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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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Thursday, October 23, 2014
01:07 PM - October 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's time for you to give us your initial NBA Live 15 impressions if you are playing it on early access. If you are wanting community wide impressions, be sure to check out the NBA Live 15 Early Access Impressions discussion we started yesterday.

So what do you think of the game this year? Give it a rating of great, good, average or bad and let us know what you picked and why in the comments!

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:28 AM - October 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Editors note: In lieu of a traditional impressions piece on the offseason, I decided to record my own thoughts as I went through the process instead so give readers an idea of what its like to play the mode from first-hand experiences.

Western Conference finals. OKC vs. San Antonio. Being a video game, this surely meant my ticket to the NBA Finals as the Thunder was punched right?

Not so fast my friend.

Read More - NBA 2K15 MyGM Diary: The Offseason

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If you were someone who bought into The Golf Club at the outset with the promise that more was coming, yesterday's update has to make you very happy. Not only did HB Studios deliver a new theme, Boreal, but they also added new backgrounds for the course creator in the existing themes and new commentary.

Many companies would call it a wrap at that point, but The Golf Club delivers so much more in its new content update. The new cameras and the ability to cycle them on the fly in real-time is a great new tool to help you think through your shots. And when you need to change clubs, you can now scroll through them the other way from putter to driver as well. It's a small addition, but it's welcome nonetheless.

The new courses and tournaments, as well as the new separation in the game between official and user created content only helps the overall experience in finding and enjoying great courses.

I haven't gotten a chance to play the game on a PC yet, but the Mouse and Keyboard tweaks have to be much welcome by people playing The Golf Club on that platform as well.

If you have had any doubts about this game and are a golfing fan, it is with a high recommendation that you pick The Golf Club up. HB Studios is promising even more updates to come in both content and features, so there is zero doubt that the game you get now will only be better in a few months time. You can't say that about many games on the market today.

We added a few new screenshots of the new Boreal theme which you can see here.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, October 20, 2014
01:23 PM - October 20, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Last night I had the pleasure (ahem, misfortune) of playing the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Not only did I lose the series in seven games, I lost the series in the last two games by succumbing to what just might be one of the most cerebral deconstructions of a video game sports team I've ever been the user controller of by computer A.I.

Not only did the Spurs expose every defensive weakness my Oklahoma City Thunder were giving (and with me playing, there were plenty), but their defensive pressure to take Durant and Westbrook out of the game towards the end of the series was nothing short of a methodical beat down.

And it was glorious.

While teams aren't playing exactly like their real-to-life counterparts yet, I'm pretty certain we're closer now than ever before. Last night's effort by San Antonio against me is proof of that on some level. What teams are you finding are simply hard to beat?

Share your stories of the teams who are your kryptonite thus far this season in the comments below!

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
10:11 AM - October 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If you are a gamer who simply doesn't have a ton of time to devote to gaming, be it fatherhood or a busy job, NBA 2K15 has an answer for you. Many gamers still want the thrill of managing a team through an 82 game season and playing some of the more crucial moments along the way, which is an underrated way to play sports games with long seasons.

Enter Simcast.

You can manage strategies during the simulation, you need only pause, and you can jump into a game whenever you feel like it. If you want to seal the deal on a big win or attempt a big comeback you can. If you feel the strategy you are employing is working, you can simply sit back and let the game finish simming in less than a minute.

Let's put it this way, I'm 44 games into my serious MyGM mode doing SimCast and I've never once felt too out of control of what happens. I'm still setting team strategy and lineups on gameday, and I'm still able to jump in and affect the results of games personally without needing to spend 30-60 minutes to get the result.

While other companies still struggle to offer such things as 'Super-Sim', 2K Sports has managed to blow past all expectations and make a text-sim, traditional AAA title hybrid even still. This form of simming and jumping in has been around awhile, but the depth of setting strategies and more to affect the simulation has only gotten better.

Simply put, if you are someone who has a time budget for gaming -- it's incredibly possible to go through an 82 game schedule and feel like you were a part of it and still find time to play a second and third season before 2K16 launches. NBA 2K15's SimCast is perhaps its most underrated and most under appreciated feature.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
09:59 AM - October 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Last year, the promise of MyGM mode was met with a dash of ice-cold VC, which all but crippled the mode and made it completely unusable for fans more accustomed to traditional single player franchise management experiences.

