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NBA Playgrounds: An AppreciationWith monster dunks, quirky character designs, and over-the-top arcade style gameplay, NBA Playgrounds sure seems like it’s trying to be the spiritual successor to the beloved [I]NBA Street[/I] series. With [I]Street[/I] on what seems to be a permanent hiatus – its last release was nearly a decade ago – there’s certainly an opportunity to step into that void. As a lapsed Street fan, I was skeptical when I first loaded up Playgrounds – but after a short while I became a...
Three Things to Watch Out for in Madden 18 the Rest of the SeasonThree Things to Watch Out for in Madden 18 the Rest of the Season Now that Madden 18 has been out for over three months, we’ve had plenty of time to live with the game for a while and break down all of its strengths and weaknesses. But since a modern Madden game is evolving all the way up until a new one is released, this might be a good time to look ahead to the coming months and suggest what EA can do to finish out its current season with a bang. With that in mind, here are three things...
Sociable Soccer Early Access Preview (PC)Sociable Soccer Early Access Preview (PC) It’s been over 20 years since Sensible Soccer first arrived on the scene, establishing a unique brand of arcade football that drew quite the crowd back in the mid-90s. Although it would eventually succumb to the 3-D era of sports games, Sensi spawned multiple sequels and continues to be played to this day by a passionate group of devotees. Sociable Soccer takes the form of a spiritual successor, putting Sensi creator Jon Hare back in the hot seat to...
Steep: Road To The Olympics Open Beta & Demo Available NowSteep: Road To The Olympics Open Beta & Demo Available Now The open beta for Steep: Road To The Olympics, the officially licensed product of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is available now for Xbox One. It is scheduled to run from November 28 through December 4 for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. The open beta is enhanced for the Xbox One X. The demo is available now for PlayStation 4 users. You’ll get to experience five different challenges in the open beta,...
PES 2018 Data Pack 2.0 Available Now, Adding Stadiums, Kits, Faces & MorePES 2018 Data Pack 2.0 Available Now, Adding Stadiums, Kits, Faces & More PES 2018 Data Pack 2.0 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PC. The update features 1,000 new thumbnail photos, over 40 player face updates, licensed kits, new boots, two stadiums (Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and the Estadio Nacional de Chile) and the debut of David Beckham in myClub. The update also includes the gameplay patch, addressing fouls, goalkeepers, defender AI and more...
Sim Sports: Real Talk - Episode #3[MEDIA] Episode #3 Happy Halloween Sim Community! We're kicking off another new episode tonight guys! This show discusses all things Simulation Sports Gaming related for gamers who love their sports games. Madden 18 NOT Top 10 Plays off the Week Episode 10 - Cam Newton KICKS a FIELD GOAL!? [MEDIA] Tonight's Topics 1. How to buy Madden without supporting EA financially. 2. Best way to enjoy Madden without even playing it. 3. MADDEN 18 Gameplay Issues. 4. NBA 2K18 tops sales in absurdly...
Sim Sports: Real Talk - Episode #2[ATTACH] [MEDIA] We're kicking off episode #2 tonight guys! This show discusses all things Simulation Sports Gaming related for gamers who love their sports games. Gideon Prime joins in late in the show. EA Does Not Care What Gamers Want According To Ex-Employee...Shocking! [MEDIA] Topics 1. The Worse and Most addicting thing about Madden. 2. Discuss the Indie Dev Scene for Football gaming. 3. Patches for NBA 2k not meaning anything for MyPark. 4. Share our thoughts on Zelda BotW....
Sim Sports: Real Talk - Episode #1[ATTACH] [MEDIA] We're kicking off the first episode tonight guys! This show will discuss all things Simulation Sports Gaming related for gamers who love their sports games. Tonight's Topics 1. Background on New Show. 2. Current State of MADDEN 18. 3. NBA Kickoff. 4. NBA 2K18 SUBSCRIBE and watch every Tuesday night at 8 PM EST!!! Sim Sports:Real Talk Podcast on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/s... Sim Sports:Real Talk Podcast on Stitcher...
