Tradition Football got an early look at ratings for every team in NCAA Football 14, as well as ratings for the game’s top 15 players.
Alabama, unsurprisingly, earned the game’s top rating with a 99. Other teams with a rating of 90 or more include: Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, and Washington.
From Ralphie and his wranglers leading the Colorado Buffaloes on to the field to the racially insensitive undertones of the Florida Seminoles’ traditions, pre-game runouts have been one of EA Sports’ NCAA Football franchise’s presentation staples over the last couple of instalments. Whether team specific intros were something you liked to sit through before kickoff, or you opted to skip them, it doesn’t really matter anymore. EA has dropped pre-game runouts in favor of music video ‘hype pieces’.
Ben Haumiller, a producer on NCAA Football 14, spoke to XXL about life after runouts and other presentation tweaks you can expect from the upcoming release. Via XXL:
EA Sports has released a trailer for the all new ‘Enforcer Engine’ that will be featured in NHL 14. As you can see from the video, the franchise’s fighting engine has undergone and complete overhaul. Gone is the “mini-game” experience of fighting that we’ve known for the last few titles.
The new engine allows for fights to happen more organically, if that’s an effective way to describe face punching. It looks like a solid addition to a great sports gaming franchise. Follow that code, or blood will be spilled.
EA Sports is set to hold down its exclusive license with FIFA until December 31, 2022, the two outlets announced earlier this morning. For EA Sports, this means that they’ll retain exclusive rights to produce a soccer video game under the FIFA banner.
The FIFA offers benefits to both sides, with EA Sports watching revenues grow on the strength of 14.5 million copies of FIFA 13 sold this year.
FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke on the parternship:
“The FIFA games are an essential part of our communication efforts around the FIFA brand and its values. To measure the strength of our partnership with EA, it is enough to remember that more than 2.5 million football fans took part in the FIFA Interactive World Cup this year.”
Arguably the best in sports gaming, FIFA and EA Sports will continue to pump out the popular title for the next decade and probably beyond.
Sony has released a title update for MLB 13: The Show, which includes numerous fixes to art, online play, backend functions, and several hiccups. Below is a breakdown of all the fixes and changes, via MLB The Show Nation:
- In offline and online games, there was an occasional hitch/millisecond delay just as the pitcher would release the pitch. This was reported with a frequency ranging from approximately 10%
- 40%. The title was writing data to the HDD at this point, causing the brief, but noticeable hiccup in the gameplay. When the title writes to the HDD has been adjusted, and this hitch/delay will no longer occur.
- Franchise Fantasy Draft blank screen in Standard Def only. This was reported with a 100% frequency. In a Franchise mode, when performing a Fantasy Draft, the first round worked correctly. Every round after the first round would have a blank list of available players and drafted players. User could scroll through the empty list and choose players, but the player names were invisible. This was standard definition only. This has been fixed.
Not that you’d have to tell anyone around there parts that NHL ’94 is still BAWSE. The 20-year old game remains EA Sports’ landmark hockey game even after all these years.
NHL.com ran a neat feature on NHL ’94 with modern day hockey game producers and current NHLers running down their memories of the classic. What kind of NHL ’94 tribute would be complete without its most heralded star chiming in? Jeremy Roenick on his own virtual stardom, via NHL.com:
“It’s the No. 1 comment that is made to me over the course of every day, whether it’s over Twitter or meeting on the street. Whatever the case may be, I would say one out of three people I meet mention ’94 Sega,” Roenick told NHL.com. “They say one of three things: One, ‘You couldn’t beat the Chicago Blackhawks [in the game] because of Jeremy Roenick.’ No. 2, ‘I got through college playing Jeremy Roenick in ’94 Sega.’ The third is it was a rule that you couldn’t be the Chicago Blackhawks in the game, because they were that unstoppable.
The Atlanta Braves created a wave of controversy earlier this winter when sketches of a new batting practice cap for 2013 displayed the club’s “screaming indian” logo. The Braves haves since introduced a less polarizing cap, and refuted reports that the club had made a final decision on the “screaming indian” emblem. It appears as though the decision to go with a more traditional “A” logo may have been made too late for Sony to include it the initial release of MLB 13: The Show. An Operation Sports community member snagged screenshots of all 30 caps, including the “screaming indian” lid pictured above.
This is likely just a case of game developers working with old information, as it was just February 11 when the Braves made an official announcement on their new batting practice cap. Designs featuring the offensive logo first appeared in late December. Hopefully it’s something that Sony can fix with a title update upon the game’s release.
MLB 13: The Show drops on March 5. Screenshots of all 30 MLB batting practice caps can be viewed at Operation Sports.