The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦EA in a rough spot as theÂ Madden Classic Final turned on a play where the QB glitched.
â™¦MLB The Show 17 will let gamers play like it’s the ’90s againÂ in new Retro Mode.
â™¦NCAA Football 14 correctly predicted the three big conf. championship games.
â™¦A brand new episode of the Press Row PodcastÂ just went live earlierÂ today.
â™¦Pre-orders for MLB The Show 17 are available for to 20% off with Amazon Prime.
â™¦More details on how the new Ultimate Team Seasons mode works in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Another roster update has gone out in NHL 17 for several leagues across the world.
â™¦Content calendar lays out what to expect for Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Steep is out now and there’s even a Season Pass to be detailed for the game.
â™¦The pricey F1 2016 has now launched for Android after earlier having gone out for iOS.
â™¦Forza Horizon 3 took home the Best Sports/Racing trophy at The Game Awards.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week include Jason Bourne and Cubs World Series highlights.
Today at the PlayStation Experience press briefing developer Sony San Diego unveiled the first trailer for MLB The Show 17. When Ken Griffey Jr. was announced as the cover athlete many wondered if there would be more to it than just his inclusion in Diamond Dynasty and as a free agent in Franchise as has been the case with other legends. They have in fact tapped into the past beyond just that with the introduction of a Retro Mode.
“Retro Mode allows you to move the pitcher across the pitcherâ€™s rubber and move around the batterâ€™s box with ease, classic on-screen displays, an old school soundtrack, unique sound effects, a throwback pause menu and more. It’s entirely separate to the popular Road To The Show, Diamond Dynasty and Franchise game modes. This new way to play MLB The Show is designed to be a fun, throwback game mode that instigates battles on the couch with friends.”
MLB The Show 17 will release on March 28. Amazon is offering pre-orders at a discount of 15-20%. The standard edition goes for $48 to Amazon Prime members or $51 without it. The MVP Edition with bonus content is $56 to Prime and $59 without. That one includes 5K Stubs, Gold Season Starter Pack, Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs, limited edition steel book, and PS4 themes for every team in the league.
The new month brings with it yet another Gauntlet for Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team. The Solo Challenge content for MUT this year has been great and that continues with a new stretch of them for the month that pays out big rewards.
Those who complete the entire run of 60 challenges will earn over 100K Coins and 30 different packs. The final reward is a 91 rated Rob Ninkovich which unfortunately isn’t all that enticing considering his 3-4 Chemistry and only 79 Speed but the card will be auctionable.
Once again there are 20 individual challenges broken into Passing, Rushing, and Defense. All are set to Pro difficulty and most are will be manageable, however the defensive one has a few that can prove exceptionally frustrating with tasks like having to force three incompletions on the first three plays and having to intercept a pass on the first three plays.
After taking a week off the regular schedule of roster updates for Madden NFL 17 return with the release of one today covering the week 11 and 12 stretch of games. The big news is the end of the season for 99 rated cover athlete Rob Gronkowski who will undergo back surgery as the curse has struck again. That injury however won’t be reflected until next week.
Notable players on the move in this updateÂ include Khalil Mack (+2 to 96), Earl Thomas (+2 to 95), Kam Chancellor (+2 to 94),Â Greg Olsen (-3 to 94), Cameron Jordan (+2 to 92), Landon Collins (+2 to 90), Mike Evans (+2 to 89), Sean Lee (-2 to 88), Xavier Rhodes (+2 to 87), Vontae Davis (-3 to 87), Pernell McPhee (-3 to 86), Richie Incogntio (+4 to 85), and Tim Hightower (+5 to 80).Â View all the ratings changes made throughout the league with this new form.
After a three month wait the companion app for Madden NFL 17 has finally released for mobile devices. It can be downloaded for Android through Google Play and for iOS through iTunes. While EA Sports didn’t offer a website for Online Franchise this year the app is intended to take its place. Unfortunately however it offers very little functionality besides the ability to view schedules and for commissioners to advance weeks.Â Read more
Rocket League continues to evolve through its extensive post-release content releases and today developer Psyonix announced more details on the next update with a trailer reveal at The Game Awards. The new content will be out on December 7 and besides the previously announced training mode will include a free new arena set in space, a DLC vehicle that will be sold for $2, and the ability to set arena preferences for playlists.
There has already been a great deal of debate over which teams should be included in this yearâ€™s College Football Playoff. Alabama is a lock at #1 but after that a bunch of teams could make a claim for having earned a spot in the tournament.
Right now itâ€™s Ohio State, Clemson, and Washington filling out the bracket. However the results from this weekendâ€™s Conference Championship games will largely determine the final placement of teams that will have a shot at the championship.
How does NCAA Football 14 (with updated rosters) predict the games will play out? And with those outcomes what is it projectingÂ for the CFP? Check out the results of the completed simulations over at Sporting News today!
The latest roster update for NBA 2K17 has brought to a close evaluations based on the first month of the season. LeBron James remains the highest rated player in the game however for the second time this season the player immediately trailing him has changed. Earlier in the month Kawhi Leonard passed by Stephen Curry to hold that honor. Now Leonard has dropped back a point to 94 while former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have gone up a point to 95 to share standing as the second highest rated player in the game.Â Read more