New Development Traits in Madden

One of the most exciting parts of gaming is being able to build a football team from the ground up. In the newest version of Madden this year, players are going to be able to take development to a new level. With some of the changes that are starting to happen, the players have more control than ever on the style of play that they want to pursue.


Development Points


One of the biggest advancements in the game this year has to do with development points. This is where players are able to use the development points in ways that they see fit. If you value accuracy over power in your quarterback, you have the ability to spend all of your points in that area. In the past, the development growth for a player was not spread around properly. You ended up having players who were really strong in certain areas, but not necessarily where you needed them to be. With all of the changes that are happening in the game, it is important for players to understand how to build and development a team to stay competitive.


Online Play


Another important feature this year has to do with online play. There are a lot of people who are excited about all of the options that are coming out for building a franchise and using that team against other players online. People usually like playing online because it provides a different sort of challenge than when playing the computer. With all of the strategy that is involved, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can be more effective in building your team.


Over time, Madden has proven to be a great game that a lot of people enjoy. There are many new enhancements this year that will show you how to build the team of your dreams. You can concentrate on the various areas that you want to improve on, and you can use the new features to accomplish that.


Niantic Deploys Shadowban to Combat Hacking in Pokémon Go

Niantic, the developer of the mobile Pokémon spin-off, Pokémon Go has repeatedly taken a stance of disapproval regarding the use of third-party applications which interact with their game. The company’s latest countermeasure to cheaters is a “shadowban.” Players affected by this maneuver will have their game modified in such a way that only the most common of monsters will even appear to the player, making it considerably more difficult to catch and evolve monsters.


While the shadowban is the company’s most recent approach to cheating players, it is not the first. August saw the company issuing permanent bans to any player who violated the game’s terms of service. Violating the terms of service included the use of emulators, modified software, location spoofing or directly accessing the game’s client through a third-party application. August’s permanent bans were seen as controversial as it penalized the use of sites like PokéVision, which offered a map detailing where Pokémon could be found.


Silph Road, a subreddit dedicated to Pokémon Go, remarks that the accounts of shadowbanned players are flagged as illicit and that while many bot accounts had been flagged, many continued to function without issue. Initially, the concern among players was that accounts would be targeted for using deprecated API calls to Niantic’s private server. While this concern turned out to be true, it was not the sole condition for an account to be classified as illicit. Currently, it remains unclear which exact behaviors will result in the declaration of an account as “illicit.”


Pokémon Go players that make use of bots or certain third-party applications have reported warnings about the game’s detection of third-party software. The warnings go on to state that continued use of such programs is a violation of the game’s terms of service that can lead to a terminated account. Lastly, it cautions players who play the game without such devices to change the password of their account for fear of someone else spoofing their identity within the game.


The Silph Road cautions that not all known bot accounts have been flagged as illicit. While some bots were able to scan common species of pokémon within the game, like “Pidgeys” and “Rattatas,” other accounts have been shut down in order to avoid Niantic’s shadowban.


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Releases Monthly Update 5/25/2017

Despite being in early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the hottest games on Steam right now, having sold over 2 million copies as of May 2017. The game was developed by the modder PlayerUnknown who created the Battle Royale mod for Arma 3, and who also worked on Daybreak’s H1Z1. It is one of the top streamed games on Twitch on a regular basis, and recently made a total of $237,350.00 in a charity fundraiser held on the site.


Needless to say, many players of the game are excited for this upcoming monthly update. According to the patch notes, there will be a lot of polishing (especially in terms of badly needed client performance, termed optimization) and bug fixes. In terms of implementing new content, they will be adding a new weapon as well as a new vehicle.


One of the biggest fixes they will be making (in terms of gameplay) is to a targeting issue happening on scopes in the game. As shown in a video on their Twitter, bullets were going above the dot on the reticle following the recoil (as demonstrated on 4x scopes in particular). This made it difficult to make long shots, especially taking into consideration the games’ bullet drop mechanics and the need to lead targets.


