For the first time since 2009 the cover of Madden will not be determined via fan vote. EA Sports has selected a cover athlete for Madden NFL 17 and the announcement will be made on the 6PM ET/3PM PT SportsCenter this Thursday, May 12.
The favorite for the cover would still be league MVP Cam Newton, which could explain why EA would pass on a cover vote as he’d be unlikely to win one given the backlash towards him sinceÂ the Super Bowl. He’s also already lost the cover vote twice before. Von Miller is another possibility, but he would be a risky choice given past off-the-field issuesÂ and being just one drug test away from a full year-long suspension.
The first gameplay trailer for Madden 17 will also debut during the broadcast, however not much should be expected out of that besides probably some flashy highlights of the cover athlete in question. More substance will be coming in the lead-up to E3 next month. Madden NFL 17 will release on August 23 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
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â™¦Looking at the additional incoming rookies that have been added to Madden NFL 16.
â™¦Winners and losers coming out of the NFL Draft for Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Bryce Harper is now the third 99 Overall Rated player in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦EA Sports put out an infographic showing the rise in popularity of Leicester City in FIFA.
â™¦It looks like Forza 6 will be getting a Nascar expansion in the near future.
â™¦A fourth trailer with gameplay footage for Dangerous Golf has gone out.
â™¦The latest patch for NBA 2K16 that went out on PS4 has also now gone out on Xbox One.
â™¦The new issues created with the latest patch in MLB The Show 16 have yet to be fixed.
â™¦Rory McIlroy PGA Tour may be getting another new course as early as this week.
â™¦NBA Live 16 will be going into the EA Access Vault on May 25.
â™¦For the first time since 2009 this year’s Madden cover won’t be determined by vote.
â™¦Details on the fifth patch to have gone out for Out of the Park Baseball 17.
â™¦Amazon Prime members can still pre-order either edition of NBA 2K17 for 20% off.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Deadpool.
The third special pack to release during the regular season is now available for a limited time in MLB The Show 16. For 3,000 Coins it contains six player cards with an “increased chance” at the top performers from April plus Gold and Diamond cards.
As with the first two packs it’s very questionable whether anyone should risk their coins on these given the nature of the supposed increased odds, not having the two item cards found in standard packs, and being three times the price. If this pack was priced more reasonably say around 2,000 it would probably be worth the gamble. However the smarter move likely remains buying more of the standard packs instead or just spending directly on cards in the Marketplace.
A second roster update this week forÂ MLB The Show 16 went out earlier today and again includes some significant ratings changes.
Three players have moved up to 96 Overall. Nolan Arenado (+3), Jose Altuve (+2), and Manny Machado (+2).
Other notables include Ryan Braun (+4 to 90), Sonny Gray (-3 to 89),Â Dallas Keuchel (-3 to 88),Â Starling Marte (+2 to 88),Â Xander Bogaerts (+3 to 87), Taijuan Walker (+4 to 85), Adam Jones (-3 to 83),Â Gregory Polanco (+5 to 81),Â Kendrys Morales (-5 to 78),Â Corey Dickerson (-4 to 78), andÂ Brandon Drury (+12 to 75).
The biggest new rookie added to the game is Tigers’ starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, who comes in rated 68 Overall with A Potential.
The open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex launched earlier todayÂ for Windows 10 PCs. The game is free and comes in at 18.8 GB. It can be downloaded here from the Windows Store.
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex delivers a focused and curated single-player tour of Forza Motorsportâ€™s best content, including authentic wheel-to-wheel action, unique automotive experiences, and constant rewards, all running on DirectX 12 at resolutions up to 4K. In the game, players will be able to dive into a new career mode anchored by a 12-event â€śShowcase Tourâ€ť, where players will race thrilling cars on circuits from across the globe. In addition, Apexâ€™s new â€śSpotlight Seriesâ€ť events will challenge players with unique automotive events that will be updated on a regular basis. Along with a new set of Xbox Live achievements to earn worth 1000 gamerscore points, Apex players will find new mechanics to explore, including an all-new Race Points system that dares you to turn off the assists, develop your skills, and take on greater challenges.
There are 20 track configurations across six locations with both night racing and wet weather variants. Given that this is being framed as a beta, the game is continually going to be updated, with improvements and additions going forward. Wheel support is one feature that is not currently in place but said to be coming in the near future.
MINIMUM SPECS – OS: 64 bit Windows 10 (v. 1511); CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz; Memory: 8 GB RAM (2 GB VRAM), GPU: Radeon R7 250X / GeForce GT 740 or equivalent; HD Space: 30 GB; DirectX 12
RECOMMENDED SPECSÂ – (1080P @ 60FPS): Intel Core i7-3820 @ 3.6Ghz; Memory: 12 GB RAM (4 GB VRAM); GPU: Radeon R9 290X / GeForce 970; HD Space: 30 GB; DirectX 12; Microsoft Xbox One Controller
On the first night of the 2016 NFL Draft, EA Sports added in the 31 first round selections to Madden NFL 16’s Ultimate Team. You can check out all the details on those players here.
Today they’veÂ introduced even more incoming rookies to the popular team-building mode. Rather than just adding in all the second rounders (there are still 10 missing) they’ve also mixed in some seemingly random selections from the third and fourth rounds.Â Read more
One of the more unique video game spins being put on a sport this yearÂ is with Dangerous Golf, which has drawnÂ obvious comparisons to the Crash Mode from the Burnout series. New studio Three Fields Entertainment was formed by the original founders of Criterion Games. Dangerous Golf is all about creating the most destruction with a golf ball in a numberÂ of unique locations.
The release date for Dangerous Golf of June 3 has just been revealed but a price has yet to be announced. It’ll be coming digitally to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Read more
The effectiveness and usefulness of rookies in the Madden NFL franchise is not necessarily linked directly to their draft positioning or even their Overall Rating. The position they play, specific attributes which carry more importance than others, whether they are user or CPU controlled, and the opportunity theyâ€™ll have in the NFL to perform and earn ratings upgrades over the course of the season all play a huge role in whether theyâ€™ll have a major impact or none at all in the upcoming video game.
With a look ahead to Madden NFL 17, what teams did the most in the NFL Draft to enhance their status in both one-off games and for Franchise Mode? Which teams did the least to improve? Among the 12 teams profiled on one side or the other are the Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins, Cowboys, and Patriots.Â Check out all the teams considered as the big winners and losers for the upcoming video game in the piece put together on Sporting News.