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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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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
11:29 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy of http://www.amazon.com/Madden-NFL-12-...=operasport-20 and receive a $20 credit.

Madden NFL 12 (PS3) users can get in on the deal, by http://www.amazon.com/Madden-NFL-12-...=operasport-20.

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$20 Credit Plus Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order NHL 12 and receive 3 digital issues of the Hockey News online in September 2011 as well as a $20 Amazon credit good toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. A promotional code to access Hockey News online will be emailed to your Amazon.com account on the day the product ships. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. This offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
08:47 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Money99. Written by Steve Noah

Head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy of http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B004WL4LWQ and receive a $20 credit.

NHL 12 (PS3) users can get in on the deal, by http://www.amazon.com/NHL-12-Playsta...=operasport-20.

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$20 Credit Plus Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order NHL 12 and receive 3 digital issues of the Hockey News online in September 2011 as well as a $20 Amazon credit good toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. A promotional code to access Hockey News online will be emailed to your Amazon.com account on the day the product ships. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. This offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
06:59 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Madden NFL 12 demo will feature the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears. Other details below.
  • 5 minute quarters
  • Adjustable skill level
  • No commentary
  • Available on 360 and PS3 on August 9th

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:47 AM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kotaku recently had a chance to play the Wii version of Madden NFL 12. It seems EA Sports is bringing the old school Tecmo Bowl control system.

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He told me the game had new control schemes, including Tecmo Bowl-inspired controls. He told me about the latest graphics overhaul, a new Achievements-like system and improved television-network-style presentation. He even dropped in one of those great lines you can only make about a Wii game: we decided to add referees back. Really!

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:40 AM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: F1 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Monday, July 25, 2011
09:15 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Philadelphia Eagles

Gun Bunch Wk-Empty Philly Under

When QB Mike Vick took over as the starter, the Eagles at times they looked unstoppable. With Vick, wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jermey Maclin, TE Brent Celek and HB LeSean McCoy, opposing defensive coordinators had nightmares trying to figure out how to slow them down. Add in Head Coach Andy Reid's exotic schemes on offense and you often saw many big plays by the Eagles' offense. In this play the Eagles line up in a basic shotgun bunch formation except that the HB (McCoy) lines up outside the bunch set as a flanker. He will be the primary receiver running a drag route as the bunch receivers run a variety of routes down the field which should create an opening for an easy completion underneath.


New York Giants

5-2 Normal Pinch

The New York Giants have good depth on the defensive line and will occasionally use defensive fronts that put five defensive linemen in the game. 5-2 Normal Pinch is a six man pressure scheme that calls for all five defensive linemen to rush as well as a linebacker. The secondary plays man to man coverage.


Dallas Cowboys

Singleback Jumbo-Cowboy Post

Despite having injuries to several key players and a mid-season coaching change, the Cowboys were still a threat every week to light up the scoreboard. Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett loves to utilize a variety of formations and personnel to keep his offense balanced. One of those formations is the Singleback Jumbo set which features 3 Tight Ends, 1 WR and 1 RB. This is primarily a running set, but the Cowboys love to take shots down the field to WR Miles Austin out of this look. On this play, Austin runs a post route while the TE to his side runs a crossing route hoping to draw coverage his way and creating a hole for QB Tony Romo to find Austin.


Washington Redskins

Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl FS 3 Seam

The Washington Redskins defensively employ lots of exotic looks on third down passing situations. This is done to confuse the offense as to which defenders are rushing. Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl FS 3 Seam is a play that caters to this tendency of the Redskins.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
08:08 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
07:12 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 25 - View All
06:35 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
06:45 AM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

C&VG has posted their Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 hands-on preview.

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The positional defending system from PES 2011 which, to be fair, has been largely copied by FIFA 12, feels a bit less stiff and robotic. There's a new collision system, too, which reacts specifically to the area of impact triggering unique animations. It's impressive, but less fluid than FIFA 12's new physics-generated Impact Engine.

Best of all, players no longer get 'locked' in collision animations, so you retain control and can still offload the ball, even as your player locks shoulders or stumbles.

