The free Madden NFL 15 Companion app is now available to download for iOS through iTunes and Android through Google Play. The app connects to a user’s Madden experience for Connected FranchiseÂ and Ultimate Team providing theÂ ability to not just view statistics and rosters but manage some tasks as well.
CONNECTED FRANCHISE MODE
Manage your team anytime, anywhere. Advance the week, view league stats & standings, handle roster transactions and more.
MADDEN ULTIMATE TEAM
Quickly track sets and get item stats.
Receive notifications for game and friend events, MUT auctions, special offers, and more.
MADDEN NFL MOBILE (Available Separately)
Build your favorite team, earn rewards and dominate opponents.
COACHGLASS (Also Available Through SmartGlass and PlayStation Apps)
Stay one step ahead of the competition by accessing the ultimate second screen experience to get an in-depth look on your opponent.
[Update] Despite EA describing the app as something that would be worthwhile it really isn’t. It simply redirects people to websites and other apps. Don’t expect much from this unfortunately.
One month ago 2K Sports announced a new highly-customizable offline association mode known as MyLeagueÂ for NBA 2K15. Now the company is talking about its carry-over MyGM mode which replaced the more traditional association mode last year by attempting to add more life to the management duties but stumbled with the misguided implementation of Virtual Currency that hampered the experience all throughout 2K14.
Big changes are in store with 2K15 and none less crucial than the reduction of the role VC plays in the mode. Game Informer has a detailed breakdown of whatÂ is changing and being improved upon. While optional bonuses will be obtainable with VC the backbone of the mode instead is on a new XP system. Other significant improvements relate to the “conversation system”, scouting, and player progression.
NHL 15Â through EA Access on Xbox One is now available to download as a timed trial. Subscribers to the service will get six hours of play time before it expires with the timer ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether it is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.
The trial will expire onÂ Tuesday regardless of whether the six hours have been used when a full copy will be required to continue playing. Game saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in Be a GM, Be a Pro, Ultimate Team or any other modes will carry over. The complete game is accessible during the trial period.
EA Access was announced in late July and is exclusive to the Xbox One only becauseÂ Sony has declined to offer the serviceÂ through PlayStation 4. It includes the â€śVaultâ€ť which offers unlimited play with some older games from the companyâ€™s catalog, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release for a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.
NFL Showdown is out now for iOS and Android devices. The free-to-play fully licensed game, developed by theÂ new Zynga Sports 365 studio,Â features some EA Sports veterans behind it including former NCAA Football creative director Jeff Luhr and Madden creative director Ian Cummings. It can be downloaded for iOS through iTunes andÂ Android through Google Play.
Create your very own NFL football dream team and compete in daily showdowns! Manage your favorite NFL franchise, win the Super Bowl and build the ultimate dynasty. Compete in head-to-head matchups with your friends as well as other NFL fans all week long. Choose from real NFL players and even receive real-time stat boosts based on Fantasy Football player performance. You get to develop the winning strategy: update rosters, choose a starting lineup, sign free agents, train players and build gameday tactics. Instantly pick up and play with no long-term league commitments. Itâ€™s authentic NFL fun 365 days a year, even in the off-season. Join a short season to start winning trophies and prizes today. Every day is Gameday with NFL Showdown!
â€˘Authentic NFL League Structure – Manage Real Teams and Real Players
â€˘More than Multiplayer – Compete in Daily Head-2-Head Matches
â€˘Connect with Friends and Meet New NFL Fans Each Season
â€˘Live Out the Highs and Lows of Real-Time NFL Drama
â€˘Build and Upgrade Your Dream Team with Auctions and Trading
â€˘Train and Strategize to Gain a Competitive Advantage
â€˘Collect Trophies and Earn New Rewards as You Progress
â€˘Watch the Field and Stadium Simulated Experience Streaming Live in Real-Time
â€˘Be a Manager Not Just a Quarterback or Running Back
â€˘Passing, Tackling, Touchdowns and Field Goals are Just the Beginning
â€˘Donâ€™t Play in Solo Mode or Flick – Champions Win Online with Skill!
