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Â Â Â â€˘The top candidates to get the cover of MLB 16: The Show
Â Â Â â€˘Discussing the first feature news revealed for EA Sports UFC (video)
Â Â Â â€˘Was the choice of Ronda Rousey for the UFC cover an ill-advised one?
Â Â Â â€˘Ronda Rousey’s loss is also one for EA Sports and the UFC franchise
Â Â Â â€˘Jonah Lomu, rugby legend and dominant video game character, passed away
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â™¦Look for a roundup of all the Black Friday deals to be posted Wednesday or Thursday.
â™¦New Madden Challenge kicked off utilizing the just added Ranked Draft Champions.
â™¦EA doesn’t plan to support the small market of VR initiallyÂ comparing it to the Wii U.
â™¦EA Sports has detailed the Thanksgiving content for Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Details on the recently released second patch for the PC version of NBA 2K16.
â™¦The Sociable Soccer Kickstarter has provided info on game modes with a new update.
â™¦The first look at gameplay footage for Sociable SoccerÂ is out to promote the Kickstarter.
â™¦Real Boxing 2 Creed is out on iOS and Android as the official game of the upcoming film.
â™¦Football Manager Mobile 2016 has released on iOS and Android for a pricey $9.
â™¦Maybe it’s because they’re playing too much FIFA that the Rockets are awful this season.
â™¦Kotaku wrote a piece on PR pressure and blacklistingÂ –Â something I’m all too familiar with.
â™¦Another huge lawsuit has been filed against Daily Fantasy companies.
â™¦The NHL All-Star Game is changing toÂ 3-on-3 with a big cash prize to the winners.
With massive patches recently released for NBA 2K16 and Madden NFL 16, and extensive updates being made to Rocket League, discussion on this week’s Press Row Podcast focuses on how post-release support has gone from just making fixes to significantly improving the products and adding value to them. There’s also the message they send to consumers, contrasted with games that don’t provide that same support such as NBA Live 16.
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Earlier this year Konami announced they had acquired the license to the UEFA Euro tournament which had been with EA Sports since 2000. The next one, being held in France, begins June 2016 and runs for a month. Now the publisher has announced a basic plan for how that license will be utilized.Â Read more
The roster update following week 10 of the NFL season is now available on all platforms for Madden NFL 16. The biggest news is that Aaron Rodgers has dropped from the 99 Overall rating he’s held all season. Check out all the details of the latest update with the spreadsheet here.
Notable players on the rise include Michael Bennett (+1 to 97), Ndamukong Suh (+1 to 97), Fletcher Cox (+1 to 96), Carson Palmer (+1 to 95), Cliff Avril (+1 to 95), Larry Fitzgerald (+1 to 94), Patrick Peterson (+1 to 94), Cam Newton (+1 to 93), Tamba Hali (+1 to 93), Adrian Peterson (+3 to 92), Josh Norman (+1 to 92), Bobby Wagner (+1 to 92), Kawaan Short (+1 to 92), Malcolm Jenkins (+1 to 92), Chandler Jones (+1 to 91), and Ronald Darby (+2 to 83).
Among those who have taken a hit are Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 98), Calais Campbell (-1 to 97), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 96), Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 96), Jurrell Casey (-1 to 95), Drew Brees (-1 to 94), Richard Sherman (-1 to 94), Earl Thomas (-1 to 94), Dez Bryant (-1 to 93), Devin McCourty (-1 to 93), Jimmy Graham (-1 to 91), Travis Kelce (-1 to 91), Russell Wilson (-1 to 91), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 90), Randall Cobb (-1 to 90), Peyton Manning (-2 to 86), James Jones (-2 to 83), Eddie Lacy (-2 to 83), and Nick Foles (-3 to 79).
There are only six players in NBA 2K16 that have an Overall Rating of 90+ and in the new roster update for the game there’s shuffling at the bottom end of that elite club.Â DeMarcus Cousins (+3 to 90) and Kawhi Leonard (+2 to 90) received significant boosts to their ratings while James Harden (-2 to 89) and Chris Paul (-1 to 89) got dingedÂ after disappointing starts to the season.
Cousins is averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds and Leonard is at career highs in points, rebounds, and in shooting percentages. Paul is at career low numbers in points, field goal percentage, three point percentage, and assists – albeit in only seven games having missed some due to injury. Harden is at a career low in field goal percentage in large part to having made only 31 out of 118 three pointÂ attempts.
Other movement of note includes Russell Westbrook (+1 to 92), Paul George (+1 to 89), Carmelo Anthony (+1 to 87), Dirk Nowitzki (+2 to 86), Eric Bledsoe (+2 to 86), LaMarcus Aldridge (-1 to 86), Klay Thompson (-2 to 84), DeAndre Jordan (-1 to 83), Derrick Rose (-1 to 82), Andrew Wiggins (+1 to 81), Nicolas Batum (+3 to 80), Rajon Rondo (+2 to 80), Karl-Anthony Towns (+2 to 80), Danilo Gallinari (+3 to 79), Kyle Korver (-2 to 77), and Corey Brewer (-4 to 72).
Additionally today three more uniforms were added to the game – the grey Pride jerseys for the Bulls and Suns and the red Hardwood Classics for the Grizzlies. Unfortunately, as with all uniforms added throughout the year, they are tied to the rosters which means they will not appear within already in-progress modes.
With Black Friday right around the corner there typically wouldn’t be deals worth jumping on but one has emerged forÂ Madden NFL 16 today. Amazon is offering the game on Xbox One and PS4 as its “Deal of the Day” for just $25. It won’t be found for cheaper than that next week, so there’s no reason to hold off on getting it now.
[Update] It appears Amazon has run through all the stock they had for the game at the low price. Hopefully most of those interested were able to grab it when available earlier! Another option is Walmart, which has the game for $28 today in-store, stock permitting.
Franchise mode in Madden NFL 16 suffers from some questionable design decisions that stretchÂ beyond theÂ awful Drive Goals implemented this year, with others related to Game Prep, Confidence, and the XP system. With the latest patch for Madden 16 new XP Sliders have been added that finally provide some flexibility to one of those aspects of the mode.
Only available in “online” franchises started after today, the new slider allows for the commissioner to increase or decrease the amount of XP earned position-by-position. It affects how much XP is distributed in all areas, whether that be earned through in-game performance, reaching yearly goals, or in Game Prep.
The slider moves on a scale of 0-300, with 100 being the default rate of XP, and 300 providing three times as much XP as the default.
This is an important option to have because at the default it wasn’t possible to progress any players in-season at a satisfying rate – certainly the potential to improve a player at the default XP setting isn’t anywhere equal to how fast real players tend to move up in Madden’s weekly roster updates. Any additional customizationÂ for Franchise is a step in the right direction.
Whether it be free new arenas, mutators changing up the way the game can play, or DLC for new vehicles, Rocket League has been on a roll with terrific post-release support. In addition to a mutator that will transform the soccer into something more like hockey next month, another new arena and a DLC pack are on the way.Â Read more