While the release date of MLB 14: The Show has still yet to be nailed down one of the big new features for this year has been discovered. Thanks to a member on Operation Sports the presence of Online Franchise mode is now known and it joins the previously announced PS4 features that include save migration to future iterations and a “Quick Counts” option to make playing through games faster. 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™¦Amazon is selling a year subscription to Xbox Live for just $40.
â™¦Amazon has Madden NFL 25 for just $40 on PS4 and Xbox One.
â™¦The latest EA Sports UFC screenshots have been added to the FB album.
â™¦EA Sports continues to scan players for NBA Live the latest being the Lakers.
â™¦EA Sports has posted a new tutorial video going over post defense for NBA Live 14.
â™¦Operation Sports paints the picture that is NBA 2K14 after two months of release.
â™¦The recent patch that hit Xbox One for NBA 2K14 should be out on PS4 this week.
â™¦After a long break without any aÂ new roster update arrived for NHL 14.
â™¦The NFL will consider getting rid of extra points which would also benefit Madden.
â™¦MyMaddenPad discusses ideas to improve the ranking system in Madden.
â™¦The Madden copyright verdict against EA has been overturned by the court.
â™¦The latest Press Row Podcast discusses the recent sports game announcements.
â™¦The Golf Club is seeking people to beta test on the PC.
â™¦An update for Powerstar Golf on Xbox One has released adjusting credit payouts.
â™¦The patch for FIFA 14 released in December for PS4 is finally out for Xbox One.
â™¦Check out the full simulation of the Super Bowl using Tecmo Super Bowl.
â™¦Check out the brand new Bad Lip Reading of the NFL.
â™¦Check out the video of Seahawks fans trying to stay silent during the NFC Championship.
â™¦Here are the alternate jerseys the Nets will wear in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
â™¦The NFL app on Xbox One will now stream games at 60fps matching broadcast TV.
â™¦Make sure to set your fantasy lineup for the Puppy Bowl!
â™¦A few days left in the Amazon trade-in promo for $20 extra towards PS digital store.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â™¦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Rush and Bad Grandpa.
â™¦Theatrical Trailer for The Raid 2. The highly anticipated action sequel is due out 3/28.
â™¦Wonder Woman Movie Being Planned. Gal Gadot signed on for that and Justice League.
â™¦First Image from Dumb and Dumber To. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back in the sequel.
The announcement of The Golf Club earlier this week has been met with quite a bit of intrigue as it fills the void for golf this year and debuts on the new systems with what seems to have been significant development time behind it. HB Studios has released a feature list and have answered some questions relating to the game to go along with the initial details and videos. It’s a significant amount of info and has helped establish it as a legitimate title to consider.
Built as a simulation the game features an extensive Course Creator (and sharing of courses, Tours, and Tournaments) plus significantly reduced load times of courses and no time waiting between holes. Other specifics known now include the lack of a career mode, all golfers are human-controlled, all golfers have the same attributes which can’t be edited or improved upon, there are no difficulty settings, and swings are handled through the analog stick. Read more
The 19th roster update for Madden NFL 25 has released on the Xbox One, PS4, 360, and PS3. This is the first roster to evaluate performances from the NFL Playoffs. One more is expected following the Super Bowl. Check out the spreadsheet listing all the changes here.
Richard Sherman has reached the 99 overall rated pinnacle and joins six other players there. Other notables moving up include Kam Chancellor (+2 to 94), Luke Kuechly (+1 to 94), Robert Mathis (+1 to 93), Demaryius Thomas (+1 to 93), Steve Smith (+1 to 91), Champ Bailey (+1 to 91), Michael Bennett (+3 to 88), Terrance Knighton (+3 to 87), Cliff Avril (+2 to 87), T.Y. Hilton (+1 to 87), LeGarrette Blount (+3 to 83), Byron Maxwell (+3 to 82), Doug Baldwin (+2 to 82), Danny Trevathan (+3 to 81), and Jamie Collins (+4 to 79).
