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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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Saturday, October 20, 2012
08:31 AM - October 20, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted 2 more Need For Speed Most Wanted screenshots.

Game: Need For Speed Most WantedReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 4 - View All
Friday, October 19, 2012
01:40 PM - October 19, 2012. Posted by murph17. Written by Steve Noah

The much anticipated NHL 13 title update arrives early next week, check out the details below.

Gameplay Updates
  • Separated ability for backwards to forwards pivot for ‘with puck’ and ‘without puck’ and made it quicker to pivot without the puck.
  • Poke checking – fixed bug causing players to always miss to the same side of the puck.
  • Goalies will be more aware of shots right off a faceoff in the offensive zone.
  • Goalies will have a harder time dealing with screens.
  • Ability to tune shooting back against the grain so it can be less accurate/effective than shooting with your weight behind the shot and moving towards your shooting direction.
  • Ability for players to be more susceptible to lose the puck when getting hit while skating backwards with the puck at speed.
  • Prevented desperation shots from knocking the puck away from the goalie minimizing the strategy of diving at the goalie to knock the puck loose.
  • Fixed shootout logic in GM Connected to include both locked and unlocked users.
  • Allowed BAP games to resume from simulation in the middle of a shift (fixed crash when sim intervening).
  • Fixed goals screening goalie stat.
  • Goalie has a better chance of squaring up to shots from far out.
  • Improved orientation of off-puck players in one-timer situations.
  • Improved AI behavior against a back skating puck carrier.
  • Fixed hit power sliders so only the hitter’s slider value matters.
  • Fixed AI players occasionally standing around looking at the puck when resuming from simulation in BAP.
  • Fixed BAP being taken off the ice after a short shift that results in a stoppage.
  • Fixed rapidly spinning players in BAP when resuming from simulation.
  • Ability to tune players puck control coming out of a 45 glide deke.
  • Ability to tune CPU pass error on long passes.
  • Improved puck hop behavior when it hits the boards.
  • Pokechecking effectiveness range tweaked. Players with better stick checking skill will stand out more compared to players with lover ratings in that category.
  • Tuned goalies and shooting accuracy to ensure shots in the slot/middle of the ice are more effective than shots from sharp angles.
Presentation and Graphics
  • NEW - Added unique (green) Reebok 20K EA Sport branded skates and stick to the RBK pre-order pack (XBOX).
  • NEW - Added unique (blue) Reebok 20K EA Sport branded skates and stick to the RBK pre-order pack (PS3).
  • NEW -2012 Winter Classic Jerseys (PHI / NYR) now selectable in regular game modes.
  • Reduces frame rate jitter on the Xbox 360 as experienced by a number of players in all game modes but was most noticeable in OTP/EASHL (XBOX).
  • Replay Wipe timing fixed.
  • Commentary for replays won’t continue if a replay has been skipped.
  • Action Tracker post effects (barrel distortion on net cam) is working correctly.
  • Tampereen Ilves home/away jerseys now displays correct logo.
  • Dynamic board ads added to Toronto’s stadium.
  • Snow on players/goaltender/environment now fades out more smoothly/realistically.
  • Flag holders in the Winter Classic stadium now stand correctly at all corners of the flag.
  • Lulea HF center ice logo now displaying correctly.
  • Transition wipes should no longer hold on white frame longer than necessary.
  • Boston jumbotron no longer white; has proper textures (PS3).
  • Rare occurrence of skate spray not lining up correctly with action now fixed inside of the Action Tracker.
  • Shuffling of NIS’ has been improved. Less chance of seeing the same NIS inside of the same game.
  • Goalie stick mirroring has been corrected. Blade will now be pointing in the right direction during shootout NIS’.
  • NHL Moments Live snow build up on ice will now work correctly.
  • Calgary Flames now have proper logos on helmet for both Home/Away.
  • Prevented replay speech from playing over top a fight or if goof off is skipped.
Hockey Ultimate Team
  • NEW - implement training duration item so training items can last for multiple games.
  • Addressed an issue where some users were not getting Puck rewards for playing games and would sometimes get a Loss for actually winning games.
  • Fixed an issue where players would continue to receive the Happy Hour bonus if they never disconnect from the EA servers and continued to play HUT games.
  • Fixed an issue where after playing a game against the Team of the Week or a team from the Leaderboards screen, the wrong roster would be downloaded for all of the teams in the EAUHL 24/7 league when playing a Single Player game.
  • Item Pack Art EASST Player Premium Pack art now shows Promo and not Deal.
  • Fixed an issue where players would see an error message with missing text when bidding on the same item over and over until while being out bided by another player.
  • Applied training boosts are no longer used up for players in the user's Scratched Roster.
  • If user has a Stanley Cup edition item in their starting lineup, they are no longer able to add that same player from the New Items screen, thus resulting in them having 2 of the same players in their lineup.
  • Fixed an issue where users are not getting wins for opponent DNFs when playing Online Tournaments against the same opponent twice.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when a player enters the Watch list and highlights a sold (green outline) item.
  • Online Tournament opponent searches now check for player skill level and team star rating.
  • Fixed the crash issue when applying Consumable items to some of the players in the New Items screen.
  • Addressed an issue where spamming in and out of a challenge team game will cause a blank lineup screen to appear.
  • Fixed an issue where users would advance through tournament rounds by entering the tournament tree and then playing through a regular non-tournament game (online and offline).
  • Addressed an issue where players that should not be considered waiver eligible were being listed as waiver eligible.
Be A Pro
  • Tuned off season player growth effect on the BAP player EXP Growth.
  • Fixed an issue where the player’s BAP team would not sign FA’s or RFA’s to contracts.
GM Connected
  • New - Trade messaging has been added to the mode.
  • Speed up Hub loading times.
  • Improved responsiveness when scrolling through the Main Menu to reduce accidently scrolling past the option players want to select.
  • Improved scrolling when looking to selecting a team on the trade player screen and select team screen.
  • Users should no longer be able to adjust the gameplay sliders during a CPU game.
  • Improved responsiveness of league search screens.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause a crash when bringing up the player list on the Trade Player screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would sometimes crash while backing out of the mailbox screen.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash while loading into the GM Connected HUB.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when proposing a trade to a CPU team (also fixed in Be-A-GM).
Online Team Play / EASHL
  • Addressed an issue where team members from different regions could not match up together in a club practice and the matchmaking would fail as a result.
  • Fixed PS3 microphone fluctuations when not set in HQ mode.
  • Resolved an issue with EASHL matchmaking where it was returning the captain’s versus skill level instead of the club’s skill level. This will improve the accuracy of matchmaking.
  • Addressed an issue where Hockey Shop Boosts were being unequipped to the player’s EASHL Pro upon reboot of their console.

