The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Wrote one Sporting News article this weekÂ – an early MLB 15: The Show preview.
â™¦2K Sports posted an outline of how to earn the various badges in NBA 2K15.
â™¦EA Sports released details on the latest roster update for NBA Live 15.
â™¦EA continues to talk about shoes more than anything else for NBA Live 15.
â™¦NCAA Football had the WR ineligible play similar to that run by the Patriots.
â™¦Check out the details of the latest roster update for NHL 15.
â™¦EA has listed the top five player rating risers and fallers this season in NHL 15.
â™¦Some pre-alpha footage of the upcoming Mutant Football League has released.
â™¦DLC pack with new moves for $4 was releasedÂ for WWE 2K15.
â™¦A new Rugby game is due out February 24 on PS4, XB1, PS3.
â™¦At the DetroitÂ AutoÂ Show the cover car for Forza 6 was unveiled.
â™¦The latest episode of Breaking Madden is the culmination of a Tom Brady trilogy.
â™¦The fighting game WWE Immortals has released for both iOS and Android.
â™¦Check out a closer look at the design for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.
â™¦Microsoft released details on the February system update for Xbox One.
â™¦Amazon launched their new season of pilots to watch and review for full orders.
â™¦Of those shows I’d highly recommend The Man in the High Castle and Mad Dogs.
â™¦Check out the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Lucy and The Boxtrolls.
The latest Press Row Podcast features extensive discussion on the 2014 accolades given out through the Pastapadre Community Awards and the Operation Sports Awards. Every category is examined from nominations to results and reactions. The year-in-review period is important not just in looking back on what happened but identifying what can be learned from for the future of the genre and specific products within it.
With NPD reports in for December the entirety of 2014 can be analyzed and three sports games finished in the top ten of sales for the year. The three in question are regulars when rounding up the best-sellers annually.
Madden NFL 15 finished as the second biggest seller in 2014. Only Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was able to top it. NBA 2K15 finished the yearÂ in seventh place and FIFA 15 came through in ninth place.
It’s important to note thatÂ NPD only covers North America. NBA 2K and FIFA are far stronger properties than Madden overseas. FIFA has been the top selling game in the world for several years now, and more recentlyÂ has shown impressive growth in the US. Its first appearance in the NPD top ten came in 2012.Â Madden finished the year strongest of the group, as it usually does, coming in third in December but NBA 2K15 still has six months ahead of it where it will continue to place among the best sellers.
The latest roster update for Madden NFL 15 which follows the Divisional round of the PlayoffsÂ has gone outÂ on all consoles. Richard Sherman has finally recaptured the 99 overall rating while Peyton Manning continues his plummet from being rated 99 midway through the season. Check out complete details on all of the changes made in the spreadsheet here.
Players rising significantly in ratings include Tom Brady (+1 to 98), Marshal Yanda (+1 to 98), Vontae Davis (+1 to 98), Earl Thomas (+1 to 96), Tony Romo (+1 to 95), Devin McCourty (+1 to 95), Kam Chancellor (+3 to 94), Thomas Davis (+1 to 93), Russell Wilson (+2 to 90), Kelvin Benjamin (+2 to 85), Luke Willson (+3 to 83), and Davante Adams (+3 to 77).
Among the players headed down are DeMarco Murray (-1 to 96), Luke Kuechly (-1 to 96), Darrelle Revis (-1 to 96), Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 95), Demaryius Thomas (-1 to 95), Peyton Manning (-2 to 93), Jason Witten (-1 to 92), Bobby Wagner (-1 to 90), Aqib Talib (-1 to 90), Morgan Burnett (-2 to 85),Â K.J. Wright (-2 to 83), Wes Welker (-2 to 82), and Casey Hayward (-2 to 82).
The runner-up for Best Post-Release Support in the 2014 Pastapadre Community Awards recently sent outÂ another patch for the PC version which will soon come toÂ the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Golf Club’s Twitter account noted today that it has been submittedÂ to Sony and Microsoft which means it should be expected to go live within the next two weeks.
The patch isn’t bringing in new features like some of the past ones have but instead is focused on bug fixes and adjustments based on feedback to features that were added recently.
…we are putting the finishing touches to a small patch that will address a few bugs and make some tweaks to the new features added with Feature Update 2…Weâ€™ve implemented some tweaks and enhancements to Tournament presentation, fixed some issues with local Match Play, fixed a couple of crashes and a bunch of presentation bugs plus tweaked some of the wood-based assets in the Greg Norman Course DesignerÂ such as benches and bridges. The main driving force was to fix a GNCD crash that was a little annoying but we also took the opportunity to sneak in some other polishing. A full list of areas covered will be published once the patch is released.
Adjustments to the Handicap system introduced in the big December patchÂ may also be included, or at least are being researched for a future patch, and of course there is still the feature update to come this spring that will add in a Career mode.
After a few weeks of collecting votes â€“ the total of which exceeded 31K â€“ itâ€™s time to announce the remaining winners of the 2014 Pastapadre Community Choice Awards. Make sure to check out the earlier results for the first six categories here. Continue on to see what has won Best New Feature, Most Disappointing Game, Best Mobile Game, Best New or Non-Yearly Sports Game, and Best Sports Game of 2014! Read more