Among those falling are Jimmy Graham (-1 to 95), Jahri Evans (-2 to 94), Joe Staley (-1 to 94), Eric Weddle (-1 to 94), Vernon Davis (-1 to 94), Vontae Davis (-1 to 92), Percy Harvin (-1 to 91), Anquan Boldin (-1 to 91), Max Unger (-2 to 89), Wes Welker (-1 to 89), Michael Crabtree (-1 to 89), Knowshon Moreno (-1 to 88), and Colin Kaepernick (-1 to 87).
The highly regarded PC management sim Out of the Park Baseball has now started taking pre-orders for the ’15 edition. Those who do so by February 15 will save $5 and be entered into a prize drawing that includes some significant prizes. The game is set to be released in April and those who pre-order will also be able to download it three days early.
Features include a new ratings system, updated rosters, revamped interface, additional international leagues, support for 3D ballparks and ball flight, and much more.
Details on iOOTP 14 is expected next month and it has also been noted that an Android version is in development. Continue on for the new features coming to OOTP 15! Read more
Christmas may have been a month ago but the jerseys are just now making their way into NBA 2K14 on Xbox One and PS4. An update to the game today has added those as well as the Knicks and Timberwolves alternates, Spurs “Military”, and Heat “Red Zone” jerseys.
Unfortunately the new jerseys are attached to the official 2K roster so they can’t be used with any custom rosters or in MyGM if it was started prior to now. They also won’t show up in MyCareer where there is no option to make jersey selections. Nickname jerseys for the Heat and Nets did not make it in to this update and it’s uncertain whether they will be added in the future.
The third post-release patch for NBA 2K14 went live today on the Xbox One and is expected soon for the PlayStation 4. The update is intended to address the crashing many have experienced when attempting to play MyCareer and MyGM along with the MyGM problems introduced in the last patch that included being unable to adjust contract offers and getting stuck in the Playoffs without being able to advance.
Other previously reported issues that have been targeted include not being able to play against friends, not being able to play Team-Up mode, and The Park which has been struck by frequent lengthy server outages. The modes should not need to be restarted for fixes to take effect.
Both earlier patches intended to improve troubles with crashing and saves but were unsuccessful and even made things worse in areas. Hopefully this update will instead eliminate the majority of the frustration consumers have been experiencing with the game.Â For those with the Xbox One version of 2K14 feel free to leave your post-patch observations in the comments and continue on for the full list of areas that will now hopefully be fixed and improved upon.Â Read more
With just under six weeks until the usual launch date for sim licensed baseball games, the first Tuesday in March based on the terms of the MLB contract, the lull in marketing and any information relating to MLB 14: The Show has become notable. It’s been discussed briefly on the Press Row Podcast along with Kotaku and Operation SportsÂ writing about the topic.
Typically in the past features and other details have started flowing in early-mid January. On some occasions gameplay videos have even been available by this time while the series has often been on put on display at CES which is held early in the month (however it was absent this year). Never has there been uncertainty about a release date. There are two huge new variables that could be altering the marketing strategy however. The lack of established competition and the first release on the PS4.Â Read more
While there will be no usual golf game from EA Sports this year – as they transition away from Tiger Woods and attempt to launch in strong fashion on the new systems in 2015 – the new generation won’t be going without golf after all.
HB Studios, who has partnered with Electronic Arts in the past, most recently developed Rugby World Cup 2011 and the infamous NBA Baller Beats. They have also contributed to games like Madden and FIFA on the Wii and other EA Sports tiles that made their way onto secondary platforms including PS2, PC, and PSP.
Their latest effort is The Golf Club which will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this spring. Being described as a simulation the game will include a course creator with final designs able to be shared and used in online matches. Tournaments and Tours can be customized and shared as well. Also touted is practically zero load time between holes, challenges vs friends, and social media integration. Check out screenshots in the FB album and continue on for some early videos highlighting gameplay and the Course Creator. Read more
The biggest story in gaming right now is the controversy surrounding Microsoft targeting Youtube personalities to promote the Xbox One. What has really blown things up is the manner in which they have done so that violates FTC regulations by requiring any participating individuals to hide that they are being compensated for their opinion or endorsement. Now Electronic Arts has also made its way into the conversation with evidence they offered similar promotions where they would pay bonuses to those promoting their products.Â Read more