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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, April 11, 2011
10:52 AM - April 11, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Over the next few weeks, EA Sports will show 25 new plays that you will find in Madden NFL 12.

To be clear, there are more than 25 new plays in the game. Each day, a new play will be accompanied by a screen of the play art and a brief description of why the play has been added to Madden NFL 12.

Play #13 features the Dolphins Wheel.

Quote:
"Dolphins - Doubles Wk - Dolphins Wheel - New Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll used this play last year in Cleveland with Peyton Hillis catching a 19-yard touchdown pass during a Week 5 game versus the Atlanta Falcons. The HB will run a wheel route out of the backfield while the two receivers to that side run routes to clear out the defense."

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Saturday, April 9, 2011
04:18 PM - April 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 4 - View All
Friday, April 8, 2011
06:32 PM - April 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Turn 10’s Game Director, Dan Greenawalt reflects on the past, present and future of the Forza series.

Quote:
"So what does the future hold for Turn 10? Well, Forza 4 of course, but Greenawalt remained cryptic on what they did or didn’t learn from Forza 3, that they’re taking into Forza 4.

“We’re our own worst critics and take on board all the reviews and opinions,” said Greenawalt. “It would be so easy to drive yourself mad reading everyone’s opinions and evaluating what you’ve achieved. We try to bucket people into categories to tackle what each subsection wants and how we can tailor the next game to improve it for them. It’s a colossal list. We get together and decide which of those edits or additions are the most important.”

“We always see the glass as half empty and we’re very dedicated to improving the game.”

That surely means improving the physics on their simulation engine, after all, Turn 10 almost seem obsessed with that level of detail, but when asked whether anyone would actually notice the tweaks and upgrades, Greenawalt remained philosophical.

“I think it depends on what kind of customer we’re talking to. The tyre model, assists and controller buffer affect how we can modify these physics,” he noted, before reflecting on years gone-by when it would take days to run simulations. “Lots of the dynamic simulations that had to be done over a period of days have now been streamlined with greater accuracy so these effects are not only more powerful but also more concise. Ten years from now, I think we’re going to see race cars designed 100% in real time."

Source - Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt Reflects on the Past, Present and Future of the Forza Franchise (Xbox360Achievements)

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
04:55 PM - April 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Virtua Tennis 4Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
Thursday, April 7, 2011
06:20 PM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For the hardcore DiRT 3 fans out there. Gamestop has the DiRT 3 Ken Block Gymkhana RC car bundle for $299.99. YIKES!

Who's in?

Game: DiRT 3Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
05:59 PM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

SSX: Deadly Descents will now be known as SSX. As mentioned in a recent GameInformer interview with Todd Batty, creative director of the game.

Quote:
"When EA debuted its new SSX game at the Spike Video Game awards, fans began to fear that the series was straying from its roots – that it was taking on a more realistic, darker edge. In truth, developer EA Canada is taking everything that made the original SSX snowboarding titles great and shaping it into something that will be relevant in today’s market. SSX (now the game’s official title) features a global playing field of at least 70 mountains for players to race down, and will boast significant upgrades to the series’ trick and upgrade systems."

Source - All Hope May Not Be Lost For The New SSX (Kotaku)

Game: SSXReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
01:58 PM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Earlier this morning we posted the UFC Personal Trainer announcement, along with some screenshots and a trailer.

Here is the official UFC Personal Trainer fact sheet.

GENRE: Fitness
PLATFORMS: Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation Move for PS3, Wii
RELEASE DATE: June 2011
DEVELOPER: Heavy Iron

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Set personal goals and achieve real results with an unparalleled mixed martial arts (MMA) fitness program designed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and leading MMA training experts. UFC Personal Trainer provides players with an extensive assortment of effective and challenging MMA-inspired exercises, in both pre-set and customizable routines, to build strength, increase endurance, burn calories and get results. Personalized instruction and tips from the MMA trainers guide players to stay motivated, get fit and track their goals with a helpful in-game journal. In addition, the game’s Ultimate Training Mode enables players to participate in high impact agility drills, with opportunities to earn rewards and have fun with friends in a competitive, multiplayer environment.

