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  • Third real-world course has been added to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
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    Posted January 18th, 2016 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment »

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    Another patch arrived today for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour that delivers a new course to the game. TPC Stadium Course at PGA West is the latest addition, playable in Career as well as online modes, and it joins two other real-world courses and one fantasy course provided through post-release content updates. That brings the total number of courses to 12 licensed and 5 fantasy.

    A Pete Dye golf course, TPC Stadium delivers multiple adrenaline rushes throughout the round. Host to PGA TOUR “Q-School” Finals every other year, PGA TOUR hopefuls must navigate the island green of hole #17, known as Alcatraz, as well as the menacing water-lined 18th. In 2016 the TPC Stadium will serve as the Host Course for the CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Humana Challenge and Bob Hope Classic. The tournament has not been played there since 1987 as it was moved to the Private Arnold Plamer Course in 1988.

    Based on the previously discussed plans for the game there is one more course to come with Oakmont Country Club. For those waiting on the game to reach the EA Access Vault on Xbox One that could happen by the end of the month or more likely next month.

  • The Line Drive for January 17
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    Posted January 17th, 2016 at 11:30 am 1 Comment »

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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.

    ♦Brand new benefit of Amazon Prime is 20% off video game pre-orders.
    ♦For those without Amazon Prime its only $73 for a year subscription today.
    ♦EA Sports raised and then crushed NCAA Football fans hopes of the series returning.
    ♦How to move the Rams in Franchise Mode to Los Angeles in Madden NFL 16.
    ♦Is EA Sports overrating Phil “CM Punk” Brooks in EA Sports UFC 2?
    ♦NFL All-Pros on offense and their ratings in Madden NFL 16
    ♦EA Access on Xbox One is free for all XBL Gold Members from January 19-24.
    ♦The issue with signups for the EA Sports UFC 2 beta has still not been fixed.
    ♦TPC Stadium Course is being added to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour this coming week.
    ♦Season One rewards and new item qualities are coming to Rocket League next month.
    ♦EA has launched a version of EA Access for their Origin PC service.
    ♦ESPN has launched a new vertical dedicated to coverage of eSports.
    ♦Details on the latest roster update for NBA Live 16.
    ♦Details on the latest roster update for NHL 16.
    ♦This week’s Press Row Podcast focuses on the state of college sports gaming.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include Straight Outta Compton and Everest 3D.

  • Press Row Podcast: College sports video games…tease vs reality
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    Posted January 16th, 2016 at 9:30 am No Comments »

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    The College Football Playoff, and a completely ill-advised social media post from EA Sports, caused the subject of college sports video games to resurface in the conscious of many this week. How we got to this point with college games and what it will take to have any return is the focus of the first Press Row Podcast of 2016 and the first as I take over as host of the show.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • Madden NFL 16 Wild Card Roster Update
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    Posted January 15th, 2016 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments »

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    The roster update following Wild Card Weekend of the playoffs is now available in Madden NFL 16. Adjustments are not isolated to the teams that played in the round, as many other players across the league are still being reevaluated following the conclusion of the regular season. Check out all the changes in the update with the spreadsheet here.

    Notable names on the rise include Greg Olsen (+1 to 96), T.J. Lang (+2 to 95), Cliff Avril (+1 to 95), Oliver Vernon (+5 to 94), Malcolm Jenkins (+2 to 94), Eric Berry (+1 to 94), Everson Griffen (+2 to 93), Doug Baldwin (+1 to 92), Jordan Reed (+2 to 91), Brandon Marshall (+2 to 90), Derek Wolfe (+3 to 89), Anthony Barr (+2 to 89), Wesley Woodyard (+5 to 88), Alex Smith (+1 to 87), and Patrick Lewis (+7 to 71).

