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  • $20 GOAT Super Bowl Edition of Madden NFL 18 includes bonus Ultimate Team content
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    Posted January 19th, 2018 at 1:30 pm No Comments »

    This marks the fourth consecutive year that EA Sports has released a Super Bowl Edition of Madden NFL on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s a smart move on their part as a simple limited-time price drop is not nearly as marketable as a “special” edition that packs in bonus Ultimate Team content that costs them nothing.

    For PS Plus and XBL Gold members the Super Bowl Edition of Madden NFL 18 can be purchased for $19.80 with availability through the end of the month. That’s an all-time low price for Madden 18 and included are a choice from five Elite GOAT players (Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Ray Lewis, Franco Harris, Deion Sanders), seven Squad Packs, 2500 Contracts, and Fantasy Uniform Pack.

    Madden NFL 18 fared well in the 2017 awards voting, tying for Sports Game of the Year from the Press Row Podcast and finishing as the runner-up in the 8th Annual PCAs where it also won for Best Story Mode, Best Online Play, and Best Post-Release Support.

  • Mutant Football League available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4
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    Posted January 19th, 2018 at 9:15 am No Comments »

    It was a long wait of 25 years since the original Mutant League Football released to get a sequel or in this case a “spiritual successor” but that day has finally come. Mutant Football League has now reached consoles after first coming out in late 2017 just on PC.

    The game is being sold for $20 (XB1PS4) which is $5 cheaper than it was first priced at for PC. Those who contributed to the Kickstarter at a tier that included a copy of the game should be receiving a digital download code today.

    Improvements to Mutant Football League are still being worked towards and they include free new features such as a Dynasty Mode and additional teams and species.  Read more

  • Final Set of 2017 PCA Winners
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    Posted January 19th, 2018 at 7:15 am No Comments »

    After collecting a total vote number in excess of 37,000 the 2017 Pastapadre Community Awards have now come to their conclusion. The results of the final four categories are revealed today. Check out the first set of winners here and the second set of winners here. Now on to the PCA presentations for Best Sports Game, Best New/Non-Yearly Game, Best Racing Game, and Best New Feature.  Read more

  • NBA Live 18 is practically being given away now on Xbox One
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    Posted January 18th, 2018 at 12:30 pm 14 Comments »

    Given the turbulence of the series over the last decade there was never a chance that NBA Live 18 would sell many copies no matter how good the game would turn out to be. Skepticism from consumers was more than justified and its competitor too popular and well established. Instead the goal for EA Sports was always to regain some credibility and slowly bring more people on board through word-of-mouth and by playing with the price.

    A pre-order discount making the game $40 was the first strategy but, again, given Live’s history there was no reason anyone would take a risk at that point regardless of the price. The game was still required to “release” at the $60 which was just discouraging to anyone who might have decided the game sounded good later based on reviews or WOM. That meant the price would have to be dropped quickly and that did in fact happen.

    First it was bringing it back down to the $40 which occurred within weeks. But the price would quickly drop again and down to unprecedented levels – $15 in November and $10 in December.

    Now NBA Live 18 is available on Xbox One for just $7.50. The game will be entering the EA Access Vault for subscribers in the coming months, and maybe this is an indication that will be happening sooner than later (like Live 15’s addition in February 2015 rather than Live 16’s in April 2016). Still though, for $7.50 there’s almost no reason to wait for that to come if one has interest in the game or certainly for those who have chosen to pass on subscribing to EA Access.

    NBA Live 18 offers a very good career mode which got strong support in the awards voting, enjoyable gameplay, and absence of pressure/necessity to spend more money on an in-game currency. Its Franchise Mode however is a mess and post-release support has left something to be desired. Check out the review from back in September here.

  • Second set of 2017 PCA winners
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    Posted January 18th, 2018 at 9:30 am 2 Comments »

    After collecting a total vote number in excess of 37,000 the winners of the 2017 Pastapadre Community Awards will all be announced this week. The results for four more categories are examined today – check out the first set of winners here. Now on to the winners of the PCAs for Best Presentation, Best Mobile Game, Best Online Play, and Best Post-Release Support.  Read more

  • UFC 3 Roster and Ratings: Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight
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    Posted January 17th, 2018 at 11:00 am 2 Comments »

    With just a week to go until EA Sports UFC 3 goes out through EA Access on Xbox One the publisher continues the reveal of the full fighter roster and their respective ratings. First up were the flyweights and bantamweights. Now on to featherweights, lightweights, welterweights and middleweights.

    UFC 3 is changing up the ratings with four overarching categories: Striking, Grappling, Stamina and Health. Previously fighters were ranked on Ground, Stand-up, and Clinch. As was the case with the first two games the ratings are exceedingly top heavy. Presumably separation comes from sub-attributes as the lowest number given to a fighter in any category is 82.  Read more

  • First Set of 2017 PCA Winners
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    Posted January 16th, 2018 at 1:15 pm 6 Comments »

    After collecting a total vote number in excess of 37,000 the winners of the 2017 Pastapadre Community Awards will all be announced this week. The results for the first 4 of 12 total categories are examined today. Here are the winners of the PCAs for Best Gameplay, Best Career/Story Mode, Best Franchise Mode, and Best Team-Building Mode.  Read more

  • EA Sports UFC 3 Roster and Ratings: Flyweight and Bantamweight
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    Posted January 15th, 2018 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment »

    With just over a week to go until EA Sports UFC 3 goes out through EA Access on Xbox One the publisher has begun to reveal the full roster of fighters and their respective ratings. First up are the flyweights and bantamweights led by champions Demetrious Johnson and T.J. Dillashaw.

    UFC 3 is changing up the ratings with four overarching categories: Striking, Grappling, Stamina and Health. Previously fighters were ranked on Ground, Stand-up, and Clinch. As was the case with the first two games the ratings are exceedingly top heavy. Presumably separation comes from sub-attributes as the lowest number given to a fighter in any category is 82. Read more

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