An update that went out server-side overnight in MLB The Show 16 has addressed the inability to complete Conquest mode. Up until now players could take over the entire board but would not receive acknowledgement of successfully finishing the campaign.
A few other changes were made with the update and initially that included no longer being able to feed unsellable cards to Diamond Dynasty players. It appears backlash to that news caused a reversal to the decision and they remain feed-able. Inside Edge has been affected as far more players are now seeing their ratings altered. Today that’s over 500 of them, while previous days have only featured around 100.
Unfortunately other issues, in particularÂ the server drag that slows everything in the menus down to a crawl during primetime hours and “Challenge Failed” errors, continue despite being over a week out from release now.
Springtime is now not onlyÂ about the release of the first wave in sports games every year but also the prime period to be a subscriber to the EA Access service on Xbox One. The back library of titles in the EA Access Vault is always building but this is the point in which still relevant sports titles are finding themselves added to the service.
The next to come is FIFA 16 which will make it into the Vault on April 19, and it’ll be included for EA Access subscribers on both Xbox One and the recently launched Origin Access on PC.Â Madden NFL 16 was added to the Vault in early February. NHL 16 went in just one week ago. Still to come, likely in May and June, are NBA Live 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
EA Access is $30 for a year or $5 month-to-month and in addition to the Vault subscribers receive 10 free hours with each new game and 10% off all digital transactions.
Coinciding with the start of the season MLBAM has released updates to some titles in their suite of baseball games for mobile devices.
MLB Perfect Inning (iOS – Android) is a free-to-play game built on the team-building model with a Season Mode and slate of games to play based on that day’s real-life schedule. New in MLB Perfect Inning 16 are Black Edition players, enhanced graphics, Coach and Manager System, and career missions.
MLB.com Home Run Derby (iOS)Â is a free-to-play game and now features the new format for the Derby of bracket-style timed rounds. Also new is Petco Park where the All-Star Game takes place this season. The game has not been updated yet to Home Run Derby 16 on Android.
Last year Diamond Dynasty was turned into one of the more compelling team-building modes in all of sports gaming even surprising with a Community Award here for the category. In MLB The Show 16 the experience has been expanded upon with the addition of two brand new ways to play. There’s Battle Royale which features a draft and then three inning games online with increasing rewards at stake, and Conquest which is single-player and incorporates building a fan base while conquering the territories of the other clubs in the league.
Some interesting results were found inÂ a poll posted to Twitter last week, so I wanted to assess theÂ community further to see if the same trend is found from a larger sample size. 65% of the respondents in the earlier poll expressed that they were spendingÂ the majority of their time in Diamond Dynasty, a mode that was builtÂ primarily with facing online competitors in mind, playing against the CPU rather than head-to-head online.
Vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments. What area of MLB The Show 16’s Diamond Dynasty are you investing the most time into so far?
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦EA Sports UFC 2 can still be ordered from Amazon for $40 on PS4 or XB1.
â™¦This is the last week Amazon Prime members can get 20% off MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Review: MLB The Show 16 builds on areas of strength.
â™¦Screenshots from never-before-seen perspectives taken in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦New episode of the Press Row Podcast isÂ focused on MLB 16 impressions and VR.
â™¦NewÂ pack available in MLB The Show 16 for a limited time features ST standouts.
â™¦Review: Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 2016.
â™¦Details onÂ the 25 new legends that have debuted in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Six historic stadiums make their series return inÂ MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Details on the latest patch includingÂ updated rostersÂ for Out of the Park Baseball 17.
â™¦Psyonix previewed theÂ April update for Rocket League that includes Hoops.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
One of the new features this year in MLB The Show 16 is Inside Edge which providesÂ daily ratings adjustments. Based on that particular day’s matchups and/or trends a player couldÂ see certain ratings temporarily boosted or dropped when using “Daily Rosters” in Play Now and with Diamond Dynasty including the Battle Royale and Conquest modes.
Inside Edge is already influencing many players currentlyÂ based off Opening Day projections. It’s intriguing to see what stats are being cited as the reasoning for the changes, and while a lot of them make sense it’s clear there are some issues that need to be ironed out.Â Read more
With the release of several sports games this month the start to the 2016 campaign is here! Former host Rich Grisham returns in this episode of the Press Row Podcast for an early impressions discussion on MLB The Show 16 that covers new features in Diamond Dynasty, Road to the Show, Franchise and more!
Itâ€™s also the start of something potentially big with the shipping of Virtual Reality headsets getting underway. The conversation transitions into thoughts on VR, whether sports games will play a role in its success, and what it could mean for the industry as a whole.
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There are always few surprises with MLB The Show. Consumers can trust they’re going to get terrific gameplay and visuals with consistent offline modes and commentary that have arguably started to fall behind the times.
Last year though Diamond Dynasty rose up to become a favorite of many and even pulled off an upset win for the Community Award ofÂ Best Team-Building Mode. That coincided with the first satisfactory online experience in series’ history. Diamond Dynasty received the most upgrades in MLB The Show 16 and the new Battle Royale way to play is sure to become a big hit.
MLB The Show 16 is a great game, but that’s more due to the series already having been great, than necessarily what has been done with it this year. Strengths have been reinforced but deficiencies mostly unaddressed.Â Check out the full review over at Sporting News!