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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, December 8, 2011
10:10 AM - December 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Donny Moore has posted the latest Madden NFL 12 roster update details for week 14. The rosters should be available tomorrow morning for both 360 and PS3.

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The biggest movers from Week 13 on the positive side are DL Leger Douzable (JAX) with a 8 point boost this week (now 68 overall), QB T.J. Yates (HOU) going +4 to 70 overall, DL Linval Joseph (NYG) going up +4 to a 76 overall, LB Justin Houston (KC) goes up +3 to 77 overall, OL John Sullivan (MIN) going up 4 points to 81, LB Aldon Smith (SF) going up +2 to a 85 and finally, OL Marshal Yanda (BAL) going up +3 to a 93 overall.

Some of the biggest movers on the negative side are OL Adam Goldberg (from 72 to 69 overall), OL Barry Richardson (KC) down 3 points to 72 overall, QB Rex Grossman goes down 2 points to a 74 overall, CB Eric Wright (from 78 to 76 overall) and OL Todd Herremans (from 91 to 89 overall).

Your thoughts on the roster adjustments?

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
12:54 PM - December 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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

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  • The strike game has been reworked, so quick strikes like jabs are far more important and damaging and combinations can be a key to hurting your opponent.
  • You can whip knee to the body! Also, you can get leg kick TKOs.
  • The cage wall is far more important this year because it can be used to set up your opponent for submissions and you can wall walk from a seated position to get back to standing.
  • You can actually avoid getting your face pummeled if you're in the down position with your opponent inside your guard. You'll be able to dodge and weave your head to avoid strikes and to position yourself for a strike from the bottom.
  • Scarily enough, legs can break if they get checked - maybe a bit too real here?

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
12:52 PM - December 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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NFL Blitz will be available via digital download for $14.99 on PlayStation Network and 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Arcade in January.

EA Sports has posted another NFL Blitz blog, written by Brad Lippman, Audio Designer of the game.

Hi, I’m Brad Lippman, Audio Designer for NFL Blitz, here today to talk about Commentary, Sound Design and Music in NFL Blitz. Working with the Audio Director, Jesse James Allen we created the next gen version of audio for NFL Blitz.

First I am going to talk about the commentary in the game. The talent was amazing to work with. We have Tim Kitzrow for the Play by Play and Brian Haley for the Color Commentary. Tim Kitzrow is a legend in the industry; although he has worked on countless classic pinball and arcade machines he is most famous for being the "Boomshakalaka guy" in NBA JAM. Finding the Color Commentator was a little more difficult. There was no one that was clearly associated with being the Color Commentator in Blitz so we had to find a person that could bring the comic relief of Blitz into this generation of consoles. After many auditions and seeing some real talented individuals we went with actor/comedian/writer Brian Haley. Brian has been in a ton of movies with an acting career that spans over multiple decades.

Tim and Brian were friends and had natural chemistry; working together they wrote the entire Blitz commentary script. We had the luxury of recording both commentators at the same time. This allowed them to improv and feed off each other’s energy while recording, which lead to some really funny moments that you will hear while you play.

Directing and recording the talent was only half the job to get great commentary into NFL Blitz. The other part was designing the logic for when the commentary lines fire off. A commentary line can be funny but if you hear it every game or every play it can start to get annoying and take away from your enjoyment of the game. On the other end if you make the memorable lines fire off too rare, no one will enjoy them and the game will be too quiet. We had to find a good balance of making sure there was funny commentary and allowing there to be times of silence or as I like to call it "letting the commentator’s breathe".

While the commentators keep you informed and laughing, the music sets the mood and tone. The style of the music for NFL Blitz is based on a modern take of the aggressive soundtrack of the previous Blitz titles. We wanted the modern day high energy sound while trying to avoid cliché. The soundtrack ended up being a combination of NU School rock and Dubstep. We wanted a Blitz Theme so we worked with a cutting edge Dubstep composer named Josh Money who is currently sharing the Beatport.com Top Ten with other big names like Skrillex and Nero.