If your memory is foggy, just remember you had to pay VC in order to change your lineup — it was truly a hot mess.

Fast forward one year, and not only has MyGM shed the shackles of virtual currency from its mode (mostly), it has also improved and delivered one of the most compelling single player franchise management experiences available in any sports game, text-simulation or otherwise.

The first thing you will notice about MyGM is that the menus are laid out in a much more logical manner — really NBA 2K15 as a whole took a galactic leap forward in that regards this year. Finding what you want is really simple once you figure out everything that there is, which is going to be a problem initially because theres…just…so….much.

Read More - NBA 2K15's MyGM Offers Robust Roster Management Options

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10:26 AM - October 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Back in the summer, it was hinted by EA in an interview that a NBA Live 15 demo would come much earlier than fans expected.

Now two weeks from release and we have zero news on any demo release date, only a vague promise one is coming on Twitter. With no date yet announced, there is definitely a reason for concern considering the two week window is when most games typically deliver demos for fans to see what a new title is bringing to the table. At this point, we don't have any concrete information on if a pre-release demo will even happen. With no real goodwill with sports gaming fans, especially after last year's release which was our lowest rated AAA game ever, there's very little reason for anyone to consider the game until someone verifies how it is going to play.

The good news is that EA Access users will get a six hour trial of the game before release, and its likely at least some media outlets will also have the game soon. Thus, its likely we'll start to find out more about this year's NBA Game from EA soon enough. It just would have been nice for users to get a chance to play some 5-on-5 action before release to make their minds up that way. Here's to hoping the recent trends of no pre-release sports game demos is an unfortunate series of events that won't be repeated next season!

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Monday, October 13, 2014
04:33 PM - October 13, 2014. Posted by Scarface844. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports posted a new article today which discusses how Synergy Sports' technology is going to contribute to the NBA Live 15 experience. In a related tweet, EA took a pot shot at NBA 2K15's server issues declaring that EA's "server stability ensures NBA Live 15 will be seamlessly updated all season long."

Of course, NBA Live 15 had some major issues itself with its online component last year.

Here's a look at how Synergy Sports Promises to work with NBA Live this year:

"So how does Synergy Sports Technology work with NBA LIVE? Synergy Sports provides us a direct feed of player scouting DNA and Tendencies. We are then able to take this data and apply it to our game – which dynamically affects player tendencies in-game, as well as modes such as LIVE Seasons and Tonight’s Games.

This information also tells us things that don’t appear in the box score, such as shots off the dribble or if a player was being guarded - which all influence ratings. One of the goals we have for the future of NBA LIVE is to remove subjectivity from player ratings and performance – a true 1:1 representation of each and every player in the league."

Another feature talked about in the article are BIG Moments, which "are key plays or stretches of the game such as a player having a huge quarter or a thrilling game winning buzzer beater. You then can play through these quick scenarios with the exact stats, tendencies, and line-ups on a per minute basis."

It'll certainly be interesting to see how well the online components of NBA Live 15 play out, as EA obviously has a chance to do some cool things with the Synergy Sports technology.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
11:24 AM - October 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The multitude of online issues in NBA 2K15 are well documented at this point. Despite a claim that a fix was done -- there are still issues being reported around the community of connectivity issues, although the pace of complaints has definitely lessened.

How much does the initial online performance of NBA 2K15 affect you? Is it something which has affected your enjoyment of the game or not?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment describing your online experiences thus far and if you are having issues or not still!

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Friday, October 10, 2014
04:30 PM - October 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports has detailed its modes in NBA Live 15 today, with the most surprising news item of the release the omission of Ultimate Team from the initial list, although it appears it will be given its own release at a later date. Otherwise, the modes list is pretty standard fare. Here are some highlights:

This mode is built around Head-to-Head gameplay and bragging rights. Work to advance from League 1 to League 10, playing games against rivals and friends along the way. Rack up wins to level up and compete with the big boys. Dominate here, and you will be in a league of your own.

Create your dream NBA player and rise through the ranks from hot rookie to legendary status in JORDAN Rising Star.

Jump into the JORDAN Rising Star game to prove your skills and improve draft stock. After reaching the NBA, players must do whatever it takes to prove they belong on their way to legendary status.

