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The Legion of Boom has earned another accolade, as Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman has won the Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote. Sherman faced off against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the finals and was revealed as the winner of the fan-voted cover in a special segment on SportsCenter. The announcement was made on the heels of the release of the first official Madden NFL 15 gameplay video, which features reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly.

Sherman proved to be just as dominant off the field as he is on it, shutting down his opposition throughout the tournament. After dispatching Chicago Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery in the opening round, he also thwarted New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and division rival Colin Kaepernick en route to the title. The fans have been especially active in this year’s Cover Vote competition, casting approximately 10 million votes over the course of the contest, and averaging nearly 650,000 votes per matchup.

“Richard Sherman is a fantastic cover athlete selection by the fans,” said Anthony Stevenson, Vice President of Global Marketing for EA SPORTS. “Defense is a big focus for Madden NFL 15, and Sherman is one of the brightest defensive stars in the NFL. He shares the same energy and passion for the game as our ‘legion’ of Madden fans.”

Madden NFL 15 allows players to transform into their rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense, built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. A new arsenal of pass rush moves, an intuitive tackling system, improved coverage logic, and immersive new camera angles make defense more exciting and fun than ever. Fans can call plays with confidence thanks to an all-new crowd-sourced recommendation engine built from millions of online games played by the Madden NFL community. Add in all-new broadcast-inspired presentation and it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season.

Hey Got Gamers,

This past weekend Nintendo Canada held a day of go-karting in Toronto’s west end to celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 8. It was SO very packed that I can understand if some of you did not come out. For those of you who did not make it, here are some images we took while we were at the event.




Luckily, you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy each week’s episode of Got Game. As with every week, we’ve placed it in the audio file below this paragraph, but we’re just calling it the June 1st 2014 edition of Got Game.

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This week on Got Game the crew discusses:

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WE ALSO TALK TO MATT RYAN, FROM NINTENDO CANADA, ABOUT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM MARIO KART 8.

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AND WE REVIEW ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES IN RECENT HISTORY: WATCH_DOGS.


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For those of you who are interested in more Mario Kart discussion, we recently talked to a real kart racer. While we were at the previously mentioned Nintendo Canada go-karting event, we also had the chance to talk to a top-rated go-kart champion named Jeff Kingsley about Mario Kart 8 and actual go-kart racing.

Download Here is our discussion with Jeff Kingsley, the Eastern Canadian ROTAX Kart Champion.

Jeff Kingsley, Eastern Canadian ROTAX Kart Champion
Jeff Kingsley, Eastern Canadian ROTAX Kart Champion

Got Game-Play: Watch_Dogs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hey Got Gamers,

We’ve said it many times during this week’s show, but thank you again for 6 great years of broadcasting Got Game. Here is to 6 more great years. I also want to take a second to show you this image that we’ll be talking about during the show. It’s Calhoun photo-bombing an image of former Got Game host Zack Cooper and Splinter Cell voice actor (and the voice of Sam Fisher) Eric Johnson at the Watch_Dogs launch event in Toronto.

For the past 6 years, it has also been tradition for you to find the audio for each week’s edition of Got Game in a file below this paragraph. We’ve decided to not mess with that at all, so please find the audio for our 6th anniversary show below this very paragraph.

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This Week on Got Game the crew discusses:

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PLUS WE TRACKED DOWN COLIN GRAHAM, THE ANIMATION DIRECTOR ON UBISOFT MONTREAL’S WATCH_DOGS, TO ASK HIM WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT WITH ONE OF THE BIGGEST RELEASES OF THIS YEAR.


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AND BEFORE WE GO, CHRISTINE TAKES ON THE THIRD REICH FOR HER REVIEW OF WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER.

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This week Electronic Arts announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA World, a new free-to-play game for the PC, is entering a Global Open Beta supporting nine languages.

Created by the award-winning development team at EA Canada, EA SPORTS FIFA World is designed to be easy to pick up and play for all fans. Featuring the EA SPORTS FIFA HD console gameplay, FIFA Ultimate Team, and a host of new features, the game delivers a fun and immersive football experience that is synonymous with the FIFA franchise.

“By bringing the FIFA franchise to the PC platform as a free-to-play game, we give millions of new fans their chance to experience the authentic FIFA experience, with award-winning gameplay and licensed leagues,” said Producer Alex Grimbley. “At the same time, existing FIFA fans now have a new way to enjoy the game they already love, with fresh daily content and the ability to play on almost any PC.”

With over 16,000 players and 600 clubs from over 30 officially licensed leagues, fans have access to their favorite footballers as they compete in both online and single player modes. Now EA SPORTS FIFA World is available in English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Turkish.

“After four Closed Beta sessions and a limited Open Beta, where we saw over 1.5 million fans register to play, we’re very excited to now open the game to football fans from all over the world,” said Producer Alex Grimbley. “This is a great opportunity for fans to influence the development of our new game, and the feedback we’ve gotten so far has been absolutely instrumental in shaping our features and services.”

To complement Seasons, a game mode that allows fans to compete for promotion through 10 divisions, a number of new features have been added through the Limited Open Beta. Accomplishments is designed specifically for FIFA World to reward fans for completing dynamic tasks, based on scenarios from the real world football. In Tournaments, fans challenge AI-controlled clubs and National Teams to progress through a bracket on their way to lifting the cup and earning rewards. Match Invites give fans an opportunity to challenge their friends online for the ultimate bragging rights.

