News & Updates
  • Full details on Road to the Show changes in MLB The Show 18
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    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 10:30 am No Comments »

    While Road to the Show in MLB The Show has become stagnant over the years the career mode has remained compelling for many because it has always executed the basics well and the structure has simply been a natural fit for baseball. Last year a documentary style presentation was added to bring in some story elements but it wasn’t the dramatic change that some other sports games have made turning their career modes into story modes.

    For MLB The Show 18 there again won’t be a shift to a story mode but Road to the Show is changing up some of its fundamentals. Performance-based progression means the removal of the ability to distribute skills where desired and attribute caps will limit the ratings of players based on their archetype models. The mode is becoming more restrictive by taking many of the decisions out of the player’s hands. That may reduce some of the tedious nature along the way and prove more realistic but could disrupt the satisfaction players get of building their player up they way they envision to be best.  Read more

  • New MLB The Show 18 video puts the spotlight on Road to the Show
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    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 1:30 pm No Comments »

    This week the promotion for MLB The Show 18 is centered on Road to the Show, and while the blog that was to detail the improvements for this year is overdue to arrive (was scheduled to be out yesterday) there is a video that has been released going over the basics. There isn’t too much new to glean from the trailer with the exception of what would appear to be progression taking on a more results-oriented approach. Previously mentioned changes for RTTS that will be gone into more later this week in a developer stream is the player progression overhaul, the removal of training points, and new “short term focus decisions.”

  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup game remains a mystery even as the tournament draws closer
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    Posted March 6th, 2018 at 9:15 am No Comments »

    Every four years the traditional FIFA World Cup game from EA Sports is eagerly anticipated by fans across the globe. The game that represents the tournament has proven to not just be successful in terms of sales (in the millions of copies) but also by acting as an especially accessible product and a bridge for what has generally been a more casual crowd to the traditional FIFA series. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa was one of the best sports games of the last console generation and coincided with explosive growth for FIFA that would help it become the most popular video game series in the world.

    That makes it especially curious that it’s March and EA has barely made mention of World Cup. The last two World Cup games have been announced on February 6 and January 26 respectively, providing the publisher ample time to execute marketing campaigns in the many different regions of the world involved.  Read more

  • Gameplay improvements and new fighters highlight first EA Sports UFC 3 patch
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    Posted March 5th, 2018 at 11:30 am No Comments »

    The first patch for EA Sports UFC 3 goes out today on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and at the same time that the game remains available with a limited-time sale for $39. The update made to the game is of great significance, with sweeping improvements to gameplay along with three new fighters, some minor changes having made to both Career and Ultimate Team modes, and added referee interactions during “finish the fight” sequences. Read more

  • Rocket League gets DC superhero content with new DLC pack
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    Posted March 5th, 2018 at 10:30 am No Comments »

    The latest vehicle additions through premium downloadable content arrive today in Rocket League. The Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises and the Batmobile from 1989’s Batman join other licensed cars in the game from the likes of Back to the Future and Fast & Furious. The DC Super Heroes DLC pack is sold for $4 and also includes:

    ♦Aquaman — Decal (Breakout), and Player Banner
    ♦Batman — Decal (Paladin), and Player Banner
    ♦Cyborg — Decal (Roadhog), and Player Banner
    ♦Flash — Speed Force Boost, Wheels, Decal (Venom), and Player Banner
    ♦Green Arrow — Decal (Hotshot), and Player Banner
    ♦Green Lantern — Decal (Merc), and Player Banner
    ♦Superman — Decal (Octane), and Player Banner
    ♦Wonder Woman — Wheels, Decal (X-Devil), and Player Banner
    ♦DC — Player Banner

    An accompanying patch for the game has also added the ability for match spectators to chat and made a few bug fixes as well.

  • The Line Drive for March 4
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    Posted March 4th, 2018 at 11:45 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.

    ♦Looking at the league’s biggest risers and fallers in NBA 2K18 so far this season.
    ♦Another stadium screenshot has been released for Super Mega Baseball 2.
    ♦EA Sports UFC 3 is still on sale down to $39 just for a few more days.
    ♦Archived developer stream on the Diamond Dynasty features in MLB The Show 18.
    ♦New video goes over many new bat flips that’ll be found in MLB The Show 18.
    ♦New video highlights legends revealing a few new ones for MLB The Show 18.
    ♦Patch was released fixing the broken Franchise trade meter in Madden NFL 18.3
    ♦Details on the NFL Combine Program active now in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team.
    ♦Many NBA 2K League hopefuls aren’t happy with how the selection process played out.
    ♦Details on the latest patch that has now gone out on all platforms for FIFA 18.
    ♦Burnout Paradise Remastered gets 10 hours play time through EA Access this week.
    ♦Yet another patch has released adding some features to the troubled AO Tennis.
    ♦Details on the spring console update for Xbox One that will be rolling out to all soon.
    ♦This week blu-rays headlined by Lady Bird and digital the new Jumanji.

  • Online Franchise has been cut from MLB The Show 18
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    Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments »

    As Ultimate Team and Diamond Dynasty modes exploded in popularity and their ability to generate digital revenue soared, Online Franchise in games not named Madden began to be seen as fringe by developers. They’ve been left lacking core features, rarely been updated, and issues with them have often been ignored in post-release support. NHL for one decided to just dump it for good after struggling to get it to run properly.

    Now MLB The Show is also going away from the mode completely. The mode, introduced to the series in 2014, will not be in MLB The Show 18 as announced by Sony San Diego.  Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: The march towards upcoming games
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    Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments »

    2018 is shaping up to be a strong one for the sports gaming genre due in large part to independent developers. The latest game to be announced is The Golf Club 2019 which will act as the third entry in the well-regarded series that began in 2014, but concern is raised whether it will be able to sustain much less grow its consumer base in a graveyard of once annualized sports franchises. Also on this episode discussion regarding the new features revealed for MLB The Show 18’s Diamond Dynasty mode and the panelists theorize why there still has been no official FIFA World Cup game announcement from EA Sports.

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