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Friday, April 28, 2017
04:09 PM - April 28, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
A new roster update and a new pack of cards went live today for Diamond Dynasty. The pack of cards is the April 28 Bases Loaded Pack.
The main draw of this pack is you are guaranteed a single Griffey equipment item to hopefully help you finish that portion of the Diamond Program. It costs 2,000 Stubs and you are limited to five packs. My personal recommendation is to pass on this pack of cards. You're very likely to just get duplicates of the Silver equipment items -- even with a triple chance of a Diamond player, with only 3 player items per pack it's not good math on that end either.
On the roster update end of things, the biggest change is that Freddie Freeman is now a Diamond player. This should make finishing the Braves collection much more expensive moving forward.
Other major changes include:
-James Paxton jumping from a Silver to a Gold.
-Bryce Harper becoming an even more dominant Diamond.
-Raisel Iglesias becoming a Gold, which gives the Reds their first Gold player of the season (Votto is a Diamond).
-Wil Myers going from Silver to Gold, which again should make the Padres collection a little more pricey to finish as this is the first Padres player to go Gold.
-Ivan Nova, Chris Devenski, Ervin Santana, Jason Vargas and Dylan Bundy jumped from Bronze to Silver players.
-Jason Heyward and Curtis Granderson jumped from Bronze to Silver.
-And Eric Thames was finally added to the game, and he comes in at a 82 overall, with 80 power against lefties and righties.
-EDIT- OS user PRBoricua has also pointed out the Player Spotlight mission for the All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. has been altered so you now have unlimited Ranked Seasons games to get the 10 home runs and 22 RBIs to unlock the Breakout Ken Griffey Jr.
04:05 PM - April 28, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The official MLB The Show 17 roster update is available now.
Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Bryce Harper +4 (94), Mookie Betts +1 (94), Freddie Freeman +4 (92), Craig Kimbrel +2 (88), Carlos Carrasco +2 (87), James Paxton +5 (85), Raisel Iglesias +3 (85), Wil Myers +1 (85), Chris Devenski +8 (84), Brad Brach +4 (84), Cesar Hernandez +3 (84), Marcell Ozuna + 2 (83), Eric Thames + 8 (82), Ivan Nova +5 (82), Ervin Santana +3 (82), Danny Duffy +1 (82), Carlos Gonzalez -2 (82), Rougned Odor -2 (82), Jose Abreu -2 (81), Jason Vargas +5 (80), Dylan Bundy +4 (80), Jason Heyward +2 (80), Devon Travis -3 (80), Andrew Benintendi +2 (79), Addison Russell +1 (79), Luis Severino +5 (78), Chase Headley +3 (78), Miguel Gonzalez +4 (77), Steven Souza Jr +4 (77), Ryan Zimmerman +4 = 77), Mitch Haniger +9 (76), Aaron Judge +8 (76), Taylor Motter +5 (76), Jacob Barnes +22 (75), Mark Reynolds +5 (75), Chase Anderson +4 (75), Franklin Gutierrez -4 (75), Jharel Cotton +13 (74), Andrew Triggs +10 (74), Grant Dayton +28 (73), Kendall Graveman +2 (73), Brad Peacock +9 (71), Seth Smith +2 (70), Antonio Senzatela +8 (68), Trey Mancini +6 (68), Amir Garrett +5 (68), Shane Peterson +5 (63) and much more.
PLAYERS ADDED THIS WEEK
- Covey, Dylan - CHW
- Bonilla, Lisalverto - CIN
- Bonifacio, Jorge - KAN
- Junis, Jake - KAN
- Thames, Eric - MIL
- Valdez, Cesar - OAK
- Lively, Ben - PHI
- Pivetta, Nick - PHI
- Neverauskas, Dovydas - PIT
- Osuna, Jose - PIT
- Cordoba, Allen - SDG
- Diazl, Miguel - SDG
- DeJong, Chase - SEA
- Arroyo, Christian - SFO
- Hu, ChihWei - TAM
- Bass, Anthony - TEX
- CF Jackie Bradley Jr. moved from Red Sox Minors to Red Sox Position.
