The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Recent Reviews: NBA 2K17 – FIFA 17 – PES 2017 – Forza Horizon 3
â™¦The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to hear the O’Bannon appeals.
â™¦Those who hope for the return of college games should want that but it’s unlikely.
â™¦Can still pre-order upcoming games like Infinite Air and Steep for 20% off.
â™¦Ubisoft announced the Gold Edition of Steep that includes its Season Pass.
â™¦Four new fighters have been added to EA Sports UFC 2 with the game’s final patch.
â™¦Roster featuring 36 college teams has been created for the PS4 version of NBA 2K17.
â™¦Article at ESPN goes through the process of ratings players in the FIFA series.
â™¦Full details on theÂ major gameplay update that recently went out for NBA Live Mobile.
â™¦JoyCity went into some detail on what to expect from the upcoming 3on3 FreeStyle.
â™¦Franchise Hockey Manager 3 will be NHL licensed and is $10 off if pre-ordered.
â™¦Appeared on Kat Bailey’s podcast to discuss sports games and their RPG elements.
â™¦Featured blu-ray releases this weekÂ X-Men: Apocalypse and The Purge: Election Year.
Those with subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold should be familiar with the Games with Gold program that provides a new set of free games every month. Notable for October is the inclusion of Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings.
Released August of last year on Xbox One, SMB: Extra Innings featured additional content and updates that had made it to the PS4 side in the months ahead of its eventual arrival on XB1. Normally priced at $20 the game can now be had for free until the end of the month.
In consideration by many for Sports Game of the Year honors, Super Mega Baseball is an unlicensed arcade-style game that’s grounded more as a sim than most would expect. An innovative “Ego” difficulty system was one of its shining features. A sequel to Super Mega Baseball was just announced last week and will be out in 2017.
Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 17 earlier today experienced its first major disruption of the year and the ramifications are significant and widespread. A new set introduced to the mode was supposed to require five NAT (which are untradeable and unsellable) Elite level cards in exchange for a player rated 87+ with no restrictions.
Unfortunately the set was improperly programmed and accepted five Bronze cards instead. For several hours users who were aware of the issue were able to capitalize on the repeatable set and collect a near unlimited number of the previously rare Elites.
This of course is a serious dilemma for EA, and not just for balancing concerns in team-building and even the tie-in eSports events, but due to the money that consumers spend in order to buy packs. The value of packs has dropped significantly and theÂ time and money invested in the mode seriously impacted by those who took advantage of the flaw. Meanwhile the Auction House experienced a crashÂ given the influx of Elite supply with those who picked up a ton of them looking to turn their newly found surplus around for coins.
EA Sports has yet to comment on the situation however the Auction House has been temporarily closed down. It’s unclear when it will reopen and what potential solutions they are considering.
[Update] On Saturday morning the Auction House reopened. EA has temporarily banned some accounts and retrieved cards and coins from those they deemed violated “terms of service violations” to acquire them. The company has also given everyone a free bonus of 10,000 coins for what they termed an “Auction House outage.”
Amazon purchased the extremely popular live video gameÂ streaming site Twitch just over two years ago and today announced its new Twitch Prime program for Amazon Prime. Free to all Prime members, Twitch Prime most notably eliminates all ads when viewing streams and provides a free channel subscription every month.
For those who already have Amazon Prime you can get the benefits of Twitch Prime by linking your accounts here. Those without Amazon Prime can sign-up for a free 30 day trial. The valuable serviceÂ offers free 2-day shipping, 20% off all video game pre-orders, a library of streaming movies and music, and much more for $99 a year or $11 month-to-month.
Consumers have the choice between two excellent soccer games this year.Â Not only is there no going wrongÂ with either FIFA 17 or Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 they excel in very different ways making a decision on which one to buy somewhat easier. Additionally both games have demos available to try and in the case of FIFA there are the full 10 hours to play through EA Access subscriptions on either Xbox One or PC.
FIFA 17 is a really well-rounded product considering its extensive slate of licenses and strong feature set including the intriguing new story mode while PES 2017 offers arguably the best gameplay experience in the genre. Check out my review of FIFA 17 here and PES 2017 here.
The roster update following week three is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. The first major casualty has hit an elite-rated player as the 99 Overall J.J. Watt is done for the year.
Notable ratings movers include Aaron Rodgers (+1 to 96), Jamie Collins (+1 to 93), Cam Newton (-2 to 92), Kawann Short (-2 to 90), Stephon Gilmore (+2 to 88), Leonard Williams (+3 to 87), Ryan Kalil (-3 to 86), Carson Palmer (-2 to 86), Marcus Peters (+2 to 85), Giovani Bernard (-2 to 84), LeGarrette Blount (+2 to 83), Trai Turner (-3 to 83), Andrew Norwell (-3 to 80), Carson Wentz (+1 to 79), Ryan Fitzpatrick (-2 to 78), and Tyvon Branch (-5 to 76).Â You can view all the ratings changes throughout the league with this new form.
The seventh commentary update for Madden NFL 17 went out today with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week three 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.
The commentary update from week three is out for Madden NFL 17. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll be hearing in the game! pic.twitter.com/U4yUx9SRVQ
â€” Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) September 28, 2016
Super Mega Baseball was one of the most pleasant surprises for the sports gaming genre in years. With the near extinction of arcade-style games leaving a void to independent developers, Metalhead Software took advantage despite a lack of licensing and delivered a fun and accessible game with an innovative “Ego” difficulty system. Its release late in 2014 led to unexpected strong consideration forÂ Sports Game of the Year.
Today the developer officially announced Super Mega Baseball 2 which will release in 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. New features include: Read more