News & Updates
  • Details on first major patch for NBA 2K18
    Posted September 26th, 2017 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

    The patch for NBA 2K18 that has just gone live on PlayStation 4 will be out on Xbox One today, while both PC and Nintendo Switch are being framed only as arriving “soon.” This update to 2K18 doesn’t address the major issue of MyPlayers that have vanished or change the way in which VC affects the game given the heavy backlash the game is receiving, but it does take care of one of the biggest in-game problems that had been widely reported.

    It was discovered that the framerate would plummet following the first timeout making the game practically unplayable in online games. That now should be fixed. Responding to another common complaint, attribute ratings have been made visible when purchasing upgrades in MyCareer. Other areas affected include MyLeague/MyGM and the Playground which are joined by Nintendo Switch-specific technical fixes.  Read more

  • The uproar over VC in NBA 2K18 has now reached the mainstream
    Posted September 25th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 68 Comments

    It took long enough to get to this place from a coverage standpoint, but NBA 2K is starting to be recognized as a real video game that sells eight million copies and generates hundreds of millions in digital revenue annually and not “just a sports game.” Major media websites and Youtube personalities with massive followings have jumped all over NBA 2K18 for its aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency and for the first time in recent memory publisher 2K Sports is taking fire from all directions.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for September 24
    Posted September 24th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 11 Comments


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

    Latest podcast discussed which is the game to get between NBA 2K18 & NBA Live 18.
    This week’s Press Row Podcast on NBA 2K18/NBA Live 18 is also now on Youtube.
    Two options to play FIFA 18 early available through EA Access trial and free demo.
    EA Access subscribers get free exclusive kits for use in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team.
    Complete list of leagues and teams that are found in FIFA 18.
    Now fully revealed are the 100 rated players across the world in FIFA 18.
    The FUT Web App has launched in advance of release for FIFA 18.
    Nike Statement uniforms have been added in the latest patch for NBA Live 18.
    Many Youtube personalities w/massive audiences have opined on 2K18’s VC situation.
    The NBA 2K18 mobile game has launched on iOS and is still premium sold for $8.
    Recent update to NBA 2K18 attempted to fix issue with MyPlayers that wouldn’t dunk.
    New jerseys with NikeConnect will offer some boosts for NBA 2K18 when scanned.
    Details on the latest Diamond Dynasty content to roll out in MLB The Show 17.
    Big Ant Studios officially announced Ashes Cricket with planned release in November.
    Amazon has a $40 deal on physical copies of Madden NFL 18 for Xbox One.
    Amazon has pre-orders for physical FIFA 18 copies but may not arrive on release date.

  • Press Row Podcast: Roundball Review Roundtable
    Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am 3 Comments

    NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18 came upon their respective releases having traveled dramatically different paths to get there. NBA 2K has grown into the second biggest sports game in the world and is guaranteed to be a smash hit now annually. NBA Live is simply trying to recapture some credibility after eight years defined more by its cancellations than even its sub-par editions.

    In this episode of the Press Row Podcast both games are examined closely, with areas such as accessibility, gameplay, franchise and story/career modes discussed. The Nintendo Switch version of NBA 2K18 is evaluated and compared to the experience on other platforms. The big post-release subjects related to NBA 2K18 – uproar over the aggressive implementation of VC and vanishing MyPlayer characters – are of course also major subjects. Each basketball game offers advantages over their competitor to consider, but which game is the right one for you?

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  • Madden NFL 18 roster update details following week two of the season
    Posted September 21st, 2017 at 4:15 pm 16 Comments

    The second roster update of the regular season is now available to download in Madden NFL 18. For a second consecutive week a player that began the season in the 99 Overall club has fallen out of it, with Aaron Donald down 2 points to 97 after returning from his holdout and having little impact in the Rams’ loss to the Redskins.

    The Cowboys take a big hit to the offensive line where Tyron Smith (-5) and Travis Frederick (-4) both have dropped to 89 Overall. The team as a whole had 12 players that had their Overall lowered this week but Ezekiel Elliott was not one of them. He did take a hit in a few individual attribute categories however.

