Friday, March 20, 2015
04:10 PM - March 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Sometimes, a week in the world of sports video games can take some interesting turns. The week of March 16th, 2015 was one of those. Multiple games were either rumored to exist or potentially be delayed for extended periods of time. Episode 126 of the Press Row Podcast encapsulates three separate discussions from Sunday through Thursday about these games and much more. This three-part mega-pod contains the full audio from the latest Press Row Hangout, a one-on-one conversation with Owen Good, and a follow-up Hangout. Topics discussed include Joe Montana Football, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Golf, MLB 15 The Show, and much more. Enjoy!

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Run Time: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Sports / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
03:13 PM - March 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

By most standards, Madden NFL 15 was the best game the series had seen in more than five years. It wasn't a giant leap forward, but it cleaned up some legacy issues and didn't introduce more than one or two (user sacks, we're looking at you).

Yet, the game's most noticeable flaw is that we haven't seen that leap forward that Madden so desperately needs. The series fails to take any big chances and the ones it does take aren't particularly loved by consumers.

With that in mind, let's look at Madden NFL 15's big back of the box additions and review what worked and what didn't work for consumers...

Read More - Madden NFL 15: What Worked and What Didn't Work

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
09:21 AM - March 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS.

HB Studios floated the idea that they would charge $10 for Season Mode in The Golf Club for existing digital customers -- which created some confusion. In a post on The Golf Club website, the folks at HB Studios worked to clear up the confusion:

"I’ve had a lot of questions about the disk version and the differences between the disk “Collectors Edition” and the digital version. So let me try and clear everything up for you.

The “Collector’s Edition” is:
  • Current Digital Version with the March Update applied.
  • Additional Season Mode.
  • Tropical Theme.
  • Collectors E-Book (which I don’t know much about as Maximum are sorting this out, and it’s all very secret).
We will then be releasing the May update for both Digital and Disk based customers. This will be a free update as usual, adding:
  • Drop Balls.
  • Out of Bounds.
  • Improved Commentary for Tours and Tournament.
  • More Commentary Variation.
  • Default Drive Loft Setting.
  • Cart Paths.
  • Wind improvements.
  • Rain Effects.
  • Plus more (Dependent on time).
Also included within that is the option to buy the “Collector’s Edition” content with the exception of the E-Book, which is:
  • Season Mode.
  • Tropical Theme.
  • And a bonus Asian Theme (we don’t have a name for this yet).
This is likely to be available for $10, but we’re still evaluating this at the moment.

The most common question we’ve had about the DLC is why does it take 3 weeks for our long term members to get feature parity with the “Collector’s Edition”? Unfortunately, this decision was out of our hands for a couple of reasons. For one, Sony and Microsoft have a set amount of time you have to wait after passing a new product before you can submit a feature update.

While not was initially expected, this isn't a horrible business plan and practice. Such huge additions to the game being added for free was an unrealistic expectation. The only quibble I'd have is the communication of that fact was not clear from the get-go (and from the latest post it still isn't clear), as I'm sure most customers would not have minded the idea of having to spend some extra money had it been clearly communicated at the onset.

Regardless, what do you think of The Golf Club's decision to charge for Season mode and additional themes in the newest DLC update?

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All

2K has posted their 10th Anniversary Publisher Weekend sale on Steam, which includes NBA 2K15 for $19.79. The sale has already started and ends on March 23rd.

The full list of games on sale can be seen here.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 53 - View All
Thursday, March 19, 2015
11:17 PM - March 19, 2015. Posted by Jimmydm90. Written by Steve Noah

Sony Computer Entertainment America has scheduled the MLB 14 The Show online servers to close on June 18, 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems. The game was released just over a year ago for PlayStation 4 users on May 6, 2014, while it released on April 1, 2014 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita users.

For those of you that are curious, SCEA terminated the MLB 13 The Show servers on November 6, 2014.

MLB 15 The Show is scheduled to release on March 31st.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 9 - View All
04:43 PM - March 19, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Layoffs have hit Evolution Studios, according to Eurogamer, as they continue to focus on the PS Plus edition of Driveclub, which was officially delayed way back in October.

