Thursday, August 27, 2015
02:08 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

Hey guys, so we recently re-launched our OperationSports YouTube channel (like, comment subscribe, etc.) We hope to expand our audience there as we continue to create videos here.

We've been focusing mainly on Madden for now as that's the most recent major release. Obviously we will be transitioning and playing more of the fall releases as they come out, but the question we have today is:

What do you guys want to see from us in terms of video content? We have plenty of ideas, but specifically when it comes to Madden what are you looking for as we move forward?

There's plenty directions we can go. We can tread in some similar territories others do where we do:
  • MUT pack openings
  • Gameplay commentaries
  • Draft Champions playthroughs
  • CFM follow-alongs and so on.
We can also do stuff that we're known for like in-depth breakdowns and critiques of anything and everything:
  • Why CFM works and fails as a franchise mode
  • The best way to play 15-minute quarters and get realistic stats
  • Etc.
An example of something a bit more in-depth would be the Penalty Analysis video I created earlier this week where I just looked at the amount of penalties and why they were called.

In addition, would you be interested in an OperationSports Twitch or YouTube Gaming stream to come hangout once or twice a week (at least for now) and watch and chat about sports, life and video games with the community? Either way we'll start streaming in due time, but if it's a priority for you all then we'll start it up sooner than later.

Feel free to reach out and give feedback in this thread, or via a private message to me, or via Twitter @ChaseBecotte. You can even tell me what you just DON'T want to see from our videos.

Any and all feedback is welcome, thanks guys!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

2K Sports has added the '07-'08 Boston Celtics (previously revealed) and '12-'13 Miami Heat to the list of classic teams in NBA 2K16.

There will be 12 new classic teams added this year, 8 of them have now been confirmed.

Here is the list of confirmed classic teams so far:
  • '12-'13 Miami Heat
  • '03-'04 Detroit Pistons
  • '07-'08 Houston Rockets
  • '99-'00 Toronto Raptors
  • '07-08 Boston Celtics
  • '00-'01 Los Angeles Lakers
  • '02-'03 Dallas Mavericks
  • '99-'00 Portland Trail Blazers
Two more teams will be revealed next Thursday.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All
12:41 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Madden's newest mode is Draft Champions, and so far it's one of the freshest additions to the franchise in years. This is a quick and deep experience that reminds me of what I liked about the Ultimate Team mode when it debuted in UEFA Champions League 2006-2007.

According to EA's early press releases, the developers of Draft Champions had four goals: "Always on the Clock. Every Pick Matters. Keep it Tight. Replayable." With limited plays, I think they hit the mark with each.

Read More - Madden 16: Draft Champions Is One of the Best Parts of the Game

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
10:17 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

As I said in our staff's recent Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 roundtable, I'm fundamentally opposed to the multi-button, meter-based kicking mechanics that games like PES and FIFA have employed for over a decade. But despite not liking either of those titles' core gameplay, I've still found myself firing up lots of FIFA on the new consoles, primarily due to its well-made cooperative multiplayer modes. Whenever I'm playing Pro Clubs or Two vs. Two Online Seasons alongside my pals -- instead of being isolated against a single friend in a personal grudge match -- the gameplay frustrations that'd normally stop me from having fun with FIFA just drip off the side of my skull before they can ever reach my brain, like condensation coming off a cold bottle.

Read More - Madden Should Have Expanded OTP, Not Eliminated It

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:16 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Last season’s Operation Sports Fantasy Football Championship was a huge success, so we’re bringing it back for 2015!

For the first 10 weeks of the NFL regular season, you’ll be able to enter weekly qualifier leagues that offer $500+ in guaranteed prizes! If you win a weekly qualifier, you’ll gain entry to an EXCLUSIVE league in week 11 that offers $500 in free cash prizes, all courtesy of our partner FanDuel.

At FanDuel, there’s no need to commit to an entire season of fantasy football – each league lasts just one week. All you need to do is pick a nine-player team that fits under the salary cap, so there’s no waiting around for a draft. There are thousands of leagues open each week – starting for as low as $1.

Those new to FanDuel can sign up with promo code OS100 to receive a 100 percent deposit bonus, up to $200, that you earn as you play.

It doesn’t get any better than this! Think you can beat the rest of the Operation Sports community? Yeah? Then prove it.

Week 1’s league starts on Sunday Sept 13th. The top 20 teams win cash, and first place wins $100. $5 entry. Click here to join!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 19 - View All
08:50 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Project CARS Old vs. New Car Pack is available now for PlayStation 4 users for $3.49, along with free car pack #3. Check out the new trailer here.

While it is currently available for PlayStation 4, it's coming soon for Xbox One and PC users.

Featuring three retro machines and their modern-day counterparts, the Old vs. New Car Pack showcases the lineage of three major manufacturers: Ford, BMW, and Ruf.

