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Jayson Young

Home Town: Nashville, TN.
Sports: Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer
Games: Old: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, Tecmo Super Bowl III: Final Edition, NBA Hangtime, New: All Pro Football 2K8, NHL '09
Teams: Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Memphis Grizzlies
OS Username: OS: wEEman33 Xbox Live: wEEman33 BSD
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Friday, July 3, 2015

IGN's Ryan McCaffrey recently interviewed three men who have helped shape Microsoft's video game legacy: Xbox designer Seamus Blackley, former Xbox 360 frontman Peter Moore, and current Xbox One headman Phil Spencer. While the entire hour-and-a-half discussion is an informative listen, sports fans will particularly want to hear the conversation from 19:08 to 22:45, where Peter Moore explains Microsoft's decision to drop-out of the sports gaming business shortly after signing a deal with Don Mattrick -- then President of Electronic Arts' Worldwide Operations -- to finally get EA's games onto Xbox Live. NCAA Football 2005 was Electronic Arts' first Xbox title to include online play, despite the fact that Microsoft's gaming network had been up and running since November of 2002.

Read More - Peter Moore Discusses Microsoft's 2004 Decision To Stop Making Sports Games (Written by Jayson Young)

Game: XSN SportsReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: XboxVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, June 15, 2015

What would happen if Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive decided to copy Nintendo's idea, and host World Championships for Madden NFL 15 and NBA 2K15 at E3 this week? Given how both games are currently built, these tournaments would likely become a long series of dull "mirror matches," repeatedly pitting Seahawks against Seahawks, and Warriors versus Warriors. Picking a team other than those two front-runners would be as big a handicap in those games as choosing to hit from the Pros' tees in Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, while all of your competitors are driving off the Women's tees.

Being able to gain a significant advantage over your opponent on the "team select" screen is partially sports videogames' fault, but primarily, professional sports' fault. League bigwigs love to talk-up their competition committees, and how they've helped to usher-in an era of "unprecedented parity," but that utopian, egalitarian vision hasn't yet materialized in sports videogames, which remain ruled by the one annoying "super squad" that everyone selects online. FIFA and PES still have FC Barcelona, NHL still has the Chicago Blackhawks, MLB The Show still has the Los Angeles Dodgers, and so on, as you browse through all of the team sports titles presently available on store shelves.

Read More - Ultimate Team is a Missed Opportunity to Correct Sports' Inherent Imbalance (Written by Jayson Young)

Game: Madden NFL 15Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 38 - View All
Friday, June 5, 2015
09:00 AM - June 5, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Last Thursday, EA Sports released a long list of improvements that football fans will find this August in Madden NFL 16's Connected Franchise mode. But for the hardcore, simulation-minded gamers, the biggest news of the day might have involved an item that EA left off their list.

Read More - Madden Should Bring Back Its PS2 Era Substitution System

Game: Madden NFL 16Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 27 - View All
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
03:46 PM - June 2, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Jayson Young

Monday's "Micro" Nintendo Direct included a number of new game announcements, but there was only one representative from the sports genre: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is coming to the Wii U and 3DS.

Mario and Sonic have been battling for Olympic supremacy since the series' 2007 Wii debut, and Nintendo plans to continue the mascots' sports rivalry sometime soon. No release date was announced, but here are some of the events and characters that were shown off in the minute-long trailer:

Events
  • 100-Meter Dash
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Table Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Rugby Sevens (Wii U exclusive)
  • Golf (3DS exclusive)
Characters
  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Birdo
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Donkey Kong
  • Diddy Kong
  • Nabbit
  • Sonic
  • Tails
  • Knuckles
  • Dr. Robotnik
  • Shadow
  • Silver
  • Jet
  • Rouge
  • E-123 Omega
Nintendo did not reveal the game's developer, but the Twitter account @MarioSonicGames was mentioned as the trailer faded out. This is the same account Nintendo used to promote Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which is the most-recent entry in the series.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
09:09 AM - May 28, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young





Reading into producers Sean Ramjagsingh's and Andy Agostini's statements on why GM Connected wasn't included in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NHL 15 or NHL 16, the underlying message coming out of EA Canada seems to be, You (the fans) asked for it. We (the developers) built it. But you didn't play it. So we axed it.

Read More - GM Connected's Failure Wasn't NHL Fan's Fault

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 21 - View All
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
01:45 PM - May 26, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Jayson Young

Metalhead Software's work on Super Mega Baseball's first major patch has been completed, according to the company's Twitter account. The version 1.01 title update will be up for download on the PlayStation Network "within a few weeks" as it must first pass Sony's certification process.

In the meantime, Metalhead Software has been teasing fans with screenshots and descriptions of some of the patch's changes, which you can see pictured above and below.

