News & Updates
  • Third Diamond Dynasty Event is now open in MLB The Show 17
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    Posted May 17th, 2017 at 1:30 pm No Comments »

    A new online Event within Diamond Dynasty is now underway in MLB The Show 17. The “Advantage: Hitters” Event restricts teams to rosters filled with only left-handed pitchers and right-handed hitters from their collection with the team Overall Rating capped at 90. Games will be three innings and with double-elimination before having to start anew.

    A 12 game win streak will earn the All-Star Flashback Andrew Miller (93 Overall Closer). 50 total wins within the event will earn Breakout Legend Joe Carter (89 Overall Outfielder). Again, considering the Event runs for only a week, a considerable time commitment would have to be made to make it to either of those lofty goals, and it may be wiser in the minds of many to put that effort towards other missions in the mode.

    The two previous Events involved using only Bronze players and only players under 25 years of age. There’s a little more freedom involved putting rosters together here. Offense is favored as lineups will be stacked with hitters that dominate left-handed pitching, but also strategy involving the extent to which resources are put into a pitching staff will play a role as well.

  • First details on Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
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    Posted May 16th, 2017 at 2:45 pm 7 Comments »

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 will be coming off a fantastic effort that many consumers and reviewers considered the best soccer game on the market. While concerns remain related to the many licenses that are absent from the product, and a feature set that hasn’t quite lived up to the competition’s, PES has been able to overcome those drawbacks through its brilliant gameplay. Now there’s some details on what to expect with PES 2018.  Read more

  • Your thoughts on the first big Madden NFL 18 feature news
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    Posted May 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am 38 Comments »

    The first news on Madden NFL 18 rolled out late last week and brought some significant details to digest. Much more will be coming out of E3/EA Play next month, but in the meantime there were a number of intriguing features revealed. Read more

  • NASCAR Heat sequel coming in September
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    Posted May 15th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment »

    The return effort of developer Monster Games was met with mixed reception when NASCAR Heat Evolution released last year. It was the studio’s first racing game since the early 2000’s after reacquiring the exclusive license which they had lost long ago.

    Today the sequel was made official, and because not enough sports games release in mid-September it’s slated for the 12th of the month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    NASCAR Heat 2 builds on the core experience of its predecessor, NASCAR Heat Evolution, with advancements from returning developer Monster Games. These improvements include enhanced online multiplayer, a deeper career mode, track updates, additional drivers and other features in line with the 2017 NASCAR-sanctioned national series formats.

    Once again a promotion will determine the driver that appears on the cover. Last year Carl Edwards won the cover by being the first Toyota driver to finish in the Sprint All-Star race. This time around fans will vote for their favorites of four Toyota drivers, and the first to finish Stage 2 of the Monster Energy All-Star race on Saturday will get the cover spot.

  • The Line Drive for May 14
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    Posted May 14th, 2017 at 2:00 pm 5 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.

    ♦Introduction of a story mode and three play styles lead Madden NFL 18 feature news.
    ♦Indication that Online Team Play could be returning in some form with Madden NFL 18.
    ♦This week’s Press Row Podcast all about NBA Playgrounds is also now on Youtube.
    ♦Here’s the full review of the new NBA Playgrounds which is a decently fun first effort.
    ♦Only one week left to claim your free VC and pack for NBA 2K17 through Amazon Prime.
    ♦Shaquille O’Neal will be featured on the special edition covers of NBA 2K18.
    ♦This week’s review of Diamond Dynasty content is a look at the seven April Awards cards.
    ♦New Tom Brady program rolled out in MUT 17 to celebrate his cover announcement.
    ♦Second round draft picks have now joined the first rounders in Madden 17 Ultimate Team.
    ♦The compensation for the server problems in MLB The Show 17 should be distributed now.
    ♦The first details on the new Need for Speed game that will be coming out this fall.
    ♦Complete details on the latest patch and content update that went out for Rocket League.
    ♦Dedicated servers and the big benefits they offer will be rolling out soon for Disc Jam.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by the latest xXx and Resident Evil sequels.

  • NBA Playgrounds – Review and Podcast
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    Posted May 13th, 2017 at 12:15 pm 10 Comments »

    Arcade-style sports games have been making a resurgence as of late thanks to independent developers, but now for the first time one of them even has the backing of a professional league. NBA Playgrounds released this last week for just $20 with full league licensing and a deep roster of current players and legends, and it comes from Saber Interactive, a studio that has never before worked on a sports game.

    The full review of the game has just gone up at Sporting News, explaining how it’s fun in bursts but may not have long-lasting appeal. For even more on NBA Playgrounds, the panel for this episode of the Press Row Podcast discuss the the aspects of that have been executed well, the flaws that have been identified in gameplay and design, and improvements that could be made in post-release support and for a potential sequel.

    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.

  • New Program and roster update details for May 12 in MLB The Show 17
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    Posted May 12th, 2017 at 7:15 pm 1 Comment »

    It’s Friday and for MLB The Show 17 that means a new roster update and Diamond Dynasty content. This week there’s the addition of a Program and Flashback card tied to Mother’s Day.

    The Nelson Cruz Breakout Program joins the three others available, and again requires meeting designated goals of wins, statistical achievements, and player collections. As with the others playing online games are required to take it to 100% completion, which eliminates those who prefer only to play the CPU or would rather avoid The Show’s poor online experience from reaping the final reward. A new 90-rated Postseason Flashback Jose Bautista can be earned by trading in 15 Mother’s Day equipment item cards.

    Ratings movement in the roster update is far less dramatic than the last two weeks. Most notable are Chris Sale (+2 to 95) solidifying his place as a high Diamond, Jake Arrieta (-2 to 90) on the brink of slipping down to Gold, and Marcell Ozuna (+3 to 86), Charlie Blackmon (+2 to 86), and Jean Segura (+2 to 85) who have moved up to Gold.

    Others on the way up include Anthony Rendon (+1 to 84), Brandon Maurer (+6 to 83), Andrew Benintendi (+4 to 83), Justin Wilson (+4 to 83), Eugenio Suarez (+6 to 82), Aaron Hicks (+5 to 81), Mark Reynolds (+5 to 80), Yonder Alonso (+11 to 78), and Tommy Kahnle (+10 to 78). Headed down are Andrew McCutchen (-2 to 83), Ben Zobrist (-2 to 83), and Jonathan Villar (-3 to 82). Those three players have gone from Gold to Silver.

  • Tom Brady is the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18; Teaser Trailer confirms Story Mode
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    Posted May 12th, 2017 at 7:00 am 24 Comments »

    The riches continue to flow for the New England Patriots and fans of the team as Tom Brady has been named the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18. This marks the first time active players from the same team have appeared on the cover in back-to-back years. Rob Gronkowski of course fronted Madden NFL 17. Brady will be the first quarterback to grace the cover since Drew Brees did seven years ago. Read more

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