In a recent Press Row Podcast episode I proposed the idea again that MLB: The Show, which has struggled mightily with online performance and stability since inception, should offer an “Extra Innings” mode online. That proposal generated a significant response from listeners on social media and forums intrigued byÂ the concept and the benefits it would offer – along with expressingÂ hope that other sports games could include unique online experiences.Â Read more
A standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 was announced today. Releasing on March 27 Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & FuriousÂ will be available to download for free to everyone on Xbox One and 360 through April 10. Owning or even having played Forza Horizon 2 is not required. After that point it will cost $10 but those who downloaded previously will keep it for free.Â The promotion coincides with the release of Furious 7Â on April 3rd.
In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris â€śLudacrisâ€ť Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crewâ€™s next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forzaâ€™s legendary gameplay.
Among the vehicles included are “Fast & Furious Editions” of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 Nissan GT-R, 1998 Toyota Supra, 2014 Maserati Ghibli S, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Plymouth Cuda, and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
EA Sports announced yesterday that UFC is coming to iOS and AndroidÂ in the near future. The game is already available in a few regions including Canada, going out early there as a tactic EA has utilized with mobile games in the past to gather feedback and make some updates before rolling themÂ outÂ in the US and other larger territories.Â Read more
In 2013 OOTP Developments, creators of the Out of the Park Baseball franchise, debuted Franchise Hockey Manager. The game was met with mixed reviews that trended negative as a large number of users cited frequent crashes and other elements deemed disappointing or troublesome.Â Later this year the company will release Beyond the Sidelines Football in an attempt to break into the untapped market in that sport for PC management sims.
With response to the first Franchise Hockey Manager in mind OOTP Developments has pushed back original plans for when the sequel would come out to a target now ofÂ late May. That means there will have been nearly 20 months between the two releases. They will then try and align the third edition in the series with the start of the NHL season in 2016. Features to expect from Franchise Hockey Manager 2:Â Read more
It took nearly two weeks since discovering that NBA Live 15 was headed to the EA Access “Vault” but the game is now one of the benefits of the subscription service. Those with active subscriptions will have unlimited time with the full game for no additional cost.
The EA AccessÂ service is currently exclusive to Xbox One as Sony opted not to allow it for the PS4. Itâ€™s $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month. Members get unlimited access to the Vault which contains older EA games. Right now that includes 2013â€™s slate of sports titles, Need for Speed Rivals, PvZ Garden Warfare, Battlefield 4, Peggle 2, and the most recently added UFC. Also thereâ€™s 10% savings on all digital purchases and five days of limited (six hours) early play before each EA game releases.
Unfortunately its arrival for EA Access has coincided with the price for non-subscribers rising back to $30. For the last week Live had been available to buy outright digitally for just $9.
With just five weeks to go until release most of what there is to know about MLB 15: The Show has already been laid out. The complete features list summarizes the important information while live streams on gameplay and Licensed Equipment/Universal Rewards/Diamond DynastyÂ have followed to expand on the improvements detailed earlier, with a full game video pulling much of it together.
Earlier polls have gone up to gauge interest in the various features while this one is intended to determine whether they have influenced any purchase decisions. There’s a consistency to the series, and consumer approach to it, that suggests new features may not move the needle all that much. However there are always some on the fence evaluating a potential purchase on features or gameplay videos. Vote in the poll and leave any thoughts in the comments!