Author Bio
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
OS Username: MMChrisS
Tags: Live: MMChrisS PSN: OSChrisS
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
10:15 AM - April 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

A couple of weeks ago, we polled you about your favorite pitching interface in MLB The Show. Today, we're going to ask the same question about hitting interfaces.

Which do you prefer: Zone, Timing, Pure Analog, or Zone Plus Analog?

Sound off by voting in our poll on the front page and leave a comment about which you use and why!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Monday, April 21, 2014
10:09 PM - April 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With many of you likely already well into your MLB 14 The Show modes, it's likely many of you are still looking for a good and balanced set of gameplay sliders to call your own.

The OS Community has been hard at work on a huge variety of slider sets, here are some of the more popular ones within the community at the moment:

Marino/Armor & Sword's Classic/Timed Sim Sliders
mlbguy4life Realistic Sliders
TNK 2014 Realism Sliders
ItBeme23 Veteran Hitting/A.S. Classic Pitching Sliders
nomo17k Stats Based CPU Sliders

Are you using any community slider sets? Be sure to share your custom sliders in our sliders forum for MLB 14 The Show.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
03:05 PM - April 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The Major League Baseball season is an excruciatingly long, brutal 162 games.

Over the course of a season, injuries will mount, players will tire, and your team will go through peaks and valleys on your way to September's end point. When you build a team in MLB The Show, which of these four aspects do you focus on most to create success: A great nine-man lineup, your five man rotation, a deep and talented bullpen, or your overall depth to withstand any nasty injury surprises?

Which do you think is most important to focus on and why? Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment on how you focus on building your team below!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Friday, April 18, 2014
09:33 AM - April 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With sports gaming seemingly moving towards a more online future, it's always prudent to gauge OS'ers interest in online vs. offline.

So assuming all things are equal and the modes are working as advertised -- do you prefer an online experience or and offline experience for your sports gaming?

Vote in our poll and let us know why you selected the option you selected.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
02:37 PM - April 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We now have a full and official trailer for MLB 14 The Show on PlayStation 4. On top of that we posted hands-on impressions from the game last week.

Given what you know now, how excited are you about the PS4 edition of MLB 14 The Show? Are you buying? Not buying?

Give us reasons in the comments and vote in our poll!

Editor's Note: Operation Sports' partner FanDuel is running an $18,000 Fantasy Baseball league tonight. It's $2 to enter, and first place wins $2,000. Click here to join.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 8 - View All
01:52 PM - April 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Out of the Park Developments newest mobile baseball management game, iOOTP Baseball 2014, is now available in the App Store to download at a price of $4.99.

Here are some key features in this year's release:
  • Real 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, along with the top 20 minor league prospects for each team. Major league player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system today.
  • Player Editor. You can edit everything from names and biographical information to hitting, fielding, and pitching ratings.
  • Improved AI, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI from OOTP 15
  • Retina display support
  • iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 is the minimum required)
  • Various other improvements and fixes
  • Three Game modes (Major Leagues, Fictional Leagues, Historical Leagues)
  • Ability to set lineups, rotations, depth charts, more
  • Minor League Prospects
  • Play-by-play Text Stream
  • In-Depth Finances
We just added four new screenshots from iOOTP Baseball 2014 onto our site, you can see them all here.

Game: iOOTP Baseball 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPad / iPhoneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11:01 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's about to be time for both the NBA Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Playoffs to both be running side-by-side. As a sports fan, this is a time of the year where your attention is seemingly divided in several different directions, and we haven't even begun to talk about the NFL draft.

Which playoffs do you prefer during the Spring? Is it the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs or the NBA Playoffs?

Sound off by voting in our poll! Comment on why you chose what you chose!

10:52 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a wonderful trip down nostalgia lane, with classic gameplay straight out of the old console eras. You’ll find a lot to love early on about the game, but if you give it the time of day — you’ll find that the totality of the experience leaves you with little desire to continue playing.

Read More - R.B.I. Baseball 14 Review (360/PS3)

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 10 - View All
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
10:25 AM - April 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

As of this writing, six of the eight playoff qualifying teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference would not even qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns, the ninth ranked team in the Western Conference, would qualify in the East with ten wins to spare.

There have been numerous opinions thrown out on how to fix this seemingly annual occurrence, with everything from full blown realignment to nixing divisions to just taking the top 16 teams from the entire league into the playoffs.

Is it even a problem there is so much disparity between the conferences? Is this a self correcting problem with time?

Sound off with your ideas about how the NBA can increase competitiveness and the fun of the regular and post-season -- or that it should just stay as-is!

Game: NBAReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 2 - View All
Friday, April 11, 2014

With R.B.I. Baseball 14's release this week, many gamers have been thrown back into a nostalgic frenzy while playing MLB's first foray into console gaming.

After a few days since R.B.I.'s release on old-gen consoles, what do you think about the game at this point? Be sure to vote in our poll and leave a comment about your overall impressions below!

