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.
At Gamescom yesterday Sony announced some details on the PlayStation 4 v2.00 console update due out this fall. One new feature will be Share Play, which allows someone who owns a game to invite a friend to play along with them even if that friend doesn’t own the game.
The best way to think about Share Play is like a â€śvirtual couchâ€ť. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your gameâ€”even when they donâ€™t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, youâ€™ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Letâ€™s say that with gamesâ€¦ youâ€™ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Lightâ€™s local co-op mode.
With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you canâ€™t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you troubleâ€”canâ€™t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when youâ€™re hanging upside down? Get a little help.
The ability to join a friend’s game without owning it was most recently mentioned at E3 in relation to Far Cry 4′s co-op and the intriguing possibilities it would open up for sports games as well as whether it was realistic for them was tackledÂ in this article. In the video podcast below I’m joined by T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to talk about Share Play and what it could mean for sports games in the future.
New trailers for NHL 15 and FIFA 15 have comeÂ out of GamescomÂ coinciding with theÂ Electronic Arts press conference and the first day of the event.
With less than four weeks to go EA has yet to show gameplay or clarify the feature set even with rumors swirling that EASHL and GM Connected may not have made the transition to the Xbox One and PS4. That didn’t change at the press conference but some other news was made.
There will be a demo for NHL 15 and that is set to release on Tuesday, August 26. It will feature a Stanley Cup Finals rematch of the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings with two minute periods. The demo will also include practice mode, adjustable difficulty and camera angles.
For FIFA 15 the new trailer focuses on goalkeepers which are said to be revamped with “over 50 new save animations, improved AI and a new realistic player model”. Read more
Earlier this month HB Studios announced a likely date of the digital-only release of The Golf Club with hopes it could be out earlier. That has turned out to be the case on one of the consoles. The Golf Club will release Tuesday, August 19 on Xbox One. That date will also see the game leave “Early Access” for full PC release on Steam. The PlayStation 4 versionÂ is said to launch “later this month” so that one may land on the previously expected August 26 date.
The price of The Golf ClubÂ will be $34.99. The game is unlicensed and features an extensive course creator and the ability to share courses with all regardless of platform, no loading times between holes, and online Tours and Tournaments. It’s a unique entry into the space for many reasons that include being self-published, all golfers possessing the same abilities and the complete lack of microtransactions. The company plans to update and evolve the game over time without charging more for any improvements or new content.
For those with both consoles, that may be unsure which to buy on, some specs were released that may be worth considering. The Golf Club will run at a higher resolution on PS4 (1080p) than Xbox One (720p). The framerates are close but may be slighter higher on XB1.