It appears to be inevitable that one day, sooner rather than later, EA Sports will break the Ultimate Team modes out of their respective products and offer them as free-to-play on consoles. They’re making hundreds of millions on Ultimate Team with a $60 barrier that limits its reach. How much could they make if everyone with a console had access to play?Â Read more
This episode of The Daily Dish encompasses the new Press Row Hangout, additional fighters on the way to EA Sports UFC, another way to earn free VC through the NBA 2K15 companion app, and asking what sports game deserves recognition as the best of the year.
The latest Press Row Hangout is a crossover with the Doddcast and focuses on various hot topics in the gaming industry. That includes the botched and controversial launches of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin’s Creed Unity among others with problems, assessments of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One after a year, and various discussions around Sunset Overdrive, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, and many of the sports games.
An update released on Saturday to the MyNBA2K15 mobile app introducingÂ an additional method of earning VC that transfers over to NBA 2K15. You can now do a daily pick’em withÂ the league’s slate of games each day. The reward is an unknown amount ofÂ VC for each correct selection because it hasn’t actually worked yet. Either users aren’t being rewarded for the wins or as is the case today the app failsÂ to load the pages to see results or make the picks.
MyNBA2K15 went out alongside the release of the game in October and has offered the ability to get daily VC (anywhere from 300 to 3000), enter “Locker Codes”, view MyCareer and GM stats and attributes, and utilize chat functionality in MyPark. Another recent update brought inÂ the ability to watch the 2KTV episodes.
[Update] Each correct selection is worth 50 VC.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Catch up on the week in news with the YT playlist of Daily Dish episodes!
â™¦Both NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 are down to about $51 on AmazonÂ but BF deals loom.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog going over what each attribute does in Madden Ultimate Team.
â™¦New legends in Madden Ultimate Team this week are Ronnie Lott and Dan Marino.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog about what goes into creating the shoes for NBA Live 15.
â™¦HB Studios released a blog updating more on ongoing patch work for The Golf Club.
â™¦A new roster update went out for NHL 15 though specific details were not provided.
â™¦EA Sports released a trailer promoting the addition of legends to NHL 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦FUTHead posted an article detailing five things the FIFA series can learn from PES 2015.
â™¦EA Sports is running a sweepstakes w/ FIFA 15 ending todayÂ enter by winning FUT game.
â™¦2K Sports released a blog going over Creation Suite options for WWE 2K15.
â™¦NBA 2K15 finished #1, FIFA 15 #7, and Madden NFL 15 #8 in October sales.
â™¦The latest Breaking Madden episode takes on Marshawn Lynch using just special moves.
â™¦Check out the NBA Christmas jerseys for this year which feature first names on the back.
â™¦PlayStation TV just came out but Amazon has already knocked $20 off to make it $80.
â™¦Amazon offering Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Set for 70% off at $90 this week.
â™¦Amazon has The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition for just $38 right now.
â™¦Movie releasesÂ this week include 22 Jump Street, Sin City 2, Into the Storm, and Guardians of the Galaxy (Early HD Instant Video Exclusive).
While injuries are being reflected daily along with rotations, accessories, and more the ratings changes for NBA 2K15 have come in bunches and this third week of the season had the most impact yet. Last week 57 players were altered compared to 172 this week.
The Nets appear to have benefited the most with ratings upgrades while the Nuggets went in the opposite direction. Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry move up to 90 overall while Tim Duncan drops a point to 89. Check out all the ratings changes made in the last week of NBA 2K15 roster updates in the spreadsheet here.
In this episode of The Daily Dish the new Press Row Podcast is covered which focuses on the broken state of many games at launch and how the industry and consumers are approaching these products. Also EA Sports is hyping the “new era” of NHL, Madden NFL 15 has a new roster update out, a brief recap of some ratings movement in recent NBA 2K15 roster updates, and a preview of Saturday night’s live Press Row Hangout.
A special episode of the Press Row Podcast focuses on the recent botched launches for high profile games which is something that has certainly plagued the sports genre over the years.
A number of areas are examined including the concept of “day one reviews”, how embargoes can either serve or harm readership, whether widespread backlash to issues ultimately leads to any change, and opinions on how sports games are covered by the media at large and if consumer expectations of them are fair in general.
The roster update that follows week 10 of the season is out now for Madden NFL 15 on all platforms. Aaron Rodgers joins the 99 overall ranks withÂ Peyton Manning and J.J. Watt. On the other end of things the Bears have 15 players and the Bengals 10 that drop this week. Check out all the changes in this new roster update with the spreadsheet here.
Players on the rise include Jimmy Graham (+1 to 97), Marshawn Lynch (+1 to 96), Dez Bryant (+1 to 95), Brent Grimes (+1 to 94), Mario Williams (+1 to 93), Connor Barwin (+2 to 87), Justin Forsett (+3 to 83), Kroy Biermann (+6 to 81),Â Odell Beckham Jr. (+2 to 80),Â Jordan Matthews (+4 to 78), Mark Sanchez (+3 to 78), and Martavis Bryant (+2 to 77).
Among those falling in the update are Richard Sherman (-1 to 97), Gerald McCoy (-1 to 96), Drew Brees (-1 to 95), A.J. Green (-1 to 94), Matt Forte (-1 to 94), LeSean McCoy (-2 to 91), Tyron Smith (-2 to 91), Mike Pouncey (-2 to 90), Maurkice Pouncey (-2 to 88), Stefen Wisnieski (-2 to 88), Andy Dalton (-2 to 83), and Jay Cutler (-3 to 82).