PRODUCT FEATURES:
  • AUTHENTIC UFC FITNESS EXPERIENCE – Designed by NASM with support from leading by leading MMA training experts Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez, UFC Personal Trainer will deliver a challenging and motivating UFC fitness experience that includes the best and most effective exercises utilized by today’s renowned UFC fighters.
  • INTENSE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS EXERCISES – Learn over 70 MMA and NASM-approved exercises, including moves from disciplines such as wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai, that are designed to improve strength, endurance and conditioning through use in a variety of routines. Each in-game routine is specialized to target specific muscle groups, as well as factor individual skill levels and fitness goals.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE WORKOUT ROUTINES – Focus on specific fitness objectives by building personalized routines with up to 12 different exercises. Each custom routine can also be modified to increase or decrease intensity of the game’s pre-set pace, enabling players to fully maximize their training experiences based on individual preferences.
  • PERSONALIZED TRAINING TOOLS – Receive additional guidance and encouragement throughout the fitness journey by choosing a goal and working with an MMA trainer for personalized instruction. Players will learn MMA-inspired exercises, as well as authentic training techniques and healthy lifestyle choices, enabling them to burn calories, build strength, lose weight and meet goals through a comprehensive fitness experience.
  • ULTIMATE TRAINING MODE – Hit the mitts against several popular UFC fighters with a variety of challenging rhythm and timing-based agility drills that utilize punching and kicking sequences. Players can unlock a variety of different drills to earn rewards, each with increasing difficulty, as well as compete against friends and issue challenges in a multiplayer environment.
  • DEDICATED PROGRAM SYSTEM – Focusing on three distinct target goals – losing weight, building strength and improving performance – players may select a pre-set 30 or 60-day program that best meets their fitness needs. The selected program populates the in-game calendar with daily routines for players to follow, as well as tracks user performance.
  • PROGRESS TRACKING AND MOTIVATIONAL SUPPORT – An in-game journal enables players to view a comprehensive calendar of their fitness activities, including specific routines, time management and more. The calendar continuously tracks progress and provides recommendations to help players meet their desired results.

Game: UFC Personal TrainerReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 1 - View All
01:41 PM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Supremacy MMA’s Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig Delivers a Supreme Beatdown in New Trailer


Agoura Hills, CA – April 7, 2011 – Felice has fought for Equal Rights for women MMA fighters, she’s been IGN’s Babe of the Day, and now she’s ready to dominate yet again. 505 Games have released some face-pounding new assets for its upcoming MMA brawler, Supremacy MMA.

This brand new trailer takes the game’s poster-girl, MMA-powerhouse and XFO, UEC, and Bellator vet Felice Herrig, and showcases her punishing victory over Andrea Miller at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3 via 1st Round TKO. Additionally, a new crop of screenshots featuring Felice and her partner-in-crime in-game counterpart, as well as MMA superstar Jens Pulver are also available.

505 Games jumps into the cage with the only MMA game coming out in 2011, Supremacy MMA. Bringing the brutality of unsanctioned and unauthorized MMA fighting to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Supremacy MMA delivers the most daring MMA game to date, including bone-crushing finishing moves, real life legendary fighters Jens Pulver and Jerome Lebanner and the first ever female fighters in MMA gaming history.

For more details on Supremacy MMA, check out: http://www.supremacymma.com.

Game: Supremacy MMAHype Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
09:03 AM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Over the next few weeks, EA Sports will show 25 new plays that you will find in Madden NFL 12.

To be clear, there are more than 25 new plays in the game. Each day, a new play will be accompanied by a screen of the play art and a brief description of why the play has been added to Madden NFL 12.

Play #11 features the Jets Slot Post.

Quote:
"Jets - Snugs - Jets Slot Post - The Jets love to try and confuse the defense with different looks and this is one of the formations they utilize to do just that. On this play, the two outside receivers run wheel routes to stretch the field while the slot receiver runs a post down the middle. This play was used in week 10 against Cleveland for a 25 yard TD pass from Mark Sanchez to Jerricho Cotchery."

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
06:27 AM - April 7, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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UFC(R) Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System
in Development on Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation(R)Move for PS3(TM) and Wii(TM)

UFC Videogame Portfolio Set to Expand with Development of
Unparalleled Interactive Fitness Experience Using Mixed Martial Arts Exercises

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Apr 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced the latest edition to the expanding UFC(R)videogame portfolio with UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System. Designed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine(R) (NASM(R)) with support from leading mixed martial arts (MMA) training experts Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez, who have worked with renowned UFC fighters such as current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, the fitness routines and full programs included in UFC Personal Trainer will deliver a challenging and motivating UFC fitness experience that includes the best and most effective exercises utilized by today's renowned UFC fighters. UFC Personal Trainer is currently in development on Kinect(TM) for Xbox 360(R), with content exclusive to Kinect for Xbox 360, voice command navigation and a full-body tracking system, to bring forth an innovative and intense workout complete with immediate feedback on form and technique. In addition, UFC Personal Trainer is in development for PlayStation(R)Move for PS3(TM) and Nintendo's Wii(TM) system, with a scheduled release date of June 2011 for all three platforms.

"UFC Personal Trainer delivers an authentic UFC fitness experience that is both fun and challenging while providing an intense workout," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "With the help of NASM and its Optimum Performance Training(TM) model, as well as the expertise of renowned MMA trainers Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez, we are developing an original, high impact product that will help people around the world set and achieve their personal fitness goals."

"We are excited to join forces with THQ on the development of UFC Personal Trainer," said UFC President Dana White. "We want to give fans the opportunity to train like their favorite UFC athletes, and this product will enable people around the world to learn and utilize exercises to get real results."

About UFC Personal Trainer

Designed by NASM with support from leading mixed martial arts (MMA) training experts Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez, the fitness routines and full programs included in UFC Personal Trainer will deliver a challenging and motivating UFC fitness experience that includes the best and most effective exercises utilized by today's renowned UFC fighters. DellaGrotte, Jackson and Mendez currently operate three of the most prominent MMA training facilities in the world and have significantly contributed to the success of many elite UFC fighters, including current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.

