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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
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
12:49 PM - May 3, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

A few years ago, I reviewed a web-based baseball text sim called Dynasty League Baseball Online. In that article, I praised its depth, accessibility, and ability to generate tense and exciting games.

Beyond those positive characteristics, its online delivery means Dynasty League Baseball Online can push in updates and features seamlessly. Below are some new features added in the past few years along with some brief impressions.


Read More - Dynasty League Baseball Online: A Good Online Based Text Sim

Game: Dynasty League Baseball OnlineReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / MacVotes: 11 - View All
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
02:58 PM - March 8, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Last week, the scientific community focused on the discovery of seven earth-sized planets that orbit the star TRAPPIST 1, three of which may lie in the “Goldilocks Zone.” Alluding to the fabled character, the Goldilocks Zone is the area around a star where conditions are just right -- not too cold or too hot -- to encourage life.

As the hype for The Show ramps up, I thought about the Goldilocks Zone and how it might apply to sports games, specifically franchise modes. You see, when trying to play through multiple years of The Show, typically, one of two things happen: I finish one full season right before Madden comes out and then quickly switch sports, or I get antsy to play out the offseason and give in to the “sim temptation.”

Neither of these outcomes are the fault of The Show, which has demonstrated consistent excellence. Instead, it’s an inherent problem when trying to play through the MLB season: simply too many games. In other words, it lies outside the Goldilocks Zone.

Read More - The Franchise Mode 'Goldilocks Zone'

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
12:29 PM - March 1, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
While we are surpassing 70 degrees in the northeast, I've been getting my fill of snow in Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain. Blizzard Mountain is a content pack that was released last December in the middle of the busy holiday and award season. It was generally overlooked here at OS; maybe you also missed the release of this expansion pack that twists the Forza formula, in many cases, for the better.

Blizzard Mountain isn't just the DLC's name, it's also the name of the newest locale you'll visit while tearing through Australia. And yes, there is snow and skiing in the land down under (don't worry, I had to check too). Unfortunately, this new area doesn't really integrate with the main map; you'll need to catch a helicopter and a loading screen to get to the new zone.

Read More - Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain Impressions

Game: Forza Horizon 3Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10:58 AM - February 7, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Even though we are experiencing one of the most active periods on the sports calendar, it’s the doldrums for sports video games. While we are waiting for the next big release (MLB 17: The Show), here are a few mobile sports games that might make the time go more quickly.

Retro Winter Sports 1986


This title is a pure nostalgia trip; taking that into account, it’s a fun little game that offers a lot for a small price.

Basically, this is an updated, yet intentionally retro version of the old Epyx published Winter Games title that was available on multiple consoles in the late 80s. In this one, you have access to six Winter Olympics-style events: Slalom (skiing) races, speed skating, ski jumping, bobsled curling and the biathlon.

Read More - Retro Winter Sports 1986 Impressions (iOS/Android)

Game: Retro Winter Sports 1986Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
09:12 AM - February 7, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
Even though we are experiencing one of the most active periods on the sports calendar, it’s the doldrums for sports video games. While we are waiting for the next big release (MLB 17: The Show), here are a few mobile sports games that might make the time go more quickly.

MLB 9 Innings Manager

This game released last fall, but has been receiving constant updates each month. Unfortunately, even with the revised content, this game doesn’t set itself apart from the majority of other free-to-play sports games in the App Store.

Read More - MLB 9 Innings Manager Impressions (iOS)

Game: MLB 9 Innings ManagerReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, November 18, 2016
11:32 AM - November 18, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Text sims are called that for a reason; traditionally, games in this genre are mostly text and numbers. Even modern titles like Out of the Park can look like (fun) spreadsheets at times. For veterans, there is joy to navigating walls of information; for newcomers, everything might look too daunting or, frankly, boring.

Thanks, I think, in part to the rise of mobile gaming, we are getting more “casual” text sims on the PC: those simulations that may be a little more pretty, a little less deep, but just as fun as their more time-consuming counterparts.

A recent example is Motorsport Manager, which gets its PC release a few years after a successful launch on iOS. Now backed by SEGA, this game from PlaySport is one of the nicest looking simulation/management games available, even if its depth and fun aren’t quite as commendable.


Read More - Motorsport Manager Review (PC)

Game: Motorsport ManagerHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
11:32 AM - October 18, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


Franchises that release annually have to walk a fine edge. Play it safe, and the complaints often include words like “tired” or “roster update.” Stray too far away from the core gameplay or throw in too many new features, and critics will cite gimmicks like Madden’s vision cone.

The WWE franchise has another tightrope to walk, as it needs to transform scripted events into a competitive combat game, all while incorporating the entertainment elements the brand is known for.

In other words, 2K has to do a lot of things perfectly to craft a decent and captivating WWE game. WWE 2K17 falls a little too far on the safe side and doesn’t quite go far enough with the entertainment aspect to be a truly great game. However, for wrestling fans, there is still a lot here to like.

Read More - WWE 2K17 Review (PS4/XB1)

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, October 14, 2016
09:47 AM - October 14, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark


While you can expect a full review early next week, here are my initial thoughts after a day with WWE 2K17...


Read More - WWE 2K17 Reviewer Impressions

Game: WWE 2K17Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
05:51 PM - October 4, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Caley Roark

Last week, the folks at Performance Designed Products sent us one of their new NFL Faceoff Controllers to use and review. These controllers, designed for the Xbox One and Windows, feature detachable faceplates with official licensed NFL team logos and graphics.

In a press release, PDP states, "the controller features advanced technology, high performance analog sticks, and a premium finish. The product will ship with an authentic replica football finish and include a code for a free NFL team faceplate that will be delivered by mail."

Read More - NFL Faceoff Controller Review (Written by: Caley Roark)

Game: NFL Faceoff ControllerReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
11:40 AM - September 27, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark
We’ve seen many technological “gimmicks” make their way into -- and out of -- the video game industry: 3D games, motion controls, playmats, the Kinect, etc. The sports genre, in particular, has had uneven success with these enhancements. For every good golf game that used a motion controller, there were three barely functioning fitness games.

The next addition on the horizon for PS4 owners is PlayStation VR, releasing on October 13. The success of this new platform, like any other, will be dependent on the quality of titles post-release. For sports fans, will there be enough offered to make PlayStation VR last once the novelty wears off?

Here’s a preview of some sports titles expected at launch...

Read More - Playstation VR Sports Titles at Launch

Platform: PS4
Monday, August 29, 2016
02:00 PM - August 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

Last year, Madden 16 introduced Draft Champions, a mode that mixed the team-building aspect of Ultimate Team with the tension of the NFL Draft. Basically, you take a roster full of mediocre players, and through a 15-round draft you attempt to make the necessary upgrades.

Unlike your team, the mode itself hasn't seen many significant improvements this year. It remains relatively the same as its last update in Madden 16. This is more noticeable, in my opinion, because of the changes MLB The Show 2016 made to the formula in its own Battle Royale mode.

Read More - MLB's Battle Royale vs. Madden's Draft Champions

Game: Madden NFL 17Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 17 - View All
Friday, August 12, 2016
01:06 PM - August 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

“We 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.” This is the statement on the future of Axis Football at the bottom on its Steam page. It’s 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: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 22 - View All

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