The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Kirk Herbstreit made some grossly misguided comments about NCAA Football.
â™¦Will Mike Tyson impact the potential success of EA Sports UFC 2?
â™¦Only 19% of poll respondents feelÂ Tyson will affect their UFC 2 purchase decision.
â™¦Putting together a competitive discount Ultimate Team squad in FIFA 16.
â™¦Defense and special teams All-Pros and their ratings in Madden NFL 16.
â™¦NBA 2K16 has already made the switch to Tyronn Lue as coach of the Cavaliers.
â™¦New off-screen image shows off Physically Based Rendering in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦FIFA 16 is on sale for $30 for the Xbox One versionÂ on Amazon.
â™¦The base game of The Golf Club is on sale for $7.50 on PS4 just though today.
â™¦Rocket League and all its DLC on PC is on sale for 30% off just through today.
â™¦Details on the changes coming for the second online season of Rocket League.
â™¦The XB1 version of Rocket League will get some exclusive Sunset Overdrive items.
â™¦Details on the latest roster update to go out for NBA Live 16.
â™¦Driveclub is adding a hardcore mode removing assists in a February update.
â™¦Fallout 4 is on sale for its lowest price to date of $40 on XB1 and PS4.
The reboot of RBI Baseball will be returning for its third season. MLBAM announced today that RBI Baseball 16 will release this spring on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and mobile. It remains the only licensed MLB game on XB1, but has recently been joined by the terrific unlicensed Super Mega Baseball to give fans at least a choice of games on the console.
It has been a rough return for the series, with the game having beenÂ met coldly due to lack of features, poor post-release support, high price, and lackluster gameplay. The version made forÂ consoles has felt veryÂ much like a port of a mobile game. RBI 14 and RBI 15 both landed in the mid-40s on Metacritic.
New features for RBI Baseball 16Â include the ability to dive and make wall catches in the field, improved defensive AI, an improved batting system, plus the usual enhanced lighting and graphics. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox is the frontman for this year’s game.
The closed beta for EA Sports UFC 2 won’t kick off for most people until late next weekÂ but footage has already made it out thanks to a live stream held by UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The game was streamed for nearly three hours and though it isn’t high quality, parts of the screen are obscuredÂ by various windows and text, and the audio is primarily of Jackson and his buddies, it’s an extensive look at gameplay particularlyÂ at thisÂ still somewhat early stage.
The game footage has been compiled/edited down and savedÂ for permanent viewing. Continue on to check out the videos and leave any observations in the comments!Â Read more
The roster update following the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is available to download now in Madden NFL 16. MoreÂ teams are affected than just those that played over theÂ weekend as end-of-year reevaluations continue to beÂ made, however there are far fewer players that received adjustments this week than has beenÂ typical with the updates throughout the season. Check out all the changes made in the spreadsheet here.
Notable players on the rise include Khalil Mack (+1 to 96), Kawann Short (+2 to 95), Kam Chancellor (+1 to 94), Jordan Reed (+1 to 92), William Hayes (+3 to 92), Nick Fairley (+2 to 90), Darrelle Revis (+1 to 89), Lavonte David (+2 to 86), Peyton Manning (+1 to 86), Malcolm Butler (+2 to 85), Akiem Hicks (+3 to 84), and Rob Ninkovich (+3 to 84).
Among those dropping with the update are Carson Palmer (-1 to 97), Andrew Whitworth (-1 to 95), Robert Quinn (-1 to 94), Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 93), Devin McCourty (-2 to 92), Terrell Suggs (-1 to 92), Will Hill (-2 to 91), Dont’a Hightower (-1 to 91), Patrick Chung (-1 to 90), Chandler Jones (-1 to 90), Charles Woodson (-2 to 89), Ryan Kalil (-3 to 88), Charles Johnson (-3 to 88), Alex Smith (-1 to 86), Jerod Mayo (-3 to 83), and Max Unger (-6 to 83).
Only one player was adjusted dramaticallyÂ in today’s NBA 2K16 roster update. The struggling Kevin Love gotÂ dropped by 3 points and now stands at 82 Overall.
