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Steve Noah

Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
OS Username: Steve_OS
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Monday, July 8, 2013
03:17 PM - July 8, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Konami recently had a community event for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. WENB and OPE have posted their impressions. OPE has also posted a Q&A session with PES Marketing Producer, Manorito Hosoda.

I found the tempo to be much more realistic to it’s real life counterparts, providing a more calculating match, where you can’t just bomb down the wings and out pace your opponents. The pace is much slower, however to address a concern of a member of our forums, this does not mean that players them selves are just slow. I found that using players who are fast, translates across to how they play, meaning that the slowed down tempo wouldn’t remove advantages that stats provide. Of course pace and speed still play a part in how you will play but so too will strength, and in a big way. In the games I played, I found the strength of players to be very accurate and this helped dictate games.
Do you have any plans to introduce handballs into the game one day? Not necessarily this year.

One day. We have to make the player have the intention of handball. There has to be something convincing for the users for the whole system around the handball feature. I would say this will be a challenge for PES 2015... I'll do my best!
Defenders are much more switched on, allowing more interceptions and less 'moments of madness', like your centre-back getting nutmegged from 50 yards after making no attempt to cut out the simplest of through balls. I did, however, get the impression that the defensive lines were a little too high at times. This resulted in quite a lot of offsides which was quite frustrating. However, to counter this, when taking goal-kicks, you can press L1/LB to activate 'Position Shift' which will move your entire team up (or down) the pitch. Whether you're desperate for another goal or you just want to protect your lead, I can see this becoming a very popular tactic during online play.

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 0 - View All

Playstationer has posted an interview with Paul Rustchynsky, Alex Perkins and Col Rodgers of Evolution Studios, as they discuss the upcoming PlayStation 4 racer, Drive Club. Below are some of the more interesting pieces of information from the interview.
  • Of the announced cars so far, the Mercedes AMG A45, which goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds is the slowest
  • The game will cater to both the sim and arcade racer
  • Tracks are based off of real locations (with tweaks) No off-road tracks (All tracks will be announced at a later date)
  • You can only be in one club at a time (2-12 members per club)
  • Runs at 1080p, working towards the goal of 60FPS
  • At this time there will be no weather effects, time of day will be will be
  • The game will have dedicated servers
  • There will be a championship mode for single play users
  • No need to unlock cars
  • There is vehicle damage
  • Customize your own club events and challenges
  • If you change clubs, you take everything you earned with you
  • As long as the wheel is supported by the PS4, it will work with the game
If you missed them, we have plenty of Drive Club screenshots and videos here.

Game: DriveClubReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 3 - View All
11:02 AM - July 8, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports announced Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez would share the FIFA 14 cover a little over a week ago. He will appear wearing the Mexican national team home kit alongside the world’s top footballer, Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi. Here is a screenshot of 'Chicharito' in action.

Check out the behind the scenes video from the recent Mexico City event, hosted by EA Sports.

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 16 - View All
10:46 AM - July 8, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest Forza Motorsport 5 gameplay video captured from our trip to E3 2013.

Game: Forza Motorsport 5Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.

Hot News, Reviews and Features

New Videos, Screenshots and Blogs

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / Sports / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ben Ross, Gameplay Producer of NHL 14 has posted details on goalie improvements in the game. In the article, he details goalie intelligence, animations and movement, fighting through screens, against one-timers, rebounds and more.

  • Goalies intelligence was improved to increase their ability to read the play and determine if the player is likely to deke, pass or shoot based on the scoring situation.
  • Goalies will stay out and challenge on shots rather than pulling the puck back in with them (also fixes the issue where goalies would pull slower shots in with them as they moved backwards when saving.)
  • Goalies will stay in a save/position if they are aware they are going to be hit by the puck that is on its way. The goalie will no longer blend to another save if not necessary which was sometimes a disadvantage.
  • Goalies show more urgency in getting back to cover open parts of the net, part of heightened awareness.
  • Goalies react more realistically to deflections based upon whether they can see the initial shot cleanly or if they need to square up and make a save with one of their limbs.
  • Goalies will react more realistically to shot fakes, opening up areas of the net and creating more goal-scoring possibilities if the move is used correctly.

Animations & Movement
  • Fixed saves where it appeared that the goalie was able to move back up against their momentum/gravity when making a save (again, no more “Spider-Man” Goalies).
  • Improved butterfly save space – goalie won’t be locked in butterfly on dekes and will be more conscious of moves to the forehand and consider them more dangerous.
  • Added more saves out of Vertical-Horizontal and Butterfly styles so that the goalie can stay in those poses and react to pucks that are going to hit them (makes staying big and cutting off an angle more effective).
Fighting Through Screens
  • Goalies’ field of vision and puck awareness were corrected to be more realistic. If a puck is out of sight, the goaltender will work harder to fight through screens.
Against One-Timers
  • Goalies won’t give up the short side if they have defensive help and are more likely to cheat to the short side if the attacking player is on their forehand. True to real-life.
  • Goalies will anticipate a pass on a two-on-one if the puck carrier is on their backhand or doesn’t put themselves in a good shooting position (winding back, gliding, sells shot).
  • The closer the shooter is to the net, goalies will try to take away more of the bottom of the net. The further out shooters are, the more they try to get a limb half way up the net to be able to move up/down since the shooter now has a better chance to get height on the shot. The negative to this is exposing more holes and not creating as good of a solid wall like they can when the shooter is close.
  • The more a goalie has to move and the less he can see the puck both have effects on his ability to make a direct save compared to when they are squared up for a shot and reading the release right off the stick. In these cases, the goalie will try to slide across and take away the shooters best chance and then react to the puck once they can see it.

