The latest roster update for Madden NFL 15 released today on all systems which follows the Conference Championship games and leads into the Super Bowl. Only the four teams that competed are affected by this update. Check out all the changes that have been made in the spreadsheet here.
Players on the rise include Marshawn Lynch (+2 to 97), Darrelle Revis (+1 to 97), Josh Sitton (+1 to 97), Devin McCourty (+1 to 96), John Kuhn (+2 to 93), Rob Ninkovich (+3 to 89), Jamie Collins (+1 to 89), LeGarrette Blount (+3 to 83), and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (+3 to 81).
Among those that have taken a hit to their ratings are Michael Bennett (-1 to 94), Andrew Luck (-2 to 91), T.Y. Hilton (-1 to 91), Russell Wilson (-1 to 89, andÂ still doesn’t have the “Clutch” trait which is undoubtedly deserves), Mike Daniels (-1 to 88), D’Qwell Jackson (-2 to 83), and poor Brandon Bostick (-2 to 70).
Independent developer Perfect Parallel released its first game today through Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux. Perfect Golf aims to offer an “immersive experience centered on stunning visuals and hyper-realistic game play”. The game is being sold for $20 while in the Early Access period. It’s expected to be $30-35 when it reaches its retail release several months down the line.
Given that Perfect Golf has already been through bug testing community feedback is what’s being primarily sought after out of Early Access. The company will be making a determination on new features to add to the product. Some of those under consideration: Read more
The patchÂ mentioned last week for The Golf Club, which was already out on PC, has now gone liveÂ on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unlike a few previous updates to the gameÂ this one is more about making tweaks and bug fixes than adding new features. The next major update is expected this spring and will include a Career mode.
Though listed as “minor putting adjustments”Â the changes to that area of the game seem to be the most notable with some players really appreciating the changes and others expressing disappointment in them. Here’s the full list:
â™¦Maximum course size indicator in the Greg Norman Course Designer.
â™¦Minor putting adjustments.
â™¦Various handicap interface fixes and adjustments (including ability to turn off handicap score on main screen).
â™¦Various Tournament interface fixes and adjustments.
â™¦Stability improvements (primarily console).
â™¦Increased max Tour duration to 180 days.
â™¦Updated the offline course list.
â™¦Fixed UFO shadow.
â™¦Tweaked the wood texture on selected Greg Norman Course Designer assets.
â™¦Fixed GNCD course testing crash when ball holed out.
â™¦Fixed local Match Play bug where match ended early.
â™¦Commentary tweaks and fixes in Tournaments.
â™¦Fixed removing Tee Furniture console bug which left the bag behind.
â™¦Various other small bug fixes and general tweaks.
A seventh patch released today for EA Sports UFC that delivers the four fighters mentioned in yesterday’s article. Anthony Johnson, Rafael dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez come in rated 92 overall while Holly Holm is 90. It weighs in at 1.15 GB.
AdditionallyÂ it’s the fifth out of those seven patches to alter gameplay in some form or fashion. This one hasn’t made sweeping changes to gameplay like some of the others but the three things mentioned continue to address the sense of imbalance that UFC initially released with but has improved significantly since.
â™¦Added a stamina penalty for missed and blocked strike.
â™¦Added full body hit reactions to strikes landed while lunging.
â™¦Tuned stamina for lunges.
The winner of Best Post-Release Support in the 2014 Pastapadre Community Awards isn’t done yet! To date 18 fighters have been added to the roster in EA Sports UFC. They’ve made it in by piggybackingÂ six patches over the first six months of the game’s release.
At least three more fighters are on the way and soon. The company has announced Rafael dos Anjos (fighting Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 in March), Eddie Alvarez, and Holly Holm (fighting at UFC 184 next month) will be coming to the product. Holm will make it eight fighters in the women’s bantamweight division. With previous fighter announcements the update delivering them has generally arrived the following week.
EA Sports UFC is currently free for EA Access subscribers on Xbox One. It was also made available for under $15 on both Xbox One and PS4 over the week of Black Friday, so there have been great opportunities to take a chance on a game that has improved greatly and offers relevancy that extends wellÂ beyondÂ the traditional yearly-released sports games.
[Update] Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (fighting on Fox this Saturday) will also be added. The patch is coming sooner than anticipated it’ll be tomorrow, January 21.
Normally a fourth patch for a game would signify impressive post-release support. That hasn’t really been the case for NHL 15, as EA Sports has only done the bare minimum when considering the state they released the game in and the promises they made prior to then. It could be argued though they haven’t even done that much given how poor and infrequent the roster updates have been.
Features that have been added in post-release updates include Playoff Mode, Be a Pro Coach Feedback, Three Stars, very basic Online Team Play and a Draft for Be a GM. That seems like a lot but it only scratches the surface of what was missing to begin with. It’s worth noting that various other improvements have been made to the product through the patches as well that have affectedÂ gameplay, presentation, and Ultimate Team.
Today the aforementioned patch released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It includes a handful of fixes rather than improvements.
â™¦Hockey Ultimate Team and Playoff Mode: Fixed issue where the coin total displayed in the end of game HUT rewards screen is incorrect when it is Happy Hour.
â™¦Be a GM: Fixed issue where crash would occur after finishing a game, selecting rematch, then pausing and entering replay.
â™¦Online Team Play: Added positional filters to leaderboards.
â™¦NHL Moments Live: Fixed issue where some moments weren’t displayed or downloadable.
â™¦Presentation: Fixed upside down texture CCM Extreme Flex 2 Blocker.
â™¦Misc: Fixed issue with users notÂ rewarded for watching ad videos, and misc. crashes.