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  • Madden NFL 15 Release Day Roster Update Details
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    Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 2:15 pm 10 Comments »

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    The first roster update for Madden NFL 15 is already out in preparation for release on Tuesday. The next update is expected out for the start of the regular season when the 53 man rosters have been solidified. Check out all the details on the first roster update in spreadsheet form here.

    Notable movers on the rise include Kennan Robinson (+6), Kyle Long (+5), Jonathan Grimes (+5), Nate Allen (+3), K.J. Wright (+3), Antrel Rolle (+3), Kelvin Benjamin (+3), and Desmond Trufant (+2). A number of players who were not on the original roster were also added in the update.

  • Madden NFL 15 EA Access Day Two Live Stream
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    Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 4:14 pm 23 Comments »

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    With just under two hours believed remaining on the EA Access timer for Madden NFL 15, join me for a live stream that will likely take it all the way down to zero. Follow on Twitch for all the streams and subscribe on Youtube where the archives are stored.

    There will be talk about basic early impressions of the game, what has been the most pleasant surprises and biggest disappointments, major problems that have been discovered with the play-calling system and simmed statistics in Franchise mode, and answers to any questions posed in the chat. Make sure to check out the day one streams as well!

    [Update] The stream is now archived below. Nearly two full games against the CPU, before EA Access shut it off with under two minutes left on a potential game winning drive in that second one which was an awful way to finish it out.


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  • Season Ticket Period for Madden NFL 15 on 360 and PS3 Opens Today
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    Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 11:45 am 15 Comments »

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    Madden NFL 15 is now available to download through Season Ticket on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is the last year that the Season Ticket program will be offered as the company instead will move forward with EA Access for the new generation of consoles. Microsoft is on board with that but Sony rejected the proposal.

    Season Ticket was thought to be dead going into this year’s crop of games but EA Sports resurrected it with no fanfare a few weeks ago by scrapping the actual website for the service – which had outdated information only on last year’s games – and posting a blog with new details.

    Given that the suite of titles that had been included in Season Ticket has dwindled from five to three (having lost NCAA Football and Tiger Woods) the company dropped the price from $25 to $20. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15 are included.

    Unlike EA Access, which for now is exclusive to Xbox One, the early play period has no time restriction. Those with the subscription can play all the way through the early AM hours of Tuesday before having to buy a copy to continue. Season Ticket also includes 20% off digital purchases and 24 Ultimate Team packs for each game.

  • Madden NFL 15 EA Access Day One Live Stream
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    Posted August 21st, 2014 at 1:30 pm 27 Comments »

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    With Madden NFL 15 out now through EA Access on Xbox One I’ll be hosting a few live streams over the coming days. The six hour restriction on the trial however means each stream will only be an hour or two long. Check it out live below and after completion they will be archived for watching later. Feel free to drop any questions or just chat along throughout!

    [Update] The first two streams are archived below. #1 has an online game, brief simming in Franchise, and a CPU game. #2 is a week nine Franchise game. More over the next couple days. Only have about two hours left of the trial though!


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  • Madden NFL 15 Six Hour Trial Now Available Through EA Access
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    Posted August 21st, 2014 at 8:30 am 29 Comments »

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    Madden NFL 15 through EA Access on Xbox One is now available to download as a timed trial. Subscribers to the service will get six hours of play time, with the timer ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether a game is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.

    The trial will expire at the turn of Tuesday regardless of whether the six hours have been used when a full copy will be required to continue playing. Game saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in Connected Franchise, Ultimate Team or any other modes will carry over. The complete game is accessible during the trial period.

    EA Access was announced in late July and is exclusive to the Xbox One because Sony decided against offering it to PS4 consumers. It includes the “Vault” which offers unlimited play with some older games from the company’s catalog, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release for a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.

    [Update] The latest in the long line of mishaps by EA recently – you can download Madden through EA Access but you can’t actually play it. At 100% fully installed, the game won’t start because it says it’s not fully installed. So if this is happening to you know that it’s happening to everyone.

