Author Bio
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
Thursday, July 31, 2014
03:39 PM - July 31, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young
In the summer of 2007, two roads diverged, on the path to developing a new fantasy team mode in sports videogames.

One track, named UEFA Champions League 2006–2007, sent gamers on a card-collecting quest, with the goal of building a five-star team of superstar soccer players.

The other trail, titled All-Pro Football 2K8, felt more like a recess game of football, where two talented captains picked their supporting casts from a lineup of flawed role players, each inhibited by multiple shortcomings, but blessed with one or two specialized skills.

The videogame business, naturally, took the road more easily monetized -- spawning fantasy team modes like Ultimate Team, My Team and Diamond Dynasty, which were not primarily designed to be fun, but instead, to test gamers' purchasing patience and spending self-control.

Read More - The Psychology Behind Ultimate Team's Success

Friday, July 18, 2014
10:50 AM - July 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Just as longtime football fans struggle to stop Lawrence Taylor from rushing through their minds every time Joe Theismann pops up on television (these days, to promote cures for a broken prostate), it has become equally hard for seasoned sports gamers to hold back thoughts of NFL 2K any time its old nemesis, Madden NFL, releases another hype trailer or holds another cover vote.

Forever, these football icons will be linked, primarily because of a privately cheered, publicly booed 2004 contract, in which the NFL (playing the role of Harry Carson) and Electronic Arts (standing in as the original L.T.) struck a long-term, exclusive partnership that effectively ended Visual Concepts' career in creating pro football videogames.

Read More - Why The NFL 2K Series Was Truly Great And Why You Should Miss It

Monday, July 7, 2014
03:13 PM - July 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Over 82 million people owned the original Wii Sports, a number that trails only Tetris on video games' all-time best-seller list.

The question Nintendo is now asking, by releasing a high-definition, online-enabled update of its iconic, motion-controlled mini-game collection, is how many people are looking to pay $40, 8 years later, for essentially the same games?

Read More - Wii Sports Club Review (Wii U)

Game: Wii Sports ClubReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 26, 2014
08:51 AM - June 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

You can't buy FIFA 15 yet, so should you buy FIFA 14?

If World Cup fever has you itching to buy a soccer video game, you may be wondering if now is a smart time to pick up FIFA 14, with FIFA 15's release just three months away.

Right now, you can find used copies of FIFA 14 for $30 to $40, depending on your preferred gaming platform.

Even if you plan to buy FIFA 15 when it releases on September 23, you'll still be able to sell your copy of FIFA 14 and get $20 to $30 back, using popular websites like Amazon and eBay.

So does paying $30 to $40 for a game that's soon to be outdated -- or even $10 to $20 for a "three-month rental" -- make sense?

Read More - The Cure For Your World Cup Fever: FIFA 14?

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOS / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
Sunday, June 22, 2014
02:24 PM - June 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Pittsburgh developer, Crosse Studios, has partnered with Australian publisher, Big Ant Studios, to pitch a new lacrosse video game for the Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

Lacrosse 15's Indiegogo project, which closes on July 10, has currently raised over $35,000 of its $75,000 goal, courtesy of 345 donors. If the stretch goal of $115,000 is reached, the game will also release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in addition to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Lacrosse fans can pledge their pre-orders towards the PC version for $25, the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version for $55, and the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 version for $65.

If Lacrosse 15 reaches its $75,000 target, the game will enter an eight-month development cycle, with plans to produce the following features:

Quick Game -- "Choose from hundreds of customizable teams and players."

Dynasty Mode -- "Negotiate player scholarships, sign sponsors, hire top-flight coaching staff and set intense training programs to build the ultimate team."

Online Multiplayer -- "Our engine is built from the ground up with online gaming in the forefront. Quickly pick up the game for competitive ranked play, or run a top-tier franchise with your friends through Dynasty Connect. Play competitively in ranked/unranked matches or in mini-games. Earn badges and rise to the top of the leaderboards."

