News & Updates
  • The demo for FIFA 17 is out now
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    Posted September 13th, 2016 at 10:15 am 14 Comments »

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    Now available on multiple platforms is the demo for FIFA 17 which features the opportunity to try out the brand new story mode and play regular matches with a selection of of 12 teams. Queue it up for download on PlayStation 4 here and Xbox One here. A demo for the game can also be tried out on PC, PS3, and 360.

    Included is a “select experience” from The Journey while locked into Manchester United (you’ll choose from any EPL club in full game). Kick-Off Matches feature Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyonnais, Seattle Sounders, Bayern MĂĽnchen, Tigres U.A.N.L. (MX), Gamba Osaka. There are three stadiums to choose from with CenturyLink Field, Stamford Bridge, and Suita City.

    FIFA 17 will release on Tuesday, September 27. It can be pre-ordered for 20% off by Amazon Prime members making the standard version $48 and the Deluxe Edition $64.

  • Color Rush unis coming to Madden NFL 17
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    Posted September 13th, 2016 at 8:00 am 47 Comments »

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    When Madden NFL 17 released one of the very first things looked at were the uniforms and whether the Color Rush sets would be included for all 30 teams. They weren’t because the NFL had yet to unveil them. That happened today and EA Sports quickly followed the news with some of their own that, as expected, a patch will be coming soon to deliver them to the game.

    There’s no date yet for when to expect the uniforms but plans have been in the works for some time so it will likely happen within the next week or two. A few other questions also remain such as whether Franchises currently in progress will be able to access them and whether color vs color will be allowed in games or if one team will be required to wear white.

  • Forza Horizon 3 Demo Now Available
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    Posted September 12th, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment »

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    Microsoft today released a demo for Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One. It can be queued up for download here and it comes in at over 18 GB.

    Your tour Down Under begins in classic Horizon fashion – with beautiful scenery, great driving roads, and awesome vehicles. From the moment the action begins, you are unmistakably in Australia, with all of its awe-inspiring beauty and tremendous environmental diversity. You’ll blast along ocean-side roads, and race on the beach alongside the famed Twelve Apostles landmarks. You’ll grab ludicrous air off of danger sign jumps buried deep in the Australian rainforests, and have a chance to get sideways through Drift Zones in Byron Bay. Once you’ve finished all the events in the demo, you’ll be able to hop online and join your fellow Forza friends in an online free-roam session to explore the demo’s map together.

    Vehicles found in the demo include the Lamborghini Centenario, dune buggy, trophy truck and a choice from cars such as the BMW M4 Coupe, the Ford Shelby GT350R, and the 2014 HSV Limited Edition GEN-F GTS Maloo.

    Forza Horizon 3 is set to release on September 27. It can be pre-ordered by Amazon Prime members for 20% off making it $48 for the standard version and $80 for the Ultimate Edition.

  • Week one highlighted the importance of Madden’s special teams improvements
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    Posted September 12th, 2016 at 12:45 pm 8 Comments »

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    Depending on what goes down in the Monday night games the first week of the 2016 NFL season could end up as the closest week of games in the history of the league. Just a single game had a winning margin in double digits, 4 games have been decided by 1 point, and another game finished with a 2 point difference. How the games have played out only highlighted the importance of the work that went into Madden NFL 17.

    Long neglected, special teams in Madden finally received attention this year, and the crop of NFL games showed how crucial such plays in that area of football can be towards the outcome. There were multiple blocked kicks, missed field goals, and missed extra points – most of which had a direct impact on strategy and outcome. Finally there isn’t the need to point to those instances and complain that those things don’t happen in Madden.

    The biggest change with this year’s Madden is that the user is engaged on every single play. Something exciting can happen or disaster can strike. As was witnessed in week one it’s something real teams are challenged by constantly.

  • The Line Drive for September 11
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    Posted September 11th, 2016 at 9:00 am 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.

