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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
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: 2 - 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 ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 67 - 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: 2 - 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: Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 0 - 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 ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 67 - 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 ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 67 - 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 ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 67 - View All
Friday, February 14, 2014
09:43 AM - February 14, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Nothing can help end the winter doldrums quite like two things: the phrase "pitchers and catchers report" and information on the latest edition of MLB: The Show.

We got both of those this week, as well as another winter storm here in the Northeast. The disappointing delay of both versions of MLB 14:The Show, along with never-ending snow make it seem as if Spring will never get here.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Wrapping Up Yesterday

Game: MLB 14 The ShowHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 67 - View All
Monday, February 3, 2014
09:46 AM - February 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last week, Out of the Park Baseball 15 was announced (unsurprisingly), as were some of its key new features.

Without any more information than what was presented, here are some quick opinions on this stellar seriesí new additions.

Read More - OOTP 15: Feature Breakdown

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Hype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 2 - View All
Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:57 AM - January 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Last week, I took a quick look at the declining state of arcade pro sports games. I concluded by suggesting that you check out those that made the genre great, before they become too difficult to track down.

To that end, here are my favorite arcade games featuring players from each of the four major pro sports.

Read More - The Four Best Arcade Pro Sports Titles

Monday, January 13, 2014
09:59 AM - January 13, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Some of the best reviewed and best remembered sports games of the past two generations have been of the arcade variety. In fact, these titles were once a staple of the genre. Iíve spent the same amount of time playing NBA Street, NFL Street, the Midway titles, and The Bigs as I have their AAA counterparts. (For this article, Iím purposefully leaving out extreme sports and racing games, which often intentionally straddle the line between sim and arcade).

What makes these titles shine is their ability to capture what we like about sports -- gameplay, player ability, roster management, etc. -- in quick, hard-hitting doses. When playing an arcade title, I donít care about slider adjustments or statistical realism; I just want to see how the next play unfolds and ultimately affects the scoreboard. In some ways, these games are the purest representations of sports available.

But yet, these titles continue to disappear from the marketplace. Why is this?

Read More - Arcade Games: Where Art Thou?

Friday, January 3, 2014
11:16 AM - January 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

For all the hype Madden and the NFL gets each year, it's surprising that there are very few pro football text sims available. Even those available donít get much press.

Iím not sure why, either. Football is as ingrained in statistics as baseball, and there are multiple quality baseball text sims produced each year. American football is more popular here in the states than football (soccer), yet there are at least two annual soccer sims that regularly get top billing on Steam.

However, for whatever reason, finding a football text sim is difficult. Perhaps the most ďmainstreamĒ was the NFL Head Coach series, produced for consoles by EA. But thereís been another option quietly gaining a following among football fans for over a decade: Front Office Football. The seventh iteration of of FOF was just released by the small company Solecismic Software; will Front Office Football 7 fill the pro football text sim niche?

Read More - Front Office Football Seven Review (PC)

Game: Front Office Football SevenReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, December 30, 2013
08:51 AM - December 30, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Major League Baseball 2K13 was the last baseball game on Microsoft consoles, for now.


As I mentioned in my review of the PS4, baseball games have always played a large part in my console purchasing decisions; World Series Baseball on the Xbox was the very definition of a "console-seller" for me.

So there's a certain tragedy as we head into 2014 with no sign of baseball on the Xbox One, and no baseball titles other than Sony's own MLB 14: The Show on PS4. The once full field of baseball titles from, say, 2004 (World Series, All-Star, MVP, High Heat, Slugfest) has dwindled to one.


Read More - Top Five Stories of 2013: The End of Microsoft Baseball (For Now)

Game: Major League Baseball 2K13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
Thursday, December 12, 2013
11:04 AM - December 12, 2013. Posted by DustinT. Written by Caley Roark

Though you may buy it from a place that sells video games, and play it on a machine called a gaming console, I would hesitate to label Gran Turismo 6 as a game.

The word I find more accurately describes this title is simulation. When thought of in the same vein as flight and economic sims, it's a bit easier to overlook some of GT6ís flaws -- even if this is the best entry in the series to date.

Gran Turismo 6 Review (PS3) - Read More

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Monday, November 25, 2013
01:16 PM - November 25, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


It was over ten years ago when I purchased an Xbox, based solely on the availability of one game: World Series Baseball. I was amazed by the graphical fluidity, realistic ballparks, and features (like managing staff) that couldnít be found elsewhere.

Last summer, I found myself in a similar position. Just as I had done in 2002, I made a console purchase based almost entirely on the availability of baseball games. I preordered a PS4.

Now, having spent a weekend with the new console, do I feel that this decision -- regardless of future baseball availability -- was a good one? Should you jump on board the next generation with Sonyís new console? Is the PS4 even a good console as a whole?

The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding ďmaybe.Ē

Read More - PlayStation 4 Console Review

Platform: PS4

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