    [Update #2] 3 1/2 hours late but the Madden trial is now playable through EA Access.

  • Will The Recent NHL 15 News Alter Your Purchase Decision?
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    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 3:30 pm 35 Comments »

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    With the bad news about NHL 15 on XB1/PS4 finally being confirmed yesterday – make sure to read about it here and check out the lengthy hangout discussing the situation here – consumers can now begin to properly assess whether the product is worth buying this year.

    Fans of the series and EA Sports Hockey League in particular have gone through a roller coaster of emotions in the last week, with EA Sports turning what should have just been immense disappointment into anger based on their mistreatment of the passionate community and all those who simply deserved answers. Not having EASHL, GM Connected, and a number of other features severely damages the value of the product and the extra development time (which EA themselves played up over the last year) proved of little benefit despite earlier claims from the company that it allowed them more opportunity to focus on the feature set.

    Dropping EASHL and other modes will directly impact word of mouth and sales, and there is no guarantee that those consumers who walk away will ever come back even when (or “if” in the case of some of them) the features return. That’s a dangerous risk to take for a series that could be vulnerable if it doesn’t recover and show opportunity for growth in both sales and digital revenue. Vote in the poll below on whether NHL 15 not having these features will alter your decision to buy and leave any additional thoughts in the comments!

  • Press Row Hangout: Reacting to the News of No EASHL and GM Connected in Xbox One and PS4 NHL 15
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    Posted August 19th, 2014 at 7:15 pm 8 Comments »

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    A full panel was on hand to discuss the confirmation that there will be no EA Sports Hockey League or GM Connected modes in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of NHL 15. It’s tremendously bad news for the game and some of its most hardcore fans who would never have even contemplated this as a possibility, and the way EA Sports has handled it could have even longer-lasting ramifications to the series than just a single year. The show is now archived to watch for those who couldn’t make it for the live airing.

    The goroup includes myself (@Pastapadre), Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Chris Sanner (@ChrisSnr), Pete Dodd (@atPeteDodd), and Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar).


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  • EA Sports Confirms No EASHL or GM Connected for NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4
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    Posted August 19th, 2014 at 2:45 pm 23 Comments »

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    After a week of speculation as circumstantial evidence continued to mount EA Sports has now finally confirmed that there will be no EA Sports Hockey League or GM Connected modes in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of NHL 15. It’s another in a long line of major mishaps in recent years by EA – not just about losing the critical features but the way they alienated consumers in the process and damaged a brand.  Read more

  • Press Row Hangout: Madden NFL 15 EA Access Early Play Limited to Six Hours
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    Posted August 19th, 2014 at 9:45 am 6 Comments »

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    With the EA Access details for Madden NFL 15 finally being clarified yesterday a panel featuring myself (@Pastapadre), Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), and Pete Dodd (@atPeteDodd) got together for a discussion on the news.

    Madden will be limited to six hours in its early play period…something that was hidden until three days before it starts. EA however had no problem pushing consumers to subscribe for the three weeks beforehand. Is the six hour limitation reasonable, are those who are upset justified, or has EA’s actions made both fair reactions to have?


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  • The Golf Club Available Now on Xbox One
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    Posted August 19th, 2014 at 8:45 am 4 Comments »

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    The Golf Club is out now on Xbox One and can be purchased and queued up for download here. It has also left Early Access on Steam for PC where it has been out since mid-April.

    The Golf Club is unlicensed (no real golfers or courses) and features an extensive course creator and the ability to share courses with all regardless of platform, no loading times between holes, and online Tours and Tournaments. It’s a unique entry into the space for many reasons that include being self-published, all golfers possessing the same abilities and the complete lack of microtransactions. The company plans to update and evolve the game over time without charging more for the improvements or new content.

    The PlayStation 4 version is expected soon with August 26 the likely date there. The game runs at a higher resolution (1080p vs 720p) on the PS4 vs Xbox One. The Golf Club is only available as a digital download and is being sold for $35.

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