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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, February 25, 2015
01:54 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 ShowHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 47 - View All
Monday, February 16, 2015
02:48 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 ShowHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 47 - View All
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
02:11 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 ShowHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 47 - View All
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
02:08 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 16Hype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
02:01 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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
04:33 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
09:57 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: 36 - View All
Monday, December 29, 2014
04:35 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
02:36 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
08:55 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
09:23 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
12:08 PM - 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
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
10:30 AM - November 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

NBA All Net is a new online-based management game for iOS and Android. Like most games in the free-to-play sports game genre, you’ll be collecting cards and bumping stats in order to (hopefully) win games. Also similar are the strong social networking integration, timers as a way to elongate play, and numerous micro-transactions. So, what sets NBA All Net apart?

Read More - NBA All Net Impressions (iOS)

Game: NBA All NetReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:26 AM - November 1, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Caley Roark

WWE games have always represented an odd disconnect for me. On one hand, you have a “sport” which is relatively difficult to represent virtually, since it is really more entertainment than actual competition. On the other hand, these games, while not exactly recreating their sport, are typically very fun to play.

Since acquiring the WWE license, it seems 2K Sports has strived to fix that separation, with modes that capture the history of the sport and a quicker paced product. We may see this effort come to fruition when the PS4/Xbox One versions release in a few weeks. Unfortunately, this year’s last-gen offering seems less historical and fun; worse, it seems like a less valuable use of your money.


Read More - WWE 2K15 Is Almost Too Familiar on Past-Gen Consoles (360/PS3 Review)

Game: WWE 2K15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Sunday, October 26, 2014
My first online gaming experience was playing a remote user in NFL 2K1 on my Dreamcast. In the years since, I’ve watched online gameplay go from a novelty, to alternate play modes, to the core feature of both games and consoles. Usually, it works by creating immersive, innovative and unique experiences.

But other times it doesn’t. When a game puts all of its eggs into the online basket, there’s room for a huge debacle, leaving gamers with nothing but a shell of a $60 game (see SimCity, 2013).

Driveclub isn’t quite as bad as EA’s City Builder, but inconsistent online functionality have plagued the first “serious” racing game on PS4 and left some users feeling cheated. Unfortunately, looking at just the single player options won’t inspire additional confidence.


Read More - Driveclub's Online Issues, Average Gameplay A Forgettable Experience (PS4 Review)

Game: DriveClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 0 - View All

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