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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, June 16, 2014
11:17 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
10:52 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
12:40 PM - 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
11:32 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: 36 - View All
09:41 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
07:01 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
04:54 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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
09:41 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

IGN posted their full gameplay stream of Madden NFL 15 complete with full gameplay. Here are some thoughts I had while watching the video through. Beware this is an early build of the game and some of the things which don't seem right could easily be fixed by the time of release.

I'd recommend listing anything you find with the hopes it might get fixed by the time release gets here. Here are some of my notes:
  • Kick meter is interesting, definitely inspired by Tiger Woods.
  • QB Run-Outs with real video is quite awesome. Wonder how they'll solve that with franchise draftees/etc.?
  • The game is much smoother now that there aren't any cut-scenes. The transitions are much better between plays.
  • Jump snap seems ok. It's a gamey thing, but it's one of those things Madden's defense has needed for years.
  • The DL/OL interactions are definitely improved. They're still not perfect, but they're definitely the best we've ever seen in a football game.
  • On the first user sack, it definitely looks like the d-lineman worked his way past the OL and left the OL standing there. That needs to be fixed, if an OL lets his assignment through, he's not going to return to blocking air. This actually seems to be a big problem in the trenches, kind of negates the other positives. Oops. Going to chalk this up to being an early build.
  • Switching cameras in game...that's a small but very significant change.
  • The new playcalling system is a huge change. Thankfully EA has left the playcalls by formation and play type in. They've added Coach Suggestions, Concept, and I believe Personnel is new but I'd have to refresh my memory (I'm a play-type guy).
  • For all of the talk of lower QB accuracy, Kaepernick and Wilson certainly don't miss much. I know they're really good QBs, but I was halfway expecting to see a few more 'off' throws.
  • Coverage seems about the same honestly from the couch viewpoint. There wasn't enough to really go off of, and this could be because that aspect isn't fully tuned or possibly because of difficulty concerns. But I didn't see much that seemed too different from previous Maddens.
  • Dropping back 20 yards and throwing still works but it's entirely possible this was on a lower difficulty...maybe.
  • Finally towards the end Kaepernick misses a throw to the corner and its almost picked. He was definitely a bit off balance. Again this could be due to difficulty levels being lower.
  • The matchup stick is actually really awesome. You can see where players have advantages on the field in real time.
  • Overall the game is more fluid than last year and definitely looks better. The defensive mechanics look like they add some new level to the game -- but exactly how much will only be able to be determined by some firsthand playtime.

It's far from bad, also just as far from truly great. Madden NFL 15 will be a Madden game through and through, and as I've said many times you either have to live with that or go without football video games right now if you don't like it -- Madden isn't changing its core style/pacing at this point. This will be another step forward for the series almost certainly, and if the modes offer some interesting/good experiences it could be a good year for the series once again.

What do you all think of the gameplay shown in the video?

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 36 - View All
08:40 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by Russo. Written by Chris Sanner

The first gameplay video of NHL 15 on new-gen consoles has surfaced from E3. Give it a watch and let us know what you think!

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 14 - View All
07:37 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports posted a new video detailing (briefly) the dynamic match presentation within the game.

"Match Day is dynamic and alive – you’ll stay in the moment, immersed in the action on and around the pitch.

Custom behaviours mean unique crowds with cheers and chants based on their club or country. For example, Liverpool fans at Anfield will be noticeably different to Boca Juniors’ support in La Bombonera.

Iconic stadiums look incredibly authentic and feel fully realised with recognisable fans and unique atmospheres.

Our commentators will reflect on how the fans are reacting, like the Manchester City crowd doing the Poznan and club songs.

Ball boy animations, bench reactions and active LED boards will keep you in the game. Matches in FIFA 15… so good, you need all-new 10-man celebrations!

Emotion & Intensity is one of the core pillars of FIFA 15."

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
07:01 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

GameInformer published an article today with a few details on the PS4/XB1 debut of the WWE 2K series. There are several interesting tidbits in the article, here are some highlights:
  • Visual Concepts is taking a much bigger role this year in the game's development. One area they are particularly involved in is the face scanning process, which is the same as NBA 2K.
  • Face scan results are all said to be quite impressive.
  • Visual concepts is working towards more realistic match pacing and flow, the goal is to mimic WWE TV broadcasts as much as possible.
  • There are 5x more animations than in 2K14.
  • WWE 2K15 features five times more audio commentary lines versus last years game.
WWE 2K15 is set to launch on October 28, we are expecting more info on the game to start arriving soon!

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
06:45 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Gameinformer has posted up a good bullet points list of 21 things we know about Madden NFL 15. Here are a few of the more obscure ones not already well known:
  • Real video of players is incorporated into the pre-game presentation.
  • You can change game cameras at the line of scrimmage without going into the settings screen. For instance, you can switch to a zoomed out camera by toggling with the up/down on the d-pad. For online games, the number of camera switches you can perform is restricted to prevent griefing.
  • EA is introducing a new play calling system this year. The screen is now divided up into different sections: Strategy, Community, Favorite, and Previous Play. Strategy shows you the best plays based on the current down and distance, and also shows you what the other team usually runs. Community shows you what other players have run in this situation based on information from the cloud. Favorite brings up what you've chosen in the past. Along with these play recommendations, EA gives players info such as the percentage of the time the play gains an average number of yards.
  • Developer EA Tiburon admits that its man and zone coverages in previous games weren't that good, so they've redone them in Madden 15. Now the dev says that cover 2 and cover 3, for example, stop the routes they are supposed to.
  • More inaccurate throws leads to more variation in receivers' catch animations, as well as those for incompletions.
Be sure to check out more of the list on GameInformer's site.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 36 - View All
12:48 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

IGN sat down with NHL 15 Producer Sean Ramjagsingh to talk about the NHL 15 trailer and all of the details within it. This is an in-depth breakdown of everything you saw in the trailer. Sean gives several details about the game this year based upon what you saw in the trailer.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 14 - View All
12:19 PM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

From SportsGamerShow on YouTube, here is one of our first looks at Madden NFL 15 in action.

What do you all see?

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 36 - View All
11:59 AM - June 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports has posted a new blog detailing the new Agility and Control features within the game, including a video.

"In FIFA 15, leave defenders for dust and use the ball like the world’s best footballers.

Players move realistically with athleticism, improved balance and closer control, giving greater responsiveness and personality to your favourite stars.

Run Touch Dribbling will let you keep the ball in a sprint or when looking for an opening in close-touch situations. Iconic players like Leo Messi will dribble and move like they do in real life.

The movement of the ball in FIFA 15 changes the game. You’ll see accurate spin, curl and flight of the football as it moves realistically after each contact. Experience authentic ball physics while dribbling, passing, taking a touch or blocking a shot.

Player Control is one of the core pillars of FIFA 15."

Game: FIFA 15Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All