First Snippet of Information Related to Madden NFL 16 Involves New Controls

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Yesterday EA Sports made official the release date for Madden NFL 16 and mentioned that the first news on the game will arrive in May. Now though a vague feature description has appeared via retailers that provides a hint at one feature to expect from the game.

Be the playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with all-new controls that allow you to dominate in the battle for air supremacy.

Last year the developers promised that Madden 16 would have work done to improve the battle between receivers and defenders for the ball. Not being able to exploit single coverage downfield, even with talents like Calvin Johnson, has been one of the biggest flaws with the series in recent years. Throwing deep even in advantageous situations would too often result in interceptions. The receiver would not go up to fight for the ball or would simply be out of position making no effort to challenge for it while corners and safeties jump them for picks.

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Playing MLB 15: The Show and Discussing Online Play and Diamond Dynasty

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With MLB 15: The Show now out for over two weeks I got together with T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to play some online and discuss experiences with the game primarily in the area of online and Diamond Dynasty. After completing a traditional nine inning game we turn to having a blast with Online Home Run Derby.


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Madden NFL 16 Release Set for August 25

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Today EA Sports announced an official release date for Madden NFL 16 of August 25. That date doesn’t come as any sort of surprise given how the game has gone out on the last Tuesday of August now since Madden NFL 12.

The logo image that EA utilized for the announcement appears to be Madden 15’s with a 6 drawn on top of the 5. There’s an easy joke to be made there.

The NFL season does begin a bit later this year than normal with the kick-off game on September 10 and opening Sunday falling on September 13. Madden NFL 16 then will land shortly after week two of the preseason. EA Access subscribers on Xbox One will also get to play it for six early hours beginning on August 20.

No further news was provided other than to look for information to come in May. That could mean no roll out of either a cover vote, teaser trailer, or first info on the game to coincide with the NFL Draft which would be somewhat unusual. That still can’t be ruled out however given that the Draft begins on the final day of the month and carries into May.

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MLB 15: The Show Week One Roster Update

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The first in-season roster update for MLB 15: The Show arrived today. It represents the first opportunity for SCEA to add players to the game who made their Major League debuts over the course of the season’s opening week.

Among the players added in the update are White Sox 2B Micah Johnson, Pirates SS Jung-ho Kang, Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis, Blue Jays RP Miguel Castro, Mariners RP Tyler Olson, and Reds SP Raisel Iglesias. The update also executes the trade that sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton to the Padres with the Braves getting Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, and a couple minor leaguers in return.

With Kris Bryant expected to make his first appearance in the majors this week, next Monday’s roster update will include him and because of that it’ll be one of the most anticipated of the year. For those who’d like a roster with fully named minors to use Operation Sports had their OSFM set completed over the weekend. It can’t be used for online games but is available to import within other areas of the game including Franchise.

PLAYERS ADDED THIS WEEK
Bradley_Archie ARI
Cunniff_Brandon ATL
Martin_Cody ATL
McKirahan_Andrew ATL
Garcia_Jason BAL
Johnson_Micah CHW
Iglesias_Raisel CIN
Marquis_Jason CIN
Betancourt_Rafael COL
Nesbitt_Angel DET
Wojciechowski_Asher HOU
Madson_Ryan KAN
Orlando_Paulo KAN
Featherston_Taylor LAA
Blazek_Michael MIL
Graham_JR MIN
Gilmartin_Sean NYM
Canha_Mark OAK
Ladendorf_Tyler OAK
Herrera_Odubel PHI
Kang_Jungho PIT
Liz_Radhames PIT
Olson_Tyler SEA
Andriese_Matt TAM
Beckham_Tim TAM
Dykstra_Allan TAM
DeShieldsJr_Delino TEX
Kela_Keone TEX
Verrett_Logan TEX
Castro_Miguel TOR
Hynes_Colt TOR
Osuna_Roberto TOR
Travis_Devon TOR

