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  • Pre-Order Bonuses for MLB 15: The Show
    Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments »


    Both Amazon and Gamestop have added pre-order incentives to their listings of MLB 15: The Show. The two retailers are offering a free DualShock 4 MLB controller skin. The code will be provided with the game and then entered through the SkinIt website. All the designs (and there are a lot) can be checked out in advance here. It’s a quality product and $15 value.

    Bonuses in recent years for The Show have depended on retailer and included “Universal in-game currency” or DualShock controller MLB skin (MLB 14), Road to the Show “points” or Diamond Dynasty budget increase (MLB 13), while nothing extra was provided with MLB 12. So this would be the second year in a row with an opportunity to get a controller skin and there’s still the possibility retailers will end up with something else unique to offer.

    Gamestop, exclusively at least for now, will also include “6 Bonus Item Packs”. It’s unclear what those will feature or how exactly they’ll apply within MLB 15. The team-building, card-collecting mode Diamond Dynasty is the best bet.

    The incentives are only available with the PS4 version of the game. There are no bonuses listed currently for the PS3 and Vita versions. It would seem unlikely they’ll have one given that they’re already going out at discounted prices. The PS3 version is $40 and Vita $20.

  • Your Thoughts on the Features List for MLB 15: The Show
    Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments »


    SCEA expanded upon the initial feature announcements for MLB 15: The Show with a complete list of additions and improvements last week. In an earlier poll respondents cited the improvements to graphics and loading times as the most anticipated aspects of the upcoming game. That may be different now that much more is known about the product.

    Vote in the poll (up to three options) and leave your thoughts in the comments – what new feature or improvement are you most looking forward to?

  • The Line Drive for February 1
    Posted February 1st, 2015 at 12:30 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.

    ♦The deal on Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscriptions for $40 is still available.
    ♦Don’t miss the Super Bowl breakdown through Madden NFL 15 player ratings.
    ♦Digital deals available on XB1 and PS4 include NHL 15 and NBA Live 15.
    ♦Reminder: Madden NFL 15 Super Bowl Edition only available into tomorrow.
    ♦EA released an infographic on the popularity of their games over last quarter.
    ♦The first MLB 15: The Show gameplay live stream will take place on Thursday.
    ♦New tutorial video goes over basic and advanced defending tactics in FIFA 15.
    ♦Developer blog details the process behind the next patch for The Golf Club.
    ♦The culmination of the Breaking Madden season is here with the Super Bowl.
    ♦Check out the Rockets and Warriors upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year unis.
    ♦Sony has announced Spotify will be coming to PS4 sometime this spring.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by John Wick and Dracula Untold.

  • All-Star Update for NBA 2K15
    Posted January 31st, 2015 at 12:45 pm 3 Comments »


    With the complete rosters for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game having been officially announced earlier this week 2K Sports has now released an update for NBA 2K15 that reflects them. Not only are the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Star rosters accurate but the new jerseys and the court have been added to the game.

    For the West DeMarcus Cousins has been inserted due to the injury to Kobe Bryant while Dwyane Wade might need to be replaced on the East squad. Should his spot be filled another update will bring in the new player (likely to be Brandon Knight or Kyle Korver).

    This year’s All-Star uniforms have a fairly simple look to them with the West wearing black while the East wears white. The back of the jerseys though are unique in that they feature the both the first and last names of the players.

    Unfortunately the first names are not placed on the jerseys in NBA 2K15. The Christmas jerseys had all sorts of problems and were never fixed so it seems there must be some sort of limitation preventing 2K from depicting them properly.

  • Pre-Super Bowl XLIX Press Row Podcast
    Posted January 30th, 2015 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment »


    The Press Row Podcast heading into Super Bowl XLIX includes a variety of topics featured in separate segments. Leading off is a Super Bowl preview with myself and Stephen Gibbons of MaddenTips. That’s followed by a discussion on the current state of NHL 15, another on the news of the Nascar license being transferred to a new company, and then an Out of the Park Baseball interview regarding its acquisition of the MLB license.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS and the Stitcher app for Android – subscribe while there to help support the show! You can also listen in the streaming player below.

  • How the Super Bowl Teams Stack Up in Madden NFL 15
    Posted January 30th, 2015 at 1:45 pm No Comments »


    Super Bowl XLIX is now just a couple days away! After two weeks of analysis and media obsession over deflated footballs and a player’s decision not to speak to the press the game is almost here. Make sure to get your fill of Marshawn Lynch though along with Rob Gronkowski in the latest Conan O’Brien “Clueless Gamer” segment which is hilarious.

    My latest piece for Sporting News breaks down how the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks players are rated in Madden NFL 15 and which team has the edge at each positional unit. The final outcome favors the Patriots 5-3-1. The result would have been the same however in last year’s Super Bowl as Madden leaned towards the Broncos then and everyone saw how that game turned out. It’s still interesting to review how players are positioned in Madden based on attributes alone and where advantages and disadvantages for the teams can be found.

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