News & Updates
  • The Line Drive for July 12
    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 games, has been removed.
    ♦Pre-orders for UFC 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are available on Amazon.
    ♦Despite ESRB having rated UFC 4 next-gen versions EA is denying they exist.
    ♦The UFC cover curse struck yet again with the loss by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251.
    ♦Appears there will be no PES 2021 but instead PES 2020 will only get updated rosters.
    ♦Details on the latest changes from a server update that went out in FIFA 20.
    ♦Out of the Park Baseball 21 has been added to Xbox Game Pass for play on PC.
    ♦Rocket League released a five-year infographic which notes 75 million players.

  • The Line Drive for July 5
    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 the upcoming Madden NFL 21 on current gen now available on Amazon.
    ♦Reminder that all editions of Madden NFL 21 will receive a free upgrade to new consoles.
    ♦The latest update for Retro Bowl includes a number of additions and fixes.
    ♦Details on the latest patch to have gone out on all platforms for FIFA 20.
    ♦Details on the latest content added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Amazon has MLB The Show 20 standard edition for $40 and MVP Edition for $60.
    ♦NBA 2K20 is one of the free games offered this month to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
    ♦NBA 2K20 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch being sold for under $20.
    ♦Free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers this month include Dunk Lords.
    ♦A sequel to Tennis World Tour has been revealed with the release of a debut trailer.

  • NBA 2K21 is the first game to announce price increase for next-gen
    Posted July 2nd, 2020 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    2K Sports revealed the three different cover athletes for NBA 2K21 this week (Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson, Kobe Bryant) but the more interesting news relates to details on the series’ transition to the next-gen systems.

    NBA 2K21 on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will see a price increase to $70. That’s the first indication that games across the board may be more expensive next-gen. It would seem unlikely that NBA 2K would be on its own in doing so.

    Additionally those who buy the standard edition of the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will *not* receive the game for free if they pick up one of the new systems. This is in contrast to EA Sports which has already confirmed those who own Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 will receive an upgrade to the next-gen versions for free.

    The exception comes with the $100 ‘Mamba Forever Edition’ which will also provide a copy of the game for next-gen to those who buy it on PS4/XB1. That would then provide some incentive that otherwise would not have been there to pick up that expensive version 2K21 for those planning to get one of the new systems.

    2K has confirmed that MyTeam progress and currency will carry over from one gen to the next. However it does not appear that will occur for other modes such as MyLeague or MyCareer.

    NBA 2K21 will release its current gen version on Sept 4 and will follow as a next-gen launch title this holiday season.

  • ‘Classic’ Franchise takes backseat to Face of the Franchise in Madden NFL 21
    Posted June 30th, 2020 at 1:00 pm No Comments »

    Last week when EA Sports let it be known that a developer blog would be releasing for Face of the Franchise along with Franchise Mode being referred to as ‘Classic Franchise’ it was obvious the outlook on the latter was bleak. That justified pessimism was confirmed today as FOTF has received the bulk of the attention in Madden NFL 21 with Franchise barely getting what could even be considered a patch-caliber update.

    The message from EA has now been made clear. Expectations should be adjusted for the traditional Franchise Mode as something that will remain largely static and only benefit from global changes. Either accept that reality or move on. Read more

  • The Line Drive for June 28
    Posted June 28th, 2020 at 7:30 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.

    ♦Expanded details on the various gameplay improvements made for Madden NFL 21.
    ♦Archived dev live stream going over gameplay improvements for Madden NFL 21.
    ♦EA Sports UFC 4 will make its debut during the UFC 251 broadcast next month.
    ♦An NBA 2K MyTeam producer was fired after inappropriate conduct came to light.
    ♦Some high-profile incoming rookies have been added to MyTeam in NBA 2K20.
    ♦Three different cover athletes will be revealed this coming week for NBA 2K21.
    ♦Details on the latest patch with improvements and fixes for Super Mega Baseball 3.
    ♦Details on the latest patch affecting gameplay in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Details on the latest content for Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Physical copies of MLB The Show 20 are on sale for $39 through Amazon.
    ♦New Star Games has announced New Star Baseball which will be out later this year.
    ♦Details on the latest patch with improvements for Out of the Park Baseball 21.
    ♦Four full holes of gameplay courtesy of IGN showcasing PGA Tour 2K21.
    ♦Latest trailer goes through what to expect from Career Mode in PGA Tour 2K21.
    ♦NBA 2K20 on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch being sold for just $15.
    ♦Need for Speed Heat is the latest game addition to the Vault with EA Access.
    ♦Rocket League is teasing new and updated features for the game this summer.
    ♦Details on latest patch with new faces and some fixes made for PES 2020.
    ♦LaLiga agreed to an exclusivity extension with EA Sports for 10 more years in FIFA.