- 2B Brock Holt moved from Red Sox Position to Red Sox Minors.
- 3B Pablo Sandoval moved from Red Sox Position to Red Sox Minors.
- SS Troy Tulowitzki moved from Blue Jays Position to Blue Jays Minors.
- SS Ryan Goins moved from Blue Jays Bench to Blue Jays Position.
- RP J.P. Howell moved from Blue Jays Minors to Blue Jays Relief.
- 2B Jason Kipnis moved from Indians Minors to Indians Position.
- SS Jose Iglesias moved from Tigers Position to Tigers Minors.
- 1B Miguel Cabrera moved from Tigers Position to Tigers Minors.
- CP Bud Norris moved from Angels Relief to Angels Closer.
- CF Rajai Davis moved from A's Position to A's Minors.
- 1B Danny Valencia moved from Mariners Position to Mariners Bench.
- SP A.J. Griffin moved from Rangers Starting to Rangers Minors.
- LF Matt Kemp moved from Braves Minors to Braves Position.
- 1B Ryan Howard moved from No Team to Braves Minors.
- SS Adeiny Hechavarria moved from Marlins Minors to Marlins Position.
- SS Miguel Rojas moved from Marlins Position to Marlins Bench.
- SS Trea Turner moved from Nationals Minors to Nationals Position.
- CP Jeurys Familia moved from Mets Minors to Mets Closer.
- CF Jake Marisnick moved from Astros Bench to Astros Minors.
- SS Jhonny Peralta moved from Cardinals Position to Cardinals Minors.
- 3B Jedd Gyorko moved from Cardinals Bench to Cardinals Position.
- SP Shelby Miller moved from D'backs Starting to D'backs Minors.
- 2B Logan Forsythe moved from Dodgers Position to Dodgers Minors.
- 2B Chase Utley moved from Dodgers Bench to Dodgers Position.
- CF Joc Pederson moved from Dodgers Position to Dodgers Minors.
- SP Jarred Cosart moved from Padres Starting to Padres Minors.
03:46 PM - April 28, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
With EA Play just around the corner, it won’t be long until we get our first look at FIFA 18. The next entry in EA's bestselling soccer series will incorporate the Frostbite engine for the second year running, and has already been confirmed to feature a second season of story mode, The Journey, which debuted in FIFA 17.
Ahead of the inevitable reveal, I've taken this chance to highlight a few things I'd like to see in FIFA 18 later this year. Be sure to add your own ideas to our wishlist in the comments below.
Read More - FIFA 18 Wishlist: Features We'd Like To See (Written by: Fraser Gilbert)
06:14 AM - April 28, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
In this week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast, host Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham have a follow-up discussion on last week’s topic regarding consumer unrest before moving on to address other subjects. Those include whether it’s a good or bad idea to continually tinker with fundamental elements of games such as the constant changes being made to shooting in NBA 2K17, the potential of the upcoming arcade-style game NBA Playgrounds, what the WNBA could mean for NBA Live 18, and a handful of listener questions.
Joining us this week:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
01:54 PM - April 27, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins
Regardless of pre-order rewards, Stub totals, or returning player bonuses, the best place for overwhelmed newcomers to start is the Chris Archer Rookie Program. Play Vs. CPU games will boost Stubs, acquire stats for other challenges, and chip away at the Chris Archer missions. For example, acquiring Tropicana Field is easy, grabbing a Tampa Bay Rays hexagon in Conquest is (in theory) easy. That being said, after watching the Tampa Bay Rays territory get consumed by the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins in my first attempts to complete this hexagon mission, I started Conquest anew and bolted straight for Tampa Bay. I was actually able to acquire the territory (via sim no less) in only two Conquest games, which was a significantly easier departure from previous attempts.
Read More - MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty: Market Evolving Despite Instability
12:14 PM - April 27, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
PlayStation revealed Porsche would be coming to Gran Turismo Sport a few weeks ago. Today, Polyphony Digital has confirmed it and released a new trailer. This will be the first appearance for Porsche in the series, Gran Turismo Sport is scheduled to be released later this year.
