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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
12:40 PM - April 17, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Let us all congratulate Leftos as he has officially taken a position at 2K Sports on the NBA 2K development team. As most of you are aware, he is well known for his work at NLSC. Creating all sorts of different mods for the NBA 2K series over there and also offering a helping hand over here. He will truly be a huge addition to the team.

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 75 - View All
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
03:49 AM - April 16, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Get a glimpse GRID 2 Multiplayer Redefined powered by RaceNet and featuring members of the GRID 2 Community.

Whether players want to dive into a quick race online or in two-player split-screen, specialise in their favourite event or become one of the best cross-discipline racers in the world, GRID 2 offers a multiplayer experience that revolves around the gamer's play style and choices. GRID 2's wide-range of game modes can be played online with up to 12 players, including custom races based on player preferences and choosing from pre-defined playlists to jump straight into the action. Players can modify their cars with upgrades and make their mark on the grid by customising their car with a simple yet powerful livery editor which offers up to 6 billion different combinations. New anti-griefing technology includes player grouping, so gamers who like to trade paint will be brought together online whilst clean racers are more likely to find similar drivers in their online sessions.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
Monday, April 15, 2013
10:51 AM - April 15, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

A few days ago, we mentioned more DLC was on the way for Forza Horizon. More details have leaked out, courtesy of Daily Motion, as they have posted the trailer for the Forza Horizon '1000 Club Expansion Pack' which will add over 1000 new challenges and best of all, it's going to be free.

Game: Forza HorizonReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 7 - View All
09:12 AM - April 15, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Beginning April 22, 2013, fans around the world can once again shape the face of the world’s #1 hockey video game franchise when the second annual EA SPORTS NHL® Cover Vote Campaign launches on NHL.com/covervote.

In its inaugural year, the EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Campaign generated more than 25 million fan votes, culminating with Philadelphia Flyers Captain Claude Giroux landing on the NHL 13 cover.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 6 - View All
08:48 AM - April 15, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Electronic Arts Inc. announced today the breakthrough features for EA SPORTS NHL®14 that are set to unleash the aggression, speed and skill of NHL hockey through the best technology of this console generation that EA SPORTS has to offer. Deliver game-changing hits with cutting-edge NHL® Collision Physics, built from EA SPORTS FIFA’s revolutionary Player Impact Engine. Drop the gloves with the all-new Enforcer Engine, powered by the same technology used in the critically acclaimed Fight Night franchise. Experience a new level of speed and control with the second season of the critically-acclaimed True Performance Skating engine, and dangle defenders with all-new One-Touch Dekes. In addition, fans can Live the Life of an NHL player in an all-new incarnation of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now featuring on and off-ice elements. NHL 14 will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. NHL 14 releases on September 10, 2013 in North America and September 13, 2013 in Europe.

“We’re very proud of the history of innovation that the EA SPORTS NHL franchise has produced on this console generation, and this year we’re amplifying that innovation by leveraging technology from teams like FIFA and Fight Night,” says Dean Richards, General Manager, NHL, EA SPORTS. “This year fans will feel the speed, skill and aggression of NHL hockey like never before, powered by some of the best EA SPORTS technology to create the best game we could ever imagine.”

The NHL 14 official trailer can be found here.

NHL 14 Features
  • NHL® Collision Physics – Developed from the same core technology that powers EA SPORTS FIFA’s critically-acclaimed Player Impact Engine, NHL® Collision Physics introduces bigger, more thrilling hits, and truer-to-life collisions. A new left-stick control scheme makes delivering a game-changing hit simpler and more rewarding than ever.

  • Enforcer Engine – Powered by the same technology used in the critically acclaimed Fight Night franchise, NHL 14 will bring a brand new third-person presentation to showcase the anatomy of a fight. All players on the ice (human or CPU) remain live from the drop of the gloves to the trip to the penalty box, with no break in the action. This new technology delivers, for the first time in the EA SPORTS NHL franchise, true size and strength differentiation between players, new jostling mechanics and much more to create the most authentic and electrifying experience yet.

