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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
Tags: Live: MMChrisS PSN: OSChrisS
Friday, February 6, 2015
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
09:23 AM - February 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


This past weekend, I sat down with Andrew Jones on the Operation Sports Podcast and talked about his company’s game, Perfect Golf. PerfectParallel’s vision behind the game is a simple one: create a realistic golf game where real physics matter and the beauty of the courses you play on is part of the experience.

Read More - Perfect Golf Early Access Impressions (PC/Mac)

Game: Perfect GolfReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
02:49 PM - February 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Being snowed in all winter can lead people to do a lot of crazy things, but for YouTube user Jack Wedge that crazy thing was going 14-0 in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! -- blindfolded.

This is a particularly amazing feat considering the fight against Tyson is so perilous even when both of your eyes are working properly -- so to beat him blindfolded is quite a feat. What do you think? What is the most impressive sports gaming feat you've ever accomplished?

If you can't see the video above, check it out on YouTube.

11:56 AM - February 3, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Single player is not dead, not by any long shot.

In fact, single player may be on the cusp of a revolution and return to prominence. How many online franchise modes do we have now versus just a few years ago? What popular modes were the first to be entirely cut from NHL? It definitely wasn’t the single player modes.

Read More - Single Player is Still Alive and Well

Sunday, February 1, 2015
10:42 PM - February 1, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If, while watching tonight's Super Bowl, you felt as if you'd seen this happen before -- it's because you have -- in Madden NFL 15.

In this year's Madden Super Bowl Sim (which has been right 9 of the last 12 seasons), the game accurately predicted the final score of 28-24 in favor of New England, the Seahawks going on a run in the second half to take a 24-14 lead, Julian Edelman catching the winning TD pass and the exact type of pass play to make it happen, and Tom Brady being named the Super Bowl MVP.

The Madden sim also predicted Brady would throw 4 touchdown passes and it had the correct score of 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.

So either this year's Super Bowl was not sim, or Madden may be the new guide to betting the Super Bowl. Or maybe it's a broken clock is right twice a day?

What do you all think?

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
09:58 AM - February 1, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Today on the Operation Sports Podcast, Chris Sanner sits down with PerfectParallel COO Andrew Jones to talk about their new Golf Game which just hit on Steam Early Access called Perfect Golf -- which seeks to be the deepest and most comprehensive golf sim on the market.

Andrew talks about the game, how it came about, his background within Golf gaming -- and we also learn about the exciting new physics in the game which guarantees no two shots are ever the same.

Give us a listen!

Runtime: 24:05


Game: Perfect GolfReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Friday, January 30, 2015
02:39 PM - January 30, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson established himself as one of the best Madden NFL players in the NFL, taking home the trophy in Madden Bowl XXI on Thursday night in Scottsdale. Peterson triumphed over Washington Redskins Running Back Alfred Morris, Philadelphia Eagles Running Back LeSean McCoy and San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick to claim the title.

This year the competitors took the field in Madden Ultimate Team, a special mode within Madden NFL 15 that allows players to create the most dominant lineup possible comprised of both modern NFL stars and the all-time greats of the game. Peterson utilized a ferocious backfield combo of Aaron Rodgers and Bo Sanders to keep his opponents off-balance and dominate while on offense. Peterson dispatched Alfred Morris in the first round, but faced reigning Madden Bowl Champion LeSean McCoy in the finals.

After Peterson’s team took a knee to run out the clock it was the Cardinals’ cornerback hoisting the Madden Bowl trophy for the loyal, local fans who braved rainy conditions to see their hometown hero compete.

For the first time ever, the tournament was streamed live on Twitch, and fans can now jump into Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 15 and play against the competitors’ teams in special Solo Challenges for a limited time.

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All
Thursday, January 29, 2015
10:40 AM - January 29, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We are happy to announce that Chase Becotte, former member of the Operation Sports Staff and Editorial Team, is once again working with us in an editorial capacity. We have always enjoyed Chase's exceptional quality work, and we are excited to have him back on our team covering sports video games. Chase will be working on our multimedia offerings, including authoring a new video series on Operation Sports -- which is set to debut later today.

Please join us in welcoming Chase back to the team!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
01:01 PM - January 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Let's face it, Marshawn Lynch is no fan of the press.

After being threatened by the NFL with a fine of $500,000 if he didn't show up to talk to the media, Lynch made that clear with a pretty consistent line of answering from questions by the press.

"I'm just here so I don't get fined."

What might be even more fun is to let Lynch take on the media in the squared circle, which is what SB Nation's James Dator did in the video above.

In a classic battle, Lynch takes on a reporter in a last man standing match. The results are pretty funny, especially considering the WWE-style feud this has become.

For the record, Lynch has answered questions in Press Conferences recently though.

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
09:24 AM - January 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

OS Baseball guru and staff writer Caley Roark joins host Chris Sanner for a Q&A on this year's MLB 15 The Show. We talk about the game's announced features thus far and what is standing out as being promising for the title. Obviously, this is simply the first of many podcasts to come on this year's MLB game from Sony.

Give us a listen!

Duration: 12:37


Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 31 - View All
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
03:36 PM - January 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Lost in the midst of a blow-out quarter for EA is the fact that EA Sports PGA Tour is now no longer listed as a FY 2015 title. In previous forward guidance, EA Sports PGA Tour was listed as a Q4 release, which would imply a release before March -- in today's guidance, PGA Tour was removed.

Retailers have been showing PGA Tour as a June release for some time now, so it's interesting why the game was listed as a release for this current quarter. A small delay like this, if you can even call it that, wouldn't be surprising and is probably a good thing for the title in the end. EA has sent out promotional material to stores like Gamestop with a 'Spring 2014' release -- so there's no reason to not expect the title in the Spring.

We'll be keeping an eye on things to see if there's any hint on EA Sports PGA Tour's status.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
08:20 AM - January 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


MLB 15 The Show will be releasing in just a little over 60 days. Thus far, the news coming out of SCEA has been rather slow, but we are expecting that to pick up very soon.

At this point, are you excited about this year's game? Sound off by voting on our poll and leave a comment on why you are or are not excited!

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