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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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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
11:45 AM - March 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With the new PS3 version of MLB 14 The Show dropping in a week, it is a good an opportune time to ask OS'ers what your preferred Pitching Interface in the game is.

Do you prefer the meter? Classic? Pure Analog? Pulse Pitching?

Sound off in our poll on the right side of the homepage and above this post in the forums!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Monday, March 24, 2014
03:15 PM - March 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Let's face it, everyone has that one pitch which they just can not hit. This inevitably leads to facing a pitcher with said pitch which just ends in frustration. Last year, I developed a sudden inability to hit big, bending curveballs. Who knows the exact reason why, but at the onset of my time with MLB 13 The Show, curveballs were automatic swings and misses.

This year, I'm sure I'll have a new 'least favorite pitch' to engage with. What about you? What pitch(es) are impossible for you to hit? Which pitchers present you with the most problems?

Sound off with a comment below!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All


Mark Cuban seemed to say it pretty clear: the NFL is heading straight towards an implosion.

In the article, Cuban cited the NFL's expansion of Thursday night and now two planned Saturday games as a reason why the league may be in trouble, citing audience fatigue.

"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion," Cuban said. "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

The comments come as CBS and the NFL announced a one-year joint partnership in airing Thursday Night games starting in the 2014 season.

What do you think? Do you think the NFL should stick to Sundays and Mondays or do you think expansion to as many nights of the week as possible is a good thing?

Game: NFLReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 3 - View All
Friday, March 21, 2014
05:18 PM - March 21, 2014. Posted by Baseballking888. Written by Chris Sanner


Sony released a new trailer for the PS3 version of MLB 14 The Show's launch coming up on April 1. The video goes over this year's key features with plenty of new in-game video.

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! Are you buying the PS3 version?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
04:33 PM - March 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA Sports UFC Creative Director, Brian Hayes is answering questions on the EA forums. Here are a few highlights:

- What is the takedown mechanic? Is it a shine, button mashing, or just something that is left up to stats/timing?

Takedown attempts are performed by holding the left trigger and performing a gesture with the right stick. The fighterís ratings will determine how quickly the defend has to react in order to defend the takedown. There is no button-mashing or shining.

- How in depth will fighter entrances be?

Pretty in-depth. We include the walkouts, the official inspection, entering the octagon and the full introduction from Bruce Buffer. A lot of the fighters have unique entrance animations. We shorten some things up though so that it doesnít take 15-20 minutes for the fight to actually start from the time the first fighter comes out of the tunnel.

- Can we expect a realistic post fight experience as far as the official decisons and how fighters react to winning close fights and things like that?

Some people will say the post fight experience is realistic enough, and some people wonít. Other people are just going to button through it anyway .

- How many possible ko animations are there and is it possible to ko someone from any position in the octagon?

There are some ground positions where a KO isnít possible, for example, if you are postured down in full guard youíre not going to be getting enough power on your strikes to put somebody out. And some positions in the clinch, for example if you have double unders, youíre not going to KO your opponent with knees to the legs or shoulder shots.

- Explanation in detail how the parry system works?

Holding the right trigger is a simple block that will give you some protection against any incoming attacks. The longer you turtle up like this, the less effective it becomes. Holding the right trigger and pressing a punch button will block high, or pressing a kick button will block low. These blocks will give you almost 100% protection against attacks in those respective regions. If you perform a high or low block with the right timing, properly anticipating or reacting to your opponentís incoming strike, then you will perform a parry which will give you a chance to counter.

- Will you be able to make a CAF with a decent overall right off the bat or will you start with low amount of points then have to build them up?

If youíre making one outside of Career Mode, you can do whatever you want. If you are starting a new Career, all fighters start with the same overall rating, but a different distribution of attributes based on their fighting style.

- One review said no minors or majors just transitions. Is this true?

We have basic and skilled transitions. You need to use a skilled transition to get to rubber guard (if your fighter has that ability) or to pass straight into full mount from half-guard. Stuff like that. Skilled transitions are performed with the same right stick gesture, but you also hold the left bumper button. Sweeps from the bottom are treated as skilled transitions also.

- Can we record highlights and put them as a video to the background in the menus or main menu? Or is it just those cool pictures like in Fight Night and other EA SPORTS titles.

Itís just those cool pictures. But the PS4 and XB1 both feature Game DVR capabilities that allow you to record and share stuff. Also, any highlight reel generated in an online match automatically gets uploaded to a feature we call UFC Spotlight. You can go there to view your own highlights, your friends highlights and everyoneís highlights.

You can read more from the very extensive Q&A on the official EA Forums.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
04:19 PM - March 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


It's been five years since FIFA Ultimate Team broke onto the scene. There is no doubt FIFA Ultimate Team has been a smashing success, with 21.8 million unique players having played the mode since it's inception.

Be sure to check out the infographic above (click to enlarge) to see more interesting stats of the most popular game mode in the FIFA Soccer franchise.

What do you think of Ultimate Team? Are you a fan?

