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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, August 13, 2010
08:32 AM - August 13, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Tony Hawk®: SHRED Lets Players GO BIG!!!

The Latest Entry in Activision's Tony Hawk Franchise Features BIG Air,
BIGGER Tricks, All-New Snowboarding, And Gets Kids off the Couch

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) confirmed today the latest installment in its esteemed Tony Hawk® video game franchise: Tony Hawk®: SHRED. An all-new Tony Hawk experience created for a younger audience, SHRED allows players to GO BIG and feel the exhilaration of supersized skate and snowboarding using the game's innovative, motion-sensing board controller right at their feet. Featuring an arcade style look and feel, where the bigger the feat the better the fun, SHRED is packed to the brim with larger-than-life moments and a veritable assortment of jaw-dropping tricks – enticing kids to get off the couch and into the action. Players will be on the deck mastering over-the-top tricks, massive drops, awesome grabs and super long grinds in no time.

Whether riding on cement or snow, Tony Hawk: SHRED has it covered. In addition to skateboarding, aspiring snowboarders can jump on SHRED's amazing board controller and go crazy in a completely new way – feeling the ultimate rush of shredding down the steep mountain peaks of Whistler, the French Alps and Beijing, China as they launch off huge kickers and pull off crazy spins, flips and grabs.

"Tony Hawk: SHRED is all about experiencing over-the-top, almost unbelievable GO BIG moments throughout the game – the kind of tricks and stunts that we can only hope to achieve as our sports continue to evolve," said Tony Hawk. "I'm also excited about including snowboarding in SHRED, because when we originally came up with the board motion-controller, we didn't just have skateboarding in mind, and it's nice to finally see that idea coming to fruition."

There's certainly no lounging around with Tony Hawk: SHRED in the family room. With the game's innovative motion-controller board peripheral and exciting GO BIG gameplay, kids will be actively using their boundless energy while riding as any of SHRED's pro skate and snowboarders – the full list including Tony Hawk, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, Corey Duffel, Sean Malto, David Gonzalez, Geoff Rowley, Stevie Williams and Chaz Ortiz; and snowboarders Travis Rice, Louie Vito and Olympic Gold Medalist Torah Bright. Additionally, players will have access to Mii versions of all the pro athletes in the game on Wii™, and can import their own Mii and Avatar characters in the Wii and Xbox 360® versions of the game! Whether it's younger kids raring to just get on the board and pull off huge tricks, or older players craving some good ol' fashioned friendly rivalry for the top score, Tony Hawk: SHRED offers an active, social gaming experience everyone can enjoy.

Tony Hawk: SHRED is in parallel development by two different studios: Robomodo for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system; and by Buzz Monkey for Wii. The game is rated "E" (Everyone – content that may be suitable for ages six and older) by the ESRB, and will be available at retail this holiday season as the gift that keeps on giving.

For more information on Tony Hawk: SHRED, please visit: www.thshred.com.

Game: Tony Hawk ShredHype Score: 3.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
Thursday, August 12, 2010
06:08 PM - August 12, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah





Game: NHL 11Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 36 - View All

During the NHL 11 Developer chat today, it was announced that the NHL 11 demo will be released in North America on Tuesday August 17th and in EU on Wednesday August 18th. (On the 17th, 2AM PST for X360, and between 1-5PM PST for PS3)

Quick overview of what is included in the demo. You will get a first look at HUT. What is included in HUT will be a starter pack, with a mix of prospects and some rare cards. You will get to play through an offline tournament. Each portion of the tournament bracket you get to play will be the 3rd period of the game. You win? you move on, you lose? you start from the beginning of the tourney.

We will also be including Battle for The Cup in the demo as well. Very similar to last year. It will be Chicago vs Philly, 3rd period of Game 7.

Just the way first party works. Demo dates are subject to first party, so if it they don't launch on these days, it'll be due to issues to first party release.

In case anyone is wondering, your demo HUT team is only for the demo and will not carry over when you buy NHL11. We will be releasing a blog later this week / weekend, outlining all demo info.

UPDATE: Here are some ways you can earn some free HUT packs through the demo. 1) Play the demo. 2) Win the HUT tourney in the demo 3) Invite a friend to the NHL11 demo. To be clear, you will NOT earn 2 packs if you play the demo and win the HUT tourney. You will either get 1 free pack for playing the demo, or 1 free pack for winning the tourney. So when you play the demo, you have an opportunity to get 2 free packs for your actual HUT team in NHL 11.

Game: NHL 11Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 36 - View All

*See the exclusive Michael Jordan avatar jerseys in a better resolution, right here.

2K Sports Offers Launch Day Delivery and Exclusive
Michael Jordan Avatar Jersey with GameStop Pre-Order of NBA 2K11

Gamers get one shot to score a Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls home jersey for their PlayStation®Home avatar or a road jersey for their Xbox LIVE avatar before they are off the market forever

New York, NY – August 12, 2010 – 2K Sports today announced that GameStop customers who pre-order a copy of the highly anticipated NBA® 2K11 are guaranteed to get the game on the October 5, 2010 launch date**. GameStop is also offering a free exclusive Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey that will be downloadable for avatars on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network and PlayStation®Home†. The virtual attire will be available only through this exclusive pre-order package and will not be sold or available at any other time. The promotion ties in withMichael Jordan’s role as the cover athlete for NBA 2K11,the latest game in the top rated and top selling basketball simulation franchise.

