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  • Sony Announces Share Play for PS4
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    Posted August 13th, 2014 at 1:00 pm 11 Comments »

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    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 “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’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 Light’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 can’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 trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’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 tackled 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.


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  • Gamescom Trailers for NHL 15 and FIFA 15; NHL Demo Out August 26
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    Posted August 13th, 2014 at 1:45 am 5 Comments »

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    New trailers for NHL 15 and FIFA 15 have come out of Gamescom coinciding with the 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

  • The Golf Club Sets Price and One Release Date
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    Posted August 12th, 2014 at 8:15 pm 4 Comments »

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    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 version is said to launch “later this month” so that one may land on the previously expected August 26 date.

    The price of The Golf Club 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.

  • Press Row Hangout: EA Decides Against Releasing a Demo for Madden NFL 15
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    Posted August 12th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 17 Comments »

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    EA Sports made it official yesterday that there would be no demo for Madden NFL 15. Poor timing, that coincided with the EA Access subscription service moving out of beta and becoming available to all on Xbox One, compounded the frustration which was expressed by many through social media, news sites, and forums.

    I was joined by Rich Grisham and T.J. Lauerman to discuss the development on a special edition of the Press Row Hangout. What the lack of a demo means for Madden 15, for the future of traditional demos, and the relation to the EA Access program.


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  • Concern Grows Over Possible EASHL Omission from NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4
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    Posted August 12th, 2014 at 11:15 am 34 Comments »

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    Unlike many other sports titles this year NHL 15 will be releasing on the Xbox One and PS4 will extra development time behind it. That has resulted in somewhat higher expectations, and while media impressions have generally been positive EA Sports has actively hidden gameplay and been vague about the feature set. Only one brief video exists from E3 and the features list released only highlights new additions and not what will carry over.

    It’s far from unusual that every feature being carried over would not be documented in a features list for the upcoming product. In fact that is the norm unless improvements are being touted to said features. However some evidence is beginning to surface creating suspicion that one hugely popular mode in NHL 15 may not have made the transition.  Read more

  • Full Soundtrack for NBA 2K15
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    Posted August 12th, 2014 at 9:30 am 16 Comments »

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    2K Sports today revealed the full listing of songs included on NBA 2K15. Last month the company announced that Pharrell Williams selected the tracks this year, coming off previous editions of the series which had soundtracks that were put together with the help of LeBron James and Jay-Z. 2K15 features songs from Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, No Doubt, The Black Keys, and many more.

  • Press Row Hangout Clips: Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise News and The Importance of Franchise Modes
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    Posted August 11th, 2014 at 5:45 pm 4 Comments »

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    In the final two clips from the most recent Press Row Hangout the panel discusses the details that were released for Connected Franchise mode in Madden NFL 15 and how companies are now approaching Franchise/Dynasty modes. The first segment is primarily about Madden’s upgrades and what might still be lacking while the second examines how 2K Sports is putting effort into Franchise with MyLeague in NBA 2K15 while EA Sports believes its relevance is slipping and instead is shifting focus to other modes with NBA Live 15. Read more

  • EA Access Now Live to All on Xbox One
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    Posted August 11th, 2014 at 10:45 am 20 Comments »

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    With timing that will raise even more eyebrows, Electronic Arts has announced that the EA Access program is now rolling out wide to everyone on the Xbox One. It had been in beta for dashboard preview participants since the end of July.

    EA Access is a subscription service for $30 a year or $5 a month that offers a library of older games to play, 10% off digital purchases, and the ability to play games in the days leading up to their release for a limited stretch of time. It’s represents a very good value for anyone that has interest in those older titles with the other features making it even better.

    The news came less than an hour after confirming there would be no demo for Madden NFL 15 and the only way to play it early will be through EA Access. For those interested in subscribing for that reason alone it would be best to hold out until the company provides specifics on any restrictions tied to Madden. Technically they could limit it to as few as two hours with the game. The company has refused to comment on how Madden’s availability will be handled.

  • No Demo Coming for Madden NFL 15
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    Posted August 11th, 2014 at 10:00 am 48 Comments »

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    EA Sports today finally addressed the topic of an upcoming demo for Madden NFL 15 by telling Polygon there will be no demo at all. This is another in a line of traditional promotional steps that the company has deviated from with Madden 15 but certainly the one that will stand out above them all.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for August 10
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    Posted August 10th, 2014 at 1:45 pm 6 Comments »

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

    ♦The official Madden 15 strategy guide is just $10 and includes $9 in Ultimate Team packs.
    ♦New blog posted looking at the Item Binder feature for Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 15.
    ♦EA Sports posted the top 15 base players available in Madden 15′s Ultimate Team.
    ♦Looks like no demo for Madden NFL 15 this week which is a deviation from the norm.
    ♦Have an MP3 to download of latest Press Row Hangout for those who prefer as podcast.
    ♦EA Sports has announced all 18 clubs from the Turkish League will appear in FIFA 15.
    ♦EA Sports just released a detailed list of the top 50 rated players in NHL 15.
    ♦Online servers for MLB 13: The Show are being taken down permanently on November 6.
    ♦Competitive gaming service EA Sports Arena is being shut down due to lack of interest.
    ♦Sports Illustrated breaks down what the O’Bannon ruling means for the NCAA.
    ♦Amazon has the WWE 2K15 Hulkamania Collector’s Edition available for pre-order.
    ♦McDonald’s Happy Meals will have Madden 15 branded NFL figures included as toys.
    ♦All the cars announced so far for Forza Horizon 2 have been updated on the official site.
    ♦Twitch will no longer hold archived streams indefinitely and put 2 hour limits on highlights.
    ♦Twitch is now scanning for unlicensed audio and muting portions of videos that are flagged.

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