The fifth live stream held by MLB 15: The Show developers included character artists to detail work done on visuals before turning to extended gameplay with the Nationals at Giants. Some of the specific areas touched on include player likenesses, hairstyles, accessories, equipment, and uniforms. There are also a couple opportunities to listen to the new “Inside the Show” radio broadcast that is featured within Franchise, Season, and Road to the Show.Â Read more
2K Sports has announced that the servers for NBA 2K14 will be shut downÂ at the end of March. That means there will be no more gaming online (standard, MyTeam, or Team-Up) and will bring a close to Online Association mode.
With NBA 2K14 essentially an “always-online” title the concern has always been there about what it would mean when this day arrived. Fortunately those with ongoing MyCareer or MyGM saves won’t have their progress halted for good. Instead they’ll just become “offline” saves and continue in that manner. Any Virtual Currency that has been earned or bought will be converted to “SP” (Skill Points). VC can no longer be purchased for NBA 2K14 anyway.
The closing of the NBA 2K14 servers comes 18 months after release of the 360 and PS3 version (6-7 weeks under that for PS4/XB1) which is the norm for 2K, while EA Sports generally waits until at least two years have passed.
The poll posted last week to gauge interest in the announced features for MLB 15: The Show has demonstratedÂ a lack of significantÂ movement from consumers in how they perceive the upcoming title. With over 3800 voters participating most are set in their plans and were from the start with very few left wavering.Â Read more
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 the latest articles posted to Sporting News: 2015 Sports Game Power Rankings and The Most Used Teams in Madden NFL 15
â™¦2K Sports has added a new park for the Old Town Flyers in NBA 2K15 MyPark mode.
â™¦FiveThirtyEight with an extensive piece on what goes into player ratings in Madden.
â™¦An update wasÂ made to theÂ online ranking system and stats wiped in EA Sports UFC.
â™¦No indication from EA whether Orlando City and NYC FC teams will be added to FIFA 15.
â™¦Dev blog details five different “seasons” for Season Mode coming to The Golf Club.
â™¦Check out the new Harvest Theme that will be in the next update for The Golf Club.
â™¦The Suns gray sleeved jerseys were added inÂ latest roster update for NBA Live 15.
â™¦iOOTP Baseball 2014 has been made available free forÂ iOS devices.
â™¦The Browns revealed extremely minor changes to logo and colors – new unis in April.
â™¦Microsoft offering some really good games for free in March on Xbox One and 360.
â™¦The PlayStation Silver Wired Headset is on sale half off at just $34.
With the new “season” of sports games upon us some of the Press Row participants collaborated to put together a Sports Game Power Rankings for 2015. The focus of the latest Press Row Podcast is to break down theÂ positioning of each series within the list by reviewing their respective merits and deficiencies. Primary factors of consideration include sales numbers, quality, and community but there are several other ways as well in which to evaluate each franchise isolated on their own and relative to the group.
With the acquisition of the MLB.com license Out of the Park Developments has taken the opportunity to rebrand the mobile version of OOTP Baseball, which has released as iOOTP since 2011, as MLB Manager. ReleasingÂ in March (most likely near the end of the month) MLB Manager 2015 will be available for both iOS and Android devices. This will be the first time the game will go out on Android.Â Read more