The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Marco Reus has won the fan vote to become the global cover athlete for FIFA 17.
â™¦Going through the top 10 in the Sports Video Game Power Rankings for 2016.
â™¦Top player ratings for Madden NFL 17: Rookies – Quarterbacks – Running Backs
â™¦Overall ratings in Madden NFL 17 are down but actual attributes are on the rise.
â™¦Look for the Olympics-related announcements for NBA 2K17 to possibly come this week.
â™¦Pre-orders of NBA 2K17 are 20% off for Amazon Prime members including the $100 edition.
â™¦Pre-orders of Madden NFL 17 are live and 20% off for Amazon Prime members.
â™¦Pre-orders of FIFA 17 are live and 20% off to Amazon Prime members.
â™¦The Show and OOTP break down the Cubs-Mariners and Red Sox-Padres trades.
â™¦New Press Row Podcast features discussion on news related to several upcoming games!
â™¦Cross-network play between XB1 and PS4 is ready for Rocket League but needs Sony’s OK.
â™¦The new Xbox One S 2TB console launch edition is up for pre-order releasing August 2.
â™¦Brief teaser videoÂ provides a look at the in-development Sociable SoccerÂ due out in 2017.
â™¦Turn 10 has announced the first set of cars that’ll be found in Forza Horizon 3.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Hardcore Henry and Barbershop: The Next Cut.
With the August 1 trade deadline closing in the next few roster updates for MLB The Show 16 will be delivering more roster movement than usual, and that’ll potentially have an impact on every mode in the game. Today’s update features the trade of Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox while the Mike Montgomery deal came too late in the week to be included.
The Indians are the biggest beneficiaries of the latest update with Corey Kluber rising 3 points to 90 Overall and Francisco Lindor going up 2 to 89 Overall. Kluber received +13 in the H/9 category, while Lindor got an upgrade to his arm and fielding attributes.
Other movement of note includes Dellin Betances (-1 to 91), Giancarlo Stanton (+1 to 88), Aledmys Diaz (+4 to 81), Jon Gray (+5 to 80), Dioner Navarro (-6 to 74), Dylan Bundy (+6 to 73), and Dario Alvarez (+9 to 67). Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz, who made his major league debut on June 6 and has 42 Ks in 21 IP, has still yet to be added to the game.
New Flashback cards this week are Prime Justin Verlander (97 Overall), Prime Jacoby Ellsbury (96), Rookie Ellsbury (87), Rookie Manny Machado (87), and Rookie Verlander (80).
A new patch went out today for MLB The Show 16 that has modified the reward system for Battle Royale. The draft-style mode within Diamond Dynasty that features a run ofÂ 3 inning games that ends with 2 losses will now award players at thresholds differing from the previous levels of 2 wins, 6 wins, 12 wins, and 20 wins.
Card rewardsÂ will now be granted at 3 wins, 6 wins, 9 wins, 12 wins, and 20 wins. Additionally, rewards will be better for a team that goes 12-0 vs a team that loses once on the way to 12 wins, and the highest value cards will be given at both 12 and 20 wins.Â Read more
In the final of four segments focused on gameplay-related improvements to FIFA 17, a new video from EA Sports goes over the work that’s been done in terms of physicality. “A transformation in the way players physically interact in all areas of the pitch. Control is now in your hands as you battle for space and possession.”
Pushback Tech innovates in trapping, dribbling, physics, and defending to create true-to-life battles for position and the ball. This is especially important when you want to control the ball and buy time for a teammate to make a run or get into a supporting position.
New Physical Interactions
Interactions come to life in realistic detail across the entire pitch, like goalkeeper collisions, across-body tackles, 50/50 battles, jostling while ball is in the air and ball control while shielding.
360Â° Shield Dribble
New proximity-based shielding will help you fend off opponents and keep possession. Defenders can be shielded out as you dribble in any direction.