Thursday, September 22, 2016
12:00 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium

Hey guys,

This opportunity was just brought to OS by the EA Playtesting team (not exclusively). They want to hit some of their more core audiences, and that is the niche we fit very nicely!

EA Sports is hosting a remote playtest that will start on Sep. 29th and run though Oct. 12th. If you live in the continental U.S., then we welcome you to apply for this opportunity! You will need a phone and internet access for the duration of this playtest, more details below.

How will this work if you're selected?
  • You'll meet with our researcher who'll explain the process in a "kickoff" conference call (Sep. 29 or Sep. 30)
  • You'll play the game and fill out 5-10 minute survey about your experiences for 7 days straight (you don't even have to leave your house, but you do have to complete the surveys by our deadlines! Oct. 3rd - Oct. 9th)
  • You'll attend a short "exit" conference call with the researcher (Oct. 10, 11, or 12)
  • You'll receive your reward for participating! Participants will have the option to pick from two rewards: either 2 free EA games shipped to your door or a $50 Giftrocket gift card.
More details are available in the survey itself.

Link to apply for the remote playtest: Remote Playtest Sign Up
Link to the EA Playtesting Facebook Page: EA Playtesting Facebook
Link to sign up for the EA Playtesting Email: Newsletters will inform you about all upcoming EA playtests in your area!

10:28 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Want to become a master ball-handler? Well you have to walk before you run.

YouTube user DaryusP produced a video which goes over the very basics of ball-handling in NBA 2K17. All of the basics you may need to know including visual instructions on how the moves look on your controller are included. It's a really great resource you can draw from to practice the most basic ball-handling moves in NBA 2K17.

Given the daunting control scheme found in NBA 2K17, this is a great place to start towards becoming a master on the sticks.

What are some of the things you are doing to be a better ball-handler in NBA 2K17?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
08:12 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another free Rocket League arena called AquaDome is headed our way in October, along with a couple of new Battle-Cars, priced at $1.99 each. Check out the trailer here.

Inspired by the seven seas, the creatures beneath the waves, and the machines we use to study both, AquaDome is the first standard Arena we’ve released since Utopia Coliseum. Expect to see AquaDome on every Rocket League playlist, including Competitive, when it’s released next month.

In addition to the new Arena, we’ll also be launching two new Battle-Cars in the AquaDome update. Triton (a slick, futuristic ocean sub) and Proteus (a more science-minded research vessel) are both made to cruise below the waves and sail over the pitch. Both cars will be individually priced at USD $1.99 (or regional equivalent) per car.

Game: Rocket LeagueReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
08:01 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K has just revealed full details on the upcoming WWE 2K17 DLC, Season Pass and digital deluxe edition.

  • Players will gain access to all unlockable content available at launch in the game’s VC Purchasable section (excluding downloadable content);
  • Players can also decide the overall rankings and attribute levels for all playable characters throughout the life of the product;
  • The Accelerator will be available for $4.99.
Future Stars Pack
  • Playable WWE and NXT Superstars: Austin Aries, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mojo Rawley and Tye Dillinger;
  • The Future Stars Pack will be available for $8.99.
Hall of Fame Showcase
  • Playable matches include:
    • Cactus Jack and Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael “PS” Hayes) (WCW Saturday Night 1992);
    • The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts and Michael “PS” Hayes) vs. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich (WCCW 1986);
    • Ivory vs. Jacqueline (SmackDown 2000);
    • Sting (gold and black tights) vs. Ric Flair (Clash of Champions 1988);
    • Sting (n.W.o. Wolfpac ring gear) vs. Bret Hart (WCW Halloween Havoc 1998);
    • Papa Shango vs. The Godfather (Dream Match);
    • Big Boss Man (with Albert) vs. The Big Show (Armageddon 1999);
  • The Hall of Fame Showcase will be available for $9.99.
Legends Pack
  • Playable WWE Legends: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Eddie Guerrero, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Sycho Sid and Tatanka;
  • The Legends Pack will be available for $8.99.
MyPlayer Kick Start (PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive)
  • Players will gain access to unlock and boost created Superstar ratings and attributes made available at launch as part of the game’s MyCareer mode;
  • Players can also unlock all clothing made available at launch that provides attribute boosts in MyCareer;
  • MyPlayer Kick Start will be available for $9.99.
New Moves Pack
  • Explore a wide variety of new in-game moves, including the Swingout Neckbreaker (made popular by current WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte); the Elbro Drop (made popular by WWE Superstar Zack Ryder); the Face Wash Combo (made popular by NXT Superstar Samoa Joe; and the TJP Clutch (made popular by current WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins);
  • The New Moves Pack will be available for $3.99.
NXT Enhancement Pack (PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive)
  • Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura;
  • Players will earn a 50 percent boost in points while competing at NXT during MyCareer;
  • The NXT Enhancement Pack will be available for $9.99.
NXT Legacy Pack (PS3 and Xbox 360 Exclusive)
  • Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura;
  • The NXT Legacy Pack will be available for $4.99.
WWE 2K17 Season Pass

