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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, January 26, 2011
06:04 PM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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2K Sports Partners with San Francisco Giants’ Pitcher, Brian Wilson, to Debut First Major League Baseball 2K11® Digital Short Film on “Lopez Tonight”

Watch the exclusive premiere of the first Major League Baseball 2K11 digital short film starring and written by World Series Champion Brian Wilson

New York, NY – January 26, 2011 – 2K Sports announced today that Brian Wilson, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, has partnered with 2K Sports to offer his expertise to Major League Baseball®2K11 by acting as a creative consultant in a series of original digital short films starring, co-written and adlibbed by Wilson himself. Wilson and his “famous beard” will make a guest appearance on the popular late night television show “Lopez Tonight” to debut the first film in this hilarious series. “Lopez Tonight” featuring Brian Wilson will air on TBS on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. nationally and 11:00 p.m. Central.

Wilson is well known for his incredible skill on the mound and jet-black beard, as well as his surprising antics on live television. It will undoubtedly be an appearance that sports fans and gamers alike will not want to miss.

Developed by 2K Sports’ Visual Concepts studio, Major League Baseball 2K11 will once again award $1,000,000 to the first person to pitch a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K11, the next edition in the popular Major League Baseball 2K series. The race to perfection will commence on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, April 1, 2011, giving gamers nearly a month to practice with the game before embarking on a quest that only 20 pitchers in baseball history have accomplished. For more information, please visit http://www.2ksports.com/perfectgame.

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
04:18 PM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Capcom is pleased to confirm that MotoGP 10/11 for PlayStation 3 will be arriving at stores across North America on March 15th, 2011.

To get a taste of the action before the launch,Capcom will be giving fans a chance to test ride the game with a downloadable demo available on PSN in February. Push your limits with GP heroes Danny Pedrosa or Andrea Davizioso on the challenging Mugello circuit or against the clock (and your ghost) in Time Trial. As in the full game, players are now able to use the new player assists feature to fully customize their bike and control set up. Matched with all new realistic simulation mechanics, this is the most realistic MotoGP gaming experience to date.

Fact Sheet

MotoGP 10/11 will bring fans the most authentic and realistic MotoGP experience of the series.. Gamers will get all of the 2010 MotoGP season content and downloadable updates for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts.

The all new handling system and improved physics in MotoGP 10/11 will deliver a level of authenticity never seen before in the GP series. The inclusion of the brand new customizable player assists feature allows fans of both simulation and arcade racing to alter their racing style. Those wanting to take less of a risk with their riding technique will be able to switch on the player assists for a more forgiving style of racing. For players who want to feel the full intensity of MotoGP racing, all the in-game player assists can be turned off delivering challenging and realistic gameplay that emulates the MotoGP experience.

‘Career’ mode will be complemented with the addition of brand new co-op play. Through local split-screen gameplay a second player can jump into the race and become a team mate, helping to take your team to pole position. The classic ‘Championship’ and ‘Time Trial’ modes are back along with a revised ‘Challenge’ mode. This year fans of the MotoGP will be able to play as their racing hero from the start in all three of these game modes.

As with MotoGP 09/10, MotoGP 10/11 will continue to offer the most robust online mode in a racing title, allowing up to 20 players to compete in a Championship race. Gamers can choose their racing settings and join in mid-race with spectator mode to check out the competition before the race starts.

Key features
  • The complete 2010 MotoGP season with free DLC for the 2011 MotoGP championship shortly after the season starts
  • Enhanced physics and handling system creating the most realistic MotoGP gaming experience
  • Customisable player assists to emulate or tame the real world forces that riders have to deal with on track
  • Five game modes including “Championship’, ‘Time Trial’, ‘Challenge’, ‘Career’ and ‘Online’
  • The only racing game where you can compete with up to 20 players online
  • Play with a team mate in ‘Career’ mode through the brand new addition of local co-op play
  • New and improved audio featuring real life MotoGP bikes

Game: MotoGP 10/11Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
03:51 PM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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GENRE: Wrestling/Fighting
PLATFORMS: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2011
DEVELOPER: THQ San Diego

BIGGER! BETTER! BOLDER! BADDER! WWE All Stars delivers an all-new take on WWE with fast, fun, fluid and furious arcade-style gameplay that takes WWE action to the next level! Featuring your favorite colorful WWE Legends of the past and larger-than-life WWE Superstars of today, WWE All Stars delivers the greatest roster ever assembled in a WWE videogame! It’s up to you to determine the greatest of all time in the revolutionary new addition to THQ’s WWE videogame portfolio and debut release from THQ San Diego!

THE GREATEST MATCHUPS HAVEN’T HAPPENED ... UNTIL NOW! TWO GENERATIONS. ONE RING.

