To the surprise of absolutely no one, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks benefit greatly from the last roster update for Madden NFL 25 and finish the season rated 92 as a team. The Broncos on the other hand take significant hits and their final rating is 90.
The update was released yesterday on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, and 360. Players for all teams have been removed from the IR and depth charts adjusted. Check out all the details of the final roster update for the season in spreadsheet form here.
Notable risers in the update include Kam Chancellor (+1 to 95), Earl Thomas (+1 to 95), Russell Wilson (+2 to 94), Russell Okung (+2 to 91), Chris Clemons (+2 to 87), Byron Maxwell (+2 to 84), and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (+3 to 81). Among those headed down are Peyton Manning (-1 to 98), Louis Vasquez (-1 to 93), Eric Decker (-2 to 89), Champ Bailey (-3 to 88), and Orlando Franklin (-3 to 87).
2014 FIFA World Cup was made official last week but the majority of the discussion has not been centered on the trailer, screenshots, or features. Instead everyone is talking about the decision to only release the popular every-four-years game on the 360 and PS3 while bypassing the Xbox One and PS4.
World Cup was first mentioned back during an EA Sports October financial call where it was grouped in with other titles that would be releasing on the next-gen consoles. At some point since then the next-gen versions were cut with the reasoning that the install base on last-gen is much greater. There is market saturation and reach into nations that may not have even gotten the new consoles yet to consider.
While that may be true, World Cup has acted as a bridge to the yearly FIFA games, and credited for helping make the brand the worldwide monster it is today. With scarce competition on the new systems and many looking forward to the game that was thought to be coming to them that makes for a missed opportunity to bring in even more new fans.
The update promised shortly after release of NBA Live 14 that would improve gameplay, graphics, and even add practice ability went live today on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition the patch includes this year’s NBA All-Star jerseys and court.
Look for a Press Row Hangout discussing post-patch NBA Live 14 on Tuesday night – afterwards the show will be archived and posted to the site Wednesday. As always feel free to leave any observations of the game in its new state in the comments! Read more
Outside of fighter reveals through screenshots there hasn’t been much about EA Sports UFC since the first features and brief early looks were presented at E3 last June. Today though the company has released a new trailer which focuses on the realism in the fighters. The Xbox One and PS4 game is expected out in May.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦New tutorial video for The Golf Club goes over how to add bunkers to created courses.
â™¦HB Studios posted a new blog discussing early development goals with The Golf Club.
â™¦Check out the latest screenshots for The Golf Club in the FB album.
â™¦Check out the latest screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
â™¦E-Athlete has a breakdown of what all the player attributes mean in Madden.
â™¦PC mod for NBA 2K14 turns the game into college basketballÂ and here’s a trailer for it.
â™¦New “Smoking Tire” car pack for Forza 5 is now available.
â™¦New “Honda Legends” car pack for Forza 5 is now available.
â™¦A new trailer shows off the island and activities for Kinect Sports Rivals.
â™¦Another new video tutorial for NBA Live 14 goes over playcalling on offense.
â™¦Here are details on the winter transfersÂ made in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team.
â™¦Get ready for more Jim Nantz and Phil SimmsÂ as CBS has the Thursday NFL games.
â™¦Here are details on system updates coming to the Xbox One.
â™¦The Xbox One and PS4 will get MLB.TV apps this spring.
â™¦Check out a reenactment of the Super Bowl done with legos.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â™¦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Ender’s Game and Sherlock.
â™¦Super Bowl Spot for Transformers 4. Age of Extinction releases on June 27.
â™¦Super Bowl Spot for 24: Live Another Day. Fox series returns on May 5.
â™¦Super Bowl Spot for Captain America 2. The Winter Solider releases on April 4.
â™¦Paul Bettany Cast as Vision. Will play the character in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
â™¦House of Cards Renewed for Third Season. Second season is out on February 14.
Earlier this week NBA 2K14 received an update to reflect this year’s All-Star roster. Now the jerseys for the All-Star Game held on February 16th have been added along with the court for the weekend’s festivities. While they are available for Quick Games through the Xbox One and PS4 versions they will only be found in MyCareer mode on 360 and PS3.
The jerseys are similar to those worn on Christmas Day. They are sleeved and feature a large logo on the front.Â In another neat art change that no one would notice in the normal course of playing the game, the basketballs now feature Adam Silver’s signature as the new commissioner of the league. He officially replaced David Stern last Saturday.
There are some reports, most coming from the XB1 side, of the content not coming through. Also on both consoles signage for the Houston Rockets (site of last year’s game) is up throughout the stadium. Apparently this is to be fixed in a future roster update.
While there may not be many consumers playing NBA Live 14 it has been important for EA Sports to follow through not just on post-release promises but delivering a competent and enjoyable product to market. Those who gave the game a chance may not be so forgiving this fall when Live 15 arrives. It’s not just the goodwill of improving the game but demonstrating that the company recognizes its faults and may be in a position to rectify them while excelling in other areas in the coming years.
With that in mind EA released details today on the second patch for NBA Live 14 which is expected to go live on Xbox One and PS4 next week. The update will include a practice gym for shootarounds – the most inexplicable decision of all for the game finally being addressed – with hope of a more comprehensive tutorial and practice mode in the future. Changes to the lighting are being made so the players will look better but the player scans the company has been doing won’t be patched into Live 14.
Gameplay has been worked on with “responsiveness” being the key word. Improving on the delay seen in passing/moving/shooting/blocking would certainly represent progress. All-Star jerseys, court, and Adam Silver’s signature on the basketball will also be included. Continue on for the full descriptions of what the coming patch will address. Read more
The latest Press Row Podcast features panel discussion on developments relating to the spring sports games. That includes the announcements of The Golf Club and RBI Baseball and whether they could be the start of a wave of fresh games for the new generation of consoles, the reason Olympic video games are not an attractive project for publishers, the challenges faced by companies creating for next-gen right now and the apparent delay to MLB 14: The Show, and responses to a number of listener questions.
Another patch has been released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Madden NFL 25. The update addresses a number of areas including gameplay but isn’t very extensive. Continue on to check out the details on what to expect out of the latest patch!Â Read more
EA Sports today officially announced 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil which will release on April 15 in North America and April 17 in Europe. In surprising news however the highly anticipated game will only release on the last generation of consoles. It will not be coming to Xbox One, PS4, or PlayStation Vita.
Shortly after the announcement EA made a statement addressing the decision to only release on Xbox 360 and PS3: Read more