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  • Press Row Podcast: College Football is Back!
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    Posted February 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 am No Comments »

    EA Sports today announced that college football will be making a return to their portfolio of sports games. So that begs the questions like when will it arrive? What teams? What players? What history? Will there be a Dynasty Mode? Will there be Ultimate Team? Will it be a yearly release? We don’t have any of those answers definitively yet – but we take our best guess at them anyway while outlining expectations going forward.

    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.

  • EA Sports announces return of college football
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    Posted February 2nd, 2021 at 9:15 am No Comments »

    A nearly eight year stretch with no licensed college football video games will be coming to an end in the near future. EA Sports today announced college football is making its return. Read more

  • MLB The Show 21 to feature cross-platform play between PlayStation and Xbox
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    Posted February 1st, 2021 at 9:00 am No Comments »

    While the cover leak over the weekend confirmed what had long been expected – Fernando Tatis Jr. as the cover athlete and debut on Xbox – that has now been made official along with some additional details. MLB The Show 21 will release on April 20 with a price of $70 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and $60 on PS4 and Xbox One.

    The big news today is that The Show will be the first major licensed sports franchise to feature cross-platform play. Those on PlayStation will be able to play online with those on Xbox. Until now Rocket League and Super Mega Baseball were the titles to feature that ability.

    Also noteworthy is that year-to-year saves will no longer be supported for MLB 21. While this was a feature a small number of people have been utilizing and has been greatly appreciated, it has also to an extent prevented modes from being improved in dramatic fashion. Hopefully in exchange for losing year-to-year saves the likes of Franchise and Road to the Show will make a significant leap forward.

    The release date is about a month later than would be typical. There’s still uncertainty around the actual MLB season – when it’ll start, whether it’ll have a universal DH and expanded playoffs and other proposed changes – so that may be with that in mind to make adjustments in the weeks ahead that can then be ready for launch.

  • MLB The Show 21 leak confirms cover athlete and Xbox release
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    Posted January 30th, 2021 at 2:30 pm No Comments »

    Back in late 2019 MLB and Sony announced that the MLB The Show series would be going multi-platform in 2021. While details were scarce then and nothing new has been provided in the over 13 months since, the expectation has been that MLB The Show 21 would be making its debut on Xbox. Only the pandemic threw some uncertainty into the equation.

    Now thanks to a leak of the cover athlete, who in absolutely no surprise is Fernando Tatis Jr., it appears those on the Xbox Series X/Series S/One will have only a matter of weeks to wait for that to be realized. Read more

  • Details on second big Franchise Mode update for Madden NFL 21
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    Posted January 6th, 2021 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    The second of three planned updates to enhance the long-neglected Franchise Mode through Madden NFL 21 is scheduled to go out tomorrow. The first, which released in November, was significant in that it was the start of what was promised to materialize over the coming months but was far from being satisfying to those eager for improvements. This update though offers much more substance in the form of commissioner controls and draft logic improvements.

    The final patch is planned for February and will deliver improvements to trade logic and the addition of the tracking of each league’s history. Read more

  • Details on release of the first big next-gen patch for NBA 2K21
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    Posted December 16th, 2020 at 10:00 am No Comments »

    2K Sports this week pushed live the first significant update to the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The patch has impact across the various major modes as well as on gameplay. Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: Next-Gen Madden and FIFA Impressions
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    Posted December 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    Next-gen sports gaming is here in full! Rich and Bryan talk about their early impressions of Madden and FIFA on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 – what’s different, what’s interesting, and what’s the overall feel?

    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.

  • Next-gen Madden NFL 21 available now for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
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    Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 9:00 am No Comments »

    Madden NFL 21 has gone live nearly a full day early with the next-gen version on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Those who own the PS4/Xbox One Madden NFL 21 receive the upgrade for free. It’s also worth noting that even for those who don’t the 10 hour trial through Xbox Game Pass or EA Play on PS5 offers the opportunity to try it out.

    Next-gen Madden 21 features a number of technical enhancements, both visually and with data influencing gameplay, but the feature set for the game remains largely unchanged. That was always the most reasonable expectation for both Madden and FIFA once EA announced the games would be given away as upgrades rather than sold standalone for full price.

    Madden NFL 21 has been available for as low as $27 at different points in the last two months, most recently over the Black Friday sales period. At the moment though there are no enticing deals available but those will likely return in the weeks ahead.