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  • Press Row Podcast: College Football Playoff
    Posted December 29th, 2016 at 4:15 pm 5 Comments »
    The College Football Playoff is almost here and, as it so happens, Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham both have their teams involved and going head-to-head in the semifinal. The two discuss Washington vs Alabama and NCAA Football 14 simulations of the games before turning to topics such as the Blizzard Mountain expansion for Forza Horizon 3 and a rundown of the annual Pastapadre Community Awards categories and nominees for 2016. Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with t...
  • NCAA Football 14 likes the underdogs in College Football Playoff semifinals
    Posted December 29th, 2016 at 11:00 am 4 Comments »
    The College Football Playoff is almost here, with Washington vs Alabama and Ohio State vs Clemson on Saturday. NCAA Football 14 was perfect on its Conference Championship predictions early this month and now it returns to give its picks for the CFP semifinals. Somewhat surprisingly, the game likes the two underdogs to advance, with Washington prevailing in OT and Clemson cruising despite Deshaun Watson being knocked out of the game due to injury. Check out the full results of the simula...
  • End of Year Community Awards: Best Franchise Mode of 2016
    Posted December 28th, 2016 at 3:15 pm 1 Comment »
    The voting is now open for Best Franchise Mode of 2016 in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards. This category was originally controlled by EA Sports with NCAA Football and Madden winning the first four years. The last two however have been taken by NBA 2K after the creation of a highly customizable offline franchise to pair with the online-connected one. NBA 2K17 looks to make it a three-peat with the offline MyLeague and online MyGM both contributing as unique franchise experiences. Th...
  • Deals on several sports games available through limited time digital holiday sales
    Posted December 27th, 2016 at 4:15 pm 1 Comment »
    The final week of the PlayStation Holiday Sale has delivered some new deals to consider on a handful of recent sports games. This could be a good opportunity to pick up any that were missed out on from Black Friday promotions or those that were hoped to have been received as gifts. The prices of the games are solid for this point in their respective life cycles, and considering there's no EA Access on PS4 (possibly preferred alternative to buying them outright now or at a later date) it'll ...
  • End of Year Community Awards: Best Online Play of 2016
    Posted December 27th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments »
    The next category to open in the annual Community Awards is for Best Online Play. This one has naturally been dominated by EA Sports due to struggles online from the other major sports game publishers. NCAA Football took it once and Madden is on a streak of five straight wins. The number of ways to play online has continued to expand with Madden NFL 17 which just as importantly features one of the most consistent experiences in terms of online performance. There's regular Head-to-Head, Dr...
  • End of Year Community Awards: Best Team-Building Mode of 2016
    Posted December 26th, 2016 at 10:00 am 4 Comments »
    The next category to open up in the Community Awards is for the mode that has become one of the most popular ways to play sports video games and it's the manner in which revenue is being made by companies to keep them afloat. Ultimate Team was introduced in 2009 by EA Sports and has continued to evolve from its original form through nearly all their titles, with other developers copying and putting their own spin on the model. Last year MLB The Show won the award for its reinvention of wh...
  • The Line Drive for December 24
    Posted December 24th, 2016 at 11:45 am 5 Comments »
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦The first four of this year's Community Awards categories are open for voting! ♦For last-minute ideas check out the Holiday Gift Guide for buy Amazon Gift Cards. ♦MLB The Show 16 was named Sports Game of the Year by the Press Row Podcast. ♦Review of the new Blizzard Mountain expansion now available in Forza Horizon 3. ♦Details on the return of Br...
  • Christmas uniforms added to NBA 2K17
    Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 2:00 pm 3 Comments »
    Today NBA 2K17 received an update that delivered the Christmas Day uniforms. Though they are labeled as "2015-16" on the team selection screen they are the versions that will be worn on Sunday by the 10 teams in action. Additionally all teams that wear the Christmas jerseys have the special Stance socks for the occasion which features a brand new design this year. The updated Christmas jerseys are actually available for all 30 teams but here's a look at the 10 that will be playing on the...
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