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Monday, November 17, 2014
05:25 PM - November 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves

It's been an interesting year for Konami's PES team. While EA rushed to harness the power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with FIFA 14, Konami decided to release PES 2014 on the Xbox 360 & PS3 utilizing the critically acclaimed Fox Engine. Despite receiving numerous gameplay patches throughout the year, PES 2014 often felt more frustrating than fun. Those who stayed the course with PES 2014 were ultimately rewarded with the best gameplay since PES 2011.

As news began to emerge on PES 2015, the community remained cautiously optimistic as Konami boasted that this year, "The Pitch is Ours." It's a claim that the community had heard before and all signs were pointing towards a pivotal year for a franchise that has seen its market share decrease in Europe and the United States over the past few years.

With the release of PES 2015, Konami has attempted to re-embrace its roots, focusing its attention on what it does best: gameplay. Now that kickoff whistle has blown, it's time to take to the pitch and see how successful PES 2015 is this year at replicating the beautiful game.

Read More - In PES 2015, The Old Magic is Back on the Pitch (XB1/PS4 Review)

Game: PES 2015Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All

Another free content update is scheduled to arrive for EA Sports UFC on Wednesday, November 19th. Myles Jury and Yoel Romero have been confirmed.

UPDATE: Andrei Arlovski has been confirmed.

According to GameplayDevUFC, this content update will not feature any gameplay fixes.

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There are no gameplay fixes in the upcoming patch, as far as I know it's fighters only.

It's mainly because we delayed the last patch to get all the bug fixes in as quickly as we could based on feedback from the previous patch, which was itself delayed because of the rumble stuff. As a result this patch was locked down early before the last patch even went live. So we didn't have time to react to any feedback or anything.

We will update this post as more information comes in.

Who do you hope to see?

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Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
01:24 PM - November 17, 2014. Posted by WTF. Written by Guest Post

If you want to help improve the NBA Live 15 experience, this is a very unique way to possibly help the game improve this year.

WTF is a long-time member of our site and also an EA Sports Game Changer, so he has a voice with the developers and constructive feedback will only help the experience in NBA Live 15 improve. Read his message and leave your own constructive feedback in the comments!

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"Alright guys, the games been out nearly 2 weeks now, and I know that a lot of you have either picked up the game or have at least tried the demo. For that alone, thank you all.

With that out of the way, I want/need your feedback. I love seeing all of the old timers coming over and finding an enjoyable experience with Live 15, and really seeing the path that the Live team is on. I truly believe in the team, and I know that they have a vision in mind.

I want to know, specifically for THIS YEAR'S RELEASE (Live 15), what would make your experience more enjoyable? Whether it be Sliders, Roster Editing, Online Team Play, etc...

If you have more than 1 item that would make your Live 15 experience better, RANK them in order. I don't want this to turn into a negative feedback thread. If it is, I'll report you and we'll move on.

In order to be your voice with EA, I need to specifically see what's important for our community. This isn't to say that any of it can be implemented this year, but I do want to see where everything ranks for you all.

With all of that out of the way, let's get the feedback flowing. Again, not an impressions thread, or a bash thread. Let me know what's important to you all.

"

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
11:55 AM - November 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

At their core, video games are supposed to be fun experiences that may or may not mimic real life. The key though, is for them to be fun and easy enough to use that people can actually play them.

When it comes to iOS games, that charge can be summed up even simpler: the games have to have a premise simple enough to pick up and play, but they have to offer enough depth and reward you for your skill enough to keep you playing.

TrueSkate is a great example of perfectly fine iOS game design. The premise is simple, you can skate around a skate park and try to join together tricks for higher combos or you can try to complete any number of missions to earn in-game currency to buy more skateboards or unlock new items in the game.

Read More - TrueSkate Review (iOS/Android)

Game: TrueSkateReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
10:13 AM - November 17, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Project CARS will feature 125cc shifter karts and the more powerful 250cc Superkarts.

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As one of the most accessible motorsports on the planet participated in recreationally by millions each year, karting has been the starting point for many professional racing drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Danica Patrick, and Jeff Gordon.

