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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
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

U.S. and Mexican National Team Superstars and Rivals Unite for EA Sports FIFA Soccer 12

LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan, New York Red Bulls Defender Rafael Márquez and Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney Cover FIFA Soccer 12

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that national team superstars and rivals Landon Donovan and Rafael Márquez will be united on the front cover of EA SPORTSTM FIFA Soccer 12 in North America when the videogame is available at retail September 27. Donovan and Márquez will be joined by Manchester United and England international striker Wayne Rooney, who is appearing on the cover in North America for the first time.

Longtime rivals on their respective national sides through three FIFA World Cup tournaments beginning in 2002, Donovan and Márquez are also stars of their Major League Soccer teams, the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls. Both players were chosen to the 2011 MLS All-Star team.

“Landon and Rafa have been the heart and soul of their national teams, and we have long admired their passion, dedication and exceptional performances,” said Matt Bilbey, Vice President and General Manager of Soccer, EA SPORTS. “They are two of the most respected and recognizable players in North America, and they will play an integral role in helping us launch FIFA Soccer 12 to soccer fans across the continent. With the addition of Wayne Rooney on the cover, it is truly a blockbuster lineup.”

Donovan, who is currently tied for the lead in MLS goal-scoring with 11 goals, will appear on the cover of FIFA Soccer 12, the No. 1 sports franchise on the planet*, wearing his Galaxy kit while Márquez, a designated player for the Red Bulls, is featured in the home Mexican national team kit. Rooney appears in the Manchester United home red kit.

Winner of 20 “Best Sports Game of E3” awards, including the prestigious 2011 E3 Game Critics award, FIFA Soccer 12 brings to the pitch the game-changing new Player Impact Engine, a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. Revolutionary gameplay innovations inspired by the real-world game make FIFA Soccer 12 deeper and more engaging. All-new Precision Dribbling creates a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for better control in tight spaces, more time to make decisions on attack, and more control over the pace of the game. Innovations in attack are balanced by a re-designed defending mechanism called Tactical Defending, which fundamentally changes the approach to defending by placing equal importance on positioning, intercepting passes and tackling. Plus, players have been infused with Pro Player Intelligence, the next generation of player intelligence and performance. FIFA Soccer 12 also introduces EA SPORTS Football Club—the heartbeat of FIFA Soccer 12. This live service is available at no additional cost and connects players to the real-world game with fresh, new content all the time, enabling them to support their favorite club and connect and compete with their friends, and millions of players around the world.

For the latest news on FIFA Soccer 12 join more than six million fans in the EA SPORTS FIFA community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/easportsfifa.

FIFA Soccer 12 will be localized into 18 languages and available in 51 countries. It will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PC, Wii™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, iPhone®, iPad™, and iPod® touch.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: WiiVotes: 14 - View All
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
05:45 AM - August 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN The Gamer has posted the Madden NFL 12 player ratings for the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

Are there any changes you would like to see, or are they just about right?

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:06 AM - August 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Madden NFL 12 demo is available now. Please play a few games and post your impressions here. For now, just search under "M" in the demos section or games section. It weights in at 1.53 GB.

UPDATE: The PS3 demo is available now.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
Monday, August 8, 2011

Read all about it, over at DCFC.

Over the course of the partnership, EA SPORTS will be producing a Derby County-specific FIFA 12 game sleeve featuring its star players, which fans will be able to download for free from the club website www.dcfc.co.uk around the launch of FIFA 12.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
11:13 PM - August 8, 2011. Posted by CaptainZombie. Written by Steve Noah

Turn 10 has announced Forza Motorsport 4 and the American LeMans Series will partner up.

Today, the premier North American sports car racing series and the highest rated racing video game franchise of this generation announced a two-year partnership that will bring the thrill of the automotive world to fans everywhere, whether in-game or at the track. Turn 10 Studios, creators of the best-rated “Forza Motorsport” video game franchise, and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS), will partner across a range of events and content celebrating the famed racing series as well as the launch of “Forza Motorsport 4” on Oct. 11, exclusively on Xbox 360.

