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  • 10 hour trial for Madden NFL 18 now available through EA Access on Xbox One
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    Posted August 16th, 2017 at 11:15 am 4 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
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    Posted August 16th, 2017 at 8:45 am 11 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
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    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.

    BUILD YOUR ALL-PRO TEAM
    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.

    DOMINATE IN WEEKEND TOURNAMENTS
    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.

    CONNECT TO THE NFL 24/7
    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.

    GO FROM LONGSHOT TO LEGEND
    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.

  • Best deals on Madden NFL 18 for launch
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    Posted August 14th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 6 Comments

    Madden NFL 18 will be out next week and there are a couple good options for those looking for a discount. Amazon and Best Buy both have their own enticing promotions to consider.

    On Amazon all Prime members get 20% off physical pre-orders of video games and the online retailer has finally listed physical copies of Madden NFL 18.

    ♦The G.O.A.T. Edition (PlayStation 4Xbox One) out on 22nd is $80 but $64 with Prime.

    ♦The standard edition (PS4XB1) out on the 25th is $60 but just $48 with Prime.

    ♦Best Buy has trade-in offer of $25 towards Madden 18 when turning in copy of Madden 17.

  • PRP: Full court press from NBA Live
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    Posted August 14th, 2017 at 11:00 am 6 Comments

    From cancellations to poorly received releases, the once proud NBA Live franchise has seen its reputation dissipate entirely at the same time its competition rose to prominence. The upcoming NBA Live 18 however appears ready to reestablish some credibility and strategies ranging from a free demo to a pre-order discount are making it a safer purchase for those open to giving it another chance.

    In this episode of the Press Row Podcast impressions from the just released demo are discussed as well as the impact that could come from the price discount. Additional topics include news on Franchise mode in Madden NFL 18 and a delay to Super Mega Baseball 2.

    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.

  • The Line Drive for August 13
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    Posted August 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am 3 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.

    Make sure to retweet this giveaway for a chance to win Madden NFL 18 GOAT edition.
    Amazon finally has physical Madden copies (XB1PS4) available but only standard ed.
    NBA Live 18 will feature ESPN’s First Take in its new career mode called The One.
    Full gameplay video of the Crawsover game during The One mode in NBA Live 18.
    The full soundtrack featuring 31 songs has been revealed for NBA Live 18.
    Kyrie Irving trade drama another example of arguably a cover curse for NBA 2K.
    Big Baller Brand has been signed to be one of the licensed brands in NBA 2K18.
    Madden 18 dev blog details the new rewards structure for MUT Champions.
    Developer blog goes deeper into all the NHL Threes features for NHL 18.
    Champions Hockey League will be fully licensed in NHL 18.
    Details on the latest Diamond Dynasty content added to MLB The Show 17.
    MLB Player’s Weekend is Aug 25-27 but unis won’t be found in MLB The Show 17.
    New dev video takes a look at lineup management for Super Mega Baseball 2.
    Battlefield 1 is now included in the Vault for subscribers to EA Access on XB1/PC.
    Spotify has finally come to Xbox One after two years being only on PlayStation 4.
    Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Alien: Covenent.

  • All-Time teams and many more classic teams to debut in NBA 2K18
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    Posted August 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm 14 Comments

    2K Sports today announced that All-Time teams for the 30 current NBA franchises will be featured in NBA 2K18. With a deep collection of rights to players from the past that have been built up since first being introduced in 2010 the developers have the ability to fill out compelling rosters for most of the teams in the league.

    The pool of players available for those All-Time teams will be expanding as there will be 16 new classic teams debuting as well. Assuming none of the teams in NBA 2K17 are removed, that would take the total number of classic teams to 61 for 2K18.

    There have been a few glaring player omissions that would be hard to ignore if left off All-Time teams, but it’s possible the likes of Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller will have relented, signing off to appear in the game this year if the money was right.

  • Super Mega Baseball 2 pushed to 2018
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    Posted August 11th, 2017 at 10:45 am 2 Comments

    The last that was heard of Super Mega Baseball 2 was the announcement of a planned release date for September. The desire to get the game out while the sport was still well on the minds of fans was understandable, but it would be facing a murderers’ row of sports titles that would almost certainly suffocate any chance it had of breaking out.

    Today developer Metalhead Software announced that the game will be delayed into 2018. That means a likely spring release to coincide with the return of baseball.

    Delaying until 2018 gives us some more time, especially for certain members of the team who were ramping down on their tasks. We’re going to use this extra time to work on small features and pieces of content that had previously been cut out of our scope – things like defensive shifts and additional art components. We’ve also always wanted to do a beta, but we weren’t able to squeeze it in before September. Now we’ll have the time to do a beta, test the game, and get feedback.

    In theory the product will be stronger and its potential for success greater. The first Super Mega Baseball came out in 2014 was met by hearty praise, generating strong word of mouth and even appearances on Sports Game of the Year lists. It released in December however and wasn’t able to gain much traction with sales numbers. The follow-up will add online play, enhance the character models, refine gameplay, and provide greater customization features.

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