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  • The Line Drive for October 15
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    Posted October 15th, 2017 at 11:15 am 6 Comments »
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦Retailer deals on both Madden NFL 18 and NBA Live 18 remain available. ♦Mutant Football League will exit early access as full release on October 31. ♦The upcoming Winter Olympics Expansion for Steep is featured in new video. ♦Server update for FIFA 18 has returned guest play for FUT seasons and draft. ♦Release of Sociable Soccer through Early Acce...
  • Press Row Podcast: The big business of sports video games
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    Posted October 13th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments »
    Sports video games are enjoying – in many cases – their most profitable releases ever. In other areas, however, there are reasons for concern. We’re joined by Mat Piscatella from the NPD to explore all the angles around the big business – and big money – of sports video games. What does all of this mean to consumers? What about developers? Who are the big winners, and who stands to be left out of the party? It’s a fun and fascinating look at the business behind the games that we ...
  • Madden NFL 18 roster update details following week five of the season
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    Posted October 13th, 2017 at 9:45 am 1 Comment »
    The new roster update available to download now in Madden NFL 18 reflects performances through the first five weeks of the season. Changes are few near the top of the ratings scale but Kareem Hunt keeps climbing (+2 to 86) after beginning his rookie season at 75, and Carson Wentz made a big jump (+3 to 84) which doesn't even count in the three touchdowns thrown in the win over the Panthers last night. Notables on the move this week include Luke Kuechly (-1 to 97), Le'Veon Bell (-2 to 94),...
  • First retailer deals for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 5:00 pm 5 Comments »
    Earlier this week multiple retailers began offering a deal on NBA Live 18 and now another EA Sports title can be had at a discounted price. Both Amazon (though exclusive Prime members) and Gamestop are currently offering Madden NFL 18 for $40. Amazon: PlayStation 4 - Xbox One Gamestop: PlayStation 4 - Xbox One The move by retailers seems quick but it's actually a month later than when the first deal went live with Madden NFL 17. That happened just two weeks after the game had released...
  • Follow-up patch for Madden NFL 18 removes recent problematic changes
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 3:15 pm 9 Comments »
    Earlier this week Madden NFL 18 received a massive patch which added new features, updated likenesses and equipment, and attempted to fix a number of issues and deliver improvements based on community feedback. Unfortunately there were some unforeseen problems that arose from a handful of the changes that were implemented, and another patch that was rushed out today has reversed course on the areas affected. Our top priority for the update was to address the lag many of our Franchise users ...
  • Details on another major NBA 2K18 patch
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 11:15 am 9 Comments »
    NBA 2K18 has now received its second major patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One while Nintendo Switch and PC will be getting it in the near future. The first patch of real substance released at the end of September and addressed a framerate problem following timeouts and made attribute ratings visible when purchasing upgrades in MyCareer. This new update is more wide-ranging, heavily affecting gameplay and all the various modes.  (more…)...
  • First retailer deals for NBA Live 18
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    Posted October 11th, 2017 at 12:15 pm 9 Comments »
    NBA Live 18 never had a chance in the marketplace to sell even at a reduced $40 pre-order price. No one, including publisher EA Sports, would have expected otherwise. The goal instead was to reestablish some credibility, get a few people on board with the series over the next year through various means (demo, EA Access, price drops, possible stumbles by competition) and hopefully see the signs of progress with the release of an NBA Live 19. It remains to be seen whether Live 18 will be th...
  • NBA 2K18 vs NBA Live 18 Player Face Comparison, Part Three
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    Posted October 10th, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments »
    Whether it be through varied scanning techniques, differing levels of access to specific individuals, or their respective graphical engines, competing sports video games tend to win with representations of certain players but certainly not all of them. In the past with the basketball games NBA 2K had the clear edge according to fans but NBA Live had some respectable showings. Most recently when conducted between NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 it was the former that won for near 75% of the players...
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