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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
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
01:55 PM - June 24, 2014. Posted by Ermolli. Written by Chris Sanner

EA posted a new blog/video detailing the graphical improvements in this year's game. You can see some of the visual improvements via the four comparison screenshots we just uploaded.

"Hey NBA LIVE fans! First off, we just wanted to say thanks for all of your support around our first-look screenshot. We’re excited to be able to share that in-game asset with you, and today we’re going to dig a little deeper into the visual improvements we’re making in NBA LIVE. We’ve talked a lot about head scans and player likenesses, but we’re going so far beyond that this year. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things we’ve got in store."

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:53 AM - June 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

The creators of the Gran Turismo series, Polyphony Digital, announced today a new long-term partnership with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The FIA’s role as the governing body of motor sport worldwide, and the representative of almost 80 million road and track users from 141 countries on five continents, will help grow the direct relationship between the millions of fans of Gran Turismo and the real-world of motor sport. In short: this is going to be a pretty big deal for Gran Turismo fans.

The first thing gamers will notice from this newfound partnership is that Gran Turismo 6 will begin to feature FIA-certified content very soon.

To mark the start of this collaboration, Gran Turismo®6 will become the first-ever video game to feature FIA-certified content. Gran Turismo 6 has been granted an FIA certification for four of the game’s world-famous tracks. The track inspection for each was conducted by FIA officials who visited PDI’s development studio in Tokyo, where Gran Turismo 6 track models were accurately compared to FIA standards. Other tracks included in Gran Turismo 6 will be subject to inspection in order to obtain certification by the FIA in the near future.

As a second key element of the partnership, FIA & PDI plan to launch an official FIA Online Championship in 2015 with the intention of offering the large number of Gran Turismo players and motor sport fans the opportunity to engage with real motor sport.

Jean Todt, President of the FIA said: “This innovative new partnership will ensure that millions of Gran Turismo and motor sport fans can race on even more detailed tracks at home. The Gran Turismo series has played an important role in helping to attract a new fan base to motor sport. With the input of FIA in the development of the upcoming FIA Online Championship, Gran Turismo 6 will now offer an experience even closer to the real world of motor sport. We are also excited to be working closely with Polyphony Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment in the future to find new ways to continue to make motor sport more accessible to millions of fans that share a passion for racing.”

Polyphony Digital President and Gran Turismo franchise Creator, Kazunori Yamauchi: “We are incredibly proud for the Gran Turismo Series to be officially certified by the governing body of world motorsports. In the over 15 year history of Gran Turismo, this has to be the biggest accolade we have ever received. I believe this will be a major step to forward our mission to connect our virtual and real racing worlds in a full circle, thereby expanding the population of car and motorsports enthusiasts in the world."

Jacques Berger, Head of Safety at the FIA said: “It was not until we completed the tests between our track data and the game’s track data that we fully appreciated the level of work and attention to detail that goes into the development of Gran Turismo 6. It was not just the tracks that have been precisely mapped out, but also the surrounding landscapes such as the run-off areas, grandstands and buildings.”

Look for the new FIA branded content very soon from Polyphony.

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Monday, June 23, 2014
03:03 PM - June 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The World Cup is setting ratings records left and right, the US Men's National Team seems poised to possibly move onto the elimination round of the World Cup, and football (soccer) is on the minds of more people in America today than ever before.

Of course, this isn't the first time Americans have been excited about football. In fact, it's not even the first time we've heard that the sport is on the rise here. But perhaps, just maybe, the grand old sport of football is finally catching a break here in America.

The English Premiere league is on NBC, the MLS is drawing once thought impossible crowds, and more people are watching.

Sound off: Is this it? Is football finally on the rise in America? Will there be any maintenance at all of the momentum the sport has generated with a (thus far) fabulous World Cup?

Game: SoccerReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 2 - View All
Saturday, June 21, 2014
11:53 AM - June 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Realism in sports gaming is kind of like the white whale and sports gamers are Captain Ahab.

While realism sounds great, and while many demand it — I’m not sure most sports gamers actually want true and total realism.

It is very likely the realism many want isn't possible (or at least tenable from a business perspective) to begin with.

Read More - The Great White Whale of Sports Gaming: Realism

Thursday, June 19, 2014
10:54 AM - June 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Sports video games appear to be at a crossroads when it comes to what direction they are heading. At the same time, you get the feeling developers are wanting more connected and online based experiences -- but you also get the feeling the single player experience is still important to many.

