News & Updates
  • Major issues persist with NBA 2K17 Pro-Am
    Posted October 24th, 2016 at 1:30 pm 4 Comments »


    Last year 2K Sports attempted to launch the NBA 2K series as an eSport, however the mode chosen to do so and poor structure in place resulted in a totally flawed competition. Rampant cheating, advantages to those who paid money, and a patch that altered play mid-event all contributed to the disaster. The 2K Pro-Am didn’t change much for NBA 2K17 but new problems have arisen and others have lingered since launch.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for October 23
    Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 1:15 pm No Comments »


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦A look at the new Most Feared promotion in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
    ♦The Ultimate Scream promotion in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team has gone live.
    ♦Charles Barkley explained why he doesn’t appear on classic teams in NBA 2K.
    ♦The recent patch for FIFA 17 on PC is also out now on Xbox One and PS4.
    ♦Potential ramifications from Brexit will be included in Football Manager 2017.
    ♦The beta for Snow on PlayStation 4 launches 10/25 and will cost $20.
    ♦Franchise Hockey Manager 3 gave the results of its NHL season simulation.
    ♦Wolverine Studios detailed some of the new features for DDS: Pro Basketball 2017.
    ♦Mobile game NHL SuperCard 2K17 is now available on iOS and Android.
    ♦Preview of what’s new for WWE SuperCard which will be out in November.
    ♦Trailer for the VR version of The Golf Club now available on HTC Vive.
    ♦Sony has launched a new tournament feature for the PlayStation 4.
    ♦Amazon Prime 20% off games like Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and COD Infinite Warfare.

  • Press Row Podcast: The Role of Sports Games with New Hardware
    Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment »

    Press Row Podcast

    PlayStation VR has reached the market, PS4 Pro is only a matter of weeks away from release, and the Nintendo Switch was just officially announced and will arrive March 2017. As always sports are crucial to determining how successful gaming systems are over the long term as they draw in consumers and keep them engaged with the platforms. What role will sports be playing in the early days of the new hardware and will consumers buy-in with the expectation of reliably-released and unique experiences from third parties?

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • The Most Feared program launched today in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team
    Posted October 21st, 2016 at 8:00 am 6 Comments »


    The Halloween-themed ‘Most Feared’ is the latest Solo Challenge campaign to go live in Madden NFL 17’s Ultimate Team mode. Last year Most Feared even included a fun twist involving a few limited-time 9 foot tall players like Marshawn Lynch, Rob Gronkowski, and Brian Dawkins and that concept returns with specific “Freaks of Nature” players.

    By completion of the run through 65 new Solo Challenges users will have earned over 88,000 Coins and a total of 55 items or packs. The big prize is a 94 Overall Brian Urlacher with Hot Hands Chemistry (increased chance at catch when user-controlled). All 11 Elite Most Feared players have to be collected and turned in to earn him.

    The chemistry for Most Feared players requires 5 players and provides +1 to Catching, Carrying, Tackling, Run Blocking, Power Moves, and Zone Coverage. Sets include the ability to upgrade 10 Silvers into a Gold, 10 Golds into an Elite, and Most Feared Treats into Gold, Elite, or Freaks of Nature players. The Freaks of Nature cards morph to 97 Overall and grow 10 inches for Halloween weekend. New ‘Fright Packs’ go for 80,000 Coins or 800 Points (equivalent of $8) and contain two Gold or better Most Feared players.

    Most Feared joins the NFL Journey and October Gauntlet as heavily rewarding Solo Challenge programs currently active in MUT and will be open until November 4.

  • Madden NFL 17 roster update details out of week six of the season
    Posted October 20th, 2016 at 3:00 pm 6 Comments »


    The roster update following week six of the season is now available in Madden NFL 17. The highest rated player adjusted upwards is Tom Brady who has earned a single point to 95 Overall. In decimating the two Ohio teams since his return from suspension, Brady has thrown for 782 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s now the top rated quarterback in the game.

    Taking the biggest hit is Aaron Rodgers who is down 3 points to 92. Rodgers ranks at the bottom of the list of 35 qualified starting quarterbacks since the middle of last season in key categories like completion percentage (32nd) and yards-per-attempt (35th). He still rates out as the 3rd highest QB in Madden NFL 17 even with the downgrades today.

    Other notable movers in the update include Geno Atkins (-2 to 93), Khalil Mack (-1 to 93), Ben Roethlisberger (-1 to 93), Odell Beckham Jr. (+1 to 92), Drew Brees (+1 to 92), Joe Thomas (-2 to 91), Jadeveon Clowney (+1 to 90), Eric Berry (-1 to 90), Bobby Wagner (+1 to 89), Cam Newton (-1 to 89), David Johnson (+1 to 88), Andrew Luck (+1 to 88), David Johnson (+1 to 88), Muhammad Wilkerson (-3 to 88), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 88), Johnathan Joseph (-3 to 87), Marcus Peters (+2 to 87), Julian Edelman (-2 to 86), Kawann Short (-3 to 85), and Zach Ertz (-5 to 82). You can view all the ratings changes throughout the league with this new form.

  • Nintendo Switch officially announced
    Posted October 20th, 2016 at 12:45 pm 9 Comments »


    After many months of rumors and speculation Nintendo finally made official the company’s next console which is expected out in March. The Nintendo Switch will be a hybrid home and portable system. The official launch date and price will be announced later.  Read more

  • First in-season roster update for NHL 17 adds highly touted rookies
    Posted October 19th, 2016 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments »


    On the heels of yesterday’s patch for NHL 17 is the arrival of the game’s first roster update since the beginning of the season. This is a highly anticipated update not just for getting the NHL team rosters (mostly) accurate but the introduction of rookies who have made their first official appearances. Additionally rosters have been updated for Liiga, SHL, DEL, Extraliga Ledniho Hokeje, and National League.

    After scoring four goals in his first game Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a celebrated debut in NHL 17. The 19-year-old center comes in rated 85 Overall and that already makes him the third highest rated player on the team. He also has been given Potential designated as ‘Elite’ which will influence progression in Franchise Mode.

    Other notable rookies include Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor (WPG) who are rated 82 and 80 respectively, a 79 Overall rating to Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM), Devin Shore (DAL) and Jimmy Vessy (NYR), and Travis Konecny (PHI) who makes his debut at 77.

  • Mobile game Blocky Basketball available now
    Posted October 19th, 2016 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment »

    blocky basketball

    Full Fat has delivered some of the better casual sports games on mobile and today Blocky Basketball joins its family of ‘Blocky’ games which includes football, hockey, soccer, and rugby. Download it for free through iTunes for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

    Grab your basketball and hit the court in an explosive retro arcade game! Pass it, hustle through rival players and rain buckets with over-the-top high flying slam dunks. The most fun you can have as a baller, combining realistic physics and hilarious cartoon-style animation. Features: Easy to play basketball fun, Retro style blocky graphics, Dazzling alley-oops and slam dunks, Adorable characters to collect, Different court surfaces to unlock.

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