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Monday, February 13, 2017
10:22 AM - February 13, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Scott

Many football fans purchase Madden year after year with the lofty hopes that the game will mirror the actual sport they love as closely as possible. And while the folks at EA continue to take strides in the right direction in terms of making this dream a reality, there are still a number of areas in which improvements are needed if the game is ever going to measure up to what we see on the field on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays and every other day of the week NFL games are now held).

Read More - Six Ways to Make Madden More of a Simulation

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Sunday, February 12, 2017
12:00 PM - February 12, 2017. 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.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Saturday, February 11, 2017
04:10 PM - February 11, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Hot Wheels and Rocket League join forces on February 21 with two iconic street machines. Bone Shaker and Twin Mill III (each car sold separately - $1.99) come with wheels and six exclusive decals to customize your rides in the Garage. Check out the trailer here.

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As an added bonus, ALL players -- even those who don’t purchase the Hot Wheels DLC -- can find a FREE Hot Wheels Antenna and Topper, “Treasure Hunt” flag, and “Shark Bite” Topper as random post-match drops in the forthcoming update.

Source - Rocket League

Game: Rocket LeagueReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
Friday, February 10, 2017

NBA 2K17 patch 1.11 is available now for PlayStation 4, soon for Xbox One. The patch resolves matchmaking issues that some users were experiencing.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
05:15 PM - February 10, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has sent out another Madden NFL 17 Draft Champions update, check out the details below.
  • Added a QB round. The first round of every draft will now consist of 3 QB options. After the QB round there will be no other QB’s shown in the draft. This is to give users more variety in the positions they get to choose from while drafting.
  • Updated Legend Round. The pool of players in the Legend round has now been updated to account for some of the more up to date Legend items in MUT. The older Legends that were taken out the Legend round can now be found in the normal draft pool. Legend round is now 2nd round of draft instead of first.
  • Updated Draft Pool. The players in the draft pool have now been completely updated. We will look to continue to update the draft pool throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Updated Base Team. Base teams have been updated to now consist of all Gold player items.

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
10:18 AM - February 10, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Danny Webster
To achieve the pinnacle of success in the virtual football world, one must build a team with really good players and a bit of video game smarts.

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons took separate paths to take part in one of the most memorable Super Bowls of all time, but they both fit the mold of success.

The Patriots have been at the top of the football world for the last decade and a half. They've built a consistent winner. The Falcons, meanwhile, have took some time to get to their first Super Bowl since 1999. The Patriots have had the same general structure for many years while the Falcons have had to tweak their plans during the same span.

But the point is if you're in the middle of a franchise and trying to win a Super Bowl, you're going to need a plan. These two teams came up with a plan, and you can execute a plan if you have the right mindset in Madden.


Read More - How to Build a Super Bowl Champion in Madden

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:59 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NASCAR Heat Evolution DLC is scheduled to arrive on February 17. The free DLC will include quite a few new paint schemes. The team also mentions more will be announced before it is released, so stay tuned.

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Pit Pass 5: Fan-favorite paint schemes including Tony Stewart’s final ride and Joey Logano’s Pennzoil 50th Anniversary Penske scheme are headed your way. In addition, players ages 21 & up can race in Kevin Harvick’s Busch schemes for the first time ever in a NASCAR video game. Pit Pass 5 will be available for FREE on February 17 on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam.

FREE paint schemes include:
  • Tony Stewart: Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited, #AlwaysRac14g
  • Kevin Harvick: Busch Light, Busch Light (Chase), Busch, Busch (Chase), Orange Busch Hunting (Chase), Busch Throwback
  • Joey Logano: Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil, AAA (Chase), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 16), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 12), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 8), Mosaic Shell-Pennzoil (Chase – Round of 4)
  • Chris Buescher: CSX (Chase)
  • Carl Edwards: Arris (Chase)
  • Austin Dillon: Breast Cancer Awareness/American Ethanol (Chase)
  • Chase Elliott: Mountain Dew, Kelley Blue Book
  • Landon Cassill: ThePeteStore.com
  • Michael McDowell: Thrivent Financial
  • Casey Mears: Geico Sonoma, Geico Texas
  • Paul Menard: Menards/Richmond Water Heaters, Menards/Moen, Menards/Dutch Boy
  • Regan Smith: Citizen Soldiers
  • Ryan Ellis: Dustless Blasting, Union/EJ Wade
  • Matt DiBenedetto: Texas Police, NASCAR Heat Evolution #49, JAS
  • Trevor Bayne: AdvoStrong

Game: NASCAR Heat EvolutionReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
10:36 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The final Madden NFL 17 roster update of the season is available now. These weekly roster updates include changes to player ratings, depth charts, and injuries for all 32 teams. All players are now fully healthy and free from injury.

