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03:40 PM - November 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 111th episode of the Press Row Podcast is pulled from our live Thanksgiving Press Row Hangout, as host Rich Grisham is joined by regular panelists Bryan Wiedey from PastaPadre and T.J. Lauerman from ThatSportsGamer as well as special guest Pete Dodd from Dodd Scientifics. The crew chats about a number of topics, including Bryan’s suggestion that NBA Live move to free-to-play, the post-release support of various sports titles since their release this year, and several others. There’s nothing quite like a long Thanksgiving weekend of food and football; enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:Be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here!

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Sports / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
02:51 PM - November 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K has just released some NBA Legend jerseys for your NBA 2K15 MyCAREER. You can choose from Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Bill Russell.

These are only on sale today, each going for 5,000 VC.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
12:37 PM - November 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

First teased back in October with a subtle "Like" by Ramone Russell in a Forum post by seanjeezy, it is now official.

The first news on MLB 15 The Show is scheduled to be announced at the Sony PlayStation Experience on December 6th - 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What are you hoping to hear?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:59 AM - November 28, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


An anniversary update for Real Boxing is available now on the App Store, no word on an update for Android devices. Check out the new video here.

It includes the following updates:
  • Arcade Mode - brand new singleplayer game mode
  • Challenging boss battles with unique rewards
  • New power-up and condition gameplay mechanics
  • New items and gear
  • Enhanced visuals and gameplay
Read the full press release below.

Real Boxing™ celebrates its knockout 2-year anniversary in November with the release of the Anniversary Update – out now on the Apple App Store.

Anniversary Update introduces players to a brand new singleplayer Arcade Mode, with over 15 increasingly difficult stages, challenging boss fights against otherworldly opponents and a unique set of rewards.

New for iOS in the Anniversary Update are also the explosive Power-ups and a new stat called Condition. And with all the new content comes an anniversary makeover featuring enhanced visuals, animations and visuals effects.

Celebrate Real Boxing’s 2-year anniversary and download the game with the Anniversary Update – available for FREE on the Apple App Store!

Game: Real BoxingReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
11:27 AM - November 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore

With only two fighting games to consider, there is a limited body of evidence to see how sports fighting games have transitioned into the next generation. It's still a bit of a sore spot that there has not been (and won't be for some time) a boxing product, but we have EA Sports UFC and WWE 2K15 to fill some of the gap.

What's notable about EA Sports UFC is that it started out from a relatively solid base, and it's been iterated and improved a half dozen time now (via patches). Entirely new animations and concepts have been added to the core gameplay loop, and things like stamina, punch speed and groundwork have been tuned to counteract some of the problematic spam and exploits that have been an issue for offline and online play.

Read More - How Well Do Current Fighting Games Represent Their Sport?

11:15 AM - November 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

With the help of NHLView, an unofficial roster editor built by independent programmer Artem Khassanov, NHL 15 fans have uncovered the full attribute ratings for most of the game's retired legends.

Electronic Arts added 13 Hall of Famers (pictured above) to Ultimate Team on November 10, but to date, the company has failed to make these players viewable in NHL 15's official roster sorter, or usable in any outside game modes.

So if you're wondering whether or not these special edition cards are worth the thousands of coins they command on Ultimate Team's auction block, Operation Sports has gathered this information to help gamers become more informed buyers.

Read More - NHLView Unveils Full Attributes to NHL 15 Legends

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
07:37 AM - November 28, 2014. Posted by Poke. Written by Steve Noah

Amazon is currently selling NBA Live 15 for $25. This includes either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 version. Not sure how long this price lasts, but if you are on the fence about buying it, now is a good time.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Thursday, November 27, 2014
09:23 AM - November 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family, food, and football. When the food runs out and the football ends, what does the sports gamer do with his family? Here are some suggested sports titles to check out this holiday season.

FIFA 15/ Pro Evolution Soccer 2015: Nearly any soccer game is great on the couch with friends, but this fall we’ve been given two stellar titles. Even the controls, at their most basic level, will work for the youngest sports fan.

Madden 15: Similarly, this year has produced an outstanding pro football title, at least on the PS4/Xbox One. Let the trash talking ensue as you replay all of the Thanksgiving matchups deep into Black Friday.

Home Run Derby (like that in MLB 14: The Show): Also perfect for both trash talk and casual play are home run derby contests. Make friendly wagers using pieces of pumpkin pie or leftover Halloween candy. If these seems too traditional, dig out The Bigs 2 for some home run pinball.

Disney Infinity: My daughter and I love designing crazy worlds in this family game, including some outlandish race tracks. There’s nothing quite like pulling off some crazy stunts as Iron Man astride the Muppet’s Electric Mayhem Bus. Also, the extra Disney Infinity figures make great stocking stuffers.

Nearly any arcade sports title from a previous generation: Thanksgiving is a natural time for reminiscing, so why not blow the dust off of your old consoles and relive the glory years. Games like Tecmo Bowl, Blades of Steel, WWE AllStars, and the Street series are easy to jump back into, assuming your copies still work!

Mario Kart 8: It seems like Mario Kart 8 might be one of the best reasons to own a Wii-U, while at the same time holding universal appeal to nearly every age group.

Happy Thanksgiving from Operation Sports!

What do you plan on playing with your family this holiday season?

