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  • Review of MLB The Show 16
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    Posted March 30th, 2016 at 12:15 pm 22 Comments »

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    There are always few surprises with MLB The Show. Consumers can trust they’re going to get terrific gameplay and visuals with consistent offline modes and commentary that have arguably started to fall behind the times.

    Last year though Diamond Dynasty rose up to become a favorite of many and even pulled off an upset win for the Community Award of Best Team-Building Mode. That coincided with the first satisfactory online experience in series’ history. Diamond Dynasty received the most upgrades in MLB The Show 16 and the new Battle Royale way to play is sure to become a big hit.

    MLB The Show 16 is a great game, but that’s more due to the series already having been great, than necessarily what has been done with it this year. Strengths have been reinforced but deficiencies mostly unaddressed. Check out the full review over at Sporting News!

  • The basketball mode for Rocket League will be arriving soon
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    Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:45 am 4 Comments »

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    Earlier this month Psyonix announced a basketball mode was in the works for Rocket League but didn’t offer any clarification for when it would release outside of “later this year.” Now the developer has revealed that the new mode called Dunk House will be free and available to all with the game on PS4/XB1/PC in April. Based on their past announcement-to-delivery time frames it could be just a week or two away now.

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    Rocket League was built off soccer fundamentals with cars taking the place of human players. However the phenomenal post-release support has included all sorts of different ways to play the game including a hockey variation that was included free back in December. The physics of the puck necessitated playing off the walls more than in the air and now with basketball the air-game will likely be made more crucial than ever.

  • MLB The Show 16 Diamond Dynasty Videos
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    Posted March 29th, 2016 at 10:30 am 4 Comments »

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    The servers for MLB The Show 16 were not activated until the game released. With online-related features now accessible I’ll be going through them over the next couple days. Diamond Dynasty this year has new types of cards, the ability to play against friends, daily Inside Edge ratings adjustments, and two completely new ways to play.

    Check out the videos recorded so far from Diamond Dynasty, with the first 25 man roster draft and game in Battle Royale, first game played in Conquest, the opening of each available pack type, and a clutch comeback in the first regular DD game. Because online functionality did not come on until this late the posting of the full review is being targeted for tomorrow. Read more

  • NHL 16 added to the EA Access Vault
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    Posted March 29th, 2016 at 9:15 am 1 Comment »

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    The second EA Sports game released in 2015 has reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 16 was added last month and now NHL 16 joins it and all other games from the publisher to have come out earlier this generation.

    EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to Madden 16 now includes 2014’s sports titles plus Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, and others. There’s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.

    NHL 16 enters the Vault at about the same time NHL 15 did last year. Madden NFL 16 was a month earlier. FIFA 16, NBA Live 16, and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour are likely to be added within the next few months.

  • The new legends in MLB The Show 16
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    Posted March 28th, 2016 at 10:45 am 17 Comments »

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    MLB The Show 16 will have a total of 30 new legends in addition to the 30 that debuted in the series last year. Only 25 of the new ones are available at launch however, with the remaining players being held in secret until unspecified dates in the future.

    Here’s a look at those 25 new legends, their ratings, age, and contract demands for Franchise purposes. Cards for the legends will also be available within Diamond Dynasty.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for March 27
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    Posted March 27th, 2016 at 1:15 pm No Comments »

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

    ♦MLB The Show 16 can still be ordered at a 20% discount by Amazon Prime members.
    ♦EA Sports UFC 2 on sale for Amazon Prime members now $42 standard and $52 Deluxe.
    ♦A look at the six classic stadiums that have returned with MLB The Show 16.
    ♦Make sure to subscribe to the Hit The Pass Youtube for the latest MLB The Show 16 vids.
    ♦Over on Twitter I’ve been able to capture and post some very unique MLB 16 screenshots.
    ♦Review – Out of the Park Baseball 17 is a blast to the past.
    ♦Details on the first game update that has been released for Out of the Park Baseball 17.
    ♦Out of the Park Baseball 17 is being offered for 10% off on Steam through early Tuesday.
    ♦OOTP Developments is giving away Franchise Hockey Manager 2 on social media.
    ♦EA Sports released a patch to remove a religious celebration from EA Sports UFC 2.
    ♦Video breakdown of the grapple advantage aspect of EA Sports UFC 2.
    ♦A new season of Draft Champions Ranked has kicked off in Madden NFL 16.
    ♦AP did a story on how the FIFA video game is the organization’s only positive branding.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to release on Xbox One for Rocket League.
    ♦The MLB.com Home Run Derby mobile game has been updated for the new season.
    ♦Details on the latest system update to have gone out for the Xbox One.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include The Hateful Eight and Concussion.

  • Both editions of EA Sports UFC 2 already available at a big discount
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    Posted March 26th, 2016 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments »

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    Though it hasn’t even been out for two weeks multiple retailers have already held promotions in which they’ve dropped the price of EA Sports UFC 2 considerably. Last weekend Best Buy offered the standard edition of the game for $40. Amazon is now matching that same deal and also have the Deluxe Edition for $50. Both are exclusive to Amazon Prime members.

    These deals represent $20 off the regular price for both editions of the game and are available only for a limited time. Best Buy also now has the Deluxe for $50. The Deluxe Edition includes 30 Ultimate Team packs (said to be a $60 value) delivered over a period of 15 weeks.

  • MLB Manager 2016 out now for mobile devices
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    Posted March 25th, 2016 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments »

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    The mobile version of Out of the Park Baseball has arrived for this year just in time for the start of the season! MLB Manager 2016 is now available to download for both iOS through iTunes and Android from Google Play. The game has an upfront price of $5 rather than going with the free-to-play model, however historical seasons are offered for an additional cost.

    MLB Manager 2016 features rosters updated for the new season, the same simulation engine found in the Out of the Park Baseball series on PC, official licensing from MLB.com and MLBPA, and three primary modes of play:

    Major League
    Mobile managers guide their favorite MLB teams through the 2016 season and beyond.

    Fictional
    A fresh customizable world full of fictional players, providing a unique challenge each time.

    Historical Major League
    Three exciting past seasons to recreate — 1919, 1939, and 2012 — with the ability to buy more through in-app. (Historical seasons are $0.99 each, 10 for $4.99, or all seasons dating back to 1901 for $19.99.) In Historical Major League mode, real players show up in the draft when they made their actual major league debuts, assuming the user owns those seasons.

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