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
11:04 PM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

HB Studios Convert USA Rugby License

HB Studios hold USA RUGBY License for official Rugby World Cup 2011 videogame

Woodland Hills, CA –August 5, 2011 – Publisher 505 Games and developer HB Studios have today announced the game’s partnership with USA Rugby. The official licensing agreement grants the use of the Rugby World Cup 2011 USA team strip, team roster and emblem within the game. With other major licensing deals already announced, Rugby World Cup 2011 will be the authentic rugby gaming experience this summer.

Rugby World Cup 2011 is the official game of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, and HB studios and 505 Games have been granted the exclusive rights for the Tournament’s official game by Rugby World Cup Limited.

“From a developer perspective, working with an official license always opens doors on the way to creating a more immersive gaming experience,” commented Alastair Jarvis, General Manager at HB Studios. “At HB, we feel uniquely placed when it comes to rugby game development, and tying up a deal such as this only makes our dream of creating the definitive, authentic rugby title achievable.”

The first rugby title on this generation of consoles, Rugby World Cup 2011 will feature HD presentation detail extending to the inclusion of thigh tape, wrist tape, finger tape and scrum caps.

Rugby World Cup 2011 will challenge players to pick from the 20 Rugby World Cup 2011 participating teams and attempt to lead their team through the pool phase, and progress to the Final with the opportunity to lift the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup. National rivalries, venues and player personalities are perfectly captured as participants will fight for the pride of their nation in either solo play or with up to three other players in local multiplayer matches. For the first time, HB Studios will give players the chance to fight for the glory of their country online by challenging other players to one-on-one matches on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network and PlayStation®Network.

“As with any sports title, we feel authenticity is key with Rugby World Cup 2011, and with that in mind, the involvement of USA Rugby was an essential element of this title,” commented Ian Howe, President, 505 Games.

“Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the US, and we’re pleased to be able to bring it to a new legion of fans in a big way,” said Nigel Melville, CEO, USA Rugby.

“By partnering with 505 Games on the launch of Rugby World Cup 2011, we’re positive that Rugby is about to explode in the US.”

The official Rugby World Cup will be broadcast in an exclusive licensing agreement with NBC Universal, who will air key matches in the tournament exclusively via their NBC and Universal Sports networks, as well as both online and via mobile platforms.

Rugby World Cup 2011 will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation Network for PlayStation®3 on September 6, 2011 for $49.99. An official demo for the game is now available for download via Xbox LIVE. For more information, please visit the official website at http://www.rwc2011game.com and http://www.facebook.com/rwc2011game.

Game: Rugby World Cup 2011Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
08:59 PM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN has posted some new Madden NFL 12 screenshots, featuring the AFC North.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:12 PM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Singleback Pitt Y-Trips-Pitt Stick N Slide

When QB Ben Roethlisberger returned to the lineup the Steelers' passing offense started to take off. Besides the speedster Mike Wallace and old reliable Hines Ward on the outside, Roethlisberger also likes to involve TE Heath Miller in the passing game. On this play, Miller will run a 5 yard stick route and after a short delay, he will run inside underneath. This play is effective versus man coverage as the defender will usually jump the stick route and allow Miller to create separation to the inside when he takes off over the middle.

Baltimore Ravens

Quarters Normal Dbl Loop 3

The Baltimore Ravens through the years have been one of the best defensive teams in the NFL. The Ravens have been especially good with their overload fire zone schemes. DBL Loop 3 is an overload fire zone concept that's used to bring pressure to the weak side of the offense.

Cleveland Browns

Strong Pro-DBL Pump n Go's

After setting up the defense by running a few underneath curl and out routes, teams will often try and take a shot down the field with double move routes in hopes of catching the defense off guard for a big play. In this play, the Browns use an Out and Up route on the left side of the formation and a Curl and Go on the right. In Madden NFL 12, you can now pump fake to individual receivers by holding the L-trigger as well as the receiver icon to increase the chances of the defender biting on the fake.

