Thursday, October 27, 2016
04:53 PM - October 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official Madden NFL 17 roster update for week 8 is available now. These weekly roster updates include changes to player ratings, depth charts, and injuries for all 32 teams.

You can check all of the changes here. We've listed some of the changes below.

  • Le'Veon Bell +1 (Overall 95)
  • A.J. Green +1 (Overall 94)
  • Chris Harris Jr. +1 (Overall 94)
  • Brandon Graham +1 (Overall 93)
  • Aqib Talib +1 (Overall 93)
  • Earl Thomas III +1 (Overall 93)
  • Cliff Avril +1 (Overall 91)
  • Eric Berry +1 (Overall 91)
  • Jimmy Graham +1 (Overall 91)
  • David Johnson +1 (Overall 89)
  • Taylor Lewan +1 (Overall 89)
  • Whitney Mercilus +1 (Overall 89)
  • Justin Pugh +1 (Overall 89)
  • Jerrell Freeman +1 (Overall 88)
  • Janoris Jenkins +1 (Overall 88)
  • K.J. Wright +1 (Overall 88)
  • Zach Brown +2 (Overall 87)
  • Devonta Freeman +1 (Overall 87)
  • DeMarco Murray +1 (Overall 87)
  • Michael Crabtree +1 (Overall 86)
  • Andy Dalton +2 (Overall 86)
  • DeAndre Hopkins -2 (Overall 92)
  • Josh Norman -1 (Overall 92)
  • Marshal Yanda -5 (Overall 92)
  • Geno Atkins -2 (Overall 91)
  • Pernell McPhee -1 (Overall 91)
  • Delanie Walker -1 (Overall 91)
  • Jurrell Casey -2 (Overall 90)
  • Terron Armstead -4 (Overall 89)
  • Mike Daniels -2 (Overall 89)
  • Alshon Jeffery -1 (Overall 89)
  • Clay Matthews -1 (Overall 89)
  • Cameron Jordan -2 (Overall 88)
  • Matt Ryan -1 (Overall 88)
  • Richie Incognito -3 (Overall 87)
  • Jordy Nelson -2 (Overall 87)
  • Demaryius Thomas -1 (Overall 87)

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
02:03 PM - October 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins
This week’s Throwback Thursday is about a cultural phenomenon that, for many Operation Sports users, rewrote the very definition of what a sports video game could be.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NHL 94

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
11:10 AM - October 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

WWE 2K17 patch 1.02 is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the full details below.

