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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2020)

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OS Weekly Wrap Up, Getting You Caught Up on Sports Gaming News (Jun 7 - Jun 13, 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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As we approach the end of the NL West and the NL itself, the Rockies were the team I covered yesterday. Following up on Colorado, we now get to the San Diego Padres home run swings. I think you might be surprised by how many players I cover from the Padres, but they have quite a bit of pop on their team and it comes in various forms. There are legacy picks, up-and-coming players and in-their-prime stars among the selections. Let’s get to it, starting with Manny Machado.

With the San Diego Padres reviewed, we have two teams left in the National League to cover. The first team up is the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Diamondbacks home run swings, we have two switch hitters to review, and then three other mainstays who have been hitting bombs for years now.

Prince of OverBro Media is back once again to take a closer look at Super Mega Baseball 3‘s Pennant Race mode. With The SMB3 Pennant Race mode, it’s consistent with what you have seen in the past with a weekly competition, and the big new draw will come when Metalhead releases the expanded cross-platform online version later this year.

We’re all waiting to see how everything comes together with the restart of the real NBA season, and with that in mind, Alex Strauther put together a quick trailer hyping up the prospect of seeing an NBA 2K20 play-in tournament as we wait to see how a real play-in tourney works out in the NBA.

The Diamondbacks had their day in the sun, and now we finish up the National League with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants home run swings are — sorry to say — not that exciting to go through. It’s four veterans, and two of them aren’t even really home run hitters at this point. That being said, I’m not the GM of the Giants, so don’t blame me for the options here.

I wrapped up the National League with the San Francisco Giants and now open the AL with the Tampa Bay Rays home run swings and celebrations. The Rays are in a little bit of a transition phase where they have some solid home run hitters, but they’re also waiting for the next wave of prospects. With that in mind, we have four players to cover today.

I started off the AL East (and American League) with the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. I’m going to keep the main events back a little longer here and go now with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles do not have a ton of power to analyze at this juncture so this is a relatively short review session. Let’s get to it.

Since it’s Run The Triple Episode 4, you should know the drill by now. The Red Scourge starts us out on the practice field in NCAA Football 14, and then it’s showtime as he takes Army up against Wake Forest this week.

It’s fantastic that we’re finally getting Tony Hawk back in the form of a remastered Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 And 2. It seems like it’s going to be something between a remake and a remaster, which means we should still be able to use our nostalgia to guide us. With that in mind, Matt is back to take us through the top five maps from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2.

The Baltimore Orioles did not have many players to cover, but the Boston Red Sox have quite a few more to look at right now. In fact, I have seven Red Sox home run swings I’m going to review below. Not all seven meet the general criteria I’ve been using (minimum of 20 home runs or a signature celebration) but I felt the need to go a little deeper because they’re a marquee franchise. Let’s do it.

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A pleasant surprise in TDF 2020 is the improvements to AI riders and logic. Just like in the real-life Tour de France, a breakaway is often attempted at the beginning of every stage. In Tour de France 2020 the same tactics exist. When you attempt to break away with a GC, Sprint or KOM contender, the AI is quick to react. Sometimes it takes two to three different attack attempts for a small group of riders to break from the pack and separate.

First and foremost, the best thing about this update is that it’s free to all those who have already purchased the game. In an era of microtransactions, it’s good to see Konami continue its support of eFootball PES 2020 well into the summer, which is usually reserved for spending time and resources on developing the next iteration of the series. In years past, both Konami and EA have been guilty of offering this as a standalone purchase, albeit at a reduced price. While this EURO 2020 update doesn’t have all the bells and whistles (qualifying) of those standalone titles, it does offer a nice distraction from Master League or MyClub.

I have featured Mike Lowe’s MLB The Show sliders before on the site, so if you want a deeper breakdown of them head to that link. That being said, he has released version 1.9 this week, so if you have not scoped them out as of yet, now might be the time.

“Sell me on this series.” I don’t know about you folks, but this is something I have heard when it comes to books, movies and television, but I hear it most often with video games. Or, I should rephrase and say, I get asked the question most often with video games. Maybe that is because my friends know I’m into video games, but either way this is a question that is certainly asked all the time with all sorts of entertainment.


Coming off the PS5 event, and our first sampling of sports games beyond the Madden 21 teaser, are we getting excited for next-gen yet?

The “next-gen” blitz gained some momentum with yesterday’s PS5 event and a first-look trailer from 2K showing off NBA 2K21. With that in mind, I thought we should go back and look at every NBA 2K next-gen trailer that has kicked off each of the three “next-gen” eras.

Sweat and next-gen sports games are an iconic duo. Sports games are never the main focus with the launch of new consoles, but they are generally one of the premiere tech showcases for those consoles. And since sports games are released every year, they also tend to have a larger than usual starring role when consoles launch because Sony and Microsoft can count on them to be there for the launch. Plus, sports games sell incredibly well, and so they’re a known commodity that can be trusted at launch.

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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