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Chris Sanner

Home Town: Norman, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
OS Username: MMChrisS
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Monday, December 29, 2014
10:00 AM - December 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The in-ring action this year in WWE 2K15 is a marked improvement in many ways. One of which is the match pacing. The pacing is less frantic than previous editions, making the overall experience feel more like a wrestling match than a fighting game. Let's look at some ways you can take advantage of the improved style of the game.

Read More - WWE 2K15: Become a Master Inside of the Ring

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Friday, December 26, 2014
12:23 PM - December 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


What appears to be denial of service attacks by hackers have caused major service disruptions on both PSN and XBox Live, causing outages for gamers during one of the busiest gaming periods of the year. While PSN is still down, Xbox Live has managed to finally get back online.

It's not clear when the attacks will be stopped, but at the very least if you have any online gaming plans in the immediate future, you may find yourself having to wait out the ongoing attacks. Of course there are single player options available, so its not like gaming itself has been shut down.

In the meantime, stay connected on the OS Forums and keep checking back for the latest, including when service is fully restored on both networks.

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
04:59 PM - December 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Games like Forza Horizon 2 are delivering expansive (and worthwhile) new content via DLC more than ever. With Ultimate Team also growing, and with VC becoming a huge thing in 2K games -- it seems like the march of DLC into our everyday gaming experiences has continued unabated the past several years.

Have you bought any type of additional content for a sports video game in 2014, be it VC, booster packs, or actual additional content?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment on what it is you bought (or let us know why you aren't buying anything)!!

Monday, December 22, 2014
07:09 PM - December 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

There has been so much buzz and too little punch for the New York Knicks over the last decade. It many ways, it disproves the theory that as long as you have a superstar, you can still win a lot of games in the NBA. Despite Carmelo Anthony's loyalty to the storied organization, things only seem to be getting worse. With bloated salary and little talent, where can the Knicks even begin? Here are three moves that every Knicks owner can make in NBA 2K15 to return Spike Lee's favorite squad into powerhouse form:

1. Find a Partner in Crime: Do what the Knicks have failed to the past few seasons and find Carmelo a great complimentary player to have at his side. Some names that will be popping up in free agency next summer: Paul Millsap, Rajon Rando, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge.

2. Cut, Cut, Cut: A lot of guys on the Knicks are not tradable (we are looking at you, Amar'e) and it's up to you to make sure they are out of a job. Do whatever you can to free up some cash to follow up on the above advice. Another possibility is to swap bad contracts with another team in hopes that a change of scenery spurs something.

3. Find Early's Game: Cleanthony Early was regarded as one of the most underrated draft picks of 2014. Do everything you can to make sure that he becomes a consistent piece of the machine, because the Knicks could use the youth and low-cost.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 62 - View All
02:51 PM - December 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's that time of the year again! The annual Stevies are going to go off without a hitch (we hope) with reader voting now open! The 2014 Sports Gaming Year was a pretty good one, despite the launch day issues many titles seemed to struggle with.

It was as if every title was bent on starting as slow as possible before finally arriving at a level that'd best be described as 'good' by the end of this year.

This year, we are voting on three categories for the end of the year awards: Sports Game of the Year, The Indie/Arcade Sports Game of the Year, and the Best New Feature of 2014. Cast your ballot and be sure to check back the first week of the new year to find out who the winners are!

Vote for Sports Game of the Year
Vote for the Indie/Arcade Sports Game of the Year
Vote for the Best New Feature of 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
05:03 PM - December 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Super Mega Baseball is a surprise title this year, with many raving about its quality. Our review gave the game some praise as well.

But what about you? What do you think of Super Mega Baseball?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment on your general thoughts.

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
01:44 PM - December 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With The Golf Club rolling out feature update two, which includes the new Handicap system, there are also a few other important additions to the game on top of that. In the second feature update, there will also be two new official 72 par courses added to the game.

Flin Flon Golf Club, built using the Boreal Theme, and Great Tottington Golf Club, built using the brand new Countryside Theme, are included in feature update number two. Be sure to check out our new screenshots of both courses.

Feature update two of The Golf Club should arrive by Christmas.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, December 15, 2014
05:49 PM - December 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

One of the most surprising games of the year is easily Super Mega Baseball. With some deceptively deep on-field gameplay, Super Mega Baseball has won over a few of our hearts since starting to play it over the last few days.

If you are planning on picking up the title, be sure to read our review first and then check out these tips to get you started:
  • Pick an ego that works for you. I have played everything from the low egos (15 or so to start) up to 99. They progressively get harder, and honestly every game should do difficulty like this. It just makes sense.
  • As you play on higher and higher egos, you will need to learn to work the count as a batter and wait on a good pitch. The lower difficulty levels you aren't as penalized if you 'miss' on your targeting while swinging, but get up past 50 and things really begin to get tough, especially for players who aren't as good at contact hitting.
  • Pitch to the outside of the strike zone, just as in real life. Leaving pitches over the heart of the plate is going to result in you giving up runs.
  • In the same way, getting a good feel for the pitching meter/motion is essential. Missing over the heart of the plate is truly a bad idea, and sometimes the meter is going to want to push you there. You have to develop quick reflexes in order to ensure your pitches end up on point.
  • Mix your pitches up. This is obvious baseball 101 but those principles do work in the game. Throwing straight fastballs won't work, and throwing straight junk won't work. With so many pitches in your arsenal, you shouldn't ever have a problem mixing your approach up.
  • I have found the power swing mechanic isn't something I used much at all. If you focus on getting great contact, you'll see similar results on the lower difficulty levels. Once you move up though, the power mechanic has more of an impact.
  • Pitching wise, there is a power pitching mechanic, but I am honestly not using it and not giving up a lot of runs. My mileage seems to vary with others though.