GAME FEATURES:
  • FUN AND IN-YOUR-FACEWWE ARCADE-STYLE ACTION! – Take WWE action to the next level with high-flying, hard-hitting and high impact gameplay that bridges generations of WWE fans and casual followers alike with fun, intuitive and approachable gameplay that lets you jump right into the ring! With responsive, arcade-style controls, every WWE Legend and WWE Superstar will have a variety of grapples, attacks, killer combos, finishing and signature manuevers to create the ultimate competitive and fast-paced gaming experience that is easy to pick up and play but provides plenty for expert players to master.
  • BEST ROSTER EVER – Choose from the greatest roster of WWE Superstars and WWE Legends EVER assembled in a WWE videogame, including John Cena, The Rock, Andre the Giant, Big Show, Triple H, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Rey Mysterio and for the first time ever in a THQ/WWE videogame, “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Each WWE Legend and WWE Superstar will boast a distinctive and highly stylized appearance, adding to the overall spectacle, atmosphere and in-your-face attitude exuding from the on-screen action.
  • FOUR AWESOME CHARACTER CLASSES – Punt an opponent sky high! Juggle him with your fists! Weave together killer combinations of high impact moves or best an opponent with your fists of fury! With four distinct classes of competitor – Acrobat, Big Man, Brawler and Grappler - WWE All Stars will provide players with WWE Legends and WWE Superstars who have distinct advantages, strengths and techniques, including specific combinations and unique abilities.
  • FANTASY WARFARE – Who is the greatest WWE Superstar of all time? Which generation had the Best Big Man or the Most Impressive High Flier? Find out by choosing a side and playing through **** matchups between WWE Legends and Superstars to determine the best of all time, each introduced by cinematic video packages featuring authentic WWE footage.
  • CREATE-A-SUPERSTAR – The greatest WWE roster of all time wouldn’t be complete without YOUR created WWE Superstars! Customize your Superstar and pit him against the game’s WWE Superstars and WWE Legends to see if he can become legendary.

Game: WWE All StarsReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
03:21 PM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Check out Top Spin 4 Developer Diary #1 with François Giuntini, Executive Producer on Top Spin 4.

These past couple years have been quite interesting for the Top Spin development team. Development moved from Paris to lovely Prague while strengthening the team with dedicated and talented people. We have also taken the time to analyze Top Spin 3, gathering great feedback from our dedicated fan base, to define what tweaks, updates, and complete reworks we needed to do.

And here we are now. The brand new Top Spin 4 is releasing March, 15th 2011 in the US and March, 18th 2011 internationally, packed with revolutionary, exciting tennis goodness! Today I will talk about some of the cool content that makes Top Spin 4 THE Real Tennis Experience.

We focused a lot of effort and energy to ensure that every aspect of TS4 delivers the best of what makes tennis so thrilling and exciting. Let me present some of these elements to you:

All-Star Cast of Modern and Legend Players

TS4 features the who’s who of current and legendary tennis players: Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Jim Courier, Rafael Nadal, Boris Becker, Serena Williams, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang, Dinara Safina, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Caroline Wozniacki, Nikolay Davydenko, Gilles Simon, Bernard Tomic, Eugenie Bouchard, Stanislas Wawrinka, Vera Zvonareva, and Jelena Jankovic are available in TS4. At the end of the day, 2K has secured five of the top 10 on the ATP rankings, as well as four of the top 10 on the WTA rankings. All these great Pros have been faithfully implemented in the game with even more Signature Style; every detail from their look, attitude, attributes, strengths & weaknesses and play style. Each player has signature animations for their own swings and attitude, making every person more unique and exciting to play with.


This extensive list will allow you to re-enact some of the most exciting matchups in tennis history. Play as Nadal with his “lasso-whip” forehands or watch Djokovic pump his chest when celebrating a great point. Replay **** historic moments, such as Sampras’ last grand slam final against Agassi at the US Open or the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals between Nadal and Federer at the O2 Arena in London. Speaking of arenas…

The Best Venues Just Got Better

In TS4 you can play on the courts of no less than 42 different venues, ranging from playgrounds to the most prestigious arenas including:

- Rod Laver Arena (Australian Open)

- Court Philippe Chatrier (Roland Garros)

- The Arthur Ashe Stadium (US Open)

- Indian Wells Tennis Garden (BNP Paribas Open)

- Sony Ericsson Open in Miami

- BNP Paribas Masters of Paris

- The O2 Arena in London (Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - seen directly below)


The same extreme attention to detail that we put into creating the Pro players is put in the venues. We made sure to accurately reproduce those mythical tennis temples.

The Real Tennis Atmosphere

To bring the most realistic tennis simulation to the market, it is important to provide the most accurate tennis atmosphere we can. In order to do so, we put a lot of attention into faithfully reproducing the ‘sound’ of tennis.

