This week’s roster update for MLB 15: The Show is relatively minor, following the substantial one two weeks ago, and then the last one that made adjustments from that. Movers include Felix Hernandez (-1 to 93), Chris Davis (+2 to 86), Carlos Gomez (-2 to 86), Hisashi Iwakuma (+1 to 85), and Anthony Rendon (-2 to 84). Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Check out articles written and videos recorded for Sporting News and Hit The Pass:
Â Â Â â€˘The new Vikings stadium that debuts next season is already in Madden NFL 16
Â Â Â â€˘NBA 2K16 will allow you to move a team to Seattle or even Hawaii
Â Â Â â€˘Taking a look at the sensational Rocket League in The Film Room (video)
Â Â Â â€˘Press Row Podcast with Madden impressions and Ian Cummings interview
Â Â Â â€˘We play Madden NFL 16 online for the first time (video)
â™¦Both written and video reviews for Madden NFL 16 will go live Monday morning.
â™¦Check out Madden NFL gameplay videos on the Hit the Pass and Pastapadre YT pages.
â™¦There is now a 1TB Xbox One bundle with FIFA 16 and year of EA Access for $400.
â™¦We now have some examples of objectionable stuffÂ that’ll be in NBA 2K16 MyCareer.
â™¦Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be sub-1080p on Xbox One and 1080p on PS4.
â™¦EA Sports showed off a brief preview of customizable shoes for NBA Live 16.
â™¦EA Sports released a new video and blog going over Be a GM player morale in NHL 16.
â™¦Super Mega Baseball is available now for PC on Steam and is $3 off until August 28.
â™¦The new version of Madden Mobile is out now – not a new game but via an app update.
â™¦The full list of achievements for Blood Bowl II are available now to check out.
â™¦Microsoft is offering a $100 version of Forza 6 that will release five days early.
This week’s Press Row Podcast features the audio from the live hangout, discussing early impressions of Madden NFL 16 for well over an hour.Â Look for my full written review of Madden NFL 16, plus a video review, all on Monday morning.
Following that segment Rich interviews former Madden lead designer Ian Cummings, who has created a new horse racing game for iOS called Derby King: Quest for the Triple Crown.
Madden NFL 16 has been out through EA Access since Wednesday, supplying ample time to have formed base impressions of the new game. After about 12 hours of play (over two different accounts) Rich Grisham joins me to discuss our thoughts on the game to this point.
Areas covered include gameplay, penalties, Draft Champions, online play, the prologue, and bugs. This show will also be put out in podcast form later today and will be posted tomorrow!
2K Sports continues to trickle out announcements regarding new Classic Teams for NBA 2K16. There are 12 in total, and now 7Â of them have been revealed.
TheÂ 2003-04 Detroit Pistons prevailed over the Lakers 4-1 to win the NBA Championship. The roster features a starting lineup of Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince.
The 2007-08 Houston Rockets were knocked out in theÂ first round but are remembered for a 22 game win streak during the regular season. The roster featuresÂ Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Shane Battier, Rafer Alston, Luis Scola, Dikembe Mutombo, and Bobby Jackson.
They join theÂ 1999-00 Portland Trail Blazers and 2002-03 Dallas MavericksÂ who were profiled two weeks ago. Earlier this summer theÂ 1999-00 Toronto Raptors, 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers, and 2007-08 Boston Celtics were the first to be made official.
While those with an Xbox One have the ability to check out Madden NFL 16 prior to release, everyone else is left on the outside looking in. Thanks to the widespread presence of streams though at the very least people are able to assess the game based on footage and the impressions of those who have been able to play through EA Access.
In this first complete game video, played online, my Seahawks take on Rich Grisham’s Eagles. During the game we discuss early impressions and react to the events that occur on the field.
Madden NFL 16Â isÂ out now to download as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.
The 10 hours are there to play whether its all used by Tuesday or not. Given that there is no demo for the game this acts as the only way to try it out before buying. Game saves are stored on the hard drive so records online and progress in any of the modesÂ will carry over if a full copy is bought. The complete game is available during the trial period.
EA Access was announced last July and is exclusive to the Xbox One. This is the case because Sony has declined to offer the service through PlayStation 4 saying it doesnâ€™t offer enough value, despite being arguably the best value in all of gaming. EA Access includes the â€śVaultâ€ť which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the companyâ€™s catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.