    Notables on the move in the update include Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 97), Le’Veon Bell (-1 to 96), Travis Kelce (+1 to 95), Marshal Yanda (-2 to 94), Jordan Reed (+2 to 93), Landon Collins (+1 to 93), Trent Williams (-2 to 93), Geno Atkins (+2 to 91), LeSean McCoy (-2 to 90), Eric Weddle (-2 to 90),  Everson Griffin (+2 to 88), Shaquil Barrett (+4 to 86), Ben Watson (+5 to 85), Eric Ebron (+3 to 85), Nate Solder (-5 to 82), and Kareem Hunt (+2 to 79). Full details on all the changes can be found in the form here.

  • 10 hour trial for FIFA 18 now available through EA Access and Origin Access
    Posted September 20th, 2017 at 3:00 pm 2 Comments

    FIFA 18 can now be downloaded as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One and through Origin Access on PC. Subscribers will get 10 hours of playtime with the trial. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. Because of that make sure to exit out and close the application completely when not in use.

    The 10 hours are there to play immediately but can continue to be used beyond its release. Saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in any of the modes and online records and stats carry over if a full copy is purchased. The complete game is available during the trial period although season two of The Journey story mode will only have a portion playable.

    EA Access launched July 2014 and is available on Xbox One along with now Origin Access on PC. Sony has declined to offer the service through PlayStation 4 saying it doesn’t offer enough value – despite being arguably the best value in all of gaming. EA Access includes the “Vault” which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the company’s catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.

    FIFA 18 offers the continuation of Alex Hunter’s story in The Journey, legends in a bigger role in Ultimate Team, and teams playing with more of their defining styles.

  • VC backlash results in cost reduction for certain customization items in NBA 2K18
    Posted September 19th, 2017 at 4:15 pm 26 Comments

    2K Sports has generally been able to sail under the radar as it pertains to the implementation of virtual currency in the NBA 2K series. The company had to course correct following the disastrous NBA 2K14 which was made into an always-online game in order to support a currency system that was weaved throughout all of its modes, but it was the server issues that made the game literally unplayable for weeks at a time that exposed the tactics being employed and making it a story the mainstream gaming media would cover.

    Despite largely ignoring NBA 2K18’s severe launch issue of vanishing MyPlayers gaming websites have started to jump on the increasing influence of microtransactions in the series, and how the system is built in a manner to pressure consumers into spending the money simply to get an enjoyable experience out of the game. 2K has already responded to that blowback by dropping the prices on items that had in the past not been charged for at all. Read more

  • Demo is out for Forza Motorsport 7
    Posted September 19th, 2017 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

    Microsoft today released a demo of Forza Motorsport 7 for both Xbox One and Windows 10. As an “Xbox Play Anywhere” title, anyone that purchases the game will be able to play it on either or both. Queue up the demo for download from this page.

    The demo features three unique racing experiences in Forza Motorsport 7, showcasing the depth and breadth of the experiences available in the game. Drive the Forza Motorsport 7 cover car – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS – to the brand-new Dubai circuit and experience the thrill of navigating the Jebel Hafeet Pass, one of the most famous driving roads in the world. Or, pilot the massive Mercedes-Benz Tankpool racing truck to victory at the high-speed Mugello circuit in Italy.

    For drivers who want the ultimate test, the Nissan NISMO GT-R LM is available for a race at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. Fans will be challenged to handle the ‘Ring’s complex corners and elevation changes, while also tackling the dynamic track conditions that will make racing in Forza Motorsport 7 so breathtaking. Racing through rainstorms laced with thunder and lightning make for a visual showcase and for a challenge like no other – where dynamic puddles grow and shrink with the intensity of the rain.

    Forza Motorsport 7 will feature over 700 cars, 30 racing environments, and a brand new campaign. A push will also be made towards eSports through new leagues and enhanced spectating modes. With Xbox One X (and powerful PCs) it’ll run in true 4K and HDR at 60fps.

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