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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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Monday, February 21, 2011
10:19 AM - February 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted over 20 new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters screenshots, including 3 from Augusta.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 15 - View All
10:14 AM - February 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Major New Features For FIFA 11 Ultimate Team Now Live

Over 50 improvements for FIFA 11 Ultimate Team

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 21, 2011 – EA SPORTS™ has launched globally two major new features— Play A Friend Challenge and Friends Leaderboards— plus over 50 improvements for FIFA 11 Ultimate Team, a massive online community of fans building, managing and competing with their ultimate football team in FIFA 11 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system. The features and improvements will be live in Asia on February 24.

FIFA 11 Ultimate Team is free-to-play* with a massive online community of more than two million fans. It is the most popular and successful DLC ever developed by EA SPORTS**. FIFA 11 Ultimate Team challenges community members to build a squad of the world's best footballers by earning coins from competing in weekly tournaments and then spending them on packs in the in-game store or as currency to bid for players in the very popular auction market both on console and the web app at http://www.easportsfootball.com/ultimateteam/play.

The FIFA 11 Ultimate Team title update released today features:

Play A Friend Challenge
  • Play A Friend Challenge enables you to test your skills against your friend’s Ultimate Team, even when your friend isn’t online. Take on your friend’s squad whenever you like with the CPU controlling their squad. Results are recorded and presented to your friend the next time they log on to their console. Now you can prove who has the best Ultimate Team whenever you are ready to play. Plus, when you return to your console, you can see who played your squad, left you a message, and challenge them to a rematch when you want to play.
Friends Leaderboards
  • Compare your progress in FIFA 11 Ultimate Team against friends automatically with personalized leaderboards. Catering to how you choose to play, you can now compete and compare your progress as a trader, expert team builder, top entrepreneur in the auctions, or owner of the most valuable club.
The update also includes over 50 additional refinements that were included based on the feedback from the FIFA community. Some of the additional changes include updates to the auctions to make it easier to track auctions or repost expired items, Power Passing assistance is switched off by default in online matches, and a number of general stability improvements. For a full list, please visit the News & Media section on http://www.easportsfootball.com.

Game: FIFA 11 Ultimate TeamReader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
Sunday, February 20, 2011
09:31 PM - February 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NASCAR The Game 2011Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 14 - View All
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kotaku's Owen Good explains why the NFL’s labor strife might be the best thing that happened to Madden.

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"It appears to be a win-win: EA Sports gets cash relief in a year when it's telling investors that its flagship title may take a dive at the cash register because of the league's overall woes. The NFL can kick the can down the road another year and negotiate this license when its product is a lot stronger.

But when the league does sit down with EA Sports, or anyone else, it still may not like what it hears."

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Friday, February 18, 2011
03:54 PM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

You like screenshots, right? Well, 2K Sports wants to know which MLB 2K11 screenshots you are interested in seeing the most.

They will take a peek in this post to determine what they send us. Popularity wins, so make sure to post exactly what you'd like to see. The more posts of a specific player/stadium/etc., the better chance of seeing it will be. Once there are enough entries, they will send them to us, to share with you.

Sliders are out of the running, since they plan on releasing a Developer Diary, specific to them.

Go!

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
01:33 PM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
10:24 AM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Test Drive Unlimited 2 patch is going through the paces, check out the details below. More details can be found here.

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"Loyal TDU2 Fans,

QA is currently in the process of rigorous testing on the next Xbox 360 patch. The current ETA is that these patches will see another three days of extensive internal review before they are sent to Microsoft for approval.

The goal of this patch is as follows:
  • Improve login process to allow a higher volume of successful connections
  • Increase online stability across all multiplayer functionality
  • Address issues related to file corruption
  • Enable Club and MyTDULife functionality
  • Enable Co-Op races
  • Enable weather while offline
  • Address an issue where players can get a Lancia which has no car data (the patch should prevent this from occurring in the future, and restore players who are currently affected by the issue)
Individual fixes from this list may or may not go live depending on the results of QA testing. We’ll keep everyone in the loop regarding the status of the patch. This post will be continually updated with all the latest details.

