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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, July 28, 2011
04:55 PM - July 28, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

CVG has posted some Forza Motorsport 4 screenshots, along with the embedded video (above), while G4TV has posted this Forza Motorsport 4 hands-on preview.

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Picture your car - the one you own right now, the one you first owned, or the one you hope to own someday - racing along the Bernese Alps. It swings along the edge of a cliff face on an impossibly tight corner, and as you look forward you see a drop-off; thousands of feet below and all around you, a valley of snow shines brilliant white. If that sounds like a commercial, it's because that's exactly how I felt watching the Forza 4 demo.

All Forza 4 tracks look to be a dream for those of us who ever watched an advertisement for the latest, greatest model and thought how much fun it would be to own that car, if only we could drive those winding roads and see those larger-than-life sights. The tracks are fictional, as are some of the locations, but their inspiration comes from real-life wonders. The new graphics and lighting engine in particular help bring out a ridiculous level of detail in both the environment and the cars themselves.

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
05:10 PM - July 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
05:04 PM - July 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 25 - View All
04:51 PM - July 27, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Jon Robinson of ESPN The Gamer takes us through the team overall ratings for the NFC West in Madden NFL 12.

Arizona Cardinals: 70
If you have the Cardinals in your "Lowest Rated Team in 'Madden 12'" pool, congratulations, you're the big winner. Playing as Arizona, your best bet is throwing to former cover star Larry Fitzgerald and getting the ball to LaRod Stephens-Howling in space. With 93 speed, Stephens-Howling can make people miss and take it to the house on any play.

San Francisco 49ers: 77
The 49ers just signed Alex Smith to be their starter in real life, but in "Madden 12," the Colin Kaepernick era has already started thanks to the rookie's impressive 85 speed, 81 acceleration, 92 throwing power, and 75 throwing accuracy. Gamers can definitely find ways to win with a quarterback like that.

St. Louis Rams: 78
With fast receivers like Donnie Avery (96 speed) and Laurent Robinson (92 speed) stretching the field, Steven Jackson (94 overall, 87 speed, 90 acceleration) should have plenty of running lanes opening up underneath.

Seattle Seahawks: 76
Marshawn Lynch went into beast mode during the playoffs, and his numbers reflect his effort as the back boasts 96 trucking power. Look for Mike Williams to also make an impact as he's the type of big receiver that has dominated "Madden" throughout the years (and his 95 spectacular catch rating doesn't hurt, either).

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All

EA Sports has clarified the new CBA rules for Madden NFL 12 will not make it in this year. They also noted that updated rosters with all free agent moves will be available at launch.

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Due to the new CBA being implemented so late in our development cycle, we were unable to include the new CBA rules in Madden NFL 12.

Others have been asking if we would be able to patch the new CBA rules in after launch...

Due to the complex nature of the new rules and the current structure of in-game data and AI, we're not able to patch in the new CBA rules.

For those of you asking, there will be a full downloadable roster update at launch that will reflect all the various free agency changes.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
11:53 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NCAA FOOTBALL 12 KICKS OFF TO RECORD START AT RETAIL

First Two Weeks Sales Up 17 Percent Over Last Year

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - July 26, 2011 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that NCAA® Football 12 generated its largest first two weeks at retail (July 12 – July 26) on Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 platforms in franchise history. Based on internal estimates, after two weeks of sales NCAA Football 12 is up 17 percent year-on-year with more than 700,000 units sold through.

“We’re extremely pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response to NCAA Football 12 by both critics and college football fans alike,” said Peter Moore, President of EA SPORTS. “The team at Tiburon has created the ultimate college football experience which is evident at retail where the game is flying off the shelves.”

Critics and fans have applauded the level of depth and authenticity in NCAA Football 12, thanks to features like the enhanced Dynasty mode, which allows fans to climb the ranks of the coaching ladder on a mission to lead their team to the coveted national championship. While all-new pre-game traditions, like the Sooner Schooner (Oklahoma), Ramblin’ Wreck (Georgia Tech) and Traveler with Trojan Rider (USC) deliver the pride and pageantry of game day Saturday like never before. New York Times stated “NCAA Football 12 is entertaining and immersive”, while Game Informer rated it 9 out of 10.

