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  • The Daily Dish for 9/26/14
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    Posted September 26th, 2014 at 5:00 pm No Comments »

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    Closing out the third week with The Daily Dish is an examination of the first Online League details for NBA 2K15 and one scripted element of the game’s MyCareer mode that isn’t going over very well, the FIFA 15 mobile Companion App for Ultimate Team is available to download, and there’s a deal worth considering on the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 15.

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    ♦NBA 2K15 Online League Details
    ♦45 Things to Know About NBA 2K15 (GameInformer)
    ♦FUT 15 Companion App For Mobile Devicies
    ♦Press Row Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher
    ♦NBA 2K15 Giveaway
    ♦Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One for $40 at Amazon

  • First NBA 2K15 Online League Info
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    Posted September 26th, 2014 at 10:45 am 26 Comments »

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    In the transition to the new generation of consoles the NBA 2K series lost its Online Association mode which was replaced with basic Online Leagues. The leagues in 2K14 lacked the necessary admin options and tools for any to be successful and server issues sealed the deal on a mangled and virtually useless mode. Even simple settings like quarter length and difficulty levels couldn’t be adjusted! An online-based MyGM or MyLeague mode appears unlikely to materialize in the near future but instead 2K Sports did work on making the Online Leagues at least somewhat more viable for NBA 2K15.

    Online Leagues will now allow for adjustable season length, number of teams (including CPU controlled teams), difficulty levels, quarter length, and number of games in the playoff series and NBA Finals. Remember leagues are just a single season – unlike Online Franchise there is no draft, free agency, player progression/regression and so on. The ability to import a custom roster to start with in a league remains and hopefully it works this year because it didn’t in 2K14 as there is no Fantasy Draft option. Commissioners can also reset the results of games.

    It was inexcusable to release an Online League structure last year that was so poorly designed and then no attempts were made to improve on it through post-release support. While some of the required options for a league to potentially do well are now in hand with 2K15 a lot will again depend on whether the online servers can finally prove to be reliable. Various issues with Online Franchise in Madden NFL 15 and MLB 14: The Show have damaged those modes immensely and the NBA 2K franchise has a history of being unable to provide a stable online experience.

  • Mobile Companion App for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Mode Out Now
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    Posted September 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am No Comments »

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    The companion app for FIFA 15 that allows you to manage your Ultimate Team on consoles through your phone or tablet is available now to download. This isn’t to be confused with FIFA 15 Ultimate Team – the standalone mobile game that also released this week – but instead offers connected functionality to the console Ultimate Team (PS4/XB1/360/PS3/PC) including the ability to buy and open packs and bid on cards in the Auction House.

    ♦New Feature: Concept Squads – A powerful squad planning tool
    ♦Manage your FUT Squads by optimizing Chemistry, Formations, and Players
    ♦Find and bid on players on the FUT Transfer Market
    ♦Sell players with the FUT Transfer List
    ♦Purchase packs from the FUT Store
    ♦Access your EA SPORTS Football Club Activity, News, and Notifications

    The companion app can be downloaded for iOS devices through iTunes, Android devices through Google Play and also Windows Phone.

  • The Daily Dish for 9/25/14
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    Posted September 25th, 2014 at 5:15 pm No Comments »

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    Topics covered with today’s Daily Dish include the opening of the giveaway for a copy of NBA 2K15, the biggest movers in the latest Madden NFL 15 roster update, EA marketing FIFA 15 on Vita in a misleading manner, and a preview of tomorrow’s Press Row Podcast.

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    ♦NBA 2K15 Giveaway
    ♦Madden 15 Roster Update
    ♦DoddScientifics on Misleading FIFA 15 Vita Marketing
    ♦Press Row Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

  • Madden NFL 15 Roster Update #5 Details
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    Posted September 25th, 2014 at 2:30 pm 18 Comments »

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    The roster update following week three of the season for Madden NFL 15 is now available to download on all systems. Check out complete details on all the changes found in this latest update by viewing the spreadsheet here.