Available cars:
  • Ford Mustang & Ford Mustang GT
  • RUF CTR "Yellowbird" & Ruf RT12R (Free)
  • BMW 2002 Turbo & BMW 320TC WTCC

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
04:28 PM - August 26, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NHL 16 team continues to answer questions about the game at their Ask EA page. The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading. Other Q&A sessions have been posted here in the same fashion.

Will we get HUT coins from playing NHL Live moments ? I know we couldn't last year and I would like this feature to return.

No, you won't earn HUT coins from playing Moments Live.

Did you get rid of the talking between teams in EASHL games?

Hi Jovi, you will only be able to hear the opposing team during a specific point in the pre-game flow. Once in gameplay, you will only hear voice communications from your teammates.

Will the C of Red from Calgary be implemented during the Playoffs?

Yes it will.

Knowing that EASHL will be played with pre-created player classes, what will the stats for these players be high or average stats? For example, will a playmaker have similar stats to Crosby or more average like a Bozak?

It is tough to identify an exact player for each player class as we focused more on balance across the entire mode than trying to match a certain player. That said though, they are more like second line players rather than first line players in the sense that they are usually very talented in a particular area and average in the rest rather than being well rounded superstars like a Crosby who can shoot and deke as well as he can pass.

How up to date will the rosters be when the game is released?

The rosters are up to date as of the second week of July on the disc. The user can visit the roster update screen to download an update if and when made available.

In Be a GM mode will free gent players on your team refuse to sign with my team again? You have added a chemistry feature so I wasn't sure if this would be part of that. It feels to easy and unrealistic to have every player willing to resign every year. It would be more challenging for a star player to not want to re-sign if the team is not making the playoffs.

Yes, in NHL 16 players will now refuse to re-sign with your team. This will occur when a player is very upset with the organization, the team has very low locker room chemistry or a player that wants to win but realizes your franchise is not in a state to win anytime soon. The same variables will also apply when trying to sign free agents during free agency. However this varies from player to player and is dependent on his personality.

In Be A Pro mode when your player is up for free agency will you be able to negotiate contracts at all?

When you become a free agent in NHL 16 Be A Pro you will be given a selection of 3-5 teams offers to choose from. The same way it has been in the past.

Is there going to be preseason in be a pro, gm, and season mode?

There is a preseason in Be A Pro and Be A GM modes but not in Season mode.

Will the Oilers new orange jersey be in the game?

Yes, the Edmonton Oilers orange jersey will be in NHL 16.

Will you guys going back to star potential for players?

Hi Gabriel, for NHL 16 we will be leaving the potentials as they were in NHL on the Xbox One and PS4 and not going back to the star potential system we had in past games.

Will there be authentic goal songs?

In NHL 16 we will have authentic goal songs for Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, Columbus, Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Will you have the Gila River Arena in NHL 16?

Gila River Arena will not be in NHL 16. Due to certain laws, rules and/or regulations in various jurisdictions, EA restricts the appearance of brands that pertain to gambling across all of its E or E-equivalent games and titles. Accordingly, due to the association with Gila River Casino, the Arizona Coyotes will be playing in a home arena called Arizona Arena not Gila River Arena in NHL 16.

I am interested in pre-ordering the to-be released NHL 16 Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4. I realize that pre-ordering the deluxe edition gets me $50 worth of HUT content. Also, I realize that pre-ordering NHL 16 from GameStop will get me $25 worth of HUT content. If I were to pre-order NHL 16 Deluxe Edition from GameStop, would I receive $75 worth of HUT content? Thanks!

If you pre-order the NHL 16 Deluxe Edition from GameStop you will receive $50 worth of HUT content. 40 HUT Gold Packs, 2 per week for 20 weeks. Pre-order offers are not stackable with the Deluxe Edition. To find out more visit our pre-order blog here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will I get 10 HUT packs as soon as I get the game if I pre-order / download the game from the Xbox store?

This offer only applies to players who owned NHL 15. If you owned NHL 15 and pre-order NHL 16 via digital download you will receive an additional 10 HUT Gold Packs when you enter into NHL 16 HUT for the first time. This is on top of the 15 HUT Gold Packs, 1 per week, you receive for pre-ordering.

When NHL 16 will be available for pre-order on the Xbox Marketplace?

NHL 16 is available to pre-order from the Xbox One Marketplace now.

What's different in the NHL 16 Deluxe Edition?

The in-game experience between NHL 16 Standard Edition and NHL 16 Deluxe Edition is the same. However, NHL 16 Deluxe Edition comes with $50 worth of Hockey Ultimate Team content. You will get 40 HUT Gold Packs, 2 per week for 20 weeks. More details are here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will you release top 50 player rating before the games come out, like last year?

We will be revealing ratings at the end of August.

