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  • 2014 NFL Free Agency Moves in Madden Screenshots
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    Posted March 11th, 2014 at 7:30 pm 13 Comments »

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    [This post has been updated in the days since free agency opened]. It’s been a busy first day of free agency with a large number of quick signings and some big name players hitting the market. DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers, and likely soon Darrelle Revis are among those that have joined the pool of available names.

    Here’s a chance to see some of the more high profile players in their respective new uniforms with screenshots of them from Madden NFL 25. This post will be updated with more as additional signings become official.  Read more

  • How Important Is Reducing The Time It Takes To Play Baseball Games?
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    Posted March 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm 8 Comments »

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    One of the most common gripes with sim baseball video games – and something that many believe prohibits a more mainstream crowd from playing them regularly – is how long each game takes to complete. Often a single game will encroach on an hour and a good portion of that won’t be very engaging. While some other sports may find themselves taking nearly as long they don’t feature 162 game seasons making Franchise mode daunting to advance through without considerable simming of the schedule.

    With that in mind MLB 14: The Show is introducing two new optional features that go beyond just removing presentation elements to help make the game more inviting. Quick Counts will throw batters to the plate with a pre-calculated count. Not only will that reduce the time spent for each at bat but theoretically result in more realistic walk and strikeout numbers. Player Lock will allow users to play through a game as an individual player as though it was Road to the Show. That could be especially appealing to those who play through Franchise with teams that aren’t stacked with talent and are building for the future.

    Of course taking advantage of either option would mean giving something up. Quick Counts will strip much of the strategy and mind games that go on throughout each at bat and the game. Player Lock will remove the majority of the influence a user will have on a game.

    What do you think about these features and the desire to find ways to make baseball games faster to play? Leave your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below!

  • AMA Reveals Some New EA Sports UFC Information Including Time Frame for Release
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    Posted March 10th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 8 Comments »

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    Creative director of EA Sports UFC, Brian Hayes, held an AMA on Reddit over the weekend that surfaced some new details about the upcoming launch of the franchise. Though initially the company released info on a lot of features very early in the process (last summer at E3) there hasn’t been much since outside of screenshots to reveal fighters included on the roster. Even the release date remains unannounced.

    The game appears to be headed towards a June release date rather than the originally targeted May. If EA keeps to “spring” that would mean June 3, 10, and 17 are the possible dates. The first look at extended gameplay footage may be coming in a few weeks, there won’t be fights outside of the respective divisions, women won’t be able to fight against men, there is no mode that features Pride, and there is the possibility of a PC version down the line.

  • The Line Drive for March 9
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    Posted March 9th, 2014 at 2:15 pm 1 Comment »

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

    ♦New developer blog discusses Universal Profiles and Stubs for MLB 14: The Show.
    ♦The latest Press Row Podcast briefly touches on impressions of PS4 MLB 14.
    ♦Added some Franchise mode screenshots to the FB album for MLB 14: The Show.
    ♦New developer blog goes over the physics in The Golf Club.
    ♦New video tutorial shows how to add objects to courses in The Golf Club.
    ♦New video tutorial shows how to flatten land in The Golf Club.
    ♦Check out the latest screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
    ♦EA Sports is now making excuses for why they haven’t lived up to the promises they made regarding hourly/daily roster updates for NBA Live 14.
    ♦New roster update following the trade deadline is now out for NHL 14.
    ♦A new $10 car pack, Alpinestars, is available now for Forza 5.
    ♦New screenshots have been added to the FB gallery for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    ♦The list of achievements for 2014 FIFA World Cup are now out.
    ♦A new update for PES 2014 fixes some continued player appearance issues.
    ♦Check out the radically different new uniforms for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    ♦The Portland Trailblazers are holding a contest to create their new court design.
    ♦Conan’s always hilarious Clueless Gamer segment this time features WWE 2K14.
    ♦Shaquille O’Neal has opened up an Indiegogo campaign for a new Shaq FU.
    ♦Some details have been released on an upcoming patch for Nascar 14.
    ♦Here are the details on the Xbox One system update that arrived a few days ago.
    ♦Live streaming from Twitch of mobile games is coming in the future.
    ♦Another trade-in promo at Amazon offers $10 extra towards a few specific games.
    ♦The PlayStation 4 is currently in stock at Amazon.

