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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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Monday, June 6, 2011
08:07 PM - June 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the hi-res Madden NFL 12 screenshot of the updated Eli Manning. Brought to you by Michael Young, Madden NFL Art Director.

To see more Madden NFL 12 screenshots, click here.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
07:56 PM - June 6, 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
08:27 AM - June 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

I recently had a chance to play the Tackle Alley mode in Backbreaker Vengeance. It's not 11 on 11, instead it's basically one on many.

The object is to get your player to the end zone and rack up as many points as you can while getting there. However, it's not as easy as it sounds because there are many obstacles in the way. Not only do you have defensive players trying to tackle you, there are also obstacles to jump over, go through or around. While the sidelines on the field are present, there are also red-marked boundaries you can not touch. If you do touch these boundaries, the game marks your player out of bounds, and you have to start over.

To read more of my Backbreaker Vengeance hands-on preview, click here.

Game: Backbreaker VengeanceHype Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 11 - View All
Sunday, June 5, 2011
12:41 PM - June 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Kotaku's Owen Good has just posted another article, entitled It’s in the Game, Unless It’s Outside the Lines.

How do you feel about it? Bring it on or keep it out?

Quote:
"Without fail, every time I bring up this job and its subject, usually with folks outside the business, the topical jokes start rolling. Whatever the latest controversy or embarrassment is in sports, people ask if that's going to be simulated in the next edition of Madden, Tiger Woods or NBA 2K.

Sometimes someone comes up with a funny idea. This week, I was pitched a concept for an exclusive Terrelle Pryor series of cars in Need For Speed, tying the racing franchise to the troubled Ohio State quarterback whose fleet of free vehicles, among other indiscretions, led to his coach's forced resignation on Memorial Day. I promised to pass along that tip at E3."

Read the rest of the article, right here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
06:45 PM - June 4, 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, June 3, 2011
07:34 PM - June 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 11 - View All
05:58 PM - June 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the new Madden NFL 12 screenshots.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
05:17 PM - June 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
04:53 PM - June 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Product Description

The critically acclaimed and best-selling MMA videogame franchise returns to take players inside the Octagon™ with UFC® Undisputed™ 3, delivering UFC action focused on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and increased accessibility.

Featuring the addition of PRIDE Mode, a brand new submission system, new ways to finish the fight and increased accessibility through both traditional and simplified gameplay controls, players will experience intense combat and a pure adrenaline rush every time they step inside the Octagon.

Players will also experience the excitement of a live UFC event through significant visual improvements – from broadcast to cage-side – through new camera positions and the introduction of much-anticipated fighter entrances.

Rounding out the UFC experience with a significantly improved online feature set, including new and updated offerings, UFC Undisputed 3 lets players have their fights – their way – to deliver the most competitive and engaging experience to date for the franchise.

Key Features
  • PRIDE MODE – Compete for the first time within the legendary PRIDE environment featuring official announcers and renowned Japanese MMA league rules, including soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head.
  • FINISH THE FIGHT – With punishing new moves, a brand new submission system and increased focus on presentation, players will have more options than ever to take advantage of a downed opponent.
  • FROM BROADCAST TO CAGE-SIDE – Experience the intensity of UFC with new camera positions, compelling fighter entrances, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance.
  • GAMEPLAY ACCESSIBILITY – Get inside the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options, enabling players of all skill levels to experience the intensity of UFC while executing simple standing strikes or more complex ground and transition mechanics.Operation Sports
  • EXTRAORDINARY ROSTER – Go head to head with more than 150 prolific UFC fighters, including the addition of Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions.
  • EXTENSIVE ONLINE OFFERING – A significantly revamped online experience, including both new and updated features, rounds out the best competitive fighting experience to date for the franchise.
Product Specifications
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Yuke’s Osaka
Category: Fighting/Sports
Release: January 2012
Platforms: Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3

© 2011 THQ Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 11 - View All

OOTP 12 is shipping on June 20th for pre-order customers, 22nd for everyone else. Find out all of the details, right here. If you want OOTP 12 a couple of days early, pre-order now.

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"Now that iOOTP is available, we're putting the final touches on Out of the Park Baseball 12, which will ship on June 20th for pre-order customers and on June 22nd for everybody else. You can still pre-order the game for $29.99 - 25% off the list price - so make sure you reserve your copy now."