    Players on the rise include Calais Campbell (+1 to 97), Earl Thomas (+1 to 96), Kyle Williams (+1 to 96), Muhammad Wilkerson (+2 to 95), Julio Jones (+2 to 94), Tyron Smith (+2 to 94), Kam Chancellor (+1 to 93), Jason Hatcher (+1 to 91), Charles Woodson (+2 to 90), Martellus Bennett (+2 to 89), Le’Veon Bell (+3 to 88), Brandon Flowers (+2 to 88), Kenny Vaccaro (+2 to 87), Corey Graham (+2 to 86), Jon Ryan (+3 to 85), Aaron Williams (+3 to 84), Rashad Jennings (+2 to 84), Kyle Fuller (+4 to 82), Kirk Cousins (+3 to 81), Ryan Mundy (+3 to 81), Devin Hester (+2 to 78), John Brown (+3 to 76), and Austin Davis (+3 to 75).

    Among those who take a hit are Aaron Rodgers (-1 to 96), Josh Sitton (-1 to 96), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 96), LeSean McCoy (-2 to 95), Jarius Byrd (-1 to 95), Rob Gronkowski (-1 to 95), Patrick Willis (-1 to 95), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 95), Andre Johnson (-2 to 93), Robert Quinn (-2 to 95), Demaryius Thomas (-1 to 92), Tom Brady (-1 to 92), Russell Wilson (-1 to 92), Aqib Talib (-1 to 91), Patrick Peterson (-1 to 91), Joe Haden (-1 to 91), Larry Fitzgerald (-1 to 90), Wes Welker (-1 to 88), Eddie Lacy (-2 to 85), and Ryan Tannehill (-3 to 82).

  • Giveaway: NBA 2K15
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    Posted September 25th, 2014 at 9:45 am 104 Comments »

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    The semi-regular site giveaways continue with the latest opportunity one to win a copy of NBA 2K15 on the system of choice! This post has been floated temporarily to allow those who missed it earlier a chance to enter as it ends tonight!

    There are several ways to qualify and each one counts for entries so the more you complete the more chances to win. The giveaway is open now and will run through October 2nd when the winner will be randomly selected and contacted for delivery details. Good luck!  Read more

  • The Daily Dish for 9/24/14
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    Posted September 24th, 2014 at 5:00 pm 2 Comments »

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    Topics hit on in today’s Daily Dish include the “Mentors” trailer for NBA 2K15 MyCareer mode, a possible fix being out for desyncs in Madden NFL 15 online leagues, the first player ratings for NBA Live 15 having been revealed, and just as EA Sports UFC is close to another patch a few retailers have dropped the price to $30.

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  • Fix Deployed to Address Desyncs in Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise
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    Posted September 24th, 2014 at 3:00 pm 7 Comments »

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    In a server-side update for Madden NFL 15 released earlier this month EA Sports claimed to have fixed a desync issue in head-to-head games within the mode. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and the rate of desyncs only increased to the point that there was no reason even to continue playing in leagues until it was actually addressed.

    Yesterday the company pushed out another server-side update that has locked to the “Camera Toggle” option to ON. So now it’s set to OFF in the settings it will be off against the CPU but not in any H2H games. Supposedly this will solve the majority of the desyncs that were taking place. While this may reduce the number of desyncs, and hopefully dramatically so, it probably won’t eliminate them completely. There have been desyncs in the past even when both players had the camera toggle turned on.

    In early testing a handful of games have been completed without incident. That’s far too small a sample size to say anything definitively but it’s at least a good sign that it may be worth giving things another chance.

    One complaint this has now caused relates to the d-pad being used for pre-snap adjustments. With camera toggle forced on users who prefer to have it off and utilize the “Strategy Pad” for those functions are no longer able to do so. No indication has been given whether a patch will fix the desyncs and allow people to have the toggle turned off if they so choose or if this has been deemed to be the long-term solution.

  • NBA 2K15 MyCareer Mentors Trailer
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    Posted September 24th, 2014 at 10:30 am 16 Comments »

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    The new storyline for MyCareer mode in NBA 2K15 involves being an undrafted free agent that tries to earn a place in the league. 2K Sports released a trailer today that takes a look at the “mentors” aspect which features a player from each team to interact with and be taken under their wing. Last year NBA players in the mode were subtitled and had no voices but this time around someone from each team was brought into the studio to record lines.

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  • The Daily Dish for 9/23/14
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    Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm No Comments »

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    It’s FIFA 15’s release day but there was a lot more that went on and is touched on in the latest Daily Dish. NHL 15 received its first patch which adds back in a few features that were stripped in the transition to Xbox One and PS4, the mobile version of FIFA 15 is out now and shifts nearly its entire focus to Ultimate Team, the demo for PES 2015 is available to download at least on PS4/PS3, and a look ahead to the next Madden NFL 15 roster update.

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