The Daily Dish for 10/20/14

dailydish1 The Daily Dish for 10/20/14

In today’s episode of The Daily Dish there’s a summary of details on the latest patch for FIFA 15, a revisiting of the NBA 2K15 server situation which continues to disrupt experiences with the game for many, and mention of the new Press Row Hangout in which the panel discusses a variety of topics including the digital and “always-online” future of gaming that companies are attempting to push towards despite some consumers protesting the ideas.

Referenced in the video
♦Press Row Hangout: The Future of Gaming
♦NBA 2K15 Server Problems Continue
♦Second Patch for FIFA 15 Already Here

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Madden NFL 15 Roster Update #8 Details

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The Cowboys are the biggest beneficiary of the latest Madden NFL 15 roster update which follows week six of the season. 16 players move up at least a point for the now 5-1 team. Check out the spreadsheet with the full list of details here.

Players receiving a significant boost in ratings include Darrelle Revis (+1 to 97), Rob Gronkowski (+1 to 96), Trent Williams (+1 to 96), Marshal Yanda (+1 to 96), Demaryius Thomas (+1 to 95), DeMarco Murray (+1 to 95), Brandon Marshall (+1 to 95), Devin McCourty (+1 to 95), Philip Rivers (+1 to 95), Matt Forte (+1 to 95), LeSean McCoy (+1 to 94), Andrew Luck (+2 to 93), Arian Foster (+1 to 93), Tom Brady (+1 to 92), Cam Newton (+1 to 92), T.Y. Hilton (+3 to 89), Joe Flacco (+2 to 88), DeAndre Levy (+2 to 88), Ezekiel Ansah (+4 to 84), Rolando McClain (+3 to 84), and Mohamed Sanu (+5 to 81).

Among those sliding after this week’s performances are Gerald McCoy (-1 to 96), Earl Thomas (-1 to 95), Robert Quinn (-1 to 94), Lavonte David (-1 to 93), Julio Jones (-1 to 93), Vernon Davis (-2 to 92), Matt Prater (-3 to 90), Russell Wilson (-1 to 92), Troy Polamalu (-1 to 92), Patrick Peterson (-1 to 89), Brian Cushing (-3 to 87), and Nate Solder (-3 to 85).

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NBA 2K15 Server Problems Continue

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NBA 2K15 has been out for nearly two weeks now but the troublesome servers continue to disrupt the game for many. Not only has access to the various modes been denied due to the servers being down but consumers are finding themselves with Virtual Currency that has vanished (which is essentially money stolen away by 2K Sports), MyTeam progress/purchases that have been lost, and MyPlayers that have disappeared (some of which have been replaced with someone else’s created player).

Not everyone is having trouble but enough people are to warrant some response from 2K about action they are taking. Operation Sports wrote about it all today as well.

It’s distressing for everyone and as evidenced by the recent poll results, which saw more people deem their experience with 2K15 as “negative” than “positive”, the achilles’ heel of the series is no longer something 2K can ignore. It was one thing when online play was poor but became a completely different deal when they designed NBA 2K to essentially be an “always-online” game with almost all modes tied into the servers due to Virtual Currency.

The patch that is coming soon will address among other things being booted from MyPark. However patches generally aren’t used to address server issues, those are handled internally, unless there is a bug of sorts that required fixing first. 2K has struggled to fix server issues in the past and post-release support in general has been insufficient. So it would be misguided to expect that everything will suddenly start working properly once that patch arrives.

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The Daily Dish for 10/17/14

dailydish1 The Daily Dish for 10/17/14

Closing out the week in The Daily Dish is an examination of the NBA 2K15 poll results which show there’s a fair level of dissatisfaction due to issues with the game, the latest Madden NFL 15 roster update, and a preview of tonight’s live Press Row Hangout.

Referenced in the video
♦NBA 2K15 Poll Results
♦Madden NFL 15 Roster Update
♦Tonight’s Press Row Hangout Event Page

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No Pre-Release Demo for NBA Live 15

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Multiple reports have now surfaced that a demo for NBA Live 15 will not be out prior to release and instead will go out on the game’s release day of October 28. This is the case despite EA Sports having implied over the summer that not only would there be a demo but it would go out super early and that the company had other various ways planned for people to get their hands on the game. Whether EA was intentionally misleading (quite possible considering their PR tactics with the franchise in the last five years) or things changed when they decided to delay the game three weeks – it’s another potential nail in the coffin for the series. 

