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Monday, May 25, 2015
12:15 PM - May 25, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Players On The Rise
Bryce Harper has become everything everyone projected he would be this season, and with that came Diamond tier status in Diamond Dynasty this week. I am not shocked it happened, but I am a little shocked it happened already. He deserves the rating, but he's been getting ratings boosts almost every week so I was not sure if he would get another big one so soon -- but he did. With his upgrade, Harper's no longer needed for the Nationals Collection anymore.
Other big winners this week come from the Braves as Shelby Miller and Freddie Freeman both went Gold. A couple other players who seemed a bit overdue for ratings boost also got an uptick this week in Todd Frazier, Ryan Braun, Freddy Galvis, Jimmy Paredes, Brandon Crawford and Lucas Duda.
The biggest winner this week was Vidal Nuno who was a plus-seven week over week in Overall rating. And the final note is Dee Gordon going up plus-three means he's no longer needed for the Marlins Collection. Therefore, the Marlins are now one of the easier Collections to finish.
- Ubaldo Jimenez went from Bronze to Silver
- Miguel Gonzalez went from Bronze to Silver
- Nate Karns went from Common to Bronze
- Brandon Guyer went from Common to Bronze
- Russell Martin went from Silver to Gold
- Jason Kipnis went from Silver to Gold
- J.D. Martinez went from Bronze to Silver
- Kendrys Morales went from Bronze to Silver
- Carson Smith went from Bronze to Silver
- Logan Morrison went from Common to Bronze
- Freddie Freeman went from Silver to Gold
- Shelby Miller went from Silver to Gold
- Bryce Harper went from Gold to Diamond
- Lucas Duda went from Bronze to Silver
- Todd Frazier went from Silver to Gold
- Ryan Braun went from Silver to Gold
- Michael Blazek went from Common to Bronze
- Matt Carpenter went from Silver to Gold
- Kevin Siegrist went from Bronze to Silver
- Jhonny Peralta went from Bronze to Silver
- Vidal Nuno went from Common to Bronze
- Yasmani Grandal went from Bronze to Silver
Full List Of Changes
Ubaldo Jimenez +5 boost in Overall rating (81 Overall)
Miguel Gonzalez +3 (79)
Jimmy Paredes +5 (75) -- +11 Con vs. R / +12 Con vs. L / +7 Pwr vs. R
David DeJesus +3 (73)
Logan Forsythe +4 (73)
Nate Karns +4 (70)
Brandon Guyer +5 (69)
Russell Martin +3 (86) -- +15 Con vs. L / +6 Pwr vs. L
Avisail Garcia +2 (75)
Jason Kipnis +3 (87) -- +6 Con vs. R / +10 Pwr vs. R
Jose Iglesias +4 (82) -- +16 Spd / +29 Stl
J.D. Martinez +4 (79)
Anthony Gose +3 (73)
Kendrys Morales +4 (80) -- +7 Con vs. L / +7 Pwr vs. R
Mike Moustakas +2 (80) -- +8 Con vs. R / +11 Con vs. L
Aaron Brooks +5 (68)
Johnny Giavotella +5 (66)
Nelson Cruz +2 (90) -- +3 Pwr vs. R / +3 Pwr vs. L
Carson Smith +6 (80)
Logan Morrison +3 (70)
Prince Fielder +2 (84) -- +6 Con vs. R / +8 Pwr vs. L
Freddie Freeman +3 (87) -- +6 Con vs. L / +9 Pwr vs. L
Shelby Miller +4 (87) -- +7 Sta / BB/9 +6
Cody Martin +5 (74)
Dee Gordon +3 (89) -- +10 Con vs. R / +10 Con vs. L / +15 Vision
Bryce Harper +4 (94) -- +6 Con vs. L / +12 Power vs. L
Yunel Escobar +2 (77) -- +9 Con vs. R / +6 Con vs. L
Michael A. Taylor +1 (67)
Lucas Duda +3 (79) -- +18 Con vs. L / -5 Pwr vs. R
Wiler Flores +2 (71)
Ryan Howard +2 (77) -- +16 Pwr vs. R / -11 Pwr vs. L
Freddy Galvis +4 (77) -- +10 Con vs. R / +19 Con vs. L
Odubel Herrera +4 (72)
Jason Hammel +4 (82)
Todd Frazier +3 (87) -- -11 Con vs. R / +13 Pwr vs. R / +9 Pwr vs. L
Ryan Braun +1 (85) -- -8 Con vs. L / +15 Pwr vs. R / -10 Pwr vs. L
Michael Blazek +6 (70)
Matt Carpenter +2 (86) -- +8 Pwr vs. R / +7 Pwr vs. L
Kevin Siegrist +4 (80)
Jhonny Peralta +3 (79) -- +12 Pwr vs. R / +14 Pwr vs. L
A.J. Pollock +2 (81) -- +12 Pwr vs. L
Rubby De La Rosa +6 (77)
Brad Ziegler +1 (76)
Chase Anderson +5 (76)
Vidal Nuno +7 (72)
Yasmani Grandal +4 (80) -- +9 Con vs. R / +8 Con vs. L / +6 Pwr vs. R
Brandon Crawford +4 (83) -- +9 Con vs. L / +10 Pwr vs. R / +13 Pwr vs. L
Read More - Players on the Decline and More
09:19 AM - May 25, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The official weekly MLB 15 The Show roster update is available now. The update adds 6 players and includes 133 player movements.
Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Bryce Harper +4 (94), Craig Kimbrel -2 (94), Robinson Cano -2 (93), Troy Tulowitzki -3 (93), Nelson R. Cruz +2 (90), Dee Gordon +3 (89), Jason Kipnis +3 (87), Freddie Freeman +3 (87), Andrelton Simmons -1 (87), Todd Frazier +3 (87), Shelby Miller +4 (87), Russell Martin +3 (86), Matt Carpenter +2 (86).
Check out all of the details below.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
10:15 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by RidinDwnKingsley. Written by Steve Noah
OSFM 2015 V.2 rosters are available now for MLB 15 The Show.
To download the roster, follow these simple directions:
- Tab over to the Community tab
- Go to Vaults
- Roster Vault
- Browse Rosters
- Find the #OSFM2015 V2 roster, created by RIDINDWNKINGSL dated 05/24/15 Download it, save it, enjoy it.
It is another 25 man roster because I wanted to get it out tonight instead of delaying it a day.
Here are some highlights:
- International Free Agents-FA1
- 2015 Top 20 MLB draft Prospects in FA1
- hundreds of new players, equip edits and position changes
- up to the minute transaction updates
- features all SCEA created players from updates
- SCEA ratings adjustments are in as well as OSFM formulas used in past rosters
In the vault
02:47 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Jeremy Chisenhall
With the NBA Draft Lottery behind us, it is time to let the mock drafts begin. This time of year is the favorite for NBA analysts and scouts, as they get to give their two cents on who should go where when draft day rolls around. There are sure to be hours of speculation on what players should be drafted in reality, but what about the 2015 draft in NBA 2K15? Here are my top five would-be picks in the video game world.
Read More: NBA 2K15 Top 5 Mock Draft
02:23 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
We may or may not get a roster update tomorrow as it's Memorial Day weekend in the States. But whether the update comes Monday or Tuesday, it's time to predict who may be on the rise in the next roster update.
I'll be breaking the predictions into tiers based on my own confidence level.
Ratings Boost Probability: High
Jason Kipnis - He got a plus-one boost last week, but he's done nothing but continue to hit.
Ryan Braun - He was stripped of Gold status earlier in the year, but not many players have hit the ball better than Braun the past month.
Kris Bryant - Bryant got a plus-two boost last week, but I still feel confident projecting him to get another upgrade.
Prince Fielder - Fielder is back and healthy and he's been annihilating the ball as of late.
Brandon Crawford - This is probably a little overdue as Crawford is hitting .350 the last month.
Dexter Fowler - Fowler just has a good mix of power and speed going this year.
Brandon Belt - Belt is crushing the ball in May, and it seems maybe he's putting it together.
Shelby Miller - Miller had the near no-hitter and has just been really good. Based on his price in the marketplace, most others think he's getting a boost as well.
A.J. Burnett - Burnett is another one people in the marketplace are already expecting to get a ratings boost. It's fair at this point, his numbers are silly.
