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Home Town: Bethany, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
04:14 PM - July 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We last took a look at shot aiming tips with the shot arc -- which is much easier than not using the shot arc.

Today we're going to look at some tips on how to handle aiming without the shot arc, which involves a couple of factors: the wind and your lie.

Beyond that, approaching each hole with an overall strategy is a good idea too. When you crank up the difficulty in Rory, the game can be particularly unforgiving. If you can't see the video above, check it out on its dedicated page.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
11:13 AM - July 28, 2015. Posted by RefTix. Written by Chris Sanner


EA has just unveiled a new NHL 16 EASHL trailer which looks at the revamped mode from the perspective of fans of the series, who they claim helped shape this year's mode.

In the video, NHL 16 producer Sean Ramjagsingh said, "It was an opportunity for us to reimagine EA Sports Hockey League. Involving fans early was really important."

The video shows various clips of EASHL gameplay but also has a few interesting stories of the players play time with the game. Overall, the video has a very "this game is much better this year" tone to it.

Check out the video above for some player anecdotes of their playtime and some gameplay footage.

What do you all think?

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
09:54 AM - July 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With Rory McIlroy PGA Tour shipping with a limited number of courses, the game's case in reviews wasn't helped by its shallow mode offerings.

With at least two new courses in the DLC being known, it certainly appears EA is committed to at least some post-release support of the game.

If you had the choice, would you choose to have more licensed Golfers, courses, or additional features added into Rory? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below on which you prefer most!

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Monday, July 27, 2015
12:46 PM - July 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports today announced a new program called Madden Ultimate Team Rewards which will allow you to start earning rewards for opening packs in Madden Ultimate Team. You join the program by signing into your EA account and completing a form on the linked site.

By joining, you receive gifts based on the number of Packs you open in the mode -- but the program is limited to U.S. players only.

The program is no doubt intended to get you to buy more packs, which you are then rewarded with bonuses including Loyalty Badges, which can be redeemed for packs, OVR boosts, player items, and contracts.

MUT Rewards Levels
  • Legendary Level: 1,000 Packs Opened – all packs count
  • All-Pro Level: 250 Packs Opened – all packs count
  • Pro Level: 50 Packs Opened – all packs count


If you want to sign up, hit up the announcement page on EA Sports' website for more details.

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
Friday, July 24, 2015
03:24 PM - July 24, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With colleges seemingly in NBA 2K16 in some form or fashion, we still haven't fully figured out what exactly you'll be doing with several college brands in the game. An info leak earlier this week tends to point that you'll be playing as a college player in MyCAREER for a time.

So what kind of involvement do you think teams are going to have in NBA 2K? Will we get to play a season? A tournament? Only a couple of games of the tournament? Will there be any collegiate teams at all actually playable in the game?

Sound off by voting in our poll on what you'd like to see and comment on what you think is going to be the case!

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 44 - View All
Thursday, July 23, 2015
02:53 PM - July 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


When H.B. Studios announced The Golf Club was getting a season mode, there was a lot of joy around the community. When it became obvious the addon was going to cost $10, the joy was a bit more subdued, but people were still on board.

After a week of playing The Golf Club's season mode, I can confidently say the Season Mode is every bit as good as Tour Pro Mode in Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, mainly because the premise is similar. You play through your round, you see what other opponents are doing in between holes, and you finish and move onto the next event.

Obviously, it'd be great if there was better commentary and a gallery for The Golf Club -- but the game doesn't suffer much from their absence. If anything, the variety of courses available to play in the Season mode makes the entire experience quite varied all the same.

There's a lot to love about the season mode in The Golf Club, but the biggest accomplishment is that the mode matches up favorably with anything else out there. We give the Season Mode add-on a thumbs up!

We'll be looking at the rest of the new features added over the last couple of months to The Golf Club in future posts!

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
02:25 PM - July 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Rory McIlroy PGA Tour gives you a lot of different options in terms of how you actually play the game of golf. For a beginner, I recommend you start off using the shot arc to get a good feel for how a ball will react to different shot setups at first.