    News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.

    ♦DVD/Blu-ray Releases This Week. Headlined by Out of the Furnace and Homefront.
    ♦Trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction. First full trailer for the next Transformers.
    ♦The Last of Us Movie In Development. Being written by the game’s creative director.
    ♦Trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Sequel to the 2005 film.

  • More Jerseys Added to NBA Games
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    Posted March 8th, 2014 at 1:30 pm 22 Comments »

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    Both NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14 have added a number of jerseys that recently debuted or will be worn soon. Those include a new alternate, Latin Nights, and St. Patricks Day uniform versions. The teams to receive them are the Nets, Celtics, Spurs, Bulls, Heat, Lakers, Knicks, and Suns.

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  • Press Row Hangout: Discussing the PRP Madden Online Franchise
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    Posted March 7th, 2014 at 1:45 pm 4 Comments »

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    The second year in the Press Row Podcast Madden NFL 25 Online Franchise came to a close last night as my Seahawks prevailed and are bringing home a virtual Lombardi to pair with the real one! Rich, T.J. and I got together shortly after to record a hangout on how the league has gone in its first two seasons. In the process there are also a number of ways in which the game is both praised and criticized based on the various observations, developments, and controversies. Check out the recorded live hangout along with complete videos of the NFC Championship and Super Bowl for those who’d like to watch all or some of those games!


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  • RBI Baseball 14 Gets Release Date; PS4 and Xbox One Status Unclear
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    Posted March 6th, 2014 at 7:30 pm 5 Comments »

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    The return of RBI Baseball generated significant excitement in mid-January. Ever since then anticipation levels have plummeted as absolutely zero information or promotion followed. There’s still nothing known about the game but at least a release date has been set .

    RBI Baseball 14 will release on Thursday, April 10 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with the mobile versions on iOS and Android. The Thursday date essentially also confirms this will be a digital download title which has been suspected from the start.

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media only has experience in mobile games – in which generally little to no information is put out until after they release – and that could explain why with a month to go no one has any idea even what kind of game it will be.

    What has not been announced are release dates for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The initial news stated the game was coming to “current and next generation consoles and smartphones and tablets”. It could mean a delay beyond the release of the other versions (just like MLB 14: The Show is on PS4) or even cancellation.

  • The Most Valuable NFL Free Agents Heading Into The Next Madden
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    Posted March 6th, 2014 at 4:45 pm 3 Comments »

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    There is really no period of irrelevance for the NFL especially now that events have been spread out further to ensure something big happens every month of the year. The next in line is the start of free agency which opens up Tuesday afternoon.

    Madden ratings do not fluctuate much from the final roster update of the previous season. Players may or may not come in with the same exact rating but they’ll typically be within a point or two of where they stood before if changes have been made. Continue on for a look at how the mid-upper tier of the unrestricted free agent class shakes out in terms of overall ratings to have an idea of the impact they’ll provide in Madden NFL 15 for the teams that signs them.  Read more

  • Some Details On How Online Franchise Will Work in MLB 14: The Show
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    Posted March 5th, 2014 at 9:15 am 20 Comments »

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    In terms of logistics getting an Online Franchise mode right would appear to be more difficult with baseball than the other sports that have attempted it thus far. The long seasons require compression – or some other form of realistic simulation – and that can dramatically alter the way rotations, fatigue, and injuries have to be handled.

    SCEA today released some details on the structure of Online Franchise. Aspects such as league settings, scouting, live draft, and free agency are touched on in the developer blog. There are many more questions that remain unanswered on whether Online Franchise will turn out to be viable in The Show such as how rotations, injuries and fatigue are affected by having an “open” schedule (and whether the online performance and reliability is good enough to sustain interest over the long term) but this is good start at outlining the mode. Read more

  • More on 2014 FIFA World Cup Modes
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    Posted March 4th, 2014 at 7:30 am 7 Comments »

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    While passing on next-gen versions of 2014 FIFA World Cup clearly deflated much of the enthusiasm towards the upcoming title, which every four years is an incredibly popular offering, there’s now just six weeks until release so the push of promotion is just beginning. EA Sports today released larger summaries of the six primary modes featured in the game.  Read more

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