Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PSNation has posted their PS4 MLB 14 The Show hands-on preview, as well as this solid interview with Ramone Russell.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 65 - View All
10:06 AM - April 8, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Operation Sports recently got the chance to play MLB 14 The Show on PlayStation 4. There is a lot to love about the experience, including the absolutely beautiful visuals which accompany the game. Don't get too excited about huge gameplay changes, Sony has opted to carefully move up to next-gen with the same great experience we've all grown accustomed to.

Look for an even more in-depth text version of this report later today! Click here if the embedded video doesn't show up for you.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 65 - View All
There are many MLB The Show fans who strive for every player in the game to have the perfect batting stance or pitching motion. The community does a great job with these edits. However, the information can be tough to find, and a bit disorganized sometimes. Wouldn't it be great if all that info was in one centralized place? And was easily accessible while playing the game?

Well, now it is. With this app, you will be able to view all of the batting stance and pitching motion edits from the MLB The Show community, as well as contribute your own. The app will contain all of the stances and motions exactly as they appear in the game, making it easy to add and view the edits.

The list of players will be searchable to easily find the player you are looking for, and also be able to be sorted by team. Each player will also be able to be assigned multiple stances and motions, as sometimes everyone may not agree with a selection.

Currently the app has stances and motions for the 2013 and 2014 games on PS3 and Vita. New years will be added shortly after the game releases.

The app will be available on both iOS and Android. More details will be announced in the coming days, check out the screenshots here.

If you have any questions, ask them here or contact elTodd.

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07:23 AM - April 8, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2013 college football season has come to an end, as the Florida State Seminoles have been crowned National Champions, but there is still plenty of college football to discuss on Dual Threat! Operation Sports' Dual Threat is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In the 31st episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss the most hated coaches in college football, Florida State's new logo, which schools should never change their iconic logos, their best and worst college logos and a look at former Northwestern QB/RB/WR Kain Colter's early victory in the battle for collegiate athletes to unionize. Plus, Drab and Bode kick off the voting for "Dual Threat Road Trip: 2014" bracket. Listen and follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067, to vote for which game they they will travel to for the 2014 season!

So give Dual Threat a listen! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 8am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 16 - View All
Monday, April 7, 2014
08:51 PM - April 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

One of the most beloved yet most taken for granted aspects of the in-park baseball experience is the musical experience, specifically the organ. This year, MLB 14 The Show includes real music from real-life MLB organist Bobby Cressey, who sometimes plays the organ at Padres home games.

Monty Mudd, music supervisor of MLB 14 The Show, had nothing but compliments about Cressey and his talents. While attending a Padres game at Petco Park, Mudd says he immediately thought Cressey was a good fit for The Show.

"Bobby is truly a student of baseball organ," Mudd said, "He knows the score and is a huge fan to boot, plus he is not afraid to inject his own personal style. He was very enthusiastic about contributing his talents, and we were just as excited to pull from his experience. This is just another example of how we strive to bring that extra level of authenticity to MLB 14 The Show."

We recently got a chance to ask Cressey a few questions about his experience working on the game and how he approaches being an organist for a professional baseball team. Here is our conversation...

Read More - MLB 14 The Show Interview: Organist Bobby Cressey

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 65 - View All
08:45 PM - April 7, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Gran Turismo 6 update 1.06, \, is available now. It includes a data logger, GPS visualizer, custom rear wings, 3DTV compatibility, adjustments to the open lobby, other improvements and adjustments.

Data Logger now available
  • Data Logger has been added to the [TOOLS] section in "My Home". The Data Logger analyzes the driving data stored on a Replay file and displays it in a graph, allowing users to view and compare variations in vehicle speed, acceleration points, braking points, engine rpm values and gear positions.
GPS Visualizer function introduced
  • GPS Visualizer has been added to the [TOOLS] section in "My Home". By driving a car equipped with the "Sports Drive Logger" (sold by Toyota) on a real-life circuit, the recorded GPS data can be transferred to “Gran Turismo 6” via a compatible USB storage media, and then subsequently converted into Replay file in the game. It's be possible to compare and analyze these GPS data using the Data Logger feature. This feature is currently available with Fuji Speedway, Tsukuba Circuit and Suzuka Circuit, with more tracks to be added later on.
Custom Rear Wing option implemented
  • Custom Rear Wing has been added to the [External Parts] menu, accessible from the [Custom Parts] options within the [Tuning & Maintenance] section in "My Home". You can choose a combination of wing mounts, wing style and side winglets. Users can also adjust the height and width of the wing to their liking. (*Please note this feature isn't compatible with certain cars.)
3DTV compatibility now added
  • A 3DTV option has been added to the [Display] category within the [Options] screen in the [MENU] (accessible by pressing the START button). A 3D compatible TV is required for this feature.
Adjustments to the Open Lobby
  • From the Member List, it is now possible to see the Performance Points, maximum output and weight of the cars that have joined the room.
  • An "Overall Best" time is now displayed on screen while in Practice, Qualifying, Time Trial and Drift Trial.
  • The minimum value for [Max Power Limit] and [Minimum Weight] has been changed from 10 to 1.
  • The options available in the [Race Type] menu within [Room Settings] of the "Event Settings" screen have been changed.
Other improvements and adjustments
  • The Traction Control System (TCS) which is activated when driving off-track is now used only in sand/gravel pits.
  • The strength of the "Real" option for the [Slipstream Strength] parameter within [Race Settings] when creating a room in [Open Lobby], has been weakened.
Source - Gran-Turismo

