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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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Saturday, February 26, 2011
03:49 PM - February 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new NASCAR The Game 2011 screenshots from Phoenix.

Game: NASCAR The Game 2011Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 14 - View All
Friday, February 25, 2011
Brand new to MLB 11 The Show this year, and to Road to The Show, is the Player Performance Evaluator. This new system analyzes your approach at the plate (or to batters faced) to then grade you, and in turn, provide training points. There are a number of factors that determine if the at bat was good or not, which include things like the amount of pitches during the at bat, the type of contact of the hit, and the overall result of the play. In general, the more pitches you see during the at bat, the better your chances are to receive a good result regardless if the at bat ended in a hit or not. However, ripping a first pitch strike for a home run will always be considered a good result. This result scale holds true for pitchers as well, although the system is the opposite so what a batter does that’s considered a success will likely be a bad result for the pitcher. We then take the result of each at bat and reward you with training points. The scale is vast in what levels of points you can achieve so for example, a one pitch single resulting in a good at bat will likely net you fewer points than an eight pitch single would.


Not only do we summarize your at bats, but the system also evaluates several things during each at bat to determine areas you excel in or fall short in. For batters, we evaluate your swing timing, contact quality, plate discipline, pitch recognition, and finally your overall at bat results. This data is tracked for your most recent 100 plate appearances and is displayed in the locker room screen, under the Player Performance Evaluator tab.


For pitchers, we keep track of your strikes versus balls thrown, percentage of first pitch strikes, percentage you work ahead in the count, a breakdown of your pitch type tendencies, and finally your overall batter’s faced results. The same holds true with batters in that the data is tracked for your most recent 100 batters faced.


After we’ve tracked enough data to establish your play style tendencies, we then determine the areas you need to improve on and trigger the training session that best suits that area. The training modes have been overhauled for batting and pitching this year to now focus on specific areas for each. The new batting training modes include timing training, contact training, discipline training, recognition training, and good at bat training. The new pitching training modes include knockout training, pitch location training, pitch type training, and sim game training.


Each of these trainings have their own specific purpose. For instance, in timing training your goal is to hit the ball fair with well-timed swings – swings that are too early or too late will count against you. For pitch type training, you will be told what pitch to throw and given a target for the location. Hitting the target with a different pitch or missing the target will not reward you. Each of these trainings also have levels of difficulty ranging from 1 to 5. In Road to The Show, you’ll start at level 1 and once you achieve the target success for that level, you’ll unlock the next level. Each level brings a new set of challenges so for example, level 1 timing training will require you to have 7 successes, whereas level 4 will require 10.


We’re very excited about this year’s new Performance Evaluator and training mode additions and hope you are as well. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to pre-order your copy MLB 11 The Show on PS3 to get 30 days FREE MLB.TV! We were able to get a few test codes to check out last year’s games and this really is a cool app. Follow your favorite team home or away on your PS3 with MLB.TV.

Welcome to The Show!

Source - MLB 11 The Show: Road to The Show Returns With New Player Performance Evaluator (Playstation.Blog)

Game: MLB 11 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 56 - View All
01:02 PM - February 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Quote:
"New Game, New Players and New Ratings!

There’s probably still confetti and BBQ sauce stuck to hidden places in Cowboys Stadium and we’re already turning our attention to the future of football. In video games.

Each February the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis provides hundreds of football players the opportunity to run, jump and lift their way into the NFL. This time of year also finds the EA Tiburon development team hard at work on Madden NFL 12 adding new features, adjusting what works and updating teams, players and other details you’ll surely notice. As these two occasions line up, we get the opportunity to discuss the topic that drives heated Madden NFL conversations year round: player ratings.

We got a hold of Madden NFL’s ratings czar/designer, Donny Moore, to get a peek at what he’s looking for at this time of year when it comes to NFL players in general and rookies in particular. Not all college superstars translate to the NFL and even with updatable rosters, Moore wants the new game to get it right on the new players as soon as possible."

