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  • First feature info for Madden NFL 17 includes “renewed focus on Franchise mode”
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    Posted May 11th, 2016 at 11:00 pm 25 Comments »
    The Microsoft Store has leaked the first details on Madden NFL 17 early. Besides Rob Gronkowski possibly being the cover athlete - it's only questionable because the very same art was used to promote Madden NFL 16 - the first features for the game have been revealed. They're vague but still substantial in what they promise. Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 with a renewed focus on Franchise mode, putting you at the center of your team's Championship run. Arm your team for gridiron...
  • Press Row Podcast: NBA Live in for another shake-up
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    Posted May 11th, 2016 at 9:30 am 11 Comments »
    EA Sports has been unable to recover from the attempted reboot of NBA Live as NBA Elite while at the same time seeing their competition flourish to become a juggernaut. It's been six years but the company has yet to produce a compelling quality product since that fiasco and in the process consumers have lost all confidence in the Live brand. The series can't escape its past. Knowing that a shake-up was necessary EA yesterday confirmed the first report of Live being pushed back to 2017. ...
  • Next NBA Live delayed to 2017
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    Posted May 10th, 2016 at 1:45 pm 56 Comments »
    The NBA Live series has struggled to regain its footing since the disaster of a reboot named NBA Elite 11, cancellation of NBA Live 13, and awful NBA Live 14. While the quality of the series has climbed back to being acceptable it simply isn't even a blip on the radar of consumers. The latest release, NBA Live 16, sold just 8K copies in its first week of release compared to NBA 2K16 which moved well over a million in the same amount of time. It wasn't a question of if EA Sports would chan...
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour makes it to EA Access Vault; New course debuts with latest patch
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    Posted May 10th, 2016 at 12:15 pm 4 Comments »
    The fourth EA Sports game to have originally released in 2015 has reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 16 was added in February, NHL 16 in March, and FIFA 16 in April. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has now joined them and all other games from the publisher to have come out earlier this generation. EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA ga...
  • Placing odds on who will get the cover of Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 10th, 2016 at 7:15 am 2 Comments »
    The cover athlete for Madden NFL 17 has been described as a "phenom" by EA Sports and will be announced on Thursday. Given that the company has specifically chosen the individual this year, instead of putting it to a fan vote as was the case with the previous six editions in the series, that in itself could provide a hint at who the player will be. Cam Newton should still be considered the favorite, and with public opinion having turned against him following the Super Bowl that would be o...
  • Cover athlete announcement and first trailer for Madden NFL 17 coming later this week
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    Posted May 9th, 2016 at 9:30 am 18 Comments »
    For the first time since 2009 the cover of Madden will not be determined via fan vote. EA Sports has selected a cover athlete for Madden NFL 17 and the announcement will be made on the 6PM ET/3PM PT SportsCenter this Thursday, May 12. The favorite for the cover would still be league MVP Cam Newton, which could explain why EA would pass on a cover vote as he'd be unlikely to win one given the backlash towards him since the Super Bowl. He's also already lost the cover vote twice before. Vo...
  • The Line Drive for May 8
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    Posted May 8th, 2016 at 10:00 am 4 Comments »
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦Looking at the additional incoming rookies that have been added to Madden NFL 16. ♦Winners and losers coming out of the NFL Draft for Madden NFL 17. ♦Bryce Harper is now the third 99 Overall Rated player in MLB The Show 16. ♦EA Sports put out an infographic showing the rise in popularity of Leicester City in FIFA. ♦It looks like Forza 6 will be ge...
  • New pack in MLB The Show 16 celebrates the best players of April
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    Posted May 6th, 2016 at 5:15 pm 2 Comments »
    The third special pack to release during the regular season is now available for a limited time in MLB The Show 16. For 3,000 Coins it contains six player cards with an "increased chance" at the top performers from April plus Gold and Diamond cards. As with the first two packs it's very questionable whether anyone should risk their coins on these given the nature of the supposed increased odds, not having the two item cards found in standard packs, and being three times the price. If this...
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