A new video today courtesy of Gamestop provides a first opportunity to get a good understanding of the additions and improvements coming to Diamond Dynasty mode with MLB The Show 17. Hinted at earlier with the full promotional schedule, the team-building mode will feature two new ways to play with Ranked Seasons and limited-time Events. There will also be new Mission types and a new rewards system that will be known asÂ Diamond Program.
The latest game to make it to the EA Access Vault on Xbox One is Skate 3, which first became backwards compatible for the system in November. It’s a consolation prize for fans of the series given that there is no indication Electronic Arts plans to develop a fourth.
Skate 3 originally came out in 2010 and was actually the lowest rated edition of the franchise finishing with an 80 on Metacritic. Some of the complaints related to the proximity of releases as the trio of Skate games were released within a 32 month span. New features for Skate 3 included Skate School tutorial, skate park creation, and co-op career mode.
Skate 3 joins EA Sports UFC 2, Madden NFL 16, FIFA 16, NHL 16, NBA Live 16, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, and SSX which have all been added to the Vault in the last year plus games from other genres such as Mirrorâ€™s Edge Catalyst and Star Wars Battlefront.
Besides the Vault which contains the back catalogue of titles from the publisher EA Access also offers 10% off all digital purchases and the ability to play timed trials with soon-to-release or more recent games. The subscription service is $30 for the year or $5 per month.
Given that past additions to the Vault have generally been spaced out that could mean that Madden NFL 17 won’t be going in until March. Last year Madden was added the week leading up to the Super Bowl, but in 2015 it made it to the service in early March.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦NBA and 2K hope to create an eSports sensation with formation of a structured league.
â™¦Podcast segment focused on NBA & 2K partnering for eSports league is now on Youtube.
â™¦Madden eSports controversy now covered by outlets that includeÂ Polygon and Kotaku.
â™¦Draft Champions updated with new QB round and Gold base team in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦The Ultimate Legends program has been rolled out in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Pre-orders of MLB The Show 17 are 20% off for Amazon Prime members.
â™¦New paint schemes will be added as free DLC next week to NASCAR Heat Evolution.
â™¦DiRT Rally is on sale for $24 to XBL Gold members until February 14.
â™¦The latest content update detailed earlier for PES 2017 is now available to download.
â™¦Hot Wheels Battle-Cars will be added for $2 as DLC to Rocket League on February 21.
â™¦The third season of the Rocket League Championship Series will begin next month.
â™¦Fixes and additions have been made to Franchise Hockey Manager 3Â with new update.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by the fantastic film Arrival.
Still in their infancy within the competitive arena there were two major stories for sports video games and their place as eSports this week. EA Sports had to navigate controversy due to the conduct of the Madden Bowl winner on social media, while 2K Sports announced an unprecedented partnership with the NBA to create what will be known as the NBA 2K eLeague.
Also discussed are gameplay improvements that have been detailed for MLB The Show 17, the return of Mutant League Football and its successful Kickstarter campaign, and the decision made for E3 to start admitting the public instead of just industry professionals and press.
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Another update is now available to download in NBA 2K17 and becomes the ninth post-release patch of substance this year. For whatever reason on PS4 the updates have required a massive download of 7.6GB on each occasion. Considering four of them have been rolled out in the last 10 days, those who own the game on that system have been forced to download over 30GB of data over that short stretch of time which is problematic to say the least.
This latest patch deals with matchmaking issues inÂ Pro-Am which saw occurrences of failed searches for opponents rise afterÂ one of the patches released just over a week ago.
EarlierÂ updates addressed issues that include a lengthy delay loading to the main menu, gameplay in MyPark and PS4 Pro compatibility after adding support for the system, ability to release roster updates, fixing of theÂ shot meter and various bugs, reduction of shot percentages, and tweaking of general gameplay and presentation. Despite all of that major issues have remained most notably related to CPU defensive AI and the gameâ€™s online Pro-Am mode.
Once Mutant Football League was able to achieve its Kickstarter goal, something that took the spiritual successor to 1993’s Mutant League Football only three days to do, developers sought feedback on potential stretch goals. By reaching additional funding targets they can deliver more features to the game targeting October for PC release and early 2018 for PS4/Xbox One. The final stretch goals have now been announced and several have already been met.Â Read more
MLB The Show 17 developers held the first live stream for the game yesterday going through the improvements coming to gameplay that were shown off in a video earlier this week.Â While there wasn’t much in the way of new information out of the broadcast that ran for over an hour, it did offer the first opportunity to see the game in action (both regular and Retro Mode) and that’s always valuable. Changes touched on includeÂ new ball physics, more life-like AI, adjustmentsÂ to base-stealing systems and newÂ catcher throw meter, and the new catch and throw engine.
The roster update which followsÂ Super Bowl LI is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. Expected to be the final update of the season it delivers some ratings changes mostly affecting the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons while freeing up any remaining injured players.
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady has moved up a point to 96 Overall for his peak rating of the season. He now stands alone as the second highest rated quarterback in the game trailing only Aaron Rodgers. The other big star was James White who had 3 touchdowns, caught 14 passes, and scored a two-point conversion. He has been bumped up a couple points to 80 Overall.
Other notable players on the move include Julian Edelman (+1 to 89), DeMarco Murray (+1 to 87), Melvin Gordon (+2 to 85), Matt Forte (-2 to 84), Alan Branch (+3 to 82), Trey Flowers (+1 to 81), Deion Jones (+2 to 80), and Robert Alford (+1 to 80).Â Check out all the changes and final ratings for players across the league through this form.