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  • The focus on collision physics in NHL 19
    Posted July 20th, 2018 at 2:15 pm No Comments

    EA Sports laid out the features for NHL 19 a month ago now, including the debut of the Real Player Motion animation system, a 1v1v1 mode called NHL ONES, and outdoor rinks. Today the publisher offered additional details on work done to gameplay, specifically that of the improvements that have been made to the collision physics.  Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: All-Star Break
    Posted July 19th, 2018 at 8:15 am No Comments

    Rich has returned from DC and the MLB All-Star festivities and shares thoughts on his experiences at the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, and with the MLB HR Derby VR game.

    Bryan and Rich then respond to listener questions, leading into discussions on hype levels for Madden NFL 19, intriguing teams to use in Franchise Mode, why there has been no news yet on NBA 2K19, whether 2K19 will outsell 2K18, what game has been the biggest disappointment this year, and the continued mystery of the delayed NBA Playgrounds 2.

    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 below.

  • Another big offseason transaction went down today for NBA 2K19
    Posted July 18th, 2018 at 5:15 pm No Comments

    The offseason focus in the NBA has primarily been centered on LeBron James’ decision to go to the Los Angeles Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins deciding to join up with the Champion Golden State Warriors and rightfully so. Simulations in NBA 2K18 have shown that Cousins could help make the 2018-19 Warriors the greatest team of all-time, while LeBron will have his work cut out for him dragging the Lakers to a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.

    Today a third major transaction went down when the San Antonio Spurs sent disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for All-Star DeMar DeRozan. It’s the rare trade where all parties seem dissatisfied in some respects, particularly the players who had a certain desired destination (Leonard) or didn’t want to leave the city (DeRozan).

    It’s also fairly rare for players of their caliber get traded. Leonard is the fifth highest rated player in NBA 2K. He stayed on his 95 Overall Rating last season given that he was on the sidelines for most of it. Only LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and James Harden are rated higher. DeRozan at an 89 Overall is only behind Harden at the shooting guard position.

    For the Spurs DeRozan will represent a net gain, at least compared to last season when the team was able to win 47 games and make the playoffs despite Leonard having appeared in only 9 games due to injury. The bigger question is for Toronto, where there’s some uncertainty over whether Leonard will even suit up for the team or put forth full effort for a full season given the way the last one went down in San Antonio.

  • The Line Drive for July 15
    Posted July 15th, 2018 at 7:00 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.

    Power Ranking teams from 1 to 32 for Madden NFL 19 based on player ratings.
    Revisiting the college sports video game saga on fifth anniversary of last NCAA Football.
    Latest Press Row Podcast episode on NCAA/college sports games is now also on Youtube.
    The Press Row Podcast has recently become featured on Spotify.
    Details on the latest significant patch out now for Super Mega Baseball 2.
    MLB has granted a licensing agreement for a crypto “game” live later this summer.
    PlayStation Plus subscribers can get 10 free Standard Packs for MLB The Show 18.
    Details on the latest new Missions and card packs in MLB 18 Diamond Dynasty.
    Details on the June Monthly Awards and new Event in MLB 18 Diamond Dynasty.
    New developer blog and video go over the Real Player Motion improvements for NHL 19.
    FIFA 18 impressively predicted France would win the World Cup with great confidence.
    Best Buy offering a bonus $10 coupon towards Madden 19 when trading in Madden 18.
    Details on the latest gameplay tuner changes made in EA Sports UFC 3.
    After a disastrous release last year WWE 2K19 won’t be coming to Nintendo Switch.
    Out of the Park Baseball 19 is 50% off down to $20 with the latest sale through July 20.
    Blu-ray releases this week include Rampage, Super Troopers 2, Isle of Dogs.

  • Press Row Podcast: NCAA Football Five Years Later
    Posted July 13th, 2018 at 9:00 pm No Comments

    We look back on the NCAA Football franchise five years after the release of the final edition in the series, NCAA Football 14, on this episode of the Press Row Podcast. The discussion includes a recap of what led to the demise of college sports video games, whether a return is possible in the five years ahead and what would need to happen for that to occur, and the various challenges a video game developer faces with college sports beyond just the current legal complications. Finally, there’s some reminiscing over favorite memories playing NCAA Football, from both the panelists and listeners who supplied theirs on Twitter this week.

    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 below.

  • All the finalized player ratings for launch of Madden NFL 19
    Posted July 11th, 2018 at 11:15 am No Comments

    EA Sports has now revealed the Madden NFL 19 player ratings shipping with the game for the entirety of the league. The earlier-announced 7 players rated 99 Overall are joined by Julio Jones, Khalil Mack, and J.J. Watt at 98 and Bobby Wagner, Harrison Smith, Jalen Ramsey and David Bakhtiari at 97. Check them all out here.

    The Philadelphia Eagles have received a significant Super Bowl Champion bump and have by far the most players rated 90+ (9 of them) and 80+ (26 of them). They’re followed by the Saints, Patriots, Falcons, and Jaguars as the strongest teams for the upcoming game. The Jets, Colts, and Cardinals have the weakest rosters.

    Additionally the 12 new attribute categories that debut this year have been detailed and all of them affect players based on the offensive side of the ball.  Read more

  • Rocket League added to Xbox Game Pass
    Posted July 11th, 2018 at 7:45 am No Comments

    The remarkable success story that is Rocket League began with a unique launch strategy three years ago almost to the day. Rocket League released on PS4 for free to those with PlayStation Plus. Since then the game has grown to incredible heights, has a strong presence in esports, and the developers continue to support the game with compelling new content.

    Now Rocket League is again a part of a subscription service but this time on the Xbox One. Rocket League is now available as part of the Xbox Game Pass.

    Xbox Game Pass has become one of the best values in gaming since launching in May of 2017. The library includes over 100 games and will also feature all first party Microsoft games on their release dates. That means upcoming titles like Forza Horizon 4 and Crackdown among others and just wanting one of those alone makes the $60 annual price worth it.

    Because all the EA Sports games go to EA Access there will never be a huge supply of major licensed sports games on Xbox Game Pass but Rocket League has joined the likes of Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, NBA Playgrounds, Super Mega Baseball, Laser League, MotoGP 17, Casey Powell Lacrosse 16, and F1 2015.

  • Five years have now passed since the last NCAA Football game released
    Posted July 10th, 2018 at 12:01 am No Comments

    Had the NCAA Football series not been cancelled NCAA Football 19 would have released today. It’s a sad reminder that the saga which began in 2009 with lawsuits from Ed O’Bannon and Sam Keller still hasn’t reached its ultimate resolution. NCAA Football was the big casualty along the way when it was shut down shortly after the release of NCAA Football 14 in 2013.

    NCAA Football was cancelled not just due to a loss of NCAA branding and the ongoing legal action but the cold feet of parties such as conferences and universities which had begun to back out of agreements. A college video game without authentic licensing, or a hybrid that has some licensing but glaring omissions, simply wouldn’t have been commercially feasible.

    The class action headed by Ed O’Bannon would later prove victorious, with the NCAA being found to have violated antitrust laws. Electronic Arts and the CLC were able to settle their way out of the case before that ruling was found. Unfortunately, despite the judgment, nothing would change in the world of sports video games when an appeals court reversed the decision that would have allowed players to receive limited compensation beyond just education-related expenses and then the Supreme Court passed on hearing the case.  Read more

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