Archive for the ‘Football’ Category
  • More on the central gameplay improvements coming with Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 21st, 2017 at 6:15 pm 3 Comments »
    Earlier today EA Sports released a trailer teasing various new features related to gameplay for Madden NFL 18. Those features included Target Passing, Play Styles, and new WR/DB mechanics. The publisher quickly followed that up with developer blogs that go into far greater detail than had previously been revealed on each.  (more…)...
  • First gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am 17 Comments »
    There hasn't been much promotion for Madden NFL 18 since its appearance at EA Play in mid-June. Then the new story mode took center stage with it being used as the main selling point in an effort to reach more casual consumers. Today things have finally shifted towards gameplay with new features and improvements put on display in the first gameplay trailer. Though the trailer flashes glimpses at features like the Target Passing it does nothing to explain at all their significance or how ...
  • Press Row Podcast: Four years since NCAA Football’s cancellation
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    Posted July 15th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments »
    This last Tuesday marked what would have been the release of NCAA Football 18 had the series not been cancelled in 2013. There also hasn't been a college basketball game since 2009. How did we get to where we are now that college sports is barely represented in gaming? What is the potential for college sports to make any sort of comeback in the future? It's a subject that was covered in a piece written earlier this week for Sporting News. Everything from the lawsuits that began eight year...
  • Four years later and NCAA Football is no closer to a return
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    Posted July 11th, 2017 at 10:30 am 18 Comments »
    Shortly after release of NCAA Football 14 publisher EA Sports declared that the NCAA would be pulling their license (which only would have affected the name and official marks from appearing) and that the series would continue into the PS4 and Xbox One generation. That of course never materialized as the O'Bannon vs NCAA case had begun to scare away other partners as well, including conferences and individual schools which proved to be the tipping point. Less than two months from that ini...
  • Press Row Podcast: EA Play 2017 News
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    Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:15 am 3 Comments »
    Sports games always take center stage at Electronic Arts' annual mid-June press briefing. Those previously linked with E3 instead now represent the kickoff to their own event EA Play. Given the leading soccer, football, and basketball titles are always among the top selling games in both North America and worldwide their high-profile presence should come as no surprise. Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and NBA Live 18 all were prominently featured in this weekend's EA Play press briefing. Madden h...
  • Madden NFL 18 “Long Shot” Trailer
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    Posted June 10th, 2017 at 12:45 pm 9 Comments »
    While several features for Madden NFL 18 were detailed earlier the introduction of the Story Mode had only been teased. Today out of EA Play it received a proper reveal. Going with the title of "Long Shot" the mode will include time both in high school and college. Some licensed universities will even be featured* with the trailer showing both Texas and Oregon. Dan Marino appears as a character, and other actors involved include Scott Porter and Mahershala Ali. After three years away from ...
  • MUT Squads is now official for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted May 31st, 2017 at 8:00 am 19 Comments »
    After a three year absence online cooperative play will return in Madden NFL 18. Teased yesterday in advance of the official announcement, what used to be known as Online Team Play will now be called MUT Squads and be housed within Ultimate Team. Like OTP in the past MUT Squads is 3-vs-3 but adds the hook of improving and shaping the roster while distributing different responsibilities to each of the people involved. (more…)...
  • Return on Online Team Play teased for Madden NFL 18 with Ultimate Team spin
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    Posted May 30th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 10 Comments »
    When the flow of information opened on Madden NFL 18 with it came some signs that Online Team Play would be making its return with specifications stating the game would support 2-6 online players. The official announcement, which may come prior to the E3/EA Play press briefing Sat. June 10, was teased today in a photo featuring creative director Rex Dickson which seems to suggest it will be reintroduced as a new way to play within Ultimate Team. (more…)...
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