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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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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
07:05 PM - January 10, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 11 - View All
06:24 PM - January 10, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 screenshots.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 10 - View All
Monday, January 9, 2012
07:33 PM - January 9, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Uber Mondays: Every Monday from now until launch, we'll be showcasing a short video clip of an SSX character's signature uber. Check out Mac Fraser's 'Walking the Dog'.

Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All


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The EA SPORTS™ Grand Slam® Tennis 2 demo is available today on Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation® Network. Start out playing as the world’s number one ranked player*, Novak Djokovic on the Practice Court to develop your shots using Total Racquet Control, and progress to Play Now to experience the rivalry of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The full game will be available in stores in North America on February 14 and elsewhere worldwide** by February 10.

EA SPORTS Grand Slam® Tennis 2 will include a host of gameplay features including:
  • All-New Total Racquet Control: Control every shot with the right analog stick, smashing forehands, backhands, overheads and volleys with precision, accuracy and power.
  • Become a Champion: Become a true Grand Slam® tournament champion by capturing all four major championships in succession – including Wimbledon (exclusive to the EA SPORTS Grand Slam® Tennis franchise).
  • PlayStation Move Support: The motion control experience gets you on your feet and puts a racquet right in the palm of your hands.
  • Legends of Now and Then: Play with or against more than 20 of the greatest players to ever grace the courts, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Bjorn Borg, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams.
  • Professional, Realistic, Organic (P.R.O.). AI: The playing styles and behaviors of the sport’s greatest stars are captured right down to their signature swings and emotional reactions. Realistic tactics and strategies are your keys to success against each legend whether playing on hard court, clay or grass.
  • ESPN Grand Slam® Tournament Classics: Relive some of the most memorable moments in tennis. From Borg versus McEnroe, to Nadal versus Federer, play your way through history unlocking up to 25 amazing moments of Grand Slam® tournaments.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
Friday, January 6, 2012
05:01 PM - January 6, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The UFC Undisputed 3 demo arrives sometime this month. When we get a specific date, we'll post it.

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We know you've been waiting patiently for this news... We are going to be releasing a demo on @Playstation and @Xbox later this month!

What are you hoping to see in the demo? (Which fighters, class, etc.)

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
Thursday, January 5, 2012
04:13 AM - January 5, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Learn more about the all new Total Racquet Control system behind Grand Slam Tennis 2, with Gameplay Producer Liam Millar.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
03:39 PM - January 4, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 101 - View All
Thursday, December 29, 2011
06:42 PM - December 29, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Is motion control sports gaming something you are interested in? For those voting on the homepage, the poll is on your right, for our Forum readers, vote above.

Let us know what you'd like to see implemented or why it needs to go far, far away.

04:54 AM - December 29, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN The Gamer has posted their UFC Undisputed 3 interview with Producer, Neven Dravinski.

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Jon Robinson: You guys have tried to create this game for two very different types of users, simplifying the controls for the average gamer while at the same time delivering an option for competition rules and controls for the hardest of the hardcore. How much of a challenge is that to develop for everybody?

Neven Dravinsky: When we had the great success in 2009 and then we came back immediately in 2010, the game still sold a couple of million units, but there was this perception that because it wasn't an out-of-the-park hit, that it wasn't as good of a game. But when you look at it, the game was better and we got more stuff in there, but there was this expectation that there was going to be more. But when you're stuck in yearly development, you're just limited to what you can do. So now that we had more time, we were able to put more features in. And the thing is, the game is always in development. Sure, it goes into a box every now and then, but it's always being worked on. Now that we've had more time and we've been able to continue to tune the systems we've been tuning since 2007, this is the best one we've done. I'm just so happy with where we've gotten to. It's very satisfying to see where the game is at.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
05:31 PM - December 28, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA season is underway and while rosters have taken shape, EA Sports and the NBA Jam: On Fire Edition team haven't mentioned when they plan on updating their rosters.

We've sent a few messages via email and Twitter, but haven't received word from anyone. While it is reasonable not to hear anything, since it is the holiday season, some messages were sent weeks before.

Updated rosters were a promised feature for the game. Taking a look at the official site, there is no mention of updated roster updates. Maybe they are waiting for the rumored trade deadline, which is currently set at March 15th? Doubtful.

PastaPadre has taken note and written an article about it.

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In the case of OFE an advertised feature has not materialized and EA needs to be held accountable for that until they follow through on it. If they dont eventually – and really it should be soon – then consumers who bought it will have a right to demand some form of compensation and certainly the company will take another a hit to credibility in the process.

The game would definitely sell more with updated rosters. Hopefully we'll hear some good news on the topic soon.

Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
03:31 PM - December 28, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Flying through the air, crashing to the ground, diving, spinning—animations 'make it happen.' Hi this is Glenn Royer, lead animator for NFL Blitz. If you've played Madden NFL or NCAA football but are new to Blitz, you'll notice instantly that the action moves very fast, and the players have a penchant for becoming airborne. Blitz animations are fast, powerful, and sometimes crazy. Today it'll be my pleasure to bring you Blitz's "greatest hits".

Play the game for a few minutes and you'll see the hard hits that are the signature of the series. Some tackles are more likely to be seen in a cage fight than on the gridiron, and fans of the original games will recognize tackles like the power bomb and the hammer throw. The hammer throw is a great example of the random factor in Blitz game design that's been around since the original game. It's a tackle I love to hate, because when you see that tackle start to play (and veteran players know that tackle), you might throw him for extra yards! That kind of randomness is intentional, and pops up in other areas of the game.


