The latest refresh of the popular mobile version of the FIFA series has just released. FIFA Mobile, which drops Ultimate Team from the title but is still heavily based on the team-building model, can now be downloaded free for iOS through iTunes and for Android from Google Play. The game was available in limited markets for a month before releasing worldwide today where reviews were not kind and trail far behind those of last year’s edition.
The biggest new feature with FIFA Mobile is “Attack Mode” which takes a turn-based approach for online multiplayer matches where only offensive attacks are controlled. The game also features its traditional Ultimate Team, online leagues, and daily challenges.
Quick, fun, and accessible
Gameplay is completely re-imagined in our new and creative Attack Mode. Quick, exciting, turn-based matches will have you playing only your team’s attacking chances for each half, before passing the game to your opponent to do the same.
The second post-release patch for NBA 2K17 has just gone live on PlayStation 4 and is expected to reach Xbox One in the near future. It’s another massive update at 7.1 GB – the same as the first which went out in late September on PS4 and just last week on XB1.
This latest patch is expected to fix the shot meter which has been improperly registering release timing. Recent gameplay tuning updates have been used to try and fix the shooting as best as possible until the release of the patch. Full details on what the update has done are not yet available but will be added to this post once provided.
Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL 17 is coming off the introduction of a terrific way to significantly upgrade teams without having to spend any money by playing through the October Gauntlet. The newest addition is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness promo which also offers considerable rewards.
The BCA program is split into two weeks, with this first one focusing on defense and then next Friday the second phase rolling out for offense. In this defensive week there are 16 challenges to complete that award a total of 21,250 Coins, 6 packs, and an Elite Richard Sherman.
Also new with BCA is the chemistry tied to specific players (requires 4 BCA in active lineup and gives +2 to Strength, Awareness, and Play Recognition) plus Sets that can turn 10 Silver BCA cards into one Gold or 10 Gold cards into an Elite. A final set will accept every defensive BCA player plus the Sherman that’s earned through the Solo Challenge in order to acquire an even higher rated version of Sherman.
BCA packs can be purchased from the store for 900 Points, which is the equivalent of $ 9 and provides 4 Gold or better BCA players. The defensive portion of the promo and all that comes with it ends the morning of the 14th when it’ll open up for the offense.
The appealing nature of the EA Access subscription service tends to fluctuate over the course of a given year, being largely dependent upon times where the primary draw is the 10 hour trials for games about to release or the points at which the addition of those that have been out for a while are made to the Vault. Besides Battlefield 1 there are no more trials to come this year, however several additions to the Vault are planned.
The next big sports game to make it to the service will be EA Sports UFC 2 which originally released back in March. It’s expected by the end of the year but may very well be just a matter of weeks away. Despite an every-other-year release schedule the first EA Sports UFC only took six months before going to the Vault. The sequel features an Ultimate Team mode which is one way for the publisher to make additional revenue despite the game being free to subscribers.
Also coming soon are Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. A number of Xbox Live Arcade games were added today. The EA Access Vault currently features all sports games released this generation besides Madden 17, FIFA 17, and NHL 17. It also offers Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Need for Speed, Unravel, Battlefield Hardline, and several others. Those games are essentially owned as long as a subscription is active.
EA Access goes for $ 30 a year or $ 5 month-to-month which is a fantastic value. The service remains available on Xbox One but not PlayStation 4, as Sony has decided to continue blocking it from the system. In addition to the Vault, subscribers get extended early trials of games before they release and 10% off all digital purchases.
One of the bigger complaints about NBA 2K17 in the over two weeks since it has released has regarded shooting percentages, particularly when the shots are being contested. That has been at least somewhat addressed in a gameplay tuning update that went live over the weekend. Gameplay director Mike Wang provided details on some of the changes that have been made to shooting as well as CPU defense:
♦The main change was redefining what the game considers open vs covered vs crowded. Sometimes when users think they play pretty good defense against a shooter, the game actually thinks he’s wide open. So this tweak will basically knock down covered jump shot %’s across the board.
♦Also flattened out the RS aiming bonuses and penalties. Perfect Aim was giving too big of a boost if you were good, and too big of a penalty if you didn’t use the feature.
♦The ‘Limited Range Badge’ was nerfed a little bit. Still a useful badge but people were cheesing it more than we anticipated.
The Ed O’Bannon v NCAA case that has been going through the legal process since 2009 will not be heard by the Supreme Court. That comes as no surprise considering the court doesn’t even take on 1% of the cases that are brought before it for consideration. Both the plaintiffs and the defendants were appealing lower court rulings to the Supreme Court affecting the definition of amateurism and what that means for the compensation of student-athletes.
The O’Bannon party was seeking a reversal to the ruling made by the 9th Circuit where the ability to defer additional compensation beyond just the cost of attendance to athletes was struck down. Originally Judge Claudia Wilkin’s decision would have allowed for compensation capped at no less than $ 5,000 a year for each individual to be put into a trust the athletes would receive after completing their eligibility. On the flip side the NCAA wanted the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by limiting what athletes can receive.
This is unfortunate news for those hoping to see a return of college sports video games as there is still no final judgment that will allow players to be paid for their likenesses. Athletes can still only receive money based on educational-related expenses. There are other cases making their way through the legal system challenging the NCAA’s power. It’s likely it will take one of those succeeding for a system to be put into place that will make it possible for players to be paid but sadly that remains years away from potentially happening.
For more on this news check out the article written today over at Sporting News. For a full summary of the situation with college sports video games – from the first lawsuit filing to where we are today – make sure to read through this piece from 2015 at Hit The Pass.
The eighth commentary update for Madden NFL 17 went out today with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged from week four of the season. Madden will be receiving these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo will also be recording additional audio for modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.