Details of the pre-order offer are as follows:
  • Pre-order NBA 2K11 by October 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. CDT with overnight shipping and get guaranteed delivery on October 5, 2010**.
  • Available while supplies last for all GameStop online and in-store pre-orders of NBA 2K11 for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. These official Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jerseys for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Home avatars are only available with this offer.
  • PlayStation Home avatars will receive the official white Chicago Bulls home jersey.
  • Xbox LIVEavatars will receive the official red Chicago Bulls road jersey.
  • Online customers:Code and instructions on redeeming the jersey will be emailed when the game releases.
  • Store/In-store Pickup Customers: Code and instructions on redeeming the jersey will be printed on the receipt at time of purchase.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/Prod...oduct_id=77717

NBA 2K11 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available October 5, 2010. For more information, please visit www.2ksports.com/nba2k11.


Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 104 - View All
09:20 AM - August 12, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

According to the official Test Drive Unlimited 2 website, the game has been delayed until early 2011. Beta dates will be announced soon.

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"Atari Shifts Test Drive® Unlimited 2 Into First Quarter 2011; New Beta Dates Announced Soon

Today we have an announcement pertaining to the release schedule for the highly anticipated Test Drive® Unlimited 2. Please see the following announcement for the details on the change in schedule and beta program:

Dear TDU2 Community and fans,

Eden and Atari are announcing today that the release date of Test Drive Unlimited 2 is being moved back to Q1 2011. We wanted to take some time to talk to you specifically, our community and fans, and explain why this is and what it means for you.

As we are sure you are aware, TDU2 is a highly ambitious game and also very big. Since locking down the final features, some months ago, we have been busy getting the bugs out of the game, polishing all of the features to make the game as fun as possible, and ensuring that we deliver a robust and reliable online service from the day we go live. We’re at the point now where we have a pretty solid game, which is fun and could be launched shortly. However, with a few extra months of polish it could be even better.

We know that this delay will come as a disappointment to many of you but we hope that you will understand the benefits of taking the time to get this right, because it now gives us more time to listen and respond to feedback from the Beta program. We will be announcing the new Beta dates shortly, as well as revealing exclusive Beta tester rewards, as a thank you for their patience and continuing support.

Thank you,

The Test Drive Unlimited 2 Team"

Game: Test Drive Unlimited 2Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
07:33 PM - August 11, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports just sent us this higher resolution screenshot of Michael Jordan, in his rookie season, in NBA 2K11.

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 104 - View All
05:37 PM - August 11, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports have just posted another NBA 2K11 Developer Insight, as they show off some of the tweaks to the objectives in The Jordan Challenge, now including assists.

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"The Arrival

When: April 20, 1986. Game 2, 1st round playoffs vs. Celtics

Goal 1: Score 63+ points

Goal 2: Shoot 50%+ from the field

Goal 3: Dish out 6+ assists

One-liner: Jordan made his mark with this 63 point playoff game against a heavily favored Celtics team.

69 Points

When: March 28, 1990. Regular season game vs. Cavs

Goal 1: Score 69+ points

Goal 2: Shoot 50%+ from the field

Goal 3: Dish out 6+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: This time Jordan gets the win by dropping 69 points and putting a dent in the Cavaliers’ playoff plans.

Shootout

When: Any date in 1990. Regular season game vs. Hawks

Goal 1: Outscore Dominique

Goal 2: Hold Dominique under 25 Points

Goal 3: Dish out 5+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: Jordan and Dominique Wilkins face off in some of the all-time greatest scoring performances of the era.

Bad Boys

When: May 26, 1990. Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons

Goal 1: Score 47+ points

Goal 2: Dish out 4+ assists

Goal 3: Win the game

One-liner: Jordan showed the Pistons and the world that no defensive strategy could stop him for long.

1991 NBA Finals

When: June 2 thru June 12, 1991 vs. Lakers

Goal 1: Average 31.0+ points

Goal 2: Shoot 55%+ from the field

Goal 3: Average 11+ assists

Goal 4: Win the series

One-liner: Jordan silenced the doubters by coming back from a game one embarrassment to thrash the Lakers in these Finals.

The Shrug

When: June 3, 1992. Game 1, NBA Finals vs. Blazers

Goal 1: Score 35+ points in the first half

Goal 2: Make 6+ threes in the first half

Goal 3: Hold Drexler to under 20 points

Goal 4: Win the Game

One-liner: Just to prove a point, Jordan sets the tone for the series by dominating the first half of this first Finals game.

