"If this is where Indie Sports Games are heading, then we're on board."
A look at Microsoft's sim racer and its debut on next-gen.
EA Sports does it again, with a great debut of their best-selling soccer franchise on next-gen.
We go in-depth with the XBox One.
Top Sports News for Monday, December 2, 2013
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- Auburn and Missouri have arguably played a tougher schedule than Florida State or Ohio State -- both SEC teams could be on the outside looking in if the current BCS standings hold
With each new Microsoft console, a racing game is always there at launch. It was Project Gotham Racing by Bizarre Creations for the original Xbox and PGR 3 for the Xbox 360. This time, on the Xbox One, we have Forza Motorsport 5; the racing franchise from Turn 10 Studios. With new hardware comes new features like Drivatars and challenges.
Forza 5 keeps the same gameplay intact but some of the tracks and many vehicles featured in previous games are noticeably absent and the career mode doesn't really break any new ground.
Read More - Forza Motorsport 5 Review (XBox One)
For those that still haven't seen the actual play, or just want to watch it again, here it is.
Source - Kotaku
- 2K Sports Giving Away 2000 in Virtual Currency For Next-Gen NBA 2K14 This Weekend
- Madden NFL 25 Roster Update - Week 13 Details
- FIFA 14 Adds FUT Online Season For iOS Devices
- NBA 2K14 Next-Gen Patch Coming Soon to Address MyCareer Saves & The Park Connectivity
- NBA 2K14 Adds LeBron X1 For Current-Gen Users, Next-Gen Updates Coming Soon
- EA Sports UFC Cover Vote Down to Alexander Gustafsson vs. Georges St-Pierre
- FIFA Manager Series Canned
Reviews, Impressions, Features & Blogs
- XBox One Hardware Review
- NHL 14: Dynamic Ratings Update (Nov. 25)
- Operation Sports - Dual Threat Podcast: Season 2 - Episode #16: Week 14
- FIFA Soccer 14 Review (XB1/PS4)
- Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: NBA Live 14 Critical Analysis
- A Next-Gen College Football Game Is Far From Impossible
- The OS Daily Ten - Is Chicago's Season Lost Without Derrick Rose?
- How To Fix NBA Live 14
- FIFA Soccer 14: Extended Impressions
- Sound off: Who Should LA Surround Kobe With the Next Two Years?
- PlayStation 4 Console Review
- The OS Daily Ten - SEC Teams Boosting Each Other to Front of BCS
- NBA Live 14 Review (PS4/XB1)
- NG Features: Share Button (PS4)
It's been interesting to see people get fired up about the new game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, as passionate users have debated the merits of launch lineups, resolution, price point and features. I think it's easy for people to lose sight of the fact that all of us have had some fun times with the current generation of consoles, and there's no reason to not expect that the “next generation” will provide similar levels of enjoyment and quality, regardless of platform.
As our own Caley Roark did the other day for the PS4, I'm going to attempt to provide you with some definitive reasons for why you should get an Xbox One. You'll notice that I was very specific in the previous sentence, as I definitely think that the Xbox One is worth your time. While the PS4 is providing an excellent experience — and I do own one — I think it's more of a refined version of what the 360 was trying to do. The Xbox One, buoyed by the improved Kinect camera, actually manages to strive for something a bit more, and even at this stage, you can see some of that future in the UI, voice control and overall software package.
Read More - XBox One Hardware Review
2K Sports is giving away the first NBA 2K14 Locker Code on PS4 and Xbox One for this weekend. Users can enter the code "Than2Kgivings!" for 2000 in Virtual Currency.
EA released it's weekly dynamic ratings update earlier this week, and there were a bunch of meaningful players affected by the stat buffs and demerits.
Here's the complete list of affected players:
Hot Streak Players
- Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks
- Jamie Benn – Dallas Stars
- Kari Lehtonen – Dallas Stars
- Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars
- Johan Franzen – Detroit Red Wings
- Slava Voynov
EA Sports released the Madden NFL 25 week 13 roster update earlier in the week. The details have just been released, which includes updated ratings and/or position changes for over 500 players.
