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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, August 12, 2016
01:06 PM - August 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

ďWe think Axis Football is a lot of fun, but it's certainly not up to current standard for sports simulations in terms of graphics and depth of features.Ē This is the statement on the future of Axis Football at the bottom on its Steam page. Itís an important admission and perspective to keep in mind as you read my analysis of the independently developed Axis Football 2016.


Read More - Axis Football 2016 Review (PC)

Game: Axis Football 2016Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
08:55 AM - August 3, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. In 2016, it was a relatively quiet one. Sure, there were a lot of trades, but we just didn't see the blockbusters or big names moved like we have in the past. Even some recently active teams, like the Phillies, remained quiet on Monday.

But what if things had played out differently? What other big trades might have been executed with even just the most minor of changes?

Using Out of the Park 2016, here are some "big" trades that went down on a simulated July 31st (OOTP uses the traditional date in its simulation).

Read More - Simulating the Trade Deadline in OOTP

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 17Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Thursday, July 21, 2016
08:16 AM - July 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Rocket Ski Racing, a game originally released on iOS, made the jump to Steam last week, albeit in Early Access. In its current state, is this unique and retro racer worth your time and $10?


Read More - Rocket Ski Racing Early Access First Look

Game: Rocket Ski RacingReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, July 7, 2016
09:11 AM - July 7, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Since its inception, the Diamond Dynasty suite of modes is something that I wanted to like. The combination of collectible card game, roster management and baseball simulation should have been right in my wheelhouse. Yet, year after year, it quickly took a backseat to the stalwart Franchise mode; then, later, the vastly improved Road to the Show.

Something about Diamond Dynasty just didn't click for me. Maybe it was its reliance on online play for a truly engaging experience. The management and collection side of things also just made building a roster a min/max experience -- simply start all of your best players and never look back.

So, imagine my internal surprise as I admit that in 2016, shortly before the All-Star Break, Diamond Dynasty has been my go-to mode. In fact, I'm hardly a month into my franchise, which I started shortly after the OS Rosters were released. What happened?

Read More - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Thursday, May 12, 2016
02:41 PM - May 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Battle Royale is my favorite new addition to MLB: The Show. Since the online issues have improved, itís also where I spend most of my time. While Iím not terribly good yet, I have gathered some tips that have helped me improve. At the risk of facing stiffer competition, here are some guidelines to help you climb the Battle Royale ladder.

Oh, but first, an overarching point: Battle Royale is not traditional baseball, so donít treat it that way. All of the Diamond Dynasty modes that utilize the shorter three-inning games and increased pitcher fatigue bend the rules of the game enough to make a non-traditional approach necessary. This is a theme that winds its way through my tips, but is important enough to highlight on its own. You almost need to approach it as an extra-innings game. The best real-life analog would be the second half of the ďrain splitĒ Game 5 of the 2008 World Series. Keep in mind, just as in extra innings, one run can usually win it.


Read More - MLB The Show 16: Tips for Winning in Battle Royale

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Thursday, March 31, 2016
02:12 PM - March 31, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


For years, MLB The Show has been a series known for its incremental upgrades -- small changes that generally increase the overall quality of an already quality title. Whether improving the lighting engine or analog controls, these year-to-year improvements were well received, but not typically earth-shattering features. This "slow but steady" philosophy makes sense for a relatively small development team, but often left some users unimpressed. "Stale" was a common complaint, though one unattached from the general consensus that The Show was still one of the best sports games on the market.

After playing MLB The Show 16 for the last week, Iíll start with the obvious; it's still The Show. As usual, there is not one giant game-changing, "back of the box" upgrade that makes this yearís game feel like something brand new. Instead, the "small but meaningful" description I have used in the past to talk about The Show is still apt.

Before you check out and cast The Show 16 off as another collection of small tweaks, hereís the catch: The sheer amount of changes, whether under the hood, visual, or mode-related, collectively make this the most improved, and best, Show of this generation.

Read More - MLB The Show 16 Review (PS4)

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Monday, March 21, 2016
04:25 PM - March 21, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The DLC is all here!


