Given that the return of RBI Baseball was a much better fit on mobile than consoles last year it was a surprise early this month when MLB Opening Day rolled around yet the new edition was not out for iOS and Android. Instead the overpriced and underwhelming (hey, a 45 Metacritic is better than last year’s 23!) Xbox One and PS4 versions were released in time for the season.
Today RBI Baseball 2015 finally arrived for iOS devices and presumably Android is close behind. The game goes for $5 on mobile compared to $20 on consoles. The main feature missing from what is available with the console version is Online Play, but that feature has proven to be worthless there because no one is buying the game. The value then is much better on mobile given they’re basically the same game on both.
â™¦Authentic ballparks with unique characteristics from every Major League Baseball club
â™¦Stat tracking by team, player and season league leaders across multiple seasons
â™¦Features over 1,000 MLB Players with detailed attributes based on hundreds of millions of data points from the MLB.com database
â™¦Modify your lineup with complete MLB rosters or play classic R.B.I. Baseball mode with 16 player rosters
â™¦Own the pitch: Control the movement of your pitch from start to finish
â™¦Season, Postseason & Exhibition Mode
â™¦Adjustable difficulty settings; Easy, Medium, Hard
â™¦Intuitive touch controls
â™¦Automatically Save and Resume your in-progress ballgame
The MLB: The Show series is widely recognized for all it does well but its faults or lack of advancement in certain areas seem to be wearing on many people. That has definitely been seen in the Metacritic scores this year but the sentiment isn’t isolated to just reviewers.
A poll was posted last week to gauge the temperature surrounding MLB 15: The Show after having been out for two weeks and the results, which came from over 4,200 respondents, are somewhat surprising.Â Read more
EA Sports UFC has finally made it out for iOS and Android devices. The game was initially offeredÂ in a few select regions two months ago and has now reached North America and others. That’s been the M.O. for the company on mobile, offering games first almost as a betas in a few places before rolling it out worldwide.
User reviews have been mixed but trended positive based on impressive graphics and fun gameplay. The main complaints seem to relate to the controls, the inability to kick (!), technical issues where saves are deleted, and the monetization structure.Â Read more
Beginning Friday afternoon (3ET/12PT) and running through Sunday (ending at 3AM ET/12AM PT Monday morning) NBA 2K15 will be playable for free on Xbox One. This will require downloading the full game which is 47GB. Similar to how things work with EA Access, the copy of NBA 2K15 will expire, but saves will be tied to the console for those who choose to buy the game later and continue with them.
Microsoft is also advertising a “deal” on the NBA 2K15 Bundle for the weekend which includes 15,000 VC ($4 worth) for $39. After the game was available to buy for $11 three weeks ago though, and even dropped for periods of time to $30 over four months ago, this really isn’t a deal at all. What may be of interest however is that there will be a sale on VC for 33% off the entire weekend on Xbox One only.
With 2K Sports practically giving the game away at the end of March promotions like this one in the coming months make sense. The company is trying to draw in new consumers, who probably wouldn’t have bought the game at this point in the year, and then get them on the hook spending money on digital currency.
The second in-season roster update arrived today for MLB 15: The Show and it delivers the most hyped prospect in years to the game. Chicago Cubs’ 3B Kris Bryant has been added to MLB 15Â in the roster update and given an 81 Overall Rating with ‘A’ Potential.
Not far behind him however is Yasmany Tomas, outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who gets a 79 Overall Rating with ‘A’ Potential. Check out all the player additions and changes to rosters in this week’s update.Â Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Check out this weekâ€™s articles written for Sporting News:
Â Â Â â€˘Tips from the Tap Sports Baseball 2015 developers
Â Â Â â€˘Taking a look at the first rookies added to MLB 15: The Show
Â Â Â â€˘Simulating the first round of the NBA Playoffs with NBA 2K15
â™¦EA Sports has confirmed Jordan Spieth for the rosterÂ withÂ Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
â™¦SCEA put out an infographic with first week stats from MLB 15: The Show.
â™¦New packs are being offeredÂ in MLB 15: The Show going for $10 each/12K Stubs.
â™¦Walkthrough video for MLB 15’s Diamond Dynasty mode fromÂ ThatSportsGamer.
â™¦Grantland has a great piece on how modders have kept MVP Baseball alive on PC.
â™¦Owen Good at Polygon explains how NBA 2K16 must fix mistakes of the series’ past.
â™¦The latest NBA 2K15 roster update returned injured players to non-Playoff teams.
â™¦EA Sports has added an in-game feedback app to NBA Live 15.
â™¦Details have been released on the latest roster update for NBA Live 15.
â™¦EA Sports simulated the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs with NHL 15.
â™¦More adjustments have been made to the Price Ranges in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦The FUT Transfer Market is back on mobile but only for those with Facebook login.
â™¦New developer blog discusses updates past and future for The Golf Club.
â™¦How to get the latest updated rosters for Out of the Park Baseball 16.
â™¦2K Sports just released a “sim” mobile wrestling game with WWE 2K15.
â™¦The Cleveland Browns revealed their new uniforms for the upcoming season.
â™¦The Milwaukee Bucks revealed their new logo and uniforms will follow this summer.
â™¦Take a look at what could be the new uniforms and logo for the Los Angeles Clippers.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week areÂ headlined by Taken 3.
â™¦New theatrical trailer released for Ant-ManÂ which comes out July 17.
â™¦Check out the teaser trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
â™¦Check out the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.