The roster update for Madden NFL 15 that follows week 15 of the season is available now on all systems. Rob Gronkowski gets the most significant move reaching 99 overall. He joins J.J. Watt there with Richard Sherman the verge of making it back any week now. Aaron Rodgers drops out of the 99 club after a rough game against the Bills. Check out the full slate of changes made in the roster update with the spreadsheet here.
Ray McDonald, now accused of sexual assault and having been cut by the 49ers, remains on the team’s roster. Checking back on other troubled players from the season Ray Rice has not been added to the free agent pool despite his reinstatement and somehow Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy remain active on their respective team rosters in the game.
Among players on the rise this week are Vontae Davis (+1 to 96), Kyle Williams (+1 to 96), Dez Bryant (+1 to 96), Mario Williams (+1 to 95), Drew Brees (+1 to 95), Terrell Suggs (+1 to 94), Tony Romo (+1 to 93), Nick Mangold (+1 to 93), Sheldon Richardson (+1 to 92), Bobby Wagner (+1 to 91), Chandler Jones (+1 to 90), Joe Flacco (+1 to 89), Khalil Mack (+1 to 89), Odell Beckham Jr. (+3 to 88), Reggie Nelson (+2 to 88), Glover Quin (+1 to 88), Alex Smith (+1 to 87), and Eli Manning (+2 to 85).
Names that take a hit in the update include Jordy Nelson (-1 to 96), Jamaal Charles (-1 to 96), Robert Quinn (-1 to 96), Cameron Wake (-1 to 95), Reshad Jones (-1 to 92), Josh Gordon (-1 to 91), Philip Rivers (-2 to 90), LeSean McCoy (-1 to 90), Julius Thomas (-1 to 90), Justin Smith (-1 to 90), DeSean Jackson (-2 to 89), Antoine Bethea (-2 to 89), Colin Kaepernick (-2 to 81), Jay Cutler (-2 to 79), and Johnny Manziel (-2 to 75).
As announced last week EA Sports UFC is now available as one of the games in the “Vault” with EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers to the service will have unlimited playtime with the complete game – essentially its “owned” digitally until the subscription is allowed to expire.
UFC joins Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Need for Speed Rivals, Peggle 2, Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, and FIFA 14 in the “Vault”. Other perks to EA Access include 10% off all digital purchases and six hours of early play with future games in the days leading up to their respective releases.
The timing of the addition was somewhat surprising given that UFC has only been out six months, is still being actively supported (six patches/18 new fighters to date), arrives in advance of Christmas possibly cannibalizing some sales, and has value that won’t degrade as quickly given that it’s not a yearly release.
In the latest episode of The Daily Dish summarized thoughts on Super Mega Baseball following its release, new jerseys have been added to NBA 2K15 but the Christmas ones are completely inaccurate, a patch arrived recently for NBA Live 15, make sure to vote the poll that went up to judge anticipation levels for MLB 15: The Show features, a digital deal on PS4 is available for The Golf Club, and the $30 sale on NBA 2K15 continues through Amazon.
Referenced in the video
â™¦NBA 2K15 XB1/PS4 $30 at Amazon
â™¦Super Mega Baseball Review
â™¦Super Mega Baseball Walkthrough Video
â™¦MLB 15: The Show Feature Poll
â™¦NBA Live 15 Patch Details (EA Sports)
â™¦The Golf Club Digital Deal on PS4
â™¦NBA 2K15 Adds Inaccurate XmasÂ Jerseys
An art update arrived today for NBA 2K15 that delivered new uniforms to the game. The “Pride” jerseys for the Celtics and Magic and a new alternate for the Cavs are included, but it’s the Christmas jerseys that will get most of the attention. Those have been added for the 10 teams that are set to play that day.
The main draw (or drawback in theÂ opinion of many) to this year’s Christmas jerseys is that they feature the player’s first name instead of their last name. However 2K15’s representation includes the last name and even the box framing the name is absent. The NBA logo is also too small. On the front of the jerseys the team logos are too small – they should be the same size or larger than the number below – and the adidas logo is missing.
It’s unclear why 2K Sports would release the jerseys in this state and they have yet to comment on whether a fix for them will be made.
Super Mega Baseball enters the marketplace without the support of a major publisher and with it the normal marketing push and fanfare those games get. It lacks the licensing, rich feature sets, and revenue-driven modes that have become the norm. The sports genre’s alternatives, games that acted as bridges to the highly-detailed and increasingly complicated sim offerings, have gone practically extinct in recent years.
Despite all that Super Mega has every right to be considered a legitimate release and in terms of fun factor and value arguably could stand toe-to-toe with those massive sports games. No you aren’t going to find the same level of content but in some ways that’s not a necessity for the product. It’s $20, not $60, and has a completely different directive to achieve. Simply to be fun, accessible to everyone, provide a nostalgic feeling, and to be an enjoyable local multiplayer experience. It succeeds in all those areas.Â Read more
Sony’s digital round of sales this week includes The Golf Club on PlayStation 4 for $20.99 (PS Plus subscribers) and $24.49 (Non-subscribers). It’s the first opportunity to get the game at a discount since releasing in August for $40. The deal is available through December 22.
The Golf Club has generated mostly positive reception from those who have bought it. The game has been well supported post-release with a new free update expected out in a matter of days that will add a Handicap system and another planned for springÂ that will deliver a Career mode.
The first release of info related to MLB 15: The Show included a handful of features and improvements to expect from the game that will release on March 31. There wasn’t anything monumental announced but instead a variety of things that will appeal to different types of players. Those include the first opportunity to use save migration from MLB 14, overhauled Diamond Dynasty, a radio show, the introduction of licensed equipment, the addition of legends, enhanced graphics, more defined player personality, and improved loading times.
Vote in the poll (select up to three options) and leave any thoughts in the comments.Â What are you most looking forward to out of those upcoming features and improvements?
The hope going into the release of Super Mega Baseball, due out tomorrow on PS4 and PS3, was that it could at least partially fill the huge void in sports gaming left by the practical extinction of the non-traditional licensed sim or “arcade” games of old.
Thankfully Super Mega has come through in that regard. The game is very fun and really well designed. It may have the look of an “arcade” game but it’s grounded enough in realism that it should appeal to a wide audience. I’ll be posting extended thoughts on the game tomorrow to coincide with the release but in the meantime here’s a walkthrough video I put together with a full Season mode game and my commentary while playing going over features and impressions.