Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12:22 PM - March 29, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Scott

As it is with the dawn of every baseball season, the launch of the newest MLB The Show game brings about the usual sources of excitement that we’ve come to expect over the years from playing the series: a bunch of new and promising features waiting to be explored, loads of welcome tweaks to an already solid core of gameplay and — of course — a flurry of people logging on at midnight when the game's officially released, causing the overwhelmed servers to quickly become unstable.

Okay, that last one is probably more of a continued source of frustration than excitement, but at least we can say the servers have been a little better than they were last year.

With only limited time to play the game since its release on Tuesday, here are a few stray observations on what has stood out to me so far, besides the inconsistent online gameplay...

Read More - Early Impressions of MLB The Show 17

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
12:57 PM - March 28, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe checks in again today with the top 5 changes needed for NHL 18 Franchise mode. Check it out and let us know what changes you would like to see.

Game: NHL 18Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
08:19 AM - March 28, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Spring is here and with it are a number of new sports games that range from the traditional like MLB The Show 17 to the uniquely creative such as Disc Jam. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham briefly discuss what’s most anticipated out of the former, contemplate the potential of the new BIG3 basketball league to make its way to video games, and then welcome in the two creators of Disc Jam for an interview about the game, their backgrounds, and the journey it has taken up to and now through its release.

Joining us this week:
  • Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News (@pastapadre)
  • Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass/OOTP Developments (@richgrisham)
  • Timothy Rapp, High Horse Entertainment (@HighHorseGames)
  • Jay Mattis, High Horse Entertainment (@HighHorseGames)

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All
Monday, March 27, 2017
06:22 PM - March 27, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NHL 17 is available now in The Vault, for EA Access subscribers. If you are not seeing it in the app, try downloading it from here.

For those of you that might still be unaware, EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive, allowing members to try upcoming EA games prior to release, offering 10% off all EA digital purchases and more. It also gives users access to The Vault, which houses a growing library of EA games subscribers can play as much as they want. Users can subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year.

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All

Editor Chris Sanner recently got a chance to go out to 2K and chat with several members of the NBA 2K team about what it was like to go from a member of the OS and Sports Gaming Community to working in gaming. This first video introduces you to everyone I talked to, what they do at 2K, and how they went from community member to making games.

Coming up in future videos we have conversations on what its like to work in games, misconceptions people in the community may have, and also some tips and ideas about how you can angle yourself to get noticed and work on a game like NBA 2K as well.

As part of this series, we are also wanting to encourage anyone interested in working in gaming to look into it. The results of what former OS'ers have been able to do at 2K Sports in particular speaks for itself!

If you are interested in seeing if you have what it takes, we are encouraging all members of the community to contact Chad Riggleman, a recruiter at 2K Sports, about how you may fit in with their future. E-mail Chad at [email protected]

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
03:20 PM - March 27, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

OOTP 18 patch (version number 18.2.36) is available for users that purchased the game directly from the OOTP website or from official resellers. For those of you that purchased on Steam or the AppStore, it should be available in the next few days. Check out the details of the patch below.
  • Updated MLB roster sets (need to create a new game for changes to apply)
  • Adjusted 1-10 and 1-20 rating categories
  • Added option for double-round-robin playoffs
  • Fixed issue with shop player row when current stars are meant to be hidden
  • Fixed bug where certain right-click menu items are incorrect on returning from a tournament job
  • Fixed crash after on-screen brawl or pitcher injuries for human teams
  • Fixed tournament tiebreakers not getting the right game type
  • Fixed errors in historical databases
  • Fixed pitch location widget update in 3D
  • Fixed error in positional strength reports.
  • Fixed problems with scheduling when running an expansion draft in the preseason
  • Fixed problem with minor league stats totals getting inaccurate after year 1 in MLB game
  • Improved popup display to show injury name and DtD effect, if applicable
  • Adjusted reliever contract demands
  • Many other bug and cosmetic fixes
Update Info For Webstore Customers: To apply the update, simply download the setup file and install it over your current installation. There is no need to uninstall or unlicense your current copy! However, you should quit the game before installing it, of course. Updates always contain all the changes from previous updates. Saved games are compatible between different versions.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 18Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 2 - View All
12:29 PM - March 27, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Spring is nearing. With that comes the inevitable spring clichés…you know, birds chirping, emotions permeating the atmosphere, all of that. If you’re in New England, as I am, all of that is right out; it won’t stop snowing, freezing, or blowing gale force winds of snow all over the place.

The way I know spring is nearing this year is this: The Season According to Out of the Park.

This year’s version, of course, has several additions and updates. The natural update, given the MLBPA license attached to the game, is the 2017 Opening Day rosters. I am writing this on March 19th. To give you an idea about how much the team stays on top of updates, forget about Chris Sale and Edwin Encarnacion.

Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 18 Road to Release: The Annual Season Sim

Just in case you missed the other Out of the Park Baseball 18 Road to Release articles, the links are below.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 18Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 2 - View All
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
06:26 PM - March 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Fraser Gilbert

It’s almost that time of year again! Before you know it, we’ll be inundated with new information regarding the latest iteration of EA’s long-running hockey series. As we get ever closer to that date, it’s time to get our brains into gear and think about what we’re hoping to see in EA’s upcoming addition to the franchise.