2K is one of the few remaining publishers to release big budget sports titles through Steam. 2K's latest PC release is WWE 2K16. If you are a fan of wrestling, and haven't yet picked up this year's version, is this the one to get?


Read More - WWE 2K16 Comes to the PC: Should You Buy It?

Game: WWE 2K16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
Monday, February 22, 2016
02:44 PM - February 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Diamond Dynasty is a mode that began as just another Ultimate Team clone, using card collecting as a way to extend and monetize traditional gameplay. However, during the past few iterations, the mode has blazed a new trail by incorporating unique and interesting features. It's almost as if Diamond Dynasty is in a constant state of evolution; this year looks to be the biggest set of changes yet.

Here are some of my quick reactions while watching the most recent Twitch stream...

Read More - MLB The Show 16 Thoughts: Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Monday, February 15, 2016
09:33 AM - February 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

In the latest stream, some MLB 16 The Show developers revealed some of the "little things" we can expect to see improved this year.

-The Operation Sports community got some love from the developers when they (re)introduced "Sounds of the Show" on the PS4. I am excited to see customized soundtracks, walk-up music and chants return because these things really help create an authentic atmosphere. The feature has been sorely missed this generation, and its inclusion seems like a real labor of love for the developers.

-Sounds of the Show looks to be as fully featured as we remember, and doesn't seem too difficult to use. The number of tracks and sounds seems suitable for most users, and using a webcam or other device for chants is a reasonable hurdle to clear.

-Interactive and context-sensitive tutorials are something all games should have. While this might not be the biggest addition for longtime users, those of us with kids appreciate the help they provide for the youngest fans.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: The Little Things in This Year's Game

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
01:27 PM - February 10, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


MLB The Show 16
information is now rolling out fast and heavy as we head into Spring Training season. The most recent Twitch stream focused exclusively on gameplay. Below are some of my quick reactions as I watched the feed.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: Gameplay Taking Steps Forward

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Monday, February 8, 2016
10:13 AM - February 8, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The MLB The Show team in San Diego released their first Twitch stream last week, focusing on the improved Road to the Show mode and new Showtime feature. Here are some initial thoughts on these additions based on what I saw during the stream.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: Breaking Down the First Twitch Stream

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Saturday, February 6, 2016
06:36 PM - February 6, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

The 2015-16 NFL season ends on Sunday, but that does not mean you have to go without realistic professional football until August. Draft Day Sports: Pro Football is a new text sim that allows you to create a league, fill it with teams and guide one of them to a championship. While the text-sim market is pretty small (but fierce), is DDS: Pro Football good enough to rise above the rest and keep your football itch satisfied until the fall?

Read More - Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2016 Review (PC)

Game: Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2016Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
01:19 PM - January 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


MLB The Show 16
is going to tease us with a steady stream of news over the next two months, instead of their traditional fact sheet release. This is certainly a good way to build anticipation, even if it makes it harder to wait until release season. I'll take it though: The Show's Twitch feeds are some of the best -- and most honest -- marketing in the sports industry.

Read More - MLB The Show 16: Road to the Show Revamped, But Is it For the Better?

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All
Thursday, December 17, 2015
03:57 PM - December 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

I always enjoy checking out games that represent under-represented sports, including cricket, lacrosse and rugby. Part of the enjoyment I gain is the challenge of learning a new sport and a new set of rules.

So I was excited to have the opportunity to look at Handball 16, a game based on a sport I know little about that released on most major consoles. Read on to see exactly what Handball 16 is and whether or not the game is worth your time.

Read More - Handball '16 Review (PC)

Game: Handball '16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
09:15 AM - December 8, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

As the Winter Meetings begin, so does our first look at the next iteration of everyone's favorite -- OK, only -- MLB simulation. Besides a new naming convention, what else does MLB The Show 16 have in store for baseball fans this Spring? Here are a few quick reactions from the first wave of information...

Read More - Quick Takeaways from MLB The Show 16's Weekend Announcement

Game: MLB The Show 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 21 - View All

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