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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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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT -- the folks at Sony San Diego will be hosting a live stream talking with the MLB 15 The Show character artists team as well as showing off a full game of The Show. You can watch the stream on Twitch or by unveiling the player below.

UPDATE: Archives are available for those that missed it, links and embeds below.

- Part 1

- Part 2

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
06:25 PM - March 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If you missed last week's stream from Sony, you missed tons of new information on Franchise mode as well as the new radio show.

In short, the radio show will play while you move through menus in Franchise mode and Road to the Show mode and will recap box scores and stats as well as major news items.

The feature is only available for PS4 and relatively straightforward. Our question for you is how excited are you about the feature? Will you be 'tuning in' while you move through menus in Franchise Mode in MLB 15 The Show?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment on how you feel about the feature!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Friday, February 27, 2015
09:59 AM - February 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

In a blog post on the HB Studios site
, the progress on the upcoming season mode for The Golf Club was detailed a bit. Included was a note about some of the bugs the team ran into and also the five different season modes you can play through were detailed.

Local Club Season -- Compete against players from your local club. The events are staged at forgiving courses and the opposition strength is of a good local amateur standard. This is the place to cut your teeth.

Amateur Season -- You’ll be competing against the best amateurs around the world on a combination of challenging courses and others that are more forgiving. Winning here will open the gate to pitting yourself against the Pros.

Pro Am Season -- Challenge yourself against a combination of professional and top amateur players on courses of varying difficulty. A good season here will elevate you into the Pro Tour.

Pro Season -- The Pro Season is a tough tour against top quality opposition on tough courses. You’ll need to be at your best to break into the elite list of players.

Elite Season -- This is where the best of the best are playing. To be crowned the #1 golfer you will need to play at the highest standard consistently on tough courses. Have you got what you need to be #1?

What do you think about the different levels of season mode? Where will you end up playing?

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Friday, February 20, 2015
10:03 AM - February 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Caley Roark joins us to talk about the first couple of week's of revelations about MLB 15 The Show, including the improvements to Diamond Dynasty (Distilled) as well as the new gameplay enhancements coming to the game. It's a festive discussion spanning roughly twelve-and-a-half minutes. Check it out!

Time: 12:21

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:21 PM - February 19, 2015. Posted by 42. Written by Chris Sanner

If you missed the MLB 15 The Show twitch stream on Diamond Dynasty, here is a four minute video which summarizes the changes pretty succinctly. In short, the mode is seeing a revamp with a much more simplified approach. You'll collect MLB Players almost exclusively, while building up a single fictional player on your Diamond Dynasty team -- who can play any position.

Also, the Sony crew spoke out on the Playstation Blog about the online issues, with a promise it'll be better:

"Simply put: a lot of work has gone into improving online play in MLB 15 The Show. The overall experience will be more stable, more consistent, and feel better. As we stated last year when we revealed that we were tearing down and rebuilding the foundation of our netcode, it’s a process. We’re a full year into a major paradigm shift in terms of how we handle synchronization, how we’re hiding latency for the player, etc. We’re going to talk a lot more about what’s gone into it and what fans can expect, but for now we’d just like to assure you that online remains a focus and pillar for us, it’ll be better this year, and it’ll continue to get better."

So there's that.

What do you think about the online guarantees and the new Diamond Dynasty Distilled features?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
03:10 PM - February 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

OS'er reaction to the Diamond Dynasty revamp seems to be somewhat cool, although the reaction isn't disastrous. In our recent poll, 51% of players are turned off to the prospect of even playing the game, but 49% are considering the mode on some level.

The new Diamond Dynasty mode has suffered, along with the rest of The Show's online modes, with the game's spotty online performance. There is no doubt The Show will need to absolutely get the online player versus player aspect correct before this Spring for the Diamond Dynasty mode to be a truly viable option for players.

The elimination of contracts and focus on purely MLB guys will be a huge help to the mode. Linking the mode to a universal currency system will also likely help some players jump in, knowing they can field a competitive team simply by playing other modes in the game.

Overall, OS'er reaction to Diamond Dynasty is probably outpacing expectations -- given the fact these modes still bring up a certain level of angst with many in the community. At the end of the day, it has been interesting to see the shift from outright rebellion against collector types of modes to almost an acceptance of their existence.

What would you do to improve Diamond Dynasty?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
02:48 PM - February 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Baseball is a game steeped in tradition and history -- but what about the feats which defy imagination?

Throwing a perfect game seems the perfect place to start when talking about the hardest feat to accomplish in a baseball game. Hitting for the natural cycle is a feat even rarer. And an unassisted triple play? Almost completely unheard of.

What is the hardest feat to accomplish in baseball video games? Sound off by voting in the poll and be sure to comment with your own list!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
11:05 AM - February 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With last week's stream announcing several changes to the Diamond Dynasty mode in MLB 15 The Show, we are wondering if you are considering the mode this year?

Will you be giving Diamond Dynasty a chance? Have you already been playing the mode?

Sound off by voting in our poll and then leave a comment on what your plans are with Diamond Dynasty Mode!

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Friday, February 13, 2015
09:05 AM - February 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

You know your game is doing something right when the Boston Red Sox's principle owner John Henry thoroughly enjoys your game:

"“Last year, I explored OOTP 15 and was amazed by the breadth and depth of it. Shocked, actually. To think this is the work of a European is amazing. I’m involved in English football and most Europeans have very little knowledge at all of how baseball works. Markus has become an expert even in the very small nuances of the sport.”"