You can check all of the changes here. We've listed some of the changes below.

GOING UP
  • Tom Brady +1 (Overall 96)
  • Julian Edelman +1 (Overall 89)
  • Marcus Cannon +1 (Overall 88)
  • DeMarco Murray +1 (Overall 87)
  • Melvin Gordon +2 (Overall 85)
  • Alan Branch +3 (Overall 82)
  • Trey Flowers +1 (Overall 81)
  • Robert Alford +1 (Overall 80)
  • Deion Jones +2 (Overall 80)
  • James White +2 (Overall 80)
GOING DOWN
  • Nate Solder -1 (Overall 87)
  • Matt Forte -2 (Overall 84)

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
08:12 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We had our own MLB The Show 17 twitch stream, right after Sony Interactive Entertainment had theirs. Make sure you are subscribed to our Twitch channel, so you get notified when we go LIVE.

In this MLB The Show 17 gameplay breakdown, Millennium runs through the entire stream and points out plenty of details you might not have noticed. Give it a watch and post your thoughts and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
05:08 PM - February 9, 2017. Posted by Speedy. Written by Steve Noah

Sony Interactive Entertainment has just started their MLB The Show 17 Twitch stream. Watch it here.

The team will be discussing gameplay, animations and retro mode. Post your thoughts!

UPDATE: Here is the link to the archive, for those of you that missed it.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 18 - View All
09:59 AM - February 9, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Joel Smith
When I start MyGM in NBA 2K17, one of the first things I do is look at my team roster. What are its weaknesses? Who are my best players? Who can I unload to try and improve my team?

One thing that is thoroughly enjoyable (for me at least) is taking my team and building a powerhouse based on youth and potential. The team might be average to begin with, but after a season or two -- and some improvement in player ratings -- my young studs usually grow into seasoned monsters.

I’ve taken the liberty of listing the top five young players at each position who have high potential and a high ceiling. You can target these players to help your team immediately, or after a few seasons of growth. The players are listed based on in-game overall; potential and basic info can be seen as well.


Read More - The Best Young Players to Sign in NBA 2K17: Centers

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
09:34 AM - February 9, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Ben Vollmer

There are so few players who transcend pace of play. Guys who can beat you in the halfcourt just as easily as they can beat you on a break are rare, leaving most teams scrambling to find a pace that works for them.

NBA 2K17 does a wonderful job mirroring these different types of players. Take, for instance, Marc Gasol. What Gasol (92 strength) lacks in speed and agility, he makes up for in strength and awareness. Slowing down with Mike Conley Jr., a similarly crafty player in the halfcourt, and running a play to utilize Gasol’s strengths is a winning strategy. It’s slower and often eats a ton of clock, but it works. Memphis has built a team that grinds out wins via low-scoring affairs.

Unfortunately, dictating pace of play isn’t as easy as it sounds. Game flow, a phrase that doubles as pace of play, is an idea being recognized by coaches everywhere. Oftentimes, you’ll flip on a game of basketball and find two teams butting heads over the tempo of the game. One team, like Memphis, may wish to slow things down while another team, let’s say Phoenix, wants to hurry things up.

Read More - Mastering Pace of Play in NBA 2K17

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
12:22 AM - February 9, 2017. Posted by bostonchipster. Written by Steve Noah

As pictured in the image above, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, joins NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, at the league’s headquarters in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, as they announce plans to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league. NBA 2K eLeague will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world, and marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Read the official press release below. More details are scheduled to arrive later today.