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 23 - View All
11:13 AM - October 19, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Throughout the season, Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast, hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, will kick off your college football weekend with an opinionated and fast-paced show. Drab and Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, will recap the biggest stories and preview all the big games from across the country from a fans perspective!

This week on Dual Threat, the guys discuss the first BCS rankings of the season. Which undefeated teams would make the best case to play in the National Championship Game? Of course they preview and predict Week 8's biggest games, including Texas Tech-TCU, LSU-Texas A&M, Kansas State-West Virginia and of course South Carolina-Florida!

So give Dual Threat a listen in the embedded player below or click here, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and please let us know your thoughts and what you'd like to hear in Week 8! Thanks for listening!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 19 - View All


Fully playable, single-player Beta version of
Football Manager 2013 is now available through pre-order promotion

With immediate effect, fans who have pre-ordered or pre-purchased Football Manager 2013 from a participating retailer can now get their hands on a Beta version of the game… two weeks ahead of the full release on November 2nd.

“We had an idea that this pre-order promotion was going to be popular, but nothing prepared us for the wave of enthusiasm that we were hit with when we announced it last month,” says Sports Interactive’s Studio Director Miles Jacobson. “If you’ve already pre-ordered your copy, then you can start playing the Beta version right now – and if you haven’t then there’s still time, as this offer will stay good right up until the day of release.”

The single-player Beta version of Football Manager 13 gives access to most of the forthcoming game’s features, including the all-new Football Manager Classic mode and the short-term Challenges (for more information, go to www.footballmanager.com/features). Details of participating retailers can be found at http://www.footballmanager.com/preorder.

The Beta version will remain fully functional until Monday, November 5th, after which it will no longer be playable. However, the player will be able to continue their career without interruption, as the Beta version will be fully compatible with the final release, so none of the player’s progress over the pre-release period will be lost.

