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Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
OS Username: Steve_OS
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
01:22 PM - January 14, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released a new EA Sports UFC screenshot of Costas Philippou. More screenshots of other athletes in the game will be released in the coming weeks, prior to the Spring 2014 release for Xbox One and PS4.

Your thoughts?

Previously released screenshots below.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
Monday, January 13, 2014
03:53 PM - January 13, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Gran Turismo 6 users can test-drive the Toyota FT-1 Concept Coupe tomorrow with a free online update. After downloading and installing the update, users will compete in a seasonal event, featuring the car. By receiving a bronze or better at Laguna Seca, the car will be available in the game.

Drivers can also purchase the car from the Toyota dealership without competing in the event.

Here's the new trailer and screenshots featuring the Toyota FT-1 Concept Coupe.

Source - PlayStation.Blog

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 5 - View All
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


Hot News

Reviews, Impressions, Features & Blogs

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 20 - View All
Saturday, January 11, 2014
12:13 PM - January 11, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


OlliOlli is a 2d skateboarding game that mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds with 100 deviously crafted levels & 250 challenges across four gameplay modes. Check out the trailer here.

OlliOlli rewards the most skilful and riskiest of players, always tempting you to go for that massive 360 Inward Heelflip and ludicrous chain of combos. Leaving you to time your landing to perfection - or risk losing your score!

The whole game is hand-drawn in pixelly loveliness, which is no mean feat considering the number of tricks, grinds, slams and stages.

"At PlayStation, we're delighted to be working with the talented Roll7 to bring the savagely addictive genius of OlliOlli to the PS Vita" said Shahid Ahmad, Senior Business Development Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). "We loved OlliOlli from the first prototype and can't wait for PlayStation fans to play this beautifully crafted game on their PS Vitas"

Features:
  • Perfect landing and grind mechanic that rewards players for timing tricks to perfection
  • Battle online for the number 1 spot on EVERY mode
  • Five different stages, each with their own unique levels and obstacles
  • 120+ tricks and grinds
  • 250 challenges
  • 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze Trophies
  • Sick hand-picked soundtrack including the Qemists, Dorian Concept and Flako
Four gameplay modes

Career Mode
  • 50 levels filled with skill, score, combo and trick challenges
  • 5 Challenges per level
  • Amateur and Pro levels, complete Amateur challenges to Unlock Pro levels
  • Unlock 'Spots' by completing any level
Spots Mode
  • 50 spots, each built with one massive combo opportunity
  • Challenge the world to the best score on the Spots you've discovered in career mode
  • Get the highest score and become the King of the Spot
Daily Grind
  • Each day there’s a new Spot to challenge the world at
  • Each Daily Grind Spot is only open for 24 Hours!
  • Practice the spot as many times as you want but you only get one chance to set your score… Go big, but don’t slam on your face!
RAD Mode
  • Complete all 250 challenges and RAD Mode awaits you
  • Anything other than a Perfect Grind and a Perfect landing will end in a slam!

Game: OlliOlliHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS VitaVotes: 1 - View All
12:03 PM - January 11, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Embrace the Polar Vortex! Stay Inside and Still Hit the Slopes with "FRS Ski Cross" for iOS/Android

Unity Games releases its new high-speed alpine racer on iOS and Google Play

Unity Games and Roadhouse Interactive are pleased to announce that FRS Ski Cross, an exciting new alpine racing game for iOS and Android, is now available for download on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play for Android. Designed by veteran team members from some of the best-selling action sports franchises of all time, FRS Ski Cross sends players down high-speed mountain race courses, carving insane banked turns and leaping over sky-high jumps. Equipment upgrades, including new skis, helmets, bindings and other real-world licensed gear from HEAD and Völkl, are available for you to customize and improve your skier and their skills.

Easy-to-learn timing-based gameplay will challenge you to hit the sweet spot on every turn and jump by tapping at just the right moment. Perfectly timed taps lead to better race times and higher scores, which you can upload as ghosts for your friends to race against. Progress through 50 tracks, increasing in length, speed and difficulty, and test your racing prowess in a number of PvP challenges against fellow competitors.

