EA Play 2017

EA Play

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Are you ready to PLAY? For the second year in a row, Electronic Arts is hosting one of the biggest and best chances to get hands-on with their upcoming games.

From June 10 – 12, 2017, we’re bringing the action to Hollywood, and you are personally invited to attend. Be the first to play Star Wars™ Battlefront II and our next Need for Speed™ game, as well as upcoming EA SPORTS™ titles: Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18 and NBA LIVE 18. There will be a lot to see and do, so don’t miss out. Get your tickets today – they’re FREE!

Click Here to Get Your EA PLAY Tickets

There is no cost to attend EA PLAY, but as you might guess tickets are limited, and available while supplies last.

For those at home, EA is inviting players to tune in to “Live @ EA PLAY”, a 90-minute show streamed live from L.A. on EA.com. This special broadcast will bring viewers inside EA PLAY with in-depth gameplay walkthroughs, conversations with the development teams and behind-the-scenes looks at EA’s hottest games.

Visit the EA PLAY website to learn more about the event and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on all things EA PLAY.

Note: Attendees under 18 years old must attend with a parent/guardian. Tickets are required for all attendees. Parents/guardians must sign a waiver at registration.

Kevin Durant and more NBA Off Season

Kevin Durant

So if you are a sports fan like I am, there have been many story lines you have been following through the end of spring into summer (NBA finals, professional golf, MLB ect ect). Since there is so much to go over let’s just latch onto the story that got me out of bed early in the morning on my day off… Kevin Durant and his adventures in free agency. So first and foremost I think he did it like a BALLER, inviting the interested teams to come speak to him while he was enjoying the off-season… in the Hamptons! It was saying “if you want to hire me, you need to come show me why working for you is better than anywhere else… oh and I’m not going to interrupt my relaxation anymore than I have to.” I love it! So each potential team came with their A-game presentations to try and sway arguably the second best playing in the league (top 3 at least) to pick their city and their team. Oklahoma City, the team he has played for since the teams inception, felt strong knowing the kind of man Kevin Durant is. He has laid the foundation for basketball in that town, being one of the biggest stars in the world for the only professional sports team there, and being inducted to the Oklahoma hall of fame not too long ago.

They also have his good friend and ultra-talented Russell Westbrook who together with Durant played out of his mind this year… especially during their deep playoff run. So things looked good for them to keep him, sign him to a one or two year deal then when the salary cap moves up next year structure a deal that no team could match money-wise. But all along Kevin said this was going to be a basketball decision. Teams like Miami, Boston, and the Clippers all offered some great options. Pat Riley probably laid his rings on the table, told him to look at what he did for D-Wade and LeBron… come win titles and party in South Beach! The Celtics signed Al Horford, one of the best power forwards in the game, have a wealth of cap space/draft picks and a great young coach to build the team just how KD would want. LA flashed him the idea of playing with basically some of the most talented and popular players in the league and build their own Fab Four. With that being said… there’s Golden State.

Let’s cut to the chase… KD is going to be a Warrior next season, and the thought is absolutely ridiculous. With Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Dub City will have four of the NBA’s top 20 (if not 15) players. Think about that… that means each one of those guys is better than the best player on just about half of the teams in the league! So we all know the Warriors score like no one else in the history of the league… so you might think “how will Durant fit in that lineup?” He is a premier shooter, he can pass, he is a rebounder, he can finish in the paint, oh and he is also one of the most prolific scorers in the league that had to play along side one of the most ball-in-hand players in the league (Westbrook) for years. I think he will do just fine. So strap on your seat belts folks… next season should be a wild one!

Cricket Captain 2016 on Steam

Cricket Captain 2016

Cricket management game returns for July 2016, Looking like fun!

With England having seen off Sri Lanka in the first of the English summer Tests and Pakistan next in town, it is time for cricket fans from around the world to put their cricketing expertise to the test in the most in-depth Cricket Captain ever made.

Developed in association with Chris Rogers, captain of Somerset County Cricket Club, Cricket Captain 2016 has more playable teams and more great features than ever before!

Cricket Captain has been hailed as the best cricket management simulation ever created and Cricket Captain 2016 takes the game to the next level – new teams, a beautiful new interface, updated 3D graphics engine and all the attention to detail that you expect from the series.