Football Manager 2013 will be published by SEGA for Windows PC and Mac on November 2nd 2012. Further information on the game’s new and enhanced features can be found in a series of video blogs on the official website, www.footballmanager.com.

Game: Football Manager 2013Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 3 - View All
09:03 AM - October 19, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

As many of you were aware, the FIFA 13 title update was delayed for consoles last week, but was available for PC. It is now available for the 360 and later today for PS3.

UPDATE: It is now available for PS3.

EA Sports has apologized for the recent delays in the FIFA 13 title update and have taken this opportunity to address additional issues that have been found, as seen below.
  • Fix to improve stability across all online game modes
  • Stability in EA SPORTS Football Club challenges.
  • National anthems will be properly synced with their corresponding national teams.
  • Stability when beginning FIFA 13 whilst connected to a social network on console.
  • Optimized searching in Seasons and other online modes.
  • Connection stability in Online Seasons when finding an opponent, and at kick-off.
  • Career Mode freeze while starting a new career with free agents.
  • Career Mode hangs when using Game Face.
  • Stability in Career Mode when players retire or are being bought back from loan.
  • Users will no longer be able to lower difficulty settings in a FUT Seasons match.
  • Freeze in FUT Online Tournament HUB on PS3.
  • Napoli of Serie A will now have fully authentic kits and crests in FIFA and FIFA Ultimate Team.
  • Legacy defending and passing assistance options removed in Pro Clubs.
  • Freeze in Pro Clubs Results screen.
  • Matchmaking settings in Pro Clubs (with "ANY" and "Match Keeper") will provide the desired results.
  • Changes made in National Squad not properly reflected in Manager Mode screen.
  • (PC Only) Freeze while retrieving Hospitality Settings.
Source - EA Sports

Game: FIFA Soccer 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Thursday, October 18, 2012
03:44 PM - October 18, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Check out the extended version of the Most Wanted live action TV trailer. Stick it to the cops and your friends in the world's hottest, fastest and rarest cars.

Learn more at www.needforspeed.com/most-wanted. Buckle up, hit the gas and hold on tight; you're in for the ride of your life. In Most Wanted, you'll experience dream cars, the way you always wanted them. No tracks and no simulation. It's about taking your ride to the limit and beyond, nailing perfect 200 mile-an-hour drifts, slamming your friends off the road, outsmarting the cops and getting away with it in style.

Game: Need For Speed Most Wanted a Criterion GameReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 3 - View All
03:36 PM - October 18, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Casey Mears races Talladega in NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. Starting at the back of the field, Casey works his way to the front using the draft. Towards the end of the race, the front pack break away and leave Casey looking for a dance partner!

Game: NASCAR The Game: Inside LineReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 6 - View All

OverDog is happy to announce a game changing experience for sports gamers. Ever wonder whether you could compete with Cam Newton in Madden? Maybe challenge David Price in FIFA? OverDog is working with over 3,000 professional athletes to make that happen. As we finish our development, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Click on the link, take our three minute survey, and sign-up to be among our first Beta testers.

OverDog: Where Athletes Come to Play.

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 19 - View All

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Want to know all the latest details on GRiD 2 straight from the mouth of one of the games producers? Of course you do, that's why I got this exclusive interview with Toby Evan Jones from Codemasters who fills us in on Live Routes, True Feel, improvements to the Ego Engine, new cars, new track AND new multiplayer.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
05:26 PM - October 17, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted 18 more Nike+ Kinect Training screenshots. Nike+ Kinect Training releases on October 30th.

Game: NIKE+ Kinect TrainingReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
10:58 AM - October 17, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 75 - View All
10:52 AM - October 17, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: Need For Speed Most Wanted a Criterion GameReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 3 - View All
10:18 AM - October 17, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The first expansion pack for Forza Horizon (Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack) arrives on December 18th for 1600 MSP (included as part of the Forza Horizon Season Pass)

Delivering an immersive and authentic rally racing experience on the roughest untamed roads of Colorado, the “Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack” will offer Horizon players an outstanding off-road racing experience with deeper ruts, higher jumps, and new surface types to explore. Players will experience authentic rally action behind the wheel of rally-tuned cars, complete with co-driver calls, and much more.

More details have also been released for the Forza Horizon Season Pass.

