Friday, January 6, 2017
02:32 PM - January 6, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
It's a tough ask to expect consumers to give up their hard-earned money on a yearly basis. There's only so much developers can do to make worthwhile changes in 12 months, and that's partly why new features are a necessary addition.
Still, most of them aren't just there to fill a void. Many of 2016's sports games introduced features that greatly enhanced or even revolutionized each series.
We gave you the chance to vote on your favorite new feature of 2016, and the results were incredibly tight. Check out the video above, subscribe to us on YouTube and click below to see the results of this year's reader's vote.
Read More - 2016 Sports Game of the Year: Best New Feature/Mode
Monday, December 26, 2016
11:21 AM - December 26, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
It's no secret that PES 2017 was released to great acclaim this year, building upon previous iterations to provide a soccer simulation that not only rivaled its biggest competitor, but arguably surpassed it.
If you've been following PES' progression in recent years, you'll know the markings have been on the wall for years now. The introduction of the Fox engine marked an upward turn in fortunes for the series, and although its sales figures might still be dwindling in certain parts of the world, it's finally being taken seriously by fans of the sport once more.
I'm going to use this year-end opportunity to discuss why PES 2017 is such a dramatic improvement over its predecessor. Like others, I came into 2016 with only a moderate interest in rekindling my love affair with the PES series, but I'm coming out of it with an intense appreciation for the latest release. Here's what PES 2017 got particularly right this year.
Read More - PES 2017: Another Successful Release in the Books
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
10:55 AM - December 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
I've always enjoyed the thrills of NHL's EA Sports Hockey League, but this year's iteration of the ultra-popular mode is my favorite yet. It builds on last year to deliver not only a balanced gameplay experience, but a tailored level of customization unlike anything we've seen before.
Read More - Has Customization Revitalized NHL?
Thursday, December 8, 2016
02:44 PM - December 8, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
It's always pleasing to see virtually underrepresented sports getting full-blown game releases in this day and age. In the case of Handball 17, the game marks the second iteration of a re-branded series that got off to a disappointingly rocky start 12 months ago, suffering a generally negative reception from critics and fans alike.
Read More - Handball 17 Review (PC) - Written by: Fraser Gilbert
Friday, December 2, 2016
11:31 AM - December 2, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
As a UK-based contributor, I'm lucky enough to possess a unique perspective on the world of sports gaming from across the pond. Unfortunately, I'm also left out of my depth in regards to certain sports, and basketball is one such example. It's not that I don't understand the basics. I've played my fair share of basketball games over the past twenty years, but I've never ingrained myself in the culture of the sport to the point where I understand the tactical techniques or terminology involved.
Back in February, I published a 'noob's perspective' on Madden NFL 16, and following the recent weekend-long trial of NBA 2K17 on Xbox One, I set myself the task of tackling a new variation of this challenge. In the process, I gathered further impressions from a copy of last year's game to add extra longevity to my playing time.
Keep in mind that these are a small selection of initial thoughts from someone who doesn't understand the sport or the mechanics of 2K's NBA games all that well, but it might be illuminating to you as to how a more casual fan sees the games we play. Go easy on me, folks!
Read More - NBA 2K: A Noob's Perspective
Monday, November 28, 2016
11:11 AM - November 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
If you've had a chance to get your hands on FIFA 17, you've probably spent some time with The Journey. It's a big part of the experience this year, utilizing the power of the Frostbite engine to deliver a story-based, single-player feature for the first time in the series' history. It has been generally well-received thus far, and player engagement has been high, as noted in a recent EA infographic.
Still, it isn't perfect. The mode follows a fairly structured form that never deviates from the script too dramatically, whether you're excelling in front of goal or making countless blunders. The mode's detractors will understandably point to this as a negative factor, but fail states do exist, and the game will adapt to your inconsistencies to a point if you're unable to perform up to scratch.
We're going to take a look at a few fail scenarios you might encounter, but keep in mind that spoilers are ahead.
Read More - What Happens If You Fail in FIFA 17's The Journey?
Friday, November 18, 2016
10:27 AM - November 18, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
I'm addicted to Pro Evolution Soccer this year. In terms of gameplay, it finally feels like Konami has recaptured the essence of the series' glory years, improving on its previous iteration to a substantial degree. PES 2017 is packed with brand-new additions that contribute to this, and Advanced Instructions is one of them. It's a feature that makes the act of coaching a more streamlined experience, and if you can master this element of the game, you'll have a big advantage over those who don't even know it exists.
Let's take this opportunity to break these instructions down and discuss this feature in detail.
Read More - Breaking Down Advanced Instructions in PES 2017
Friday, November 11, 2016
09:38 AM - November 11, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
Oh no, it's that time of year again. I try to avoid Football Manager as much as I can, purely because of its addictive qualities. I'm a writer with a busy job these days, and my time gets too easily invested in a multi-season save, falling prey to the game's alluring nature. It's not just me that suffers in this way. Since its original inception back in 1992, this series has destroyed marriages, ruined school grades and been the catalyst for a multitude of sick days at workplaces across the world.