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Android / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Thursday, April 10, 2014
03:08 PM - April 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo has launched and after playing through a few matchups, here are some impressions of the demo:
  • The atmosphere is a definitely good thing. World Cup games have always had ‘it’ and this edition is no different. Everything from the menus to the in-game presentation is top-notch as you’d expect.
  • The gameplay is definitely faster than FIFA 14. This is probably because a more casual audience is going to inevitably play World Cup 14 — so the game is being made more accessible to the casual soccer fan. With that said, if you loved the momentum and such from FIFA 14 you are probably not going to like the dialing back of it in World Cup.
  • The set-piece tactics are actually a huge addition to the game. Being able to have real decisions to make when a corner or free kick comes about makes all of the difference in the world in taking this aspect of the game from rudimentary to actually somewhat exciting.
  • The new ball physics and responses from players make this game feel like almost a yearly release from last year’s FIFA. Seriously there are some real and present differences here with players more responsive to controls than in FIFA 14.
  • The headers are much better than in the current-gen versions of FIFA 14. You can tell next-gen technology was brought into World Cup just on this alone.
  • To me at least, goalkeepers seem to be a bit better than in FIFA Soccer 14.
  • I rolled my eyes initially at the Adidas’ Ball Physics, thinking it was a set of minor tweaks to make the game seem ‘different.’ However, after playing through the demo, I actually think I like how the ball behaves in World Cup current gen vs. FIFA next-gen. It’s a small difference, but the ball actually feels like a ball should feel as it rolls and flies around the pitch.
  • Overall, the game seems to be geared more towards accessibility and fun rather than simulation realism. This isn't a shock, but some will be put off from buying the game because of that, even though some aspects of the game actually might be at their best levels yet on the current-gen consoles.
What are your impressions of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil from the demo?

Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
02:17 PM - April 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

There is a lot of nostalgia at play with the newly released R.B.I. Baseball 14. The entire concept for the game revolves around playing a baseball video game how it once was in the older 2D generations of video gaming, complete with the same gameplay mechanics (and inherent flaws of those mechanics) within the gameplay package.

Here's our first initial thoughts on the game:
  • The control layout is simple enough, you should have the game figured out by the time your first game is finished.
  • Not having any outfield ball-landing marker and also not being able to see your outfielder until its too late on some hits is just bad. Any line drives in the outfields are almost guaranteed hits against me to start.
  • The controls sometimes have a weird problem where they don't work. I don't know how to explain it, but sometimes I want to throw a slow pitch and I throw a fastball instead. Perhaps that's just part of the game mechanics but given no documentation within the game that's impossible to tell.
  • The computer A.I. will do some really dumb things at times (like a double steal of 2nd base and home plate).
  • No stats are tracked...other than wins and losses. In a game built by MLB based on MLB (a sport which revolves around its stats), this is a huge gaffe.
  • This would seem a game built for online leagues. Games take 10-30 minutes to complete, which would seem to play into an online component.
  • The game is actually a fun experience, especially once you get over the quirkiness it presents. However, whether the experience as a whole is worth the $20 price tag is another thing altogether which we'll need to figure out in the coming days.
Look for our full review of R.B.I. Baseball 14 later this week. In the meantime, let us know what do you think of the game in the comments below!

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 10 - View All
09:43 AM - April 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

We are a week into the MLB 14 The Show season, and most of you have now fully settled into the game mode(s) you will likely be playing throughout much of the game's life-cycle.

What have you settled in to? Franchise? Online Franchise? Road to the Show? Postseason Mode? Diamond Dynasty? Something else?

Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know what you are playing!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS VitaVotes: 8 - View All
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
02:18 PM - April 8, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Out of the Park Developments today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 15 will be available on April 18 for all pre-order customers and April 21 for all customers. If you are interested you can pre-order the game here.

"This is the version of OOTP that will set the bar for all editions of the game to come," said said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn. "Support for 3D ballparks and 3D in-game ball flight is the stepping stone to 3D players on the field next year, and that will open the door to even more innovations in the years to come."

In addition, iOOTP Baseball 2014, the iOS version of the game for those who enjoy managing their teams on the go, is currently in review with Apple. The expected release date on the App Store is April 17, but it could be earlier or later, depending on Apple's review process.

iOOTP Baseball 2014 will offer these new features:
  • iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 will be the minimum required)
  • A redesigned interface
  • Retina display support
  • iPhone 5/5S/5C support
  • Opening Day 2014 rosters
  • A Player Editor (edit everything from name and contract details to ratings)
  • AI improvements, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI in OOTP 15
  • Bug fixes and various other improvements
We just uploaded 10 new iOOTP 2014 screenshots here, and nine new OOTP 15 screenshots here.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOS / Mac / PCVotes: 0 - View All
12:23 PM - April 8, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

There was something about the seeding in this year's NCAA basketball tournament that just felt different.

The selection committee attempted to weigh the entire season which led to some surprises from the ranks of No. 4 through No. 8 -- culminating in a national championship matchup between a seven and eight seed. The lowest combination in title game history didn't have your run of the mill Cinderellas though, as familiar faces in UConn and Kentucky squared off in last night's contest.

Sure, the numbers on the bracket say it was a bit of an underdog story -- Connecticut having a good but not great season and getting hot at the right time, all as a seven seed. A lot of drama throughout the opening rounds led to a surprise matchup, but it just didn't have the same feel to it.

Sound Off: Will we see a double-digit seed win a national championship in the next ten years?

Sports Headlines for April 8, 2014

Game: NCAA BasketballReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 1 - View All