The Line Drive for August 7
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 get your entries in for the latest giveaway of a Madden NFL 17 copy!
â™¦Winners and losers from a wider analysis of player ratings in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Breaking out the top rated teams by Overall, Offense, Defense in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦New high-level tiers have been added to Captain Stores in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Pre-orders of NBA 2K17 are 20% ...
Press Row Podcast: Improving MLB The Show
With four months of MLB The Show 16 now in the books itâ€™s time to evaluate just how developer Sony San Diego can improve on an all-around excellent game next year. From gameplay to the big modes (Diamond Dynasty, Franchise, Road to the Show) the Press Row Podcast panel goesÂ through a great number of personal suggestions and those contributed by the community. A bonus segment follows with discussion of NHL 17 online beta impressions and early observations of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.
NFC Team Ratings for Madden NFL 17
The Panthers lead the way in the NFC with the team ratings for Madden NFL 17 despite losing the top rated cornerback in the video game (Josh Norman) and a few other solid contributors from last season. One factor to remember however is that Kelvin Benjamin will be back and he alone will make the offense more dynamic.
The Packers, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Cowboys follow closely behind. Arizona and Carolina have tied for the best offense while the best defense resides in Seattle.
MLB The Show 16 post-trade deadline roster update details
This week's roster update for MLB The Show 16 is an especially notable one as it has delivered all the player trades that occurred in the lead-up to and through the deadline plus some very significant ratings movement.Â (more…)...
AFC Team Ratings for Madden NFL 17
In what may be the first case ever of a reigning Super Bowl Champion entering the next Madden rated the same as a team that went 3-13, both the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans beginÂ Madden NFL 17 rated 82 Overall.
Denver of course lost Peyton Manning (while terrible last year he still had a good Madden rating) and Brock Osweiler, replacing them with Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch. QB obviously drives a big part of a team Overall.Â Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan also departed...
The NHL 17 online beta has been extended through the weekend
The online beta for NHL 17 that began last week had been scheduled to come to an end today. Predictably though EA Sports has announced it'llÂ continue through the weekend and come to a close at 10AM PT on Monday. The beta for NHL 16 was extended in the exact same manner.
The extra weekend will provide additional opportunities to collect and act on feedback. Last year EA pushed out a tuning update which addressed issues and provided immediate improvements with the extra days useful in judg...
Madden NFL 17 Soundtrack
The importance of soundtracks in sports video games may be at an all-time low due to services like Spotify and the need to turn off music completely by those who record videos or stream but it's still noteworthy when they are revealed. The 40 tracks featured on Madden NFL 17 were announced today along with a Spotify playlist featuring some of the music.Â (more…)...
Complete database of Madden NFL 17 ratings
EA Sports today released the full database of player ratingsÂ for Madden NFL 17. You can check them all out in this sortable spreadsheet which also includes tabs found at the bottom for individual team-by-team rosters.
With Madden NFL 17 the Overall Rating has been lowered across the board and that'll elicit some immediate reactions. On the surface the lowering of the Overall Rating makesÂ it look like a new philosophy to theÂ ratings system has been implemented and that they'veÂ been mor...