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  • ARMS is a boxing-like game for Switch
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    Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment »

    There will be a wait for for traditional sports games on the Nintendo Switch, with FIFA coming “later in the year” and NBA 2K18 in September, but the first game that could qualify for the genre is an arcade take on boxing called ARMS. While it’s being demonstrated as motion controlled using the Joy-Cons it’ll also be playable with traditional controls. ARMS will release in spring meaning it’ll be out before June 20 and sell at a premium $60 price.  Read more

  • Nintendo Switch coming 3/3 for $300
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    Posted January 12th, 2017 at 9:45 pm 10 Comments »

    Nintendo just held their highly anticipated reveal event for the home/portable hybrid system Switch and announced details about its release, capabilities, and games in development.

    The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3 with a price of $300. The online service will initially be free but after a period of time will transition to a paid service.

    The system offers three different ways to play with TV Mode, Tabletop, and Handheld. The detachable Joy-Cons feature rumble and motion as well as a capture button for screenshots and eventually videos. Battery life when out of the home dock will run from 2.5-6.5 hours. There will be 32 GB internal memory that can be expanded by purchasing an SDXC memory card. The Pro Controller will retail for $70.

    Nintendo has not been a destination for sports gaming fans however that could change with Switch if it catches on. It’ll depend heavily on whether players will pay into the Ultimate Team-type modes, a proposition that may prove more difficult than anticipated with a paywall being set up for the system’s online. FIFA was announced for “later this year” and will be custom built for the system. NBA 2K18 will also be coming to the Switch. No word on Madden or others. Additionally there’s a new IP called Arms releasing this spring, which is a boxing-like game featuring extendable arms that utilizes the motion controls in the Joy-Cons.

    Amazon currently has the Switch available for pre-order (unclear how long that will last for) along with some games including FIFA and Zelda which are 20% off for Prime members.

  • Madden NFL 17 roster update details heading into Divisional Playoff Weekend
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    Posted January 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments »

    The roster update in preparation for the nearing Divisional Playoff Weekend is available to download now in Madden NFL 17. The update includes ratings changes that primarily impact players on the eight teams that competed over Wild Card Weekend.

    Some of the biggest performers in the Wild Card games were rewarded: Le’Veon Bell (+1 to 96), Bobby Wagner (+1 to 93), Jadeveon Clowney (+1 to 89), Thomas Rawls (+1 to 82), and Paul Richardson (+2 to 74). After three phenomenal catches Richardson got +5 in Spetcacular Catch. However surprisingly there was no movement for Aaron Rodgers or Doug Baldwin, and Randall Cobb actually dropped a point to 86 Overall despite catching 3 touchdowns.

    Other changes include DeAndre Hopkins (+1 to 91), Jordy Nelson (+ to 91), Odell Beckham Jr. (-2 to 91), Janoris Jenkins (-1 to 89), A.J. Bouye (+1 to 88), Xavier Rhodes (+2 to 87), Justin Pugh (-2 to 85), Bruce Irvin (-2 to 84), Amari Cooper (-1 to 84), Matthew Stafford (-1 to 84), Jake Ryan (+3 to 76), and Kiko Alonso (-3 to 76). View all the ratings movement enacted across the league with the new form here.

  • Madden NFL 17 has its commentary update heading into Divisional Round
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    Posted January 11th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 2 Comments »

    The 20th commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events taking place and storylines that have emerged heading into the Divisional Playoff games. Madden has been receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo has also recorded additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.

  • NFL Predictor for Divisional Round now open in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team
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    Posted January 11th, 2017 at 9:30 am No Comments »

    The promotion to earn Coins in Ultimate Team based on making predictions related to the NFL Playoffs has now opened up for the Divisional Round of match-ups. The NFL Predictor involves completing new Solo Challenges that give out True or False tokens and then placing those into new Sets that are related to the the four games that will take place on this coming weekend.

    Two Solo Challenges are currently open and upon completion each awards an NFL Predictor 8-Pack with those badges then turned into the Sets. The predictions that can be made are not just based on the results of the games but also statistical outputs of specific players. The Coin rewards are based on the odds of each event happening as some will payout more for certain outcomes than others. Each set predicted can be worth from 750 to 2,000 Coins. Those who manage to get all 16 right will also get a 50,000 Coin bonus.

