After a few weeks of collecting votes â€“ the total of which exceeded 31K â€“ itâ€™s time to announce the remaining winners of the 2014 Pastapadre Community Choice Awards. Make sure to check out the earlier results for the first six categories here. Continue on to see what has won Best New Feature, Most Disappointing Game, Best Mobile Game, Best New or Non-Yearly Sports Game, and Best Sports Game of 2014! Read more
For as long as I’ve been covering sports video games the neglect of special teams in the Madden series has been readily apparent. Such a huge part of the NFL goes without much of anything being done to represent the aspect of the gameÂ properly. Tinkering with kick meters has been about the only thing that has changed over the years.
So on Saturday when Kam Chancellor stunned everyone by perfectly timing and jumping over the offensive line on back-to-back field goal attempts naturally many wondered would something like that ever make it to Madden? If it is being attempted in NFL games why wouldn’t it be possible in the video game? Of course within minutes the idea was dismissed with a wave of the hand by one of the developers.Â Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Still can get votes in for the following Pastapadre Community Awards with winners announced early this coming week: Best Sports Game of 2014 – Best New or Non-Yearly Sports Game – Best Mobile Game – Best New Feature – Most Disappointing Sports Game
â™¦Make sure to check out the articles I wrote for Sporting News this last week.
â™¦A minor patch for The Golf Club is out for PC and will be soon for PS4/XB1.
â™¦Metalhead Software is beginning toÂ work on a patch for Super Mega Baseball.
â™¦The digital-onlyÂ “Holiday Edition” of FIFA 15 is on sale for $30 on Xbox One.
â™¦Night Train Lane and Steve Smith are new legends for Madden Ultimate Team.
â™¦EA instituted changes to MUT and then reverted back to the original settings.
â™¦EA listed the top 20 player transfers that have occurred in FIFA Ultimate Team.
â™¦New tutorial video goes over basic and advanced defending in FIFA 15.
â™¦A first look at new LA Galaxy member Steven Gerrard through FIFA 15.
â™¦EA finally released a roster update for NBA Live 15 that includes recent trades.
â™¦The latest Press Row Podcast features discussion on old-school baseball games.
â™¦The latest episode of Breaking Madden is another classic.
â™¦Check out the jerseys that’ll be worn in the upcoming NHL All-Star game.
â™¦Sony released details on a subscription serviceÂ with PlayStation Now.
â™¦SlingTV service is coming to the Xbox One for $20 a month.
â™¦Marvel released the first trailer for Ant-Man due out July 17.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Gone Girl and Boardwalk Empire S5.
Despite slowing down on the rate of roster updates featuring ratings changes NBA 2K15 has been on top of player movement (unlike the competition) often updating transactions the very next day. Yet after starting the season with ratings being changed on a near daily basis there were only five updates that contained them between mid-November and the end of the year.
Since then though there have been six more updates that have adjusted ratings to better reflect current performance levels.Â Check out all the ratings changes over the past three weeks with the spreadsheet here.
The trend of there being far more rating points going up than down has continued and that remains concerning. By the end of the season the roster will be far more top heavy than where it began. Over the course of this last set of updates alone players went up a combined 175 overall and down just 63 overall for a net gain of a staggering 112 points.
Those moving up significantly include Kevin Durant (+1 to 96), James Harden (+2 to 95), Anthony Davis (+1 to 95), Russell Westbrook (+3 to 93), Stephen Curry (+1 to 92), Kyle Lowry (+2 to 90), Dwyane Wade (+2 to 89), Jimmy Butler (+2 to 87), Jonas Valanciunas (+4 to 85), and Draymond Green (+3 to 82).
Among the players dropping are LeBron James (-1 to 96), Dwight Howard (-1 to 88), Carmelo Anthony (-1 to 88), Blake Griffin (-1 to 88), John Wall (-1 to 87), Derrick Rose (-2 to 85), Deron Williams (-4 to 81), and Bradley Beal (-2 to 79).
I’ll be contributing articles regularly going forward to Sporting News and the first three went up this week. The idea is to write there for a more general audience – many of the themes and practically all of the pertinent information having already being covered here but presentedÂ in a different manner – and tie it in more with relevancy in the sports world.
One article is on Super Mega Baseball which beat the odds not just in becoming a fantastic game but in even getting off the ground to begin with. The second is on the loss of the NCAA Football series and how the excitement surrounding the College Football Playoff is another sad reminder of that. Finally there is a write-up on a court ruling that allows a lawsuit from retired players over past unauthorized use of likenesses in Madden to go forward.
â™¦Late Season Call-Up Super Mega Baseball Beats the Odds
â™¦No Video Game in Place to Capitalize on the College Football Playoff
â™¦Lawsuit Over “Madden” from Retired Players Proceeds vs Electronic Arts