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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, May 15, 2015
09:46 AM - May 15, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

There's game out there that features what we as sports gamers love (deep gameplay, loads of statistics, free agency, a college league and draft, team customization, etc.), yet is most likely unknown to a large percentage of OSers.

Frozen Cortex wasn't even on my radar, until it's latest update introduced Manager Mode. Now, it just got done eating up most of my weekend gaming time. What is Frozen Cortex, and why is it so good?

Read More - Frozen Cortex: The Best Sports Game You (Probably) Aren't Playing

Game: Frozen CortexReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, May 8, 2015
06:00 PM - May 8, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Caley Roark

It's easy to appreciate a game that knows its platform. Too often we get up-scaled or down-sized titles that fail to take advantage of the system they are on (see last gen Wii games).

To its credit, WWE 2K on iOS knows what works and doesn't work on a mobile device. In the long run, it's limiting for hardcore wrestling fans, but what little it does, it does well.

Read More - WWE 2K Mobile Review (iOS) (Written by Caley Roark)

Game: WWE 2KReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
09:01 AM - April 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


In March, Out of the Park developments delivered another solid management sim with OOTP 16. The minor changes were enough to solidify the whole package, making it the best looking and best playing version of the series to date. But, what about OOTP’s smaller portable companion, the former iOOTP? How does MLB Manager 2015 fair this season?


Read More - MLB Manager 2015 Review (iOS)

Game: MLB Manager 2015Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, April 17, 2015
10:06 AM - April 17, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


For those of us who understand the brilliance of Out of the Park Baseball, the annual question isn’t “Should I buy the new version?”, but more so “What new stuff do I get this year?” For me, last year was a bit of a down year. OOTP 15 was a great game, but beyond 3D graphics, the developers didn’t bring a ton of innovation to the series. For some reason, I ended up playing OOTP 15 a lot less than previous years.

After a few weeks with OOTP 16, I will say the new stuff this year certainly warrants a purchase. In fact, though it seems to be said every year, this may be the best Out of the Park game yet.


Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 16 Review (PC/Mac)

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Saturday, April 11, 2015
09:48 AM - April 11, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


We often laud the console versions of The Show for their consistent quality — which, admittedly, might come at the expense of groundbreaking new features. However, this slow march toward perfection is an ideal match for a game that is itself slow to implement change.

On the Vita, however, nearly any change can be hard to spot. Outside of directional hitting and some new animations, MLB 15: The Show feels remarkably similar to last year’s version.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: PS Vita Impressions

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
Saturday, April 4, 2015
11:02 AM - April 4, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

While we often praise The Show series for its small but meaningful changes, MLB 15: The Show does offer one giant change: Diamond Dynasty has been completed revamped.

The core system of the past, which featured fictional players who evolved over time, is gone. Instead, we are given a much more streamlined approach to collecting cards and building a team.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Diamond Dynasty Impressions

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - View All
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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 20 - 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: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 20 - 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.
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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 16Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - 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...


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