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FIFA 18 Impressions: What the Game Looks Like Early OnFIFA 18 Impressions: What the Game Looks Like Early On With all of the excitement of the fall release schedule, few titles are as well anticipated as the newest edition of FIFA. FIFA 18 has been released on all major consoles, and my time with it thus far has been positive. As with most yearly sports titles, refinements and additions are preferred to mass overhauls, and for FIFA 18 this holds true. With that being said, let’s get down to it.
Gaming News Tennis World Tour Announcement Trailer
Tennis World Tour Announcement Trailer Previously announced in May, Tennis World Tour is scheduled to release in the spring of 2018 on console and PC. Check out the teaser trailer and let us know your thoughts! The experienced team behind the Top Spin license are working on the game and promise it to be an ultra-realistic simulation of the sport. The post Tennis World Tour Announcement Trailer appeared first on Operation Sports. Steve Noah https://www.operationsports.com/tennis-world-tour-announcement-trailer/
Gaming News WWE 2K18: What You Need to Know
WWE 2K18: What You Need to Know WWE 2K18 has been out for about a week now, which means enough time has passed where we can start to draw some conclusions. Whether it’s worth your hard-earned money largely depends on if you have 2K17 and, if so, how much you like it. But this simple question doesn’t have a simple answer. Before we get to answering, let’s take a look at some things you need to know about this year’s release. Gameplay If you played 2K17, then you already know how to play 2K18. The biggest changes involve the new carry system and another option available for the submission system. The carry system is nice because, rather than having to whip your opponent into the turnbuckle or against the announce table to set up your move, you can transition in the middle of a grapple move by hitting R1, or even hitting R1 plus the right stick before you grapple, to initiate a carry. Depending on where you are, you can throw him over the top rope, into the turnbuckle or against the guard rail. Not only does it make your matches flow better, but it also adds another layer to your available move set. The submission system remains intact, but there is an option in the settings where, instead of rotating the right stick during submissions, you rapidly press one of the four face buttons. However, it’s not a straight up mashing of just the square button. It’s random for each submission, and it also changes during the submission. So if the game tells you to start pressing circle rapidly, keep your eye on the screen as you press because it will change in a few seconds. Personally, I like the new style better so far. Also, it doesn’t feel...
Madden NFL 18 Team of the Week 6 Bundle Opening: Good, Bad and Ugly Building a Madden Ultimate Team lineup can be a grind. Through endless solo challenges and head to head gameplay, players can slowly but surely put together coins and cards to get that team overall up. While not necessary, buying packs can help that process along. This week, Madden has released its Team of the Week 6 bundle. With 11 TOTW packs to open, it’s a hefty bundle. Each pack contains two gold or better TOTW players, and three additional silver or better players. The bundle also guarantees an Elite Team of the Week player. This bundle will run a cool 5,500 points which is roughly $49.99 in real world dollars. Antonio Brown is the TOTW Master on Offense, with Cameron Jordan being the TOTW Master on defense. With that said, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of the TOTW 6 bundle. The Good: With Core Elites in the 80s, my hopes weren’t particularly high for anything too special. I thought I’d get some decent players, but I found myself shocked when I got the 90 overall Adrian Amos card. This card is a pretty good anchor for any defense. Amos is a little bit shy of the highly coveted 91 zone coverage rating but he’s solid across the board. He’s going for 200-275K coins in the auction house so this card nearly pays for the entire bundle on its own. Beside the Amos card, I was also able to round out a lot of my lineup with cards like a 76 overall gold Marquise Goodwin. Normally, a gold card isn’t anything to get too excited about, but this version of Goodwin is a burner. Rarely, do gold cards get good speed but Marquise will stretch the field with a 90 speed rating. The Bad: One of the major complaints I have with many card collecting modes is the amount of duplicates that I inevitably end up with by the end....
Madden NFL 18 Got a Huge New Patch: Here is How It Is Playing Now At the time of our last assessment of the state of Madden 18, the team at EA Tiburon had just rushed out a patch before evacuating their Florida offices on account of the impending hurricane. About a month has passed since then, and Madden fans have waited for a more comprehensive patch to remedy the multitude of annoying bugs, glitches and oversights that were keeping players from fully enjoying their experience with the game. Fortunately, their wish has been granted with the release of a much larger patch that was accompanied by a downright epic list of notes detailing what exactly had been improved about the game. With that said, let’s check out what areas of the game have been significantly affected by this patch, what areas still need improvement, and what problems have been more or less ignored at this point.