More than ever before, the crowd will react to what happens on court during and after each point, giving instant feedback to what players do and adding to the thrill of the most spectacular rallies. From the playground to the Grand Slam tournament, you will hear the crowd cheer for their favorite player, explode on the most impressive points, or even hold their breath during the tense moments that set tennis apart.


Racket swings, ball impacts, slides on clay and all player efforts and grunt sounds have been implemented to further immerse users into a realistic professional tennis match.

Tennis Authenticity

Of course, the most important aspect may be in the in-game animations. All the movements and swings in TS4 have been motion captured (more than 8000 animations in all), after watching and analyzing hundreds of matches, to gather the best animations behind what makes tennis such an exciting and spectacular sport. All the situations occurring during a tennis rally have been implemented. This mass of data insures every shot, move, and reaction is perfectly suited for what is happening on the court.


As far as the arsenal of shots and actions, well you basically get it all! All the shots and spins are faithfully reproduced, whether you choose a devastating power shot down the line or a cross-court top-spin shot. More cool actions have been implemented or revamped: let shots, drop shots, smashes, returning a lob, diving for a difficult passing shot, sliding on clay, performing inside-out shots, slowly preparing a powerful winner when receiving a weak shot, and many more. We will go into more details on the gameplay in a future Diary.

The match presentation has also been updated: players wait in the tunnel and enter the court while the speaker announces the matchup, cameras are placed around the courts as they would be for a television broadcast, on screen statistics appear at key moments… everything is there to make the user feel like they’re playing a live tennis match.


Lots more to talk about but that’s it for today guys; stay tuned for more info in the upcoming Diaries.

- François Giuntini

Top Spin 4 Producer

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
07:59 AM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Test Drive Unlimited 2Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 3 - View All
07:49 AM - January 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Eurogamer has just posted their Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D hands-on preview.

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"While the 3D display is being a flashy bastard up top, the touch screen has the unglamorous supporting role of displaying the radar in-game, and can be used for additional commands such as making substitutions.

Where the bottom screen could shine is off-pitch, with Game Plan strategy fiddling now possible using the stylus – which ought to facilitate the process no end.

Beyond the visual trickery, PES 2011 3DS controls the same and feels as responsive as the PSP version, with the added bonus of the console's well-designed analogue nub. With its indented surface giving a far better feel than PSP's equivalent, you should feel more comfortably in control of your players without the need to switch to the d-pad and lose subtlety."

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3DHype Score: 1/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 3DSVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
12:16 PM - January 25, 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 / PCVotes: 15 - View All
Monday, January 24, 2011
12:29 PM - January 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

As the keen eye of ExtremeGamer pointed out on the 19th, the official WWE All Stars box art has been confirmed.

Game: WWE All StarsReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 8 - View All
Sunday, January 23, 2011
09:37 PM - January 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kotaku's, Owen Good has posted his Top Spin 4 hands-on preview.

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"Playing against a user-controlled Rafael Nadal with Roger Federer, I didn't take a game off my opponent in the first set, but fought back to force a tiebreak in the third once I realized that playing a baseline game against Rafa was only tiring me out. I started mixing up my shot type with slices and coming to the net. In a Pete Sampras-Andre Agassi matchup, with me taking Agassi, the AI played Sampras' serve-and-volley game to type; I responded with lobs, sending Sampras back to the baseline on lung-bursting runs for a point full of drama.

And that's where Top Spin 4's other noticeable improvement came to the fore: The crowd is livelier. 2K Czech has worked in reactions that get progressively more intense, giving a sense that the spectators actually are watching. As Sampras sprinted back to the baseline to keep the rally alive, fended off a smash to prolong it and then won it with a torpedo down the line, the patrons at Arthur Ashe Stadium (one of seven licensed venues) got louder, punctuating the hard-fought rally with a long roar.

There is no broadcast commentary in the game - possibly because the most identifiable voices of the sport have contracts with ESPN, which has an agreement with 2K Sports' competitor. For a genre warring between simulating what one plays and what one sees on television, I didn't miss it that much. Though 2K Czech says they're opting for creating an immersive you-are-the-player experience as opposed to being a spectator to your own performance, there are some awkward silences, especially in pre-match animations where you are a viewer, watching your player enter the court. Of course, with no commentary, you'll notice things like crowd "sweeteners," the linesmen's calls, and the chair umpire speaking in French at Stade Roland Garros."

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
08:01 PM - January 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports is not resting on its laurels, as they prepare for FIFA 12. Check out the planned improvements for the upcoming season.

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"The producer (David Rutter) told the latest issue of OPM UK that EA has an "enormous shopping list" of improvements it wishes to make in its new game - and specified a few areas that the studio's already working on.

