A look at the state of online play post-patch in UFC.
We go in-depth on the new features in this year's game.
A look at the future of games, is it in yearly releases or subscriptions?
We look at how the market would have evolved without exclusivity.
Operation Sports Content
Monday, July 21, 2014
03:59 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
HB Studios has just announced cross platform sharing in The Golf Club. That means all users, regardless of platform, can share, play and download courses at launch.
The Golf Club was submitted to Microsoft and Sony about a week and a half ago and an official release date should be announced fairly soon.
02:52 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Last week I was browsing a local game store that specializes in retro titles. I found MLB Slugfest Loaded, a title absent from my Xbox baseball game collection, and picked up for $3.99.
Upon throwing it in my old console, I was surprised by this ancient arcade game's depth. While its on the field gameplay is pure arcade action, there’s a simulation at Slugfest’s core. Backed by the Baseball Mogul "sim engine", its franchise mode featured a loaded roster, realistic contracts and a wealth of stats.
Read More - RBI Baseball 14: Is It Worth It on Next-Gen Consoles?
01:13 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has released another Madden NFL 15 War in the Trenches 2.0 blog, which includes some new screenshots. If you missed out on the War in the Trenches 2.0 video and first blog on the subject, click here.
09:49 AM - July 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Ubisoft has announced their closed beta for The Crew is available now for PC users until Friday, July 25th. You can watch a walk through video of everything that is included here.
If you are interested in getting your hands on the closed beta for The Crew, make sure you register here.
Explore the entire United States with no loading screen and complete a variety of exciting challenges:
- Midwest: all missions and skill challenges.
- East Coast: all skill challenges.
- Rest of the country (The South, Mountain State, West Coast): free roaming at will!
You will also have access to two PvP lobbies, one in the Midwest and the other on the East Coast, where several races will be waiting for you to prove your skills against other players!
Expect to discover new vehicles that, in order to drive across a variety of terrains, you’ll be able to customize in the following specs:
- The Street Spec: You’ll get this one in Detroit!
- The Dirt Spec: This spec will be available in New York!
Playing With Your Friends
The Crew was built from the ground up as a breathing, living world, meaning that in this Closed Beta you will be able to play with your friends at any time – or challenge rivals from all around the world.
Finally, remember that this beta does not represent the final state of the game, and many changes will be applied before the final release on November 11!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
12:03 PM - July 20, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
When it was released in 2004, NFL 2K5 was one of the best playing and best presented sports games you could find. For the bargain-bin price of $20, you could get gameplay and features which rivaled any full priced sports game at the time — if not wholly surpassing them.
Fast forward 10 years and there are still aspects of NFL 2K5 which have aged pretty well — but there are also things which would be cardinal sins to sports gamers today. NFL 2K5 definitely wasn’t a perfect game, but it was about as good as you could imagine a game could be 10 years ago, which is one of the highest compliments you can give a game.
Read More - NFL 2K5: A Present-Day Take On An All-Time Classic
10:20 AM - July 20, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahEvery Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.
- 6 More FIFA 15 Screenshots
- FIFA 15 Cover Art For US & Canada Features Clint Dempsey and Lionel Messi
- NHL 15 Screenshots - Scotiabank Saddledome & Rexall Place
- FIFA - In Real Life (Video)
- NHL 15 Interview with Sean Ramjagsingh - AI, Atmosphere, Puck Physics & More
- Madden NFL 15 Ratings Release Monday, Watch Rookies React After Hearing Their Rating
- Madden NFL 15 Start/Welcome Screen Will Feature The Legion of Boom
- Madden NFL 15 Developer Livestream, Watch it Here
- FIFA 15 Trailer - Emotion and Intensity
- EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Interview with Executive Producer, Brent Nielsen
- Madden NFL 15 Trailer and Screenshots - Player Sense 2.0
- Madden NFL 15 Screenshot - Levi's Stadium
- MLB 14 The Show 1.12 (PS4) and patch 1.17 (PS3) Available Now - Details Included
- EA Sports UFC Currently on Sale For $39.99
- NHL 15 Trailer and Screenshots - True Hockey Physics
- Project CARS - Full List of Compatible Wheels, Pedals & Controllers
- The Golf Club Teams Up with Greg Norman - More Screenshots Released
- Pharrell Williams to Curate NBA 2K15 Soundtrack - Official Cover Art Revealed
- WWE 2K15 Trailer - Sting Pre-Order Launch Exclusive
- Madden NFL 15 Trailer - Tackling Mechanics
- Official FIFA 15 Cover Art Revealed
- MLB 14 The Show Video - 2014 All Star Game Simulation
Features & Blogs
- OS Roundtable: Could College Football 15 Have Worked?
- Press Row Podcast - The Growing Influence of Microtransactions in Sports Games
- Why The NFL 2K Series Was Truly Great And Why You Should Miss It
- Where Should The Microtransaction Line Be Drawn?
- NCAA To Vote on Autonomy for Power Conferences on August 7th
- Pixel Soccer Interview: Why You Should Be Excited
- The Golf Club Hands-On (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
- OOTP Baseball Sims the First Half of the 2014 Season
- A New Direction for 2K and WWE?
- NBA 2K15: Has the Eastern Conference Found Some Balance?
Saturday, July 19, 2014
We have just posted 6 more screenshots for FIFA 15.
03:24 PM - July 19, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
With the official FIFA 15 cover art released earlier in the week, EA Sports has released the regional covers for US and Canada with more on the way for other regions.
