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  • Madden NFL 15 Week Five Upcoming Roster Update Discussion
    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 7:45 am 12 Comments


    The big story in week five of the NFL season were the comebacks, which continues a trend throughout this season, and the Browns had the most impressive one walking away with the biggest for a road team in history after trailing 28-3 to the Titans.

    Names to look for on the rise in the next Madden NFL 15 roster update include Russell Wilson, Brian Hoyer, Austin Davis, Antone Smith, Branden Oliver, Dez Bryant, Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas, Sammy Watkins, Joe Staley, Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, Bobby Wagner, Justin Houston, and Bjoern Werner. Among those likely to see a drop are Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Christian Ponder, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Jake Matthews, Jahri Evans, Cyril Richardson, and Buster Skrine.

    There were also some significant names affected by injuries with Jairus Byrd going to IR – he wasn’t playing well this season but is still a 94 rated player in the game. Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson, Rashad Jennings, Jake Locker, Montee Ball, and Calais Campbell may miss some time after getting hurt as well.

  • The Daily Dish for 10/6/14
    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 4:30 pm No Comments


    Today’s Daily Dish is heavy on NBA 2K15 as it will be releasing in just a matter of hours. From examining the results of the poll on what features are most anticipated, to discussing the deflating news regarding Online Leagues, and looking forward to streaming the game tonight and over the coming days. Also there is mention of the latest Press Row Hangout and an explanation of why it’s not unusual that there hasn’t been a patch yet for Madden NFL 15.

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    Referenced in the video
    Press Row Hangout Ep 53
    NBA 2K15 Online Leagues
    NBA 2K15 Features Poll
    Pastapadre Twitch Page

  • Online Leagues in NBA 2K15 Still Lacking Some Critical Options
    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 26 Comments


    2K Sports didn’t make much of a concerted effort to promote the Online Leagues in NBA 2K14 or now NBA 2K15. The reasoning was evident – the leagues didn’t, and still don’t apparently, meet the necessary requirements for running and sustaining a successful operation. Only a few tweets were sent out about 2K15’s leagues which did make them seem as though they would be a viable option this time. Unfortunately now as consumers begin to dig into the game it has come to light that some of the details provided were misleading or inaccurate, and others conveniently omitted. Those hoping for a suitable league experience will be left unsatisfied.

    The post by a user on Operation Sports outlines all that is lacking. Despite multiple claims by 2K that teams could be CPU controlled that is not in fact true and only user-controlled teams are involved. In addition commissioners have no power over booting owners or blocking trades, there’s no ability to set rotations or adjust sliders or sign free agents, no practice mode, and there are currently issues with simulating game results.

    2K Sports was the first to really offer revolutionary Online Leagues many years ago. After that they shifted focus elsewhere as EA Sports innovated with Online Franchise. 2K tried to follow but struggled to deliver a working Online Association mode in NBA 2K and now haven’t just reverted back to basic Leagues, but are offering something two years in a row that has less in the way of options than those possessed way back then. One might place the blame on the inability to monetize it but the company created a whole new offline mode this year despite that – so instead it’s clear that they just view leagues as the lowest of priorities.

  • Press Row Hangout: In the Midst of Busy Sports Gaming Season
    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 10:00 am 1 Comment


    It’s the best time of the year for sports gaming fans and in the latest Press Row Hangout we start by discussing our recent experiences with games like Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, The Golf Club, and MLB 14: The Show. After that it’s on to impressions of Forza Horizon 2 (22:25) followed by a discussion of why Madden NFL 15 hasn’t received a patch yet (31:50) and a look ahead to NBA 2K15 and what we’re most anticipating with that game (39:37).

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  • The Line Drive for October 5
    Posted October 5th, 2014 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments


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

    Right after MNF game I’ll begin live streaming NBA 2K15 on the PP Twitch page.
    Catch up on the week in Daily Dish episodes with the YT playlist.
    XBL Gold members can get NCAA Football 14 on 360 for just $9.89 right now.
    Madden NFL 15 down to its lowest price of $45 on PlayStation 4.
    NHL 15 can be had for $53.85 on PS4 or Ultimate Edition $60.77 on Xbox One.
    Spend $100 w/SEN wallet this month and get a $15 credit in return.
    Randall Cunningham and “Mean” Joe Greene added to Madden Ultimate Team.
    EA Sports listed the top five items for BCA month in Madden 15 Ultimate Team.
    EA Sports has released the top five rated rookies for NBA Live 15.
    Evolution of Freelance Offense Part Two and Part Three videos for NBA 2K15.
    Expanded details on MyPark, Rep, Squads, and more for NBA 2K15.
    The latest Press Row Podcast features a detailed breakdown of FIFA 15.
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 will run at 1080p on PS4 but only 720p on Xbox One.
    Yet another update for Tap Sports Baseball on iOS and Android went out last week.
    The release of the patch for The Golf Club on Xbox One has been delayed.
    Check out the latest entry in the popular Breaking Madden series.
    Deadspin attempted to rank the best original NBA Jam teams.
    The NFL and DirecTV have extended their exclusive deal for NFL Sunday Ticket.
    Blu-ray releases for this week are headlined by Edge of Tomorrow.

