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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, November 18, 2016
12:32 PM - 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
12:32 PM - 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
10:47 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
06:51 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
12:40 PM - 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
03:00 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: 16 - View All
Friday, August 12, 2016
02:06 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
09:55 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
09:16 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
10:11 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
03:41 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, it’s also where I spend most of my time. While I’m 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 don’t 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 “rain split” 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
03:12 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, I’ll 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 year’s 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, here’s 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
05:25 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
03:44 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
10:33 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

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