TRANSACTION HIGHLIGHTS
RP Kevin Gausman moved from Orioles Starting to Orioles Relief.
SP Ubaldo Jimenez moved from Orioles Relief to Orioles Starting.
SS Everth Cabrera moved from Orioles Bench to Orioles Position.
SS JJ Hardy moved from Orioles Position to Orioles Minors.
CF Rusney Castillo moved from Red Sox Position to Red Sox Minors.
CF Mookie Betts moved from Red Sox Bench to Red Sox Position.
CP Edward Mujica moved from Red Sox Relief to Red Sox Closer.
CP Koji Uehara moved from Red Sox Closer to Red Sox Minors.
CP Brad Boxberger moved from Rays Relief to Rays Closer.
SP Alex Cobb moved from Rays Starting to Rays Minors.
SP Chris Sale moved from White Sox Minors to White Sox Starting.
1B Nick Swisher moved from Indians Position to Indians Minors.
SP Justin Verlander moved from Tigers Starting to Tigers Minors.
CP Joe Nathan moved from Tigers Closer to Tigers Minors.
CP Joakim Soria moved from Tigers Relief to Tigers Closer.
LF Cody Ross moved from D’backs Position to D’backs Minors.
CF Coco Crisp moved from A’s Position to A’s Minors.
CF Cameron Maybin moved from Padres Minors to Braves Bench.
CP Jason Grilli moved from Braves Relief to Braves Closer.
SP Trevor Cahill moved from D’backs Starting to Braves Starting.
CF Matt den Dekker moved from Mets Minors to Nationals Bench.
3B Anthony Rendon moved from Nationals Position to Nationals Minors.
RP Jerry Blevins moved from Nationals Relief to Mets Relief.
1B Eric Campbell moved from Mets Position to Mets Minors.
RP Phil Coke moved from Free Agent 1 to Cubs Relief.
LF Chris Dominguez moved from Free Agent 1 to Reds Bench.
RP Chad Qualls moved from Astros Closer to Astros Relief.
CP Luke Gregerson moved from Astros Relief to Astros Closer.
3B Matt Dominguez moved from Astros Bench to Astros Minors.
SP Jeff Locke moved from Pirates Minors to Pirates Starting.
CF Gary Brown moved from Giants Minors to Cardinals Minors.
2B Aaron Hill moved from D’backs Position to D’backs Bench.
RP Rex Brothers moved from Rockies Relief to Rockies Minors.
CP Joel Peralta moved from Dodgers Relief to Dodgers Closer.
CP Craig Kimbrel moved from Braves Closer to Padres Closer.
RP Joaquin Benoit moved from Padres Closer to Padres Relief.
CF Melvin Upton Jr. moved from Braves Minors to Padres Minors.

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Your Thoughts on MLB 15: The Show After Two Weeks of Release

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Those who picked up MLB 15: The Show at or around release have now had plenty of time to settle in with the game and form opinions. For the most part the game is being received well by consumers and to an extent reviewers (check out my review here) however its Metacritic score is the lowest for the series since MLB 07 (the first one on PS3) which suggests something more is being desired from the product than it is delivering.

Vote in the poll and include any thoughts in the comments. Has MLB 15: The Show met, exceeded, or failed to reach expectations?

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Madden NFL 16 Promotion Likely to Kick-Off Later This Month

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One question posed by many people over recent weeks relates to why nothing yet has come out on Madden NFL 16. A precedent of early news on the game accompanied by the official announcement in the March-April stretch had been set over the years. In the case of Madden NFL 15 though things took a significant shift back in particular with the start of the cover vote and that’s likely a similar schedule they’ll be adhering to with Madden 16.

The fan vote for the representative to appear on the cover of Madden 15 began on May 8. From 2010-13 that was a February or March type of event. The NFL Draft however was held a few weeks later than the norm last year and the cover voting began on its first day. So even with dwindling relevance it remains possible that a cover vote will still be held for Madden 16 and if it’s to coincide with the NFL Draft again expect it announced late this month.

As far as what really matters, gameplay and feature information for the game and/or a trailer, that should be coming soon as well. Last year a teaser trailer, vague feature descriptions, and pre-order incentive details went out April 28. After that the cover vote became the focus until the real promotion began in June with E3. The first Madden 16 news should be just around the corner.

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Online-Specific Issues Wrecking Otherwise Fun MLB 15: The Show Ranked and Diamond Dynasty Games

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Though online play performance is markedly better in MLB 15: The Show than previous years of the series its unreliable nature has still been cited in early days as a big problem. That remains the case but now a couple bugs and exploits have been identified that are making games against random opponents miserable to play.

The most pressing issue relates to a bug that causes the game to stall after a walk or hit-by-pitch. It doesn’t happen on 100% of them but it’s often enough that there’s a fair chance any given game won’t reach its conclusion. It’s also being taken advantage of by people who know about it. Many now when they fall behind in a game are walking or hitting batters until it stalls. Then it becomes a waiting game on which side will leave and accept the loss.

The other irritating exploits will be somewhat familiar to those who have played The Show online in the past. People are bunting over and over because there’s no way to consistently stop it from working. The pitcher, catcher, and third baseman simply don’t get to the ball in time to make a play and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Steal success rate is also still way too high and people will steal their way around the bases because of it.

All of these concerns affect ranked online games, which some might say then just to avoid, but that’s not a solution nor is there an alternative way to play Diamond Dynasty which is essentially reliant on random online games.

Hopefully these issues will be patched in the immediate future. If they are then online may very well have reached the adequate status so many had hoped for but come not to expect.

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