Press Row Hangout Clips: Limited Early Madden 15, FIFA 15, and NHL 15 Impressions

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Posted July 12th, 2014 at 10:15 am

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The latest Press Row Hangout broadcast live on Friday night and tackled early impressions of Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, and NHL 15 coming out of an event held by EA Sports and all the videos and information that have released to this point. They’ve been broken into segments dedicated to each game with the NHL portion somewhat short as the talk ended up spinning-off more towards how EA’s marketing strategy appears to have shifted this year across their portfolio of sports titles. Clips featuring that particular discussion and responses to numerous viewer-submitted questions will go up on Monday.

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  • Keith.

    Playing the first 2 games of this weekend’s Cardinals-Brewers series in The Show Live (great win last night for the Cards!), I was reminded that there is no similar mode like The Show Live in Madden. Why is that? I’d love to sit down on a Sunday morning in November and play that day’s Steelers’ game, and have the actual starting line up, up to date stats for both teams (that are shown on updated stats banners through out the game), have the announcers comment on updated division standings, etc.

    The Show and NBA2K both have this type of “Live” mode. Why doesn’t anybody on the PRP seem to care that the only NFL game on the market doesn’t have the mode, and that nobody at Tiburon even seems to have it on their radar? To me, today’s sports gamers would much rather have a “Live” mode in their NFL game than some stoopid Gauntlet mode made for 6 year olds. Kicking 110 yard field goal in 220mph winds? C’mon, now.

    • Rich Grisham

      It’s an interesting point, Keith. I think it comes down to personal taste; my favorite modes tend to be what I discuss just because I know what they are. I love My Career in NBA 2K, Online Franchise in MLB The Show, CFM with my friends in Madden, GM Connected with friends in NHL, and so on.

      I don’t hear a lot of the people I regularly chat with talk about the Live modes in NBA or MLB, but that’s not necessarily representative of the wider group of sports game players. It’s worth mentioning and I’ll bring this kind of stuff up in the future.

  • Keith.

    Not sure why you guys think there’s such a big mystery as to why EA’s not marketing their games as in years past. EA hasn’t exactly had any huge hits lately, so in order to make their financials look better, Andrew Wilson whacked their marketing budget by $108 million, as explained (buried) in their most recent annual report:

    “Marketing and sales expenses decreased by $108 million, or 14 percent, in fiscal year 2014, as compared to fiscal year 2013. The decrease was primarily due to (1) a $54 million decrease in personnel-related costs resulting from a decrease in headcount, (2) a $29 million decrease in advertising and promotional spending on our franchises as compared to the prior year, and (3) a $24 million decrease in contracted services.”

    http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ERTS/3321526455x0x762357/F71D53F7-F900-49E2-86D8-093EADA6009B/Electronic_Arts_10K_Proxy_FY14.PDF

    • Rich Grisham

      Great point and thanks for the link. Definitely bears discussion when this topic arises again.

  • Twelve(One)

    Hahahahahahahahaha Tony Granato?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!? You guys should know who Eddie Olyczk is, c’mon man!!! Must not be real hockey fans, my mom even knows who Eddie Olyczk is.

    • Rich Grisham

      Ha! Yeah, that was embarrassing to get wrong. Not sure why Granato was stuck in my head. Oops!

      • Twelve(One)

        It’s quite alright, I still enjoy listening. I can’t wait for NHL 15

  • Biggaveli

    Pasta,Do you have any idea when 2k will release any sort of screenshots or trailers for 2k15?I am getting really dissatisfied with 2k holding back information.Games like Madden,Nba live,Battlefield have ATLEAST released screenshots of the game so we can get an idea of what the game will look like.

  • Iown You

    I hope someone can shed some light on Joe Montana Football 16. I feel it had nothing to do with the Candlestick game as the promotion was totally inconsistent with the Legends of Candlestick game. Also, I have a feeling a Kickstarter is coming.

    https://twitter.com/JoeMontana/status/487683444307013632/photo/1

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsSZgjBCIAI0-Zo.jpg:large

    And there is this: https://forums.unrealengine.com/showthread.php?3555-Paid-Joe-Montana-Football-Mobile-looking-for-1-Lead-UE4-Engineer

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I’ve been following this, planned to write about it tomorrow, but yeah it’s really unclear. Easy to jump to a conclusion that it’s a game (even if just a mobile one) but it did coincide with that event.

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