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03:35 PM - January 23, 2015. Posted by 42. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the new Driveclub video, featuring the Icona Vulcano, scheduled to arrive for free on January 27th.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
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02:48 PM - January 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


Are you struggling to light the lamp in NHL 15? If so, Operation Sports has compiled 10 different tactics that should help your team consistently score goals in the current-gen versions of NHL 15.

If the video above doesn't show, check it out on YouTube. Also subscribe to our own Jayson Young's YouTube channel while you are at it.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:24 AM - January 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

There’s a great NBA schedule tonight with 11 games on the schedule, so we're back with another one-day league on FanDuel. LeBron, Durant, Dirk, and Anthony Davis are all in action and could be great value for your lineup tonight. Here’s the link to sign up.

If you’re new to FanDuel, don’t worry. The leagues are salary cap based. You pick whichever players you want, whenever you want. Each league last only one night, so you’re not stuck managing a team all year. Sign up through the link to get a 100% deposit bonus match through Operation Sports, which is FanDuel’s biggest offer.

Tonight’s league is $5 to enter and pays out $250 in cash prizes. There’s only room for 55 teams, so make sure you save your spot. Here’s the link to join.

Last week ‘s winner was OS member kklein50! He beat the field to win $50. Congrats to all the winners last Friday. Here’s kklein's winning team.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 18 - View All
11:21 AM - January 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post


Longtime Operation Sports community member, basketball video game critic, and current NBA 2K development team member Nino Samuel – aka Da Czar – joins host Rich Grisham on the Press Row Podcast for the first time to talk life and basketball. The two break down NBA 2K15 in much detail, interspersed with stories of how Da Czar came to be and his journey from a game player to a game critic to a game maker. Da Czar’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious, making this an episode fans of any sport or video game will enjoy.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Nino Samuel, 2K Sports(@Da_Czar)
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:

Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com

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: 1:28



Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
11:15 AM - January 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NBA Live 15 roster update has arrived today, which includes changes for 437 players. It also adds changes to depth charts, player movement and injury and accessory updates. I'm not seeing Austin Rivers on the Los Angeles Clippers roster, but the bulk of other trades are included that were missing from the last update.

Below is a list of some of the changes you will see in the roster update. Fernando has sent us the Excel spreadsheet with all of the changes. Download it here.

GOING UP
  • Langston Galloway +2
  • Travis Wear +2
  • Tobias Harris +2
  • Jusuf Nurkic +2
  • Donald Sloan +2
  • Brandon Jennings +2
  • Gorgui Dieng +2
  • Justin Holiday +2
  • Rasual Butler +2
  • Nerlens Noel +3
  • Hassan Whiteside +3
  • Alex Len +3
  • Andrew Wiggins +3
  • Kevin Seraphin +3
  • Rudy Gobert +4
  • J.R. Smith +1
  • Kyrie Irving +1
  • Kevin Garnett +1
  • Ty Lawson +1
  • Greg Monroe +1
GOING DOWN
  • Derrick Rose -2
  • Dwight Howard -2
  • Joakim Noah -1
  • Jeff Green -1
  • Marc Gasol -1
  • Dwyane Wade -1
  • Nick Young -1
  • Andre Drummond -1
  • Kyle Lowry -1
  • Tony Parker -1
  • Isaiah Thomas -1
  • John Wall -1

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
10:09 AM - January 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K15 roster updates arrive much more frequently this year. Whenever one is available, Mike Stauffer (bedwardsroy19) will provide us with the details.

Check out the changes for this mornings roster update here.

NOTE: If you have a roster update request, please post it in this thread (comments will be locked for individual roster updates from now on). The requests should be exclusively in reference to inaccuracies in specific jersey team colors, player accessories, shoes, jersey numbers, player information, rotations, contracts, and missing players. The thread is NOT meant to discuss player attributes/tendencies/badges/art changes.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All

You heard right. Out of the Park 16 will feature the official MLB and Minor League Baseball license, which means users will have access to official league logos, 30 MLB team logos and jerseys, over 150 MiLB team logos, and historical MLB logos.

Make sure you check out the official website to pre-order.
  • Now through February 15, pre-order OOTP 16 for the special price of $34.99 and earn an entry in our best sweepstakes yet.*
  • Three winners will each receive a $500 MLB.com Shop gift certificate, which can be redeemed without limitation, for example jerseys, caps, books, DVDs, and much more!** (You may also opt for a $500 Amazon gift card.)
  • You'll receive an additional free Steam key after release of the game.***
  • Get the game three days before its official March release!
We won't be done with the giveaways after the price goes to $39.99 on February 16, though. Everyone who pre-orders between February 16th and three days before the official release in March will still receive a free OOTP 16 Steam key and get the game three days early.***

Here are the new and revamped features you'll find in OOTP 16. As in past years, more surprise features will be added as we get closer to shipping.