Read More - Rory McIlroy PGA Tour: Using the Shot Arc For Better Approach Shots

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Monday, July 20, 2015
01:17 PM - July 20, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

Owing to the success of the US Women's National Team, and the Women's World Cup, EA Sports today announced Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, and Steph Catley will all be appearing on separate covers of FIFA 16 when it releases this fall.

Believe it or not, all three women will be the first to ever be featured on a FIFA cover. Morgan will appear on the US covers of the game, Sinclair on the Canadian covers, and Catley on Australian covers.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA,” said Morgan. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

“This year’s World Cup showcased the unbelievable talent and skill in women’s soccer,” said Sinclair. “I’m thrilled that EA SPORTS is celebrating female athletes in FIFA 16. To be featured in the game and to promote women’s soccer with Alex is really special and another exciting step for women in sports.”

“As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer," said David Pekush, Sr. Manager of North America Marketing for EA SPORTS. "They are exhilarating players and exude heart and courage on the pitch, and we are extremely proud to be working with them this year.”

Look for more news on FIFA 16 in the coming weeks.

Game: FIFA 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Sunday, July 19, 2015
05:06 PM - July 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Axis Football 2015 was released on Steam this past week for $19.99 for the PC. To celebrate the release, we sat down to chat with developer Danny Jugan to talk about what the game is right now -- and what he hopes to accomplish with it in the future.

Read More - Axis Football 2015 Interview: A Look Into the Future of the Franchise

Game: Axis Football 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, July 17, 2015
01:56 PM - July 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA Sports released a new blog today, talking about freestyle control and player movement in NBA Live 16.

The blog goes into detail on dribbling, shooting, passing, and screens -- you know, the things that make up the core basketball game. Here are some snippets from each...

Dribbling

Dribbling has received improvements in how it looks and how responsive it is. You will feel more in control and will see a difference in how signature moves and size ups are controlled. In a basic sense, you'll choose the moves and speed of how you perform size ups.

Shooting

Jump shots have been overhauled, with you now getting feedback on the shot timing. Also, you won't have to wait for an animation to finish before you release the ball. The feel on shot timing is tweaked as well, with a new meter (which we've seen before) which guides you to releasing a perfect jumper.

Passing

Passing has been overhauled a bit as well.The new, and well documented now, dribble handoffs will allow you to select which player on the floor will receive it. You will also have the option of a backdoor cut during this if the defense overplays the move.

The big addition seems to be touch passing, where you can queue up a pass to hit an open man or swing the ball quickly around the perimeter. You simply hit the pass button before a player catches the ball to pull it off.

There are other various additions, from new alley oops to tons of new animations to contextually correct entry passes. Give the blog a read for all of the details.

Screens

On and off ball screens are getting a makeover as well, with the big change being players moving to screen other players and not simply standing in a location hoping to screen someone. On top of all of that, you'll have new options to switch between a roll and pop as well.

The folks at EA also just released some new screenshots of NBA Live 16, which you can see here.

Game: NBA Live 16Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
12:46 PM - July 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The settlement in the Ed O'Bannon case has been approved by Judge Claudia Wilken, at a sum total of $60 million.

Quote:
"A judge granted approval a $60 million settlement of several class-action lawsuits relating to video game makers using the names, images and likenesses of college football and men's college basketball players.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken approved a $60 million payment to the players on Thursday and said that any student-athlete who wants in on the claim must file by July 31. Objectors to the settlement have 30 days to appeal once Wilken finalizes the approval.

“It's a landmark day,” an attorney for the plaintiffs, Steve Berman said to USA Today. “It's the first time student-athletes will get paid for use of their name, image and likeness—and we’re anxious to get the settlement funds to the students.”

More than 20,000 claims were filed by original July 2 deadline and some players will receive a maximum of $7,200, which can be handed out as early as September, depending on the pace of the appeals."

Obviously this was not unexpected, this was the next step in the process to finalizing the case and clearing it out of the way. There is a 30-day objection waiting period before the funds can begin to be handed out. The most interesting note from the settlement is that current college players will be paid for their likenesses used in previous games and their eligibility will not be affected from that payment, which will mark a first for collegiate sports.

As far as the future and what this means for any eventual return of college sports games, it is one more hurdle that is cleared. The big one will be the NCAA formalizing a process where players can be paid for their likenesses in video games -- but its not clear if there is much of a push for that at the present time. Any such changes would have to almost certainly be approved at the NCAA general convention in January, but you'd likely hear of plans to bring it up and vote on it before then.

