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
Saturday, January 31, 2015
02:35 PM - January 31, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

If you couldn't attend last weekend's PAX South convention, here is your chance to try out one of the new PC sports games that was shown in San Antonio.

A post-PAX build of Super Slam Dunk Touchdown is now up for download on developer Tipping Goat's website.

The current build offers five different athlete types (soccer, hockey, basketball, football, and roller derby), which all sport unique skills and varied playing styles. Your team's objective is to shoot, kick, or toss the ball into one of the three target goals.

A low shot past the goalkeeper and into the soccer net yields three points. A field goal between the raised uprights registers four points. And a slam dunk through the high-up basketball hoop scores five points.

The game is best-played with four to six human players, but it can also be played solo, against the AI.

Super Slam Dunk Touchdown hopes to eventually make it onto STEAM and unspecified home consoles sometime in 2015.

Monday, January 26, 2015
01:57 PM - January 26, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

The back of Trials Fusion's box art is no longer a bold-print lie, as online multiplayer for two to eight people was finally patched into the game Thursday, more than nine months after its April 15, 2014 release date. The Xbox 360 edition, unlike its PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC cousins, is limited to a maximum of four simultaneous online riders.

While there are a mere 10 playable “X-Supercross” tracks at this time, a RedLynx community manager states that:

Originally Posted by RoguishRonin
“The tools for creating amazing online multiplayer tracks will soon be available in the [track] editor, allowing for unlimited amounts of [courses] to be created by the talented Trials community. [You'll eventually be able to] create, share and play your favorite online multiplayer tracks. And just like [the] single-player tracks, [our] studio's favorites will find their way into Uplay's recommended list for all [Trials] players to enjoy.”

Trials enthusiasts can at least toggle and tweak lots of interesting gameplay settings in invite-only matches, such as gravity, speed, invisibility, checkpoint amounts, maximum retries, and time limits. Ranked matchmaking sessions will turn off all the outlandish modifiers, and limit players to only a few basic bike options.

If you're embarrassingly bad at Trials, or you just want to watch your friends competing against each other, a spectator option is available. You can also form a riding “team” (branded by a selectable logo and a four-character clan tag) with up to 49 of your friends. The team feature will record your clanmates' total scores across all of Trials Fusion's online game modes. An “OperationSports” club has been created on PlayStation 4, and it is currently accepting new members.

Check out our video at the top of the article for a quick look at some of these new additions in action.

You can also read through Operation Sports' full written review for a complete analysis of Trials Fusion.

Game: Trials FusionReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Saturday, January 24, 2015
12:30 PM - January 24, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Last week's issue of Famitsu magazine confirmed that Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 will appear on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita during the series' regularly scheduled spring release period. The suggested retail price for this year's game has not been revealed, thus pre-orders are not currently open at popular import shops like Play-Asia and NCSX.

Read More - Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 is Coming to the PS3 and Vita This Spring

Game: Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015Hype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS VitaVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, January 23, 2015
02:48 PM - January 23, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Are you struggling to light the lamp in NHL 15? If so, Operation Sports has compiled 10 different tactics that should help your team consistently score goals in the current-gen versions of NHL 15.

If the video above doesn't show, check it out on YouTube. Also subscribe to our own Jayson Young's YouTube channel while you are at it.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday afternoon, NBA 2K15 installed a server-side update to its MyTeam game mode that changed the collection rewards for several NBA teams from 25,000 MyTeam coins to special edition "sapphire" player cards.

One of those sapphire players, New Orleans Pelicans point guard, Jrue Holiday, turned out to be extra special, in that he has no arms, prefers to play shirtless, will often turn invisible, and shoots the ball like it was a shotput, because both of his hands are hideously stuck to his shoulders:

Holiday's handicap doesn't seem to affect his dribbling, passing, or shooting abilities, as I was able to score 21 points and hit 5 of 6 three-pointers in a test game with him and some of the other new sapphire cards. Mutated Jrue does have a hard time, however, grabbing hold of rebounds and loose balls, as there were a few occasions (at 2:13 and 5:47 of the above video) where he would bend over to pick up the ball, only to bounce back up holding nothing but air in his tiny, misaligned hands. Layups are also pretty difficult for armless-Holiday to hit, as the ball will teleport along an unusually low arc during those shots, making them very easy to block, or just errantly clank off the bottom of the backboard/rim.

