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EA Sports Cancels NCAA Football Series

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EA Sports has officially canceled their NCAA Football series which was going to be renamed College Football next year. The news comes on the heels of individual institutions expressing a desire to get out of the video game business by pulling their licenses. The NCAA was first to withdraw licensing, multiple conferences followed, but losing the schools was when EA began to see the writing on the wall that the series would not be sustainable. Also announced today is that EA settled in the player likeness lawsuit as well.

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NBA 2k14’s New Signature Skills

Signature Skills were introduced in NBA 2K13 providing more differentiation between players with unique definition of abilities. 31 Signature Skills were featured though the “Acrobat” skill was later removed in a roster update to accommodate an online tournament after a flaw was discovered allowing for Euro Step three pointers to be exploited.

Seven new Signature Skills debut in NBA 2K14 with one of them being exclusive to the King James pre-order bonus pack which is available through all retailers. Continue on to check out the new skills and their respective descriptions.

Pick & Roll Maestro
A ball-handler that excels at orchestrating the pick & roll. As the point man in the pick & roll, immediate following a screen this player receives a three point boost to his shooting attribute and is more accurate than most when passing to the screener.

Flashy Passer
This player is known for accurate flashy passes. When throwing a flashy pass the penalty enforced will be reduced by up to 60%.

Pick Dodger
A player that does not get caught up on screens very easily. He counters the Brick Wall signature skill, and when hitting a screen set by a regular player the screen often fails to be effective.

Tenacious Rebounder
This player is known for his relentlessness when going for rebounds. During rebound situations he receives up to 50% increase in winning boxout battles and poking balls loose on rebounds.

Screen Outlet
A player who excels as the receiver in pick & roll/pop game. If this player shoots immediately following a screen he set he receives up to a four point boost to his shooting attribute.

One Man Fastbreak
A player known for his ability to take the ball coast-to-coast on a fastbreak. Speed, Quickness, and Ball-Handling attributes are boosted six points if this player takes the ball from one end of the court to another on a fastbreak following a change of possession.

Lebron Coast to Coast (Pre-Order Bonus Exclusive)
Takes the ball coast to coast and finishes through contact. Speed, Quickness, and Ball-Handling attributes are boosted four points and the shot penalty enforced for hitting a defender is decreased when taking the ball coast to coast on a fastbreak following a change of possession.

Madden NFL 25 Overall Team Ratings

With all of the Madden NFL 25 player ratings already released, here are the team ratings:

  • Chicago Bears – 85
  • Cincinnati Bengals – 81
  • Buffalo Bills – 73
  • Denver Broncos – 89
  • Cleveland Browns – 75
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 81
  • Arizona Cardinals – 74
  • San Diego Chargers – 73
  • Kansas City Chiefs – 76
  • Indianapolis Colts – 83
  • Dallas Cowboys – 79
  • Miami Dolphins – 78
  • Philadelphia Eagles – 76
  • Atlanta Falcons – 86
  • San Francisco 49ers – 91
  • New York Giants – 84
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – 72
  • New York Jets – 73
  • Detroit Lions – 76
  • Green Bay Packers – 88
  • Carolina Panthers – 76
  • New England Patriots – 88
  • Oakland Raiders – 72
  • St. Louis Rams – 77
  • Baltimore Ravens – 87
  • Washington Redskins – 86
  • New Orleans Saints – 82
  • Seattle Seahawks – 90
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 80
  • Houston Texans – 84
  • Tennessee Titans – 75
  • Minnesota Vikings – 81

First Details on NBA Live 14 Career Mode

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EA Sports today announced “Rising Star” which will act as the career mode in the upcoming NBA Live 14. Rising Star will begin in the EA Sports Draft Showcase powered by Under Armour where draft potential will be determined. The mode allows for up to 25 years in the league with progression from being a bench player to an All-Star.

Features previously announced include the next-gen EA Sports Ignite engine, a new dribbling system called “bounceTEK”, the inclusion of legends, and roster updates within an hour after every game ends. NBA Live 14 will be available will the launch of the PlayStation 4 (November 15) and Xbox One (unspecified November date).

NBA 2k14 Official Euroleague Trailer

For the very first time in history, the NBA 2K14 videogame will feature 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams, bringing the opportunity to all the fans to take control of their favorite team, and now you can see them all in the release of the official trailer of the game!2K Sports and Euroleague Basketball announced earlier this summer an exclusive multi-year global partnership that will see top teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague introduced into NBA 2K14, the next installment of the top-selling and top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise*, for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 systems. This will mark the first time Euroleague teams have appeared in the critically acclaimed NBA 2K series. Fourteen teams in total will be integrated as playable teams in NBA 2K14, allowing fans of European basketball to pit their local teams against the biggest teams from the NBA for the very first time.

How Linebackers are Rated in Madden NFL 25

What tight ends are to offense, linebackers are to defense. Linebackers are asked to run sideline-to-sideline to clean up ballcarriers in the run game, cover tight ends and WR’s in the passing game and also be a disruptive pass rusher.

