The Line Drive for July 30

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Posted July 30th, 2017 at 11:30 am

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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.

Madden NFL 18 top player ratings: RookiesQBRBWR/TEDE/DT
Developer blog takes a look at the Coaching Adjustments for Madden NFL 18.
Play through a story as a general manager in NBA 2K18‘s new take on MyGM.
NBA 2K18 screenshots provide first look at Nike uniforms and ads new this year.
Dynamic Quick Substitutes feature has been previewed in a video for FIFA 18.
Developer blog goes over the new “Creative AI” for players found in NHL 18.
Rich Grisham appeared on MLB Network to discuss predictions from OOTP 18.
Complete details on the latest patch to have gone out for NBA Playgrounds.
The online betas are scheduled to end for PES 2018 (Mon) and NHL 18 (Tue).
Details on the latest Diamond Dynasty content to roll out in MLB The Show 17.
Ultimate Team grew 11% year-over-year for EA Sports in Q1 financial report.
ARMS has now sold 1.18 copies worldwide for the Nintendo Switch.
New games including DiRT Rally will be added to Xbox Game Pass next week.
Europe is getting a PS4 Pro bundle with FIFA 18 for release in September.
Xbox One S bundle with Madden NFL 18 will be sold for $280 out August 25.

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  • MoneyMayweather

    so the NHL 18 beta isn’t gonna be opened up for everyone? I was under the impression that it would.

  • Keith.

    The Ultimate Team statistic is pretty meaningless — “total unique player population grew 11% year-over-year”, that doesn’t really tell ya anything meaningful.

    Interesting that Blake Jorgensen said during the investor Q and A that EA’s not expecting Madden’s sales to increase dramatically this year. Guess they’re not thinking the story mode is going to bring in a bunch of new customers.

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4091637-electronic-arts-ea-q1-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript

    • Jeff

      I believe i read they said awhile back there research showed story mode is the least thing played in games today so i dont think it helps any game unless thats all there is however im buying madden for the story since i dont play it online or do the season mode

  • If you cant find an Xbox Elite controller on sale, the Xbox one S controller is a really good controller. If you’re not buying an Xbox one X, then that S bundle seems like a decent deal, if not for gaming then the 4K blu ray player still makes it the best deal on the planet for people in the 4K UHD market.