The latest roster update for MLB The Show 16 went out early this morning. The biggest movers are those on the way down, with some big name players taking a major hit to their attributes.
Joey Votto has plummeted to 90 Overall which dropsÂ him out of the Diamond tier, having lostÂ considerable points in Vision and both Contact and Power categories. He’s batting just .215 on the season and on pace for nearly 180 strikeouts.Â Justin Upton fell 8 points to 77 though a portion of that is just related to a position change. Down 10 points in Vision and 13 in Discipline areÂ where he took the biggest hits. He’s on pace to strikeout over 250 times!
Bryce Harper has lost the 99 rating he earned earlier this month. He was dinged heavily in Vision (-18), Contact vs Lefties (-9), and Contact for Righties (-8). He’s batting just .200 for the month of May but with high on-base percentage due to all the walks he’s been taking.
Other notable changes include Andrew Miller (+1 to 92), Ben Zobrist (+3 to 87), David Ortiz (+2 to 87), Ian Kinsler (+2 to 87), Carlos Gonzalez (-2 to 87), Nelson Cruz (-2 to 87), Aaron Nola (+3 to 86),Â Odubel Herrera (+3 to 83), Howie Kendrick (+5 to 82), Jackie Bradley Jr. (+3 to 81), Nick Castellanos (+3 to 81), Mark Trumbo (+2 to 80),Â Trayce Thompson (+8 to 78),Â Prince Fielder (-4 to 76), andÂ Jason Grilli (-5 to 76).
Tony Kemp, 2B, Astros. 73 Overall, A Potential
Alen Hanson, 2B, Pirates. 71 Overall, A Potential
Matt Reynolds, SS, Mets. 67 Overall, B Potential
Colin Moran, 3B, Astros. 65 Overall, A Potential
Tommy Joseph, 1B, Phillies. 61 Overall, B Potential
Tayron Guerrero, RP, Padres. 60 Overall, B Potential
Jarlin Garcia, RP, Marlins. 60 Overall, B Potential
Matt Purke, RP, White Sox. 58 Overall, B Potential
Dean Kiekhafer, RP, Cardinals. 54 Overall, B Potential
Today Sony officially announced Gran Turismo Sport will release November 15 for PlayStation 4. The game, which acts as a spin-off from Gran Turismo proper, will be the first appearance for the series on PS4. Gran Turismo 7 is in development and likely to release late 2017. Read more
The secondÂ of two developer blogs for Madden NFL 17 today – the first looked at the ball-carrier controls and abilities that have been added – is a more technical look at improvements that have been made to the defensive side of the ball. A new defensive AI system was promised along with the first features announced for the game.
Considerable advancements have been made to the AI based on alignments, assignments, techniques, as well as theÂ blocking from the offense to keep things balanced. Read more
Though much of the initial reaction towards Madden NFL 17 has been positive based on the first stated features – Franchise mode as a focus, defensive AI enhancements, and work done to special teams, the one area that hasn’t generated a rousing reaction is the new ball-carrier controls. Madden has been instituting visual aids to various areas of Madden for years now (defensive line, WR/DB, tackle cone) to mostly forgettable results and this is the latest.
EA Sports released additional details today on what the moves will mean to Madden NFL 17. There are new mechanics to execute the moves, the capabilities for each individual are based on their ratings with fatigue potentially impacting what they can pull off, and there are new fake out animations for would-be tacklers. There’s also something called “Tackle Battles” (which can’t be turned off) and will potentially determine whether a ball carrier is taken down or breaks out of an attempted tackle. Most of theÂ visual aids can be turned off if desired, and will be off by default on All-Pro and All-Madden difficulty settings.Â Read more
EA Sports has released a fifth post-release update to FIFA 16 on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 360, and PC. Unlike the last patch, which influenced gameplay fairly heavily, this one is relatively minor and primarily intended to improve matchmaking in Ultimate Team.
â™¦Matchmaking improvements to help players find each other quicker.
â™¦Matchmaking rematch issues in FUT Online Draft.
â™¦Enhanced ability to message players about issues and updates.
â™¦Fixed the compare feature on leaderboards.
â™¦Fixed an issue with Player Career Mode accomplishments affecting Pro Clubs.
I recently appeared on The 4 Verts Podcast for an interview to discuss the journey of Pastapadre.com, creation of Hit The Pass, and writing for Sporting News. The conversation then turns to Madden and the differences between the development team now and in the past, the impact of Ultimate Team, areas in which the series has struggled the most, and what needs to be done for it to join the elite class of sports games in a shrinking marketplace.
Nascar has come to the Forza Motorsport series on Xbox One. An expansion released today for Forza 6 that features a new Nascar World Tour Career, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and 24 cars/16 drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, BradÂ Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Danica Patrick.Â The Nascar expansion is being sold for $20 and will go out later today.
How would American stock cars fare against Australian V8s at Bathurst, or against WEC prototypes at Le Mans? With the NASCAR World Tour career, players will be able to live these fantasies and answer those questions for themselves, competing in unique events across the cosmopolitan lineup of tracks and circuits in Forza 6. Whether battling it out against GT and endurance racers from the worldâ€™s top motorsports leagues, sharing the track with open wheelers from IndyCar and Formula E, or testing the limits on classic American ovals like Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, this is NASCAR like youâ€™ve never experienced it before.
Two weeks ago a patch went out for MLB The Show 16 that addressed various issues with the game including the auto-baserunning that had not worked properly since the game released in late March. Unfortunately, the patch wrecked manual-baserunning in the process, and messed up several other areas of the game along with it.
Today the fourth patch for the game went live. It’s intended to fix multiple problems with baserunning, cloud saves, and other issues. Read more