With a series of live streams today developer Sony San Diego dove deeper into Road to the Show mode and visual improvements for MLB The Show 17. In the archived RTTS video much more is shown from the story-like interactions that have been added this year, while the graphics video details things like player faces, grass tech, lighting and PS4 Pro options.
The new league year in the NFL began lastÂ Thursday of course being headlined by the opening of free agency. As usual, a number of big name players quickly agreed to deals with new teams or found themselves on the move via trade.
The Jaguars and Patriots stand out as winners so far. Jacksonville added three impact defensive players while the Patriots brought in Brandin Cooks for their first rounder, have found replacements for their losses, and hung onto Dont’a Hightower. On the flip side the Cardinals and Bengals have been hit hardest by departures, and the Chargers made Russell Okung the highest paid offensive tackle in the league yet there are 44 rated better than him in Madden.
Here’s a look at the players that finished Madden NFL 17 rated 80 Overall and above and their new homes for Madden NFL 18:Â Read more
Yesterday developer Sony San Diego went into some detail onÂ the new story-like interactions that will debut in Road to the Show with MLB The Show 17. Interactions and choices will be made over the course of a career that could change its trajectory. Now a video has been released that walks through RTTSÂ as a whole, actingÂ as both an introduction for those unfamiliar and a preview of what’s new this year that’ll interest returning players. It’s also noted that new content will be added through post-release support which would be a first for the series.
In mid-February a major updateÂ heavy on gameplay improvements was released for Madden NFL 17 and now the game has received a followup patch that cleans up a few remaining issues.
â™¦Addressed a bug that caused the gameplay speed inside of Gauntlet, Skills Trainer, and Franchise Game Planning Drills to be extremely slow.
â™¦Fixed a bug where the offensive tackle would play a blocking animation without engaging with a defensive player.
â™¦Addressed a bug where a userâ€™s profile settings werenâ€™t being honored in Play-a-Friend games.
â™¦For online MUT and Draft Champions games, the 3-letter team name shown in the score hud will now represent the first 3 letters of your team name just as it does in Solo Challenges. To update this go to the â€śTeamâ€ť tab and choose the Rename Team tile.
â™¦Addressed the issue where declining a Live Commentary Update (LCU) and powering on from rest mode could cause significant lag in the menus and in-game.
â™¦Other minor stability improvements.
While Road to the Show mode will likely never become a full-on story mode similar to those in NBA 2K and FIFA, with MLB The Show 17 it’s integrating at least some narrative elements and critical choices to be made. That was hinted at with the tagline ‘Pave Your Path’ and now further details have been released on what to expect out of RTTS.Â Read more
Rocket League has remained incredibly popular nearly two years after release due in large part to fantastic post-release support, led by the new spins that have been put on the game as various mode of play. The next to join that group is called Dropshot and will be out March 22 for free.
Dropshot will introduce ‘Damage’ as a statistic, as the objective of the mode is to break the floor panels and drop the ball in to score goals in a new hexagonal arena. The floor of the arena is separated into panels which are activated with one hit of the ball and then broken with the next.
“The new ball has three different phases, each more powerful than the last, that determine how much damage is done when the ball smashes into the floor panels. The second and third phases are activated by multiple Battle-Car hits, so the longer the ball stays off the ground, the more powerful it becomes. While the first phase of the new ball only damages one tile upon impact, the second and third phases can damage up to seven and 19 panels, respectively.”
The update will also have more including an eSports button to watch events live, spectator mode improvements, six new achievements, new car ‘Endo’ as a limited-drop in new Turbo Crates and other unlockable crate items.
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â™¦Make sure to get in on the MLB The Show 17 MVP Edition giveaway!
â™¦Game reviews published this week: Disc Jam and 3on3 Freestyle.
â™¦Unfortunately Konami has completely wasted the license for the World Baseball Classic.
â™¦New update has added another Journey and more sets to Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦The MCCSÂ has the two individuals embroiled in controversy at the top of the standings.
â™¦MLB The Show 17 is back available for pre-order on Amazon and 20% off with Prime.
â™¦Details on the changes made with the first patch that went out for Disc Jam.
â™¦Disc Jam looks to be doing well on Twitch which is a good sign for the game.
â™¦Developer blog goes over the new Challenge Mode in Out of the Park Baseball 18.
â™¦Long-awaitedÂ sequel to Fire Pro Wrestling has been announced for PS4 and PC.
â™¦New screenshot has been released from the upcoming sequel to The Golf Club.
â™¦Rocket League has surpassed 10.5 million sales and 29 million total players.
â™¦Closed beta for Gran Turismo Sport will beginÂ on March 17th.
â™¦Details on the system update that released last week for PlayStation 4.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Passengers and Fences.