The Blizzard Mountain expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is available now for $20 standalone or included in the Expansion Pass which is currently discounted to $25. Those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of FH3 can get Blizzard Mountain for $10 until the end of the year. The DLC provides the first opportunity to encounter snow, ice, extreme elevations and blizzards in the series. There are eight new vehicles and new events tailored for the conditions.Â Read more
The fifth post-release patch released today for Madden NFL 17 addressing a couple gameplay bugs along with some work done on Ultimate Team. One of the issues addressed is the “QB freeze” which was witnessed multiple times during the recent Madden Classic eSports event, and unfortunately contributed to creatingÂ the turning point of the championship game.
â™¦Addressed a gameplay issue where the QB would freeze after hot routing a running back and motioning him out before he became fully set.
â™¦Addressed a gameplay issue where a receiver who was hot routed would switch back to his previous assignment if he was motioned and not fully set.
â™¦Various upgrades to improve the Madden Ultimate Team Holiday experience.
â™¦Enhanced preparations to help deal with the upcoming Freeze (Ultimate Team).
I’ve still got fond memories of the 1994 Super Nintendo game NFL Quarterback Club which featured QB skills competitions. Officially licensed by the NFL the game offered the opportunity to compete in mini-games based off the actual NFL Quarterback Challenge that would take place each year. There were two based on accuracy in throwing the ball at targets, another measuring distance of throws, and then a course which introduced obstacles to navigate before throwing therefore accounting for both time and accuracy.
Madden NFL 18 could have something similar but stretch it beyond just the participation of quarterbacks to all positions but kickers and punters. The league announced today its Pro Bowl Skills Showdown which will take place in late January with four unique events.
Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball:Â Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball.
Power Relay Challenge:Â Four team members will compete in a timed relay race.
Precision Passing:Â Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.
Best Hands:Â Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.
Madden already has arguably the best tutorial-like system in sports gaming, with a series of mini-games making up the Skills Trainer that are valuable in not just teaching game mechanics but football concepts at the same time. A few of these may even fit into that mold, though the dodgeball seems like it could just be something fun off on its own.
Old Time Hockey was officially announced today by V7 Entertainment, with the retro arcade game inspired by those in the past like NHL 94 and Blades of Steel heading towards a January release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It will be the first arcade-style hockey game for consoles since 2009’s 3 on 3 NHL Arcade.
The unlicensed take on the sport means “no helmets, crushing hits, bench brawls, and arcade charm.” The game will feature a Story Mode, exhibition games, and stat tracking. Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦First two annual awards categories – Gameplay and Mobile – are open for voting.
â™¦Raptors get the Toronto Huskies court in NBA 2K17 when wearing specific jerseys.
â™¦PatchÂ released to reduce shot percentages after excessive dribbling in NBA 2K17.
â™¦The patch adding PS4 Pro 4K support for PES 2017 went out last week.
â™¦Play-a-Friend feature added in Salary Cap mode within Madden 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Rex Dickson apologized for the QB freeze bug that impacted the Madden Classic.
â™¦EA Sports further detailed the functionality in the new Madden Companion App.
â™¦FIFA 17 has been nominated for Writers Guild Award for Best Writing in a Video Game.
â™¦Video breaking down in great detail everything found in the MLB The Show 17 trailer.
â™¦New player stats missions have been added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Taking a look at the Chris Sale trade through MLB The Show and OOTP.
â™¦New patch for Mark McMorris Infinite Air has added tutorials and fixed some bugs.
â™¦NBA Live Mobile added League vs League TournamentsÂ plus gameplay improvements.
â™¦Details on downloadable content coming to Nascar Heat Evolution later this month.
â™¦Latest developer blog goes over online and graphics work for Mutant Football League.
â™¦Amazon devices like the Echo Dot and 7″ Fire Tablet are on sale again.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Suicide Squad and entire Cubs World Series.
The second category to open in the annual Pastapadre Community Awards is for Best Mobile Sports Game. This is one that sometimes has proven difficult to narrow the field down or, as was the case last year, even identify specific ones worthy of recognition. 2016 however has three candidates that represent different models for how mobile games can be successful.
Photo Finish Horse Racing filled a void in the mobile space with a compelling structure involving not just the racing but also management in the form of training horses within current levels and breeding them in order to move up to higher levels of competition. Multiple significant updates since release have expanded the depth of the game considerably. Photo Finish has near a perfect 5-Star rating on both iTunes and Google Play.
NBA Live Mobile is based on Ultimate Team – building squads up by earning XP to buy packs or players through completing gameplay challenges or buying packs with real money. The gameplay turned out better in many ways than recent attempts for NBA Live on consoles, new content has been added frequently, and gameplay has been improved upon since release.
MLB Manager 2016 is the slimmed-down mobile version of Out of the Park Baseball 17. The management-simulator offered full league licensing with the MLBPA joining MLB.com from the previous year, three different modes of play, and the same sim engine found in the PC version.
Other categories now open for vote
The debut trailer for MLB The Show 17 revealed the introduction of ‘Retro Mode’ which will act as a standalone way to play inspired by baseball games of the ’90s including those fronted by Ken Griffey Jr. this year’s cover star. It’s the perfect type of announcement well in advance of release creating buzz as a newsworthy and socially shared item, helping to drive some early pre-orders while leaving the meat of the improvements to the game for later announcements.
Reaction has ranged from indifference to excitement, from calls for development time to be spent elsewhere to nostalgia only raising anticipation for the game. Vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments on what the announcement of Retro Mode means to you!
The roster update following week 13 of the season is now available in Madden NFL 17. Khalil Mack has been on a roller coaster ride of sorts since the start of the season having begun with a rating of 94, moving up to 97 for week one, having sunk to 93 following week six, and now having climbed all the way back up to 97 with the latest point being added today.
Other notable players on the move in the latest roster update include Marshal Yanda (+2 to 95), Kam Chancellor (+1 to 95), Aaron Rodgers (+2 to 94), Harrison Smith (-1 to 94), Eric Berry (+1 to 93), Zack Martin (+2 to 93), Darius Slay (+2 to 91), Drew Brees (-1 to 91), Emmanuel Sanders (+2 to 90), Alex Mack (+4 to 89), Martellus Bennett (-2 to 89), Cliff Avril (-3 to 88), Tyrann Mathieu (-3 to 88), Janoris Jenkins (-2 to 87), Cam Newton (-1 to 87), Marcus Peters (-2 to 86), and Malcolm Jenkins (-7 to 85).Â View all the ratings changes made throughout the league with the new form here.