Below are some of the rating adjustments. For a full list of week 13 updates (including injuries), click here.
- Tiquan Underwood +4 (73)
- Robert Quinn +3 (92)
- Josh Gordon +2 (88)
- Eddie Lacy +2 (84)
- Colin Kaepernick +2 (87)
- Logan Mankins +2 (95)
- Knowshon Moreno +2 (87)
- Jermon Bushrod -4 (83)
- Jon Beason -3 (80)
- Robert Griffin III -2 (87)
- Andrew Luck -2 (89)
- Darrelle Revis -1 (97)
- Victor Cruz -1 (89)
- Danny Amendola -2 (83)
- Sony PlayStation Vita w/ 4 Games - $174.99
- 1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership (Digital Code) - $29.99
The 2013 college football season is in full swing! Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!
In the sixteenth episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss the Baylor loss to Oklahoma State, the dumpster fire that is the Florida Gators, Terry Saban's comments on "spoiled" Alabama fans, the wide-open Heisman Trophy race, rivalry weekend and much more! Plus, the guys preview and make their predictions for the biggest games of the weekend between Notre Dame-Stanford, Texas A&M-Missouri, UCLA-USC, Clemson-South Carolina and the biggest Iron Bowl of all-time!
So give Dual Threat a listen! 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, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!
EA Sports has added FUT Online Seasons to the mobile version of FIFA 14 for iOS devices.
What's New in Version 1.3.2
PUT YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM TO THE TEST! Compete against real opponents from around the world with Online Seasons. Get your squad to the top division to earn coins, items, and packs.
Other enhancements include:
- Improvements to Touch Controls
- Simpler, friendlier way of choosing between Classic and Touch controls
- Ergonomic and visual improvements, behind-the-scenes adjustments, and more!
To be truthful, FIFA 14 for next-gen consoles isn't a sports title that's going to instantly make your jaw hit the floor — certainly not in the way that NBA 2K14 has managed to do — but once you start looking at it and playing it on a nice television setup, you start to realize that it's an incredibly versatile and smooth version of the FIFA brand that has satisfied millions for years now. While the new Ignite engine that's powering EA's next-gen efforts is certainly in its early stages here, this is still a strong “launch” sports title, and there's plenty to be happy about when you start playing it.
Don't misunderstand: this FIFA experience on next-gen reveals itself to be quality, but only once you play it. If you own the game on current-gen platforms already, it's probably a tall order to convince you to plunk down a bunch more money to play this version. But if you find yourself in the market for a PS4 or an Xbox One (especially in Europe, where you could get FIFA for free), FIFA 14 on next generation hardware acquits itself rather well.
Read More - FIFA Soccer 14 Review (XB1/PS4)
The 58th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a critical analysis of NBA Live 14, perhaps the most fascinating sports game story of 2013. The show is a combination of two events – a Press Row Hangout from the night that NBA Live officially launched as well as a follow-up conversation of the Xbox One Launch Press Row Hangout. The first (and longer) section features host Rich Grisham along with PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey, ThatSportsGamer.com’s TJ Lauerman, and The Gaming Tailgate’s Chris Jacobs. The second segment, which takes place after EA’s “apology” of sorts for the launch state of the game, features Owen Good and Chris Sanner along with Rich and Bryan.
Joining us this week:
- Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
- Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
- TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer)
- Chris Jacobs, The Gaming Tailgate (@cdj80)
- Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
- And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@richgrisham)
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Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
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According to the 2KSupport Twitter feed, 2K Sports will release a second patch for NBA 2K14 addressing MyCAREER save file and The Park connectivity issues.
More recently, the team has pushed a matchmaking server-side update for PS4 users and are asking for feedback.
Let's just forget for a moment that the NCAA series made millions on top of millions of dollars for their company. Sure, a different big company might want to swoop in and take a chunk of that total by taking a shot at a college football game (or even EA, in a few years). But first, we have to assume that they will ask themselves: is it worth it?
Unfortunately, the answer is almost certainly no at this ... Read More