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Saturday, August 16, 2014
09:27 AM - August 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.


By now you've had to have read the rumors circulating around the internet about the possibility EASHL is not in the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 versions of NHL 15.

What do you think about the possibility of this? How would it impact your buying decision, if at all?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment about how your buying decision will be affected by EASHL being in or not in the game?

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
Friday, August 15, 2014
04:30 PM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The back of the NHL 15 box continues to add fuel to the fire that EASHL is not going to make an appearance in the final retail release. Rumors have been swirling for the past week or so that both EASHL and GM Connected have not made it into the current-gen versions of NHL 15.

With EASHL already confirmed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, EA Sports has been quiet on announcing any modes for the newer generation console.

Today, back of the box details were revealed by Costco of all places. While the Xbox 360 version shows online multiplayer for 2-12 players, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions only show 1-2 players -- which would tend to indicate EASHL has not made the jump onto the new generation.

Keep in mind the NHL team, despite having an extra year, is a much smaller team compared to other sports games produced by EA Sports. It's not unfeasible that even with the extra time the extra work needed for something like EASHL just presented too much of a challenge to the NHL team. If the mode is indeed not in the game, it is likely you will hear news about it next week as EA Sports plans to start announcing NHL 15 game modes next week.

It is also possible that the mode will not be in the game at launch, but could be patched in later. However, at this point we don't have much news on which modes have made it in or out of the game, so it's impossible to confirm or deny anything. Requests for comment from EA have gone unanswered -- which usually isn't a good sign.

Are you buying NHL 15 if either GM Connected or EASHL aren't in the game?

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
03:23 PM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



EA Sports has just released two NHL 15 gameplay videos, which shows off the gameplay, new camera angles (Dynamic Low, Dynamic Medium, and Dynamic High), commentary and more.

Watch the embedded videos above or click here for video #1 and here for video #2.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
02:57 PM - August 15, 2014. Posted by charter04. Written by Steve Noah

For those of you looking for Madden NFL 15 screenshots for the old-gen consoles, here are some for the Xbox 360.

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Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 54 - View All
12:49 PM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Beluba.

(Promoting this post to the homepage, written by Mike Wang, Sr. Game Designer for NBA 2K15)

Let me clarify up the design of the shot meter. In previous 2K's, shot timing was just another factor within a huge list of other things that spit out a final shot % which we then rolled dice against. So really, it was Real Player % with a bit of help from the user. But the skill of the user had a minimal impact.

In 2K15, all factors that make up a good vs. bad shot get rolled up into a value that then scales the timing window for your jump shooter. So now, timing is a much more crucial factor in whether you make or miss. This puts the onus on the user to execute with more precision and separates the skilled users from the lucky ones. It's actually very similar to the design of Free Throw shooting. You can make the shot if you manage to get perfect timing but your % falls the further you are from the ideal release point. If you're way off, it's a guaranteed miss.

It's also a much more useful feedback system. If you're unfamiliar with your players, it's much easier to get a sense of their timing by glancing at the meter. Also, it's much easier to see how close or off you were with your timing after the fact to help you learn... much more useful than the letter grade system (which is still an option btw.)

My intention was never to make shooting a "meter game." The most successful people in the office are the ones who still watch the shot animations for visual cues of when to release, using the meter only for feedback or for occasional guidance.

I knew there would be some concerns, so let me try to address those now:

- No, you cannot "master" the meter and hit every shot you take
- Yes, you can turn it off in the options menu
- Yes, Real FG% is still an option
- Yes, it is very difficult to get "perfect timing," especially on the higher levels

Hopefully that clears some things up. IMO, shooting is much more engaging now and I think you guys will like the feature.

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 35 - View All
10:41 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

GameInformer has posted their WWE 2K15 hands-on preview. They go over striking, grappling mechanic, commentary and more.