    Among those to drop are Harrison Smith (-1 to 94), Eric Weddle (-3 to 93), Kam Chancellor (-2 to 93), Gerald McCoy (-2 to 93), Dez Bryant (-2 to 91), Bobby Wagner (-4 to 88), Clay Matthews (-4 to 87), Randall Cobb (-2 to 87), Aqib Talib (-2 to 87), Brent Grimes (-4 to 85), Lavonte David (-6 to 84), Mike Adams (-4 to 82), Kiko Alonso (-6 to 77), and Cary Williams (-6 to 72).

  • 2015 featured three sports games that finished in top ten of sales
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    Posted January 15th, 2016 at 10:15 am 2 Comments »

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    Every year there are three constants in the final end-of-year NPD sales rankings. Madden, NBA 2K, and FIFA are undoubtedly going to be found taking up 3 of the 10 slots.

    For the third time in the last four years the Madden NFL franchise has finished second in sales in North America over the 12 month period. Madden NFL 16 only sold fewer copies than Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Along with Madden NFL 15 and Madden NFL 13, which were second place finishes, and Madden NFL 25 which came in third, it has consistently been the strongest selling sports series in North America on a calendar year basis.

    That has continued to be the case despite the rise of NBA 2K which came in sixth. Far stronger overseas than Madden, and with a much longer tail that will have it as a top seller for another six months, NBA 2K16 will end up beating out Madden 16 in total sales. Sixth is as high as the NBA 2K series has peaked for end-of-year sales in the region.

    FIFA 16 finished eighth for the year which is also a new high finish for the series that first cracked the top 10 in 2012. It too has a tremendous following in foreign markets, and will end up either the highest selling video game worldwide released in 2015 or second only to Black Ops III.

  • Beta announced for EA Sports UFC 2
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 12:30 pm 8 Comments »

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    After teasing it for over a week the official announcement of a beta for EA Sports UFC 2 was made today and signups are now open. To be eligible for the beta one must own a copy of the first EA Sports UFC game on PS4 or Xbox one, or have an active subscription to EA Access on XB1. The beta is only available in North America and those interested must register by January 21. There appears to be an issue with the signups right now however, as some eligible people including myself are being told they are ineligible.

    The beta will run from January 28 through February 4. It includes Quick Fights with a limited number of fighters, online fights, Ultimate Team, Practice Mode, and Skills Challenges. Any stats or progression earned will not carry over to the full retail game.

    This is the second online beta that EA Sports has run, but features more than was offered with the EA Sports Hockey League beta last year for NHL 16. What this will allow for is developer EA Canada to make adjustments based on feedback not just to online but also general gameplay.

  • LeBron James moves into tie with Stephen Curry atop NBA 2K16 ratings
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 11:00 am 1 Comment »

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    For the first time since late November Steph Curry does not stand alone as the highest rated player in NBA 2K16. In today’s roster update LeBron James moved up a point to 95 and now shares that honor with him. From November 5 to November 26 the two were tied at 94, and prior to that LeBron had been the top rated player in the NBA 2K series for over five years.

    LeBron was boosted in all of the shooting categories. In the six games played so far this month he’s shooting 58% from the field.

    Other notable movement in today’s roster update includes Kawhi Leonard (-1 to 91), DeMarcus Cousins (+1 to 89), Kyle Lowry (+1 to 88), Carmelo Anthony (+1 to 88), Klay Thompson (+1 to 86), LaMarcus Aldridge (+1 to 85), Al Horford (+1 to 83), Reggie Jackson (-1 to 83), Tyreke Evans (+2 to 82), Danilo Gallinari (+2 to 82), Marc Gasol (-1 to 81), Jeff Teague (-2 to 80), Avery Bradley (-2 to 79), and Tobias Harris (-2 to 77).

  • New PC free-to-play game Winning Putt now in open beta
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    Posted January 14th, 2016 at 9:30 am No Comments »

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    Today BANDAI NAMCO announced a new free-to-play multiplayer PC game called Winning Putt. Golfers begin unskilled but improve and level up over time, earning new abilities and upgraded gear. It’s now in open beta, which offers up seven courses, foursome matches, and challenges against other golfers in betting rounds where in-game currency can be wagered. The beta can be joined through the website for the game.  Read more

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