Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

Team-building modes in sports games are intended to be played for months on end, if not year-round, making them initially tough to assess when in the early days following their respective releases. With over three weeks now having been spent playing Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16 there's a lot more that has been evaluated following the coverage in the review roundtable episode, so host Bryan Wiedey and frequent guest T.J. Lauerman discuss everything there is to do with the popular mode in an all-new Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass.

Whether it's the new card types, Captains, Missions, Collections, Battle Royale, Conquest, and the Inside Edge daily ratings adjustments, everything that's new in Diamond Dynasty is covered. Additionally, server-related problems slowing down menu navigation and causing "Challenge Failed" errors require mentioning as the experience has been considerably hampered and necessitated multiple emergency patches. The duo also goes over their current lineups, the decisions that have been made in constructing their rosters, and sleeper picks to consider using on your own teams out there.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

In addition to all the other listening platforms the Press Row Podcast can now also be found on Google Play Music!

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

MLB The Show 16 represents another year forward for a series that knows its many strengths and continues to build on them but may not be doing enough to bolster its areas of weakness. All the while a new issue has emerged in recent days with crippling server drag being felt throughout all the menus severely hampering the experience for all consumers. This review roundtable panel discussion on MLB The Show 16 extensively covers gameplay, graphics, Road to the Show, Franchise, Diamond Dynasty, and much more!

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar), Polygon
Kat Bailey (@the_Katbot), USGamer
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28am EDT

With the release of several sports games this month the start to the 2016 campaign is here! Former host Rich Grisham returns this episode for an early impressions discussion on MLB The Show 16 that covers new features in Diamond Dynasty, Road to the Show, Franchise and more! It's also the start of something potentially big with shipping of Virtual Reality headsets getting underway. The conversation transitions into thoughts on VR, whether sports games will play a role in its success, and what it could mean for the industry as a whole.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

EA Sports UFC 2 is undeniably a stronger product than the company's first two efforts at the sport of MMA that released in 2010 and 2014. From the Knockout Physics System and KO Mode to new controls for transitions and the introduction of Ultimate Team there's a lot there to be evaluated. While much of what has been done is positive there's also submissions proving to be a non-factor and a disappointing Career Mode to consider. How does the product stand on its own, and could this be the game that reverses the trend that has seen a decline in sales with every new UFC video game release?

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Chris Sanner (@ChrisSnr), Operation Sports
Dylan Favorite (@jerkfacefave), Hit The Pass

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Press Row Podcast: Legends of the Past and Present

The NBA 2K series has long celebrated the history of the league and its players. Now, however, its development team is faced with an interesting, and unenviable task: how to replicate the skills of an active legend-in-the-making doing things that have never been seen before. Another series, Out of the Park Baseball, is back with its 17th edition that expands upon the historical teams that trace back all the way to 1919 with real historical minor leagues and a new Historical Exhibition Mode.

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast, NBA 2K developers Mike Wang and Scott O'Gallagher join the show to discuss why the current shooting system in place can't support what Stephen Curry has been doing and possible solutions to present him with new capabilities in 2K16 and going forward in the franchise. After that, Rich Grisham and T.J. Lauerman come on to discuss everything to do with Out of the Park Baseball 17 which is out later this month. The pre-order discount of $5 is available through March 8 and entering the promotional code "PRESS17" at checkout will take another 10% off the price.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Mike Wang (@beluba), NBA 2K gameplay director
Scott O'Gallagher (@scottogallagher), NBA 2K gameplay producer
Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Out of the Park Developments

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT

The release of MLB The Show 16 is now just around the corner and this episode of the Press Row Podcast features a rundown and reaction to all the latest features and improvements that have been detailed recently, covering gameplay, presentation, Sounds of the Show, and Diamond Dynasty. Other topics include the lawsuit over the alleged as unauthorized use of tattoos in NBA 2K16, the lackluster UEFA Euro 2016 content coming to Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, and impressions of the surprisingly good NBA Live Mobile.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@OwenGood), Polygon
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Hit The Pass/Out of the Park Developments

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

There was a LOT to dig into with the one-week beta for EA Sports’ UFC 2, including updated gameplay and graphics and new Practice, Skills Challenges, and Ultimate Team modes. How has the sequel improved from the 2014 effort and what remains a concern? What new has been learned about UFC 2? Will it be more welcoming to novices given its inherent complicated nature? Host Bryan Wiedey is joined by Dylan Favorite and T.J. Lauerman in the 166th episode of the Press Row Podcast.   

On the show this week: 

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass

Dylan Favorite (@jerkfacefave), Hit The Pass

T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Hit The Pass/Out of the Park Developments

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Run time: 46 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

After a lull of several months there are new sports game releases on the horizon. MLB The Show 16 will land in late March and news this week relates to Road to the Show and a new feature called ShowTime. Is that mode in particular getting too gimmicky? Meanwhile there's a lot going on for mid-March's EA Sports UFC 2 from a beta, to announcement of Mike Tyson, live streams of gameplay, and details on Ultimate Team. What stands out the most as the publisher hopes for the sequel to fare better than their first effort with the license? Additionally there was the announcement from EA that they'll be holding their own event rather than having a presence at E3. What does that mean for both EA and the future of E3? 

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

 Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:
1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some tweets
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@Gmail.com

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

It's the 164th episode of the Press Row Podcast, but the first since its inception without trusted host Rich Grisham. After catching up on what everyone has been playing over the last several weeks the crew transitions into a discussion on one of the subjects brought up most often by gaming fans, and that is in regard to the situation with college sports games. Why are they gone? What would it take to get any back? And what was with EA Sports' ill-advised social media post? 
 
On the show this week: 
 
Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot), US Gamer
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), That Sports Gamer
 
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The Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too! Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.
Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EDT

Our annual holiday tradition podcast is back! We bring together all sorts of friends of the show from recent months as well as past years to each count down their top three sports games of the year. From game makers to game critics, a host of different viewpoints are represented, making it one of the most popular and talked-about shows we do each year.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EDT