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  • The Line Drive for April 6
    Posted April 6th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 7 Comments »


    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Bruce Lee is expected to be announced as a roster addition to EA Sports UFC tomorrow.
    ♦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
    ♦Still lacking a release date here is the official box art for EA Sports UFC.
    ♦Another developer blog discusses telemetry from the open beta for The Golf Club.
    ♦New video tutorial demonstrates how to change course lighting in The Golf Club.
    ♦EA Sports has released the full soundtrack listing for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    ♦EA Sports has released a video showing off new celebrations in 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    ♦SCEA released a developer video about Community Challenges in MLB 14: The Show.
    ♦Polygon takes a look at all the work that goes into creating uniforms in sports games.
    ♦SB Nation has debuted NBA Y2K which is a spin-off of the hilarious Breaking Madden series.
    ♦Data from Facebook shows the favorite MLB team for every county in the nation.
    ♦Amazon has added a pre-order bonus of in-game gear for Kinect Sports Rivals.
    ♦Blu-ray/DVD releases this week are headlined by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    ♦Amazon has released their own set-top box w/gaming capabilities called Fire TV for $99.

  • The Flappy Phenomenon Infiltrates Golf
    Posted April 5th, 2014 at 2:30 pm No Comments »


    Though it may not qualify as a pure sports game Super Stickman Golf and its sequel have been recognized for being among the most fun games for mobile devices. The developers of SSG, Noodlecake Studios, recently released a spin-off called that goes by two different names: Flappy Golf for iOS and Golfy Bird for Android.

    As the names would suggest it takes elements from the insanely popular (at least for a few weeks before the creator pulled it from the store) Flappy Bird and combines it with SSG. Two on-screen commands move the ball left or right with the goal to hole it in the least number of “flaps”. All the assets for the game are pulled in from SSG but the new way to play makes it feel like a whole new experience.

    The popularity of the game has already prompted Noodlecake to work on an update that is expected to release within the next week on iOS with Android following later. That will deliver the ability to pay to be ad-free and real-time multiplayer with up to eight people involved.

    Flappy Golf/Golfy Bird is free can be downloaded for iOS devices through iTunes and for Android from Google Play.

  • Press Row Podcast – MLB 14: The Show Review Roundtable
    Posted April 4th, 2014 at 1:15 pm 4 Comments »


    While the Hits and Misses review for MLB 14: The Show won’t be up until next week the brand new Press Row Podcast covers just about everything to do with the game. The panel discusses general impressions, preferred ways to play, Quick Counts, Player Lock, Road to the Show, and Online including Online Franchise. It’s an extremely comprehensive and detailed show despite just being a few days into it’s release on PS3 and Vita.

    Check out the 108 minute podcast through iTunes, for Android devices with the Stitcher app, or listen to it in the streaming player below!

  • Smart Design Decisions Overshadowed by Reliability Concerns in Early MLB 14: The Show Online Franchise Mode Testing
    Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 10:45 am 36 Comments »


    While SCEA revealed some of the framework to Online Franchise for MLB 14: The Show the company never explained the actual logistics of the mode. Baseball inherently presents challenges like the length of the season and time requirement to play games which necessitates chunks of them being open on the schedule for example – but then how are rotations, injuries, and fatigue handled when not playing games in any specific order?

    Server issues, the need to actually play some of the games to determine if they’re functioning and reporting back properly, and allocation of time elsewhere within The Show have prevented deep progress in any online franchises from being made to this point but it was important to explain some of the basic details discovered and whether the mode appears to be promising or not. A follow-up article on how Online Franchise holds up through a season and the off-season activities will be written at a later date.  Read more

  • Your Thoughts on the Demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup
    Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 4:45 pm 7 Comments »


    The demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil released yesterday on the Xbox 360 and PS3 and the response to it seems largely positive. That’s great for those who have been anticipating the game but feels especially unfortunate for the others who would have jumped at the opportunity to buy it on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 if presented the opportunity.

    The 2010 World Cup game was one of the best sports titles of the entire 360/PS3 generation. 2014 looks to capitalize on that history with consumers along with the extraordinary growth in the FIFA series since then. However much of the discussion around the game has been the decision not to release it on the new systems and that seemed to deflate the hype significantly. The game will be out on April 15 which is almost two months before the actual World Cup begins so the excitement that has felt lacking as of late may still build over that time.

    For those who have played the 2014 FIFA World Cup demo what are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments and vote in the poll below!

  • Press Row Hangout Clip: No Fighter Share in EA Sports UFC
    Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 1:15 pm 6 Comments »


    In the final clip from the most recent Press Row Hangout the panel discusses the news from EA Sports that the upcoming UFC game won’t have a “Fighter Share” feature. Past titles from the company including EA MMA and Fight Night have included the ability to create fighters and then share them online for others to download but potential litigation is now scaring companies away from support for that type of freedom.

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  • Early Assessments of Quick Counts and Player Lock in MLB 14: The Show
    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm 37 Comments »


    SCEA made two time-saving features the most marketed additions for MLB 14: The Show. There is no doubt that the length of time it takes to play games has limited baseball’s potential video game consumer base and even hampered the ability for the most dedicated fans to play to the extent they would like. Of the two options developed for MLB 14 at least one is proving to be a worthwhile option to consider.  Read more

  • Demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup Now Available
    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am 1 Comment »


    Two weeks in advance of its release a demo has arrived for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Coming in at 1.66 GB it can be downloaded now by queuing up on Xbox 360 here and it’ll be out on PlayStation 3 later this afternoon.

    The demo features eight nations: Australia, Brazil, England, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and United States. Only standard quick play games are offered with accelerated four minute halves.

  • First Roster Update for MLB 14: The Show Won’t Be Out Until April 8
    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 9:30 am 6 Comments »


    MLB 14: The Show released on PS3 and Vita today but the wait will continue one week until new rosters are provided. For the time being the rosters included in the game do not represent any transactions that took place after mid-February. Unfortunately that means consumers may feel the need to wait until April 8 before starting up Franchise, Road to the Show, or Season mode.

    The first roster update will include signings, player movement, and injuries that have occurred since mid-February along with accurate lineups and rotations to the start of the season. It should also include players who make their debut in the league prior to then. Remember no player can be included in a video game until they have officially appeared in an MLB game which makes them part of the MLBPA.

  • MLB 14: The Show Video Rolls Through Many New Features and Improvements
    Posted March 31st, 2014 at 2:15 pm 6 Comments »


    To coincide with the release of MLB 14: The Show on PS3 and Vita tomorrow SCEA has pushed out a new video that goes over 30 features that might not be known about the game. Many of them will be familiar to those who have followed information on this year’s edition but there are others which haven’t received the same level of attention mixed in. Keep in mind that all of these features – even though most of the footage used is PS3 – will apply to the PS4 version which is now five weeks away from its release.

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