Monday, January 9, 2017
It was a perplexing year for FIFA. Visually, the game excelled. From gorgeous lighting to amazing face scans, itís easy to say that this yearís FIFA is the best looking to date. Apart from the cosmetic upgrades, FIFA 17 brought about a greater sense of physicality with its new shielding animation, even if itís a tad bit overpowered at times.
Stylistically, for the first time since FIFA 14, Custom Team Tactics (CTT) work and allow for a greater sense of variety in career mode if you put the time in to implement them. The new Journey Mode, while shallow, was a decent first attempt at an engaging first-player mode akin to NBA 2Kís MyPlayer. Hopefully, future iterations of this mode will expand upon its concepts, allowing for less canned scripting and provide a greater variety of options.
Read More - FIFA 17 Year-End Recap (Written by Kevin Groves)
Thursday, December 15, 2016
10:14 AM - December 15, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Itís no secret that the debate between FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) usually starts and ends with licenses. With Konami and EA Sports in a race to secure as many licenses as possible, sometimes every gamer suffers in the long run. Thankfully, the PES community is a dedicated bunch set on providing gamers with the most authentic experience possible given the constraints of the system (in this case weíre solely talking about the PS4).
Read More - Why Option Files Are Better than Licenses...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
11:52 AM - December 14, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Itís no secret that the debate between FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) usually starts and ends with licenses. With Konami and EA Sports in a race to secure as many licenses as possible, sometimes every gamer suffers in the long run. While the PES community is filled with a plethora of option files, FIFA 17 is as a ďpick-up-and-playĒ game as weíll see in the footy genre.
Read More - Why Licenses Are Better Than Option Files
Saturday, November 12, 2016
07:41 AM - November 12, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
A few weeks back we covered the current state of affairs as it relates to FIFA 17. With the baseline set and significant time pumped into FIFA 17, itís time to carve a path moving forward with a vision of how we, Operation Sports, would like to see FIFA go.
Read More - Steering a Course for the Future of the FIFA Series
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:38 AM - October 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
As a somewhat late adopter of digital purchases, my consoles have a strictly monogamous relationship with footy games on disc. FIFA 17 on the Xbox One and PES 2017 on the PS4 are both on disc format, living peacefully under the same roof with only the TV input separating them. Let's just say I'm married to the game, just don't tell my wife.
As the new titles release, following their evolution and subsequent patches is a ritual all in itself. From tweaking sliders to staying abreast of the impressions from the community, the commitment to FIFA 17 requires time and your full attention. It's with that being said that I'll take a look at the current state of affairs.
Read More - FIFA 17: The Beautiful Game Reigns
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
09:47 AM - October 5, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Weíre about a month into Pro Evolution Soccer's (PES) 2017 release, and with completed option files appearing itís time to jump into PESí marquee mode, Master League. PES fans know that Master League is where you make your bones, and as manager, scout and director itís up to you guide the ship. With that said, letís look at some ways to get the most out of Master League in PES 2017.
Read More - Three Ideas to Spark Your Master League Career in PES 2017
Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:37 AM - September 24, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Last week we explored a brief guide on approaching the passing game. This week weíre going to take a look at facing the blitz in passing situations. No matter how good your teamís quarterback is, consistent pressure on the QB can turn Tom Brady into Mark Sanchez. With a lot of users complaining about Madden 17's lack of pressure generated from their front four, players have resorted to dialing up blitzes at a rate that would make the late Buddy Ryan proud. Dealing with these blitzes can be very difficult, so in this article weíll take a look at some keys to beating the blitz and keeping the chains moving.
Read More - Beating the Blitz in Madden NFL 17
Friday, September 16, 2016
After the dust settled and the honeymoon phase was over, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2016 quickly lost its appeal. Despite being more responsive all the while adding more animations and Player ID, PES 2016 suffered from end-to-end gameplay due to a lack of fouls and some curious/poor AI defending. As news slowly rolled in regarding the 2017 edition, consumers like myself were cautiously optimistic that Konami would listen to feedback and create a balanced footy experience. Thankfully, this seems to be the case with PES 2017.
Read More - PES 2017 Review (Written by: Kevin Groves)
Friday, September 9, 2016
12:01 PM - September 9, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Recently I had the incredible opportunity to team up with the good folks over at Footy-United to talk about the PES 2017 demo.
