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Thursday, February 16, 2017
12:18 PM - February 16, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS.


Last week, 2K and the NBA announced a new eSports league featuring 8-12 teams of five players apiece owned by actual NBA franchises. The concept certainly seems cool, with games being broadcast online and players earning a full-time living while playing through an 82 game season.

There are some questions as to logistics and even if the whole thing can actually work -- but its certainly an exciting prospect and direction sports games could go in.

But what do you think? Do you think the NBA/2K partnership in an eSports league is something worthwhile?

Sound off by voting in the poll and then leave a comment with your thoughts!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All

As mentioned last month, Project CARS is available now for free through March 15 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and the Games with Gold program.

Also of note, there are quite a few DLC items available for free as well, check them out below.Thanks reddit!

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
09:39 PM - February 15, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The OS Daily is online and ready for viewing. Make sure to take a few minutes out of your day and get caught up on the latest sports gaming news with our host Millennium.

Today we have some Madden NFL 17 patch 1.10 impressions, discuss the MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty livestream, provide details on the final Franchise Hockey Manager 3 hotfix, free Project Cars (YES FREE) and more. Check it out here and if it's something you like, please let us know, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and we will try our best to keep it as consistent as we can.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
08:30 PM - February 15, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We had our own MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty Twitch stream, right after Sony Interactive Entertainment had theirs. Make sure you are subscribed to our Twitch channel, so you get notified when we go LIVE.

In this MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty Livestream Breakdown, Millennium runs through the entire stream and points out plenty of details you might not have noticed. Give it a watch and post your thoughts and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All

Sony Interactive Entertainment has just started their MLB The Show 17 Twitch stream. Watch it here.

The team will be discussing Diamond Dynasty and the new modes within it.

For those of you that miss the stream, we will update this post when the archive is available.

Post your thoughts!

UPDATE: For those of you that missed the LIVE Twitch stream, the archive can be seen here.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All

GameSpot has posted a new MLB The Show 17 video, walking through the new features in the game. It includes some regular gameplay, Retro Mode gameplay and a walkthrough of the player creation/edit process.

Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
09:34 PM - February 14, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We are trying something new at Operation Sports. Every day (Millennium might take the weekends off), we will offer expanded thoughts and provide more details on the bigger news stories of the day.

Today we cover the Madden NFL 17 1.10 patch, MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty video, Forza milestone, Rocket League in 4K and more. Check it out here and if it's something you like, please let us know, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and we will try our best to keep it as consistent as we can.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
08:03 PM - February 14, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Check out the latest MLB The Show 17 player comparison screenshots. A big thanks to Ramone and Sony for sending them to us. Post your thoughts!

Masahiro Tanaka in MLB The Show 16 (left) vs. MLB The Show 17 (right).


Felix Hernandez in MLB The Show 16 (left) vs. MLB The Show 17 (right).


Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
04:18 PM - February 14, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Alan Hartman, Studio Head, at Turn 10 Studios has revealed the Forza franchise has exceeded $1 billion in retail sales, as of December 2016.

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This news caps an amazing year. As of December, more than 14 million unique players were involved in the Forza community on Xbox One and Windows 10, the award-winning Forza Horizon 3 sold through 2.5 million units, and Forza continued its run as the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation.* Additionally, our online racing community expanded significantly: over three million players joined us online each month and we launched the Forza Racing Championship, an eSports league for players of all skill levels to compete for glory and real-world prizes.

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
01:57 PM - February 14, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert


I can still remember the moment I first laid eyes on a copy of FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 as a kid. I was just beginning to discover my affection for video games at the time, but I was instantly captivated by its addictive gameplay, and it'd go on to dominate my spare time over the next year.

I don't know where the last 20 years have gone, but my love for that game remains strong. I still fondly recall many of its unique features, such as its famous intro sequence with the sound of Blur's "Song 2" providing the perfect background. I even put The Crystal Method's "Busy Child" on my local bar's jukebox recently, purely to reminisce about FIFA 98's fantastic soundtrack. I was the only one in there that seemed to know it.

If you ask many fans who can remember back that far, they'll tell you that indoor mode was one of FIFA 98's most memorable qualities. Amazingly, we've yet to experience another iteration of the mode in EA's main FIFA series over the past 20 years, so let's take a trip down memory lane and remind ourselves of this classic feature.