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All

EA Sports has released another NHL 14 dynamic ratings update, which adjusts player ratings based off of their real-world NHL performances.

These rating updates are only available in 'Play Now' and 'Online Versus' modes.

We've listed all of the hot and cold streak players below. What are your thoughts?

Hot Streak Players:
  • R. Getzlaf - ANA
  • C. Perry - ANA
  • P. Maroon - ANA
  • M. Perreault - ANA
  • P. Bergeron - BOS
  • T. Rask - BOS
  • J. Skinner - CAR
  • A. Loktionov - CAR
  • G. Landeskog - COL
  • P. Stastny - COL
  • N. MacKinnon - COL
  • K. Lehtonen - DAL
  • G. Nyquist - DET
  • T. Hall - EDM
  • J. Eberle - EDM
  • R. Nugent-Hopkins - EDM
  • A. Kopitar - LAK
  • M. Gaborik - LAK
  • M. Koivu - MIN
  • Z. Parise - MIN
  • C. Coyle - MIN
  • M. Pacioretty - MTL
  • C. Price - MTL
  • T. Vanek - MTL
  • P. Hornqvist - NSH
  • M. Fisher - NSH
  • J. Bailey - NYI
  • R. Strome - NYI
  • S. Crosby - PIT
  • C. Kunitz - PIT
  • J. Pavelski - SJS
  • B. Burns - SJS
  • D. Boyle - SJS
  • R. Callahan - TBL
  • B. Little - WIN
Cold Streak Players:
  • A. Sekera - CAR
  • D. Keith - CHI
  • R. Umberger - CBJ
  • J. Petry - EDM
  • D. Heatley - MIN
  • L. Eller - MTL
  • R. Bourque - MTL
  • M. St. Louis - NYR
  • B. Schenn - PHI
  • M. Erat - PHX
  • M. Ribeiro - PHX
  • S. Ott - STL
  • R. Malone - TBL
  • D. Phaneuf - TOR
  • A. Burrows - VAN
  • A. Niemi - SJS
  • O. Pavelec - WIN
  • J. Halak - WAS

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
02:46 PM - April 7, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

With the official release dates and pricing revealed earlier today, there are a couple of R.B.I. Baseball 14 hands-on previews on the web. We'll try to add more, as we find them.

Below are write-ups from Polygon (Samit Sarkar) and Sports on Earth (Will Leitch).


Unlike most sports titles from the past two decades, R.B.I. 14 doesn't provide any ratings for players or teams. Until they jump into a game, a casual baseball fan would have no way of knowing whether the Detroit Tigers are better than the Houston Astros (they are), or whether Aroldis Chapman's fastball is faster than C.C. Sabathia's (it is). There's no bullpen management in R.B.I. 14 — you just bring in a new pitcher, no warm-up needed.

Once players get into a game of R.B.I. 14, they'll find a simplified experience that still leaves room for experienced players to put their skills to good use. All hurlers have three types of pitches at their disposal: normal, fast and off-speed, with the latter having the potential to dive into the dirt for certain pitchers. As in the original R.B.I. Baseball titles, you'll be able to curve the ball from side to side after it's out of the pitcher's hand; better pitchers will have more control here, and slow pitches are more movable than fastballs.

Sports on Earth

Same three body types: Skinny, normal and fat. The fat guys look a little less fat than on the original, partly because of improved graphics and mostly, I suspect, because of player vanity. There are five different facial hair styles, but they're purposefully imprecise. The best way to put it: David Ortiz sort of looks like Common.

No stats. This is not a simulation: You won't be keeping season stats, which is good, because I'm pretty sure Miguel Cabrera would end up with 194 home runs. You can play full seasons though -- 162 games, 81, or 52 -- as well as the postseason.