 

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Hey Got Gamers,

I don’t mean to turn the Got Game blog into a picture based story book, but we spent a lot of time talking about recently announced games this week. As with most new game announcements, we only received a cover image and the press release that announced each game. Therefore, we want to start this week’s blog with those images. That way you can follow along from home.

Like every week, we really want to create a place where you can find everything we’ve discuss in one place. We call it the Got Game Show Blog, and it always includes the show that we recorded that week. This week, like every week, you can find the most recent edition of Got Game in the audio file below this paragraph.

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This week on Got Game the crew discusses:

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PLUS, BLUE JAYS GROUNDS CREW MEMBER AND FRIEND OF THE SHOW, FRANCISCO ANDRADES, JOINS US TO DISCUSS HOW MLB 14 THE SHOW LOOKS AND PLAYS ON THE PS4 HARDWARE.

Hey Got Gamers,

I really have nothing to start off this week’s Got Game show blog with. I normally try to be funny if I can’t be informative, but there is nothing to put here. Therefore, I will go with the greatest hits route. This past weekend I was archiving a bunch of old Got Game stuff and I came across this video of Calhoun playing NBA Baller Beats at E3.

Enjoy!

And as always you can find this week’s edition of Got Game in the audio file below this sentence, but we’re just calling it the May 11th 2014 edition of Got Game.

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THIS WEEK ON GOT GAME THE CREW DISCUSSES:

A) The new features we’ll see in NHL 15
B) The NHL 15 cover vote
C) The NFL 15 cover vote
D) Who will grace the cover of the next NBA 2K game
E) Nintendo’s response to not supporting same-sex marriage in Tomodachi Life
F) Bethesda delaying the console versions of Elder Scrolls Online

PLUS OUR GOOD FRIEND JUSTIN AMIRKHANI JOINS US TO DISCUSS THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF ALWAYS SOMETIMES MONSTER.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will be selling a Kinect-free version of the Xbox One, first going on sale June 9 at the price of $399.

“There’s a lot about Kinect that I really love, but we’ve also heard from people that they just like to play games with controller in their hand,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a video statement. “What we wanted to do was for those people [was] to make sure there’s a version of Xbox [One] that really meets the exact needs that they have.”

This news comes as a major surprise as last August at Gamescom Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison told Metro’s David Jenkins that the company had “absolutely no plans at all” for releasing a version of Xbox One without the Kinect.

However, despite this new version of the Xbox One, Microsoft still appears to be remaining firm in its support for the Kinect and is convinced consumers that buy the Kinect-less console will eventually dig into their wallets and buy the gesture and voice command box separately.

“If later on after they’ve owned Xbox [One] for a while they see what other people are doing with Kinect [and] they decide this is something they want to add, they can go out and buy Kinect,” Spencer said.

“As excited as we about the new Xbox One option, clearly if you use Xbox One with Kinect you have the best experience,” Xbox chief marketing and strategy office Yusuf Mehdi said.

In addition to the console news, Microsoft also announced that its Games with Gold program would finally be coming to Xbox One in June.

From the looks of things, Microsoft is going down a similar path that Sony has already treaded with its Playstation Plus by offering “subscription-based access to free games,” with the first titles available from this new program on the Xbox One being Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.

Sony’s Playstation 4 is retailing for $449 in Canada at the moment.

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Hey Got Gamers,

May the 4th be with you. If it is not, find solace in the fact that the Got Game post-broadcast podcast is with you. It’s in the audio file below this paragraph, but we’re just calling it the May 4th 2014 edition of Got Game.

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This week on Got Game the crew discusses:

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PLUS, BRETT LAWRIE, OF THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS, JOINS US TO DISCUSS HIS APPEARANCE ON THE COVER OF MLB 14 THE SHOW.

Brett Lawrie. Jeffrey Phelps/AP
Brett Lawrie. Jeffrey Phelps/AP

 

MEANWHILE, MOMIN SEE’S IF  SPIDER-MAN CAN DO WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN WITH HIS REVIEW OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 GAME.

 

AND CHRISTINE SEES HOW DARK CHILD OF LIGHT CAN BE.

On Tuesday, Nintendo released a Youtube video it did in joint with video game comedy group Mega 64, announcing its upcoming E3 2014 plans.

As was the case last year, the Mario makers are foregoing the traditional pre-E3 press conference and will hold a live streamed “Nintendo Digital Event” on June 10 starting at 9:00 a.m. PT.

Nintendo won’t be without a presence at E3 itself, however, as the company will be live streaming its “Nintendo Treehouse” all throughout E3. This special booth, Nintendo is saying, will house “in-depth” game demos for show goers to try out.

In addition, Nintendo also announced a Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament that will feature 16 of the best Smash Bros. players in the world showcasing the new Wii U game that is slated to release sometime this winter.

The event will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles during E3, where fans can attend to watch in-person. The tournament will also be streamed live.

For those not satisfied with just watching the new Smash Bros., Nintendo also said that demo stations of the hotly anticipated Wii U title will be placed at participating Best Buy locations.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 is happening June 10-12.

Keep it locked to the Got Game Blog and Twitter account for all the news and information you need to know as the event draws nearer, and be sure to follow Bryan Calhoun (@Bryalogical), Christine Chubb (@ChristineChubb) and Momin Qureshi (@Momin680News) on Twitter as they will be live tweeting from the show floor itself.