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NHL 15 Review (PS4 and Xbox One)

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EA’s NHL series has finally hit next generation consoles for the first time in the PS4 and Xbox One era this year and there is a lot of excitement for next gen hockey this year, but does NHL 15 live up to its hype? Read my review to find out.

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NHL 15 Review (PS3 and Xbox 360)

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It is a little less than three weeks until the NHL season kicks off on October 8th and that means NHL video games are out, or should I say EA’s NHL game is out. How does NHL 15 match up against NHL 14? Read the review to find out.

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Switching over to enforcingthecode for good, a final goodbye

Good evening followers of ELECTROSPORTS, as you might have noticed I have not used this blog too much recently. That is because I am using the new site http://www.enforcingthecode.com to update lately. So if you want to continue to receive material it is over on that site from here on out. I will have my E3 preview and coverage on there along with my Watch_Dogs review, and Stanley Cup Finals preview and recap. So head on over there for all the latest news, and remember to follow for all of the recent updates from me and staff.

Thanks for the good times here, and I hope to build many more on the new site.

Kevin

MLB ’14 the Show Review (PS4)

mlb the show reviewBaseball season is about a quarter of the way through and we’re finally digging into a PS4 version of the MLB 14: The Show through and through. Over the last couple of weeks I have played this game a lot, there is a lot in this game that isn’t new, but pretty well done. So let’s not waste anymore time, let’s dig in.

 

MLB the Show has a tradition of being one of the better sports games on an annual basis and this year is no different, MLB the show is a very solid game with minor issues.

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Gameplay

The gameplay is great until you have to field and are forced to make a throw, unlike in years past, there seems to be no forgiveness if you hold the button down too long, or too little which can lead to a lot of throwing errors if you are not sure on your timing, even on rookie difficulty on the throwing you will see a few errors. The only work around to this seems to be using the button interface.

Outside of that however the game plays very well in all aspects from pitching to defense to offense. The game with it’s fast play option in a well pitched game is roughly 3o minutes without using quick counts (randomized pitch counts) to complete the game.

Graphically the game is a bit of a miss, sure the graphics are very good, boardering great, but they are not overly impressive given games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son have stellar visuals which take advantage of the PS4′s power.

Speaking of graphics, I want to also point out that there is a lighting issue at certain parks such as Petco, and PNC parks where the seats in the outfield are poorly lighted. It is expected to be taken care of in a future patch.

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Franchise Mode

Franchise mode has improved, not because it had much added to it (more on that in a second), but mainly because the improved CPU draft logic which now takes prospects off the board unlike in MLB ’13 when it took pretty much no prospects off the board. Another thing that Franchise Mode got was improved overall ratings logic, which means no longer is 20-25% of Major League Baseball a 99 overall. In fact, most of the league is rated much better, though you still have some head scratchers such as Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez being a low 90′s overall. But as I’ve said, comparing this year to last year, the ratings are more in line with what they really should be.

Because of the ratings improvements, it makes the mode so much more fun to play knowing that you don’t have at least 10 elite talents on every team.

In terms of additions the two biggest ones are the new menu layout, and a player search feature. Other than that, the mode is pretty much the same outside of what is discussed within this section.

The mode is not without some flaws however, I’ve give an example of two. First is the trade logic, while it is improved, it is still a little too easy to trade an elite talent for 3 top prospects, which would not be so bad but unfortunately the game doesn’t really believe in busts, so all of these prospects turn out to be great players on your team down the road making the trade look like a steal.

The second issue I have is the free agent signing, in two areas in particular. First would be signing rookies to long contracts is too easy, they will most likely take 10 years for $25 Million or $2.5 Million a season throughout the length of the contract, making it easy to make insanely good teams. Once the contract is up the players are on the decline and you end up tendering them a qualifying offer and getting draft picks in return if they sign elsewhere, it is that or you let them walk because they’ve regressed so much that they are not worth the money or roster space.

The second free agent complaint is, at the end of free agency you can sign players for 30k/yr for 10 yrs, which most of the time is okay, but in my multi-player Franchise with my brother he got Hanley Ramirez to take a deal like this and Ramirez was still pretty good even towards the end of his career.

The free agent glitches have been in the game for years, and it is something I am not happy with, it makes keeping a team good way too easy, especially since most of the time I take small market teams with small budgets to make it hard on myself, and the game gives me an easy way to stay good or great without much of a struggle. And teams who are usually pretty good like the Pirates, Rays, and Royals know that they can not keep up with the Yankees, Angels,  Red Sox, and Dodgers when it comes to funds which means they end up losing the prospects.

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Road to the Show

Road to the Show has not changed a whole lot, the biggest change comes in the form of the prospect showcase.

