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Thursday, October 2, 2014
11:23 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Very few developers have the reputation that Turn 10 has of Microsoft Studios, and they have it for a good reason. Having churned out quality Forza racing titles since 2005, the studio has always found a way to make each new release feel fresh and redesigned, without sacrificing the core formula that has made the Forza Franchise so beloved over the last decade-plus.

In 2012 the studio branched off from the standard Forza racing genre and released Forza Horizon on the Xbox 360. It was a different take on the Forza series, that saw the user dropped into a open world racing festival type atmosphere, and gave them the ability to play the game as they saw fit.

Here we are two years later, and now Turn 10 and Playground games is at it again, only this time they have power of the Xbox One to accompany them along their journey. Now the question is, is the journey worth it?

Read More - Forza Horizon 2 Review: Everything You Could Imagine, a Must Buy

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
10:25 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.


The Above video is from our friends at GoMadden. Check out their YouTube, and follow them on Twitter.

Madden 15 tips are at a premium right now as players are trying to find their groove against this year’s enhanced defense, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to show you one neat trick that can be applied universally against the much-used cover 2 defense.

Beating the Cover 2 can be tough at times when user defenders are wrecking havoc in the middle of the field, which is why in our latest Madden 15 Minute Tip, we show you how to make some quick changes at the line of scrimmage to get over those nasty flats zones, and safely out of bounds down the field. More details.

If you can't see the video above, click here to see it.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 27 - View All
09:23 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The mobile game market seems to be suffering from a great divide: either you pay an upfront premium for a high-quality experience, or you get a “free” title that encourages money to trickle from your wallet over the long term.

Unfortunately, it seems that major sports titles are falling on the “freemium” side of that line. And, as is the case with all things, you often get what you pay for.

That’s true for this year’s version of iOS Madden 15, a decent playing game that’s been watered down due to the use of pay-to-play tactics and artificial limitations.

Read more - Madden NFL 15 on iOS: Even At Free, It Still Isn't Worth Your Money

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 27 - View All
07:40 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FanDuel is hosting another 1-week fantasy football league for Operation Sports members for week 5. It's $5 to play and has $500 in cash payouts. The league starts on Sunday and ends Monday night. Click here to join.

Week 4 was another success with 107 Operation Sports members playing in the league!

Congratulations to ralphief for taking home the win. Steve Smith and Randle Cobb lead the way for him putting up over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns each. The big sleeper pick of week 4 was Matt Asiata as he was only picked by 5 of the 107 teams. His 3 touchdown day kept zzclutchxd and youngfuture in contention until the very end. They finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Here’s ralphief's winning roster, which was good for a $75 payout in week 4.


Click here to join the week 5 league. Good luck!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
04:52 AM - October 2, 2014. Posted by Taku. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has released another patch for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NHL 15, bringing it up to version 1.03. Check out the details below.


The team will be releasing the following content update later this month.

Online Team Play
Online multiplayer mode where every player on the ice can be human controlled.

GM Draft
For the first time in the NHL franchise, you will be put on the clock and feel the pressure like real NHL GM’s. You will now only have 3 minutes to make a draft pick. If the pressure is too much, you can also call timeouts to extend the amount of time you have to make a draft pick or potentially negotiate a trade. You can make trades at any time during the draft. The CPU will also propose trades to each other and the user throughout the draft.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
02:13 PM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released their NBA Live 15 player ratings for the top 5 shot blockers in the game. How does your top 5 list look compared to this one?
  • Serge Ibaka - 96 Shot Block Rating
  • Anthony Davis - 95 Shot Block Rating
  • Larry Sanders - 95 Shot Block Rating
  • DeAndre Jordan - 95 Shot Block Rating
  • Dwight Howard - 90 Shot Block Rating
Below is the release date schedule for the rest of the ratings and links to those that have already released.
  • 9/23 - Top 5 PGs (Released)
  • 9/24 – Top 5 SGs (Released)
  • 9/25 – Top 6 SFs (Released)
  • 9/26 – Top 5 PFs (Released)
  • 9/27 – Top 5 Cs (Released)
  • 9/28 – Top 5 3Pt Shooters (Released)
  • 9/29 – Top 5 Dunkers (Released)
  • 9/30 – Top 5 Ballhandlers (Released)
  • 10/1 – Top 5 Shot Blockers (Released)
  • 10/2 – Top 5 Overall Defenders
  • 10/3 – Top 5 Scoring Threats
  • 10/4 – Top 5 Rookies
  • 10/5 – Top 5 Passers
  • 10/6 – Top 5 Rebounders
  • 10/7 – Top 5 Steal Threats
  • 10/8 – Top 5 Fastest Players
  • 10/9 – Top 5 Dynamic Duos
  • 10/10 – Top 5 6th Men
  • 10/11 – Full Team Ratings (Atlantic Division)
  • 10/12 – Full Team Ratings (Central Division)
  • 10/13 – Full Team Ratings (Southeast Division)
  • 10/14 – Full Team Ratings (Northwest Division)
  • 10/15 – Full Team Ratings (Pacific Division)
  • 10/16 – Full Team Ratings (Southwest Division)
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Player ratings in NBA LIVE 15 will be updated throughout the regular season; and player tendencies, powered by Synergy Sports Technologies, are updated after each game throughout the NBA season. These updates allow NBA LIVE 15 to provide an experience that is constantly evolving as a player’s performance evolves based on what is happening in the real-world NBA.