What is Working BetterBubble Screens: A prime example of the kind of bug you wouldn’t usually expect to find in a finished game, let alone one that’s been out for more than a month, receivers running bubble screen routes will now actually, you know, run that route instead of just traipsing up the field like some stubborn baby who refuses to run the play. QB Dives: Along the same lines, one of the more frustrating things that could be experienced within a pre-patch Madden 18 occurred when you were scrambling with your QB. You’d be running for a first down and make the fateful decision to try and stretch out with a dive to make the necessary yardage only to have your QB perform a more conservative slide instead and come up a little bit short. This is because there was no ability to dive at all with a QB prior to the patch. Luckily, this is no longer the case. Now if they could only find some way to have a QB slide or dive behind the line of scrimmage to avoid a hit and potential fumble. Simulated Extra...
NBA Live 18 Patch 1.05 Available Now, Patch Notes Included NBA Live 18 Patch 1.05 is available now, check out the patch notes below. Gameplay
- Tuned Slider impact for shot contest
- Tuned Slider impact for off-dribble shooting
- Restricted some on-the-run Dribble Moves for lower skilled players
- Added new pre-game lobby in the League
- Goals are now available in Pause Menu in the League
- Fixed exploit where you could complete goals and gain stats when simming games in the League
- New First Take videos are now seen in the League near the All-Star game and Playoffs
- Updated signings and draft pick trades to match the NBA.
- Tuned Playoff simulation
- Adjusted wording of various goals.
- Updated Commentary
- Fixed commentary for overtime games
- Minor bug fixes
NBA Live 18: The Top Five Things We Like About This Year's Game NBA Live 18 has been out for almost three weeks now. If you’ve yet to take the plunge, you might be looking for reasons to give Live a try. There are many reasons to consider, but here are the top five. It Feels Fresh This will apply to you only if you’re a fan of and familiar with other basketball games. Whatever your opinion is of those games, you’ve built up a familiarity over the years. No matter how much you like a franchise, it can start to feel too familiar, to the point of getting stale. That’s where Live 18 comes in. It feels like a fresh take on virtual basketball. This isn’t about which game is better in any particular area. Live simply plays different than 2K. There are things I love and hate about both games. But after so many years in a row of 2K, it’s nice to play a game that was created with a fresh set of eyes, so to speak. This is especially apparent when you’re in the middle of a game. You might be conditioned to handle a certain in-game situation a certain way, only to discover a new way to handle it with Live. For example, let’s say you typically tend to ignore when your center calls for the ball down low, for any number of reasons: style preference, lack of confidence or success, or not liking the way the computer reacts when you’re down low. Live gives you a reason to reconsider. Because the game feels differently, it plays differently, which then leads to different results. It will take you out of your comfort zone, but in a good way. Shooting I’ve always enjoyed playing on the wing more than in the post. And even as someone who does drive and kick a lot in game, for whatever reason, I’ve always had more fun with trying to get open for a quick jumper than I have with driving through the lane for a dunk. There’s something about bringing the ball up the court, passing it to the side, and watching the play...
Madden NFL 18 Patch 1.04 Available Now, Patch Notes Included The Madden NFL 18 patch 1.04 has finally arrived, weighing in at roughly 2.5 GB. Check out the patch notes below and post your thoughts. NEW FEATURES
- Longshot Game Rewind – Play any scene of Longshot once you have completed the story mode
- Squads Seasons – Play seasons in MUT Squads
- MUT Champions Monthly Leaderboards – See how you stack up on a monthly basis in MUT Champions
- MUT Champions Lineup Restrictions – MUT Champions events can now support lineup restrictions in the future
- Tournament Official Rules – View and agree to the official rules for Competitive Madden
- Video Player – UI Tiles can now trigger videos
- Addressed the issue with players recovering a fumble not being able to be tackled
- Tuning to decrease Hit Stick and Cut Stick fumbles globally
- Addressed the issue with receivers assigned to a bubble screen running the incorrect route
- Addressed an issue where the QB could not dive while scrambling
- Addressed the issue where the Gun Monster formation was leading to pancake blocks by the offensive line
- Added several new chemistry abilities to MUT, including:
- Unfakeable – When user-controlled, player does not get faked out by ball carrier moves; when AI-controlled, can only be faked out by Tier 1 moves
- Secure Tackler – When user-controlled, player does not allow broken tackles; when AI-controlled, can only allow broken tackles to Tier 1 moves
- Footsteps – These defensive players will apply a higher catch-penalty to receivers when they are near the receiver during the catch point
- Situational Pass Rusher – When pass rushing, these players receive a boost to pass-rush success chance on third and fourth and long situations
- Primetime Protector – These blockers excel at pass blocking in third and fourth and long...
