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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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Friday, July 3, 2015
12:53 PM - July 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Today, we're sitting down with Ben Vollmer to discuss his experiences with Madden NFL 16 at E3. We discuss what Madden is doing right and what we should be most concerned with as the game marches towards release in late August.

If you haven't done so yet, be sure to read Ben's thoughts on Madden from E3, both his initial hands-on impressions and his more fleshed out impressions of the game from the show.

Be sure to watch the video above and also check out the E3 gameplay trailer for the game if you haven't done so already.

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
Thursday, July 2, 2015
11:28 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Donny Moore, aka the ‘Madden Ratings Czar’, is leaving Electronic Arts as he will be “pursuing other interests.”

In an official statement on Twitter, Moore said, “After much thought & consideration, I have chosen to step away from @EASports & announce my retirement as the Madden Ratings Czar as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to rate players for some of the greatest fans in video games today. After 16 years, it is finally time to hang up the czar's mouse pad! #Czartirement"

For Moore, this ends a long tenure as the guy running the ratings and updates for Madden. Moore’s tenure spanned 16 years at EA Tiburon, which means he was easily one of the most tenured at that studio. There is no word yet on who will be replacing Moore, but we do expect an announcement soon.

The ratings position occupied by Moore has been a staple of Madden’s internet presence for years. Moore’s ratings oftentimes drew criticism, but the weekly ratings updates were always hugely anticipated by fans, despite what ire they may have drawn.

The ratings this year will likely still come in the same pacing as previous years, and it will be interesting to see if any differences in how much players move up and down the scale happens without Moore at the helm. We’ll certainly be watching it going forward!

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
11:13 AM - July 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Chase Becotte joins Chris Sanner once again, this time to talk about NHL 16 and what we learned about the game coming out of E3. We go from what the game is doing right to what we are concerned about -- and then we end the discussion with a bit of a future outlook.

First, watch the video above. If you haven't done so yet, also be sure to watch the NHL 16 E3 Trailer.

What do you think of NHL 16 right now?

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
12:21 PM - June 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Executive Editor Chris Sanner and OS Senior Editor Chase Becotte sit down to chat about FIFA 16. We break down what we know so far and what to look out for as we march towards release. Chase gives some thoughts on his hands-on time with the game from the E3 show floor, and we talk about what FIFA needs to do to be considered a must-buy this fall.

Be sure to check out the video. Also check out a new FIFA 16 gameplay video on no touch dribbling just released today.

Game: FIFA 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Monday, June 29, 2015

EA Sports has revealed a couple of new mascots which will be in NHL 16 (amongst others yet to be revealed). All of the NHL teams that have official mascots will have them in NHL 16.

Stinger of the Columbus Blue Jackets (pictured above) and Bailey of the Los Angeles Kings (pictured below) have been revealed today.

Mascots will move around the arena to pump up the crowd, react to on-ice action, and they may even join in on post-game celebrations.

As we have already learned, NHL 16 is getting a major facelift in terms of in-arena atmosphere. Be sure to add your own hype score to the NHL 16 page.

Game: NHL 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
11:51 AM - June 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

OS Executive Editor Chris Sanner chats with OS Senior Editor Chase Becotte about NBA Live 16, breaking down what we know so far. We discuss Chase's experiences with Live 16 on the E3 show floor, and we talk about what NBA Live 16 must do to earn 'must buy' status when it releases in late September.

Check out the video and leave a comment!

Game: NBA Live 16Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
Friday, June 26, 2015
08:55 AM - June 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NBA Live 16 has a mode which isn't being revealed just yet -- but it's been teased a few times. There's a lot of speculation about what it is, from a Park type of mode, to some type of online team play component, to basketball's version of EASHL. Given the inclusion of a simple to use gameface mechanic, it's very possible a custom character mode is where we're looking for sure.

Given everything you know about the game, what do you want the mode to be? Vote in our poll and if you vote other, leave it in the comments!

Game: NBA Live 16Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
02:19 PM - June 24, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

NHL 16

The post-E3 world is always a fun time where we know more about our favorite sports games, but not quite everything. And while exciting, there's always a lot of anticipation waiting on the next shoe to drop when it comes to info.

