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Chris Sanner

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
OS Username: MMChrisS
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AlexPressPlay on YouTube posted a behind the scenes look at Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown doing some voice work for Madden NFL 16. There is a very brief look at some in-game footage, but generally it's Big Ben and Brown hamming it up for the camera.

Most likely this is work being done for an experience similar to the Seahawks/Panthers experience last year. Both guys seem to be mimicking on-field calls and such -- if it's something else it could be rather exciting.

Last year's experience with the Panthers and Seahawks really was a little too good -- and makes you wonder why we can't have a presentation that alive all the time. Obviously the amount of time it'd take to do that and have it be dynamic is probably impossible, but a guy can dream right? But regardless, watch the video and let us know what you think about what Big Ben and Antonio Brown are working on!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
Monday, May 11, 2015
01:16 PM - May 11, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

OS is currently seeking to bolster our coverage of the Ultimate Team-type of modes throughout sports games. Writers for these positions will be dedicated fans and players of the modes and will be able to write weekly on changes and events within the modes.

In return, writers will receive compensation including a monthly stipend and resources to fully experience the mode(s) you are covering.

If you think you are the right person for the job, we'd love to talk! We are currently looking for writers for every mode of this type, so there is no need to delay.

Please send our Executive Editor Chris Sanner the following info:
  • Your Name
  • Your E-Mail
  • Your OS Name
  • A Twitter Handle (if you have one)
  • One Writing Sample of NO MORE than 300 words about the ultimate team mode you are looking to cover. NO ATTACHMENTS!
  • Which Game(s) You Are Specifically Applying For.
Send all material to chris@operationsports.com.

All incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Since this is a deadline driven and detail oriented position, we expect to see that immediately.

Deadline is May 25, 2015 by the end of the day. We will be filling positions in the first week of June.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
09:54 PM - May 7, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Chris Paul going down when he has may cost the Clippers their season.

There is no pushing reset (is that a thing anymore?), there is no rage-quitting (that is definitely a thing) either. The Clippers fate was inextricably linked to a sudden injury to their star player.

In video games, this may cause a riot to some sports gamers. Why that is, well that's anyone's guess. Perhaps its that we create narratives which we want to see played out -- and silly randomness, like injuries, ruins that.

For some, injuries may not be regular enough. In fact, many clamor for more realistic injury frequency and to have to deal with seasons' lost.

As a Texas Rangers and OKC Thunder fan, I know from very recent previous experience on how injuries can wreck seasons -- but how would you feel if those same scenarios (multiple debilitating injuries to key/star players) happened in your franchise?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment to add your .02 to the debate!

For those of you voting from the homepage, the poll is on the right side.

Monday, May 4, 2015
04:44 PM - May 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It appears as if the passing game, specifically the receivers and DBs, are due for an overhaul in Madden NFL 16. The four candidates for the cover athlete this year include Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

While all four players are impressive on the field, the cover voting figures to be a pretty obvious affair -- as Odell Beckham Jr. likely will win the vote in a pretty easy decision.

Here's how I'd assign the field:

The Longshot - Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona
The Darkhorse - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh
The Contender - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
The Odds-On Favorite - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

More interestingly, the fact all of the players are involved in the passing game aspect of football probably telegraphs quite a bit of what is coming. We've been hearing (and have even reported) that the passing game was going to be a major focus in Madden NFL 16, and this does nothing but seemingly confirm that direction.

Is this the year we'll finally see the passing game take the next step? We shall soon see!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
01:46 PM - May 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The NFL draft is over, and in its wake are teams which now have different looks heading into the 2015 season. Let's take a look at the teams which saw their stocks go way up in the draft in terms of how they'll play in Madden NFL 16. And while draft picks of offensive linemen and defensive tackles are huge in real life -- in Madden they're still less of a factor. Specifically QBs, WRs, RBs, and defensive playmakers like DEs are weighted heavier, and thus that's what I'm looking at when making the picks below.
  1. Tennessee Titans - The Titans' passing game now has a completely new look, with Marcus Mariota throwing the ball to his brand new target Dorial Green-Beckham. DGB, if you recall, was projected as a high first rounder before his off-field issues -- and he likely was a steal in the second round. The Titans were big winners in this year's draft for Madden players.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston may or may not be an eventual bust or burgeoning star depending on who you ask, its way too early to tell really, but his ratings in Madden are certainly going to reshape the perception of how players approach the Bucs. Expect usage of the Bucs online to be much higher because of Winston's expected final attributes heading into the 2015 season.
  3. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper is a star in the making at wideout. If his attributes are reasonable, he'll be a fun target to throw to for the Raiders. Also Clive Walford could see some time as a pass catching TE, which could impact how some call games with Oakland.
  4. New York Jets - The Jets certainly didn't have a flashy draft, but they picked up Leonard Williams, who may have been the best player in the draft overall. The pass rushing threat of Williams, along with the addition of Devin Smith at wideout are going to give Jets fans some new tools to play with this year. Also, while Bryce Petty is a project, he was a great passer in college and may sport some solid throwing arm numbers as a backup.
  5. St. Louis Rams - Assuming Gurley is healthy and his physical stats get the respect they should -- he will be a heck of a running game option for the Rams right off the bat. Gurley is compared to Marshawn Lynch by many and it really fits. For Madden players, he's a big time weapon in the making.
What team do you think made the biggest strides forward in terms of how they play in Madden through the draft? Sound off with a comment with your thoughts!

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
Thursday, April 30, 2015
01:50 PM - April 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

MLB Manager 2015 received its second update in the App Store yesterday (it was already available on Android), with complete Opening Day Rosters now in the game. Also added are hints, which were put back into the game -- as well as several small bug fixes.

You can check out our review of MLB Manager 2015 here.