From a sound design perspective, Jesse did a six month overhaul on sound design; over 1,600 original audio elements were blended together to create the over-the-top tackles, power ups, special moves and user interface. In Blitz, if it is a big move it has a bass blasting Hollywood style sound assigned to it; for instance, the tackle sounds were combinations of vocal grunts from mixed martial arts fighters blended with Foley of baseball bats slamming into football pads and a small sprinkling of military munitions for extra pop.

Crowd sounds were recorded in 5.1 in real stadiums from real games in 2011. We wanted to really immerse the players in a football experience in a cinematic fashion.

The mix is also custom-tailored for a home theater experience. Many elements panned out in full surround sound and we make good use of those sub-frequencies, too. Everything from the pregame Jet Flybys (created by DICE Sound Designer Ben Minto working on Battlefield), the roar of a 100,000 fans, commentary that will leave you in stitches and the hardest hitting football hits ever is in this Blitz. It’s loud, it’s over-the-top and it’s all in the game.

Game: NFL BlitzReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 5 - View All
04:59 AM - December 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Tony Hawk tweeted this.

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I'll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.

If this is a new Tony Hawk game, what do you hope has improved?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
05:24 PM - December 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For the curious, EA Sports' NBA Sim is still on track for 2012.

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As for any the rumors that the game was delayed an extra year, not due to development time, but because of the NBA lockout and the negative impact the work stoppage might have on sales ("NBA 2K12" sales have been crippled compared to last year), Wilson said the lockout had nothing to do with their plans.

"We had decided that we needed a longer amount of time to develop the NBA game and to make sure we were delivering a true AAA EA Sports title," Wilson explained. "We decided long ago that 2012 was the right time for us, long before the lockout, and I think once people see what we're developing, they'll agree that the extra time really paid off."

Source - EA's NBA sim still on track for 2012 (ESPN The Gamer)

Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3
04:03 PM - December 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NFL BlitzReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 5 - View All
03:41 PM - December 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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In a video preview for this weekend’s hotly anticipated UFC 140, THQ and UFC Undisputed 3 have ran 25 AI simulations of the World Light Heavyweight Championship between the great Lyota ‘The Dragon’ Machida and the 24 year old phenom Jon ‘Bones’ Jones—with Jones retaining his belt 72% of the time.

Some interesting facts from the simulation:
  • Jones landed 42% more strikes than Machida
  • Machida only recorded a single knockout over the 25 matches
  • Of Jone’s wins, just one was by submission
Be sure to check out the simulation for even more facts and statistics from the 25 matches, and make sure to tune in to UFC 140 this Saturday, live from Toronto, Canada. Look for UFC Undisputed 3 to throw a few spinning elbows as it barrels into stores February 14 on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 11 - View All
Monday, December 5, 2011
09:41 PM - December 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Konami has released the details for the upcoming PES 2012 patch.

As a result of continuous feedback from our users we’ve once again worked on certain improvements to the performance of goalkeepers, this time stopping balls from long-distance shots.

We’ve also added the option to search for opponents based on their pass support settings, which will replace Friendly Match or Player Match (depending on version) in Quick Match mode. The Speed Star skill card will also be adjusted to improve realism.

We have also been able to identify some minor issues which occur on very specific occasions. Our commitment is to continue to deliver the best football experience to all our fans, so the next patch will also fix the following:
  • Issues with one or more players given a red card in a match, but 11 players available after loading formation
  • In the myPES application, we have corrected the situation where a draw result is given after win/lose on the penalties
  • Occasionally meaningless numbers were appearing when accessing the Community menu from the Community Card list
  • Formation data in the Formation settings on the Game Plan screen can only be saved from the P1 controller
  • Game data can be saved/loaded for both sides if you exit the Data Management menu while your opponent is saving/loading the game data and then enter the Data Management menu again on the Game Plan screen
  • Also, some situations where the game was hanging out or freezing have been solved. Included those on the Online, Become a Legend and Edition modes, and while selecting some Game Plan combinations.

Source - PES 2012 Gets Another Update (Konami)

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
Sunday, December 4, 2011

For those of you not reading the comments in the MLB 12 The Show screenshots thread. Russell has sprinkled in some early tidbits of information from the game. Check them out below.
  • 14 new umpires with all new personalities
  • Fielders will close their gloves on catches
  • New cleats

Game: MLB 12 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3Votes: 53 - View All
Saturday, December 3, 2011
09:17 PM - December 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Eric Boenisch has stated the next NBA 2K12 patch will arrive before Christmas, with frequent roster updates coming, over the next 3 weeks. As everyone knows by now, rookies cannot be placed into the game, until they sign their contracts with their respective teams.

