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  • Serious questions surround the $250K NBA 2K16 Pro-Am competition
    Posted February 1st, 2016 at 10:15 am 10 Comments »

    NBA 2K16 Pro-Am Road to the Finals

    With the rise of eSports it was only a matter of time before sports game publishers made their moves into the space. EA Sports with Madden NFL 16 was the first to hold their own event, offering up a relatively small prize but in a tightly defined and controlled competition that has proven to be successful in what it sought out to do. The semi-finals and finals of the event, which uses the game’s Draft Champions mode, will be taking place tomorrow.

    On the flip side of things it seems as though 2K Sports threw something together on a whim for NBA 2K16 and did not do near enough planning beforehand. The competition with the game’s Pro-Am mode, which offers up a big $250,000 prize, thus far has been a mess. Read more

  • The Line Drive for January 31
    Posted January 31st, 2016 at 1:15 pm 6 Comments »


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

    ♦Check out the Pastapadre Twitter feed for some EA UFC 2 gameplay highlight gifs.
    ♦EA’s stock has fallen about 8% after reporting disappointing third quarter revenues.
    ♦The NBA 2K16 Pro-Am competition apparently has started with little on rules/parameters.
    ♦NBA 2K16 decided to break the hands of Blake Griffin in the latest roster update.
    ♦Fill out a quick survey for a chance to win a copy of Out of the Park Baseball 17.
    ♦Put together a review of Pro Basketball Manager 2016 which is a new PC management sim.
    ♦Development of Beyond the Sideline Football continues now with a new lead developer.
    ♦The Team of the Year content has released into Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 16.
    ♦Here’s the schedule for the Madden Challenge and Madden Bowl taking place Tuesday.
    ♦Operation Sports has a detailed developer breakdown of grappling in EA Sports UFC 2.
    ♦WWE and 2K Sports have extended their licensing agreement for multiple years.
    ♦The new WWE 2K16 downloadable content pack has broken the game’s Universe Mode.
    ♦While waiting on the fix the Future Stars Pack has been pulled from the marketplace.
    ♦Details on the latest roster update to go out for NBA Live 16.
    ♦The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 released this last week.
    ♦There’s already a simulation out of the Super Bowl with Tecmo Super Bowl.
    ♦Yet another huge blow to daily fantasy sports as a major payment processor is bowing out.
    ♦ABC’s Saturday night NBA games have the three-point line light up on long range attempts.

  • Opening some Ultimate Team packs in EA Sports UFC 2
    Posted January 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments »

    EA Sports UFC 2 Ultimate Team Pack Opening

    Ultimate Team mode in EA Sports UFC 2 is naturally quite different than those found in the publisher’s team sports games. In UFC, you’re working on building up your stable of created fighters, which means packs contain attribute boosts, perks, and moves rather than trying to obtain real-life fighters. In this video the Middleweight Starter Pack is opened, the different types of packs available to purchase are browsed through, and then two Premium Packs, one Middleweight Pack, and a Fight Night Pack are opened and examined.

  • Press Row Podcast: Looking to Spring
    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments »


    After a lull of several months there are new sports game releases on the horizon. MLB The Show 16 will land in late March and news this week relates to Road to the Show and a new feature called ShowTime. Is that mode in particular getting too gimmicky?

    Meanwhile there’s a lot going on for EA Sports UFC 2 from a beta, to announcement of Mike Tyson, live streams of gameplay, and details on Ultimate Team. What stands out the most as the publisher hopes for the sequel to fare better than their first effort with the license?

    Additionally there was the announcement from EA that they’ll be holding their own event rather than having a presence at E3. What does that mean for both EA and the future of E3?

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • Madden NFL 16 roster update heading into the Super Bowl
    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 9:00 am 19 Comments »


    The roster update following Conference Championship weekend is now available in Madden NFL 16. It is by far the smallest update of the season, affecting only 21 players, with 18 of them being from the four teams that were just in action. The NFC Champion Carolina Panthers get six players who’s ratings move up and for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos it’s five. Check out all the details in the spreadsheet here.

    Luke Kuechly has joined the ultra-elite in being rated 99 Overall, Cam Newton is nearly there as he has been moved up to 98, and Kawaan Short is up to 96. Tom Brady has been dropped out of the 99 club, Carson Palmer took just a one point hit for his six turnover performance, Demaryius Thomas has fallen out of the 90s, and Peyton Manning lost a point down to 85.

  • Madden NFL 16 arriving in the EA Access Vault on February 2
    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 11:15 am 5 Comments »


    The cycle of adding in still relevant sports games to the “Vault” in EA Access on Xbox One, which holds the back library of titles on the console, is about to begin for this year. In a bit of a surprising move Madden NFL 16 will be the first added rather than Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. It’ll happen on Tuesday, February 2.

    After making it to the Vault in March last year this time around Madden arrives in front of the Super Bowl. It’s a power move for EA Sports, bringing more attention to the service and potentially hooking new fans into the game and its Ultimate Team mode. It also means that people who own a physical copy of the game on Xbox One, and have a subscription to the service, are free to sell it/trade it in and recoup a significant portion of the initial investment.

    As opposed to selling a digital “Super Bowl Edition” of Madden, which the publisher has done the past two years, they’re focusing on this move of the product to the subscription service. EA Access is $30 for a year or $5 month-to-month and in addition to the Vault subscribers receive 10 free hours with each new game and 10% off all digital transactions.

  • Stephen Curry widens lead over LeBron James and Blake Griffin’s hands take a hit in new NBA 2K16 roster update
    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 10:15 am 1 Comment »

    NBA 2K16 Blake Griffin hand

    There are a couple very interesting developments out of today’s roster update for NBA 2K16. The top rated player in the game has opened up a bigger lead over the next highest individual, while a player in the spotlight for the wrong reasons has been hit with some punitive action.

    LeBron James had held the throne as the highest rated player in the NBA 2K series since 2010. Earlier this season Stephen Curry tied him and then surpassed him. With the latest roster update Curry has taken a two point advantage over James. Curry now stands at 96 Overall while LeBron has slipped to 94 Overall.

    Blake Griffin will be out of action for quite a while after breaking his hand in an altercation with a team equipment manager. In response, his “Hands” rating has dropped by 20 points in NBA 2K16. Though rare it’s not the first time a player’s ratings have taken a hit because of something that happened off the court. In 2010 Tony Parker’s “Loyalty” rating was dropped to 0 after allegations of infidelity.

    Other notable movement includes James Harden (+1 to 91), Chris Paul (+1 to 90), Kyle Lowry (+1 to 89), John Wall (-1 to 89), DeMar DeRozan (+1 to 87), Isaiah Thomas (+1 to 86), Klay Thompson (-1 to 85), Kemba Walker (+1 to 84), LaMarcus Aldridge (-1 to 84), Dirk Nowitzki (-1 to 84), Khris Middleton (+2 to 82), Nikola Vucevic (-2 to 82), and Kevin Love (-1 to 81).

  • Lengthy EA Sports UFC 2 stream focused on Ultimate Team and gameplay
    Posted January 28th, 2016 at 7:30 am 3 Comments »


    The closed beta for EA Sports UFC 2 opens up today and in advance of that the publisher held a live stream to go over the new Ultimate Team mode, which was detailed thoroughly yesterday, and feature stretches of gameplay. The audio from creative director Brian Hayes and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was out of snyc but it’s an informative look at a few elements of the upcoming game that runs for over two hours.  Read more

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