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Chris Sanner

Home Town: Norman, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
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Monday, November 3, 2014
01:19 PM - November 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The newest patch is out for EA Sports UFC, and it once again addresses a lot of gameplay issues and requests while adding new fighters. For all the flak EA takes these days, I certainly do have to give them credit for being so open to feedback when it comes to their UFC product, and their responsiveness to acting on said feedback is equally commendable. For those keeping score, this is the fifth patch that EA has released for the game, and there have been 11 fighters added via free DLC. Let’s hope this continues, as the company is certainly building some good will with this brand, thanks to a proactive and generous approach.

Read More - EA Sports UFC Patch 1.05 Impressions

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Thursday, October 30, 2014
07:36 PM - October 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With several games well past release, we're wondering what game is getting the most time from you? Sound off in the poll with your vote and if you pick other, let us know which sports game you are playing the most right now!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
04:43 PM - October 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With Out of the Park Baseball on sale through tonight, the team at Out of the Park Developments decided to try to play spoiler for tonight's Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Game Seven.

Out of the Park Developments ran a game seven simulation in Out of the Park Baseball 15 ten times, and the Royals came up the winner seven out of the ten simulations, winning by an average score of 5.6 - 4.8.

The games were all relatively close, so the team at OOTP Developments certainly has a built in caveat that anything can truly happen tonight. In an earlier simulation before the series started, the Royals won three out of five seven game series simulations.

Who do you have in tonight's game seven?

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
03:51 PM - October 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Madden helped fuel an amazing quarter for EA, as the company recorded record revenues for the quarter. At this point, Madden players have logged 89 million games played, which is up 48 percent over last year's Madden.

In addition, EA's mobile sports games are logging in 40 million monthly active users, up 250 percent over last year.

From the GamesIndustry article:

"On a GAAP basis, total revenues climbed from $695 million to $990 million (with digital accounting for $508 million), while profit improved to $3 million (up from a loss of $273 million last year)."

Also Andrew Wilson was quoted in the article:

"Electronic Arts continues to put our players first, delivering new experiences, innovation and new ways to play," said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. "It was an excellent second quarter, with strong new titles, deep player engagement in our live services and ongoing digital growth driving continued momentum."

The bang-up quarter for EA is a huge sign the company's strategy is working, as more and more gamers engage with their products on screens of all shapes and sizes. Digital and mobile are driving the growth right now, and it stands to reason more and more offerings will be coming from EA and that avenue. EA's stock is up in after-hours trading.

11:07 AM - October 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The long anticipated and hyped PS4 2.0 update is arriving with tons of new features for gamers today.

The biggest feature is the new 'Share Play' feature which will allow gamers to start a party in order to let their friends spectate them playing a game or even hand over control of a game. The person who virtually gets control of a game doesn't need to own it in order to play, which sets up some fun possibilities for sure.

There will also be YouTube integration as well as new themes for you to customize your dashboard with. You'll also be able to play music files from USB drives -- as well as use USB drives for data backup and restoration.

Also, PlayStation Plus users will be able to install monthly games by simply adding them to your library -- which eliminates the need to install every free game which will absolutely eat away at your HDD space.

There have been a couple of problems reported thus far, as users are having some issues getting their YouTube accounts to work and there are not currently any themes available in the PS Store. We expect both will be taken care of pretty shortly!

What do you think of the new update?

Platform: PS4
10:53 AM - October 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Nostalgia in gaming is something which has long been taken advantage of, but not quite in the way that GOG.com has decided to take advantage of it.

GOG simply republishes old, classic games for gamers to purchase, DRM-free. The older games work on current systems with few hitches, and Mac/PC cross compatibility is there for many games as well. On top of that, gamers get a 30-day money back guarantee on all purchases of their DRM-free games.

GOG isn't exactly new, but today's news of LucasArts' old Star Wars games finding their way to the platform makes you wonder what sports games are long overdue for an appearance. The platform as a whole sports some real heavyweights in classic PC gaming, but the sports selection is pretty paltry right now. Given that older, licensed titles are never going to end up on the platform for obvious reasons, we have to go with a more off-the-beaten path for which sports games would go well on the platform.

