The second post-release patch for NHL 17 arrived today, and while it fixes one major gameplay issue it appears any others have gone unaddressed. TheÂ first patch for the game in September was based largely on community feedback out of the pre-release beta while this one instead looks to fix some issues before another patch comes respondingÂ to feedback since then.Â The update hits mostly onÂ EA Sports Hockey League and Ultimate Team. Read more
With the ALCS and NLCS underway SCEA has rolled out two new Missions in MLB The Show 16’s Diamond Dynasty mode. Owners of the Josh Donaldson and Andrew Miller Rookie Cards will have the new challenges unlocked in order to obtainÂ their current Live Series Cards.
Andrew Miller requires 6 wins (he was a starter as a rookie for Detroit). His Rookie Card can currently be purchased from the Marketplace for under 2,000 Stubs. The Live Series Card that would be earned has a value right now of about 9,000 Stubs.
The bigger upside is with Josh Donaldson. His Rookie Card is going for about 16,000 Stubs but the Live Series version that would be earned is worth 32,000. It’s a much tougher goal to reach however as the Rookie Donaldson has to hit 25 doubles to unlock the Live card.
There are also special “Championship Series Packs” this week that offer an increased chance at pulling Miller or Donaldson Rookie Cards. 4 cards are in each pack featuring players from the final 4 teams in the postseason. Those packs are being sold for 3,000 Stubs.
Besides the two mountain sports titles the wave of sports game releases for the year is now in the rear view mirror and the focus naturally turns to enjoying them rather than the anticipation that precedes them. It was an especially strong crop of games with NBA 2K17, PES 2017, FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17, and Forza Horizon 3 all having been reviewed very highly.
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The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Review: Is an amusing story enough to make 100ft Robot Golf purchase worthy?
â™¦Pre-orders for all upcoming games are 20% offÂ for Amazon Prime members.
â™¦OOTP 17 picks the Blue Jays to win the American League Championship Series.
â™¦OOTP 17 picks the Dodgers to win the National League Championship Series.
â™¦The latest Press Row Podcast features discussion on all the recent major sports games.
â™¦Some adjustments to gameplay will be made for NBA 2K17 in the coming days.
â™¦Another change for 2K17 will be making shot timing more difficult following the patch.
â™¦The most recent patch for NBA 2K17 has now also reached Xbox One and PC.
â™¦NBA 2K17 is one of the games that will be enhanced with the new PS4 Pro.
â™¦The first developer blog for Steep takes a look at how to explore the mountains.
â™¦EA Sports has partnered with the CFL to bring some players to Madden Mobile.
â™¦Details on changes with the latest patch that is on the wayÂ forÂ F1 2016.
â™¦Details on the downloadable content coming to Nascar Heat Evolution this month.
â™¦Official release of Franchise Hockey Manager 3 has been pushed back two weeks.
â™¦Psyonix hasÂ adjusted how ranked tiers are determined in Rocket League.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Independence Day Resurgence.
There are currently a number of great Solo Challenge routes to take in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team thanks in large part to the recent introductions of the October Gauntlet and NFL Journey. The Breast Cancer Awareness program that was introduced last week for the defensive side of the ball has now switched to the offense and will be available until next Friday.
Those who complete the 16 challenges will have earned over 21K Coins, 6 packs, and an 85 rated Aaron Rodgers. BCA cards for players on offense include their own Chemistry. When four players are in the starting lineup they’ll receive ratings boosts of +2 to Strength, Awareness, and Stamina. Sets can be completed to turn 10 Silver players into a Gold or 10 Gold players into an Elite. A collection of allÂ 23 BCA players can be swapped for a 92 Overall Aaron Rodgers.
BCA packs can be purchased from the store for 1000 Points (the equivalent of $10) and provide 4 Gold or better BCA players on offense. Some BCA packs can also be earned through the process of completing other Solo Challenges.
The first post-release patch for FIFA 17 is nearing release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and is already available on PC. EA Sports provided details on what to expect out of the update. It includes numerous gameplay fixes and improvements plus updated broadcast elementsÂ for the Premier League this season.Â Read more
It hasn’t even been three weeks since FIFA 17 released but the game can already be had at a significant discount. Amazon has it as the “Deal of the Day” for $40 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Â This will likely be the lowest price found on FIFA 17Â until Black Friday in late November so those who are interested should consider taking advantage of the deal.
FIFA 17 is the highest rated edition in the series since 2013 and features “The Journey” which is a new story mode, the introduction of the Frostbite Engine, and gameplay with increased physicality and redesigned set pieces. Check out the full review over at Sporting News.
The roster update following week five of the season is now available in Madden NFL 17. The highest rated player to change is Julio Jones, who just last week rose to 98 following a 300 yard receiving game. He’s back down to 97 with that game having been bracketed by 1 catch for 16 yards against the Saints and having beenÂ held to 2 receptions and 29 yards in Denver.
Other notable movers include Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 95), Ben Roethlisberger (+1 to 94), Jamie Collins (+1 to 94), Khalil Mack (-2 to 94), Joe Thomas (-2 to 93), A.J. Green (-1 to 93), Aqib Talib (+1 to 92), Desmond Trufant (-1 to 92), Odell Beckham Jr. (-1 to 91), Martellus Bennett (+2 to 90), Darius Slay (+1 to 90), Olivier Vernon (-2 to 89), Matt Ryan (+1 to 88), Janoris Jenkins (+2 to 87), Golden Tate (-2 to 87), Cameron Wake (-3 to 86), Vontaze Burfict (-4 to 85), Xavier Rhodes (+2 to 85), Zach Brown (+3 to 84), Ezekiel Elliott (+2 to 83), and Morris Claiborne (+3 to 80).Â You can view all the ratings changes throughout the league with this new form.