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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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Thursday, March 10, 2011
08:44 PM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Shift 2 UnleashedReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
06:04 PM - March 10, 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
05:32 PM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: WWE All StarsReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 8 - View All
04:54 PM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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2K Sports has posted their Top Spin 4 Developer Diary #7, detailing controls and gameplay.

Quote:
"We read your feedback over the past couple years and are aware that while many users appreciated the new direction we took with Top Spin 3 in terms of gameplay, many also found it a bit too demanding. In Top Spin 4, we really wanted to improve this aspect of the game so players could focus on selecting and performing the right shots and less on moving their character. To achieve this objective, we completely reworked some key elements of player movement (particularly animations and how they are played) to ensure the player would be responding instantly to the user’s input. The balance between responsiveness and visual quality is a tough one to find because they’re generally considered opposing characteristics. Indeed, if you want your player to respond instantly to your inputs, that may mean breaking their current movement and entering another one very quickly which can result in brutal attitude changes when poorly managed. But thanks to what we learned from Top Spin 3, and all the work we did capturing the 1,000s of new animations via Motion Capture, we managed to improve both the quality of the animations (that is one of Top Spin’s strengths since the very beginning of the franchise) and responsiveness, as players now react instantly to the given inputs."

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

Check out the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 The Masters screenshots featuring Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
01:13 PM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Synopsis
Saturday. To some, it's a day off from work, a day to sleep in, a day to kick back. For you, Saturday is what you train for all week. It's the day that defines whether you'll be celebrated as the new hero of the campus — or the biggest letdown in town. The day when your most heated rival will be laid to rest — or trample on your pride. It's gameday. And in the fierce world of college football, it's more than just a game — it's a way of life. Do you have what it takes to go back to school and bring glory to your campus on the field?

Climb into your school colors and hit the stadium for the most authentic college football experience yet in NCAA Football 12. This year, the traditions are more intense, the celebrations are rowdier and the school pride has never been so real. Live the pain, glory, action and grit of Saturday any day of the week as you take the competition to the 50-yard line against your fiercest rivals. Make an impact on the field as you lead your team down the road to the National Championship and learn what old-school football glory really means.

Features
  • Feel the hits, experience the thrills and revel in the glory of college football
  • Suit up in the college colors of your choice and take the field as an NCAA athlete in the most authentic college football experience to date
  • Enhanced in-game presentation brings the excitement of Saturday's game to life with all-new traditions and school-specific crowd celebrations
  • Take on your school's most heated rival in intense matchups
  • Go for the glory on the road to the National Championship

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 100 - View All
01:10 PM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Everybody needs to know their role when the golfing gets tough.

The caddie feature in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters is probably the most dramatic enhancement to the franchise. You now have a skilled professional helping you choose shots and giving you advice at crucial times of your round. While you don’t have to actually manage the relationship with your caddie as a part of gameplay (maybe next time), knowing how to get the most out of your caddie is a crucial part of this year’s game.

As Christian Brandt explained in his introduction to his caddie blog (http://www.ea.com/tiger-woods/blog/caddie-feature), the on-screen caddie shows you the shot(s) he recommends and shows you the club control set up, direction and touch for you automatically when you decide to take his advice. All you have to do is work the left control stick for an accurate and powerful swing. It’s a great feature that eliminates the guess work for those that just want to focus on the core of Tiger Woods gameplay: swinging the club.

There are going to be times however where working with your caddie is going to be a little more complicated than that. You can always ignore him or simply turn off the caddie feature completely. Similarly, there are times where your guy just can’t come up with a shot for you and he’ll tell you so directly: “I got nothing here.” And let’s not forget about those Tiger Woods PGA TOUR fans who don’t need any help and who will take pleasure in actively ignoring his advice; the folks who want to hear his suggestions simply so they can NOT listen to it.

Let’s deal with this group first. Listening to the caddie but not taking his shot suggestions is simple. You can still flick the left stick up to see where his suggested shot would go and how he’d set it up but pressing on the D-pad brings up the aiming icon and introduces another “custom” shot mechanic that you can then set up on your own. The easiest thing to do when building a custom shot is to mimic the parts of the caddie’s shot suggestion that you like and change what you don’t like. The shoulder buttons allow you to quickly cycle back and forth between the caddie’s suggestion and your custom shot as you’re setting it up. You can see and match what he’s suggesting side by side with what you’re setting up. It can be like using the caddie’s shot as a template and adding your own aggressive, wimpy or brain dead tendencies to the shot.

This mechanism is especially valuable in bad weather. When the winds are swirling or the fairways are a soggy mess, a caddie with low course mastery isn’t going to account for these elements as much as he should. Some of you will learn this the hard way as you follow the caddie’s suggestions, nail the swing with perfect power and accuracy and still end up hitting spectators in the knee or getting your ball wet and/or sandy. Until your caddie gets his game stronger, it’ll be up to you to craft shots that start with his ideas but ultimately rely on your skills.

