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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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Thursday, October 27, 2011
10:20 AM - October 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Donny Moore has posted details on the Madden NFL 12 week 8 roster update, which are available now.

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There are well over 360+ transactions, player equipment updates, and player rating adjustments that went into this update for the online rosters.

The biggest movers from Week 7 on the positive side are K Josh Scobee (JAX) with a 4 point boost this week (now 85 overall), LB K.J. Wright (SEA) going +3 to 73 overall, DL Red Bryant (SEA) going up +3 to a 81 overall, DL Steve McLendon (PIT) goes up +4 to 69 overall, OL Brian De La Puente (NO) going up 5 points to 73, DL Jared Allen (MIN) going up +2 to a 98 (one point away from Club 99) and finally, S Kendrick Lewis (KC) going up +3 to a 78 overall.

Some of the biggest movers on the negative side are LB Barrett Rudd (from 86 to 83 overall), LB Kavell Conner goes down 2 points to a 77 overall, HB Chris Johnson (from 93 to 89 overall) and QB Carson Palmer (from 84 to 82 overall).

Your thoughts on the updates?

I noticed DeMarco Murray went from a 71 to 78, Cam Newton from an 83 to 85.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
04:16 PM - October 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Need for Speed The RunReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii / PC / 3DSVotes: 3 - View All
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
04:30 PM - October 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Da_Czar has checked in with this NBA 2K12 Play of the Day video, featuring the Detroit Pistons.


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Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 101 - View All
Monday, October 24, 2011
03:33 PM - October 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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The Grand Slam Tennis 2 roster includes Federer, Nadal, Murray, Tsonga, Serena, Sharapova, Borg, McEnroe, Djokovic, Stich, Roddick, Becker, Davenport, Hewitt, Henin, Cash, Venus, Evert, Nishikori, Edberg, Sampras, Ivanovic and Navratilova.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
08:46 AM - October 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
FANS SELECT RICKIE FOWLER AND RORY MCILROY TO JOIN TIGER WOODS
ON COVER OF TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 13

Fan Engagement and Social Media Campaigns Help Drive More Than 250,000
Fan Votes During Three-Week Facebook Contest

October 24, 2011 – EA SPORTS™ announced today that Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy have been selected by the fans to join Tiger Woods on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 13 in North America and Europe, respectively. Their victories come on the heels of a three week voting contest that sparked debates amongst golf enthusiasts and campaigning by the world’s top golfers through their personal social media channels. During the final week of voting, Rickie Fowler defeated Bubba Watson by a final margin of 52% to 48% to win the American side of the bracket in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 Match Play cover vote, while Rory McIlroy defeated Luke Donald by a final margin of 54% to 46% to win the European side.

Similar to previous EA SPORTS cover athlete votes for Madden NFL and NCAA Football, community reaction to the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 Match Play cover vote was overwhelmingly positive for providing fans an opportunity to decide who they think should be on the cover. Showing tremendous enthusiasm and engagement throughout the three week contest, fans cast more than 250,000 votes from over 35 countries around the world.

“Over the past several weeks we’ve been thrilled to witness the passion of our fans for this competition as well as the golfers who have actively rallied their fan base for this unique honor,” EA SPORTS Marketing Director Craig Evans said. “Fan engagement has been critical to the development and success of the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise over the past decade and it’s great to see so many fans excited about the cover vote and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13.”

From October 3 through October 23, fans of the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Facebook page participated in a “match play” style cover vote, choosing from 16 of the best golfers from around the world to find both an American and European representative to join Tiger Woods on the cover of the next iteration of the popular golf franchise in their respective region.

“Appearing on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 was an amazing experience and helped introduce me to a whole new fan base around the world,” said Rory McIlroy. “But this year holds special meaning because it was the fans who decided to put me on the cover once again.”

“For someone that grew up playing Tiger Woods PGA TOUR and is a huge fan of the franchise, this is a great moment in my career,” said Rickie Fowler. “I’m excited to join Tiger on the cover of this year’s game and want to especially thank all of my fans who spread the word and voted for me.”

Cover art for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13, featuring Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy alongside Tiger Woods in their respective regions, will be released in November.

“There have been a number of great young and up-and-coming golfers to join the sport over the last few years and Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy are certainly on that list,” said Tiger Woods. “Their wins are a testament to their passionate fan base and I’m looking forward to having Rickie and Rory join me on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13.”

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 will once again provide fans the opportunity to play on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club and will feature all-new experiences around Tiger Woods’ memorable golf accomplishments throughout his lifetime and will be the first controller-free, voice-enabled and body tracking sports simulation game to support the Kinect™ motion control system for the Xbox 360® videogame system from Microsoft.