Players may purchase select WWE 2K17 downloadable content at a reduced price point through the game’s Season Pass. For $29.99, a savings of more than 15 percent versus individual content purchases, players will receive the following items as they become available:
  • Accelerator;
  • Future Stars Pack;
  • Hall of Fame Showcase;
  • Legends Pack;
  • New Moves Pack.
WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Editions

PS4 and Xbox One ($89.99) – available for pre-order now:
  • Copy of WWE 2K17;
  • WWE 2K17 Season Pass;
  • WWE 2K17 MyPlayer Kick Start;
  • WWE 2K16 MyPlayer Kick Start (available immediately with pre-order purchase);
  • Goldberg Pack (access to two playable Bill Goldberg characters, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas);
  • Theme (PS4 only; available immediately with pre-order purchase).
PS3 ($79.99) – available beginning October 11, 2016:
  • Copy of WWE 2K17;
  • WWE 2K17 Season Pass;
  • NXT Legacy Pack.

Game: WWE 2K17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
06:48 AM - September 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Confirmed last month to release sometime this year, Driveclub VR now has an official release date of October 13 and will cost $39.99. There will be a discount for Season Pass owners, but no word on how much, as of yet.
  • Game modes: Online virtual reality multiplayer race modes and an action-packed single player career are joined by drifting and time trial challenges.
  • Tracks: New and classic Driveclub tracks are brought to life through the power of PlayStation VR, including five all-new Urban locations.
  • A closer look: More than 80 cars are recreated with immaculate detail for players to explore up close with Inspection Mode.
  • Cruise control: A little time to kick back, open the throttle or just coast and explore any track, in any country at your leisure in Cruise Mode.
  • Virtual passenger: An immersive thrill ride through exciting replays of hot laps as players watch themselves handle their greatest challenges from a unique viewpoint in Passenger Mode.

Game: Driveclub VRHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
04:25 PM - September 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Robert Kollars

Pack your bags and make sure to include a lot of sunscreen because we are heading down under folks. Australia is the location for developer Playground's newest Forza title, and it’s the studio's best yet. Forza Horizon 3 is back, and it slowly rolls by its competition while taking off its sunglasses to say, “We both know I'm better than you.”

Whether blazing down a highway of Australia’s Pacific Coast, or taking on the natural elements of the Aussie Outback, FH3 puts you behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic and not so exotic vehicles, and every single one of them is a new adventure in waiting.

Read More - Forza Horizon 3 Review (XB1)

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

The trial version of FIFA 17 is available now for EA Access subscribers, weighing in at just over 40 GB.

UPDATE: It is also available for Origin Access subscribers.

If you aren't seeing it available, try the following:
  • Open EA Access
  • Go to the Game Trials tab
  • Click the EA Sports FIFA 17 tile (It might be labeled "Coming Soon")
  • On the bottom left, click the Game Details button
  • You will then be redirected into the Microsoft Store, click the Free Trial button to start the download process
REMINDER: You get 10 hours of gameplay, so make sure you exit out of the game if you are not playing. Don't pause and lose those precious minutes.

For those of you that can download it, play a few games and let us know what you think.

Game: FIFA 17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
11:16 AM - September 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

The video above comes courtesy of YouTube user Between the Pipes.

Playing goalie in NHL 17 is, as in the real NHL, a pretty intense experience. Making the correct judgement on what player to key in on and when to attack the puck-handler is one of many decisions you have to make as a goalie.

In this video from Between the Pipes, we'll see a few tips on how to stop one-timers and cross Crease plays as a goalie. Obviously these are rather difficult to stop, but keying in on potential passes the offense can make and being a step ahead will make all the difference in the world.

What are some of the things you are doing to stop one-timers and cross crease plays as a goalie? Any additional tips?