  • Fixed an issue where downloading WWE Community Creations content with over 14 custom logos could cause save data issues
  • The alternate submission mini-game has been tuned to last longer. Limb Damage is now weighted more heavily in the mini-game. The penalty for incorrect button presses has also been removed
  • Adjusted Alternate Submission AI for Hard and Legend Difficulty so that COM Superstars behave more human-like. COM Superstars now have a higher chance of a delayed response time to button input changes and also input the wrong button press with greater frequency
  • Major Reversals no longer grant a buff to the reversing Superstar. The Major Reversal buff only minorly impacted in buffing Submission Offense and prevented players from receiving a more substantial buff by taunting after performing the Major Reversal. By removing the Major Reversal buff, players can now taunt after a Major Reversal and still get the benefits of a taunt buff
  • Addressed several instances in which finisher stocks were not consumed correctly
  • Fixed exploits with several moves that could not be reversed as well as with moves that didn’t consume a reversal slot
  • Superstars now correctly gain momentum when reversing a diving attack while grounded
  • Fixed issues with the Escape Artist OMG! move not triggering properly
  • Superstars can now reverse apron springboard attacks form the seated position
  • Fixed an issue where performing various moves wasn’t awarding momentum properly
  • Superstars no longer lose a reversal stock when interrupted during a Charged Finisher by an apron-side grapple
  • Addressed several warping issue that occurred when interacting with ladders or opponents on ladders
  • COM Superstars will now leave the crowd area to attempt to stop an opponent from grabbing the briefcase during ladder matches
  • A COM Superstar now recovers properly after receiving a minor head injury while in the crawling state
  • Barricades no longer appear restored after another barricade has been broken through
  • Addressed a framerate issue that could occur during pin attempts by the announce table
  • Addressed clipping and collision issues that occur when fighting near the ramp and stage in custom arenas
  • Fixed a visual issue that occurred when performing the King of Swing OMG! move with a custom Superstar
  • Fixed an issue in which COM Superstars could get stuck and become unhittable during Triple Threat ladder matches
  • Addressed a warping issue that could occur when grappling the referee during a match
  • Diving onto an opponent lying on a ladder bridge will now cause the ladder bridge to collapse
  • The bottom rope elimination gauge in Battle Royal and Royal Rumble matches has been tuned so that elimination triggers are now more accurate
  • Improved framerate stability when breaking out of certain Superstars’ entrances
  • Fixed several moves where Superstars would sell the wrong injured body part after an opponent performed the move
  • The elimination gauge no longer appears for a user in a Battle Royale match who is not involved in the elimination attempt
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when attempting a strong strike against an opponent performing a reversal animation
  • Addressed a framerate issue that occurred when holding a trash can in the backstage area
  • Fixed an issue with Superstars colliding with the apron and receiving unintentional damage when performing a top rope move to a grounded opponent at ringside
  • Improved the stability of the online experience
  • Addressed an issue with missing info on the Player Info screen
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when the host selected a COM slot in the lobby after the completion of a multi-man Private match
  • The user now receives a greater share of scheduled tag team matches while in the tag team division, making it easier to attain ally points
  • Users are now less likely to encounter multiple consecutive weeks without a match scheduled for the MyCareer Superstar
  • T-Shirt sales now start on Week 1 of May, after the tutorial has been completed
  • Fixed an issue where the MyCareer Superstar didn’t appear on the T-Shirt Sales screen if the attire in Options was set to ENTRANCE ATTIRE
  • MyCareer-specific Superstars (e.g. Barron Blade, Jayden Jet, etc.) and MyCareer Invasion Superstars now have unique personality traits
  • When already in a rivalry, the user can no longer schedule a call out promo against a different, non-rival Superstar
  • The crowd is no longer unnaturally quiet in the opening cutscene
  • Addressed an issue in which additional match cards were added to a show card after editing a match card to be a title match
  • Users are now able to manually switch control of tag partners in Universe matches
  • Addressed a stability issue that could occur after deleting the Raw show without replacing it and proceeding to Tonight’s Show
  • Addressed an issue where a Custom Superstar could win a championship after a self-promotion promo
  • The “Weeks Held” statistic now tracks properly regardless of the champion holding the title
  • Fixed an issue in which rivalries featuring a custom tag team didn’t remain active after creation
  • Proceeding to the Highlight Reel no longer blocks the user from selecting “Next Match”
  • Changes made by reassigning a championship to another Superstar will now save after exiting WWE Universe without the need to play or simulate a Universe match first
  • Fixed an issue with saving changes made to a PPV Match Theme
  • The third manager in a match with three managers is now playable
  • COM Superstars now use promo-specific abilities (Brawl, Taunt, Stare Down) during promos
  • The crowd now reacts when Superstars use a promo-specific ability
  • Adjusted the duration and volume of crowd chants during promos
  • Fixed an issue in which Alternate Attire Superstars did not appear properly during entrances
  • Fixed an issue where audience members could float during a match
  • Spotlights no longer appear on Superstars in daytime matches in the WrestleMania 31 arena
  • Superstar entrance screen effects now display properly during shows that have a screen filter applied to the show
  • Addressed a number of issues for clothing clipping into a Superstar’s body
  • Addressed an unnatural shine in certain Superstars’ hair when observed on the main menu
  • Fixed an issue with masks not displaying properly while in a backstage brawl
  • Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman’s victory scene now displays properly after winning any match with Lesnar having Heyman equipped as a manager
  • Multiple users are now able to access the Highlight Reel after a match
  • JBL’s championship entrance now triggers properly when a championship has been assigned to him Fixed an issue with Custom Superstars appearing motionless after winning a Championship Royal Rumble match
  • Fixed a number of issues related to applying hair dye
  • Body art can now be applied below the elbow when applying body art on the left or right arms
  • Fixed various issues where logos didn’t display properly on creation parts that are intended for adding logos
  • A DEFAULT option now exists in Face Photo Capture to reset the face
  • Users now receive an attention prompt warning that using Face Photo Capture after making changes in Face Deformation will reset the facial structure
  • Fixed compatibility issues when adding sideburns to a face photo-applied Superstar
  • Fixed an issue where copied colors could revert if the color it was copied from was edited
  • Color now applies correctly to mask designs
  • Blemishes, Textures, and Wrinkles no longer reset after switching the body type
  • Fixed warping and deformation issues with various long beards and goatees
  • Hooded clothing and hair now layer correctly for WWE Superstars
  • Body art can now be moved in the Edit Layers submenu
  • The user can now adjust the Material option for wrestling tights
  • Fixed an issue where alternate attire created for Ultimate Warrior ’91 didn’t appear on the Superstar select screen
  • The user can now modify logos when they are placed on the turnbuckle pads
  • Addressed a collision issue that could allow Superstars to be able to walk over an invisible stage area
  • Addressed hitching when entering or exiting various submenus
  • Addressed a flickering texture issue when applying textures or patterns to the ramp or stage
  • Fixed an issue with the setting of Movie Display failing to save properly
  • Fixed an issue with intro motions failing to save correctly in Advanced Creation
  • Fixed an issue where filters didn’t function properly when previewing a video after applying a filter
  • Bray Wyatt’s “fireflies” lighting effects no longer appear in the ring or on the ramp
  • Fixed an issue where the lower part of a 1024x256 Logo wouldn’t display properly when selecting to upload it
  • Championships no longer appear distorted when selecting to upload them in WWE Community Creations
  • Pyro effects now trigger in the proper location when viewing them
  • Arena previews now appear clearly when observing them in Downloads
  • Adjusted the crowd levels during various Superstars’ entrances
  • The ring announcer now properly announces team members’ names before the team name for custom tag teams
  • Commentary about managers will no longer trigger during matches with Superstars who do not have manager present in gameplay
  • Addressed a timing issue with the crowd reaction during Bayley’s entrance
  • Pinfall counts can now be heard during steel cage matches
  • Addressed several issues of menu sound effects not triggering throughout the title
  • Chris Jericho’s hometown is now announced correctly
  • Fixed a voiceover issue in the trio entrance for Enzo Amore, Big Cass, and Carmella
  • Addressed an issue where commentary at the end of promos would often get cut off
  • Fixed an issue with the ring announcer not announcing MyCareer-specific Superstars’ names correctly
  • Added support for the WWE 2K17 Legends Pack downloadable content ahead of release.
  • Apollo Crews’ taunt audio now matches with the taunt animation during matches

