News & Updates
  • The Line Drive for October 15
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    Posted October 15th, 2017 at 11:15 am 6 Comments »

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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.

    ♦Retailer deals on both Madden NFL 18 and NBA Live 18 remain available.
    ♦Mutant Football League will exit early access as full release on October 31.
    ♦The upcoming Winter Olympics Expansion for Steep is featured in new video.
    ♦Server update for FIFA 18 has returned guest play for FUT seasons and draft.
    ♦Release of Sociable Soccer through Early Access has been delayed by a week.
    ♦USA missing out won’t affect their place in next year’s FIFA World Cup game.
    ♦PES has reached another exclusive marketing partnership this time with Arsenal.
    ♦Details on the latest Diamond Dynasty online Event in MLB The Show 17.
    ♦Details on the patch that recently released for Out of the Park Baseball 18.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to go out adding new features to F1 2017.
    ♦New features revealed for DDS: Pro Basketball 2018 which releases late Oct.
    ♦Testing will begin on Steam for the new party system coming to Rocket League.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for Rocket League.
    ♦The new Event system for Rocket League will kick off on Monday Oct. 16.
    ♦EA has laid out the slate of games coming to EA Access this winter.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

  • Press Row Podcast: The big business of sports video games
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    Posted October 13th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments »

    Sports video games are enjoying – in many cases – their most profitable releases ever. In other areas, however, there are reasons for concern. We’re joined by Mat Piscatella from the NPD to explore all the angles around the big business – and big money – of sports video games. What does all of this mean to consumers? What about developers? Who are the big winners, and who stands to be left out of the party? It’s a fun and fascinating look at the business behind the games that we love.

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  • Madden NFL 18 roster update details following week five of the season
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    Posted October 13th, 2017 at 9:45 am 1 Comment »

    The new roster update available to download now in Madden NFL 18 reflects performances through the first five weeks of the season. Changes are few near the top of the ratings scale but Kareem Hunt keeps climbing (+2 to 86) after beginning his rookie season at 75, and Carson Wentz made a big jump (+3 to 84) which doesn’t even count in the three touchdowns thrown in the win over the Panthers last night.

    Notables on the move this week include Luke Kuechly (-1 to 97), Le’Veon Bell (-2 to 94), Kam Chancellor (-1 to 94), Harrison Smith (+1 to 93), Landon Collins (-1 to 92), Jalen Ramsey (+1 to 90), Mike Daniels (-2 to 90), DeForest Buckner (+2 to 89), A.J. Bouye (+2 to 87), Zach Ertz (+2 to 87), Darius Slay (-2 to 87), Jaquiski Tartt (+4 to 82), and Micah Hyde (+4 to 81).

    Check out full details on current ratings and any changes in this week’s update through the form on the official Madden NFL 18 website.

  • First retailer deals for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 5:00 pm 5 Comments »

    Earlier this week multiple retailers began offering a deal on NBA Live 18 and now another EA Sports title can be had at a discounted price. Both Amazon (though exclusive Prime members) and Gamestop are currently offering Madden NFL 18 for $40.

    Amazon: PlayStation 4Xbox One
    Gamestop: PlayStation 4Xbox One

    The move by retailers seems quick but it’s actually a month later than when the first deal went live with Madden NFL 17. That happened just two weeks after the game had released, which may be an indication that Madden NFL 18 has performed better on the marketplace comparatively.

    This is probably the best deal that will be found until Black Friday, when the annual sports titles are made readily available for $25-$30.

  • Follow-up patch for Madden NFL 18 removes recent problematic changes
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 3:15 pm 9 Comments »

    Earlier this week Madden NFL 18 received a massive patch which added new features, updated likenesses and equipment, and attempted to fix a number of issues and deliver improvements based on community feedback. Unfortunately there were some unforeseen problems that arose from a handful of the changes that were implemented, and another patch that was rushed out today has reversed course on the areas affected.

    Our top priority for the update was to address the lag many of our Franchise users are experiencing while playing their games, but we have discovered that the fix we implemented has not been sufficient in fixing the issue. With today’s title update, we are removing that fix from the game, as it has instead resulted in impacting Franchise users.  We’ll keep working diligently to get the lag issue addressed in an upcoming update.

    ♦Reverted attempted fix for lag in Franchise mode to in order to fix Franchise crashes
    ♦Fixed a crash some users were experiencing in Franchise when navigating menus very quickly
    ♦Reverted tuning change to “Nearby Player” catching penalty to reduce the number of drops
    ♦Reverted “Low Catch Rating” and “Catch in Traffic” user notification banners
    ♦Addressed Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) Auction House filters resetting after making a bid

  • Details on another major NBA 2K18 patch
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    Posted October 12th, 2017 at 11:15 am 9 Comments »

    NBA 2K18 has now received its second major patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One while Nintendo Switch and PC will be getting it in the near future. The first patch of real substance released at the end of September and addressed a framerate problem following timeouts and made attribute ratings visible when purchasing upgrades in MyCareer. This new update is more wide-ranging, heavily affecting gameplay and all the various modes.  Read more

  • First retailer deals for NBA Live 18
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    Posted October 11th, 2017 at 12:15 pm 9 Comments »

    NBA Live 18 never had a chance in the marketplace to sell even at a reduced $40 pre-order price. No one, including publisher EA Sports, would have expected otherwise. The goal instead was to reestablish some credibility, get a few people on board with the series over the next year through various means (demo, EA Access, price drops, possible stumbles by competition) and hopefully see the signs of progress with the release of an NBA Live 19.

    It remains to be seen whether Live 18 will be the long-awaited turning point for the series but we’re now onto the phase where retailers are lowering the price due to lack of demand. Best Buy has the game for $30 but even better is the $24 for Gamers Club members and Gamestop is also selling it for $30. Amazon, which generally follows the lead of other retailers, has yet to come off the $60 which is never going to move any copies – though a third party currently has some up for $40 plus shipping. (Update) Amazon now has the PS4 version for $30.

    Those with interest that decide to wait it out a little longer will have good opportunities in the future with NBA Live 18 likely to be $20 or less for Black Friday and its entry into the EA Access Vault on Xbox One to look forward to in the front half of next year.

  • NBA 2K18 vs NBA Live 18 Player Face Comparison, Part Three
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    Posted October 10th, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments »

    Whether it be through varied scanning techniques, differing levels of access to specific individuals, or their respective graphical engines, competing sports video games tend to win with representations of certain players but certainly not all of them. In the past with the basketball games NBA 2K had the clear edge according to fans but NBA Live had some respectable showings. Most recently when conducted between NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 it was the former that won for near 75% of the players that were examined.

    Now it’s time to look at NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18 which have both boasted improvements to visuals and face scanning in the last three years. Polls are open now for the final set of eight players. Make sure to also cast votes for the first set of faces as well as the second set. Results and analysis to follow later this week!  Read more

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