The EA site says we can get 25 gold packs for pre-ordering from GameStop, but their site says they only give 15?

When you pre-order NHL 16 Standard Edition from GameStop you will receive 1 HUT Gold Pack per week for 25 weeks. There are more details here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will NHL 16 have the classic NHL 94 controls?

Yes it will.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All

Some of the NBA players that have posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have posted some low resolution NBA 2K16 screenshots of themselves, which included their NBA 2K16 ratings.

Here are some of those screenshots in a much higher resolution.

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Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All
02:42 PM - August 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Check out our accompanying impressions video here.

Madden NFL 16 was released yesterday and after a full day of playing the game, with just over 10 games in for me personally, it’s a good time to share some gameplay pros and cons. We’ll have more on the gameplay in our full review coming up later this week….

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Gameplay Impressions

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

Just like Day One and Day Two, NBA players are currently posting their NBA 2K16 player ratings, along with in-game screenshots of themselves in action. Below are the players that have either posted on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram today.

(Click the name(s) below, to see the screenshot. Once we get higher resolution screenshots, we will post them.)Previously confirmed player ratings: (Click the name(s) below, to see the screenshot)

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 39 - View All

EA Sports released details for the FIFA 16 demo, scheduled to arrive on September 8 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The demo will come packed full of features, including two women's teams from the U.S.A. and Germany.

Below are the modes and options available in the FIFA 16 demo.
  • Kick-Off: jump onto the pitch and play a match. When starting the FIFA 16 Demo for the first time on PC, Xbox One, or PS4, you will begin at El Clasico, Real Madrid CF at home to FC Barcelona.
  • FIFA Ultimate Team Draft: experience a brand new way to play - FUT Draft. Make careful decisions as you build a squad, then take them onto the pitch in an offline match.
  • FIFA Trainer: everyone can Compete at a Higher Level in FIFA 16. Check out the FIFA Trainer, a new contextual training system, to pick up some new tips while playing Kick Off or FUT Draft.
  • New Skill Games: as matches are loading experience six of our six new skill games.
  • Bundesliga Broadcast Presentation: (available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC only) experience authentic broadcast graphics when Borussia Dortmund visits Borussia Mönchengladbach at BORUSSIA-PARK.
  • FC Barcelona
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Chelsea FC
  • Inter Milan
  • Manchester City
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Real Madrid CF
  • River Plate
  • Seattle Sounders
Women’s National Teams: (Women's National Teams compete exclusively against other Women's National Teams.)
  • Germany
  • United States
  • Borussia-Park
  • CenturyLink Field
  • Santiago Bernabeu

Game: FIFA 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All

Last night, during Game Changers Radio, Kolbe Launchbaugh, Creative Director of Madden NFL 16, advised everyone to wait until the upcoming patch (no estimated date yet, but we have seen "less than six weeks" thrown around by the development team) arrives before starting their CFM.

He talks about it at roughly the 13 minute mark.
  • They are aware of everything the community is bringing to their attention
  • They are addressing many of those items in a patch coming soon (no estimated date given)
  • You should wait until the patch is released before starting your CFM, as some of the fixes will require client side and server side fixes
No details have been given on what fixes are being implemented as of yet, but for now, it would be wise not to start your Madden NFL 16 CFM yet.

As for what could be in the patch. This is all speculation but here are some of the known CFM issues:
  • Ratings boost from drive goals making some players go over 100 overall. There is no workaround right now, drive goals are always on even if you don't keep notifications going on your screen.
  • Regression being overly harsh on offensive linemen (seems to be more pass blocking than anything else) that causes their ratings to fall quite drastically. This appears to stem more from SuperSim or simulating games as linemen give up too many sacks and then regress.
  • Rookies coming in that are not scaled to the new speed/deep accuracy ratings Madden is using on default rosters. So many new rookies can come in after season one and be better than most everyone else in the game at certain things. (This one seems like it would obviously be a reason you have to start your franchise over because rookies are put in your Year 1 CFM from the start of the season.)
Other issues we are tracking but haven't confirmed on staff ourselves:
  • QBs getting too many carries during a game (in SuperSim but not regular sims).
  • Re-signing players to really crazy bargains (that is, superstars taking major discounts).

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:23 AM - August 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.

Madden is here! Its now time to do our annual state of the game poll with your votes! Be sure to vote in the poll on how you think the game is shaping up after a day of playtime and comment below on what mode you are currently playing in the game!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:10 AM - August 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.

We are officially a full day into the Madden NFL 16 release, and after a day of playing through different aspects of the game the staff is here to provide some impressions. Check out their thoughts after the jump and add your own day one impressions in the comments below!

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Day One Impressions Roundtable

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
05:04 PM - August 25, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Ferrari 488GTB is available now for Driveclub owners. Check out the latest video to see and hear the car in action.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All

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