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  • Patch for NHL 15 Delivers Promised First Wave of Content
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    Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 am 7 Comments »

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    When it was discovered just how much was missing from the Xbox One and PS4 version of NHL 15 EA Sports attempted to soften the blowback by laying out a plan to add in some features in the months ahead. The first of those features have made it in through a patch today.

    Playoff Mode
    Play an offline bracket tournament with up to 16 teams. Use the teams from the NHL or create your own tournament tree by selecting teams from up to 12 different leagues. Play or simulate each game and track player and team stats throughout the tournament.

    Be a Pro – Coach Feedback
    After each shift you will get the coach’s feedback while you are on the bench. The coach will give you tips on how to stay on top of your game and grade you on your game play. Score high grades on Position, Team Play, and Stats to work yourself up the teams depth chart.

    Three Stars
    At the end of the game, see the three stars and their stats.

    Ultimate Team
    ♦Updated layouts and improved navigation for HUT menus.
    ♦New animations for player items.
    ♦Improved edit lines screen that better identifies players that are injured or require contract extensions.

    Sales are down significantly this year and patching in a few of the omitted features won’t do much to help that situation. It could however contribute in reestablishing a little bit of trust and confidence in the series to bring some of the people that were lost back next year so it’s important to meet or exceed expectations in post-release support. At this point the company has only specifically noted a Draft for Be a GM mode and basic Online Team Play to be coming at some point later this year.

  • Madden NFL 15 Week Three Upcoming Roster Update Discussion
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    Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 am 27 Comments »

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    It didn’t take long to start seeing some changes at quarterback. Just three weeks into the NFL season and the Jaguars have already turned to Blake Bortles. For some reason it took an injury to Matt Cassel for Teddy Bridgewater to get the nod and the Dolphins seem to be contemplating benching Ryan Tannehill.

    Among those with especially strong weeks that could result in Madden NFL 15 ratings boosts are Kirk Cousins, Austin Davis, Rashad Jennings, Devin Hester, Marcus Gilbert, Will Beatty, Kyle Williams, Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Kam Chancellor, Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Flowers, and Jon Ryan. Names that you might see fall this week include Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker, E.J. Manuel, Josh McCown, Bobby Rainey, LeSean McCoy, Montee Ball, Sammy Watkins, Justin Gilbert, and Eric Reed.

    Injuries impacted a bunch of players with Danny Woodhead, DeAngelo Hall, Dennis Pitta and Stephen Tulloch all done for the season. Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier, Matt Cassel, Jason Kelce, Kyle Rudolph, and Jarvis Jones will all be missing significant stretches of time as well.

  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Out Now on Mobile
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    Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 9:30 am No Comments »

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    The latest FIFA game for mobile released today and the focus has shifted even more towards the Ultimate Team model. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is the official title and it can be downloaded here for iOS devices and here for Android devices. The game is free-to-play (of course expecting people to buy card packs) and has done away with many of the traditional modes in favor of concentrating almost solely on Ultimate Team.

    Gone this year are Career mode, Penalty Kicks and Manager Mode. The game is now all about Ultimate Team with the exception of “Matches of the Week” while a new “Quick Simulation” mode will allow you to manage a match rather than play it. It’s been out for about a week now in some other territories and has been able to collect a lot of high ratings in user-reviews.

    REAL WORLD MATCH-UPS
    Play your favorite team’s next fixture, plus 3 other major match-ups happening around the world – every week!

    BUILD YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM
    Earn, trade, and collect superstars like Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard to create your own fantasy team. Choose your play style, formation, kits, and more.

    PLAY IN QUICK SIMULATION MODE
    Put your management skills to the test with new Quick Simulations. Set up your squad, start the match, and watch it unfold. Make smart subs, tactical tweaks, and gauge team effort along the way. Your match results depend entirely on your ability to manage player skills and chemistry – taking authenticity to the next level.

    OR TAKE IT TO THE PITCH!
    Master your kicks, passes, and shots with classic controls – now with the “through pass” feature – or opt for new “Casual Controls” with fewer buttons. You can even double tap the joystick to enable tactical dribbling for closer control of the ball. Plus, if you have an external controller – don’t miss the chance to use it on the pitch for the first time.

  • The Daily Dish for 9/22/14
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    Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 5:15 pm No Comments »

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    NBA 2K15 gets the primary focus in today’s episode of The Daily Dish. First it’s the decision by 2K Sports to pass on offering a demo for the game, followed by thoughts on the concept behind the new storyline in MyCareer mode. After that there’s a plug for the latest Press Row Hangout which featured quite a few interesting topics and a look ahead to Tuesday.

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  • No Demo for NBA 2K15
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    Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm 13 Comments »

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    All along it appeared unlikely that 2K Sports would be offering a pre-release demo for NBA 2K15 after passing on doing so with 2K14. That has turned out to be the case with Operation Sports getting confirmation that there will be no demo for the game.

