By launchingÂ for free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in July, Rocket LeagueÂ was able to gain significant traction through fantastic word of mouth. That special offer went away after the first month however and the game has been $20 ever since. Now though for a limited time PS+ subscribers can get it for $12 while those who don’t have the service still get a discount down to $14. The deal is available through November 30.
Rocket League is one of the best games of the year and it just keeps on getting better with new content being added regularly. Much of it has been free, but even the paid DLC has been great for those interested in new vehicles and other cosmetic additions. The great thing is that Rocket League remains just as balanced as it was on day one but new angles on gameplay are being introduced. Recently that has included “Mutators“, and while a hockey version will come along in December, there’s also moreÂ DLC and a free new arena on the way next month.
The patch for NBA 2K16 thatÂ went out on PlayStation 4 earlier this month has gone live today on Xbox One. This latest update is much more based on community feedback than the first one in October which focused primarily on getting the Pro-Am mode to work. It has a huge impact on gameplay and nearly every mode in the game. Read more
Just about a month ago a patch for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour added a fantasy course and Dustin Johnson along with making some improvements to the game. A new update that comes in at 5.2GB has gone out todayÂ that introduces more content to McIlroy PGA Tour.
The second real-world course to make it in post-release is Quail Hollow whileÂ Henrik Stenson joins the roster. Four new offline Play Now modes make their debut.Â Read more
The big sports gaming news this month has related to the official announcement of the sequel to 2014’s EA Sports UFC. That game was a disappointment but some reason for hope came about through developer EA Canada’s extensive post-release support that improved the game immensely. While the popularity of the sport has waned in recent years, there’s still reason to think UFC could be a successful bi-yearly franchise, and EA is hoping a digital revenue generator, in the form of Ultimate Team, will help get them there.
While EA took a hit to their marketing plan when cover athlete Ronda Rousey got demolished a day after the reveal – and she won’t be fighting again for at least six months –Â what really matters are the details on the major features and improvements made for the game. Where do you stand with EA Sports UFC 2 at this point in time? Vote in the poll below and leave any additional thoughts in the comments!
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Â Â Â â€˘The top candidates to get the cover of MLB 16: The Show
Â Â Â â€˘Discussing the first feature news revealed for EA Sports UFC (video)
Â Â Â â€˘Was the choice of Ronda Rousey for the UFC cover an ill-advised one?
Â Â Â â€˘Ronda Rousey’s loss is also one for EA Sports and the UFC franchise
Â Â Â â€˘Jonah Lomu, rugby legend and dominant video game character, passed away
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â™¦Look for a roundup of all the Black Friday deals to be posted Wednesday or Thursday.
â™¦New Madden Challenge kicked off utilizing the just added Ranked Draft Champions.
â™¦EA doesn’t plan to support the small market of VR initiallyÂ comparing it to the Wii U.
â™¦EA Sports has detailed the Thanksgiving content for Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Details on the recently released second patch for the PC version of NBA 2K16.
â™¦The Sociable Soccer Kickstarter has provided info on game modes with a new update.
â™¦The first look at gameplay footage for Sociable SoccerÂ is out to promote the Kickstarter.
â™¦Real Boxing 2 Creed is out on iOS and Android as the official game of the upcoming film.
â™¦Football Manager Mobile 2016 has released on iOS and Android for a pricey $9.
â™¦Maybe it’s because they’re playing too much FIFA that the Rockets are awful this season.
â™¦Kotaku wrote a piece on PR pressure and blacklistingÂ –Â something I’m all too familiar with.
â™¦Another huge lawsuit has been filed against Daily Fantasy companies.
â™¦The NHL All-Star Game is changing toÂ 3-on-3 with a big cash prize to the winners.
With massive patches recently released for NBA 2K16 and Madden NFL 16, and extensive updates being made to Rocket League, discussion on this week’s Press Row Podcast focuses on how post-release support has gone from just making fixes to significantly improving the products and adding value to them. There’s also the message they send to consumers, contrasted with games that don’t provide that same support such as NBA Live 16.
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Earlier this year Konami announced they had acquired the license to the UEFA Euro tournament which had been with EA Sports since 2000. The next one, being held in France, begins June 2016 and runs for a month. Now the publisher has announced a basic plan for how that license will be utilized.Â Read more
The roster update following week 10 of the NFL season is now available on all platforms for Madden NFL 16. The biggest news is that Aaron Rodgers has dropped from the 99 Overall rating he’s held all season. Check out all the details of the latest update with the spreadsheet here.
Notable players on the rise include Michael Bennett (+1 to 97), Ndamukong Suh (+1 to 97), Fletcher Cox (+1 to 96), Carson Palmer (+1 to 95), Cliff Avril (+1 to 95), Larry Fitzgerald (+1 to 94), Patrick Peterson (+1 to 94), Cam Newton (+1 to 93), Tamba Hali (+1 to 93), Adrian Peterson (+3 to 92), Josh Norman (+1 to 92), Bobby Wagner (+1 to 92), Kawaan Short (+1 to 92), Malcolm Jenkins (+1 to 92), Chandler Jones (+1 to 91), and Ronald Darby (+2 to 83).
Among those who have taken a hit are Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 98), Calais Campbell (-1 to 97), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 96), Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 96), Jurrell Casey (-1 to 95), Drew Brees (-1 to 94), Richard Sherman (-1 to 94), Earl Thomas (-1 to 94), Dez Bryant (-1 to 93), Devin McCourty (-1 to 93), Jimmy Graham (-1 to 91), Travis Kelce (-1 to 91), Russell Wilson (-1 to 91), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 90), Randall Cobb (-1 to 90), Peyton Manning (-2 to 86), James Jones (-2 to 83), Eddie Lacy (-2 to 83), and Nick Foles (-3 to 79).