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  • Press Row Podcast: Sports Gaming Preseason
    Posted July 29th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments »

    If it didn’t already feel like sports the gaming season is just about upon us it certainly does now. Online betas for two of the upcoming games are currently active and two other highly-anticipated games have revealed details on a number of significant features and improvements.

    In this episode of the Press Row Podcast the panel discusses impressions of the NHL 18 and PES 2018 betas, detailed info on improvements for the two franchise modes in NBA 2K18, and various community requests that have been tackled for Madden NFL 18.

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  • Jose Altuve now 99 rated in MLB The Show 17
    Posted July 28th, 2017 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments »

    With a stat line this season of .365, 15 HR, 59 RBI, and 21 SB the biggest star on the team with the best record in the AL has been moved up to 99 Overall in MLB The Show 17. Jose Altuve joins Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw as the only active players in the game rated 99.

    Altuve was raised 2 Overall points due to +16 in Plate Discipline, +10 in Power vs Righties, +8 in Power vs Lefties, +5 in Contact vs Righties and +3 in Contact vs Lefties. He did lose 6 points in Speed and 4 points in Fielding however.

    Other notable movers in this week’s roster update include Corey Kluber (+2 to 94), Zach Britton (-2 to 90), James Paxton (+3 to 88), Aaron Judge (+1 to 88), Raisel Iglesias (+2 to 87), Willson Contreras (+3 to 86), Trevor Rosenthal (+2 to 86), Rich Hill (+3 to 85), Jonathan Schoop (+3 to 85), Whit Merrifield (+5 to 83), Scooter Gennett (+3 to 83), Cole Hamels (-2 to 83), Felix Hernandez (-2 to 83), Wil Myers (-2 to 83), Tyson Ross (-5 to 79), and Ryan Tepera (+15 to 76).

  • Improvements to blocking in Madden NFL 18
    Posted July 28th, 2017 at 8:00 am 10 Comments »

    One notable absence from the extensive list of community requests addressed for Madden NFL 18 was anything to do with blocking, an area of the series that has been criticized heavily over the years. EA Sports ended up holding that back for its own developer blog, citing new features like ID The Mike and an emphasis on the Awareness rating of an entire offensive line in recognizing and picking up blitzes.  Read more

  • MyGM takes on a story in NBA 2K18
    Posted July 27th, 2017 at 9:30 am 10 Comments »

    There’s no doubt that 2K Sports has admirably invested in its franchise modes in recent years but the experiences between MyGM and MyLeague were not dramatically different besides the customization freedom given by the latter. With NBA 2K18 the MyGM mode is becoming more narrative-driven, making it more along the lines of the MyCareer player story mode but playing the role of general manager instead.  Read more

  • Many big community requests have been tackled for Madden NFL 18
    Posted July 27th, 2017 at 8:30 am 12 Comments »

    While they may not receive the publicity of a story mode or new gameplay mechanic, a number of key improvements are being delivered for Madden NFL 18 based on community feedback. Among them are the addition of off-ball injuries, the elimination of the “Swerve” exploit, improved fumble recoveries, the fixing of drops related to RAC catches, greater importance to size and weight for hit outcomes, more inaccuracy from lower-rated QBs, and faster players no longer getting caught by slower ones on breakaways.  Read more

  • A look at dribbling and team styles for FIFA 18
    Posted July 27th, 2017 at 7:15 am 2 Comments »

    The first promotional push for FIFA 18 was largely centered on year two of The Journey. Now EA Sports is starting to get into the meat of gameplay details with two trailers that spotlight increased player personality, overhauled dribbling, and more authentic team styles.  Read more

  • The top rated players in Madden NFL 18
    Posted July 26th, 2017 at 6:00 pm 5 Comments »

    Only three players will start Madden NFL 18 rated at 99 Overall. Cover athlete and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady is joined at the top by Von Miller and Aaron Donald.

    The group at 98 Overall features Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, and Luke Keuchly. That’s a drop out of the 99s they finished at in Madden NFL 17 for Gronk, Watt and Keuchly while Rodgers has jumped up and Jones remains the same. Coming in with 97 Overall are two Steelers – Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown – along with Khalil Mack.

    Through the end of the week I’ll have breakdowns by position posted on Sporting News. First up today is the quarterbacks which followed the full set of first round rookies.

    With Brady at 99 and Rodgers 98 next up at the position is league MVP Matt Ryan with a 96 Overall. Drew Brees makes a big jump to 92, Ben Roethlisberger is 91, and Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck begin at 90. Next in line are Derek Carr (89), Cam Newton (88), Matt Stafford (87), Dak Prescott (86), and Kirk Cousins (85). QB ratings are up across the board, with most starting the season 1-4 points higher than they ended the last one.

  • Madden NFL 18 Rookie Ratings
    Posted July 26th, 2017 at 9:15 am 10 Comments »

    The reveal of ratings for Madden NFL 18 begins today with a look at all the rookies that were selected in the first round. As always, certain positions have an advantage when entering the league, and you’ll see positions on the offensive and defensive lines and running back trend higher than those like quarterback.

    #1 pick Myles Garrett leads the way at 83 Overall. He’s the highest rated rookie since Jadeveon Clowney got an 83 in Madden NFL 15. Second is tight end O.J. Howard who has the well-rounded attributes to jump him from his selection at #19 over all those taken before him. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, who offer very different styles, tie for the ranking as third highest rated rookie in the game.  Read more

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