"With a pedigree in creating some of the most successful sports action franchises on console, Roadhouse is a great partner for Unity, and we are excited to be publishing FRS Ski Cross", said Oren Tversky, VP of Unity Games. "For actions fans who enjoy fast and furious sports games, FRS Ski Cross is a great way to experience the thrills of head-to-head alpine racing."

"We are thrilled to work with Unity Games to launch FRS Ski Cross", said Ian Verchere, Chief Creative of Roadhouse Interactive. "Our mission is to own action-sports on mobile and social. Unity Games is the perfect partner to help us get there. We know that everyone from casual gamers to action sports enthusiasts and skiers will love this game."

Developed by Roadhouse Interactive and published by Unity Games, FRS Ski Cross is now available on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play for Android.

Game: FRS Ski CrossReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
10:10 AM - January 11, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Some of us old gamers grew up on John Madden Football, from the very first release on the Apple II in 1988. For those that are curious, this is what the game looked like. Just think what football games will look like in 25 more years.

Any of our old-school OSers have any memories of this one?

Friday, January 10, 2014
08:46 PM - January 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has added the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat nickname jerseys for NBA Live 14. You can't select the nickname jersey by themselves, but they are active when you play tonight's matchup, from Tip-Off mode.

UPDATE: According to jyoung, the names carry into NBA Live Ultimate Team as well.

There are a few nicknames that didn't make the cut. Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston and Mirza Teletovic have their regular last name.

Other players including Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia, Brook Lopez, Greg Oden, Roger Mason Jr. and Rashard Lewis are not on the Live 14 active roster for their respective team.

Below are the official nicknames of the players in tonight's game.

Brooklyn Nets
  • Andray Blatche: Dray Live
  • Andrei Kirilenko: Кириленко
  • Alan Anderson: Double
  • Brook Lopez: Brooklyn
  • Deron Williams: D-Will
  • Jason Terry: JET
  • Joe Johnson: JJ
  • Kevin Garnett: The Big Ticket
  • Mason Plumlee: Plums
  • Mirza Teletovic: MT3
  • Paul Pierce: Truth
  • Reggie Evans: Joker
  • Shaun Livingston: S Dot
  • Tornike Shengelia: Tokomotiv
  • Tyshawn Taylor: Tee_Y
Miami Heat
  • Ray Allen: J. Shuttlesworth
  • Chris Andersen: Birdman
  • Joel Anthony: Doc
  • Shane Battier: Battle
  • Michael Beasley: B Easy
  • Chris Bosh: CB
  • Mario Chalmers: Rio
  • Norris Cole: Cole Train
  • Udonis Haslem: UD
  • LeBron James: King James
  • James Jones: JJ
  • Rashard Lewis: Sweet Lew
  • Roger Mason Jr.: Moneymase
  • Greg Oden: G.O.
  • Dwyane Wade: D. Wade
Written by: Steve Noah

Game: NBA Live 14Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 17 - View All
03:20 PM - January 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Need some VC for NBA 2K14? Use the following locker code for Xbox One and PS4 to get 3,000 VC for free. It expires on Monday, January 13th. (Remember to use the dashes)

N14PS-EXCA9-J1VC1-LEGHF-8U29H

Looking for the Xbox 360 and PS3 locker code? Click here.

Thanks Nick Ceglio!

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 97 - View All
03:19 PM - January 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Need some VC for NBA 2K14? Use the following locker code for Xbox 360 and PS3 to get 3,000 VC for free. It expires on Monday, January 13th. (Remember to use the dashes)

N14PS-QEVN8-BN1GG-ARL74-SVQHL

Looking for the Xbox One and PS4 locker code? Click here.

Thanks Nick Ceglio!