The exciting new gun added is the VSS, a suppressed sniper rifle that uses 9mm ammo that will be found in care packages and as a rare world spawn. One of the greatest things about this new gun, other than being suppressed with no attachments, is that you will not need to find a scope for it- it has a permanently attached 4x scope! The only downside to this might be is if you found an 8x or 15x scope you wanted to attach.


As if the new motorbike with sidecar added last update wasn’t cool enough, the developers are adding a single person motorbike to the mix. This motorbike looks similar to the one previously added, but will allow for more maneuverability. They are also adding the ability to control the motorbike in the air, which would allow for the rider to perform stunts!


One last important update that is being done is to the games anti-cheat system. They are no longer allowing players to remove shadows by altering the games’ files. This allowed these players to have an unfair advantage over those who still had their shadows; it was easier to see camouflaged or hidden players without shadows.


The monthly update goes into effect Thursday, May 25, 5PM KST/1AM PDT/8AM UTC.

How to Build a Great Team on Madden

Madden is one of most popular games in the history of the world. Every year, a new installment of this game comes out that lets people run their own team and players. There are a lot of changes in the model for this year, and many people are wondering how they can build the perfect team. Here are a couple of tips about how you can succeed in the world of running a Madden franchise.





When running a franchise, it is vital to be able to draft successfully over time. A lot of people have issues in this area, especially because they do not have an understanding of scouting. Scouting is the way that you can see the attributes of players before you decide to draft them. Instead of spending all of your points on a couple of players, only scout the key attributes of players who you want to scout. This will allow you to get a quality view of the players who are available and make your decisions accordingly.



Salary Cap


In your first year running the franchise, it can be really hard to stay under the salary cap if you do not understand the rules. You need to think of ways that you can make your team better without spending too much money. One of the biggest issues that many people have is spending too much on older players. Past a certain age, the progression of players is quite low. This is why you should never pay too much for someone who is past their prime. If you can learn how to deal with the salary cap, you can essentially build your team any way that you want.



Final Thoughts


Overall, Madden is a great game that you should enjoy playing. The new features this year make it a much better experience for a lot of players. Not only that, but you can get really deep into running your own franchise. Always remember to think about how much a player is going to cost over time. This will help you stay out of cap trouble for the foreseeable future in your franchise. With the new changes, you have more power as a player than ever before.


Far Cry 5 To Focus on the United States

The “Far Cry” series has developed a reputation for beautiful locations, plenty of guns, impressive voice work and courting controversy by placing the blank-slate protagonist in exotic locales with guns pointed toward the local populace. Previous games have been set in the South Pacific, Africa, an oceanic archipelago and even a fabricated country located within the Himalayas. Far Cry 5 seems to be breaking away from this world tour approach by taking place within the United States. In recent press materials for the game, Far Cry 5 indicates that it will be set in Montana with a religious cult of rural, pro-gun Caucasians as its primary source of antagonism.


Drawing inspiration from real life, the imagery seems to be taken from the 2016 occupation of an Oregonian wildlife refuge. With the exception of the “Grand Theft Auto” and “Postal” franchises, few modern, “triple A” titles feature American citizens as the enemy; most games go for a non-controversial element, having the player contend with extraterrestrials, the undead, sentient machines, Nazis or faceless “foreigners.” While plenty has been explained about Far Cry 5’s setting and antagonists, the identity of the player character is a complete unknown. Far Cry 2 let the player select his ethnicity; Far Cry 3 had a white collegiate gaining tribal tattoos and Far Cry 4’s protagonist was returning home to spread his mother’s ashes. Whatever ethnicity the Far Cry 5 protagonist is, the choice will likely be made to counterpoint its antagonists.


Initial impressions of the game’s press materials have been mixed, but sharp on both ends. Where some people commented that they would find out which company makes the Far Cry series so that that company will never receive a cent by purchasing their games, others responded with the perceived hope that Caucasians would become evil by promising to follow throw and others still greeted the opportunity to mow down proxies for religious bigots via chain gun with great enthusiasm. While it’s unknown how Far Cry 5 will offer the usual beautiful settings and dangerous weapons, its press kit mentions that it will discuss video game violence and why the acceptance of murdering virtual people is entirely dependent on which political, religious or ethnic group happens to be in the gunner’s sights.