The problem, however, is that most every sports game has some sort of official licensing which prevents it from being republished. This of course, makes it very hard to find games which could be a fit on the platform -- but we're interested in what games you'd like to see brought back to life for modern day audiences.

What unlicensed old sports PC games should get a new life on GOG's platform?

Monday, October 27, 2014
01:22 PM - October 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Last year's debut hockey management sim from Out of the Park Developments had a lot of lessons to learn, and it appears the second year of the franchise is looking up quite a bit.

The graphical interface of Franchise Hockey Manager 2015 is all new, with a lot of influence from Out of the Park Baseball clearly evident now. Not only is the look new, but the functionality and ease of navigation (a key complaint last year) have been worked on as well.

Things like the news screen have been reworked and streamlined so there are less options to wade through while other areas have been expanded for greater control over your team. We're looking forward to hearing more information, and with no release date currently announced -- we're sure there will be plenty of new information to come.

Be sure to check out the blog on OOTP Development's website for more details and check out the new screens below.

Game: Franchise Hockey Manager 2Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, October 24, 2014
03:12 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 4 is a text-management simulation which allows you to take the reigns of a basketball GM and build your franchise how you want to. Today, Wolverine Studios announced that DDS:PB4 is now available in FirstAccess, allowing you to pre-order the game today and get your hands on the beta builds as we work up to the official release of the game.

Some of the great new features included in DDS: Pro Basketball 4 include
  • Totally Rebuilt UI with a brand new look and a ton of new accessible information (1280x768 min resolution required)
  • More stat tracking - individual player shot charts are kept, new advanced stats are displayed on team roster pages and new stats introduced like PIE
  • Overhauled game engine to account for brand new offensive sets giving you much more control over an offensive gameplan and engine tweaks to punish certain unrealistic strategies
  • Sim speed improvements make the game simulate much quicker
  • Combine stats added for rookies to use for scouting rookies to draft
  • Full 32 team development league added so that each team has their own d-league affiliate
  • Financial changes allowing the salary and luxury cap as well as player salaries to increase over time
  • League creation now randomizes most non-statistical ratings categories for players to increase the uniqueness of each season
  • New option added to randomize player potential when creating a league to further improve replayability
  • Introducing @WSSportsNetwork - DDSPB4 gives you the ability to read in the game tweets from this feed to keep up with your fellow gamers and see how their dynasties are going
  • Multiplayer League improvements (still in development)

12:16 PM - October 24, 2014. Posted by toine2983. Written by Chris Sanner

WWE 2K15 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are debuting a new mode called, "Who Got Nxt" into the game.

" In a nutshell, our idea was to create a compelling unlock method. We wanted to create a mode or area of the game where players could control a handful of NXT Superstars with the stipulation they’d be strictly confined to the mode and not be available for use outside of said mode until certain requirements had been fulfilled by the player – and when I mean confined, I mean confined! Until completing said requirements, NXT Superstars would be prohibited from all game modes (e.g. Exhibition, Online, Creation Suite, Universe), and their associated assets (e.g. moves, entrance videos, etc.) would be locked. We wanted the unlocking of an NXT Superstar to be similar to that of an actual NXT Superstar being called up to the main roster."
You can see more screens from the mode in our WWE 2K15 media section. What do you think about the Who Got Nxt mode?

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 5 - View All
Thursday, October 23, 2014
01:07 PM - October 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's time for you to give us your initial NBA Live 15 impressions if you are playing it on early access. If you are wanting community wide impressions, be sure to check out the NBA Live 15 Early Access Impressions discussion we started yesterday.

So what do you think of the game this year? Give it a rating of great, good, average or bad and let us know what you picked and why in the comments!

Game: NBA Live 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:28 AM - October 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Editors note: In lieu of a traditional impressions piece on the offseason, I decided to record my own thoughts as I went through the process instead so give readers an idea of what its like to play the mode from first-hand experiences.

Western Conference finals. OKC vs. San Antonio. Being a video game, this surely meant my ticket to the NBA Finals as the Thunder was punched right?

Not so fast my friend.

Read More - NBA 2K15 MyGM Diary: The Offseason

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 62 - View All
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If you were someone who bought into The Golf Club at the outset with the promise that more was coming, yesterday's update has to make you very happy. Not only did HB Studios deliver a new theme, Boreal, but they also added new backgrounds for the course creator in the existing themes and new commentary.

