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  • Press Row Podcast: Peering into 2020
    Posted February 22nd, 2020 at 10:15 am No Comments »

    The Press Row Podcast is back with the first episode of the year as we peer ahead at what 2020 may bring in sports video games. With new consoles coming and important – and massive – current generation install bases expecting big things, 2020 promises to be fascinating for the gaming industry and the sports genre. That’s followed by discussion on the fantastic mobile game Retro Bowl and the upcoming OOTP Baseball 21.

    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.

  • New features revealed for Out of the Park Baseball 21
    Posted February 21st, 2020 at 10:00 am No Comments »

    OOTP Developments today officially announced Out of the Park Baseball 21 by detailing the new features to expect in the 21st year of the esteemed sim management franchise. Those include a ballpark creator, completely new scouting system, and better guidance on what to do next with your organization. The game is due out March 20 but pre-orders get started with the beta on March 17 and receive 10% discount off the price. Read more

  • The Line Drive for February 16
    Posted February 16th, 2020 at 4:00 pm No Comments »

    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦All the ratings changes from the latest roster update out for NBA 2K20.
    ♦Developer blog on the big Road to the Show improvements in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦This week’s MLB 20 live stream will focus on ratings reveals for top players.
    ♦Details on the changes made with the latest patch out now for FIFA 20.
    ♦The new MLS kits for the upcoming season have been added to FIFA 20.
    ♦Details on the latest content update patch that went out for PES 2020.
    ♦One game from EA Sports other Madden, FIFA and NHL will release this year.
    ♦Most likely UFC 4 with outside chance of NBA Live or another basketball title.
    ♦Some of the new features and soundtrack were revealed for RBI Baseball 20.
    ♦New trailer shows off some visuals and gameplay moments from RBI 20.
    ♦Details on the upcoming NASCAR Heat 5 were revealed in Reddit AMA.
    ♦Look for a new episode of the Press Row Podcast to come out this week!
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week are headlined by Midway and Jojo Rabbit.

  • More details on RTTS and Franchise for MLB The Show 20
    Posted February 14th, 2020 at 9:00 am No Comments »

    The developer stream for MLB The Show 20 centered on Road to the Show and Franchise Mode was held yesterday putting on display the new additions and improvements. The RTTS enhancements look to be intriguing as relationships with teammates now play a role, immediate upgrades to ratings, and new in-game challenges that influence the outcome of games.

    Unfortunately it’s shaping up to be another disappointing year for Franchise Mode. Limited rebranding rather than the “relocation” being advertised that utilizes the atrocious Diamond Dynasty creation tool is the only new feature of note beyond the named minor leaguers. The development focus that for many years has been heavily on Diamond Dynasty is probably seeing a further shift away from Franchise with March to October now competing for resources.

  • Full minor league rosters debut in MLB The Show 20
    Posted February 12th, 2020 at 9:00 am No Comments »

    For the first time actual minor leaguers will be represented in a console video game. MLB The Show 20 will introduce “full minor league rosters” although the extent to what that means remains unclear despite a brief trailer that reveals the addition.

    Until now players could not appear in the game until they became part of the MLBPA which follows having made a single appearance in a Major League game. Only on rare occasions was a player targeted for their rights prior to that occurring. Shohei Ohtani was the most recent example as he was included on the default roster of MLB The Show 18 before he had played a game.

    Given there is no union for minor league players SCEA would then have had to negotiate deals with every single individual (there are thousands of them) and that seems unlikely to say the least. Not knowing with any certainty at this moment it’s fair to question whether only the most notable players will have their likenesses in the game while others will have random names and faces but potentially the real attributes tied to their characters. The “full” rosters could also refer to an expansion beyond the Triple-A and Double-A levels rather than meaning every real player is now found in the roster.

    Regardless a bigger focus on the minor leagues will be a valuable addition to Franchise and Road to the Show, and surely the big-name minor leaguers that are licensed will also find themselves featured in Diamond Dynasty.

  • The Line Drive for February 9
    Posted February 9th, 2020 at 10:00 am No Comments »

    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦NBA 2K20 has added the Kobe Bryant jersey patch to the Lakers uniforms.
    ♦This year’s All-Star Game rosters and court have been updated in NBA 2K20.
    ♦Roster update for NBA 2K20 has made all the moves from the trade deadline.
    ♦Madden NFL 20 had its final roster update released following the Super Bowl.
    ♦Madden’s simulation engine got it right this year picking the Chiefs in SB 54.
    ♦Very minor patch for Madden NFL 20 addressed a visual issue occuring in MUT.
    ♦Archived live streams focused on defense and hitting for MLB The Show 20.
    ♦This week’s MLB live stream will focus primarily on Road to the Show mode.
    ♦The new MLS kits for the upcoming season will be added to FIFA 20 this week.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for Football Manager 2020.
    ♦Strong start for XFL but 2-3 years away from a video game becoming viable.
    ♦Multiple updates have been pushed with various improvements for Retro Bowl.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include Ford v Ferrari with Frozen 2 out on digital.

  • The Line Drive for February 2
    Posted February 2nd, 2020 at 10:00 am No Comments »

    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦The Chiefs are heavy favorites in Super Bowl LIV according to Madden NFL 20.
    ♦Initial trailer got a follow-up video pointing out the details for MLB The Show 20.
    ♦This week’s live stream for MLB The Show 20 will focus on defensive improvements.
    ♦Any logos desired for transfer from MLB 19 to MLB 20 must be in vault by Feb 7.
    ♦Retro Bowl released for iOS and Android and is receiving fantastic reviews.
    ♦Full details on the latest patch that has gone out for NHL 20.
    ♦All the ratings changes from the recent roster update for NHL 20.
    ♦Details on the Super Bowl Present program for MUT active now in Madden 20.
    ♦New CBA in NFL could bring changes even next season inc. extra playoff game.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include Doctor Sleep with Midway out on digital.

  • Madden NFL 20 added to EA Access Vault
    Posted January 31st, 2020 at 9:00 am No Comments »

    Right on the heels of a brand new update and in time for the Super Bowl, Madden NFL 20 has made it into the EA Access Vault. This is the first of the 2019 EA Sports games to be provided in full to subscribers.

    EA Access has been available on Xbox One since 2014 and finally launched on PS4 last summer. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to Madden NFL 20 now includes all pre-2019 EA Sports games plus the likes of Fight Night Champion, Anthem, Battlefield V, Star Wars Battlefront II, Need for Speed Payback, Titanfall 2, Skate 3, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and many others. There’s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.

    Amazon currently has a deal on EA Access priced down to $25 for a year subscription on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

    The arrival of Madden to the Vault comes right on schedule with last year. In addition to potential new subs and hoping to pull in some new fans to buy Madden NFL 21, those introduced to the game for the first time without having to pay for it may be more inclined to invest in its Ultimate Team mode. NHL 20 and FIFA 20 will both follow likely in April.