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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
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Friday, July 6, 2012

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Still looking for the best NBA 2K12 PC rosters? Look no further. Head on over to the download section at NLSC.

Major Updates in V21:
  • Added portraits for the rest of the 2nd round rookies and EVERY SINGLE player on a current team or in the FA list
  • Edited all of the rookie players to give them their correct numbers / tweaked some rookies
  • Fixed an error with the 2000’s Legend team / fixed an error with New York and Denver’s 2nd round draft picks
  • 9 new retro courts added / 10+ new cyberfaces added (rookies / historical)
  • Added Vannwolfhawk’s playbooks for better accuracy – thanks man!
  • Current NBA Teams Rosters up to date as of Friday July 6th, 2012 @ 4:00ET.

If you don't have a copy of NBA 2K12 for the PC, grab it at Amazon for $9.99.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 101 - View All
Thursday, July 5, 2012
10:44 PM - July 5, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the Madden NFL 13 screenshot of the cover athlete, Calvin Johnson Jr.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
03:02 PM - July 5, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted 16 more NHL 13 screenshots, featuring the recent transactions from around the league.

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 23 - View All

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Game: Forza HorizonReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

With NHL 13, we want to change the way you play hockey video games by providing an experience that captures the speed, creativity and strategy of NHL hockey. We’re doing that through two major gameplay innovations – True Performance Skating and EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. We’ve spent more time working on our A.I. this year, than over the past three years combined and the result, EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. – an innovative new A.I. system governing the behaviors of players, goalies, and team systems – is something that our development team is truly proud of. We can’t wait for you to experience it.

So what should you expect from EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q.? Gamers only tend to notice A.I. in a sports videogame when it produces a frustrating moment – maybe you’re playing Online Team Play and your A.I. teammate isn’t in the right position when you’re looking to make a pass or they dump the puck in repeatedly when you want them to carry the puck across the blue line and make a play. When your A.I. teammate is doing what it should, you hardly hear someone say “man, that A.I. is really smart”, it’s just business as usual. In our opinion, intelligent A.I. means that A.I. players are in the right position, making decisions that their human counterparts would make and limiting those frustrating moments for you and your human teammates. So why did these moments of frustration occur in NHL 12 and why do we believe EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. will minimize them? Let’s talk about how EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. affects players.

Players

In previous NHL games, players were only aware of skaters in their immediate proximity and were restricted to reacting based on their actions. With EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q., all players are now fully aware of every other player on the ice, resulting in quicker, smarter and more true-to-life decision-making. Think about that for a second. Imagine if Gretzky were only aware of just a few players on the ice, would he still have been an offensive dynamo? No way. Would Datsyuk be the great two-player we know him to be? Not a shot. EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. allows players to play within a system and fulfill their role accordingly. All this is now possible because EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q. delivers the deepest and most customizable set of real-world hockey systems and strategies ever for the franchise. Essentially, it’s like the players in NHL 13 are now coached by a Jack Adams Trophy winner rather than a minor league coach.

Team Strategies

What types of strategies and team systems have been added to NHL 13?
  • Offensive Zone Forechecks – 1-2-2 Passive, 1-2-2 Aggressive, Weakside Lock and 2-3
  • Neutral Zone Forechecks – 1-3-1, 1-4, 1-2-2 Red, 1-2-2 Blue
A forecheck bias has been added so that you can increase the tendency to set up in either an offensive zone or neutral zone forecheck. For example, if set to a 1-3-1 and a bias to full neutral zone, your team will set up in the 1-3-1 every time down the ice.

New Team and Line Bias’ have been added:

What this means is that you can adjust your AI’s strategy through overall team tendencies or broken down by line.

By Team: Powerplay Carry vs. Powerplay Dump – Are you going to grind them down or keep the puck and work it into the zone like the Detroit Red Wings?

By Forward Line:
  • Carry vs. Dump – AI more likely to carry the puck in or dump and chase.
  • Cycle vs. Shoot – If your team will look for any shot, or worry about possession and high percentage chances
  • Efficiency vs. Energy – Will your team conserve energy or hustle more with high intensity?
  • Don’t Block vs. Block – Will your AI teammates allow the goalie to see the shot or attempt to block?
By Defensive Pair:
  • Hold Line vs. Pinch – Will your defensive AI hold the blueline or take risks to pinch?
  • Cycle vs. Shoot – Tendency for your defensive AI to put the puck in to cycle or put shots on net?
EA SPORTS Hockey IQ Top 5 Fast Facts:

1. Authenticity has always been paramount for the NHL franchise. To create the team systems for EA SPORTS Hockey IQ, we had pro coaches come in and sit with the development team to make sure we captured every detail of the systems we were recreating.

2. The AI will recognize if they have given up an odd man rush a few too many times and be able to respond to that even if they were able to recover in each of those scenarios. They understand specific details such as being beaten with long stretch passes, vacating the far side and being beaten with reverses and will be able to adjust accordingly.

3. AI will not only analyze how their opponents are playing but will also adjust throughout a game based on their own success or the type of game being played. If the AI goes up by a few goals early, they may sit back. If they go down by a few goals, you will see them get much more aggressive and push for more turnovers.

