Author Bio
Steve Noah

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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Monday, November 25, 2013
11:12 AM - November 25, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The final round of voting begins today, as Georges St-Pierre and Alexander Gustafsson battle it out on UFC.com to decide who joins Jon Jones as the second cover athlete on EA Sports UFC.

Voting ends on December 1st.

Who do you think takes home the second cover spot?

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
10:16 AM - November 25, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FIFA Manager founder and designer Gerald Köhler has stated FIFA Manager 14 will be the last game from the series. He took the time to thank all of the fans and explain why the series will have to end.

The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which – on top of everything – one game has practically dominated the market in recent years. The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the only way to give the series a boost. When all these factors were evaluated, it led us to the decision to blow the final whistle.

Game: FIFA Manager 14Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Sunday, November 24, 2013
12:15 PM - November 24, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
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

New Videos and Screenshots

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Friday, November 22, 2013
11:46 AM - November 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 58th episode of the Press Row Podcast features most of our standard crew – and a great special guest – and covers all of the PS4 launch sports games. We go into detail on NBA 2K14, NBA Live, Madden 25, and FIFA 14, and our overall experience launching into the next generation of sports games. In addition, the crew talks a bit about the non-sports games they’ve tried on PS4 as well as their plans for Xbox One.

Joining us this week: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 PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
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, 38 Minutes

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

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 19 - View All
11:06 AM - November 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2013 college football season is in full swing! 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 fifteenth episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss the crazy, mind-blowing ending to the Auburn-Georgia game, the possible repercussions from the situation involving Florida State QB Jameis Winston, what the USC Trojans should do with Ed Orgeron and their head coaching position and much more! Plus, the guys preview and make their predictions for the biggest games of the weekend between Wisconsin-Minnesota, Missouri-Ole Miss, Texas A&M-LSU, Arizona State-UCLA and Baylor-Oklahoma State!

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: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 19 - View All

A day one update is coming for FIFA 14 Xbox One users today, which fixes a controller bug and the ability to play any online features when bringing your console out of suspend mode.

Other lingering issues with both next-gen consoles are being worked on, with release dates coming soon. See the details below.
  • Controller Bug: Using two separate controllers, both assigned to user profiles, and then using controller two to navigate the bootflow when FIFA 14 is loading can result in a crash. The FIFA dev team will be fixing this issue as soon as possible (shortly after launch) but, in the meantime and as a workaround: please only use controller one to navigate the bootflow of FIFA 14. You can turn on and use the controller two once in the main menu.
  • Bootflow Issue: If you suspend the console (leave it inactive until it ’sleeps’) on the title screen in the Xbox One bootflow, you will not be able to access any online features when returning from an unsuspended state. As a workaround: don’t suspend the console when on the title screen. If you do, simply restart the console (XB1 Only).
In addition to the above, there are a number of known issues that we are working on solutions for. They include the following items we plan to address in a upcoming title update:
  • FIFA fans cannot join Friends Only matches via a friend’s profile (PS4 Only). You should: Accept the invite from the user when it comes through and you will be able to join the match properly.
  • Title crash in Co-Op seasons if the captain is using a custom formation and the non-captain does not have any custom formations (XB1 Only). You should: Make sure you have the same amount of custom formations as your teammate, or not use them.
  • The ‘Seasons Win’ item in the EA SPORTS FC catalogue will not be properly received if gifted to a friend. (BOTH PS4/XB1) You should: Hold off on gifting this item until the upcoming title update.
  • Compatibility improvements with Xbox voice commands (XB1 Only).
  • When playing as a GK in Pro Clubs, you will have no way of changing the camera off of the ‘End To End’ camera (XB1 Only).

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
Thursday, November 21, 2013
01:20 PM - November 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released an update to their mobile version of Madden NFL 25, which is available now for iOS and Android devices. It includes new features, improved gameplay and overall usability. Check out some of the details below.