  • What Are You Most Looking Forward To With NBA 2K15?
    Posted October 4th, 2014 at 10:45 am 19 Comments


    Unlike most sports games as of late a lot of work has gone into the modes of NBA 2K15. While it appears it’ll release in a couple days without having gameplay improvements detailed, which is certainly unusual, there is no shortage of content to anticipated in the product.

    Whether it’s the addition of MyLeague, new storyline for MyCareer and face-scanning for your MyPlayer, changes to MyGM, additions to MyTeamexpansion of The Park, or simply the pulling back of the influence Virtual Currency plays throughout there is a lot to like about what’s being offered in the game this year.

    Vote in the poll below choosing up to three options, and leave any thoughts in the comments, on what features or improvements you are most excited to get into with NBA 2K15!

  • The Daily Dish for 10/3/14
    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm 3 Comments


    Wrapping up the fourth week now of The Daily Dish is an examination of the latest Madden NFL 15 roster update, additional information on today’s EA Sports UFC patch, more on MyPark mode for NBA 2K15, and a mention of this weekend’s live Press Row Hangout show.

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    Madden 15 Roster Update #6
    EA Sports UFC Patch #3
    More NBA 2K15 MyPark Details
    Pastapadre Twitter
    Pastapadre Youtube Page

  • Full Details on the Third EA Sports UFC Patch Which is Out Now
    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm 3 Comments


    Yesterday general details on the third patch for EA Sports UFC were revealed and teased with a trailer. Today the patch has arrived on both Xbox One and PS4 and with it expanded descriptions of what has changed and been added in the update. Combined with the earlier two the post-release support has dramatically altered the gameplay to an extent that the product might be worth considering now.

    It would probably be the right time to pick up UFC whenever a good deal is located – it was recently selling at multiple retailers for $30 but isn’t that low right now – given that the sequel isn’t expected to be out until sometime in 2016. Or it could make a good Black Friday pickup when it’ll be around $20. Continue on for the complete details of the latest patch! Read more

  • Madden NFL 15 Roster Update #6 Details
    Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 am 10 Comments


    The roster update for Madden NFL 15 following week four of the season is now available to download on all consoles. Despite having topped out at 99 overall J.J. Watt continues to receive ratings boosts in various attribute categories as he flashes his dominance in different ways seemingly every week now. The roughest week belongs to the Saints who have 20 players that drop in ratings. Check out the complete details in the update with the spreadsheet here.

    Notables on the rise include Gerald McCoy (+1 to 97), Jordy Nelson (+1 to 95), Tyron Smith (+1 to 95), Antonio Brown (+1 to 94), DeMarco Murray (+2 to 93), Philip Rivers (+1 to 93), Martellus Bennett (+2 to 91), Antoine Bethea (+2 to 91), Steve Smith (+2 to 90), Harrison Smith (+2 to 90), Brandon Flowers (+2 to 90), Larry Donnell (+4 to 85), Eli Manning (+2 to 85), Travis Kelce (+3 to 84), Husain Abudllah (+3 to 82), and C.J. Mosley (+3 to 79).

    Among those falling are Darrelle Revis (-1 to 95), Drew Brees (-1 to 95), Eric Weddle (-1 to 95), LeSean McCoy (-1 to 94), Patrick Willis (-1 to 94), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 94), Devin McCourty (-1 to 94), Jairus Byrd (-1 to 94), Andre Johnson (-1 to 92), Cameron Jordan (-2 to 91), Tom Brady (-2 to 90), Michael Crabtree (-1 to 88), Kenny Vaccaro (-2 to 85), Danny Amendola (-4 to 78), and Kirk Cousins (-3 to 78).

  • The Daily Dish for 10/2/14
    Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 5:15 pm No Comments


    One patch is nearing release (EA Sports UFC) and another is already out (NHL 15) and the two situations are discussed in today’s Daily Dish. Also some quick impressions of Forza Horizon 2 and a reminder to enter in the NBA 2K15 giveaway as the drawing is late tonight!

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    NBA 2K15 Giveaway
    NHL 15 Second Patch
    EA Sports UFC Upcoming Third Patch

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