Operation Sports writer, Robert Kollars, gave Super Mega Baseball a 7/10 in his review, praising the game's rapid pace, and its appealing combination of cartoon aesthetics with realistic gameplay. Super Mega Baseball was also voted the "rookie of the year" by the Press Row Podcast, and it placed third on the panelists' countdown of their favorite overall sports games from 2014.

If the game's $20 price seems too intimidating, Super Mega Baseball is also available as a rental through PlayStation Now's on-demand streaming service, starting at a rate of $1.99 for 4 hours.


Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
12:01 PM - May 19, 2015. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Jayson Young

After a shaky rookie season in NBA 2K13, MyTeam has quickly become a huge money-maker for Visual Concepts. But for as great as the mode is at encouraging users to make microtransactions, MyTeam still has not become a particularly fun or interesting mode to play.

So here are some areas where MyTeam must improve in the offseason if it wishes to be mentioned alongside Electronic Arts' Ultimate Team -- or even Sony San Diego's Diamond Dynasty -- as one of the most enjoyable fantasy team modes in sports gaming.

Read More - NBA 2K MyTeam Still Struggling To Match EA Sports' Ultimate Team

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 59 - View All
Thursday, May 14, 2015
09:38 AM - May 14, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


Just as in "Moneyball", the marketplace in Diamond Dynasty inflates the value of various players, creating serious bargains for other players with serious skill. Some players can be had for literally pennies and they deliver big impacts. Check out our list and let us know of some bargains you have found!

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Diamond Dynasty's Best Budget Pitchers

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 26 - View All
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
08:50 AM - May 12, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


We previously posted a review on the 200cc add-on for Mario Kart 8, which you can read here.

While the boy and girl Villagers are both welcome additions to Mario Kart 8, Isabelle, who is the Mayor's faithful dog-secretary, doesn't feel like the best option for a third Animal Crossing character. Shop owner Tom Nook, singer/songwriter K.K. Slider, or even the angry save file manager Mr. Resetti (whose torso will pop up from underneath the dirt to disrupt your drifts in the unremarkable Animal Crossing course) all would have been more interesting representatives from that franchise.

Read More - Mario Kart 8: DLC Pack 2 Review

Game: Mario Kart 8Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 1 - View All
Monday, April 27, 2015
10:10 AM - April 27, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


Confused as to how to use your created player in Diamond Dynasty? Wondering which cards to feed your created player and which to keep? Wondering which position you should shoot to play him at?

Here's the guide to answer all of those questions.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: How to Use Your Created Player in Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 26 - View All
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
09:10 AM - April 21, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young
Four weeks into the 2015 Diamond Dynasty season, and the prices for star players have started to skyrocket. The costs of lesser-known athletes with low overall ratings, conversely, have become incredibly cheap. Here are a few hidden gems who can fill key roles on your team for a wallet-friendly price.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: The Best Bargains in Diamond Dynasty

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 26 - View All
Friday, April 10, 2015
09:20 AM - April 10, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Though its opening week has been beleaguered by technical difficulties, Diamond Dynasty's redesign for MLB 15: The Show has transformed the mode from being a total afterthought in MLB 14: The Show to being something that I somehow want to keep playing, despite all of its mechanical kinks. If Sony San Diego's quality assurance department can squash some of these bugs over the next week or two, then Diamond Dynasty could become one of the better fantasy team modes in sports gaming.

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: Diamond Dynasty Hits and Whiffs

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 26 - View All
Thursday, April 2, 2015
02:05 PM - April 2, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Defense has definitely improved in MLB 15: The Show, thanks to many new motion-captured fielding animations, plus a longer period of user control before your player finally gets locked into his automated catch sequence. A few new defensive mechanics have also been introduced this year, and here is the best way to utilize those tools...

Read More - MLB 15 The Show: How to Use the New Defensive Mechanics

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 26 - View All
Monday, March 23, 2015
10:09 AM - March 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

NBA 2K15's
fourth patch isn't available yet on Xbox One, but PlayStation 4 and PC owners have now had a week and a half to experience its effects.

Developer Visual Concepts hasn't published an official change log (and doesn't plan to, until Xbox One users receive the update), but Gameplay Director Mike Wang has already confirmed a few changes to NBA 2K15's shooting system on the Operation Sports forums...

Read More - NBA 2K15: Fixing Broken Shot Forms Exposes Flaw in Shooting System

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 59 - View All
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:41 AM - March 18, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young


A pre-Alpha build of Mutant Football League appeared last week at Game Connection America and the Game Developers Conference, revealing more details about its ongoing development.

Gamecrate captured some off-screen footage at Game Connection America, which features Michael Mendheim (the game's lead designer) commentating.

Mendheim mentions that the team's target release date has shifted to Q1 2016, sometime before the start of the NFL's Super Bowl.

Read More - Mutant Football League: More Details Emerge

Game: Mutant Football LeagueHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 1 - View All

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