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Caley Roark

Home Town: Lancaster, PA
Sports: Football, Baseball
Games: NFL 2K5, MVP 05, NBA 2k series, Civilization
Teams: Phillies, Eagles, Sixers
OS Username: CPRoark
Tags: Live: Mr Rockit
Monday, July 21, 2014
02:52 PM - July 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Last week I was browsing a local game store that specializes in retro titles. I found MLB Slugfest Loaded, a title absent from my Xbox baseball game collection, and picked up for $3.99.

Upon throwing it in my old console, I was surprised by this ancient arcade game's depth. While its on the field gameplay is pure arcade action, thereís a simulation at Slugfestís core. Backed by the Baseball Mogul "sim engine", its franchise mode featured a loaded roster, realistic contracts and a wealth of stats.

Read More - RBI Baseball 14: Is It Worth It on Next-Gen Consoles?

Game: R.B.I. Baseball 14Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 10 - View All
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:02 AM - July 15, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
While tonightís All-Star Game marks the customary mid-point in the MLB calendar, most teams hit the 81 game mark around the beginning of July. And, while we are only halfway through the season, most teamsí fates are relatively sealed. Your team is probably pushing toward the playoffs, or pushing players out the door, ahead of the impending trading deadline.

But what if things had happened slightly differently? Perhaps, with a few lucky breaks and bounces, your favorite player is in the MVP discussion and not the trade rumor mill. Or maybe a key injury has limited your team's ascent in the standings.

Using the stellar Out of the Park 15, weíve simulated this ďalternate realityĒ through July 1st. See how things could have gone, or better yet, report your own version of 2014 in the comments below.

Read More - OOTP Baseball Sims the First Half of the 2014 Season

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 3 - View All
Thursday, July 3, 2014
09:54 AM - July 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

For the past week, Iíve been playing--and more importantly, enjoying--one of the most unique sports titles on the iOS system. Qvadriga is a chariot-racing sim with a fair amount of management; enough, in fact, for the site PocketTactics to call it ďFootball Manager for classical Roman chariot teams.Ē

Read More - Qvadriga Review (iOS/Android/PC)

Game: QvadrigaReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 19, 2014
10:26 AM - June 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Last week, while browsing the Playstation Network Store, a new sports title caught my eye: Don Bradmanís Cricket 14. I was not only surprised to see a cricket game on the US PSN, but also by the fact that it appeared to be a full-featured, non-indy title. With the knowledge that cricket is a distant ancestor of baseball (my favorite sport), I decided to give this title a try.

Before reading my experiences, please keep in mind that this a review in structure only. Sure, Iíll give you the good, bad, and ugly, as well as offer buying recommendations at the end. But I am hardly a cricket expert. Basically, this is one baseball fanís take on Don Bradmanís Cricket 14.


Read More - Don Bradman Cricket 14: A Baseball Fan Takes a Look

Game: Don Bradman Cricket 14Reader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PCVotes: 1 - View All
Friday, May 30, 2014
01:09 PM - May 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Last week, we ran an insightful article that highlights some of MLB 14: The Showís small, but impactful, problems. All of those issues Jayson points out are evident, and can detract from the overall fun.

However, I think MLB 14 on the PS4 is one of my favorite games from the last five years. Iíve probably played more games in The Show this year than any baseball game in the past; only rivaled by MVP 2005.

So, in the interest of balance, here are small, but important additions MLB 14: The Show gets right.


Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Little Things Which Add to the Experience

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Monday, May 12, 2014
08:57 AM - May 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Itís been more than a month since MLB 14: The Show released on PS3, and for many of us, April was agonizingly long month. As a community, we collectively waited for the release of our favorite baseball game on PS4 by analyzing every piece of news and video, playing lots of The Show on PS3, or perhaps just watching real baseball. My short trip to San Francisco to play the new version with the developers was an all too brief tease, as were the gameplay videos and Puig/Pence showdown.

The month is over, however, and those with the interest and ability probably have the next gen version of The Show firmly planted in their PS4s. If you are still looking for info and deciding whether to jump in, read on to see my thoughts on this latest edition of Sonyís hardball title.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show Review (PS4)

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
10:00 AM - May 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Yesterday was a day of great anticipation -- and angst for digital purchasers -- as MLB 14 The Show finally hit the market on the PlayStation 4. The release of MLB 14 The Show on PS4 signals a new generation of baseball games, hopefully one that brings great innovation, realism, and fun.

