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MLB The Show 17 comes out on PS4 in a little over a month, and we're just starting to dig into some of the new gameplay offerings and myriad details for the year. We talked with game designer Ramone Russell about a few of the things we can expect from the game, including Diamond Dynasty, smarter A.I. (as well as more less-than-perfect-but-realistic), new ball physics, the importance of animations, and more.
New Ball Physics/Hit Types
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Other Tweaks & Improvements
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2017 TEAM UPDATE FOR NASCAR HEAT EVOLUTION
Daytona and the start of another NASCAR season is just around the corner, and to celebrate, DMRacing and developer Monster Games are putting out a 2017 team update for NASCAR Heat Evolution.
The update is available on February 21 for $9.99 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and lets players update the game's roster of drivers, sponsors, the schedule, and paint schemes.
While 2017 is a year full of changes for the real-life sport, this update is more focused on rosters than rules. As such, aspects of the real-life season such as the stages format for races are not included in this update. Publisher DMR hasn't officially announced the next NASCAR game, but has stated that it intends to release a NASCAR game annually. So, we're sure the new rules and changes for 2017 will be available in a different title in the future.
Some of the changes in the update include:
I tried the update for a little bit, and when you go into the game it first asks you which year you want to play. If you choose 2017, the game's online multiplayer and challenges are NOT available. Race, Championship, and Career are selectable, however. While the new paint schemes cannot be played in the 2016 branch of the game, you can switch back to last year, and your speed points, level, and unlocked tracks follow you no matter which year you select. The Career mode does, however, start over.
In other NASCAR Heat Evolution news, on February 10th, the Pit Pass 5 DLC is available featuring paint schemes such as Tony Stewart's last ride and much more.
Note: The new start/finish line at Phoenix isn't coming in real-life until 2018. A reference to it has been removed from the original story.
PROJECT CARS 2 ANNOUNCED FOR LATE 2017
Slightly Mad Studios has officially unveiled Project Cars 2, and while the sequel aims to replicate the first game's simulation-based racing, multitude of different racing series, and plethora of options, it's also trying to push itself even further.
While all the game's features have not yet been announced, the one big game-changer so far is the dynamic weather system that combines a 24-hour day/night cycle with different weather conditions across the seasons. Conditions change as you race, demanding you adapt to previously dry curves that are now wet, as well as the fact that they may be wet in different places and affected by other cars and changing levels of track debris. Adding this up across different track surfaces (including snow), and you will constantly adapt as new challenges arise on the track from turn to turn.
Project Cars 2 will launch with over 170 licensed cars, which is a big step up from the 60 that the first game debuted with, and PC 2 includes new and old vehicle types and series, including Rallycross and IndyCar.
The game also claims to have "the largest track roster of any console racing game ever" (no specifics given), and has VR headset support (Vive and Oculus for now), and triple-monitor 12K support on PC.
Project Cars 2 comes out in late 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
THE TICKERA quick rundown of some of the sports news from the week.NBA & NBA2K Announce eSports League
EA Sports Clarifies FIFA On Switch, Sort Of
Madden 17 Ultimate Team Draft Champions Gets Update Includes new QB round, updated pools, and more.
EA Fines & Deducts Points From Madden Bowl Winner After Racist Comments Also, check out EA's official statement here.
Racing Title GTR 3 Coming In 2018
Demolition Derby Title FlatOut 4: Total Insanity Announced
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