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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Card modes are now simply everywhere. No matter where you turn, a sports game is trying to give you free cards to entice you to play modes like Diamond Dynasty, Ultimate Team, and MyTeam.
Several years ago, the overwhelming attitude towards these modes was hugely negative -- but in recent years those attitudes seem to have moderated somewhat.
What about now? Do you play card modes? Do you enjoy them? Hate them? Sound off by voting in the poll and leave your opinion in a comment below!
10:06 AM - April 26, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has released another update for Madden NFL 16, introducing a brand new mode to Madden Ultimate Team - Salary Cap Ranked Beta, check out the video here. It's slowly rolling out to everyone now. Make sure you download it and post your thoughts.
Read more about the Madden Ultimate Team - Salary Cap Ranked Beta here.
Monday, April 25, 2016
06:59 PM - April 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS.
The new Rocket League basketball mode, called Hoops, has just arrived as a free DLC for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. An optional NBA Flag Pack is also be available for $1.99, giving fans access to all 30 NBA team flags. If you don't want to purchase them, Psyonix Studios will still give you a free NBA logo flag, for downloading the free Hoops DLC.
We've listed some of the details on the Rocket League 1.17 patch below, check out the complete list here.
- Added “NBA Flag Pack” DLC, including…
- (DLC) 30 NBA team flags
- Added NBA Logo flag
- Players can now auto-save replays mid-game
- Players can now name/rename Replays
- “Hoops” playlist is now available in Casual playlists, Private Matches and Exhibition.
- New “Cosmic” Arena has been added to the “Rocket Labs” playlist
- Multiple Bug Fixes
02:49 PM - April 25, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Sam Bradford is not happy about the Eagles trading away several future draft picks to likely a acquire a QB in the second pick of the draft -- and he's now demanding a trade.
Let's first sit back and appreciate how the last month of movement from Philadelphia has been somewhat self-destructive over the short term -- sacrificing both several draft picks along with now possibly your immediate starting QB to draft a new QB of the future.
Bradford, as you may know, signed a 2-year, $36 million extension earlier this offseason. Now, in demanding a trade, he's opened up the possibility a couple of suitors could sweep in and try to nab him.
The contenders are:
Denver - This is obvious isn't it? The team is built to win a championship now, and Bradford would be a nice short term answer as the franchise tries to figure out the future. Bradford's contract doesn't fit with Denver's finances and would require some restructuring but this is hardly undoable.
New York Jets - Bradford could be a fit in NY as well with Fitzpatrick not signed yet. Again, Bradford may have to take a hit on finances here -- but the Jets probably would see Bradford as an upgrade.
Cleveland - I mean, why not? You need a QB in Cleveland, they have the finances, and the Browns have a lot of draft choices. Bradford wouldn't thrive here at all, this would be another St. Louis type of situation, but it'd make sense for Cleveland.
Philadelphia - No, Philly isn't going to trade with itself for Bradford, but let's be real: Bradford probably ends up in Philly as the tutor/veteran teacher for the upcoming rookie QB and then leaves in a couple of years as the new QB takes the reigns. From Bradford's standpoint this isn't the greatest situation but its a position and a salary. And oftentimes, the simplest explanation is the most likely.
What do you think? Which team would you like to see Bradford land on for next year's Madden?
11:44 AM - April 25, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by MillenniumThe official weekly MLB The Show 16 roster update is available now. The update adds 7 players and includes 115 player movements.
Daddy Leagues have posted the attribute changes for the roster update, some of the changes include Jake Arrieta +1 (96), Ryan Madson +2 (86), Matt Holliday +1 (85), Sean Doolittle -2 (85), Darren O'Day +4 (84), Gerardo Parra +2 (80), J.J. Hoover -2 (79), Howie Kendrick -5 (77), Chris Heston +5 (76), Kike Hernandez -4 (75) and more.
Check out all of the other details below. (Click the image for a better resolution)
There is also a new Challenge of the Week, featuring the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo facing off against the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson. The first place winner gets an Anthony Rizzo autographed Chicago Cubs hat and a PS4 System Plate.
11:36 AM - April 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chase Becotte
The question of realism in sports games is always a tricky thing to discuss. Most of us want our sports games to be “realistic” depictions of what we watch on TV or experience in our day-to-day lives.
What that usually means is hoping Madden makes the passing game more diversified, or hoping you can botch your cap situation like a true Jerry Jones disciple. In many respects, what people are talking about wanting here at Operation Sports are “simulation” aspects that help keep a game dynamic and interesting. Repetition is the enemy.
But there’s another layer of “realism” in sports games, as well as another set of creative liberties that go along with it. I would classify this element of realism as visual realism. It’s one part graphics, but it’s also just one part physicality. Hockey games, football games, basketball games, even baseball games all have to deal with collisions and physics. What do these interactions look like? How do they make you feel? (Boxing games and MMA games are built around visual physicality, so I’m ignoring them here because combat sports are a whole other disucssion.)
Read More - Do You Care About Dangerous Hits in Madden? (Written By: Chase Becotte)
Sunday, April 24, 2016
10:41 AM - April 24, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve NoahEvery Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.
- MLB The Show 16 OSFM Roster V1 Available Now!!
- Official MLB The Show Roster Update Details (4-18)
- For the Lakers, What is Next After Kobe?
- MLB The Show 16: The Best Pitcher and Hitter Ballparks
- MLB The Show 16: Talking Game Modes (Roundtable)
- FIFA 16 Available Now on EA Access and Origin Access, Free to Subscribers
- The Jets Don't Yet Have a Starting QB...
- Madden NFL 16 Video: Madden Ultimate Team - Salary Cap Ranked Beta
- How do you typically build a team in The Show? (Poll)
- Rocket League Basketball Mode "Hoops" & NBA Flag Pack Arrive on April 26
- EA Sports UFC 2's Cover Athlete Conor McGregor Retires, Any Impact on the Game?
