One week after the long-awaited sweeping ratings reevaluation for the entire league arrived, the latest roster update for MLB 15: The Show is a return to normalcy. Some of the ratings changes even appear to correct questionable movement fromÂ that last update.
The roster file, though it appears to update in-game, is not the new one at the moment. The ratings mentioned below are not changed and the new players are not included. This will be updated when the new roster is live. [Update] It took a full day but it’s now available to download.
Players getting a boost include Josh Donaldson (+2 to 95), Manny Machado (+3 to 94), Chris Archer (+2 to 92),Â Jacob de Grom (+2 to 91), Aroldis Chapman (+2 to 90), Jason Kipnis (+4 to 89), Brandon Crawford (+3 to 86), Ken Giles (+9 to 84), and Pedro Baez (+22 to 82).
Among those headed down are Felix Hernandez (-1 to 94), Chris Sale (-1 to 94), Jake McGee (-2 to 89), Carlos Gomez (-2 to 88), Jose Abreu (-4 to 85), Alex Rodriguez (-4 to 85), andÂ Masahiro Tanaka (-3 to 85). Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Check out articles written and videos recorded for Sporting News and Hit The Pass:
Â Â Â â€¢It’s not too late to enter the Madden NFL 16 giveaway at Hit The Pass!
Â Â Â â€¢The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Madden NFL 16 player ratings
Â Â Â â€¢Send in your best moments for the next edition of the Highlight Room!
Â Â Â â€¢What was the best soundtrack to be found in a sports game?Â
Â Â Â â€¢Discussing the “draft” modes coming to FIFA and Madden (video)
Â Â Â â€¢Pro Evolution Soccer is on the comeback trail (video)
Â Â Â â€¢How reviews of sports video games are evolving (video)
â™¦Amazon is still offering Madden NFL 16 on PS4/XB1 for $50 to Prime members.
â™¦Other Prime discounts are $7 off Forza 6,Â $5 off FIFA 16, and $5 off NHL 16.
â™¦Follow along with our Madden Fantasy Draft selections – lots of content on this to come.
â™¦NewÂ Press Row Podcast features NBA Live 16 interview and upcoming game discussion.
â™¦Check out some new gameplay footage of Draft Champions from Madden NFL 16.
â™¦More details on the “Ultimate Moments” solo challenges in M16 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Couch Coaches takes a look at some of the best in M16 based on ratings.
â™¦EA Sports detailed the aspects of customization available in NBA Live 16.
â™¦Unfortunately there won’t be the ability to edit players or rosters in NBA Live 16.
â™¦NBA 2K16 includes partnership withÂ Stance SocksÂ for authentic officially licensed socks.
â™¦NBA 2K16 will have a new shot meter option that only shows itÂ after the shot release.
â™¦In selling 7 million copies worldwide NBA 2K15 was up compared to NBA 2K14.
â™¦EA Sports released a new video going over Be a Pro mode improvements for NHL 16.
â™¦EA Sports released an infographic regarding usage numbers in NHL 16’s EASHL beta.
â™¦Full details on the patch that was recently released for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
â™¦More cars have been announced and full list available for next month’s Forza 6.
â™¦Check out the Xbox One achievements list displayed for Forza 6.
â™¦Gameplay improvements detailed for this week’s update to Madden Mobile.
â™¦Details on a minor patch that was recently released for MLB 15: The Show.
â™¦Madden NFL 16 streams, videos, and review starting Thursday and through Monday.
EA Sports has multiple reasons to be heavily motivated inÂ developing new modes for their games that could beecome money-makers in the years to come. Following the explosion of Ultimate Team, the search for the next one is on, and the first attempt at that are the “draft” modes in Madden NFL 16 and FIFA 16.
Initial reaction to the announcements appeared tepid but those making up the crowd being targeted aren’t necessarily the ones who are most engaged in the products. Based on the poll posted last week, there does appear to be a level of interest in Draft Champions and Ultimate Team Draft, but there’s little in the way of enthusiasm.
40% of over 2300 respondents stated they’re not excited by the new concepts but will be giving one or both a shot, while 19% are excited for them and anticipate playing heavily. On the other end of the spectrum 37% don’t even feel the desire to try them out at all.
If nearly two thirds of those who buy Madden and FIFA actually go into the new modes, that would be a success for EA at least in the short-term. How well they’re received and how long people play them for will of course be critical to their future. In the video below Rich Grisham and I discuss the concept of the modes, what EA hopes they’ll become, who they hope they’ll appeal to, and how much potential they have to grow into something big.
One of the best sports games last year was not licensed, nor was it a pure simulation. It was exclusive to the PS4 and it didn’t even release until December. Now that game, along with some new content, has made it over to the Xbox One.
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings went out today on Xbox One and is being sold for $17 to Xbox Live Gold members or $20 otherwise. There is also a trial version for those who’d like to get a feel for the game before committing to a purchase.Â Read more
The Supersonic Fury DLC Pack for Rocket League is now available to download on PlayStation 4 and PC. It arrives shortly after the release of the game’s second patch which went out on Tuesday.Â It goes for $3.99 and includes two new cars and new paint types, boosts and wheels. It can be purchased directly fromÂ the game’s main menu.Â Read more
The demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS3, and 360. It arrives over a month in advance of the game’s release, which means it gets to cement a first impression in the minds of consumers, heading into a very busy window where it will be competing with a multitudeÂ of games for attention and sales.
Featured in the demo are two different stadiums and seven clubs: Brazil, France,Â Juventus F.C.,Â A.S. Roma,Â FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen,Â SC Corinthians, andÂ Palmeiras. The only form of play is with standard exhibition games limited to 7-10 minutes in length with adjustable difficulty.
In the video below, Rich Grisham and I discussed how Pro Evolution Soccer is on the comeback trail, adding significant features and licenses to already stellar gameplay.
It may be coming one year too late to take full advantage of an opening presented by the competition, which will now be offering up a similar mode by the very same name late next month, but the announcement of Live Pro-Am for NBA Live 16 is a significant one. The Pro-Am encompasses two different modes: Live Run and Summer Circuit.
EA Sports had been hinting at Live Run making a comeback since June. It returns six years after it was a popular mode of play in NBA Live 10. Unlike adidas Live Run, which used pros, this new Live Run utilizes everyone’s created players. The Summer Circuit is an online co-op mode with up to five user-controlled players taking on the CPU.
The Live Pro-Am will be available to try out in a demo September 15. The demo will also include six teams for standard exhibition games (Warriors, Cavs, Thunder, Bulls, Rockets, Wizards) and tutorials. The EA Access trial period on Xbox One begins September 24.Â Read more