Author Bio
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, March 27, 2015
10:23 AM - March 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Professional wrestling games are a bit odd. They must capture the spirit of a scripted form of entertainment, while providing a competitive experience with an undetermined outcome. You often change between promoter and athlete, scheduling matches which you then play in. Yet, despite these contradictions, I usually enjoy these titles, even though I am not an ardent follower of the real shows.

Enter 5 Star Wrestling, a PS3 digital title that seeks to recreate the pro wrestling experience. Like the genre’s big budget titles, this smaller game is full of inconsistencies. This time, however, they serve to make a rather dreadful experience.

Read More - 5 Star Wrestling Review (PS3)

Game: 5 Star WrestlingReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 0 - View All
Thursday, March 19, 2015
09:14 AM - March 19, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

If there has been a theme to the recent MLB 15: The Show live streams, it's that the development team is focused on the details. From skin tones to lighting, the new additions reinforce the idea that The Show is a series which gets a lot of the "little things" right.

There's a dual danger to this approach though, albeit one mitigated by Sony San Diego's commitment to a deep and transparent marketing strategy: casual users may miss these minute improvements, while long time fans can find plenty of details that are still missing.

Read More - For Better or Worse, The Show is in the Details

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Thursday, March 5, 2015
05:20 PM - March 5, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Caley Roark

When February started, what we knew about MLB 15: The Show was slim. Since then, we’ve been treated to a deluge of information, including weekly live feeds and frank discussions about the development process. As I wrote previously, this marketing strategy is a unique one in the industry — but certainly helps us set our expectations accurately.

Now that March -- and release month -- is here, here are my most anticipated changes and additions, as featured in the streams thus far.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show Anticipated Features (Written by Caley Roark)

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:54 PM - February 25, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

For Major League Baseball, it’s been one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory. For players of MLB: The Show, these moves often bring more excitement, as we get to "play" with/as these guys in our favorite game.

Here are five intriguing moves that may change the way you play MLB 15: The Show...

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: How The Offseason is Shaping This Year's Game

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Monday, February 16, 2015
01:48 PM - February 16, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
During Thursday's Twitch feed, the MLB 15: The Show team showed off a revamped Diamond Dynasty mode. While there are a lot of things to be excited about with any new version of The Show, improvements to Diamond Dynasty (DD) mode are certainly an intriguing and welcome change.

If you haven't experienced DD before, it's The Show's version of EA's innovative Ultimate Team mode. The gist of these modes is to collect some kind of currency, spend it on packs of virtual cards, and build a competitive team. EA has mastered the art of making Ultimate Team addictive -- and squeezing you for a little extra cash after you've bought the main game.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Revamped Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
01:11 PM - February 11, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

In our MLB 15: The Show preview podcast last week, I expressed my surprise at the lack of available information. At that time, we were nearly two months away from release, and most of what we knew came from online product pages.

Since then, we've been given a detailed fact sheet and a lengthy Twitch feed to digest. It was while watching the video feed that it occurred to me how unique the marketing of MLB 15 seems to be.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: An Era of Transparency

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
01:08 PM - January 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Out of the Park Developments continues to surprise us with their major additions to each version of its outstanding baseball sim. Last year, it was the advent of 3D animations; in 2015, OOTP 16 will add an official MLB license.

This isn’t the only surprising or anticipated feature recently announced. Here’s a list of the expected additions and what they might mean for one of OS’s top-rated games.

Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 16: Quick Breakdown of the New Features

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
01:01 PM - January 20, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

As it turns out, one of the top new multiplayer games available on Steam is a sports game...sort of. It's also a lot like a first-person shooter, and contains more colors than you'd think possible.

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is an unwieldy, but hyper-accurate title for this early-access independent game from developer Erik Asmussen. In it, you are a robot, fighting in a Tron-like arena with the simple task of throwing balls at the other team.

Read More - Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is a Fun Experience

Game: Robot Roller-Derby Disco DodgeballReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
03:33 PM - January 6, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

A lot of us at Operation Sports, myself included, are quick to point out that our favorite video game genre is sliding toward obscurity. Each year, it seems we lose at least one annual franchise. Some entire sports are only on one console, or worse, not represented at all.

