NBA 2K15 gets the primary focus in today’s episode of The Daily Dish. First it’s the decision by 2K Sports to pass on offering a demo for the game, followed by thoughts on the concept behind the new storyline in MyCareer mode. After that there’s a plug for the latest Press Row Hangout which featured quite a few interesting topics and a look ahead to Tuesday.
All along it appeared unlikely that 2K Sports would be offering a pre-release demo for NBA 2K15 after passing on doing so with 2K14. That has turned out to be the case with Operation Sports getting confirmation that there will be no demo for the game.
The NBA 2K series is in a position where a demo may not be a necessity but the decision can still be legitimately questioned. While companies have started to move away from the traditional demo (MLB: The Show was really the first and there wasn’t one for Madden NFL 15 either) with the thinking that they may do more harm than good there’s still an audience that can be reached through them. Even the biggest selling series worldwide every year in FIFA proved that a few weeks ago as 36% of poll respondents claimed they’re now more likely to buy after playing its demo. NBA 2K is also perceived as an increasingly complicated game and a tutorial of sorts could have been helpful to those intimidated by it and unsure about a purchase.
Unlike the situation with Madden – where at least some people could try it before it was out through EA Access or watch live streams and hear impressions from those who could – there won’t be any opportunity for that with 2K15. The concerns that consumers have voiced mostÂ about theÂ upcoming game though would be related to the VC implementation and the online servers and those wouldn’t have been been answered through a demo anyway.
The latest episode of the Press Row Hangout features discussion on a number of topics that include FIFA 15 impresssions (3:22), the desyncs that are devastating Madden NFL 15 Online Franchise (15:40) and the recent announcements related to NBA 2K15 (34:12). Others like NBA Live 15’s delay, the return of NHL 2K as a mobile game, the new indie Super Mega Baseball for PS4/PS3, and Forza Horizon 2 are also touched on.
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â™¦Catch up on all the episodes of The Daily Dish from the past weekÂ with the YT playlist!
â™¦Madden NFL 15 can still be had for $50 on both Xbox One and PS4.
â™¦EA Sports has released the full soundtrack listing and Spotify playlist for FIFA 15.
â™¦Check out the full list of stadiums included with FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports has released the full list of leagues and clubs found in FIFA 15.
â™¦Here are the top rated shooting and shot power players in FIFA 15.
â™¦Here are the 20 top rated goalkeepers in FIFA 15.
â™¦Here are the top 10 rated passers in FIFA 15.
â™¦Here are the players that have the best skill move abilities in FIFA 15.
â™¦Check out what will carry over for Ultimate Team in FIFA 15.
â™¦HB Studios released details on an upcoming patch for the PS4 version of The Golf Club.
â™¦Operation Sports has the full list of player “Badges” for NBA 2K15.
â™¦EA Sports posted a blog with images of some of the shoes found in NBA Live 15.
â™¦Some new NBA Live 15 screenshots have been added to the FB album.
â™¦EA Sports has pushed out a gameplay tuner update for NHL 15.
â™¦WWE 2K15’s release for XB1/PS4 has been delayed three weeks to November 18.
â™¦A new indie baseball game called Super Mega Baseball is coming to PS4/PS3 this fall.
â™¦Free downloadable bonus pack of cars will be given out at release of Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦Check out week three of the popular Breaking Madden series.
â™¦In addition to a someÂ TV shows Neighbors is the main Blu-ray/DVD release this week.
Having to be pushed back from yesterday the latest episode of The Daily Dish tackles a handful of topics. That includes the MLS expansion teams being added to FIFA 15, 2KTV and “Badges” for NBA 2K15, the lack of consistency now shown by EA in removing players from the Madden NFL 15 roster (Ray Rice vs Adrian Peterson/Greg Hardy/Jonathan Dwyer), and some of the movers in the new Madden roster update.
The two Major League Soccer expansion teams that will debut next March will appear first in FIFA 15. Both Orlando City SC and New York City FC are going to be added in a November content update well in advance of the new season.