NBA AND TAKE-TWO TO LAUNCH NBA 2K eLeague

First Official eSports League Operated by U.S. Professional Sports League Set for 2018 Debut

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced plans to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world. This marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Set to debut in 2018, this groundbreaking competitive gaming league will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. The founding teams, each composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars, will be announced in the coming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup.

“We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA sports team operators with Take-Two’s competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience.”

“We are proud to expand our strong relationship with the NBA and co-create the NBA 2K eLeague,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Through the NBA 2K series, which is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans, we have a proven track record of highly successful collaboration. With this new venture, Take-Two and the NBA aim to fuel the accelerating growth of eSports and take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights.”

The relationship between NBA and Take-Two dates back to 1999, with the NBA 2K series selling over 68 million units worldwide. The most recent release, NBA 2K17, is the highest-rated annual sports game of the current console generation and the highest-rated title in the history of the NBA 2K series.(1) To date, NBA 2K17 has sold-in nearly 7 million units, and is poised to become 2K’s highest-selling sports title ever.

In December, 2K launched its second official eSports competition, NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, which offers teams of gamers the chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2017. The 5-on-5 tournament, featuring a $250,000 grand prize, will culminate on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

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Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Slightly Mad Studios has released their Project CARS 2 announcement trailer, scheduled to arrive in late 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) with VR support.

The game features over 170 cars and more than 60 tracks with varying terrains and motorsports, tested and approved by world-class drivers, and featuring more iconic cars from the world’s most elite brands.

Read the full press release below.

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. TAKES GAMERS TO THE TRACK FOR THE MOST AUTHENTIC MOTORSPORTS RACING EXPERIENCE EVER CREATED IN PROJECT CARSTM 2

Slightly Mad Studios to Deliver the Ultimate Driver Journey to Virtual Racing Drivers in the Americas

Leading interactive entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., and Slightly Mad Studios, today announced their publishing partnership to bring Project CARS™ 2 to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017. Project CARS 2 features an expanded roster of over 170 cars and 60+ tracks, brand-new fan-requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines – including ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing – over its critically acclaimed, ground-breaking predecessor (Project CARS™). All of this racing action can be presented at up to 12K* resolution graphics (PC) with VR support, making Project CARS 2 the most immersive and technically advanced racing simulation experience.

Created by gamers and fine-tuned by professional racing drivers, Project CARS 2 delivers an unparalleled racing experience to players of all skill levels. To achieve this goal, Project CARS 2 utilizes leading-edge visuals, precise car physics, and realistic A.I. designed to mimic a competitive driver’s heart and mind that is sure to challenge players. The use of Slightly Mad Studios’ proprietary LIVETRACK 3.0 technology enables the development team to create dynamic real-time weather & seasonal effects, track surface conditions & time-of-day changes, and implement advanced tire grip/wear physics into the Project CARS 2 gameplay. By combining these features with the highest performance driving machines in the world, Project CARS 2 will enable players to live-out their dreams of being a racecar driver.

“Project CARS 2’s authentic presentation of motorsports racing isn’t just cutting edge, it surpasses the cutting edge,” says Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “No other driving game or racing title can approach Project CARS 2’s level of visual fidelity, real-world physics, and intelligent driver A.I. These features combined with dynamic weather and track effects, refined controls, and an authentic love of competitive eSports guarantees players will be able to live-out their racing aspirations on multiple gaming platforms.”

“We’re thrilled to pull off the covers on our publishing partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and finally share more details on our latest build with Project CARS 2.” said Stephen Viljoen, Game Director for Project CARS 2. “Our collective goal at Slightly Mad Studios is to create a simulation racing experience that rivals that of real-life. Realism and authenticity are central to our development mantra for Project CARS 2, hence we’re making sure we employ the best professional drivers, game developers, artists, and sound engineers to realize our vision for a game that takes players on the ultimate driver journey.”

Project CARS 2 is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. Project CARS 2 will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017.

Game: Project CARS 2Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
01:19 PM - February 8, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


Mike Lowe checks in again today with a look at his NBA 2K17 MyGM Expansion Franchise. In Episode Five, Mike takes a look at draft scouting and gives some tips on how to improve your own scouting.

Check out the video above, if you can't see it click here.

Afterwards, be sure to subscribe to the Operation Sports YouTube Channel!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All