And let's face it, some games simply don't show up to E3 -- I'm looking at you 2K Sports games.

But with that said, if you are a sports gamer and you somehow don't have a favorite sport -- and if you want to simply know which games you should be most excited about buying heading into the Fall, here is the list of the major AAA sports games which are simply looking the best coming out of E3:
  1. Need for Speed: Was there a game which had a better E3? I'm not really sure. Need for Speed looks great, and seems like it is finally combining all of the elements that makes each iteration of the series great into one superstar packed game. Here's to hoping...
  2. NBA 2K16: There's not much to say about NBA 2K16 at this point. We don't know much, and that's probably ok as this has been the norm the past couple of years. The game itself has no reason to not be on the up and up after a great run the past few years.
  3. Madden NFL 16: The passing game is getting serious work, legacy issues are being worked on, and there's a new mode that might be pretty cool in Draft Champions. As always, Madden will always have its detractors but the series has been rising in quality every year and that track will not abate this year it looks.
  4. Forza Motorsport 6: Yes, there's a built in 'this is only for Xbox' strike against Forza...and that's not anything that can be helped. The game itself looks spectacular and the improvements in modes are going to make this the best in the series yet.
  5. NHL 16: After a year that was nothing short of a disaster the game simply needed to have something big. While it had a quiet E3, it also had a quietly very impressive show. Many came away impressed with the on-ice gameplay, here's to hoping the modes are better.
  6. FIFA 16: No, FIFA isn't going anywhere. The subtle improvements being sold at E3 though really didn't move the needle for many. However, don't bet against FIFA being great once again.
  7. PES 2016: There's a lot to be excited about with PES, most notably the fact the game still exists despite Konami's recent direction change. The new controls and revamped Master League are quite intriguing. PES could be one to watch!
  8. NBA Live 16: This seems like a knock against NBA Live being this low, but it's really not. The game looks to have improved dramatically, with good player motion and some cool physics touches. Is basketball gaming about to become a tougher choice?
  9. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour: The dropoff from Live to Rory is pretty big. There wasn't much that impressed about the game at E3. The lack of licensed players means the game has to have a reason to lure you in and there's not much there. Pretty graphics? A few real courses? Yeah, I suppose.
  10. WWE 2K16: I'm still sitting here waiting for something, anything about WWE 2K. It's doubtful the game bombs, but there's no reason to have excitement about it just yet.
What sports game has you most excited as we march towards Fall?

Update: Put PES 2016 into the rankings. That was a complete slip of the mind!

Monday, June 22, 2015

In case you were hoping that the slim chance of old and defunct sports titles coming to the Playstation 4 was going to be a thing, Sony seems intent on not supporting backwards compatibility at the present time.

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment's head of world wide studios, told Plygon that there was little chance of the Microsoft announcement changing Sony's approach.

"The announcement didn't change," he said, "I don't think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn't have backward compatibility."

In fact, Sony's approach seems to be approaching improving the PS4 with new products and services that aren't backwards compatibility instead.

'"PlayStation Now works surprisingly well," Yoshida said. "But the primary purpose of that project was to create a new network service that could be used to bring PlayStation games to multiple devices including non-PlayStation devices, like Sony and Samsung televisions.

"That is an example of our adding and creating new services and initiatives."

But why doesn't Sony want to do backward compatibility on the PS4? I asked.

"Backward compatibility is hard," he said. "I won't say we'll never do it, but it's not an easy thing to do.

"If it was easy we would have done that."'

So for now, the dreams of playing old college sports titles on the Playstation 4 is a dead one. But maybe someday, maybe?

Platform: PS4
Friday, June 19, 2015
03:11 PM - June 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Mobile gaming is not what it used to be.

At least, that’s the story which we can take away as we come out of E3 2015. While Joe Montana Football isn’t the big box AAA title many thought it would be — it will have the potential to be a game-changing type of force. Thanks to its important combination of notoriety and seemingly technical brilliance, Joe Montana could change the minds of many sports gamers of what mobile gaming is and what experiences are possible on the various mobile platforms.

