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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
12:17 PM - July 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

MLB: The Show
gets high praise around here, and usually for good reason. Despite being the only true console baseball title available, the developers haven’t become complacent. Every year, we see some nice innovations and revisions that demonstrate that the title isn’t taking its sole status for granted.

However, if there’s one area (outside online gameplay) that gets a bulk of the criticism, it’s The Show’s presentation. I try to emphasize in my review each year that The Show’s presentation (including commentary, camera angles, replays, etc.) isn’t bad, per se. Developments like authentic broadcast angles and real-time camera shots have revolutionized how virtual baseball looks. And in terms of replays and on-screen stats, no one does it better.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: How to Improve the Presentation

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
11:48 AM - July 30, 2014. Posted by Ermolli. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports was unable to reach an agreement with Brazilian clubs, due to some changes in the way players are licensed in Brazil domestic leagues. With that said, Brazilian clubs will not be included in FIFA 15.

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Today, we want to inform you that due to some changes in the ways players are licensed in Brazil domestic leagues, we were unable to reach an agreement with the Brazilian rights holders for their inclusion in FIFA 15. While this is unfortunate news for many of our fans, we were able to retain the Brazil National Team in FIFA 15 as well as the Brazilian stars that play in other top leagues around the world. Thanks for your understanding as we continue to keep the lines of communication open with the Brazilian rights holders.

Source - EA Sports

Game: FIFA 15Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
10:06 AM - July 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post


Are you like me and pretty much hopeless at the plate in MLB 14 The Show more than much of the time? If so, T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) is here to give you advice to improve your hitting in four simple minutes.

After you watch the video, please subscribe to T.J. on YouTube and follow his channel on Twitch. You can also check out T.J. on the Press Row Podcast on a regular basis!

Visit ThatSportsGamer.com.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
05:48 PM - July 29, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top outside linebackers in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Von Miller - 96 Overall
Aldon Smith - 96 Overall
Justin Houston - 93 Overall
Lavonte David - 93 Overall
Robert Mathis - 93 Overall

The top cornerbacks were scheduled for today, not sure if they will be releasing later this evening or on another day.

Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All

EA has just announced EA Access, exclusive for Xbox One users.

Here are a few things that it will offer:
  • EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.
  • Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store.
  • Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date.* It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.
You can join EA Access for just $4.99 per month, or you can purchase an annual membership for $29.99 per year on Xbox LIVE. It is in beta right now, but should be rolling out for Xbox One users very soon.

Read the full press release below.

Announcing EA Access for Xbox One: The Best Way to Play EA’s Games

Today we’re revealing a new way for gamers to play more EA games. This is something we’ve never done before and we’re excited to share it with you.

We have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at just $4.99 a month. The service is being rolled out in beta to a limited number of players today, but it will launch for everyone on Xbox One soon. At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One.

EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4™, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.

EA Access is a totally new way for you to play more of the games you love, for less. Here’s a rundown of the additional benefits EA Access members will get:

Awesome Value – Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age™ Inquisition or NHL®15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, it’s all 10% off for members.*

Play First – Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date.* It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.

You can join EA Access for just $4.99 per month, or you can purchase an annual membership for $29.99 per year on Xbox LIVE®.

Soon, fans of GameStop will be able to purchase their EA Access membership in local retail stores. GameStop and Amazon will also carry EA Access memberships for Xbox One gamers across Europe, as well as EB Games in Canada.

Excited to check it out? EA Access will launch on Xbox One soon. You will find more information on the program at the EA Access website. Be sure to follow EA Access on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Stay tuned!

*Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply. See www.ea.com/eaaccess for details.

UPDATE: EA just added their FAQ.

UPDATE #2: Here is the official response from Sony.

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We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."

Game: EA AccessHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
11:09 AM - July 29, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After revealing the first 100 cars for Forza Horizon 2 last week, the team has released 16 more today. In total, there will be over 200 cars in the game.
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2
  • 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
  • 2002 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427
  • 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
  • 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
  • 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback
  • 1999 SRT Viper GTS ACR
  • 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
  • 1986 Lancia Delta S4
  • 1997 Mazda RX-7
  • 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP
  • 1995 RUF CTR2
  • 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • 1995 Volkswagen Corrado VR6
The full list of cars that have been released so far, can be seen here. Forza Horizon 2 launches for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 30th.

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

Madden NFL 15 is available now for digital pre-order on the PlayStation 4. You will be able to pre-load on August 24th, so you can start playing the game on release date August 26th, at 12:01 AM EST.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 32 - View All
10:02 AM - July 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore


Now that the first patch for EA Sports UFC has been digested by the community for a good week, I thought it would be a proper time talk about how things are going in the MMA online space as imagined by EA. There is certainly a large pool of online fighters, with north of 200,000 users for both of the new consoles combined. The added “red belt” and Grand Prix tournament options have also added some extra depth for those wanting to go even further to show that they belong at the top of the heap.

Read More - EA Sports UFC: Online Mode Review

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Monday, July 28, 2014
06:41 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by oneamongthefence. Written by Steve Noah

Gamestop always seems to release a few nuggets of information before game companies do. It looks like they have come through yet again with a few Madden NFL 15 connected franchise details. While it isn't much, it's definitely something worth talking about, at least until EA Sports and the Madden team decide to.