Every time we run a poll on where players spend their time, a vast majority still say single-player offline modes take up the bulk of their gaming time.

Every time.

In your opinion, should sports game developers focus more on improving online or single-player experiences in the next few years?

Vote in our poll and leave your comments on where you would like to see sports games generally go in the coming years...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
06:38 PM - June 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Sometimes you see something cross your Twitter feed which you don't realize is truly special. But then there was the simple gesture EA Sports made to George Gring, a young man battling Burkitt's lymphoma, a rapidly growing cancer.

Thanks to aggressive treatments, George's cancer is currently in remission.

Gring became the Panthers' No. 1 Make-A-Wish draft choice thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Wade Gring, George's younger brother and his acting agent negotiated a sweet deal for George which included a large bowl of candy.

During his time with the Panthers, Gring got to experience a practice with the team as well as answering questions in the post-game press conference. And now, thanks to one small gesture from EA, George gets to see himself in Madden NFL 15 complete with his 99 toughness rating.

There is no word on if George will actually be in the game in any form, but it's certainly an awesome gesture by the Panthers, the NFL, and EA Sports.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
01:16 PM - June 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Gazing around the internet today, it's pretty clear there are a wide range of opinions on EA Sports UFC -- with a pretty polarizing attitude generally towards the game.

GamingTrend gives the game a 75/100 saying, "In the end, EA Sports UFC is still a winner, but by split decision. Some of the omissions like cut and leg stoppages, and the odd bug here and there, make for a debut that is certainly better than EA Sports MMA."

Eurogamer has the game at a 7/10, saying, "EA Sports UFC is a game capable of brilliance. It's let down by some curious design decisions, signs of a team perhaps too interested in capturing non-essential moves seen on YouTube rather than nailing the essence of the sport."

GamesRadar checks in with a review of 3.5 stars out of 5, saying, "EA Sports UFC has plenty of talent; it's looks amazing and plays fantastically when you're staging fights with friends. However, when you decide to go it alone, the gaps in AI skill and the dearth of additional content becomes problematic."

Overall the general trend of reviews is the game has tons of potential, with a solid rookie debut, but there's a lot of work left to do for future iterations.

What do you think?

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
09:26 AM - June 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It has been a long road to release, but EA Sports UFC is now out and available for purchase for most everyone today. If you want to read or share your full impressions, be sure to check out our impressions thread.

In the meantime, vote in our poll on our frontpage (and above you if you are reading this in the forums) and give us your first impression of the game!

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Monday, June 16, 2014
10:17 AM - June 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Choosing which team to pick for your franchise in MLB: The Show can be a daunting task. Do you want to rebuild? What about picking a team loaded with cash, but little talent to show for it? What if you just want to pick a team with all of the tools at your disposal, and your only job is to win a World Series? The fact is, there is a variety of great teams to kick off your franchise with, but you only get to choose one. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we'll be going division by division and team by team to help you make your choice. With our fourth entry, here's the NL West...

Read More - Choosing a Franchise Team for MLB 14 The Show: NL West

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 9 - View All
Saturday, June 14, 2014
09:52 AM - June 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Out of the Park Baseball 15

A deep sigh everyone. Breathe in, and then breathe out.

E3 week is over.

Now let’s do that breathing exercise again, it’s not time to panic sports gaming fans. While there were several notable games not shown to the public this week (NBA Live and 2K, WWE 2K), there were plenty of notable games shown (FIFA, Madden, NHL,PGA Tour, Forza Horizon, etc.).

Yes, I can confirm that sport to sport competition in sports gaming is largely dead…still. I can also confirm that sports games as a whole have never been better quality across the board. It’s a weird situation we find ourselves in with fewer options but most of which are better than ever.


Read More - The Biggest Lesson of E3 Is That We Should All Be Going Indie

Friday, June 13, 2014
11:40 AM - June 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

In a new preview posted on Polygon, it is revealed that WWE 2K15 will feature five times more animations than its predecessor WWE 2K14. With Visual Concepts adding their expertise on the project, working alongside Yukes, there is a definite push for a more polished and better presented title than in the past.

Part of that push will be thirty-five hours of new commentary in the game, with Michael Cole and Jerry 'The King' Lawler recording much of that together instead of separately for a more natural sounding conversation.

