News & Updates
  • MLB The Show 17 stuff for Opening Day
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    Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 am 5 Comments »

    It’s officially Opening Day for most MLB teams and there are a number of features in MLB The Show 17 that take advantage of the events of any given day during the season to go along with occasional special events.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for April 2
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    Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 11:45 am 5 Comments »

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

    ♦Checking out the Braves’ new SunTrust Park which debuts in MLB The Show 17.
    ♦The full list of 15 new legends that can be found in MLB The Show 17.
    ♦Ken Griffey Jr. has his hat on backwards in the HR Derby in MLB The Show 17.
    ♦Press Row Podcast ep w/ MLB The Show 17 impressions now also on Youtube.
    ♦Standard MLB The Show 17 can still be bought for 20% off w/Amazon Prime.
    ♦First look at the batting practice/HR Derby unis for this year’s MLB All-Star Game
    ♦Diego Mardona plans to sue Konami over his likeness inclusion in PES 2017.
    ♦Review: Even at $12 Old Time Hockey is too flawed to recommend.
    ♦Details on the latest patch addressing concerns with Old Time Hockey.
    ♦Last chance to download Disc Jam for free before its gone from PS+ Tuesday.
    ♦Blizzard Mountain DLC is on sale for $10 w/XBL Gold for Forza Horizon 3.
    ♦First look at gameplay has arrived with a video for Surf World Series.
    ♦Another new screenshot has been released for the upcoming The Golf Club 2.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone live for Out of the Park Baseball 18.
    ♦Blu-ray releases headlined by Office Christmas Party for this week.

  • Rocket League getting car featured in The Fate of the Furious as DLC
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    Posted April 1st, 2017 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment »

    Another vehicle from a licensed Hollywood property will soon be featured in Rocket League. Developer Psyonix has teamed up with Universal Pictures and Dodge to introduce the Ice Charger driven by Dom Toretto in the upcoming film The Fate of the Furious.

    Beginning on April 4 the fully-customizable Ice Charger will be sold for $2 and comes with premium wheels and six premium decals.

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    This is the third movie tie-in for the video game, previously offering the DeLorean from Back to the Future and Batmobile from Batman v Superman. The eighth entry in the remarkably successful Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, hits theaters April 14.

  • Press Row Podcast: MLB The Show 17 first impressions
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    Posted March 31st, 2017 at 12:00 pm 7 Comments »

    MLB The Show 17 has arrived and it’s the focus of this episode of the Press Row Podcast! First impressions and experiences are discussed covering gameplay, presentation, Franchise, Road to the Show, Diamond Dynasty, the problematic servers and more. How has the series advanced this year and where do any concerns remain?

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • Newly approved rules changes will only minimally affect Madden NFL 18
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    Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:00 am 5 Comments »

    Every year new rules are considered at the NFL Owner’s Meetings with a few inevitably passing. The changes that have been enacted this year won’t have a huge impact on Madden NFL 18 but there are a few that will affect the way the game looks and plays.

    Even though it wasn’t possible to do in the actual games, the opening cinematic sequence in Madden NFL 17 featured Alec Ogeltree jumping over the center to block a kick. That tactic was employed numerous times in the 2016-17 season and given the exciting moments it created pressure would have been on EA Sports to implement it in Madden NFL 18. Jumping over the line to block kicks is now prohibited however so they can breathe a sigh of relief. It would have been a difficult challenge to handle the relative rarity it’s attempted due to the risk of a penalty, adjustments teams surely would have made to counter it this coming season, and the game-breaking potential if it were imbalanced or exploitable.

    The one change to look for in Madden NFL 18 will be presentation related, as replay reviews no longer will involve the referee going under the hood on the sideline. Instead, tablets will be used on the field, and the final decision will be made by the officiating department in New York. Another that is likely to happen but was tabled for the time being (returning to discuss/vote in May) is the shortening of the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

    The big news out of the meetings of course relates to the approval of the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. The stadium there won’t be built until 2020 leaving the Raiders to play this coming season in Oakland, possibly 2018 there also, and then find another venue for 2019. Because of all that they’ll still be the Oakland Raiders in Madden 18. The one thing to expect is EA Sports to add Las Vegas as a relocation option in Franchise Mode.

  • The new legends in MLB The Show 17
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    Posted March 29th, 2017 at 3:15 pm 13 Comments »

    MLB The Show 17 marks the third year that the series features legends from the past. 30 were introduced MLB 15 and that number was doubled in MLB 16. The latest edition of the game has added 15 more players from the baseball’s past to that prestigious group.

    Here’s a look at the 15 new legends, their ratings, age, and contract demands for Franchise purposes where turning on the option for legend free agents makes them available in the free agent pool. Cards for the legends are also obtainable within Diamond Dynasty.  Read more

  • MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017 available now
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    Posted March 29th, 2017 at 8:15 am 3 Comments »

    For years now Tap Sports Baseball has been one of the best sports games for mobile devices, combining simple but satisfying gameplay with team-building and collecting, and all the while doing so without enjoyment solely relying on money spent which is the case with many other mobile games. The latest edition of TSB has just released (download for iOS here and Android here) and for the first time it features the complete package of MLB licensing.

    The real teams and their respective logos and uniforms are now featured in the game, to go along with the players which have been there all along through a separate agreement with the MLBPA and the MLBPAA for legends.

    Play Major League Baseball 24/7
    Play with official teams and players from Major League Baseball. Tap to swing with easy one-touch controls anytime, anywhere. Enhanced graphics bring the Major League Baseball experience to life!

    Manage Your Team, Compete to Win
    Build and level up your MLB roster to climb the leaderboards. Compete for some of the greatest baseball legends in daily events and challenges. Swing for the fences in home run battles mode!

    Play with Friends, Join Clubs and Tournaments
    Compete against multiple friends in action-packed gameplay sessions. Play in weekly events and prove who possesses the ultimate team in head-to-head competitions. Join a Club or create your own to compete in exclusive events for top prizes!

    New Features include: Fully MLB licensed teams/uniforms/logos, high quality on-field graphics/animations/presentation, new player ratings leveling system, new user progression with tiers and levels, club progression with tiers and levels, live stat boost while “favorite team” is playing, and three new beautiful stadiums with day and night cycles.

  • MLB The Show 17 struggling to get online servers up and running
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    Posted March 28th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 12 Comments »

    While server issues are common for many games in the early hours of release MLB The Show is coming off a particularly rough launch last year and things aren’t going well so far.

    The servers for MLB The Show 17 have been down since official release late last evening, preventing consumers from playing online games, Online Franchise, Challenge of the Week, and the most promoted mode in the game Diamond Dynasty.

    Without the functioning servers consumers are unable to carry over progress in Franchise, Road to the Show, or Season modes from MLB 16 along with not having access to features that include file sharing and roster updates. It also prevents the redemption of pre-order bonuses of packs and more. Those briefly able to connect have found themselves soon booted back out or with game results that get sent to the dreaded “queue” never to be recorded.

    MLB The Show 16 was notable for its server struggles that didn’t just wreak havoc on the specific features tied to online but that slowed the entire navigation of the game to a crawl in primetime hours for weeks after release. Eventually developer Sony San Diego gave out free card packs and Stubs for the inconvenience caused.

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