhilarating gameplay, and social-based online but also grew excessively frustrating to play at times. A post-release patchÂ added in two head-to-head online modesÂ while DLCÂ was released featuring additional characters.
The gameÂ 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 MarketplaceÂ while used copies through Amazon can be had for about $9.
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 aÂ partnership with a book publisher and children’s authors. That makes it a somewhat interactive story that’s targeted more at a young audience.Â Read more
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.Â Read more