It's easy to prophesize doom; it's much harder to be positive. That said, there are reasons to look forward to 2015 including some that indicate this will be a landmark year.

Read More - Why Sports Games Will Be Even Better in 2015...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
08:57 AM - December 30, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

If you've just unwrapped Madden 15 for either the Xbox One or PS4, you are probably getting used to one of the major new features, the "War in the Trenches 2.0." This new system provides more user control of the defensive line, and can be quite fun--if you take the time to progress through the tutorials and master the controls.

To help you get started, here are some of the best pass rushers in Madden 15, by position, as of the latest roster update.

Read More - Building a Quality Defensive Line in Madden NFL 15

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 37 - View All
Monday, December 29, 2014
03:35 PM - December 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Unwrap a new iPad or an iPhone 6 for Christmas? Or, do you have lots of travel time to kill over the holidays? Here are a few iOS Sports games that might have flown under your Santa-tracking radar.

Read More - Five Sports Apps You May Have Missed in 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
01:36 PM - December 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Looking to buy a last minute Christmas gift, either for yourself or someone else? Here are a few reasons to revisit one of the year’s best sports games, MLB 14: The Show.

Read More - Why MLB 14: The Show is a Great Gift for the Holidays

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 9 - View All
Monday, December 1, 2014
07:55 AM - December 1, 2014. Posted by DustinT. Written by Caley Roark

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you may want some way to rid yourself of that extra turkey before the food onslaught that is Christmas begins. Fitness games have long tried to get gamers off the couch, with varying degrees of success. Will Shape Up, the most recent fitness game utilizing Kinect technology, help burn off the holiday feast?

READ MORE - Shape Up Review (Xbox One)

Game: Shape UpReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, November 27, 2014
08:23 AM - November 27, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family, food, and football. When the food runs out and the football ends, what does the sports gamer do with his family? Here are some suggested sports titles to check out this holiday season.

FIFA 15/ Pro Evolution Soccer 2015: Nearly any soccer game is great on the couch with friends, but this fall we’ve been given two stellar titles. Even the controls, at their most basic level, will work for the youngest sports fan.

Madden 15: Similarly, this year has produced an outstanding pro football title, at least on the PS4/Xbox One. Let the trash talking ensue as you replay all of the Thanksgiving matchups deep into Black Friday.

Home Run Derby (like that in MLB 14: The Show): Also perfect for both trash talk and casual play are home run derby contests. Make friendly wagers using pieces of pumpkin pie or leftover Halloween candy. If these seems too traditional, dig out The Bigs 2 for some home run pinball.

Disney Infinity: My daughter and I love designing crazy worlds in this family game, including some outlandish race tracks. There’s nothing quite like pulling off some crazy stunts as Iron Man astride the Muppet’s Electric Mayhem Bus. Also, the extra Disney Infinity figures make great stocking stuffers.

Nearly any arcade sports title from a previous generation: Thanksgiving is a natural time for reminiscing, so why not blow the dust off of your old consoles and relive the glory years. Games like Tecmo Bowl, Blades of Steel, WWE AllStars, and the Street series are easy to jump back into, assuming your copies still work!

Mario Kart 8: It seems like Mario Kart 8 might be one of the best reasons to own a Wii-U, while at the same time holding universal appeal to nearly every age group.

Happy Thanksgiving from Operation Sports!

What do you plan on playing with your family this holiday season?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
11:08 AM - November 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Though there are a number of arcade titles available in the iOS app store, I tend to gravitate toward the more “thinky” style of game when playing on my phone/iPad. Perhaps it’s the small screen size, the ambiguity of touch controls, or my increasingly slow reflexes.

The same is true of sports games. There are a lot of action-oriented sports titles, but the ones I like most exchange action for strategy: iOOTP Baseball or Blood Bowl, for instance. Pro Strategy Football 2014 falls perfectly into this category, and is one of the best “thinking man’s” football titles available, though it's not without its issues.

Read More - Pro Strategy Football 2014 Review (iOS)

Game: Pro Strategy Football 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / iOSVotes: 0 - View All

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