Cincinnati Bengals

Nickel Normal Sugar 2 Buzz Invert

The Bengals are an aggressive attacking defensive unit that looks to create havoc with their defensive schemes. Double A Gap schemes in which two linebackers align in both A gaps are a favorite of the Bengals. Nickel Normal Sugar 2 Buzz Invert is a two deep four under fire zone concept that uses the Double A Gap look pre-snap.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All

The Fight Night Champion developer team has posted some details on a new tuner set. They also mention there are no patches scheduled and future DLC is very unlikely.

The Dev Team is currently working on another Tuner Set with the goal of primarily addressing the following issues:

1. Lack of damage (cuts, swelling, etc)
2. CPU boxer stamina in offline matches
3. Judges scoring logic
4. Block effectiveness

For those who have been asking, future DLC is highly unlikely in terms of new boxers, venues, modes, etc.

In addition, no further patches are planned at this time.

Game: Fight Night ChampionReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
10:43 AM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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According to the NHL 12 Facebook page, this is the "BIG" announcement.

In the 1st NHL 12 producer video we promised a big announcement...well here it is: 'They're coming!'

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
05:48 AM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN The Gamer has posted the Madden NFL 12 player ratings for the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Are there any changes you would like to see, or are they just about right?

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:43 AM - August 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the NBA 2K12 screenshots, pulled from the recently released NBA 2K12 trailer.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
Sunday, August 7, 2011
03:32 PM - August 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the Madden NFL 12 screenshots for iOS and Android devices.

Product Description
The #1 football game for smartphone is back to bring you the most authentic NFL experience for your mobile device. Take your game on the go with all 32 NFL teams, nearly 2,500 players, enhanced graphics and animations, and new features and modes exclusive to the mobile platform.

Key Features
As always, get the real football experience that only Madden NFL can deliver. Play as all 32 NFL teams in authentic stadiums with updated rosters featuring nearly 2,500 real players. The most EVER in a Madden NFL smartphone game.

All the great features that made Madden NFL 11 on iOS a hit are now available on both platforms including
“Total Defensive Control,” “Action Control Time,” “GameFlow” and “Hot Routes Everywhere.”

This year we’ve further improved our graphics and animations to deliver an even more authentic NFL experience. Tackles now look even more realistic as you deliver the game-changing hit.

Each team now features new, up-to-date playbooks that are unique to their playing style. So if you’re playing with the Colts… expect to air it out!

Players from last year’s limited release of Madden NFL 11 on Android will notice an even more dramatic increase in quality. This year we’ve paid special attention to make sure that Madden NFL is optimized for your Android device.

Last year Madden NFL 11 on iPad was a milestone achievement for EA Mobile. This year we intend to further push the envelope, taking advantage of the improved hardware of the iPad 2, to deliver an even more stunning version of Madden that’s guaranteed to blow you away.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iPhone / iPad / AndroidVotes: 41 - View All
03:23 PM - August 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted a few more NBA JAM: On Fire Edition screenshots. The game releases this Fall as a digital download on PSN and Xbox Live.

Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 7 - View All
Saturday, August 6, 2011
10:48 PM - August 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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NBA2KMods have released the NBA 2K11 - 1992 season mod for PC users.

The 1991–92 NBA season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association.

In one of the most shocking announcements in sports history, Lakers star Magic Johnson announces his retirement early in the season after receiving the news that he had tested HIV-positive.
Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley honors Johnson by switching from his usual number 34 to 32.

Due to back problems, Celtics star Larry Bird retires at the end of the season, and since Bill Russel vs. Jerry West it brings one of the most memorable eras in NBA history (Magic vs. Bird) to a close.

The 1992 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida, with the West defeating the East 153–113. In an emotionally charged game, Magic Johnson wins the game's MVP award; despite having retired from the game a few days into the season, fans were still able to vote him into the starting lineup because the printed ballots still featured Magic's name.

Dennis Rodman recorded 1,530 rebounds and averaged 18.7 rebounds per game in the regular season, both of which are the highest figures since 1972. It is the first of an NBA record seven consecutive rebounding titles for Rodman.
Michael Jordan scored 35 points in the first half to set an NBA Finals record for most points in a half. His six three-pointers also set a record for most in a half. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their second-straight NBA Championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Download the NBA 2K11 - 1992 season mod, right here.

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 106 - View All