The World of Gundam is Coming West!

Where were you in the mid-90s when ‘Gundam Wing’ was dominating Adult Swim? Well, if you were anything like us then you were probably glued to your television set. There is something sweet, simple, and absolutely alluring about watching giant robots beat the heck out of one another. We’re a fan of the entire mecha genre and the ‘Gundam’ series has been at the forefront of it for, well, forever. Now, fans out West can get their hopes up for another new entry on their consoles in the mecha field — ‘Gundam Versus’.


‘Gundam Versus’ is being released through Bandai Namco Entertainment America within the next year. The game focuses on 2 v 2 battles and it features many of the most famous mechas from the ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ universe. The game will be released on the PlayStation 4 in both North America as well as Europe. Are you ready to get back into the mecha fray with a game that has been translated and ported for your enjoyment? We know we are.


Gundam fans have, for years, been forced to make due with shoddy translation via imported games. Gundam games seem to be released only in Japan, leaving many fans out West bereft of their wonderful mecha action. All of this isn’t to say that we’ve forgotten ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS-Force’ which was released on the PlayStation Vita. Extreme VS-Force was a fun entry into the portable action genre, but it wasn’t the kind of game that gets us to glue our butts to the couch while we let our eyes focus on the screen.


‘Gundam Versus’ is going to bring to the screen more than 90 different Mobile Suits from the coveted Gundam Universe when the video game drops. Bandai Namco has been propping up this entry with particular oomph, which is a good sign that they believe that the series will be a success in America. We’ll get to put ourselves into suits from all eras while we play alongside friends in fast paced, frantic 2 v 2 action. We all know that Japanese imports can be hit or miss so, for right now anyway, we are holding our breath and hoping that this game is more ‘Endless Waltz’ than it is ‘SD Gundam’.



Super-Villains Play A Big Role in Injustice 2

The new trailer for Injustice 2 really does the video game, well, a lot of justice. Fans of D.C. Comics are going to really love this game. The game is filled with many top heroes and villains from current movie and television projects featuring D.C. characters.


Cool heroes such as Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are present, but it is the villains who really steal the spotlight in the trailer.


Back in the 1970’s, D.C. Comics gave The Joker his own comic book. While the writing was solid, the book didn’t sell. Comic book fans simply were not ready to accept a book with a villain featured so prominently. All that has changed now that fans of comic books and related movies and video games find many villainous characters intriguing. Adding more depth to various classic villains has paid off.


And then there is another factor in the mix. Some video game players really love being villains themselves. Anyone who really cheers for the bad guys has a lot to cheer about after checking out this trailer.


Gorilla Grodd opens up the trailer and he thrashes both The Green Lantern and The Flash. Grodd was a character unknown to the mainstream for years. The brilliant villain was made famous to large audiences on The Flash TV show. His presence on the video game should really move sales. Grodd is an awesome bad guy.


The same can be said of the menacing Bane, a character that debuted in one of the all-time most famous Batman story arcs in The Dark Knight’s history. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the powerful anarchist in The Dark Knight Rises absolutely cemented Bane’s pop culture legacy. Bane truly looks incredibly tough in the trailer for Injustice 2. The character loses none of his trademark menaces.


Villains really do need to be formidable in order to be successful with fans. Incredibly powerful villains are not pushovers. While heroes always win out in the comics and the movies, such may not be the case in a video game. Players really need to perform at their best in order to win. Beating the bad guys of Injustice 2 absolutely won’t be easy.


Nintendo Released A New Patch For Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Nintendo just launched the 1.1.1 patch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and although the company did not describe exactly what the brand-new functions are, it is known that it intends to enhance the game’s frame rate.


Through the Nintendo site, it is stated that the patch includes settings for a more pleasurable gaming experience. And although that doesn’t mean anything by itself, gamers have been reporting that the update enhances the frame rate per second in various locations.


It is suggested to download the update as quickly as possible, as it will enhance the experience and bring more enjoyment out of the online functions of Breath of the Wild. The download will start instantly if your console is online.


