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Thursday, August 27, 2015
10:22 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Danny Webster




The point of Madden NFL 16 this year, plain and simple, is to "be the playmaker."

It's been obvious ever since Odell Beckham Jr., was named the cover athlete many months ago. Receivers were about to get their time to shine in Madden, even if it meant certain receivers coming down with never-before-seen catches and them appearing to look overpowered in the game.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Offensive Gameplay Breakdown

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
10:11 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Brandon Kosal

For many athletes, playing defense isnít nearly as fun as offensive. The same holds true for many gamers, myself included, more so when it comes to Madden. In the past, defensive efforts felt like going through the motions and that the user had little control over the outcome. Part of that is only being able to control one out of the 11 players on the field, sure, and to a large extent thereís only so much a developer can do to give the user a greater sense of control. With Madden 16, I think EA Sports has made great strides in this department.

Read More - Madden NFL 16: Defensive Gameplay Breakdown

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
07:29 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

EA has unveiled the changes for NHL's Ultimate Team (HUT) mode. The major change is that single-player seasons will now be a thing.

This should come as no surprise for those out there who play Ultimate Team a lot as single-player seasons are in some of the other Ultimate Team modes as well. In short, the folks working on NHL 16's Ultimate Team just want to try and keep their mode in parity with the others out there.

NHL 16 will be released on September 15 in North America.

Source - NHL 16 HUT (EA Sports)

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

After giving away a free Baseball is Better Diamond Dynasty pack (valued at 15,000 stubs) for MLB 15 The Show fans last week, the team is giving away 2 free packs this week.

Simply log into Diamond Dynasty and receive one Gold Sponsor pack and one random pack (valued at 12,000 stubs) from the list below:
  • Devís Choice
  • April Topps 50
  • May Topps 50
  • June Topps 50
  • July Topps 50
  • Heavy Hitters
  • Trades and Rumors
  • All I Do Is Win
NOTE: With the reintroduction of Limited Time Equipment, the Gold Sponsor Pack may have something special.

Let us know what you grabbed in your packs.

The team has also made some improvements to the economic landscape of the marketplace, which include:
  • Reintroducing Limited Time Equipment: "Stars and Stripes" and "Camo" equipment will be back in circulation for an indefinite amount of time. We always wanted to bring it back sometime, so why not now? Lots of limited time equipment was stock piled on troll accounts that have been banned, so we need more back in circulation anyway.
  • Cap on Stub Balance and Order Amount: We are setting a Stub Balance Cap at 10 million Stubs. If you had played 24 hours a day since the game launched you still would not have even a tenth of this cap. We are also reducing anyone with over 10 million Stubs to 10 million. This will put a ceiling on the negative affect any one troll could have on the marketplace and it only affects about .01% (1% of 1%) of users. The few affected will get a super awesome package of packs. We also have placed a cap on the max transaction amount to prevent outrageous orders that have no business being on the marketplace.
  • Buy-Order Reset: In order to properly apply the Stub Balance Cap mentioned above, we have reset all Buy-Orders on the marketplace, returning posted Stubs to their owners.
  • Marketplace Caps: transactions cannot exceed 500k Stubs. This happened a few days ago.
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 28 - View All
05:01 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


NBA 2K16 is introducing over 1,500 tattoo designs that you can move, scale, rotate and layer onto your MyPLAYER. Fans will be able to apply tattoos to the chest, back, neck, legs and arms.

Check out the video here, or on YouTube at a higher resolution here.

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

EA Sports is currently recording commentary for the upcoming East Lake Golf Club, the newest course for Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR.

As mentioned previously, the course will be free in late September and available in Play Now, Tour Pro career, and online modes.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
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: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - 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: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
11:38 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Motorsport 6 demo is set to arrive on September 1, exclusively for Xbox One users. Check out the full car list at the official website, along with screenshots of the tracks included in the game.

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The demo features a selection of the 450+ Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. Youíll experience highlights from the gameís 26 world-famous locales, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

Everyone who plays the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their garage in Forza Motorsport 6 for no additional cost. In addition, the demo will include additional features that allow fans to get even deeper into the Forza Motorsport 6 experience.

Forza Motorsport 6 arrives on September 15, but for those of you willing to shell out $99.99 for the Forza Motorsport 6 Ultimate Edition, you can get it on September 10.

For more news, screenshots and videos on Forza Motorsport 6, check out this page.

Game: Forza Motorsport 6Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 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: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
09:16 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Last seasonís Operation Sports Fantasy Football Championship was a huge success, so weíre bringing it back for 2015!

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

At FanDuel, thereís no need to commit to an entire season of fantasy football Ė each league lasts just one week. All you need to do is pick a nine-player team that fits under the salary cap, so thereís no waiting around for a draft. There are thousands of leagues open each week Ė 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 doesnít get any better than this! Think you can beat the rest of the Operation Sports community? Yeah? Then prove it.

Week 1ís 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.

UPDATE: It is available on Steam, for 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

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