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  • The Line Drive for November 19
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    Posted November 19th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

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

    Identifying the biggest ratings movers so far this season in Madden NFL 18.
    Amazon has Everybody’s Golf for just $20 in a pre-Black Friday deal.
    Digital sports game deals on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remain active.
    Details on the latest big Ultimate Team program to roll out in Madden NFL 18.
    EA Sports is teasing the addition of a 3-on-3 mode for NBA Live 18.
    Hyped last for Live by EA though ended up just being some new player apparel.
    Details on the latest roster update to have released for NHL 18.
    Details on an Xbox One specific patch that has gone out for FIFA 18.
    Details on the latest patch fixing some issues with NASCAR Heat 2.
    Ashes Cricket for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has officially released.
    Trial version on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now available for F1 2017.
    Nominations have now been announced for the upcoming Game Awards show.
    Amazon has a year subscription to PlayStation Plus for just $40.

  • Madden NFL 18 roster update details following week 10 of the season
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    Posted November 18th, 2017 at 8:15 am No Comments

    The roster update reflecting performances through the tenth week of the season is now available to download in Madden NFL 18. The story of the week is the continued rise of Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard. With an increase of 3 points Byard is now at 88 Overall after finding himself as low as a 73 only 7 games ago. That’s a bigger swing than even that of Micah Hyde who has gone up 12 points in a similar stretch of time.

    Other notable movers in the latest update include Calais Campbell (+1 to 94), Kam Chancellor (+1 to 94), Le’Veon Bell (-1 to 94), Marshon Lattimore (+1 to 88), Keanu Neal (+3 to 86), Adam Thielen (+2 to 86), Janoris Jenkins (-2 to 86), and Adrian Clayborn (+3 to 84).

    Check out full details on current ratings and any changes in this week’s update through the form on the official Madden NFL 18 website.

  • Sony matches some early Black Friday deals on PS4 games
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    Posted November 17th, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

    Microsoft has come out out with some tempting deals on sports games in advance of Black Friday for games on Xbox One, and Sony has now followed in the hours since by offering a number of their own on PlayStation 4. These are deals worth considering particular for those who prefer to a digital library of games, but other retailers will have physical copies likely for slightly cheaper (and NBA 2K18 significantly cheaper) come the end of next week, and those have the additional bonus of those being sellable or tradeable down the line. PlayStation Plus is required to get the discount. Some of the best options from the bunch are listed below!

    Madden NFL 18 for $30
    NHL 18 for $30
    PES 2018 for $30
    FIFA 18 for $36
    WWE 2K18 for $36
    Need for Speed Payback for $36
    Madden NFL 18 Holiday Edition for $40
    NHL 18 Young Stars Edition for $40
    NBA 2K18 for $42
    NBA 2K18 Legend Edition for $60

  • Several deals on sports games as Microsoft gets head start on Black Friday
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    Posted November 16th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 8 Comments

    Black Friday is now just a week away and as always seems to be the case companies are anxious to roll out the deals as early as they can to capitalize on the frenzy and beat others to the punch. Microsoft has done that by pushing their deals live now, and among a large list of games that have gone on sale are several of this year’s sports titles. The deals require an Xbox Live subscription. Those with an EA Access subscription should also receive an additional 10% off.

    Keeping in mind that several retailers will have deals on physical copies of the big annual games for as low as $25 here are the best options from Microsoft’s digital sale for Xbox One owners:

    NBA Live 18 for $15
    NHL 18 for $30
    Bundle with FIFA 18 and NBA Live 18 for $40
    Madden NFL 18 Holiday Edition for $40

    Other deals that may not quite stack up to the coming Black Friday offerings but aren’t a bad option for those who insist on going digital:

    STEEP for $20
    Madden NFL 18 for $30
    FIFA 18 for $36
    F1 2017 for $36
    Need for Speed Payback for $36
    WWE 2K18 for $36
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 for $36
    NBA 2K18 for $42
    FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition for $48
    FIFA 18 ICON Edition for $60
    NBA 2K18 Legend Edition for $60

  • Limited free-to-play version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 now available
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    Posted November 16th, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

    For a third straight year Konami is offering a free slimmed down version of Pro Evolution Soccer on consoles. Past F2P editions have included a few teams for exhibition matches, training mode, and either MyClub team building mode or PES League the online competitive mode.