Visual Concepts quickly recognized this bug and released a fixed, perfectly human version of sapphire Jrue Holiday late last night. So you can't get this glitched abnormality anymore, unless he's already on your MyTeam, or is sitting in your reward queue.

Game: NBA 2K15Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 45 - View All
Thursday, January 15, 2015
11:46 AM - January 15, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Programmer KingJavo has uploaded an early, incomplete version of his homemade PC editor, which allows gamers to alter all the teams and players on the Xbox 360 edition of All-Pro Football 2K8 in more ways than ever before. Version of the editor, which can be downloaded for free from Mediafire, will only work on Windows computers.

KingJavo's latest software offers several improvements over All-Pro Football 2K8's previous PC editing program, which was released in April of 2011, and was coded by fellow Operation Sports community member, FlyingFinn. Here are some of the new features:
  • Can change any player name or team name in the game
  • Can switch any player's announced play-by-play name
  • Can place any of the retired legends' faces onto other players
  • Can choose every player's attended college
  • Can select any signature player animation, such as Deacon Jones' head slap, Walter Payton's high step, Lester Hayes' low defensive stance, or Dan Marino's throwing/playaction motions
  • Adds hidden "Bullet Time" and "Helmet High Tackles" player abilities
  • Can swap out any of the 24 CPU-controlled teams and make them one of the 8 user-controlled teams (or vice versa)
  • Improved roster sorter that shows a separate page for each team
  • Can change a team's home stadium without having to reset their roster of generic players
Due to the roster file check that All-Pro Football 2K8 performs whenever you ask the game to access Xbox Live, some of these features (like rewriting names) will only work in offline mode. KingJavo has pledged to continue updating the editor in the coming weeks. Beginners should watch the tutorials on his YouTube page for tips on utilizing all of the editor's features. Currently, users must right-click on the application and select "run as administrator" to get it working properly.

Game: All-Pro Football 2K8Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 56 - View All
11:43 AM - January 15, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Mutant Football League is still in production, and is aiming for a Q4 2015 release on PC (via STEAM), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android, according to the latest trailer posted on the development team's YouTube channel. The project is currently self-funded, though developer Digital Dreams Entertainment is seeking a publishing partner.

The new footage promises:
  • 30 completely customizable teams
  • Hazards and traps in each stadium
  • Weapons like clubs, axes, and chainsaws
  • 7-on-7 football, featuring passing plays (with receiver icons), running plays, and special teams
  • Content targeting a "Mature" ESRB rating
Digital Dreams Entertainment was founded by Michael Mendheim, the creator and lead designer of the 1993 SEGA Genesis sports game, Mutant League Football.

Game: Mutant Football LeagueHype Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOSVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
11:01 AM - January 13, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

NHL 11 may be most remembered for exposing thousands of hockey fans to the HUT virus. But for players of Be A GM, Be A Pro, Online Versus, and the EA Sports Hockey League, that edition is more likely to be recalled as the last time that Electronic Arts made significant changes to its face-off system. While the simplistic "rock-paper-scissors" interface was considered an improvement by 2010's standards, the mechanics' inherent limitations and pre-scripted nature have started to feel antiquated in recent seasons.

If face-offs are an important enough part of professional hockey that the Nashville Predators would gladly send the Buffalo Sabres their first-round draft pick just to ensure that fourth-line grinder (and face-off expert) Paul Gaustad would take the majority of the team's defensive zone draws every evening, then surely it is worth expanding this neglected area of EA's NHL games.

Read More - Rethinking the Face-Off System For NHL 16

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Friday, January 9, 2015
01:41 PM - January 9, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

18 games into my first Super Mega Baseball season, and my Sirloins team of “extreme power hitters” has already drawn 221 walks, netting an average of 12.3 walks per match. The most-walked team in Major League Baseball last year, the Oakland Athletics, averaged 3.6 walks per game.

In a video game where all the athletes have gigantic heads and hold gargantuan bats, seasoned sports gamers might expect Super Mega Baseball's long ball statistics to be a bit inflated; but three weeks in, and the game's small ball stats are what appear surprisingly off-mark.