  • Earn rewards and build your team rating faster when you complete collections
  • Collect a combination of players to unlock Elite players, coin rewards and more
  • Elite players have unique modifiers that boost your team’s attributes
  • New unique collections will be added weekly
  • Plays you own are free! They no longer cost coins to call them.
  • New interception system - Find yourself picking off passes with more authenticity
  • New kicking system – A new flick-based system makes kicking more fun
  • Bug fixes for improved stability
  • New players based on their performance so far this year.
  • More than 200 new games are now available!
  • Solo Challenges may be selected in any order and team requirements have been adjusted for easier access
  • Field Goals and Punt challenges now improved to provide more fun and variety with added wind effects
  • Auction House now provides expanded search options to help find the player you’re looking for!
  • Streamlined experience to get you playing faster than ever before
  • Team management improved to help you set the line-up of your dreams

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 54 - View All
01:02 PM - November 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the extended version of the NBA 2K14 next-gen Momentous trailer. While PS4 users have had time to play, Xbox One users have their opportunity when the game ships along with the console tomorrow.

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 97 - View All
12:38 PM - November 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Mount Panorama Racing Circuit - Bathurst
Bathurst is known by anyone who has raced there as something to be feared and respected. It is challenging and rewarding but will take its toll given the slightest mistake. The 3.8-mile circuit travels around, up and over Mount Panorama in Australia. The circuit’s 570-foot elevation change, off-camber corners, and narrow racing surface are technically a street circuit since it is made up entirely of public roads. Nearly every stretch of track has been named after notable supporters or events that contributed to the track’s rich history. On Conrod Straight, V8 Supercars will close in on 200 MPH before hitting the three-turn sequence of The Chase. Preceding Conrod Straight is Forrest’s Elbow – named after a motorcycle racer who scraped his elbow while racing. No matter where you are on Mount Panorama, the views and the tests of your driving skill will be tremendous.

Road Atlanta
Georgia’s Road Atlanta course, owned by local automaker and racing team Panoz Motorsports, is most famous as home to the crowning race of the ALMS season, Petit Le Mans. The 1,000-mile endurance race was one of the original events in the American Le Mans Series, and the winner of the race in each class automatically qualifies for the 24 Hour of Le Mans race the following year. Some may remember Road Atlanta as the scene of two of the most spectacular crashes in history, when a Porsche 911 GT1 did a complete backflip in 1998, followed in 2000 by a BMW V12 LMR—less a fault of the track and more an issue with insufficient aerodynamic development on the cars. Constructed in 1969 out of a farmer’s field in an area better known for oval-track racing, Road Atlanta has attracted some of the best North American race series to roar around a road course, including Can-Am, Trans Am, Formula 5000, and AMA motorcycle racing. Revived from a period of disuse in the mid-1990s by Don Panoz, changes included the addition of a chicane (turns 10a and 10b) to bring the track up to international race standards. On the long straight leading up to that chicane, the best LMP1 cars can exceed 200 mph. The track’s elevation changes and a wide variety of corner types make it the perfect venue to test the extreme performance of the latest ALMS and LMS racers, or to simply give your favorite car a workout.

Source - Forza Motorsport

Game: Forza Motorsport 5Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All

While you can't transfer your Career Mode players or club from current-gen to next-gen FIFA 14, EA Sports will reward the most loyal Career Mode players. The team plans to reward players based on their Career progress on current-gen and apply it to the beginning of their new Career on next-gen.

How does it work? As you go through the bootflow of FIFA 14 on next-gen, the game will recognize if you played FIFA 14 on Xbox 360/PS3, including how many games of Career Mode you have played. It will inform you of any carryover or perks that apply to your gaming progress. Regarding Career Mode - anytime you start a new Career you will be presented with a screen showing you the rewards you have been awarded and the option to disable some of them for that particular CM save file. You need to have played at least 15 games of Career Mode on Xbox 360/PS3 to qualify for these perks, and the more you played, the better the rewards. Below is a detailed breakdown of what you would get based on the amount of games played.