Check out the entire interview, right here.

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



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Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
05:04 AM - February 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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

THQ has posted their simulation of UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch, using UFC Undisputed 2010.

Check out the results. Who do you have winning?

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"This is the ONLY place where you'll get the official UFC Undisputed 2010 Simulation of UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch. A few things before you watch:
  • Did you play our UFC 127 Predict & Win? If not, make sure that you do before the big event on Saturday!
  • Once you're done with the Predict & Win, post your picks in our UFC 127 Exercise. Why are you doing this? Because you will earn points to spend on exclusive UFC merchandise in our Auction House.
This one's a doozy, so get ready for an excellent fight. If the real fight ends up playing out like this, would you be satisfied? What are you waiting for? Check out the fight now!"

Game: UFC Undisputed 2010Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 17 - View All
Thursday, February 24, 2011
08:13 AM - February 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the new Shift 2 Unleashed screenshots featuring the Ford Falken Mustang and Ford Mustang RTR-X.

Game: Shift 2 UnleashedReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 2 - View All
07:48 AM - February 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Yesterday it was revealed that real-life female MMA fighters Felice “Lil Dog” Herrig and Michele “Diablita” Gutierrez will appear in Supremacy MMA.

Today we've posted some screenshots of the ladies in action.

Game: Supremacy MMAHype Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
12:03 AM - February 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you are curious, how this will be implemented, click here for the video.

Thanks Kotaku!

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
10:10 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Samit Sarkar, over at Destructoid, has been a busy man these days. Check out his impressions of MLB 11 The Show's 3D and HR derby, with the PS Move.

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"The depth goes “into” the screen, as on the Nintendo 3DS, while the HUD elements -- including the score line at the top of the screen, any statistical or interface overlays, and baserunner windows when you’ve got men on first or third -- stand out because they float “above” the screen. The Show doesn’t shout “THREE-DEE” from the rooftops, and it’s much more enjoyable for it.

But that’s about as far as the accuracy goes; as for the actual act of swinging, you might as well be playing Wii Sports. You can stand up and get in a batting stance if you really want to, but it’s by no means necessary (although you do have to swing left-handed, or backhanded, if your hitter is a lefty). I was able to blast a ball over 470 feet just by flicking my wrist gently -- hitting depends only on the timing of the swing and the angle of the bat. (If you swing downward, for instance, you’re just going to drive the ball into the ground.) That is, you can have just as much success with a full home-run hitter’s swing as with a quick motion of your wrist."

Game: MLB 11 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 56 - View All
04:41 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Playstation.Blog has posted some more MLB 11 The Show co-op mode details. Unfortunately, we can't use this mode in season or franchise mode.

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"For those of you that follow us closely, you know that we spend a lot of time reading feedback from all of our fans out there. One of the features that many of you have been pushing for is the desire to play The Show with someone as a teammate, instead of just as an opponent. So, this year we created a co-op mode that gives you and a buddy the ability to play on the same team against the CPU, against 1 player, or against 2 other players.

Here’s how it works…you’re able to customize who will be responsible for the different offensive and defensive areas of the game. When you’re at bat, you can choose to allow one person to do all of the batting or choose to alternate batters. The base running works in the opposite way so if you’re batting, your teammate will be responsible for the base running allowing you to work together for sacrifices and hit and runs. I promise you, if you’re playing a 2v2 co-op offline, you’ll start to develop hand signals with your teammate for these situations. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s going to happen.

When you’re in the field, there are four different controllable areas—pitcher, catcher, infield, and outfield. Again, you have the ability to customize who is responsible for different areas. The pitcher, like the batter, can alternate between the teammates (per inning)."

Game: MLB 11 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 56 - View All
04:22 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports just sent us over 6 user requested MLB 2K11 screenshots, exclusive to OS.