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
10:20 AM - March 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

One of the expectations of a new generation of sports games was much better looking games overall. Now that you've had a chance (presumably) to play a few games -- and now that most major franchises have seen the next-gen treatment -- what is your general overall impression of the visual fidelity of the new generation of sports games?

Are they better than you expected? Worse? About what you expected?

Sound off by voting in our poll either on the homepage or above this post in the forums!

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
09:38 AM - March 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Yesterday we learned a lot about what Road to the Show mode will be like in MLB 14 The Show.

With plentiful options, we're asking you how you plan to proceed with your Road to the Show career. Are you taking a fictional player? Are you going to start with a current player? Are you going to try both? Neither?

Let us know by voting in the poll above this post in the forums and to the right on the frontpage!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Friday, March 14, 2014
10:07 AM - March 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Itís a beautiful spring day in Brooklyn.

The smell of freshly cut grass fills your nose mixed with popcorn and hot dogs. A small murmur is coming over the crowd as it gathers in the stands at 55 Sullivan place for opening day of the 2014 Baseball Season.

This old ballpark has seen its share of history since opening in 1913, the year after Fenway Park opened -- if you are counting. The Dodgers have called this place home for years, full of its quirky dimensions including the short 297 foot right field.

As the GM, youíve considered how your park was built and made adjustments accordingly. You want guys who can push the ball down the line here, center field does stand out there at an impossibly long 484 feet.

You see, at Ebbets Field, this place was built to have baseball played in it like it was being played in the early 1900s. Pitchers reigned supreme and the concept of the Babe was neither a ballplayer or a friendly pig from England.

Read More - How The Show Can Embrace Baseball's History

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All


Our friend Samit Sarkar over at Polygon has penned an excellent piece on the upcoming changes to MLB 14 The Show's Road to the Show Mode, which also includes some new screenshots.

Here are a few highlights:
  • You can play RTTS by restarting the career of an existing MLB athlete.
  • Also new this year is the Topps Amateur Showcase, which is three games to show MLB what you got.
  • You will have the option to 'go back to school' and develop your attributes more at the trade off of losing a year in your MLB career.
  • No more advancement goals within games, you'll be graded in a situational fashion.
  • Position players can finish games in under 10 minutes.
To read many more details about Road to the Show Mode be sure to check out the full article on Polygon.


What do you think of the changes to the mode this year?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
11:13 AM - March 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

At the end of the day, R.B.I. Baseball 14 is pretty much exactly what we thought it would be. A report filed by Polygon says the game will be the fast-paced baseball game from your childhood with two button controls.

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"It's going to be very true to the roots of the brand, of R.B.I. Baseball," said Jamie Leece, vice president of games for MLB Advanced Media, in a phone interview with Polygon earlier this week. "It will be fast-paced; games can be played in under 20 minutes. From a user control standpoint, fans will find the controls to be 'classic,' reminiscent of the two-button controls from games of that generation."

MLB also commented that players will behave as they do in real life, with real-life data being the basis for attributes and player behavior within the game. The game will feature a season mode, an exhibition mode, and a playoff mode. No cost information was revealed, but it was revealed the game will be a digital release on PS3/4, Xbox 360/One, and mobile platforms.

R.B.I. Baseball 14 will release on the PS3/Xbox 360 initially (reported to be April 10), with the next-gen consoles release following that. You can see more screens of the game here.

What do you think? Is R.B.I. Baseball 14 what you expected? Are you going to buy?

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOS / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
02:00 PM - March 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The team building/card collecting game modes have now been around for a couple of years -- and they seem to be big time money makers for sports game publishers. However, it remains to be seen if they have attracted the attention of the hardcore sports gamers.

Have you played these modes and, more importantly, have you enjoyed playing them?

Sound off by voting in our poll on the right side of the frontpage!

Thursday, March 6, 2014
04:24 PM - March 6, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


I'm a ballpark junkie myself. I tend to get completely engrossed in the small details of a park from the dimensions to its unique and endearing features.

It just so happens I'm one of those people that make the local baseball stadium a must visit item on my list when vacationing. One of my favorite aspects of The Show is being able to see the stadiums in pretty amazing detail. With the PlayStation 4 edition of MLB 14 The Show launching later in the year, there will be even greater detail expected within the game to explore for ballpark junkies.

Which ballpark are you excited about playing in most, and which old ballparks would you like the next-gen game to eventually include?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
09:27 AM - March 6, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The news came yesterday, with online franchise details from MLB 14 The Show being released.

There's a lot of winning type of features being touted by the SCEA folks, including online browser-based control of many features within the mode. What about you, do you like what you've seen on Online Franchise? Do you plan to participate in a league?

Sound off by voting in our poll!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
05:06 PM - March 4, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


A new NFL rule proposal being floated out is to move the extra point all the way back to the 25-yard line to liven up the NFL's most guaranteed play.

While it's unlikely the move to make the extra point more strategically interesting will happen for the 2014 season, it's possible you'll see it tried in some pre-season games in the next couple of years.

What do you think? Should something be done about the extra point or is it fine as-is? Sound off in our poll!

Game: NFLReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 3 - View All