All-Pro Packs have been introduced to Madden NFL 17 for the first time. They’re available only until Wednesday morning and feature three guaranteed Gold or better cards with there being a limit on how many can be purchased. I opened up five of the packs for the video above.
While the wait for the first Madden NFL 17 patch continues (it should be out very soon) one area where EA Sports received feedback has already been acted upon with a tuning update today.
Today's tuning update: A reduction in the effectiveness of the strip ball mechanic. Should be less fumbles. Let us know what you think.
— Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 29, 2016
The frequency of fumbles has been a topic of discussion ever since Madden went live through EA Access. Though fumbles feel far more organic in how they occur – with the effort seen from defenders to actively strip or punch the ball out – players were losing the ball at a high rate when considering quarter lengths/number of plays.
The infuriating final MUT puzzle piece solo is a good example of how fumbles have been out of control when magnified by All-Madden difficulty and snowy weather conditions. At one point I had seven consecutive first drives end in a lost fumble, and that’s with being conservative and conscious of the need to use the cover-up mechanic whenever possible in those conditions.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Press Row Podcast review roundtable for Madden NFL 17 now alsoÂ found on Youtube.
â™¦If you missed either check out the written review and video review for Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Giving away a MUT Mountain Dew Pack w/80 rated Von Miller through Twitter.
â™¦The role of colleges will expand with MyCareer story and paid DLC in NBA 2K17.
â™¦There won’t be aÂ Franchise Mode website rather an app is coming for Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Amazon Prime 20% discounts: Madden 17 – PES 2017 – NHL 17 – FIFA 17 – NBA 2K17
â™¦The Madden NFL 17 Xbox One S Bundle is 10% off at Amazon for $315 instead of $350.
â™¦Franchise exploit to display rookie ratings before the draft has been fixed in Madden 17.
â™¦Mutant Football League will be present at PAX Prime next weekend.
â™¦Another marketing partnership this time Club Atletico River Plate for PES 2017.
â™¦New painted items will be found in Rocket League with the September update.
â™¦Developer blog and video looking at the Challenges feature in Nascar Heat Evolution.
â™¦100ft Robot Golf now has a release date set of October 10 on PlayStation 4.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by The Jungle Book and Arrow S4.
2K Sports today announced “The Prelude” which will be a free downloadable experience for NBA 2K17 that involves creating your MyPlayer character and playing through the college portion of MyCareer Mode. The Prelude will go out on Friday, September 9 – that’s one full week before the game releases on the 16th. It’ll also have the new tutorial mode while the mobile companion app that will allow for face-scanning to apply to MyPlayers will be available on the 8th.
10 licensed colleges are involved this year: Kansas, Georgetown, Louisville, Arizona, UCONN, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Wake Forest. Additionally, after September 16 “All-Time Great” teams for each of the playable colleges will be sold as well as special collegiate MyTeam cards representing legendary players. The Olympics also look to play a role in the 2K17 MyCareer story.
2K claims it’s the “first time in NBA 2K history gamers will get to start their MyCAREER experience prior to the gameâ€™s launch” but they’re apparently forgetting about the “Draft Combine” DLC that went out in advance of NBA 2K10’s release. That was sold for $5 however and wasn’t nearly as compelling as what the series has to offer now.
The long-awaited debut of Edwin Diaz in MLB The Show 16 is finally here. The rookie phenom of the Mariners who has set records in strikeouts to begin a career and is now 10-for-10 in saves with a strikeout rate over 16 per 9 has been added to the game in today’s roster update. It took almost 3 full months for that to happen. He’s been given only 90 in K/9 and 89 in Velocity.
Notable ratings changes in this week’s update include Corey Seager (+2 to 91), Jean Segura (+3 to 87),Â Seunghwan Oh (+3 to 83), Addison Russell (+3 to 82), andÂ Chris Devenski (+16 to 74).
The newest Flashback Cards for Diamond Dynasty are Rookie Carlos Beltran (88 Overall), Legend Steve Finley (87), Rookie Andrew Bailey (87), Rookie Jason Kipnis (86), Rookie Huston Street (85), Rookie Edinson Volquez (78), and Rookie Kyle KendrickÂ (72).
One of the most anticipatedÂ Press Row Podcast episodes on an annual basis is here with the Madden NFL 17 Review Roundtable! The panel discusses various themes of this year’s game, examine where it excels, and identify the areas that need the most work going forward.
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 recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts.Â Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.
NBA players have apparently already started to receive NBA 2K17 discs and some clearlyÂ didn’t get the memo that 2K Sports has yet to unveil the majority of the new features for the game despite there being only three weeks until it releases. Willie Reed of the Miami Heat posted some interesting media to his Instagram before 2K reached him to delete it all.
The most noteworthy of the posts were short video clips revealingÂ TNT’s David Aldridge will be the sideline reporter, that Doris Burke joins Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony at the announce table, and that Brent Barry of TNT and NBA TV is also found on commentary with Harlan. That could be a sign that potentially there will beÂ multiple broadcast teams in 2K17.
NBA 2K has long emulated TNT’s broadcast presentation, featuring personalities from the network that include Harlan on play-by-play to Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal with the studio shows. It looks as though Burke – who’s acted as the sideline reporter since 2K14 – and Barry would be replacing the odd fit that was CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg who had been in the NBA 2K series since 2008.
The updates being made to the commentary in Madden NFL 17 now reflect storylines out of the second week of the preseason. Play Now and Online Head-to-Head will receive relevant commentary about NFL happenings regularly throughout the season and last week’s first sign of it was very promising. The duo of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis will additionally be recording new audio for other modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
Examples in the video below address Dak Prescott’s success, Dre Kirkpatrick having to borrow a high schooler’s cleats for a practice, and injury updates from around the league.
Another commentary update has gone out in Madden NFL 17. Here's some of what's new out of week two of the preseason pic.twitter.com/v1OMgEaGSy
— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) August 24, 2016