News & Updates
  • Details on the third patch for FIFA 17
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    Posted January 18th, 2017 at 3:45 pm No Comments »

    A new patch has gone out for FIFA 17 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It’s the third post-release update for the game and primarily impacts gameplay with one critical adjustment having been made along with multiple changes delivered to Ultimate Team.

    Gameplay
    ♦Adjusted the defensive line position for low pressure tactics.
    ♦Addressed an issue where a pass was made without a button press.

    Ultimate Team
    ♦Displaying correct kit on the player in the kit select screen.
    ♦Players can no longer set custom player positions in Team Management during gameplay.
    ♦Addressed an issue in Squad Building Challenges where switching a higher rated player with a lower rated player resulted in the overall squad rating going up.
    ♦Removed Est. Date, Crest and Squad Name from the FUT Champions matchup screen.
    ♦Changed the latency bar graphic to give more detail on connection quality.

    Career Mode
    ♦Fixed an issue where the current weekly wages from the budget tab did not properly reflect the actual weekly wages.

    Presentation
    ♦Improved camera selection for slow motion goal replays.
    ♦Addressed EATV buffering.
    ♦Addressed audio balance of French commentators.
    ♦Gameplay commentator language for The Journey defaults to game setting selection.

  • Team of the Year is out in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team
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    Posted January 18th, 2017 at 12:00 pm No Comments »

    One of the most anticipated programs in any Ultimate Team is the introduction of the Team of the Year players as respective seasons near their completion. Today EA Sports rolled out Team of the Year in Madden NFL 17 for the offensive side of the ball (defense will be coming soon) and it involves new highly-rated cards with multiple chemistries, Solo Challenges, packs, and Sets.

    Offense: Derek Carr (QB), David Johnson (HB), Ezekiel Elliott (HB), Kyle Juszczyk (FB), Greg Olsen (TE), Kyle Rudolph (TE), Odell Beckham Jr. (WR), Jordy Nelson (WR), Mike Evans (WR), Tyreek Hill (WR), Andrew Whitworth (LT), Richie Incognito (LG), Matt Paradis (C), Marshal Yanda (RG), Jack Conklin (RT)

    Defense: Cameron Wake (LE), Brandon Graham (RE), Fletcher Cox (DT), Kawann Short (DT), Khalil Mack (LOLB), Bobby Wagner (MLB), Paul Posluszny (MLB), Sean Lee (ROLB), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Aqib Talib (CB), Chris Harris (CB), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB), Eric Berry (FS), Devin McCourty (FS), Landon Collins (SS), Jonathan Cyprien (SS)

    Special Teams: Justin Tucker (K), Johnny Hekker (P)

    There are currently 10 new Solo Challenges that are only available to complete today, so a new group of them will likely appear tomorrow. Each one gives out a “Moment” card. 40 of the Moments cards turned in for the offense (and eventually defense as well) will award a random Elite Team of the Year player from that side of the ball.

    Turning in 16 of the Team of the Week Collectibles that were earned from the weekly challenges throughout the season awards a Team of the Year Item used to get an Elite Team of the Year player. The TOTY Packs go for 50,000 Coins or 500 Points (equivalent of $5) and include 4 Team of the Year Items, 2 Gold or Better Players, 2 Silver or Better Players, and 2 Team Items.

  • Second Set of 2016 Pastapadre Community Award Winners
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    Posted January 18th, 2017 at 9:30 am 2 Comments »

    After weeks of collecting votes – the total of which exceeded 33,000 – the winners of the 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards continue to be announced. The results for the next 4 of 12 total categories are examined today! Here are the winners of Best Franchise Mode, Best Career/Story Mode, Best Post-Release Support, and Best Team-Building Mode.  Read more

  • The first sign of life for the next NBA Live console game may have come from Korea
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    Posted January 17th, 2017 at 3:30 pm 14 Comments »

    The South Korea Ratings Board recently classified a game called “The Drive to NBA Live” for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This may be the first indication that the new NBA Live promised by EA to be out before April is nearing release, or the translation could be literal as far as it being an introduction in the form of a demo for that upcoming game. In America the Entertainment Software Rating Board has not rated anything new NBA Live.