Considered by some as the first step in any serious racer's career, it can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by helping develop quick reflexes, precise car control, and instinctive decision-making skills. In addition, it also introduces an awareness of the various tweakable parameters that can potentially improve the competitiveness of the kart (eg.. tire pressure, gearing, chassis stiffness) that will prove invaluable in higher levels of motorsport.

Project CARS is scheduled to release on March 17th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Game: Project CARSHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Wii U / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Sunday, November 16, 2014
03:28 PM - November 16, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The MyNBA2K15 app has been updated, adding Pick and Win, NBA 2KTV and more. The app includes exclusive features such as being able to chat in MyPARK, quick and easy ways to earn extra VC, and the ability to shop in the MyPLAYER Store on your mobile device.

Download the app from the App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android.

Below is the list of updates.
  • Pick and Win now available! Pick which real NBA teams will win their games each day to collect VC!
  • Rivals Clash begins! Pick a team and face off against the community to win great new cards in events every couple of weeks.
  • Added NBA 2KTV! Stream the latest episode of NBA 2KTV to your device!
  • Daily Bonus issues resolved
  • Login Messaging Improvements
  • Some Combine issues resolved
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

Game: MyNBA2K15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
12:10 PM - November 16, 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

Featured Articles

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:45 AM - November 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

While the Evolution team continues to work on the server related issues with Driveclub, they are offering users that have purchased the game, free premium DLC and livery packs.

The game update, scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, will include photo mode and more. For those looking for an announcement on the PS Plus Edition, it won't happen until they get the servers stabilized.

Check out the details below.

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...we will be offering the premium DLC packs for November (25th November-SCEA/26th November-SCEE/27th November-SCEJ) free to those who purchased the full game.

These premium DLC packs – The Ignition Expansion Pack and Photo-Finish Tour Pack along with two livery packs – will give you a total of five new cars, 22 new tour events, 10 new trophies and 10 new livery items to play with online and offline.

The Season Pass will be extended to include four extra packs in July 2015 to ensure players who purchased the pass get everything that was promised. So on top of the free DLC in November, the Season Pass will still include 38 cars, 176 tour events and 80 unique liveries.

On Tuesday we will also be releasing our next game update which includes our first round of player requested feature updates.

In addition to Photo Mode, which will allow you to share your most thrilling moments with your friends, we will be adding:

• Improved multiplayer collision physics to reduce frustrating spin-outs
• Adjustments to soften the corner cutting penalty system
• Options in the club menu to view everything your club has unlocked
• A fix to allow all club owners to update their club badges

This update also includes the first new tracks, which we announced back in September as part of our plans to keep supporting and expanding the game as you play. These include the following free new tracks for online and offline play (also playable in reverse):

• India – Yedepalli
• Scotland – Wester Ross
• Chile – Los Pelambres

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
11:28 AM - November 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Nearly half of the Wii U's 7.29 million owners have purchased Mario Kart 8, which by September's end, had sold 3.49 million copies, according to Nintendo's latest earnings report.

Naturally, the company is now looking to extract additional revenue from its successful kart racer's sizable player base. So far, Nintendo has announced two packs of paid downloadable content, with the first bundle going live Wednesday, November 13, and the second batch arriving in May 2015.

Read More - Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 Review

Game: Mario Kart 8Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 1 - View All
10:43 AM - November 15, 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 recap all the action from the six huge match-ups between ranked teams last weekend, plus Drab and Bode discuss whether a two-loss SEC team should make the CFB Playoffs, how the mess at the top of the Big XII should work out, and the guys bring back their favorite segment, "This or That" as the guys debate which running back they'd rather have, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, who the starting QB should be on opening day next season for Ohio State, and which "local" team has the better chance at the upset today, Virginia Tech over Duke or Maryland over Michigan State. Plus, Drab and Bode preview and predict the biggest games on the day; 19Clemson-22Georgia Tech, 8Ohio State-25Minnesota, 16Nebraska-20Wisconsin, 9Auburn-15Georgia, 3Florida State-Miami(FL) and of course 1Mississippi State-5Alabama!

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, November 14, 2014
04:29 PM - November 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

"It feels like the developers are knowingly shipping games with giant chunks missing."

That sentiment from OS User RipCityAndy seems to sum up the sentiment of OS'ers at the moment.

