News & Updates
  • NFL set to yet again extend EA Sports’ exclusive license for Madden
    Posted May 22nd, 2020 at 4:45 pm No Comments »

    Exclusivity for the NFL video game license on consoles is on the table yet again with a new agreement in place to continue on with EA Sports. The league’s owners will vote on the proposal next week where it is all but certain to pass carrying the exclusive license for sim games through Madden NFL 26.

    This was always an inevitability despite some who may have viewed the recent 2K news as a sign that they would be slipping in to create a competing product or take over the license after Madden NFL 21. That was never a realistic expectation and instead 2K will be relegated to producing the likes of arcade-style and mobile games.

    Since 2005 this has always been about the money. Exclusivity is far more lucrative for the league than having multiple partners and no other company would be in position to step in and replace what EA provides. While sales of Madden have dropped significantly since the agreements began Ultimate Team is generating billions of dollars in revenue more than making up for those losses. The NFL doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the perception that the game does a poor job of representing their product (even when on national display) and would rather go forward with what they know delivers for them rather than risking uncertainty in the years ahead.

  • The Line Drive for May 17
    Posted May 17th, 2020 at 12:45 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 Sports should be embarrassed yet again by the game from the Madden Bowl.
    ♦The winner never passed once, used a lefty punter at QB and lineman at receiver.
    ♦Super Mega Baseball 3 is out and generating rave reviews as would be expected.
    ♦New Press Row Podcast episode features an interview with the SMB3 lead.
    ♦Devs are collecting feedback and noting reported issues for Super Mega Baseball 3.
    ♦Free demo for Super Mega Baseball 3 is also available across all platforms.
    ♦Details on the latest patch that has been released for MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Details on the latest content added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦FIFA 20 is now available in the EA Access Vault for all console and PC subscribers.
    ♦Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are being remastered for release in September.
    ♦Five screenshots have been officially released for the upcoming PGA Tour 2K21.
    ♦Amazon has a $20 deal on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One copies of NBA 2K20.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Sonic the Hedgehog and The Way Back.

  • Features revealed for PGA Tour 2K21
    Posted May 14th, 2020 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    Last week brought the news that The Golf Club franchise was being rebranded as PGA Tour 2K and now the details on what to expect from the upcoming game in terms of features and release date have rolled out.

    PGA Tour 2K21 will come out on August 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. For the first time the series will include real golfers with 12 licensed including cover athlete Justin Thomas. These golfers however are not actually playable but act as competitors given the series’ focus on MyPlayers instead. Also new this year is broadcast style presentation with commentary from Luke Elvy and analyst Rich Beem.

    PGA TOUR 2K21 is designed for players of all skill levels. Rookies can take advantage of real-time tutorials, tips and shot suggestions, while veterans can master their games with Pro Vision, Distance Control, Putt Preview and other innovations. Social gaming is at the core of the experience, as players can hit the links with friends in local and online matches, including Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, Skins and 4-Player Scramble. In addition, Online Societies will encourage players to invite their squad to hit the clubhouse and run full seasons and tournaments with unique entry rules and requirements, as well as handicap and event settings.

    Of course the main concern with any title that comes from 2K Sports is the influence of in-game currency through microtransactions. Thankfully based on the wording in the press release it appears as though purchases will remain solely cosmetic.

  • The Line Drive for May 10
    Posted May 10th, 2020 at 12:45 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.

    ♦Big new online mode Custom Pennant Race was revealed for Super Mega Baseball 3.
    ♦Franchise Mode in SMB 3 will see player skills and appearance change over the years.
    ♦EA Sports showed off just brief moments of the next-gen edition of Madden NFL 21.
    ♦EA Play is being held virtually this year with full Madden reveal and more on June 11.
    ♦After cancelling NBA Live 20 it appears that NBA Live 21 has also been scrapped.
    ♦EA Sports has said they’ll have a fourth game in 2020 but that is likely to be UFC 4.
    ♦NHL 21 looks to have been pushed to Oct-Dec quarter from it’s normal Sept release.
    ♦Even with no real sports the NBA 2K League can’t get anyone to watch its broadcasts.
    ♦Details on the latest content for Diamond Dynasty out in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Franchise Hockey Manager 6 is on sale for half off down to just $20.
    ♦Complete list of deals on PS4 games currently under $20 in a PlayStation Store sale.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week Birds of Prey while Scoob! gets its release on digital.

  • The Golf Club rebranded as PGA Tour 2K
    Posted May 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    The Golf Club originally launched back in 2014 from the independent HB Studios. Follow-ups came in 2017 and the latest in August 2018 that added the PGA Tour license also brought on 2K Sports as the publisher. Now that relationship has taken the next step with the upcoming edition in the series being renamed to PGA Tour 2K21.

    Based on what has been shown in the very limited reveal it appears that PGA Tour 2K21 will be out this summer rather than be held to coincide with the (possible) release of the new consoles during the holiday period. Logos for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 were not displayed along with the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game has since been confirmed for PC as well. The first details are scheduled to be revealed next Thursday.

  • The Line Drive for May 3
    Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 9:00 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.

    ♦New patch addresses some fielding problems and more in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦Details on the latest content added to Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 20.
    ♦MLB The Show 20 is currently on sale for $51 through the PlayStation Store.
    ♦Lamar Jackson confirmed following earlier leak he’s on the Madden NFL 21 cover.
    ♦EA Sports has added the first round draft picks to Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Team.
    ♦NHL 20 is the latest sports game added to the Vault for EA Access subscribers.
    ♦FIFA 20 is lone Vault holdout from last year but could be added later this month.
    ♦Details on the latest patch coming out soon across all platforms for FIFA 20.
    ♦WWE 2K21 has been canceled following the disaster that was WWE 2K20.
    ♦In its place this year will be an arcade-style game called WWE 2K Battlegrounds.
    ♦Four new limited-time modes are going to be playable this month in Rocket League.
    ♦Amazon is selling physical copies of NBA 2K20 on Xbox One for just $20.
    ♦Complete list of deals on PS4 games currently under $20 in a PlayStation Store sale.

  • Press Row Podcast: The NCAA Football dream is dead?!?!
    Posted April 30th, 2020 at 6:00 pm No Comments »

    Is the dream of a new NCAA Football dream dead – or still very much alive? With interesting new developments happening, Bryan and Rich get together to discuss the latest implications in a story that began over a decade ago with a new episode of the Press Row Podcast!

    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.

  • Super Mega Baseball 3 settles on mid-May release date
    Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 8:00 am No Comments »

    When the new features for Super Mega Baseball 3 were showcased a few weeks ago they were accompanied by an indication that the game could see a delay due to COVID-19 complications. That has turned out to be the case as what was originally going to release this month has instead been moved back to May 13.

    While the wait will be longer than hoped for there is a new video out that goes into the specifics on improvements to gameplay which include reworked batting AI, tweaked pitching mechanics and improved fielder selection. Additionally developer Metalhead Software is teasing features still being worked on such as the previously revealed ability to import teams from Super Mega Baseball 2 and a TBA “major” online feature.