Back at the beginning of the year there were various challenges that could be undertaken depending on team selection when utilizing the new Start Today feature for MyLeague in NBA 2K17. With the window on the regular season narrowed starting in the modeÂ now is more about establishing the final seeding and making a final push for and through the playoffs than potentially looking at a number of rebuild opportunities.
In the EastÂ the reigning champ Cavaliers and up-and-coming Celtics are separated by only 2 games for the top seed. Cleveland is just 5-5 in the last 10 games but during that stretch Boston has only gained a single game on them.
In the West it’s the Warriors, weakened byÂ the injury to Kevin Durant, trying to fend off the Spurs who trail by 2.5 games. There are 11 games left to play for Golden State and 12 for San Antonio.
The Wizards and Raptors are battling for the 3 seed with the team that comes out on top hoping that they’ll be able to avoid playing theÂ Cavs in the second round. Washington currently has has a razor thin half game edge on Toronto. The Raptors lead the season series 4-3 and the teams don’t play again this season.
The Jazz, Clippers, Thunder and Grizzlies are all within 3 games of one another in what will determine the 4-7 seeds in the West.
Those looking to try and get a team into the playoffs currently on shaky ground have a number of options, with the Bucks, Pistons, Heat and Bulls going for the final 2 spots in the East, while the Nuggets and Blazers fight for the 8th seed outÂ West.
Another patch went out for FIFA 17 earlier today. It’s the fourth significant update for the game post-release, affecting primarily Ultimate Team but also addressing one gameplay issue. The patch did not add in the new MLS teams Atlanta and Minnesota and EA Sports has yet to comment on whether they’ll make it to FIFA 17 at all.
Added ability to limit the number of times a player can win a weekday knockout tournament in FUT Champions
Added the ability to limit attribute items for FUT Champions matches
Added new squad restriction options to FUT Champions such as player type
Added games remaining to the FUT Champions leaderboard
Updated Chapecoense team crest
Fixed Axel Tuanzebe 2D player photo
Addressed an issue where a player’s Overall rating displayed incorrectly
Standardized the latency bar graphic across all online modes
Fixed issue where the goalie would pick up the ball after a pass back from a teammate
Disabled penalty kick indicator and FIFA trainer from all FUT Champions matches
For as good as Super Mega Baseball was when it released in late 2014 one area of the game that was lacking had to do with theÂ limited customization abilities. That has been addressed to say the least with the upcoming sequel as developer Metalhead Software has implemented the ability to design players (both appearance and abilities) and teams while creating leagues with seasons tailored to desiredÂ specifications in Super Mega Baseball 2.Â 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™¦Make sure to qualify for the MLB The Show 17 giveaway drawing this week!
â™¦Check out the highest rated players by position in MLB The Show 17.
â™¦Standard version of MLB The Show 17 can be pre-ordered for $48 w/Amazon Prime.
â™¦There are no more developer streams or blogs planned for MLB The Show 17.
â™¦The digitalÂ Out of the Park Baseball 18 Perfect Team coverÂ winners wereÂ revealed.
â™¦NewÂ All-Rookie Offense program has rolled out in Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team.
â™¦No word on Atlanta & Minnesota MLS teams but one of the players is now in FIFA 17.
â™¦Sociable Soccer releaseÂ has been pushed back from this quarter to later in 2017.
â™¦Disc Jam plans to offer new maps and experimental modes in post-release support.
â™¦Some big changes areÂ being made for the fourth competitive season in Rocket League.
â™¦One highly anticipated featureÂ for Super Mega Baseball 2 previewed in videoÂ Monday.
â™¦Two new screenshots have beenÂ posted from the upcoming sequelÂ The Golf Club 2.
â™¦NBA Live Mobile has a new content program this month tapping into March Madness.
â™¦Website for Old Time Hockey has been updated with more info on story and controls.
â™¦Minor patch for NHL 17 just released has various unknownÂ fixesÂ and improvements.
â™¦Blu-ray releases headlined by Assassin’s Creed and Sing for this week.
With a series of live streams today developer Sony San Diego dove deeper into Road to the Show mode and visual improvements for MLB The Show 17. In the archived RTTS video much more is shown from the story-like interactions that have been added this year, while the graphics video details things like player faces, grass tech, lighting and PS4 Pro options.
The new league year in the NFL began lastÂ Thursday of course being headlined by the opening of free agency. As usual, a number of big name players quickly agreed to deals with new teams or found themselves on the move via trade.
The Jaguars and Patriots stand out as winners so far. Jacksonville added three impact defensive players while the Patriots brought in Brandin Cooks for their first rounder, have found replacements for their losses, and hung onto Dont’a Hightower. On the flip side the Cardinals and Bengals have been hit hardest by departures, and the Chargers made Russell Okung the highest paid offensive tackle in the league yet there are 44 rated better than him in Madden.
Here’s a look at the players that finished Madden NFL 17 rated 80 Overall and above and their new homes for Madden NFL 18:Â Read more
Yesterday developer Sony San Diego went into some detail onÂ the new story-like interactions that will debut in Road to the Show with MLB The Show 17. Interactions and choices will be made over the course of a career that could change its trajectory. Now a video has been released that walks through RTTSÂ as a whole, actingÂ as both an introduction for those unfamiliar and a preview of what’s new this year that’ll interest returning players. It’s also noted that new content will be added through post-release support which would be a first for the series.