PES 2018 Data Pack 1 Available Now, Featuring 117 Face Updates, 10 Boots and Much More PES 2018 data pack 1 is available now, featuring 117 new player face updates, 10 of the latest boots, updated backboards in Master League for FC Barcelona, and over 3,000 new player thumbnails. The post PES 2018 Data Pack 1 Available Now, Featuring 117 Face Updates, 10 Boots and Much More appeared first on Operation Sports. Steve Noah https://www.operationsports.com/pes-2018-data-pack-1-available-now-featuring-117-face-updates-10-boots-much/
NBA Live 18 Patch 1.04 Available Now, Patch Notes Included EA Sports has released NBA Live 18 patch 1.04 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the patch notes below.
- Addressed a crash in Pro-Am Tour that occurred during a conversation with the Goodman League Commissioner after winning the league tournament.
- Addressed a crash when a player would get to Level 50 League Hype.
- Addressed some player likeness issues.
- Addressed an issue in which a user could turn off auto-subs and cause the CPU to stop making substitution.
- Addressed some idle issues with some instance of dribbling and hands-up animations.
- Made improvements to the look of a player’s first step out of triple threat
- Improved responsiveness for pull up jumpers
- Improved responsiveness when catching and shooting
- Improved responsiveness on right stick shot contests.
- Updated and Tuned dribble content
- Improved overall online gameplay stability
- Updated player ratings on items to better reflect important attributes.
- Removed Passing
- Added Post Offense (POST) to show how good a player is at getting to the basket and scoring from the post.
- Changed Shooting (SHT) to Mid-Range Shooting (MID) to better reflect a player’s ability to score off of mid-range jumpers.
- Changed Dunking (DNK) to Finishing (FIN) to better reflect how well a player can score around the basket with dunks and lay-ups.
Gaming News NBA 2K18's MyTeam: Week 2
NBA 2K18's MyTeam: Week 2 The Urban Dictionary defines “grinding” as “what every middle schooler and high schooler does at a school dance.” Not exactly the usage of the word our community knows and loves, but if school dances involved grinding NBA 2K, I definitely would have gone to more of them. It really is that fun to play, and I have to agree that this year’s version is the best in 2K’s History. I’ve finally had a chance to explore all the major game modes, and overall it’s been great. But, I always come back to my first love: MyTeam. This week, I focused on completing team rewards, because they’re some of the best cards available right now. But you’ve got to earn that MT and play the auction game to get it done. I did just that, and am now the proud owner of a ruby Bob Dandridge via Milwaukee and Kerry Kittles via New Jersey; Kerry especially has been more than worth the effort. He’s a scoring machine and lockdown defender, and most importantly, the Nets team was relatively easy to complete. (D’Angelo Russell, rated 75, is their best player so no one was terribly expensive.) I think I’m going to go after Kevin Willis next because the Hawks are so depleted this year, and I already have their best player in Dennis Schroder. I mentioned Dennis last week as being a solid budget pick, and this is now truer than ever. It seems like everyone is selling him in the auction house, so he’s easily attainable for 500 MT right now. Sad for Dennis, but good for us. Another solid acquisition has been Raef LaFrentz. I was looking for a center to round out my Perimeter Centric lineup, and he’s rated 91 in that system. He’s a good defender and rebounder, plus is a beast from (surprise, surprise) the perimeter! Then as I was snatching up Bucks to get that Bob Dandridge card, I ended up stumbling...
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