Previously, Nintendo announced the end of production of the Wii U, due to poor sales of the system and the arrival of the new Nintendo Switch. In spite of this, the company launched The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for both systems. This game caused an increase in sales to the Wii U system, as it is stated by Eric Bright, director of GameStop.


The executive commented that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not only indicated an excellent launch for Switch, it also assisted to renew pre-owned Wii U sales. In that regard, they started offering numerous used Wii U consoles along with brand-new copies of Zelda.


Bright offered his viewpoint of Link’s brand-new experience by saying that Nintendo is really excellent at providing high quality video games, and that Zelda is one of the most highly ranked video games we’ve seen in a while.


It is easier to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U and it is a lot cheaper. It has to be taken into consideration that there are currently not enough Nintendo Switch units in the market. GameStop stated that they will not have stock of the brand-new Nintendo console, regardless of the high need of the system.



‘We Happy Few’ to Get Movie Treatment

Video games have served as a basis for several movies, with an erratic success rate at the box office. While the storied franchise of “Resident Evil” video games has given birth to fourteen years of films within a parallel universe to its own gaming universe, other contenders like “Assassin’s Creed” have failed to bring in notable profits. Despite the shaky odds that game-based film adaptations have fostered, some studios remain hopeful.


At least one of these impending video game adaptations greatly differs a great deal from its forebears; the survivor-horror title “We Happy Few” is up for a film adaptation. Beyond the source material’s rather distinct setting, aesthetic and premise, the We Happy Few film differs from previous game adaptations by being derived from an independent title, rather than a game produced by a major studio or belonging to an established franchise. The basic setting of the source material is a small ’60s English town whose populace is pacified by chemicals. The game’s premise is one of dark humor, paranoia, madness and survival as the player’s character struggles to escape without alerting suspicions.


While the video game was produced by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few’s film will be handled by dj2 Entertainment and Gold Circle Entertainment. Its production team consists of Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks and dj2’s Dmitri M. Johnson and Dan Jevons. Stephan Bugaj, also from dj2, will serve as the film’s executive producer. Gold Circle’s cinematic body of work includes “Pitch Perfect” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” As things currently stand, there has been no announcement of a screenwriter or director for the project.


News that We Happy Few is getting a film treatment should bring joy to fans of video games and horror. It is also heartening to learn that even indie games can garner enough attention that studios want to bring it to the silver screen, possibly bringing even more attention to the titles produced beyond the influence of major game studios. That being said, We Happy Few’s film is still very young and much could happen between now and the time of its completion.


Thimbleweed Park Reinvents the Old School PC Game

There is a new video game called Thimbleweed Park, available for the PC, that looks like it stepped right out of the 90s. However, this game intends to have an old-school look and feel to it. This point-and-click adventure that leads two detectives into a very bizarre town. The two main detectives, Antonio and Angela, are the main characters of the game.


One reason that this video game excels is because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. A game involving detectives tracking a murderer should definitely have a serious tone. However, Thimbleweed Park keeps a balance of seriousness and humor that serves as a reminder that this is all just a game. Taking a cue from the popular DOS adventure games of the 90s, there are plenty of fun locations to explore.


Balancing a mixture between adventure and puzzle solving isn’t always easy in video games. Thimbleweed Park is able to strike a great balance between multiple game genres. The dialogue and voice work balances between adding to the story and injecting just the right amount of humor to keep things relatively light.


Certain point-and-click games of days gone by used to feel quite restrictive. Making matters worse, users would often have to complete such specific tasks in these games, it would take the fun out of the whole game. However, Thimbleweed Park allows the player an amount of freedom that is rarely seen in these types of games.


Don’t expect Thimbleweed Park to be a walk in the park. This game is one that can require deep thinking and plenty of trial and error. If you have grown up playing those old-school DOS games of the past, you will warm right up to the experience that Thimbleweed Park presents. Getting to solve a mystery within a town is a fun overall main story. The characters really add to the experience and the atmosphere throughout this game is superb. In addition, gamers who enjoy a little bit of difficulty will love the constant challenge that Thimbleweed Park offers.