News & Updates
  • Madden NFL 17 roster update details out of week four of the season
    Posted October 6th, 2016 at 9:30 am 11 Comments »

    Madden NFL 17 Julio Jones

    The roster update following week three is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. With his 300 yard receiving game Julio Jones has moved up for the second time this season and is now rated 98 Overall. Richard Sherman has become the top rated cornerback in the game as he moves up 2 points to 94 Overall and jumps ahead of Josh Norman who dropped 1 to 93.

    Other notable ratings movers include Aaron Donald (+1 to 98), Geno Atkins (+1 to 95), Tyrann Mathieu (-1 to 95), Reshad Jones (+1 to 94), Brandon Graham (+2 to 93), Odell Beckham Jr. (-1 to 92), Linval Joseph (+2 to 91), Jimmy Graham (+2 to 90), Cam Newton (-2 to 90), Kawann Short (-2 to 88), Matt Ryan (+2 to 87), Xavier Rhodes (+3 to 83), Terence Newman (+3 to 83), Isaiah Crowell (+5 to 82), Ryan Kalil (-4 to 82), Zach Brown (+5 to 81), and Robert Ayers (-4 to 81). You can view all the ratings changes throughout the league with this new form.

  • Create and share snowboarding runs and parks with Infinite Air’s World Editor
    Posted October 5th, 2016 at 12:15 pm 11 Comments »


    HB Studios today revealed the World Editor feature for the upcoming snowboarding game Infinite Air. A similar approach is being taken to the studio’s own The Golf Club which had a terrific course creator heavily utilized by the community. With Infinite Air the World Editor will allow users to create and share their own unique runs and parks or download those from others.

    Thousands and thousands of user-generated courses will serve as the foundation for Infinite Air’s competitive atmosphere. At launch, the World Editor will offer over 100 items that can be used to create distinctive runs, using a variation of ramps, rails and pipes – anything to suit the players’ mind. Players will explore a vast backcountry across massive procedurally generated mountains and compete against friends, building and riding their own terrain parks and carving first tracks in pristine powder.

    Infinite Air is set to release on October 25 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game will be $50 but those with Amazon Prime can get it for $40.

  • Madden NFL 17 has its commentary update from the fourth week of the regular season
    Posted October 5th, 2016 at 7:15 am 7 Comments »


    The eighth commentary update for Madden NFL 17 went out today with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week four 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.

  • Details on the third patch for Madden NFL 17
    Posted October 4th, 2016 at 6:30 am 24 Comments »


    The third post-release update for Madden NFL 17 went live today on PS4 and Xbox One. Earlier patches have addressed various bugs in the game discovered following launch and the addition of the Color Rush uniforms. The latest update heavily influences gameplay and delivers fixes and improvements to Franchise and Ultimate Team modes.  Read more

  • Supreme Court will not hear O’Bannon case
    Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 10:45 am No Comments »


    The Ed O’Bannon v NCAA case that has been going through the legal process since 2009 will not be heard by the Supreme Court. That comes as no surprise considering the court doesn’t even take on 1% of the cases that are brought before it for consideration. Both the plaintiffs and the defendants were appealing lower court rulings to the Supreme Court affecting the definition of amateurism and what that means for the compensation of student-athletes.

    The O’Bannon party was seeking a reversal to the ruling made by the 9th Circuit where the ability to defer additional compensation beyond just the cost of attendance to athletes was struck down. Originally Judge Claudia Wilkin’s decision would have allowed for compensation capped at no less than $5,000 a year for each individual to be put into a trust the athletes would receive after completing their eligibility. On the flip side the NCAA wanted the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by limiting what athletes can receive.

    This is unfortunate news for those hoping to see a return of college sports video games as there is still no final judgment that will allow players to be paid for their likenesses. Athletes can still only receive money based on educational-related expenses. There are other cases making their way through the legal system challenging the NCAA’s power. It’s likely it will take one of those succeeding for a system to be put into place that will make it possible for players to be paid but sadly that remains years away from potentially happening.

    For more on this news check out the article written today over at Sporting News. For a full summary of the situation with college sports video games – from the first lawsuit filing to where we are today – make sure to read through this piece from 2015 at Hit The Pass.

  • NBA 2K17 tuning update looks to bring outside shooting percentages back to reality
    Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 9:00 am 10 Comments »


    One of the bigger complaints about NBA 2K17 in the over two weeks since it has released has regarded shooting percentages, particularly when the shots are being contested. That has been at least somewhat addressed in a gameplay tuning update that went live over the weekend. Gameplay director Mike Wang provided details on some of the changes that have been made to shooting as well as CPU defense:

    ♦The main change was redefining what the game considers open vs covered vs crowded. Sometimes when users think they play pretty good defense against a shooter, the game actually thinks he’s wide open. So this tweak will basically knock down covered jump shot %’s across the board.

    ♦Also flattened out the RS aiming bonuses and penalties. Perfect Aim was giving too big of a boost if you were good, and too big of a penalty if you didn’t use the feature.

    ♦The ‘Limited Range Badge’ was nerfed a little bit. Still a useful badge but people were cheesing it more than we anticipated.

    ♦Offensive Awareness was reduced for CPU on higher levels while Defensive Awareness was increased for User teammates.

    ♦Offensive Consistency was reduced for CPU to match the User on Superstar and HoF. Defensive Consistency was increased slightly for both CPU and User.

    ♦Made a change to fix excessive perimeter double teaming.

  • New Gauntlet in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team offers big rewards
    Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 8:00 am 5 Comments »


    One of the most common complaints with Ultimate Team modes in various sports games is the pressure put on users to pay money in order to build competent rosters and compete with others online. Madden has managed to avoid necessitating money be spent – though naturally they’re happy to have those that do – by implementing an expansive system of “Solo Challenges” which provide coins, players, and packs for completion. Now easily the best sequence of challenges has been introduced in Madden NFL 17.

    The new October Gauntlet just went live in the game. There are three Gauntlets to run through focused on running, passing, and defense. Each one has 20 challenges to complete set against the CPU on Pro difficulty.

    Those who go through all 60 will have earned over 100,000 Coins, 12 Contract Reward Packs, 6 Pro Packs, 6 All-Pro Packs, 3 Legend Packs, 3 Elite Player Packs, and an 89 Overall Julius Peppers. In terms of dollar amount that equates to about $80 worth of earnings. All that alone could turn a beginner’s team into a very solid one or take a good team to the next level.

  • The Line Drive for October 2
    Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments »


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Recent Reviews: NBA 2K17FIFA 17PES 2017Forza Horizon 3
    ♦The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to hear the O’Bannon appeals.
    ♦Those who hope for the return of college games should want that but it’s unlikely.
    ♦Can still pre-order upcoming games like Infinite Air and Steep for 20% off.
    ♦Ubisoft announced the Gold Edition of Steep that includes its Season Pass.
    ♦Four new fighters have been added to EA Sports UFC 2 with the game’s final patch.
    ♦Roster featuring 36 college teams has been created for the PS4 version of NBA 2K17.
    ♦Article at ESPN goes through the process of ratings players in the FIFA series.
    ♦Full details on the major gameplay update that recently went out for NBA Live Mobile.
    ♦JoyCity went into some detail on what to expect from the upcoming 3on3 FreeStyle.
    ♦Franchise Hockey Manager 3 will be NHL licensed and is $10 off if pre-ordered.
    ♦Appeared on Kat Bailey’s podcast to discuss sports games and their RPG elements.
    ♦Featured blu-ray releases this week X-Men: Apocalypse and The Purge: Election Year.

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