FIFA 15 is scheduled to arrive on September 23rd in North America, September 25th in Europe and September 26th in the UK.
For more news, videos and screenshots of FIFA 15, visit our official page.
Read the full press release below.
Tifo Display Revealing Dempsey’s FIFA 15 Cover Art Unveiled during the Seattle Sounders FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur Friendly
SEATTLE, Wash. – July 19, 2014 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that US Men’s National Team Captain and Seattle Sounders FC star midfielder, Clint Dempsey, will appear on the North American cover of FIFA 15, sharing the honors with global football sensation Lionel Messi. The reveal was made at the start of today’s Sounders FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur friendly with a Tifo display unveiled across the Xbox Green Zone at CenturyLink Field. This will mark the first time that an American has appeared on the game’s cover since 2011.
Dempsey, who led the US Men’s National Team to a heroic performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is considered one of the best American soccer players in history. He made and broke records during the tournament, netting the fifth fastest goal of all time with a strike in the first 29 seconds of the USA vs. Ghana opener, and became the first American to score goals in three consecutive World Cups. The 31-year-old forward spent seven seasons in the Barclays Premier League before returning to the United States to join the Seattle Sounders FC, cementing himself as one of the biggest stars in Major League Soccer.
“Clint Dempsey is a world class athlete that embodies the heart and soul of the sport,” said Stuart Lang, VP of North America Marketing, Electronic Arts. “He showed his lethal combination of grace and toughness at the World Cup, and plays with enormous heart and determination on the pitch. He is the perfect ambassador for FIFA 15, a game that’s all about bringing the emotion and intensity of the sport to life.”
“It’s an amazing opportunity in my career to be on the cover for FIFA 15, a game that has played a big role in growing the popularity of the sport in America,” said Dempsey. “To join the class of other elite athletes who have appeared on previous covers is very humbling and I am extremely grateful for this honor.”
FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. For the first time ever, all 22 players on the pitch are connected with Emotional Intelligence allowing players to react to opponents and teammates within the context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Football is the greatest drama on earth and FIFA 15 puts fans center stage, allowing them to feel the emotion and intensity of the world’s greatest sport.
FIFA 15, developed at EA Canada, will release worldwide in September on PC, Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and is available for pre-order** now at http://www.origin.com and other retailers. A version of FIFA 15 will also release on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system this Fall. Not all game features are available on all gaming platforms.
01:47 PM - July 19, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports will be releasing NHL 15 screenshots from every NHL arena over the next few months. Today they have released screenshots of Scotiabank Saddledome and Rexall Place.
Previously released arena screenshots:
- Madison Square Garden & Joe Louis Arena
- Consol Energy Center & Staples Center
- TD Garden & The Pepsi Center
- Honda Center & Xcel Energy Center
- American Airlines Center & Rogers Arena
01:35 PM - July 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS.
There were several leaked details about what to expect with College Football 15 before it was ultimately canned by EA Sports. First, we knew most major conferences weren't going to be officially represented in the game. Second, the NCAA logo/insignia wasn't going to be found anywhere. Third, at least one school (rumored to be Ohio State) had backed out of the game before it was cancelled with more rumored to have been considering it.
But most importantly was fourth, an extensive and in-depth tool to create assets for the game was going to be included within it -- perhaps making the lack of inclusion of any conference/team/etc. to be pretty much a non issue.
Would College Football 15 have worked in this manner? Is a generic but customizable game commercially viable? Sound off!
Read More - OS Roundtable: Could College Football 15 Have Worked?
Popular YouTuber Marius Hjerpseth has posted a new FIFA in real life video, which shows a bunch of guys at EA Vancouver and himself, playing a real life match.
It comes complete with custom team select screens, commentary from Martin Tyler, player indicators, celebrations, and much more, making it look as close as possible to the FIFA videogame.
Make sure you check it out, it's worth your 4 minutes.
To read more about how the video was made, read the interview with Hjerpseth at FIFASamfunnet.
10:08 AM - July 19, 2014. Posted by Money99. Written by Steve Noah
Puck Daddy has posted their interview with Sean Ramjagsingh, Producer of NHL 15. During the interview they discuss teammate AI, atmosphere in different arenas, puck physics and much more.
A few other tidbits below.
Read the entire interview at Yahoo! Sports.
Friday, July 18, 2014
07:25 PM - July 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Donny Moore, the "Ratings Czar" for Madden NFL 15 will start revealing player ratings on Monday. During the developer livestream earlier, they revealed that some of them will be revealed, not all of them. So we will no doubt see them trickle out every week or so, before release on August 26th.
EA Sports did release this video, showcasing quite a few rookie reactions, after hearing what their rating is in the game. Those players include Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles and more.
Blake was only interested in his punt ratings, find out what the other rookies thought of their ratings here.
06:11 PM - July 18, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah
Shortly after Richard Sherman won the Madden NFL 15 cover vote, he stated that he had been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover.
A couple of online petitions were created, netting over 20,000 signatures.
Today, EA Sports has announced the Legion of Boom will make it's way to the start/welcome screen in Madden NFL 15. You can read all the details on how they made it happen here.
03:25 PM - July 18, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports is hosting a livestream of Madden NFL 15 with Creative Director Rex Dickson, as he goes over gameplay features.
If it gets archived or captured, we'll update this post for those of you that miss it. If the embedded stream doesn't work, click here.
UPDATE: Here is a link to the livestream, if you missed it.
UPDATE #2: Just updated the embedded video of the livestream, courtesy of SimFBallCritic. Thanks JP.