News & Updates
  • Madden NFL 17 final roster update details
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 6 Comments »

    The roster update which follows Super Bowl LI is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. Expected to be the final update of the season it delivers some ratings changes mostly affecting the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons while freeing up any remaining injured players.

    Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady has moved up a point to 96 Overall for his peak rating of the season. He now stands alone as the second highest rated quarterback in the game trailing only Aaron Rodgers. The other big star was James White who had 3 touchdowns, caught 14 passes, and scored a two-point conversion. He has been bumped up a couple points to 80 Overall.

    Other notable players on the move include Julian Edelman (+1 to 89), DeMarco Murray (+1 to 87), Melvin Gordon (+2 to 85), Matt Forte (-2 to 84), Alan Branch (+3 to 82), Trey Flowers (+1 to 81), Deion Jones (+2 to 80), and Robert Alford (+1 to 80). Check out all the changes and final ratings for players across the league through this form.

  • NBA to run eSports league with 2K Sports
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am 10 Comments »

    The NBA and 2K Sports today announced an unprecedented partnership with the hopes of creating the next big eSport. NBA 2K eLeague will launch in 2018 and eventually every NBA team will run one of the eSport franchises within a professional sports league structure.

    It’ll be important for money not to be a factor in shaping the characters utilized in the NBA 2K eLeague. Competitive balance will be key as currently the competitions with the game involve characters that have been built up through both extreme amount of time playing the game and money spent to boost attributes and abilities. For several years now 2K has implemented a number of avenues to try and drive the purchase of Virtual Currency aka VC. Tempting people into participating in qualification for a tournament using their created players is one of them.

    The other big concern relates to online reliability. Even still with NBA 2K17 the online Pro-Am mode has serious issues, with participants all too frequently being booted which leaves the inferior CPU to take their place. Unless teams will be traveling to play locally the risk of that happening and unfortunately ruining games will remain. The majority of responses on social media to this news reference issues with the servers.

    This is a big opportunity for both the NBA and 2K though should they figure out solutions to those challenges. Having a full league season rather than basic tournament structure could result in a real fan following, which will be further assisted by having the NBA teams involved creating another potential rooting interest for spectators.

  • EA Sports responds to controversy over social media conduct from eSports competitors
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 7:30 am 9 Comments »

    Rather than being about the series of entertaining Madden NFL 17 games in an eSports setting where viewership numbers are slowly on the rise, the big story coming out of the Madden Bowl late last week related to the conduct of the winner on social media. The situation has been problematic for EA Sports which is still trying to find its way in the competitive scene and has now faced a number of growing pains along the way.

    The circumstances necessitated a response from the company which was just published, and naturally that was done through social media. Read more

  • Post-Super Bowl LI commentary update is out now in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted February 8th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments »

    The 23rd and possibly final 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 out of a dramatic Super Bowl 51.

    Madden received these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo also recorded additional audio for Franchise and Ultimate Team. The updates won the 2016 Community Award for Best New Feature.

    While it would be interesting if the commentary updates continued over the offseason, with references made to the Combine, free agency, trades, and NFL Draft, it’s unclear whether EA desires – or would even be allowed – to address any new league-year actions.

  • MLB The Show 17 video highlights the improvements coming to gameplay
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    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am 14 Comments »

    The promotional schedule for MLB The Show 17 begins today with the first look at gameplay-related improvements and additions. The video goes over changes to expect out of the game that include new ball physics, AI that should play more life-like, changes to base-stealing systems with a look at the catcher throw meter, new catch and throw engine to hopefully eliminate the lack of urgency in making plays, and enhanced personality.

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    MLB The Show 17 will release on March 28 with Ken Griffey Jr. on the cover and also found in-game as one of the new legends. Amazon is offering pre-orders at a discount of 20% to Prime members. The standard edition goes for $48 and the MVP Edition for $56. The latter includes 5K Stubs, Gold Season Starter Pack, Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs, limited edition steel book, and PS4 themes for every team in the league.

  • The Golf Club 2 first trailer and feature details
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    Posted February 7th, 2017 at 6:00 am 5 Comments »

    The Golf Club was one of the most pleasant sports gaming surprises of recent years, even managing to win the Community Award for Best New/Non-Yearly Game in 2014. The sequel from HB Studios will release this spring on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Today the developer released the first trailer for The Golf Club 2 along with a preview of some big features and improvements to expect from the game.  Read more

  • Mutant Football League hits crowdfunding target and will move on to stretch goals
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    Posted February 6th, 2017 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments »

    It took only three days for the Mutant Football League Kickstarter campaign to reach the goal of raising $60,000 to be put towards completion of online multiplayer. The spiritual successor to the 1993 game Mutant League Football is being developed by the same creator and lead designer and has gone through some substantial changes since an original run at raising funds in 2013 came up short. This time the project was ready to be scrutinized and tap into a neglected segment of sports gaming where backers have jumped at the opportunity to support it.

    While $25 will get you a digital copy of the game when it releases and access to the beta this summer there are a number of tiers with varying rewards that may include alpha access, t-shirts and collectibles. Now that the goal has been reached consideration is going to be given to adding stretch goals. The developers are seeking suggestions on what those could be in the Kickstarter comments section that backers have access to post within and this new survey.

    Already more backers for the current campaign (near 1300) have pledged than was collected over a month long stretch in 2013 (1100). There is far more confidence in the project because the game itself is not reliant upon the funding, and a mobile-first push back then has been supplanted by focus instead on it being a console/PC game which is far more appealing.

    Mutant Football League is targeting a release of October for PC and early 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One. The game is described as an “NFL Blitz arcade-style football game, with nasty mutants, ferocious monsters, deadly chainsaws, and lots of gory player deaths, along with some edgy, satirical humor that parodies America’s favorite sport.”

  • The Line Drive for February 5
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    Posted February 5th, 2017 at 7:30 am 11 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.

    ♦EA Sports is still thriving in 2017 despite a few high profile failures thanks to FIFA.
    ♦Monday is the last full day to get the Super Bowl Edition of Madden NFL 17 for $20.
    ♦Press Row Podcast latest episode focused on EA’s booms and busts is now on Youtube.
    ♦Pre-orders of MLB The Show 17 are 20% off for Amazon Prime members.
    ♦Madden NFL 17 gives the Atlanta Falcons a 52% chance of winning Super Bowl LI.
    ♦EA Sports reached an agreement with ESPN to broadcast FIFA eSports competitions.
    ♦Details on the ratings changes made in the latest roster update for NBA 2K17.
    ♦NBA 2K17 PS4 owners were forced to download 22GB+ of data over two days last week.
    ♦A hop-step exploit was addressed in one of those patches released for NBA 2K17.
    ♦The Stance socks for the NBA All-Star Game have been added to NBA 2K17.
    ♦Behind-the-scenes info from SCEA on MLB The Show 17 out-of-position improvements.
    ♦New developer blog goes over updates made to the course designer for The Golf Club 2.
    ♦The Mutant Football League Kickstarter is already over 75% of its way to reaching the goal.
    ♦Ubisoft released a teaser trailer for the free Alaska update coming to Steep on Feb 10.
    ♦New physical toy mini pull-back racers for Rocket League will release this spring.
    ♦Out of the Park Developments announced the winners of their first promo for OOTP 18.
    ♦Sony released details on the big new features coming in the next PS4 system update.

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