The third post-release patch for NBA 2K17 has arrived for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The update frees up the ability to deliver roster updates – the first is out now also – and addresses a number of issues in gameplay and with the various modes in the game.
The patch delivers PS4 Pro support, the updated court for the Cavs, various adjustments to foul calls, fixing of illegal screens, changes to CPU defensive AI decision-making, and the ability to skip previously watched scenes in MyCareer story mode. Unfortunately, even with the patch, issues with Pro-Am reportedly have not all been solved.Â Read more
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â™¦New episode of the Press Row Podcast is available discussing recent news.
â™¦Amazon Prime members can pre-order MLB The Show 17 for 20% off.
â™¦Review of Infinite Air which unfortunately forgets the fun of extreme sports.
â™¦After a lengthy delay the first roster update for NBA 2K17 is out now.
â™¦The Movember promotion has opened up in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦New Team Heroes and Man of the Month for November available inÂ MUT.
â™¦Seahawks LB K.J. Wright credits Madden for developing his football smarts.
â™¦EA Sports UFC 2 will be entering the EA Access Vault on Thursday.
â™¦New car pack is out for Forza Horizon 3 plus a tease of winter DLC.
â™¦Forza Horizon 3 is currently on sale for $47 through Amazon.
â™¦Register for the next Steep beta period that will begin on November 10.
â™¦The first part of the making ofÂ Rocket League documentaryÂ is out now.
â™¦Patch details for the VR version of The Golf Club on HTC Vive.
â™¦Current PS Plus sale includes the fantastic Until Dawn on PS4 for just $10.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Sausage Party.
The beginning of a new month brings with it a new Gauntlet for Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL 17. The November Gauntlet follows the ones designated for October and the period prior, as well as recent promotions like Most Feared, Breast Cancer Awareness, and NFL Journey as fantastic ways to build teams through playing without necessarily having to spend money.
Those who complete the 60 solo challenges in the Gauntlet for November will have earned 104K Coins, 12 Contract Packs, 6 Pro Packs, 6 All-Pro Packs, 3 Game Changer Packs, and 3 Elite Player Packs. The final reward is a 90 Overall Philip Rivers with West Coast Chemistry that can be bought/sold through the Auction House.
The roster update following week eight of the season is now available in Madden NFL 17. The only move of significance from the trade deadline has been reflected with Jamie Collins, the top rated ROLB in the game, being sent to the Browns from the Patriots.
Notable ratings movers include Greg Olsen (+3 to 96), Harrison Smith (+1 to 95), Aqib Talib (+1 to 94), Travis Kelce (+5 to 93), Richard Sherman (-1 to 93), Jimmy Graham (+1 to 92), Jamie Collins (-2 to 92), Dez Bryant (+1 to 91), Tyrann Mathieu (-4 to 91), Josh Norman (-1 to 91), Matt Ryan (+2 to 90), Patrick Peterson (-2 to 90),Â Linval Joseph (-3 to 88), Morris Claiborne (+4 to 85), Darrelle Revis (-3 to 85), Derrick Johnson (-5 to 84), Joey Bosa (+3 to 83), Muhammad Wilkerson (-3 to 83), Michael Floyd (-4 to 81), Johnathan Joseph (-7 to 80), and Patrick DiMarco (-14 to 75). You can view all the ratings changes throughout the league with this new form.
The PS4 Pro is just days away from release and two of the biggest sports games will be ready to take advantage of its capabilities at launch. NBA 2K17 and FIFA 17 will be receiving patches by next Thursday that will enhance them for use with the updated console.
Capabilities of the more powerful PS4 Pro include the ability to display in 4K resolution (for those with 4KÂ television sets) and offer improved framerates in some cases. NBA 2K17 and FIFA 17 will not be any different other than how they will look visually. The opportunity is there for other sports games to update as well – PES 2017 is confirmed but there has been no word yet on Madden NFL 17 or NHL 17.Â The PS4 Pro is available for $400 and releases November 10.
The NBA 2K series has shown continued growth over recent years due in part to the strength of its MyCareer story mode. It’s was only natural that other companies would take notice and examine doing the same for their sports games. EA Sports is no stranger to the concept of narrative-driven modes – Fight Night Champion in 2011 was based around that very thing – but it’s a new initiative for their crop of yearly league licensed franchises which have largely played it safe since the debut of Ultimate Team in 2008.Â Read more
The 11th commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week eight of the season. Madden will be receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo will also be recording additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
Another commentary update is out in Madden NFL 17. Here's just a sampling of what's new coming out of week 8. pic.twitter.com/dYYCs83lcQ
— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) November 1, 2016
Mountain sports games are making a resurgence with three of them releasing in this final quarter of the year. There’s the full-priced Steep in early December, the free-to-play Snow which is currently in beta, and Mark McMorris Infinite Air which arrived last week.
Hopes were high with Infinite Air as it comes from HB Studios which created the well-received The Golf Club. Taking a similar approach from there and applying it to snowboarding just didn’t work out unfortunately. The control scheme is poorly-conceived and the learning curve leads to constantÂ discouragement instead of what would need to be a rewarding process to learning and improving. The creation tools are excellent, but outside of that there’s little to Infinite Air that justifies a $50 price point. Check out the full review at Sporting News today!