    The NBA 2K series is in a position where a demo may not be a necessity but the decision can still be legitimately questioned. While companies have started to move away from the traditional demo (MLB: The Show was really the first and there wasn’t one for Madden NFL 15 either) with the thinking that they may do more harm than good there’s still an audience that can be reached through them. Even the biggest selling series worldwide every year in FIFA proved that a few weeks ago as 36% of poll respondents claimed they’re now more likely to buy after playing its demo. NBA 2K is also perceived as an increasingly complicated game and a tutorial of sorts could have been helpful to those intimidated by it and unsure about a purchase.

    Unlike the situation with Madden – where at least some people could try it before it was out through EA Access or watch live streams and hear impressions from those who could – there won’t be any opportunity for that with 2K15. The concerns that consumers have voiced most about the upcoming game though would be related to the VC implementation and the online servers and those wouldn’t have been been answered through a demo anyway.

  • Press Row Hangout: Episode 52
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    Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 am No Comments »

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    The latest episode of the Press Row Hangout features discussion on a number of topics that include FIFA 15 impresssions (3:22), the desyncs that are devastating Madden NFL 15 Online Franchise (15:40) and the recent announcements related to NBA 2K15 (34:12). Others like NBA Live 15’s delay, the return of NHL 2K as a mobile game, the new indie Super Mega Baseball for PS4/PS3, and Forza Horizon 2 are also touched on.

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  • The Line Drive for September 21
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    Posted September 21st, 2014 at 12:45 pm 5 Comments »

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    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Catch up on all the episodes of The Daily Dish from the past week with the YT playlist!
    ♦Madden NFL 15 can still be had for $50 on both Xbox One and PS4.
    ♦EA Sports has released the full soundtrack listing and Spotify playlist for FIFA 15.
    ♦Check out the full list of stadiums included with FIFA 15.
    ♦EA Sports has released the full list of leagues and clubs found in FIFA 15.
    ♦Here are the top rated shooting and shot power players in FIFA 15.
    ♦Here are the 20 top rated goalkeepers in FIFA 15.
    ♦Here are the top 10 rated passers in FIFA 15.
    ♦Here are the players that have the best skill move abilities in FIFA 15.
    ♦Check out what will carry over for Ultimate Team in FIFA 15.
    ♦HB Studios released details on an upcoming patch for the PS4 version of The Golf Club.
    ♦Operation Sports has the full list of player “Badges” for NBA 2K15.
    ♦EA Sports posted a blog with images of some of the shoes found in NBA Live 15.
    ♦Some new NBA Live 15 screenshots have been added to the FB album.
    ♦EA Sports has pushed out a gameplay tuner update for NHL 15.
    ♦WWE 2K15’s release for XB1/PS4 has been delayed three weeks to November 18.
    ♦A new indie baseball game called Super Mega Baseball is coming to PS4/PS3 this fall.
    ♦Free downloadable bonus pack of cars will be given out at release of Forza Horizon 2.
    ♦Check out week three of the popular Breaking Madden series.
    ♦In addition to a some TV shows Neighbors is the main Blu-ray/DVD release this week.

  • The Daily Dish for 9/20/14
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    Posted September 20th, 2014 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments »

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    Having to be pushed back from yesterday the latest episode of The Daily Dish tackles a handful of topics. That includes the MLS expansion teams being added to FIFA 15, 2KTV and “Badges” for NBA 2K15, the lack of consistency now shown by EA in removing players from the Madden NFL 15 roster (Ray Rice vs Adrian Peterson/Greg Hardy/Jonathan Dwyer), and some of the movers in the new Madden roster update.

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  • MLS Expansion Teams Being Added to FIFA 15 in November
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    Posted September 20th, 2014 at 9:30 am 5 Comments »

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    The two Major League Soccer expansion teams that will debut next March will appear first in FIFA 15. Both Orlando City SC and New York City FC are going to be added in a November content update well in advance of the new season.

    EA Sports has once before patched in an expansion team. The Vancouver Whitecaps were added in March 2011 to FIFA 11. Interestingly the Portland Timbers, who were also new to the league that season, did not get the same treatment as they weren’t introduced until FIFA 12.

    What’s most curious about the situation now is that OCSC and NYCFC don’t have enough players yet to form a team for the game. NYC only has six players under contract while Orlando has nine. They’ll largely be filled out through the expansion draft but that’s not until December 10th. So it may be that their kits will be added to the game but there won’t be any use for them until later once the rosters are more complete.

  • Press Row Podcast: 101st Episode
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    Posted September 19th, 2014 at 2:30 pm 6 Comments »

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    The latest Press Row Podcast includes three defined segments. The first is an interview with lead producer of NHL 15 Sean Ramjagsingh on the heels of game’s poorly received release. That’s followed by a discussion with ESPN’s Gus Ramsey about Madden NFL 15. It then wraps up with an interview of creative lead Michael Saperstein about the mobile game Tap Sports Baseball.

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

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