Another key change is that the CPU AI applies a lot less mindless pressure, which is to say that the game plays more like a human than a robot, allowing you a bit more time to pick a pass. This works in tandem with the noticeably enhanced new off-the-ball AI, where teammates make dummy runs and overlaps to buy space.

It's a big improvement over the frustratingly stiff PES 2011, where you'd find yourself shouting at the AI to make runs, but the lack of a 'run prompt' button, like FIFA, is still frustrating.

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / PCVotes: 4 - View All
06:42 AM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

C&VG has posted their FIFA Soccer 12 hands-on preview.

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Precision dribbling works in tandem with the new defending system. You no longer hold x for overpowered, Hooverstyle spam tackles, but to jockey the attacker, moving closer or further away with the left stick, and stepping in to tackle when the time is right by pressing x (for a standing tackle), or b (for slide).

Timing and positioning is critical, and should liberate online play where 'pressure abuser' players used to play an unrealistic pressing game. It's also harder to exploit the 'second tackler' option, creating a far more realistic flow.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
Friday, July 22, 2011
06:34 PM - July 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new Forza Motorsport 4 screenshot, featuring the Escort RS Cosworth.

Don't forget to read the Forza Garage roundup, to find out about the most recent residents to the Forza garage.

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
04:25 PM - July 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest Madden NFL 12 rookie ratings, showing off the top rookie quarterbacks.

A fresh infusion of talent by way of the NFL draft is the surest way your favorite team can build for the future. Why do you think we always debate the top draft classes and not the top free agency classes of all time? We get excited adding rookies to Madden NFL 12 too. Rather than tweaking and adjusting ratings for the same old veterans we get to build new guys from scratch, projecting how they’ll transition to the pro game. If only their coaches could do that.

Rookie quarterbacks in Madden NFL 12 almost have it as tough as their real life counterparts. If a player isn’t a Hall of Fame caliber player after his first snap, he’s immediately subject to more verbal abuse from fans than he’s ever heard in his life. Whether you’re yelling at them --or for them-- with a remote control, gamepad or $10 pretzel in your hand, quarterbacks get far too much credit and far too much blame for their team’s success or failure.

In Madden NFL 12 the rookie QBs will likely be subject to even more scrutiny with the addition of player traits and tendencies as those are just more metrics on which you can base your hastily formed opinions after each snap.

10. Greg McElroy - NYJ - 65 OVR

9. T.J. Yates - HOU - 66 OVR

8. Ricky Stanzi - KC - 68 OVR

7. Ryan Mallett - NE - 69 OVR

6. Colin Kaepernick - SF - 70 OVR

5. Andy Dalton - CIN - 71 OVR

4. Christian Ponder - MIN - 73 OVR

3. Jake Locker - TEN - 74 OVR

2. Blaine Gabbert - JAX - 75 OVR

1. Cam Newton - CAR - 77 OVR

Again nobody from this group, including the #1 overall pick, breaks into the 80s with their overall rating. Quarterbacks have it extremely tough when it comes to ratings, though. Drew Brees only briefly flirted with a 99 OVR rating after posting a 5000-yard passing season in ’08 and then leading New Orleans’ celebrated Super Bowl run in ‘09; Ben Roethlisberger has a pair of Super Bowl rings and he only hovers around a 90 OVR in Madden NFL games. So now what do you think Cam Newton will have to do for Carolina to get into even the low 80s as a rookie?

Don’t forget, we’ll be consistently updating all rosters and all players during the 2011 NFL season, so these lists are just a starting point. Keep it here for more on Madden NFL 12 rookies, ratings and info.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
04:16 PM - July 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
03:58 PM - July 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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You can check out the Rugby World Cup 2011 screenshots, right here.

From HB Studios who are the creators behind Rugby 08 and International video game publishers, 505 Games, this first trailer shows all the heavy hitting action fans will experience from the official video game of this years Rugby World Cup. Launching on 26, August 2011, this game promises to give fans what they have been waiting for. From the warm ups right through to the finals, players will have to take on the world as they negotiate their way through 20 teams in stunning national stadia, official strips and logo's and uncanny player likeness' and minute detail.

Game: Rugby World Cup 2011Reader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 1 - View All