Joining me on the podcast were:
Charles Adams (Twitter - @charlesadamst), Jose Aguirre (Twitter - @8bitJose) and Nestor Villanueva (Twitter - @SuperNestor8) from Footy-United and Bryan "B-Man" (Twitter - @Bryan_WENB) from Winning Eleven Blog.
As hype builds towards one of the more anticipated PES releases in recent history, the panel discusses what's been a mostly positive experience with the PES 2017 demo. Be sure to give it a listen and subscribe for future podcasts from the crew over at Footy-United.
Monday, August 29, 2016
12:57 PM - August 29, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Football is a passing game. Despite the Denver Broncos riding a dominant defense to their third Super Bowl ring, the majority of playoff teams last year fielded offenses with potent aerial attacks. Whether it be Tom Brady's precision attack or Carson Palmer connecting on big plays, the rules in the NFL favor the pass. How does this relate to Madden? Quite simply, it doesnít. Madden has always favored the pass as its primary means of racking up yards, but Madden 17 moves towards balance, albeit, in a good way.
Read More - Madden NFL 17: Mastering the Passing Game
Thursday, July 28, 2016
09:43 AM - July 28, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Weíre still over two months away from FIFA 17ís official release but the developers over at EA Canada are slowly starting to build up momentum for what should be another solid game of footy. Sure the spoon-fed approach taken by EAís marketing team can be tough in a genre that lives and breathes instant gratification, but realistically speaking, we cannot expect EA to spill all of the beans this early in the release cycle. Itís with that in mind that weíll take a look at the gameplay changes we can expect to see in FIFA 17.
Read More - FIFA 17 Gameplay Changes: How Can Each Be a Success?
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
08:51 AM - July 6, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Baseball has the "Hot Stove League." Soccer has the "Silly Season." The NFL is year-round, and now, the NBA's offseason is nearly as good as their regular season. From the moment the NBA Finals end, we as fans go straight into offseason mode starting with the NBA Draft. Once the dust settles and the Celtics make the last of their seemingly infinite picks, we dive straight into free agency. Last year gave us the DeAndre Jordan saga, and this year it's all about KD and that new TV money.
Teams are just about to be able to officially sign all these players agreeing to deals, so let's look at early returns.
Read More - NBA 2K17: The Winners and Losers from Free Agency
Thursday, June 30, 2016
02:50 PM - June 30, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Last week EA released a news statement stating the J1 League, Japanís top flight soccer league, would be featured in FIFA 17. On the surface itís not surprising seeing as EA has been adding more and more licensed leagues to its FIFA franchise for the past few years. In typical OS fashion, letís dive a little deeper to see what impact, if any, this has on consumers.
Read More - The Impact of the J1 League in FIFA
Read More - The Impact of the J1 League in FIFA
10:50 AM - June 30, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
With the Copa America 2016 wrapped up and Euro 2016 in full swing, itís time to dust off your copy of PES 2016 and play along with the action. When Konami announced its intentions with a downloadable Euro 2016 mode, gamers like myself were initially excited at the prospect of playing along with the real action. What could be more exciting than leading Wales through their first European competition in fifty years, or taking the reigns of Portugal and attempting to finally get Cristiano Ronaldo over the hump? But in what seems to be a trend with Konami, the game released with outdated rosters and unlicensed national sides.
Thankfully the lads over at PES Universe stepped up, as is the case more often than not, and provided PS4 players with a complete file full of all the outstanding teams and managers necessary to make your virtual Euro 2016 experience as authentic as possible. Just take a look at this video created by the one and only Weedens featuring the excellent editing work done by the MidniteKid...
Read More - Maximizing Your Summer Soccer Experience With OS & PES Universe
Monday, June 20, 2016
10:35 AM - June 20, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Kevin Groves
Itís a great time to be a soccer fan. Mornings and afternoons spent in France watching the 2016 Euroís. Evenings spent with Copa America, taking it all in from the comfy confines of my couch. All the while my laptop sits next to me, as I in true American ADD fashion, scour the internet for any semblance of new information, or better yet, gameplay videos from FIFA 17. To my delight, news has been plentiful and gameplay videos are slowly starting to emerge. With a few days to digest all of this information, letís take a look at the early features highlighted in FIFA 17.
Read More - FIFA In a Strong Position Coming out of E3