Monday, April 10, 2017
12:29 PM - April 10, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Coming off a win by MLB The Show 16 of the Press Row Podcast Sports Game of the Year Award, MLB The Show 17 reaches the marketplace with naturally high expectations.

The series went big with Ken Griffey Jr. on the cover and found within various modes of play in the game, story-like elements for Road to the Show, new simulation features for Franchise Mode, and more content in Diamond Dynasty which looks to remain the consumer-favorite team-building mode. Server issues however have plagued the game since release marring what otherwise would have been widely-favorable impressions.

This super-sized episode of the Press Row Podcast features a full panel of the best evaluators of sports video games in the business examining all major aspects of MLB The Show 17.

Joining us this week:

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All
11:37 AM - April 10, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

OS Writer Mike Lowe spent an hour yesterday on his YouTube Channel to talk about how to put together a lineup both with a traditional and sabermetric method. The discussion includes a lot of discussion on what the terms behind sabermetrics mean, and also a lot of discussion on the traditional lineup method as well.

Similarly, Mike dives into the construction of a pitching staff as well with traditional vs. sabermetric methods.

If you are curious about how to construct a lineup and staff using either traditional or sabermetric methods, this is a video well worth a watch.

Be sure to subscribe to Mike's channel. Also be sure to subscribe to the Operation Sports YouTube Channel as this week we're going to spend a lot of time talking about strategies in MLB The Show 17.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All

Editor Chris Sanner recently got a chance to go out to 2K and chat with several members of the NBA 2K team about what it was like to go from a member of the OS and Sports Gaming Community to working in gaming. In this third video, we take a look at the realities of game development while being a fan of the game series. Also discussions of skills you need to work in gaming as well as the importance of passion.

Next week is our last video in the series and will include a lot of great advice from the guys at 2K about how to get noticed by gaming companies and what you can do to stand out. Stay tuned for that one!

As part of this series, we are also wanting to encourage anyone interested in working in gaming to look into it. The results of what former OS'ers have been able to do at 2K Sports in particular speaks for itself.

If you are interested in possibly working in gaming, you should certainly give it a try! We are encouraging all interested members of the community to contact Chad Riggleman, a recruiter at 2K Sports, about how you may fit in with their future. E-mail Chad at [email protected].

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
09:48 PM - April 8, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Just in case you haven't visited the roster forums for MLB The Show 17, Operation Sports Full Minors (OSFM) rosters V1 are available now.

Find them in the roster vault under the following name:

PSN - Ridindwnkingsley

Make sure to give Ridin and the crew some love in the thread!

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All
12:46 PM - April 8, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte

There was a new time-limited Diamond Dynasty pack released for MLB The Show 17 on Friday. It is the Bases Loaded pack. It comes with one guaranteed Silver player, double the chance of a Gold player and triple the chance of a Diamond player.

You can buy a limit of four packs, and they cost 4,000 Stubs per pack. I opened up a single pack and Nolan Arenado was the first card I pulled. Your luck probably won't be that good, but hey, there's hope.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All
11:56 AM - April 8, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert

In recent weeks, I've noticed some OS forum dwellers stating their confusion about EA's Frostbite engine, and wondering what it means for the future of their favorite EA Sports games. For the most part, this discussion has emerged following the announcement that Madden NFL 18 will transition to the engine later this year.

There are many fans that don't know the difference between Ignite and Frostbite. For those of you in that boat, this is an opportunity to learn what the Frostbite engine is, how it's affected the games industry thus far, and what you might be able to expect from it going forward.

This isn't a technical discussion by any means. It's purely a basic rundown of the engine and how it operates based on known facts, interviews and my own personal perspective.

Read More - EA's Frostbite Engine: What is it, Why You Should Care

Friday, April 7, 2017
04:09 PM - April 7, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Out of the Park Baseball is one of my favorite series in Sports Gaming. I'm a baseball stat head, business nut, and I love the history of the game. Those three things combine in OOTP 18 for a playground of endless possibilities.

As one example, I am going to take the Major Leagues from 1925 in this video and we are going to simulate an entire season as if the game were in 2016. Managers will manage to 2016's tendencies, stats will accrue to fit closer to the modern era, and more. This is just one of endless examples of things we can do with OOTP Baseball.