Tier 1 = Played at least 15 games
• +1 to all Career Pro attributes
• 1 Top GTN scout for one season
• +15% Initial transfer budget

Tier 2 = Played at least one season
• +3 to all Career Pro attributes
• 1 Top GTN scout for one season
• +30% Initial transfer budget
• Rematch Ability

Tier 3 = Played at least 2 seasons
• +5 to all Career Pro attributes
• 1 Top GTN scout for one season
• +60% Initial transfer budget
• Rematch Ability
• Edit Player functionality

Source - EA Forums

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
10:22 AM - November 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Gran Turismo 6 hasn't even released yet (it ships on December 6th), but creator Kazunori Yamauchi mentions the best case scenario would be for Gran Turismo 7 to release next year.

Resisting the temptation to challenge him on the game itself, he told us how the PlayStation 3's hardware was pushed to the very limit while making GT6, but that the next console, the PS4, should make everything easier for the seventh instalment.

"We don't want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7," Kazunori told us. "Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3's architecture, but of course the PS4's hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it".

Source - Top Gear

Game: Gran Turismo 7Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
01:10 PM - November 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The latest NBA 2K14 roster update adds Brandon Davies, Hollis Thompson, Miroslav Raduljica, Dwight Buycks, Julyan Stone and Robbie Hummel.

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 97 - View All
11:25 AM - November 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports has released the New York Knicks orange alternates and the San Antonio Spurs military uniforms for current-gen NBA 2K14. We should see these at a later date for next-gen consoles.

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 97 - View All
11:00 AM - November 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
KONAMI unveils free PES 2014 companion app for iOS systems, Android to follow

Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. has extended the reach of its popular myPES social element of PES 2014, with the release of a dedicated app for iOS users, with an Android version to follow shortly.

myPES was introduced in PES 2012 in a very basic form, and was designed to allow the sharing of results within the PES community. It has now been extended greatly and the free app allows for more detailed player and game data to be shared between users.

The app is releasing alongside the second PES 2014 Data Pack, which includes functions to support sending stats data from PES 2014. The companion app thus allows users to check and organize their match stats on their iOS and Android device, and offers analysis of shots, possession, passing, and patterns of play. The build-up to goals, potential weaknesses in the opposition, and data to adapt playing styles against key opponents can then be viewed.

The app is also key to building community structures within PES 2014. Groups can be created, and myPES will track results and rank players accordingly. Users that do not have their consoles connected online will have the option to save their stats through a QR code displayed after matches, which can be scanned using the app to synchronize results for future analysis.

The key features of myPES are:
Allows users to check a wide range of basic match data such as goal records, possession, passing.
Gain a grasp of what your game is all about by checking how you build up play, where do you start pressing the opposition? Do you like to walk the ball into the goal or prefer the route-1 approach?
Create a group with friends then compare and contrast your data. Who really is the best amongst you?
Data from all myPES users are collected and ranked in order. Can you make it to the top?
Upload Stats
Uploading stats can be done easily without a fixed internet connection. Just scan the QR code you are issued with after each match to keep updating your records.

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
05:42 PM - November 19, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted a full guide to everything NBA Live 14, which includes post controls, how to play better defense, setting up gathers and more.

Below are some of the controls, read the entire blog here.

Post Controls
  • R3 = Enter Backdown/Face-Up (when in Backdown)
  • RT/R2 = Hard Bump
  • RT/R2 + Left Stick = Hard Backdown
Additional Controls in Backdown
  • X/Square = Hook Shot
  • Left Stick Left or Right + X/Square = Fadeaway
  • Left Stick Right + Y/Triangle = Drop Step
  • Left Stick Left + Y/Triangle = Pro Hop
Gathers (Y/Triangle button)
  • Tap = Pro Hop
  • Tap + hold back on control stick = Step Back
  • Double-tap + flick control stick = Euro Step
  • Double-tap + spin control stick = Spin Gather
Passing (A/X Button)
  • Tap = Regular Pass
  • Double-tap = Bounce Pass
  • Hold button = Power Pass (Hold longer to pass to more distant teammate)
  • LB + Tap = Alley-Oop
  • Tap B/Circle = Lob pass
Shots, Layups & Dunks (X/Square)
  • Release shoot button at apex of shot for best results (More than 300 signature shots)
  • Hold shoot (when driving) = Layup
  • RT/R2 + shoot (when driving) = Dunk
  • LB/L1 + shoot (when moving) = Floater

Game: NBA Live 14Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 17 - View All