When EA Sports cancelled NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 the company attempted to capitalize as best they could on the failures by framing the decisions as if they had done consumers a favor. That of course was not the primary consideration behind the moves to cancel them – however in the end it has to be recognized that no one felt ripped off over the four years since their last sim NBA game released.
That was a big reason that many remained open to the return of NBA Live along with the new generation of hardware. NBA Live 14 should not have released then when evaluating the company’s previous declarations. Admirable vision was not realized and seemingly achievable goals were not met. Now the series faces an even more uncertain future.¬† Read more
The latest edition of the Press Row Hangout starts with more thoughts on the Xbox One after a week now of being released before transitioning to a full break down of the brackets and results in the Best Sports Game of the Generation Tournament.
Audio of the episode in podcast form will be available within a week.¬†As always leave any thoughts on the show or suggestions for future podcasts and hangouts in the comments!
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn‚Äôt necessarily warrant their own postings.
‚ô¶Cyber Monday Deals at Amazon begin early Monday AM – Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Forza 5, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Need for Speed Rivals,¬†GTA V, and more!
‚ô¶EA Sports has cancelled the FIFA Manager series after 13 years on PC.
‚ô¶Here’s the incredible ending to the Iron Bowl¬†as recreated in Tecmo Bowl.
‚ô¶Update to¬†iOS FIFA 14¬†adds Ultimate Team Online Seasons¬†and other improvements.
‚ô¶The latest NHL 14 roster update lists out the hot and cold streak players.
‚ô¶Still nothing from 2K Sports about issues like crashing being addressed for NBA 2K14.
‚ô¶Still no roster update, last transaction reflected was mid-October, for next-gen NBA 2K14.
‚ô¶The cover vote winner for EA Sports UFC to join Jon Jones will be announced tomorrow.
‚ô¶Title Bout Championship Boxing is 50% off down to $10 through the end of December.
‚ô¶Video detailing how to swap out the hard drive on the PlayStation 4.
‚ô¶Out on Blu-ray and DVD this week is The Wolverine.
It entered the competition as the favorite and exited with the title. NBA 2K11 is the community’s Best Sports Game of the 360/PS3/Wii Generation.
Despite being the overall number one seed NBA 2K11 didn’t just cruise to easy victories along the way. Surprisingly some vulnerability was shown as there were other games involved in the tournament winning by comparable or greater margins over perceived tougher competition. However ultimately no game was able to topple 2K11 which won the title over MLB 13: The Show with 59% of the over 6K votes cast.
Review the full results of the tournament here. Look for expanded discussion on the complete process that went into shaping the competition along with reaction and analysis of the results of the entire tournament on the next Press Row Hangout!
The roster update for Madden NFL 25 following week 11 of the season is now available for download on the Xbox One, PS4, 360, and PS3. Check out the complete details of the latest update in spreadsheet form here.
Notables moving up include Von Miller (+1 to 98), Patrick Willis (+1 to 98), Muhammad Wilkerson (+1 to 96), Tom Brady (+1 to 96), Logan Mankins (+2 to 95), DeMarcus Ware (+1 to 95), Justin Smith (+1 to 94), Troy Polamalu (+1 to 93), Robert Quinn (+3 to 92), Nick Fairley (+1 to 92), Patrick Peterson (+1 to 92), Lavonte David (+1 to 92), John Kuhn (+2 to 91), Luke Kuechly (+1 to 92),¬†Antonio Brown (+1 to 91), Eric Berry (+1 to 91), Cameron Jordan (+1 to 91), Josh Gordon (+2 to 88), Knowshon Moreno (+2 to 87), Colin Kaepernick (+2 to 87), Manny Ramirez (+4 to 84), Eddie Lacy (+2 to 84), Jason Worilds (+2 to 79), and Tiquan Underwood (+4 to 73).
Among those headed down are Darrelle Revis (-1 to 97), Jordy Nelson (-1 to 93), Jason Pierre-Paul (-1 to 92), Wes Welker (-1 to 92), Champ Bailey (-1 to 92), Tony Gonzalez (-1 to 91), Andrew Luck (-2 to 89), Nate Solder (-2 to 88), Robert Griffin III (-2 to 87), Sean Smith (-1 to 86), Eli Manning (-1 to 85), Ray Rice (-1 to 85), Jermon Bushrod (-4 to 83), Danny Amendola (-2 to 83), Trent Richardson (-1 to 82), Josh Wilson (-2 to 79), and Geno Smith (-1 to 73).
Here is a look at the listed video game related deals for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Among the deals, which are primarily for 360 and PS3, is one year of PlayStation Plus for $30 at multiple retailers. Walmart looks to be the place to go if not buying through Amazon online.¬†Amazon lightning deals will be updated constantly in the section below. Make sure to follow on Twitter where relevant deal alerts will be posted as they go live.¬† Read more
While there has been plenty of justified grousing over the lack of post-release support – both in quantity and quality – from 2K Sports in regards to the NBA 2K series in recent years one of the advertised features for NBA 2K14 was “Dynamic Living Rosters”. The hope was that would bring an end to inconsistent and inaccurate updates. While the Xbox 360 and PS3 version of NBA 2K14 has gotten a fair number of roster updates (though not fulfilling all promises) the Xbox One and PS4 have yet to receive even a single one.
The current roster available on next-gen is well over a month old. The trade completed on October 25 between the Suns and Wizards, swapping Marcin Gortat for Emeka Okafor, has still not been completed. Gortat did not appear in a single game this season for the Suns while Okafor has yet to debut due to injury. The last transaction reflected in the roster occurred in mid-October.
2K Sports has taken to social channels to announce a patch for NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One and PS4 that will be out within the next week. The update will target issues related to MyCareer save files and connectivity problems with the new online mode The Park.
It’s uncertain if the patch will address much of anything beyond those two things including the high frequency of crashes being experienced by a significant number of consumers. Considering that the messaging was limited to just MyCareer and The Park it’s likely that not much else will come from this one but rather a necessary second patch down the line that will deal with more of the post-release issue reports and consumer feedback.
The Press Row Hangout that featured 90 minutes of discussion about NBA Live 14 can now be listened to as a podcast! That episode has been combined here with the segment done on the Xbox One focused hangout¬†regarding EA’s apology for the state the game released in for what amounts to a mega show that stretches nearly two hours.
Check out the¬†podcast through iTunes, on Android¬†with the Stitcher app, or in the streaming player below. As always leave any feedback on the show or topics to¬†discuss¬†for future podcasts and hangouts in the comments!
One of the most common questions out there relating to the Xbox One and PS4 is whether there are any differences in multi-platform games. As far as sports games go on a technical level there shouldn’t be – they are running at the same resolution and framerate – but that doesn’t mean they are exactly the same. Continue on for my observations after having played both Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14 on the two consoles.¬† Read more