Users will learn over 70 MMA and NASM-approved exercises, including moves from disciplines such as wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai, that are designed to improve strength, endurance and conditioning through use in a variety of routines. All 51 routines, along with nine exclusive bonus routines on Kinect for Xbox 360, will be specialized to target specific muscle groups, as well as factor individual skill levels and fitness goals. In addition, users may focus on specific fitness objectives by building personalized routines with up to 12 different exercises. Each of the custom routines can be modified to increase or decrease intensity of the product's pre-set pace, enabling users to fully maximize their training experiences based on individual preferences. Across the training experience, users will punch and kick virtual authentic MMA training gear, with Kinect for Xbox 360 users having access to exclusive branded equipment.

In Ultimate Training Mode, users will hit the mitts against a variety of popular UFC personalities, including Kinect for Xbox 360 exclusive fighters Dan Hardy, Frank Mir, Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, in a variety of challenging rhythm and timing-based agility drills that utilize punching and kicking sequences. They will unlock a variety of different drills to earn rewards, each with increasing difficulty, as well as have the ability to compete against friends and issue challenges in a multiplayer environment.

UFC Personal Trainer will provide additional guidance and encouragement throughout the fitness journey by enabling users to select a goal and work with DellaGrotte, Jackson or Mendez for personalized instruction. They will learn MMA-inspired exercises, as well as authentic training techniques and healthy lifestyle choices through a comprehensive fitness experience. In addition, users looking for a dedicated program system focused on losing weight, building strength or improving performance may take advantage of either a 30 or 60-day program that best fits their needs. UFC Personal Trainer also includes an interactive journal that will enable users to view a comprehensive calendar of their specific routines and time management while tracking progress and receiving recommendations to help meet their desired results.

For more information on UFC Personal Trainer, please visit http://www.ufcpersonaltrainer.com, http://www.facebook.com/ufcpersonaltrainer and http://www.twitter.com/UFCPT.

Game: UFC Personal TrainerReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
10:25 PM - April 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Virtua Tennis 4Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 0 - View All
07:10 AM - April 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Over the next few weeks, EA Sports will show 25 new plays that you will find in Madden NFL 12.

To be clear, there are more than 25 new plays in the game. Each day, a new play will be accompanied by a screen of the play art and a brief description of why the play has been added to Madden NFL 12.

Play #10 features the PA Jags DBL Post.

Quote:
"Jaguars - Strong Pro - PA Jags DBL Post - The Jaguars are a run first team and like to control the tempo with HB Maurice Jones-Drew on the ground. After establishing the ground game, they like to use play action to take shots down the field. One of their big play action plays is this one where they look to try and hit their huge, breakout performer TE Marcedes Lewis on a post route."

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
09:08 PM - April 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Congratulations to CFTejada! for winning the annual OS NCAA College Basketball Brackets contest.

With 823 contestants this year, it was easily our largest turnout. CFTejada, along with over 30 others had UCONN winning it all, but in the end CFTejada had 30 more points than the closest competition.

Per his request, we'll be sending him the following games:

MLB 11 The Show (PS3)
NBA 2K11 (PS3)
Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel (Don't worry, we won't tell anyone)

Thanks to all that entered the contest! Next year we'll try to give out prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, to make it more interesting.

04:29 PM - April 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that an all-new digital download of EA SPORTS™ NBA JAM will be available in October. NBA JAM: On Fire Edition is being developed for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, and it will be available on PlayStation® Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade. NBA JAM: On Fire Edition will feature exciting new gameplay enhancements, including ground-breaking artificial intelligence that will change the way gamers play NBA JAM.

“EA SPORTS continues to support this iconic franchise through a new digital download and we’re taking everything fans loved about the original and adding a host of new features,” said Trey Smith, Line Producer, NBA JAM: On Fire Edition. “We’ve listened to all of the feedback from our fans and we are driven to deliver the very best NBA JAM experience to date.”

NBA JAM: On Fire Edition contains new gameplay features including:
  • REAL AI: Featuring the ground-breaking AI system used in the Fight Night franchise that learns your tendencies and throws them back in your face.
  • JAM Arena: Play solo, or team up with friends and take on the world in a new, dynamic online competition.
  • Road Trip: A cooperative online campaign where you can team up with friends and compete in a series of white-knuckle challenges against the current superstars and timeless legends from each of the 30 NBA Teams.
  • Tag Mode and Team Fire return! Swap players “on the fly” and ignite your entire team by performing consecutive cooperative moves!
  • More NBA JAM Hotness: Online roster updates, more NBA superstars, legendary NBA players, over-the-top animations, JAM challenges, secret teams and unlockable characters than ever before!

Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All

With the recent news of EA Sports launching its next NBA simulation title in the Fall of 2012, how does that make you feel, about the upcoming NBA 2K12? Nervous, confident? Let us know.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All