"I think we did a great job with the Personality Plus feature [in FIFA 11," he said, "but the the teams [AI] doesn't support that quite as much as it should.

"As an example, a team doesn't spot that if Peter Crouch in the area, they can lay a load of high balls onto his head."

Rutter also revealed that set pieces are getting a complete overhaul, and that EA isn't happy with interruptive in-game loading screens.

"Set-pieces are still a bit lame," he candidly admitted. "I get frustrated by not being able to do quick throw-ins, not being able to quickly select my free-kick takers, on the fly stuff. We're somewhat last-gen in the way the game cuts [before those things]."

Source - FIFA 12: EA details improved AI, set pieces (CVG)

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
09:27 AM - January 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Madden NFL Football for the Nintendo 3DS brings your favorite players and teams to life like never before, in jaw-dropping 3D. The action jumps off the screen as you compete in traditional 11-on-11 games or high-flying 5-on-5. Whether you're a Madden NFL rookie or an All-Pro, three types of playcalling options provide the right amount of depth for every player. Harness the power of the 3DS Touch Screen and draw your own plays right on the field with the innovative Call Your Shots feature. Madden NFL Football is the ultimate sports experience for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • NFL Football In 3 Dimensions - Experience all the drama of the NFL in 3D as Madden NFL Football brings your favorite players and all 32 teams and stadiums to life like never before!
  • Football for Everyone - With three types of playcalling, Madden NFL Football adapts to you. The GameFlow feature automatically selects the best play for the situation based on authentic NFL team gameplans. Use Arcade playcall for more control over plays or Classic to experience the full depth of your favorite team's authentic playbook.
  • Back to the Neighborhood - Madden NFL Football puts a new twist on an old style of competition. Take your game back to the neighborhood with high-scoring, fast-paced 5-on-5 action. No penalties, no play clock, just action-packed football where the first team to score a set number of touchdowns walks away with ultimate bragging rights!
  • Call Your Shots - Unleash the amazing power of the 3DS Touch Screen to draw up your own plays on the fly! Whether on offense or defense, you can create the ultimate audible at the line of scrimmage.
  • Journey to the Super Bowl - Take the reins of your favorite team and see if you have what it takes to make it through the rollercoaster ride of a full NFL season. Play 11-on-11 or 5-on-5 and march your way to the Super Bowl.
  • You're in the Spotlight - Feel the pressure as the gameplay slows down and the camera zooms in during the game's most pivotal moments. Whether evading a sack, making an open field tackle, or leaving a defender in the dust, it's up to you to make the key move when Spotlight Moments put you in the limelight.

Game: Madden NFL FootballHype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 3DSVotes: 4 - View All
Saturday, January 22, 2011
04:55 PM - January 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Kotaku has posted a very good Supremacy MMA article where Jens Pulver, the first lightweight champion in UFC history, explains where he sees Supremacy MMA, fitting in with the likes of EA Sports MMA and UFC Undisputed, among other things with Owen Good.

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"Being unlicensed means you can be uncompromising, says Ricci Rukavina. It also means you're unaccountable, especially to those heavily invested in a sport built with violence and blood, who bristle at any association with them.

Rukavina's studio, Kung Fu Factory, sparked controversy when it released a trailer for Supremacy MMA, the fighting game it plans to deliver in late spring. The video ends with a fighter cavorting on a blood-soaked plywood floor, writhing in pain, his shattered leg wobbling grotesquely.

"Licenses typically don't have gameplay as a No. 1 priority," Rukavina told me. Kung Fu Factory is, as many studios say, making the game its fight-fan staff wants to play. "They don't have the gamer in mind. It's always ‘oh, you can't do this, no the fighters can't look this way, hey, we're going for this rating. All of that got to a point where we said let's make our own game.'"

Game: Supremacy MMAHype Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
09:27 AM - January 22, 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
Friday, January 21, 2011
08:10 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Tradition Football recently received an email from Ben Haumiller.

He's looking to identify where the home team band sits, in preparation for NCAA Football 12, from the looks of it. Let's give an assist to what Tradition Football has already started, by following Ben's directions.

The Gaming Tailgate also has a very well organized thread on the same topic.

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"What we need is to identify where the band sits at each stadium. We only need to know where the home band sits since we already know where the away section is for each stadium.

The preference would be either photo reference/circling the section on a seating chart image over just a written description of the locations."

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 99 - View All
07:07 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

During today's Fight Night Champion chat, it was revealed that the demo will be released on February 1st.

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"Ok, since you asked. Demo will be released February 1st, a full month before the game is set to release March 1st. Check out the Facebook page Monday morning for all the details."

Game: Fight Night ChampionReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 17 - View All