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Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All
01:09 PM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

In early September, 2K Sports revealed Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson being in NBA 2K15. At the end of the video, it showed a PlayStation exclusive for The Stage, but didn't give any details.

Today, Chris Smoove has provided a video and the first look at The Stage. The PlayStation.Blog has also posted an article about it.

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The Park makes its return on the rooftop of a building located in the heart of the city in the form of The Stage. This is a neutral site where the love for your park is set aside for your love of VC. It’s time to put your VC where your mouth is. Step up to one of the courts and Ante-Up the amount of VC displayed. Win and you split the pot with your team. Lose and you’ll be walking off the court with lighter pockets. Squads are supported here as well. The Stage is available exclusively on PS4 for 30 days.

For those of you that enjoy high-stakes gaming, we have the High Rollers area, where your highest limits will forever live exclusively on PS4, with Ante amounts up to 45,000VC for a single game! Time to step up that game!

In all, the 3 choices for MyPARK & The Stage comprise 4 of the 5 Parks you may experience in NBA 2K15. The fifth goes to the Park affiliation that wins the MyPARK Championship. Beginning October 11th and lasting through the weekend preceding the NBA All-Star game, the MyPARK Championship will pit all three affiliations against one another in weekly rounds of competition. Earn points that count toward the MyPARK Championship, where the winning affiliation will receive a newly designed home park!

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 73 - View All
12:03 PM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


2K Sports has just released a new NBA 2K15 video featuring MyPARK with a quick teaser at the end on The Stage.

A few tweets from @LD2K below.
  • The streetball style will be differentiated from the Rec center. No streetball moves out there - full sim games.
  • During sessions, you can "squad up" for that session with friends and travel together. Yes TRAVEL. More on that later.
  • We'll have a full writeup breakdown on #NBA2K15's #MyPARK coming your way soon.
And here is the full write up.

Today, we announced the return of The Park, now known as MyPARK.