09:38 AM - April 27, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Codemasters have just posted the first official gameplay trailer for DiRT 4. The trailer features ‘Instigators’, by Grace Potter - one of the songs from the in-game soundtrack that has been created for DiRT 4 in an exclusive partnership with Globe, Universal Music UK’s in-house sync team.
The agreement with Globe will see over 40 licensed tracks appear throughout the game, matching DiRT’s unique style and tone, and includes exclusive tracks from artists such as The Amazons, Sigma, Freak and Pretty Vicious alongside tracks from The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bastille.
On another note, XboxAchievements have posted the DiRT 4 achievements.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
05:00 PM - April 26, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Some new updates to Diamond Dynasty today included new cards being added to the Ticket Counter, a new Event being posted, and the addition of a time-limited Rookie Series pack you can purchase for 4,500 Stubs (limit 3 per person).
The exclusive cards in this pack are a Rookie Flashback Yasiel Puig (Gold), and a Rookie Flashback Aroldis Chapman (Silver). Some other new rookies you can find in these packs include Orel Hershiser (Gold), Kenny Lofton (Gold), Marcus Stroman (Gold), Dustin Ackley (Silver), Aledmys Diaz (Silver), Daniel Murphy (Silver), Gary Carter (Bronze), Jack McDowell (Bronze), Billy Wagner (Bronze), Fred McGriff (Bronze), Max Kepler (Bronze), Nomar Mazara (Bronze), Rollie Fingers (Bronze), and Justin Turner (Bronze).
The new players included on the Ticket Counter are also rookies. These players are Tony Perez (280 tickets, level 10), Doug Drabek (155 tickets, level 0), and Steve Finley (55 tickets, level 0). None of these players have a Player Spotlight tied to them, so only buy them if you actually want to use them for other challenges or missions.
The last big update is that a new Event will start on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST. This is the "25 and Under" Event where you can use any player 25 or under who is not a Diamond. Your team is capped at 89 overall, and the top rewards are a Hardware Legend Jackie Robinson (Silver) for a 10-win streak, and a Hardware Flashback Justin Verlander (Bronze) for 20 cumulative wins. These will be 6-inning games on All-Star difficulty.
Lastly, a quick reminder that the Time-Limited Red Sox/Yankees mission is ongoing right now and involves tallying 20 runs with Yankees or Red Sox players in Diamond Dynasty Games. It will end on April 27 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
04:43 PM - April 26, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion is scheduled to arrive on May 9 for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs (Xbox Play Anywhere). It is included in the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or $19.99 as a standalone purchase. The team will also release a Forza Horizon 3 update on the same day, to include improved new support for numerous popular driving wheels, improved CPU performance, additional graphical options, and more.
Below is a list of some of the new cars included in the expansion.
- 1969 Hot Wheels Twin Mill
- 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker
- 2012 Hot Wheels Rip Rod
- 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang
- 2016 Jeep Trailcat
- 2016 Zenvo ST1
- 2007 Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks AT38
- 2010 Pagani Zonda R
- 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49
09:41 AM - April 26, 2017. Posted by jbd345. Written by Steve Noah
Maximum Games have just announced June 27 as their release date for The Golf Club 2. Fans can pre-order the game for $39.99 to receive the Day One Edition, which includes the following "Aristocrat" bonus in-game content:
- Moneybags – Save time and get rich quick with an instant payout that will boost your career and give you serious purchasing power
- Elite Club – Make your competitors jealous and stand out among the crowd with an exclusive 24K solid gold driver
- Premier Clubhouse – Gain access to an exclusive high society clubhouse for you and your friends
- Heirloom Apparel – Play in style with a throwback outfit from the golden age of golf
- Elite Emblem – Add class to your Society logo with a signature badge
For more details on the game, check out the official website.
09:11 AM - April 26, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post
This guest post provided by the folks at NBA2kLab, where attributes and badges are tested extensively so you know what's important and what isn't. Be sure to check them out at the link!
