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Monday, October 27, 2014

If you still have some time remaining on your EA Access trial version of NBA Live 15, a title update has just arrived. Let us know what you are seeing.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
04:27 PM - October 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.


It seems as if social, connected experiences are what gaming is about right now. Companies are striving to figure out what balance works best for their consumers and fans, but many of those same customers and fans are simply asking why they haven't been asked what they want.

More connected experiences can be pretty cool. SSX was a game we reviewed highly that delivered an amazing offline/online combination experience, and there were few hiccups. On the other hand, Driveclub had a similar premise but with less than spectacular results.

What do you want in your sports games going forward? Do you want more connectedness? Less? More say-so in how, when, and why your games connect to the big server in the sky?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment below!

01:22 PM - October 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Last year's debut hockey management sim from Out of the Park Developments had a lot of lessons to learn, and it appears the second year of the franchise is looking up quite a bit.

The graphical interface of Franchise Hockey Manager 2015 is all new, with a lot of influence from Out of the Park Baseball clearly evident now. Not only is the look new, but the functionality and ease of navigation (a key complaint last year) have been worked on as well.

Things like the news screen have been reworked and streamlined so there are less options to wade through while other areas have been expanded for greater control over your team. We're looking forward to hearing more information, and with no release date currently announced -- we're sure there will be plenty of new information to come.

Be sure to check out the blog on OOTP Development's website for more details and check out the new screens below.

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Game: Franchise Hockey Manager 2015Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
11:20 AM - October 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.


Things didn't go well for NBA Live last season, but change is in the air with NBA Live 15. We gathered a couple of staffers up who are giving the game some playtime early on XBox Access and asked them what they thought about this year's game ahead of release day...

Read More - NBA Live 15 Staff Impressions Ahead of Release Day (Roundtable)

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
06:57 AM - October 27, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has posted another NBA Live 15 video. This one features Damian Lillard walking you through some of the controls in the game.

The trial version of NBA Live 15 is available now for Xbox One EA Access subscribers. The PlayStation 4 demo and the non-EA Access version will be available tomorrow for Xbox One users. The game itself releases tomorrow.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Sunday, October 26, 2014
My first online gaming experience was playing a remote user in NFL 2K1 on my Dreamcast. In the years since, I’ve watched online gameplay go from a novelty, to alternate play modes, to the core feature of both games and consoles. Usually, it works by creating immersive, innovative and unique experiences.

But other times it doesn’t. When a game puts all of its eggs into the online basket, there’s room for a huge debacle, leaving gamers with nothing but a shell of a $60 game (see SimCity, 2013).

Driveclub isn’t quite as bad as EA’s City Builder, but inconsistent online functionality have plagued the first “serious” racing game on PS4 and left some users feeling cheated. Unfortunately, looking at just the single player options won’t inspire additional confidence.


Read More - Driveclub's Online Issues, Average Gameplay A Forgettable Experience (PS4 Review)

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
01:35 PM - October 26, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


Hot News

Videos and Screenshots

Features & Blogs

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Saturday, October 25, 2014

The NBA 2K15 online server issues, along with Driveclub's server issues have made for a lot of discussion on how good online/server connectivity requirements are for seemingly single player experiences. We asked our staff a simple question: With the growing demand for connectiveness, is it good for gamers that games require you to connect online to play large chunks of the game?

Read More - Are Online-Requirements for Single Player Modes Good for Gamers? (Roundtable)

10:40 AM - October 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2014 college football season is under way, and we 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 Season 3, Drab and Bode discuss the ho-hum week of games and the lack of quality 3:30 games recently, plus a heated discussion about Florida State and the top 4 teams heading into the upcoming debut of the College Football Playoff Committee's rankings, what should be done to fix the issues facing Virginia Tech, plus Drab and Bode breakdown and make predictions for the big games of the day; Maryland-Wisconsin, Ole Miss-LSU and USC-Utah!

Be sure to follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, listen in the embedded player below or click here. Also, you can check out the guys every Saturday morning from 7-8am on 106.7 The Fan in DC! Be sure to listen in every week for new episodes, right here on OperationSports.com. Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
Friday, October 24, 2014
06:09 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by Cowboy008. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the latest WWE 2K15 video showing off some of the maneuvers you can pull off in the game.

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
03:18 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by phillycheese. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA 2K15 patch is available now for PlayStation 4 users, weighing in at 940MB. This patch was released for the PC version a few days ago with plans to have the Xbox One patch available within the next 48 hours.

UPDATE: It is now available for Xbox One, weighing in at 945MB.

UPDATE #2: Face scanning on the Xbox One is much better, make sure you give it another shot if you were having issues.

