"If this is where Indie Sports Games are heading, then we're on board."
A look at Microsoft's sim racer and its debut on next-gen.
EA Sports does it again, with a great debut of their best-selling soccer franchise on next-gen.
We go in-depth with the XBox One.
As I detailed in my review, there's a lot to like about FIFA 14 on next-gen hardware. I had gotten a good feeling about the game back at E3 2013, as it's framerate, animations, pace and overall fidelity seemed like promising indicators of what the final product would deliver. This made it all the more satisfying when EA was able to provide that experience in the full release. By actually leveraging some of the new horsepower in some subtle but meaningful ways, EA was able to broaden the “feel” of the FIFA gameplay even if they weren't actually messing with the core engine in drastic ways.
Taking Things to the Next Level: Five Ways to Improve FIFA 14 - Read More
The 2013 college football season is in full swing! Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast 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 eighteenth episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode are reunited (and it feels so good), and the guys discuss some of the better, and worse, bowl match-ups, an early look at the BCS Championship game between Florida State and Auburn, a look back at Championship Weekend, what a 4-team playoff would look like this year, the situation at Texas and (as of writing this) head coach Mack Brown, the hire of Chris Petersen at Washington, plus a look at the Heisman Trophy finalists and much, much more!
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, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!
Top Sports News for Friday, December 13, 2013
- It seems like just another day at an NFL stadium parking lot as three people were stabbed following last night's Broncos-Chargers matchup.
- Jameis Winston and A.J. McCarron (Not Johnny Manziel?!) split the top two non-Heisman awards among their college football peers.
- Despite the drama that unfolded in
2K Sports has posted another NBA 2K14 roster update for current and next-gen consoles. The roster updates injured players and adds Stephen Jackson to the Clippers.
The updated roster also includes the recent Raptors and Kings trade, which sent John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to Toronto and sent Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento. For some reason the roster was rolled back to the original roster after being released on Tuesday.
Let us know what you're seeing.
Front Office Football Seven is available now for $36.95. You can also try before you purchase it, right here.
The new version of Front Office Football includes dozens of new features, designed to enhance your simulation experience. The new game features the following:
- Staff Members. You now have a five-man staff, consisting of a head coach, an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator, an assistant coach and a strength coordinator. Staff members are responsible for scouting as well as player development. Offensive and defensive coordinators call plays. Strength coordinators help your team avoid injuries. Each staff member, aside from the strength coordinators, specializes in work with one position group.
- Staff Draft. At the beginning of the year, you have the opportunity to sign any staff member who is entering the final year of his contract. After the resigning period, there's a five-round staff draft. The draft order is based on the previous year's franchise financial performance. The first round is for head coaches. You have the opportunity to skip your pick, keeping the current coach in place, or you can promote a staff member on your own team, poach an assistant from another team or select someone entirely without experience.
- Staff Names. At the beginning of a new career, you have the option of using familiar coach names for your universe.
- Game Film. During the season, you'll have the opportunity to view the Film Room, which contains breakdowns of every game played during the current year. Run and pass selection is broken down by down and distance and personnel packages, as are defensive play choices.
- New Contract Formats. Contracts are now limited to five seasons, and incentives are gone. Rookies are automatically signed, as the new league formats make a rookie's contract structure very specific. Rookies cost less, so you'll be able to spend more money on veterans.
- HTMLHelp. Front Office Football Seven uses a more modern help interface, based on HTML. This is now a native Windows 8 application, and will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well.
- Draft History. All players who either played a down in the league or were drafted into the league will have a complete playing history. A new screen showing each round of every draft will give you the opportunity to quickly locate any player based solely on draft position and year.
- Player File Generator. The Player File Generator allows you to take a .csv file and create a player file compatible with Front Office Football Seven.
- Multi-Player FTP Support. Most mutli-player commissioner and team owner functions are now automated through FTP. As a team owner, just open up the game, select Import Game Files, and the game downloads all the most recent game files and reloads the game in the current stage. As a commissioner, imports and exports will run much more smoothly.
- Multi-Player Stage Editor. The editor will allow team owners to view all the actions they've taken while constructing their current stage file. They can delete actions without having to start over.
- Data Export. At any time, you can select the Export Data command, and Front Office Football Seven will generate a set of .csv files that includes player information, game information and a wealth of statistical data. While this data is in fairly raw form, enterprising spreadsheet and web site aficionados will be able to create far more impressive and extensive web sites than the game creates.
- Amateur/Staff Draft Imports. Using the data from the exported .csv files, commissioners will be able to hold drafts off-line, and easily create a file that contains all the draft data. This data can then be imported directly into the game, saving the commissioner hours of making each selection by hand.
