Our in-depth review of EA's World Cup title, does it match up to its big brother's greatness?
We talk to MK Knight, the Godfather of the ultra-realistic Full Minors Rosters here at OS.
A basic guide on soccer defense...
A look at the next-gen debut of the Trials franchise.
The Major League Baseball season is an excruciatingly long, brutal 162 games.
Over the course of a season, injuries will mount, players will tire, and your team will go through peaks and valleys on your way to September's end point. When you build a team in MLB The Show, which of these four aspects do you focus on most to create success: A great nine-man lineup, your five man rotation, a deep and talented bullpen, or your overall depth to withstand any nasty injury surprises?
Which do you think is most important to focus on and why? Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment on how you focus on building your team below!
Playing defense isn’t the most exciting thing in FIFA -- If anything it’s probably the least exciting. But you know what they say in many American sports: “Defense wins championships,” and the same logic applies in soccer, and playing FIFA.
This is a quick basic guide to all the key positions and roles in defense, what stats to look out for and some tips to make sure you’re playing better.
Read More - 2014 FiFA World Cup: Defensive Strategy Guide
The New York Knicks organization didn't hire Phil Jackson to be an iconic name slapped on a struggling franchise -- they brought him in for his insight towards building a championship contender.
If the first big move by Jackson says anything, Mike Woodson isn't the man to lead the Knicks as head coach anymore.
On the surface it may appear that the new Knicks president is pointing the blame squarely on Woodson and his staff, but chances are this is only the beginning. Once Jackson has the coach he wants -- and there's no reason to think he can't hand-pick someone for the coveted job -- players may start to see their jersey color and city of residence change.
Sound Off: What changes need to take place for the New York Knicks to be a winning basketball team?
- David Moyes to be sacked as Manchester United manager.
- The 30th highest paid professional athlete in sports hasn't played in two years.
- Gomez ejected after bench-clearing brawl in Pirates-Brewers game.
- Blake Griffin dumps water on a Golden State fan after fouling out. [Animated Gif]
- Ever get the feeling you're being watched? [Image]
Check out the latest MLB 14 The Show video featuring the dynamic batting and fielding cameras in the PS4 version.
MLB 14 The Show ships on May 6th for PS4. Find out more about the game on our official page.
- Trials Fusion Trick Guide
- EA Sports UFC Interview with Director Brian Hayes
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Patch 1.12 and Data Pack 5 Arrives on April 22 For PC
- Codemasters Teasing New GRID Game
- PES Manager Coming Soon to iOS and Android Devices - Screenshots Included
- EA Sports UFC Screenshots - Bisping, Liz Carmouche, Browne & Nurmagomedov
- iOOTP Baseball 2014 Released!
- The Golf Club Early Access Available Now on Steam For $29.99 - Post Your Impressions
- MLB 14 The Show Video and Screenshot Captures - Baseball Is Better on PS4
- MLB 14 The Show Roster Update - Official April 14 Details, Offline File Available
- EA Sports Simulation Crowns Bruins as Stanley Cup Champions
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Available Now, Post Your Impressions
- NBA 2K14 Video - NBA Playoffs (Shady00018)
- MLB 14 The Show - Creating Your Player in Road to the Show (PS4)
- MLB 14 The Show Livestream (PS4)
- Road Redemption Arrives in August For PC, Later For 360 & Wii U - Try Alpha For $40
- OlliOlli Scheduled to Arrive on PS3, PS4 and PC on July 22nd
- MLB 14 The Show Video and Screenshot Captures - New Fielding Ball Marker (PS4)
Features & Blogs
- Trials Fusion Review (PS4/Xbox One)
- Operation Sports - Dual Threat Podcast: Season 2 - Episode 33: Easter Week
- Out of the Park Baseball 15: Preview Build Impressions
- Press Row Podcast - PAX East 2014 Panel
- Sports Daily: The No Win Situation
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Reviewer Impressions
- R.B.I. Baseball 14 Review (360/PS3)
- Sound Off: How Important is the #1 Seed, Really?
- The Top Five Console Baseball Sims Not Named The Show
- Sound Off: NBA Conference Disparity, Should It Be Fixed?
- Retro Rewind: Windjammers, and Why it Should Come Back
- Operation Sports - Dual Threat Podcast: Season 2 - Episode 32: Spring Games Week
- Sports Daily: Getting It Wrong With Replay Edition
- Kinect Sports Rivals Review (Xbox One)
For those of you looking for some tips to get gold in Trails Fusion career mode skill challenges, GoodGameBro has posted their guide to pull off every trick in the game.
Just in case you missed it, we posted our Trials Fusion review this morning.
“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)
The 2013 college football season has come to an end, as the Florida State Seminoles have been crowned National Champions, but there is still plenty of college football to discuss on Dual Threat! Operation Sports' Dual Threat is a college football podcast hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!