  • AI & animation improvements were made to allow goalies to better handle rebounds and second-chance opportunities off the rush. Goalies can now recover more quickly to handle a bad rebound, especially if they lose the puck within their body/equipment.
  • Goalies will recognize low shots better and attempt to kick the rebound to the corner more often.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Friday, July 5, 2013
12:23 PM - July 5, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s the 30th Episode of the Press Row Podcast, featuring two distinct conversations that our community has been asking for. First up is a lengthy conversation about the state of sports video game writing in 2013; many listeners have posed questions about why it seems that so few outlets pay attention to sports gaming even though it remains one of – if not the most – important revenue sources in the industry. After that, we do a “Review Roundtable Blitz” on NCAA 14, as three of the guys on the show are knee-deep in playing it for review. Don’t worry, though, we’ll have an even longer full episode-length review roundtable on NCAA 14 in a couple of weeks.

Joining us on the panel:

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1 Hour, 49 Minutes

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 19 - View All
10:09 AM - July 5, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest PES 2014 screenshots. The team also had a Twitter Q&A session recently, below are some of the more interesting details.
  • Demo announced later this month
  • PC users will be able to purchase and download from Steam
  • In Masters League, you can change clubs and coach the National team
  • Cover athlete will be announced soon
  • You can edit low socks, tight shirts, more emblem slots & more
  • Prequel data will not work, due to new engine
  • Licenses will be announced by Gamescom
  • Game will run at 720p
  • New stat system, using a combined stat page to equate values
  • Goalkeepers also have own specific stats
  • Weather will affect the game, Dirty kits are in
  • Game will have 3rd kits, either in the game or through free DLC
  • League mode for multiplayers offline

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 0 - View All
08:36 AM - July 5, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

With Tyler Seguin traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars, EA Sports has released a new NHL 14 screenshot of him in his new gear.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 6 - View All
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
03:37 PM - July 3, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Bleacher Report has posted a new Madden NFL 25 video featuring Tim Tebow catching passes in his New England Patriots #5 jersey. Tebow has been moving up the depth chart, as Rob Gronkowski continues to recover from injury and the release of Aaron Hernandez.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All
02:49 PM - July 3, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For those of you that don't have MLB 13 The Show and just want to play the Home Run Derby mode, you can download it now from the PlayStation Store or by adding it to your cart here.

Over 30 hitters are available (no list provided) for the event at Citi Field in New York.

Game: MLB 13 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 35 - View All
10:13 AM - July 3, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Shady has checked in with another NBA 2K13 video. This one features the Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant.

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 75 - View All
08:14 AM - July 3, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Score Goals in EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13 and Send an MLS Forward to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

Fans to Make History by Being the First to Use a Videogame
to Determine the Outcome of a Vote for an All-Star Game

For the first time in any professional sports league, fans will be using a videogame to determine the outcome of a vote for an All-Star game. Electronic Arts Inc. and Major League Soccer (MLS) today launched the start of the groundbreaking AT&T MLS All-Star “In the Game” Challenge, giving fans the opportunity to vote one forward into the All-Star Game by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Starting today, July 3, 9:00 AM PDT until July 10, 9:00 AM PDT, online enabled fans around the world that play FIFA Soccer 13 can score as many goals as possible with their favorite MLS all-star forward candidate, and one goal equals one vote. The player with the most votes on July 10 will be named the AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Forward and will occupy the final forward spot on the All-Star Fan XI. Through general voting via MLSsoccer.com, text message and Twitter, 10 players were selected to the All-Star Fan XI, which will be unveiled on July 7 on ESPN during halftime of the Chicago Fire-Sporting Kansas City match (3 p.m. ET).

“The AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge exemplifies how we’re deepening the connection between the game of FIFA and the real world of soccer,” said Jamie McKinlay, VP Marketing, EA SPORTS. “With this new and innovative All Star voting method, our fans can play our game, and for the first time ever, have an impact on a real-world match. This is an incredibly exciting way for our fans to show their support for their favorite MLS player and have a say in who makes the All-Star Squad.”

“We are excited to team up with the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise to break new ground in the all-star voting process,” said Howard Handler, Chief Marketing Officer, MLS. “One of the things that's distinctive about MLS is our fan-driven culture. We're eager to empower the millions of FIFA fans with The Challenge.”

The 26 players eligible to be voted the AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Forward include:
  • Claudio Bieler (SKC)
  • Tristan Bowen (CHV)
  • Deshorn Brown (COL)
  • Will Bruin (HOU)
  • Edson Buddle (COL)
  • Kenny Cooper (DAL)
  • Marco DiVaio (MTL)
  • Landon Donovan (LA)
  • Robert Earnshaw (TOR)
  • Fabian Espindola (NY)
  • Diego Fagundez (NE)
  • Thierry Henry (NY)
  • Federico Higuain (CLB)
  • Adam Jahn (SJ)
  • Eddie Johnson (SEA)
  • Robbie Keane (LA)
  • Sebastien Le Toux (PHI)
  • Jack McInerney (PHI)
  • Darlington Nagbe (POR)
  • Dominic Oduro (CLB)
  • Lionard Pajoy (DC)
  • Blas Perez (DAL)
  • Chris Rolfe (CHI)
  • Alvaro Saborio (RSL)
  • Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN)
  • Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

Game: FIFA Soccer 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii U / Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
06:29 PM - July 2, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Gran Turismo 6 demo is available now. It includes the following modes on the new Silverstone track.
  • A quick tutorial that includes tips and tricks on the controls and navigating around the track
  • Four warm-up races using two Nissan cars, the LEAF and 370Z
  • Five time trials on the Silverstone track driving the Nissan 370Z, four of which take place on various sections of the track, and one being the full lap. That one full lap time becomes the entry time for GT Academy.
Get in a few laps and let us know what you think.

Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 5 - View All