The LineÂ DriveÂ is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦The Xbox One Titanfall Bundle is available for just $450 at Amazon when using code XIAMAZON at checkoutÂ which essentially makes it $10 less than a PS4.
â™¦Set of new PS4 screenshots for MLB 14: The Show have been added to the FB album.
â™¦Amazon has added a PS3/PS4 pre-order bonus of a controller skin for MLB 14: The Show.
â™¦The NFLPA is taking mobile game pitch ideas w/winner getting free player license.
â™¦EA Sports has posted an infographic showing the growth of Ultimate Team in FIFA.
â™¦Konami has announced new paid DLC of a World Cup type mode for PES 2014.
â™¦2K Sports posted anÂ Instagram video with new dunks being mo-cappedÂ for NBA 2K15.
â™¦Details on a significant new patch that has released for Franchise Hockey Manager.
â™¦EA UFC creative director Brian Hayes answered some questions on the game’s forum.
â™¦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
â™¦EA Sports has released a series of wallpapers featuring UFC fighters.
â™¦The lawsuit that could be the one to take down the NCAA has been filed.
â™¦The coming week’s DVD/Blu-ray releases are headlined by Wolf of Wall Street.
â™¦The first trailer for the feature film adaptation of Peanuts has gone out.
â™¦Amazon is offering a $15 gift card with the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall.
â™¦Details on upcoming system updates for the PlayStation 4.
â™¦South Park: The Stick of Truth is going for $45 on Amazon today for PS3 version.
With just over a week to go until release on the PS3 and Vita very little has been seen of MLB 14: The Show in action. Some gameplay videos were taken off-screen of an early build in January, and trailers have featured snippets of gameplay, but that represents the extent to which MLB 14 has been put on display.
A demo arriving on Tuesday would appear to be unlikely – confirmation of whether there will be one or not is expected tomorrow. Three out of the past four years SCEA has chosen not to provide a pre-release demo. Consumers are mostly going off trust at this point which has been strongly built through the course of the generation. A demo however could have helped those who have both a PS3 and PS4 to realize a baseball itch that they maybe wouldn’t want to wait five weeks to scratch.
With the lack of footage to date the launch trailer carries with it slightly more significance than it would otherwise. That arrived today and shows off highlight plays while flashing through some of the new features such as Quick Counts and save migration.
While those eagerly anticipating the PlayStation 4 version of MLB 14: The Show had to be happy that the game would be out the first Tuesday of May – the earliest possible date once SCEA announced it would land that month – the short five week gap from the PlayStation 3 version releasing has only amplified the perceived necessity of a “trade-up” program.
If the company hopes to get consumers who have held on to their PS3 to buy the game before also getting it on their PS4 they’ll need to offer the incentive. The poll results last month showed there is very limited interest in the PS3 versionÂ particularly for those with a PS4. That segment could easily be boosted by letting those people essentially rent the PS3 game for $10 for those first five weeks before being able to take their saves to the PS4. Considering The Show is essentially the same on the two consoles besides technical improvements that would be a beneficial offering for both sides.Â Read more
In the latest edition of the Press Row Podcast the panel discusses baseball video games by throwing out ideas for different ways to play them and new modes that could be desirable. Topics includes virtual reality, historical modes, and various online play options and advancements.
Given the development time that has gone in to attempting solutions to the issue that is the length of time it takes to play a single baseball game – and marketing which is focusing on it as a major selling point – a segment from the latest Press Row Hangout tackled the topic. The poll posted last week established that consumers do see it as a serious issue that hampers the experienceÂ and limits the sport’s reach in video games so it’s something that is going to continue to be experimented with. Whether the options being presented in MLB 14: The Show are the answer to what ails baseball titles remains far less certain.
It wasn’t until last week that MLBAM started talking about its upcoming revival of RBI Baseball and the reaction to the first news and screenshots has been anything but kind. Meanwhile EA Sports has been steadily promoting 2014 FIFA World Cup which hasn’t generated the usual level of hype due to the decision not to release on PS4 and Xbox One. The two games were discussed in separate segments of the latest Press Row Hangout. Read more
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.