  • True Performance Skating – Built on the breakthrough innovation that introduced physics-based skating and over 1,000 new skating animations to the EA SPORTS NHL franchise. The second year of the True Performance Skating features improved acceleration, explosive first-strides, quicker pivots and enhanced lateral skating, resulting in greater player responsiveness and unprecedented control.

  • One-Touch Dekes – Experience what it feels like to be a superstar through a new, more responsive deking system controlled only with the left stick and one-button. From beginner to advanced gamers, the system allows for quicker reactive dekes and intuitive combination dekes, creating more moves than ever before.

  • Live the Life – The new incarnation of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now you can truly Live the Life of an NHL player. On or off the ice, every decision you make shapes your legacy as an athlete. Interact with teammates outside of the rink. Take part in media interviews. Each choice you make will affect your relationship with fans, teammates and management, influencing your skills and progression.

  • HUT & EASHL Online Seasons – NHL 14 adds the best-in-class promotion and relegation system in the sports category to the Hockey Ultimate Team & EA SPORTS Hockey League modes. Win games and advance to the next division to face tougher competition, fall short and see your team bumped down. Teams will be able to track their progress across multiple seasons.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.



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Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Sports / Xbox 360Votes: 19 - View All
Saturday, April 13, 2013
02:18 PM - April 13, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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The Real Racing 3 Chevrolet update is available now for iOS devices. Coming soon to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The features are listed below.
  • New manufacturer – Chevrolet! The Cobalt SS and the Camaro ZL1 join the lineup
  • New event type – Hunter! Chase down the hunted car and overtake within one lap
  • 100+ new events! Total number of events now exceeds 1,000!
  • Cloud Save functionality! Transfer your save data between devices
  • New social features! See who is online and compare how your friends are doing with the statistics leaderboard
  • Check your TSM mailbox for the latest friend notifications
  • Improved tutorial and main menu
  • Numerous additional improvements, fixes, and performance optimizations

Game: Real Racing 3Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOSVotes: 1 - View All
02:03 PM - April 13, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another Forza Horizon title update has arrived which addresses a number of issues that players have been experiencing with the game.
  • Fixing bogus times posted on various Forza Horizon leaderboards. These leaderboard events include Edifice Carson Challenge, Montano Plains Stage 4, as well as a number of street races, among others. All bogus times have been removed from the affected leaderboards.
  • A Photo Mode bug that prevented reflection maps from appearing on cars if the photo was taken when the player entered Photo Mode from either the cockpit, hood, or bumper game cameras. This bug was spotted by Forza community member Mattia Casa. Grazie mille, Mattia!
  • Also in the “You Talk, We Listen” department, we have reduced the frequency of Alice Hart’s voiceover lines, specifically the ones where she reminds you to spend your credits on cars. We still love Alice, but we’ll be hearing less from her from now on.
  • You can now purchase the “Fast Travel Anywhere” feature in Forza Horizon. The “Fast Travel Anywhere” feature unlocks the ability to instantly travel anywhere on the map, not just to Horizon Outposts.
Other fixes include a bug that prevented upgraded cars from being de-optimized for eligibility in open-class Monthly Rivals events, as well as improvements to game stability when customizing shared cars at Outposts.

Game: Forza HorizonReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 7 - View All

The official GRID 2 YouTube channel has posted a very detailed video featuring Dubai, Algarve, Paris and information on multiplayer. The video is over an hour long.

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In this week's episode of GRID 2 Uncovered we are joined by Ian and Lee from RaceNet. In the show we drop all of the information on multiplayer, explaining how you'll be able to extend your experience via RaceNet. We also give you guys a world-first look at our livery editor before taking to the track and answering your questions.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
12:15 PM - April 13, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted some more MotoGP 13 screenshots featuring Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix - Laguna Seca, Gran Premio bwin de España - Jerez and Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Sepang.

Game: MotoGP 13Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS VitaVotes: 0 - View All
Friday, April 12, 2013
09:54 PM - April 12, 2013. Posted by TryHard_Nation. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest NCAA Football 14 screenshot, featuring the Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 50 - View All

It’s Episode 19 of the Press Row Podcast, a special Press Row One-on-One with NCAA Football 14 producer Ben Haumiller (@benhaumiller) and host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham). We talk all about the new physics engine in the game, the newest gameplay updates coming this fall, as well as some of the cool things and challenges that come to designing football games for a staggering variety of gamer.

