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Friday, January 13, 2017
12:30 AM - January 13, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports will bring the FIFA franchise to the Nintendo Switch, as announced during the Nintendo Switch presentation. We have posted a few quotes from Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President at EA Worldwide Studios below.

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EA SPORTS FIFA on Nintendo Switch will be the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players.

It will deliver the FIFA experience custom built for Nintendo Switch…so you can play anywhere, play with anyone, and play how you want to play.

If you’re at the park, at your friend’s house, or on vacation, you can always stay connected to the biggest matches. You’ll be able to get on the pitch with your favorite players and teams from the world’s best leagues in iconic stadiums from around the world…all with the unmatched authenticity and depth that FIFA is known for.

A few more details are revealed in the video above, or click here.

For those of you interested in the upcoming console, it releases on March 3 for $299.99.

Game: FIFA 18Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Nintendo SwitchVotes: 0 - View All
12:11 AM - January 13, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Nintendo Switch presentation showed a very brief NBA 2K18 logo, as seen above. Obviously, no details were revealed for the game, but for those of you interested in the upcoming console, it releases on March 3 for $299.99.

UPDATE: 2K just confirmed NBA 2K18 coming to the Nintendo Switch in September.

Game: NBA 2K18Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Nintendo SwitchVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, January 12, 2017
06:25 PM - January 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official Madden NFL 17 roster update for the divisional round 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.

GOING UP
  • Le'Veon Bell +1 (Overall 96)
  • Bobby Wagner +1 (Overall 93)
  • DeAndre Hopkins +1 (Overall 91)
  • Jordy Nelson +1 (Overall 91)
  • Jadeveon Clowney +1 (Overall 89)
  • A.J. Bouye +1 (Overall 88)
  • Xavier Rhodes +2 (Overall 87)
  • James Harrison +1 (Overall 86)
  • Sean Smith +1 (Overall 86)
  • Jack Conklin +1 (Overall 85)
  • Maurkice Pouncey +1 (Overall 85)
GOING DOWN
  • Odell Beckham Jr. -1 (Overall 92)
  • Kelechi Osemele -1 (Overall 92)
  • Janoris Jenkins -1 (Overall 89)
  • Jason Pierre-Paul -1 (Overall 88)
  • Darius Slay Jr. -1 (Overall 87)
  • Olivier Vernon -1 (Overall 87)
  • Randall Cobb -1 (Overall 86)
  • Lamar Miller -1 (Overall 86)
  • Michael Crabtree -1 (Overall 85)
  • Marquette King -1 (Overall 85)
  • Justin Pugh -2 (Overall 85)

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
12:34 PM - January 12, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ryan Spencer
In recent years, we’ve seen each sports title’s marketing department build a lot of buzz around the unveiling of player ratings in the buildup to release day. Fans debate these ratings on social media, and even players are seen publicly lobbying for better ratings on ESPN and Twitter.

Among all the hype emerges a simple but important question: how accurate are these ratings?

In a recent front page poll on Operation Sports, nearly 1000 sports gamers weighed in and the results were close to split: a little over half think ratings are either “very accurate” or “more good than bad”; a little less than half say they are “mixed” or “inaccurate more than accurate.”

Both sides seem to have valid arguments.

Read More - Community Split on Sports Game Ratings' Accuracy in OS Poll

11:27 AM - January 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

WWE 2K17 is coming to PC on February 7, check out the options below.

UPDATE: (11-17) Modding on the upcoming WWE 2K17 PC edition, will work the same as it did for WWE 2K16.

WWE 2K17 Standard Edition - $49.99
  • Pre-order for a 10% discount
  • Copy of WWE 2K17 video game
  • Goldberg Pack (included in every copy): access to two playable versions of legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas
WWE 2K17 Deluxe Edition - $74.99
  • Pre-order for a 15% discount
  • Copy of WWE 2K17 video game
  • Goldberg Pack (included in every copy): access to two playable versions of legendary WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas
  • Season Pass
  • MyPlayer Kickstart
  • Accelerator
  • NXT Enhancement Pack
  • Legends Pack
  • New Moves Pack
  • Future Stars Pack
  • Hall of Fame Showcase (Available post-launch)
Season Pass - $29.99
  • MyPlayer Kickstart
  • Accelerator
  • NXT Enhancement Pack
  • Legends Pack
  • New Moves Pack
  • Future Stars Pack
  • Hall of Fame Showcase (Available post-launch)
All DLC released to date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be available for PC immediately at launch. Any future DLC released after the February 7 PC launch will be available on PC at a later time. Read up on all of the DLC details right here.

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
10:07 AM - January 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Codemasters has just announced plans to add PlayStation VR support to DiRT Rally in the coming weeks, giving you a fully immersive off-road experience, with the upgraded game supporting every car, every route and every discipline within DiRT Rally. Check out the trailer here.

The update will also enable a game-changing second player to join in on the fun. Using a DUALSHOCK 4 controller, the second player will take the on the role of co-driver – using the social screen to understand when to send calls to the driver using the DUALSHOCK 4 buttons and touchpad. Making those calls at the right time will be the difference between the driver hearing the correct information at the right time, so it's crucial that this is executed properly.

The official release date and pricing of the DLC has not been confirmed yet.

Source - Codemasters

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Game: DiRT RallyReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 2 - View All
09:17 AM - January 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

HB Studios have released The Golf Club VR patch 1.07, check out the full details below. Currently the game is only available on PC via Steam, compatible with the HTC Vive.

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The past two weeks we have been putting a lot of focus on the gameplay physics and club tuning based on community feedback. With this update you’re going to see a big difference in the way the ball lands and rolls on the greens. We have addressed the issue of the ball shooting backwards with back spin and stopping abruptly, you should also see better bounces. We have also made individual tuning to each club for Casual and Amateur difficulties.

