News & Updates
  • The Line Drive for August 20
    Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:15 am 4 Comments »


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

    ♦The podcast all about Madden NFL 18 is now also found on Youtube.
    ♦ICYMI the full review for Madden NFL 18 went up on Sporting News.
    ♦Data on the impact of ratings on the offensive line in Madden NFL 18.
    ♦Can still order physical copies of Madden NFL 18 w/Amazon Prime 20% off.
    ♦2K Sports released a flashy trailer to help create excitement for NBA 2K18.
    ♦New screenshot features Paul Pierce from NBA 2K18 All-Time Celtics team.
    ♦Konami signed an exclusive deal with David Beckham for the PES franchise.
    ♦EA Sports has detailed the returning user bonuses for NHL 18 Ultimate Team.
    ♦Full details on the latest patch to have released for The Golf Club 2.
    ♦New content has rolled out in Diamond Dynasty mode for MLB The Show 17.
    ♦The entire course list has been revealed for Forza Motorsport 7.
    ♦Details on the new features coming to PS4 with the next system update.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by season 7 of The Walking Dead.
    ♦Amazon has XBL digital cards on sale $100 for $90 on down to $10 for $9.
    ♦Xbox One X pre-orders may go live today – here’s the Amazon page to watch.

  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 18 first impressions
    Posted August 18th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments »

    Last year Madden was able to establish itself back within the upper-echelon of sports titles, finishing second in the Press Row Podcast Sports Game of the Year voting. Madden NFL 18 hopes to build on that success with the introduction of the series’ first ever story mode, the return of online co-op, three new play styles, visual enhancements made possible due to the Frostbite Engine, and number of gameplay improvements.

    In this episode initial impressions of Madden NFL 18 are discussed, going over changes to gameplay, Franchise, Ultimate Team, and of course the highly-anticipated Longshot. There’s some agreement on where Madden stands with this edition but also places where opinions diverge. For more on Madden NFL 18 the full panel review show will go out next week!

    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.

  • Draft and Salary Cap modes being added to MyTeam in NBA 2K18
    Posted August 18th, 2017 at 8:30 am 5 Comments »

    In recent years the ability to draft a roster on the fly from a pool of players over a number of rounds and take that team into online competition has become popular way to play. Those draft modes are now exclusively found tucked inside the various team-building modes like Ultimate Team and Diamond Dynasty. Draft Champions which is now known as MUT Draft started it all in Madden, FIFA and NHL followed with theirs, and MLB The Show has Battle Royale. Now NBA 2K18 will finally introduce one of its own.  Read more

  • Review of Madden NFL 18
    Posted August 17th, 2017 at 1:15 pm 21 Comments »

    Fresh off an especially strong year for the Madden franchise this year’s edition comes across a bit disjointed in comparison. The new story mode Longshot is a winner, as is the return of online co-op with MUT Squads, but otherwise the changes or lack thereof prove underwhelming. Gameplay advancements are subtle but at least areas like offensive line blocking show promise. Franchise mode hasn’t changed much besides injuries playing a bigger role and the new ability to play along with the season and start a franchise from any week current or past.

    Check out the full review of Madden NFL 18 at Sporting News. Also take a look through this Twitter thread which includes screenshots, gifs, videos, and notes about the game and check out two full online game videos that have been posted for MUT Squads and MUT Draft.

  • Gameplay improvements for NBA 2K18
    Posted August 17th, 2017 at 6:15 am 20 Comments »

    Given the number of core gameplay-related problems that plagued NBA 2K17 it’s notable that 2K Sports has come out much earlier than normal with details on what’s been done to gameplay for NBA 2K18. Gameplay director Mike Wang has written an extensive developer blog that goes through improvements that include a new motion engine that shifts away from the animation-driven one of the past and a new shooting system, while the effort that’s gone into fixing issues related to and enhancing AI will apparently be detailed at a later date.  Read more

  • 10 hour trial for Madden NFL 18 now available through EA Access on Xbox One
    Posted August 16th, 2017 at 11:15 am 6 Comments »

    Madden NFL 18 can now be downloaded as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. Because of that make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.

    The 10 hours are there to play immediately but can continue to be used past Tuesday. Saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in any of the modes and online records and stats carry over if a full copy is purchased. The complete game is available during the trial period but the new Longshot story mode is limited to the first chapter.

    EA Access launched July 2014 and is available on Xbox One along with now Origin Access on PC. Sony has declined to offer the service through PlayStation 4 saying it doesn’t offer enough value – despite being arguably the best value in all of gaming. EA Access includes the “Vault” which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the company’s catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.

    Features for Madden NFL 18 include the story mode Longshot, online co-op now known as MUT Squads, three different Play Styles, the optional Target Passing, and the debut of the Frostbite Engine. Both Amazon and Best Buy have deals worth considering on pre-orders.

  • First new classic teams for NBA 2K18 revealed
    Posted August 16th, 2017 at 8:45 am 14 Comments »

    NBA 2K18 will include 16 new classic teams, taking the total to 61, along with All-Time teams for all 30 current franchises. 2K Sports has now revealed the first 2 of those 16 classic teams that will be making their debut in the game.

    The 1996-97 Miami Heat were the #2 seed in the East with a 61-21 regular season record but failed to reach the NBA Finals, falling in the Eastern Conference Finals in 5 games to the Chicago Bulls. Pat Riley coached a roster that included Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Jamal Mashburn, Dan Majerle, and Voshon Leonard.

    The 1998-99 New York Knicks finished a lockout-shortened season 27-23, entering the Eastern Conference Playoffs at the 8th seed. They would go on to reach the NBA Finals losing in 5 games to the San Antonio Spurs. Coached by Jeff Van Gundy the 98′ Knicks roster featured Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, Larry Johnson, and Latrell Sprewell.

  • Madden Mobile updated for new season
    Posted August 15th, 2017 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments »

    The annual substantial update to Madden Mobile releases today, delivering a number of new features and improvements to the popular game. The latest version of Madden Mobile can be downloaded through iTunes for iOS and Google Play for Android.

    Choose your NFL franchise and take over as GM. Stack your squad with current stars and Hall of Famers, then level them up with rare Super Skills. Complete Daily Goals to earn valuable rewards that upgrade your roster. Even combine cards and items you don’t need to power your best players, unlock new skills, and more.

    Prove yourself and rule rivals in all-new Tournaments. Earn tickets when you go hard in challenges throughout the week – the more you get, the more chances you’ll have to compete. Climb the leaderboards to gain bragging rights and pro rewards based on your rank.

    If it happens in the NFL, you can play it in Madden NFL. Recreate big plays, jump into real-world matchups, and follow the latest rivalries in real time. Get notified about Live Events as they happen and head into the game to score big.

    Play as football greats as they rise from draft hopefuls to league legends in Madden NFL’s first-ever story mode. Hit the line with fresh chapters each month, delivering distinct stories and challenges. Make meaningful choices that determine your path and unlock unique rewards to boost your team.

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