With NPD reports in for December the entirety of 2014 can be analyzed and three sports games finished in the top ten of sales for the year. The three in question are regulars when rounding up the best-sellers annually.
Madden NFL 15 finished as the second biggest seller in 2014. Only Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was able to top it. NBA 2K15 finished the year in seventh place and FIFA 15 came through in ninth place.
It’s important to note that NPD only covers North America. NBA 2K and FIFA are far stronger properties than Madden overseas. FIFA has been the top selling game in the world for several years now, and more recently has shown impressive growth in the US. Its first appearance in the NPD top ten came in 2012. Madden finished the year strongest of the group, as it usually does, coming in third in December but NBA 2K15 still has six months ahead of it where it will continue to place among the best sellers.
LD2K answered a few questions about NBA 2K15 online leagues earlier this afternoon. Below are some of the details.
- Can adjust # of teams, season length, difficulty/style, quarter length, trades, playoffs/Finals & custom rosters.
- Can view player & team stats, standings, team rosters, trades and more.
- Flex scheduling is in.
- Admins can reset games.
- No fantasy drafts this year.
- Custom rosters are in Online Leagues, you could set up the rosters prior to setting up the league and having users select teams from there.
- CPU controlled teams are in.
We have contacted 2K for a few more answers and we will update if we hear back.
All along it appeared unlikely that 2K Sports would be offering a pre-release demo for NBA 2K15 after passing on doing so with 2K14. That has turned out to be the case with Operation Sports getting confirmation that there will be no demo for the game.
The NBA 2K series is in a position where a demo may not be a necessity but the decision can still be legitimately questioned. While companies have started to move away from the traditional demo (MLB: The Show was really the first and there wasn’t one for Madden NFL 15 either) with the thinking that they may do more harm than good there’s still an audience that can be reached through them. Continue reading No Demo for NBA 2K15
2K Sports today released news on improvements and additions coming for MyTeam mode in NBA 2K15. MyTeam is the company’s attempt at cloning the Ultimate Team model from EA Sports’ titles and was first introduced in 2K13. While the revenue-generating mode isn’t as natural a fit for NBA games it has proven to still be something that has a dedicated audience which is more than happy to shovel over their money in pursuit of new players. Continue reading NBA 2k15 MyTeam Mode Details
The overall ratings calculation has changed with NBA 2K15 and only four players will be rated 90+. The floor seems to have risen, and the ceiling lowered somewhat, compressing more players in the middle. As always individual attribute categories and signature skills – and how those translate to performance – is more important than the overall.
2K Sports has started to release the player ratings and in an unorthodox manner having done so by starting with the lowest in the league. Typically companies have avoided spotlighting the bottom of the rosters so as not to embarrass those individuals. In addition a few ratings have come out through Twitter or images captured from the game’s convention appearances. Continue reading NBA 2k15 Player Ratings So Far