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  • The first sign of life for the next NBA Live console game may have come from Korea
    Posted January 17th, 2017 at 3:30 pm 26 Comments Ľ

    The South Korea Ratings Board recently classified a game¬†called “The Drive to NBA Live” for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This may be the first indication that the new NBA Live promised by EA to be out before April is nearing release, or the translation could be literal as far as it being an introduction in the form of a demo for that upcoming game.¬†In America the Entertainment Software Rating Board¬†has not rated¬†anything new NBA Live.

    EA has a strong presence in South Korea with PC games like NBA Street Online and FIFA Online along with a studio dedicated to mobile games. The classification from the ratings board however specifically notes it as being for Xbox One and PS4. The name could be telling too, should EA be planning to release an NBA Live 18 in the fall they would need a title that didn’t attach itself to a year.¬†It’s also possible that the next NBA Live will be more akin to the company’s efforts on mobile which don’t attach themselves to a year or traditional release dates but instead continually update with new content.

    NBA Live has consistently been scheduled in¬†as a 4th quarter release (January-March) in EA’s financial briefings. To this point the company¬†has yet to reveal anything at all about the game. In the meantime their¬†focus has remained on NBA Live Mobile.

  • First Set of Pastapadre Community Award Winners for 2016
    Posted January 17th, 2017 at 8:15 am 3 Comments Ľ

    After weeks of collecting votes ‚Äď the total of which exceeded 33,000 ‚Äď it‚Äôs time to begin announcing the winners of the 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards. The results for the first 4 of 12¬†categories are examined today! Here are the winners of Best Gameplay, Best Franchise Mode, Best Online Play, and Best Mobile Game.¬† Read more

  • NFL Playoffs Solo Challenge campaign added to Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team
    Posted January 16th, 2017 at 3:00 pm No Comments Ľ

    After a considerable stretch without a new Solo Challenge campaign in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team one has been added for the NFL Playoffs. The new set of 36 challenges involve playing through some of the most memorable moments in Playoff history and finishing off scenarios against this year’s field of teams. The solos expire on January 29.

    In completing all 36 challenges earnings would be 56,000 Coins and a total of 16 packs: 5 Contract Packs, 3 Pro Packs, 2 NFL Playoffs Packs, an AFC Pack, NFC Pack, Team of the Week Playoff Pack, Legendary Playoff Pack, Flashback Playoffs Pack, and Playoffs Elite Pack.

  • The Line Drive for January 15
    Posted January 15th, 2017 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments Ľ


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ‚ô¶Here are the steps to take to move the Chargers to Los Angeles in Madden NFL 17.
    ‚ô¶Last chance to cast your votes in the 12 categories of the 2016 Community Awards.
    ‚ô¶All Nintendo Switch games available for pre-order on Amazon are 20% off with Prime.
    ‚ô¶The FIFA game for Switch may be built off the last-gen 360/PS3 gameplay engine.
    ♦NBA 2K18 on Switch will include MyCareer, MyTeam, MyLeague, and MyGM.
    ♦NBA 2K18 confirmed for release in September but unclear yet how early in month.
    ‚ô¶New Year Pack and new Missions added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
    ♦FIFA 17 announced the Team of the Year players for Ultimate Team mode.
    ‚ô¶Dual-chemistry uniforms have been added to Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 17.
    ‚ô¶Codemasters has announced DiRT Rally will get PlayStation VR support soon.
    ♦HB Studios released details on the latest patch to go out for The Golf Club VR.
    ‚ô¶Steep released Adrenaline Pack DLC featuring glowing costumes and other items.
    ‚ô¶OOTP Developments is seeking beta testers for the upcoming OOTP Baseball 18.
    ‚ô¶Nike is releasing a shoe that features an NBA 2K17 in-game shot of Paul George.
    ‚ô¶Sony is taking sign-ups for the next PS4 System Update beta that begins next month.

  • 2016 Pastapadre Community Awards Voting Coming to a Close Soon
    Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:00 am 2 Comments Ľ

    The polls in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards will be closing on Monday morning. The 12 categories for 2016 have been open now for a number of weeks and collected tens of thousands of votes in the process yet there are still some too close to call.

    2016 was a¬†strong stretch for the sports gaming genre but unlike recent years there was no one game that appeared to be the standout. Each game¬†had its share of highs and lows and that’s represented in the nomination distribution.¬†NBA 2K17 and Madden NFL 17 lead the way with 7 nominations each followed by the 5 nominations collected by MLB The Show 16.¬† Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: Nintendo Switch Details
    Posted January 13th, 2017 at 3:15 pm 2 Comments Ľ

    Press Row Podcast

    The highly anticipated home/handheld hybrid Nintendo Switch will release on March 3rd for $300, eventually require a paid subscription for online play, and expanding storage will a be a practical necessity by adding on a separately purchased SDXC memory card. Switch has a dismal launch lineup outside of the new Zelda, while sports games look to be a ways off with FIFA and NBA 2K18 both officially in development but not releasing until later in the year.

    Rich Grisham and T.J. Lauerman join host Bryan Wiedey on a new Press Row Podcast in reacting to Nintendo’s reveal event. In terms of pricing where does the Switch stand compared to Xbox One and PS4? Should sports games on Switch be unique experiences or offer what are essentially ports from those other systems? Can sports games survive on a Nintendo platform when they rely so heavily on post-release digital revenue?

    There’s a lot to be intrigued by out of the Nintendo Switch but still many more questions to be answered about its viability particularly as it relates the sports gaming genre.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • ARMS is a boxing-like game for Switch
    Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment Ľ

    There will be a wait for for traditional sports games on the Nintendo Switch, with FIFA coming “later in the year” and NBA 2K18 in September, but the first game that could qualify for the genre¬†is an arcade take on boxing called ARMS. While it’s being demonstrated as motion controlled using the Joy-Cons it’ll also be playable with traditional controls. ARMS will¬†release in spring meaning it’ll be out before June 20 and sell at a premium $60 price.¬† Read more

  • Nintendo Switch coming 3/3 for $300
    Posted January 12th, 2017 at 9:45 pm 10 Comments Ľ

    Nintendo just held their highly anticipated reveal event for the home/portable hybrid system Switch and announced details about its release, capabilities, and games in development.

    The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3 with a price of $300. The online service will initially be free but after a period of time will transition to a paid service.

    The system offers three different ways to play with TV Mode, Tabletop, and Handheld. The detachable Joy-Cons feature rumble and motion as well as a capture button for screenshots and eventually videos. Battery life when out of the home dock will run from 2.5-6.5 hours. There will be 32 GB internal memory that can be expanded by purchasing an SDXC memory card. The Pro Controller will retail for $70.

    Nintendo has not been a destination for sports gaming fans however that could change with Switch if it catches on. It’ll depend heavily on whether players will pay into the Ultimate Team-type modes, a proposition that may prove more difficult than anticipated with a paywall being set up for the system’s online. FIFA was announced for “later this year” and will be custom built for the system. NBA 2K18 will also be coming to the Switch. No word on Madden or others. Additionally there’s a new IP called Arms releasing this spring, which is a boxing-like game featuring extendable arms that utilizes the motion controls in the Joy-Cons.

    Amazon currently has the Switch available for pre-order (unclear how long that will last for) along with some games including FIFA and Zelda which are 20% off for Prime members.

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