News & Updates
  • 10 hour trial for FIFA 17 now available through EA Access on Xbox One
    Posted September 21st, 2016 at 11:30 am 9 Comments »


    FIFA 17 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 the trial 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. Because of that 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 or not all are used by Tuesday. Saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in any of the modes and online records and stats carry over if a full copy is purchased. The complete game is available during the trial period.

    EA Access launched July 2014 and is only available on Xbox One (though there’s now also Origin Access found on PC). 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 priced at $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.

    Features for FIFA 17 include the introduction of the Frostbite Engine, a story mode which will be the first ever for the series, and improvements in gameplay to physicality, AI, and set pieces. The game is still available for Amazon Prime members to pre-order for $48 standard edition or $64 Deluxe Edition infused with extra Ultimate Team content.

  • Madden NFL 17 has its commentary update from the second week of the regular season
    Posted September 21st, 2016 at 9:45 am 5 Comments »


    The sixth commentary update for Madden NFL 17 went out today with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week two of the season. Madden will be receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo will also be recording additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.

  • Review of Forza Horizon 3
    Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:30 am 4 Comments »


    Those who’ve played the Forza Horizon series before will find familiarity with the new edition that releases later this month. Those who haven’t will get to discover one of the best racing games ever made. Check out the Forza Horizon 3 review that went up today on Sporting News.

    Forza Horizon 3 introduces some compelling new features to the franchise like online campaign co-op, the ability to create Festivals as well as various events and challenges, and Drone Mode to follow and capture action as it takes place. The new setting of Australia is brilliant not just in terms of visuals but is critically important to the variety of racing it provides.

  • NBA 2K17’s all-time college rosters and why you probably don’t want to buy
    Posted September 19th, 2016 at 4:00 pm 17 Comments »

    NBA 2K17 Magic Johnson Michigan State

    2K Sports released the rosters with all-time greats from the 10 licensed universities in NBA 2K17 over the weekend. For $15 as a bundle, which is nearly 1/3 of the price buying the game through Amazon or Best Buy with their membership programs or a quarter of the full price, expectations would naturally be pretty high for what the downloadable content provides. Unfortunately it’s something that even big fans of these programs are likely to find inadequate.

    Full rosters of the 10 colleges can be found on Sporting News. Besides the absence of some notable names there are teams that have only 10 players on the roster and not every position is even filled. More blatant is how the majority of the legends have been copied over from the classic teams. The majority are not newly created young college-aged versions of the players. Just one example is Allen Iverson who sports cornrows!

    Despite all that if there were a purpose to these teams the flaws could probably be overlooked. Sadly there is none. The teams can only be used in Play Now games. Want to take them into MyLeague like any of the classic teams? Sorry it’s not possible. They can’t be used online and there’s no team editing or player exporting possible. The teams also played with NBA rules even when matched up against each other and the college crowds aren’t present.

    There would of course be excitement about anything college video game related, given that there haven’t been any for years now and there’s no return for them in sight just yet. Bringing some universities into story mode in 2K16 and 2K17 was a brilliant move and as predicted last year just a first step – charging for additional college-related content would be completely fair as there’s no reasonable expectation for any of that to be in an NBA game. However just throwing uniforms on already created players and giving you nothing to do with the teams but exhibition games hardly justifies the steep cost being charged here.

  • The Line Drive for September 18
    Posted September 18th, 2016 at 11:15 am 7 Comments »


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

    ♦Madden NFL 17 right now is $20 off on Amazon – $40 for standard or $60 for Deluxe.
    ♦Check out screenshots of every team’s Color Rush uniform from Madden NFL 17.
    ♦EA Sports went into detail on how Color Rush will play a role in Ultimate Team.
    ♦Reviews on Sporting News: Pro Evolution Soccer 2017NHL 17
    ♦Look for reviews this week of Forza Horizon 3 (Tues) and NBA 2K17 (Wed).
    ♦Giving away another copy of NBA 2K17 on Twitter tonight this one PS4 only.
    ♦2K Sports went into detail on what’s new in MyTeam mode in NBA 2K17.
    ♦EA Sports listed out all the licensed leagues and teams that’ll be found in FIFA 17.
    ♦EA Sports listed out all the new/returning real stadiums that’ll be found in FIFA 17.
    ♦FIFA 17’s 10 hour trial will begin with EA Access on Xbox One on Wednesday.
    ♦EA Sports released details on the first content update out now for NHL 17.
    ♦Sony detailed everything new with the PS4 system update that recently went out.
    ♦Amazon Prime members get 20% discount: FIFA 17 – Forza Horizon 3 – NHL 17

  • College teams with all-time great rosters now available to buy in NBA 2K17
    Posted September 17th, 2016 at 10:15 am 18 Comments »

    NBA 2K17 Wake Forest Georgia Tech Chris Paul Kenny Anderson

    The all-time teams for the 10 licensed universities found in NBA 2K17 can now be purchased with a bundle containing the full set for $15 or separately for $2 each. Get the teams through the respective console stores or online for PS4 here and XB1 here.

    The colleges in 2K17 are Arizona, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma, UConn, and Wake Forest. Included are their uniforms and stadiums but the teams can only be used in Play Now games.

    The rosters for the schools include notables like Sean Elliott, Damon Stoudamire, Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Wilt Chamberlain, Wes Unseld, Magic Johnson, Blake Griffin, Ray Allen, Chris Paul, and Tim Duncan.

  • Press Row Podcast: The Sports Gaming Storm of 2016
    Posted September 17th, 2016 at 8:00 am 13 Comments »

    Press Row Podcast

    Now in the midst of the busiest time of the year in sports gaming, Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham reflect on recent releases and those right around the corner. With limited time what games rise to the top and which fall by the wayside? Between Madden NFL 17, PES 2017, NBA 2K17, NHL 17, FIFA 17, and several racers – Forza Horizon 3, Nascar Heat Evolution, F1 2016 – there’s no choice but for a game to be great in order to compete in the current marketplace.

    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.

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review
    Posted September 16th, 2016 at 10:30 am 9 Comments »


    Though it has yet to build much traction in North America the Pro Evolution Soccer series has been on the rise in terms of quality and it stands to reason that once that becomes more widely recognized by consumers sales could very well follow. PES 2017 released earlier this week and it’s a fantastic game with only a few drawbacks and is currently the highest rated sports game on Metacritic since 2013 having topped last year’s edition.

    The gameplay is unmatched now that issues with goalkeeping and a lack of fouls have been addressed. While it offers a great deal of content none of it is truly innovative and unique, so that’s something the series should pursue going forward. For those who are able to get past the licensing shortcomings (the ability to share edited files is present but only on PS4) its a no-brainer for soccer fans. Check out the full review over at Sporting News!

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