If you are still on the fence, here are five reasons you'll want to make the jump to the PS4 version of The Show...

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Five Reasons to Upgrade to PS4

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
10:52 AM - April 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The newest edition of the well-reviewed Out of the Park Baseball series has gone live. And, after a week of playing, I can attest, as usual, the latest edition is the best -- even without one of its newest features.

If you havenít read my initial impressions, that would be a good place to start. If you have, they all still hold true -- in fact, my overall impression of the game has gone up with repeated plays.

Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 15 (PC/Mac)

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / Mac / PCVotes: 3 - View All
Friday, April 18, 2014
10:59 AM - April 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Iíve had sometime to explore the latest edition of Out of the Park, perhaps one of the most highly regarded sports titles here at Operation Sports. Each year, OOTP seems to take small but meaningful steps toward being the most comprehensive and realistic baseball sim available.

Here are some quick thoughts after a week with Out of the Park 15.

Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 15: Preview Build Impressions

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:58 PM - April 8, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a special preview of MLB 14: The Show on PS4.

Despite the event being deep in the heart of the Sony, it felt anything but corporate. Instead, the morning felt more like hanging out with a bunch of baseball fans, including Ramone Russell, talking sports and video games. We discussed everything from the MLB replay system to NFL 2K5, all while playing the next-gen version of everyoneís favorite baseball game.

In fact, playing is what we did for the majority of the event. My goal was to experience the game as a whole, and not to dig into specific portions of the game. I didnít visit every stadium (in fact, they werenít all available in the current build) or dissect individual player models. Only exhibition and head-to-head modes were available. This objective colors the below observations which, again, are rather big picture.


Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Hands-on Preview (PS4)

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
09:22 AM - April 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Thanks to their consistently quality work and continued updates, Out of the Park Developments routinely produces a super product in Out of the Park Baseball. Out of the Park 15 looks to be the latest iteration of one of the highest rated games here at Operations Sports.

If you havenít tried this text sim before -- and if OOTP's quality continues its upward trend -- here are four reasons to give OOTP 15 a shot...

Read More - Four Reasons to Play Out of the Park Baseball

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / Mac / PCVotes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
09:43 AM - March 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Last Fall, I reviewed Franchise Hockey Manager, a professional hockey text sim from the makers of Out of the Park Baseball. At that time, FHM felt relatively unfinished, despite its pedigree and huge amounts of potential.

Recently, FHM was updated with its largest patch yet, according to its developer. Here is a quick break down of two of those improved systems, and my associated thoughts.

Read More - Franchise Hockey Manager Gets Major Update

Game: Franchise Hockey ManagerReader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 1 - View All
Monday, March 10, 2014
09:49 AM - March 10, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


With the additions of online franchise and quicker games, MLB 14: The Show is making it more appealing than ever to jump into its deep franchise mode. However, for some, the question then becomes: Which team should I pick?

For most, the answer is simple: their favorite team. But what if you are want a more specific challenge than getting the home nine to the World Series?

Here are some good (and tough) places to start...

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Best Franchise Challenges

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Monday, March 3, 2014
01:02 PM - March 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last week, I jokingly commented on MLB 14: The Show's fact sheet, which included the addition of "left-handed infielders." To me, this seemed not only an odd thing to add, but an odd thing to publicize.

If you are unfamiliar with why left-handed infielders are so rare, it has to do with fielding and throwing runners out. Lefties field with their right hand, but need to throw to the left (first base) to get the out. This leads to an awkward transition, bad throws, and extra time for the runner. Think about the throw a right-handed first basemen needs to make on a 3-6-3 double play, or a right-handed quarterback who rolls to the left for similar throws.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: A History of Left-Handed Infielders

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
09:31 AM - February 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Shortly after breaking down the first wave of information regarding MLB 14: The Show, we were treated with the gameís entire fact sheet. Hereís a quick look at the highs and lows of Sonyís latest press release.

Read More - MLB 14: The Show Fact Sheet What's Hot/Not

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 4 - View All

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