Many companies would call it a wrap at that point, but The Golf Club delivers so much more in its new content update. The new cameras and the ability to cycle them on the fly in real-time is a great new tool to help you think through your shots. And when you need to change clubs, you can now scroll through them the other way from putter to driver as well. It's a small addition, but it's welcome nonetheless.

The new courses and tournaments, as well as the new separation in the game between official and user created content only helps the overall experience in finding and enjoying great courses.

I haven't gotten a chance to play the game on a PC yet, but the Mouse and Keyboard tweaks have to be much welcome by people playing The Golf Club on that platform as well.

If you have had any doubts about this game and are a golfing fan, it is with a high recommendation that you pick The Golf Club up. HB Studios is promising even more updates to come in both content and features, so there is zero doubt that the game you get now will only be better in a few months time. You can't say that about many games on the market today.

We added a few new screenshots of the new Boreal theme which you can see here.

Game: The Golf ClubReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Monday, October 20, 2014
01:23 PM - October 20, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Last night I had the pleasure (ahem, misfortune) of playing the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Not only did I lose the series in seven games, I lost the series in the last two games by succumbing to what just might be one of the most cerebral deconstructions of a video game sports team I've ever been the user controller of by computer A.I.

Not only did the Spurs expose every defensive weakness my Oklahoma City Thunder were giving (and with me playing, there were plenty), but their defensive pressure to take Durant and Westbrook out of the game towards the end of the series was nothing short of a methodical beat down.

And it was glorious.

While teams aren't playing exactly like their real-to-life counterparts yet, I'm pretty certain we're closer now than ever before. Last night's effort by San Antonio against me is proof of that on some level. What teams are you finding are simply hard to beat?

Share your stories of the teams who are your kryptonite thus far this season in the comments below!

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 62 - View All
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
10:11 AM - October 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

If you are a gamer who simply doesn't have a ton of time to devote to gaming, be it fatherhood or a busy job, NBA 2K15 has an answer for you. Many gamers still want the thrill of managing a team through an 82 game season and playing some of the more crucial moments along the way, which is an underrated way to play sports games with long seasons.

Enter Simcast.

You can manage strategies during the simulation, you need only pause, and you can jump into a game whenever you feel like it. If you want to seal the deal on a big win or attempt a big comeback you can. If you feel the strategy you are employing is working, you can simply sit back and let the game finish simming in less than a minute.

Let's put it this way, I'm 44 games into my serious MyGM mode doing SimCast and I've never once felt too out of control of what happens. I'm still setting team strategy and lineups on gameday, and I'm still able to jump in and affect the results of games personally without needing to spend 30-60 minutes to get the result.

While other companies still struggle to offer such things as 'Super-Sim', 2K Sports has managed to blow past all expectations and make a text-sim, traditional AAA title hybrid even still. This form of simming and jumping in has been around awhile, but the depth of setting strategies and more to affect the simulation has only gotten better.

Simply put, if you are someone who has a time budget for gaming -- it's incredibly possible to go through an 82 game schedule and feel like you were a part of it and still find time to play a second and third season before 2K16 launches. NBA 2K15's SimCast is perhaps its most underrated and most under appreciated feature.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 62 - View All
09:59 AM - October 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Last year, the promise of MyGM mode was met with a dash of ice-cold VC, which all but crippled the mode and made it completely unusable for fans more accustomed to traditional single player franchise management experiences.

If your memory is foggy, just remember you had to pay VC in order to change your lineup — it was truly a hot mess.

Fast forward one year, and not only has MyGM shed the shackles of virtual currency from its mode (mostly), it has also improved and delivered one of the most compelling single player franchise management experiences available in any sports game, text-simulation or otherwise.

The first thing you will notice about MyGM is that the menus are laid out in a much more logical manner — really NBA 2K15 as a whole took a galactic leap forward in that regards this year. Finding what you want is really simple once you figure out everything that there is, which is going to be a problem initially because theres…just…so….much.

Read More - NBA 2K15's MyGM Offers Robust Roster Management Options

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 62 - View All