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 97 - View All
10:50 AM - January 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s the 67th episode of the Press Row Podcast, and our regular panel is back to dive into a packed agenda. There is a discussion about the ongoing struggles and concerns of NBA 2K14 on next-gen consoles, the potentially concerning news – and lack thereof – emanating from Sony about MLB 14 The Show on the PS4, and a review of sorts of Powerstar Golf on the Xbox One. In addition, Rich chats about his experience with Gran Turismo 6 and there are several interesting listener questions as well. [/list]Joining us this week:
  • Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@chrisSnr)
  • Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
  • Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
  • Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
  • And your host, Richard Grisham, [email protected] (@richgrisham)
Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at [email protected]
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1 Hour, 41 Minutes

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 20 - View All
10:15 AM - January 10, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2013 college football season has come to an end, as the Florida State Seminoles have been crowned National Champions, but there is still plenty of college football to discuss on Dual Threat! Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In the twenty-first episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss Florida State's victory over Auburn in the BCS Championship Game, the "BCS Megacast" ESPN implemented for the game, plus the guys take a look back and grade the BCS as a whole, as well a look at the best games, teams and moments from the BCS era. Drab and Bode also talk about the hiring of Charlie Strong at Texas and Bobby Petrino's return to Louisville, as well as the expected addition of James Franklin as Penn State's head coach and why he is making a big mistake, and much, much more!

So give Dual Threat a listen! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 20 - View All


NASCAR® '14 Is Coming to Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system and PC on February 18

700,000+ Votes Counted - Fans Selected Tony Stewart, Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion To Appear On The Cover

Check out the NASCAR '14 Official Tony Stewart trailer here and 8 new screenshots here.

Deep Silver announced today that the racing game NASCAR '14, developed by Eutechnyx, will launch in North America on February 18, 2014 on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Pre-order offers at Walmart, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target and Amazon may include diecast cars, exclusive paint schemes and more.
Fueled by high-octane intensity and the opportunity to relive the best NASCAR moments from both the 2013 season packed into the game plus regular downloadable content updates as the upcoming season progresses, NASCAR '14 offers fans the most complete NASCAR® experience yet.

Recently NASCAR revealed that more than 700,000 votes were cast worldwide in the "Drive for the Cover" contest as fans voted Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to appear onto the cover of NASCAR '14. The injury that kept Stewart off the track didn't stop fans of the driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing from beating another fan favorite, four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Stewart plans to return to the track for the Daytona 500 race in February, the same month NASCAR '14 hits store shelves.

"Deep Silver is releasing the best NASCAR racing experience yet to hit video game consoles," said Deep Silver Inc. COO, Geoff Mulligan. "Fans will soon be able to compete in recent high profile races, experiencing the exact same conditions the real drivers faced. With an aggressive post-release content plan, NASCAR '14 is a game NASCAR fans can enjoy all year long."

"With a February launch date, NASCAR '14 will make a great racing season companion for NASCAR fans," said Blake Davidson, NASCAR vice president of licensing and consumer products. "If history repeats itself, the new cover recognition for Tony Stewart will serve as a good luck charm as he heads back on the track and Smoke rises again."

About NASCAR '14
It's your turn to immerse yourself in the full-throttle thrill of the world's most exciting motor sports racing series in NASCAR '14. Take the wheel from your favorite driver and participate in the race week experience complete with practice, qualifying, and race day challenges. With your favorite personalities and replays, NASCAR '14 is the authentic NASCAR experience for fans.
  • NASCAR Highlights: Take advantage of "NASCAR Highlights" to determine the outcome of the biggest race thrills from the season. Eutechnyx recreates the action where exact condition of the cars, the weather is the same and track positions are identical - the only difference is you!
  • Career Mode: Work your way through the ranks in a comprehensive career mode; complete with custom car builds, sponsor acquisition, and R&D to get your team into victory lane.
  • Official Teams & Tracks: Race against the official NASCAR teams & drivers on your favorite tracks from the high banks of Daytona, to the twists & turns of Sonoma, and exhilarating speed of Talladega.
  • Leagues: Take competition to the next level and host online leagues with your friends, fully supported by statistics, challenges, rankings and replay.
  • Online Multiplayer: Take advantage of dynamic skill-based matchmaking, tournaments, and easy drop in/out server browser functionality for a fair and enjoyable experience.

