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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (Jun 14 - Jun 20, 2020)

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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (Jun 14 - Jun 20, 2020)

Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed, during the busy week. This includes the latest videos from our content team and featured articles from the staff.

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I covered the Boston Red Sox yesterday, and they had seven swings to grade. Today with the New York Yankees home run swings, I also have seven swings to grade and multiple celebrations as well.

The New York Yankees were covered in great detail yesterday, and so the Toronto Blue Jays will wrap up our look at the AL East. The Blue Jays home run swings are a hard group to review because they have a lot of their top prospects up in the majors now, but none even have a full year of service time. So some players who are projected to hit for major power are not quite there yet in terms of realized stats. They also have some role players and veterans who have solid power as well. With that in mind, I have seven players to review here.

I’m not sure if it’s bad timing or perfect timing that we decided to release this video today from Matt detailing his top 5 GM/franchise modes of all-time considering the Madden 21 franchise mode news (see: lack of news), but the video is out there now all the same.

We wrapped up our look at the AL East with an in-depth look at the Toronto Blue Jays. So now we start the AL Central off with a breakdown of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals home run swings are a little easier to cover here because there’s simply fewer players to analyze. I have four players to review, and I don’t think any of the four should come as a surprise.

After reviewing the Kansas City Royals, we move now to Detroit and look at the Tigers home run swings. The Tigers don’t have the most exciting team to analyze right now as they’re certainly in a rebuilding phase with not much young talent right now. This means I’ll just be looking at three veterans here for this set of reviews.

The review of the Detroit Tigers was simple enough because there was only three players to review, but the Minnesota Twins are a much bigger endeavor. There are a lot of Twins home run swings to analyze. In fact, this is the most players I’ll review in one article as there are nine players to analyze. But it does make sense that there are a lot of swings to review because the Twins hit a record-breaking 307 home runs last season.

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Multiple jerseys are awarded during the Tour de France. Riders have explained it as an honor and a privilege to finish the grand tour as the winner of one of these jerseys. And with my review of Tour de France 2020 now live, I want to move to a three-part “control the jersey” series that will act as a Tour de France 2020 strategy guide. Part one is focused on the green jersey and the strategies to win the green jersey.

The thought of a video game that combines fighters and the sport of tennis would usually seem odd on the surface, but TDO Games is leaning into it. Tennis Fighters is being sold by the studio as a “new game genre [that] mixes a tennis game and fighting game. You will find a great tennis game with the action and effects of a fighting game.” And for a game that’s been in the works for roughly two years, you can see a unique game taking shape here with Tennis Fighters early access.

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Unfinished Pixel’s Super Soccer Blast is a throwback arcade soccer game that is available on just about every platform. With its fast gameplay and fun edit mode, Super Soccer Blast isn’t trying to be a simulation, but instead a reminder of simpler times when sports games were all about having fun. How well does Unfinished Pixel fare? Well, let’s jump in and talk about it.

March to October can be divisive. Is it a repackaged franchise-style grind for beginners, or is it a quick, engaging way to play through a season while earning some Diamond Dynasty rewards? Last year, I was very critical of the mode and suggested that it was a better fit for an extension of franchise mode more than anything else.

In this year’s release, SDS came in hot with a revamped rewards system that positions MTO as the primary avenue to acquire high-end Diamond Dynasty cards, which even after all of the content updates still have tremendous value (because we are getting new Team Affinity stages throughout the year).

In the first edition of the Madden 21 Gridiron Notes, some folks on OS were quick to point out the lack of any mention about franchise mode (CFM) improvements. It’s a valid observation to make, but it’s not a new one when it comes to sports games. If you’ve been around this place long enough, you know we talk about franchise mode shortcomings multiple times a year right now. After all, our award for the “worst trend in sports games in 2019” was single-player modes getting shafted.

The skateboarding renaissance continued in earnest yesterday when EA wrapped up their latest EA Play with the reveal that Skate was coming back. They didn’t say Skate 4 during the event, but it’s all but confirmed that the franchise will be making a full return, which is fantastic. On top of that, after such a long layoff, this probably means the game will need to be created from the ground up all over again. With that in mind, how excited are you to hear Skate is returning?

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be our third “next-gen” era that began with the HD-era of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Since EA unveiled Madden 21 in a more “official” manner last night following the Patrick Mahomes teaser, we thought it might be educational to look at Madden next-gen trailers through all three HD eras as a way to perhaps gauge how “real” this Madden 21 footage will end up being.

If there is anything else you would like to see in the OS weekly wrap-up, feel free to let us know in this post. Otherwise, we will see you next Sunday.

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