The Line Drive is a weekly collection ofÂ news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦$49 deals onÂ NBA 2K14 (Xbox One), Madden NFL 25 (One/PS4), and FIFA 14 (One/PS4).
â™¦EA Sports released an infographic showing how often and who with FIFA 14 is played.
â™¦The patch released on PS4 for FIFA 14 earlier is now available on Xbox One.
â™¦EA Sports released a new trailer on the Pro Instincts feature found in next-gen FIFA 14.
â™¦The sleeved jerseys for the Minnesota Timberwolves have been added to NBA Live 14.
â™¦The sleeved jerseys for the Timberwolves have also been added to 360/PS3 NBA 2K14.
â™¦An update released for the iOS version of the NBA 2K14 appÂ adding next-gen support.
â™¦The latest roster update for NHL 14 lists out the current hot and cold streak players.
â™¦Beta access is granted for the upcoming PC game Frozen EndzoneÂ for those that pre-order.
â™¦Here is the ball named Bracuza that will be used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
â™¦Here is a look at the full draw of groups for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
â™¦Here is a look at the schedule for USA in Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â™¦DVD/Blu-ray Releases This Week. Headlined by Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2.
â™¦Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman. Will debut as the character in Batman vs Superman.
â™¦Disney Gets Rights for Indiana Jones. Signals a fifth film is a real likelihood.
â™¦Cast Announced for Warcraft Movie. Includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton.
â™¦Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film is headed for release in early May.
The latest edition of the Press Row Podcast centers discussion on the biggest stories of 2013. Included is the loss of the NCAA Football franchise, Tiger Woods departing EA’s golf series, no more MLB 2K and the Xbox One going without baseball, as well as the arrival of the new generation of consoles and the sports titles that released along with them.
Check out theÂ podcast through iTunes, on AndroidÂ with the Stitcher app, or in the streamingÂ playerÂ below. As always leave any feedback on the show or topics toÂ discussÂ for future podcasts and hangouts in the comments!
The roster update following week 13 of the season for Madden NFL 25 is available now to download on the Xbox One, PS4, 360, and PS3. Check out complete details of the latest update in spreadsheet form here.
Notables on the rise include Rob Gronkowski (+1 to 99), Tom Brady (+1 to 97), Eric Weddle (+1 to 94), Russell Wilson (+1 to 93), Brian Orakpo (+1 to 93), Patrick Peterson (+1 to 93), Justin Tuck (+3 to 92), Trent Williams (+2 to 92), Josh Gordon (+3 to 91), Luke Kuechly (+1 to 92), Julius Peppers (+1 to 92), Cam Newton (+1 to 91), Eric Decker (+3 to 90), Alshon Jeffery (+3 to 87), Captain Munnerlyn (+3 to 86), Zach Ertz (+3 to 79), and Andre Holmes (+5 to 72).
Among those sliding are Drew Brees (-1 to 97), Evan Mathis (-1 to 97), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 96),Â Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 95), Joe Haden (-1 to 94), DeMarcus Ware (-1 to 94),Â Troy Polamalu (-2 to 91),Â Frank Gore (-1 to 92), Jason Witten (-1 to 92), Champ Bailey (-1 to 91), Brandon Flowers (-1 to 91), Wes Welker (-1 to 91), Lavonte David (-1 to 91), Ahmad Brooks (-1 to 90), Tony Gonzalez (-1 to 90), Cameron Jordan (-1 to 90), Pierre Garcon (-1 to 88), Marques Colston (-1 to 88), Ray Rice (-1 to 84), Fred Davis (-3 to 81), and Dee Milliner (-2 to 77).
The Xbox One and PS4 versions of NBA 2K14 suffered through a stretch in which they utilized a roster that was nearly two months old. That has finally come to an end as the first roster update has arrived for the new systems. A new update has also been released for 360 and PS3.
Changes include injuries being reflected for players such as Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo (plus Kobe Bryant who wasn’t injured in the base roster), Chris Paul moving up a point to 94 overall, Kevin Garnett going up a point to 83 despite averaging a dismal 6ppg, Paul George for some reason being lowered a point to 90, and Carmelo Anthony moving up while a number of other Knicks go down. The trades of Derrick Williams to the Kings and Marcin Gortat to the Wizards have been completed. A number of players have been added however the visual likenesses of other individuals in the game are being copied over for the new ones.
The arrival of the new generation of systems has been accompanied by a strong lineup of sports games. While Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14 have attempted to transfer over complete feature sets while enhancing gameplay and atmosphere, NBA 2K14 went the route of revamping its franchise and career modes while impressing even more with its visuals.Â Read more
One of the new features being introduced in Madden NFL 25 – exclusive to the Xbox One this year – is the Microsoft SmartGlass functionality known as CoachGlass. It was marketed as such a big deal that EA Sports even held an event with games and tech media to show it off.
As mentioned in the earlier article on differences between the One and PS4 versions of the game however the feature was broken at release and now nearly two weeks later it still remains so and should be completely avoided until fixed. Â Read more
While consumers have experienced crashes when playing games and in a variety of modes where the majority seem to be occurring are within MyCareer mode. For many the mode – which is often cited by 2K Sports as being the most played and arguably represents the biggest selling point of the product – flat out does not work right now.Â Read more
The recent Press Row Hangout discussing first day experiences with the system, along with a segment from this week’s show reflecting on the console’s release after the passing of over a week, have been combined and made available as a podcast! In addition to all the thoughts on the Xbox One are impressions on how the sports games differ vs the PS4.
Check out theÂ podcast through iTunes, on AndroidÂ with the Stitcher app, or in the streaming player below. As always leave any feedback on the show or topics toÂ discussÂ for future podcasts and hangouts in the comments!
The first post-release patch for NBA 2K14 has arrived on the PS4 and is expected out on the Xbox One within the next few days. 2K Sports will only say it addresses issues with MyCareer save files and connectivity problems in the online mode The Park. Nothing on whether it will help with the crashing many are experiencing or other server-related troubles that have plagued 2K14′s otherwise impressive release on the new systems.
Considering the 2.3GB size of the update it would seem likely there are more fixes and gameplay adjustments contained in the patch but no further details have been provided.
To date there has still been no patch released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 version of 2K14. The next-gen version of 2K14 meanwhile is still waiting on its first roster update which stands now nearly two months outdated.
[Update 12/5] The Xbox One has received the patch.