Read More - Looking Back at FIFA '98's Indoor Soccer Mode


Following a Rocket League patch, scheduled to release on February 21, PS4 Pro users will be able to run the game at 4K/60FPS.

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On February 21, we will release a new update that allows Rocket League to run at both 1080p (on a standard PS4) and 4K (on PS4 Pro) at 60 frames per second in all arenas for single and two-player split-screen modes. Three and four-player split-screen modes will offer 60 frames per second in most arenas at the same resolutions.

The Rocket League patch will also contain the following:
  • Hot Wheels premium DLC cars, Twin Mill III and Bone Shaker (sold separately).
  • Additional free Hot Wheels-themed post-match item drops, including both Toppers and Antennas.
  • A new fan-voted “Player’s Choice” Crate filled with some of the community’s favorite items.
  • PS4-specific technical improvements.
  • Multiple performance optimizations and bug fixes.

Game: Rocket LeagueReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
09:52 AM - February 14, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Madden NFL 17 title update #10 is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the patch notes below.

UPDATE: Clint and Rex gave more details about the patch in their Twitch stream, watch the archive here.

Gameplay
  • Removed the ability to flick the R-Stick to pump fake when the player is outside of the pocket. Right Stick will now always throw ball away in these situations.
  • Fixed a legacy issue where defensive linemen would be called for encroachment when offense was using no huddle.
  • Addressed an issue where receivers would have the ball bounce off their arms when attempting RAC catches leading to drops or tip picks.
  • Fixed issue where QB’s could not match tackles after throwing an interception.
  • Fixed an issue where the user drop down banner was precluding player stat drop downs
  • Removed user drop down banners for user catch, finesse and power moves due to high frequency being distracting.
  • Fixed a bug where a safety banner would fire every time a pass was intercepted in the end zone.
  • Fixed a grieving tactic where offense could trigger infinite offsides penalties to extend the game.
  • Made some zone coverage adjustments to improve an issue where C Routes were overpowered when run on the wide side of the field with a TE on the line of scrimmage.
  • Increased frequency of broken tackles that can trigger from hit sticks. This will add more risk to going for hit stick tackles.
  • Fixed CPU punters kicking high into the wind, causing short punts.
  • Fixed a short delay that could rarely occur when attempting to snap the ball.
  • Fixed a variety of ‘players freezing’ issues when coming out of blocking interactions.
  • Tuned up fumble chances on ‘precision dive over top’ and increased the Tier requirements to perform the elite version of this mechanic.
  • Fixed an issue where free offensive linemen would not react to a nearby defender who just beat a block.
  • A variety of pass block targeting issues resolved.
  • Fixed several encroachment bugs that would result from aligning and sliding the defense in pre-play.
  • Addressed a rare issue where defenders could get into a state where they could not be blocked.
  • Fixed an issue where turning the pass accuracy slider to 0 would have very little impact in game.
  • Fixed a turbo blitz off the edge that was specific to players in a 4 point stance.
  • Addressed an issue where a DB in press coverage would not be able to defend a player locked user WR hot routed to a smoke screen
Stability
  • Tuned a variety of issues related to community feedback that lower rated offensive line was too effective against an elite defensive line. This change will also make elite OL more effective against lower rated D-line.
  • Addressed feedback that various online modes played at different game speeds. All online game speeds now consolidated to run at normal game speed.
  • Addressed an issue where a user in an online game could disconnect/concede and result in a crash for the opponent.
  • Addressed an issue where a timeout call on the pause menu could lead to camera settings being switched. This was also used as a grieving tactic to reset opponents camera.
  • Fixed an issue where user settings would be reset to defaults in a play a friend game. This includes the auto flip setting defaulting to on.
Franchise
  • Fixed CFM issue where user would receive an Invite Error Popup when trying to invite another user to a Franchise game.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
09:41 AM - February 14, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

MLB The Show 17 Designer, Lance Leahy has just posted some more details for Diamond Dynasty mode. Check out the video here, along with more details at PlayStation.Blog and post your thoughts!

