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Friday, July 25, 2014
05:06 PM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Here is your first look at Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Team cards, courtesy of @mutheadsite. We should start hearing more about MUT next week.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
03:11 PM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 offensive linemen in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Joe Thomas - Overall 98
Evan Mathis - Overall 97
Josh Sitton - Overall 97
Trent Williams - Overall 95
Joe Staley - Overall 94

Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
11:59 AM - July 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.


We all love speculation, so let's speculate into a world without exclusivity.

In our alternative universe theory, EA and the NFL never partnered up exclusively and instead -- we had two NFL games going into the new generation of sports games in 2005.

How would have the market had been different? Was there ultimately room for two games -- or would we be at one NFL game like every other sport not named the NBA or Soccer right now? Would NFL 2K have thrived? Would EA have ultimately taken the ESPN license away from 2K?

So many possibilities, let's hear your speculation...

Read More - OS Roundtable: How Would Football Be Different Without Exclusivity?

10:49 AM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2014 college football season is just around the corner, and we'll have it all covered on Dual Threat, Operation Sports' College Football Podcast! Dual Threat is hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, hosts and producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In this episode of Dual Threat, Drab and Bode discuss SEC Media Days, from the lack of star power to the conference's scheduling to the polarizing coaches like Saban, Miles and the Ol' Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier. Also, the guys talk about Drab's trip to New Orleans and how Mr. Pac 12 is now all-in on heading to Baton Rouge for our "Dual Threat Road Trip 2014" bracket, plus a look at some of the other big storylines of the offseason, and much more!

Be sure to follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067. 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 9am 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: 17 - View All
08:57 AM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s unheard of! Developing, publishing, and supporting an independent sports games on next-generation console platforms? In 2014? The sports game landscape may have gotten smaller in the past few years, but the team at HB Studios saw an opportunity where others saw risk. The result is “The Golf Club”, a simulation golf experience that will soon hit the PS4 and the Xbox One (and is already available on Steam Early Access). The 94th edition of the Press Row Podcast features an extended 1-on-1 discussion between host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) and The Golf Club Executive Producer Peter Garcin (@rawktron); the two discuss a host of issues, including key game design decisions, how the team navigated and processed the Early Access feedback, going through the console submission process, and the freedom and anxiety that comes from attempting to self-publish a sports game in today’s complex landscape. It’s an open, honest conversation that provides a unique look at how The Golf Club is coming together in its stretch run.

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:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

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

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 58 Minutes

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Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
Thursday, July 24, 2014
06:25 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted their Madden NFL 15 gameplay improvements blog and quite a few new screenshots.

Quite a bit of information on pre-play mechanics, max protect blocking, pre-play coverage adjustments, QB contain, bluff blitzing, improved adaptive AI, defensive play types, kicking game and much more.

Source - EA Sports

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
03:16 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 wide receivers and tight ends in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Top 5 Wide Receivers
  • Calvin Johnson - Overall 99
  • Brandon Marshall - Overall 96
  • Andre Johnson - Overall 95
  • A. J. Green - Overall 95
  • Dez Bryant - Overall 94
Top 5 Tight Ends
  • Jimmy Graham - Overall 97
  • Rob Gronkowski - Overall 96
  • Vernon Davis - Overall 94
  • Jason Witten - Overall 93
  • Greg Olsen - Overall 88
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
12:09 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

Once a year, every baseball fan gets to live out their wildest dreams.

The trade deadline is arguably the most exciting time of the season in the MLB, with rumors flying around like drunken pigeons. There's not really a direction to anything, and 95 percent of all trade talk winds up being whispers heard in the wind, shouted out by reporters and the most hardcore of fans on social media and message boards. It is exhausting, sure -- but also exhilarating. In sports, there's really nothing else quite like it.

So for all of you baseball fans who know exactly what I'm talking about, here are ten potential trades that could rock the very foundation of your MLB: The Show franchises:

Read More - MLB The Show: Potential Deadline Trades to Change the Game

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 4 - View All

Ripstone has announced Pure Pool is scheduled to arrive on July 30th for PlayStation 4 and July 31st for PC. Xbox One gamers will need to wait a little longer.

Read the full press release below.

Pure Pool cued for launch on PlayStation®4 and Steam!

