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
Last week the sequel to EA Sports UFC was made official, with Ronda Rousey being announced for the coverÂ – prior to theÂ defeat that has thrown a wrench into marketing plansÂ – and the major features for the game detailed. Now various retailers have revealed there to be a “Deluxe Edition” for $10 more than the standard edition, and like other games from the publisher it has been designed to entice those planning to play Ultimate Team into paying a little more upfront to save in the long run.
The $70 Deluxe Edition of EA Sports UFC 2 will include 30 Ultimate Team Premium Packs – said to be a $60 value – which will be distributed over a period of 15 weeks. Amazon has the listings up now for pre-order.
The new Ultimate Team will be different in structure compared the mode in other sports games, featuring up to five fighters in a stable, that are improved upon with boosts from packs affectingÂ moves and attributes.
It remains to be seen whether Ultimate Team will prove as compelling in an individual sport as it has for team sports. The mode alone being added probably isn’t going to draw new consumers to the series, but if enough who do get the game try it out, andÂ aÂ decent percentage of those end up paying money into the system, it will be a critical component to the future of the series.
The feedback-based patch that typically goes out in late November or early DecemberÂ every year for Madden has arrived and this time goes beyond just fixes and improvements to gameplay. New features have made it in with the third patch for Madden NFL 16.
Draft Champions, which was popular at release but lost significant steam due to a lack of stakes or incentive to continue playing, now has a ranked mode which could reignite interest. Similar to FUT Draft in FIFA 16 there is an entry fee to play it however. There is also a valuable new addition to Franchise mode – an XP slider. Unfortunately that will only apply to franchises which are started after having received the patch.Â Read more
We’re now in the midst of baseball’s award season and there are only a matter of weeks until the first news hits for MLB 16: The Show. Post-release support for MLB 15 has come to a close with the final roster update which adjusts the ratings ofÂ 61 position players and 52 pitchers.
Notables among them include Corey Seager (+1o to 83), David Price (+2 to 93), Jason Heyward (+3 to 87), Tyson Ross (+3 to 86), Francisco Lindor (+3 to 84),Â Mark Buehrle (-2 to 82), Matt Kemp (-1 to 81),Â Kevin Kiermaier (+6 to 79), and Kris Medlen (-4 to 79).Â Additionally SCEA adjusted the player potential rating for many players across the league.
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Â Â Â â€˘Three tips videos with Da Czar on basics to improve your play in NBA 2K16
Â Â Â â€˘What people are hoping for out of MLB 16: The Show (video)
Â Â Â â€˘How should publishers react to the misdeeds of players (video)
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â™¦EA Sports detailed the Road to the Playoffs content in Madden NFL 16 Ultimate Team.
â™¦The second patch for FIFA 16 which was detailed earlier is now out on PS4/XB1/PC.
â™¦Sales in North America for October finished NBA 2K16 (#2) and Madden NFL 16 (#4).
â™¦The WWE 2K16 face scan mobile app has been delayed for at least a few more weeks.
â™¦Stumbled across Costco selling Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for just $10.
â™¦A Kickstarter launched for theÂ spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer on PS4/XB1/PC.
â™¦Details were released on a new gameplay tuner update to recently go out for NHL 16.
â™¦New roster released for NHL 16 updates rookie portraits and presentation elements.
â™¦Details were released on the first patch that will be coming to the new Need for Speed.
â™¦Vijah Singh was paid $75,000 per year to appear in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series.
â™¦Nominations were announced for The Game Awards which will take place next month.
â™¦Current deals: FIFA 16 $40, NBA 2K16 $46, Live 16 $36, PES 2016 $45, Forza 6 $48
â™¦Daily Fantasy took another huge blow by being deemed illegal in New York.
â™¦Star Wars: Battlefront can still be ordered from Amazon with $5 off for Prime members.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week include The Man From U.N.C.L.E and The Hobbit Trilogy.
The latest Press Row Podcast combines the audio from two video segments produced for Hit The Pass this past week plus a third only for the podcast. For those who would prefer to watch the two videos those have been embedded in this post as well.
The featured subjects are MLB 16: The Show and what people are looking for out of the game as the first news nears, whether publishers have any moral obligation to handle players who have committed misdeeds in a different manner, and impressions of the new Need for Speed game.
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A new patch for NBA 2K16 went out today on PlayStation 4 and it should arrive on Xbox One likely within the next week. While the first patch a month ago was focused primarily on getting the Pro-Am mode to work, this one is much more based on community feedback. The update has heavy influence on gameplay and nearlyÂ every mode in the game.Â Read more