The prospect showcase is where you play three exhibition games for your region and you are trying to do the best that you can in order to get a higher draft stock. I had five rookie showcases, my first one was the best where I was drafted third overall by the White Sox. The other four attempts yielded bad results leading me to be taken in the late third round in my last attempt by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I made myself a closer, I wanted to try to catch Mariano Rivera’s records, so I knew I needed to be on a winning team, unfortunately none of the five selections did anything to help me, I was taken by four AL Central teams before finally ending up on the Pirates.

So after bombing my opportunities with the showcase, I had to redeem myself, which I think I did okay with putting up insane numbers in my AA experience.

When I first got to AAA I ran into some issues, but then I settled down and figured it out towards the end of my second professional season.

I made the Majors in my third professional season for a short stint before I stunk the place up and I ended up back in AAA, and I struggled a bit there, but currently as I write this I have an ERA under 2 despite being a set up man for the closer.

Overall my time with Road to the Show to this point has been really good, I did find one thing annoying and that was being drafted in “2014″ despite going to college for four seasons, I should have had a later draft date than that and there was no random order to the draft, which seemed sort of cheap to me.

Conclusion

Overall my experience with MLB the Show has been really good, there are some frustrations in the game but they don’t kill the game in any way. In fact the game plays as well as it looks if you can overlook its issues.

The game modes are well done as usual, but I did find a lack of a fielding practice feature a bit of a pain considering the difficulty that is throwing the baseball across the diamond.

Community Challenges is also a good mode to try out, there are some good situations to try such as trying to make a diving catch to preserve a Cliff Lee no-hitter, to completing Yu Darvish’s no-hitter that was broken up in the 9th inning in a May 9th game against the Boston Red Sox.

Overall MLB the Show is an outstanding game of baseball and it should be part of any baseball fans game collection.

Scores

  • Sound: 8.5
  • Visuals: 8.0
  • Gameplay: 9.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Lasting Appeal: 8.5
  • Overall: 8.7

I am moving on, a goodbye of sorts

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That’s right, I am moving on. I am not leaving blogging behind though. I have just started up a new blog that has been in development since the new year, I am launching it tomorrow and it will feature some cool features which will be revealed as I post more and more stuff down the line. However if you are looking for a preview head on over to http://www.enforcingthecode.com and check it out. It is still a work in progress and it may change over the rest of today as you are navigating the website.

But overall I am excited to be shifting over to the new site because it has sat there getting various changes throughout the past 3 months and this is as good as it is going to look with as little coding as I know. However if I knew as much about coding as I know about graphic design or even blogging I could have probably made a pretty bad-ass looking website for myself.

Anyway the main reason I am leaving this one behind is because I wanted to venture on my own and see what success I could have without the wordpress.com constraints, such as file upload sizes, the limited bandwidth, and just an overall lack of true features that it truly takes to run a technology based website which is why it was important for me to really move on and get working on a site that would be able to deliver on a host of different features I have implemented on the website over at Enforcing The Code.

I have a follow button and I am trying to incorporate as many as the wordpress.com features as possible to make it as seamless of a transition as possible for all of my readers and for myself because that was my main reason for going to wordpress.org, but we will see how it works out.

I would like to thank everyone who has viewed and liked my blog here for the last 14 months, I hope to serve you all on the new site, and it should allow more opportunities than I have now with ELECTROSPORTS. I hope to see you all on the new site, because it will be the same as this outside of a new look and name.

Thank You,

Kevin

Video Game News; April 7

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A quick recap of video game news is below.

  • EA’s UFC game will release on June 17th, and the pre-order bonus will be the in game character of Bruce Lee. (Seriously, I couldn’t make this up if I tried)
  • MLB the Show ’14 was released last week on the PS3 and PS Vita to good results in terms of reviews, to this point I’ve yet to see a bad review.
  • Speaking of MLB the Show ’14, there was a new trailer for the PS4 version released and it shows off the stadiums.
  • Specs for the PC version of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs have been revealed, you can find the list towards the bottom of the steam page for the pre-order of Watch Dogs.
  • Speaking of Watch Dogs they released a Welcome to Chicago trailer a couple weeks back, I don’t believe I posted it, but you can find the video here WARNING: Use of profanity; violence; gun play.
  • RBI Baseball is going to be released April 9th for PS3, Xbox 360 for $19.99, and on iOS devices for $4.99. Still no word on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

That is just a brief glimpse into the last couple of weeks in gaming, as you can see, it is pretty uneventful.

MLB ’14 the Show PS4 release date announced, May 6th

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This afternoon Sony Computer Entertainment America revealed that their hit baseball simulation game will be released on PS4 on May 6th. The game will be available on April 1st for PS Vita and PS3.

This picture was taken from the MLB the Show Facebook page.