We wrote a piece on this year's game and recommended it highly, if you are interested in the GM aspects of baseball or playing in a statistical playground, then you should definitely check OOTP 18 out.

Please subscribe to us on YouTube
! We're building something pretty fun and awesome there and you won't want to miss our content!

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 2 - View All
11:30 AM - April 7, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post

Whatís happening fam. Itís your man Da_Czar with a little extra information to go along with the patch notes.

In addition to the gameplay fixes we also have new tendencies for almost all current NBA players. The only exceptions to this are the players most recently added in the last couple of weeks. We know this is an area in which you guys felt we could improve in and we didnít want to wait until 2K18 to unleash the new tendency work to you.

On the game-play front we put extensive work into the issue many of you have had with the double teams. It is important that you understand it was not a feature of ACE to have the AI double team so quickly. This was the result of a couple of bugs that we were able to eradicate in both code and data. Initially we thought we had this fixed early on, only for it to continue to be an issue through the development cycle.

Read More - New NBA 2K17 Patch: Expanded Dev Notes

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
10:49 AM - April 7, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K17 patch 1.12 is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the patch notes below.
  • Improvements to double team logic for more appropriate rotations and to prevent help defenders from leaving their assignments.
  • Enhanced several dribble size-up combos to make them more responsive when chaining moves together.
  • Improved logic for off-ball collisions to prevent excessive bumping, resulting in a smoother offensive flow.
  • Removed select dribbler collision reactions that would slow down the ball handler when contact was made from behind.
  • Offensive AI enhancements for better decision making when countering double teams.
  • Fixed an issue that would allow you to travel if rapidly chaining together certain rhythm dribble animations.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing some players from signing a 10-day contract in MyGM/MyLEAGUE.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
Thursday, April 6, 2017
07:39 PM - April 6, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K17 patch #12 is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, along with the patch notes addressing many gameplay fixes.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All
05:05 PM - April 6, 2017. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium

There have been a few community members that are prominent in the Madden Ultimate Team world asking their Twitter followers for constructive feedback on what they would like to see changed gameplay wise in Madden NFL 18. I'm here asking the same thing, but to the OS crowd.

Two rules - keep it constructive (and in a positive nature) and respect other's feedback (even if they differ from your own).

Other than that no opinion or idea is too big or too small.

Have at it.

Game: Madden NFL 18Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
10:09 AM - April 6, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

I put together this video of some of my early thoughts while still knocking around AA ball with my RTTS Character this year, the 'Magic Mullet' Harvey Honeycutt.

Overall the mode is still very solid, and 'Pave your Path' has a lot of potential -- but I'm early enough in the game I haven't seen much of where that might be heading. The documentary style hasn't really clicked for me and I'm not sure it actually adds to the mode.

The foundation to Road to the Show in MLB The Show 17 is still very good though. I have always enjoyed the character building aspect of the mode. Thanks to the tools introduced last year to speed up the progression, its still a must play -- especially if you haven't given the mode a try in awhile.

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All
10:04 AM - April 6, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

TheSLAPTrain has posted some gameplay footage of DiRT 4. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: DiRT 4Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
04:20 PM - April 5, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Scott

While we wait for the The Show servers to continue to stabilize, itís at least comforting to know there are some game modes where you donít have to worry about games freezing or being sent to the queue to potentially be lost forever. One of these modes is an updated offline franchise mode that, as usual, has not received quite the amount of attention from the developers as the more lucrative and increasingly popular Diamond Dynasty mode that is keeping all of those servers overworked. However, that doesnít mean that franchises have been completely ignored this year.

When it comes time to play what can be an intimidatingly long baseball season, The Show has given you a few ways to help you work your way through your teamís calendar. Naturally, you can just choose to play the full 9 innings for the entirety of your 162 games, but going that route will likely take you right up until the release of MLB The Show 18. So it may seem a little funny to say that one of the biggest changes to franchise mode this year is a feature that will actually keep you from playing more of the game itself, but thatís the truth when it comes to the The Showís new quick manage option.

Read More - MLB The Show 17's Offline Franchise Offers a Slight Upgrade

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 33 - View All