Hone your skills then challenge real world legends with VooFoo Studios Pure Pool

Indie developers VooFoo Studios and Publisher Ripstone announced today that Pure Pool; the latest addition to the Pure series will shooting onto PlayStation®4 on 29th July in Europe and on 30th July in the US, in addition to PC via Steam on 31stJuly.

After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay, not only can players expect full immersion in a living, busting pool hall, but the team at VooFoo have raised the quality bar higher than ever resulting in the ultimate pool game.

Offering four game modes in single player from classic American 8 Ball to Killer and four challenges from Royal Rumble to Perfect Potter, players can refine their skills solo or relish in the challenges of full live online multiplayer - competing against the best in one-on-one matches and in global online and custom leagues.

Promising players the most authentic pool experience outside of real life, Pure Pool not only boasts the most convincing baize and balls in pool simulation history - the game has been built from the ground up with the idea of connecting players.

Pure Pool tracks players' individual gaming-styles - closely monitoring traits, ranging from the length of time it takes for a player to take a shot to the number of balls are potted in quick succession. This will create a unique DNA profile as they play, allowing gamers to take on AI interpretations of their friends and foes, no matter whether they're online or not. Players' pool skills will be challenged to the maximum by weighing up against the DNA profiles of the development team or snooker, pool and gaming superstars.

Game: Pure PoolHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:16 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



HB Studios has released another video from The Golf Club. This is part 1 of their creating surfaces tutorial, from their Greg Norman course designer.

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This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part One demonstrates how you can add the surfaces to create a custom fairway path.

UPDATE: Video #2 is online as well.

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This tutorial video for The Golf Club's Greg Norman Course Designer demonstrates a fantastic new feature - creating surfaces. This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part Two demonstrates how this feature enables you to have general terrain between tee and green.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
10:10 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Glenn Wigmore


EA has released its first major update for EA Sports UFC, and it's come at a good time for the game's community. The free update adds three new fighters, some much-needed gameplay tweaks and a couple of other fun additions. The full details are available here.

Read More - EA Sports UFC: Breaking Down The Newest Patch

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
09:51 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Yesterday, EA Sports revealed the top runningbacks and fullbacks in Madden. In case you missed that news or want a recap with a solid breakdown, check out the video above by our new friend DLloyd who makes absolutely smashing videos of your favorite sports video games.

The question that is on the mind of many around football is what is the future of the running back position? Many teams are going to platoons to limit carries overall, with Adrian Peterson being the leader in carries per game at 19.9.

Compare that to 1996 when the seven top rushers had more attempts per game than Peterson did. Ricky Watters led the league with 22.1 carries per game. Ten years before that, the NFL was even more run happy. In 1985, Gerald Riggs led the league with 24.8 carries per game, almost five full carries more than Adrian Peterson averaged last season!

The NFL has simply become a more pass-happy league, and with teams trying to mitigate big injuries to their rushers -- many have turned to platoons to split the carries load amongst more than one player.

Do you think the RB position has been devalued over the past decade and do you emphasize the position on your roster as much or more than real NFL GMs? Sound off!

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
02:29 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports posted a Madden NFL 15 Player Sense 2.0 video last week. Today they posted some more details in a blog, as well as released some more screenshots.

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A common theme you will see in Zone Coverage is drop back, take away the deep, and then come crashing down hard to anything underneath. Hook Zone defenders are now in better position on shallow route combinations, which mixes perfectly with Flat Zone defenders being in better position on deep route combinations.

In Man Coverage, we have redone the system for reacting to cuts by WRs. Instead of waiting for the right point in the cut for the defender to react, we ensure that the defender gets to a specified coverage point based on the cover type (off Man or Trail), the route type, and player ratings (Route Running vs. Man Coverage).

Ratings matchups will play more of a role as defenders vie for underneath or overtop positions. There’s no more “wait and break” positioning, as it is more realistic. If players do get beat, the separation will not be as exaggerated as in past years of Madden.

Remember: Only certain defenders have outstanding Man Coverage (MCV) ratings, so keep that in mind when calling Man defense. Know your players’ abilities and put them in position to succeed.

Source - EA Sports

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
04:29 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NHL 15 Producer, Sean Ramjagsingh just tweeted this image of Seth Jones in the game.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
02:48 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We don't know much about NBA Live 15 thus far, but a report earlier today indicates a demo could come earlier than usual. How do you take this news? Is it encouraging? Intriguing? Does it move the meter for you at all?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know in the comments if you'd download a demo and give it a try!

Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All

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