Watch Dogs to be released May 27th (Translated from French)

PARIS – March 6, 2014 – Today Ubisoft revealed that its highly anticipated action-adventure open world game, Watch Dogs, released worldwide on May 27, 2014 Playstation 4 , Playstation 3, Xbox One ® , Xbox ® 360 and PC. Wii U ™ version is released at a later date . Players who purchase Watch Dogs on Playstation ® or Playstation ® 3 ™ 4 will have access to 60 minutes of additional gameplay.

“We are excited to reveal to players around the world the new release date of Watch Dogs ,” said Geoffroy Sardin , Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA at Ubisoft. “We are quite convinced that the extra time given to the development team to refine and perfect the game is really worth . ”

“We are very excited about the launch of Watch Dogs on PS3 and PS4 ® ® and are confident it will stand as one of the biggest games of 2014,” said Michael Pattison , Vice President , Sony Computer Entertainment Europe . “This is a unique and visionary game and we are confident that the exclusive content available via the Playstation Network will not only excite the players, but also show that Playstation ® is the preferred platform for playing Watch Dogs. ”

Watch Dogs in , the player will play Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker whose violent and criminal past caused the loss of his family. Driven by the desire for revenge, he will track relentlessly those responsible for this tragedy. With its smartphone, it will be able to monitor and hack everything that surrounds it, including CTOs , the monitoring system of the city of Chicago. Aiden can access the cameras, download confidential information about its targets, controlling traffic lights to cause accidents … and much more! With its smartphone, the city becomes the ultimate weapon to quench his thirst for revenge.

More information about Watch Dogs are available on the official website , Facebook page and Twitter account .

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a world leader in the creation , publishing and distribution of video games and interactive services. The Group owns a portfolio of internationally recognized brands such as Assassin ‘s Creed , Just Dance , Rayman , Far Cry series or video game Tom Clancy . Ubisoft teams , through its global network of studios and distribution subsidiaries , are committed to offer players unforgettable experiences and original game on all popular platforms, including consoles , mobiles, tablets and PCs . For the year 2012-13 , Ubisoft generated sales amounted to EUR 1 256 million. For more information , please visit : http://www.ubisoftgroup.com .

© 2014 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Watch Dogs, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and / or other countries.

“PlayStation” , “PS3 ” and ” PS4 ” are registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Microsoft , Xbox , Xbox One are registered trademarks or trademarks Either of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and / or other countries.

Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2012 Nintendo.

WATCH DOGS™ SORTIRA LE 27 MAI 2014 (French)

PARIS – 6 Mars 2014 – Ubisoft révèle que son très attendu jeu d’action-aventure en monde ouvert, Watch Dogs, sortira dans le monde entier le 27 Mai 2014 sur Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox® One, Xbox® 360 et sur PC. La version Wii U™ sortira à une date ultérieure. Les joueurs qui achèteront Watch Dogs sur Playstation®3 ou Playstation® 4™ auront accès à 60 minutes de gameplay supplémentaire.

« Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir révéler aux joueurs du monde entier la nouvelle date de sortie de Watch Dogs », a déclaré Geoffroy Sardin, Vice-Président EMEA Ventes et Marketing chez Ubisoft. « Nous sommes tout à fait convaincus que le temps supplémentaire accordé à l’équipe de développement pour peaufiner et perfectionner le jeu en vaut vraiment la peine. »

« Nous sommes très excités quant au lancement de Watch Dogs sur PS3® et PS4® et sommes confiants qu’il se distinguera comme l’un des plus grands jeux de 2014 », a déclaré Michael Pattison, Vice-Président chez Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. « C’est un jeu unique et visionnaire et nous sommes convaincus que le contenu exclusif disponible via le Playstation Network ne va pas seulement exciter les joueurs, mais également montrer que Playstation® est la plate-forme privilégiée pour jouer à Watch Dogs.»

Dans Watch Dogs, le joueur incarnera Aiden Pearce, un hacker de talent dont le passé violent et criminel causa la perte de ses proches. Animé par le désir de vengeance, il traquera sans relâche les personnes responsables de cette tragédie. Grâce à son smartphone, il sera capable de surveiller et de hacker tout ce qui l’entoure, notamment le ctOS, le système de surveillance de la ville de Chicago. Aiden pourra accéder aux caméras de surveillance, télécharger des informations confidentielles sur ses cibles, contrôler les feux de signalisation pour provoquer des accidents… et bien plus encore ! Grâce à son smartphone, la ville devient l’arme ultime pour assouvir sa soif de vengeance.

De plus amples informations sur Watch Dogs sont disponibles sur le site officiella page Facebook et le compte Twitter.

