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

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    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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  • Press Row Hangout Clip – Lightning Round
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    Posted March 31st, 2014 at 12:00 pm No Comments »

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    In a segment from the latest Press Row Hangout the “Lightning Round” debuts. Quick takes are given on a number of topics:

    ♦The lack of any Madden news as typically promotion begins long before now.
    ♦The release date for EA Sports UFC still not having been solidified.
    ♦RBI Baseball 14 supposedly out in less than two weeks but important details remain hidden.
    ♦Has recent 2014 FIFA World Cup promotion altered any anticipation levels.
    ♦College athletes unionizing as employees and whether NCAA video games could return.
    ♦Thoughts on Infamous: Second Son and the arrival of Golfy Bird.
    ♦Oculus Rift bought by Facebook and whether that changes outlooks on the device.


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  • The Line Drive for March 30
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    Posted March 30th, 2014 at 1:15 pm No 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.

    ♦This last Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of the website! Thanks for all the support over the years and the many more to come.
    ♦Another user-created gameplay video from PS3 version of MLB 14: The Show.
    ♦Operation Sports has screenshots showing lineups and rotations for MLB 14.
    ♦How players are helping to make MLB: The Show a better game.
    ♦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
    ♦Good Game Bro says a demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup will be out Tuesday.
    ♦New blog goes over the telemetry pulled from the closed beta of The Golf Club.
    ♦New developer video demonstrates how to move the pin in The Golf Club.
    ♦Check out the latest screenshots for The Golf Club in the FB album.
    ♦New Top Gear Car Pack DLC has arrived w/$10 cost for Forza 5.
    ♦RBI Baseball 14 will have retro jerseys that are unlockable through play.
    ♦EA Sports is holding an Ultimate Team tournament w/ Madden NFL 25 on all systems.
    ♦The latest roster update details show the hot and cold streak players in NHL 14.
    ♦A bunch of new apps including MLB.TV have made it to the Xbox One.
    ♦Penalties for having a poor online reputation will be assessed on the Xbox One.
    ♦Check out the Star Wars themed jerseys the Durham Bulls will wear for a game.

    News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.

    ♦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Anchorman 2 and 47 Ronin.
    ♦Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Heading towards release this August.
    ♦Trailer for The Maze Runner. Based on the best-selling novel.
    ♦Trailer for Hercules. Dwayne Johnson stars in the Brett Ratner directed action-adventure.

  • Press Row Hangout Clip – On The Eve of MLB 14: The Show’s First Releases
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    Posted March 29th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 6 Comments »

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    With MLB 14: The Show arriving on Tuesday for the PS3 and Vita this extended segment from the latest Press Row Hangout includes some of the hottest topics related to the game as it heads into its release. The decision not to release a demo on the PS3, the lack of any “trade-up” promotion for those with both the PS3 and PS4, and initial assessments of the Quick Counts feature after seeing it in action are all discussed.


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  • EA Sports UFC Won’t Offer The Ability To Share Created Fighters
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    Posted March 28th, 2014 at 1:45 pm 10 Comments »

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    In an interview with MMA Junkie, EA Sports has confirmed there will be no “Fighter Share” feature in the upcoming launch of the UFC franchise. This deviates from the company’s boxing games which have included the ability to create fighters and even use Game Face – which allows for taking actual photographs to craft a likeness – with the ability to upload the finished products for others to retrieve through “Boxer Share”. Read more

  • Start of Madden NFL 15 Promotion Has Slipped Well Beyond The Cycle Norm
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    Posted March 28th, 2014 at 10:30 am 29 Comments »

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    Usually by this point in the year not only has the upcoming Madden been officially “announced” but the marketing cycle kicked off with cover related activities. The trend of fan voting to choose representatives for the cover has lost significant steam as of late however and it seems evident now that Madden NFL 15 is unlikely to feature a tournament and may go away from fan cover selection completely.  Read more

  • MLB 14: The Show PS3 Gameplay Video Featuring Quick Counts
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    Posted March 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am 12 Comments »

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    Earlier this week the top rated players for MLB 14: The Show were revealed thanks to a consumer with hands on an early PS3 copy. Now the first extended gameplay can be watched and it utilizes the optional new Quick Counts feature that generates them rather than starting with a fresh slate. In theory that will lead to more realistic walk and strikeout numbers and at the same time reduce the length of time it takes to play games.

    The video features Cardinals at Red Sox for a single inning that only takes about three minutes to complete. As seen from the pitch count tally, which does not reflect the accurate number based on the counts, a pitch or two from each at-bat are being subtracted from the total. This is likely intended to rectify potentially accelerated pitch count numbers due to the lack of first pitch outs (there are no 0-0 counts) when utilizing the feature. Read more

  • More on EA Sports UFC Gameplay Features
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    Posted March 26th, 2014 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments »

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    At last June’s E3 eight core gameplay features were revealed by EA Sports for their first UFC title. Quite a lot of time passed – understandable given there was about a year until expected release at that point – before the company followed up with some more significant news on the game. A trailer was recently released going over many of those same concepts and now more detailed descriptions of those areas have been provided.  Read more

  • New Trailer for 2014 FIFA World Cup Highlights The Modes
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    Posted March 26th, 2014 at 11:45 am 1 Comment »

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    Earlier this month EA Sports released descriptions of the six central modes featured in 2014 FIFA World Cup. The company has now followed that up with a trailer that puts them in the spotlight. Release of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 is now just under three weeks away.


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  • Top Rated Players in MLB 14: The Show
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    Posted March 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm 19 Comments »

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    While SCEA has generally not released player ratings as a form of promoting The Show consumers who have gotten their hands on the game early have gone about exposing the ratings instead. That’s happened again this year as a member of Operation Sports has provided screenshots of the top rated players at each position for MLB 14: The Show.

    Last year MLB 13 featured 17 players rated 99 overall – which was actually down from an absurd 44 with MLB 12 – and 99 total players coming in 90 or higher. The Los Angeles Angels, who ended up going 78-84, had 3 of the 99s and 6 guys over 90.

    It appears the ratings system has been dramatically toned down even further for MLB 14. There are only 3 players rated 99 and 29 coming in 90 or higher. Continue on to check out all the players rated 90+ and take a look at those screens linked to above for the rest.  Read more

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