With fewer sports games than ever before there’s an opening for independent developers to have success with creative unlicensed takes on different sports. Dangerous Golf is the latest to enter that space and it comes from the creators of the Burnout series, and borrows the concept behind its popular Crash Mode.
Replacing cars with golf balls and hitting into destructive environmentsÂ sounds like a recipe for success but unfortunately the fun wears off quickly.Â Whether it’s frustrating technical issues from a problematic camera to slow loading times between every restart, or just the tiresome repetitiveness which offers surprisingly little satisfaction, Dangerous Golf is a disappointment especially at a $20 price. Check out the full review at Sporting News.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦The big E3 press briefings are nearly here! Next Sunday (EA)Â and Mon (Sony/MS).
â™¦With the news last night look for EA to quickly get Brock Lesnar into UFC 2.
â™¦NBA 2K17 will release earlier than ever before and breaking down the three editions.
â™¦The full NBA Finals simulation with NBA 2K16 predicted a Warriors 4-1 series victory.
â™¦Check out the video highlights from all of the games in that 2K16 simulation.
â™¦Two NHL video games simulated the Stanley Cup Finals to opposite results.
â™¦NASCAR’s debut this generation is unfortunately underwhelming in Forza 6 expansion.
â™¦Budget infielders that can be key contributors for your MLB 16 Diamond Dynasty team.
â™¦Pre-orders of NBA 2K17 are 20% off for Amazon Prime members including the $100 edition.
â™¦Pre-orders of Madden NFL 17 are live and 20% off for Amazon Prime members.
â™¦EA expected to transition all sports titles to the Frostbite engine over the coming years.
â™¦New types of items will be introduced in Rocket League later this month.
â™¦Two new cars are coming as $2 DLC to Rocket LeagueÂ next month.
â™¦The PC version of Rocket League is currently on sale for just $12
â™¦NBA 2K16 going free to PlayStation Plus members on PS4 should be active on Tuesday.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week include Zootopia and 13 Hours.
â™¦Xbox Live Gold 12 month memberships are currently on sale for $40 at Amazon.
While basketball fans may be excited that NBA 2K17 will be out earlier than ever before with its move up to mid-September, it only further compresses the window where the majority of the sports games for the year are released. Within a four week span, six major sports games will go out, and there may be even others still yet to be announced.
In this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit the Pass, the discussion centers on what has led to this situation coming about, how it affects publishers and consumers, whether itâ€™s unhealthy for the sports gaming genre going forward, and how it could possibly be fixed.
Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS,Â onÂ Android with the Stitcher app,Â or withÂ Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the just launched Google Play Music for podcasts.Â Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.
While there are unfortunately no new Flashback cards being introduced this week, theÂ latest limited-time Diamond Dynasty card pack in MLB The Show 16 includes six players – three of which come from a pool comprised of the best performers from the month of May. At 2,500 Stubs each, are these Players of the Month packs a good investment vs standard packs of spending in the Marketplace? Here’s a look at what I got with the four that were purchased.
There’s lots of ratings movement in today’s roster update for MLB The Show 16. Bryce Harper is the highest rated player to be adjusted, and after reaching peak 99 Overall just one month ago he’s now down to 97. He hit just .200 in the month of May and his Contact ratings in the game have suffered for it. Meanwhile Dodgers phenom pitcher Julio Urias has been added to the game and is rated 75 with A Potential.
Other players taking ratings hits this week include David Price (-1 to 93),Â Felix Hernandez (-2 to 91),Â Carlos Correa (-2 to 89),Â Troy Tulowitzki (-3 to 86), Jose Abreu (-4 to 82), Brian Dozier (-3 to 81), Phil Hughes (-6 to 76), and Jimmy Rollins (-5 to 76).
Among those on the rise after strong stretches areÂ Stephen Strasburg (+1 to 93), Johnny Cueto (+2 to 91), Xander Bogaerts (+3 to 90), David Ortiz (+2 to 89), Kris Bryant (+3 to 88), Mookie Betts (+2 to 88), Eric Hosmer (+2 to 88), Francisco Lindor (+2 to 87), Gregory Polanco (+4 to 85), Steven Matz (+4 to 85), Jackie Bradley Jr. (+3 to 84), Leonys Martin (+3 to 82),Â Wilson Ramos (+6 to 78), and Jake Lamb (+5 to 77).
The latest patch for EA Sports UFC 2 released today and has introduced some new features to Ultimate Team mode, made a series of gameplay improvements, and taken the total number of fighters added to the roster post-release to nine.Â Read more
Even without a basketball competitor on the market, and an array of other sports games releasing from the end of August through September, the NBA 2K series continues to push its release date forward and put distance between itself and theÂ start of the actual season – the opposite of what every other sports gaming franchise has done in recent years.
Just two years ago the standard for NBA games as mandated by the licensing agreement was to go out on the first Tuesday in October, and now the extremely popular franchise will be going out nearly three weeks earlier than that despite the season not tipping off until the end of October. NBA 2K17 will release on September 16 to those who pre-order and September 20 otherwise.
Additionally the more traditional pre-order incentive lineup has been partially revealed. Included will be 5,000 Virtual Currency (which has a value of $2) and a MyTeam bundle with three packs and a guaranteed Paul George “Free Agent” card.
Also newly announced is the $100 “Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold” will include an additional 70,000 VC ($20 worth), two more MyTeam Packs with a guaranteed Michael Jordan “Free Agent” card, digital Nike Kobe shoe collection andÂ Special Kobe lenticular cover insert.
In April it was announced that the special “Legend Edition” of NBA 2K17 would celebrate the career of Kobe Bryant. The standard edition of the game however will feature a current player – Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.
It’s no surprise that George was the choice considering his relationship with 2K Sports. George most recently fronted the NBA 2K16 mobile app and appeared in the special edition Kobe commerical. With the number of premier players essentially eliminated from contention (due to appearances on recent 2K or NBA Live covers) that left Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, and maybe Karl-Anthony Towns as the others who had a real shot at it.
So Kobe Bryant will likely be presented as the primary face of the marketing campaign but George will stand as another story to be told, one that includes overcoming a devastating injury, and that could very well be part of this year’s MyCareer storyline.
He also appears in his Team USA uniform on the cover and that could mean an Olympics presence in the game. Remember, last year the cover athletes were shown in their college uniforms also, and that tied in with licensed universities appearing in the storyÂ mode. Unfortunately the Olympics will be over by the time 2K17 comes out – similar to FIFA 16 and the Women’s World Cup – but there would still be great interest in a mode dedicated to it or even just the teams being in Play Now or it being part of the story mode.
The release date has yet to be announced but is expected once again in late September. NBA 2K17 is available to Amazon Prime members for 20% off the price – $48 for the standard edition and $64 for the special edition.