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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 24, 2011
05:47 AM - August 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted their Grand Slam Tennis 2 hands-on preview. In the article they touch on the new Total Racquet Control system, among a few other things. Anyone looking forward to this one?

The key innovation is Total Racquet Control, which takes its cues from other EA series' like Skate and Fight Night. Essentially the right stick becomes the racquet, and there are a number of ways to hit the ball – pull back and flick forwards for top spin, tap forward for a flat shot, and pull back and then release for a slice. Modifier buttons allow for drop shots and lobs, while aiming is based on the direction you push the stick during the various motions.

The system was the result of a fair bit of iteration, according to Thomas Singleton, the line producer on the game. "When we first started working on it," he told us, "we started getting pretty complex with Total Racquet Control. It was more like a Fight Night with lots of swooping motions. It doesn't work well with the fast twitch experience where a tennis ball is travelling past you at upwards of a hundred miles an hour at times in real life, and pretty close to that within the virtual world." Instead, they focused on getting the aiming right and giving players control over the depth of their shots – using the full court, in other words.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 2 - View All
12:13 AM - August 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

In a follow up article we linked to the other day, Kotaku has revealed why Charles Barkley isn’t appearing in NBA 2K12.

2K Sports attempted to include basketball great Charles Barkley in NBA 2K12's "NBA's Greatest" mode, showcasing dozens of superstars spanning the game's history, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement bringing the hall-of-famer to the video game. He will not appear in NBA 2K12.

"There's no doubt in our minds that Charles is and should always be a key part of the conversation as it relates to who are the NBA's Greatest players of all time," a 2K Sports spokesperson told Kotaku. "We have a very positive relationship with Sir Charles and while we were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, we share everyone's hope that he may one day appear in our game."

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
06:13 PM - August 23, 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
05:52 AM - August 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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NHL 12 demo is available now, please play a few games and post your impressions here. The demo weighs in at 1.34 GB. Available now for 360, later this afternoon for PS3.

UPDATE: PS3 demo is available now.

What's included in the demo? Check out the NHL 12 demo announcement blog.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All

Gaming Illustrated has posted their FIFA 12 interview with Santiago Jaramillo, Gameplay Producer.

GI: A lot of people also want to hear about improvements to the career mode, which looks like has gotten some interesting content added where activities away from the pitch matter in the course of a career. Could you clue us into some new features on this mode as well?

Jaramillo: This year Career Mode will initiate transactions and scenarios to test your resolve as a manager. For example, there will be bigger decisions to make and more dynamic challenges. Evaluation Logic has been improved to reflect a player’s true value, and we added a new scouting feature to better identify players. Career Mode is now driven by the same drama, storylines and emotion of the real world. If it happens in real life, it can happen in our game. Managing team chemistry is vital to your success, players react like they do in real life to playing time, form, injuries, league position, and player morale impacts the game on the pitch. Storylines are created through Career Mode and then dynamically fed into the game. Plus, we have expanded Transfer Deadline Day to bring more emotion, urgency and drama to the mode.Career Mode is a feature that our core fans love, and we know the best way to build an experience they want is to listen. We’ve also done many testing sessions with fans to give us feedback on this year’s Career Mode. The community suggested features that we have integrated into the game, including, Email System, Loans, and Extended Transfer Deadline, and we have improved fundamental elements of the mode, such as player growth and team budgets.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
Monday, August 22, 2011

By now, most of you have already seen the new NBA 2K12 NBA's Greatest trailer.

We have captured 80 NBA 2K12 screenshots from that trailer, that might reveal a few little things you may have missed. What catches your eye or peaks your interest the most?

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
08:16 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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New England Patriots

Gun Ace Pair Flex-Pats Smash Stick

The New England Patriots and MVP QB Tom Brady love to get their Tight End's involved in the offense as rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez combined to haul in 16 touchdown passes. On this play, the two Tight Ends will line up to the right side of the formation and run a stick concept while the backside receivers will run a hitch/corner or smash. This is a quick and easy read for Brady and is a common play used early in the game to help get the offense in a rhythm.

New York Jets

Dollar 3-2-6 Zero Blitz

The New York Jets arguably are the most aggressive defensive team in the NFL. The Jets strong play at the cornerback positions gives them the ability to blitz frequently while using zero coverage in the secondary. Dollar 3-2-6 Zero Blitz is a six man blitz scheme that employs zero coverage meaning there's no deep safety help in the secondary.