With last year's game being more of an exercise in just getting a product out of the door with so many factors working against that, this year's game is more about refinements and improvements, with particular approach to how the game will look, feel, and sound.

The gameplay will be refined to feature more of a natural broadcast feel. Mark Little, WWE 2K15's executive producer, is quoted as saying that WWE 2K isn't going to be a fighting game with a wrestling feel, but he also understands a completely natural simulation of a scripted event is also tough to do.

It all sounds very intriguing and we can't wait to hear more. WWE 2K15 is launching on October 28, look for more news and our first look at the new-gen visuals and gameplay soon.

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
10:32 AM - June 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

While there has some some question as to the status of the exclusivity of the Madden license, owing to the fact the last mention of the license by EA only said there were a number of years left on it with no mention of exclusivity. That was never a guarantee that the license wasn't exclusive, as EA hadn't mentioned in official documents that the license was either extended or exclusive since the initial deal -- the news of the prior extension was never fully confirmed by EA.

Expecting a different approach where EA held a pomp and circumstance parade has led to a rash of unfounded rumors that another competitor, namely 2K, was developing a football game. There was even an unfounded expectation that 2K might even debut a football title at E3.

However, the biggest news to come out of the 2K camp at E3 might have been Ronnie2K confirming that not only was 2K not working on a football game, but that the license was still exclusively owned by 'someone else.'

This isn't surprising, considering the NFL license being open for other partners would have almost certainly leaked by now by someone. The current deal's term length which has been widely speculated and rumored is that Madden still has two to three years in its current deal, pushing the game well into this new generation.

It still remains unlikely, even if the license was open, that a competitor could rise up to compete with Madden in any reasonable amount of time given the more advanced needs of today's sports gaming audience. Thus, given the license's current status, it is possible that any possible competitor wouldn't be ready for release for at least 18-24 months after the license was actually acquired by someone, which puts the most reasonable timeframe for a Madden competitor at least four to five years from now, if ever. The most likely scenario remains that EA and Madden will remain the only major NFL gaming option on big box consoles for the foreseeable future.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
08:41 AM - June 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden's defensive focus this year was something which was a long time coming. In fact, it had been ten years (Madden NFL 05) since Madden has had as big of focus on the defensive side of the ball.

After all that we've learned at E3, how do you feel about how the focus on the defensive side of the ball is shaping up?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know what your top realistic wishes are for revealed features during the remainder of the PR cycle for Madden NFL 15!

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 52 - View All
Thursday, June 12, 2014
06:01 PM - June 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports posted a new blog post with 15 questions for producer Sean Ramjagsingh about NHL 15. Here is a bit of the Q&A on the EA Site:

What are you most excited about for NHL 15?
  • I am excited about everything. With the power of the next gen consoles, we’ve been able to push the boundaries of every gameplay feature to achieve a level of authenticity that was never possible before. I’m also extremely excited about the new NBC broadcast package – our fans have been clamoring for a change for a long time and I believe we’ve been able to deliver that and more with the real world integration of Doc and Eddie in the game.
What work has been done to the skill stick that gives us more control? Can we move the stick while making skating strides?
  • Our goal with the Skill Stick was to give unprecedented fidelity and control with the puck. A big part of this was upper and lower body separation so that you can now deke while turning. This allows you to maneuver through crowded areas like never before. We’ve also added new ‘stride dekes’ along with replacing virtually every animation associated with the skill stick.
Is the teammate AI better at not going offside during the breakout?
  • You will notice an overall improvement with your teammate’s awareness through Vision AI. Vision AI ensures that teammates read and react to you, and in this case they will anticipate your decision making as you approach the opposition’s blueline. That being said, our goal is always to be authentic to the sport and offsides are a part of the game. So it is still very possible for you to make an extra move at the blueline that throws your teammates offside.
Be sure to check out the full interview for more details on NHL 15, coming to stores September 9th.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 14 - View All
03:54 PM - June 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With E3 winding down and with our first glimpses at this year's sports games almost exclusively coming from EA, this year's show was definitely a bit quieter than many in the past. However, the games shown off this year all had a lot of details about how they're going to actually be playing on the field. Here are some thoughts on what we have learned from the show.

Read More - OS Fact or Fiction: Breaking Down E3 Edition