Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Pro Evolution Soccer Removes Mesut Özil Over China Criticism

Following his criticism of China treatment of Uighur Muslims, Arsenal star Mesut Özil is removed from Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.

In a latest controversy regarding China, professional soccer player of Turkish-German origin and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil is removed from popular football simulation game Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 for his criticism of the country.

After he publicly called out Chinese government for their treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang on his personal social media accounts recently, his character likeness has been taken away from three versions of PES 2020 in China.

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Pro Evolution Soccer Removes Mesut Özil Over China Criticism

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According to a United Nations report, China is currently detaining more than one million Muslims within internment camps at Xinjiang region, which Özil has taken stance against through his Instagram and Twitter posts.

According to an expert, Özil's statement could cause Premier League clubs to lose millions in revenue for broadcast deals and sponsorship from Chinese market, which is another example of Chinese censorship affecting Western entertainment media.

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Özil posted a poem on his Twitter account where he spoke out against China and their treatment to Muslism of Uighurs.


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Foreign ministry of China has debunked his claims saying, the former Germany player has been blinded and mislead by media. Afterwards, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV pulled out live coverage of a match between Arsenal and Manchester City.

Chinese company NetEase is the series publisher in Chinese market and they stated to remove the character of known Arsenal star from all three existing titles including PES 2020 Mobile for their region following his outspoken statement.

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In response to his harsh criticism, NetEase has posted their comments on Chinese social media site Weibo.

The German player Ozil posted an extreme statement about China on social media. The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports’ spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept, or forgive this.

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Last year, developer/publisher Ubisoft made change to blood spatters, slot machines and others aspects of tactical shooter title Rainbow Six Siege in order to comply with Chinese regulations but reverses all changes after community backlash.

Most recently, Blizzard Entertainment has banned eSports player and Hearthstone champion Blitzchung for a year when decided to stand up in solidarity with protestors of Hong Kong and show his support in an official stream in October 2019.

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Mesut Özil Removed From PES in China

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Earlier this year, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has Tweeted out his support for Hong Kong protestors and was forced to delete his post shortly afterwards when it has strained relationship between China and NBA.

To appease Chinese Football Association and do damage control to minimize further financial blow, Arsenal has since distanced themselves from his extreme personal comments and claimed to be "always apolitical" as a club.

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So far, original series publisher Konami has yet to make any comment over removal of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil from Pro Evolution Soccer 2020. It is very much likely for them to sit this one down and let NetEase do what they want to.

Pro Evolution Soccer has just renewed their license agreement lately with well-known Premier League clubs to continue their long-running partnership on PES series with plans to largely focus on eFootball Pro tournaments online.

Friday, October 25, 2019

WWE Games to Release Patch for Broken State of WWE 2K20

Following major backlash from fans over major issues, WWE Games announces to release patch for WWE 2K20.

Latest installment of professional wrestling video game WWE 2K20 has debuted to harsh criticism of fans over digital outlets and social media due to its annoying glitches, poor graphics and many other performance issues at launch.

Whereas it is fairly common for sports games to have some bugs to begin with, 2K20 took it to another level where it is considered a stinky mess and eventually game publisher had to come out promising a patch to resolve those issues.

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WWE Games to Release Patch for Broken State of WWE 2K20

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Within next two weeks, developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Sports will roll out a patch that will resolve some major issues. However, this promise means almost nothing to day-one customers or those who pre-ordered.

2K Games simply couldn't delay WWE 2K20 for two weeks probably because of their contractual obligations but that still is no excuse to sell a full-priced game in a beta state and some has paid even more for special editions.

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WWE Games have acknowledged current broken state of 2K20 and promised a patch in a latest statement on Twitter.


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A significant drop of graphics quality was noticed in early preview footage after departure of longtime Japanese developer Yuke’s, who has been working on WWE game series since 2000 and Visual Concepts took over development this year.

Their work in 2K20 has met with brutal reviews for delivering a product full of bugs and in a broken state. There are so many problems with almost every feature that it would require more than a single patch to deal with them all.

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People are also concerned whether publisher is willing to put that much effort to bring 2K20 in a working state since the game is part of WWE 2K annual series and 2K Games is most likely to start focusing on their next title by now.

Considering how developer Visual Concepts has already messed up twice in a year with NBA 2K20 first and WWE 2K20, it is really time for 2K to reconsider whether they should trust the studio with more of their sports titles in future.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

NBA 2K20 on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers all Xbox Live Gold members basketball simulation title NBA 2K20 for free this weekend.

Many subscribers of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate services are getting their hands on more new games on Xbox One consoles than usual each week lately and all thanks to the return of Free Play Days event.