Miami Dolphins

3-4 Cross 3 Fire

The Miami Dolphins 3-4 scheme takes full advantage of the depth they have at the linebacker position. The Dolphins use a variety of stunts and blitzes with their front seven to keep opposing offenses off balance. 3-4 Cross 3 Fire calls for both inside linebackers to blitz while crossing each other's path.

Buffalo Bills

Strong Slot Bills-Bills Go's RB Cross

The Buffalo Bills were one of the few teams in the NFL to use the Pistol formation during the past season. In this Pistol set, the Bills try for a big play down the field by streaking both outside wide receivers and putting the slot receiver on a deep dig route. This route combination will force the defense to drop off to cover the deep routes, and if they do, it will allow the running backs to be open underneath on crossing routes.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:11 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / PCVotes: 4 - View All
04:59 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Destructoid has posted their UFC Undisputed 3 hands-on preview.

Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was the game's new and improved control scheme for entry level users. For the more casual fight fan who just wants to get in and start tapping out fools, a new "Amateur" control option allows for a simpler ground game. Instead of the sometimes complicated quarter- and half-circle right analog stick movements, the game replaces them with much simpler up-and-down movements. Going from top or side control to full mount is only a few well timed flicks of the sticks away.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
03:24 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Papi34. Written by Steve Noah

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Gameplay Video, Including First Footage of the Safety Car Available

Los Angeles – August 22, 2011 Codemasters® today released the latest gameplay trailer for F1 2011. The new video recreates some of the best moments from the thrilling 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ in game and is available to view now at www.facebook.com/formula1game.

Featuring the first footage of the highly anticipated Safety Car, the video includes some of the amazing wheel to wheel action that's taken place around the globe this year such as Jenson Button's thrilling win in Canada and Vitaly Petrov taking to the air in Malaysia.

F1 2011 will challenge players to “be the driver, live the life, go compete”, with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus 8 AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend to play through a full season in a new co-op Championship mode or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode. F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the highly anticipated 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP including the current FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPION Sebastian Vettel. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA at Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar.

F1 2011 launches for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows® on September 20, 2011. Bespoke handheld editions of F1 2011 are also in production for Nintendo 3DS™ and PlayStation® Vita, each designed to take advantage of the new platforms’ unique capabilities; specific release dates for the handheld editions are to be announced. To get all the news straight from the studio race over to http://www.facebook.com/formula1game or follow the team on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/formula1game.

Game: F1 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
03:08 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

Wondering what the file sizes are for Madden NFL 12 EA Sports Season Ticket subscribers?

PS3 - 4.87 GB
360 - 4.72 GB

Both will be available on August 26th. Should be interesting to see what the speeds will be like.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:25 AM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN The Gamer has posted the Madden NFL 12 player ratings for the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Sunday, August 21, 2011
02:48 PM - August 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Check out the Kinect Sports: Season 2 screenshots, right here.

Play Sports, Feel Great!
Step up to the plate, reach for your driver to tee off, or serve up an ace as the most popular Kinect franchise returns with “Kinect Sports: Season Two” — only on Kinect for Xbox 360. With six thrilling new sports to jump into and enjoy, “Kinect Sports: Season Two” pulls the whole family off the couch and turns your living room into a world-class sports arena where intuitive, full-body gameplay and friendly competition reign supreme. Following the top-selling and award-winning “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” the second season amps up the action and delivers sporting gameplay like you’ve never seen — or felt — before!

“Kinect Sports: Season Two” sprints out of the box at full speed, taking full advantage of the revolutionary Kinect technology and its latest exciting features, such as in-game voice commands and enhanced motion tracking. Bringing the family together and introducing Challenge Play to Xbox LIVE and living rooms worldwide, “Kinect Sports: Season Two” harnesses the power of friendly competition to provide a more immersive experience for everyone from casual players to top-notch athletes and hardcore sports fans.