What do we know about NHL 18 so far? Very little. It seems doubtful the Frostbite engine will make its debut, given there's been no indication of its inclusion during EA’s recent earnings conference call.

Here at OS, we’ve always loved creating wishlists for our favorite games, and the NHL series is no exception. I’ve used this opportunity to detail both my own personal desires for NHL 18, as well as including some items found in our forums over the past few months.

Read More - NHL 18 Wishlist: Features We'd Like To See (Written by: Fraser Gilbert)

Game: NHL 18Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:24 AM - March 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We are live streaming MLB The Show 17 on the OS Twitch channel. Come join us, with our host Millennium, as he shows off the game and answers questions.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 31 - View All
08:40 AM - March 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Out of the Park Baseball 18 is available now for $39.99 on Steam and through the official website. Read the full press release below and check out the trailer here.

Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, Now Available Worldwide

Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 is now available worldwide. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay.

For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform -- more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.

Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:
  • 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
  • Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
  • Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
  • Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
  • Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
  • A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.
  • Many more improvements, including:
    • A beautiful new interface
    • Improved game recaps
    • An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
    • Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
    • A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
    • The ability to retain player salaries in trades
    • The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes
    • Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons
OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

“Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Out of the Park Baseball 18 since it was announced in January,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to deliver a game that will allow us to dramatically expand our online community and delight a new generation of fans.”

“Out of the Park Baseball has been setting the bar high for sports management games over the past 18 years, and this year’s edition is no different,” said Out of the Park Developments CMO Richard Grisham. “Every time I think they can’t top last year’s version, they do it again. I tip my cap to the hardest-working development team in video games.”

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 18Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 2 - View All
08:26 AM - March 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Mike Stauffer (@2KStauff) has sent us the NBA 2K17 roster update details. Check them out here.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All

Canadian Football 2017 is scheduled to arrive in June for Xbox One for around $15. PS4 and PC release is scheduled at a later date. During a recent interview with 3DownNation, Canuck Play confirmed the game will only come with a quick play mode. Career mode and other features would require more development time.

The game will feature 9 teams, but unfortunately, will not have the CFL license, which means the game will not feature official CFL teams, stadiums, player names, etc. PC players will be able to edit those details, but Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will not.

Check out the gameplay section of the interview below and read the full interview here.

3DownNation: Tell me a bit more about the gameplay itself.

Canuck Play: Passing is touched based. Like other football games, each receiver is assigned a button and the longer you hold the button down, the harder the throw to that receiver will be. When you play the game, you’ll have the option to tap a button to lob a pass and put more air under it (for a fly route), or press and hold the button for a bullet pass (for a slant over the middle).

On-field players have basic juke moves like side steps and spins and it’s worth mentioning that players become fatigued the more you use them. There’s actually a fatigue meter under the ball carrier that indicates how tired that player is. You can run the ball with the same player several times in a row, but you’re going to wear him out and he’ll start to slow down and eventually become more likely to fumble the ball. Our fatigue meter adds an extra layer of strategy to the game as you’ll really need to spread the ball around.

Kicking is fairly traditional, aim with the right thumb-stick, then pull back and push forward with the left one to put the ball in motion. Given the short play clock, you get very little time to aim and kick. As for punting, we have included the uniquely Canadian quirk that allows a kick returner to punt the ball back out of the end zone to avoid giving up a rouge. There’s also the possibility to recover your punts with an onside kick, another feature that you won’t find in other football titles.

I also want to emphasize that Canuck Play has aimed to create a game that anyone can pick up and enjoy. Some titles (like Madden) are simply too intimidating to a lot of people. That’s why we’ve put a lot of effort into simplifying things and making our game extremely accessible by allowing players do do things such as adjusting the play clock (to give you more time to pick plays), to turn off the waggle (so that the ball is always automatically snapped at the right time) and so on.

Game: Canadian Football 17Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, March 23, 2017
01:30 PM - March 23, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Scott

Not all curses are created equal. When it comes to the kind that have befallen the players who were lucky (or unlucky) enough to find themselves featured on the cover of Madden over the years, there are those who have been fortunate enough to escape relatively unscathed and there are others who could not help but succumb to its unyielding wrath.

In an effort to determine who has been hit the hardest by the Madden Curse, and perhaps warn others who would hope to one day receive the honor, I have devised a complex scoring system to help rank all of the previous cover stars. They have been placed into three different groups based on the severity of curse, and ranked 1-10 in the following criteria...

Read More - The Definitive Ranking of the Madden Cover Curses

Game: Madden NFL 18Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

NBA Live 18, FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18 & The next Need for Speed will all be playable at EA Play 2017, from June 10 to 12. According to the article, EA will have more to share in the coming months, so it's possible NHL 18 (NHL 17 was playable at EA Play 2016) and/or more games will be there.

Beyond the hands-on experience in Hollywood, we have an extensive content program for our players joining us online. Throughout the three-day event we will be providing you with detailed gameplay deep dives, competitive events and exclusive interviews with the development teams. So whether you're experiencing EA PLAY in-person or watching online, be sure to join us starting June 10.

Tickets to the event will be open to the public in Hollywood, CA on April 20 at 9:00 AM PST with more details in the coming weeks on how the ticketing process will work.

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One

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