Evolution Studios will now focus on DriveClub as a service going forward, in particular, the important launch of the PS Plus Edition. We will be restructuring Evolution Studios to ensure that SCE WWS and in particular, Evolution Studios are in the best position to achieve these goals.

Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on and the role Evolution Studios will play.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 1 - View All
09:14 AM - March 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

If there has been a theme to the recent MLB 15: The Show live streams, it's that the development team is focused on the details. From skin tones to lighting, the new additions reinforce the idea that The Show is a series which gets a lot of the "little things" right.

There's a dual danger to this approach though, albeit one mitigated by Sony San Diego's commitment to a deep and transparent marketing strategy: casual users may miss these minute improvements, while long time fans can find plenty of details that are still missing.

Read More - For Better or Worse, The Show is in the Details

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We've done enough reporting on a game we know next to nothing about (including the development studio's name) to make you think we've gone mad.

With that said, we are curious as to what kind of interest even exists for a second football title and under what circumstances would the most hardcore sports gamers be compelled to buy an alternative.

This poll will require a lot of creative assumptions to work, but in the event a theoretical Joe Montana Football game is even a thing for consoles (which isn't a sure thing), would you consider buying it?

Sound off by voting on the poll to your right (or above you in the forums) and give us your must haves in the comments for you to consider buying another football game!!

04:10 PM - March 18, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived today for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users. It includes more than 3,800 ratings changes, along with accessory updates for 24 players with new sleeves, pads, socks, and shoes.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update.

  • Brandan Wright +2
  • Cole Aldrich +2
  • Will Barton +2
  • Tyler Johnson +2
  • Andre Miller +1
  • Kenneth Faried +1
  • Alexey Shved +1
  • Kevin Love +1
  • Langston Galloway +1
  • Nerlens Noel +1
  • Omer Asik +1
  • Wilson Chandler +1
  • Anthony Davis +1
  • Damian Lillard +1
  • Rajon Rondo +1
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope +1
  • Mike Scott +1
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +1
  • Kyrie Irving +1
  • Zach LaVine +1
  • Kyle Lowry +1
  • Jordan Clarkson +1
  • Spencer Dinwiddie +1
  • Louis Williams +1
  • Tony Parker +1
  • Manu Ginobili +1
  • Randy Foye +1
  • Amar'e Stoudemire -1
  • Otto Porter Jr. -1
  • Jeff Green -1
  • Evan Turner -1
  • Marreese Speights -1
  • Kemba Walker -1
  • Amir Johnson -1
  • DeAndre Jordan -1
  • Andre Drummond -1
  • Tim Duncan -1
  • Michael Carter-Williams -1
  • Jeremy Lin -1
  • Jordan Hill -1
  • DeMarcus Cousins -1
  • Ersan Ilyasova -1
  • Klay Thompson -1
  • Danilo Gallinari -1
  • Patrick Beverley -1
  • Marco Belinelli -1
  • Ryan Kelly -1
  • Marcus Smart -1
Click here for the Excel spreadsheet containing all of the changes.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
02:20 PM - March 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Phil Varckette

Winning the Cy Young award is the most coveted accolade a pitcher could strive for. Clayton Kershaw, the 2014 N.L. winner, sports a 99 as you would expect from the "best." But what about the A.L. Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber? In MLB 14 The Show, Kluber's rating was a 76. His rating this year got a generous bump to a 90. While this is a great rating, you have to ask yourself if the 90 rating is high enough.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: How Winning The Cy Young Affects Your Rating

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:41 AM - March 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

A pre-Alpha build of Mutant Football League appeared last week at Game Connection America and the Game Developers Conference, revealing more details about its ongoing development.

Gamecrate captured some off-screen footage at Game Connection America, which features Michael Mendheim (the game's lead designer) commentating.

Mendheim mentions that the team's target release date has shifted to Q1 2016, sometime before the start of the NFL's Super Bowl.

Read More - Mutant Football League: More Details Emerge

Game: Mutant Football LeagueHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 1 - View All
08:11 AM - March 18, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Gran Turismo 6 has yet another update for PlayStation 3 racing fans, bringing it up to version 1.17, weighing in at just under 400 MB. It includes the Lexus LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo, Alpine Vision Gran Turismo and a small bug fix from update 1.16.