4. All NHL teams will be set to default strategies that match how they play in real life. Due to this, you will get different looks right out of the gate throughout a season depending on who you are playing. If you play Tampa Bay, they may sit back more when the game is tied early on where as a team like the Kings may come in flying with an aggressive forecheck.

5. All of the team strategies are able to be updated through roster updates. We can make changes to the strategies if teams happen to change throughout the year and/or if a team happens to get a new coach and change their style of play, it can be reflected in game.

Source - EA Sports NHL 13 Blog

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 23 - View All



Check out the recent additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter for the Minnesota Wild and Jaromir Jagr for the Dallas Stars in NHL 13.

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 23 - View All

Madden NFL Creative Director, Michael Young asks this question, via Twitter.

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Which "lesser known" media personalities would you like to see in Madden's virtual twitter feed in the future?

For me, beat reporters from each team, would be a good start, or official Twitter accounts from each individual NFL team.

Who would you like to see?

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
Monday, July 2, 2012
09:40 PM - July 2, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

As most of you are aware, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD arrives July 18th on the 360 and a few weeks later for PS3.

According to Joystiq, $5 more gets you THPS 3 DLC.

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On July 18, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD kicks off the Summer of Arcade on Xbox Live. Around 30-45 days after launch, a $5 DLC pack will be added, full of select content from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.

Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HDReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 2 - View All
04:29 PM - July 2, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted 26 more NCAA Football 13 screenshots. These include Baylor, Boise St., Boston College, BYU, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Florida St.

Game: NCAA Football 13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 58 - View All
03:57 PM - July 2, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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... in depth preview of the latest PS Move peripheral, the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel. Paired with the precise tracking of PS Move, the all new "Racing Wheel" is a completely functional unit that offers second to none mechanics to control all aspects of your favorite racing games. From the motorcycle twist throttle to the folding grip design, Anton shows us how this new peripheral transforms your PS Move motion controller into the ultimate racing experience.

As we mentioned before, the "Racing Wheel" will be available this fall for $39.99 (MSRP) and will support upcoming racing games like Little Big Planet Karting, in addition to PlayStation 3 racing favorites like Gran Turismo 5, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, MotorStorm Apocalypse, and more.

Any interest?

Game: PlayStation Move Racing WheelHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 0 - View All

Heavyweight Bout: Kasey Kahne Takes On Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In The Finals Of The “Drive for the Cover” Campaign

This is it. A month of voting by the most passionate fans in all of sports has whittled down the field to two mammoth combatants: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

Two more weeks of voting between this pair of NASCAR stars will decide the victor of the Drive for the Cover campaign – and the ultimate prize of gracing the NASCAR The Game: Inside Line cover.

The first four rounds saw several upsets and unexpected matchups, and last week’s semifinals were no different. Kasey Kahne pulled ahead of Jeff Gordon early and never looked back. Kahne’s reward for the upset will be a head-to-head matchup with nine-time Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose journey to the finals has been far from smooth. Earnhardt Jr. defeated Danica Patrick in Round 3 to face reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart in the semifinals. In a matchup that was closer than many expected, Earnhardt Jr. escaped the semifinals with a tight victory over Stewart.

NASCAR fans can vote in the bracketed tournament that is hosted entirely on NASCAR The Game’s Facebook page, which can be easily accessed at www.nascarthegame.com/vote.

Voting for the finals of the “Drive for the Cover” campaign begins today with two weeks remaining in the campaign to select the driver who will adorn the cover of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. Here is the voting schedule, which culminates in July:

JULY 15 – Final Round Closes (Champion)

Visit www.nascarthegame.com/vote to participate in the “Drive for the Cover” campaign.

Game: NASCAR The Game: Inside LineReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
01:30 PM - July 2, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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The last man standing. Your last line of defense. With EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q., goalies in NHL 13 have been completely overhauled featuring all-new goalie anticipation and complete limb movement. Netminders will read and anticipate the play as it develops and with over 1000 new animations, are more dynamic than ever before. Goalies are now fully equipped to make that unthinkable save when the game is on the line.

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 23 - View All
Sunday, July 1, 2012
11:06 AM - July 1, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Shady used the NBA 2K12 Ultimate Base Roster (PC ONLY), which includes 257 teams and all 60 2013 rookies with portraits.

You can pick up the PC version of NBA 2K12 for $9.99, at Amazon.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 101 - View All
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Friday, June 29, 2012

According to Samit Sarkar (now working at Polygon), Madden NFL 13 on the PlayStation Vita is essentially Madden NFL 12.5, due to to limited resources and new hardware.

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  • ... the ability to tap on a receiver and draw hot routes with a finger, are smart and welcome additions.
  • ... only the brand-new commentary made it into Madden 13 on Vita
  • ... includes full Franchise and Superstar modes, and will receive weekly roster updates and Madden Moments Live content

Check out some of the new Madden NFL 13 Vita screenshots, right here and be sure to read the entire article, right here.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS VitaVotes: 74 - View All