2015 Opening Day Rosters
Our brand new 2015 roster sets include all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system down to the rookie leagues. All major league (and certain minor league) player ratings are based on Baseball Prospectus' industry-leading player forecasting system, PECOTA. The thousands of remaining minor league players are carefully rated by hand by our established research team.

Will San Diego's offseason frenzy pay dividends? Is this finally the year the Blue Jays return to the top of the American League East? Find out for yourself!

New International and Independent Leagues Added
Last year, we introduced 7 international leagues in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and The Netherlands. This year, we added the Australian Baseball League to that list, along with several independent leagues in the US and Japan. All of those leagues feature real rosters, of course, with countless hours of work invested in researching realistic bio info, statistics and ratings for thousands of real players.

New Team Owner Goals
Real-life GMs may not want smarter owners, but we think you'll appreciate your new team owner, who won't just tell you to go out there and win as many games as you can. Now he'll give you short- and long-term goals, which may include: winning the World Series within X seasons; fixing a certain weakness on your roster; extending the contract of a star player; and much more. Your ability to meet those goals not only decides if you'll be fired but also determines if your contract will be extended at a higher salary, which is another new feature this year.

Improved Team Finances and Reporting
We have redesigned large chunks of the team finance system, including new season ticket sales, a team finances screen based on widgets, a new accounting screen, and much more. You'll be better at the money-related part of your job than ever before. On top of that, we have recoded and improved the entire AI related to finances, resulting in more realistic player contracts and negotiations and more stable long-term team finances.

Completely Redesigned Manager and Coaches System
One of our favorite new features this year is the redesigned coaching model. Managers and coaches now have certain personalities and special skills or preferences, which will result in plenty of interesting choices. Do you want the manager of your team (if you decide to play GM-only) to be an easy-going stathead, or do you need a veteran hard-nosed manager who is able to cope with the disgruntled players in the clubhouse? Do you want a pitching coach who is an expert in working with power pitchers, or is your staff based more on control artists who could benefit from a coach who knows how to work with finesse pitchers?

Recoded Team Strategy System
You spoke and we listened: We agreed that setting your team's in-game strategy was a tedious task, so we've completely redesigned that part of the game. Now you can quickly set your preferred strategies and move on to more important matters. Beware, though: If you play GM-only, you'll find that some managers won't let you dictate certain strategies.

Better Playoff Coverage
The race for playoff berths is the most exciting part of every baseball season, so we added a new Pennant Chase screen that displays the strength of the remaining schedule and the chance for each team to make the playoffs. We also improved the related news coverage. Who will win it all?

Improved 3D Ball Flight
Last year we introduced support for 3D stadiums and realistic 3D ball flight, which was a big step-up for the series. OOTP 16 improves on that 3D presentation and includes great-looking 3D models of all 30 MLB ballparks.

Much More
Of course, that's not all. Every year we offer many smaller features, and OOTP 16 is no exception. It includes:
  • New play modes (Manager only, GM only, and GM + Manager), so you can decide exactly how you'd like to run your team
  • An improved simulation engine that incorporates the latest research and trends, such as infield shifts and pitcher usage
  • Rainouts with automatic rescheduling, adding the realism that comes with rain-shortened and cancelled games. Is your bullpen strong enough to handle those late-season double-headers?
  • Better in-game sound
  • An enhanced interface, such as a player info pop-up when resting the mouse pointer over a button which links to a player, or automatic syncing between lineups and depth charts when making changes to either of them.
  • A great new Find-A-Player feature: Define certain criteria (ratings, stats, salary etc.) and find exactly the player you were looking for
  • Recoded All-Star Game features with real voting (including online league support)
  • Realistic OOTP Hall of Fame selection process, including simulated voting and new stats like JAWS, HoF Standards, Black & Grey Ink Tests
  • More player awards, for example Most Valuable Player, Playoff Series MVPs, best hitters by position and Reliever of the Year
  • Better playoff history tracking, including career playoff stats for all real players in the database and playoff leaderboards
  • Alternate currencies (Euro, Pounds Sterling, Yen, etc.)
  • The option to define background pictures for teams and leagues
  • Much more

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Game: Out of the Park Baseball 16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 1 - View All
07:52 AM - January 23, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Kylotonn Games and Bigben Interactive have just announced WRC 5, coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later this Fall. Check out the teaser video here and read the official press release below.

