News & Updates
  • New overtime rules headline pre-release patch for NHL 16
    Posted September 10th, 2015 at 8:00 am 11 Comments »


    When EA Sports first stated that the new 3-on-3 rules for overtime would not be included for launch of NHL 16, many fans were understandably disappointed. The rules were not suddenly sprung on the company out of nowhere – they should have been planning ahead for that scenario to take place – and the company didn’t even seem to think it was all that important by saying only that it was something they “would look at” for a post-release update.

    Thankfully those who pick up NHL 16 next week, and even those playing on EA Access already, won’t have to wait for overtime to be properly represented in the game. A patch has gone out that makes the change to 3-on-3, and delivers even more in the way of previously unannounced additions and improvements.  Read more

  • 10 hour trial for NHL 16 now available through EA Access on Xbox One
    Posted September 9th, 2015 at 3:00 pm 14 Comments »


    NHL 16 is out now to download as a timed trial with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire. The timer is ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.

    The 10 hours are there to play whether its all used by Tuesday or not. Given that there is no demo, after last month’s EASHL beta, this acts as the only way to try out the game now before buying. Saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in any of the modes and online records carry over if a full copy is bought. The complete game is available during the trial period.

    EA Access was announced last July and is exclusive to the Xbox One. This is the case because Sony has declined to offer the service through PlayStation 4 saying it doesn’t offer enough value, despite being arguably the best value in all of gaming. EA Access includes the “Vault” which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the company’s catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.

  • First patch has gone out for Madden NFL 16, addressing many of the reported bugs
    Posted September 9th, 2015 at 7:30 am 65 Comments »


    The first patch for Madden NFL 16 is available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The focus of the update is to fix the numerous bugs that have proved to be detrimental to enjoyment since the game’s release.

    The turnaround time on the patch was excellent, considering it’s only been three weeks since the game went out through EA Access, and just over two weeks since it out wide to all. With representatives from EA going as far as to recommend people wait to start their Franchises and the encroachment bug affecting practically every game getting it out quickly was critical.

    Issues addressed in the patch include the aforementioned encroachment bug, Franchise in-game ratings boosts, Franchise regression for offensive lineman, Franchise draft class QB Deep Accuracy ratings, and more!  Read more

  • The FIFA 16 demo is out now
    Posted September 8th, 2015 at 8:45 am 8 Comments »

    FIFA 16 demo

    The demo for FIFA 16 is now available to download on Xbox One and 360, and later today will go live on PlayStation 4, PS3, and PC. It features exhibition matches with four minute halves and the first opportunity to try out the new FIFA Ultimate Team Draft mode. The matches in FUT Draft have six minute halves.

    12 clubs are included: United States and Germany women’s national teams, Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, River Plate, and Seattle Sounders. There are three stadiums to play in, two of which are new for FIFA 16. Borussia-Park and CenturyLink Field debut in the series alongside Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.

  • 9 Innings Manager has launched on mobile
    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 5:30 pm No Comments »


    One of the most popular sports games on mobile, 9 Innings Pro Baseball, has now been joined by a management simulator. Com2us just released 9 Innings Manager for iOS devices and Android devices. It’s free-to-play but of course relies on in-app purchases.  Read more

  • MLB 15: The Show week 22 roster update
    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 11:30 am 4 Comments »


    The latest roster update for MLB 15: The Show was expected to carry some significance, not for the ratings changes this time around but rather the new players that would be added. With September call-ups many players would become eligible to make their debut in The Show following their appearances in a Major League game. Surprisingly however, zero new players have been added to the game’s roster this week.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for September 6
    Posted September 6th, 2015 at 12:30 pm No Comments »


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Check out articles written and videos recorded for Sporting News and Hit The Pass:
         •The top 50 rated players in FIFA 16
         •The top rated players by position in NHL 16 
         •HTP contributors compete to draft the best team for Madden
         •Making an independent sports game, Super Mega Baseball, part two
         •Make sure to follow the Hit The Pass Twitter account!
         •With the launch of Youtube gaming subscribe to the Hit The Pass account! 

    ♦Amazon Prime deals still available: $5 off FIFA 16 and NHL 16 and $7 off Forza 6.
    ♦EA Sports is hopeful that the patch for Madden NFL 16 will go out this week.
    ♦Two new extensive gameplay blogs (FIRSTSECOND) went out for NBA 2K16.
    ♦EA Sports released details on the soundtrack for NBA Live 16.
    ♦The complete list of achievements is out now for NBA Live 16.
    ♦The ratings have been revealed for the 10 new Ultimate Team legends in Xbox FIFA 16.
    ♦Vote is being held for which MLS player should be included on a custom FIFA 16 cover.
    ♦New video takes a look at improvements to myClub mode in Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.
    ♦PES 2016 will exclusively feature Brazil’s Sport Club Corinthians Paulista.
    ♦Release date of September 28 has been announced for Franchise Hockey Manager 2.
    ♦Some big new features are coming to the PlayStation 4 in the next software update.

  • Press Row Podcast: NBA 2K16 Preview
    Posted September 5th, 2015 at 11:45 am 5 Comments »


    This week’s Press Row Podcast presented by Hit the Pass features a look ahead to the highly-anticipated NBA 2K16. Scott O’Gallagher and Nino “Da Czar” Samuel from 2K Sports are the featured guests for a lengthy show that goes into great detail on the upcoming game.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS and the Stitcher app for Android– subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

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