News & Updates
  • Press Row Podcast: Tattoo Story
    Posted October 20th, 2018 at 6:00 am No Comments

    Bryan and Rich are back together to talk about the latest developments and stories from the sports gaming world, including why tattoos are part of a legal fight for Take Two and NBA 2K, what lies ahead for the season according to NBA 2K19, and Fight Night Champion being added to the EA Access Vault.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes 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.

  • Details on the fourth post-release patch for Madden NFL 19
    Posted October 18th, 2018 at 5:00 pm No Comments

    Over two months since release now and Madden NFL 19 has received it’s fourth substantial patch. The first update for Madden NFL 19 was based on beta feedback and included a major change to the Hit Stick, second one had numerous upgrades for Franchise Mode and a number of gameplay adjustments, and the last one that went out earlier this month was heavy on gameplay and visual improvements.

    This latest patch has added tattoos to Mike Evans (joining Odell Beckham Jr. and Martavis Bryant as the only ones who’ve gotten the proper clearances from the artists to allow for their recreation), makes injured players available to be used in online H2H games, increased the differentiation of player speed, and much more for Franchise and gameplay.  Read more

  • Madden NFL 19 roster update details following week six of the season
    Posted October 18th, 2018 at 2:30 pm No Comments

    The roster update for Madden NFL 19 featuring ratings changes based on regular season performance through six weeks has gone live to download all systems.

    Notables on the move this week include Tom Brady (+1 to 98), Travis Kelce (-1 to 95), Drew Brees (+2 to 94), Harrison Smith (-1 to 94), Zach Ertz (+1 to 92), A.J. Bouye (-1 to 92), Tyreek Hill (+2 to 91), Adam Thielen (+1 to 91), Davante Adams (+1 to 90), Mike Daniels (-2 to 89), Kareem Hunt (+1 to 89), Devin McCourty (-2 to 88), David Johnson (-1 to 88), Byron Jones (+2 to 87), Ben Roethlisberger (+1 to 85), Frank Clark (+2 to 84), Albert Wilson (+1 to 80), Rashaan Melvin (-5 to 80), D.J. Fluker (+3 to 79), and Stefen Wisniewski (-8 to 71).

    Check out full details on current ratings and any changes in this week’s update through the form on the official Madden NFL 19 website.

  • The first deal on NBA 2K19 is here
    Posted October 16th, 2018 at 1:00 am No Comments

    With the season set to tip-off tonight NBA 2K19 can now be had at a significant discount for a limited time. In a deal that is expected to only be available through the end of the day, 2K19 has been dropped a full 33% down to $40 at multiple retailers.

    Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart are all offering the game at the $40 price. It can be either a physical copy or a digital code and for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch.

    NBA 2K19 is one of the most complete sports video game products ever made but has one obvious flaw in the way that it suffers from design that has been built around its monetization strategy. Check out the review of NBA 2K19 as well as its competition on the market that was completed for Sporting News last month for more.

  • The Line Drive for October 14
    Posted October 14th, 2018 at 8:45 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.

    Forza Horizon 4 managed to reach 2 million players in its first week alone.
    Madden NFL 19 and NBA Live 19 are among the deals this week with Xbox Live Gold.
    Amazon also has copies of Madden NFL 19 for $40 currently on PlayStation 4 only.
    Best Buy has dropped the price on both Xbox One and PS4 for NBA Live 19 to $30.
    Details on the first patch that released earlier this month for FIFA 19.
    EA Sports has provided additional information on some features found in FIFA 19.
    Details on this year’s competitive play for FIFA 19 and how to register to participate.
    Details on the latest gameplay tuner update that went out for NHL 19.
    New roster update with added players and many leagues involved is out for NHL 19.
    EA Sports predicts the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup with NHL 19 sim.
    Joining Fight Night Champion in the EA Access Vault this week is Burnout Paradise.
    Details on the new Halloween-themed event taking place this month in Rocket League.
    Details on a new downloadable content pack coming soon to NASCAR Heat 3.
    Details on the first post-release update for Franchise Hockey Manager 3.
    The Press Row Podcast can now be found among the featured podcasts on Spotify.
    Details on the latest software update that just released for the Xbox One.
    Sony will soon finally begin to allow changes of online IDs with the PlayStation 4.

  • NBA 2K19 patch addresses steals, rules, and much more
    Posted October 12th, 2018 at 2:45 pm No Comments

    The second post-release patch of substance for NBA 2K19 went live today. While the previous one was primarily just to make critical fixes, this update reduces the success rate for steals (widely seen as problematic since release), implements the new shot clock reset rule for this season, updates of jumbotrons for two teams, and provides a number of other improvements in addition to more fixes across the various modes in the game.  Read more

  • Madden NFL 19 roster update details following week five of the season
    Posted October 11th, 2018 at 4:30 pm No Comments

    The roster update for Madden NFL 19 featuring ratings changes based on regular season performance through five weeks has gone live to download all systems. After breaking the all-time passing yards record Drew Brees has been boosted all the way up to a 99 Overall. Presumably this is just a temporary form of commemoration given that he was 92 Overall going into the Monday Night Football win.

    Other notables on the move this week include Von Miller (-1 to 98), DeAndre Hopkins (+1 to 96), Travis Kelce (+1 to 96), Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 96), Harrison Smith (-1 to 95), Melvin Gordon (+2 to 91), Linval Joseph (+1 to 90 and +12 in Speed), Philip Rivers (+2 to 89), Matt Ryan (-1 to 89), Cam Newton (-1 to 87), Janoris Jenkins (-2 to 85), Josh Norman (-2 to 85), Graham Gano (+4 to 84), Isaiah Crowell (+1 to 81), and Mason Crosby (-2 to 75).

    Check out full details on current ratings and any changes in this week’s update through the form on the official Madden NFL 19 website.

  • Fight Night Champion has been added to the EA Access Vault
    Posted October 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm No Comments

    Fight Night Champion was added to the list of backwards compatible titles on Xbox One back in May. At the time it was unclear when, or even if, FNC would find itself available in the EA Access Vault for subscribers. While Skate 3 had done just that being moved into the Vault after several months had passed following its introduction to backwards compatibility, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition has never made its way to the subscription service making it seem that licensing may have led to complications that prevented it from doing so.

    After nearly five months the question around the fate of Fight Night Champion has finally been answered. The well-regarded game that released back in 2011 and still stands as the last licensed boxing title on consoles has now been added to the EA Access Vault.

    Subscribers have full access to Fight Night Champion including its Story Mode which can be at least partially credited with the move towards narrative-driven modes being offered in sports games since then and was even broken off and sold separately at one point. FNC was, like the Fight Night series in general, an excellent technical and visual display with a deep roster of fighters and the ability to create more which could be shared. Where it was lacking was in the traditional Career Mode, presentation, and online options.