Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11:01 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's about to be time for both the NBA Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Playoffs to both be running side-by-side. As a sports fan, this is a time of the year where your attention is seemingly divided in several different directions, and we haven't even begun to talk about the NFL draft.

Which playoffs do you prefer during the Spring? Is it the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs or the NBA Playoffs?

Sound off by voting in our poll! Comment on why you chose what you chose!

10:52 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a wonderful trip down nostalgia lane, with classic gameplay straight out of the old console eras. You’ll find a lot to love early on about the game, but if you give it the time of day — you’ll find that the totality of the experience leaves you with little desire to continue playing.

Read More - R.B.I. Baseball 14 Review (360/PS3)

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 9 - View All
09:16 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Justin Mikels

When it's all said and done, no one really cares if the NBA champions were a one seed or not. Champs are champs.

But leave no doubt, the fact that the Indiana Pacers have supplanted the defending kings as the top seed in the East isn't something to completely ignored. The NBA playoffs are typically back-and-forth contests where the slightest advantage can make a huge difference especially as we get closer to the Finals.

Of course, many are jumping to conclusions that Miami and Indiana will meet on the doorstep to the Finals from a weak contingency out East, but should assumptions hold true a single win or loss during an 82-game season may be the advantage the Pacers (or someone else?) needs to reach the top.

Sound Off: How much of an advantage is being a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs?

Game: NBAReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All
09:14 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Matthew Coe

When I sat down to research and write this article for Operation Sports, I faced a dilemma. I wanted to make this list as comprehensive as any top five list could be, but I've never had the chance to play any iteration of MLB: The Show on PS3. So how does anyone pick only five games from the rich history of video game baseball AND leave out the best console baseball game of the last generation? Well, for me it became about games that I remember loving, and games that are still remembered fondly by my fellow sports gamers. Have a look at my top five greatest console baseball games, The Show excluded, and let me know what you think.

Read More - The Top Five Console Baseball Sims Not Named The Show

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The official MLB 14 The Show roster update for April 14 was released yesterday. Click here to see all of the details.

Registered users can download the offline file here, others can download here.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 65 - View All
12:38 PM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

The EA SPORTS™ NHL® 14 Stanley Cup® Playoffs simulation predicts that the Boston Bruins will return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year and prevail as Stanley Cup Champions after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games. This will mark the first Stanley Cup win for veteran Jarome Iginla, whose last appearance in the Stanley Cup Final was a decade ago with the Calgary Flames. Tuukka Rask, finishing the Playoffs with an outstanding 1.56 GAA, .948 SV% and four shutouts, will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

For more information on the NHL 14 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation, visit the NHL 14 blog.

Other notable storylines include:

- In the first round, goalies Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will lead their teams to 4-0 game sweeps.

- In the second round, the Chicago Blackhawks’ dreams of a Stanley Cup Championship repeat will come to an end with a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the young and talented Colorado Avalanche.

- In the Eastern Conference Final, the Bruins and Rangers will once again go head-to-head. The series will go seven games, where Patrice Bergeron will once again be clutch for the Bruins, scoring five minutes into OT.

A simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

Who do you think wins the Stanley Cup this season?

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
11:43 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is in stores today for PS3 and 360. After you play a few matches, please post your impressions. Read the full press release below.


Fans Can Now Experience All The Fun, Excitement, And Drama Of Football’s Greatest Event

Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled their most immersive EA SPORTS™ tournament title ever, EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, now available in stores throughout North America. Complete with 11 Game Modes, 21 new stadiums, 7,469 players, 203 National Teams sanctioned by FIFA®, and one hundred new football animations, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup is now available for Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Gameplay innovations and new features make EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil authentic to the tournament experience. All new in-mode training session, adidas® micoach Training allows fans to improve player attributes as the tournament progresses by competing in 18 different drills that can enhance everything from pace to shooting. New Penalty Kicks and Set Piece Tactics change the way the game is played from dead ball situations. Penalty Kicks feel dramatic and rewarding with new save animations, shot tuning, and Goalkeeper Antics, while Set Piece Tactics put fans in control of the runs their teammates take by using the directional pad and choosing one of four preset plays. Other innovations to the franchise’s award-winning* gameplay includes improvements made to passing, dribbling, and player movement that were implemented to showcase the world class talent that will be on display at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

“This summer’s tournament in Brazil promises to be one of the most colorful and exciting FIFA World Cups we’ve ever seen,” said Mat Prior, Lead Producer, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. “The game we’ve created will give fans a chance to feel the excitement, drama, and flare of the tournament whether they choose to play offline against friends or online against people from all over the world.”

A new design feature Patriotic Presentation implements newly-rendered 3D crowds, cut scenes from celebrations all over the world, and hundreds of flags and banners to bring the sights and sounds of Brazil directly to fans’ homes. Commentary in nine languages, a new soundtrack with 34 tracks, and EA SPORTS Talk Radio** highlight a fully featured audio package to help shape the theme and narrative of the tournament. EA SPORTS Talk Radio, featuring Ian Darke and Andy Goldstein, or Roger Bennett and Michael Davies (Men in Blazers), is available in Road to the FIFA World Cup™ and Captain your Country, contains over 50 hours of recorded content to stay up to date on all the action.

