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  • Changes being made for Madden NFL 21 following beta feedback
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    Posted July 29th, 2020 at 12:00 pm No Comments »
    The beta held in early July for Madden NFL 21 generated feedback that will hopefully lead to a better game at launch. Much of the discussion around the game during the beta period centered on a divisive player ability called "Film Study," an inexplicable change to controls, deficiencies in pass coverage, and sluggish user movement on defense. In response "Film Study" is gone at least for release, controls have been switched back, coverage has received adjustments, and no changes are being...
  • The Line Drive for July 26
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    Posted July 26th, 2020 at 2:30 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. ♦First feature descriptions have been revealed on the official website for FIFA 21. ♦Kylian Mbappe has been chosen as the global cover athlete for FIFA 21. ♦EA Sports put together an FAQ regarding all the release details for FIFA 21. ♦Details on the various pre-order incentives being offered for FIFA 21. ♦Details on the free upgrade offered for cur...
  • NHL 21 release pushed back; won’t have a next-gen version
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    Posted July 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 am No Comments »
    EA Sports has provided an update on NHL 21 given its absence from EA Play and lack of promotion since the event concluded. The release of the game is being moved to October though when it'll land in that month has not been specified. NHL traditionally releases in mid-September. In addition the company confirmed that there is no version of NHL 21 in development for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. However, with both new consoles featuring backwards compatibility, the game will be playable ...
  • The Line Drive for July 19
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    Posted July 19th, 2020 at 2:30 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 launch player ratings have been officially revealed for Madden NFL 21. ♦Another leaked screen shows more about The Yard mode in Madden 21. ♦All the work done for playbooks in Madden 21 was gone over in new dev blog. ♦EA confirmed a generic Washington Team will stand in at release of Madden 21. ♦Baseball games this season will be using crow...
  • Press Row Podcast: #FixMaddenFranchise
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    Posted July 16th, 2020 at 6:00 pm No Comments »
    How did Madden NFL get to the current place it is with Franchise Mode, why was there an uprising from fans now, and where does Madden go from here? Rich, Bryan, and Mills discuss everything around the #FixMaddenFranchise movement that trended on Twitter and forced a response out of EA Sports. Also: NBA 2K21 ushering in next-gen price increase and Konami skipping its annual release for the PES series. Check out the podcast through Apple Podcasts for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher ap...
  • Season update plan announced for MLB The Show 20
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    Posted July 15th, 2020 at 8:00 pm No Comments »
    The MLB season is set to begin just over a week from now and Sony San Diego has laid out expectations for how it will or won't be replicated in MLB The Show 20. This season will consist of 60 games with 40 of them coming against division opponents and the other 20 taking on teams from the same regional division in the other league. The universal designated hitter has been put into place and extra innings will see a runner start on second base. Of course there no fans will be in attendance...
  • The Line Drive for July 12
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    Posted July 12th, 2020 at 7:00 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. ♦New mode that features 6v6 online play has leaked for Madden NFL 21. ♦EA Sports has revealed rookie QB and WR ratings for Madden NFL 21. ♦EA UFC 4 was officially revealed with a debut trailer and Aug. 14 release date. ♦The game's website goes through new features and improvements coming to UFC 4. ♦Ultimate Team, which never caught on in the UFC ga...
  • The Line Drive for July 5
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    Posted July 5th, 2020 at 6:00 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. ♦EA acknowledged the #FixMaddenFranchise campaign but made no real commitments. ♦Pre-orders for the upcoming NBA 2K21 on current-gen now available on Amazon. ♦Reminder only the $100 edition of NBA 2K21 will be upgraded free for the new consoles. ♦The cover athletes are Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson and Kobe Bryant for NBA 2K21. ♦Pre-orders for th...