After 4 episodes on the previous generation of consoles, WRC reaches a new step toward history. This year, Bigben Interactive and Kylotton Games are proud to announce that WRC 5 will also be available on new generation consoles!

The WRC game series is taking a new shift with the introduction of Kylotonn and will benefit from new development tools and experienced European developers and many surprises are planned for fans in the game.“We are very proud and excited to work on a title dedicated to one of the most challenging and spectacular forms of motor sport,” says Diego Sartori, Creative Director at Kylotonn Games.

Bigben Interactive is also proud to introduce Sébastien Chardonnet as one of the game’s Ambassadors. Sébastien is the 2013 FIA WRC 3 champion who is graduating to the top level of WRC in 2015 in Monte Carlo – after a first attempt in 2012 in France. He has been involved with the concept and planning for WRC 5 since early on in the project.

“It’s exciting to help Kylotonn to make the best WRC game ever seen. Combining my driver and gamer experience with their technical point of view is something interesting when you are trying to do the most realistic game possible,” declares Chardonnet.

Moutains, valleys, snow, rain... That is a long and winding road to get to the WRC title. Will you have what it takes to unleash the driver that lies in you ?

Game: WRC 5Hype Score: Vote Now
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

EA Sports will release a special Madden NFL 15 Super Bowl Edition tomorrow for Xbox One users. Xbox Gold subscribers can purchase it for $23.99, everyone else pays $59.99. Users will receive $20 worth of Ultimate Team content including 10 Pro Packs and a Super Bowl Pack featuring rookie versions of Joe Montana, Reggie White and Michael Irvin.

At the time of this post, we do not see a similar deal for PlayStation 4 gamers. We will update this post if we hear more.

UPDATE: Players can purchase this special edition until Monday, February 2.

The Madden NFL 15 Super Bowl Edition is also available digitally on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, beginning Tuesday, January 27 and ending Monday, February 2.

Regions Available: MADDEN NFL 15 SUPER BOWL EDITION IS AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA ON PLAYSTATION NETWORK FOR THE PLAYSTATION 3 AND PLAYSTATION 4 CONSOLES. SUPER BOWL EDITION CONTENT AVAILABLE ONLY FOR NEW PURCHASES AND EXPIRES TUESDAY, MARCH 24.

For those fans still on the fence, a six-hour trial of Madden NFL 15 is now available on Xbox One.* Fans can find the trial on the Xbox One dashboard, or in the Microsoft Store.

The Madden NFL 15 trial is a full game version with access to popular game modes including Connected Franchise Mode (CFM) and Madden Ultimate Team (MUT).


Thanks to TwistedSymphoniczz for the heads up!

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
05:38 PM - January 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released their Madden NFL 15 Super Bowl XLIX roster update, along with an Excel spreadsheet showing all of the changes. These changes include updated ratings and/or position changes for 91 players.

GOING UP
  • LeGarrette Blount +3 (83)
  • Marshawn Lynch +2 (7)
  • Rob Ninkovich +3 (OVR)
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix +3 (81)
  • Nate Solder +1 (88)
  • Devin McCourty +1 (96)
  • Darrelle Revis +1 (97)
GOING DOWN
  • Andrew Luck -2 (91)
  • Brandon Bostick -2 (70)
  • Russell Wilson -1 (89)
  • T.Y. Hilton -1 (91)
  • Russell Okung -1 (85)
  • Michael Bennett -1 (94)
  • Cliff Avril -1 (87)

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
04:57 PM - January 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS.

Its the Seahawks and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona next Sunday evening.

But before we get there, we took a bit of time to put a few of the staff writers on the hotseat to discuss the Madden NFL series, whether it can compete for sports game of the year next year, and what the most pressing need for the game is.

Let's see their responses (and add yours in the comments below!):

Read More - OS Fact or Fiction: Super Bowl is Coming Edition

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
03:11 PM - January 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

After a hugely successful first editions of Bad Lip Reading NFL Edition, the guys are back again with another hilarious edition of the series. There are numerous hilarious bits within the video, which dubs fake voices over NFL players talking on the field -- almost always to hilarious results.

"Come on hug daddy, I love my Gopher," Pete Carrol seems to exclaim about halfway through.

Then there's Dez Bryant's weird obsession with Funyuns. I'm not sure I can stop laughing at this.

Which was your favorite?

