The Line Drive for August 20

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:15 am


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

The podcast all about Madden NFL 18 is now also found on Youtube.
ICYMI the full review for Madden NFL 18 went up on Sporting News.
Data on the impact of ratings on the offensive line in Madden NFL 18.
Can still order physical copies of Madden NFL 18 w/Amazon Prime 20% off.
2K Sports released a flashy trailer to help create excitement for NBA 2K18.
New screenshot features Paul Pierce from NBA 2K18 All-Time Celtics team.
Konami signed an exclusive deal with David Beckham for the PES franchise.
EA Sports has detailed the returning user bonuses for NHL 18 Ultimate Team.
Full details on the latest patch to have released for The Golf Club 2.
New content has rolled out in Diamond Dynasty mode for MLB The Show 17.
The entire course list has been revealed for Forza Motorsport 7.
Details on the new features coming to PS4 with the next system update.
Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by season 7 of The Walking Dead.
Amazon has XBL digital cards on sale $100 for $90 on down to $10 for $9.
Xbox One X pre-orders may go live today – here’s the Amazon page to watch.

  • Keith.

    The July NPD Top 20 charts were released this week and, for the 11th straight month, there was NBA 2K17 placing in the Top 10. Pretty amazing to think that an NBA 2K game has been on the NPD Top 10 for 11 months out of 12 each of the past 5 years or however long its been now that 2K’s been on this streak.

    MLB The Show placed at number 16 for July, which isn’t bad at all considering it’s only on one console. Over on the PS4-only chart, MLB The Show placed 5th and NBA 2K came in 9th, so that’s good to see with both being such great games.

  • MoneyMayweather

    Pasta did you get an Xbox one X?

    • Yeah pre-ordered one. I’m probably going to stick with it, even though there doesn’t really seem to be a need for it right at launch. Will take a look at how the sports games differ on it then at least.

      • Iown You

        Microsoft really played themselves. All of that tough talk leading up to E3 only to hit the ground with a thud. Lots of “compromise” and so few games. Now at least one of their big time titles has been delayed.

        I’ll be surprised if MS comes back next generation. There are a lot of people in that fold who’ve had enough, and it didn’t just start with XBOX One’s failures.

        • Microsoft sees the Xbox brand as a success. Its not going anywhere no matter how bad fanboys want it to fail.

          • Iown You

            No they don’t or at least they shouldn’t. Successful things turn a profit. The XBOX has historically, overall, never done that.

            I stand by my statement. XBOX One was a flop, and XBOX One X is a desperate play that is going to do absolutely nothing.

            Lastly, in my entertainment center sits an Original XBOX, an XBOX 360, and an XBOX One. Call me an unbiased realist and save the fanboy talk for people trying to convince themselves that XBOX is successful.

          • Just saw on Twitter that Microsoft claims the Xbox one X is the “fastest selling Xbox pre-order ever”, so take the information however you want, buy they seem really happy with the pre-orders continuously selling out at all major retailers. So much for it doing “absolutely nothing” right?

          • Iown You


            Two major flaws in your post:

            1. “Microsoft claims”. Microsoft claimed XBOX One was selling like hotcakes at one time, but we now know it never was. Microsoft claimed XBOX One X would be “4K uncompromised” we now know that isn’t true. Who cares what “Microsoft claims”?

            2. Pre-orders are not sales. They’re pre-orders. Call me when the sales numbers come in, and the real ones, not the ones “Microsoft claims”.