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
10:48 AM - September 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Here's a great video from Sam Phan talking about stopping the ISO dribble in NBA 2K17. As many of you are finding out, it's kind of difficult to stop the ISO dribble in this year's game -- but NBA 2K17 gives you a few tools to help you out.
  • First, in the settings apply the "Help (All)" setting to allow for the computer to automatically provide help defense. As in basketball, that means a player in the post will slide over to defend a driving player who beats a perimeter defender and it gives you a very slight speed edge to give you the ability to possibly block your opponents shot.
  • Sam mentions in the video (and its totally true) that ultimately you are going to need to be good on the sticks to defend against driving players. Holding down your LT to stay in a defensive stance is a good idea -- and positioning your player to always stay between the ball and the basket is yet another good idea. Ultimately, if you do this you will always find your defender in a good position. Reacting to every little move a ballhandler makes will mean you get beat more often than not because you'll ultimately end up out of position.
What are some of the things you are doing to defend the ISO dribble drive?

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
07:41 PM - September 20, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Hey everyone! My name is Shane Coffin and I am one of the online producers that works on MyPARK. I am here today to bring you some of the new and exciting changes we have made to MyPARK in NBA2K17.

Read More - NBA 2K17 MyPARK Blog with Online Producer, Shane Coffin

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
03:45 PM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

For the past several years, all other sports games have been judged by NBA 2K's standards. It is no surprise NBA 2K is the reigning multiple time Sports Game of the Year Award winner here at Operation Sports as well.

Simply put, NBA 2K has been a bit of a big deal around these parts for a few years.

Enter NBA 2K17. This year's game features important tweaks to the gameplay, a new MyCareer experience, new additions to MyGM, and a whole host of other new features that all add up to a compelling package oozing basketball authenticity.

There's a lot to love about NBA 2K17 -- but the game is still not quite perfect, with a few notable issues continuing to hold the experience back.

Read More - NBA 2K17 Review (PS4/XB1)

Game: NBA 2K17Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 23 - View All
01:54 PM - September 20, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Wolverine Studios have just announced Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2017. Check out some of the new features below.
  • MATCHUP MAKER – Settle those debates once and for all by pitting your favorite teams from 1976-2015 against each other in exhibition matchups to see who really would be the best of all time
  • EXPANDED HISTORICAL PLAY – Start in modern times or any year back to 1976 and rewrite basketball history
  • MORE STATS – The game gets deeper with new stat additions such as lineup tracking so you can see how every lineup you put on the floor shapes up
  • MORE OPTIONS – Enjoy new game options like injury slider controls, randomizing historical draft classes and much more
  • MORE CONTROL – Taking the GM seat gets even more realistic with brand new control options for trading, scouting and player interactions.
  • If you’re new to the franchise start off by taking a look at the blog entries detailed some of last season’s fantastic new features of the game.
More details, including developer diaries can be seen on the official website.

11:56 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Here's a great little video for newer Madden players who are trying to figure out a good passing scheme out of the 5WR formations in the game.

There are several great tips in the video, here are a few highlights:
  • WR Screens are a must for five WR sets to give a different look.
  • QB Draws are a great option to counter an opponent trying an umbrella type of coverage against your five-wide sets.
  • Two types of plays to attack the defense in two different directions: Shallow cross (Horizontal) and Four Verticals (vertical).
What are some of your approaches to five wide receiver sets? Any favorite variations or playbooks with them included?

Video: ZFarls on YouTube

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
11:29 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.

Here's a video from NHL 17 from YouTube user BaconCountry talking about some of the new strategies you'll need to be employing in NHL 17.

In the video, we see a lot of talk about cycling the puck around and controlling the perimeter on offense. You have to be patient and try to work the perimeter to try to open up the ice to get a good quality shot. Moreso than ever, it's super important to work your offense and be patient for better shot quality.

What are some of your strategies you are employing to open up the ice for better quality shots?

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
09:59 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe
For more information about this topic, check out Mike Lowe's accompanying YouTube stream.

Madden 17 is easily the best Madden ever made, and the numerous threads and stories already floating around Operation Sports -- mine included -- have been praising the game even before its official release. So how can Madden 18 be an even better experience next year? First and foremost, I think it starts with Connected Franchise mode.

So here's my top five things I'd like to see in Madden 18's Connected Franchise mode.

Read More - Madden NFL 17: The Five Biggest Changes Needed for CFM

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All