In NBA 2K14, The Park was first unveiled. It was the first iteration of a revolutionary mode unseen in any sports game, bringing MyPLAYERs together to play casual games of street ball. This year, the world is getting bigger and the stakes higher. The Old Town Flyers, Sunset Beach Ballers and Rivet City Rough Riders are recruiting true competitors to represent their community in NBA 2K15’s MyPARK mode. Each affiliation has its own 8-court home park and unique flavor of basketball emphasized by slight boosts to various aspects of your game. Pledge your loyalty to one and start making a name for yourself.
  • Affiliations: You’ll pledge your loyalty to one of three affiliations: The Old Town Flyers, the Sunset Beach Ballers or the Rivet City Rough Riders. Each has its own eight-court home park and unique flavor of basketball, emphasized by slight boosts to various aspects of your game.
  • MyPARK Rep: After selecting a park, you’ll begin earning a reputation for yourself with MyPARK rep, an earned-only feature which takes into account not only wins, but your teammate grade and opponents. As your rep increases, you will unlock various MyPARK-specific upgrades.
  • The MyPARK Championship: Beginning October 11 and lasting through the weekend preceding the NBA All-Star game, the MyPARK Championship will pit all three affiliations against one another in weekly rounds of competition. Earn points that count toward the MyPARK Championship, where the winning affiliation will receive a newly designed home park!
  • Jordan Rec Center: If street ball isn’t for you, try out the Jordan Rec Center, which features four full-sized courts and five-minute quarters of 5v5, NBA rules basketball. Games played here also count toward your MyPARK Rep and the MyPARK Championship.
  • Squads: Whether you prefer playing on hardwood or the blacktop, form a Squad with anyone currently in your park by viewing the list of players and sending them an invite. Once you have your team, use any designated Squad area located on each court. When that game is over you will all step onto the court together as a Squad.
  • Additional Features:
    • With the new Attribute Upgrades feature, you will no longer see a park full of 99s that are impossible to guard. You’ll become a specialist depending on how you upgrade your MyPLAYER.
    • MyPARK games have been shortened to 15 points, which will shorten Got Next wait times.
    • With the new always-on game score overlay, you won’t have to change camera angles to find out the current score.
    • The teammate grade meter shows how well you’re playing at a glance without having to bring up the game menu.
    • The MyNBA2K15 mobile app makes it easy to send texts to your squad or anyone in your park. Just type in the app and the text pops up on their screen.
    • Matchups are now based on height with weighting for position rather than simple join order.

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 73 - View All
11:59 AM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has released a new NBA Live 15 video showcasing the offensive improvements to the game. While it's not the 5 on 5 gameplay most of us were hoping for, at least we have something.

They have also posted a blog, going over the improvements to the AI with regards to fast breaks, pick and rolls and playcalling.

Watch the video, read the blog and post your thoughts.

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Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All
11:57 AM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


The DriveClub team has just released a new trailer.

The game arrives on Tuesday, October 7th, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. PlayStation Plus subscribers can grab the DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition that same day. You can read the details here.

Game: DriveClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All
07:53 AM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Horizon 2 team has fixed the VIP issues many were having with the game and continue to work on the stability of the servers.
  • We have implemented a server-side fix for those players who have experienced issues with VIP functionality in Forza Horizon 2. With this fix, expected VIP behaviors should work as intended in the game (VIP badge next to your GT, 2x VIP wheelspins, VIP Car Pack cars cost zero credits on first purchase, etc.) As a precaution, we recommend you quit your current game of Horizon 2 and restart the game in order to see the corrected VIP functionality.
  • Some players who were part of the Xbox One October Preview program were experiencing crashing and freezing in Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5. An update was released earlier today and should be available to all Preview participants by tomorrow night. This update to the Xbox One OS should resolve those issues.
  • We have resolved the issue that allowed players to double-purchase VIP and/or the Forza Horizon 2 bundles. This should no longer be possible. We are currently investigating solutions for players that purchased this content more than once.
  • Some of our social features, like Rivals, livery sharing, etc. are seeing inconsistent performance for some of our players. While these features are generally working, some of them are performing more slowly than is ideal. The team is working to improve our online service performance.
  • Once the servers are stabilized, we will then get to sending out payouts for loyalty rewards cars, Forza Rewards payouts, etc.

Game: Forza Horizon 2Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
07:38 AM - October 1, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another Gran Turismo 6 update has been released, bringing it up to version 1.13. Check out the details below.
  • We have fixed an issue where engine and other sound effects were not being played back correctly during online races.
  • Fixed an issue where the system would occasionally freeze when 2 or more cars with additional gauges were racing against each other during an online race.
  • Fixed an issue regarding the ability to download and play back replays from the Online Rankings board after entering an event.
  • Fixed an issue where the game could potentially freeze when attempting to view a replay of an online race from the Gallery menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Client" display systems could possibly freeze when using the Multi-Monitor function during an online race.

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
06:01 PM - September 30, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If the embed doesn't work, click here.

If you missed the stream, the archive is here. (It takes about 20 seconds to load, for some reason.)

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 73 - View All
02:52 PM - September 30, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Codemasters have released another F1 2014 trailer today. The game hit store shelves on October 21st for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

NEW F1™ 2014 TRAILER REVEALS FEATURES AND GAMEPLAY FROM THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME OF THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE MOTORSPORT

The World’s Greatest Drivers Go Wheel-to-Wheel in Spectacular New Video (Watch it here.)