Month One Car Pack
The Month One Car Pack for Forza Horizon will be available starting on October 23 and will include six cars for use in Forza Horizon:

2012 Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione -- It’s notable that Ferrari considers itself a racing team first and automaker second. Leaving no gaps in the realm of elite performance, the XX line was created to bridge between Formula One and production cars. The Evoluzione has only 30 more horsepower than the previous 599XX but is a full second faster on Ferrari’s exclusive Fiorano test track.

2012 Gumpert Apollo Enraged -- One of the biggest and best-kept secrets of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Gumpert Apollo Enraged dropped jaws at its unveiling. The ultra-exclusive three units of production are street legal, but realistically are ready-to-race track cars.

2012 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider -- In the tradition of the open-air Giulietta of the 1950’s, but with all the performance and technology of the 8C Competizione Coupe, the 8C Spider is as graceful as you’d expect from an Alfa. It is also ready to pounce given a little motivation. Its body lines are supple; its interior boasts exposed carbon fiber and aluminum.

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 -- Revamping a classic car to match its predecessor is a difficult trick in the car business. The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 does so in every way and then some. Pure fun mixed with nostalgia doesn’t get much better than this.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador J -- Sparing no expense, and designed in a total of six weeks for its one prospective customer, Lamborghini created the open-air Aventador J. In its cockpit you won’t find any climate control—for obvious reasons—or navigation; they would simply add weight. Powered by the standard Aventador’s 700 horsepower 6.5-liter V12, the roofless—and ruthless--J can easily achieve speeds north of 180 mph.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air -- Before the terms “stanced” or “tuner” were even a thought in the mind of any car enthusiast, there was the ‘57 Chevy. The Bel Air was the most upscale of the bodies sporting the most chrome and a golden grill. Whether you keep it classic, flourish it in flames, or drop in a big block, it will always get looks.

The Month One Car Pack is included free for Forza Horizon Season Pass owners, or available individually for 400 MS Points.

Six Monthly DLC Car Packs
Beginning in November, Forza Horizon fans will enjoy a steady stream of monthly DLC cars and the Forza Horizon Season Pass will give you instant access to all these cars as they are released. Each monthly DLC pack will include six incredible cars bound for Horizon Festival greatness – from cutting edge supercars to eminently drivable classics and all points in between. Individual DLC car packs will cost 400 MS Points but Season Pass owners will have access to the first six monthly DLC packs, from November 2012 through April 2013, at no additional cost. As always, fans will be able to use their DLC cars in a variety of monthly DLC-focused community events, contests, and challenges, including photo contests, Rivals events, and more.

Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack
The Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack will include new events, new cars, and new achievements and will cost 1,600 MS Points as a standalone purchase. The Rally Expansion Pack is included in the cost of the “Forza Horizon” Season Pass. Look for more info on this exciting expansion pack in the weeks to come.

Five Exclusive Season Pack Bonus Cars
In addition to the Month 1 Car Pack, the six Monthly DLC Packs and the Rally Expansion Pack, Forza Horizon Season Pass owners will also receive five exclusive Season Pass bonus cars, with one car delivered monthly for the next five months. Season Pass Bonus Cars will be available for download on the third Tuesday of each month from November 2012 through March 2013. The Season Pass Bonus Car for November is the 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept. Look for more details on future Season Pass Bonus Cars in the coming weeks.

The Forza Horizon Season Pass will cost 4,000 MS Points and represents savings of more than 15 percent over buying the individual content packs. Look for the Forza Horizon Season Pass, available for purchase on Xbox LIVE, beginning on October 23.

"Play and Win" Incentives: Players who purchase and play “Forza Horizon” during the first week of release will receive a free gift car – the 2010 Saleen S5S Raptor; a unicorn car typically only available from the “Forza Horizon” community team. Those who download and play the currently available Xbox LIVE demo for Forza Horizon and then play the full game will receive a 2013 SRT Viper GTS, complete with a custom livery.

Game: Forza HorizonReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
05:46 PM - October 16, 2012. Posted by Twista209. Written by Steve Noah

According to Ronnie2K, the issue some DLC users are having with post All-Star break simmed seasons, should be fixed in an upcoming NBA 2K13 patch.

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 75 - View All
Monday, October 15, 2012
05:48 PM - October 15, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

According to Ronnie2K, NBA 2K13 will receive updated arenas around the beginning of the season.

Just guessing the Lakers, Suns, Spurs and Bobcats, should get updates. What are some of the others?

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 75 - View All