Author Bio
Chris Sanner

Home Town: Bethany, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
OS Username: MMChrisS
Tags: Live: MMChrisS PSN: OSChrisS
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
09:49 AM - January 11, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Staff Sports Game of the Year has been handed out for over a decade now here at Operation Sports. The process for how we decide the sports game of the year is simple for our staff voting: We simply have everyone send their top three sports games of the year and assign them points in a reverse manner (3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd).

We do it this way because we want to be able to award the top three sports games as voted on by the staff, so we allow the staff to vote on three total games on their list.

Over the past several seasons, NBA 2K has dominated this list, winning the last several years thanks to a lot of innovation and a polished presentation and gameplay product.

Did NBA 2K17 hold onto the crown? Let's make the jump and find out!

Read More - OS Staff Selects Our 2016 Sports Game of the Year

Saturday, January 7, 2017
05:23 PM - January 7, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The OS Reader's Sports Game of the Year has been a fun award to hand out every year because it represents the game OS'ers think is the absolute best they've played over the last year. In short, its a people's choice award to sports game developers for a job well done.

As with the other categories we'll list off the top vote getters and talk about each after the jump. Before you do that, be sure to visit our YouTube Channel and subscribe to us as we prepare a 2017 full of fun content!

Read More - 2016 OS Readers' Sports Game of the Year

Thursday, January 5, 2017
02:12 PM - January 5, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The 2016 Sports Game of the Year Awards roll on today with the best Franchise/GM Mode Award being awarded today.

For the purposes of this award, we gave it out to individual games versus individual modes since there were different varieties in some games but the differences weren't too huge. With that said, let's get to the results of this category!

Read More - 2016 Sports Game of the Year: Best Franchise/GM Mode (Reader's Choice)

Reddit user upvotd has come up with a pretty brilliant workaround for folks who want to play a season or more with a single player but don't want to go through the grind of the MyCAREER mode.

His solution is to play in MyLEAGUE with a created player with player lock on. Of course, that means you have to manually create a player and place them on a roster -- and then you simply player lock onto your created player. When that happens viola! You have a MyPlayer you can play with and upgrade but without the added cut scenes, gym time, practices, and more of MyCAREER.

How his solution works is to use a spreadsheet system to upgrade your player based on their performance in a way that makes sense (and a way you can work to earn credits in a measureable way).

The system upvotd created allows for player upgrades based on on-court performance. There's even a spreadsheet to make things easier.

You can check out the full YourPlayer system on Reddit right now! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
05:15 PM - January 4, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Solo/Career modes have really entered into an era of flourishing in sports gaming. MyCAREER from NBA 2K really changed how developers approach this mode on a widespread level by introducing narrative to this part of the sports gaming genre a few years back. While other games had done the narrative idea before, none had quite the success than NBA 2K was able to achieve.

This year, FIFA 17 jumped into the fray with their new mode, 'The Journey'. Other games such as MLB The Show 16, stuck with a more tried and true formula of building up characters and having you create your own narrative to play within.

Be sure to watch the video above and subscribe to us on YouTube and click below to see the results of this year's reader vote.

Read More - 2016 Sports Game of the Year: Best Solo/Career Mode

04:21 PM - January 4, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Gameplay is the bread and butter topic to many OS'ers, and a game truly cannot be considered great without great gameplay. That is true today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

So when it comes to awarding the best gameplay category here at Operation Sports, we tend to really vote with our passions in this category. This year's winner may be surprising to some, but won't be to many others.

Watch the video above, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and jump to the full results below!

Read More - 2016 Sports Game of the Year: Best Gameplay (Reader's Choice)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
11:47 AM - January 3, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

When it comes to Online Modes in sports games, the Best Online Experience category was the closest and tightest vote in our Reader's Choice from top to bottom.

As it turns out, five games in total were close enough for mention in this year's readers choice vote. You can listen to Editor Chris Sanner and Forum Admin Millennium discuss the results in the piece above, also be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube while you are at it!

Let's get to the results!

Read More - 2016 Sports Game of the Year: Best Online Experience (Reader's Choice)

Thursday, December 29, 2016
10:43 AM - December 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Sports Game of the Year Voting on four categories in the awards began a couple of days ago -- check out those categories here.

Today we're adding our final three categories into the voting mix, this time focusing on the single player sports gamer experience. This seemed to be a good year overall for single player modes, with Franchise Modes and Career modes really beginning to hit their stride.