2K has confirmed these specific fixes. Please post your findings as you see them.
  • Made a number of stability fixes to improve the quality of the MyPARK experience, and online as a whole.
  • Improvements have been made to the face scanning experience. Please ensure you have plenty of balanced lighting (natural light is best) for best results.
  • The correct animation will now be shown in Edit Player when scrolling through the available list of animations.
  • Fixed a rare hang that would occur when changing the in-game language from the Options menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the user who invited would sometimes hang at the conclusion of a playoff game in Online Leagues.
  • Addressed an issue in MyGM/MyLEAGUE where, in certain cases, the game would not allow the user to exceed 13 players during the free agency period of the offseason.
  • Fixed a rare occurrence where Doris Burke would warp off the screen prior to an on-court interview with a player/coach.
  • Addressed a number of locations where voice chat icons and Online IDs were not properly displayed during the online experience (PS4).
  • Users are now able to re-watch 2KTV episodes that have already been watched to completion.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / SportsVotes: 22 - View All
03:12 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 4 is a text-management simulation which allows you to take the reigns of a basketball GM and build your franchise how you want to. Today, Wolverine Studios announced that DDS:PB4 is now available in FirstAccess, allowing you to pre-order the game today and get your hands on the beta builds as we work up to the official release of the game.

Some of the great new features included in DDS: Pro Basketball 4 include
  • Totally Rebuilt UI with a brand new look and a ton of new accessible information (1280x768 min resolution required)
  • More stat tracking - individual player shot charts are kept, new advanced stats are displayed on team roster pages and new stats introduced like PIE
  • Overhauled game engine to account for brand new offensive sets giving you much more control over an offensive gameplan and engine tweaks to punish certain unrealistic strategies
  • Sim speed improvements make the game simulate much quicker
  • Combine stats added for rookies to use for scouting rookies to draft
  • Full 32 team development league added so that each team has their own d-league affiliate
  • Financial changes allowing the salary and luxury cap as well as player salaries to increase over time
  • League creation now randomizes most non-statistical ratings categories for players to increase the uniqueness of each season
  • New option added to randomize player potential when creating a league to further improve replayability
  • Introducing @WSSportsNetwork - DDSPB4 gives you the ability to read in the game tweets from this feed to keep up with your fellow gamers and see how their dynasties are going
  • Multiplayer League improvements (still in development)

12:52 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the latest Project CARS trailer, which highlights night racing, severe weather conditions and more. The game arrives on March 17th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC with a Nintendo Wii U release later in the year.

Read the full press release below.

NEW PROJECT CARS NIGHT RACING TRAILER
SCARES UP THRILLS FOR HALLOWEEN

Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released a brand new trailer for Project CARS, coming to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One® all-in-one games and entertainment system and PC on March 17, 2015 and later in 2015 for the Nintendo Wii U™ system.

The new trailer throws racers into a thrilling white-knuckled night race to celebrate the Halloween season. The Halloween trailer exemplifies Slightly Mad Studios’ approach that everything they put into Project CARS not only has to look stunning but must add additional gameplay.

The video showcases the incredible visual fidelity that allows tracks to be recreated with absolute perfection, but also highlights the added challenge that night racing and severe weather conditions bring – especially in a tight pack of blisteringly fast GT spec cars. So sit back and enjoy the thrill and drama of this dark decent and Happy Halloween!

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
12:16 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by toine2983. Written by Chris Sanner


WWE 2K15 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are debuting a new mode called, "Who Got Nxt" into the game.

Quote:
" In a nutshell, our idea was to create a compelling unlock method. We wanted to create a mode or area of the game where players could control a handful of NXT Superstars with the stipulation they’d be strictly confined to the mode and not be available for use outside of said mode until certain requirements had been fulfilled by the player – and when I mean confined, I mean confined! Until completing said requirements, NXT Superstars would be prohibited from all game modes (e.g. Exhibition, Online, Creation Suite, Universe), and their associated assets (e.g. moves, entrance videos, etc.) would be locked. We wanted the unlocking of an NXT Superstar to be similar to that of an actual NXT Superstar being called up to the main roster."
You can see more screens from the mode in our WWE 2K15 media section. What do you think about the Who Got Nxt mode?

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
11:17 AM - October 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 106th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a full panel of Press Row regulars diving deep into the two big fall NBA releases. Up first is an extended discussion of NBA 2K15 now that we’ve all had a few weeks to play – or choose not to play – NBA 2K15 in a full retail environment. Next is a chat about expectations for NBA Live 15, including how the game is being held up by EA as well as what the panel thinks its approach should be. Lastly, Rich spends a few minutes with PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey one-on-one to get his thoughts after spending six hours hands-on with NBA Live 15 via EA Access. It’s a hoops extravaganza. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:Be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here!

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Run Time: 1 Hour, 49 Minutes

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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All