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11:41 AM - January 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post


It may be the end of January – a typically slow time in the sports game world – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t all sorts of interesting things happening. This week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast is a winter potpourri, featuring a number of special guests talking about their areas of expertise. Up first, PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey (a huge Seahawks fan) and MaddenTips’ Stephen Gibbons (a big Pats supporter) join host Rich Grisham to preview the Super Bowl. Next, Operation Sports’ own hockey expert Glenn Wigmore hops on to revisit NHL 15, checking in on its current state and how it has improved since launch. After that, our good friend Greg Sewart from Generation 16 and the Player One Podcast chats about the big shift in the NASCAR game license and what it means to racing fans. Lastly, Out of the Park Baseball’s Brad Cook discusses the huge positive implications for his game now that it has acquired the long-desired MLB license.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)
Stephen Gibbons, MaddenTips.com (@Sgibs7)
Glenn Wigmore, OperationSports (@glennwigmore)
Greg Sewart, Generation 16 and Player One Podcast (@sewart)
Brad Cook, Out of the Park Baseball (@ootpbaseball)
And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:


Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time:
1:49



10:31 AM - January 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.


It's Super Bowl Weekend! It's Friday!

That means it is time to plan ahead and think about what games you are giving a whirl this weekend. Will you be playing Madden NFL 15 one final weekend? Will NBA 2K15 get your attention? Will you still fire up College Hoops 2K8, as-is tradition?

Here's what we're playing this weekend, share what you are in the comments!

Read More - TGIF: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (Super Bowl Edition)


Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski joined Conan O'Brien for an extreme Super Bowl battle in Mortal Kombat X. This is a must watch video, with sooooo many funny moments.

Platform: Sports

Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived today, which includes over 3,000 rating changes for 440 players. It also adds changes to depth charts, player movement, injuries and accessory updates.

The Chicago Bulls alternates and Brooklyn Nets Pride uniforms are included in this roster update as well.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update. Fernando has sent us the Excel spreadsheet with all of the changes. Download it here.

GOING UP
  • Michael Carter-Williams +1
  • Kevin Love +1
  • Zach Randolph +1
  • Marc Gasol +1
  • Paul Millsap +1
  • Al Jefferson +1
  • Nikola Vucevic +1
  • Elfrid Payton +1
  • Tyson Chandler +1
  • Dirk Nowitzki +1
  • Devin Harris +1
  • Sergey Karasev
  • Arron Afflalo +1
  • Rodney Stuckey +1
  • Tony Parker +1
  • Danny Green +1
  • Reggie Jackson +1
  • Zach LaVine +1
  • Andrew Bogut +1
  • Klay Thompson +1
  • Otto Porter Jr. +1
GOING DOWN
  • Josh Smith -1
  • Kirk Hinrich -1
  • Timofey Mozgov -1
  • Tristan Thompson -1
  • Lance Stephenson -1
  • Amar'e Stoudemire -1
  • Nick Young -1
  • Chandler Parsons -1
  • Kevin Garnett -1
  • Joe Johnson -1
  • Mason Plumlee -1
  • Ty Lawson -1
  • Kenneth Faried -1
  • Kyle Lowry -1
  • DeMar DeRozan -1
  • Manu Ginobili -1
  • Kevin Durant -1
  • Dion Waiters -1
  • Andrew Wiggins -1

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Thursday, January 29, 2015
04:24 PM - January 29, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chase Becotte


The skateboarding genre is not what it once was in the video game space, but the original OlliOlli was a reminder of what makes arcade games and skateboarding games such a great fit. Simple enough controls, style -- the colors maaaaaaan the colors -- and difficult, but fair, gameplay made it a game worth checking out on the Vita or PS3/4.

The new OlliOlli 2 trailer is a reminder of a lot of what made people appreciate the original game. The folks at Roll7 appear to be embracing that trance-like gameplay state once more while also providing plenty more content and new ways to experience grinding, flipping, tricking and all that junk.

Even if you maybe aren't in to this type of thing, it's probably still worth watching the trailer because it's a fact that dope music is dope.

OlliOlli2 is coming to PS Vita and and PS4 later this year.

Game: OlliOlli2Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
03:03 PM - January 29, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.