EA Sports has once before patched in an expansion team. The Vancouver Whitecaps were added in March 2011 to FIFA 11. Interestingly the Portland Timbers, who were also new to the league that season, did not get the same treatment as they weren’t introduced until FIFA 12.
What’s most curious about the situation now is that OCSC and NYCFC don’t have enough players yet to form a team for the game. NYC only has six players under contract while Orlando has nine. They’ll largely be filled out through the expansion draft but that’s not until December 10th. So it may be that their kits will be added to the game but there won’t be any use for them until later once the rosters are more complete.
The latest Press Row Podcast includes three defined segments. The first is an interview with lead producer of NHL 15 Sean Ramjagsingh on the heels of game’s poorly received release. That’s followed by a discussion with ESPN’s Gus Ramsey about Madden NFL 15. It then wraps up with an interview of creative lead Michael Saperstein about the mobile game Tap Sports Baseball.
The roster update for Madden NFL 15 following week two of the season is out for all systems. Check out the complete spreadsheet of changes made in the latest roster update here.
Players getting a significant boost in the new update include Robert Quinn (+1 to 97), Dez Bryant (+1 to 95), Devin McCourty (+1 to 95), Jordy Nelson (+1 to 94), Jurrell Casey (+1 to 94), Jahri Evans (+2 to 93), Tom Brady (+1 to 93), Michael Bennett (+2 to 92), Philip Rivers (+1 to 92), DeMarco Murray (+1 to 91), Cam Newton (+1 to 90) Darren Sproles (+3 to 89), Chandler Jones (+3 to 89), Ryan Kerrigan (+3 to 89), Antonio Gates (+2 to 88), Jay Cutler (+2 to 87), Mike Daniels (+4 to 83), Tashaun Gipson (+4 to 83), Malcolm Jenkins (+3 to 80), Mario Addison (+5 to 78), and Niles Paul (+5 to 75).
Among players on the decline this time around are Cameron Wake (-1 to 96), Geno Atkins (-1 to 95), Matt Forte (-1 to 94),Â Brandon Fields (-3 to 93), Joe Haden (-1 to 92), Patrick Peterson (-1 to 92), Kam Chancellor (-1 to 92), Troy Polamalu (-1 to 91), Dontari Poe (-1 to 90), Anquan Boldin (-1 to 90), T.J. Ward (-1 to 90), Alshon Jeffery (-1 to 90), Vincent Jackson (-1 to 89), Logan Mankins (-1 to 89), Ben Roethlisberger (-1 to 89), Marques Colston (-1 to 89), Pierre Garcon (-1 to 88), Justin Tuck (-2 to 88), Colin Kaepernick (-1 to 88), Matthew Stafford (-1 to 87), Trent Richardson (-2 to 78), and Matt Kalil (-4 to 76).
Surprisingly Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and Jonathan Dwyer have not been removed with this update. Why Ray Rice would be stripped out, even going as far as to remove his image and name from Ultimate Team and replace it with “Baltimore Halfback”, but not these three is curious to say the least. Their transgressions were just as bad or even worse and they’re no longer on the active roster for their respective teams. If EA is going to make moves solely based on PR which that now appears to be then they need to be consistent about it.
FIFA 15 gets the spotlight today in The Daily Dish as the game is out to play through EA Access on Xbox One and the Ultimate Team web app has gone live. Also discussed is the desync dilemmaÂ in Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise followed by mentions of tomorrow’s 101st Press Row Podcast and a live Press Row Hangout.
The Ultimate Team web app is now available for FIFA 15 after being delayed from its scheduled release yesterday. It can be found at this link. The servers appear to be getting hammered and the website isn’t even loading consistently but it’s apparently there now so those who had been eagerly waiting will want to keep checking back on it.
The web app allows users to complete many of the very same tasks that are done in-game within Ultimate Team mode including setting lineups, the buying and opening of packs, and utilization of the Auction House. It’s only accessible to those who played last year and created a security question and answer through the game.