Bug Fixes
  • Addressed clipping issues with the range finder.
  • Addressed crashes that were reported by users.
  • Addressed issues progressing through the tutorial.
  • Replaced missing textures so there should be no more pink boxes.
Additional Courses
With this update we have started to bring all The Golf Club 1 courses over to The Golf Club VR. This is a long process and over the next several hours you will continue to see new courses be populated to the game. At the time of this update there should be at least a few thousand new ones to keep you busy for a while. Once this update is fully completed we will be setting up to pull any new courses from The Golf Club 1 in to The Golf Club VR. At that point, if you own the original game you will be able to create your own courses then play them in VR.

Game: The Golf Club VRHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
05:37 PM - January 11, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The WWE 2K17 Future Stars Pack is scheduled to be released on January 17, check out the trailer here. The pack will include the following playable WWE and NXT Superstars.
  • Austin Aries
  • Karl Anderson
  • Luke Gallows
  • Mojo Rawley
  • Tye Dillinger
The Future Stars Pack is included with a Season Pass subscription, $8.99 for everyone else.

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
04:46 PM - January 11, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Out of the Park Developments team are currently looking for some qualified Out of the Park Baseball 18 beta testers. If interested, read the details below and contact Lukas.

Have you always wanted to be involved in the sports game world? Out of the Park Developments is looking for beta testers for their upcoming Out of the Park Baseball 18, the follow-up to last year’s award-winning game and one of the most beloved sports game franchises in the world!

OOTP Developments is looking specifically for fans who can help us in the late stages of development to discover and report issues with OOTP 18. There are a number of areas of availability, based upon your specific skill set and desire. These include:
  • Game options/interface
  • Contracts/Financial/Roster AI
  • Historical Play
  • Roster team/Modern MLB Quickstart
  • 3D/In-game testing
  • Online Play
  • Text/PBP/Storylines
  • Tournaments
  • News and Storylines
  • New Features
  • Other stuff too!
All we require is a love of baseball and a passion to make the follow-up to the 2016 Metacritic PC Game of the Year even better! We’ll do everything we can to make it easy and fun for you. This includes being part of a small team with a guide to help you be efficient, proper reporting techniques, and how to create various scenarios. Whether you’re using a PC, Mac, or Linux box, you can definitely help us and learn about sports game development at the same time!

These are unpaid positions, but every beta tester will receive a free copy of the final retail game for the platform of their choice and be listed in the credits for Out of the Park Baseball 18.

For more information, contact Lukas. Please indicate which of the bullet points listed above you’re most interested in, why you believe you’d make a great tester, and which platform (PC, Mac, and/or Linux) that you’re able to use.

On behalf of everyone at Out of the Park Developments, thank you!

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 18Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 0 - View All
01:28 PM - January 11, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS.

Virtual Reality is a thing, and becoming a bigger thing.

As the platforms grow in the coming years, it is inevitable more sports centric experiences will become available. Already there are a variety of VR experiences, such as The Golf Club, which are pioneering the effort of sports gaming experiences with the VR headsets.

Will you be interested in playing VR experiences? Have you already played some?

Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments what you are thinking when it comes to VR!

09:49 AM - January 11, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The Staff Sports Game of the Year has been handed out for over a decade now here at Operation Sports. The process for how we decide the sports game of the year is simple for our staff voting: We simply have everyone send their top three sports games of the year and assign them points in a reverse manner (3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd).

We do it this way because we want to be able to award the top three sports games as voted on by the staff, so we allow the staff to vote on three total games on their list.

Over the past several seasons, NBA 2K has dominated this list, winning the last several years thanks to a lot of innovation and a polished presentation and gameplay product.

Did NBA 2K17 hold onto the crown? Let's make the jump and find out!


Read More - OS Staff Selects Our 2016 Sports Game of the Year

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
11:19 AM - January 10, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


Mike Lowe checks in again with a new episode of the OS NBA 2K17 Expansion MyGM recapping the season, asking some questions about programming, the offseason, and the draft lottery.

This MyGM Diary seeks to talk about the in-depth portions of MyGM and sports game franchise modes while also following the fates of two Expansion franchises in MyGM. Simply put, its a lot of fun and if you are into watching Franchise videos this one is worth your while!

If you can't see the video above, check it out on YouTube here. While you are at it, Subscribe to Operation Sports on YouTube here.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Monday, January 9, 2017
09:56 AM - January 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Every year it’s important to look back on developments within the sports gaming genre, not just as a reminder of what has happened, but as insight into the direction individual franchises are going and the trends within the industry that will impact them all. Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham discuss some*of the most important stories of 2016 in the new year’s first episode.

Reference Link: The biggest sports video games stories of 2016 (Sporting News)

Joining us this week:

Game: Press Row PodcastReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Sports / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
08:21 AM - January 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Kevin Groves

It was a perplexing year for FIFA. Visually, the game excelled. From gorgeous lighting to amazing face scans, it’s easy to say that this year’s FIFA is the best looking to date. Apart from the cosmetic upgrades, FIFA 17 brought about a greater sense of physicality with its new shielding animation, even if it’s a tad bit overpowered at times.

Stylistically, for the first time since FIFA 14, Custom Team Tactics (CTT) work and allow for a greater sense of variety in career mode if you put the time in to implement them. The new Journey Mode, while shallow, was a decent first attempt at an engaging first-player mode akin to NBA 2K’s MyPlayer. Hopefully, future iterations of this mode will expand upon its concepts, allowing for less canned scripting and provide a greater variety of options.

Read More - FIFA 17 Year-End Recap (Written by Kevin Groves)

Game: FIFA 17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Sunday, January 8, 2017