The open beta for the upcoming mountain sports game Steep is now underway. Sign up through the official website for the game to get the download code on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. The open beta will be active until 11AM PT on Monday.
The Open Beta will allow players to discover the diversity of Steepâ€™s world by exploring, riding and completing dozens of challenges through three of the seven regions composing Steepâ€™s massive open world inspired from the Alps â€“ the Aravis, the Tyrol and the Needles. Players will also find nine Mountain Stories â€“ narrative-based challenges that will delve deeper into unique moments in the world of Steep â€“ throughout their journey. Completing these challenges and Mountain Stories will also unlock new gear for players to customize their characters.
Open beta participants will receive a free Crash Test Dummy outfit, be able to play online with others and share discoveries, and are free to broadcast gameplay or post video highlights. Steep is slated to release on December 2 and can be pre-ordered for 20% off with Amazon Prime.
The roster update following week 10 of the regular season is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. It was the best weekend of football in a long time with nearly every game going down to the wire and for the first time in history two games on the same day featured seven lead changes as the Cowboys topped the Steelers and the Seahawks beatÂ the Patriots.
Notable players with ratings movement this week include Ben Roethlisberger (+1 to 93), Kam Chancellor (+1 to 92), Geno Atkins (+1 to 92), Chris Harris Jr. (-1 to 92), Russell Wilson (+1 to 91), Cameron Jordan (+2 to 90), Pernell McPhee (-2 to 89), Matt Ryan (-1 to 89), Landon Collins (+2 to 88), Doug Martin (-2 to 88), Carlos Dunlap (-2 to 87), Stefon Diggs (+1 to 85), Johnathan Cyprien (+3 to 84), Clay Matthews (-2 to 84), Vontaze Burfict (+4 to 83), Lorenzo Alexander (+3 to 83), Frank Clark (+3 to 80), Marcus Mariota (+1 to 80), and Anthony Barr (-3 to 77).Â View all the ratings changes made throughout the league with this new form.
TheÂ eSports industry is now drawing annual revenues of near half billion dollars annually, with growth continuingÂ at a rapid rate, yet sports video games have almost no place in the picture. EA Sports and 2K Sports are trying to establish their franchises as legitimate eSports however there are some major hurdles for them to overcome. Chief among them is that, despite how many people buy sports video games, relatively few seem interested in watching others play them.
In a follow-up to the most recent Press Row Podcast episode, the stumbles from publishers so far and the inherent concerns about sports video games as eSports and their lack of appeal to viewers are analyzed today in a piece written for Sporting News.
While NBA 2K17 and FIFA 17 supported the new PS4 Pro and its capability to enhance the visuals and framerates of games at launch, Konami had announced plans to follow later thisÂ month with an update for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. The company has since announced a delay for that particular patch and a target now of mid-December.
The update for November was to include other additions and that will still be releasing as scheduled. Expected to go out next week on PS4 and XB1, the patch will provide enhancements to two of the teamsÂ that have marketing partnerships with PES. Anfield Stadium and the clubâ€™s songs and chants will be added for Liverpool. Signal Iduna Parkwill be added for Borussia Dortmund. The screenshot above also shows an updated likeness for Lionel Messi.
A second patch has just gone out for FIFA 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While the first update to the game delivered a number ofÂ gameplay and presentation improvements, this one isn’t as substantial, though it does attempt to fix some minor issues and adds in several new languages for the story mode. Â Read more
The 13th 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 10 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 is also 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 10. pic.twitter.com/ArIRClTM3j
— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) November 15, 2016
As the season progresses the usefullness of the new ‘Start Today’ feature introduced for MyLeague in NBA 2K17 will continue to grow. The option allows for users to begin their season with up-to-date standings and statistics. Now two weeks into the season teams have anywhere from 8 to 11 games played, and some gamers may wish to jump on the bandwagon of those with hot starts or look to turn things around for those that have disappointed thus far.
In examining the accuracy of the feature it appears to be working almost exactly as intended. All teams have the correct win-loss records and player stats are also correct. The only thing that won’t match real life are the season awards which appear to be based on the game’s logic rather than feeding in the names of those who have actually won.
Have you used the new ‘Start Today’ method of playing a franchise in MyLeague? If not, are you considering doing so when the league reaches a deeper point of the season?
Madden NFL 17 is currently available for $30 through Amazon Prime for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. With Black Friday nearing (Nov 25) it’s a great opportunity to secure it for about the same price it’ll be found then without having to worry about crowds or supply running out online.
[Update] Supply of both versions at that price have now been run through. Madden, NBA 2K17, FIFA 17 and others will be $27-30 on Black Friday.