At NBA2kLab we have received a lot of questions about which badges are the most important and which can be skipped. We would like to answer all of these questions in one place. Below you will find a tiered badge guide that will split the badges into four categories: Crucial, Commonly Helpful, Situationally Helpful, Don’t Waste Your Time. The order the badges appear within the tiers is not important. This list is for Bronze badges only. Hall of Fame badges should be prioritized every time -- with a few exceptions such as pick dodger, tear dropper, break starter, flashy passer, charge card and chase down artist.
Read More - A Comprehensive Guide to NBA 2K17 Bronze Badges (NBA 2K Lab)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
09:30 AM - April 25, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer
Among the many nuances of baseball is recognizing the importance of the count. Knowing when to swing, when to hold back and when to just let it rip no matter what the circumstance is often the difference between a good hitter and a great hitter.
Need evidence? How about Barry Bonds. In his record-breaking season, in which he hit 73 homers, Barry Bonds had an astounding 27 percent walk rate. That means that in just over a fourth of his at bats, Barry Bonds made it to first base free of charge. Taking walks, and the ability to utilize the count in his favor, was a major factor in his ability to hit homers.
Read More - MLB The Show 17: Work the Count As a Batter to Increase Your Hits
06:58 AM - April 25, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahMLB The Show 17 patch 1.04 is available now, check out the full list of fixes below and post your thoughts.
NOTE: Server maintenance is still taking place.
UPDATE: Servers are up.
Thanks to HozAndMoose for the image!
Monday, April 24, 2017
06:20 PM - April 24, 2017. Posted by jeffy777. Written by Steve Noah
Sony Interactive Entertainment have announced plans to release their MLB The Show 17 patch, as well as perform server maintenance early tomorrow morning. More specifically at 3 AM Pacific. Once details of the patch have been released, we will post them.
03:34 PM - April 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Infinite Minigolf is scheduled to arrive this spring on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR and Nintendo Switch. It is currently available on Steam Early Access, with Vive support coming at launch.
Check out the trailer here and read the full press release below.
Infinite Minigolf is Coming to Consoles Spring 2017
Create and play an unlimited amount of minigolf courses on PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch this spring!
Create and play an unlimited amount of minigolf courses on PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch this spring!
Zen Studios, creator of hit digital titles like CastleStorm and Pinball FX2, is delighted to reveal that Infinite Minigolf, the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Minigolf, is coming to consoles. Currently available on PCs through Steam Early Access, Infinite Minigolf players will be able to craft their own course creations and experience tons of customization options on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this spring! Additionally, the PC version of the game and the upcoming PlayStation 4 versions will feature VR gameplay, allowing you to create, customize, and play your courses in exciting virtual reality!
“Zen Studios released Planet Minigolf on PlayStation Network back in 2010 and players are still enjoying that game today. The community has been very vocal over the years, sharing their ideas for a new game, and they gave us more than enough new ideas to come back and develop a minigolf game for this console generation,” said Tamas Balog, Head of Studio at Zen Studios. “The team has spent a lot of time developing better tools for players to make their own content – which was the number one request from players. If you enjoy minigolf as well as creating and sharing your own content, Infinite Minigolf was designed for you.”
Using the robust toolset contained in the course editor, players are the creators, and can showcase their creative abilities to players all over the world! Players will place course tiles and a vast assortment of gameplay objects into beautifully crafted environments as they create amazing minigolf courses.
Players can participate in 8-player online multiplayer matchups, local multiplayer matchups, and a variety of fun single player modes. Unlock a huge selection of cool minigolf gear, discover fun powerups that elevate minigolf gameplay to new levels of excitement.
The PlayStation 4 and Steam versions support PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive respectively, so players can experience the world of Infinite Minigolf in stunning VR, allowing environments to spring to life in exciting ways, making for the definitive VR golf experience. Build your creations and tour them in stunning VR!
Infinite Minigolf features incredibly accurate ball physics, in addition to dazzling graphics and detailed environments, each with a distinct visual theme and gameplay features.
Infinite Minigolf will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch this spring. For more details on Infinite Minigolf check out www.infiniteminigolf.com, and visit blog.zenstudios.com for more information on Zen’s library of digital games.