EA SPORTS Football Club will make it easy for fans of the franchise to continue their experience by making members’ existing XP and Football Club Credits available to use in the catalogue of EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. The EA SPORTS Football Club Catalogue will be stocked with new and exciting tournament content like Historic FIFA World Cup™ Kits, new celebrations, adidas® footballs, an EA SPORTS FIFA Classic XI team, an adidas® All-Star team, and many other items. For more information and to buy the game, fans can visit http://www.easports.com/2014-fifa-world-cup/buy.

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Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
11:08 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

With the NBA playoffs just around the corner, Shady has chimed in with his latest NBA 2K14 montage featuring the 16 teams that will play for the championship.

Who do you have winning it all?

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 85 - View All
10:25 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

As of this writing, six of the eight playoff qualifying teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference would not even qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns, the ninth ranked team in the Western Conference, would qualify in the East with ten wins to spare.

There have been numerous opinions thrown out on how to fix this seemingly annual occurrence, with everything from full blown realignment to nixing divisions to just taking the top 16 teams from the entire league into the playoffs.

Is it even a problem there is so much disparity between the conferences? Is this a self correcting problem with time?

Sound off with your ideas about how the NBA can increase competitiveness and the fun of the regular and post-season -- or that it should just stay as-is!

Game: NBAReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All
09:58 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

One game that's been on my radar for the last while (thanks to the folks at Giant Bomb and their dedicated community) is Windjammers. This retro future sports game from the Neo Geo arcade system has that intangible element that makes it a competitive gamer's dream, and the gameplay still holds up after all these years. In a time when local co-op games are back in style (and with competitive gaming still being a major force), there could never be a better time to bring back a retro classic like Windjammers.

Read More - Retro Rewind: Windjammers, and Why it Should Come Back

Monday, April 14, 2014

The 2013 college football season has come to an end, as the Florida State Seminoles have been crowned National Champions, but there is still plenty of college football to discuss on Dual Threat! Operation Sports' Dual Threat is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In the 32nd episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss Bode's trip to Dallas for the Final Four, the positive trend of big times teams scheduling great non-conference match-ups and which match-ups need to happen, the latest on Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney's path to the draft, and more! Plus, Drab and Bode finally kick off the voting for their "Dual Threat Road Trip 2014" bracket. Listen and follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067, to vote for which game they they will travel to for the 2014 season!

So give Dual Threat a listen! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 8am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 16 - View All
03:14 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you don't want to watch the entire 2-hour MLB 14 The Show PS4 livestream IGN hosted this afternoon and simply want to watch them create a player in Road to the Show, well... here ya go.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 65 - View All
03:02 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Justin Mikels

Instant replay is great for several reasons, in theory. In practice, however, it hasn't quite measured up for Major League Baseball.

Did we expect anything less? Granted it's still early on and hiccups are bound to happen, but remember we are talking about a sport that went into this thing with cold feet. The MLB wants to look progressive while still holding on to their 'good ole days' routine. How else do you describe a footnote that disqualifies the "neighborhood" play as reviewable at second base?

So here we are. Not only have we had replay gaffes on the calls themselves, but more importantly the system has shown serious weaknesses. Seriously, how does the MLB explain not having the same camera angles that are available on television broadcasts? Where are they getting their video feeds from? Analog antenna signals?

Sound Off: Will the MLB's replay system continue to flounder or do you see this as typical growing pains for new technology?

Sports Headlines for April 14, 2014

Game: MLBReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 2 - View All
01:01 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

IGN is hosting a livestream of MLB 14 The Show (PS4 version) now.

Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers will battle it out, while Sony San Diego designer, Ramone Russell talks about the game and answers questions.

UPDATE: For those that missed out, here is the replay.

Here is a direct link to the Yasiel Puig vs. Hunter Pence gameplay.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 65 - View All
12:28 PM - April 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

While there is Skype, Xbox Fitness, signing in with your face, scanning QR codes or using your voice to navigate, there haven't been any (meaningful) game reasons to use your Kinect 2.0 on the Xbox One. Enter Kinect Sports Rivals, the first substantial foray into motion gaming on the new Xbox. The idea of the game is fairly simple, and it's akin to previous Kinect Sports titles or even Wii Sports Resort. In this entry, you compete in a series of six sports in an island setting, unlocking new chapters of the game's silly story as well as new gear for your character. When you want to take your skills against the world, you do so via the Rivals mode. All of this comes for a $60 asking price, which is too high, but if you can look past that and some other issues, you may have some fun here.

Read More - Kinect Sports Rivals Review (Xbox One)

Game: Kinect Sports RivalsReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

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