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  • MLB The Show ignoring Franchise Mode again raises more concern about its future
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    Posted February 15th, 2022 at 2:45 pm No Comments Ľ

    Today the prerelease stream schedule for MLB The Show 22 was announced. Rather than what was present being the story it’s what was absent. There is no mention of Franchise Mode for any of the seven streams to come.

    In recent years Franchise has at least been included, even when barely addressed in the actual stream. Now, despite pressure from fans on social media, it’s been made more clear than ever that Franchise not only the lowest of priorities but may not be around much longer. Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: Locked In
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    Posted February 4th, 2022 at 3:45 pm No Comments Ľ

    Rich and Bryan discuss the reveal of MLB The Show 22 amidst the lockout, the sales of Activision-Blizzard and Bungie and what it would mean if EA were to be acquired by Microsoft or Sony, and go into the latest in their Madden online franchises.

    Check out the show through Apple Podcasts for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The PRP can now also be found on Spotify! Subscribe and give the podcast five star reviews to help support the show. You can also listen with the Spotify streaming player found below.

  • Press Row Podcast: Closing Out 2021
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    Posted December 16th, 2021 at 2:15 pm No Comments Ľ

    Rich Grisham and Bryan Wiedey return to wrap up a year in sports gaming that, depending on perspective, either featured a handful of quality efforts from long-running franchises or will be remembered as one of the worst in the history of the genre. The two discuss what they’ve been playing – mainly Madden NFL 22 and Forza Horizon 5 – and look ahead to 2022 and new games that could inject life back into the genre.

    Check out the show through Apple Podcasts for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The PRP can now also be found on Spotify! Subscribe and give the podcast five star reviews to help support the show. You can also listen with the Spotify streaming player found below.

  • Highly anticipated Franchise update arrives for Madden NFL 22
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    Posted October 12th, 2021 at 4:00 pm No Comments Ľ

    Whether one chooses to look at it as a feature arriving late or one that would otherwise have been held until next year if not for consumer pressure, the update bringing in a big scouting revamp for Franchise Mode is out today for Madden NFL 22.

    In addition the patch makes considerable changes to gameplay, adds a new mode to The Yard, and inserts over 20 new player likenesses to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 22 is here
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    Posted August 20th, 2021 at 7:00 am No Comments Ľ

    Discussing the release of Madden NFL 22 with early thoughts on the game, the reveal of NHL 22, and the new form that PES will be taking going forward in a new podcast episode!

    Check out the show through Apple Podcasts for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The PRP can now also be found on Spotify! Subscribe and give the podcast five star reviews to help support the show. You can also listen with the Spotify streaming player found below.

  • 10 hour trial for Madden NFL 22 now available
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    Posted August 12th, 2021 at 10:00 am No Comments Ľ

    Madden NFL 22 can now be downloaded as a timed trial with EA Play on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The EA Access subscription service was rebranded as EA Play one year ago and has since been folded into Xbox Game Pass as well.

    Subscribers to the base service will get 10 hours of playtime after which it will expire requiring a second EA Play account to get 10 more hours or the game to be purchased come release. The timer ticks down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being actively played, menus navigated, or if there is any activity taking place at all. Because of that make sure to exit out and close the application from the respective home screens when not in use.

    The 10 hours are there to play immediately but can continue to be used even beyond release. Any progress made in the various modes and online results will carry over if a full copy is purchased. The complete game is available during the trial period.

    EA Access launched July 2014 on Xbox One and later was joined by Origin Access on PC. After being prevented by Sony from releasing the service on PS4 it was finally cleared to launch on the system two years ago. It is now available on PS5 and Series X as well. EA Play includes the ‚ÄúVault‚ÄĚ which offers unlimited play with nearly every game from the company‚Äôs catalog this generation, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release with a limited timed trial. EA Play is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month or is included with an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

    Madden NFL 22 features a substantial slate of Franchise improvements, enhanced gameday atmosphere, player data driving AI decisions, and unique homefield advantages.

  • First details on Madden NFL 22
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    Posted June 17th, 2021 at 6:00 am No Comments Ľ

    With just two months to go until release EA Sports has revealed the first details on what to expect from Madden NFL 22. When EA Play was pushed back until July it became evident a rollout would be happening independent of that and it includes news on gameplay and Franchise Mode.

    -Gameday Atmosphere: connects players to their NFL fandom through the crowds, environments, and presentation elements that enhance and impact every game.

    -Gameday Momentum: performance-based mechanics, including Home Field Advantage which provides a unique game condition tailored to each NFL team’s stadium atmosphere, swing momentum, bringing the tangible influence of momentum to life on the field.

    -Next Gen Stats Star-Driven AI: powered by real world player data that will evolve throughout the season, changes AI behavior and team tendencies to make NFL superstars and the personality of each team more true-to-life.

    -Franchise Mode: will make players feel more connected and in control of their team, with more detailed staff management and skill tree progression systems, and comprehensive weekly game strategy with a revamped Season Engine that keeps things fresh every week. Franchise will also continue to see improvements throughout the year via multiple live service updates.

    Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes share the cover of the game. They return after appearing on Madden NFL 18 and Madden NFL 20 respectively. The game will release on August 20 for those who don’t pay extra to get it three days earlier on the 17th. The 10 hour trial through the EA Play subscription service should begin prior to then as well.

  • Press Row Podcast: Acquisitions and Delays
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    Posted May 31st, 2021 at 10:30 am No Comments Ľ

    The Press Row Podcast returns with discussion on recent news including Electronic Arts buying Metalhead Software – the developers of Super Mega Baseball – and the first NFL game from 2K Sports under their new licensing deal being delayed until summer 2022.

    Check out the podcast through Apple Podcasts for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can now also be found on Spotify! Subscribe and give the podcast five star reviews to help support the show. You can also listen with the streaming player found below.