The top five linebackers in Madden NFL 25 do everything at an elite level. There’s a mix of ferocious sack artists including Von Miller, Aldon Smith, and Clay Matthews, as well as tackling machines like Patrick Willis and Lance Briggs.

Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller highlights the group as the highest rated linebacker in Madden NFL 25. He’s got the best Finesse Moves and Ball Carrier Pursuit in the game, both at 99, and his speed rating of 88 essentially makes him the defensive version of Michael Vick in Madden NFL 2004.

Here’s a look at what these ratings do inside of Madden NFL 25:

FINESSE MOVES (FMV)
– Finesse move-groups are: Spin, Swim, Hand Knock-Down, Speed Rush
– Determines the chance a defender gets flattened by the blocker
– Determines defenders skill vs. blocker’s skill for success of finesse moves
– AI uses FMV vs. Power Move rating to determine which move-set is used
– Determines the max time taken to perform successful finesse move

The combination of elite speed and devastating pass rush moves that players like Von Miller, Clay Matthews and Aldon Smith possess will help extinguish a vertical passing attack in Madden NFL 25.

Did you Know: FMV is also used in combination with power moves vs. pass block ratings to determine whether the defender or blocker has the advantage when matching an impact block.

The key cog of a great defense is the middle linebacker. While the outside backers get the accolades for sacks and coverage, the Mike backer does the grunt work to stop the running game. No player personifies this trait more than Patrick Willis, who has amassed more than 100 tackles in five of his first six NFL seasons. Willis has an innate ability to pursue the ball and arrive with explosive intentions.

Madden Ratings Czar Donny Moore on Willis: “Nobody takes better angles to the ball carrier than Patrick Willis. In Madden NFL 25, he rates 98 in Pursuit. And with sub-4.5 speed that shows up even faster on Sundays, he has a 90 speed rating.”

To fit the mold of an All-Pro middle linebacker, it’s critical find the ball and make the tackle. Here’s how pursuit works in gameplay:

PURSUIT (PUR)
– Determines amount of time it takes to change direction while chasing the ball carrier
– Determines the chance for a hit stick when chasing the ball
– Determines how quickly a player update his pursuit path relative to the ball carrier
– Determines how quickly a player can break out of chasing the ball carrier

With guys like Willis and Smith on the squad, it’s easy to see why the 49ers will be one of the most used teams in Madden NFL 25. When you’re playing against these guys, you better get your throws out quickly and cover up the ball because they can make it a very long day for your offense.

Did you Know: Pursuit is used in combination with tackle and awareness ratings to determine the chance of committing a facemask penalty.

The top five linebackers in Madden NFL 25 can do it all. If you plan on shutting down offenses like the spread, read option or ground-and-pound, having a few utility knives on your defense is a great way to start.

Signature Celebrations in Madden NFL 25

 

 

Patrick Balanca is a Madden NFL designer who worked on new presentation features in Madden NFL 25. Read on to find out more about the all-new signature player celebrations.

 

NFL player celebrations have become a staple in the league, and you’ll find more than plenty of signature and common celebrations in Madden NFL 25. The best feeling in Madden is pulling off a huge play against an opponent and making them watch as your player celebrates in their face, and now more than ever those celebrations will feel like the real world of NFL football.

 

 

We’ve added more than 60 celebration animations for offensive and defensive players, including some of the league’s biggest stars like Colin Kaepernick, Alfred Morris, and Von Miller, as well as Clay Matthews, Arian Foster, and Victor Cruz. We also snuck in some classics too, so make sure to play with old school players like Deion Sanders and Dante Hall to see what they can do after a big play.

 

This feature started with one ambitious tester, RG, who mined hours of NFL footage from the 2012 season and edited 15-second video clips of different celebrations. Some of the celebrations were specific to a player; others were celebrations that we see throughout the league. RG compiled so much content, the team could only develop about half this year and already has enough reference for another batch of celebrations next year.

 

 

With this amazing reference material, the team spent two days in a MoCap studio with five actors practicing, rehearsing, and studying the reference over and over.

 

Lots of great stuff made it in. The list is loaded: Colin Kaepernick’s signature bicep kiss, Ray Rice’s flexing, and Antonio Smith’s sword fight celebration all made the cut. Madden NFL 25 also features celebrations from both Clay Matthews (the Predator and Dirty Dancing) and J.J. Watt (the Finger Wag and a take on Matthews’ Predator celebration). See the full list below.