In addition to the standard edition game, there will also be a Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13: The Masters Collector’s Edition available. This collector’s edition will have its own unique box art and expanded features including all the courses and features available in the standard edition, plus five additional golf courses, Augusta National’s world-class Tournament Practice Facility, and much more.

Over the past two decades, EA SPORTS has introduced a series of immersive and authentic golf experiences across a variety of game platforms that has helped expand the popularity of the sport amongst fans. The EA SPORTS golf product portfolio includes the award-winning Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online and EA SPORTS PGA TOUR® Golf Challenge for Facebook.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 10 - View All
04:49 AM - October 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new EA Sports FIFA Street screenshots.

Product Positioning
A fun, authentic street soccer game that replicates the way the game is played all over the world.

Description
From the creators of the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, and inspired by street soccer players from around the world, FIFA Street is the most authentic street soccer game ever made. Enjoy a unique, fun experience where everything from the environments to the gear to the music is true to street soccer and its culture. Powered by the revolutionary FIFA gameplay engine, and introducing Street Ball Control, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of groundbreaking street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles. Whether performing one panna after another without breaking a sweat the way the game is played in Amsterdam, or a physical, fight-for-possession style the way players compete in London, fans will enjoy a superior fidelity of ball control and responsiveness than anything ever experienced. Compete everywhere from parking lots and parks to prestigious 5v5 futsal-style tournaments in the world’s biggest cities. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world—or real-life street players—and compete at more than 35 locations in the world.

Key Features
  • Complete Authenticity—The most authentic street soccer game ever created replicates the way the game is played by players all over the world. Everything from the environments to the gear to the music is true to the sport and its culture.
  • Street Ball Control— Enjoy a superior fidelity of ball control and responsiveness than anything ever experienced. Street Ball Control replicates the touch, creativity and flair players bring to the streets. Take on the challenge of beating—and embarrassing!—your opponent in one-on-one battles, utilizing new dribble styles, and an arsenal of new skill moves.
  • Standing Dribble—Bait and beat opponents in one-on-one battles! From a stationary position, maneuver the ball backwards, forwards and side-to-side to lure an opponent into making the first move, and then launch a counter move by beating him with a panna or trick move.
  • Street Dribble—An evolution on FIFA 12’s Precision Dribbling, Street Dribble puts your players in position to face opponents at any moment, lets you deftly maneuver while keeping them on their heels, and puts you in a more dangerous scoring position. Utilize close dribble touches in tight spaces, under pressure, and even while fending off an opponent.
  • All-New Skill Moves—Over 50 never-before-experienced skill moves to beat your opponents and look good doing it.
  • Aerial Skills—Get the ball off the ground and make your move. Show your flair by juggling, fool a defender with a pass or shot, or pull off a skill move that leaves them watching.
  • World Tour— A connected, social game mode that enables you to create yourself in game, build your own team of street stars, and progress to become the best street team in the world. Compete in 16 different tournaments and complete 20 different challenges to progress from your local level to national-level, then European and ultimately world-stage tournaments. Earn over 100 different styles, tricks & celebrations to grow your player to compete with more style and flair. Plus, unlock over 225 items for your squad, including team kits, street wear, boots, environments and teams.
  • Tournaments—Compete in 16 different tournaments. Play connected, against teams created by other FIFA Street gamers—all grown based on the gamers’ own style and preferences. Step up your game by not just playing against other gamers’ teams–-but against other gamers, head-to-head online. All tournaments feature social leaderboards to compare against your friends.
  • Street Challenges—Complete 20 street challenges to get the chance to bring other players onto your squad—including real-world street players, or stars from your favourite clubs. Play with or against 1-4 players with varying game rules including Panna Rules (score by kicking the ball through your opponent’s legs), Entertainment Points (win by entertaining the crowds), and Last Man Standing (score, lose a man and be the first to lose all your guys). Each challenge has its own leaderboard so you can compare your best score or time with your friends.
  • Own the Street—From parking lots and parks to gyms and rooftop arenas, FIFA Street will feature cool and unique environments, including iconic locales like Rio de Janeiro, London, Amsterdam and New York.
  • Complete Customization— Enjoy customizable matches to replicate the unique ways the game is played around the world, including the number of players, and match types. Take on the challenge of performing trick moves and panna’s in a game in Amsterdam, futsal-style matches with no wall play in Spain, or a physical 5v5 contest in the UK.
  • FIFA Gameplay Engine—FIFA Street utilizes the best features from the critically-acclaimed FIFA gameplay engine, including the Impact Engine, Precision Dribbling, Personality+ and more.
  • Licensed Content—Featuring stars of Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and many of the top clubs in the world. Play with Rooney, Kaka, and many of your favorite players decked out in authentic kits, training gear and street gear.
  • Street Stars—Introducing real street stars plucked from streets all over the world. Play with and against freestylers who compete in the real-world tournaments.
  • EA SPORTS Football Club—From the first nutmeg on, you will be contributing to your EA SPORTS Football Club identity.
Product Specifications
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Developer: EA Canada
Street Date: March 2012
Rating: Not yet rated
Platforms: PLAYSTATION®3/ Xbox 360®
Website: http://easportsfootball.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/easportsfifa.

