The Line Drive for March 5
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Peter Moore is leaving to become CEO of Liverpool FCÂ after 10 years as exec with EA.
â™¦Mutant Football League has one day of Kickstarter left and is nearing final stretch goal.
â™¦MLB The Show 17 is back available for pre-order on Amazon and 20% off with Prime.
â™¦The digital PlayStation 4 sale on EA games will be coming to a close early Tuesday.
Press Row Podcast: Passing the buck
The video game industry is following in the path of other forms of entertainment by normalizing subscription services. What at one time was only XBL or PSN for the purposes of online play has now expanded to those offering free games and various discounts every month, the fantastic value of EA Access, and the recently announced Xbox Game Pass.
That Xbox-related news, the release of Disc Jam which will be free to PlayStation Plus members, and what it all means for gaming now and in the fut...
Player ratings movement for early March in NBA 2K17
NBA 2K17 has had two major updates affecting player ratings since last checking in on the rosters in late January. Back then Nikola Jokic was in the midst of a meteoric rise and that has since continued as he is up another 2 points now to 87 Overall.
A couple new players have reached the 90 Overall threshold replacing those who dropped out. Kyrie Irving and John Wall have moved up to 90 while DeMar DeRozan and Jimmy Butler are down to 89. Recently acquired DeMarcus Cousins, who has had so...
MLB The Show 17 presentation live stream
On Monday the new presentation elements for MLB The Show 17 which include heavy MLB Network integration were revealed through a brief video. Following up on that was the developer live stream archived below, going further into everything from the new commentators and broadcast package, to Showtrack, enhanced visuals, and of course a lot more gameplay.
Another Madden eSports champion has been sanctioned, this time in cheating scheme
On the heels of one ugly situation that saw the Madden Bowl champion penalized due to conduct on social media now EA Sports has announced findings of an investigation and it involves the winnerÂ of the Madden Classic.
'SpotMePlzzz' has been disqualified from the Madden Challenge and penalized 125 Madden Championship Series points. Another participant, 'Mr. Hollywood,' has lost 125 MCS points and had his future invite status downgraded. All of this is due to account sharing where an indivi...
Screenshots show off some of the new uniforms found in MLB The Show 17
Last week during a live stream all the uniforms for every team in MLB The Show 17 were briefly displayed. Now developer Sony San Diego has released a number of screenshots which prominently featureÂ some new unis in action on the field as opposed to just the menu screen.
EA running digital game sale on PS4
While unfortunately the PlayStation 4 still doesn't offer the EA Access subscription program its existence has resulted in one benefit for those on the Sony side of console gaming. Titles that have reached the EA Access Vault, or are expected to soon, have more often had their digital versions offered at considerable discount. The sale nowÂ live includes several sports games.
FIFA 17 - through PlayStation StoreÂ for $19.79
FIFA 17 Deluxe - through PlayStation Store for $26.39
NHL 17 - t...
Disc Jam is one of the free PlayStation Plus games for March
On the heels of fantastic consumer response from the open beta the game drawing natural comparisons to Rocket League looks to be utilizing its playbook for success as well. A leaked promotional image showed Disc Jam as one of the free games that will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers in March to download and keep as long as the sub is active and now it's confirmed. That PS Store update would be scheduled for Tuesday, March 7.
Rocket League was propelled to huge popularity due i...