Press Row is on location with a once-in-a-hardly-ever-maybe-never-again-really event. Richard Grisham will be at my house tonight and we’ll be streaming Madden, chatting along with viewers, and playing other familiar personalities online! Join us for the live stream which we anticipate to begin around 1145ET/845PT. That’s of course if Twitch is up and running which right now appears questionable. Follow on Twitter for updates and on Twitch as well.
[Update] The archived event can be watched below! Presented in two parts.
It may be practically dead at this point but it remainsÂ important for EA Sports to support the UFC title that launched in June. Having opened to weak sales, and dropping off the map since, the goal isn’t necessarily to capture new consumers (the damage has already been done, interest waned and competition too fierce now) but display a commitment to what is hoped to be a long-running franchise.
The changes that have been made since release in now two patches demonstrates the company has identified why the game wasn’t successful. Unfortunately the reasoning was obvious all along, and they chose instead to design and promote it in a manner that led to its downfall, but if the lessons have been learned that could lead to a significantly improved product when the next iteration arrives likely in 2016. Continue on for the details of the latest patch and who has been added to the roster in the update.Â Read more
The demo for NHL 15 is now available on the Xbox One and has since arrived on theÂ PlayStation 4.Â It came out early for the XB1 actually with it downloadable since MondayÂ evening.
Featured in the demo is a full game with two minute periods between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings – a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals – and practice mode with free-skate and a goalie. Other options include the ability to adjust difficulty level (Rookie, Pro, All-Star) and change around the new camera angles (Dynamic Low, Medium, and High).
Dropping the year from the title, Madden NFL Mobile is the latest game out for iOS and Android devices from EA. After transitioning to the free-to-play model with Madden 25 this one continues the Ultimate Team structure that proved to be fairly successful despite a swarm of complaints from those who preferred the more traditional game of the past (paying up front with real teams and the usual modes) and disliked being badgered constantly for money in the new one. Some improvements have been made to reduce both the pressure felt on spending money for basic needs and the blocking of your ability to play completely without paying for “energy”. Madden NFL Mobile can be downloaded for free from iTunes for iOS andÂ Google Play for Android.
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Choose your favorite NFL franchise and make it your ultimate MADDEN NFL team. Customize your roster with real NFL players you collect, manage, and upgrade. Make savvy selections and play out your football fantasy.
MADDEN NFL knows youâ€™re a player first, so test your team on the field. Tap rivals all over the map, and challenge friends, too. Go head-to-head in quick offensive shootouts â€“ or go big in a full 16-game season and take your team to the Super Bowl. Run your offense and defense with an improved analog stick control system and gameplay smooth as a perfect spiral.
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For years Madden has been a decent game that could be enjoyed byÂ overlooking its considerable flaws and deficiencies which have generated frustration yet avoided game-breaking status. For many that was possible and the value was there, for some it was still too much to get past.
That really hasn’t changed with Madden NFL 15 which has improved in several areas of need but come up short yet again in others. What’s different this time is the number of options that change the way you can play for the better.
Continue on to check out what I’ve identified as the best and the worst after 15 hours of playing Madden NFL 15. There are obviously more to come as I’m not able to touch on issues people have seen with simmed stats or play calling completely yet as a few examples. A full ‘Hits and Misses’ review will follow late this week or early next week.Â Read more
2K Sports today released the first trailer for NBA 2K15. The game is right in line with the typical marketing schedule which has produced trailers in the past in late August. Gameplay videos out of Gamescom and a new super-customizable offline franchise mode are all that has really been revealed to date. The trailer includes the usual flash but more notably the presence of a studio show featuring Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Ran a live stream with five hours of Franchise mode in Madden NFL 15 last night.
â™¦Here’s the archived stream from today’s run of four games in Madden franchise mode.
â™¦Check out more Franchise streaming from Madden on Twitch now tomorrow.
â™¦There will be a special Madden live stream w/ myself and Rich Grisham on Tuesday night!
â™¦First set of Madden NFL 15 impressions will go up on Monday with longer review to follow.
â™¦Game Informer looks atÂ what’s missing from the 360/PS3 versionÂ of Madden NFL 15.
â™¦EA Sports revealed the modes for 360/PS3 FIFA 15 which oddly losesÂ Pro Clubs.
â™¦EA Sports will be banning users caught buying and selling FIFA Ultimate Team coins.
â™¦New screenshots for FIFA 15 have been added to the FB album.
â™¦LongÂ direct-feed gameplay video for FIFA 15 features Liverpool vs Manchester City.
â™¦Operation Sports had an article on how poorly EA Sports has been communicating.
â™¦The Golf Club is now confirmed to release on Tuesday, August 26 on PlayStation 4.
â™¦HB Studios released some details on work being done on a patch for The Golf Club.
â™¦New tutorial video was releasedÂ showing how to practiceÂ in The Golf Club.
â™¦The PlayStation versions of NBA 2K15 will get some exclusive content like extra VC.
â™¦More cars continue to be revealed for Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦Microsoft posted some details on the social aspects of Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦Youtube playlist has been created holding all the archived Press Row Hangouts.
â™¦Amazon has the PlayStation 4 bundled with Infamous and 3 months of PS+ for $400.
â™¦New Blu-ray releases this week:Â Walking Dead S4, Sons of Anarchy S6Â and Blended.
The first roster update for Madden NFL 15 is already out in preparation for release on Tuesday. The next update is expected out for the start of the regular season when the 53 man rosters have been solidified. Check out all the details on the first roster update in spreadsheet form here.
Notable movers on the rise include Kennan Robinson (+6), Kyle Long (+5), Jonathan Grimes (+5), Nate Allen (+3), K.J. Wright (+3), Antrel Rolle (+3), Kelvin Benjamin (+3), and Desmond Trufant (+2). A number of playersÂ who were not on the original roster were also added in the update.
With just under two hours believed remaining on the EA Access timer for Madden NFL 15, join me for a live stream that will likely take it all the way down to zero. Follow on Twitch for all the streams and subscribe on Youtube where the archives are stored.
There will be talk about basic early impressions of the game, what has been the most pleasant surprises and biggest disappointments, major problems that have been discovered with the play-calling system and simmed statistics in Franchise mode, and answers to any questions posed in the chat. Make sure to check out the day one streams as well!
[Update] The stream is now archived below. Nearly two full games against the CPU, before EA Access shut it off with under two minutes left on a potential game winning drive in that second one which was an awful way to finish it out.
Madden NFL 15 is now available to download through Season Ticket on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is the last year that the Season Ticket program will be offered as the company instead will move forward with EA Access for the new generation of consoles. Microsoft is on board with that but Sony rejected the proposal.
Season Ticket was thought to be dead going into this year’s crop of games but EA Sports resurrected it with no fanfare a few weeks ago by scrapping the actual website for the service – which had outdated information only on last year’s games – and posting a blog with new details.
Given that the suite of titles that had been included in Season Ticket has dwindled from five to three (having lost NCAA Football and Tiger Woods) the company dropped the price from $25 to $20. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15 are included.
Unlike EA Access, which for now is exclusive to Xbox One, the early play period has no time restriction. Those with the subscription can play all the way through the early AM hours of Tuesday before having to buy a copy to continue. Season Ticket also includes 20% off digital purchases and 24 Ultimate Team packs for each game.