The best case scenario is that all of the stars and moons align, and the legal structures are put in place for a 2017 return for college games, as anything before that seems rather unlikely. Even a 2017 return is unlikely, but it would be the most likely earliest time period you could expect anything.

Update: Late last night, the NCAA decided to file for a stay in the injunction on the O'Bannon case. What this means is that they have decided that they are going to take this case to the highest court (Supreme Court) if need be, thus tying up the suit and the awards being offered for at least a couple more years. If the case gets to the Supreme Court, it'd get there either in 2016 or 2017 -- which means anything I wrote above about college games being possible with a decision from the NCAA is now moot since the case will be tied up for awhile longer. The settlement payments are still going out from EA/CLC however. The prospect of litigation being settled was a crucial step...but now that it is indeed not -- we're back to waiting for litigation to be settled. Viva la NCAA Football 14?

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 52 - View All
Thursday, July 16, 2015
04:19 PM - July 16, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


There's a lot of speculation around Operation Sports right now about what 2K Sports could be up to with the leaked achievements list, which included mentions of college themed activities for MyPlayer. Also, some of the cover athletes are pictured in their college uniforms (Curry and Harden are, while Davis and Jordan are not) on the official game covers.

The two achievements in question involve both picking a college and leaving early for the NBA Draft -- which tends to indicate that there will be something in between both events to allow you to progress from one to the other.

On that same token, many OSers confirmed, (more specifically King_B_Mack and Phreezy P - See video here) that some Universities were showing up on the CLC website as having a video game's license bought by 2K. As of right now that listing is no longer listed on the CLC website, which means they were taken down at some point in the last day.

In total, there were 10 universities (scratch that, make it 11) listed with 2K Sports as a licensee on the CLC website before they were removed (once again, thanks to King_B_Mack for the tip). Those schools included: Arizona State, Arizona, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, Villanova, Wisconsin and Kansas.

Also it should be noted that some schools do not license through the CLC, so the aforementioned list is likely not a complete rundown of schools that would be licensed by 2K at this time.

What this could mean is pretty simple: If 2K has indeed licensed with schools -- they plan on using their brands (logos, uniforms, etc.) in the game at least on some level. Now what level of involvement there will be or not is entirely up in the air.

However, it is seriously doubtful any attempt at a 'realistic' depiction of NCAA basketball with likenesses, etc. is coming given ongoing litigation. Getting schools to sign off on their logos and such being used would probably require that any usage is as far away as possible from having likenesses of current athletes in the game. It's also worth mentioning that there is no official NCAA licensing listed at this time -- and any official tournament branding wouldn't be possible without that.

So what do you think the colleges and universities in NBA 2K16 mean? Sound off in the comments!

Game: NBA 2K16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 44 - View All
02:42 PM - July 16, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is the first attempt at next-gen golf from EA Sports. While the game plays a decent brand of golf on the course, it’s so razor thin off of it that you will have a hard time justifying the $60 price tag upon entry.

Read More - Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Review

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
01:12 PM - July 15, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was released yesterday, and so far the response has been rather mixed on OS. In my initial impressions, I said Rory was at least an adequate game on the course, and nothing has changed my opinion there.

Rory’s strength is definitely on the course, as I’m beginning to think the game itself could be a bit bare. Tour Pro Mode has some depth issues which I’m already seeing about halfway (I think halfway since there’s no calendar to know) through my first season. It seems that, while the gameplay itself is pretty solid — the rest of the game is the absolute bare minimum to be acceptable in today’s marketplace.

The golfer creation options, as we’ve shown in a video earlier last week, are quite limited as well. In 2015, you do expect a much more robust creation suite — there’s not much of a reason why the options are so limited now.

Outside of all of that, watch the video above and check out some gameplay from Whistling Straits with my live commentary on the round and what I think of the game.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
04:24 PM - July 14, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


EA Sports first iteration of next-gen golf is here in Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. I’ve only had time to play a couple of rounds at this point, but want to offer up some first impressions just in case you are on the fence on buying the game or not today.


Read More - Rory McIlroy PGA Tour: First Impressions

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All