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  • The Line Drive for August 31
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    Posted August 31st, 2014 at 12:45 pm 2 Comments »

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    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Madden 15 strategy guide still available for less than value of UT packs included with it.
    ♦Check out one of the funnier glitches you’re going to see from Madden NFL 15 this year.
    ♦Operation Sports discusses how EA has broken more promises with NBA Live 15.
    ♦Damian Lillard has been named the cover athlete for NBA Live 15.
    ♦Three Damian Lillard screenshots have been added to the FB album for NBA Live 15.
    ♦John Wall and James Harden screens have been added to the FB album for NBA 2K15.
    ♦2K Sports posted short video to Instagram of some dancing mascots from NBA 2K15.
    ♦2K Sports posted short video to Instagram of some mo-cap dance routines in NBA 2K15.
    ♦EA Sports released a new trailer highlighting the “Living Worlds” found in NHL 15.
    ♦Some aren’t happy with the “sexist selfies” seen in that NHL 15 trailer.
    ♦EA Sports detailed the bonuses being granted to returning HUT players in NHL 15.
    ♦Special Press Row Podcast features some of the developers behind Madden NFL 15.
    ♦The very popular ‘Breaking Madden’ series got a teaser trailer for its return this year.
    ♦Microsoft has revealed all of the music that will be found in Forza Horizon 2.
    ♦The demo for Forza Horizon 2 will be out on September 16.
    ♦Check out the features in the latest Xbox One update that rolled out last week.
    ♦Report states four cities will be receiving NHL expansion teams by the 2017 season.
    ♦UFC continues to struggle putting together viable cards with an awful PPV last night.
    ♦The biggest Blu-ray/DVD release of the week is Draft Day which had the NFL’s backing.
    ♦Twitch has officially been sold to Amazon with the transaction clearing later this year.

  • Sim Stats Improved for Online Franchises in Madden NFL 15
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    Posted August 30th, 2014 at 11:00 am 30 Comments »

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    EA Sports has made another crucial server-side update to Connected Franchise mode in Madden NFL 15. Following one a few days ago that addressed some minor issues the latest alters the simulation stats in the mode which had been way out of whack. Read more

  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 15 Review Roundtable
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    Posted August 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm 5 Comments »

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    Always one of the most anticipated Press Row Podcasts of the year is here as the latest Madden goes under the microscope! The full panel discussion runs for nearly two hours and even then there was no way to get to everything Madden NFL 15 has to offer.

    The variety of opinions on this year’s product, and breakdowns of what it has done well and where it still needs vast improvement, will make it a compelling listen for anyone that has interest in the series and where it needs to go in future.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, Stitcher app for Android, and subscribe while there to help support the show! You can also listen in the streaming player below.

  • NHL 15 Poll Results Show Loss of Popular Modes Will Cost EA Lots of Sales
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    Posted August 29th, 2014 at 10:15 am 17 Comments »

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    NHL 15 looked as though it was going to contend for “Sports Game of the Year” status and it even pulled in some awards from its showing at E3. Extra development time was said by EA to be of benefit due to the ability to focus more on features. Unfortunately that turned out to be false as EA Sports Hockey League, GM Connected, and some other features won’t make it over to the Xbox One and PS4 version this year.

    Over 7200 people chimed in by responding to the poll on how this will affect their purchase plans and the results suggest that NHL 15 is going to struggle to regain traction due to the decisions made during development.  Read more

  • Xbox One Version of Madden NFL 15 Offers Some Advantages Over PS4
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    Posted August 28th, 2014 at 5:15 pm 75 Comments »

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    Having spent considerable time now with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Madden NFL 15 there are some slight differences of note between the two. Last November at the launch of the two systems I discovered a slight preference with the XB1 for Madden NFL 25 despite settling on playing PS4 for the long-term.

    That hasn’t changed with Madden NFL 15 in either regard. The games are practically identical but the Xbox One version gets the nod in a couple areas that wouldn’t really be identified without trying to make judgments between the game on one system vs the other.  Read more

  • Some Updates Have Already Been Made to Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise
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    Posted August 28th, 2014 at 1:00 pm 30 Comments »

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    While EA Sports continues to investigate Madden NFL 15 issues in Connected Franchise mode related to head-to-head games not reporting results and sim stats being off, a server-side update has already been rolled out to address other areas. The changes made will only apply to “online” franchises while a patch will be needed to get to those which are started offline.

