EA Sports released a roster update for NBA Jam: On Fire Edition this past Thursday. While much of it seems to be shifts in player teams, there might have been a new player in there that we missed. Operation Sports was kind enough to post a video of the most recent roster update on their YouTube channel which outlines the changes.
This update is the first since April 2012, which added 14 new players to the game's lineup. Prior to that an update was made in January 2012 which traded/added/dropped a number of players. Both of those roster updates can be found after the break, but we don't have any details on the newest update aside from Operation Sports' video.
To download the update simply boot NBA Jam and head to the Online Arena section. The game will then begin the download.
When we started XBLA's Most Wanted back in February of 2011 we did so more for fun. It was, in our minds, a pipe dream to actually think some of these games would be hitting Xbox Live Arcade. Yet over the past year we've seen both announcements and releases that directly correlate with some of the games on our most wanted list. Now to be fair we realize that we're just one site, but at the same time we know that developers and publishers look out on the web for what the fans want. We like to think we're a little part of that. Here are some examples that make us think XBLA's Most Wanted is successful:
Although Joe Flacco bore a striking resemblance to the living dead when his Ravens edged out the Texans in their AFC Divisional playoff game last weekend, that's not actually him wearing a different jersey depicted in the above image. No, what you're looking at is the Easter egg awarded to players for completing "Blitz Gauntlet" mode in the XBLA and PSN title, NFL Blitz. The unlockable zombie team is an obvious nod to the 1993 Sega Genesis classic, Mutant League Football.
Naturally, its inclusion has led to speculation over whether or not this is EA's way of teasing a new Mutant League release of some sort. Kotaku's Owen Good took it upon himself to investigate the matter; in doing so he discovered that a number of designers within the studio are indeed interested in such a project. This does not, however, in any way confirm that a remake or sequel is definitively on the way.
Last week we told you about the co-op features that will be in the new iteration of NFL Blitz. Well this week, it's all about "Elite Leagues". The third and "deepest" online mode. Very reminiscent of the Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL, Elite Leagues looks to add a little more arcade flare. You'll be able to use the "Blitz Bucks" you've earned from online games to buy card packs that will contain new players and power ups for your team. Both players and power up have contracts that will deplete after every game. Using your Blitz Bucks, you'll be able to renew that players or power ups contract. Pro Players and Ultimate players feature infinite contracts, and can be received by trading in a full team of cards. It looks as though Elite Leagues takes what's great in the Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL, and what's great in NFL Blitz, and makes a fun, addicting mode for gamers. More information about the mode can be seen below.
A few months ago the new iteration of NFL Blitz was revealed, but little was known about the reboot. Over the last few weeks we've received more and more details about the game via the "Blitz two-minute drills" videos. This week, NFL Blitz Designer, Yuri Bialoskursky, took to the NFL Blitz blog to let us know about the co-op modes featured in the game. With two modes, "Blitz Teams" and "Online co-op", both detailed in the video above, the newest version of NFL Blitz wants you to play the game with friends, and that's perfectly fine with us.