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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
Tags: Live: SteveOS / PS3: Steve_OS
Monday, May 9, 2011
12:43 PM - May 9, 2011. Posted by rangerrick012. Written by Steve Noah

The Top Spin 4 patch is available now for both the 360 and PS3. Check out the patch notes and post your impressions, after you've played a few games.

XBOX 360

General
  • User modified profiles are now detectable and cheaters will be banned.
  • Dpad control is now enabled.
  • Fixed a bug where Control Shot icon does not disappear in cutscene.
  • Rude words are now properly filtered when combined with other letters.
  • Sparring Partner Training text is now displayed properly in Spanish version of the game.
  • Music tracks no longer overlap in specific cases.
  • Coach info is now properly displayed.
  • "Percentage Tennis 6 points" unlock description is now always displayed properly.
  • Fixed a bug where camera settings weren’t saved properly.
  • Vera Zvonareva hair and depth of field on racket bug has been fixed.
  • Directional pad control is now enabled for player movement.
General Online
  • Fixed a bug where user wasn’t given the Join Session popup when invited by a friend during or after the loading screen and is taken into Online gameplay.
  • Fixed a bug where players were invisible in entering cutscene after rematching online match.
  • Fixed a bug where client was unable to exit player match properly when he has accepted invite in "Controller assign screen"
  • User now gets "Connection lost" message way faster than before if connection to opponent is lost during replay.
  • Fixed a bug where ping icons were not displayed correctly.
  • Fixed a bug where bad connection or lags caused player movement animation to be interrupted.
  • Fixed a bug where Strict NAT settings would cause users to get stuck in the lobby with the message “Looking for best opponent…”.
World Tour
  • User no longer receives "No Opponents were found before the countdown timer ended. Please try again later." when leaving the match lobby before countdown reaches 0.
  • Fixed the case when the 8th player joins a lobby right before the countdown ends, they will appear to be in their own lobby yet still connect to another player correctly.
  • The game no longer crashes when re-entering World Tour from gender select menu after forfeiting Sparring Partner Training.
  • Fixed a bug where user and CPU players were stuck in the net after loading World Tour Sparring Partner Training.
  • The B button is now unavailable to be pressed after player selects "PLAY" option in Sparring Partner Training in World Tour.
  • Male players are now able to see correct stats of female players in World Tour and vice versa.
  • Fixed various game crashes in World Tour Sparring Partner Training.
  • Entering World Tour no longer causes 2K open rating reset in specific cases.
  • Player name is now always properly displayed in Select screen in World Tour.
  • The player saved on the memory card is now present on the selection screen in World Tour when starting the game with the memory card.
Player Match
  • Fixed a bug where it was unable to invite a friend to Player match lobby when disconnected from Sparring Partner Training during gameplay.
Offline modes
  • Points gained from tournaments in Career mode are now calculated properly for user and AI players.
PlayStation 3

General
  • Player creator text is now properly displayed on 4:3 TV.
  • Fixed a bug where Control Shot icon does not disappear in cutscene.
  • "Power shot icon" now appears properly in 3D mode.
  • Fixed a bug where user was unable to save player when Top Spin server is down.
  • Coach's skills list is now displaying correct buttons for all skills.
  • Coach info is now properly displayed.
  • Sparring Partner Training test is now displayed properly in Spanish version of the game.
  • Italian description of coaches’ skill has been fixed.
  • Fixed exploit where player was able to unlock trophies when loading user data of different user.
  • Correct message is now displayed when user attempts to load save that was created with different profile.
  • Vera Zvonareva hair and depth of field on racket bug has been fixed.
  • Unlocks are now displayed properly in in-game Recap Screen.
  • Fixed a bug where accepting invite erased Unlocks progress.
  • Directional pad control is now enabled for player movement.
PlayStation®Move fixes
  • PlayStation®Move controller doesn't lose vibrating functionality when assigning to specific port.
  • Specific fixes to ensure PlayStation®Move motion controller is now recognized properly.
  • T button of the motion controller is now displayed when connecting Move controller.
General Online
  • Fixed a bug where players were invisible in entering cutscene after rematching online match.
  • Fixed a bug where created player disappeared from Player Select screen after accepting invite from a friend.
  • The user is now able to proceed past the lobby and into gameplay when playing against players from different region.
  • User now gets "Connection lost" message much faster than before if connection to opponent is lost during replay.
  • Fixed a bug where ping icons were not displayed correctly.
  • Fixed an issue when game crashed and erased all save data while accepting invite during loading screen.
  • Fixed a bug where players got “frozen” during online game.
  • Fixed a bug where bad connection or lag caused player movement animation to be interrupted.
  • Fixed a bug where Strict NAT settings would cause users to get stuck in the lobby with the message “Looking for best opponent…”.
World Tour
  • User no longer receives "No Opponents were found before the countdown timer ended. Please try again later." when leaving the match lobby before countdown reaches 0.
  • Fixed crash that occurred when entering World Tour from Gender select menu right after forfeiting Sparring Partner Training match.
  • Fixed various game crashes in World Tour Sparring Partner Training.
  • Fixed a bug where user and CPU players were stuck in the net after loading World Tour Sparring Partner Training.
  • Male players are now able to see correct stats of female players in World Tour and vice versa.
  • Entering World Tour no longer causes 2K open rating reset in specific cases.
Player Match
  • Player is now able to exit Player match properly after being invited by a friend.
  • Client is now able to exit player match properly when they have accepted invite in "Pad assign screen"
Offline modes
  • Specific crashes in Career mode have been fixed.
  • Fixed collision detection between zones in Top Spin Academy.
  • Points gained from tournaments in Career mode are now calculated properly for user and AI players.
Source - Top Spin 4 Facebook Page