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
11:06 AM - October 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Ken Griffey Jr. is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 17, scheduled to release on March 28, 2017.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:14 AM - October 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Patrick Friday

Ready for round two?

Let's get it.

This side of the floor seems to really give folks trouble. Part of that is because the offense in this year's game is overpowering, but the other portion consists of a factor you've probably seen me mention already: player ability. More than ever before, you really have to be in-tune with your MyPlayer and his capabilities. For instance, I play with a 6-foot-7 point guard, which allows me the ability to help and scramble defensively without completely deserting my man for a wide open look. Staying within the realm of of your player's strengths is going to be key in deciding whether you get the stop or you don't. Improving your "stick skills" is pretty obvious, but three key factors could help take your Pro-Am squad from average to elite: communication, synchronicity and IQ.

Read More - NBA 2K17 Pro-Am Primer: Defense

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
09:09 AM - October 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

PES 2017 patch 1.02 and Data Pack 1 are available now, check out the full details below.

PES 2017 Patch 1.02 Details

*The items below have been fixed
  • Sometimes, a forced crash of the game while editing the [Select Image] of the Home Ground Settings, for each team in the EDIT mode and then immediately cancel, just after entering the match menu window.
  • The edited Home Ground Settings would not be displayed, if you play in the away side of Master League or Become a Legend.
  • Transfer Negotiations would not be able to offer to some players, if you meet the specific conditions in Master League.
  • While APPLY LIVE UPDATE is being applied and meet the specific conditions of Mark Settings in the Game Plan of Master League, if you switch players in the Player Details Window, the game would be stopped.
  • The game would be stopped, showing an error message of [CE-34878-0], if you take a specific procedure in the Squad Management window of myClub mode.
  • Sometimes the shoot gauge keeps showing in the replay window of TEAM PLAY LOBBY matches.
  • Importing multiple team data at once, the game sometimes crashes.
*The items below have been improved
  • The position of the cursor display has been changed, when the [Blimp] or [Fan View] is selected in the [Camera Type] during the match.
  • Even as players have been edited, player images in the Game Plan are kept as original.
* Minor adjustments have been made to a variety of modes to improve the general gaming experience.

