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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
01:19 PM - February 8, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


Mike Lowe checks in again today with a look at his NBA 2K17 MyGM Expansion Franchise. In Episode Five, Mike takes a look at draft scouting and gives some tips on how to improve your own scouting.

Check out the video above, if you can't see it click here.

Afterwards, be sure to subscribe to the Operation Sports YouTube Channel!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Monday, January 23, 2017
12:43 PM - January 23, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


Mike Lowe checks in again with a look at the Top Five Diamond Dynasty Teams in MLB The Show 16. To Mike at least, the rosters of the Top Five Diamond Dynasty Teams all look a little 'too' similar.

If you can't see the video above, click here to view it.

Also be sure to Subscribe to the Official Operation Sports YouTube channel here.


Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
04:40 PM - January 17, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


The NBA 2K17 Expansion Vlog continues with Mike Lowe taking a look at what exactly happens in MyGM after you actually get through a season (this is uncharted territory for many I know!).

Mike does a good job of exploring the NBA in a fictional future and we also keep tabs of our expansion franchises.

Be sure to subscribe to Mike on YouTube. If you can't see the video above, you can check it out here.

Also, check out our Operation Sports YouTube Channel. We're adding things like Mike's Vlog (on 'tape delay') and other unique content this year! You will want to be a part of it!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
11:19 AM - January 10, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


Mike Lowe checks in again with a new episode of the OS NBA 2K17 Expansion MyGM recapping the season, asking some questions about programming, the offseason, and the draft lottery.

This MyGM Diary seeks to talk about the in-depth portions of MyGM and sports game franchise modes while also following the fates of two Expansion franchises in MyGM. Simply put, its a lot of fun and if you are into watching Franchise videos this one is worth your while!

If you can't see the video above, check it out on YouTube here. While you are at it, Subscribe to Operation Sports on YouTube here.

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Friday, December 23, 2016
10:32 AM - December 23, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

It was a good year for The Show as it continues to be the best console baseball game on the market. And as you’re likely aware, it’s really the only console simulation baseball game on the market. So let’s discuss the most popular modes and what they offered us in 2016, with some hopes for 2017 as well.

Read More - MLB The Show 16's Successful Year, And A Look At An Ideal Roadmap Ahead

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All
Thursday, December 22, 2016
12:31 PM - December 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

Mike is back with episode two of the Expansion MyGM vBlog -- this episode talks about how franchise modes can better utilize graphic design and present news in franchises even better.

Beyond that we get a look at the Grackles roster as it comes together in the expansion draft and we debate a few decisions on the roster as they come up in our first stages of our expansion franchise. Also, we dive into the expansion/relocation and team design engines.

There's a lot of good discussion in this one, give it a watch and add your own thoughts on how games could improve graphic design and present in-game news better!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
03:21 PM - December 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


OS Writer Mike Lowe is starting a new video series on YouTube which is a new take on the dynasty report format.

In this report, Mike talks about getting the most out of franchise modes by talking through his new expansion team the Austin Grackles and the Cincinnati Mallards.

We'll take a look at design, see what Mike's philosophy will be on this series -- and we'll get our first look at our expansion franchises and what we plan to do with them.

Take a look and give this one a watch!

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
11:04 AM - November 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

Earlier this year in an Operation Sports feature titled, “Fact or Fiction: 2016 Sports Gaming Predictions,” I said “NHL 17 will be a sports game of the year candidate in a big way.” With Madden, The Show and NBA 2K showing relatively standard -- yet still very good -- improvements this year, NHL 17 arguably has made the most progress of any of the major sport titles for consoles; it’s a much improved and complete game this year compared to its predecessor.

One of the game’s deepest enhancements has been the expansion of available gameplay sliders. There are far more sliders available in this year’s edition compared to '16, and perusing the slider sub-forum on Operation Sports, I was curious as to how folks were handling this year’s new edition (bad pun) when it comes to adjusting gameplay.


Read More - The Psychology of Sliders: How the Community is Changing NHL 17

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
10:59 AM - September 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe
For more information about this topic, check out Mike Lowe's accompanying YouTube stream.

Madden 17 is easily the best Madden ever made, and the numerous threads and stories already floating around Operation Sports -- mine included -- have been praising the game even before its official release. So how can Madden 18 be an even better experience next year? First and foremost, I think it starts with Connected Franchise mode.

So here's my top five things I'd like to see in Madden 18's Connected Franchise mode.