Read More - Super Mega Baseball: Three Things to Improve the Experience

Game: Super Mega BaseballReader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4Votes: 3 - View All
Thursday, January 8, 2015
10:25 AM - January 8, 2015. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

NHL 15 doesn't make much of an effort to explain what the many strategy settings inside the game actually do, so if you're a newcomer to the series, or even a veteran who's always left everything on default, here is a short guide for selecting the best team strategies on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One...

Read More - NHL 15: The Best Team Strategy Settings

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Thursday, December 11, 2014
10:14 AM - December 11, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Electronic Arts has released a new roster update for NHL 15 to reflect recent player injuries, line changes, and team transactions. Five NHL rookies have also received slight ratings increases:

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) -- 76 overall to 81 overall
Victor Rask (Carolina) -- 69 overall to 74 overall
Aaron Ekblad (Florida) -- 75 overall to 81 overall
Filip Forsberg (Nashville) -- 77 overall to 81 overall
Jori Lehterä (St. Louis) -- 77 overall to 80 overall

EA's twitter account also states that there were "big changes to CHL rosters."

Read More - New NHL 15 Roster Update Raises Rookie Ratings, Improves CHL

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
04:26 PM - December 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

This week's PlayStation Network sale, which runs through December 15, discounts several PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 sports games:

If you use PayPal to add $60 to your PlayStation account's wallet before December 16, Sony will send you a bonus $10 PSN voucher code via email, which should reach your inbox by December 23. The voucher code must then be redeemed before it expires at 12:00 AM PST on January 23.

Operation Sports has reviewed all of the on-sale games except for Pure Chess, so click the appropriate link below if you're interested in reading up on any of these titles:

Don Bradman's Cricket 14 Review
Football Manager 2014 Review
NBA Live 15 Review
Pure Pool Review
R.B.I. Baseball 14 Review
Trials Fusion Review

10:09 AM - December 9, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

PR isn't my specialty, but here are some sample announcements Electronic Arts could have made yesterday that might have justified their marketers' month-long buildup to the "New Era" of NHL 15, which went live Monday evening...

Read More - NHL 15 Leaves Fans Disappointed Again with Overhyped 'New Era' Announcement

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Saturday, November 29, 2014
12:43 PM - November 29, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

Electronic Arts recently emailed select NHL 15 owners a survey that asks for feedback on this year's game and attempts to judge fans' interest in a few potential features for NHL 16.

Forum user NJDEVIL30274 posted a cell phone screen capture of the survey on Electronic Arts' official forums, showing some of the new features that the company is considering:

GM Connected, the 180-player online franchise mode that debuted in NHL 13 and was dropped from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of NHL 15, is disappointingly absent from this list. Though given EA's statements on the mode's metrics during a public Q&A that was conducted back in August, its absence is perhaps expected.

It's no surprise, either, to see Ultimate Team receiving so much attention, since EA continues to tout it as the series' most-played mode. Recent earnings reports have placed Hockey Ultimate Team's year-over-year digital revenue gains at 50% and 113% for the first two fiscal quarters of 2015.

The return of the EA Sports Hockey League (which also brings in digital revenue via paid attribute boosts) seems inevitable, and will likely win back some fans who skipped NHL 15. Rebuilding old modes from past titles, however, may not be enough to reverse the franchise's negative momentum in North America, where retail sales have decreased every season since NHL 11.

Surely EA will have some bigger surprises to share with its fanbase by the time E3 arrives next June.

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All
Friday, November 28, 2014
11:15 AM - November 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Jayson Young

With the help of NHLView, an unofficial roster editor built by independent programmer Artem Khassanov, NHL 15 fans have uncovered the full attribute ratings for most of the game's retired legends.

Electronic Arts added 13 Hall of Famers (pictured above) to Ultimate Team on November 10, but to date, the company has failed to make these players viewable in NHL 15's official roster sorter, or usable in any outside game modes.

So if you're wondering whether or not these special edition cards are worth the thousands of coins they command on Ultimate Team's auction block, Operation Sports has gathered this information to help gamers become more informed buyers.

Read More - NHLView Unveils Full Attributes to NHL 15 Legends

Game: NHL 15Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 12 - View All

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