Game: NFLReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 5 - View All

The Golf Club may be looking into adding retaining walls to its golf course creator suite, amongst other new additions in the works for the game. Two potential huge new features, out of bounds and dropped balls are being investigated as well alongside development on the new Season Mode which we already knew about.

Quote:
"We play a lot of the community created courses and are always amazed at the imagination shown by designers when it comes to creating the desired look for your courses. Benches for steps, bridges for retaining walls, tree stumps for walls, etc. This week, Jim has taken a quick look at creating some of these things for you. They’re looking really good, so I’m very excited to see your creations with these new objects. And a quick reminder that not everyone on the team codes, thus, when you see something like rain being investigated it doesn’t mean time is being taken away from some other ‘essential’ addition or ‘must fix’ area of the game."

Also on the docket are possible changes to the Handicap system in the game:

Quote:
"With the Handicap system in place we have found that some of tournaments on the easier courses skew a little in favour of the weaker players. We’re reviewing all the data regularly and as much as we want to stay true to the real life system we do understand that video game golf is a little different to real life golf. We are going to investigate a little and see what tweaks we can make to the base formulas to even the playing field a little more."

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
10:39 AM - January 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post


The video above was provided to us by Jake Berger. You should check Jake's channel out on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe!

Today's episode of Madden NFL 15 Training 101 once again centers around Force Defenders and how they operate in the game of Madden and in real life. Last time we looked at the linebackers and how they act as force defenders and this time we're taking a look at the secondary and how they act as force defenders. There are some tips here to pick up on as a gamer, and some ideas for improvement in future editions of Madden as well.

Be sure to give the video a watch and let us know what you think about the role of force defenders in the game!

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 34 - View All
10:28 AM - January 22, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Perfect Golf is available now on Steam Early Access for $19.99. Here are a few screenshots and if the embedded video above doesn't work for you, click here to watch it.

What makes Perfect Golf different?
  • The Creative Director of the game is a PGA golf professional,
  • Geo-referenced courses giving real world sun angles, sun rise and set times,which will also open up the ability to merge real world golf with computer golf. No longer play as your favorite pro, play against them!
  • Real world weather integration with live data from worldwide weather stations,
  • Real time 'emergent' physics engine - all forces such as wind and spin act on the ball in real time, we don't know where the ball is going to end up any more than you do when it's hit, it's not scripted behavior just ...physics!
  • First person mode allows you to drop into a free camera or walking mode and survey the beautiful environments at your leisure
Perfect Golf has been designed from the outset to be a community driven game with regular content and feature releases based on player feedback.

Read the full press release below and if you try it out, let us know what you think.

Perfect Parallel has announced the release of “Perfect
Golf", a Golf Simulation Game for PC MAC and Linux on Steam


Perfect Parallel today announced that it has released Perfect
Golf into Early Access on Steam’s Digitial Distribution Platform.

Perfect Golf is a new kind of golf simulation that is based on a goal to integrate the real world of golf and the gaming side of golf in a way that has never been done before. Featuring fully geo referenced golf courses that exist within a real space in the world, Perfect Golf is able to integrate real world data into its virtual worlds.

Perfect Golf features a full real time multiplayer game mode with an integrated lobby inside the game, support for NAT Punchthrough technology, integrated chat and player status in the chat window. With support for up to 8 players and 4 teams simultaneously it also features a single play, local multiplayer and practice modes with Skins, Match and Stroke gameplay types.

Perfect Golf also features an emergent physics engine which calculates the effects on the ball in real time. A key component of this is our “live”wind engine with built in elevation coefficient and gust factor which ensures that the wind is varying throughout the 3D environment.

There are 7 different replay cameras and 3 main cameras including a dynamic camera with reverse and landing snap cameras and two different player assists to make the game easier for beginners.

Most importantly Perfect Golf immerses the user in the most photorealistic golf sim available for PC MAC and Linux since golf games migrated from 2D imagery to 3D environments. A real time weather system tied into the courses geo referenced location and user selected city based weather provides a realistic time of day and lighting environment.

The Early Access version ships with 5 courses and more will be released during Early Access. Each course is built using our own Course Forge tools which have been adopted by Nicklaus Design as their digital design tool for in house course development (http://www.perfectparallel.com/nicklaus). We anticipate releasing Course Forge for non commercial use just prior to or along with the full retail release of Perfect Golf.

During Early Access we will be working with the community of adopters to prioritize the new features to be added into the game. Please come and join us and help make Perfect Golf become the best golf game for PC, MAC and Linux.

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Game: Perfect GolfReader Score: Vote Now
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