Check out the changes for this mornings roster update here.

NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
02:41 PM - January 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chase Becotte


We're just now beginning to understand what we can expect in MLB 15: The Show -- today we got the MLB 15 Fact Sheet -- so it seems the right time to start talking about the little touches we're hoping to see in MLB 15. Today's video is inspired by the Little Things thread on the forums, and it includes some of the small touches Chase Becotte would like to see touched up in Sony's next baseball title.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
12:04 PM - January 29, 2015. Posted by HustlinOwl. Written by Steve Noah

The MLB 15 The Show fact sheet has arrived, check it out here. The PlayStation.Blog also mentions a gameplay reveal is scheduled for February 5th, at 2:00 PST, on Twitch.

Below are just some of details from the fact sheet, click here to view them all.
  • Advanced AI logic results in outfielders taking more realistic routes to the ball
  • Upgraded motion system allows for dynamic speed matching from run to catch to throw
  • User controlled cut offs
  • All new slide and tag system
  • New speed paradigm for fielders and base runners
  • Enhanced ball physics for pop ups, fly balls, and shots into the gap
  • Dynamic pitch breaks: Allows for more realistic pitch recognition when batting
  • Simplified Analog swing controls
  • Dynamic Difficulty 2.0
  • New situational base covering intelligence allows for new animations to play when a player has time or is in a hurry to get to his base.
  • More than 70 new situational third out fielding animations
  • New Input Type option for hitting
  • We’ve separated swing input as a separate option
  • More than 90 new personal batting stances
  • More than 120 batting stance re-captures
  • More than 50 new personal pitching motions
  • More than 120 pitching motion re-captures
  • More than 45 new signature HR swings
  • More than 900 new presentation animations
  • More than 700 new gameplay animations
  • Editable Contracts (Franchise mode)
  • Player contract interest improved (based on MLB service time) (Franchise mode)
  • Player salary guide (Franchise mode)
  • GM History records (Franchise mode)
  • Trade Finder (Franchise mode)
  • Vastly improved trade logic (Franchise mode)
  • New crowd placement logic to reduce fans sitting in "cheap" seats
  • New Quick Shifts feature and revamped Defensive Positioning screen
  • Quick Counts balancing adjustments (I.E. less 3-2 counts, pitchers start with 1-1 counts, etc.)
  • Four new brands for Fielding Gloves. Each brand has three different styles.
  • Four new brands for Bats. Each brand has three different styles.
  • Four new brands for Batting Gloves. Three brands have three styles and one brand has two styles.
  • Three new brands for Cleats. Each brand has three different styles.
  • Updated shin guard, new “Without foot guard” option added.
  • Updated batting helmet with no flaps to pay homage to Old Time players. (PS4 Only)
  • New Necklace accessory with Thin or Thick as options. (PS4 Only)
  • Wrist tape has now been separated into left and right wrists with a new “Long” wrist tape option added.
  • New “Extra Wide” wristband AND armband option added. (PS4 Only)
  • New Base runner Wrist Guard accessory added. (PS4 Only)
  • New “Stirrup Low” Pant Style option added. (PS4 Only)
  • Japanese and slap-hitter swing types now selectable (PS4 Only)
  • Left analog stick bunting influence
  • Hours of new custom stadium and ambiance music (over 40 new tracks)
  • RTTS camera improvements after the ball is in play
Source - The Show Nation




  • No retractable roofs
  • No confirmation on frame rate
  • No stadium creator/relocation/expansion


  • Are the contracts of coaches editable? Are coaches editable in general? Everything looking great so far! Can't wait! Negative ghost rider
  • I've got two; one specific, and one more generalized:
    Was the bug with scouting fixed where if you didn't scout the guy at all, he'd show up 100% revealed on draft day?
    I'd love to hear more about how trade logic was "vastly improved." Probably one of those things that's difficult to describe to the layperson, trade logic and coding. Still, I'm curious.