    PES 2018 Lite can now be downloaded on PlayStation 4 and will be out on Xbox One later today. Available in this version of the game is both MyClub and PES League, 12 teams for exhibition matches and a training mode.

    Create your very own dream team with myClub, where current and historic superstars can be signed. World renowned legendary players like Beckham and Maradona feature, as well as partner club legends Liverpool’s Gerrard, Owen, McManaman, and Inter’s Zanetti, Stanković, and Toldo. More Legend players will appear in-game throughout the year in myClub!

    Aim to be the best PES player in the world by competing in this season’s PES LEAGUE. Users will be able to qualify for global events by participating in the CO-OP (3v3) ONLINE Championship, time limited tournaments, or the newly introduced PES LEAGUE myClub – either in 1v1 or CO-OP competitions.

    Teams included in the F2P version: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Corinthians, Flamengo, Boca Juniors, River Plate, Colo Colo.

  • Big update to PES 2018 adds more faces, stadiums, Xbox One X enhancements
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    Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:15 am 1 Comment

    The second content update for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is scheduled to go out today on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Included in the patch are over 40 updates to player faces, two new stadiums, a new national team, and enhancements to be taken advantage of by the Xbox One X. Additionally gameplay improvements have been made.  Read more

  • Madden NFL 18 gets a digital Holiday Edition
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    Posted November 14th, 2017 at 10:30 am 6 Comments

    One tactic EA Sports has tried for driving additional sales of Madden as the season progresses (and to bring new consumers into Ultimate Team) has been to release special digital editions of the game. For three straight years that has included a “Super Bowl Edition” featuring a discounted price and bonus Ultimate Team content. Back in 2014 however there was also the “Holiday Edition” which sold for full price with some extra Ultimate Team content included.

    For Madden NFL 18 the Holiday Edition returns and its available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Not only is this one full price but it matches the G.O.A.T. Edition’s original $80, which makes it a ridiculously hard sell particularly given Black Friday and its $25 prices on Madden NFL 18 is now only just over a week away.

    Stack your Madden Ultimate Team roster with your choice of one of three Elite G.O.A.T. legends: WR Calvin Johnson, DE Michael Strahan or RB Franco Harris. In addition, have your choice of one Elite player from your favorite NFL team along with five Squad Packs in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team.

    The smarter route to take for anyone who anticipates spending time in Ultimate Team would be to pick up Madden 18 at a Black Friday price and put some of the considerable savings towards opening high value packs. Then, using any Coins made from selling cards, purchase the most desired players individually from the Auction House and build out a far more formidable roster.

  • EA Sports UFC 3 video spotlights new animation and movement technology
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    Posted November 13th, 2017 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

    With the completed initial reveal of features and the soon-to-begin beta for EA Sports UFC 3 there’s going to be little downtime for news and media in the weeks ahead. A new video that features highlight footage captured from the game focuses on improvements seen with the Real Player Motion Tech. The advancements being detailed (for now at least) are primarily for fighting while on the feet, with mention of new animations, locomotion, striking responsiveness, the changed damage system and more.

    Powered by Real Player Motion Tech, EA SPORTS UFC 3 features cutting-edge animation technology that makes every move, every strike, and every combination more realistic, responsive, and rewarding. Footwork is now at the forefront of tactical fighting in EA SPORTS UFC 3. New animations brought to life through RPM Tech replicate uninterrupted fighter movement. UFC fighters now move across the mat, close gaps, and manage distances with seamless fluidity.

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