Character Creation - "Create teams and players in the fully featured Lax Academy and share them online. The Lax Academy opens up endless customization options, from the players' height, weight, skin and physique to their facial features and hairstyles. Equipment selection allows for customization of helmets, jerseys, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick shafts, stick heads, war paint, socks and shoes."

Xbox 360 lacrosse fans have likely already played one of Sunseri's five previous console lacrosse games, which were built with Microsoft's XNA engine, and released through the system's underpublicized Indie Games channel.

Crosse Studios' previous crowdfunding attempt, completed in November 2013, raised $120,725 from 1,157 supporters, but did not meet its $210,000 goal.

Lacrosse 15's lead producer, Carlo Sunseri, was a three-time captain on Robert Morris University's lacrosse team, where he also served as an assistant coach for nine years.

Game: Lacrosse 15Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 19, 2014
02:02 PM - June 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Yesterday, developer RedLynx released a version 1.04 title update across all editions of Trials Fusion. The patch fixes a few glitches, improves the game's stability and brings back the single-player tournament mode from 2012's Trials Evolution.

The complete change log includes:

All Platforms
  • Removed the "FMX speed boost exploit," where riders could gain an unintended speed boost by performing certain freestyle tricks
  • Fixed additional issues regarding the PlayStation 4 Season Pass.
  • Resolved some issues regarding Uplay connectivity
  • Added a number of stability fixes to the track editor
  • Several improvements to texture and graphics issues
  • A number of fixes and improvements to Track Central
  • Some of the best user-made tracks have been spotlighted in Track Central
Xbox One
  • Demo added to Xbox One marketplace.
  • PC-specific stability improvements and optimizations
  • New options for users to tweak the graphic settings (foliage, particles)
  • Mouse cursor now disappears when using the gamepad
A RedLynx Community Manager states that the team is "putting together a plan to address leaderboard issues after the launch of this feature pack," which could affect top times that benefited from the "FMX speed boost exploit."

Wednesday's patch marks Trials Fusion's first significant content update since its mid-April release on PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Single-player tournaments, a feature familiar to fans of Trials HD and Trials Evolution, will challenge players to complete a set number of courses in a row. These tournaments recycle existing career mode tracks, though the events themselves are scheduled to rotate every day.

Online multiplayer, which is still being advertised on the back of Trials Fusion's box art, remains absent from the game.

Gamers who paid an extra $20 for Trials Fusion's Season Pass also have nothing to show for it at the moment, aside from the "hazmat suit" rider outfit that was available on release day.

The Season Pass, which promises "six content packs before May 2015," plans to include "unique tracks and editor objects." No further details have been revealed, aside from a "summer" start time.

For a complete analysis of the Trials series' next-gen debut, check out Operation Sports' full written review.

Are you still playing Trials Fusion? If not, has yesterday's update revived your interest in diving back in? Share your interest level in the comment section below.

Game: Trials FusionReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
11:22 AM - June 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo was designed to showcase the yearly lineups of billion-dollar publishers like Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive. Undaunted by those behemoths' presence, three small developers brought alternative sports titles to E3 (and its Scottish equivalent), demoing their latest prototypes to the media...

Read More - E3 Roundup: Indie Sports Games

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
09:56 AM - June 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Do you really need another Mario Kart? After appearing on every significant Nintendo system since 1992, most gamers likely own at least one Mario Kart cartridge, disc or eShop download.

If that's true of your collection, then “Nope.” could be your answer -- especially if you're the kind of player who prefers to race solo, or loves popping balloons in Battle Mode, because Mario Kart 8 does those things about as well as Princesses Peach's servants do their guard duty.

On the flip side, if you were upset when, two weeks ago, Nintendo suddenly pulled the plug on Mario Kart Wii's and Mario Kart DS' online servers, your answer will be a resounding "Yes!" as Mario Kart 8's lag-free, 12-person network play is worth shelling out another $60, just to replace that non-functioning component of your old copies.

And if, somehow, you don't have access to any existing Mario Kart -- not even on friends' or neighbors' televisions -- then this eighth edition should still elicit a slightly less enthusiastic "Yes."