We're very thankful for our Xbox 360 players who have shown passion and dedication while we get these issues resolved. Thanks to everyone that has posted their issues, feedback, and positive words here on the official TDU2 forum.

Sincerely,

GMDestra and the TDU2 Team"

Game: Test Drive Unlimited 2Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
08:58 AM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: Project Gotham Racing 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 9 - View All
08:42 AM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The SixthAxis has posted the Gran Turismo 5 patch 1.06 details, which is available now.

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Major Changes and New Features
  • Remote Racing – [Remote Races] have been added to the bottom left of the [GT Mode] – [Community] screen. Here you can start a fully automated B-Spec race using yours and your friends’ “My Drivers”, and gain rewards and experience from it. For details please see section 8-4 [Remote Races] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu, and also the new “Remote Race” page on gran-tursimo.com, under the GT5 product information section.
  • Remote Racing from a Web Browser – In [Remote Races], you can visit the official “gran-turismo.com” website using a web browser, and remotely control your PS3® at home. You can start races, monitor its progress and check results from the website. This is a new playing style allowing you to play Gran Turismo anywhere. Sign in from the [GT5 My Home] button on the upper right corner of the website to get started.
  • Using the Course Maker in Online Races – You can now use one of the “My Courses” created in [Course Maker] for your online races (in Open Lobby, My Lounge), or select themes and generate courses on the spot. (Please note you’ll only be able to use My Courses created after this update).
  • Introduction of Performance Points in Online Races – We’ve now introduced Performance Points (PP), a numerical index of a car’s performance for online races. You can set PP restrictions in the online race regulations (in Open Lobby, My Lounge) to limit participating cars. For details, see 6 -15 [Performance Points] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • Increased Rewards and Experience Online – The amount of rewards and experience gained from online racing (in Open Lobby, My Lounge) have been increased.
  • More Event Settings in Online Races – [Auto Race Start Cycle] and [Tire Wear/Fuel Consumption] have been added to the event settings for online races (in Open Lobby, My Lounge).
  • More Penalties for Special Events – Penalties for improper driving such as driving off course and hitting walls have been increased for the [Special Events] under [GT Mode] – [GT Life].
  • Event Rewards and Experience Adjusted – The rewards and experience gained in [License] and [Special Events] in [GT Mode] – [GT Life] have been adjusted. Experience for A-Spec and B-Spec events have been increased, while rewards have been reduced back down to levels seen before the 1.05 update.
  • Car Loan in Events – In A-Spec, B-Spec and [Special Events] in [GT Mode] – [GT Life], you can now borrow cars that your Friends have set to share with friends. For details see 6-16 [Borrowing and Lending Cars] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • More Car Settings – Gear ratio adjustment, power limiters, and weight adjustment have been added to the settings. For details see [18. Settings Guide] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • Multi-Monitor Feature – From [Options] – [Hardware] – [Multi-Monitor], you can now access the multi-monitor display settings using multiple PS3™ systems. You can now enjoy Gran Turismo 5 in a wide display environment combining multiple PS3™ systems and TV’s/monitors. For details please see the support section on gran-turismo.com.
Changes and Additions to Gameplay
  • It is now possible to replay and save [2P Battle] races.
  • [Controller Steering Sensitivity] has been added to [Driving Options].
  • [Corner Bank Angle] has been added to the section settings in [Course Maker].
  • In A-Spec events including endurance races, a confirmation prompt has been added before restarting a race from the beginning.
  • In replays, B Spec and while watching races, you can now change viewing targets directly from the screen without having to use a separate window list.
  • Personal BGM can now be used when voice chat is disabled in a [Lounge].
  • Cars in your garage that are not registered as ‘Favorites’ can now be used in a [Lounge].
  • When tire restriction is enabled in a Lounge regulation, only cars with tires that qualify will be displayed in the garage.
  • Driver and car display selections during races will be saved.
  • Karts now have [Quick Menu] settings.
  • You can now select multiple items in some important menu screens, such as when registering your favorite cars in your [Garage].
AI Adjustment
  • Race choreography and opponent car AI controls for licence tests and A Spec events have been adjusted.
  • Opponent car AI controls during B Spec races have been improved.
  • The evasive maneuver of opponent cars when a players car blocks the track has been improved.
Correction of Issues
  • Corrected an issue where it was possible to gain points unfairly in drift trials.
  • Corrected an issue where it was not possible to view the 4th sector in the live monitor.
  • Corrected an issue where the sound effects would not change when replacing the exhaust system or turbo kit.
  • Corrected an issue where the save data becomes unable to load when exceeding a certain file size.
Other Changes
  • A searchable item called [Race Type] has been added for room creation in the [Open Lobby].
  • The lap times for the [X Challenge] in [Special Events] have been adjusted.
  • Game save speed has been optimized.
  • The HDD access warning message that was displayed at game startup has been disabled for faster startup.
  • Car demo backdrops during an [Auto Demo] is now displayed randomly in 4 types (Morning/Day/Night/White) as is in the [Dealership].
  • The “S-AWC” integrated four wheel drive system of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has been adjusted.
  • The [Force Feedback Strength] of the Thrustmaster T500RS can now be adjusted across a wider range.