  • Extended look at the gameplay changes coming for Madden NFL 21
    Posted June 23rd, 2020 at 9:15 am No Comments »

    Early last week EA Sports unveiled the primary new features for Madden NFL 21. That news came prior to the next-gen PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X debut trailer and info on hardware-related enhancements but the basic game details will be essentially the same regardless of which system or generation it is to be played on.

    It was an underwhelming if not disappointing initial reveal of things that have all seemingly been promoted for past Madden titles. Now the publisher has rolled out what is said to be a more extensive dive into what to expect in terms of gameplay improvements with a follow-up trailer. Somehow it is still shallow and manages to look just like Madden 20.

    ♦New Pass-Rush Control: New defensive line mechanics that make playing as a pass-rusher more responsive and more fun to play.
    ♦Ball Carrier Skill Stick: Two new moves that the skill stick unlocks including the side hurdle and the dead leg.
    ♦Realistic Open Field Tackling: Give defenders more control and a better chance of successfully tackling oncoming players.
    ♦Authenticity Improvements: New physics-based animation which will create more authentic moments when the quarterback is throwing under pressure and more.
    ♦Celebrate Everywhere: Total control over how your players react after game-changing plays.

  • EA Play 2020 introduces first look at Next-Gen
    Posted June 18th, 2020 at 5:00 pm No Comments »

    Electronic Arts held the annual EA Play event earlier today and did so remotely with a pre-taped production. As expected upcoming sports games premiered first looks accompanied by additional details including release news. It is notable however that there was just a single trailer shown during the presentation and only featured two of the four upcoming titles.

    Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 had the premiere of a next-gen trailer with a glimpse at the games for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Read more

  • First trailer and features have been unveiled for Madden NFL 21
    Posted June 16th, 2020 at 7:15 am No Comments »

    EA Sports today debuted the first look at Madden NFL 21 with the release of a trailer and some feature details. Hopefully something more substantial will come out of EA Play on Thursday because this is a shallow and arcadey introduction to Madden NFL 21. Additionally the publisher confirmed owners of the PS4 version will be upgraded for free when moving onto PlayStation 5 matching the offer for those on Xbox One to Series X.

    Face of the Franchise – Rise to Fame

    Face of the Franchise returns! Create yourself and begin your career as a quarterback in high school where you’ll attempt to lead your team to a State Championship. We should mention while your career starts in high school, that doesn’t mean you’ll be the starting quarterback. Don’t worry, no story spoilers here.

    Next, you’ll start your college career on National Signing Day where you’ll pick between ten Division 1 schools. You’ll be able to play two seasons of the College Football Playoffs where you’ll attempt to win not one, but two NCAA Championships. While in college you’ll have the chance to stay as a quarterback or switch positions to a running back or wide receiver.

    After your college career, you’ll be attending the NFL Combine where you’ll have the chance to test your skills and run the iconic 40-yard dash.

    When you finally enter the NFL, your career doesn’t stop. You’ll have the chance to experience different storylines each season as you make your case for the Hall of Fame.

    New Gameplay Features

    Skill Stick – You’ll be able to combo together all your evasive moves on the right analog stick, including Juke, Spin, Hurdle and Dead Leg. The Skill Stick brings more fluid, athletic movement to the field and gives you more control over the moves you want perform.

    Pass Rush Moves – All your pass rush moves and block-sheds for Madden NFL 21 will now be on the right analog stick. You’ll have full control to choose the exact rush-move you want and when you want to do it. Be sure to use your rush moves strategically though, as each pass rusher has a limited amo›unt of available moves per play, and blockers will start to build resistance against repeated moves. This will give you more control and it adds a layer of strategy to one of the most important aspects of defense.

    Location-Based Tackles – These are tackles where both the ball carrier and defender are aware of the first-down marker, end zone, and pylon. What this means is you’ll see ball carriers reach out with the ball while getting tackled to score a crucial touchdown or clutch up a first-down. You’ll also see the tackling defender struggle but successfully deny the ball carrier these reach-out moments.

    X-Factor 2.0

    New X-Factor abilities, fresh out of the lab, are designed to elevate the stars of a new generation in Madden NFL 21.