In a recent poll on Operation Sports, 47% of respondents said they were no longer buying games at launch after what has been an absolute epidemic of games shipping with broken pieces within them.

With notable non-sports game flubs the past couple of weeks, including the new Halo: The Master Chief Collection shipping with broken online matchmaking as well as Assassins Creed: Unity being a buggy mess -- it seems like the fervor over video games shipping as incomplete nearly 'beta' versions has reached a new level.

In sports gaming, several titles have shipped with pieces or components which simply were not working. NBA 2K15's insistence on being always online even for single player experiences was a brief disaster, as-is Driveclub's continual server issues. NHL 15 managed to ship so stripped down, it caused a near mutiny on OS.

From an editorial point of view, this puts us in a weird position. We want to convey our impressions so our readers can have informed buying positions as soon as possible -- but recently publishing a review on the same day as launch is a good way to be a few days too early on what will inevitably be a mass influx of bugs and issues discovered by the community. As it stands, we have elected a far more conservative position of releasing day one impressions -- but leaving the scored review to a few days after release.

For us, much less to many consumers needing to spend $60 on a brand new game, the uncertainty of how a piece of software is going to react to gamers logging in is simply too great to justify a day one purchase recommendation. That is the unfortunate reality of gaming in the final days 2014.

Is there anything developers and publishers can do to ensure better launches of games in the future?

Platform: 3DS
03:02 PM - November 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The week 11 Operation Sports Fantasy Football league is open! It's $5 to enter and first place wins $100 this week. Here's the link.

To recap week 10, guily84 beat the field with an against-the-grain roster from top to bottom. Only 1 of his players was owned by more than 8.2% of the field. The key picks were Marshawn Lynch with his four touchdown performance (8.2% owned), and Dez Bryant (3.6% owned) and his two touchdown day against the Jaguars in London.

Congratulations to all the winners! Here's guily's lineup.


Good luck in week 11! Here’s the link.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
02:11 PM - November 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

The 109th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a special episode, taking a look at how the mainstream and independent media have to change their approaches to covering games in the current market. Polygon’s Owen Good and PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey join host Rich Grisham to reflect on the first year of the PS4 and Xbox One launches. It’s startling just how many titles – sports games and otherwise – have suffered crippling problems at launch and beyond. Should “Day 1” reviews exist anymore? Why do sites tolerate embargoes that lift after the retail release of a game? Should sites refuse post-launch embargoes over all? How can a game properly be covered after launch – and is there an audience for that coverage? Do sports games get a fair shake when compared to other AAA titles with much larger teams and longer development times?
Enjoy!

Joining us this week:
  • Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)
  • Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)
  • And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:18



01:10 PM - November 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

After releasing their first NHL 15 roster update last month, EA Sports has released another for November.

It is available for all consoles, reflecting the current lineups in the NHL, AHL Liga, SHL, DEL, Extraliga ledniho hokeje, and National League.

ROSTER UPDATE DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS*:

Xbox One & PlayStation 4:
  • In the NHL 15 main menu, select (Customize)
  • In the Customize section, select (Roster)
  • In the Roster section, select (Active Rosters)
  • In the Active Rosters section, select the most recent update organized by ‘Date & Time’ under EA SPORTS NHL Official Rosters.
Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3:
  • In the NHL 15 main menu, select (Customize)
  • In the Customize section, select (Roster Management)
  • In the Roster Management section, select (Download Rosters)
  • In the Download Rosters section, select the most recent update organized by ‘Date & Time’
*NOTE: Your console must have internet connection to download this roster update.

Fire up those consoles and post your thoughts.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
10:47 AM - November 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Are you tired of playing hockey games where the puck seems superglued onto skaters' sticks? Have you ever wished that stick handling and shooting required more skill than simply touching one button? Do you dislike how easy overhead cameras have made it to pinpoint open passing and shooting lanes? Are you bored of dominating simplistic AI that never adjusts to your tactics and follows the same easy-to-beat routines every single shift? If so, you should try Hockey?, a free multiplayer-only PC game created by Cryptic Sea.

Read More - Hockey? Prototype Offers A Free First-Person, Physics Based Game on PC

Platform: PC