When EA Access was announced the service appeared to offer significant value but there were some questionable terms laid out as well. The “Play First” period, which offers the ability to play games “up to five days” prior to release, could be limited to as few as two hours and have portions of the game blocked. The time restriction seemed more likely to apply to story-driven games than the sports games which are is pretty much the sole force behind EA Access in its early days – and Season Ticket was the full three+ days with no limitations – until the company refused to comment on what restrictions might apply to Madden.
Meanwhile EA continued to collect money from subscribers who were not being given all the facts about the program. They proudly sent out messages on social media touting games being available to play five days early while refusing to respond to inquires about a time limit. Now today, with just three days until the Madden play period opens, they finally provided the details for Madden. EA Access subscribers will be able to play Madden for only six hours over that five day window with all of the modes available.
“Play First” is being marketed as a third of what makes up EA Access. For some people it may not matter at all, for others it may be the primary reason they were interested in signing up. Unfortunately EA chose to mislead people for weeks rather than be upfront about the specifics.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Make sure to get entries in for the Madden NFL 15 giveaway drawing this week!
â™¦Only a few days until Madden’s EA Access period and the company still refuses to comment on any mode or time restrictions the game may have over those days.
â™¦Through an app on Facebook all 32 team playbooks are viewable for Madden NFL 15.
â™¦Madden Mobile has been announced to release August 26 on iOS and Android.
â™¦EA Sports is continuing Season Ticket on 360/PS3 one more year for three games.
â™¦Check out the first screenshot for NBA 2K15 in the FB album.
â™¦Operation Sports hosted some hands-on impressions of NBA 2K15 from Gamescom.
â™¦The PC version of NBA 2K15 will be practically identical to the XB1/PS4 version.
â™¦July sales had FIFA 14 at #3, NBA 2K14 at #9, and EA UFC essentially already dead.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog going into more detail on Skills Trainer in Madden NFL 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog about small details of note from the latest NHL 15 trailer.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog going over Career mode for FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog detailing improvements to goalies in FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog about improvements to other modes in FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog going over team management for FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports released a blog with info on what’s new in Ultimate Team in FIFA 15.
â™¦EA Sports listedÂ the new players to FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Legends exclusive to Xbox.
â™¦The demo for PES 2015 will be out September 17; the game will release November 11.
â™¦2K Sports revealed part of the roster for WWE 2K15.
â™¦More cars continue to be revealed for Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦Sony announced a new exclusive PS4 snowboarding game at Gamescom.
â™¦Microsoft announced the features and improvements for Xbox One’s September update.
â™¦Movie releases this week headlined byÂ Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Winter Soldier.
A number of off-screen videos have emerged from Gamescom for NBA 2K15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, and PES 2015. It’s bizarre that companies allow such unflattering footage like these videos present to become what for many is the first impression of how the games look and play, when they could put out a high quality polished video under their own control that highlights improvements. However it hasn’t seemed to do any harm in the past considering this is the nature in which NBA 2K’s first gameplay has been seen for several years now. Continue on for the collection of gameplay videos and leave observations in the comments! Read more
There has been a mounting pile of circumstantial evidence that EA Sports Hockey League, and possible GM Connected as well, will not be included in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of NHL 15. What may be the most damning now is the actual back of the box, found on the Costco website, that lists it as being onlyÂ two players online. EASHL is confirmed to return for the 360 and PS3 and the back of the box for that version does display the 12 player maximum.
The hope would now turn to EA vowing to patch the mode/s in at a later date. That won’t save the game from a loss of sales though even if they do. EASHL has a large and passionate community that will turn away from the game if it isn’t there. Make sure to check out last night’s Press Row Hangout which featured extensive discussion on the ramifications and possible reasoning behind what looks to be the loss of EASHL and GM Connected.
While the community waits on news related to the fates of EA Sports Hockey League and GM Connected, EA Sports has finally released some footage of NHL 15 in action with just over three weeks left until release and under three weeks for all those with EA Access on Xbox One. The directly-captured videos include game introductions and gameplay and feature theÂ newÂ Dynamic Low, Dynamic Medium, and Dynamic High gameplay cameras.
In the latest Press Row Podcast the panel goes over each upcoming sports game noting what they have at stake this year and what they may have learned from the previous editions. It also includes the audio from the Press Row Hangout discussing the growing concern that EASHL and GM Connected modes will not be included in the XB1/PS4 version of NHL 15.
A special Press Row Hangout came together Thursday night to discuss the news out of Gamescom before turning to the scorching hot topic of the moment. Despite mounting circumstantial evidence that paints a distressing picture EA Sports will neither confirm nor deny the presence of EA Sports Hockey League and GM Connected modes in theÂ XB1/PS4 versionÂ NHL 15. The company has only now stated that news related to modes will be discussed next week. The audio from this show will also be featured on Friday’s Press Row Podcast.
This post has been temporarily lifted for those who may have missed it the first time around to get entries in before the drawing takes place tonight.
The semi-regular site giveaways continue with an opportunity to win a copy of Madden NFL 15 on the system of choice! Additional giveaways for the upcomingÂ games will take place closer to their respective releases.
There are several ways to qualify and each one counts for entries so the more you complete the more chances to win. The giveaway is open now and will run through August 21st when the winner will be randomly selected and contacted for delivery details. Good luck!Â Read more
EA Sports is wrapping up the live streams for Madden NFL 15 with attention turning to Ultimate Team. This one follows a series of others on gameplay, presentation, and Connected Franchise. For those interested in Ultimate Team it offers a more detailed look at the new features coming to the mode this year. The company also released a few new blogs about how to become a “MUT Master” and changes to managing lineups. Read more
It seems as though baseball is the most represented sport in mobile because it’s the most natural fit for a team-based sports game. A new entrant arrived today in Tap Sports Baseball that stands out from the crowd due to the team behind it.
Tap Sports Baseball comes from the makers of Your Turn Football which was my personal favorite mobile sports game last year and one of the very few that provedÂ to be compelling for a long stretch of time. It was a turn-based multiplayer game that on the surface was simple to play but timing and strategy had a great impact on the outcome. Your Turn was anchored with a realistic nature that in some ways represented football even better than Madden. What it most notably lacked was any type of single player mode or licensing.
Those areas and others have been addressed with the new game. Tap Sports Baseball includes MLBPA licensing, so it’ll have real players but not any of the teams or league branding, and a way to play single player games. It retains the turn-based gameplay and team building aspects. Many of the excellent design decisions present in Your Turn also appear in Tap Sports. It’s free and can be downloaded forÂ iOS through iTunes or Google Play for Android.