- Rams and Now Eagles With Big Trades Up, Would You Make the Deal?
- Daily Inside Edge Ratings Bring Diversity to Diamond Dynasty Lineups
- MLB The Show 16: Putting Together a Batting Lineup (Video)
- The Official OS Twitch Returns!! MLB The Show 16 Strategy Session Has Begun! (Archive Available)
- NHL 16 Roster Update Available Now (4-21-16)
- NBA 2K16 Roster Update Available Now, Details Included (4-22)
- How to Build a Lineup in MLB The Show 16 (Roundtable)
- Jake Arrieta is Playing Above His Already High Ratings in The Show...
- An Early Look at Madden NFL 17 Presentation
- 2 New MLB The Show 16 Diamond Dynasty Packs Available - 5,000 Stubs Per Pack
- NHL 17 News Scheduled to Arrive on Tuesday, April 26
Friday, April 22, 2016
03:25 PM - April 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
NHL 17 news is expected to arrive on Tuesday, April 26.
Last year, NHL 16 news was leaked before the team fully revealed the feature set in late May. So keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you find anything.
What are you hoping to see?
Source - EA Sports NHL Twitter
01:43 PM - April 22, 2016. Posted by Ruffychu. Written by Steve Noah
Swing For The Fences and Primetime Performers Diamond Dynasty packs are available now, and throughout the weekend for MLB The Show 16, costing 5,000 stubs per pack.
Check out the details below and if you purchase any packs, let us know what you received.
Swing For The Fences Pack
3 Player Cards, More than double the chance for Gold and Diamond, Best chance to get the following newly introduced players
- Rookie Prince Fielder
- Rookie Jose Bautista
- Rookie Giancarlo Stanton
- Prime Adrian Gonzalez
- Prime Andre Ether
3 Player Cards, More than double the chance for Gold and Diamond, Best chance to get the following newly introduced players
- Rookie Max Scherzer
- Rookie Corey Kluber
- Prime Joaquin Benoit
- Prime Miguel Cabrera
- Legend Luis Tiant
11:09 AM - April 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Damarious Randall, cornerback for the Green Bay Packers, posted this Madden NFL 17 screenshot, (which has recently been deleted) showing off some of the new presentation in the game this year.
It's obviously early in the cycle, so a lot of details won't be shown off. Either way, it's Madden NFL 17 news and we are going to post it.
It was around this time last year the Madden hype train started, as they gave the release date with plenty of details on the game released in May.
10:54 AM - April 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
Just how good is Jake Arrieta?
Check out these stats from ESPN.com:
Not only is Arrieta dominating the mound in the real game -- he's actually doing so by putting up numbers which would make many playing a Road To The Show career pause for a second and ask, "Should I bump up the difficulty?"
Clayton Kershaw is rated higher than Arrieta at a 99 overall. Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke are both alongside Arrieta at 95 overall.
As hot as Arrieta is though, it makes you wonder should he actually be rated higher? Perhaps all the way to a 99 overall?
What do you think? Should Arrieta get an upgrade? Have you ever gone on a streak quite like Arrieta's over his past 17 starts?
10:18 AM - April 22, 2016. Posted by MMChrisS.
This is a fascinating question and one without a single answer. Just as in baseball, there is no perfect lineup and no single way to put a lineup together. With that in mind, we asked OS Staff Writers to talk about how they approach lineup building -- you can also check out our accompanying video to this roundtable.
Check out our responses after the jump...
Read More - How to Build a Lineup in MLB The Show 16 (Roundtable)
06:18 AM - April 22, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS.
Another NBA 2K16 roster update has arrived today, we've listed some of the changes below.
- Kawhi Leonard +1 (93)
- Chris Paul +1 (92)
- Dwyane Wade +1 (87)
- Hassan Whiteside +1 (87)
- LaMarcus Aldridge +1 (87)
- Paul Millsap +2 (85)
- Al Horford +1 (83)
- Kevin Love +1 (83)
- Al Jefferson +1 (80)
- Jeff Teague+2 (80)
- Blake Griffin -1 (88)
- Raymond Felton -1 (85)
- Kemba Walker -1 (84)
- Jae Crowder -1 (81)
- Nicolas Batum -1 (80)
- Tim Duncan -1 (80)
- Zach Randolph -1 (80)
To see a more detailed breakdown of the roster update, which includes individual attribute updates, head on over to 2KMTC.
Let us know what you are seeing!
Thursday, April 21, 2016
06:23 PM - April 21, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Another NHL 16 roster update has just arrived for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers to reflect the current lineups in the NHL, Liga, SHL, DEL, Extraliga ledniho hokeje, and National League.
We have not yet had the chance to dig too deep into this roster update, so let us know what you find.
UPDATE: EA addressed an issue from the previous roster update. A new one is available now.
Follow these directions to download the updated NHL 16 rosters:
- In the NHL 16 main menu, select (Customize)
- In the Customize section, select (Roster)
- In the Roster section, select (Active Rosters)
- In the Active Rosters section, select the most recent update organized by ‘Date & Time’ under EA SPORTS NHL Official Rosters.
04:03 PM - April 21, 2016. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium
FINALLY... THE MILL HAS COME BACK...
The unfortunate truth is that my hitting strategy video has found its way into the ether of the internet, never too be seen again. That's okay because it gives us another chance to pick our brains live!
So stop by tonight! Twitch.TV/OperationSports at 8 PM EDT and learn the ins and outs of the game. And probably see me embarrass myself multiple times.
IF YOU SMEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLL... WHAT THE MILL.... You can't smell the internet, but you get the point.
UPDATE: The archives are here, for those that missed it.