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For anyone who grew up collecting baseball cards (I did!) or dreamed of managing a Major League Baseball team (I wish!), you may want to spend a little more time in Diamond Dynasty this year. And even if you didn’t collect baseball cards as a kid, Diamond Dynasty still provides a variety of great experiences for gamers, especially those who love strategy.

In addition to talking about the awesome new things we have for Diamond Dynasty this year, we’ve also put together a Diamond Dynasty guide below to help jumpstart newcomers to the game mode.

Building the Perfect Team
At its core, Diamond Dynasty is all about building the best 25-man team possible. With more than 2,000 players to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to select players from the pages of baseball history — from legendary greats like Jackie Robinson to the brightest stars of the modern era like Ken Griffey Jr. — to answer some of baseball’s greatest questions…

Would a fly-ball ever drop in the gap with an outfield consisting of Billy Hamilton, Kenny Lofton, and Kevin Kiermaier?

What if Ichiro’s rookie year was in 1997, and Ken Griffey Jr and Ichiro were united?

What if Mike Schmidt came three decades later and formed an infield with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard?

Now, to answer these questions, you’ll need to find and collect these players. And, fortunately for you, Diamond Dynasty offers an incredible wealth of options and features that will satisfy your building and collecting needs:
  • Items — including players — are rewarded to you just for playing games in MLB The Show.
  • Items and players do not have contracts; if you find an item, it’s yours to keep and utilize as you see fit.
  • Weekly Missions and Programs reward you with items when you complete specific challenges.
  • The Community Marketplace allows you to play stockbroker, as you can buy and sell items in this completely dynamic, player-driven economy.
  • Our pack offerings in game and in our various editions allow you to acquire items at your own pace.
  • Our in-game currency, Stubs, is rewarded to you throughout your gameplay experience.
Playing With Your Team
It’s time to take that team from your dreams and turn it into a reality. Diamond Dynasty provides a multitude of different modes and play experiences that will keep you engaged as you continue to build, collect, and evolve your team. Here are the primary ways to play in Diamond Dynasty:
  • Ranked Seasons: Compete against other players online in head-to-head (PlayStation Plus required to play online) action as you attempt to climb the ranked leaderboard in order to acquire unique rewards. We’ll be running new seasons every few weeks, so you’ll have a fresh new challenge and a new set of rewards to strive for.
  • Events: Events enter Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 17 and challenge you to build a team based on themed Event rules. Speedsters, sluggers, and switch hitters will have their moments to shine in these rotating, time-limited Events. Be strategic with your lineup decisions, field your best team, and take on opponents to earn Event rewards based on your hot streaks and overall win totals.
  • Conquest: Assert your team’s dominance across North America as you attempt to conquer each MLB team in this single-player, strategy-focused, experience.
  • Battle Royale: Battle Royale is the most challenging and competitive game mode Diamond Dynasty has ever seen. In this player-versus-player experience, you’ll be challenged to draft a team and outlast opponents in a double-elimination tournament to acquire unique rewards.
  • And Much More: Play casual, unranked, games against other players online, play with your friends in custom challenges, play against any of the 30 MLB teams, or play against another players’ Diamond Dynasty teams controlled by the CPU.
Keeping it Fresh
Stay tuned for updates from MLB The Show, as we’ll have a steady stream of additional content dropping throughout the year. Diamond Dynasty will see the addition of new players (legends, flashbacks, and more), daily attribute updates for current-day MLB players, new Missions and Programs, updated rewards in many of our modes (Ranked Seasons, Battle Royale, Events, Conquest), and promotional packs and store items.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
09:05 AM - February 14, 2017. Posted by tree3five. Written by Steve Noah

Polygon has posted a new MLB The Show 17 article on the improved player faces and lighting we will see in the game this year. These improvements will also be seen in Road to the Show, as the team has bumped up from 17 heads to over 40.

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It's all about the lighting on the faces, how light affects the skin tone and how light affects the skin tone when it's being shadowed by a ballcap," Russell said. "The lighting we had last year wasn't perfect, and we were basically dimming everything and giving you too much energy from nowhere, for a guy with a ballcap on. Now in real life, if you have a ballcap on, that shadow is being created, but you still have light energy coming from the ground.

They have also included a couple of screenshots showing off the faces of Clayton Kershaw and José Altuve from MLB The Show 16 vs. MLB The Show 17.


Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All