Source - GT5 Hits 1.06, Is Now Awesome (The SixthAxis)

Game: Gran Turismo 5Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 15 - View All
08:36 AM - February 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Check out the new screenshots, right here.

For centuries the wind has been viewed as nature’s paradox with its ability to be both gentle and powerful. The newly-unveiled Pagani Huayra, named after the Andean God of Wind, reflects this dichotomy and will be available exclusively in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED™ and Need for Speed™ in 2011, the latest entry to the critically acclaimed Need for Speed simulation series.

The team at Slightly Mad Studios has perfectly recreated the form and function of this year’s most notable new supercar. From its elegant body shape to its commanding 700 HP engine, SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is the first videogame where player swill feel the white knuckle intensity of racing the Pagani Huayra at speeds of over 230 mph. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is this year’s most authentic racing game which races onto retail shelves in Europe beginning on March 31.

“For the past seven years, the designing of the Huayra has been a labor of love and I’m ecstatic to be working with the entire Need for Speed team to help share our creation with the world,” said Horacio Pagani, founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A. “I’m amazed by how accurately they have been able to capture the look and, most importantly, the feel of the Huayra. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED will give enthusiasts all over the world the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Huayra.”

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED takes the innovative rivalry-generating Autolog technology pioneered by Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and connects friends, and competitors, together in head-to-head races and player statistic match-ups to add new layers of depth and detail to the intricate customization and tuning of the simulation series. Players can take the revolutionary true driver’s experience to the next gear with an all-new rendering engine and graphics overhaul, innovative helmet camera, night racing, and authentic degradation of cars and environments.

