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  • First look at the new features for NBA Playgrounds 2
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    Posted May 10th, 2018 at 10:45 am No Comments »
    While it was always clear that developer Saber Interactive had a long term plan for the NBA Playgrounds series it came as somewhat of a surprise to find it now as an annually released title. Arcade-style games are few and far between these days, but featuring the official league license is a big selling point that most games of this nature wouldn't have behind them. NBA Playgrounds showed a lot of promise and post-release support was strong which bodes well going forward. Now the first vi...
  • PES 2019 first trailer and feature details
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    Posted May 9th, 2018 at 6:30 am No Comments »
    When Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 releases on August 28 it'll have lost Champions and Europa League licensing but promises new licenses, stadiums, club partnerships, and more legends. Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona will appear on the cover of the standard edition while David Beckham gets the placement on the special edition.  (more…)...
  • The NBA 2K League got off to a very slow start
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    Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:30 pm No Comments »
    After a year-and-a-half of build-up and a big promotional push from the NBA with assists from the likes of ESPN, the NBA 2K League began play last week with a $100,000 prize pool tournament but very few bothered to tune in. Check out the extensive piece written for Sporting News on the numbers it generated and analysis of the gameplay and presentation. Millions of dollars are being spent with no immediate return and only the hope that it will grow into a profitable venture. Sports games a...
  • The Line Drive for May 6
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    Posted May 6th, 2018 at 12:00 pm No Comments »
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦Full review of Super Mega Baseball 2 which is so much more than an arcade game. ♦The NBA 2K League struggled to get any viewers for its first big event. ♦76ers GC went on to beat Blazer5 Gaming for the first tournament crown in 2K League. ♦ESPN took a look at the 17 different court designs being used in the 2K League. ♦John Madden Football has bee...
  • Press Row Podcast: More New Beginnings
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    Posted May 5th, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments »
    With the late-breaking news that Madden creative director Rex Dickson has left EA Sports and the mention of the series going in a "new direction" we welcome the person that previously held that same position, Ian Cummings, on this episode of the Press Row Podcast. He's got a new mobile game that just came out right in time for the Kentucky Derby (Horse Racing Manager 2018) and he's able to provide unique perspective on what the change in leadership for Madden might mean for the long-running...
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. and Shohei Ohtani headline latest roster update for MLB The Show 18
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    Posted May 4th, 2018 at 3:00 pm No Comments »
    Today's roster update for MLB The Show 18 is notable for developments related to the two most highly-touted rookies this season. Making his debut in MLB The Show is Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. while Shohei Ohtani will now be playable in a different way. After last week's update was the first to introduce ratings changes none have been made this week. Acuna has been given a base roster rating of 78 Overall with 'A' Potential for Franchise Mode. In Diamond Dynasty he's rated ...
  • Madden creative director Rex Dickson has left EA Sports
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    Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 8:00 pm No Comments »
    Rex Dickson, the creative director of the Madden NFL series since 2012 when Ian Cummings departed the EA Tiburon studio, made it official today that he has left EA Sports for a position with mobile gaming company Backflip Studios.  (more…)...
  • New patch for MLB The Show 18 further addresses the most pressing gameplay issues
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    Posted May 1st, 2018 at 4:15 pm No Comments »
    Three areas of gameplay that have been heavily scrutinized since release are at the center of another patch for MLB The Show 18. Issues have been identified with the PCI jumping up or down during a swing, fielders struggling to make a play on balls that they should be able reach, and fastball speeds that have made the pitch practically unusable in online games. The latest update to MLB The Show 18 hits on all three of those problematic areas. However, pitch speed has only been adjusted fo...
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