Be sure to let us know some of your tips when you get a chance to play the game!!

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Sunday, December 14, 2014
11:37 AM - December 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We have posted four new gameplay videos of Super Mega Baseball. Check out the one embedded above or check all of them out at the links below:

Super Mega Baseball Gameplay Video #1
Super Mega Baseball Gameplay Video #2
Super Mega Baseball Gameplay Video #3
Super Mega Baseball Gameplay Video #4

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Friday, December 12, 2014
01:38 PM - December 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If, for whatever reason, you are looking for a well crafted Christ Benoit created wrestler or if you upload one -- you will find trouble of different sorts it appears.

According to an article from Kotaku, uploading a digital version of Benoit can and will result in you being banned from the online features of WWE 2K15.

"I only delete profane, nudity, and inappropriate creations," said 2K's Marcus Stephenson on Twitter.

The article from Kotaku dives further into the why of the decision, but it's honestly somewhat understandable that WWE wouldn't want anything related to Benoit in the game. It's worth noting other potentially inappropriate characters such as Adolf Hitler are also being deleted from the servers.

This of course does raise questions about how much control you should have over a game you bought -- despite the fact you are using free public servers to move said content around. As it stands, uploading any created wrestler which can be deemed as inappropriate can result in a ban from the 2K servers. You can contact 2K support to get your status back, although there is no word on if that step is working for anyone who has been banned or not.

So let us know what you think, should 2K be clamping down on their created wrestlers or should they be more open to any and all created content?

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Thursday, December 11, 2014
03:38 PM - December 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Golf Club's second feature update has been submitted and should be up by Christmas for gamers anxiously awaiting the new content. The new update features a new Handicap system as well as new content for the course creator.

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We are really, really happy with where the Handicap system is at. It is going to open up the game and bring the excellent Tournament system much more to the fore. Tournaments are fantastic when you can play against players of a similar skill level to your own but they have shown to be less appealing when you are faced with a leaderboard that you just canít compete with. Handicaps will change all that. It is still possible to create and play in tournaments where Handicaps are ignored but we are confident that most people will want to play in Handicap adjusted competitions.

Coming up next for the game will be a career mode, which is expected to arrive in the Spring. As The Golf Club continues to improve, it's really amazing how far the game has come even since our original review of the title back in the fall. A third content update could arrive before the career mode update in the Spring, but the folks at HB Studios haven't made a solid commitment to that yet.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
02:44 PM - December 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It appears EA Sports UFC will be making its way onto EA Access on December 18.

To put it mildly, this is a pretty big deal since EA Sports UFC hasn't even been out a year, and now gamers will only have to pay a subscription to get access to it. Originally, the value for EA Access seemed somewhat limited, but as titles like EA Sports UFC are added, it appears the value goes way up for the service.

If you don't remember what Access is, its a subscription package available for Xbox One users for as $4.99 a month or $29.99 for a year. The package features early access to games (usually time limited), and free full games from the Access vault.

What do you think? Does this move the needle on you picking up the package or not?

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
04:08 PM - December 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With several new features revealed for MLB 15 The Show, the PR excitement cycle has begun for Sony's baseball epic.

With everything from improved graphics, to license equipment, to legends, there are several new things fans can be excited for. And with further news about game modes likely to hit soon enough, its likely The Show will be better experience this year in most every aspect.

So with that said, what new announced feature excites you most?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 29 - View All
10:25 AM - December 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

I noted in my review that WWE 2K15 had several small issues which led me to believe there was a coat of polish missing from the game. The latest patch (1.02) is an attempt to clean up some of the things marring the gameplay experience from 2K.

The changes themselves are all pretty minor, but they add up to create a bit better in-ring experience. The better animations and transitions, ability to come back, and the improved AI in Tag Team/Royal Rumble matches all add to the experience.

The latter improvement is something I really feel was much needed. While the AI isn't fully where I feel it should be, it is at least more responsive to what is going on inside of the ring, and the experience is a bit better because of it.

All in all, the second patch for WWE 2K15 did exactly what a patch is supposed to do, it cleaned up several aspects of the game and it doesn't seem any new major problems have arisen. If the telegraphing from 2K is any indication, bigger and better patches are coming which may move the needle on whether you should buy the game or not, especially at reduced prices. Right now, some necessary major issues were fixed (save issues) -- but the full coat of polish this game needs is still a patch or two away it seems.

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
01:39 PM - December 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

There have been several games with somewhat disappointing showings this season. From NHL 15's many gaffes, to NBA Live's improvement but not quite there quality, to the online fiasco with NBA 2K15 -- this year's sports gaming genre seemed to have plenty of areas which need improvement.

To you, what game has the most to prove next year as a yearly AAA title? Vote for one of the three options or pick one of your own by selecting other and letting us know in the comments!