Read More - Mobile Gaming Isn't Just the Future, Its Also Now the Present

Game: Joe Montana FootballHype Score: 3.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 8 - View All
Thursday, June 18, 2015
12:00 PM - June 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We may still be a long time out from Project Morpheus becoming a real thing we all have our hands on, but that hasn't stopped a few games from being revealed which will use the hardware on the PS4.

One of those games is Headmaster, a soccer themed virtual reality game where you try to head different types of balls towards targets on screen. Now obviously Headmaster isn't replacing FIFA anytime soon, but as a standalone title with sports overtones, it looks like it could be a bit of fun.

Watch the trailer and let us know what you think!

Game: HeadmasterReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
04:58 PM - June 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

PES 2016 will feature a dynamic weather system -- perhaps the first of its kind in sports games. The system will allow for weather to change through a match -- and the new ball physics will be affected by the wetter fields during rain, thus changing how the game is played in bad weather.

Included in the feature will be new visual effects which will allow players to become covered in blades of grass and water to splash as rain accumulates. The weather itself will be modeled better visually as well.

Look for more PES 2016 info soon!

Game: PES 2016Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
12:13 PM - June 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

As we first speculated/reported a couple of months ago (and stuck with), Joe Montana is indeed a mobile football game. The game, currently in Pre-Alpha (read VERY early) will be releasing on iOS platforms first using the metal architecture of Apple devices and then on Android later. A PC release is possible, but that will be the last platform getting JMF.

The graphics do indeed look good for a mobile based game -- but the metal architecture has long been known to produce spectacular results. Mobile is indeed growing up, and you can see some truly special results on the platform.

Most likely, Joe Montana Football will be an ultimate team/free to play type of game, where you can buy or collect points to build a team up as you play other players. That's entirely speculative, but it fits with the tone of the mobile platform as well as with Grow's past experience.

Let's not forget the game will not carry the NFL license, since EA Sports has it exclusively, on all platforms. We'll have more on Joe Montana Football in the coming months as the game comes together. In the meantime, if you want to sign up for alpha release updates click here.

UPDATE: Chase Becotte interviewed Damon Grow this afternoon and we can confirm a few details on the game. Yes it’s an 11-on-11 football game with a more simulation style in mind. The game will have some modes to it, but those details are not yet finalized. Also not finalized is the final pricing model for the game. Tentative scheduled release for the game is sometime in the first half of 2016 on mobile platforms. If the mobile version does well, then PC will possibly see a release later on. At the present time, consoles are not in the works.

Chase will have more details in a piece forthcoming later.

Game: Joe Montana FootballHype Score: 3.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 8 - View All
11:31 AM - June 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Forza 6 is releasing on September 15, 2015, and you can now pre-order the game in one of three digital editions: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

The Standard Edition is just the game with the Forza Motorsport 6 Ten Year Anniversary Car Pack for $59.99.

The Deluxe Edition will run you $79.99 and includes the Forza Motorsport 6 Fast & Furious Car Pack, the VIP pass, and the Forza Motorsport 6 Ten Year Anniversary Car Pack.

The Ultimate Edition comes in at $99.99 and includes the Forza Motorsport 6 Fast & Furious Car Pack, the VIP pass, the Forza Motorsport 6 Ten Year Anniversary Car Pack, and also the Forza Motorsport 6 Car Pass..

Forza Motorsport 6 will be available to download before September 15, but will unlock and be playable on the 15th at midnight.

Game: Forza Motorsport 6Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
11:08 PM - June 16, 2015. Posted by Ermolli. Written by Chris Sanner

iPodKingCarter sat down to interview gameplay producer Connor Dougar from the NBA Live 16 team -- and there's plenty of useful nuggets of info in the video as they talk about this year's gameplay. Unfortunately gameplay footage isn't being allowed to be captured for NBA Live 16 at the show, so you won't see any of what they talk about being demonstrated -- but that doesn't seem to be because the game is outright terrible.

What did you think of the information which came out of the interview?

Game: NBA Live 16Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All