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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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Thursday, July 16, 2015
05:19 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
03:42 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, itís 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
02:12 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.

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

The golfer creation options, as weíve shown in a video earlier last week, are quite limited as well. In 2015, you do expect a much more robust creation suite ó thereís 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
05:24 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. Iíve 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
01:34 PM - July 14, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Players of Dynasty League Baseball Online will get the chance to manage against Brian Jordan during the 64 team Greatest Team bracket tournament on Dynasty League Baseball Online Thursday night starting at 7PM ET.

Jordan, a former Atlanta Brave, will be playing in the tournament as his 1999 Atlanta Braves. If you are new to Dynasty League Baseball Online, you can join this tournament for free by using the coupon code available at the bottom of USA Today's All-Star Game Simulation article.

We rated Dynasty League Baseball Online rather highly in our review of the game a couple of years ago. If you ever wanted to check out the game, this is a perfect chance to do so!

Game: Dynasty League Baseball OnlineReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 11 - View All
Monday, July 13, 2015
03:55 PM - July 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


It's All-Star week in Major League Baseball, with the Home Run Derby scheduled for tonight. The All-Star game is tomorrow night, with the A.L. and N.L. facing off in Cincinatti to determine which league gets home field advantage in this year's World Series (still not sure about that one).

You can watch the sim of the game above and if you want to see each league's top players in their All-Star gear, check out the links below:
Who do you have in this year's MLB All-Star Game? Let us know in the comments!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
10:14 AM - July 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


In case you haven't seen the huge collection of videos we're amassing of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour before launch, you need to check out the Rory video page!

We've already shared the Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Prologue intro and some gameplay as well from the prologue sequence. The prologue plays before the game is fully installed, and lets you play a scripted version of the game with an enhanced presentation -- it's quite fabulous in that regard.

Now (spoiler alert) you can watch videos to see what it looks like to win and lose the prologue. If you aren't into having the entire experience ruined as you fire up the game, you probably don't want to watch on...
We're going to have more coverage of Rory this week, as the game launches in stores to everyone tomorrow!

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Friday, July 10, 2015
03:47 PM - July 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Jon Solomon, a prominent College Football writer, weighed in on the latest developments of the O'Bannon Case with a prediction that NCAA Football isn't gone forever.

Quote:
"Many fans and players have clamored for the football video game to return. An EA executive testified at the Ed O'Bannon trial that the company would have paid players to use their image if NCAA rules allowed it. Prediction: The video game will return one day -- either by EA or another company -- once legal cases get sorted out and group licensing for players occurs. There's too much of a demand for the product. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs' lawyers in the EA/NCAA settlement have reopened the claims window for video game money. Claims can be made here. A new deadline has been set until July 15, although there is no guarantee people who make late submissions will be paid."

This is a commonly held view with people who know details of the case and the future of college athletics, including yours truly. The general line of thinking is pretty simple, when group licensing becomes available for college athletes (sooner rather than later) and all legal battles are fully settled -- there is no reason to think a college football video game(s) won't be making a comeback. The economics make too much sense, and the demand will certainly be there.

When it comes to popularity, college football is further along than many other sports which do have yearly video games. With a summit being held in early August to discuss the future of Division I, and with lawsuits slowly being worked through, it's more likely than not we'll see movement towards licensing becoming a thing fairly soon.

11:25 AM - July 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Rory McIlroy PGA Tour features four camera views to play through the game's courses with: default (in the video above), top, high, and low.

With many not getting the chance to play the game until Tuesday, we figured we'd give you a chance to see how each looks as you play through the game. Give the videos below a watch and then let us know which is your favorite!
Also in case you've missed it, we've uploaded several videos showing off various aspects of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. Head on over to the Rory McIlroy video page to check them all out.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
10:40 AM - July 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The folks at Axis Games are excited to bring a new trailer for Axis Football 2015 to you -- in anticipation of the game's upcoming full release on July 15, 2015. We've detailed much of what Axis Football 2015 is bringing to the table in an earlier news post.

The short version is, Axis Football is a 3D American Football simulation game which features a unique aimed passing system with 32 total (fictional) teams. There is a season mode within the game, and there is mod support to edit rosters to your desire.

We are hoping to get an interview lined up with the guys at Axis Games very soon!

Game: Axis Football 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
12:16 AM - July 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We are posting Rory McIlroy PGA Tour videos all day today on OS, so be sure to check back frequently to see new videos!

Tour Pro Mode is bringing with it all sorts of features which we'll have to break down in future articles. In case you missed the setup to how the mode works, you should check that out here.

In the video above (click here to see it if you can't see it above) you can see a walkthrough of content on Tour Pro mode and the options you can work with. As advertised, you'll be able to customize equipment (which affects performance) as well as your outfit for each day of the tournaments.

You'll also be able to see your career history, which will include your progress through your career, golfer rankings, stats, and highlights.

Be sure to check back frequently, as we update on what all we're experiencing with the EA Access trial of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Thursday, July 9, 2015
11:32 AM - July 9, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We are posting Rory McIlroy PGA Tour videos all day today on OS, so be sure to check back frequently to see new videos!

This video shows off the varying gameplay and controller settings within the game. If you are curious about what options you'll have to play the game with, this is a great video to show you everything you need to know!

If you can't see the video above, click here to view it.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While those of you who have pre-ordered Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will be getting TPC Scottsdale at launch, it appears everyone else will be getting the course for free on September 14 according to the game's main menu.

It's doubtful this is a date for pre-orders as most outlets, Amazon included, promise the code to unlock the course by launch. It stands to reason what the game is communicating, especially with it being to all users, is that TPC Scottsdale is going to be available for everyone on September 14.

As we've reported on before, Rory will be seeing several content updates post-release, so it's likely there could be other items also released in September.

A big thanks to @WIK2K on Twitter for the heads up!

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
12:56 PM - July 8, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Yesterday, we learned a bunch about what the Madden Skills trainer is bringing to the table this year. This year, the skills trainer will be really hitting on real world football concepts, breaking down positional assignments as well as run concepts.

As the trainer continues to grow in its usage of real world Xs and Os (and not just a 'how to play the game' type of mode) are you more interested in using it?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment on what you'd like to see in the Madden NFL 16 Skills Trainer this year!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
04:10 PM - July 7, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports is seeking to expand the Madden NFL 16 skills trainer by focusing more on real world positions, responsibilities, and concepts.

New this year will be a base level of knowledge focusing on details about each player position on the field and their role of responsibility. After the player positions breakdown, you will then be taught run, pass, and defensive concepts how they are actually taught to players.

Of course, the new passing, catching, and coverage mechanics will be well covered in the skills trainer as well.

Another cool new addition will be a section within skills trainer which teachers players popular run concepts. In this section, the skills trainer will break down the most popular run concepts such as the inside zone, power, and trap plays. You will be taught where you should run based on how the play is evolving.

Also, Gauntlet Mode is making a return, with extra life challenges being introduced to try to give players an extra life to complete a challenge. Less than 200 players completed all 40 levels of Gauntlet mode last year -- so the team is looking to make that more possible this year.

Be sure to check out the new screenshots for the Madden NFL 16 Skills Trainer here.

What do you think of the new additions of Skills trainer and the return of Gauntlet Mode?

For those of you that have missed out on the recent news about the game, we've highlighted some of them below.For more news and media on the game, check out the Madden NFL 16 page.

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All