Game: EA Sports FIFA StreetReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
04:47 AM - October 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new FIFA 12 screenshots for the PS Vita.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS VitaVotes: 14 - View All
Saturday, October 22, 2011
10:46 PM - October 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Da_Czar has checked in with NBA 2K12 strategy session #8. This one goes over the coach profile settings.


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Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / iOSVotes: 101 - View All
Friday, October 21, 2011
03:27 PM - October 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Helison, over at TSO, just posted part 1 of his Forza Motorsport 4 tips and thoughts. Have any tips of your own? Post them here.

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You’ll find that if you practice a track with a car you’re intending to run there for a race, you’ll pick up on specific issues that sometimes can have a simple fix… such as the way the back end comes out too easily on a certain corner, or it doesn’t have the speed you need on the straight, and you can tune the car to compensate for weaknesses it might have had otherwise.

I’ll take it a step further and say that if you just jump straight into a race that you’ve signed up for on Tradition or Realistic Racing (without practicing first) you’re sort of doing the other drivers a disservice, as we aim for a realistic, fair race without many accidents. That becomes difficult to accomplish when some people in the field don’t know the track or how their car will drive on it.

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
09:01 AM - October 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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SSX has a release date set for February 14, 2012.

Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Thursday, October 20, 2011
04:41 PM - October 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports released another NHL 12 tuner update this morning. Check below for the details.

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We have released a new tuner this morning. The tuning file is an update to v1.02 to help out with goalie grading.

----v1.02 Updated----
1) Slightly decreased medium hit interference penalties in all modes except for OTP/Clubs. Overall they are higher than when we shipped with, but lower than the v1.01 update as well as lower than what is currently in OTP/clubs. This will help with the CPU players being called for interference and putting you down a man.

2) Adjusted online and offline Be a Pro goalie stat grade ratings so they are more generous. Please note that the starting grade is a C+ so the grades go up/down from there

Offline:
Each save is now worth 3.3 points towards your raw grade value
Each goal against is now a 9 point reduction

Online:
Each save is now worth 5 points towards your raw grade value
Each goal against is now a 9 point reduction

----v1.02----
1) Reduced effectiveness of hip checks to Versus and HUT, previously this was only applied to OTP/Clubs

2) Decreased distance traveled when diving for a poke check because it was too effective in certain situations (applies to all online and offline modes)

----v1.01----
V1.01 (effects all modes, except offline with V1.00)
-Small adjustment to goalie hug post to reduce vulnerability to far side goals coming around the net
-Small adjustment to guard the near post on shots
-Increase skating friction while doing protect puck (pretty small amount)
-Reduce stick lift penalties (hitting the hands is not a penalty now in some situations)

OTP Specific Changes:
- Made hip checks ineffective to prevent exploit

-Call interference on medium hits more strictly
-Make poke check radius slightly larger

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
04:31 PM - October 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Need for Speed The RunReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii / PC / 3DSVotes: 3 - View All
03:13 PM - October 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

ESPN has posted the UFC Undisputed 3 rosters for the bantamweights.
  • Antonio Banuelos
  • Brad Pickett
  • Brian Bowles
  • Charlie Valencia
  • Chris Cariaso
  • Damacio Page
  • Demetrious Johnson
  • Dominick Cruz
  • Eddie Wineland
  • Joseph Benavidez
  • Miguel Angel Torres
  • Norifumi Yamamoto
  • Renan Barao
  • Scott Jorgensen
  • Takeya Mizugaki
  • Urijah Faber
Head on over to ESPN for more UFC Undisputed 3 screenshots and details on the roster.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
04:40 AM - October 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FIFA 12 is outselling PES 2012 25-1, according to Gamerzines.

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And when you look at Pro Evolution Soccer versus FIFA, only five years ago in the UK PES was outselling FIFA. On its first weekend like-for-like we've just outsold PES by 25 times.

"That's a sign of the momentum and the fanbase and community behind FIFA, and let's be clear, an absolutely kick-arse game. It's unbelievable.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All