    - Speed and Hit Power costs have been fixed.
    - Cost of scouting speed for O-Line and D-Line has been fixed.
    - Added a game prep activity all season for XP for anyone on the team.
    - Added the ability to progress Power Moves for OLB and MLB.

    It’s encouraging to see improvements being made so soon following release and not having to wait for a patch to realize them but those main areas of concern need to be taken care of as soon as possible in order to make the mode a satisfying online or offline experience.

  • The Golf Club Patch Fixes Crippling Skipping Issue on PlayStation 4
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    Posted August 28th, 2014 at 10:15 am No Comments »

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    Having spent $35 on The Golf Club, a fairly heavy price for an unlicensed digital download title, some consumers on the PS4 were met by a game that was virtually unplayable. As mentioned in the article about The Golf Club going out on PS4 a problem had been occurring for anyone with a fairly large friends list on PSN that caused the game to skip severely. Dodd Scientifics was the first to note the serious issue.

    On Twitter the official account for The Golf Club responded by saying a patch was ready for release but they didn’t have control over when Sony would push it live. While it was first stated the problem affected those with 150+ friends on PSN there were reports from users with fewer than that experiencing it as well.

    That patch has now gone out for The Golf Club on PlayStation 4 to addresses the problem. Having experienced it myself first hand last night when I first attempted to play it, I can confirm the skipping is gone and now the game is in a playable state.

  • EA Sports Investigating Early Issues With Madden NFL 15
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    Posted August 27th, 2014 at 5:15 pm 34 Comments »

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    In what will hopefully become a trend in attending to consumer concerns, EA Sports now has a status page that lists some of the most pressing issues people are having with Madden NFL 15 in its first few days of release. The company is acknowledging the problems and state that they will update with information when they have more to share.

    Right now those include user-vs-user games not recording results in Online Connected Franchise mode, a message some are seeing regarding EA Servers being down, and the inability to redeem the pre-order bonus Ultimate Team packs. All three would presumably be fixed with server-side updates rather than necessitate a patch that would take much longer to address them.

  • You Should Be Playing Tap Sports Baseball
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    Posted August 27th, 2014 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments »

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    Mobile games these days are largely dominated by free-to-play offerings that pressure users to spend money. Often it’s about spending money just to be able to continue playing the game rather than the more traditional paying for optional upgrades or bonus content. This has resulted in a reliance on “whales” – the incredibly small percentage of users that account for the majority of the revenue – and creating a game that will hook them. They’d rather do that than make the game fun and inviting with the belief that satisfied users will be more likely to spend money to expand their experience due to a desire to play longer while recognizing the value.

    This is where Tap Sports Baseball gets it right and those involved in making those design decisions should be applauded. The game is free to download and really is free to play. At no point will you be stopped from playing because you have to buy the right to continue. Plus you can succeed and field a strong and constantly improving team simply by playing more! TSB is primarily turn-based (you only hit but there are ways to improve your pitching) against other users but there are also games that can be played against AI opponents.  Read more

  • The Golf Club Now Available on PS4
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    Posted August 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments »

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    While it released last week on Xbox One, and has been available through Steam since mid-April, The Golf Club has made its way to the final platform. The game can now be downloaded on the PlayStation 4 in addition to XB1 and PC.

    The Golf Club is unlicensed (no real golfers or courses) and features an extensive course creator and the ability to share courses with all regardless of platform, no loading times between holes, and online Tours and Tournaments. It’s a unique entry into the space for many reasons that include being self-published, all golfers possessing the same abilities and the complete lack of microtransactions. The company plans to update and evolve the game over time without charging more for the improvements or new content.

    An issue has been identified regarding a gameplay stutter for those that have 150+ friends on PSN. According to the official Twitter account for The Golf Club an imminent patch will take care of that problem. [Update] I can now speak from first hand experience that this makes the game absolutely unplayable right now.

    For those possibly looking at making a decision between buying on one vs the other the game runs at a higher resolution (1080p vs 720p) on the PS4 vs Xbox One. The Golf Club is only available as a digital download and is being sold for $35.

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