- Ratings Tracking. An option allowing ratings tracking within Front Office Football Seven. Twice a season (before training camp and prior to week three of the exhibition season), a clearing-house consisting of all player ratings will be created. These can be accessed from player records, or through exported data. Player development has been changed significantly in Front Office Football Seven, so these stages are the crucial points for player development within the game.
- Extensive AI Improvements: Roster building was a focus of development. Many features within the game were rebuilt, including the attendance model and player scouting.
- The Quarterback Coterie: A new screen showing the yearly performance of all league quarterbacks, normalized for each season they've been in the league. This will enable you to compare quarterbacks both on career performance and by how they performed at every level of experience.
- Yearly Calendar. A screen that shows the league's calendar every year. This will help players understand what stage they're in and what needs to be done at any time during the year.
- Long-Snappers. The Long Snapper is now a dedicated secondary position. Each team must have one.
- Internal Structural Changes. While this was the most time-consuming new feature other than replacing everything to do with scouts and coaches, it's not something you'll necessarily notice. But from a development perspective, it was necessary and very helpful. The game is much more stable and modular. New features can be added much more quickly. The game runs faster, which means some of the new AI algorithms can handle a lot more analysis. This makes future development possible as well. This is a risky development item since this and the AI upgrades took up months of development time, and they won't be immediately obvious to those who have played the game in the past. But I'm confident these developments will greatly enhance the long-term value of your gaming experience.
EA Sports has released two more EA Sports UFC screenshots, featuring Jon "Bones" Jones.
The votes are in to see who will share the cover with Jones. The results will be broadcasted on UFC.com tomorrow at 6:30 PM EST, between Georges St-Pierre and Alexander Gustafsson.
More screenshots are set to release over the coming months, featuring almost 100 fighters.
For a limited time on Monday, December 16th, 2K Sports will release locker codes for a Diamond Kobe Bryant, to use for your MyTeam.
Thanks to @Shake4ndBake for the heads up.
All you need to apply for a coaching position is the ability to "chuck the pigskin," own a Sega Genesis and PS2, and have some serious PowerPoint skills. It's safe to say that we all appreciate this guy's effort.
Though you may buy it from a place that sells video games, and play it on a machine called a gaming console, I would hesitate to label Gran Turismo 6 as a game.
The word I find more accurately describes this title is simulation. When thought of in the same vein as flight and economic sims, it's a bit easier to overlook some of GT6’s flaws -- even if this is the best entry in the series to date.
Gran Turismo 6 Review (PS3) - Read More
Top Sports News for Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Major League Baseball has officially decided to ban home-plate collisions -- possibly as soon as next season.
- Doc Rivers was given a warm reception upon his return to Boston and promptly handed his old team a defeat.
- Seattle QB Russell Wilson has been drafted by Texas --
2K Sports has released the NBA 2K14 locker code for the Sprite Zero Gravity dunk. Redeem it by entering 2K+SPRITE in the locker code area and add it to your MyPlayer in MyCareer mode.
NOTE: You must have at least a 90 Dunk or 90 Standing Dunk to meet the requirement and add it to your arsenal.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made some waves the other day when he mentioned that the NHL "is listening" to cities when it comes to possible expansion. While there are no formal plans, there certainly was a boastful tone to Bettman's bluster when he was cooing about how the NHL has the hammer, so to speak, and is enjoying some level of financial solvency.
The European 3rd, European Classic and South American Classic kits are available now for Xbox 360 users (later today for PS3 users).
These kits were already made available to anyone that pre-ordered the game. Now anyone can download them for free.
- Manchester United
- Inter Milan
- Benfica 1961/62
- AS Roma 1982/83
- AC Milan 1989/90
- Manchester United 1998/99
- Racing Club Avellaneda 1967
- Santos FC 1968
- Colo-Colo 1992
- São Paulo 1993
- Universidad de Chile 1996
- Boca Juniors 1997
Virtual Currency (VC) in NBA 2K14 is a problem and if consumers don't voice their concerns, it's going to get worse.
Sure, there are ways to get free VC via the mobile app (if you can get it working), but gamers shouldn't be required to use VC to do simple tasks such as changing a lineup. We can understand using it in MyTeam (as it has been successful for EA Sports and Ultimate Team), but to have it added into other modes really has the community fired up. Customization isn't as fun as it once was, since VC is needed to update accessories and the ratio is ridiculous. Could this be next?
While there are many posts here at OS slamming it, other sites such as NeoGAF and Reddit have also been killing it from day one. PastaPadre has written a detailed article on it and the hate is spilling over.
VGRevolution warned users about it last year. Twitter is filled with complaints from users actually purchasing VC and not receiving it or crashing/freezing in modes, losing what they've earned. With no official word from 2K Sports, this is becoming a very large concern.
Where do you stand on VC?
EA Sports has released Madden NFL 25 title update #3 for Xbox 360 and PS3 users today, focusing on an issue with injuries in online CFM games, which caused desyncs.