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  • MLB The Show 16 week three roster update
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    Posted April 25th, 2016 at 11:45 am 3 Comments »

    Jake Arrieta MLB The Show 16

    The third in-season roster update went out today for MLB The Show 16. While there were a number of ratings changes, very few of them affected upper-tier players. Only one name previously rated above an 84 moved up.

    After throwing his second no-hitter, Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Jake Arrieta was bumped a point to 96, though it would seem justifiable for him and Bryce Harper to be all the way up at 99 now rather than a few points away still.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for April 24
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    Posted April 24th, 2016 at 12:45 pm 12 Comments »

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

    ♦This year’s Madden Mock Draft looks at the best picks for each team in the first round.
    ♦Archived video stream of the first Diamond Dynasty showdown between PP and TSG.
    ♦Examining the first of the new cards added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
    ♦80 minutes of Diamond Dynasty discussion in the new episode of the Press Row Podcast.
    ♦The Press Row Podcast can now also be found through Google Play Music.
    ♦First look at Madden NFL 17 presentation was posted/later deleted by Damarious Randle.
    ♦The new Salary Cap Ranked mode for Madden 16 Ultimate Team will be out Tuesday.
    ♦Good chance that some incoming rookies will again make debut in MUT late this week.
    ♦Serious conflict of interest has arisen as EA now redirects their UFC forum to Operation Sports.
    ♦Through Monday morning logging into FIFA 16 will get a free token for FUT Draft.
    ♦The first news on NHL 17 probably just related to the cover is coming on Tuesday.
    ♦NHL 16 now has “HUT Advantage” a way to buy packs distributed weekly at discount.
    ♦Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson isn’t a big fan of EA Sports UFC 2.
    ♦EA Sports UFC 2 can still be purchased for XB1 or PS4 at the sale price of $40.
    ♦The PC version of Rocket League is currently on sale for just $12.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Krampus and Ride Along 2.

  • MLB The Show 16 gets its first new packs of the regular season
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    Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment »

    MLB The Show 16 Prime Time Performers and Swing for the Fences Packs

    Two new card packs began being offered in the MLB The Show 16 store yesterday. The “Prime Time Performers” and “Swing For The Fences” packs go for 5,000 coins and contain 3 player cards with a higher chance them being Gold or Diamond.

    The math doesn’t really add up to make one of these packs a good value purchase however. Take 5,000 Coins and either buy one of these new packs getting 3 player cards that have 2X chance of being a Gold or Diamond OR you open 5 regular packs and get 30 players that have a normal chance of being a Gold or Diamond. The latter would seem the far better option.

    The appeal of these packs then is instead on the new players that can be found in them. The packs contain 10 cards that will be making their debut in the Diamond Dynasty player pool. These players can now then also be found on the Marketplace, though most will be extremely expensive given their scarcity. The “Prime” Cabrera stands as one of the most expensive cards in the game to obtain at 335,000 Coins which is the equivalent of $335!

    Rookie: Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber
    Prime: Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Joaquin Benoit, Miguel Cabrera
    Legend: Luis Tiant

  • Survey lays out features being considered for EA Sports UFC 3
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    Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 am 10 Comments »

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    EA Sports UFC 2 just released last month but internally the publisher is already looking ahead to the follow-up likely scheduled for 2018. The company is attempting to gauge interest in potential new features to be introduced in EA Sports UFC 3 through a survey sent out to random owners of the game. A screenshot sent in by a reader has revealed what they have in mind.

    Features represented in similar past surveys have often come to fruition, so these are unlikely just to be random ideas floated for reaction and instead may already be in an early stage of active development with some to get cut at a later date. There are spins on popular features found in other EA Sports games and the first sign of virtual reality interest.  Read more

  • 2016 Madden Mock Draft
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    Posted April 21st, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment »

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    Everyone knows that certain attributes shine through more than others in sports video games. There’s been a consistency to what many of those qualities are for as long as can be remembered from sport to sport and individual franchise to franchise. Because of that, some players prove more valuable than others, often exceeding their real-world ability while some others fail to have their abilities translate completely.

    With all that in mind, it’s time for the annual Madden Mock Draft, where teams make selections based on who would help them the most now for Madden NFL 17 and the years that follow.

    Check out the entire first round mock over at Sporting News. There are some surprises compared to expectations for the actual NFL Draft next week, including the slide of a few big name players, who gets taken first out of certain positional groups, and some late first round fliers on talent and potential over more refined skills.

  • Rocket League Hoops to release on April 26
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    Posted April 20th, 2016 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments »

    Rocket League Hoops

    With the hockey mode that went out late last year developer Psyonix proved they could put a whole different spin on Rocket League with a new base sport that delivers a completely unique experience. The next highly anticipated new mode will be here in under a week.

    Rocket League Hoops will go out on April 26 and it is completely free content. The basketball mode played in Dunk House Arena looks to make the air-game more important than ever, after hockey shifted focus onto playing the boards over trying to own the air.

    Also coming on the very same day is some paid downloadable content. As with all put out to date it’s completely optional and only cosmetic in nature. Psynoix partnered with the NBA to offer up all 30 NBA team logos for vehicle flags. The DLC pack will be sold for $2.

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  • Press Row Podcast: Diamond Dealing
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    Posted April 20th, 2016 at 10:30 am No Comments »

    Press Row Podcast

    Team-building modes in sports games are intended to be played for months on end, if not year-round, making them initially tough to assess when in the early days following their respective releases. With over three weeks now having been spent playing Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16 there’s a lot more that has been evaluated following the coverage in the review roundtable episode. Bryan Wiedey and T.J. Lauerman discuss everything there is to do with the popular mode in an all-new Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass.

    Topics covered include new card types, Captains, Missions, Collections, Battle Royale, Conquest, Inside Edge daily ratings adjustments, and server-related problems. The duo also goes over their current lineups, the decisions that have been made in constructing their rosters, and sleeper picks to consider using on your own teams out there.

    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 just launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • EA Sports UFC 2 cover star Conor McGregor announces retirement
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    Posted April 19th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment »

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    In a shocking turn of events, UFC’s featherweight champion Conor McGregor announced his retirement earlier today, and at least one reporter has heard it’s not an elaborate troll-job from the outspoken brash personality that would make it a natural first assumption. McGregor is just 27 and has risen to stardom in the last two years earning a spot on the cover of EA Sports UFC 2 which released last month. He was scheduled for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July.


    It’s become somewhat of a joke, that the EA Sports UFC franchise has taken over the mantle as the most powerful curse in sports game covers, but this news will only cement that growing perception. For the sequel it was Ronda Rousey getting demolished by Holly Holm then McGregor submitting to Diaz. The first EA UFC had Jon Jones battling substance abuse, pleading guilty to hit-and-run, getting stripped of the light heavyweight title, suspended from the promotion, and removed as the face of the UFC mobile game. Alexander Gustafsson has lost both of his fights since having appeared on that original EA UFC cover.

    The reasoning for McGregor’s decision at this point and whether it’ll actually stick would be all speculative, from concerns over long-term health particularly after witnessing the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho earlier this month, to an argument over how much he should be paid, or even the potential of a move to WWE.

    [Update] UFC president Dana White has stated that he has not been informed by McGregor of the intention to retire, but did announce that he has been pulled from the UFC 200 card.

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