Demo for NBA Live 16 gives the game a stage to itself on September 15

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EA Sports recently announced that NBA Live 16 will be getting a demo on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on Tuesday, September 15. The info on the demo was originally revealed along with all the news on the Live Pro-Am mode.

Alongside all the features of LIVE Pro-Am, you can also check out exhibition style play in Tip Off with six NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers), and the Learn LIVE tutorials – consisting of drills to help familiarize yourself with controls and gameplay mechanics.

This is a departure from the norm for the series which has struggled to regain its footing over the last five years. The infamous NBA Elite 11 demo, which exposed several problems and is best remembered for “Jesus Bynum”, led to its cancellation. That was the last time a pre-release demo was provided for EA’s basketball franchise.

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MyCareer Mode is growing up in NBA 2K16

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When Spike Lee was brought on to write and direct the MyCareer Mode story for NBA 2K16, many wondered what kind of influence he would have in a game that has to have widespread appeal to various demographics which includes children. Would the story end up that much grittier than those found in the first two years of the mode?

The first indication of that being yes came when the ESRB rated it E10+ for the first time ever as opposed to the usual E. Now the ESRB has revealed the reasoning for that rating along with some examples of what they found objectionable.

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It’ll be interesting to see how this goes over. Obviously it’s going to be tame by comparison to Lee’s R-rated movies. But now the story may have been taken to a place that makes it inappropriate for children and uncomfortable for parents, while not going far enough to satisfy those who would like something truly grounded and edgy.

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First extended gameplay trailer for NBA 2K16


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Review: Madden NFL 16


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Review: Madden NFL 16


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Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 16 is here

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This week’s Press Row Podcast features the audio from the live hangout, discussing early impressions of Madden NFL 16 for well over an hour. Look for my full written review of Madden NFL 16, plus a video review, all on Monday morning.

Following that segment Rich interviews former Madden lead designer Ian Cummings, who has created a new horse racing game for iOS called Derby King: Quest for the Triple Crown.

Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS and the Stitcher app for Android– subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/operationsportspressrow/Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_145.mp3

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Madden NFL 16 impressions discussion video

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Madden NFL 16 has been out through EA Access since Wednesday, supplying ample time to have formed base impressions of the new game. After about 12 hours of play (over two different accounts) Rich Grisham joins me to discuss our thoughts on the game to this point.

Areas covered include gameplay, penalties, Draft Champions, online play, the prologue, and bugs. This show will also be put out in podcast form later today and will be posted tomorrow!


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