News & Updates
  • Super Mega Baseball 2 has received its first major patch
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    Posted May 15th, 2018 at 8:00 am No Comments

    Super Mega Baseball 2 is definitely a “must have” (undeniably true on Xbox One where it’s currently free) and just two weeks into its release Metalhead Software has delivered the first patch for the game. The original Super Mega Baseball was patched a few times and even got some new stadiums added but none of the individual updates were as substantial as this first one for the sequel. Some of the changes made came out of feedback during the beta period while other areas were identified and prioritized in the time since.  Read more

  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour vanishing from digital storefronts and EA Access next week
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    Posted May 14th, 2018 at 2:45 pm No Comments

    Surprising news was recently confirmed by EA Sports relating to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour which released nearly three years ago. Not only is the game being removed from the “Vault” through EA Access on Xbox One but it’ll no longer be available for purchase through any digital storefronts. The removal will take place on May 22.

    This is an unusual development and one that points directly at a licensing conflict as the culprit. It’s only the second time a game has left the subscription service. FIFA 14 was taken out of EA Access last year with the explanation being that online servers for the title had been shut down. No official reason has been provided in the case of McIlroy but with the three year anniversary for the game nearing it’s likely due to various licensing contracts that are about to expire.

    Without a natural path to post-release digital revenue golf looks to have joined a handful of other sports such as tennis and boxing that are not financially viable for large publishers. EA has shelved golf for at least the immediate future just like they did those others before it. We’ve since seen however that independent developers can explore the sports with limited licensing or a complete lack of it. The Golf Club 2019, the third edition in the series from HB Studios, looks to carry on golf in a respectable but unlicensed manner when it releases this summer.

  • The Line Drive for May 13
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    Posted May 13th, 2018 at 9:15 am No Comments

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

    NBA 2K18 makes its predictions for which teams will advance to the NBA Finals.
    Details on the new programs for Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 18.
    NCAA reps making comments about pay for players is a good sign of things to come.
    Legal matters first need to be resolved before any movement on another NCAA game.
    New episode of the Press Row Podcast discussing Super Mega Baseball 2 and more.
    The first patch for Super Mega Baseball 2 is expected to go out this week.
    The full roster has been revealed through the official website for Tennis World Tour.
    Content plans have been laid out through a summer roadmap for Rocket League.
    Details on the first major patch to go out for Casey Powell Lacrosse 18.
    Details on the latest gameplay tuner changes for EA Sports UFC 3.
    The first NBA Playgrounds is on sale for PC through Steam for just $2.
    Burnout Revenge has been added to backwards compatible library on Xbox One.
    The 2K League website has results and highlights of the week one games.
    2K League viewership was even lower than the barely watched opening tournament.

  • MLB The Show 18 roster update includes the second set of ratings changes
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    Posted May 11th, 2018 at 3:30 pm No Comments

    For just the second time this season a roster update has delivered attribute changes to MLB The Show 18. Unless otherwise noted, the ratings mentioned tie only into Diamond Dynasty where the numbers are lower across the board than in the game’s base roster.

    Coming off a 16 strikeout performance that was followed by a no-hitter, to little surprise James Paxton (+2 to 84) has moved up but just misses out on going Diamond. He benefits from boosts in H/9 and K/9 categories. Paxton did not not get adjusted on the regular roster.

    One player does make the move from Gold to Diamond this week and it’s the Yankees’ Luis Severino (+3 to 86). At 5-1 on the season with a 2.21 ERA and .87 WHIP, Severino has gone up in H/9, BB/9, K/9, HR/9, Velocity, and Stamina. On the regular roster he is now a 90 Overall.

