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Thursday, March 16, 2017
04:44 PM - March 16, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

With MLB The Show 17 under two weeks away, this week’s Throwback Thursday appropriately focuses on one of the inspirations for Retro Mode, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr.

Before we begin, there is an important distinction that must be made. To avoid confusion, this Throwback Thursday covers the 1998 release on Nintendo 64 titled Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. It is not to be confused with the other Nintendo 64 release Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest nor the similarly-titled (and previously covered) Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for the Super Nintendo.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. (Written by: Elliott Jenkins)

Thursday, March 2, 2017
10:22 AM - March 2, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins
With the first month of the MLB The Show 17’s Twitch streams in the books, one thing is abundantly clear: Sony San Diego has gone to great lengths to dramatically improve the lone perennial baseball game on the market. Previous iterations, especially as the game got its footing on the PlayStation 4, felt more incremental than material in terms of innovation. However, the 2016 version saw huge leaps in animations, innovative ideas like Conquest Mode, and improved visuals and overall gameplay. The Show carries a well-deserved pedigree of innovation that speaks volumes about how in-depth sports video games can be and how vital it is for developers to absorb fan feedback. They are a living, breathing reminder that console/license exclusivity is not such a bad thing.

As it stands right now, MLB The Show 17 looks like it could be something special. For those who have not caught up with the streams (check them out) that have been condensed and archived, here are a host of improvements big and small that could actually make MLB The Show 17 stand out.

Read More - MLB The Show 17 Is Looking Good

Game: MLB The Show 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 31 - View All
05:29 PM - February 2, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

In honor of the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons clashing on the real-life gridiron, this week's Throwback Thursday showcases one of the most under-appreciated football games of all-time.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NFL Street

Game: NFL StreetReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS2Votes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
04:03 PM - January 31, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins


As a lifelong Houston sports fan, franchise modes have been my bread and butter. Conjectures and what-could-have-beens can finally be realized in a digital testing environment. My beloved Texans can play the 2017 season again as if we had never signed Brock Osweiler. My beloved Astros can play the next 15 seasons with Kris Bryant drafted instead of Mark Appel. What if I was to separate players based on their home state, city, or country, and battled it out that way? Franchise modes are a uniquely bizarre sandbox where teams can correct mistakes, rewrite history and even time travel.

The thrills of taking a bottom-dwelling franchise and slowly but surely rebuilding it your way is an experience that only video games can provide. Elevating your favorite team to a perennial powerhouse through shrewd trades, signings and immersive clutch performance is unlike any other experience in gaming. Sports games yield the only universes wherein you, the fan, can implement your ideas and explore for seasons on end. It is one of the reasons that, year in and year out, MLB The Show takes up far more of my time than it should.

Read More - Why We Need Stronger Franchise Modes

Friday, December 16, 2016
09:17 AM - December 16, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins


For those unfamiliar with it, Diamond Dynasty is MLB The Show 16's card-collecting mode and is inherently worth a try. The beauty of Diamond Dynasty is that cards are collected no matter what mode you play in. So, if you’ve played every last game of the last three seasons in franchise mode or exclusively play in Road to the Show, you still have a treasure trove of cards to utilize. Diamond Dynasty has significantly diversified available in-game missions and, as a result, has immensely prolonged MLB The Show 16's shelf life.


Read More - How Themed Missions Breathe Life Into MLB The Show's Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All
Monday, November 21, 2016
03:12 PM - November 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins
One of the greatest joys in sports video gaming is reinvigorating a beleaguered franchise and turning it into a digital powerhouse. Despite zero on-field action, the offseason is a favorite time of the year for many. The ambiguity of the future, the cause-and-effect of trades and signings, and the vague hope that your team will make the moves that elevate them into champions -- is there anything better?

While few would actually ever declare the New York Yankees as a "beleaguered" franchise, 2016 was a form of the New York Yankees that has been decidedly absent for a long time: losers and sellers. Driven by a front office fans that demand immediate results, the Yankees found themselves in unfamiliar territory in 2016. Gratuitous spending, selling high on displaced veterans and promoting red-hot prospects ended a championship drought in Chicago. Let’s take a similar approach to the Yankees’ 2016-2017 offseason in MLB 16: The Show.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: Turning the Yankees Back Into A Powerhouse in One Offseason

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All
Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:59 PM - November 17, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

This week’s Throwback Thursday is heating up… MONSTER JAM! HE’S ON FIRE!

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NBA Jam

Thursday, October 27, 2016
02:03 PM - October 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins
This week’s Throwback Thursday is about a cultural phenomenon that, for many Operation Sports users, rewrote the very definition of what a sports video game could be.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NHL 94

Game: NHL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
Thursday, October 20, 2016
01:29 PM - October 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins


Chances are, if you frequent Operation Sports, this week's Throwback Thursday needs no introduction whatsoever. For those who did not grow up with this violent magnum opus, Midway, the creators of many of the greatest arcade games ever, sought to carry the immense success of NBA Jam to other sports. And boy, did it ever.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NFL Blitz 2000

Thursday, October 13, 2016
01:33 PM - October 13, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

In celebration of the captivating MLB postseason, this week’s Throwback Thursday focuses on a particular baseball game many consider not only as the best baseball game of all-time, but one of the greatest games ever made.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: MVP 2005

Game: MVP Baseball 2005Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / XboxVotes: 29 - View All
Thursday, October 6, 2016
10:00 AM - October 6, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

In celebration of the upcoming release of WWE 2K17, this week’s Throwback Thursday highlights a game many consider to be the greatest wrestling video game ever made.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: WWF No Mercy

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
11:04 AM - September 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins


This week's Throwback Thursday highlights a pioneer that set the tone of sports gaming for a number of years. While only released on PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2001, NBA Street picked up where NBA Jam left off in 1994.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NBA Street

Game: NBA StreetReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS2Votes: 4 - View All
Thursday, September 15, 2016
12:20 PM - September 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins


Welcome to the first Throwback Thursday post! As one can infer from the title, we will cover a different classic sports game every Thursday for your unbridled nostalgic pleasure. Join us on our trash-talking trips through memory lane as we discuss sports gaming's all-time masterpieces. Some will be very familiar and others will be a bit obscure, but all are certified classics.

With the release of NHL 17, we felt that it would be very appropriate to begin with a hockey pièce de résistance: NHL Hitz 2003.

Read More - Throwback Thursday: NHL Hitz 20-03

Game: NHL Hitz 20-03Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: GBA / NGC / PS2 / XboxVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, September 12, 2016
10:16 AM - September 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Elliott Jenkins

Given the amount of time just one AAA sports title can consume, it is very easy to lose sight of the many indie and alternative sports games released in a year. Furthermore, while I certainly recommend the brutal joys of the ultra-violent, 8-bit fencing game Nidhogg, I understand that it's not for everyone. But I believe plenty other sports games can be enjoyed by all types of gamers, it's just a question of finding the right game.

My goal is to open your eyes by highlighting a handful of sports titles that may have slipped under your radar. Maybe you'll find your new favorite game. Maybe you'll hate every last one of these. But at the very least, you'll be more familiar with some new and different sports games.

Here are four recommended titles slated for release this fall...


Read More - Four 'Other' Sports Games for Fall and Winter