NASCAR '14 will be on store shelves on February 18, 2014 and is rated "E" (for Everyone) by the ESRB.

Game: NASCAR '14Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
Thursday, January 9, 2014
01:51 PM - January 9, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



EA Sports has just released new EA Sports UFC screenshots of Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. More screenshots of other athletes in the game will be released in the coming weeks, prior to the Spring 2014 release for Xbox One and PS4.

Your thoughts?

Previously released screenshots below.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All

EA Sports has released the Madden NFL 25 divisional playoffs roster update, covering Week 16, Week 17, and games from Wild Card Weekend. Check out all of the details here, which includes updated ratings and/or position changes for 626 players.

Below are some of the rating adjustments. For a full list of divisional playoff updates (including injuries), click here.

Going Up
  • Andrew Whitworth +3 (96)
  • NaVorro Bowman +2 (96)
  • Earl Thomas +2 (94)
  • Vontae Davis +2 (93)
  • Cameron Jordan +2 (92)
  • Robert Mathis +3 (92)
  • Brandon Mebane +2 (91)
  • Nick Foles +3 (87)
  • Danny Amendola +2 (86)
  • T.Y. Hilton +3 (86)
  • Giovani Bernard +2 (84)
  • LeGarrette Blount +2 (80)
  • George Selvie +3 (76)
  • Geno Smith +3 (76)
Going Down
  • Von Miller -1 (97)
  • Aaron Rodgers -1 (97)
  • Patrick Willis -2 (96)
  • Brandon Marshall -1 (96)
  • Mario Williams -2 (92)
  • DeMarcus Ware -1 (92)
  • Champ Bailey -1 (90)
  • Wes Welker -1 (90)
  • Julius Peppers -2 (89)
  • Donte Whitner -1 (89)
  • Darren Sproles -1 (87)
  • Alex Smith -1 (87)
  • Antonio Gates -1 (87)
  • Carlos Rogers -1 (86)

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Starting tomorrow, the Museum of the Moving Image (located in Astoria, N.Y.) and EA Sports will celebrate 25 years of the Madden franchise. If you are in the area from January 8th through February 23rd, make sure you check it out.

They following playable versions of Madden will be on display.
  • John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II
  • Madden NFL ’94 (1993) on Sega Genesis
  • Madden NFL 99 (1998) on PlayStation
  • Madden NFL 2005 (2004) on Xbox
  • Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One
Read the full press release below.

As New York and New Jersey play host to Super Bowl XLVIII, Museum of the Moving Image and EA SPORTS look back on 25 years of the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL in a new exhibition that opens tomorrow. On view and available for play are five editions of the game ranging from the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II to the latest Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One. Those who can’t attend in-person can visit a special website for an inside look at the exhibit.

“There is no better time than now to present the story of the Madden NFL phenomenon at the Museum,” said Carl Goodman, Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image. “The Super Bowl is in town and the Madden NFL franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary; plus the Museum presented the first ever exhibition devoted to video games anywhere 25 years ago. Madden NFL is a premier example of how a sports simulation video game has influenced how the sport is presented on television and experienced by fans.”

The exhibition Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running explores this landmark franchise, highlighting its aesthetic evolution, cultural legacy, and enduring focus on simulation. Featured are five playable games that span the 25-year history of the franchise. In addition to the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II, they include Madden NFL ’94 (1993) on Sega Genesis, the first game with NFL licensed teams; Madden NFL 99 (1998) on PlayStation, which showcases breakthrough use of graphics and the first with Franchise mode; Madden NFL 2005 (2004) on Xbox, featuring defense mechanic and use of "Hit Stick”; and the new Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One showcasing Human Intelligence, True Player Motion and Living Worlds. Madden NFL 25 will be presented as a large-scale projection, while others will be shown on period consoles. All games will be available for multiple players except for the earliest game, John Madden Football. In addition to the games, the exhibition features a dynamic timeline showing milestones in the development of the franchise highlighted by gameplay footage from every year. The exhibition will be on view through February 23, in the Museum’s Nam June Paik Room / HBO Production Lab on the third floor.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All