Be sure to vote in the three categories in the links below, voting closes on these in four days!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
01:42 PM - December 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The first four categories for 2016's Sports Games of the Year are now up in the forums and ready to take your votes! Be sure to vote in each category and leave a comment on each as to why you voted for the game you did!

Friday, December 23, 2016
04:21 PM - December 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The folks at Dynasty League Baseball Online just released their 2016 data into the game with several new features to enjoy.
  • 2016 season data is now included in the game.
  • Updated ballpark charts to reflect the 2016 season.
  • New Nationals Park Images now included in the game.
We reviewed the game in its state in 2013 and gave it an 8.5. Since then, there have been several new features added to the experience. Be sure to check out Dynasty League Baseball Online and get a full features list and a free two-day trial.

Game: Dynasty League Baseball OnlineReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 11 - View All
Monday, December 19, 2016
11:16 AM - December 19, 2016. Posted by soxnut1018. Written by Chris Sanner

The folks at Sony Interactive Entertainment break down their MLB The Show 17 trailer which was released earlier this month. Here are some nuggets you'll find mentioned:
  • New hairstyles made it into the game (Shown in the new AA locker room).
  • Road to The Show will feature a new non-linear decision making system, which will allow you to make big decisions that matter.
  • More player and team specific personality will be included in this year's game.
  • Spin of the ball off of the bat has been greatly improved with new hit types like curving hits down the line.
  • Four new Historical Stadiums are included in the game. (Old Yankee Stadium, Hubert H. Humphry Metrodome, Shea Stadium, Sun Life Stadium) - Nice detective work 13SM13!
  • All batter walkups in Diamond Dynasty will show the player card types on screen.
  • Show Track allows for some new presentational elements in this year's game.
  • More player specific home run swings.
  • Both Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. will be on the legends roster for MLB The Show 17.
What else did you spy in the trailer?

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Friday, December 16, 2016
02:50 PM - December 16, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Steep is a fantastically huge game with so much to do that nailing down four specific experiences that rank above the rest as nearly impossible. However, being a glutton for punishment, here are four specific experiences you definitely want to try in Steep.

Read More - Four Experiences You Should Try in Steep

Game: SteepHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:49 AM - December 13, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Presentation in sports games has several different possible meanings to different people, but there are four commonly agreed upon aspects to Presentation which make up the entire package: The graphical overlays, the commentary, the stadium/arena audio, and the camera angles.

Of these four, which do you think is the aspect which needs the most improvement in sports games today?

Is it the graphical overalays/broadcast packaging and branding? Is it commentary? Is it the crowd and stadium/arena audio, or is it the camera angles you are given throughout the course of a game?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know what you think the general weak points of sports games are! Also, let us know any examples in sports gaming you think are particularly good and should be universal!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
08:15 PM - December 7, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Online-only titles are becoming more commonplace in gaming and especially sports gaming over the last few years. Steep, an open-world winter sports game, is the latest iteration of this model of gaming.

When it comes to a game which offers online-only functionality, there are a couple of things which always come to mind to this writer.

First, it means the game needs to have a really good reason for being all online all the time. That typically means the experience cannot or would not be complete without it.

Second, it also means that no matter how any company spins it, the game in question has an expiration date at some point in the future and there's nothing you can do about it.

In Steep's case, the former is definitely not the case (the game would be perfectly fine without an online connection all of the time) and the second will definitely be the case at some point in the future, making the game unplayable to those who buy it.

To some OS'ers, this is probably not THAT big of a deal. Who plays a sports game for 6-7 years anyways, much less a decade or more? And really, internet connections are generally stable things these days -- but there are some instances where that isn't the case.

So what do you think? Is online-only functionality a problem to you? Do you think sports games should work to be playable offline or do you think a more connected future is better for us all anyways?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments!

Game: SteepHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
04:54 PM - December 6, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It is strange that after such a long drought we get two similar-in-concept snowboarding/winter sports games at almost the same time.

Steep, however, is a unique game and concept all its own after you play it awhile. Steep is a game consisting of four extreme sports: skiing, snowboarding, wingsuit flying and paragliding.

Not only are there four sports, there are a variety of event types from racing to extreme runs, with an interesting scoring system to boot. And to top all of that off, Steep has a huge open world to explore with literally hundreds of events to partake in.

There's a lot to love about Steep, with a few drawbacks along the way as well.

Read More - Steep Review (PS4)

Game: SteepHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All

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