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Connected Franchise - Interact and build your team with more control in Game Prep all-new to CFM. Want to develop your backup QB? Between matchups, spend extra time on him each week to earn training points without having to force him into the real games before he is ready. Also new in CFM is the Confidence rating system. Build your teams' confidence through performance and front office transactions. Balance keeping player's confidence up, to increase abilities and build player XP.

Let us know what you think.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
03:18 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports will start revealing NHL 15 player ratings soon, according to their Twitter account.

Last year they posted the top 50 rated players in late August but it looks like they might go in a different direction this year.

The tweet asks "Who should be the top defensiveman in NHL 15?" with choices between Duncan Keith, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty and Shea Weber. It appears as though they may take the Madden approach and release player ratings from the top players at each position.

Either way, player ratings will be coming soon.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 27 - View All
03:03 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top middle linebackers in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Patrick Willis - Overall 96
Novorro Bowman - Overall 96
Luke Kuechly - Overall 94
Derrick Johnson - Overall 91
Jerod Mayo - Overall 91

The schedule doesn't show when they will release OLB's, so we can only assume they are released later today or simply released when full player ratings are revealed for each division.

Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
02:34 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


One of the most popular modes in Madden NFL is Ultimate Team. While the mode was slow to get a dedicated audience, it now ranks as one of the fastest growing and most played modes within Madden. Today, we've learned about all of the new features in the mode. Now, we are going to ask a few questions to Joe Alread, the executive producer of Madden NFL 15 who is in charge of all things Ultimate Team, about this year's mode.


Read More - Madden NFL 15: Ultimate Team Interview with Joe Alread

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
02:07 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by StL_RamZ. Written by Steve Noah



GameStop is once again hosting Madden Mondays. Every Monday until release, they will showcase a new video.

We missed it last week, but you can watch the first two episodes now. The first one is on Skills Trainer and the second one on strategies.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
01:33 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Robert Kollars


It is fair statement to say that Playstation 4 racing fans have had very little reason to be excited since the system’s release. With only one title that you would classify as racing (EA’s Need For Speed:Rivals) fans of the genre have been patiently waiting for the next title to drop.

Obviously MotoGP 14 isn’t a traditional racing series the masses follow in the United States, but Milestone is hoping to tap into the smaller market that does, and banking on the fact that a few new ones come along for the ride.

Read More - MotoGP '14 Review (PS4)

Game: MotoGP 14Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All
01:31 PM - July 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA Sports has dumped a ton of new information today on Madden NFL 15 ultimate team, including a new trailer. New features in the game this year include a simplified approach to team management and objectives to get your team started.

Be sure to read the features below and then hop on over to our exclusive interview with Madden Ultimate Team boss-man Joe Alread, to learn about the new features in-depth!

Getting started is better than ever

In addition to your base starter team, you’ll choose a Style Pack with players and a coach to help boost your team style selection. (Style is the new name for “chemistry.”) You’ll also purchase a Welcome Pack of additional items to upgrade your team.

Objectives introduce the mode

A new list of tasks called Objectives take you on a tour of the changes in MUT. This is great for new players, and veterans will appreciate the rewards for completing the objectives.

Item Binder does it all

The new Item Binder combines the functions of the old reserves, current roster, and pending collection. Every item that you own is here, and you can do anything you want with any of them.

Collecting is so much simpler

Sets is the new name for “collections,” and you can add items to sets from just about anywhere. You can even view a set and pull your items into it, or automatically search for them in the auction house. We changed the name because testers thought your “collection” was the group of all the items you own.

Managing style is simpler

Our testing showed that style is a better name for what we used to call “chemistry.” Team style is about how the coach wants to call plays, whether that’s West Coast (Short Pass) or Power Run (Ground and Pound). We’ve made style much easier to manage, and Best Lineup can stack your team by style instead of OVR for those special solo challenges.

Injuries are not so painful

Any injuries your players suffer during a game last for no more than that game only. Injury Recovery items won’t clutter up your packs any more.

Contracts are currency now

Contract Extension items are gone too, replaced by a secondary currency of contracts. You receive contracts when you buy a pack, or you can purchase more in the store. It’s easy to manage them with a function that raises the minimum number of contracts on your whole lineup.

Tiers have been simplified

There are only four tiers now, instead of ten or more. That’s bronze, silver, gold, and elite. Former tiers like Legends and Playoffs are now grouped into programs, which you can search for in your Item Binder and the Auction House.

One-stop shopping

The Store, Auction House, and Trade Block are all accessed from a new tab called the Marketplace. You’ll find a new, streamlined layout in the Store that highlights featured items.

Lineup includes depth chart

A new visual display manages your lineup and depth chart with the same view. Powerful player options and lineup tools make changes easy.

Actions are everywhere

No more moving an item to this place before you can do that task. A comprehensive list of actions for each item is available in new items, the lineup, the item binder, and everywhere else you need it.

More details coming soon

We’ll be doing deep dives on all of these features in the upcoming series of articles, so stay tuned!

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All