Obviously, they couldn't get to everyone. If you didn't get your request filled, don't cry... We'll try to get more, closer to release.

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
03:49 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 15 - View All
02:24 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

SUPREMACY MMA GIVES GIRLS THE RIGHT TO FIGHT,
BRINGING THE FIRST WOMEN FIGHTERS TO AN MMA GAME

Female fighters Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig and Michele “Diablita” Gutierrez
get the right to fight for the first time in the MMA videogame genre

Milton Keynes, UK—24th February, 2011 — Global videogame publisher 505 Games and developer Kung Fu Factory have revealed today that real-life female MMA fighters Felice “Lil Dog” Herrig and Michele “Diablita” Gutierrez will appear in Supremacy MMA™. This marks the first playable femme fighters in the history of MMA games.

“Female fighters are not represented in MMA games and face a giant glass ceiling in the fighting world,” said Ricci Rukavina, CEO and Creative Director, Kung Fu Factory. “We’re proud to be a part of raising their profile and giving these tough-as-nails fighters their due in the virtual cage.””

Herrig, an XFO, UEC and Bellator veteran, and Gutierrez, Wand Fight Team’s sole female brawler, will bring their likenesses and hard-hitting set of skills to the game’s hyper-fast, no-holds barred combat system.

“Being one of the first women to represent MMA in a videogame is a dream come true for me,” said Herrig. “This is our chance to finally show gamers that female fighters can hold their own.”

“Joining the roster of fighters for Supremacy MMA is definitely awesome,” said Gutierrez. “The game takes a totally different approach to MMA so I think it’s perfect that this is the game that features women for the first time.”

“Bringing playable female fighters to fans in Supremacy MMA represents the strong stance we’re taking in bringing a totally unique game to market,” said Peter Matiss, VP of marketing, 505 Games. “Michele and Felice fight with the same ferocity and heart as any other fighter, regardless of gender, and we are proud to represent these strong, determined women in our game.”

Supremacy MMA brings the brutality of unsanctioned, amateur and unlicensed MMA fighting to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems, favoring fast-and-furious gameplay and underground aesthetics over official branding and television-style presentation. The game raises the bar in the MMA space by bringing an unprecedented level of fast, fluid combat, intuitive controls and true-to-the-sport brutality, telling the story of up-and-coming fighters in their quest for supremacy.

Supremacy MMA is slated for release June, 2011, on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Game: Supremacy MMAHype Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
02:22 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Check out the new hi-res Top Spin 4 screenshots, right here.

2K Sports has posted Top Spin 4 Developer Diary #4, detailing player creator, player evolution, coaches, objectives and skills.

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"Many of you 2K Sports gamers may be familiar with this mode from other titles such as NBA and MLB where you get to create a player from scratch and guide him or her through every facet of a real pro tennis career, starting as a newcomer pro with the goal of becoming one of the game’s greatest legends. As you progress through your player’s career, you will have the ability to fully develop him/her over time, and eventually create your own style with the introduction of a variety of coaches. The vast array of options throughout your career will allow you to shape your player however you want. Let’s start with the completely revamped Player Creator."

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
02:19 PM - February 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Capcom has posted another MotoGP 10/11 blog. This one covering behind the scenes of the game.

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"There’s a common misconception about the way MotoGP is updated each year, it’s not a palette swap at all. In fact there is a heck of a lot of work that goes into redesigning, remodelling and making sure everything else is up to date with the current season of MotoGP. And these pics will give you an idea to what goes on behind the scenes.

The riders all have to photographed again, because they’re another year older and possibly wiser and wrinklier. Here (top) you can see the back of Valentino Rossi because, yes, even their backs have to be photographed – well you do end up staring at their backs for quite some time.

The bikes themselves get photographed from every conceivable angle so that the artists and animators can fully replicate them in the game. This is pretty easy though, the bikes are great models and really know how to work the camera."

Game: MotoGP 10/11Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 1 - View All