The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Put together the top risers and fallers in NBA 2K15 ratings for Sporting News.
â™¦New screenshots have been added the FB album for MLB 15: The Show.
â™¦EA detailed the Winter Upgrades made to players in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.
â™¦EA has also completed Skill Upgrades for players in FIFA Ultimate Team.
â™¦FIFA 15 should be getting an update soon to add Orlando City and NYC FC.
â™¦New developer blog updatesÂ the status of Season Mode for The Golf Club.
â™¦NBA Live 15 is still available digitally on Xbox One for $9.
â™¦EA Sports has added Chinese New Year content to NBA Live 15.
â™¦New snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure is available for iOS devices.
â™¦The March system update for Xbox One will include a screenshot feature.
â™¦The Chargers and Raiders are considering sharing a stadium by moving to LA.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Big Hero 6 and Horrible Bosses 2.
The latest Press Row Podcast features two primary topics. First is a discussion on MLB 15: The Show – what the improvements to Diamond Dynasty mode mean to the product and some early impressions. Then the episode turns to an argument over whether NBA 2K has overtaken Madden NFL as the second biggest sports game behind only FIFA. There’s no way to definitively answer that but it’s an interesting debate given that a case could be made for either depending on what specifically is being measured.
SCEA held a third developer live stream for MLB 15: The Show. The focus this time wasn’t on specific features but rather just playing through the majority (a few innings were skipped) of a lengthy game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. The stream ran for just over 90 minutes and is broken into two video segments below.
With the NBA trade deadline passing yesterday 2K Sports has updated the rosters for NBA 2K15 to reflect all the moves that were made.Â Most notably that includes Goran Dragic on his way to the Heat, Brandon Knight being sent to the Suns, Isaiah Thomas moving to the Celtics, Aaron Afflalo joining the Blazers, Enes Kanter and three others to the Thunder, and Kevin Garnett heading back to Minnesota to finish his career where it began.Â Read more
It’s apparent this year that SCEA is making a strong effort to turn Diamond Dynasty mode into a lucrative revenue generator. It has failed to be that for them in the past, due to some perplexing and confusing design decisions and poor online experience, while Ultimate Team in EA Sports’ games has become a massive force and grown exponentially over the same period.
Work done this year includes getting rid of the expiration of MLB cards and reducing “Dynasty” (fake) players to one per team that can now play any position at any time. Even features that apply elsewhere in MLB 15 – the addition of “Legends” and Universal Rewards – are in part intended to raise awareness of Diamond Dynasty and funnel some new players in its direction.
2K Sports has done a great job with NBA 2K15 of improving on post-release support – one of the series’ long-time weaknesses. The frequency, accuracy, consistency, and relevance of roster updates this year are immeasurably better than years’ past. However the more ratings are changed the more a problem created by the process behind it has become apparent. Read more