SCEA has posted an extensive developer blog and accompanying video to detail how Road To The Show is evolving with MLB 14: The Show. The popular mode will feature a new Amateur Showcase series to determine player potential, new advancement logic that removes goals and replaces them with logic based on performance and standing at the position within an organization, the ability to play the mode as a current MLB player with reduced attributes at the start, a handful of new training mini-games, and the ability to utilize broadcast presentation including commentary to go along with the on-the-field audio.
Last month a trailer focusing on the realism in fighters was released for EA Sports UFC. Today the company has pushed out a new one that centers on the “Feel the Fight” tagline which was described through eight features at last year’s E3. There is still no release date set for UFC, which is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, however it’s now expected to be early-mid June.
The second video in our EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series spotlights the different ways a fighterâ€™s body reacts when being pushed to its limits and beyond inside the Octagon. Watch our athletes act, react and compete in with an unprecedented level of realism. Not every win in our game is going to be pretty and youâ€™ll need to pay the price if youâ€™re going to come out on top.
Last week SCEA announced May 6 as the release date for MLB 14: The Show on PlayStation 4 meaning it’ll be out five weeks after the PS3 and Vita and over two months after baseball would arrive in a typical year. From the latest Press Row Hangout is the segment discussing the date – how it’ll affect purchase plans and the importance of a “trade-up” promotion being offered.
EA Sports today released a new trailer for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil focusing on the experience around gameplay. World Cup is now just four weeks from release, April 15, on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more details on the game check out descriptions of the various modes as well as specific gameplay improvementsÂ to expect.
For the third straight year consumers will have the option of buying a combo pack featuring MLB and NBA games. Sony announced today that PS3 versions of MLB 14: The Show and NBA 2K14 are being bundled for $90 to release on April 1.
Last year 2K Sports offered a MLB 2K13/NBA 2K13 bundle for $80. The year prior it was MLB 2K12/NBA 2K12 for $70. The cheaper prices with those deals were meant to entice consumers who had an interest in NBA 2K to buy the far less desirable MLB 2K along with it. The combos represented good value by artificially reducing the price of MLB 2K without simply dropping the price which was prohibited in the licensing deal.
The value of this latest combo is not as a strong but features a far better baseball game. NBA 2K14 on PS3 can be bought new for $40 or for cheaper if buying a used copy meaning at most the deal saves $10 and that probably isn’t enough to get someone who has passed on 2K14 for six months to jump on this pairing. In order to add another selling point $10 worth of in-game currency is being included with $5 of The Show’s “Stubs” and $5 of 2K14′s “Virtual Currency”.
There has still been no comment from SCEA regarding a PS3 and Vita combo deal (available for MLB 12 and MLB 13 for $80) or a “trade-up” promotion for those interested in buying the PS3 version before moving on to the PS4.
The LineÂ DriveÂ is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦The PlayStation 4, which is still not readily available, is currently in stock at Amazon.
â™¦The recent Press Row Hangout recapping the first two PRP Madden NFL 25 Online Franchise seasons can now be downloaded in MP3 form.
â™¦Join the PP March Madness Tournament Challenge – winner gets $20 Amazon GC.
â™¦Some features the NFL has forced EA to remove from Madden are discussed at SI.
â™¦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
â™¦New developer blog goes over response to the closed beta for The Golf Club.
â™¦New tutorial video demonstrates how to deepen bunkers in The Golf Club.
â™¦New tutorial video demonstrates how to create a lake in The Golf Club.
â™¦Check out the latest wildlife screenshots for The Golf Club in the FB album.
â™¦New developer blog discusses the face scanning being done for NBA Live 15.
â™¦New developer blog lays out Diamond Dynasty enhancements in MLB 14: The Show.
â™¦Special Press Row Podcast talks with the creative director of 2014 FIFA World Cup.
â™¦The FIFA 14 patch that went out to the PS4 in February has gone live on Xbox One.
â™¦Earn extra “pucks” by completing new NBC Matchups in NHL 14.
â™¦The Jaguars are installing the world’s biggestÂ HD LED video displays at EverBank Field.
â™¦Check out the uniforms for the new Los Angeles Kiss team in the Arena Football League.
â™¦Blu-ray/DVD releases this week are headlined by Frozen and American Hustle.
by Brendan Wilhide
In the freemium iOS game NBA Rush, you control an NBA star and fight back against an alien invasion using dunks, crossovers and sprints. This arcade game is short on story but long on the â€śjust one more turnâ€ť feeling and thatâ€™s a good thing for casual fans looking to kill a few minutes.
The game itself is slight variation on the runner genre–you control a player as they run through the environment, dodging obstacles, collecting coins for points and taking out aliens along the way. The controls are simple: tap left to go left, tap right to go right, etc. You can also jump over or slide under obstacles.Â Read more
With both MLB 14: The Show and RBI Baseball 14 making reduced time to complete games a selling point this year a poll was posted earlier in the week to gauge how important that is to consumers interested in baseball. Â The final tally after collecting votes from over 3K respondents shook out with a near even split which essentially means it is important but the perfect solution either doesn’t (and can never) exist or hasn’t materialized yet.
In total 53% feel that it’s important to speed up the games while 47% do not.Â Options are important and The Show is offering two of them in Quick Counts and Player Lock but in the end they also severely limit the experience. Comments made regarding the topic varied from those who require a shorter experience to others who feel that doing so compromises the integrity of the sport and its sim gaming representation.Â Obviously with over half of voters believing this to be a critical issue – and baseball games failing to reach a more mainstream audience – developers have no choice but to attempt and address it in various creative ways.
A total of 45% plan to try Quick Counts and/or Player Lock. 55% do not – with a significant portion of that group desiring shorter games but not interested in the new options.
When SCEA revealed the April 1 release date for MLB 14: The Show on PS3 and Vita the company only stated that the PlayStation 4 version would arrive on an unspecified date in May. Now that date is known: Tuesday, May 6.
The early May release is great news for those eagerly anticipating the game. However it will also amplify the necessity of a “trade-up” deal if SCEA hopes for consumers with both consoles to buy first on PS3 before moving on to the PS4. Five weeks between the two will not be enough time for even the most hardcore fans to justify buying the game twice unless a special offer is in place.Â Based on the earlier poll results a significant majority of consumers are planning to pass on the PS3 version altogether and wait for the PS4.
So far there has been no indication that there will be a deal offered – and the time to advertise it should there be one is quickly slipping away – but in the past the PS3/Vita combo deals have also popped up at retailers like Amazon with only a few days to spare.
EA Sports is facing multiple challenges by not releasing 2014 FIFA World Cup on the Xbox One and PS4 and one of them is making a convincing argument that the incoming gameplay improvements are substantial on the Xbox 360 and PS3. After selling next-gen FIFA 14 and touting enhancements that were only possible due to the new hardware now the company must backtrack somewhat in order to promote their latest effort.
Of course for those who haven’t made the jump to the new generation the improvements in gameplay, presentation, and atmosphere could prove worthwhile. EA has released descriptions of five prominent areas of advancement relating specifically to gameplay.Â Read more