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  • What the Frostbite Engine Means for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
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    Posted March 28th, 2015 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments »

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    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is the first EA Sports game to utilize the Frostbite Engine. The company has now detailed what exactly that means with a new developer blog and accompanying video. The primary benefits relate to improvements in visuals and the elimination of load times between holes. Frostbite has previously been featured with the Battlefield series, a couple Need for Speed entries, PvZ Garden Warfare, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

  • Press Row Podcast: Checking in on Spring Releases
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    Posted March 27th, 2015 at 5:00 pm No Comments »

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    The latest Press Row Podcast features three individual segments dedicated to games that are set to arrive this spring – one of which is already out.

    The first stretch features audio from the recent discussion of most anticipated features for MLB 15: The Show that accompanied the article that went up on Sporting News. That is followed by an interview with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour executive producer Brent Nielsen as promotion for the game has kicked off. The podcast ends with an interview with Out of the Park Baseball’s Brad Cook to discuss the PC and mobile management sim which arrived just this week and carries with it the MLB license for the first time.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS and the Stitcher app for Android – subscribe while there to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • Forza Furious 7 Now Available for Free on Xbox One and 360
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    Posted March 27th, 2015 at 10:30 am No Comments »

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    Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious went out today on Xbox One and Xbox 360 which is one week ahead of the tie-in film’s theatrical release. The free game, an expansion on Forza Horizon 2 that doesn’t require owning or even having played it, is available through April 10. After that point it will be sold for $10 – however those who previously downloaded it will still own it without ever having to pay anything. Queue it up here for Xbox One or here for 360.

    In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.

    Among the vehicles included are “Fast & Furious Editions” of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 Nissan GT-R, 1998 Toyota Supra, 2014 Maserati Ghibli S, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Plymouth Cuda, and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

  • Video Blog on Lighting and Graphics in MLB 15: The Show
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    Posted March 26th, 2015 at 6:00 pm 16 Comments »

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    SCEA today released a new look at what to expect out of the improvements to graphics and lighting in MLB 15: The Show. The subject has been discussed previously, including at length in various live streams, but here is presented in more concise form. With the game just a few days out the only real question mark is whether it will perform acceptably online.

  • MLB Manager 2015 Now Available on iOS and Android
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    Posted March 26th, 2015 at 11:45 am No Comments »

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    After four years of mobile releases the iOOTP series, which now carries the MLB license just like its older brother Out of the Park Baseball, has been rebranded as MLB Manager 2015. The game released today for iOS devices (buy through iTunes here) and is also out for Android (grab it through Google Play). The usual $5 price tag is attached.  Read more

  • Suspend/Resume Arrives for PS4 Just in Time for MLB 15
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    Posted March 26th, 2015 at 10:00 am 3 Comments »

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    Sony today released System Update 2.50 for the PlayStation 4. The update includes a feature that was announced for the console at its initial reveal – Suspend/Resume. It comes at a perfect time for those who will be picking up MLB 15: The Show next week as that game will definitely benefit from the ability to walk away from games in progress.

    Supported by nearly all of your PS4 games, you can jump in and out of your games with just the press of the PS button. Quickly switch from Rest Mode to powered-up so you can pick up where you left off.

    It’s not just The Show of course that requires a lengthy time commitment. Whether it be Madden or NBA 2K most sports games can benefit from what provides essentially for in-game saves. To test it out I went ahead and advanced to the 6th inning in a game of MLB 14 and paused it, put the console into “Rest Mode”, and returned later to the game right where I had left off after only a few seconds of loading.

    The only concerns of utilizing the feature are related to things like power outages, where the game’s progress would be lost, or disconnections from the server when that is required to save at the end. If playing the CPU in an Online Franchise in Madden, or playing any of the online-connected modes in NBA 2K like MyCareer or MyGM, there’s going to be a risk that they lose the connection while sitting around for a long time.

    The update also includes the ability to backup hard drives to USB drives, more social tools, ability to delete Trophies, 60fps Share Play and more!

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