Data Pack 1 Details
  • Uniforms - 73 strips updated, including Liverpool FC's third kit
  • Boots - 12 new models added
  • Real Faces An additional 30+ players' real faces added

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Game: PES 2017Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
08:33 AM - October 27, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

MLB The Show 17 is scheduled to arrive on March 28, 2017. Check out the details on the standard, MVP, Digital Deluxe and Hall of Fame editions.

When you pre-order, you will receive 10 bonus Standard Packs and a Ken Griffey Jr. Card for The Show 17 when you pick-up or download the game. Pre-order at GameStop and receive an additional 5 Standard Packs bringing your total to 15. Lastly, if you pre-order on the PS Store in addition to the 10 standard packs and Ken Griffey Jr. card, you will instantly receive 11,000 in Stubs for The Show 16.

MLB The Show 17 Hall of Fame Edition
Let’s start with something shiny and new shall we? With Ken Griffey Jr. gracing the cover this year we wanted to create a collector’s edition worthy of The Kid. To do so, we partnered with New Era to create a limited Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY snap back to commemorate Jr.’s return to gaming in The Show 17. Pre-order today because quantities are extremely limited! The Hall of Fame Edition is $99.99 USD/$119.99 CAD (MSRP) and it includes over $205 USD in value, making it a must-have for the most dedicated fans of the Show and The Kid. The Full Contents:
  • New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book
  • Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat for use in game
  • Diamond Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Diamond item)
  • Gold Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Gold item)
  • 11,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes
MLB The Show 17 Digital Deluxe Edition
For our top tier Diamond Dynasty and Road To The Show fans, we are bringing back The Digital Deluxe Edition for ’17 exclusive to PlayStation Store. The Digital Deluxe Edition has over $200 USD value in digital goods for only $99.99 USD/$119.99 CAD (MSRP). For those of you that need packs on packs on packs, you know which edition is for you.
  • Gold Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Gold item)
  • Diamond Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Diamond item)
  • Digital Deluxe Pack
  • 11,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 20 Standard Packs
  • 31 PS4 MLB Themed Avatars
MLB The Show 17 MVP Edition
The gamer favorite MVP Edition is back for another year! With over $130 USD in content – this 69.99 USD/89.99 CAD (MSRP) edition not only includes a ton of digital goods but also the limited edition MVP Steel Book (physical version only). It’s available for pre-order starting today at retailers and at PlayStation Store.
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book
  • Gold Season Starter Pack (Includes Mission Starter for Gold item)
  • 5,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
08:32 PM - October 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Earlier today, we asked the question of if Draft Champions has lost its luster?

After taking a read through Danny's piece, let us know what you think by voting in our poll. Are you playing Draft Champions regularly? Are you playing it at all?

Sound off in our poll and leave a comment on how your season is going!

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 13 - View All
10:04 AM - October 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Danny Webster

Draft Champions was a breath of fresh air in Madden 16.

It was an entirely different way to play the game. Last year, I called it the best mode in the game, and it was the mode to play well after the season ended.

But now almost two months into Madden 17, and almost halfway through the NFL season, Draft Champions seems to have lost an edge in popularity, at least for me.

Read More - Has Draft Champions Lost Its Luster?

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 13 - View All
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The MLB The Show 17 cover athlete will be revealed on Thursday, October 27 at 12:00 PM EST. Have any predictions?

MLB The Show 17 delivers the most realistic and personal baseball gaming experience on consoles. This year The Show offers exciting gameplay improvements and a greater ability to personalize your baseball experience.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
12:52 PM - October 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Out of the Park Baseball 17 is on sale for $9.99 during this year's World Series!

The sale began today (October 25) and will last through November 2 -- no matter how long the series takes in real life.

You can find OOTP 17 in a variety of stores, from Steam to the Mac App Store.