This is the first of a series of shows we’ll do with Ben as NCAA Football 14 information comes out, so let us know what you think and send us some questions and thoughts you’d like us to ask Ben in the future.

Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too! The link is here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/o...563624090?mt=2

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 59 minutes

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 19 - View All
10:29 AM - April 12, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2012 college football season may now be over after the Alabama Crimson Tide claimed their second consecutive national championship, but college football never ends for Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast, hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode. Drab and Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, will continue to cover everything college football related this offseason with an opinionated and fast-paced show, discussing everything from coaching changes, recruiting, spring football and the NFL Draft, all from a fans perspective!

This week on Dual Threat, Drab and Bode touch on numerous topics, including the importance (or lack of importance) of college spring games, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops' comments regarding a potential "pay for play" system for college players, the latest in the Ed O'Bannon case, the early impressions of NCAA Football 2014 and what each guy is looking for in the next edition of the game, plus Auburn's latest allegations, Jadeveon Clowney sitting out the rest of the spring, and much, much more!

So give Dual Threat a listen in the embedded player below or click here, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and if you are a fan of the NFL Draft (and who isn't), be sure to check out their NFL Draft Preview Special! Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / SportsVotes: 19 - View All
10:08 AM - April 12, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NBA 2K13 roster update arrived this morning. It contains 1 player rating adjustment for Kevin Love, who is out for the season. Everything else was player injury specific. As always, thanks to The Real 2K Insider for his breakdown.

INJURED PLAYERS

MISSING
  • Taj Gibson (76/PF) Bulls - Has not played since 4/2
  • Anthony Davis (79/PF) Hornets - Will miss rest of the season
INCORRECT
  • Richard Hamilton (73/SG) Bulls - Returned 4/9
  • Raja Bell (71/SG) Free Agents - Was never hurt. Was "injured" because of buyout dispute.
NEW
  • C.J. Miles (68/SF) Cavaliers
  • Enes Kanter (65/C) Jazz
  • Kenyon Martin (76/PF) Knicks
  • Danilo Gallinari (77/SF) Nuggets
  • Boris Diaw (65/PF) Spurs
  • Wesley Matthews (77/SG) Trail Blazers
  • Bradley Beal (75/SG) Wizards
RECOVERED
  • Dion Waiters (77/SG) Cavaliers
  • Kevin Garnett (84/PF) Celtics
  • James Johnson (66/SF) Kings
  • Metta World Peace (71/SF) Lakers
  • Will Bynum (67/PG) Pistons
  • Royce White (67/PF) Rockets
  • Sasha Pavlovic (57/SF) Trail Blazers

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 75 - View All
09:46 AM - April 12, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Immerse yourself in a new world of multiplayer competition powered by RaceNet (www.racenet.com), the online extension for Codemasters Racing games which tracks your races, rivals and rewards. Two player split-screen and 12-player online races across GRID 2™’s diverse range of events are just the beginning. An entirely separate multiplayer campaign challenges you to earn XP and cash to unlock and purchase cars and upgrades with each and every race, with player choice at the heart of player progression. Stamp your own identity online by customising and modifying your car and experience a fair race every time with new anti-griefing techniques.

GRID 2’s deep integration with RaceNet means you always have a new challenge as you take on Rivals in up to nine exclusive weekly Global Challenges. With RaceNet you can track your challenges, rivals and progress in GRID 2 away from the game too – on your desktop, tablet or mobile device or via dedicated apps set to launch around release.

GRID 2 Multiplayer – more depth, more challenges, more rewarding.

GRID 2 Multiplayer Modes

Whether you want to dive into a quick race online or in split-screen, specialize in your favorite events or become one of the best cross-discipline racers in the world GRID 2 offers a multiplayer experience that revolves around your play style. GRID 2’s wide range of game modes can be played online with up to 12 player races, including custom races based on your own preferences and choosing from pre-defined playlists so you can jump straight into the action. This is just the start though – GRID 2 multiplayer offers an entirely distinct progression system, separate from career mode, offering depth and flexibility and progression as the best of modern online gaming comes to the racing genre powered by RaceNet.