  • End of Year Community Awards: Best Sports Game of 2016
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    Posted January 10th, 2017 at 1:45 pm 8 Comments »

    The 12th and final category in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards is the big one – Sports Game of the Year. A variety of franchises have won the award in the past including Madden, FIFA and The Show but the last two years have gone to NBA 2K. The 2016 field is strong, with no clear standout, and arguments able to be made for and against each one of the nominees.

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 was able to overcome any licensing shortcomings thanks to its fantastic gameplay which addressed its few flaws of the previous year. PES finished with two nominations in the Community Awards including that for Best Gameplay.

    MLB The Show 16 continued to build on gameplay and visual strengths while further expanding the appeal of Diamond Dynasty and in doing so remained the most steady sports gaming franchise in existence today. The Show finished with five nominations in the Community Awards.

    NBA 2K17 adapted to the changing landscape of the league while also offering the most content found in any sports game helped by its two great franchise modes and compelling story mode. 2K17 tied for the most Community Awards nominations with seven.

    Madden NFL 17 finally leveraged some of the most exciting plays in football by making special teams matter and mostly avoided gimmicks in favor of addressing long-running areas of deficiency in the series. Madden tied for the most Community Awards nominations with seven.

    FIFA 17 offered a well-rounded product through extensive licensing and several different ways to play including the new story mode, excellent online features and performance, along with accessible gameplay. FIFA finished with six nominations in the Community Awards.


    Vote on the other categories as well
    Best Gameplay
    Best Mobile Game
    Best Career/Story Mode
    Best Presentation
    Best Team-Building Mode
    Best Online Play
    Best Franchise Mode
    Best Racing Game
    Best Post-Release Support
    Best New/Non-Yearly Game
    Best New Feature

  • End of Year Community Awards: Best New Feature of 2016
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    Posted January 9th, 2017 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment »

    Every year new modes are added to sports games or features introduced to enhance enjoyment of the ones being carried over. The second-to-last category to open up in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards is for Best New Feature. NBA 2K, Madden, and MLB The Show have all won this award in the past, with The Show on a streak of three straight victories over the field.

    Madden NFL 17 debuted weekly commentary updates from the new broadcasting duo of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. NBA 2K17 added two new Franchise features with the ability to expand leagues to as many as 36 teams and begin a new MyLeague campaign with the current day’s standings and statistics. EA Sports UFC 2 showcased its ‘Knockout Physics System’ through its new KO Mode. MLB The Show 16 made Diamond Dynasty a mode for everyone thanks to the daily ratings fluctuations provided by Inside Edge.


    Other categories now open for vote
    Best Gameplay
    Best Mobile Game
    Best Career/Story Mode
    Best Presentation
    Best Team-Building Mode
    Best Online Play
    Best Franchise Mode
    Best Racing Game
    Best Post-Release Support
    Best New/Non-Yearly Game

  • The Line Drive for January 8
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    Posted January 8th, 2017 at 10:30 am 4 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.

    ♦Coming up on last week to vote in all the various categories of the Community Awards.
    ♦Still to come are the awards for Best New Feature and Sports Game of the Year.
    ♦Summarized all the biggest sports gaming stories of 2016 for Sporting News.
    ♦Discussed many of 2016’s most important stories on the latest Press Row Podcast.
    ♦That episode of the Press Row Podcast can now also be found on Youtube.
    ♦The 2017 NBA All-Star uniforms have just been added to NBA 2K17.
    ♦Full details on all the ratings changes in the latest roster update for NBA 2K17.
    ♦The Cavs got the 6th best overall 3pt shooter in NBA 2K17 by trading for Kyle Korver.
    ♦Calendar of content coming to Diamond Dynasty in January for MLB The Show 16.
    ♦Rocket League was remarkably the most downloaded game of 2016 on PlayStation 4.
    ♦Forza Horizon 3 had its Rockstar Energy Car Pack go out last week.
    ♦New teaser trailer was released for the upcoming Old Time Hockey.
    ♦Old Time Hockey announced 10 new teams that have been created for the game.
    ♦Still can rent any movie with one-time use of 99 cent deal through Amazon Video.
    ♦Blu-ray releases include The Accountant, Deepwater Horizon, Mr Robot S2 this week.

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