OOTP Baseball has also posted a new blog post detailing the game's new manager-only mode.

The new manager only mode is a new option within the game, which lets you decide which of three types of gameplay you'd like to experience: Manager only, GM only, or both Manager and GM.

When in the manager-only mode, you will have a wealth of options for setting up your lineups to deliver a winner to the GM, who still has to deal with the owner and meet goals. This, of course, means you are having to meet those same goals as the GM won't keep you around too long if you can't produce a winner for him.

The manager-only mode does seem incredibly intriguing, as the prospect of your GM or owner demanding a trade of a player away from you -- and thus ruining the middle part of your lineup is a new challenge in OOTP you've never had to face before. We'll have more on the new manager-only mode as we get nearer to release!!

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 16Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
06:07 PM - February 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

In this episode of the OS Podcast, OS Staff Writer Jayson Young joins host Chris Sanner to talk about the 2015 indie sports gaming scene. We talk about some of the best games of 2014, what they had in common, and what this year holds for independently developed sports titles. Will OlliOlli 2 or Joe Montana Football live up to the early hype? Will there be a transcendent sports indie game this year? We discuss this and more.

Give us a listen!

Friday, February 6, 2015
04:05 PM - February 6, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We learned a lot about MLB 15 The Show's gameplay yesterday, but what stuck out to you as the most important?

There was a good bit about the new speed system, as well as the new infielding animations and defensive approach to the game. Quick counts are also getting work, with more mid-counts as well as pitchers always starting off 1-1. It seems as if much of the gameplay saw some sort of refinement this year, with the overall experience being 'better' versus last year.

What do you think of the improvements, and what was your favorite new feature mentioned?

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
02:05 PM - February 6, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Throwing a perfect game in Super Mega Baseball on a higher ego in the 50 to 65 range is hard enough through nine innings.

But what about when you have to play nine grueling innings on 91 ego in a playoff game during a season? While not impossible, as you'll find out from watching the video shot by YouTuber Richard Gibson, it takes a lot of concentration on pitch location and yes, a little bit of luck.

I've gotten to the end of a game perfect, but had it slip away thanks to a dribbler through the infield, it was truly painful -- so congratulations to Richard on an incredible accomplishment in Super Mega Baseball!

What is the best game you've ever thrown in Super Mega Baseball thus far?

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
01:38 PM - February 6, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Xbox One is getting a little bit more supercharged today, thanks to new software updates which will enhance the end-user experience.

The new system update will bring various improvements including quicker start-up times for controllers as well as more stable connections for the Xbox One controllers. Also, the party chat feature has seen various updates. The connection status will now be more visible in chat, with improved connectivity and game and party invitations rolling out.

Game hubs are the go-to centers for each game you own. Every game will have a hub which will show you which of your friends is playing the game, and you'll have game leaderboards along with the top broadcasts and game clips on each page. In short, they'll be like little communities for each game within the Xbox interface.

The TV functionality will also get a boost, with new features added into the experience. You will be able to see which TV shows are trending in OneGuide, and you'll have improved control of TVs, set-top boxes, and audio/video receivers.

There's a lot more, check out the full list of improvements on Xbox Wire.

Platform: Xbox One
Thursday, February 5, 2015
10:21 AM - February 5, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

OS'er Oohwayy recapped the special EASHL committee which EA held in Vancouver recently with some interesting new details on where the NHL franchise may be heading. In the post, it was proclaimed that gamers "should be excited" about the direction on EA Sports' NHL. Compiling points from various sources, here is what came out of the meeting, with much of it being nothing more than vague rumors and hints -- so if that isn't your thing you probably shouldn't read on:
  • There was a lot of back and forth at the event, with developers being very interactive and open about the process.
  • NDAs were signed so a lot of things can't be revealed obviously.
  • EASHL will be very exciting for both casual and competitive players, big changes are coming to the modes which have been planned well in advance.
  • The future is bright for offline gamers too.
  • A lot of highly requested features are being implemented this next year.
So basically, a lot of vagueness, which is to be expected at this early point in the development cycle. The 'big' news is easily that EASHL is definitely going to happen in NHL 16, but that is neither shocking nor unexpected. It also sounds as if the mode will be getting some pretty big changes versus what it used to be, which could be taken as either a positive or a negative.

Otherwise, from the general tone coming out of this meeting -- plus the tone coming out of EA period -- there is no reason not to believe NHL 16 won't make a huge step forward this year both in terms of modes offered and the usual yearly gameplay enhancements.

What do you want to see from NHL 16 this year?

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
11:52 AM - February 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Seattle Seahawks fans, want to feel the knife in your gut twist a little bit? Watch what could have been if only Beast Mode was activated on the one yard line in this past Sunday's Super Bowl.

Madden, which accurately predicted the scores at the end of the third and fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, shows what could have been with Marshawn Lynch taking the handoff over the left side for a touchdown to win Super Bowl 49 for Seattle, 31-28.

There is one small error in the video though, it was 2nd and goal from the one and not first and goal. But hey, its a video game so let's use our imaginations together and wonder at what might have been.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All