In recent years, its momentum hasn't slowed one bit. Each year presents new challenges to keep the game feeling fresh and new, and that's no easy feat for a series with as much depth as this one. This year's game didn't need to reinvent the wheel, and it doesn't, centering its focus on fine-tuning and making subtle improvements across the board.
Read More - Football Manager 2017 Review (PC)
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
10:57 AM - November 8, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
Now that we've had a substantial amount of time to digest NHL 17 and its pros and cons, we're getting a bigger picture of what the OS community thinks about it. The general perception is a favorable one, with many praising the vast array of positives while ensuring the handful of negatives are also well documented.
Today, we'll focus on those negatives and discuss some areas we'd particularly like the folks at EA to focus on moving forward.
Read More - Where Does NHL Go From Here?
Friday, November 4, 2016
06:50 PM - November 4, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
Football Manager 2017 officially releases today (Nov. 04), and we've been getting our hands on it in anticipation of a review. Until we come to a definitive conclusion, we're going to spend a little extra time evaluating it. I've got some early impressions to tide you over, but keep in mind these are based on the beta version of the game, which was playable for those who pre-purchased via select outlets.
Read More - Football Manager 2017: Early Impressions (Written by: Fraser Gilbert)
Friday, October 28, 2016
03:30 PM - October 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
Of all the games I've played over the past year, PES 2017 is quickly becoming my favorite. It's a callback to the days of PES' (or Winning Eleven's) rise to prominence in the soccer game scene, when it commanded attention with its outstanding representation of the sport. Although the sales figures might not suggest it, PES 2017 is the mark of a series that is arguably back to its best.
It achieves this by implementing a whole host of careful refinements, capitalizing on last year's positives and repairing many of its weaknesses to great effect. If the dramatically enhanced goalkeepers of this year's version aren't enough to convince the doubters, the game-changing Adaptive AI system should be. Not only are games more balanced, authentic and fluid than last year, but they're a lot more fun too.
Read More - PES 2017 Rolling Along Post-Release
Thursday, September 29, 2016
04:17 PM - September 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
Over the weekend, I had a chance to attend EGX 2016 in Birmingham, UK. During the time I spent at the expo, I got my hands on (what I would assume to be) an early build of WWE 2K17.
I want to make a few things clear before I detail my experiences. First, I didn't get enough time with the game to make any definitive judgments. Also, I was playing with gamers of varying skill levels, and the game's audio was particularly tough to hear in the confines of a busy convention. Finally, I only got a chance to experience the game in a one vs. one environment. Multi-person modes were available, but I simply wasn't able to try them due to a lack of time on the day. It should be noted that I was not attending on press duties, so I didn't spend as much time with the game as I normally would.
Please keep all of these factors in mind as you read through my impressions.
Read More - WWE 2K17: EGX Hands-On
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Itís 2 a.m. and Iíve been playing FIFA 17's new mode ĎThe Journeyí for the past five hours. Well, at least I think it's 2 a.m. -- Iím far too hooked by the mode's addictive qualities to look at my phone. Alex Hunterís tale is an intriguing one, and my personal mission to achieve glory as a member of the AFC Bournemouth squad has engulfed my interest.
I donít want to venture elsewhere, but there's more to discover. After I've sampled its entire feature set, I come to realize that FIFA 17 is somewhat of a divided experience on the pitch Ė- a game of two halves, if you will. While it succeeds in creating a primarily authentic experience against the CPU, it undoes a lot of that work when more users get involved, fluctuating between arcade and simulation tendencies along the way.
Read More - FIFA 17 Review (Written by: Fraser Gilbert)
Thursday, September 22, 2016
02:23 PM - September 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
If you're a keen FIFA fan, you've probably started to notice the FIFA 17 reviews trickling in. I've had a lot of time with the game so far, but we're going to hold back on our review temporarily for a couple of reasons. First, a patch has just been released containing a number of pre-release fixes. Also, I want to get more time in an online setting before summing up my thoughts.
We'll be unveiling our review as soon as we can, but in the meantime, I'm going to take this chance to sum up my initial impressions of this year's game.
Read More - FIFA 17: Reviewer First Impressions
Monday, September 19, 2016
11:21 AM - September 19, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Fraser Gilbert
I've played more than my fair share of NHL 17 over the past couple weeks, and I've been spending a lot of time in Hockey Ultimate Team. It's an area of the series that has undergone somewhat of an overhaul this year, with a few key changes to note.
I'm going to take this chance to go a little more in-depth with my thoughts on this addictive pastime.
Read More - NHL 17 Ultimate Team Offers a Good Experience