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  • Press Row Podcast: College sports video games…tease vs reality
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    Posted January 16th, 2016 at 9:30 am No Comments »
    The College Football Playoff, and a completely ill-advised social media post from EA Sports, caused the subject of college sports video games to resurface in the conscious of many this week. How we got to this point with college games and what it will take to have any return is the focus of the first Press Row Podcast of 2016 and the first as I take over as host of the show. Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS,...
  • Madden NFL 16 Wild Card Roster Update
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    Posted January 15th, 2016 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments »
    The roster update following Wild Card Weekend of the playoffs is now available in Madden NFL 16. Adjustments are not isolated to the teams that played in the round, as many other players across the league are still being reevaluated following the conclusion of the regular season. Check out all the changes in the update with the spreadsheet here. Notable names on the rise include Greg Olsen (+1 to 96), T.J. Lang (+2 to 95), Cliff Avril (+1 to 95), Oliver Vernon (+5 to 94), Malcolm Jenkins...
  • 2015 featured three sports games that finished in top ten of sales
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    Posted January 15th, 2016 at 10:15 am 2 Comments »
    Every year there are three constants in the final end-of-year NPD sales rankings. Madden, NBA 2K, and FIFA are undoubtedly going to be found taking up 3 of the 10 slots. For the third time in the last four years the Madden NFL franchise has finished second in sales in North America over the 12 month period. Madden NFL 16 only sold fewer copies than Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Along with Madden NFL 15 and Madden NFL 13, which were second place finishes, and Madden NFL 25 which came ...
  • Beta announced for EA Sports UFC 2
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 12:30 pm 8 Comments »
    After teasing it for over a week the official announcement of a beta for EA Sports UFC 2 was made today and signups are now open. To be eligible for the beta one must own a copy of the first EA Sports UFC game on PS4 or Xbox one, or have an active subscription to EA Access on XB1. The beta is only available in North America and those interested must register by January 21. There appears to be an issue with the signups right now however, as some eligible people including myself are being tol...
  • LeBron James moves into tie with Stephen Curry atop NBA 2K16 ratings
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 11:00 am 1 Comment »
    For the first time since late November Steph Curry does not stand alone as the highest rated player in NBA 2K16. In today's roster update LeBron James moved up a point to 95 and now shares that honor with him. From November 5 to November 26 the two were tied at 94, and prior to that LeBron had been the top rated player in the NBA 2K series for over five years. LeBron was boosted in all of the shooting categories. In the six games played so far this month he's shooting 58% from the field. ...
  • New PC free-to-play game Winning Putt now in open beta
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 9:30 am No Comments »
    Today BANDAI NAMCO announced a new free-to-play multiplayer PC game called Winning Putt. Golfers begin unskilled but improve and level up over time, earning new abilities and upgraded gear. It's now in open beta, which offers up seven courses, foursome matches, and challenges against other golfers in betting rounds where in-game currency can be wagered. The beta can be joined through the website for the game.  (more…)...
  • Moving the Rams to Los Angeles in Madden NFL 16
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    Posted January 13th, 2016 at 5:30 pm No Comments »
    With the news of the Rams move to Los Angeles being official, and the Chargers possibly heading there as well, it's an awful development for the former fans in St. Louis plus those in San Diego and Oakland who have been left hanging in the wind with zero finality to their situations. However those in the LA market excited for a team are feeling far different emotions. They don't have to wait until Madden NFL 17 to play with the Los Angeles Rams in Madden. The relocation feature in Madden...
  • First Set of 2015 Pastapadre Community Award Winners
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    Posted January 13th, 2016 at 8:30 am 2 Comments »
    After a few weeks of collecting votes – the total of which exceeded 28K – it’s time to announce the winners of the 2015 Pastapadre Community Choice Awards. In this half of the reveal the categories being examined are Best Gameplay, Best Presentation, Best Post-Release Support, Best Career Mode, and Best Team-Building Mode.  (more…)...
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