The Line Drive for May 11

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm


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

These guys made a video re-creating some of the awkward things seen in NBA 2K.
Amazon has listed NBA 2K15 on all systems and PC for pre-order.
Khalil Mack wore #46 in college because of his rating in NCAA Football.
Sony has given $5 credit for those affected by the MLB 14 digital release delay.
However the company seems to be fighting refunds promised initially to consumers.
Here’s an online MLB 14: The Show streamed game of Mariners at A’s w/ commentary.
Here’s an online MLB 14: The Show streamed game of Mets at Marlins w/commentary.
Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
There are ten different fighting styles available in EA Sports UFC.
Ultimate Team modes generated over $380 million for EA Sports last year.
MLB Perfect Inning released for iOS and Android as a free to play sim baseball game.
RBI Baseball 14 has just released for Android after being out on iOS and 360/PS3.
Mutant Football League is still in development despite the failed Kickstarter campaign.
Downloadable content pack of 10 new cars has released for Forza 5.
New videos show off clubs, face-offs, and challenges in DriveClub.
New developer blog details the latest Steam early access build of The Golf Club.
EA Sports detailed new playoff performer content for NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team.
The cover vote for NHL 15 features eight participants and is now underway.
New update has released with fixes and improvements for Out of the Park Baseball 15.
This week’s Blu-ray/DVD releases are headlined by Her and That Awkward Moment.
Check out the camouflage hats MLB teams will be wearing on Memorial Day.

  • Keith.

    The EA financials are very interesting to read. Year over year, they reported $100 million less revenue for the quarter compared to last year. Meanwhile, their GAAP Net Income dropped from $98M last year to only $8M this year. Yet, because Andrew Wilson is cutting costs everywhere, closing studios here, lopping $50M off the advertising budget there (while keeping R&D flat), they had better “results” than they had guided, causing their stock price to take off (although it will undoubtedly come back to reality within a week or two). Smoke and mirrors. Good thing for them their Ultimate Team revenue continues to rise from the suckers they’re catering to with that mode.

    • Keith.

      Can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Like I said, smoke and mirrors:

      “As EA’s share price climbs, key execs sell all stock”…ell-all-stock/

      “Two senior members of EA’s executive circle have sold all their stock in the company, new financial statements have disclosed, while its COO has halved his interest.

      During a prosperous five days of trading where the corporation’s share price hit its highest point since 2008, execs Stephen Bene and Patrick Soderlund sold their entire company stock.

      Soderlund, the executive VP of the EA Games label, sold more than 36,000 shares for more than $1.2 million last Thursday. On the same day, general counsel Stephen Bene sold his remaining 7,771 shares in the company.

      The publisher’s second-in-command Peter Moore, meanwhile, halved his equity by selling off 100,000 shares, netting $3.4 million in the process.

      It is unclear if the selling reflects any movement or departures within the executive team. CVG has contacted the publisher for comment.”

      • jakeG

        What a shock, people sell stock when its at a high. Pretty sure you were declaring the downfall of EA when Andrew Wilson sold his stock. Then he was named CEO shortly after and the stock has done nothing but rise.

        • Keith.

          LoL — people don’t unload their stocks when they know the price is going to rise. They unloaded because the writing’s on the wall for EA. Only a matter of time, whether you want to believe it or not. If you’d rather defend EA’s execs, be my guest.

    • Casor_Greener

      Didnt I tell you to invest when their stock was at that low. Now they are at a 6 year high. Guess I owe you a little something off this come up.

      • Keith.

        If you sold, then it sounds like you’re in good company, with EA’s execs unloading all of their shares as well.

        • Casor_Greener

          Hate to burst your bubble but the downfall of EA is notcoming. They may…MAY get bought out, but the company failing is a stretch. Ultimately, as gamers, why the hell would we want them to fail anyway

  • berret

    2k should be embarassed that video is 100% accurate.

  • Iown You

    “♦Ultimate Team modes generated over $380 million for EA Sports last year.”

    Damn! MUT is just a monster now, and I hate the mode passionately. It’s just sucking away precious development resources that desperately need to go into other things.

    • I can’t disagree with you. They are “solving” the problem of sluggish sales by increasing digital revenue. It’s not a long term solution though and I hope they realize it. But you see its the trend. NBA 2K14 is all about microtransactions and MyTeam is pretty much all the company promotes on social media now.

      • Keith.

        I disagree that NBA 2k14 is “all about microtransactions” — we’ll just have to agree to disagree. But I will point out one difference between Madden and NBA 2K is that NBA 2K’s sales keep going up each year, while Madden’s keep going down. To me, that says microtransaction revenue is FAR less important to 2K than it is to EA/Tiburon.

        • This was the first year though where people felt that impact and word of mouth was affected. Obviously 2K’s PS4/XB1 sales will rise again, its only natural as the consumer base transitions, but whether that uptick accounts for the losses on 360/PS3 will be what to watch.

          • Keith.

            2k14 is the best selling 2k ever. And sales haven’t been negatively affected since you guys complained about VC back in December/January — they’ve only continued to rise. Much ado (from you guys) about nothing, as far as I’m concerned.

      • Casor_Greener

        It’s like dope Pasta. IF suckers keep shooting up, why would the suppliers stop providing. I don’t blame these game companies for pumping out digital content. You keep eating they will keep feeding

  • 49ersfan1

    That 2k parody video is perfect

  • Weekend Roady

    I guess we should give up on the Vita ever having a hoops game. Sad, because PS4 NBA 2K14 actually is fun to play (albeit it with somewhat limited controls) on the handheld. Just wish you could take that experience out of the house…

  • Keith.

    Finally played my first online rated game of The Show yesterday. Based on the complaints from Pasta and company, I expected the experience to be terrible. Turns out I had no lag or freeze problems whatsoever, and I ended up winning a nail biter as the guy I was playing had the bases loaded in the 9th but ended up hitting into a 4-6-3 to end the game. Don’t know how often I’ll play online, but nothing about the experience would cause me not to try it again in the future.

    • dexx

      lol you play one game and say that its good. its horrible, dont even try and argue otherwise.

      • Keith.

        Lol. You point to an OS thread with 4 posts to prove your point, but 2 out of 4 of the posts were in line with my experience:

        “JKorbini @ 05/12/14 12:29 PM
        All my online experiences have been silky smooth, the hitter and batter interface feels like off line. The base running lag, i know how to combat that, but the game is smooth as butter online.”

        “Sigma4Life @ 05/12/14 01:47 PM
        My experience has been pretty good online as well.”

        And then there’s this OS thread, where the vast majority say their experience was as good as mine:

        I’m guessing you don’t have the game, and you can believe whatever you want. But I know better.