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  • The Line Drive for January 31
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    Posted January 31st, 2016 at 1:15 pm 6 Comments »
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦Check out the Pastapadre Twitter feed for some EA UFC 2 gameplay highlight gifs. ♦EA's stock has fallen about 8% after reporting disappointing third quarter revenues. ♦The NBA 2K16 Pro-Am competition apparently has started with little on rules/parameters. ♦NBA 2K16 decided to break the hands of Blake Griffin in the latest roster update. ♦Fill ou...
  • Opening some Ultimate Team packs in EA Sports UFC 2
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    Posted January 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments »
    Ultimate Team mode in EA Sports UFC 2 is naturally quite different than those found in the publisher's team sports games. In UFC, you're working on building up your stable of created fighters, which means packs contain attribute boosts, perks, and moves rather than trying to obtain real-life fighters. In this video the Middleweight Starter Pack is opened, the different types of packs available to purchase are browsed through, and then two Premium Packs, one Middleweight Pack, and a Fight Nig...
  • Press Row Podcast: Looking to Spring
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    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments »
    After a lull of several months there are new sports game releases on the horizon. MLB The Show 16 will land in late March and news this week relates to Road to the Show and a new feature called ShowTime. Is that mode in particular getting too gimmicky? Meanwhile there’s a lot going on for EA Sports UFC 2 from a beta, to announcement of Mike Tyson, live streams of gameplay, and details on Ultimate Team. What stands out the most as the publisher hopes for the sequel to fare better than t...
  • Madden NFL 16 roster update heading into the Super Bowl
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    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 9:00 am 19 Comments »
    The roster update following Conference Championship weekend is now available in Madden NFL 16. It is by far the smallest update of the season, affecting only 21 players, with 18 of them being from the four teams that were just in action. The NFC Champion Carolina Panthers get six players who's ratings move up and for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos it's five. Check out all the details in the spreadsheet here. Luke Kuechly has joined the ultra-elite in being rated 99 Overall, Cam Newton is...
  • Madden NFL 16 arriving in the EA Access Vault on February 2
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    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 11:15 am 5 Comments »
    The cycle of adding in still relevant sports games to the "Vault" in EA Access on Xbox One, which holds the back library of titles on the console, is about to begin for this year. In a bit of a surprising move Madden NFL 16 will be the first added rather than Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. It'll happen on Tuesday, February 2. After making it to the Vault in March last year this time around Madden arrives in front of the Super Bowl. It's a power move for EA Sports, bringing more attention to the...
  • Stephen Curry widens lead over LeBron James and Blake Griffin’s hands take a hit in new NBA 2K16 roster update
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    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 10:15 am 1 Comment »
    There are a couple very interesting developments out of today's roster update for NBA 2K16. The top rated player in the game has opened up a bigger lead over the next highest individual, while a player in the spotlight for the wrong reasons has been hit with some punitive action. LeBron James had held the throne as the highest rated player in the NBA 2K series since 2010. Earlier this season Stephen Curry tied him and then surpassed him. With the latest roster update Curry has taken a two...
  • Lengthy EA Sports UFC 2 stream focused on Ultimate Team and gameplay
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    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 7:30 am 3 Comments »
    The closed beta for EA Sports UFC 2 opens up today and in advance of that the publisher held a live stream to go over the new Ultimate Team mode, which was detailed thoroughly yesterday, and feature stretches of gameplay. The audio from creative director Brian Hayes and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was out of snyc but it's an informative look at a few elements of the upcoming game that runs for over two hours.  (more…)...
  • Much more on EA Sports UFC 2 Ultimate Team
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    Posted January 27th, 2016 at 12:45 pm 1 Comment »
    Details and a new video released today have gone further into detail on how Ultimate Team will work in EA Sports UFC 2. The mode features "teams" of up to five fighters in different weight classes, coins to purchase packs containing special items boosting fighter performance, and customization to improve and alter moves and attributes. There are components of both online and offline for playing the mode. (more…)...
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