If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

About a third of the tackles you see in the game aren't much more complicated than big, over- handed hits that send a player flying through the air in the opposite direction. In animation, however, we have lots of fun with all the creative ways to make those guys fly. Some guys get knocked straight on their back, others will do a barrel roll, or flip end-over-end. We simulate each one being hurled through the air again and again at precise velocities. No breaks until we get it right!


If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

Once a drive reaches the red zone, special red zone tackles kick in to replace the standard set that occurs when players collide with each other. These tackles are all meant to deny the offense extra yards and make end zone stands different and more exciting. This is when you'll see clotheslines and other tackles where the ball carrier is stopped in his tracks and slammed to the ground.


If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

There are also a lot of animations in Blitz that are there just because they're crazy and awesome. Some of these are rare and random, like the flying kick hurdle that can knock down an opponent if you're lucky. Some are fun variation, like the special stiff arm reactions that sometimes play with a "ding" sound to indicate someone just got their bell rung. One fun throwback to classic Blitz is the ability to throw a stiff arm with the ball. Not something you'll see on Sundays! But, then, players igniting on the field isn't, either. If you get tackled from behind when your ball carrier is on fire, you'll piggy back the defender and can continue running, but slower.

(This video is a duplicate on the site, will update when they do.)

When there's nothing but daylight between you and the end zone, the best way to let your opponent know that you've got this in the bag is to do a taunt run. Tap up, down, left, or right on the right analog stick on either Xbox 360 or PS3 to perform one of four stylin' runs. A fifth taunt run exists which only some characters can perform, but you'll have to discover that for yourself. Of course, the best way finish off a showboating run is to dive into the end zone with the hurdle button. Remember, in an online game, 100 Blitz Bucks are awarded to the player with the most taunt time.

My favorite way to play the game is with the Huge Head Team cheat, because it shows off the face animations on all the players, and it's just fun playing with a team of bobbleheads.


Hope you enjoyed this animation highlight edition of the blitz blog! If you have any questions about animation in Blitz, join the conversation on our Facebook page or get on Twitter using hashtag #NFLBlitz, The game will be available for download this January (XBLA – 1200 points/PSN - $14.99), so don't forget!

Source - NFL Blitz Blog

Game: NFL BlitzReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 5 - View All
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
04:38 PM - December 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Best Buy has posted some info on MLB 12 The Show. It's not a lot, but it's something.

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Synopsis
They duck into the dugout as mere mortals, cleated, capped and humming with anticipation. But as the National Anthem echoes across the stadium, the lights blaze into life and the umpire squats behind the plate, something changes. Men no longer, the players — whether they be wearing pinstripes, red or blue — become legends, the embodiments of what it means to seek glory. Baseball is not just a pastime — it's the **** saga that holds all of America in its grasp. Do you have what it takes to step up to the plate and claim your stake in baseball history?

Each year, only one MLB team earns the title of a champion. And each year, only one sports game scores the highest ratings in the world. That game is The Show. Calling you off the bench with ultrarealistic gameplay, intense season-long campaigns and the nitty-gritty details of the MLB experience, the highest-rated sports video game has forever revolutionized the way you see America's pastime — and it's about to do it again. Immerse yourself in gameplay that goes deeper than ever before in MLB 12: The Show. The latest generation of the gaming phenomenon takes you the closest you can get to real-life game-day action, with innovative new features never before seen in a sports game. Pair up the game with your PlayStation Move, and feel the intensity of every crack of the bat and reach for the catch like you're truly in the stadium. Discover if you have the endurance and the skills to make it to the top in authentic franchise and season modes that bring the rigors of Major League Baseball to life, or forge intense team rivalries with your friends in multiplayer challenges. Get up off the bench — The Show is back on.

Features
  • Heighten your experience on the diamond as you swing into the latest addition to the revolutionary franchise that delivered the highest-rated sports video game four years in a row
  • Get up-close and personal with the MLB in detailed, true-to-life gameplay that rivals the action in the stadium
  • Swing the bat at exactly the right angle to drive the ball to the opposite field and dive to snag dropping line drives in the outfield, using your PlayStation Move to fully experience every hit, pitch and catch
  • Use innovative new features to take your game to never-before-seen levels
  • Team up with your friends or forge intense rivalries in multiplayer modes
  • For 1 to 4 players
  • Feel the pressure of training, game day and Major League trades as you fight your way toward the Hall of Fame in authentic franchise and season modes

Game: MLB 12 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3Votes: 53 - View All
04:58 AM - December 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition has been leaked at Amazon with a release date of January 17, 2012 (it shows 2011 on the site, misprint no doubt) for $39.99.

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XL will – most likely – be the North American version of the Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2.0 disc update recently announced for Japan, which includes all of GT5‘s software updates and DLC out-of-the-box. As you may recall, Sony Europe has already downplayed the chance of Spec 2.0 discs for the Old World.

Source - GTPlanet

Game: Gran Turismo 5Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 15 - View All
Monday, December 26, 2011
12:12 PM - December 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 2 - View All
Sunday, December 25, 2011
11:41 AM - December 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K12 Jordan CP3 shoes are available now.

Like em?

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All