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  • NBA Live 18 added to EA Access Vault
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    Posted February 16th, 2018 at 8:15 am No Comments »

    Recent sales that have taken the price of NBA Live 18 down to $7.50 and even as low now as $4.50 made it obvious that an addition to the EA Access Vault on Xbox One would be happening sooner rather than later. Live 19 is now the second EA Sports game from 2017 to have reached the Vault joining Madden NFL 18 as being available in full to all subscribers.

    EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4 despite its remarkable value. EA executives have hinted that may change this year however. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to NBA Live 18 and Madden NFL 18 now includes all earlier XB1 sports titles plus the likes of Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Skate 3, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Star Wars Battlefront, and many others. There’s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.

    The arrival of NBA Live 18 to the Vault comes at practically the same point as occurred with NBA Live 15 three years ago, and sooner than NBA Live 16 which was a May addition to the service the following year. It has been clear going back to even before release that EA aggressively desired getting the game into as many hands as possible to keep hope alive that the series will show growth when it comes to NBA Live 19 and beyond.

  • Madden NFL 18 added to the EA Access Vault
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    Posted February 15th, 2018 at 9:30 am No Comments »

    The first EA Sports game from 2017 has now reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 18 was added today making it available in full to all subscribers.

    EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4 despite its remarkable value. EA executives have hinted that may change this year however. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to Madden NFL 18 now includes all earlier XB1 sports titles plus the likes of Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Skate 3, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Star Wars Battlefront, and many others. There’s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.

    The arrival of Madden to the Vault comes at practically the same point it did last year. In addition to potential new subs and hoping to pull in some new fans to buy Madden NFL 19, those introduced to the game for the first time without having to pay for it may be more inclined to invest in its Ultimate Team mode. NBA Live 18 may be the next to be added, but Madden going in first likely means it won’t happen this month.

  • Latest patch for PES 2018 updates more faces and club kits
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    Posted February 15th, 2018 at 6:30 am No Comments »

    The third content update for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 goes out today. In October the game received 117 new player likenesses and 139 kits, followed by new stadiums, another national team, Xbox One X enhancements, additional player likenesses and more in November.

    This latest patch for PES 2018 updates another 90 player faces, delivers the latest kits for 10 national teams and 17 other clubs, and has added many player portraits along with some new boots and balls.  Read more

  • NBA Live 18 gets its All-Star update and more with latest patch
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    Posted February 13th, 2018 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments »

    It took almost three weeks since the rosters were drafted for NBA Live 18 to get the complete set of All-Star content into the game but the uniforms and court have finally arrived with a patch that went out today. That patch has also made a number of adjustments to gameplay, delivered a number of player likeness updates and more.  Read more

  • MLB The Show 18 introducing custom batting stances and rain delays
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    Posted February 12th, 2018 at 1:00 pm 7 Comments »

    The themed promotional weeks for MLB The Show 18 continue with this one focused on what’s long been referred to as “the little things.” Some of the additions for this year however really aren’t “little” at all, including a new batting stance creator and the oft-requested rain delays and postponements for Franchise Mode. Also touched on in the video are improved home run and team specific celebrations and improved pitching animations. All these things and more will be discussed and shown further in the developer stream being held on Thursday.


  • The Line Drive for February 11
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    Posted February 11th, 2018 at 11:30 am 3 Comments »

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

    ♦The Cavs actually got worse from all the trade deadline moves according to NBA 2K18.
    ♦For the first time in a decade Babe Ruth will appear in a video game in MLB The Show 18.
    ♦The Madden NFL 18 Super Bowl LII sim was right on about the Eagles having a good shot if the game became high scoring.
    ♦2K Sports detailed the salaries and benefits that will be given to NBA 2K League players.
    ♦Details on the latest tuning adjustments to gameplay for EA Sports UFC 3.
    ♦Madden NFL 18 was the 3rd best selling game on PS4 in Jan due to $20 SB Edition.
    ♦The story of someone that got addicted to spending in Ultimate Team in the FIFA series.
    ♦Johan Cruyff has signed on as a new legend for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 and mobile.
    ♦Details on the latest patch for Rocket League which starts a new competitive season.
    ♦The 2018 season update DLC which sells for $10 is now available for NASCAR Heat 2.
    ♦NASCAR Heat 2 will be holding its first eSports event later this week.
    ♦Details on another significant patch sent out for the troubled AO Tennis.
    ♦Steep Winter Games is on sale for $30 PS4/XB1 to celebrate the start of the Olympics.
    ♦Digital movie releases this week include Justice League and Coco.

  • Press Row Podcast: Revisiting the saga of Madden NFL 06
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    Posted February 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am 4 Comments »

    Over 12 years have passed since the release of Madden NFL 06 but the mere mention of the title still conjures up emotions from sports gaming fans. From an industry standpoint it also could be cited as being a major contributor to a turning point around that time in consumer distrust with not just what publishers would say about games before they released, but also what they showed.

    Former lead designer for the Madden NFL series Ian Cummings joins Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham to discuss the events surrounding development of that game. Thanks to a piece from Glixel which included interviews with several parties involved in development we’ve learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations and here Ian provides additional perspective and his first-person account of everything that took place.

    Also in this episode T.J. Lauerman goes through the first reveals for MLB The Show 18 which includes a focus on the improvements made to gameplay and the addition of new legends for Franchise and Diamond Dynasty.

    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.

  • Details on a post-Super Bowl patch for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted February 9th, 2018 at 9:15 am 1 Comment »

    It may be post-Super Bowl and nearing time for the new league year to open but Madden NFL 18 is still being improved upon. A new patch for the game released today, and is another example of what has helped the series win the PCA for Best Post-Release Support for three consecutive years. This new update primarily addresses gameplay. Read more

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