Press Row Hangout Clips: Are Patches Helping or Hurting Games and Publishers Fail to Provide Specifics on Last-Gen Editions
The latest Press Row Hangout tackled a number of topics and the first two are featured in the clips below. More will be posted throughout the week and the full show audio will be featured on Friday's Press Row Podcast.
1) Patches have allowed developers to continue working on games right up to and beyond release. But is that resulting in better games or simply ones that are left unfinished while relying on consumers to hope that fixes and improvements are made later?
2) It's the first ...
The Line Drive for July 27
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Make sure to get entries in for the giveaway that opened up late last week!
â™¦Price drops have held for EA Sports UFC and MLB 14: The Show at $40 each.
â™¦Madden NFL 15 blog releasedÂ going over War in the Trenches for a second time.
â™¦Madden NFL 15 blog releasedÂ going over Player Sense 2.0 for a second time.
â™¦Madden NFL 15 blog releasedÂ going over ...
Top Receivers, Tight Ends, Offensive Lineman and Defensive Ends in Madden NFL 15
EA Sports has continued to roll out ratings for the five highest players at each position in Madden NFL 15. After revealing the best of the rookies, the company followed up with quarterbacks and running backs, and have since moved on to ratings for the best of the wide receivers, tight ends, offensive lineman, and defensive ends.
Calvin Johnson (99), Brandon Marshall (96), Andre Johnson (95), A.J. Green (95), Dez Bryant (94)
Jimmy Graham (97), Rob Gronkowski (...
The More Hardcore-Targeted Gameplay Improvements Detailed for Madden NFL 15
EA Sports today released a breakdown of theÂ specific improvements to gameplay that will appeal more to the hardcore crowd in Madden NFL 15. A lot of this was discussed in the recent live stream but it's nice to have it laid out in this manner as well.
At the very least the company is demonstrating that they understand balance, realism, and options matter even if casuals have no idea they are there or ever take advantage of them. How effective it all isÂ remains in question but that's a g...
Press Row Podcast: The Background and Journey of The Golf Club
The latest Press Row Podcast is a one-on-one interview with host Rich Grisham and The Golf Club executive producer Peter Garcin. In a time where the sports gaming landscape has thinned out considerably due to concerns over profitability, how does an independent game come in and compete for consumers? Discussion includes design decisions made along the way, the release on Steam Early access and how feedback played a part in improving the game for it's official release, and much more.
Giveaway: Choice of Upcoming Sports Game
The semi-regular site giveaways continue with an opportunity to win the choice of Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, and NBA 2K15 for any platform! Additional giveaways for the four games will take place closer to their respective releases.
There are several ways to qualify and each one counts for entries so the more you complete the more chances to win. The giveaway is open now and will run through August 6th when the winner will be randomly selected and contacted for delivery details. Good...
Top Rated QBs and RBs in Madden NFL 15
EA Sports will be stringing out Madden NFL 15 player ratings over the next two weeks. The company has now revealed the top rated quarterbacks and running backs which follow theÂ highest rated rookies with 13 of them 78 or higher. Unfortunately "top" only means five best at each position so it wouldn't seem like there would be a great deal to analyze or argue about...though I'm sure plenty of that will still happen.
Peyton Manning (98), Aaron Rodgers (98), Drew Brees (96), Ru...
Superstar Skill Stick Put On Display in New NHL 15 Video
EA Sports has released a video showing off the new "Superstar Skill Stick" for NHL 15. The feature allows for greater control and more options by combining the right stick abilities with the enhanced left stick skating, and the ability to chain together a number of moves.
Now all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands. The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal ...
The Golf Club Will Have Cross-Platform Sharing of User-Created Courses
HB Studios has announced that The Golf Club will make available allÂ courses designed by users in the "Greg Norman Course Design" featureÂ for download regardless of platform. That means courses that are created on one can be downloaded by someone playing on another. Whether it was made on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC, all user-created courses will be pooled together and accessible to those who owns the game.Â (more…)...
Patch Released for EA Sports UFC; Three Fighters Added to Roster
A significant update was released for EA Sports UFC today that on the surface attempts to make the gameplay somewhat more realistic while also adding three fighters to the roster for free.
The patch notes mention most notably a number of adjustments to stamina and damage. That isn't going to solve concerns over value due to the lack of content offline (recent price drop can help in that regard) or that the CPU fights the same no matter who is being used and does so super-aggressively, but...