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  • Press Row Podcast: 2016 Community Awards
    Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 12:30 pm No Comments »

    Press Row Podcast

    Now into its 8th year, the Pastapadre Community Awards have set out to recognize all the efforts made in sports gaming which go well beyond just that of naming the “Sports Game of the Year.” For 2016 the awards expanded to 12 categories and collected over 33,000 votes in the process. Sports video games are complex and rich in content, and no one game excels in every area that make them up. The Community Awards are an opportunity to help identify the standouts from specific aspects of the games and over time the annual process has been shown to identify trends for the individual franchises as well as the industry.

    Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham reveal the results of the 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards and provide analysis of what the numbers say about the games in the latest episode of the Press Row Podcast. Find out the winners of the 2016 Sports Game of the Year, Best New/Non-Yearly Sports Game, Best Racing Game, Best Mobile Game, Best Gameplay, Best New Feature, Best Post-Release Support, Best Franchise Mode, Best Career/Story Mode, Best Team-Building Mode, Best Presentation, and Best Online Play!

    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 Line Drive for January 22
    Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 12:45 pm 9 Comments »


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

    ♦2016 top-sellers per NPD: NBA 2K17 (#4), Madden NFL 17 (#5), and FIFA 17 (#9).
    ♦Latest patch for NHL 17 added a new mode in Ultimate Team plus more changes.
    ♦Remains unclear exactly when Madden NFL 17 will be added to the EA Access Vault.
    ♦Backwards compatible Skate 3 will be one of the games coming to the Vault this year.
    ♦Nintendo Switch is already shaping up to have a dubious future for sports gaming.
    ♦Details on the next major updates going out soon in Madden NFL Mobile.
    ♦This year’s EA Play event will take place June 10-12 in Hollywood.
    ♦New player stat missions added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
    ♦PES 2017 has become an obsession for Rich Grisham as he explains on HTP.
    ♦The latest game in the Pro Basketball Manager series on PC recently launched.
    ♦The latest news on competitive seasons and rewards in Rocket League.
    ♦Joe Montana Football 16 has now turned into some VR demo-like passing game.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for the mountain sports game Steep.
    ♦Extensive article on the gambling in Counter-Strike is well worth a read.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Inferno and Sherlock S4.

  • Sports gaming will get off to a disappointing start with Nintendo Switch
    Posted January 21st, 2017 at 2:15 pm 10 Comments »

    For long Nintendo has not been any sort of destination for sports gamers and the upcoming Switch, despite offering unique functionality that could prove beneficial to many games, doesn’t appear to be changing that perception. The system will launch without any sports games (FIFA and NBA 2K18 are coming later in the year), is under-powered compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and has some real cost concerns based on its initial price and additional purchases that have to be made along with it.

    EA Sports is already saying that FIFA will be their only game on Switch until “the platform launches and takes off.” It’s also rumored that the FIFA game, which is being referred to as “custom built,” will utilize the last-gen gameplay engine found on 360 and PS3. NBA 2K18 will certainly be inferior to the version on other consoles as well – just the extent to which it is will remain unknown for quite some time. Nintendo’s own new IP, ARMS, does look to have some potential but third parties are what will determine how well the console is able to grow.

    The success of these early games from EA Sports and 2K Sports may determine whether they continue to develop for the Switch or abandon Nintendo like they did after only one year with the Wii U. Check out my complete article on the subject that was written for Sporting News!

  • Final Set of 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards Winners
    Posted January 20th, 2017 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments »

    After weeks of collecting votes – the total of which exceeded 33,000 – the announcement of 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards winners conclude with the final 4 of 12 total categories examined. Here are the winners of Sports Game of the Year, Best New/Non-Yearly Sports Game, Best New Feature, and Best Racing Game.  Read more

  • Out of the Park Baseball 18 to feature new Challenge Mode and Negro Leagues
    Posted January 20th, 2017 at 8:00 am 5 Comments »

    The first news on the next edition in the PC sim-management series Out of the Park Baseball arrived today, with the reveal of several new features, release date, and pre-order details. Headlining the feature list is a new Challenge Mode and historical Negro League clubs.

    Out of the Park Baseball 18 will officially release March 24 but those who pre-order the game will get to start playing on March 18. Pre-orders made before January 28 will also receive a 20% discount (down to $32) while any after that will save 10% instead (down to $36).  Read more

  • Madden NFL 17 roster update details heading into the Conference Championship games
    Posted January 19th, 2017 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments »

    The roster update reacting to Divisional Playoff Weekend is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. Aaron Rodgers has predictably received a boost in moving up a single point to 97 Overall. It’s the highest rating he’s achieved this season. Most of the players impacted in this update were active in last weekend’s games but there are a few exceptions.

    Other notable movers include Tom Brady (-1 to 94), Matt Ryan (+1 to 92), Bobby Wagner (-1 to 92), Justin Houston (-5 to 91), Ezekiel Elliott (+1 to 88), James Harrison (+1 to 87), Jared Cook (+3 to 85), Dak Prescott (+1 to 85), Davante Adams (+2 to 84), Logan Ryan (+2 to 84), Chris Boswell (+1 to 82), and Justin Durant (-3 to 74). Check out all the ratings movement enacted across the league with the form here.

  • Madden NFL 17 has its commentary update heading into the Conference Championships
    Posted January 19th, 2017 at 8:30 am 1 Comment »

    The 21st commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events taking place and storylines that have emerged heading into the Conference Championship games. Madden has been receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo has also recorded additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.

  • Details on the third patch for FIFA 17
    Posted January 18th, 2017 at 3:45 pm No Comments »

    A new patch has gone out for FIFA 17 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It’s the third post-release update for the game and primarily impacts gameplay with one critical adjustment having been made along with multiple changes delivered to Ultimate Team.

    ♦Adjusted the defensive line position for low pressure tactics.
    ♦Addressed an issue where a pass was made without a button press.

    Ultimate Team
    ♦Displaying correct kit on the player in the kit select screen.
    ♦Players can no longer set custom player positions in Team Management during gameplay.
    ♦Addressed an issue in Squad Building Challenges where switching a higher rated player with a lower rated player resulted in the overall squad rating going up.
    ♦Removed Est. Date, Crest and Squad Name from the FUT Champions matchup screen.
    ♦Changed the latency bar graphic to give more detail on connection quality.

    Career Mode
    ♦Fixed an issue where the current weekly wages from the budget tab did not properly reflect the actual weekly wages.

    ♦Improved camera selection for slow motion goal replays.
    ♦Addressed EATV buffering.
    ♦Addressed audio balance of French commentators.
    ♦Gameplay commentator language for The Journey defaults to game setting selection.

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