Jason Hammel - Hammel has just been really good this year, and even better over the past month.
Mike Bolsinger - Bolsinger is rolling. He's 27 and not a hot-shot prospect, but I would still be a little surprised if he doesn't get a boost.
James Paxton - Paxton is having just a solid year. This is maybe the one I feel least confident about in this category, but he still seems like a solid candidate for a boost.
After the jump, I'll post my more speculative ratings boost predictions.
Read More - Diamond Dynasty Ratings Boost Predictions
02:11 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms
It's no secret that NBA 2K is quite popular with actual NBA stars. Might as well add Hassan Whiteside to the list.
Whiteside recently said in an interview that he lives by the motto "give myself the ball" when it comes toppling Take-Two Interactive's NBA video game. He just can't dunk.
01:25 PM - May 24, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms
Take this for what you will:
The Gospel Herald is reporting that NBA 2K16 will be released on October 27 of this year.
It's interesting to note that Take-Two would push back from the regular release date of early October to be more in line with the NBA's actual season. We're seeing this a lot more now, especially with Madden being the trend setter a couple of years ago.
But the most glaring note, WWE 2K16 releases on October 27 as well. Maybe we will see combo pack of NBA and WWE 2K16 at release. It wouldn't be a bad business move to try and bring both franchise fan bases together by offering two brand new games for $99.
Also, GameStop has NBA 2K16 up on their website, along with a small paragraph detailing the next iteration in the award-winning sports video game:
But what piques my interest is the smoother movements and realistic articulations mentioned. NBA 2K15 runs at 60 FPS, so there may be a game-changing technological development coming our way this October.
10:41 AM - May 24, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahEvery Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.
- Official MLB 15 The Show Roster Update Details (5-18-15)
- Driveclub Game Update 1.15 Available Now
- WWE 2K16 Scheduled to Arrive on October 27th For Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3
- NHL 16 Features Leaked, is an XBox One and PS4 Only Title
- New Need For Speed Game Scheduled to be Revealed on May 21st
- NHL Legacy Edition Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
- NHL 16 Features Revealed, EASHL Returns, Full List of Game Modes & More
- Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order Car Pack Available Now
- FIFA 16, Madden NFL 16, NBA Live 16, NHL 16 & Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR Will Be at E3
- NHL 16 Q&A Day #2
- Xbox One Gamers Can Play Madden NFL 16 Early with EA Access
- MLB 15 The Show Gets Special Camo Gear For Memorial Day, Server Update Change Notes
- FIFA Ultimate Team: Team of the Season
- NBA Live 15 Roster Update Details (5-21-15)
- Forza Tries to Talk Rally Racing, DiRT Team Issues Open Challenge on Twitter
- NHL 16 Q&A Day #3
- NASCAR '15 Out Now on Steam, PS3 and Xbox 360
- MLB The Show 15: Ballers and Prime Time Diamond Dynasty Packs Available Now
- Jeremy Lin Not Loving His End of Year NBA 2K15 Ratings
Featured Articles and Media
- Project CARS Review (Xbox One/Playstation 4)
- MLB 15 The Show: Diamond Dynasty Stock Watch (5-18-15)
- What Is Biggest Series Lead You've Ever Blown? (Poll)
- MLB 15 The Show: Rebuilding the Phillies
- NHL 16 Video - Customization, Action Tracker, Single Player Game Modes and More
- NBA 2K MyTeam Still Struggling To Match EA Sports' Ultimate Team
- NHL 16: Let's Talk About the Features
- TPC Boston Added to the List of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Courses
- Madden NFL 16: Five Teams to Consider for your Franchise
- NBA 2K15: The 2015 NBA Draft Comes Alive
- Volleyball and Guns Collide in Gunsport
- The Initial Release of NHL Info Was...? (Poll)
- Need for Speed Completely Reboots the Series, Features Customizable Cars
- Madden NFL 16: New 'Be the Playmaker' Screenshots
- F1 2015: First Gameplay Teaser Trailer
- Press Row Podcast - NHL 16 & Madden NFL 16
- Do You Play More or Less Sports Video Games During the Playoffs?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
03:13 PM - May 23, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
A lot of 2K fans out there were probably just happy to get everybody back and healthy in the end-of-year NBA 2K15 roster update, but Jeremy Lin is not too psyched his ratings dipped from 78 at the start of the season to a 75 overall at the end of the year.