No one is pre-ordering NBA Live 15. Why would they? EA Sports alienated the few remaining brand loyalists with Live 14 and they’ve done nothing to demonstrate that Live 15 is a worthy $ 60 product. They continue to hide gameplay and general promotion is almost non-existent.

A release day demo, as opposed to a pre-release one, in this case would be offered to avoid losing pre-orders and then later hopefully pick up a few sales from it. If EA thought this demo would generate increased interest in the game it would have been out prior to release. But of course they’ll still push pre-order bonuses in order to trick people into buying before they actually have an understanding of the product.

While EA Access has its detractors at least in this case it’s going to mean that the company can’t completely hide Live 15 from consumers. I’ll be streaming all six hours next Thursday. However EA Access is not a replacement for a demo. The subscription service costs money first of all but beyond that it’s not widely adapted on Xbox One, not available on PS4, and of those who have it only a small percentage would even have interest in trying out Live.

The way EA Sports has treated NBA Live 15 suggests the product is being dumped on the market and it may represent the end of the once strong series. They’re not proud enough to show it off, they delayed it three weeks (not enough time to make much difference but they couldn’t push it farther or they’d be subject to a penalty by the NBA), and now there’s no demo for people to try out before it arrives in stores.

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Issues Having Large Impact on Experiences With NBA 2K15

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Just how many people feel their enjoyment of NBA 2K15 has been damaged by issues primarily related to the servers? It turns out it’s a large amount based on the poll posted earlier this week which helped to quantify the distress being shown on social media and forums.

From over 5K respondents those describing their experience with NBA 2K15 as a negative one (30%) outnumbered those that feel it has been a positive one (27%). That’s a serious concern for 2K Sports coming off 2K14 which generated similar reaction. 

As a whole, if it worked properly, 2K15 would be an outstanding product and that’s why no one wants to abandon it. But eventually, usually after 2-3 years, sales will begin to reflect any consumer dissatisfaction. The remaining 43% identified themselves as “mixed” meaning they’ve been bothered by the problems but have still been able to appreciate the game.

A patch expected out sometime next week may help to alleviate some of the struggles – 2K’s history with patches makes it somewhat questionable to rely on for absolute fixes – however outside of addressing an issue where people are being booted from MyPark the company has refused to comment on what else to expect from it.

There are a wide variety of issues that have been cited in the comments and other places but the frustration centers mostly on the servers. Because NBA 2K15 and 2K14 before it were designed in large part to be “always-online” due to Virtual Currency when the servers have trouble it prevents even modes most would consider to be offline-based from being accessible. In addition the online modes like MyPark and MyTeam haven’t worked properly since release.

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Mobile NBA 2K15 Game Available Now

 Mobile NBA 2K15 Game Available Now

The mobile version of NBA 2K15 released today for iOS devices and Amazon Fire devices. It’s unclear when, or even if, it will be brought to Google Play for all other Android devices. There may be some sort of timed exclusivity for Amazon here. Last year though NBA 2K14 did go out several weeks after iOS.

This is not to be confused with the free MyNBA2K15 companion app which offers up the ability to get daily bonus VC, chat while in MyPark, and play a card battle game. NBA 2K15 offers traditional on-court gameplay and a new MyCareer mode.

♦Enjoy Quick Game mode with improved gameplay.
♦Full MyCAREER mode with expanded features and options.
♦New controller support and virtual controller sizing.
♦Significantly improved graphics including updates to arenas, player models, player animations, and more!

2K continues to offer premium mobile apps as opposed to going the free-to-play route. Some will prefer this though user-reviews of the mobile NBA 2K’s in recent years have been poor-to-mediocre, which makes shelling out $ 8 a bit of a risk that wouldn’t be required with the other model. NHL 2K which returns to mobile later this fall will also be $ 8.

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