Double Nickel

When: March 18, 1995. Regular season game vs. Knicks

Goal 1: Score 55+ points

Goal 2: Shoot 55%+ from the field

Goal 3: Dish out 2+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: After a stint with the bat, Jordan returns to New York to tear up the Knicks for 55 points and an unforgettable pass.

Father’s Day Victory

When: June 16, 1996. Game 6, 1996 Finals (last game of series as Bulls won 4-2) vs. Sonics

Goal 1: Score 22+ points

Goal 2: Grab 9+ rebounds

Goal 3: Dish out 7+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: Michael ran the table over the entire league but this fourth title would prove to be just as special as his first.

The Flu Game

When: June 11, 1997. Game 5, 1997 Finals (not the last game of the series as it went to 6) vs. Jazz

Goal 1: Score 38+ points

Goal 2: Grab 7+ rebounds

Goal 3: Dish out 5+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: A very ill Jordan still manages to both dominate the game and hit the winning shot in the last seconds of the game.

Michael’s Last Dance

When: June 14, 1998. Game 6, 1998 Finals vs. Jazz

Goal 1: Score 45+ points

Goal 2: Get 4+ steals

Goal 3: Dish out 1+ assists

Goal 4: Win the game

One-liner: With one final resounding shot, Jordan seals both his legacy and the fate of the Jazz’s championship hopes."

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 104 - View All
04:16 PM - August 11, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Pre-order FIFA Soccer 11 at GameStop to receive exclusive early access to Creation Center before it’s released to the public. Be one of the first people to experience the feature first-hand and start building the team of your dreams, ready to upload and play the day the game is released.

Want to know more about the Creation Center? Click here.

Game: FIFA Soccer 11Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 16 - View All
Monday, August 9, 2010
08:12 PM - August 9, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NHL SlapshotReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: WiiVotes: 1 - View All
07:10 PM - August 9, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you really need some good Madden NFL 11 tips, I mean who would you turn to? Check out the entertaining article from Bitmob.

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"Bitmob: It's frustrating to play as a receiver in Team Play mode and not get the ball when I'm open. How do you let the QB know that you need the ball?

Terrell Owens: (Looks at me like this is a trap) Uh, I don't know. You've got to talk to them before you get on the field. During the game, you've got to huddle up and you communicate your situation then. Or you call a time-out, get yourself a T.O. (points to himself).

Bitmob: I need a first down, what route should I have my go-to receiver run to give me the best chance of making it?

Terrell Owens: That depends. Who's my receiver?

Bitmob: You.

Terrell Owens: (Laughs) Oh, that's easy -- you gotta go deep. In Madden or real life, it doesn't matter, I'll be open!"

Game: Madden NFL 11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 94 - View All
06:20 AM - August 9, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Game: NBA 2K10Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / PCVotes: 71 - View All
06:14 AM - August 9, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

According to Kotaku, Gran Turismo 5 is not done. Thoughts?

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"Gran Turismo, which was first revealed in 2006, was supposed to be out in March 2010. Then it was delayed to "TBA". It is now supposed to be out on November 2. Today is August 9.

The game is not done. "GT5 is getting to where it will be finished shortly," Gran Turismo designer Kazunori Yamauchi tweeted earlier today. Yamauchi seemed upbeat and noted that the development of GT games is always like this — that it's like they are nowhere near finished."

Game: Gran Turismo 5Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 15 - View All
Friday, August 6, 2010
09:04 PM - August 6, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NHL 2K11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: WiiVotes: 8 - View All
09:02 PM - August 6, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Jon Robinson has posted a Q&A session with Ben Bishop, Producer of NHL 2K11.

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Jon: "So for people who bought the Wii version last year, what's the main differences they can expect when they fire up "NHL 2K11"?"

Ben Bishop: "There are the Wii Motion Plus controls, but it's not just that, I think the controls changed a lot in general. You have a lot more options, and with the Wii Motion Plus control, you have direct one-to-one control over everything from stick lifts to actually lifting the puck up, juggling it, and performing trick shots. And if you're a fan of the game from the 360 or PS3, you can actually play the game using classic controls and play the game the way you're accustomed to. So you have a lot of options to really treat this as a simulation game if you want to. We think there is plenty of room on the Wii to have a good simulation sport, so you can play the game on the Wii as you would on the other consoles.

On the flip side of the coin is our Road to the Cup mode and how we let you bring your Mii characters into the game and let them play through some mini-games that are all hockey based. This is something that is popular on the Wii, and it's a great thing to do when you have some buddies over. It's something you can play through pretty quick and you don't have to be great at the sport of hockey or at the simulation aspect to have a good time with it."

Game: NHL 2K11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: WiiVotes: 8 - View All
02:55 PM - August 6, 2010. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Examiner has posted an interview with Ian Cummings, Creative Director of Madden NFL 11.

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Q: "How far removed is the Madden 11 demo from the final build in areas such as CPU adaption to user playcalling and gameplay?"

A: "The demo is about 5 weeks removed from final gameplay code in the retail game, not counting any issues that we may be addressing in title updates."

Game: Madden NFL 11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 94 - View All