You can check out our review of Out of the Park Baseball 17 to help acquaint you with the series.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 2 - View All
10:48 AM - October 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K has posted their NBA 2K17 season simulation, predicting another 7 game series between the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, with Cleveland repeating as champions.

Last year, NBA 2K16 predicted the Warriors would beat the Cavaliers in 7.

Other notes from the simulation:
  • Rookie of the Year - Brandon Ingram
  • Sixth Man of the Year - Brandon Knight
  • KIA Defensive Player of the Year - DeAndre Jordan
  • Kia Most Improved Player - Dennis Schröder
  • MVP - LeBron James
What are your predictions for the upcoming season?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 30 - View All
10:23 AM - October 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Brandon Kosal

As fans of sports video games, we tend to gravitate towards franchises we know we like, while also being cool on the franchises we know we don’t like. For instance, I am a die-hard fan of NBA 2K and MLB The Show. NASCAR and golf, however, are not necessarily in my wheelhouse. For the past few years, WWE games fell in sort of a gray area.

Prior to WWE 2K17, the last wrestling game I purchased was WWE 11 on the PlayStation 3, which followed a gap of another five years or so between purchases. Like many of you, I looked back lovingly on the days of WWF No Mercy on the N64 and felt that modern-day WWE games were unpolished and clunky.

That’s why I let six years go by before even considering another purchase. I perked up once 2K took over, but decided I would give them a few years before diving back in. Now that I’ve spent some time with WWE 2K17, I realize this break was well worth it and that, while some nagging issues remain, 2K is definitely taking this franchise in the right direction.

Read More - Why You Should Come Back To WWE Games

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
08:58 AM - October 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Mark McMorris Infinite Air is available today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Check out the launch trailer here.

Get ready to shred custom-built runs and show off gnarly tricks across vast, personalized terrain parks. Awe-inspiring environments, fluid snowboarding maneuvers and authentic competitions craft an exhilarating and realistic experience on the snow.

Infinite Air is equipped with an enhanced world editor that allows players to create custom parks for complete immersion into the sport of snowboarding. Get to know the snow like never before as you build the ultimate runs with jumps, cliffs, rails, ramps and countless other items, taking the next step to defining your riding style!

Challenge friends to ride your runs and compete in real-world competitions like Slopestyle, Half Pipe and Big Air! Drop in by helicopter anywhere you wish, on fresh powder in the backcountry or awesome runs in the park!

  • Ride with the Pros. Join top snowboarder Mark McMorris and other pros in the most authentic snowboarding game to date.
  • Genre-Defining Realism. Fluid analog controls and physics-driven animations capture the true feel of snowboarding, allowing for skill-based trick executions and your own flavor of creativity.
  • Challenge Your Friends. Compete in real-world events and go head-to-head in Slopestyle, Big Air, and Halfpipe competitions.
  • Infinite Runs to Ride. Procedurally generated mountains and an intuitive map editor deliver an infinite number of mountains to explore and big air to find.
  • Share and Explore. Share your course creations with friends online, and explore the best runs the community has to offer.

Game: Mark McMorris Infinite AirReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
08:42 AM - October 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Out of the Park Developments simulated the NLCS 10 times in OOTP 17, check out the results below.

Out of the Park Baseball 17, which is on sale for $9.99 (75% off!) for the World Series, has been simming the playoffs. Now it's time for the championship. One team will end a decades-long drought, but who will it be? The Indians or the Cubs?

Let's find out what happened when we simmed the 2016 World Series 20 times in OOTP 17.

We're picking the Cubs, but you can't go wrong with the Indians either.

This was easily the craziest set of sims we ran during the playoffs. The Indians won 12 of the 20 simulated series, but the Cubs won 57 games to 56 for Cleveland, and they outscored the Indians, 477-448, good for a 4.2 – 4.0 advantage in average runs per game. On the strength of winning two of the three main metrics, we're giving this one to Chicago, but you could make a case for Cleveland too.

There were only 4 sweeps, which went to Chicago 3 times. The Cubs won 3 of the 5 five-game series, but the Indians won 4 of the 5 six-game series and 5 of the 6 seven-game series. If this series goes six or seven games, it looks like the Indians have the advantage.

Other stats of note: The loser of the World Series outscored the winner five times, and Chicago pulled off that feat each time. Twice the teams scored an equal number of runs.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 2 - View All

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