Game: MLB Manager 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOS / iPad / iPhoneVotes: 0 - View All
08:45 AM - April 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Road to the Show is still the original career mode in sports games which really made huge strides in how we play and perceive these types of modes. While the mode didn't get huge wholesale changes this year, it's still a solid experience.

What are you playing as this year? Are you a pitcher? Infielder? Outfielder? Catcher? Sound off in our poll and leave a comment about your progress!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All

The Houston Astros are using data directly derived from MLB 15 The Show as part of their scouting reports this year -- and they say the data is quite realistic.

"Here's what Astros Coordinator of Advance Information Tom Koch-Weser had to say per a statement provided to Bleacher Report from Sony Entertainment, "the Sony images offer realistic representations of players. We're excited to incorporate these images in our scouting reports."

Also quoted in the article is Chris Gill, who works on MLB 15 The Show and has played in the MLB:

[/i]""Just like everything else, we try and make the game as realistic as possible," he said. "Itís a true simulation so we need to make sure the game behaves as close to real life as we can make it. We use real-life stats to determine the hittersí strengths and weaknesses for hot and cold zones, and batters fly ball/ground ball, pull/oppo tendencies to come up with our spray charts in game."[/i]

If Houston keeps their run up through the year, don't be surprised if we hear of more teams using Sony's data in future years.

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
03:48 PM - April 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Golf Club Collectors Edition is now available on Steam for PC owners as well as on disk for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

The Collectors Edition is also available as an upgrade for current owners of The Golf Club's digital edition on PC now, and will be included on consoles later for current digital owners. The biggest included features in the Collector's Edition over the current Golf Club game are:
  • A new season mode featuring five complete tour levels.
  • A new tropical theme to add to the eight existing themes.
For current digital customers, the Collectors Edition upgrade runs $9.99. If you'd like to buy the Collector's Edition on disk, the total cost will be $39.99.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
01:06 PM - April 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's true, Josh Hamilton is coming back to Texas.

When Hamilton's move is made official in MLB 15 The Show, he will bolster and already pretty solid Rangers' lineup, with his 81 overall rating being a great fit in the middle of the batting order.

While Hamilton's exact on-field return in the real MLB is up in the air a bit, his return to the diamond in The Show as a Ranger can be had very soon. Hamilton should fit very nicely somewhere in the Rangers' lineup, from third to fifth in the order possibly.

This move doesn't make Texas a playoff contender, they still have a big problem with the pitching staff and injuries, but it'll certainly add some excitement back into the season for Rangers' fans.

What do you think? Where would you put Hamilton on your Ranger's lineup?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Monday, April 27, 2015
03:13 PM - April 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

PC gaming is dead -- that was the refrain just a few short years ago. But thanks to some creative developers and some helpful platforms (ahem, Steam), PC gaming has witnessed a resurgence.

Are you playing sports games on the PC currently? Which ones? Sound off by voting in the poll, and leaving a comment on which games you are playing!

Platform: PC
Thursday, April 23, 2015
02:25 PM - April 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will feature three distinct gameplay styles, ranging from Arcade to Classic as well as new ball physics according to a new blog released by EA Sports today.

The three types of play are arcade, classic, and tour.


Arcade - This style uses a simple analog swing mechanic that is familiar for to those who have played previous games in the versions of PGA TOUR franchise. The length of your backswing determines the power of your shot, while keeping your swing on plane will affects accuracy.

Additionally, aids like power boost, spin, and an aiming arc will help make this style the most accessible. Itís like slipping right back into a comfortable, broken-in pair of golf spikes.

Classic - Remember how you used to push the ďA ButtonĒ back in the day to set the power, then tap it again to lock in accuracy? Classic controls bring those days back, using a 3-Click meter to determine how far your shot goes and how accurate you hit it.

However, this isnít some rookie mode though, youíve got to get the timing just right to hit the perfect shot. You also canít add spin after the fact, so if the ball starts veering off-line youíll just have to be ready to deal with the consequences.

Tour - The true pros will want to try out the Tour control scheme, as it feels the closest to the real thing. The length of your backswing and the speed of the follow-through set the power, while accuracy is determined by how straight a line you make with the analog stick.

There are no assists such as spin, zoom and aiming arc. Just you, the club and the ball.

The blog also goes on to detail other important gameplay changes, as well as explaining how you can customize your gameplay style by combining the three above. Check out all of the changes on EA's website.

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

The first gameplay trailer for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is here! In the trailer, we learn about the various gameplay styles as well as the enhanced ball physics and how the different types of courses are going to affect your shots in the game.

Also a big piece of news is that the game, while being listed with a June 2015 release for some time is actually going to end up being released in MId-July -- July 14, 2015 specifically.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
10:28 AM - April 22, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA is offering players a chance to boost their teams in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) with a new bonus player: Barry Sanders.

Available through April 29, Sanders features an overall rating of 92 with a speed rating of 92, elusiveness of 94, and a 95 agility. Bonus players' initial ratings are boosted slightly, and they do wear off after a couple of days.

To get Sanders' bonus card, simply log in to MUT from the main menu in Madden NFL 15.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
01:52 PM - April 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The tropical theme is coming for The Golf Club in the upcoming Spring update for digital customers, and will be included in the disc-based version of the game.

The tropical theme joins the game's eight other themes, bringing the game's total to nine. The tropical theme's climate will include continually high temperatures, which allows for ideal growing conditions. The vegetation, as such, is extremely varied.

Fairway firmness in the tropical theme is generally medium to hard with the light rough not being very taxing. The heavy rough, on the other hand, is dense and potentially damp. The greens themselves are medium to medium fast in speed and fairly receptive.

Overall the tropical theme is shaping up to be a fairly beautiful new theme for The Golf Club owners to create courses.

What do you think of the new tropical theme?

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All