EA Sports has now responded to the wave of criticism regarding missing modes and features in NHL 15. When the news was confirmed about EASHL and GM Connected being gone in the Xbox One and PS4 version fans of those modes were turned off from the product while others may have felt unaffected. Unfortunately that was only the start of what had been stripped out and there would be no getting around the lack of content and options by anyone.
The company plans to patch in a few of the missing features and have laid out expectations for the next two months.Â Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦EA now offeringÂ a GIF maker which uses some celebrations from Madden NFL 15.
â™¦EA taking advantage of the positive PR of the “Tiny Titan” bug with new MUT challenge.
â™¦HB Studios has detailed some post-release support plans for The Golf Club.
â™¦If looking forÂ new NCAA Football 14 rosters check out the Operation Sports roster forum.
â™¦New ratings system means only four current players will be rated 90+ in NBA 2K15.
â™¦Check out the latest screenshots for NBA 2K15 in the FB album.
â™¦Check out the latest screenshots for NBA Live 15 in the FB album.
â™¦Made a quickÂ video discussing NHL 15’s missing features and impact on series’ future.
â™¦Great article at Polygon about all the features that are missing from NHL 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a new video showcasing goalie improvements in FIFA 15.
â™¦Almost all the cars included in Forza Horizon 2 have now been revealed.
â™¦The “Breaking Madden” series returns with the first episode with Madden NFL 15.
â™¦CM Punk suing WWE/2K Sports over likeness in WWE 2K15 could delay its release.
â™¦Need for Speed Rivals has been added to the “Vault” through EA Access on XB1.
â™¦Deadspin attempted to rate rappers using Madden-like attributes and ratings scale.
â™¦Blu-ray this week:Â Captain America: The Winter Soldier,Â SHIELD S1, Homeland S3.
On Friday EA Sports deployed the latest roster update for Madden NFL 15Â coincidingÂ with the start of the regular season. This one is always an especiallyÂ important update as it attempts to provide the accurate 53 man rosters and depth charts.Â It’s also one of the few rosters that can be chosen whenÂ starting new franchises (in addition to pre-season rosters and any custom rosters). The company has yet to provide the full list of details but that spreadsheet will be added here if/when it goes out.
Keep in mind the player ratings will change when transferred into a franchise. This continues to be an area of confusion for many, and even has us scratching our own heads in the Press Row Madden league with how many players have seemingly plummeted for no particular reason. Offensive lineman especially look to be low across the board. It is supposed to be based on how well a player fits into a particular team’s schemes, but one would think if they’re already on the team they shouldn’t be that far off from their base rating. It would seem though the change only affects the overall rating and not their individual ratings which is what really matters in the end.
The roster was accompanied by aÂ “Tuning Data Update”. These tuning updates deliver balancing adjustmentsÂ to gameplay without having to wait for a patch. In the past the feature has beenÂ largely ineffective or even damaged the games they were utilized in more than helped them but they haveÂ rarely been seen in Madden. This particular tuner is said to affect pass rush effectiveness but in what waysÂ remainsÂ unclear.
In a special Press Row Podcast host Rich Grisham interviews NBA 2K’s senior producer Rob Jones about what’s new for 2K15 and the lessons that were learned from 2K14’s rocky reception. The company rarely opens up in this manner so it’s great insight into how this year’s game is shaping up and the process that takes place behind the scenes. Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, Stitcher app for Android, and subscribe while there to help support the show! You can also listen in the streaming player below.
The free Madden NFL 15 Companion app is now available to download for iOS through iTunes and Android through Google Play. The app connects to a user’s Madden experience for Connected FranchiseÂ and Ultimate Team providing theÂ ability to not just view statistics and rosters but manage some tasks as well.
CONNECTED FRANCHISE MODE
Manage your team anytime, anywhere. Advance the week, view league stats & standings, handle roster transactions and more.
MADDEN ULTIMATE TEAM
Quickly track sets and get item stats.
Receive notifications for game and friend events, MUT auctions, special offers, and more.
MADDEN NFL MOBILE (Available Separately)
Build your favorite team, earn rewards and dominate opponents.
COACHGLASS (Also Available Through SmartGlass and PlayStation Apps)
Stay one step ahead of the competition by accessing the ultimate second screen experience to get an in-depth look on your opponent.
[Update] Despite EA describing the app as something that would be worthwhile it really isn’t. It simply redirects people to websites and other apps. Don’t expect much from this unfortunately.
One month ago 2K Sports announced a new highly-customizable offline association mode known as MyLeagueÂ for NBA 2K15. Now the company is talking about its carry-over MyGM mode which replaced the more traditional association mode last year by attempting to add more life to the management duties but stumbled with the misguided implementation of Virtual Currency that hampered the experience all throughout 2K14.
Big changes are in store with 2K15 and none less crucial than the reduction of the role VC plays in the mode. Game Informer has a detailed breakdown of whatÂ is changing and being improved upon. While optional bonuses will be obtainable with VC the backbone of the mode instead is on a new XP system. Other significant improvements relate to the “conversation system”, scouting, and player progression.
NHL 15Â 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 before it expires with the timer ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it 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 onÂ 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 Be a GM, Be a Pro, 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 only becauseÂ Sony has declined to offer the serviceÂ through PlayStation 4. It includes the â€śVaultâ€ť which offers unlimited play with some older games from the companyâ€™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.
NFL Showdown is out now for iOS and Android devices. The free-to-play fully licensed game, developed by theÂ new Zynga Sports 365 studio,Â features some EA Sports veterans behind it including former NCAA Football creative director Jeff Luhr and Madden creative director Ian Cummings. It can be downloaded for iOS through iTunes andÂ Android through Google Play.
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