In the 33rd episode of Dual Threat: Season 2, Drab and Bode discuss The New York Times' in-depth piece on the botched Jameis Winston investigation, the dismissal of Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham and Clemson QB Chad Kelly, how much is enough when dealing with talented but troubled collegiate athletes, Notre Dame switching to field turf, other spring game tidbits, are we seeing too much change when it comes to college jerseys, and more! Also, don't forget to vote for the "Dual Threat Road Trip 2014" bracket. Listen and follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067, to vote for which game they they will travel to for the 2014 season!
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 8am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!
I’ve had sometime to explore the latest edition of Out of the Park, perhaps one of the most highly regarded sports titles here at Operation Sports. Each year, OOTP seems to take small but meaningful steps toward being the most comprehensive and realistic baseball sim available.
Here are some quick thoughts after a week with Out of the Park 15.
Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 15: Preview Build Impressions
FranchisePlay has posted their interview with EA Sports UFC Director, Brian Hayes. They talk about the addition of Bruce Lee, 1-Punch KOs, Fight Night and more.
So assuming all things are equal and the modes are working as advertised -- do you prefer an online experience or and offline experience for your sports gaming?
Vote in our poll and let us know why you selected the option you selected.
In the 80th episode of the Press Row Podcast, we feature our Press Row Podcast PAX East 2014 panel in its entirety. Titled “The Crisis in Sports Games”, the group takes a look at the state of sports games from the Consumer, Developer, and Publisher standpoint. Do game purchasers have enough choices? Do they get enough value from their games? Where are the arcade titles? Is too much asked of developers in too short of a time frame? Can publishers make enough money with expensive license and development costs? These questions and many more are posed and debated in front of a live audience.
A special thanks to the great people at PAX East 2014 for accepting our panel! We had a great time and hope to be back next year for the third straight PAX!
Joining us on the panel:
- Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
- Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
- TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
- Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)
- And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@richgrisham)
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The PC version of PES 2014 is scheduled to release patch 1.12 and data pack 5 on April 22nd, according to WENB. No word on the World Challenge DLC that arrived for 360 and PS3 last month.
If we get any other specific details about the 1.12 patch, we'll update this post.
Codemasters is teasing this very short teaser video for an upcoming game in the Grid racing series.
We will find out more on April 22nd. What do you think it could be?
PES Manager is coming soon to iOS and Android devices. Users are encouraged to get an edge on the competition with their pre-launch Shootout Challenge.
Check out some of the screenshots here, along with the full press release below.
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced PES MANAGER – a unique player badge collecting football strategy title for App Store and Google Play.
About PES MANAGER
PES MANAGER is a free app wherein users are charged with selecting a player from European clubs, and leading them to victory by assembling a strong, well-drilled squad. It is based on the popular ‘World Soccer Collection S’ service in Japan, and is now being rolled out across 55 territories worldwide. In PES MANAGER users are initially given 14 players as the basis for their squad, and their individual abilities and strengths are detailed on each player badge. Using training sessions to improve their skills, players then face CPU and human-controlled opponents, with each summoning special moves and attacks during the course of a match. The winners are then given special power-up balls, which are used to enhance the abilities of the team.
Real matches presented in 3D, featuring more than 1,500 player badges with authentic player photos!
The new game boasts more than 1,500 fully licensed player badges, with the best players and teams from around Europe represented. As players assemble their team from a player roster that includes the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Beñat Etxebarria, Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos, they must determine the formation and playing style of their side, and ensure that their given players are used to their best advantage. This is effected by a simple but intuitive ‘drag and drop’ system, while matches are played within stunning 3D recreations with the user changing players’ positions or exchanging players on the field, depending on the real-time situation of the matches.
As the player’s team improves within PES MANAGER’s league and cup competitions, new players badges can be obtained by clearing stages, winning matches or via ”Prize Draw”. Prize Draws are available by using user collected friend points or their Energy Balls. Energy Balls are obtained by in-App purchase, as a reward for stage battles, or as a gift via game administration. Also, additional Player Badges may be awarded depending on how entertained the crowds are by the teams’ efforts.
About Pre-launch Campaign
To celebrate its release, KONAMI has set in motion today a pre-launch campaign for PES MANAGER which is designed to help players gain an early advantage prior to the game’s launch date. Anyone registering ahead of launch will receive a one-player starter pack prior to the game’s release. Campaign participants will receive a starter player badge by taking a shootout challenge which can be performed up to three times in a 24-hour period. After assessing the unlocked player badge, participants can either choose to keep the badge or try again to earn a better one. If the participant is still not satisfied with the badge they receive, they can unlock another shootout session by sharing the pre-launch campaign information via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and earn a maximum of 12 attempts per day. Participants can also strive for the player badge of their choice until the game officially launches.
PES MANAGER has been designed as an open, yet engrossing football title. Its gentle learning curve will introduce users to its depths of play, with participants rewarded for good performance and able to invest in their side as a result. As the game progresses, players can build a team of genuine world beaters, developing their players and supplementing their side with exciting new signings. KONAMI will also offer regular users incentives throughout the season, with additional players and tactical cards. Likewise, friends can also share abilities and skills to assist each other, in turn rewarding them for their co-operation.
Platform: iOS/Android, Free (with in-App purchases)