Key features for this edition of Cricket Captain include:
79 playable domestic teams across 5 domestic leagues, including 12 new teams from the New Zealand and South African domestic cricket leagues
Updated One Day International (ODI) and 20 over (T20) World Cup Tournament modes. Play as any international team that played in the last two World Cups including Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Oman, Scotland or the UAE.
Day/Night matches
New 3D lighting system
New user controlled cameras in 3D highlights
Improved One Day and T20 match engine combined with improved player form calculation for One Day and T20
Updated kits for International teams
Sri Lanka and Pakistan historical scenarios
New database with improved player ability ratings
New and improved interface
In-Game Help System
New Achievements

Cricket Captain 2016 will be releasing week commencing 4th July on Steam (and all other retailers of digitally downloaded games), Android, iOS and Mac.

Title: Cricket Captain 2016
Players: Single Player
Platform: PC, Android, iOS and Mac
Genre: Sports Sim
Publisher: Kiss Ltd
Developer: Childish Things
Release Date: July 2016
SRP: TBC

Additional resources:
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FIFA 17

FIFA 17

In case you missed all this..

EA SPORTS FIFA 17 INTRODUCES THE JOURNEY
Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 Unveils an All-New Cinematic-Narrative Experience and Complete Innovation in Gameplay

Redwood City, Calif. – June 12, 2016 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today introduced EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 The Journey, an all-new game mode powered by Frostbite™*. Immersed in The Journey, fans will live their story on and off the pitch as Premier League prospect, Alex Hunter who is looking to make his mark. Fans will visit new football worlds, meet new characters full of depth, and navigate emotional highs and lows of their unique story arc through decisions off the pitch, their performance on it, and character interactions throughout the 2016/17 season while playing for any of the 20 Premier League clubs. From a paternal lineage of pro footballers, Alex Hunter starts building his personal legacy in FIFA 17 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC when it launches on September 27 in North America and September 29 worldwide.

Watch The Journey trailer: here.
Learn more about The Journey and Alex Hunter: here.

“We’re embracing the power of the Frostbite engine to bring a new immersive experience to the franchise and give fans the chance to live their football story through the life of a professional footballer,” said Nick Channon, Senior Producer. “The Journey delivers that with authenticity, character interactions, and your performance on the pitch which will dictate your story.”

Complete innovation in gameplay transforms the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, and execute in attack, putting fans in control of every moment on the pitch. Thousands of new animations and a focus on technology enable FIFA 17 to deliver true-to-life action, balanced gameplay, and excitement in attack. Four pillars of gameplay combine to put complete control in fans’ hands by introducing new game mechanics.

FIFA 17

Set Piece Rewrite – New penalties, free kicks, corners, and throw-ins bring creativity and variety in every dead ball situation.

Physical Play Overhaul – U.S. Patent-Pending Pushback Technology changes the way players physically interact in every situation and introduces a new shielding system that gives fans more control when in possession or battling to win the ball.

Active Intelligence System – A brand new intelligence system gives players the ability to better define and classify space to make smarter decisions off the ball. Players will utilize several New Run Types like fake, direct, and stunted runs to stay even more active off the ball.

New Attacking Techniques – New options in attack give fans more ways to create chances and finish in front of goal. You can send teammates in with a Threaded Through Pass and put exciting goals away with a Downward Header or a Driven Finish.

Read more about FIFA 17 gameplay features: here.
See more about The Journey and Alex Hunter: here.

“Fans want control; they want authenticity; and they want a balanced and exciting game that delivers moments where they jump out of their seat and make their friends watch the replay,” said Aaron McHardy, Producer. “We took the opportunity of introducing a new engine to look at everything we could do to deliver those moments – we ended up identifying four big areas where we could introduce a level of control we were never able to achieve before.”

More FIFA 17 assets here: info.ea.com.

FIFA 17 is powered by Frostbite*. One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion. To learn more, go: here.

Fans who pre-order FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition can get up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs, Team of the Week loan players, and other FUT content.

EA Access** members on Xbox One and Origin Access** members on PC can play the game early with Play First Trials. Stay tuned for more information on access timing and availability.

FIFA 17 is developed by EA Vancouver and will be available in North America on September 27 and worldwide on September 29 on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system.
Frostbite game engine technology is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only.
** CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE EA.COM/EAACCESS/TERMS AND http://www.origin.com/store/origin-access FOR DETAILS.

Join the EA SPORTS FIFA community at Facebook and on Instagram. Follow us on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hashtag #FIFA17. The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Sports Director Patrick Powers

Sports Director

Chris Jones here – I’d like to introduce Chris Jones Gaming’s Sports Director, Patrick Powers. Patrick brings a new perspective to us with his background in sports and gaming.

