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Our review of EA's latest work with Madden NFL 15...
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Sean confirms there will be no EASHL, OTP, GM Connected or Live the Life this year at launch in NHL 15 on XB1 or PS4.
We had our first glimpse of NBA Live 15 way back in April, then in June we found out the release date (October 7th) and read an open letter from Sean O’Brien, which promised a lot for NBA Live fans to be excited about. Here is a direct quote from it.
Looking back at July, gameplay details were not revealed. In fact, the only real information that we had in the month of July was that a demo could come earlier than expected and they placed the @NBA Twitter handle on the basketball. Maybe the loss of Scott O'Gallaher sent them scrambling? Who knows, let's move on to August.
This month has been filled with screenshots of various arenas and a late Damian Lillard cover announcement with a few more screenshots of him sprinkled in. Not exactly the "in-depth insight" fans were expecting.
While there were some hands-on impressions in August from GameInformer and MMGN, as well as a podcast from our friends at NLSC, no other site has written anything else about the game.
So here we are, almost in September and we still don't know what to expect from the game. What modes are there? What gameplay changes have been made? What are they hiding from us?
NBA Live fans deserve better.
Josh Looman has confirmed sim stats for CFM has been fixed, for online only. He also mentions that you will most likely have to restart your online CFM to get it to work, but is checking on it.
Let us know what you are seeing.
As the world of video games hectically migrates towards online gaming as its main focus, the sports genre is no different. Playing head-to-head was once the acceptable norm, but oh how the landscape has changed over the last 5 years. Now sports gamers want and expect the full game experience online, and in many cases, even more.
With EA’s latest iteration of its NFL franchise, Madden 15, dropping this week, fans of the series are hoping that the polarizing developer has delivered just that - a full online experience.
Read More - Madden NFL 15: Online Impressions
EA Sports and the Madden NFL 15 team have fixed the online CFM issue many gamers were having. Specifically, the user vs. user games that were not being registered.
The team is still looking into the simmed stats issue. It's good to see they are aware.
Here is a new NBA 2K15 video featuring Ricky Rubio. He is representing 2K Sports in Spain. It's a short clip, but at least it's something, while we wait for more news to arrive.
The 98th episode of the Press Row Podcast is one of our most-anticipated shows of the year. Host Rich Grisham is joined by regular panelists Kat Bailey, Bryan Wiedey, Chris Sanner, Owen Good, and T.J. Lauerman to break down the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Madden NFL 15 from top to bottom. Find out what we love and hate about everything from the presentation to the play calling, on-field gameplay to CFM and Ultimate Team. So much to discuss - enjoy the show!
Joining us this week:
Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)
Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)
And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)
Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:
- Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
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Enjoy the show!
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EA Sports has released two NHL 15 videos featuring cover athlete Patrice Bergeron. Post your thoughts!
One of the most intriguing things about Madden 15 is that the development team claims to have added more variance to the passing game, based on ratings. Well, given that one of my biggest complaints of the series has been how QB's have seemed automatic, I wanted to put this new aspect of the game to the test.
Read More - Madden NFL 15: Breaking Down QB Passing Percentages
IGN has posted another WWE 2K15 video. This one features a behind the scenes look at how Visual Concepts is making the most of the new generation consoles.
Steam has updated their NBA 2K15 page with screenshots of John Wall and James Harden. Your thoughts?
Thanks for the heads up @wetai30254!
The same way EA Access gave users just six hours of gameplay for the trial version of Madden NFL 15, news has arrived that NHL 15 will offer the same amount of time.
Of course, the NHL 15 demo is already available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users, there was no demo for Madden NFL 15.
The trial version of NHL 15 on EA Access should be available on September 4th at noon EST, maybe a little sooner. There was a problem on Microsoft's end delaying the release for early access to Madden NFL 15 by three and a half hours. Hopefully that doesn't happen again.
For subscription prices and additional details on EA Access, click here.
Thanks to crankybaker for the heads up!
UPDATE: EA has removed the 6 hour time limit from the original post (you can see the original cached post here) Could we see the game for 5 full days? We will dig around.
Returning Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) 14 users who create a team in HUT 15 will be eligible for a one-time bonus of up to 30 Gold Packs in NHL 15. The EA Pack bonus for returning users will be determined by:
- How many HUT games you have played in NHL 14.
- The size of your HUT 14 player item collection
- Your HUT 14 puck balance
- Bonus is granted based on a user maintaining the same user account (Gamertag or PSN ID). This means that if you transition from a gen 3 console to gen 4, and have the same user account, you are still eligible for the bonus.
- Bonus is granted as a one-time offer per user account. Returning HUT users will need to actively redeem Returning User Bonus in HUT 15. Any progress, purchases, items in HUT collection, etc. will not be carried over from HUT 14 to HUT 15.
- Bonus packs are untradeable
When I first saw the trailers for The Gauntlet, I was a little skeptical; it looked too much like another Madden gimmick. But having played it, my opinion was immediately swayed.
Read More - Madden NFL 15: Skills Trainer and Gauntlet Mode More Important Than Ever
With UFC 177 set to take place on August 30th, EA Sports has simulated the rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao with EA Sports UFC.
Do you agree with the sim results? Who do you think takes the fight?