Game, Set, Kinect!
  • A whole new ball game. “Kinect Sports: Season Two” features six full, new, team-based and individual sports — tennis, golf, American football, baseball, skiing and darts — with unique challenges and activities for each. With three difficulty levels ranging from rookie to champion, you can choose to hone your skills in a full-length game or just have instant fun with your friends and family in a Quick Play session — no setup required!
  • New ways to play. As you experience each new sport, you’ll see and feel the latest advancements in the revolutionary Kinect technology at work. Whether you’re calling an audible in American football using in-game voice commands, or crouching down to get a detailed read of the green in golf, “Kinect Sports: Season Two” showcases the intuitive gameplay and effortless immersion that only Kinect can deliver.
  • Anytime is game time. Can’t seem to find the perfect time to meet in person? “Kinect Sports: Season Two” lets you send a challenge for later. Get personal in a one-on-one showdown with your family, or send a challenge for your friends to tackle when they jump on Xbox LIVE later.
  • Bring your A-game. “Kinect Sports: Season Two” is the ultimate party experience for friends and family of all skill levels; it also rewards those who want to take their game to the next level. With new Achievements, exciting activities and unlockable avatar awards, every player of every skill will find something to challenge and enthrall them.
  • One for the highlight reel. Log onto KinectShare.com to download photos and videos captured in-game, and share them with your family and friends — and now, for the first time, post your sporting triumphs directly to your Facebook wall!
  • Doing it for the fans. The only way is up! Every victory adds to your fan base, giving you the chance to see legions of new supporters beat a path to your door. Compare your fan-following with your friends’ to find out who’s the true sports star! And if you’ve played “Kinect Sports,” your fans are just waiting to make the journey into “Kinect Sports: Season Two” and support you in all the new sports.
  • Go pro on Xbox LIVE. Through the power of the biggest gaming and social entertainment network connected to the TV, Xbox LIVE opens the playing field to the world. “Kinect Sports: Season Two” encourages you to connect and compete with friends and family no matter where they are in the world, as well as test your skills against millions of Xbox LIVE members*.
  • Golf — fore! Anyone for golf? The answer will always be “yes!” once you’ve tried your hand at the nine holes of the Maple Lakes golf course. It’s classic turn-taking stroke play as up to four players drive, chip and putt their way to the flag — or you can return to the hole of your choice and try for your personal best.
  • Darts — nerves of steel. With authentic gestures and pinpoint accuracy, darts has never looked better than at the glittering 180 Arena! Up to four players step up to prove they’ve got steady hands and quick wits to clear their 501-point tally. Glory awaits the first player to check out and win the game!
  • Baseball — batter up! It’s game night at Galaxy Park, the “Kinect Sports” baseball field, and you’re up! Experience the thrills of pitching, catching and batting — then take on a friend’s team in a simultaneous two-player showdown that’ll echo all the way to the pros!
  • Skiing — hit the slopes. The sparkling snow and breathtaking scenery may wow the crowd, but you’ll need all your concentration to master the two hazardous slalom runs on each of the three dazzling “Kinect Sports” courses. Take risks to shave off seconds as you hurtle over huge jumps and aim for big air while speeding to the end of a thrilling simultaneous race!
  • Tennis — faultless. Grandslam Gardens is the place to dazzle your friends as you smash, serve and slam lightning-fast tennis balls over the net. Build up momentum in a two-player, simultaneous rally of skill and timing — then rush the net to send your opponent reeling and claim that final point!
  • American football — Gridiron Glory. Take the spotlight as “Kinect Sports: Season Two” makes you a football superstar. Kick, sack, pass and catch your way to a show-stopping touchdown with intense plays and hard-hitting action. Whether you're playing alone or butting heads with a friend in stunning simultaneous play, your team will always be there to back you up — just go easy on the showboating!

Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Rare and Big Park Games
Format: DVD-compatible with Kinect for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system
PEGI rating: Rating pending
Price: $49.99 ERP
Availability: October 25, 2011

* Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required for online multiplayer gameplay.

Game: Kinect Sports: Season 2Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
Friday, August 19, 2011
10:19 PM - August 19, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Most of us want Charles Barkley in NBA 2K12. Unfortunately, he wasn't announced as one of NBA 2K12's greatests. On Monday, we should find out why.

Reading between the lines, it appeared that Barkley, like the Indiana Pacers' great Reggie Miller (polling No. 5 five on that vote), couldn't come to an agreement with 2K Sports over the use of his likeness, last year or this year. Whatever's going on, either he wants too much money, wants a cover or other promotional considerations 2K can't afford or grant.

Or he objects to second-billing under some other star from a cast of dozens highlighting this game. Or, conversely, one of Barkley's old rivals refuses to appear in a game with him. Or, maybe, he signed a Rumplestiltskenian deal with the makers of Barkley: Shut Up and Jam promising them his firstborn if he appeared in another game.

Source - The Curious Case of Charles Barkley, and NBA 2K12 (Kotaku)

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