    ♦Check out the top rated players in NBA 2K17 again led by LeBron James.
    ♦Start your career mode story now for free with NBA 2K17’s Prelude.
    ♦Amazon Prime 20% discounts: PES 2017NHL 17FIFA 17NBA 2K17
    ♦Madden NFL 17’s sale for $40 is still active for the Xbox One version at Amazon.
    ♦2K Sports breaks down in great detail the franchise mode improvements for NBA 2K17.
    ♦Check out a video of the first college game from The Prelude in NBA 2K17.
    ♦Video takes a look at a full Draft Champions draft in this week’s release of NHL 17.
    ♦EA Sports released details on the expansive day one patch for NHL 17.
    ♦EA Sports released details on the FIFA 17 demo that’ll be out on Tuesday.
    ♦EA Sports revealed the full soundtrack for FIFA 17 with a Spotify playlist.
    ♦Special Friday Night promo for Draft Champions has started with Madden NFL 17.
    ♦Details on the final update that has gone out for Out of the Park Baseball 17.
    ♦Developer video diary takes a look at creation of the tracks in Nascar Heat Evolution.
    ♦Developer video diary takes a look at creation of the cars in Nascar Heat Evolution.
    ♦Codemasters released details on the launch patch for F1 2016.
    ♦The just announced PS4 Pro is available for pre-order for $400 w/release on Nov 10.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Captain America: Civil War.

  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team Breakdown
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    Posted September 10th, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment »

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    One mode in Madden NFL 17 has expanded so much in terms of both content and prominence that it couldn’t even fit into the Review Roundtable episode. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast, Bryan Wiedey and T.J. Lauerman examine the revenue-driving Ultimate Team by going through its intimidating feature set and assessing what is working well and what could be improved. Has it all gotten to be a little too much for the average gamer?

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

  • Madden NFL 17 roster update details heading into the regular season
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    Posted September 9th, 2016 at 2:45 pm 33 Comments »

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    The always highly-anticipated first roster update for the regular season is out now for Madden NFL 17. The update includes all the transactions made through the preseason, the latest depth charts, plus a fair share of ratings changes.

    Among the big ratings movers are Khalil Mack (+3 to 97), Terron Armstead (+1 to 93), Jamie Collins (+4 to 92), Lavonte David (+1 to 87) Telvin Smith (+3 to 83), Paul Kruger (-2 to 83), Micah Hide (-3 to 77), Malcolm Smith (+3 to 77), Rolando McClain (-5 to 76), Trent Brown (+10 to 75), Dak Prescott (+3 to 74), E.J. Gaines (-6 to 73), and Trevor Siemian (+9 to 70). You can view all the ratings changes in this new form by checking the ‘Big Movers’ box.

    Noteworthy events are of course reflected such as Sam Bradford being sent to the Vikings, Josh Sitton now on the Bears, Prescott taking over for the injured Tony Romo, and Siemian having won the starting job in Denver. Unfortunately, while the trade for Bradford was executed, the Eagles did not receive the draft picks for Franchise Mode. They’ll still go without a first rounder. A good deal of players who made the final 53 man rosters are still missing as well.

  • Latest update to Rocket League adds Rumble Mode and much more
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    Posted September 9th, 2016 at 9:00 am 2 Comments »

    Rocket League Rumble Update

    Rocket League keeps on delivering with post-release support and a new update has just gone live delivering the highly anticipated Rumble Mode to the game. In Rumble there are 11 power-ups that randomly appear including The Boot (kicks opponent’s car), Disruptor (forces opponent to drive uncontrollably), Freezer (freezes the ball in-place), Plunger (Grabs ball via plunger and cord), and Tornado (sweep up ball and opposing cars into a giant funnel cloud).

    Additionally the free patch offers up a new feature of player-to-player item trades, new arenas, car presets, and “crates” which are unlocked with “keys” that can be purchased.  Read more

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