Despite the restrictions placed on recording footage a few videos have started emerging for the EA Sports games at E3. Here is the first to do so for NHL 15. As is the case with all videos and impressions out of the event, there is limited value to assessing them for much more than what is on the surface, and NHL 15′s offers a chance to get a feel for the flow of the game in action and the NBC broadcast presentation.Â Read more
Though EA Sports has restricted images and recordings of the upcoming games on display at E3 a couple limited Madden NFL 15 videos have now surfaced. OneÂ features the first look at extended gameplay footage mixed in with an interview, while the second shows a stage in the new series of extreme mini-games called The Gauntlet. (Update) Unfortunately the latter and other various Instagram video clips of interest have since been pulled down. An extended IGN demo of the game/interview has been added.Â Read more
Early retail postings suggested Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15 would have special editions. That has turned out to be the “Ultimate Edition” of each which offers up significant Ultimate Team content for $10 more. Now some details on those have surfaced.Â Read more
In a special Press Row Hangout the panel discusses the news that came out of the E3 press conferences on Monday. Segments focus on the presentations and any information that followed for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, and PGA Tour. Also touched on are NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 skipping the event, some of the racing games on display, and general reaction to the entire slate of games shown at the four press conferences. This nearly two hour hangout will also be made available as a podcast later this week.
As expected Madden NFL 15 got a segment during the EA press conference to tout some of its new features. The gameplay shown highlights the perspective in Player Lock on defense, new pass rush abilities, aÂ tackle “cone”, enhanced player emotion, and new presentation cameras. The front end of the presentation wasn’t captured in time but this includes the meat of it and will be replaced by the complete one when available.
At the E3 press conference for Electronic Arts today the company unveiled EA Sports PGA Tour which will be out next March. The series has dropped Tiger Woods – not just from the cover but from the game altogether. The first look at it coming back from a year off includes mentions of no load times between holes, detailed courses, and fantasy environments.
EA used the opportunity to promote EA Sports UFC during their press conference today and to no surprise leveraged the inclusion of Bruce Lee to attempt and reach the non-hardcore MMA crowd. He is available as a pre-order bonus through all retailers and digital and otherwise could be unlocked by completing Career mode. The gameplay demo featured Lee against B.J. Penn.
EA Sports has released the first look at FIFA 15 with a gameplay trailer featuring footage from the Xbox One and PS4 version that coincides with the start of their E3 press conference. Promotion of the game kicks off today even as the company continues to push 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Ultimate Team World Cup addition to FIFA 14.
EA Sports has released a new trailer for NHL 15 which for the first time features gameplay footage from the Xbox One and PS4 version of the game.Â That the company put out the trailer prior to their press conference later today may mean NHL 15 will have little to no presence at the presentation…or they may just be getting a head start on things to come. Announced features so far include NBC broadcast presentation, new commentary team, and improved physics.
The poor visuals particularly for a title that was built for the next-gen consoles, with players that often looked nothing like themselves, were a barrier of entry for many when it came to NBA Live 14. It was tough enough to justify buying Live over 2K14 considering everything else but when the graphics couldn’t even compare that made the decision that much easier for consumers.
Rather than talk about NBA Live 15 at E3 today – no matter what claims were made they would haveÂ been dismissed due to lack of credibility and some previous showings at the event have been nothing short of disastrous – EA Sports decided to show off the results of the player face scanning they’ve been doing. The first screenshot includes the faces of six players (Paul George, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and Stephen Curry). Check out the image in larger form hereÂ and someÂ comparison shots of Live 14 vs Live 15 here.
Vast improvement is evident over last year’s game. That doesn’t mean a whole lot at this point but should Live 15 look like it belongs on the Xbox One and PS4, that’s a necessary first step in becoming a legitimate product.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Only a few days left for entries in the EA Sports UFC giveaway!
â™¦First special live E3 Press Row Hangout is scheduled for 11ET Monday night.
â™¦In a rare smart decision in handling the series NBA Live 15Â won’t be appearing at E3.
â™¦EA Sports has confirmed Tournament mode and Guest Play will return in FIFA 15.
â™¦The PC version of FIFA 15 will run on the next-gen EA Sports Ignite engine.
â™¦Polygon explains why Colin Kaepernick is the only tattooed player in Madden NFL 15.
â™¦Screenshots released of Madison Square Garden and Joe Louis Arena from NHL 15.
â™¦The EA Sports UFC demo is running at 900p despite promises the game would be 1080p.
â™¦EA is investigating bumping EA Sports UFC’s resolution to 1080p on the PS4.
â™¦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
â™¦NBA 2K14 now has a pair of in-game shoes that cost $5 worth of currency to buy.
â™¦HB Studios has released a new trailer with PS4 footage for The Golf Club.
â™¦EA will testify in O’Bannon case they would have paid college athletesÂ to appear.
â™¦Sony blog post includes 51 new details on DriveClub.
â™¦Forza Horizon 2 has been announced for Xbox One and 360 this fall.
â™¦The dark days of the NBA are here in the finale of hilarious series NBA Y2K.
â™¦Sony has released an app for E3 2014 on the PlayStation 4.
â™¦45 new apps including ones for Twitter and Vine are coming to Xbox One.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week include Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Non-Stop.