"This game is rigged," said Jeremy Lin in the accompanying YouTube video on his friend AJ Rafael's YouTube channel.
Once he got past looking at the grades and looked at the ratings by the numbers, he softened his stance a bit. Still, Jeremy Lin was left in shock when his Strength rating was revealed to be a 35.
After showing the camera his bicep, he recovered long enough to be in agreement with his high quickness and speed ratings. But at the end of the day, it's another athlete not in love with his video game ratings.
Lin's scoring efficiency did dip a bit this season, but between Byron Scott shying away from three-pointers and the Lakers not having the same type of floor spacing as the Rockets, that's not a real surprise. His defense continued to be underrated, and overall while some will call his season in LA a disappointment, I think Lin showed he will have no problem continuing to be a solid contributor in the NBA.
In the meantime, he's put his fans to work by telling them to tell the NBA 2K development team to boost his ratings.
11:17 AM - May 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
We all hit a lull in our sports video game seasons. We were curious if you play more or less sports video games during the playoff season.
Please vote and comment in the poll above in the Forums, or on the right side if you are voting from the home page.
Friday, May 22, 2015
07:27 PM - May 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Press Row regulars Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Samit Sarkar to discuss the NHL 16 feature set reveal. The team compares last season’s PR process to this year’s as well as the overall reaction by themselves and the fans. Up next, Madden 16’s Creative Director Kolbe Launchbaugh joins Rich to describe his approach to this fall’s Madden game as well as a preview of its theme.
Joining us this week:
- T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
- Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
- Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)
- Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
- Kolbe Launchbaugh (@KolbeL)
- And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@richgrisham)
1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!
Run Time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.
12:27 PM - May 22, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
The folks at Sony San Diego have released two new Diamond Dynasty card packs for the weekend. They are the Ballers Pack and Prime Time Pack.
Details about what can be found in each pack below:
As of now, the servers are still a little spotty due to some server maintenance that has run a bit long (originally was supposed to last from 3-5 a.m. PST).
Once the servers have returned to normal, Sony has promised to pass along the change notes. If you can't wait to buy some packs or use the marketplace, The Show Nation website seems to be working just fine.
09:57 AM - May 22, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Codemasters posted the first gameplay teaser trailer for F1 2015 this morning. You can get a look at the trailer embedded below, and we've also grabbed from screenshots from the trailer, which are also embedded below.
The trailer features some of the venues you will be racing at as well as some close up shots in rain-slicked, day and night environments. It's a quick tease so you will want to watch it a couple times to squeeze out all the details you can.
F1 2015 will release on July 21, 2015 on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam.
UPDATE: Codemasters sent updated info, the release date is now set for July 21, 2015.
09:13 AM - May 22, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
NASCAR '15 is out today. So if you are looking to look at Jeff Gordon's beautiful virtual face one last time before he retires, this is your ticket (until he's probably a legend in future versions of the game).
The game is out now on Steam and can be downloaded for $19.99. It is not out yet on the Xbox 360 or PS3 marketplaces, but there were rumors it may be a digital download weeks back so we will update this post if it shows up in those stores.
If you have picked up the game, feel free to post any impressions below.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
After answering some questions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.
The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.
Will you be able to edit players in GM Mode? After trades, goalies sometimes have terrible colour schemes for their equipment. Not to mention masks from other teams. Also when will we be able to resign players before the resign phase? I found that was the only unrealistic part of the game trading/signing wise. Thanks.
You will not have the ability to edit players in GM mode. We prioritized bringing back features like AHL Integration, Fantasy Draft and Sim Intervention back to Be A GM over this. This is something we will continue to look at. As for the resign phase Be A GM does not have contract extensions and contract signing/negotiations during the season at this moment. Our version of this is the resign phase in free agency which is a week before the July 1st free agency period that allows you to renegotiate with your own players before open free agency.
Will the custom camera modes return in NHL 16? (custom 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)
Custom cameras are currently lower on our priority list. At the moment, we're working on a new camera for Be A Pro, OTP and EASHL.
