This week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast features panel discussion on the summer-hit Rocket League, the currently broken sports game release schedule, and the introduction of a beta for NHL 16’s EA Sports Hockey League.
Yesterday developer Psyonix announced upcoming downloadable content for Rocket League, as well as patches that will be adding features and implementing improvements. The first patch arrived today, and while it hasn’t added the Spectator Mode or new arena that has been promised for the near future, it does bring with it some worthwhile changes.
The one with the biggest impact will affect quitters fromĀ ranked matches. Those who quit out will now be banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes. That’s a brilliant way to dissuade people who apparently don’t have the patience to get through the couple minutes and complete a game, as now, if they’re planning to play more, it’s far smarterĀ to stay and finish it off.Ā Read more
The beta for NHL 16’s EA Sports Hockey League can now be downloaded on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The mode allows you to create your player and select their equipment, create or join a club, and then play Online Seasons games with each participant selecting one of the player classes and a position.
The beta is available to those with NHL 15 on Xbox One or PS4, which includes EA Access subscribers, and will remain open for one week beginning today. That’s an extension to August 7, after a delay yesterday resulted in it not going live until late in the evening. If you’re playing on Xbox One, join the Hit The Pass club! The video below features a game played yesterday.
If it weren’t for the unprecedented leaks regarding the feature set of NBA 2K16, virtually nothing about the upcoming game would have been known even with August quickly approaching. There hasn’t been much of anything official, not even a screenshot. Finally 2K Sports announced something today to do with the game, and its the Pro Am mode which had its description leaked last week, and will act as a replacement for the online Jordan Rec Center mode.
Pro Am will, like the Rec Center, involve 5-on-5 games with every player user-controlled and with NBA rules. The biggest changes from the Rec Center include the elimination of the “Got Next” spots, addition of leaderboards, and the ability to design team uniforms, arenas, and courts.
There’s probably only one position that rivals quarterbacks when it comes to the ferocity of debates over theĀ best players in the NFL. Due in large part to the arguments the actual players have had in recent years, with several staking a claim to the label, cornerbacks have taken over some of the spotlight generally reserved for the offensive side of the ball.
For Madden NFL 16 it’s a tie atop the Overall Ratings at cornerback, though one player has the edge when examining the individual attribute categories.Ā Read more