Read More - Mario Kart 8 Review (Wii-U)

Game: Mario Kart 8Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Wii UVotes: 0 - View All
Saturday, May 31, 2014
11:56 AM - May 31, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Come September 7, when the first Sunday of the NFL's latest season arrives, the league's reigning leaders in sacks (Robert Mathis) and receiving yards (Josh Gordon) will be no-shows. Former All-Pros, Ray Rice and Aldon Smith, likely won't be suiting up for week one, either.

Their absences won't be a result of injury or retirement, which are currently the only ways an athlete's services can be lost in Madden NFL 25.

Instead, commissioner-mandated suspensions will likely keep four of the NFL's star players from competing during -- and beyond -- the league's opening weekend.

Suspensions for unlawful off-the-field behavior continue to dominate sports news, yet they still do not exist in licensed sports video games.

Read More - Suspensions Should Exist in Sports Video Games

Thursday, May 22, 2014
02:39 PM - May 22, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

When it comes to the total package, MLB 14 The Show is one of the top games of the year. However, despite what is an overall solid package, the title is held back slightly by a host of small issues which add up to an actual loss of some of the fun factor within the game.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Little Issues Hampering the Fun

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Monday, May 12, 2014
10:18 AM - May 12, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Add another asterisk to Major League Baseball's latest boast -- this time, its belief that, compared to other sports video games, "Baseball is better."*

*Statement applies only to offline game modes. Online experiences may vary.

Of the five major sports games presently available for PlayStation 4, only NBA Live 14 performs worse online than MLB 14: The Show.

Read More - MLB 14 The Show: Online Impressions (PS4)

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
10:15 AM - May 6, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Mutant League Football and Mutant League Hockey creator, Michael Mendheim, set up a booth at April's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to promote his new football game, Mutant Football League.

The project is currently self-funded and is being developed with the Unity game engine. Character models, shaders and a play editor are already up and running, according to Mendheim's C2E2 interview with TechRaptor.

Digital Dreams Entertainment, the game's eight-person development team, is planning a return to Kickstarter this August to secure additional funding as Mutant Football League nears completion.

Subsequently, Mutant Football League will target a "summer 2015" digital release on STEAM, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Mutant Football League's previous Kickstarter campaign raised $141,821 from 1,105 backers, but ultimately failed to meet its $750,000 goal.

Are you hyped up for a new Mutant League game? Rate your excitement level in the comments below.

Game: Mutant Football LeagueHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
05:00 PM - April 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

From the YMCA to the NCAA, zone defenses have become a go-to strategy for many amateur basketball teams.

But at the sport's highest level, the National Basketball Association, true zone defense remains as rare and successful as a Zach Randolph 3-point shot.

No current NBA team uses zone as its primary defense, and excluding outliers like the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, who utilize zones in no more than 10 percent of their defensive possessions, few NBA squads show much interest in the scheme.

Read More - NBA 2K: Should Zone Defense Be Removed?

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 93 - View All
Saturday, April 19, 2014
09:39 AM - April 19, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

“Welcome to the future!” sings Trials Fusion's soundtrack. That chorus, which cycles maddeningly throughout Fusion's menus, means to reference the game's 20XX sci-fi setting.

It could just as easily allude to the rising conflict between giant game publishers like Ubisoft and subsidiary studios like RedLynx -- a tug-of-war that the RedLynxes of this industry are presently losing.

The Finnish developer's fun, creative level designs and captivating, “one-more race” gameplay have been sabotaged by frustrating bugs, missing features, unnecessary DRM systems, online server issues and another release-day “Season Pass” that costs just as much as the new, incomplete game you've just purchased.

Read More - Trials Fusion Review (PS4/Xbox One)

Game: Trials FusionReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Monday, April 7, 2014
10:57 AM - April 7, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

If dangerous speeds, challenging rivals, plausible physics and deadly collisions are necessary parts of a functioning motorsport simulation, then MXGP is a stranded machine, stuck at the starting line with a set of flat tires.

Read More - MXGP Review (PC)

Game: MXGP The Official Motocross GameReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All

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