Developed by the award-winning Slightly Mad Studios , SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED will be available on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Game: Shift 2 UnleashedReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
Thursday, February 17, 2011
07:24 PM - February 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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For anyone that has ever fantasized about racing in a Lamborghini or Porsche, or racing around the open world of Seacrest County in up to eight player events, their prayers have been answered with three all-new content packs – Armed and Dangerous, Lamborghini Untamed and Porsche Unleashed – releasing in consecutive weeks. Starting February 22, these content packs will increase the intensity of the ever-popular police chases, superior racing and addictive social competition that Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit delivers.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Armed and Dangerous
The first pack, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Armed and Dangerous, contains two all-new game modes that expand and extend the spectacular online experience. “Most Wanted” is an open world battle where the cops are out to bust a specific racer while the racers battle to protect them, making full use of the open world, weaponry and demanding team tactics. In “Arms Race” it’s every man for himself as racers use their full arsenal of weaponry on each other in ruthless races to the finish. In addition, this pack also contains three new trophies and achievements. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Armed and Dangerous will be available beginning February 22 for £5.49 (560 Microsoft Points) on the PlayStation®Network or Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Lamborghini Untamed
Lamborghini Untamedadds three of the world’s most famous Lamborghini’s to the game, but with a Need for Speed Hot Pursuit twist; the legendary Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will all be playable as both a cop and a racer. In addition to this, the Lamborghini Untamed content pack will include 10 new events and four new trophies and achievements. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Lamborghini Untamed will be available beginning March 1 for £5.49 (560 Microsoft Points) on the PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Porsche Unleashed
The third pack, Porsche Unleashed, continues to add to the already stellar lineup of Porsche cars in the game. Any car enthusiast will be delighted to see the Porsche 911 Turbo (1982 Edition) make its way into the game, along with the Porsche 959 and 911 Speedster. The Porsche 911 Turbo is a high performance tier one car, designed to enable players to go back and reignite their earliest rivalries and beat their friends’ times. Also included in this pack are 10 new events and four new trophies and achievements. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Porsche Unleashed will be available March 8 for £5.49 (560 Microsoft Points) on the PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

About Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is transforming online racing by capturing the adrenaline and intensity of high speed cop pursuits and changing the way that people connect and compete with their friends. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit introduces a revolutionary social network called Need for Speed Autolog, which seamlessly connects players with their friends by automatically tracking and comparing each person’s performances. Autolog also serves up challenges based on what your friends have been doing, creating a simple, yet brilliantly dynamic social-gaming experience.

Developed by Criterion Games, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is available now on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PC and the Wii™*. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is also now live on the AppStore for iPhone® and iPod touch® mobile digital devices.
  • Developed by Exient, Need for Speed Autolog not available on the Wii.
EA and Need for Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Game: Need for Speed Hot PursuitReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 9 - View All
07:13 PM - February 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

MSN Autos has revealed some new Forza Motorsport 4 details.

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"The creators of "Forza," Turn 10 Studios, say that they have modeled tire-related properties, such as weight transfer, and have incorporated proprietary performance data from tire manufacturer Pirelli into "Forza 4." The result, the company says, is the most up-to-date simulation of how modern tires grip or slip in a variety of racing conditions. Few players will notice this level of nuance midgame, but the tiny, exacting minority of hard-core players and professional racers who train using "Forza" and "Gran Turismo" spread that gospel of updated accuracy to the wider audience.

"Forza 4" may end up raising the bar when it comes to re-creating a track. According to Turn 10, developers rented out each track that appears in the game for two to three days, shooting terabytes worth of video and photos, and tracing the inside, middle and outside portions of the road surface with a commercial-grade GPS system. The resulting map detects road crowning, tiny changes in camber, or angle, and other anomalies with subcentimeter accuracy, all of which can be coded into the game for even more realism.

But like the pop-out 3-D graphics in "Gran Turismo 5," the head-tracking point-of-view shift in "Forza 4" is more gimmick than breakthrough. Still, as these gimmicks stack up and evolve into new modes of play, there's potential for the next generation of driving games to be packed with more than just ever more detail and data."

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
04:02 PM - February 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NASCAR The Game 2011Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 14 - View All
03:30 PM - February 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the Madden NFL 11 final roster and rating changes. Download it now for your 360 and PS3.

The online franchise roster update is available, as well.

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  • Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers has reached 99 Overall! Safe to say Aaron Rodgers has arrived.
  • Over 320+ transactions, rating adjustments and depth chart moves are updated in this pre-Super Bowl roster update.
  • From the "Did You Know" department....To finish up Madden NFL 11, we have had nearly 5000+ total roster moves this year in over 20 weekly roster updates.

Game: Madden NFL 11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 95 - View All