Patrick Powers: Ever since I was a little kid I have loved gaming and sports, right from Oregon Trail in school to watching Yankee’s games with my Dad. Being born in 1984 I was raised on Nintendo, and on many occasions I would get home from school to find my mother playing Mario or my father trying to beat Zelda. Games like Excitebike, Gauntlet, Golf, Tecmo Bowl and Super Mario Bros. 3 had me blowing in cartridges, rhythmically pressing the reset button and strategically wedging folded paper plates in the game slot, anything we could to do make the magic work. The Christmas I received a Sega Genesis from Santa was the best I can remember, once I hooked it up, I played Sonic the Hedgehog until dinner time!

I remember being too afraid to play Mortal Combat by myself, and playing PGA Tour Golf (before Tiger hit the scene) and Madden with my father. Who else out there remembers the Sega Channel? Now THAT was an early dip into how gaming was going to evolve. From there I owned many systems, even delved into computer games like Diablo and World of Warcraft. It’s amazing to see how far gaming has come. On the sports front, I started young with little league baseball, rec basketball, flag football and golfing at the local country club with my parents. In school I was a pitcher, quarterback and a shooting power forward, while honing my skill out on the links. I pitched for SUNY Adirondack for two years, pitching two perfect innings in the Jr. college all-star game in 2004 to end my career. I have been a Yankees and 49ers fan since childhood, and in the NBA I have always gravitated towards players more than teams. I was enamored by Micheal Jordan throughout his career, and my current favorite player is Kevin Garnett who just retired so I am keeping my eyes and heart open for a new player to follow. I am excited to add some insight to this site from my unique perspective, let’s have some fun!

Here’s Patrick!

Patrick Powers

MADDEN NFL 17

Madden NFL 17

Quite Awesome – New Franchise Features, a New Commentary Team and Major Gameplay Enhancements Highlight This Year’s Title

Redwood City, CA – June 12, 2016 – At the recent EA PLAY 2016, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) officially released full details on the improvements to Franchise in Madden NFL 17 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. This year’s edition offers even more depth, while still managing to streamline the experience and make both the on-field and off-field experience even more seamless and fun. Today also marked the debut of a brand-new Madden NFL 17 trailer at EA PLAY to get fans excited for the upcoming football season.

Madden NFL 17

This year, Franchise introduces Play the Moments, the fastest way to play Madden NFL. Play the Moments allows fans to experience the important milestones in each game while simulating the rest of the matchup. Players will be invited to jump in at critical moments such as red zone drives, vital third downs, game-winning drives and more, offering the chance to prove your mettle in clutch situations. The shortened games allow Franchise players to take their team all the way from opening day to the Super Bowl in just a weekend, maximizing the fun along the way. Of course, those who want to experience the game from kickoff to final whistle can turn off Play the Moments, or opt to jump in and out of moments as they wish throughout the game.

Off the field, players will be able to utilize new Franchise gameplanning to tailor their strategy to amplify their team’s strengths and attack their opponent’s weaknesses, complete with in-game boosts. New Big Decisions also surface important personnel decisions such as bringing players back from injury, signing free agents, negotiating new contracts and more. In addition to all this, Madden NFL 17 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 also features top community requests like practice squads, full player editing and a dynamic score ticker.

The Madden NFL 17 Franchise news comes on the heels of details about the franchise’s most balanced gameplay to date, as well as the addition of the brand-new commentary team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis.

EA Access* members can try Madden NFL 17 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial, only on Xbox One.

Madden NFL 17 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system on August 23. To learn more about Madden NFL 17, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl .

All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

The EA SPORTS™ brand is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. The EA SPORTS studios create connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

*CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE EA.COM/EAACCESS/TERMS AND EA.COM/EAACCESS FOR DETAILS.

Trackmania Turbo

Trackmania Turbo

I am liking the Arcade Style look of this racing title from Ubisoft now on Steam, (and consoles!) released earlier this year! This makes Time Trials fun. Take a look!

Original Content

Chris Jones Gaming will be featuring some original content in the form of sports writing and tech news, among other things. If you would like to contribute as a gaming enthusiast or entertainment writer please email me directly at chris591@chrisjonesmedia.com – the idea being that you get in on the ground floor of this adventure. This could be done in the form of a vlog, maybe a Youtube video, are just plain text. I’m looking for game reviews, current tech news and opinions, sports related things that do not have to relate to a video game, really anything that could be considered a ‘game’ or something related to playing a game. Yes Chris Jones Gaming has a rich history, but this is a new adventure. Watch for original content – got some lined up..