Vision Gran Turismo
The LEXUS LF-LC GT “Vision Gran Turismo”,“Alpine Vision Gran Turismo” and “Alpine Vision Gran Turismo Race Mode” have been released.

After the update has been installed, the cars can be purchased from the [Vision GT] option within the [CARS] section in "My Home". Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the cars by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Events, available only for a limited time.

The “Alpine Vision GT” racing suits and helmets have been added to the [Special Outfit] page of the [Racing Gear] option within the [TUNING & MAINTENANCE] section, accessible from "My Home". The suits and helmets can also be obtained through the corresponding Seasonal Events, available only for a limited time.

Resolved Issue
The issue discovered within Update 1.16 regarding resuming a "Championship" race after suspending progress while playing in "B-Spec" mode has been addressed.

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All

Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 3 is currently 50% off throughout the tournament. The regular price is $34.99, but with a discount code of MARCH, you can purchase it for $17.47.

Draft Day Sports College Basketball 3 lets you take your favorite school on a journey to the big dance. Recruit, make practice plans, scout opponents and coach your way to tournament glory. If you're not ready for the spotlight you can even start out as an assistant and work your way up to your dream job.

Game Features
  • Play As Head Coach Or Asst. Coach
  • Realistic and Immersive Recruiting
  • Scout Opponents
  • Shape Your Strategy Through Practice
  • Two 2D Gameplay Modes
  • International Recruits
  • Full Customization of Teams, Courts, Logos and More
  • Promotion/Relegation Scenario
  • Multiplayer Play
Read our review here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
02:57 PM - March 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Overdog has launched the first interest-based game matchmaking service for Xbox One in the US, Canada, and Great Britain. Working with Microsoft to bring this unique offering to market, Overdog enables gamers to create profiles that help them find others, both online and offline, based on shared interests. The matchmaking tools in Overdog also allow gaming influencers and developers to connect directly with their fans on the console as Verified Players.

“Xbox One has one of the most active game communities in the industry, but there has been a need for players to be able to connect with like-minded gamers, not just random people,” said Eric Doty, Director of User Acquisition at Overdog.

"We want to take some of the anxiety out of being matched up with someone online. Trying to find someone that will help you finish a co-op mission in Destiny or build a castle in Minecraft right now that loves watching Red vs Blue? Overdog can find the right person for you."

Overdog is launching with a thousand topics, with plans to add many more based on feedback from the Xbox community. Xbox One owners can browse interests based on what's new and popular, as well as featured content and deals with partners like Scuf Gaming and Netduma. Find and Like games, movies, communities, celebrities, and more to make your profile, and Overdog matchmaking, more accurate.

About Overdog

Overdog is a platform that matches gamers with like-minded players to enhance the gaming experience. It enables users to connect their virtual selves with their real-life interests by creating profiles based on their favorite games, movies, sports teams, music and more. For more information, visit www.overdog.com and follow @overdog.

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Game: OverdogReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
02:39 PM - March 17, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The free Forza Horizon 2 Mazda MX-5 Car Pack for the Xbox One is available now. Check out the trailer here, if you missed it.

Below are the cars featured in the pack.
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5
  • 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20
In addition to the free car pack, Mazda and Forza are kicking off a brand new Rivals event challenge in Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One, where players will have a chance to win a real 2016 Mazda MX-5. For more details check out Forzamotorsport.net or download the Forza Hub app for Xbox One.

Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals Event Details

*To register, users must log into Xbox Live on Xbox One and navigate to any one of the following channels: Games, Music, Movies, or Apps. From there, users should click on the Mazda MX-5 ad to reach the Mazda MX-5 ad landing experience. Once on this hub, users must register to enter the contest by following the prompts on the contest page.

Once registered, players can then set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event in Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One. You can find this event by going to the “Monthly Rivals” item in the pause menu. While anyone can set a time in this Rivals event, only registered players’ times will be eligible for prizes. For full rules and conditions for this contest, click here.

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All