Game modes: Race (Including LiveRoutes™), Endurance, Drift, Touge, Checkpoint, Face Off, Time Attack. Global Challenge events also includes Overtake and Power Lap.

RaceNet

RaceNet, Codemasters’ free online browser-based extension which tracks your races, rivals and rewards, launches fully with GRID 2 and is the beating heart of the game’s entirely separate multiplayer mode. RaceNet will go far beyond simply visualizing your progress in game and will provide players with new objectives, rivals and rewards for progress, so you always have a new challenge whenever you fire up GRID 2. You can also track community stats, leaderboards and participate in weekly Global Challenge events, earning RaceNet Awards and more for your achievements. RaceNet can also be accessed on your desktop, tablet or mobile device and with dedicated apps set to land around launch you can keep track of your GRID 2 activity wherever you are. Sign up today and get your account ready for launch by visiting www.racenet.com.

GRID 2 Rivals

Always have someone to play and always have a new challenge with the GRID 2 Rivals system, powered by RaceNet. GRID 2 features three types of Rivals:
  • Weekly Rival: RaceNet automatically selects a weekly rival for you to compete against based on your ability and activity in the game so you’ll always have a well-matched challenger.
  • Social Rival: Choose up to four Social Rivals from friends or players you’ve previously raced.
  • Custom Rival: Select your own parameters, for instance, on event type or geographical location. Desperate to beat a Croatian in a Drift event? We’re not here to ask why, we’re here to make that happen. GRID 2’s Rivals system means you always have a race that counts.
Global Challenge

Global Challenge is where your rivalries come to life in this brand new asynchronous game mode. Compete against Rivals even when they are offline and earn XP, Cash and RaceNet Followers (see below) as you compete in up to nine weekly Global Challenges selected from across GRID 2’s wide range of game modes and locations. You can track your progress in Global Challenge in-game and online through RaceNet.

RaceNet Followers

Perform on track and gain online fame and bragging rights by increasing your RaceNet Follower base. The better you perform, and the more objectives you complete, the larger the increase in Followers you’ll get. You can steal followers from Rivals by beating them in weekly Global Challenges. You can also gain followers on RaceNet by taking part in online events, participating in community challenges, completing RaceNet Objectives and you’ll also unlock RaceNet Rivals cards on the site to show off your follower achievements. RaceNet will also showcase players with most Followers online.

Anti-Griefing and Matchmaking

GRID 2 includes a range of under-the-hood measures to improve player’s racing experience online. Improved collision detection and collision ratings means players who enjoy trading paint will be grouped together and players who prefer a clean race are more likely to find sessions with one another. Corner cutting will also be penalized with performance downgrade applied until the advantage has passed to ensure a fair race.

Customization & Modification

Stamp your own identity online with a simple yet powerful tool which allows you to create your own paint jobs and choose wheels and sponsors. With up to 6 billion combinations, you’ll be able to make your mark on the grid. You can also upgrade your car by unlocking and purchasing performance modifications.

Social

Performed a sweet overtaking move or been involved in an epic crash? GRID 2 allows you to quickly upload highlights to YouTube and RaceNet from in-game and you can easily share your best videos through Facebook and Twitter.

GRID 2 MULTIPLAYER FEATURES:
  • Up to 12 player online racing
  • 2 player split-screen racing
  • Play up to 10 different events including LiveRoutes™
  • Full integration with RaceNet including planned dedicated apps – visit www.racenet.com for more.
  • Enjoy an entirely separate multiplayer game featuring deep progression – unlock new cars and modifications and you earn cash and XP
  • Always have someone to compete against with GRID 2 Rivals
  • Take your race with you with RaceNet apps set for release around launch
  • Customize and modify your vehicles
  • Anti-griefing technology ensures fair racing
  • Upload highlights to YouTube
Formats: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters Racing Studio
Genre: Racing
Releasing: May 28 2013

Below are some GRID 2 hands-on impressions from around the web.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All