The Daily Dish for 9/17/14

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Today’s Daily Dish tackles a number of topics starting with what EA Sports is likely to do with Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy in the Madden NFL 15 roster update later this week. It then moves on to cover the face scanning feature that is being introduced in NBA 2K15, the return of NHL 2K as a mobile game, and two demos making news this week with Forza Horizon 2’s out now and a delay on the one that had been scheduled for PES 2015.

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NHL 2K Returning on Mobile

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No, it’s not making a comeback to battle EA Sports’ NHL series, but NHL 2K has been resurrected to land on mobile devices this fall. The game is being developed in partnership between Virtuos Games and Visual Concepts which is the same arrangement that produces NBA 2K on mobile. It will be available for iOS and Android devices.

What you see now for mobile games is primarily free-to-play, but NHL 2K (also like NBA 2K) will sell for $ 8 instead. Modes include MyCareer, Winter Classic, 3-on-3 arcade, and turn-based online shootout. The company is also pledging to update rosters throughout the season.

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Face Scanning Coming to NBA 2K15

 Face Scanning Coming to NBA 2K15

EA Sports debuted the “Game Face” feature now seven years ago, but the company never invested in updating it and lately have phased out of most of their titles. Game Face utilizes webcams or actual photographs of people to craft created player faces in games. It has always been hit or miss, with some severe problems along the way, but also some decent representations of users or even celebrity recreations that led to some legal concerns.

While the NBA 2K series has offered up arguably the most compelling career mode in sports games in recent years it’s lacked that personal connection where a created player could look just like a user. That will be changing this year as face scanning is introduced in the Xbox One and PS4 version of NBA 2K15.

Using the Kinect or PlayStation 4 Camera people will now be able to scan themselves into the game for their MyPlayer for use in MyCareer, The Park, and MyGM.


The Daily Dish for 9/16/14

dailydish1 The Daily Dish for 9/16/14

The latest Daily Dish looks ahead to the next Madden NFL 15 roster update, welcomes in T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to explain the loss of “Trade Offers” from FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, and goes over the new additions making it into FUT 15.

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Madden NFL 15 Week Two Upcoming Roster Update Discussion

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It’s been one of the worst weeks in the history of the NFL off-the-field, while on it a number of significant injuries were suffered. With Ray Rice having already been dealt with in Madden NFL 15 (though he still awkwardly pops up in new franchises) attention will turn to Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy. Both were inactive but their status remains unclear going forward. Unless Peterson were to be suspended by the league today or tomorrow, and any decision that would sit Hardy down for a longer period were to be announced by the Panthers, both will likely remain as normal in this week’s update.

Out for the season are Charles Tillman and Walter Thurmond. Those that will miss extended time include Robert Griffin III, Jamaal Charles, Marcedes Lewis, Mark Ingram, Ryan Mathews, Knowshon Moreno and Tavon Austin. DeSean Jackson, A.J. Green, Gerald McCoy and Eric Berry may be questionable heading into week three.

Players that appear likely to rise in the next roster update include Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Demarco Murray, Darren Sproles, Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson, Sammy Watkins, Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, Niles Paul, Larry Donnell, Chandler Jones, Aaron Donald, Mike Daniels, Desmond Trufant, Leon Hall, Kyle Fuller, Jimmy Smith, Tashaun Gipson and George Iloka.

Among those that will probably receive a drop this week are Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel, Chad Henne, Torrey Smith, Logan Mankins, Nate Freese, Justin Tuck, Patrick Robinson, Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen, Patrick Peterson and Jimmie Ward.

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NBA 2K15 Cavs Player Intro Video

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2K Sports today released a new trailer for NBA 2K15 that shows off the player introduction sequence for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Check out the starting lineup intro which has the first look at Kevin Love with the team, the crowd holding a bunch of Kyrie Irving “Big Heads” (looks like its limited to just one player) and a slimmed-down LeBron James in the video below.

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The Daily Dish for 9/15/14

dailydish1 The Daily Dish for 9/15/14

The second week for The Daily Dish begins with a focus on retailer deals already available for Madden NFL 15, the response to the FIFA 15 demo proving exceedingly positive, and the “Trade Offer” feature being removed from Ultimate Team in FIFA 15.

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