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOS / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
02:07 PM - April 7, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Are you ready for fantasy sports to change forever? Operation Sports’ partner FanDuel will make one fantasy enthusiast $1 million richer as part of its World Fantasy Baseball Championships. The WFBC is a weeklong celebration of America's pastime featuring eight separate events with a staggering $5 million in guaranteed prize money.

The million-dollar dream comes true for one FanDueler in the $3-million Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship Final. Seventy players will qualify through leagues held throughout the season - running for as low as $10 per entry - and will be flown to Las Vegas for one of the greatest experiences a sports fan could ask for. To learn more, head to the [WFBC homepage located here].

While the Championships are something to look forward to for later this summer, FanDuel runs one-day fantasy baseball leagues every day of the season. The $2 “Squeeze” is a league that runs every day with first place winning up to $2,000. [Click here to join today’s $2 Squeeze.]

When building your FanDuel team for today, make sure all of your players are in their team’s starting lineup. Good luck!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 16 - View All

After some dates were revealed on Saturday, by a few sites, it finally looks like we have an official release date for R.B.I. Baseball 14.

The game will be available to download on Wednesday, April 9th for $19.99 on 360 and PS3 and $4.99 for iOS devices. We still have to wait for official release dates for the Android, PS4 and Xbox One.

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOS / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
12:04 PM - April 7, 2014. Posted by Curahee.
The MLB 14 The Show team has been looking closely at the online issues in the game and have posted an announcement, as seen below.

11:15 AM - April 7, 2014. Posted by smiley3. Written by Chris Sanner

We just received a new video from Sony of MLB 14 The Show featuring the new and improved stadiums in the game. The video centers around the theme of "The Cathedrals Are Better."

We have also grabbed plenty of screen captures from the video. You can take a look at them in the screenshots section.

Some tidbits:
  • PS4 allows for individual blades of grass to be modeled allowing for more realistic striping of playing surfaces.
  • Up to 1,000 unique character models in the stands. Kids will be amongst the spectators.
  • Bat boys are included.
  • Better color depth and accuracy, especially for night games. Seriously watch the video it looks amazing.
Be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think of the new and improved graphics.

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Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 65 - View All
10:57 AM - April 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

If dangerous speeds, challenging rivals, plausible physics and deadly collisions are necessary parts of a functioning motorsport simulation, then MXGP is a stranded machine, stuck at the starting line with a set of flat tires.

Read More - MXGP Review (PC)

Game: MXGP The Official Motocross GameReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
09:34 AM - April 7, 2014. Posted by dran1984. Written by Steve Noah

The official MLB 14 The Show roster update is available now. Click here to see all of the details.

With assistance from HustlinOwl, registered users can download the offline file here.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 65 - View All

As mentioned yesterday, EA Sports UFC will ship on June 17th. Bruce Lee was also revealed as the Mystery Fighter and will be available via pre-order.

Today EA Sports has given more specific details. By pre-ordering the game, you will get instant access to Bruce Lee. Otherwise, all you need to do is complete the career mode on the Pro level.

Check out the EA Sports screenshots featuring Bruce Lee, right here and read the press release below.

Electronic Arts Inc. and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Bruce Lee, “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, will make his historic first step into the Octagon® in EA SPORTS™ UFC, launching June 17, 2014. Fans can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or they can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC. To see Bruce Lee realized in game, watch the EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Bruce Lee Reveal, the first cinematic trailer from EA SPORTS UFC that was released today.

“I am so excited about this opportunity to bring my father back to videogames!” said Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, CEO of Bruce Lee, LLC and Chairperson of the Bruce Lee Foundation. “I’m thrilled that fans can now interact with him in a new way. The EA SPORTS UFC development team has been incredible to work with, and they've done a great job capturing the look and feel of my father. I think people will love getting a chance to fulfill a fight fantasy by playing Bruce Lee in the new UFC game.”

“There’s no debate, Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts,” said Dana White, UFC President. “He believed not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter. He was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993.”

“It has always been part of our vision to have Bruce Lee, the most iconic martial artist of all time, in the first ever EA SPORTS UFC,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director, EA. “The team is very excited and tremendously honored to have the privilege of bringing Bruce Lee to life in our game. We’ve been working closely with the Bruce Lee team to ensure we represent the legend with as much visual and gameplay fidelity as possible.”

Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC is built from the ground up exclusively for Gen 4 platforms, EA SPORTS UFC captures the human athleticism, physiology and emotion of the athlete like nothing before it. Step into the Octagon® and Feel the Fight with every strike, takedown and submission.

Read more about the Bruce Lee addition below.

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Game: EA Sports UFCHype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 11 - View All