    Other notables from the roster update include Francisco Lindor (+1 to 86), Jose Ramirez (+1 to 86), Paul Goldschmidt (-2 to 85), Josh Donaldson (-1 to 85), Gerrit Cole (+3 to 84), Andrelton Simmons (+2 to 84), A.J. Pollock (+2 to 83), Carlos Martinez (+2 to 82), Brian Dozier (-2 to 81), Willson Contreras (-2 to 81), Dee Gordon (+2 to 81), Rich Hill (-3 to 80), Andrew McCutchen (-2 to 79), Nick Markakis (+4 to 78), Eduardo Escobar (+5 to 76), and Walker Buehler (+13 to 73).

  • First look at the new features for NBA Playgrounds 2
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    Posted May 10th, 2018 at 10:45 am No Comments

    While it was always clear that developer Saber Interactive had a long term plan for the NBA Playgrounds series it came as somewhat of a surprise to find it now as an annually released title. Arcade-style games are few and far between these days, but featuring the official league license is a big selling point that most games of this nature wouldn’t have behind them. NBA Playgrounds showed a lot of promise and post-release support was strong which bodes well going forward.

    Now the first video for the game has been released that goes beyond just acting as a teaser. This video touches on the various new features and improvements for the sequel which includes new player models, animation system, season mode, venues, power-ups, and online co-op.

    The release date of May 22, which was leaked earlier through the PSN pre-order page, has also now been confirmed along with the $20 price tag. It’s earlier than the “summer” time frame first announced which allows it to settle in a prime time for NBA interest given the start of the NBA Finals on May 31st and the Draft which takes place in June that will lead to new rookies soon after being added to the game’s roster.

  • PES 2019 first trailer and feature details
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    Posted May 9th, 2018 at 6:30 am No Comments

    When Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 releases on August 28 it’ll have lost Champions and Europa League licensing but promises new licenses, stadiums, club partnerships, and more legends. Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona will appear on the cover of the standard edition while David Beckham gets the placement on the special edition.  Read more

  • The NBA 2K League got off to a very slow start
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    Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:30 pm No Comments

    After a year-and-a-half of build-up and a big promotional push from the NBA with assists from the likes of ESPN, the NBA 2K League began play last week with a $100,000 prize pool tournament but very few bothered to tune in. Check out the extensive piece written for Sporting News on the numbers it generated and analysis of the gameplay and presentation.

    Millions of dollars are being spent with no immediate return and only the hope that it will grow into a profitable venture. Sports games are at an inherent disadvantage in the competitive space given that superior alternatives already exist to watch.

    The best hope to break out appeared to be the 2K League due to the backing of the NBA and natural rooting interests that accompany its teams. Based on the early returns that hasn’t meant much and it should be alarming that the already paltry numbers from day one dwindled by the final day of the tournament with the Finals barely reaching 7,000 viewers at its peak.

    The NBA 2K League is undoubtedly a long-term investment but significant growth will need to happen for it to become even mildly successful, and the indifference from both the 2K community, general sports fans, and Twitch stream-watchers suggest that may never come about at least on the scale that they are striving to reach.

  • The Line Drive for May 6
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    Posted May 6th, 2018 at 12:00 pm No Comments

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

    Full review of Super Mega Baseball 2 which is so much more than an arcade game.
    The NBA 2K League struggled to get any viewers for its first big event.
    76ers GC went on to beat Blazer5 Gaming for the first tournament crown in 2K League.
    ESPN took a look at the 17 different court designs being used in the 2K League.
    John Madden Football has been inducted into the video game Hall of Fame.
    Late work will need to be done to kickoffs in Madden NFL 19 if league approves changes.
    Post-launch plans have been laid out in a post from the devs of Super Mega Baseball 2.
    Continued concerns regarding gameplay issues in MLB The Show 18 prompted a response.
    New Monthly Awards Cards made their Diamond Dynasty debut in MLB The Show 18.
    Details on the May Season Awards and new Program in MLB 18 Diamond Dynasty.
    Trailer was released for the free World Cup DLC coming May 29th to FIFA 18.
    Twitter poll for NBA 2K19 asked whether shot timing should be optional in Park/Pro-Am.
    Black Panther releases on digital this week and Blu-ray next week.

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