Why aren't there authentic coaches in the NHL series, and why isn't there an option to hire/fire coaches in be a gm mode?
Authentic coaches are definitely something that we're looking at moving forward. The main reason that they're not currently in the game is due to licensing. Hire/Fire coaches is a feature that we will continue to investigate.
Will we see defensive skill stick in NHL 16?
We will not be adding a new defensive skill stick in NHL 16 but what we are doing is ensuring that all defensive mechanics are tuned and balanced so that it's fun to play every position on the ice. For example, Precision Skating will help you on the defensive side of the puck giving you the ability to close passing and shooting lanes more effectively.
Will you FINALLY have the correct goal horns for ALL teams? For the longest time, EA has used Detroit's goal horn for Dallas' goal horn.
We are doing our best this year to get the moments around goals for each team as authentic as possible. A big focus has gone into that area and we have definitely paid close attention to the fan sites dedicated to teams unique goal moment presentation.
Will there ever be the introduction of a skills competition into the NHL series? Years ago the '2K' series had it and I found it was an exciting offline mode, that foreseeably would be able to incorporate online modes also.
We will never say ‘no’ to great feature ideas. We are always looking to add fun modes and features that are authentic to the NHL experience. We focused this year on the modes and features that were the most requested by the community with a prime focus on ensuring there was a way for everyone to play and will continue to do so.
Does the new EASHL still allow us to put XP into our players stats?
That's a good question! In developing the new EASHL, we conducted a ton of research and really engaged with the fans. The feedback we got was that gameplay balance and a level playing field are of high importance. Because the previous EASHL allowed users to grow their pro characters' attributes by investing time or money, EASHL players who started playing after launch or who didn't purchase the boosts were often at a disadvantage. While we know it's fun to boost your pro, it takes away from the goal of making EASHL the best way to compete as a team. With the new balanced player class system, EASHL players of all levels can play and succeed based on their skill on the sticks.
In EASHL will you be able to create and name your own teams so you can invite your friends? Also will you be able to customize your skaters attributes or will it be pre-set classes? Will there be leaderboards for the teams & skaters? I appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions.
Hi Lyle, thanks for your questions. EASHL is a team-based game mode where you can create/customize your own club and compete alongside your friends. New to EASHL in NHL 16 is the player class system where players can select from a set of carefully balanced skater and goalie classes. This is tuned in a way so that the strengths/weaknesses of each class are authentic to hockey. It's up to you and your team on what combination of classes best suits your play style. As far as leaderboards go, there will be club and player stats available.
With couch coop online on Xbox one, will we be able to have multiple people per couch?
Hi Dallas. With online couch co-op (on both Xbox One and PS4), you and three other friends can play cooperatively in a head to head online match.
I just want plain old, regular Season Mode. Beginning to end, including playoffs and the cup. Please don't skimp on the basics that built this franchise!
Season Mode with playoffs is in the game and you will be able to play in any of the 10 leagues in NHL 16.
Are the EASHL playoffs going to be monthly again?
The playoff feature as part of Online Seasons will be the same as the previous EASHL. We're listening to our fans to determine what the right cadence of playoffs is.
Is there going to be a shootout mode in NHL 16?
Shootout mode is not in NHL 16, but it's something we're continuing to look into.
In be a GM, Will there be "expectations" like in NHL 14 where the owner told you have win this many games or make it to this round of playoffs. NHL 15 lack emotion in Be a GM.
Be A GM will not have expectations like NHL 14 but to bring out the emotion of being a real General Manager we will have the new Player Morale feature which will bring out the player interaction a real GM has to deal with in his dressing room.
Can you play in the european leagues in Be a Pro?
You will not be able to play in the European leagues in Be A Pro.
In BeAGM mode, will I be able to see my AHL/CHL players statistics?
We will have AHL integration in Be A GM. So you will be able to have statistics for your AHL players as well as be able to play games with your AHL team. We do not have statistics for CHL players in Be A GM.
Hello, I would like to ask why you can not play in GM mode for two teams at once. Thus, to be able to two players on two drivers play one season for the two teams. This feature should be the basis for a game console that is designed for multiple players in the home. The option will be in NHL16? Thank you
We will have Season Mode in NHL 16 that will allow multiple users to play together thru one season as two separate teams.