06:17 AM - November 27, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FIFA 15 is currently on sale at Best Buy for $29.99. This deal includes the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived today, which includes changes for 446 players. It also includes changes to some of the depth charts and injury updates.

The update also includes the new Orlando Magic Pride uniforms.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update, click here for a full spreadsheet of all changes.

Going Up
  • John Wall +1 (91)
  • Kyle Lowry +1 (86)
  • Jamal Crawford +1 (84)
  • Luol Deng +1 (84)
  • Paul Milsap +1 (84)
  • Klay Thompson +1 (84)
  • Jonas Valanciunas +1 (84)
  • Gordon Hayward +1 (82)
  • Trey Burke +1 (81)
  • Tyson Chandler +1 (81)
  • Darren Collison +1 (81)
  • Omer Asik +1 (80)
  • Reggie Jackson +1 (80)
Going Down
  • LeBron James -1 (94)
  • Steph Curry -1 (91)
  • Kevin Love -1 (89)
  • Joakim Noah -1 (89)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge -1 (88)
  • Kobe Bryant -1 (88)
  • Al Jefferson -1 (87)
  • Dirk Nowitzki -1 (86)
  • Serge Ibaka -1 (85)
  • Mike Conley -1 (84)
  • Goran Dragic -1 (84)
  • Kemba Walker -1 (84)
  • Manu Ginobili -1 (83)
  • Isaiah Thomas -1 (82)

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All

EA Sports has released the Madden NFL 15 week 13 roster update, along with an Excel spreadsheet showing all of the changes. These changes include updated ratings and/or position changes for 508 players.

The overall rating for Odell Beckham Jr. increases 4 points to 84, with his Spectacular Catch rating (SPC) going up 14 points to 99. Odell joins Megatron and Alshon Jeffery as the only receivers in Madden NFL 15 with a spectacular catch rating of 99.

GOING UP
  • Stephen Paea +4 (84)
  • C.J. Anderson +4 (79)
  • Chris Clemons +3 (79)
  • Tim Wright +3 (78)
  • Isaiah Crowell +3 (76)
  • Justin Forsett +3 (86)
  • Stephen Gostkowski +2 (96)
  • Nate Solder +2 (88)
  • Russell Okung +2 (88)
  • Kyle Orton +2 (81)
  • Terrance Knighton +2 (90)
  • Rolando McClain +2 (84)
  • Will Montgomery +2 (86)
  • Ryan Tannehill +2 (85)
  • Orlando Franklin +2 (87)
GOING DOWN
  • Jahri Evans -3 (85)
  • Randy Starks -3 (86)
  • Michael Vick -2 (75)
  • Frank Gore -2 (86)
  • Ryan Mallett -2 (73)
  • Jason Witten -2 (92)
  • Kory Lichtensteiger -2 (81)
  • Vernon Davis -2 (87)
  • Brandon Carr -2 (85)
  • Alec Ogletree -2 (81)
  • Matt Prater -2 (86)
  • Logan Mankins -2 (87)
  • Andy Levitre -2 (86)
  • A.J. Hawk -2 (80)
  • Joique Bell -2 (79)

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 32 - View All
12:08 PM - November 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Though there are a number of arcade titles available in the iOS app store, I tend to gravitate toward the more “thinky” style of game when playing on my phone/iPad. Perhaps it’s the small screen size, the ambiguity of touch controls, or my increasingly slow reflexes.

The same is true of sports games. There are a lot of action-oriented sports titles, but the ones I like most exchange action for strategy: iOOTP Baseball or Blood Bowl, for instance. Pro Strategy Football 2014 falls perfectly into this category, and is one of the best “thinking man’s” football titles available, though it's not without its issues.

Read More - Pro Strategy Football 2014 Review (iOS)

Game: Pro Strategy Football 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
11:44 AM - November 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's been a few years since college hoops graced our gaming consoles. We're now over a year since college football was played out on our PlayStation's and Xboxes. And for Xbox owners, it's been over a year now without an option on their console.

The attrition sports gaming saw over the past few years was horrible to see, and it left some sports without a digital home for their fans.

Which sport, without a console AAA gaming representer, is your most missed?

Sound off by voting in our poll and please leave us a comment on which game you miss most!

09:16 AM - November 26, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kmart currently has NHL 15 on sale for $29.98. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version can be bought at that price. For some reason, the Xbox 360 version is the only one they have listed for $50.94.

Thanks to Kodison12 for the heads up.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
08:17 AM - November 26, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Operations Sports week 13 fantasy league is now open. It's $5 to join this week with a $250 total prize pool. It includes the games on Sunday and Monday night. You can click here to join.

The week 12 league came down to the wire. Justin Forsett's huge performance on Monday night propelled Zerocjd into first place, passing the longtime OS member NDAlum32 for the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Both Zerocjd and NDAlum put up big scores while sharing none of the same players. While it was as Peyton Manning / Demaryious Thomas combo that did most of the damage for NDAlum, it was Odell Beckham Jr and Forsett leading the way for Zero.

Editor's Note: FanDuel is offering a "Thanksgiving-Only" slate that only includes the three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day. To join the $250,000 Thanksgiving Day "Cornbread Kickoff", click here.

Here's Zerocjd's winning lineup in week 12.


Good luck in week 13! You can join here.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All

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