Read More - Madden NFL 17: The Five Biggest Changes Needed for CFM

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Friday, September 2, 2016
08:39 AM - September 2, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Mike Lowe

During the NBA 2K17 community event, the one item that was to remain under a strict embargo was any discussion about the new MyCareer mode.

After last year's Frequency Vibrations MyCareer story presented by Spike Lee, the NBA 2K team was focused on ways to improve the game's most played mode, and Jeff Thomas, VP for Visual Concepts, was ready to share all that is new this year in MyCareer.

As you likely know by now, on September 9 The Prelude will be available as a free download. Players can begin their MyCareer 11 days before the full release of NBA 2K17, and you'll be able to play a significant amount of MyCareer leading up to when you'll declare for the NBA Draft and start your NBA career.

Read More- More NBA 2K17 MyCAREER Details - (Written by: Mike Lowe)

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
11:00 AM - August 31, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

I had the chance to visit the studios at 2K this week and get an advance sneak peak of NBA 2K17. For full disclosure the trip was paid for entirely by the folks at 2K.

The first thing I want to tell you about NBA 2K17? It has nothing to do with the game itself directly, and everything to do with the people who work on this game year-round.

The wonderful folks at 2K Games, and specifically the team members I met in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon -- Ronnie, Jeff Thompson, Erick Boenisch, Mike Wang, Ryan Peters, Chris, Czar, and many others -- are folks who are incredibly passsionate about their craft and the game they are producing. They were very welcoming and displayed a lot of that passion while describing what NBA 2K17 is bringing to consoles this year.

While I plan to dive a lot deeper into the topics I'll share below in the coming days, I wanted to at least get some of the nitty gritty out for folks to see and to begin discussing...


Read More - NBA 2K17 Features Improvements Across The Board, Here's 75 of Them

Game: NBA 2K17Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 8 - View All
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
09:47 AM - August 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe


I'll admit to being someone who read about Madden 17's "Play The Moments" (PTM) as being something gimmicky that I probably wouldn't touch. I have never trusted the Super Sim engine of Madden, and I like to play out all of my games in their entirety. But, I wanted to check it out anyway as it is one of Connected Franchise Mode's (CFM) new features for Madden 17.

What I wasn't expecting was that I would actually really like the feature, and plan to use it in my solo CFM.

Read More - Madden NFL 17: Play the Moments Is Better Than You Expect

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:12 AM - August 6, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

"Time for a rebuild!" That's a phrase that gets a Madden gamer more excited than perhaps any, yet is a phrase that is wholly unoriginal at this point.

The word "rebuild" or "re-build" turns up 17 times through the first 11 pages of the Madden 17 Franchise thread. When I searched for the word "established," not a single match.

Perhaps it's our love obsession with the NFL Draft, the next big thing or just proving to the world we can easily outwit the guy with the masters in business/sports management running the team in real life who's competing against real-life adversaries as opposed to Madden's (cough) team-management AI.

These sort of threads all start the exact same way, weaving the same boring story told over and over again: "I traded up and drafted my franchise QB!" In Madden, is that even a challenge? Should we be that impressed?

Read More - Rise Above the Madden Rebuild

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
12:35 PM - June 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe




With over two full months of the season behind us, it's not too early to start thinking about which teams will be selling, and which teams will be buying. Of course, such trades can have an impact on the way we play MLB The Show '16 online, as oftentimes there are a handful of teams most players gravitate towards. So let's take a look at which players are most likely to be sold, and which teams they might end up with, perhaps altering our top choices of teams to choose when playing online.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: The Best Players Who May Move on the Trade Deadline

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
02:37 PM - May 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Mike Lowe

I've talked candidly how about MLB The Show needs to continue to push itself to expand its gaming gap in both directions -- creating more separation from games on the rise like Madden and NHL, but also close the gap on the NBA 2K series. One of the ways The Show team can do that is by implementing a meaningful badge system similar to what NBA 2K has, allowing for SCEA to expand on the player personality and morale system introduced in MLB The Show 16. The beauty of the badge system NBA 2K is that the badges aren't just visual eye candy; they actually have an impact on a player's performance.

While this is not an exact top 10 list -- instead just an assortment -- here are a few badges that would add some uniqueness to perhaps otherwise similar players, thus providing more variety in franchise mode and online play.

Read More - NBA 2K's Player Badges Could Work in The Show

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All

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