The times when your caddie can’t help you at all are always a surprise. From the tee box to the second cut to that evil bunker you didn’t even see until your ball landed there; your caddie can stun you at any moment with a disheartening comment and no shot suggestion. “You’re on your own” or some other line will likely provoke a verbal reaction out of you; probably profane. Of course, not panicking at a time like this is the essence of the sport and that’s why it’s in the game. Your shot building skills are supposed to shine in moments like this and this is why it’s so important to establish an appropriate golfer-caddie relationship early.

Don’t worry though. Your issues with your caddie will be resolved soon enough when the both of you are facing a 63 foot putt for birdie.


Source - Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters Blog

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 15 - View All
08:55 AM - March 10, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The boys at NLSC are putting in work, as they have released the 2nd beta for NCAA March Madness 2K11. This is becoming a very popular NBA 2K11 PC mod, with March Madness just around the corner.

Quote:
"This updated version has 60 teams spread over two different roster files, accuratish courts for each team, and accurate home, away, and alternate jerseys for each team."

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 106 - View All
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
11:04 PM - March 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Gran Turismo 5 just released patch 1.08. As always, GTPlanet has the info.

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"The latest GT5 update, v1.08, has just gone live in Europe and North America (it became available in Asia earlier today). According to Polyphony Digital, this small patch only fixes one issue that has become something of a hot-topic in our forums over the past few days. Known as the “SSR7 glitch” or the “online money glitch”, it allowed players to quickly accumulate a lot of money and A-Spec experience points -- check the video above to see how it was done."

Game: Gran Turismo 5Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 15 - View All
12:24 PM - March 9, 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
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters demo is available now for the Xbox 360.

UPDATE: The PS3 demo will not arrive until tomorrow at 6:00 PM EST.

UPDATE #2: Contrary to what the facebook page states, the demo is now available on the PS3. Enjoy.

Please post your impressions here.

Quote:
"The long awaited Augusta National Golf Club is now available in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12: The Masters demo on Xbox® 360 and PlayStation® 3! Approach the tee box of the famous closing hole during the tournament’s final round in your quest to become the Masters champion and don the Green Jacket. In the “Play Now” setting, live that **** moment and have the first opportunity to play Augusta National’s par-4 18th.

See the distinct Masters experience and hear the iconic voice of long-time Masters announcer, Jim Nantz, throughout the demo. Nantz sets the stage as Tiger Woods charges up the leaderboard in chase of his fifth Green Jacket. Take control of Tiger Woods on the final hole and attempt to be crowned Masters champion, while the all-new commentary team of Nantz, and the always entertaining David Feherty, call the action.

In “Road to the Masters” mode, play holes 1-5 at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course - an all-new course to the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise. Complete the five holes in the demo and jumpstart your career in the full retail version* by bypassing the EA SPORTS™ Amateur Tour and proceeding straight to the Nationwide Tour.

The PlayStation 3 version of the demo will support the PlayStation Move controller to fully replicate an authentic golf swing. Looking for an even more immersive golf interaction? The demo can also be played in True View mode – a first-person vantage point that is new to the PlayStation 3 with the Move controller. Additional information about the Masters Tournament, the all-new career mode, Caddie/Course Mastery, new golfers and courses, and a host of other new features are detailed in the demo. Share the demo with friends to earn additional experience points (XP)."

Source - Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters Blog

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Monday, March 7, 2011
07:56 PM - March 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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In the latest MLB 11 The Show blog, Ramone Russell goes over the Challenge of the Week feature.

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"Challenge of the Week is a fast-paced and fun arcade-style mode where the goal is to score as many points as possible. You’re the batter and you get thre outs with thre strikes per out. Your overall score consists of your points and Momentum (aka multiplier). The longer the hit, the more points you get. The better the hit and the more momentum you earn. There will also be weekly bonuses to help with racking up points. Challenge of the Week will feature the hottest batters and pitchers during the MLB season so check back to see if we feature a player from your favorite MLB team.

To play, simply go to the “Challenge of the Week” option on the main menu of MLB 11 The Show and select the current Challenge.

So what do you get if you’re #1 on the leaderboard at the end of the week? Real-world prizes! We’re talking about signed MLB gear, Sony Electronics, gift cards, the works!"

Does this look like something you're interested in? For more details, click here.

Game: MLB 11 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 56 - View All
04:04 PM - March 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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

Check out the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 The Masters screenshots featuring Rocco Mediate and Camilo Villegas.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 15 - View All
07:20 AM - March 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Shift 2 UnleashedReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 2 - View All