    I'm not going to spoil Luis stream, but I can't rob the CPU teams anymore with bad trades. It's something I've been able to do for years and finally we seem to have found the sweet spot in value in age, potential, and overall.
  • Ramone, a few questions about the Vita version:
    Are the gameplay/presentation improvements not included due to space on the Vita? Are the "FOUL" and "OUT" text boxes still in the game? Is there any way to remove them if so?
    Yes I'll see what I can do
  • I was just thinking with directional hitting is there any way to do directional hitting with zone? Also directional hitting is with the left stick right? Negative ghost rider, and yes.
  • Awesome stuff! I didn't see if fans could catch foul balls and HR's this year though. (That was scratched from last years fact sheet). Is it in? Russell, can you say? Not this year
  • Retractable roofs? # of Uniform slots? No and same
  • What does split screen functionality mean for presentation? Could that mean that they show a scene where half the screen shows the pitcher and the other half shows the batter before a pitch to set up the presentation for a stressful playoff situation? Affirmative
  • Are the dynamic pitch movements tied to arm slot or is it a selectable thing?
    Or does it mean something like there are no longer deviations of pitches and only FB,CB,SL,CH etc?
    No on both accounts.
  • Is Online Franchise still in the game? Affirmative
  • Russell do players in the All Star game finally wear there home teams jerseys during gameplay? No doing that still uses way to much memory.
  • Does it have 2-player Manage Mode Only?
    Was that in the game last year? If it wasn't then the answer is no.
  • are there more available start times for exhibition games? Negative
  • + Ramone Russell on January 29th, 2015 at 9:36 am said:
    All the MLB stadiums will have updated dirt and grass.
  • Are single-a teams playable? I assume not since it's not on the fact sheet. No and if I'm a betting man I'm not sure they ever will be.
  • Were the numbers on the back players jerseys with out the name plate moved higher up like the Yankees? No, however I just walked over to chat about this with Paul who's one of the graphics leads and he's going to put it on his list for 16. No promises though
  • Is this talking about the Directional Hitting? Are the separate options something like zone and directional? No, hitting interface now has an added option with is input type. So you can now play Timing hitting with analog controls for example.
  • Did you guys add any new catcher gear? Also can we finally edit the catchers masks/hockey helmets? Yes, (thank the baseball gods) bye bye turtle shell chest protector.
  • Did you gentlemen re-add the ability to turn off the home run celebration cam? I LOVE watching the flight of a moonshot like in previous versions. That's literally my only "problem" with this game. Otherwise it's dang near perfect. No the option did not return, but someone mentioned it during community day back in November and Clayton turned it completely off I believe.
  • The Fact Sheet is looking good! As another player who solely does Franchise mode (offline) and has been disappointed in the meager career stat tracking, I am hoping for an improvement. Anything you can tell us? Same as last year, however it's the number one item on Franchise features list for 16.
  • Last year there was mention of using up to 1,000 different crowd models. The final number of models in 14 was much lower, has that number been increased this year? Yes we can use 1k different models but it's going to take some time to scan that many new faces for the crowed.
  • Did you guys bring back the ability to change players cap brims as well as catchers masks? Both were locked last year.
    Also any new hair and beard styles? Yes still there and no
  • Ramone- Will Matt. V announce all 9 starting players names/positions in the batting order once again? Negative ghost rider
  • Will the enhanced trade logic play a role in RTTS (like background CPU trades) or is it solely a Franchise enhancement? It applies to RTTS as well.
  • (1) Has MOM mode been brought back to an exhibition mode so we don't have to start a franchise/season to use it? If it hasn't, do you ever see it coming back?
    (2) If we are using generated counts, do we have the option to bring in a relief pitcher before the count is generated?
    1. No I it's most likely never coming back. 2. No, unless you schedule to bring him in at the beginning of an inning.
  • One thing I would like to know, has the ability to manually name our saves been addled. Negative ghost rider
  • in RTTS can your catcher call timeout and have a meeting on the mound with the pitcher? Also will the pitcher decline our signals and can we add the stick ons to our catchers fingers? No no and no
  • Hey Russell, with all the new accessory options you guys added, how will this be translated when we import our 2014 franchises?
    Will all the new gear be randomized for all the players or something like that? They will keep the equipment from the file and you can change it to new stuff after your in MLB 15.
  • Was there any mentions on who the voices of the radio show were?
    Local talent
  • Any word on Classic Stadiums for PS4? Maybe a post release DLC Stadium package for $10, just to make it with your while. No and no
  • Can we do the carry over saves with season mode files just like RTTS and Franchise. Yes Y2Y saves works for RTTS, Franchise, and Season mode.
  • Any news if the renovations at Progressive Field and Wrigley Field will be included? Yes those renovations will be included.
  • I was just thinking with directional hitting is there any way to do directional hitting with zone? Also directional hitting is with the left stick right? Negative ghost rider, and yes.
  • One major problem with this game is the strike zone. Even if you go in the settings so that “all balls and strike calls are made perfectly,” many of the calls are still incorrect. The pitch track will show that the ball caught the strike zone but it was still called a ball anyway. This has been a problem since the beginning of the series. The entire ball DOES NOT need to be in the strike zone for it to be a strike.
    Our strike zone logic is based on 50% of the ball being inside the strike zone for a called strike. With variable umpires this varies and there was a bug last year on the on screen display for where the ball actually landed. That issue has been fixed.
  • The new features sound great, but no mention of online fixes for MLB 15? VERY disappointing. MLB 14 online, even on PS4, is a nearly unplayable mess of lag, player warping, and game breaking glitches/freezes. Any word from devs on fixes for online?
    Improving online has been a priority for us the entire development cycle. Ultimately you need to play it to see the improvements and we will be working until code lock at improving the experience.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
11:40 AM - January 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We are happy to announce that Chase Becotte, former member of the Operation Sports Staff and Editorial Team, is once again working with us in an editorial capacity. We have always enjoyed Chase's exceptional quality work, and we are excited to have him back on our team covering sports video games. Chase will be working on our multimedia offerings, including authoring a new video series on Operation Sports -- which is set to debut later today.