Players from all 13 play styles have their own evaluation and scoring system. NBA LIVE 15 includes more than 85 gradable on-court actions, up from just 22 in NBA LIVE 14.

Get familiar with the controls and movement in NBA LIVE 15 with the brand new adidas Learn LIVE gym.

There’s no better feeling than building a team from the ground up dominating the league. In addition to the on-court action, you can also trade, set goals and manage your squad exactly how you want over a 30-year term.

Jump in at any point during the simulation while observing live stats and shot charts. Real-time prompts will appear, allowing players to hop back into the game at the game’s critical moment.

You can see more features and more details on the features above on EA Sports' website dedicated to NBA Live 15.

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
12:56 PM - October 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The 104th episode of the Press Row Podcast focuses squarely on the just-launched NBA 2K15. The crew discusses their initial impressions, the new shot meter, moments that caught them by surprise positively and negatively, the infamous face-scanning process, concerns about the online stability and requirements, and much more. In addition, we get a brief hands-on report about NBA Live 15 as well as a few listener questions regarding Madden 15 and The Golf Club on the Xbox One.

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)
Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)
Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Also! Be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here!

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there

Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090), Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:25

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Thursday, October 9, 2014

If you are having issues actually playing NBA 2K15 -- you are not alone. A casual glance at the 2K15 server status page looks like a giant down day on Wall Street with tons of red and orange flashing at you.

After last year's debacle, there is simply no excuse for a game launch going as poorly as the NBA 2K15 one has gone once again. Huge chunks of the game's experience have had issues even working since launch: MyTEAM, MyCAREER, The Park, the Jordan Rec Center -- just to name a few. If you are a single player guy who is interested in MyLEAGUE, that game mode is working fine at this time.

An issue which has reportedly been resolved dealt with players losing their face scans and player profile info as servers went down -- this is especially painful since the face scanning process is something which isn't exactly easy.

Granted, when things do get ironed out (if they do), the game plays great and by most marks is a well built title. But one has to ask why, after so much flak last year, is so much of the game's functionality (even in seemingly single player modes like MyCAREER) dependent upon servers which have never performed well historically?

For now, if you are a gamer who is on the fence about buying NBA 2K15, if you plan to play modes which need access to the 2K servers (most of them) it is probably a good idea to wait a bit to see if the problems clear up. You can see the status of the servers on 2K's website for reference.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
11:35 AM - October 8, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Dynasty League Baseball Online, one of the more intriguing games in our genre, continues to improve as time goes on. We just received several new screenshots of the game, which feature Safeco field and some new in-game items which you will find.

Dynasty League Baseball Online is a browser based simulation which allows you to pit historical teams and fantasy squads against one another in tournaments and leagues. When we reviewed the game last year, we highly recommended it to anyone who loves baseball. In the game, you can play live head to head or simply simulate series. You can follow stats, standings, and box scores in real time -- with the option to play in Greatest Teams Ever Bracket Tournaments. Currently, the game is offering a free two-day trial to anyone interested in trying it out.

While both L.A. teams out of the Playoffs now, the L.A. Times tried to give both teams fan bases a bit to brag about, by pitting all-time squads for the Dodgers and Angels against each other in a seven game series. In the series, with the teams chosen by L.A. Times readers, the Angels ended up winning the entire thing in seven games. You can see the full simulation results at the link above.

Game: Dynasty League Baseball OnlineReader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 9 - View All
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
01:35 PM - October 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NBA 2K15 has been released, and many OS'ers are already sharing their impressions on our NBA 2K15 forum. The general mood of the community seems positive, but this year's game is definitely offering a new challenge.

What do you think of NBA 2K15? Vote in our poll and leave a comment with a short review of the game thus far after a few hours playing it!

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All
11:23 AM - October 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

While the face-scanning tech can work really really well (see our thread for some great examples of it working right) it also can create beings of a sort that will give you nightmares for weeks.

We're talking Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Left For Dead type of grotesque here. A team full of these 'things' is probably a viral video waiting to happen.

To get a proper Facescan, you have to carefully follow the on-screen instructions while ensuring you have proper lighting. A lack of either can result in some really messed up situations.

I hope you sleep well tonight.

Update: Some are asking how to scan your face properly. Here's a great video from ipodkingcarter showing you how to properly scan your face.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 61 - View All