On peak of current NBA season, basketball simulation game NBA 2K20 from developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Games comes to Xbox Free Play Days for this weekend on October 24, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT.

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NBA 2K20 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Players will get full access to all gameplay features, various modes and customization options just like any free weekends. In local multiplayer play, you can bring up to four-players and go for a total of ten when in online matches.

Graphics improvement includes 4K Ultra HD visuals and added enhancement for Xbox One X consoles. Sports fans sure wouldn't want to miss this exciting, limited time opportunity of playing with their favorite NBA superstars.

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Getting heavily review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam for being riddled with micro-transactions and other issues last month, players on Xbox consoles with Live Gold membership can have a chance now to test the game for free.

Even when Xbox Free Play Days comes to a close on October 27, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT, you can still buy NBA 2K20 Standard Edition at only $40.19. Both Digital Deluxe and Legend Edition are available at some great discount as well.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

NBA 2K20 Review-Bombed on Metacritic and Steam

Riddled with micro-transactions and other issues, NBA 2K20 is getting review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam.

Same game wrapped in new package each year, basically that's how most of the sports genre titles operate in general. These games are annually put out in stores with noting more than a few minor updates and a full-priced tag.

Aside from these common criticisms, latest release form this year's basketball simulation video game series came under fire by upset fans and NBA 2K20 starts getting review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam within weeks of launch.

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NBA 2K20 Review-Bombed on Metacritic and Steam

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This outrage from fans is largely due to aggressive micro-transactions used in the game and reports of crashes that has currently sunk its Metacritic user score to 0.5 and similarly, reviews on Steam has been overwhelmingly negative so far.

Players are highlighting methods used in NBA 2K20 as a gambling scheme for publisher and they were fed up with its long loading times. Its glitches are so weird that people started a hashtag #Fix2K20, which started trending on Twitter.

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If carelessness of developers about actually adding new content to their game was not obvious enough until now, it became more evident than ever when PC version of NBA 2K20 shows you a logo of NBA 2K19 on Windows taskbar.

Whenever big-name developers and publishers do something that irks their fan-base, they often lean towards review-bombing to get their attention on particular issue since most of these companies do not listen to their customers at all.

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Even though heavily panned by fans, sports-title selling companies like developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Games will shamelessly put out new NBA 2K installments each year that is just few roster updates and some slight changes.

Considering how sports titles are one of the most money generating machines in video game industry, developers should get back to fixing these major issues of NBA 2K20 that are angering fans on all platforms as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

Play as NFL superstars in fast-paced Superstar KO co-op mode live now for Madden NFL 20.

This year's football season has already been kicked-off for fans when Madden NFL 20 by developer EA Tiburon and publisher Electronic Arts was officially released earlier on August 2, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

While most players are probably busy with Super Bowl or building their Madden Ultimate Team to take the fun to another level, EA decided to add Superstar KO co-op mode to its roster through a free update and it's live now.

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Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

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Take a brief look at what gameplay features newly added Superstar KO mode will offer you in Madden NFL 20.




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This is an attempt to let you team up with your friends to play a 3v3 Madden game after choosing a Superstar KO team that features a unique celebrity coach and each of them will bring their own strategies to win over.

Usually, a regular game in any sports simulator title would require nearly an hour to complete and not everyone has that much time. Instead of stretching for 45-60 minutes, this new co-op mode will let you finish within 5-8 minutes.

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Squad Up Your Superstars

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These games are quite competitive and have great replay value for its intensity for lasting over a brief period of time. Aside from ringing your squad mates to join up, you can also draft X-Factor players to lift up their spirits.

There are about 50 of NFL's most elite athletes that have made it to X-Factor for Madden 20. These superstars will enter the field with more than their start status and their actions will reflect their real-life skill set for game.

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Feel Like an NFL Superstar

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All of these amazing abilities are enrolled into latest Superstar KO mode for players to make good use of them to win your rivals over. This is your way of showing who the champ is and you can earn some Ultimate Team rewards as well.

Aside from emphasize on squad play and each Superstar KO team has their own playbook in Madden NFL 20. Depending on what playstyle suits you most, browse for one from eight premade teams that works best for you.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Rocket League Adds Knight Rider Car Pack DLC

Iconic futuristic car K.I.T.T. from '80s blockbuster TV show Knight Rider speeds into vehicular soccer game Rocket League.

With 1980's themed seasonal event "Radical Summer" currently in full swing for vehicular soccer game Rocket League, celebration focused on '80s popular blockbusters are currently ongoing by developer/publisher Psyonix.

Before closing out, one last ode to a classic television show from that decade seemed like a long overdue and thus came the idea of adding advanced, self-aware futuristic car K.I.T.T. into newest Knight Rider Car Pack DLC.

