This week is all about promoting the presentation improvements for MLB The Show 17 and that begins with a video that goes into the integration of the MLB Network.Â The two new color commentators that will join Matt Vasgersian in the booth are MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac, there’s the full MLB Network broadcast package for games, and new “Showtrack” which features advanced metrics and visual tracking displays.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦The Kings GM would not accept the DeMarcus Cousins deal in NBA 2K17 franchise.
â™¦Digital cover vote open selecting 11 players + managerÂ forÂ Out of the Park Baseball 18.
â™¦MLB The Show 17 is back available for pre-order on Amazon and 20% off with Prime.
â™¦New program with Offensive Position Heroes openedÂ in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Terrell Owens took offense to an EA tweet and revealed was offered $1500 for likeness.
â™¦Interview: AfterÂ 24 years Mutant League Football is finally getting its sequel.
â™¦Mutant Football League Kickstarter now over $108K having passed many stretch goals.
â™¦Comparison shots of various improved jumbotrons found in MLB The Show 17.
â™¦MLB The Show 17 will not have any support for PlayStation VR this year.
â™¦Given late finalization the new intentional walk rule is unlikely to be seen inÂ MLB 17.
â™¦Roster update with all the deals made at the trade deadline went out in NBA 2K17.
â™¦Disc Jam is expected out digitally by the end of March with a likely price of $15-20.
â™¦2K accidentally left in a flubbed line from Jerry Lawler in recent WWE 2K17 DLC.
â™¦All forms of post-release support are now complete for Nascar Heat Evolution.
â™¦Recent update for Rocket League also added PS4 Pro support w/4K rendering.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Doctor Strange and Moonlight.
There has been a resurgence of creative sports game concepts thanks to independent developers over the last few years and the latest to break onto the scene is Disc Jam. Reminiscent of the 90’s game Windjammers, and evoking natural comparisons to recent smash hit Rocket League, Disc Jam appears to have a great deal of potential based on reaction to the beta that just came to a close.
This episode of the Press Row Podcast also includes discussion on everything Diamond Dynasty mode for MLB The Show 17 and a big gameplay patch for Madden NFL 17.
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Among the most conspicuous of omissions in recent releases of MLB The Show have been all the uniform sets that fans would see see worn regularly during the season that were unfortunately missing in the games. Excuses for them not being included having ranged from particular sets not being found in the official MLB Style Guide to a limitation on the maximum number that could be assigned per team.
Whether it was a stronger drive to include more, or the scrapping of a PS3 version that may have been holding the PS4 back in some areas, this hasÂ been largely resolved in MLB The Show 17 as every uniform in the Style Guide is apparently included. In this week’s live stream from developer Sony San Diego the uniforms for all 30 teams were scrolled through answering the majority of questions related to them with each having up to 11 sets.
Among some of the more prominent missing uniforms in MLB The Show 16 were the Mariners cream Sunday unis, the camo unis for the Padres, the black alternate for the Giants, and red alternates for the Twins and Blue Jays. This year Toronto is also introducing a red and white jersey for Sunday home games. All of those are seen in the video.
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.Â Amazon is offering pre-orders at a discount of 20% to Prime members. The standard edition goes for $48 and theÂ MVP Edition for $56. The latterÂ 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 second EA Sports game from 2016 has now reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 17 was added today making it available in full to all subscribers.
EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4 despite its remarkable value. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to Madden 17 now includes EA Sports UFC 2 and all earlier XB1 sports titles plus the likes of Skate 3, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Battlefield 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and many others. Thereâ€™s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.
The arrival of Madden to the Vault comes three weeks later than last year but a week earlier than in 2015. In addition to potential new subs and hoping to pull in some new fans to buy Madden 18 this fall, those introducedÂ to the game for the first time without having to pay for it may be more inclined to invest in its Ultimate Team mode. Expect to see both NHL 17 and FIFA 17 join Madden on the service within the next few months.
V7 Entertainment today announced finalized plans for the release of the arcade throwback Old Time Hockey. The digital game will go out March 28 for both PlayStation 4 and PC through Steam with a price point of just $12. Read more
Earlier this week a number of “little things” were described within a brief videoÂ for MLB The Show 17. Those items included more special crowd sections, expansion to Sounds of the Show, and three classic stadiums. Now a second video has been released that details even more additions and improvements that may have been overlooked otherwise.
Featured in this latest video is the hit variety, new timing feedback on pitcher meters, additional uniform sets, revamped create-a-player, Universal Profile overhaul, and Ken Griffey Jr. providing some commentary in the new Retro Mode. Read more
Disc Jam’s beta opened late last week and response to the game has been overwhelmingly positive, evoking natural comparisons to the immensely successful Rocket League and the 90’s game Windjammers. With the beta ending in just a few days here’s a look at gameplay from a live stream held with ThatSportsGamer that includes a late appearance from MillenniumOS.