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EA's Frostbite Engine: What is it, Why You Should Care
In recent weeks, I've noticed some OS forum dwellers stating their confusion about EA's Frostbite engine, and wondering what it means for the future of their favorite EA Sports games. For the most part, this discussion has emerged following the announcement that Madden NFL 18 will transition to the engine later this year. There are many fans that don't know the difference between Ignite and Frostbite. For those of you in that boat, this is an opportunity to learn what the Frostbite engine is, how it's affected the games industry thus far, and what you might be able to expect from it going forward. This isn't a technical discussion by any means. It's purely a basic rundown of the engine and how it operates based on known facts, interviews and my own personal perspective. Read More - EA's Frostbite Engine: What is it, Why You Should Care MMChrisS
NBA 2K17 Patch #12 Available Now, Patch Notes Included
NBA 2K17 patch #12 is available now for box One and PlayStation 4. Check out the patch notes below.
  • Improvements to double team logic for more appropriate rotations and to prevent help defenders from leaving their assignments.
  • Enhanced several dribble size-up combos to make them more responsive when chaining moves together.
  • Improved logic for off-ball collisions to prevent excessive bumping, resulting in a smoother offensive flow.
  • Removed select dribbler collision reactions that would slow down the ball handler when contact was made from behind.
  • Offensive AI enhancements for better decision making when countering double teams.
  • Fixed an issue that would allow you to travel if rapidly chaining together certain rhythm dribble animations.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing some players from signing a 10-day contract in MyGM/MyLEAGUE.
MLB The Show 17: Is It a Buy? With MLB The Show 17 hitting stores earlier this week, some OS'ers are inevitably still on the fence about whether this year's game is a buy or not. We gathered three different opinions from OS Staff Writers about whether you should buy the game or not. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in the comments! Read More - MLB The Show 17: Is It a Buy? MMChrisS
Out of the Park Baseball 18 Is Another Home Run
Here I was at 1:10 AM, unwittingly realizing I had let the night slip away from me. I had been playing Out of the Park Baseball for five hours in what I thought was going to be a quick play through to get a feel for the new game. But yet, I couldn't help myself. A small tweak here, move this player to AA from AAA because he's struggling, adjust my pitching staff, let's see if the Reds will take this trade. And then it was five hours later and 1:10 AM. That's how Out of the Park Baseball has always gotten you, and again this year, that's how it got me again. Out of the Park Baseball 18 is the latest release in a series that has become a staple in the discussion for Sports Game of the Year here at Operation Sports. Read More - Out of the Park Baseball 18 Is Another Home Run MMChrisS
Early Impressions of MLB The Show 17
As it is with the dawn of every baseball season, the launch of the newest MLB The Show game brings about the usual sources of excitement that we’ve come to expect over the years from playing the series: a bunch of new and promising features waiting to be explored, loads of welcome tweaks to an already solid core of gameplay and — of course — a flurry of people logging on at midnight when the game's officially released, causing the overwhelmed servers to quickly become unstable. Okay, that last one is probably more of a continued source of frustration than excitement, but at least we can say the servers have been a little better than they were last year. With only limited time to play the game since its release on Tuesday, here are a few stray observations on what has stood out to me so far, besides the inconsistent online gameplay... Read More - Early Impressions of MLB The Show 17 MMChrisS
NHL 17 Available Now in The Vault, Free For EA Access Subscribers
NHL 17 is available now in The Vault, for EA Access subscribers. If you are not seeing it in the app, try downloading it from here. For those of you that might still be unaware, EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive, allowing members to try upcoming EA games prior to release, offering 10% off all EA digital purchases and more. It also gives users access to The Vault, which houses a growing library of EA games subscribers can play as much as they want. Users can subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year. Steve_OS
MLB The Show 17 Twitch Stream Has Started, Come Join Us!
We are live streaming MLB The Show 17 on the OS Twitch channel. Come join us, with our host Millennium, as he shows off the game and answers questions. Steve_OS
Play STEEP For Free Through March 13 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC fans can play the full version of STEEP, starting now and throughout the weekend for free. The free weekend access gives you an opportunity to try out custom gear and grow your athlete's reputation as you discover challenges, earn invites to branded events, and gradually unlock access to dizzying new heights and dangerous runs.
In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and Alaska and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating challenges and breathtaking views.​
More information, including controls and tutorials, can be found at the official website. Steve_OS
OOTP 18 Road to Release: Challenge Mode
The Out of the Park Baseball 18 development team is hard at work on the game, gearing up for its March 24 release. You can still pre-order it for $34.99, a 10% discount, and receive the Gold Master version of the game on March 20, four days ahead of the worldwide launch. The OOTP 18 Road to Release series continues with a look at a new feature, Challenge Mode, that takes the previously introduced achievements one step further. Now, as soon as you run OOTP 18 the first time, an option at the top of the start screen prompts you to create an account that will allow you to brag about your achievements to the world and see if you can climb to the top of the high score list. As with most games that have an online component, you can customize your OOTP online profile, giving yourself an avatar and indicating your favorite team. When you peruse the leader boards, you can click user names to learn more about those players, including the teams they’ve managed, won-loss records, playoff appearances and championships won, and more. Read More - OOTP 18 Road to Release: Challenge Mode Steve_OS
Fire Pro Wrestling World Coming to Steam and PS4 Later This Year
A new iteration of the popular Fire Pro Wrestling series is set to debut later this year! Developer Spike Chunsoft released a video teaser video on Twitter, confirming the studio’s plans to release Fire Pro Wrestling World. Although an official release date has not been set, it appears fans of the popular wrestling franchise can expect the game to drop early this summer. Fortunately for PC gamers, they will be able to play the game early through Steam Early Access. The early access will include online gameplay. "After a 10-year hiatus, director Tomoyuki Matsumoto’s Fire Pro Wresting World brings the hit franchise to Windows PC and PlayStation 4, with Steam Early Access confirmed for this Summer. Building upon the core gameplay, the game will offer improved graphics, updated features and online matchmaking connecting players from around the world." Customize every aspect of the match, from your wrestler to the ring itself, in your fight for the championship belt. PLAY ONLINE Organize exhibition matches, tournaments, leagues, championship bouts and battle royals with players from around the world. MIX UP THE RULES Modes include Deathmatch (steel cage, barbed wire or landmines), MMA rules and no-holds barred Gruesome Fighting. UNLIMITED CUSTOMIZATION Create your dream wrestler from over a thousand devastating moves and even more body parts to battle for custom championship belts. Personalize the ring, mat logos and even the referee! REALISTIC SIMULATION Give your creations personalities with a robust CPU logic system that defines their every action. Does your wrestler play to the crowd, or play dirty? You provide actors for the ringside drama. How hyped are you for a new installment of Fire Pro...