EA Sports continues to churn out intriguing additions to Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 17 that make it possible to upgrade teams through the accumulation of Coins or pack and player rewardsÂ without having to spend money buying packs. The October Gauntlet is a fantastic way to do just thatÂ and the Breast Cancer Awareness program is also worthwhile. Today another big Solo Challenge campaign was introduced to the mode.
The NFL Journey Solo Challenge encompasses 160 scenarios so it’ll take considerable time to complete. Those who get through all of them will have received 160K Coins, 6 Elite players, 32 packs, and a 90 rated Earl Thomas with Seattle Chemistry.
The ninth commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week five of the season. Madden will be receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo will also be recording additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
Another commentary update is out in Madden NFL 17. Here's just a sampling of what's new coming out of week 5. pic.twitter.com/efs0PH3m9l
— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) October 11, 2016
The second post-release patch for NBA 2K17 has just gone live on PlayStation 4 and is expected to reach Xbox One in the near future. It’s another massive update at 7.1 GB – the same as the first which went out in late September on PS4 and just last week on XB1. [Update 10/14] The patch is now also available on Xbox One and PC.
This latest patch intends to fix the shot meter which has been improperly registering release timing. Recent gameplay tuning updates have been used to try and compensate for the flaw in shooting as best as possible until the release of the patch. Full details on what the update has affected with gameplay and various modes now follows:Â Read more
The latest refresh of the popularÂ mobile version of the FIFA series has just released. FIFA Mobile, which drops Ultimate Team from the title but is still heavily based on the team-building model, can now be downloaded free for iOS through iTunes and for Android from Google Play. The game was availableÂ in limited markets for a month before releasing worldwide today where reviews were not kind and trail far behind those of last year’s edition.
The biggest new feature with FIFA Mobile is “Attack Mode” whichÂ takes a turn-based approach for online multiplayer matches where only offensive attacks are controlled. The game also features its traditional Ultimate Team, online leagues, and daily challenges.Â Read more
No Goblin is the latest independent developer to take a shot at creating a unique arcade-style sports game with the just released 100ft Robot Golf. The game is currently exclusive to PlayStation 4 – it’s expected to reach other platforms in the future though there is no outlook for when that will happen – and is being sold for $20 as a digital download.
100ft Robot Golf is just as the title makes it sound – giant robots playing golf in a handful of settings. The robots have their own specific skills and power-ups, and can smash obstacles and disrupt play of opponents. Modes include a single player campaign/story and both splitscreen and online multiplayer. With PSVR out this week it’s worth noting the game also includes a mode dedicated to Virtual Reality.Â Look for a review of 100ft Robot Golf within the next few days!
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Amazon has deals onÂ MLB The Show 16 for just $20Â andÂ FIFA 17 for $50.
â™¦College video games remain in limbo as Supreme Court passes on O’Bannon case.
â™¦OOTP 17 and MLB 16 predict the winners from the ALDS and NLDS.
â™¦After 8 years NHL returns to PC with the upcoming Franchise Hockey Manager 3.
â™¦FIFA 17 is breaking franchise sales records in the UK and across the globe.
â™¦Latest updates to Madden NFL 17 brought average YPC to more realistic level.
â™¦Details on the latest patch for Rocket League which added the underwater arena.
â™¦NHL 17 full season simÂ determined the Nashville Predators will win the Stanley Cup.
â™¦Details on the latest content update to have released for Forza Horizon 3.
â™¦The Golf Club VR has been announced to release for HTC Vive by the end of the year.
â™¦HB Studios released a trailer for the virtual reality version of The Golf Club.
â™¦The free-to-play game Snow has a beta coming to PS4 which will cost $20 to join.
â™¦Details on an upcoming patch coming to Nascar Heat Evolution in the weeks ahead.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by The Legend of Tarzan and Ghostbusters.
Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL 17 is coming off the introduction of a terrific way to significantly upgrade teams without having to spend any money by playing through the October Gauntlet. The newest addition is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness promo which also offers considerable rewards.
The BCA program is split into two weeks, with this first one focusing on defense and then next Friday the second phase rolling out for offense. In this defensive week there are 16 challenges to complete that award a total of 21,250 Coins, 6 packs, and an Elite Richard Sherman.
Also new with BCA is the chemistry tied to specific players (requires 4 BCA in active lineup and gives +2 to Strength, Awareness, and Play Recognition) plus Sets that can turn 10 Silver BCA cards into one Gold or 10 Gold cards into an Elite. A final set will accept every defensive BCA player plus the Sherman that’s earned through the Solo Challenge in order to acquire an even higher rated version of Sherman.
BCA packs can be purchased from the store for 900 Points, which is the equivalent of $9 and provides 4 Gold or better BCA players. The defensive portion of the promo and all that comes with it ends the morning of the 14th when it’ll open up for the offense.
The appealing nature of theÂ EA Access subscription service tends to fluctuate over the course of a given year, being largely dependent upon times where the primary drawÂ is the 10 hour trials for games about to release or the points at which the addition of those that have been out for a while are made to the Vault.Â Besides Battlefield 1 there are no more trials to come this year, however several additions to the Vault are planned.
The next big sports game to make it to the service will be EA Sports UFC 2 which originally released back in March. It’s expected by the end of the year but may very well be just a matter of weeks away. Despite an every-other-year release schedule the first EA Sports UFC only took six months before goingÂ to the Vault. The sequel features an Ultimate Team mode which is one way for the publisher to make additional revenue despite the game beingÂ free to subscribers.
Also coming soon are Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. A number of Xbox Live Arcade games were added today. The EA Access Vault currently features all sports games released this generation besides Madden 17, FIFA 17, and NHL 17. It also offers Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Need for Speed, Unravel, Battlefield Hardline, and several others. Those games are essentially owned as long as a subscription is active.
EA Access goes for $30 a year or $5 month-to-month which is a fantastic value. The service remains available on Xbox One but not PlayStation 4, as Sony has decided to continue blocking it from the system. In addition to the Vault, subscribers get extended early trials of games before they release and 10% off all digital purchases.