Love took significant hits in attributes like Offensive Consistency (-15), Defensive Consistency (-10), multiple Defensive IQ categoriesÂ and multiple Shooting categories. He has averaged only 12.5 points since the start of December, shooting 37%, and has remained a liability on defense. He played especially awfulÂ in the recent blowout loss at home to the Warriors.
In another interesting development, Hassan Whiteside was moved up to 100(!) in Block. 2K is declaring current Whiteside to be the best shot blocker of all-time.
Other notable movers in the update include DeMarcus Cousins (+1 to 90), Andre Drummond (-1 to 87), Carmelo Anthony (-1 to 87), Kyrie Irving (-1 to 86), Isaiah Thomas (+1 to 85), Kemba Walker (+1 to 83), Tyreke Evans (+1 to 83), Al Horford (-1 to 82), and J.J. Redick (+1 to 81).
When the pre-order incentive for EA Sports UFC 2 was revealed to include three fighters, but only two were being named, it was obviousÂ that the one being held back would not be a traditional fighter and have some sort of story behind them. Today the company announced that Mike Tyson will be included with pre-orders of the game.
Two versions of Tyson will be found in UFC 2. There’s the young “Iron” Mike Tyson and the late-in-career “Legacy” Mike Tyson. The standard edition of UFC 2 gets access to the former while the Deluxe Edition receives both of them. The characters can also be unlocked free through progress in the game. Amazon Prime members can get EA Sports UFC 2 discounted with theÂ Standard version for $48 and Deluxe version which includes bonus Ultimate Team content for $56.
Tyson of course never fought in UFC or competed in MMA. However he makes a little more sense for the game considering there is a new “KO Mode” being introduced. In that mode everything is kept on the feet and only ends in knockouts which would suit his skill set. It’llÂ be the closest thing to boxing since Fight Night Champion released in 2011.
EA drew some criticism with the first UFC game for heavily marketing the inclusion of Bruce Lee, which was a sign of things to come as the gameplay too was designed in a mannerÂ to appeal to a crowd who had very little to no interest in MMA. Sales ended up well below internal expectations. The post-release support for that game and offering up two legends along with Tyson is an indication that the company may have learned from their mistakes.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who appeared as a commentator in the NCAA Football series from 2001-2013, is upset that the NCAA Football series no longer exists. In an interview that has just gone out he places all the blame on Ed O’Bannon, and expresses the belief that the series should return under the same conditions from the past. Check out a summary of his comments and why he is off-base with them over at Sporting News.
O’Bannon is the face of the class action suit that led to the cancellation of NCAA Football, but he absolutely should not be singled out as the reason for it. This was going to happen sooner or later and O’Bannon initially wasn’t even the one challenging current player likenesses, but rather the inclusion of historic player likenesses without any approval or compensation.
Herbstreit’sÂ main argument is one you’ve heard before, that the players all want to be in the game and don’t care about being paidÂ for it. That’s easy to say for those who wouldn’t really be able to capitalize on their likeness even if allowed to do so, but clearly wouldn’t apply to the Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel type of players from years past. It’s the college athletes who move merchandise and are promoted on television broadcasts that are the ones primarily getting screwed over by the NCAA, at least as far as making money off their names, but obviously there are many others who contribute to a product that generates billions of dollars every year who are being exploited in the process.
Ultimately hisÂ opinion on the matter means nothing at this point. Just because a lot of people want something doesn’t mean it will happen or even can. A new college football video game won’t happenÂ until the legal matters are finally exhaustedÂ and a system is devisedÂ to pay for player likenesses. Read up on the situation, how we got here and what it would take for college games to return, and also check out the latest Press Row Podcast on the subject.
After a few weeks of collecting votes â€“ the total of which exceeded 28K â€“ itâ€™s time to announce the final group of winners of the 2015 Pastapadre Community Choice Awards. The first five awards were handed out last week. In this set of reveals the categories being awardedÂ are Best Online Play, Best Franchise Mode, Best New Feature, Best New/Non-Yearly Sports Game, and Best Sports Game of the Year. Read more