    EA has a strong presence in South Korea with PC games like NBA Street Online and FIFA Online along with a studio dedicated to mobile games. The classification from the ratings board however specifically notes it as being for Xbox One and PS4. The name could be telling too, should EA be planning to release an NBA Live 18 in the fall they would need a title that didn’t attach itself to a year. It’s also possible that the next NBA Live will be more akin to the company’s efforts on mobile which don’t attach themselves to a year or traditional release dates but instead continually update with new content.

    NBA Live has consistently been scheduled in as a 4th quarter release (January-March) in EA’s financial briefings. To this point the company has yet to reveal anything at all about the game. In the meantime their focus has remained on NBA Live Mobile.

  • First Set of Pastapadre Community Award Winners for 2016
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    Posted January 17th, 2017 at 8:15 am 3 Comments »

    After weeks of collecting votes – the total of which exceeded 33,000 – it’s time to begin announcing the winners of the 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards. The results for the first 4 of 12 categories are examined today! Here are the winners of Best Gameplay, Best Franchise Mode, Best Online Play, and Best Mobile Game.  Read more

  • NFL Playoffs Solo Challenge campaign added to Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team
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    Posted January 16th, 2017 at 3:00 pm No Comments »

    After a considerable stretch without a new Solo Challenge campaign in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team one has been added for the NFL Playoffs. The new set of 36 challenges involve playing through some of the most memorable moments in Playoff history and finishing off scenarios against this year’s field of teams. The solos expire on January 29.

    In completing all 36 challenges earnings would be 56,000 Coins and a total of 16 packs: 5 Contract Packs, 3 Pro Packs, 2 NFL Playoffs Packs, an AFC Pack, NFC Pack, Team of the Week Playoff Pack, Legendary Playoff Pack, Flashback Playoffs Pack, and Playoffs Elite Pack.

  • The Line Drive for January 15
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    Posted January 15th, 2017 at 1:15 pm 4 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.

    ♦Here are the steps to take to move the Chargers to Los Angeles in Madden NFL 17.
    ♦Last chance to cast your votes in the 12 categories of the 2016 Community Awards.
    ♦All Nintendo Switch games available for pre-order on Amazon are 20% off with Prime.
    ♦The FIFA game for Switch may be built off the last-gen 360/PS3 gameplay engine.
    ♦NBA 2K18 on Switch will include MyCareer, MyTeam, MyLeague, and MyGM.
    ♦NBA 2K18 confirmed for release in September but unclear yet how early in month.
    ♦New Year Pack and new Missions added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
    ♦FIFA 17 announced the Team of the Year players for Ultimate Team mode.
    ♦Dual-chemistry uniforms have been added to Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 17.
    ♦Codemasters has announced DiRT Rally will get PlayStation VR support soon.
    ♦HB Studios released details on the latest patch to go out for The Golf Club VR.
    ♦Steep released Adrenaline Pack DLC featuring glowing costumes and other items.
    ♦OOTP Developments is seeking beta testers for the upcoming OOTP Baseball 18.
    ♦Nike is releasing a shoe that features an NBA 2K17 in-game shot of Paul George.
    ♦Sony is taking sign-ups for the next PS4 System Update beta that begins next month.

  • 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards Voting Coming to a Close Soon
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    Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:00 am 2 Comments »

    The polls in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards will be closing on Monday morning. The 12 categories for 2016 have been open now for a number of weeks and collected tens of thousands of votes in the process yet there are still some too close to call.

    2016 was a strong stretch for the sports gaming genre but unlike recent years there was no one game that appeared to be the standout. Each game had its share of highs and lows and that’s represented in the nomination distribution. NBA 2K17 and Madden NFL 17 lead the way with 7 nominations each followed by the 5 nominations collected by MLB The Show 16.  Read more

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