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  • More on NHL 18’s gameplay improvements
    Posted July 20th, 2017 at 2:45 pm No Comments »

    With the online beta for NHL 18 set to begin next Tuesday more details on the various gameplay improvements that were made official late last month and then put on display in a trailer last week have been released. In digging deeper into the new Defensive Skill Stick and Creative Attack Dekes, EA Sports is laying out both the more capable and flashy offensive arsenal with a potential counter weapon on the other side.  Read more

  • The online beta for PES 2018 has begun
    Posted July 20th, 2017 at 2:30 am 9 Comments »

    The online beta for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is now officially underway on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s an open beta so all those who wish to take part can do so simply by downloading it here for PS4 and here for XB1.

    The beta runs through July 31 giving ample opportunity to play both the standard 1v1 online games and the new online co-op in 3v3 form. Feedback provided will be considered for a release day patch in September. This is the first beta run for the PES franchise in seven years.

    Only two teams are featured in the beta with Brazil and France and matches are played in PES’ created Neu Sonne Arena. Time (day or night) and weather (clear or rain) are selectable options.

    Besides the online co-op other new features for PES 2018 include Random Selection Match and numerous visual and gameplay-related improvements.

  • Play with an updated roster that includes the rookies in NBA 2K17
    Posted July 19th, 2017 at 8:45 am 3 Comments »

    While nothing is yet known about NBA 2K18 those who want to play with the incoming rookies and all the player movement of the offseason don’t need to wait two months for that game to arrive to do so. For those unaware, user-created rosters that feature up-to-the-moment transactions and the addition of rookies are available to download and use for new franchises or single games. It’s a subject that was just covered on Sporting News.

    In order to download the rosters go to Features/Options from the Main Menu and then select Roster Creator and from there Create Roster. Then Search by Online ID – On PS4 it’s EmbraceThePace and Xbox One go with BryanDfor3. Save the corresponding offseason roster file and then load that roster up when starting a game or new franchise.

  • First patch for The Golf Club 2 improves server-related issues and more
    Posted July 18th, 2017 at 7:00 am 5 Comments »

    When The Golf Club 2 released it faced major problems due to its servers which rendered the game largely unplayable for three days. Thankfully ever since it’s been functional and stable but there remained some ways in which the performance could be improved.

    The first patch for the game is already out on PC and just now has gone out on PlayStation 4. The wait due to the certification process with Microsoft could be only a few days away a week or two even if everything goes smoothly.

    ♦Society and Career stats updating with less delay from the server.
    ♦In-Game leaderboards updating with less delay from the server.
    ♦Less time delay between turn based shots with rivals/friends.
    ♦General optimizations to improve the load on the game servers
    ♦Addressed the ability to import and save legacy courses from TGC1
    ♦We have added the ability to donate to a society’s bank from your personal wallet.
    ♦We have added an active course filter to show all course with active rivals on them.
    ♦A setting has been added to turn off the ball label for ghosts and rivals.
    ♦Rebalanced AI for Career Mode.

    The delay in seeing your own score on the leaderboards especially was bothersome when playing tournaments, and being able to donate coins to a society is a neat way for members to help support them. Also noted for the patch by developer HB Studios is a fix for intermittent lag that has adversely affected backswings.

    My initial impressions on PS4: menus load much faster and leaderboards keep up with your score, but the hitching on has actually worsened and affects more shots. 

  • The Line Drive for July 16
    Posted July 16th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments »


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

    ♦This week’s Press Row Podcast on NCAA Football is now also on Youtube.
    ♦The return of college sports video games is still unlikely after four years.
    ♦The latest event in The Golf Club 2 pastapadre society is now underway.
    ♦Breaking down the Jose Quintana trade through MLB 17 and OOTP 18.
    ♦Upcoming patch will address intermittent backswing lag in The Golf Club 2.
    ♦The online beta announced during E3 for PES 2018 will begin on Thursday.
    ♦Details on bug fixes in the latest patch that went out for Rocket League.
    ♦There are already over 4,000 workshop uploads for Fire Pro Wrestling World.
    ♦WWE 2K18 will also be releasing on Nintendo Switch when it’s out this fall.
    ♦Full details on the first major patch that went out last week for ARMS.
    ♦Headlining the ARMS update is the addition of a new character named Max Brass.
    ♦New update for Xbox One has added custom gamerpics and other new features.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Kong: Skull Island.

  • Press Row Podcast: Four years since NCAA Football’s cancellation
    Posted July 15th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments »

    This last Tuesday marked what would have been the release of NCAA Football 18 had the series not been cancelled in 2013. There also hasn’t been a college basketball game since 2009. How did we get to where we are now that college sports is barely represented in gaming? What is the potential for college sports to make any sort of comeback in the future? It’s a subject that was covered in a piece written earlier this week for Sporting News.

    Everything from the lawsuits that began eight years ago to why no developer would take on such a project right now given the circumstances, alternative development ideas, favorite memories of the games, and why there is still so much passion and emotion over the subject is discussed on this episode of the Press Row Podcast.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • MLB The Show 17 roster update details for July 14
    Posted July 14th, 2017 at 8:30 am 5 Comments »

    After taking off last week and only relatively minor adjustments made in the last few roster updates the anticipated sweeping changes to be made during the All-Star Break for the entire league didn’t materialize with this week’s update in MLB The Show 17. There is some significant movement made however including a fair number of players actually dropping this time around.

    Carlos Correa is a newly crowned Diamond. He went +1 to 90 Overall. Francisco Lindor lost Diamond status by dropping 2 to 89 as did Johnny Cueto who plummeted 4 points to 86. New Gold players are Felipe Rivero (+5 to 87), Michael Fulmer (+3 to 87), Andrew McCutchen (+3 to 86), and Andrelton Simmons (+2 to 85).

    Other notables on the move include Jose Ramirez (+2 to 88), George Springer (+2 to 88), Ian Kinsler (-1 to 88), Felix Hernandez (-4 to 85), Brian Dozier (-3 to 84), Kyle Seager (-2 to 84), Willson Contreras (+4 to 83), Brad Peacock (+4 to 82), Josh Reddick (+4 to 82), Anthony Swarzak (+5 to 82), Jameson Taillon (+6 to 81), Logan Morrison (+4 to 80), Matt Bush (-4 to 79), Chad Green (+18 to 77), Chris Rusin (+12 to 77), and John Lackey (-4 to 77).

    Also taken care of in the update are the All-Star teams. The AL and NL rosters are now (mostly) accurate for use in exhibition games. They include players who missed the game due to injury but do not have their replacements. Because of that among players missing from the roster is the game’s MVP Robinson Cano.

  • Trailer for NHL 18 goes through the biggest gameplay improvements
    Posted July 13th, 2017 at 9:15 am 5 Comments »

    Three weeks ago EA Sports began promotion for NHL 18 by announcing the cover, confirming new features, and revealing details on the online beta that will take place later this month. Today the spotlight has been put specifically on the gameplay improvements that earlier were only referred to, with a display of the new Defensive Skill Stick, Creative Attack Dekes, Creative AI, and 3-on-3 EA Sports Hockey League.  Read more

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