NCAA Football 12 has reached a series of gameplay milestones, including:
  • More than 870,000 online game sessions have been played – the equivalent of approximately 600 NCAA FBS college football regular seasons.
  • More than 50,000 Online Dynasties have been created, consisting of more than 100,000 user-controlled teams.
  • Fans have created more than one million custom teams using the TeamBuilder website, the online create-a-school feature.
NCAA Football 12 is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. NCAA Football 12 has been rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB. NCAA Football 12 is developed in Orlando, Fla., by EA Tiburon, and licensed through collegiate trademark agency The Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG Worldwide.

For more information, please visit http://www.ea.com/ncaa-football.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 100 - View All
11:29 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy of http://www.amazon.com/Madden-NFL-12-...=operasport-20 and receive a $20 credit.

Madden NFL 12 (PS3) users can get in on the deal, by http://www.amazon.com/Madden-NFL-12-...=operasport-20.

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$20 Credit Plus Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order NHL 12 and receive 3 digital issues of the Hockey News online in September 2011 as well as a $20 Amazon credit good toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. A promotional code to access Hockey News online will be emailed to your Amazon.com account on the day the product ships. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. This offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
08:47 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Money99. Written by Steve Noah

Head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy of http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B004WL4LWQ and receive a $20 credit.

NHL 12 (PS3) users can get in on the deal, by http://www.amazon.com/NHL-12-Playsta...=operasport-20.

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$20 Credit Plus Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order NHL 12 and receive 3 digital issues of the Hockey News online in September 2011 as well as a $20 Amazon credit good toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. A promotional code to access Hockey News online will be emailed to your Amazon.com account on the day the product ships. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. This offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
06:59 PM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Madden NFL 12 demo will feature the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears. Other details below.
  • 5 minute quarters
  • Adjustable skill level
  • No commentary
  • Available on 360 and PS3 on August 9th

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:47 AM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kotaku recently had a chance to play the Wii version of Madden NFL 12. It seems EA Sports is bringing the old school Tecmo Bowl control system.

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He told me the game had new control schemes, including Tecmo Bowl-inspired controls. He told me about the latest graphics overhaul, a new Achievements-like system and improved television-network-style presentation. He even dropped in one of those great lines you can only make about a Wii game: we decided to add referees back. Really!

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:40 AM - July 26, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

Game: F1 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Monday, July 25, 2011
09:15 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Philadelphia Eagles

Gun Bunch Wk-Empty Philly Under

When QB Mike Vick took over as the starter, the Eagles at times they looked unstoppable. With Vick, wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jermey Maclin, TE Brent Celek and HB LeSean McCoy, opposing defensive coordinators had nightmares trying to figure out how to slow them down. Add in Head Coach Andy Reid's exotic schemes on offense and you often saw many big plays by the Eagles' offense. In this play the Eagles line up in a basic shotgun bunch formation except that the HB (McCoy) lines up outside the bunch set as a flanker. He will be the primary receiver running a drag route as the bunch receivers run a variety of routes down the field which should create an opening for an easy completion underneath.


New York Giants

5-2 Normal Pinch

The New York Giants have good depth on the defensive line and will occasionally use defensive fronts that put five defensive linemen in the game. 5-2 Normal Pinch is a six man pressure scheme that calls for all five defensive linemen to rush as well as a linebacker. The secondary plays man to man coverage.


Dallas Cowboys

Singleback Jumbo-Cowboy Post

Despite having injuries to several key players and a mid-season coaching change, the Cowboys were still a threat every week to light up the scoreboard. Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett loves to utilize a variety of formations and personnel to keep his offense balanced. One of those formations is the Singleback Jumbo set which features 3 Tight Ends, 1 WR and 1 RB. This is primarily a running set, but the Cowboys love to take shots down the field to WR Miles Austin out of this look. On this play, Austin runs a post route while the TE to his side runs a crossing route hoping to draw coverage his way and creating a hole for QB Tony Romo to find Austin.


Washington Redskins

Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl FS 3 Seam

The Washington Redskins defensively employ lots of exotic looks on third down passing situations. This is done to confuse the offense as to which defenders are rushing. Nickel 2-4-5 Prowl FS 3 Seam is a play that caters to this tendency of the Redskins.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
08:08 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
07:12 PM - July 25, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 25 - View All