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Roster updates will come more frequently than they have in the past, Boenisch said, accounting for both the influx of rookie players and any changes in free agency or pre-season trades, which began on Wednesday. Instead of waiting until the final day before the regular season tip-off, Boenisch said the game will push roster updates as frequently as possible over the next three weeks. That kind of update comes totally through the 2K Sports server and isn't subject to the kind of review Microsoft or Sony has for a game patch or title update. A patch still is coming before Dec. 25, Boenisch said, but he held off on committing to a specific date.

Source - The Lockout’s End Brings Peace to NBA 2K’s Holiday Season (Kotaku)

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 101 - View All
Friday, December 2, 2011
07:04 PM - December 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Check out the key stat breakdown for Bisping vs. Mayhem, using data and video, pulled from UFC Undisputed 3.


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Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All

Make sure you are listening to The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show tonight at 11 EST. ExtremeGamer will be on the air!

For a chance to win WWE 12, just click here and follow the simple directions.

If you missed it "Live", click here for the audio on demand.

Game: WWE '12Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 26 - View All
04:36 AM - December 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted some more SSX screenshots.

Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Thursday, December 1, 2011
03:32 PM - December 1, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out all the Madden NFL 12 roster rating changes for week 13. These rosters will be available tomorrow morning.

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There are well over 500+ transactions, player equipment updates, and player rating adjustments that went into this update for the online rosters. Huge update for you guys after a big Thanksgiving weekend of games!

The biggest movers from Week 12 on the positive side are OL Maurice Hurt (WAS) with a 5 point boost this week (now 67 overall), LB Aaron Maybin (NYJ) going +5 to 68 overall, OL Marshall Newhouse (GB) going up +4 to a 69 overall, LB Connor Barwin (HOU) goes up +4 to 82 overall, WR Victor Cruz (NYG) going up 3 points to 82, DL Dave Ball (TEN) going up +3 to a 83 and finally, P Shane Lechler (OAK) going up +1 to a 99 overall.

Some of the biggest movers on the negative side are OL Kareem McKenzie (from 88 to 85 overall), OL Steve Hutchinson (MIN) down 2 points to 85 overall, WR Braylon Edwards goes down 2 points to a 80 overall, DL Fred Robbins (from 82 to 79 overall) and DB Nate Allen (from 75 to 75 overall).

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
04:44 AM - November 30, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Designer, Yuri Bialoskursky has posted another NFL Blitz blog. This one covers the Blitz store.

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It's the time of the year when shopping seems to be on everyone's mind, and I'm definitely no different. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, 2-day sales, whatever the case may be, people are lined up and ready to spend their hard earned cash on cool stuff for both their loved ones and themselves. Luckily, in NFL Blitz you won't have to spend a dime (outside of initially buying the game, of course!) in order to enjoy your very own shopping spree in our Blitz Store.

Before we get to that though, we need to talk about Blitz Bucks and how you can get your hands on some. If you've been reading my blogs or watching my videos over the last few weeks, you may have heard me mention Blitz Bucks from time to time, and then never explain what they were or how to get them... I'm a jerk like that, I know, but that all changes today.

Blitz Bucks are what we use as our currency in NFL Blitz, and what we reward you with at the end of every online game. The number of Blitz Bucks you can earn is based on few different things, but how well you perform in the games you play is by far the most important. In every game there are a number of stat categories that we track and display for you at both halftime and at the end of the game. Each of these stat categories can only be won by either you or your opponent, and the more categories you win, the more Blitz Bucks you earn. Of course the easiest way to earn a big chunk of Blitz Bucks is to simply win the game, but don't worry, even the losers will get something. Another way to increase the number of Blitz Bucks you get at the end of the game is to take advantage of the Daily Bonus. Yup, we reward you for simply doing what you'll probably be doing anyway, and that's playing NFL Blitz. The Daily Bonus will increase as long as you complete one online game of NFL Blitz every day for up to seven days.

Game: NFL BlitzReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 5 - View All