Today Codemasters® has released a new gameplay video for F1 2014, showing how the game captures all the action of this year’s incredible season as its draws towards one of its most exciting conclusions in years.

The new video captures the intense competition that only FORMULA ONE™ can provide as the world’s greatest drivers push motorsport’s most advanced and exciting cars to their very limits. The wide-ranging rule changes for the 2014 season, including dramatic new turbocharged cars and striking new aerodynamics, plus new and returning circuits, have led to some of the most exciting competition in years and a title race that is too close to call.

F1 2014 is the only official FORMULA 1TM video game and reflects all of the changes in this year’s sport and will also be the most accessible game in the award-winning series. A new driver evaluation system suggests game settings to suit a player’s ability and re-graded difficulty settings, including a new Very Easy mode, will enable newcomers to the series to race competitively, quickly. A wide range of career options enable players to experience the excitement and drama of FORMULA ONE races and seasons, without committing the time required to complete practice, qualifying and races sessions or completing each GRAND PRIX™ on the 2014 calendar.

Veterans of the series will still be able to choose options to simulate full seasons and tune their settings. With all the driving aids off and on the game’s hardest settings, players will experience the authentic demands of racing 2014’s incredible cars which put far more emphasis on driving skill.

F1 2014 will arrive on October 21st for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Codemasters will then introduce a new FORMULA 1 title in 2015 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

Game: F1 2014Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
01:59 PM - September 30, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released their NBA Live 15 player ratings for the top 5 ball handlers in the game. How does your top 5 list look compared to this one?
  • Kyrie Irving - 95 Ball Handle Rating
  • Chris Paul - 94 Ball Handle Rating
  • Jamal Crawford - 93 Ball Handle Rating
  • John Wall - 92 Ball Handle Rating
  • Kemba Walker - 92 Ball Handle Rating
Here is an explanation of the ball handle rating, from NBALIVE_Fernando.

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This rating was reached by looking at turnovers that were coughed up while handling the ball. Plus, a slight tweak based on perception.

This rating used for dribble packages and how prone you are to getting ripped. We didn't forget Steph. He's tied with those players, just gotta let some of the other guys get their picture taken.

Below is the release date schedule for the rest of the ratings and links to those that have already released.
  • 9/23 - Top 5 PGs (Released)
  • 9/24 – Top 5 SGs (Released)
  • 9/25 – Top 6 SFs (Released)
  • 9/26 – Top 5 PFs (Released)
  • 9/27 – Top 5 Cs (Released)
  • 9/28 – Top 5 3Pt Shooters (Released)
  • 9/29 – Top 5 Dunkers (Released)
  • 9/30 – Top 5 Ballhandlers (Released)
  • 10/1 – Top 5 Shot Blockers
  • 10/2 – Top 5 Overall Defenders
  • 10/3 – Top 5 Scoring Threats
  • 10/4 – Top 5 Rookies
  • 10/5 – Top 5 Passers
  • 10/6 – Top 5 Rebounders
  • 10/7 – Top 5 Steal Threats
  • 10/8 – Top 5 Fastest Players
  • 10/9 – Top 5 Dynamic Duos
  • 10/10 – Top 5 6th Men
  • 10/11 – Full Team Ratings (Atlantic Division)
  • 10/12 – Full Team Ratings (Central Division)
  • 10/13 – Full Team Ratings (Southeast Division)
  • 10/14 – Full Team Ratings (Northwest Division)
  • 10/15 – Full Team Ratings (Pacific Division)
  • 10/16 – Full Team Ratings (Southwest Division)
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Player ratings in NBA LIVE 15 will be updated throughout the regular season; and player tendencies, powered by Synergy Sports Technologies, are updated after each game throughout the NBA season. These updates allow NBA LIVE 15 to provide an experience that is constantly evolving as a player’s performance evolves based on what is happening in the real-world NBA.

NBA Live 15 screenshot gallery - Click to view NBA Live 15 screenshot gallery - Click to view NBA Live 15 screenshot gallery - Click to view NBA Live 15 screenshot gallery - Click to view NBA Live 15 screenshot gallery - Click to view
Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All

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