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 8 - View All
Sunday, May 8, 2011
05:29 PM - May 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the hi-res Madden NFL 12 portrait of Peyton Hillis. Brought to you by Michael Young, Madden NFL Art Director.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Friday, May 6, 2011
04:07 PM - May 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

THQ has confirmed that UFC 3 will be released in March 2012 and will be playable at E3 this June.

Quote:
"In March a new UFC game for FY12 will be released as well and will also have revamped tech and will be aimed at both the core and casual fighting audience. This game, and the ones mentioned above will be shown or chatted about a bit more during at E3"

Danny Bilson, THQ developer, has also confirmed this on Twitter.

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Saw a killer demo of UFC 3 this week. Will blow people away at E3.

04:04 PM - May 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NowGamer recently chatted with Todd Batty, Producer of SSX, as he revealed some autolog inspired online features.

Quote:
"I think [multiplayer] is extremely important. You can expect a very strong multi-player/online experience that is incredibly innovative, inspired by what 'autolog' from Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit brought to the racing genre."

Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
Thursday, May 5, 2011

ESPN's Jon Robinson and Madden NFL 12 Producer, Phil Frazier cleared the air on the specifics of the new Madden NFL 12 concussion system.

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"We're treating the injury more in line to how they do in the NFL," Frazier explained as we played an early build of the game. "It's not based on the Hit Stick, though. It's based on the area of the collision. So you have to actually hit a guy in the head as part of a tackle for it to even be considered for a concussion, but causing a concussion in the game is rare.

"I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but there were over 25,000 plays called last season in the NFL, and out of all those plays there were only about 200 concussions. So in "Madden," on any play, there is a .59 percent chance of a concussion happening. It's a very rare injury and it will be rare in the game."

Frazier also said that defenders will not be suspended in franchise mode for causing too many of these hits as gamers can't aim their tackles specifically at their opponent's head. "We don't have a mechanic in the game that causes a concussion," added Frazier. "There's nothing you can do to increase the likelihood of a concussion. We're not going there."

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
07:20 AM - May 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OXM has posted some FIFA 12 details on their new impact engine.

Quote:
"Impact Engine swaps out the canned collision animations and injury calculations of older games for a true-blue physics system that dramatically enhances the realism of play.

It solves a lot of problems for us this year, it gives us better accuracy, better momentum, more realistic outcomes, solving a lot of situations that we just tried not to get into before," he went on.

One of the areas the Impact Engine affects is tackling. If a tackling party clips your trailing leg, you should have the momentum and balance to keep your feet - but if that player connects with your front peg, you'll go down like a sack of potatoes."

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
06:15 PM - May 4, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

According to Ronnie, the Top Spin 4 patch has been submitted to Microsoft and Sony.

It should be released very soon. When we get the details, we'll be sure to post them.

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 8 - View All

According to Ronnie, the MLB 2K11 patch will be submitted to Sony and Microsoft by the end of the week. Due to the submission process, look for a release in roughly 2 weeks.

They will try to get the PC patch to release as close to the console patch as possible.

We'll post the MLB 2K11 patch details, as soon as they are released.

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / NDS / PCVotes: 17 - View All

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Not many Americans know about Pro Yakyuu Spirits Baseball. Why? Because it's a Japanese baseball game and a lot of people are too lazy to weed through the menus to get a game going. Based on feedback from our Other Baseball Games Forum, the series is the best, baseball has to offer. Check out the Spirits Translation website, which translates the Japanese text in the game, into English. If you are patient, you will be surprised at just how deep this game is.

Game: Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 2 - View All
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
06:49 PM - May 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


This video is also available on the OS Youtube channel, please subscribe while you're there.