 

À propos dUbisoft

Ubisoft figure parmi les leaders mondiaux de la création, édition et distribution de jeux vidéo et de services interactifs. Le groupe possède un riche portefeuille de marques de renommée internationale telles que Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Rayman, Far Cry ou encore la série de jeux vidéo Tom Clancy. Les équipes d’Ubisoft, à travers son réseau mondial de studios et de filiales de distribution, s’engagent à offrir aux joueurs des expériences de jeu originales et inoubliables sur l’ensemble des plateformes populaires, dont les consoles, mobiles, tablettes et PC. Pour l’exercice 2012-13, le CA d’Ubisoft s’est élevé à 1 256 millions d’euros. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

 

©2014 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Watch Dogs, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.

“PlayStation”, “PS3” and “PS4” are registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox One are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2012 Nintendo.

Watch Dogs Trailer and Release Date Set

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Today Ubisoft revealed the release dates for all versions of Watch_Dogs except for the WiiU version and that date is May 27, 2014.The WiiU version will come out on a later date.

Accompanying that news was a new Watch_Dogs in a trailer that tells more about the story of Watch_Dogs where it is learned that he is seeking revenge for his daughters death. The trailer doesn’t say how the 6 year old was killed but there is no doubt that the game will offer a lot of details into that as we progress, and since it has been learned that this was a family ordeal I would not be surprised if his wife was also murdered as well, granted there is no evidence to support this as there is with the daughters tombstone, but I don’t recall seeing Aiden Pearce’s wife anywhere in screens or videos leading up to this. So it would make sense to assume that the wife was also a victim of the hit on Aiden Pearce.

You can watch the trailer below for the roughly two and a half minute story trailer.

Overall I was underwhelmed by it, I was hoping for more. I mean it is nice to have an idea of what the game centers around now, but overall it still looks a lot like the same game. Perhaps the IGN coverage on the game later today will bring more info as to what really is happening in the game.

Overall though, it is nice to see the game back on the radar, but is it too late? I will do a piece on that and release it soon.

GTA Online: The Business Update Coming Next Week, Tuesday March 4th

Enjoy the perks of rising through the ranks of your Los Santos and Blaine County business ventures with The Business Update, coming next week on Tuesday March 4th to PSN and Xbox Live. Thrill-seekers and weekend warriors can hop in any of three all-new, blazing fast sports cars: the Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R… or take to the skies in the new Vestra airplane.
Take to the skies in the luxurious Vestra.
Swing by Ammu-Nation to pick up two new weapons, the Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine, which both offer some serious firepower.
Dress for success with formal and business casual attire options like new suit jackets, slacks, glasses, heels and blouses, or don new all-business hairstyles and currency themed tattoos. There’s also a collection of new masks, perfect for disguising yourself during the next hostile takeover.
The Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine, two new weapons available as part of The Business Update.
Just like the recent Valentine’s Day Massacre Special, the new vehicles and weapons will be available in both Story Mode and Online. In Story Mode, weapons will be deposited into all three characters’ inventory with two full ammo-clips and all three cars are accessible from their garage properties. In GTA Online, you’ll be able to purchase the new weapons and their attachments at any Ammu-Nation location while the vehicles will be available for purchase from Legendary Motorsport and Elitas.
The Turismo R and Alpha evading LSPD pursuit through downtown Los Santos.
Don’t forget that this weekend is your last chance to grab the Albany Roosevelt limousine, the Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun and all the rest of the exclusive items from the Valentine’s Day Massacre Special before they’re gone. Once you purchase them in-game, they’re yours to keep – but they will no longer be available to purchase after midnight PST this Sunday, March 2nd.
And stay tuned for details about our upcoming Business Update Event Weekend as well as more info to be revealed on future updates including Online Heists, the Capture Creator update, new Assassination and Flight School missions for Story Mode and much more…

MLB ’14 the Show Developer Blog: Quick Counts and Player Lock

SCEA has released its first developer blog for the upcoming MLB the Show game which is scheduled to be released on April 1st on PS3 and PS Vita and sometime in May on PS4. This blog covers two new features, Quick Counts and Player Lock.

Quick Counts is in essence a random batting count generator, you come up with a randomly selected situation when you come to the plate or pitching, it is intended to make the game go by faster.

Player Lock is what it sounds like, you can set yourself to be any player on the field as long as you set yourself to be that particular player, for example, if you want to play the entire game as David Ortiz as the DH, you can and you will only have to play the parts of the game he is involved in, which most of the time will mean anywhere from 3-4 at bats per game.  If you need a better idea of what this is, you can take RTTS as an example since it is the same thing except you get to use another real life player as opposed to using your created player, which could be interesting because since you can do it in any game mode, you could kind of do a form of RTTS in dynasty mode as your favorite player if you were so inclined to do so.

Another feature discussed in the video is a presentation setting called Fast Play, which is striping the broadcast settings to the bare minimum so that you can get through the games faster.

SCEA has said it will have weekly developer blogs over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for info.

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