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Commentary makes a leap as well, with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler recording VO at the same time rather than doing it solo and mashing the tracks together later. 2K is trying to focus on telling a story in the ring with the calls rather than just describing the moves in the ring. When I was playing as John Cena, Lawler discussed the effectiveness of his signature STF, noting that he used it to beat Mark Henry at Money in the Bank 2013 and Chris Jericho at Armageddon in 2008.

Game: WWE 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
10:32 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2014 college football season is just around the corner, and we'll 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 the second episode of Dual Threat Season 3, Drab and Bode discuss the the launch of the SEC Network, plus the guys preview their next two conference, the ACC, including Notre Dame, and the Big XII. In the ACC, the guys debate whether anyone can challenge the defending National Champion Seminoles and Heisman winner Jameis Winston, what to make of potential sleeper North Carolina, the issues facing Virginia Tech, whether Clemson can make the transition to winning with defense, and Louisville's first season in the conference. Plus, the guys look at a Notre Dame team who welcomes back QB Everett Golson from a year long suspension. In the Big XII, the guys reveal their concerns about Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight and the Sooners, whether Baylor can keep the momentum going after a terrific season last year, how Charlie Strong will do in his first season in charge of the Longhorns, and more. Next week, the conference previews conclude with the best college football has to offer in the Pac-12 and SEC! Then, before the season kicks of August 28th, the guys make their predictions for the new college football playoff, who will win the Heisman Trophy, conference winners and much, much more!

Be sure to follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 9am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
10:14 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by A_Quiet_Pro.


EA released a pretty hilarious video declaring the start of Madden season. The video features Kevin Hart and Dave Franco and has some rather funny moments. Check out the official PR below and watch the video above:

"Today EA SPORTS officially kicked off Madden Season with a humorous ad campaign video featuring Kevin Hart and Dave Franco. The video demonstrates how friends become frenemies during Madden Season, when rivalries heat up and you’ll stop at nothing to get the win. The full video is available here.

In addition to Hart and Franco, the spot also features cameos from other up-and-coming celebrities and young athletes including Colin Kaepernick, LeSean McCoy, Dez Bryant, Von Miller and Damian Lillard. Even the guys from the popular YouTube show, Epic Meal Time, join in on the fun. In a first for the Madden NFL franchise, the spot makes its debut online several days before it will hit broadcast television."

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
09:58 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

After watching NHL 15's gameplay trailer, do you think it was a good idea for NHL to take an extra year to develop for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

Read More - What Did You Think Of the First NHL 15 Gameplay Footage? (Roundtable)

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
09:51 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s happening! As we approach the busy fall sports game season, the Press Row Podcast takes a look at all of the sports releases on the docket and what each one has at stake. The new console generation has been terrific in some regards and challenging in others; what lessons have each franchise learned and how will they apply them this autumn? After that discussion, as an added bonus section a smaller group convenes to discuss the growing concern over the potential exclusion of key modes from NHL 15 in its next-gen debut. It’s a packed episode this week. Enjoy!

Joining us this week: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:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

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

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Sports / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
09:46 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.

SNOW is a new open-world winter sports game coming to PS4 only. What are your thoughts on the concept of an open world game like this? Should other franchises, such as Tony Hawk, follow suit?

Read More - What Do You Think of Snow? (Roundtable)

Game: SNOWHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
07:41 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted another Driveclub video. This one features driving from day to night, showing off the impressive lighting the game has.

Game: DriveClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All
06:42 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest WWE 2K15 gameplay video footage from Gamescom, featuring a 6 minute match between John Cena and Antonio Cesaro.

Just in case you missed them, more WWE 2K15 video links can be seen here.

Game: WWE 2K15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
12:01 AM - August 15, 2014. Posted by eko718. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest NBA 2K15 video footage from Gamescom. This one features Euroleague teams, Real Madrid vs. Bayern München.

Post your thoughts!

More links to NBA 2K15 gameplay video footage can be seen here, if you missed it.

Game: NBA 2K15Hype Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 35 - View All
Thursday, August 14, 2014
07:29 PM - August 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the archived video of Driveclub, featuring 40+ minutes of gameplay footage.

Game: DriveClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All