EA Sports UFC Now Available on Mobile

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EA Sports UFC has finally made it out for iOS and Android devices. The game was initially offered in a few select regions two months ago and has now reached North America and others. That’s been the M.O. for the company on mobile, offering games first almost as a betas in a few places before rolling it out worldwide.

User reviews have been mixed but trended positive based on impressive graphics and fun gameplay. The main complaints seem to relate to the controls, the inability to kick (!), technical issues where saves are deleted, and the monetization structure. 

FEEL THE FIGHT
EA SPORTS UFC brings the intensity of MMA to your fingertips like never before. HD-quality visuals, intuitive touch controls, and action-packed gameplay create a unique combat experience for novice and veteran fight fans alike.

TRAIN YOUR ULTIMATE FIGHTER
Choose from over 70 fighters in four divisions and begin your journey to the top. From Jon Jones’ spinning back elbow, to Georges St-Pierre’s superman punch, each athlete boasts a unique set of special moves. Win bouts, unlock new opponents, earn coins, and level up abilities – all while building your UFC legacy. Battle through your career and invest in training to watch your abilities skyrocket.

PLAY LIVE EVENTS, EARN EXCLUSIVE REWARDS
Play some of UFC’s biggest real-world bouts through in-game Live Events. Play fight cards for upcoming UFC events and earn exclusive in-game rewards. The more you play, the more rewards you earn! Rise to the top of the leaderboard and watch your payoff grow.

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Reaction Towards MLB 15: The Show Mixed After a Few Weeks of Release

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The MLB: The Show series is widely recognized for all it does well but its faults or lack of advancement in certain areas seem to be wearing on many people. That has definitely been seen in the Metacritic scores this year but the sentiment isn’t isolated to just reviewers.

A poll was posted last week to gauge the temperature surrounding MLB 15: The Show after having been out for two weeks and the results, which came from over 4,200 respondents, are somewhat surprising. 

Leading the way was the most negative potential option. 28% feel the game has fallen short of their expectations. That should raise some eyebrows at SCEA. Though many are content with the franchise, and its sales have been reliable or stagnant depending on how one chooses to frame it, the company can’t afford to lose the people who currently buy every year.

The runner-up in the poll was that the game had met expectations and was delivering everything hoped for out of the product. 25% chose that response and it’s what one would have anticipated as the favorite to come out on top in this poll.

The final big segment of voters (18%) felt the game was meeting expectations but they had hoped for more out of it. Combining that with the first group of 28% that means 46% have some level of discontent or disappointment with the game that needs to be examined and addressed.

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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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