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Rocket League Adds Knight Rider Car Pack DLC

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Already available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, it includes K.I.T.T. Battle-Car, K.I.T.T. Wheels and K.I.T.T. Gullwing steering wheel Topper but unfortunately, self-driving capabilities will not be a part of it.

Although late, K.I.T.T. has eventually come to leave its mark on pitch as from a very early phase of Rocket League, Psyonix always wanted to add the car to their assembly and that goal is finally fulfilled with Knight Rider Car Pack.

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However, they didn't have enough resources or enough turnaround time back then to bring K.I.T.T. into tracks. Until the game becomes a hit in recent years, developers were not sure whether a licensed DLC pack would be successful.

Rocket League currently features more than a dozen of licensed vehicles that were taken from a renowned movie or TV show. Following its inclusion, K.I.T.T. has now become a center of appeal for Radical Summer event.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2019

Members of Xbox Live Gold service will get free games like Earth Defense Force 2017, NHL 19 and Portal: Still Alive in June 2019.

Players of Xbox community and valued members of Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription service are getting a reveal for upcoming lineup of June 2019 free games and there are four titles from different categories to appease them all.

As usual, two of these titles belong from Xbox 360 platform that are made available to play on Xbox One via backward compatibility. Be prepared to indulge yourself within excitement of ice hockey simulation or in an acclaimed third-person shooter.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2019

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EA Sports NHL 19
An elite among its franchise and a recent release, NHL 19 improves on exiting features while adds new game modes to play outdoors. Gameplay mechanics like action, responsiveness and speed have been improved for better experience.

Received mostly in positive light by fans because of its extensive customization options to add more personalized touch, NHL 19 also allows your custom player to go up skating against more than 200 hockey legends to become a real winner.

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NHL 19 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Rivals of Aether
Despite being a fighting game, Rivals of Aether has a Story mode that pits you in combat against opponents from a character roster full of various mutant animals, each representing natural elements like Air, Earth, Fire, Water and more.

Although it was inspired by Super Smash Bros., this platform fighter sets itself apart in many aspects of gameplay. Also, Ori and Sein joins as guest characters from indie games Ori and the Blind Forest and Shovel Knight respectively.

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Rivals of Aether on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Portal: Still Alive
Though not an original release, Portal: Still Alive is an Xbox 360 port for 2007 Portal game from The Orange Box game compilation and is now even made available to modern Xbox consoles to experience it, thanks to backward compatibility.

A puzzle-based gameplay tests you to escape from a laboratory where you are stuck by breaking the laws of physics. There are newly added 14 bonus test chambers for players to wisely use full advantage of their surroundings to get out.

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Portal: Still Alive on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Earth Defense Force 2017
In anticipation of an upcoming alien invasion, Earth Defense Force was formed and now that they are here, it's time to mow them down. However, things are proven harder than what everyone expected but fractions of EDF still prevailed.

Player takes role of an unnamed Captain from a Japanese unit, Storm 1 to repel attacks from ant-like race of Ravagers. Soon, giant mechs and spiders have joined to make things worse by forcing EDF adapt a guerrilla tactics of combat.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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All members with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription can exclusively access these titles above for free throughout the entirety of June 2019 and can purchase them for adding them to library from Microsoft Store with special discount offer.

Games With Gold is giving away a total worth of $104.96 of games for free this month and you can sign up right now by spending only $1 for first month to enjoy free games and exclusive cut rate each month as well as an advanced multiplayer service.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Revealed in a surprise announcement, Epic Games will be acquiring Rocket League developer studio Psyonix very soon.

After scoring surprising success with vehicular soccer game Rocket League on all major platforms, indie developer/publisher Psyonix has made quite a reputation and now they are being acquired by industry giant Epic Games.

Obviously this transaction will take time as each party would negotiate their conditions, which will probably take another month or two and the game will eventually come to their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store.

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Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

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Epic has managed to amass a fortune by taking the world by storm with their free-to-play online Battle Royale game Fortnite and now they even have their own online marketplace to feature exclusive titles from various publishers.

Although Psyonix claimed to provide continued support for PC version of Rocket League through releasing frequent updates but from what it looks like, it will become another exclusive game when it comes to Epic Store in late 2019.

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It is stated in their official announcement that the title will stay on every other available platform for sale and cleared their intent to support all existing purchase on Steam, tactfully avoid mentioning whether they are completely removing it from Valve's storefront.

Of course, that is just a speculation at this point but a very obvious one given Epic's recent history of bagging exclusives from Steam. However, moving over to Epic Games would give Psyonix some long-term advantage like getting more eSports coverage.