The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Check out this weekâ€™s articles written for Sporting News:
Â Â Â â€˘Tips from the Tap Sports Baseball 2015 developers
Â Â Â â€˘Taking a look at the first rookies added to MLB 15: The Show
Â Â Â â€˘Simulating the first round of the NBA Playoffs with NBA 2K15
â™¦EA Sports has confirmed Jordan Spieth for the rosterÂ withÂ Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
â™¦SCEA put out an infographic with first week stats from MLB 15: The Show.
â™¦New packs are being offeredÂ in MLB 15: The Show going for $10 each/12K Stubs.
â™¦Walkthrough video for MLB 15’s Diamond Dynasty mode fromÂ ThatSportsGamer.
â™¦Grantland has a great piece on how modders have kept MVP Baseball alive on PC.
â™¦Owen Good at Polygon explains how NBA 2K16 must fix mistakes of the series’ past.
â™¦The latest NBA 2K15 roster update returned injured players to non-Playoff teams.
â™¦EA Sports has added an in-game feedback app to NBA Live 15.
â™¦Details have been released on the latest roster update for NBA Live 15.
â™¦EA Sports simulated the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs with NHL 15.
â™¦More adjustments have been made to the Price Ranges in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦The FUT Transfer Market is back on mobile but only for those with Facebook login.
â™¦New developer blog discusses updates past and future for The Golf Club.
â™¦How to get the latest updated rosters for Out of the Park Baseball 16.
â™¦2K Sports just released a “sim” mobile wrestling game with WWE 2K15.
â™¦The Cleveland Browns revealed their new uniforms for the upcoming season.
â™¦The Milwaukee Bucks revealed their new logo and uniforms will follow this summer.
â™¦Take a look at what could be the new uniforms and logo for the Los Angeles Clippers.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week areÂ headlined by Taken 3.
â™¦New theatrical trailer released for Ant-ManÂ which comes out July 17.
â™¦Check out the teaser trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
â™¦Check out the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast is, naturally, baseball-centric with discussion falling heavily on MLB 15: The Show. Other baseball games touched on include Out of the Park 16, RBI, and Tap Sports.
Yesterday EA Sports made official the release date for Madden NFL 16 and mentioned that the first news on the game will arrive in May. Now though a vague feature description has appeared via retailers that provides a hint at one feature to expect from the game.
Be the playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with all-new controls that allow you to dominate in the battle for air supremacy.
LastÂ year the developers promised that Madden 16 would have work done toÂ improve the battle between receivers and defenders for the ball. Not being able to exploit single coverage downfield, even with talents like Calvin Johnson, has been one of the biggest flaws with the series in recent years. Throwing deep even in advantageous situations would too often result in interceptions. The receiver would not go up to fight for the ball or would simply be out of position making no effort to challenge for it while corners and safeties jump them forÂ picks.
New controls to go up for the catch or defend it could be intriguing though no one was necessarily asking for that to be the fix to the problem. It would fit with the design philosophy however considering the defensive line got it’s own special controls in Madden NFL 15.
Though there are a number of compelling series in the first round of the NBA Playoffs not many observers are anticipating upsets to take place. To get an idea for what is to come from another angle I turned to NBA 2K15 to simulate the entirety of the first round. An extensive amount of time was spent having the CPU play the CPU for every game in each series while utilizing the latest updated rosters.
Based on the sim only one series will go seven games and that’s the 4v5 in the Eastern Conference. The powerhouse teams cruise to easy series wins with the Rockets-Mavericks match-up offering a little more drama. Check out the complete results of the NBA 2K15 first round simulation over at Sporting News.
Today EA Sports announced an official release date for Madden NFL 16 of August 25. That date doesn’t come as any sort of surprise given how the game has gone out on the last Tuesday of August now since Madden NFL 12.
The logo image that EA utilized for the announcementÂ appears to be Madden 15’s with a 6 drawn on top of the 5. There’s an easy joke to be made there.
The NFL season does begin a bit later this year than normal with the kick-off game on September 10 and opening Sunday falling on September 13. Madden NFL 16 then will land shortly after week two of the preseason. EA Access subscribers on Xbox One will also get to play it for six early hours beginning on August 20.
No further news was provided other than to look for information to come in May. That could mean no roll out of either a cover vote, teaser trailer, or first info on the game to coincide with the NFL Draft which would be somewhat unusual. That still can’t be ruled out however given that the Draft begins on the final day of the month and carries into May.
With MLB 15: The Show now out for over two weeks I got together with T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to play some online and discuss experiences with the game primarily in the area of online and Diamond Dynasty. After completingÂ a traditional nine inning game we turn to having a blast with Online Home Run Derby.