Super Mega Baseball was one of the most pleasant surprises for the sports gaming genre in years. With the near extinction of arcade-style games leaving a void to independent developers, Metalhead Software took advantage despite a lack of licensing and delivered a fun and accessible game with an innovative “Ego” difficulty system. Its release late in 2014 led to unexpected strong consideration for Sports Game of the Year.
Today the developer officially announced Super Mega Baseball 2 which will release in 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. New features include:
Complete with enhanced character models, new and updated stadiums, and a modernized interface, Super Mega Baseball 2 has a fully rebuilt look that carries forward the personality and spirit of the original.
Player & League Customization
Build the ultimate fantasy baseball league with full customization of your league, teams and players. Choose the number of teams in your league and customize each team’s logos and uniforms. Then dig deeper by customizing individual player stats and appearance.
The seventh commentary update for Madden NFL 17 went out today with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week three of the season. Madden will be receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo will also be recording additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
The first post-release patch for NBA 2K17 has gone live on PlayStation 4 and will be arriving soon on Xbox One. It’s a massive download coming in at 7.1 GB so what’s been done is considerable however 2K Sports has yet to provide specific details.
Observations of fixes so far include substitutions made during timeouts (players enter immediately instead of having to wait for the next dead ball situation) and the courts for the Knicks and Bucks. What it hasn’t done is solve the Dream Team issue as the majority of consumers are still missing the pre-order incentive that was used to sell the game. This post will be updated with complete details when they are made available.
2K Sports leveraged the pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 throughout the summer as practically the only way in which they were attempting to sell the game. The company stressed the inclusion of the 1992 Dream Team more than anything else yet most of those who bought the game still find themselves without the team.
10 days now have passed since 2K17’s release and based on the number of consumers inquiring about the team missing through social media, and a poll run over the weekend, the Dream Team is nowhere to be found for the majority of those who should have it. 78% of respondents who pre-ordered NBA 2K17 do not have the Dream Team in their game.
This is a huge deal as it’s quite possibly the first time a promise of significant content through a pre-order incentive for a sports game has not been delivered upon and 2K still hasn’t made any comment on the issue. It may come down to them having to patch the team into the game for everyone which would seem to be the most simple solution.
The first ever console title from publisher/developer JoyCity is now accepting sign-ups for a closed beta. Registration can be completed through the official website for 3on3 Freestyle.
Features for the online-based game include character management and progression, online co-op in 3-vs-3 matches, and local co-op for going online and playing those same games.
3on3 Freestyle is an arcade free-to-play basketball game exclusive to PlayStation 4 and is a sequel to the PC game Freestyle 2: Street Basketball that went out early 2015. Release of the new game continues to be pushed back. Originally it was slated for May, and then “end of summer”, but now is simply expected before the end of the year. Hopefully the beta process and extended development time will result in a stronger finished product.
A tuning update released today for Madden NFL 17 on Xbox One and PS4. Tuners allow EA Sports to make gameplay-related tweaks without necessitating a patch which takes far longer to complete and clear for release. They are downloaded while loading up the game similar to commentary and roster updates and are required for any online play.
Changes made with the latest tuner include making the kick meter penalty more forgiving in bad weather conditions and a reduction in broken tackles and QB fumbles.
♦Reduced kick meter accuracy penalty under rain conditions.
♦Reduced kick meter power penalty under snow conditions.
♦Reduced chances of broken tackles for ball carriers
♦Variety of tuning changes to help defense be more effective vs. running plays
♦Reduced frequency of organic knock-outs after catches
♦Slightly reduced throw-out-of-sack fumble chances
♦Reduced chance for pass-blocking RB’s to Cut-Block
♦Reduce chance for success when pass-blocking RB’s Cut-Block
♦Increased interception chances for user-controlled defenders in Multi-player catches
♦Increased wait-time for Pass Rushers to play shed moves (Reduced “Insta-Sheds”)
An unprecedented number of sports game releases within a compressed window of just a few weeks has left both consumers and reviewers struggling to find the time and/or money for all of them. The panel in this episode discusses at length four of the latest games to arrive on the market – NHL 17, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, and Forza Horizon 3.
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