The announcement of Bruce Lee being available as a playable fighter in EA Sports UFC prompted two distinct responses. Some felt it was a huge deal and could sway them to buy the product, while others thought it was silly that someone with no association to the UFC and who didn’t really take part in competitive fighting would be included and heavily promoted for the game. The latter group would be unlikely pass on buying due to the news – the only way it would be harmful is if he was selectable for online ranked fights – so it’s ultimately a net gain for EA.
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Though RBI Baseball was designed as a mobile game first the iOS version appears to be severely troubled. That’s not good news for a game that is already perceived to be overpriced at $5. Poor reviews have poured in and a large number of complaints are being seen on social media.
Many users are reporting crashing of the game – and though it seems to be at a higher rate with iPads it’s also affecting those with iPod touch and iPhones. Some people have not even been able to load into a game let alone complete one due to freezes and crashes. Other gripes include small on-screen controls, trouble hitting, inability to save or loss of season saves, and backing out of the app at any point meaning the loss of in-game progress. That is obviously not ideal or even feasible for those who need to use their phones or tablets for other functions and can’t dedicate 20+ minutes to playing a game without interruption.
Surely the game will have strong support from MLB so fixes should be expected in the weeks to come. With the wide array of devices to test for – and the differing experiences that tends to create as opposed to the generally consistent iOS – it doesn’t bode well for those waiting on the Android version to arrive in a good state.
EA Sports has released a new video promoting the release of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on Tuesday. A recent one took a look at the modes in the game and now attention turns to the presentation. That includes featuring all the stadiums, some of the actual managers, talk radio commenting on the developments, and the crowd scenes.
In the latest Press Row Hangout the topics for discussion include our progress in Road to the Show and some impressions of the mode (8:58), thoughts on the recent PS4 videos for The Show (23:18), early reaction to RBI Baseball 14 (32:03), 2014 FIFA World Cup following its demo (38:24), and another “Lightning Round” (55:55)! Also for those attending PAX East in Boston, the Press Row Podcast panel takes place on Friday April 11 with the focus on the “Crisis in Sports Gaming” and the meaning behind that is explained (49:39).
A new video comparing MLB 14: The Show gameplay footage has released courtesy of Gamespot and it directly matches up the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game to show the visual enhancements that come with the new system.
It’s somewhat surprising that media directly comparing the two versions of the game has already been offered up. There’s a delicate balance SCEA has to consider in selling the PS4 version and its improvements without making the PS3 look so inferior that those still considering it would choose not to buy it. Just a little over a week has passed since that one released and it seems they immediately turned the page to completely focus on propping up the PS4. That’s a good long-term strategy but it could have been pushed another week or two and still been just as effective. Being limited to visuals though as opposed to features – of course the game will look better on the more powerful system – makes it easier to promote without offending anyone.
EA Sports has now confirmed that there will be a pre-release demo for the upcoming UFC title. No date has been announced but in┬áthe past the company has released demos for NCAA Football around the same time period. In regards to UFC a potential conflict exists in that E3 takes place the week prior to the game’s release.
In recent years a demo has gone out for NCAA a week before or after E3 (which begins this year June 10th) but in the case of NCAA 13 it actually coincided with the first day of E3. June 3rd or 10th are the prime candidates for UFC’s demo┬áconsidering the 17th is when it will arrive in stores.
Strategically EA could put it out a week before E3 to generate some buzz prior to the event and avoid all the extra noise or they could have it drop along with it and let fans feel as though they are involved in the spectacle. Demos for THQ’s UFC efforts drove sales through good word of mouth – their first one in particular benefited greatly from a terrific demo – and EA will be looking for the same as they launch their franchise. Earlier this week the news of Bruce Lee being on the roster was crafted with the intention of reaching consumers who normally may not have considered the game and the demo will be another tactic to do just that.
RBI Baseball 14, the resurrection of the 1986-1995 series coming from MLB Advanced Media, has arrived for iOS devices and as a digital download on Xbox 360 and PS3. Though outrageously priced at $20 for consoles and $5 on mobile, considering how thin the game is on content, it hopes to tap into nostalgia and deliver some fun factor as an arcade entry into a market that has become largely devoid of them. RBI Baseball 14 will also be out for Xbox One, PS4, and Android in May or June.
Out of the Park Baseball 15 will release on April 18 for those who pre-order the PC management sim and go wide to all on the 21st. It can still be pre-ordered to get the early access. It will also be available through Steam, Amazon, and the Mac App Store at a later date. The mobile version of the game, iOOTP 14, will be out on the app store around April 17 with that date dependent on the approval process.
New features were announced earlier this year and include changes to the┬áratings system, updated rosters, revamped interface, additional international leagues, support for 3D ballparks and ball flight, and much more.
The mobile version of the game includes new features like Retina display support, a redesigned interface, updated rosters, player editor, and AI improvements. An Android version is being worked on and planned for release this summer.
The recent video showing off the in-stadium experience provided an opportunity to see the extensive visual enhancements coming with the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show. Even more footage has shown up today courtesy of IGN with three short clips of the game in action. Though the feature sets between PS3 and PS4 may be the same many technological improvements can be realized with the advanced hardware and some of that is evident already. Read more
MLB 14: The Show arrived last week but the usual roster update that accompanies sports games for release was absent. That left consumers waiting yet another week for the latest rosters and having to consider whether to delay starting up a Franchise or Road to the Show or getting stuck for the entirety of their careers with the base six week old rosters.
SCEA has now released the first update and that includes players who made their MLB debuts early this season. The biggest name is Masahiro Tanaka who comes in with an 82 overall and “A” potential. Click the two thumbnails below to see all the changes that have been implemented in the update including added players and movement.