 

 

SIGNATURE CELEBRATIONS

 

· Marshawn Lynch – Skittles Rain Dance
· Patrick Willis – Flex Muscles
· John Abraham – Got my Eyes on You
· Aldon Smith – Sack Swagger Dance
· Alfred Morris – Home Run Swing
· Antonio Brown – Bennie Biggle Wiggle
· Antonio Smith – Sword Fight
· Arian Foster – Disciplined Bow
· Clay Matthews – Dirty Dancing
· Clay Matthews – Predator
· Michael Crabtree – Crabshake
· Victor Cruz – Full Salsa Dance
· Deion Sanders – Primetime Dance
· Dez Bryant – X Arms
· J.J. Watt – Mock Clay Matthews Predator
· J.J. Watt – Finger Wag
· Colin Kaepernick – Bicep Kiss
· Gerald McCoy – Wave to the Fans
· Maurice Jones Drew – Touchdown Dance
· Cam Newton – Flip the Ball to Fans
· Shaun Phillips – Bowling a Strike
· Ray Rice – Flex his Bicep
· Robert Griffin III – Kneel and Point to the Sky
· Stevan Ridley – Kick in the Door
· Aaron Rodgers – Championship Belt
· Von Miller – Sack Swagger Dance
· Cameron Wake – Super Flex

 

 

COMMON CELEBRATIONS

 

· The Dougie
· Air Guitar
· Beating his Chest
· Beating his Chest v2
· Big Man High Steps
· Big Man Poses
· Can’t See Me
· Cat Daddy
· Heart, Kiss, Sky
· Dunk over the Crossbar
· Windmill Dunk over the Crossbar
· Layup over the Crossbar
· Dance and Spike the ball
· Brush Dirt off the Shoulders
· Fake Toss the ball to Fans
· Feed Me
· Gangnam Style
· Teammates pat the Players Helmet
· Hush Finger to fans
· Jump up and Flex
· Jump up after a Tackle
· Kick ‘em off the Field
· Kiss to the Sky
· Place the Ball and Crossed Arms Pose
· Place the Ball and Flex Pose
· Point to the Fans
· Pray and Point to the Sky
· Punch and Flex
· The Robot
· Power Spike the Ball
· Spin the Football on the nose
· Three various Swagger Dances
· Through the Legs Jumpshot… Nothing but net

 

The goal of the presentation team is to get as close as possible to broadcast televised football while delivering emotional moments that bring the Madden player into the game and bonding with their favorite players. Adding these celebrations to Madden NFL 25 helps capture the spirit and identity of the players we love watching on Sundays.

Madden NFL 25 Defensive Player Ratings

EA SPORTS has revealed the Madden NFL 25 player ratings for defense today. The top five defensive players at each position are below.

Click here to see the full list of ratings for every player in Madden NFL 25. Fans can also check out the offensive ratings roundup.

DEFENSIVE LINE
1. J.J. Watt (99)
T-2. Cameron Wake (97)
T-2. Geno Atkins (97)
4. Muhammad Wilkerson (96)
5. DeMarcus Ware (94)

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a no-brainer for a 99 rating after racking up 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and perhaps most impressive of all, 16 passes defended last season. Watt brings 97 Strength, 99 Power Moves and 98 Block Shedding to the table.

LINEBACKERS
T-1. Von Miller (97)
T-1. Patrick Willis (97)
T-3. Aldon Smith (95)
T-3. Clay Matthews (95)
5. Lance Briggs (94)

Von Miller made his second consecutive Pro Bowl last season after finishing the year with 18.5 sacks and fix forced fumbles. His 88 Speed, 99 Finesse Moves, and 99 Pursuit Ratings make him nearly unstoppable around the edge.

SECONDARY
1. Darrelle Revis (97)
T-2. Richard Sherman (96)
T-2. Eric Weddle (96)
T-4. Charles Tillman (95)
T-4. Jarius Byrd (95)

New uniform, same shutdown corner. Despite injury, Darrelle Revis is still the top-ranking DB in Madden NFL 25 thanks in part to his 93 Speed, 98 Man Coverage and 94 Zone Coverage.

For a complete list of Madden player ratings, click here.

Rating Defensive Linemen in Madden NFL 25

“Defense wins championships.” Every year, this belief is floated around the NFL by fans and experts alike. However, many agree with Warren Sapp that the saying is largely a myth. As Sapp once said, “Defense doesn’t win championships… but it will give you a chance.”

In Madden NFL 25, the top five defensive linemen are some of the most disruptive forces in the game. J.J. Watt, Cameron Wake, Geno Atkins, Muhammad Wilkerson and Demarcus Ware provide the right toolset to shut down the running game, as well as steady pressure on the quarterback. Let’s take a look under the hood at the ingredients of these defensive stalwarts. Continue reading Rating Defensive Linemen in Madden NFL 25

Madden NFL 25 Offensive Player Ratings

Click here to see the full list of ratings for every offensive player in the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
1. Aaron Rodgers (98)
T-2. Tom Brady (97)
T-2. Peyton Manning (97)
4. Drew Brees (96)
5. Matt Ryan (94)

The Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is the top rated quarterback in Madden NFL 25 with a 98 overall rating after throwing for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2012. Rodgers also boasts 92 Awareness, 95 Throwing Power, 90 Throwing Accuracy, and 95 Short Throw Accuracy. Click here to learn more about the Madden NFL 25 QB ratings. Continue reading Madden NFL 25 Offensive Player Ratings