Today’s Daily Dish tackles a number of topics starting with what EA Sports is likely to do with Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy in the Madden NFL 15 roster update later this week. It then moves on to cover the face scanning feature that is being introduced in NBA 2K15, the return of NHL 2K as a mobile game, and two demos making news this week with Forza Horizon 2’s out now and a delay on the one that had been scheduled for PES 2015.
EA Sports debuted the “Game Face” feature now seven years ago, but the company never invested in updating itÂ and lately have phased out of most of their titles. Game Face utilizes webcams or actual photographs of people to craft created player faces in games. It has always been hit or miss, with some severe problems along the way, but also some decent representations of users or even celebrity recreations that led to some legal concerns.
While the NBA 2K series has offered up arguably the most compelling career mode in sports games in recent years it’s lacked that personal connectionÂ where a created player could look just like a user. That will be changing this year as face scanning is introduced in the Xbox One and PS4 version of NBA 2K15.
Using the Kinect or PlayStation 4 Camera people will now be able to scan themselves into the game for their MyPlayer for use in MyCareer, The Park, and MyGM.
No, it’s not making a comeback to battle EA Sports’ NHL series, but NHL 2K has been resurrected to land on mobile devices this fall. The game is being developed in partnership betweenÂ Virtuos Games and Visual Concepts which is the same arrangement that produces NBA 2K on mobile. It will be available for iOS and Android devices.
What you see now for mobile games is primarily free-to-play, but NHL 2K (also like NBA 2K) will sell for $8 instead. Modes include MyCareer, Winter Classic, 3-on-3 arcade, and turn-based online shootout. The company is also pledging to update rosters throughout the season.
The latest Daily Dish looks ahead to the next Madden NFL 15 roster update, welcomes in T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to explain the loss of “Trade Offers” from FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, and goes over the new additions making it into FUT 15.
Coming on the heels of an announcement that “Trade Offers” are being removed fromÂ Ultimate Team in FIFA 15 due to account security concerns, EA Sports has rolled out a list of additions being made to the mode this year.
Those include the ability to play friends in “Seasons”, acquiring players on loan, a “Physical” player attribute, and the chance to plan out future squads in advance.Â Read more
2K Sports today released a new trailer for NBA 2K15 that shows off the player introduction sequence for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Check out the starting lineup intro which has the first look at Kevin Love with the team, the crowd holding a bunch of Kyrie Irving “Big Heads” (looks like its limited to just one player) and a slimmed-down LeBron James in the video below.
The second week for The Daily Dish begins with a focus on retailer deals already available for Madden NFL 15, the response to the FIFA 15 demo proving exceedingly positive, and the “Trade Offer” feature being removed from Ultimate Team in FIFA 15.
One might think a demo for a new FIFA release would hold little relevance. The series turns in the biggest selling game in the world every year now. However in the poll posted last week to gauge response to the FIFA 15 demo over 4K votes rolled in and the results paint a picture of a franchise that could grow even beyond the remarkable standing it already holds by appealing to potential new consumers while still holding strongly on to returning ones. EA is doing this by improving across the board and without alienating holdover fans in the process.
34% of respondents actually feel the demoÂ has made them more likely to buy the game than they were before, while 28% still plan to get the game but don’t feel the demo had any impact on them. The former there is huge – especially in a time when companies are beginning to move away from demos because they feel they oftenÂ hurt more than help sales. Only 3% said they’re less likely to buy the game now.
The bottom line is a demo for a good game can always help,Â and instead a demo that presents a portion of a poor or mediocre game is where the concern should lie. Companies may still consider that the risk isn’t worth the reward. With yearly sports games consumers tend to have a good idea of whether a particular title is going to be good or not based on response to the previous year’s edition. A demo could shake that confidence or reaffirm skepticism and lately these companies have trended towards sharing less information and media – whether that’s in an effort to disguise problems or simply ride on a wave of recent success.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Madden NFL 15 is available for just $50 on XB1/PS4 and $40 on 360/PS3.
â™¦For those seekingÂ eps of The Daily Dish a YT playlist has been set up to house them.
â™¦EA Sports has released a new celebrations tutorial videoÂ for FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports has now listed out the top 20 fastest players in FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports has released the ratings for new legends in XB1/360 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦EA Sports has released a new celebrations tutorial video for NHL 15.
â™¦Developer blog releasedÂ briefly discussing gameplay improvementsÂ in NBA Live 15.
â™¦Check out six new screenshots for NBA Live 15 in the FB album.
â™¦Check out new extended gameplay footage of NBA 2K15Â captured off-screen last week.
â™¦Here’s another gameplay video of NBA 2K15 recorded off-screen last week.
â™¦New courts for Kings, Spurs, Raptors, Hawks, and Wizards will be included in NBA 2K15.
â™¦Check out the latest screenshots for NBA 2K15 in the FB album.
â™¦Microsoft has put out the official launch trailer for Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦All of the cars included have now been revealed for Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦Sony has detailed the full schedule of free DLC for DriveClub.
â™¦Details on first patch that has been submitted for Xbox One version of The Golf Club.
â™¦Check out week two of the popular Breaking Madden series.
â™¦The mobile version of FIFA 15 will adapt the Ultimate Team model as sole mode of play.
â™¦Microsoft has released details on the Xbox One system update for September.
â™¦The PlayStation 4 camera is on sale for $40 right now on Amazon.
â™¦Godzilla, The Fault in Our Stars, and lots of TV shows out on Blu-ray this week.