New Video Highlights Breadth of Content in DiRT 3™

Codemasters reveals Superteams pre-order incentive for highly anticipated racer

Los Angeles, May 3, 2011 – Codemasters® has today released a new DiRT 3™ gameplay video, highlighting the breadth of content to feature in the latest edition of the critically acclaimed series. Showcasing Rally, Rallycross and Gymkhana game modes, weather conditions including all-new snow, dramatic night racing and a number of stunning locations, the new DiRT 3 video is playing now at www.facebook.com/dirt3game.

Codemasters has also revealed the Superteams Pack that will be available at selected retailers as a pre-order incentive for DiRT 3 in the build up to its global release on May 24, 2011. The Superteam Pack includes four exclusive teams and unlocks 14 cars for the player to take to the track immediately.

The Superteams pack unlocks the Texaco Racing Team, Brembo Racing Team, Team Yokohama and Mobil 1 Performance Team, allowing players to drive for those teams, boosting their driver rep and giving them exclusive team liveries. It will also give gamers immediate access to a wide range of cars including the Ford RS200 Rallycross, Fiat 131 Abarth, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Jun and the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale.

The new DiRT 3 gameplay video is now showing at http://www.facebook.com/dirt3game where fans can keep up to date with the latest news, screens and videos straight from the studio. Set to raise the bar for authentic and accessible off-road racing again, DiRT 3 is now in development at Codemasters Studios for a May 24th 2011 release for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows® LIVE.

SUPERTEAMS PACK

Bonus Events
Rockstar Superstars – Rockstar Transworld Clash – Season 1
Oakley Superstars - Oakley Pro Invitational – Season 2
Nixon Superstars - Nixon Gold Series – Season 3
Monster Superstars - Monster Energy All Star Showdown – Season 4

Texaco Racing Team
Ford Fiesta Open Class
Opel Manta 400
Monster Sport SX4 Hillclimb Special
Stadium Truck

Brembo Racing Team
Fiat 131 Abarth
Toyota Tacoma
Abarth Grande Punto S2000
Stadium Buggy

Team Yokohama
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Renault Alpine A110 1600S
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN

Mobil 1 Performance Team
Audi Sport Quattro Rallye
Ford RS200 RallyX
VW Race Touareg 2

Game: DiRT 3Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
06:33 PM - May 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Nickelodeon's Animated All-Stars Take On Baseball's Best as
2K Play's Nicktoons MLB Comes to Video Games This Summer

New York, NY - May 3, 2011 - The **** showdown that fans of America's favorite pastime have been clamoring for is on! 2K Play, Nickelodeon and Major League Baseball® Properties today announced Nicktoons MLB for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft featuring support for Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, Wii™ system, and Nintendo DS™. For the first time, an all-star roster from Nickelodeon's Nicktoons series will take on players from all 30 MLB teams, delivering not only an unforgettable baseball gaming experience, but also the first to fully take advantage of Kinect for Xbox 360.

Nicktoons MLB will feature a dugout full of Nicktoons characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, ZIM, Dudley Puppy, Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Ren and Stimpy, along with players from all 30 MLB teams, including Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves), Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies), and Robinson Cano (New York Yankees). Custom created digital ballparks will add new meaning to "home field advantage" and range from the famed Fenway Park to the frigid Frosty Freeze Field.

"The Nicktoons are an animated bunch and it's no secret they have been petitioning our office to facilitate this unprecedented match up," said Steve Lux, Vice President for business development of 2K Play. "Whether an extraterrestrial from Planet Irk, superheroes who wear underwear on the outside of their costumes, or a secret agent dog, time will tell if these heavy hitters have the grit to play in the big leagues."

"Our Nicktoons stars are taking the field and plan to 'go yard' against the best players in Major League Baseball," said Shaan Kandawalla, Vice President of Digital Retail Games for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. "Nicktoons MLB will introduce a whole new rivalry on the baseball diamond and mark the first time our popular animated characters and MLB's players will be featured in the same game."

The excitement leading up to the summer launch of Nicktoons MLB will be supported with social media and special events in Major League ballparks throughout the country. The games are not yet rated and are under development by High Voltage Software for consoles and Black Lantern Studios for Nintendo DS. Stay tuned for updates on this extraordinary showdown by visiting 2K Play on Facebook (facebook.com/2kplay) and Twitter (twitter.com/2KPlay).

2K Play is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).

Game: Nicktoons MLBHype Score: 2/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
02:03 PM - May 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the Madden NFL 12 screenshot, taken via camera, by Phil Frazier, Executive Producer for the Madden NFL video game series.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
12:27 PM - May 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the hi-res Madden NFL 12 screenshot of the new main menu. Brought to you by Michael Young, Madden NFL Art Director.

Like what you see?

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
Monday, May 2, 2011
06:07 PM - May 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the hi-res Madden NFL 12 screenshot of DeMarcus Ware. Brought to you by Michael Young, Madden NFL Art Director.

What improvements do you see?

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