â€˘More Community, Challenge and Excitement than Fantasy Football
â€˘Features Virtual League Updates, Live Scores and Schedules
EA Sports has released a new video showcasing the Superstar Skill Stick in NHL 15. The goal has been to make the right stick control easy to use but have depth that will allow experienced players to take advantage of an arsenal of moves.
The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player, featuring an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but also packed with depth. The all-new Superstar Skill Stick allows for complete fluidity when stickhandling, giving incredible control with the right analog stick.
Use the Superstar Skill Stick with the right analog stick and True Performance Skating with the left to combine dekes and skating movement together. The left and right stick now act independently, allowing for more moves to embarrass the opposition.
Chain moves together to keep defenders guessing. Use a stride deke to move a defender one way then turn him inside-out by chaining it together with a windmill deke. In NHL 15, there are countless ways to get past defenders and creating scoring opportunities using the Superstar Skill Stick.
CoachGlass debutedÂ with Madden NFL 25 as a way to assist users in playing defense by presenting information on what opponents were doing on offense through a tablet or smartphone. ItÂ wasÂ exclusive to the Xbox One through the SmartGlass app but this year it’s also available on the PS4 by utilizing the PlayStation app and its second screen functionality.
The value of the feature has expanded significantly with Madden NFL 15. CoachGlass includes data for both offense and defense and numerous resources to mine for potential advantages over the course of the game. Read more
With just five weeks until release EA Sports appears finally ready to begin promoting NBA Live 15 with a debut trailer focusing on the visuals and the first feature details. Improvements in visualsÂ are just about the only thing the company discussed this summer and until now they didn’t show much to try and back it up. Even still this first substantial news on features is only accompanied by 39 seconds worth of trailer. With zero credibility and having let down the few who were actually willing to spend $60 and give Live 14 a shot, EA will have to show a lot more in the coming weeks to be at all convincing that this is a product to consider. Read more
While EA Sports has apparently fixed the problem with head-to-head games in Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise mode not reporting results, another issue seemed to arise at the same time (but may have been happening all along) relating to desyncs occurring in online franchise games. Many users were failingÂ to even get through the first quarter without having their games disconnect due to a “desync” error thus stalling progress in their franchises.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™¦Madden 15 strategy guideÂ still available for less than value of UT packsÂ included with it.
â™¦Check out one ofÂ the funnier glitches you’re going to seeÂ from Madden NFL 15 this year.
â™¦Operation Sports discussesÂ how EA has broken more promisesÂ with NBA Live 15.
â™¦Damian Lillard has been named the cover athlete for NBA Live 15.
â™¦Three Damian Lillard screenshots have been added to the FB album for NBA Live 15.
â™¦John Wall and James Harden screensÂ have been added to the FB album for NBA 2K15.
â™¦2K Sports postedÂ short video to Instagram of some dancing mascots from NBA 2K15.
â™¦2K Sports postedÂ short video to Instagram of some mo-cap dance routines in NBA 2K15.
â™¦EA Sports released a new trailer highlighting the “Living Worlds” found in NHL 15.
â™¦Some aren’t happy with the “sexist selfies” seen in that NHL 15 trailer.
â™¦EA Sports detailed the bonuses being granted to returning HUT players in NHL 15.
â™¦Special Press Row Podcast features some of the developers behind Madden NFL 15.
â™¦The very popular ‘Breaking Madden’ series got a teaser trailer for its return this year.
â™¦Microsoft has revealed all of the music that will be found in Forza Horizon 2.
â™¦The demo for Forza Horizon 2 will be out on September 16.
â™¦Check out the features in the latest Xbox One update that rolled out last week.
â™¦Report statesÂ four cities will be receiving NHL expansion teams by the 2017 season.
â™¦UFC continues to struggle putting together viable cards with an awful PPV last night.
â™¦The biggest Blu-ray/DVDÂ release of the week is Draft DayÂ which had the NFL’s backing.
â™¦Twitch has officially been sold to Amazon with the transaction clearing later this year.