Please join us in welcoming Chase back to the team!

11:19 AM - January 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

EA has released yet another content update / patch for EA Sports UFC, and this time they’ve added four new fighters to the mix as well as made a few tweaks to the gameplay balance. This will be the last major update for EA Sports UFC, as the developer is now looking to move their focus to “the future” (their words). I suspect development on the next UFC product has hit full stride, and maybe we’ll hear more about it at E3. We might still get small tuning updates to this product, but fighters being added is probably a thing of the past.

Read More - EA Sports UFC Content Update #7 Impressions

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
08:16 AM - January 29, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Shady has checked in once again with another NBA 2K15 video montage and as per usual, it's a must watch. (NSFW language in the beginning, the rest of it is clean.)

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
04:02 PM - January 28, 2015. Posted by DustinT. Written by Dustin Toms

Check out this sweet video on Grizzly Vision's YouTube page. If only Tim Kitzrow could break into broadcasting...

Game: NBA JamReader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS2Votes: 3 - View All

NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.

Check out the changes for this mornings roster update below.

NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests in this thread, should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.

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Hey Everybody,

Here are the notes for today’s update:
  • Updated all injuries/rotations based on latest games
  • Updated all player movement: Releasing of Elliot Williams, JaMychal Green
  • Updated all of the Free Throw Ratings throughout the league to reflect this year’s statistics
Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

-Mike Stauffer (@2Kstauff)

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
02:08 PM - January 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Out of the Park Developments continues to surprise us with their major additions to each version of its outstanding baseball sim. Last year, it was the advent of 3D animations; in 2015, OOTP 16 will add an official MLB license.

This isn’t the only surprising or anticipated feature recently announced. Here’s a list of the expected additions and what they might mean for one of OS’s top-rated games.

Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 16: Quick Breakdown of the New Features

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 1 - View All
02:01 PM - January 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Let's face it, Marshawn Lynch is no fan of the press.

After being threatened by the NFL with a fine of $500,000 if he didn't show up to talk to the media, Lynch made that clear with a pretty consistent line of answering from questions by the press.

"I'm just here so I don't get fined."

What might be even more fun is to let Lynch take on the media in the squared circle, which is what SB Nation's James Dator did in the video above.

In a classic battle, Lynch takes on a reporter in a last man standing match. The results are pretty funny, especially considering the WWE-style feud this has become.

For the record, Lynch has answered questions in Press Conferences recently though.

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All

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