Game: OOTP 12Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 2, 2011
05:08 PM - June 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the new (some old) NCAA Football 12 screenshots featuring some of the traditional team entrances.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 100 - View All

TNA Equalizer recently attended an NHL 12 community event and posted some detailed goalie impressions.

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"There was something that caught my eye while going up against AI goalies throughout the day. Something was different when it came to shots beating them. That’s when I realized the AI goalies finally are able to fall victim to well place medium to long range shots going five hole at a reasonable rate. Something you just barely ever saw unless it was right on the crease in prior NHL games or a deflection.

There are those of you curious out there about the goalie fight experience. The first question I had was regarding OTP and the concern that it would turn into a case of opening faceoff and insta-goalie fight. Rest assured the NHL team had thought this situation over and it appears that goalie fights will not be allowed in OTP. There will not be computer versus computer goalie fights as well. Now if you manage to get a goalie fight going in club, you’re right wing will serve the 5 minute penalty for your goalie. This was one feature I was skeptical about seeing and I’m happy to say the development team is going in the right direction in implementing it."

Check out the entire NHL 12 article, right here.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
04:48 PM - June 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

FIFASoccerBlog has posted their interview with FIFA 12 Gameplay Producer, Santiago Jaramillo.

Quote:
"FSB: How does Precision Dribble affect the pacing of FIFA 12′s gameplay?

It has a massive influence in the pace of FIFA 12 gameplay. For the first time, you will be able to slow the play down as the dribbler even if you have one or several defenders closing you down. This is only possible because of the new precision dribble touches – how close they keep the ball, and how responsive the turns are. You will now get into areas such as the top of the box, a crowded midfield, down the wing, etc., where you would have had to get rid of the ball right away (by shooting, crossing, or passing). I can’t tell you how much fun it is when you can get creative and buy yourself some time in these situations!"

Check out the entire FIFA 12 interview, right here.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 14 - View All
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
05:04 PM - June 1, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Millions of racing fans have flocked to *Need for Speed™ World to experience the thrill of illicit street racing in the popular Play4Free online PC title. Over five million registered users have battled other gamers in intense races, evaded the cops in thrilling pursuits and joined friends to outrun the law in Team Escape mode. Need for Speed World delivers an enormous, socially-connected white-knuckle Need for Speed experience.

Need for Speed World features some of the hottest cars of today including the Lamborghini Murcielago, Nissan Skyline R34 and Corvette Z06. Players can visually customize their own vehicles for that personal flair as they take down other racers in style. In addition, Need for Speed World players can be the first in the world to test drive the Audi A1 clubsport quattro unveiled at the annual Worthersee tour in Austria today. The Audi A1 clubsport quattro is exclusive to Need for Speed World and will be available to all players as a free in-game rental car from June 1 to June 4.

Joining the A1 clubsport quattro on the Audi stand at the GTI meeting are 17 series production vehicles from the current Audi model lineup. Sporting a very dynamic appearance and an exquisite finish, the Audi A1 clubsport quattro makes no secret of its potential: it is designed as a road vehicle for the race track. The heart of the showcar is a classic Audi gasoline engine – a five-cylinder unit displacing 2.5 liters with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. The output of the TFSI engine has been increased dramatically to 503 hp and 486.79 lb-ft of torque. Another area where the A1 clubsport quattro shines is its overall weight of just 3,064 lb. The powerful engine catapults the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h takes just 10.9 seconds, while the car goes from 80 to 120 km/h in fourth gear in just 2.4 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive deliver the power to all four wheels. Top speed is governed at 250 km/h.

Need for Speed World brings together best-in-class action racing with an unparalleled social experience on the PC. Players can compete against their friends and family or pick from thousands of players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits. Gamers race the way they want in an ever-expanding world with a constant stream of new content, cars, and features.

Learn more about the game at http://www.needforspeedworld.com.

Game: Need for Speed WorldHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 4 - View All
04:52 PM - June 1, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Complex has posted their interview with the Producer of FIFA 12, David Rutter, as he breaks down all the new changes.

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Complex: "You've said that this is the biggest leap the franchise has made since this generation of consoles—were the improvements more driven by external pressures from the fan community or were they things that the dev team had always wanted to do?

David Rutter: I think it boils down to this. For the team, we've been trying to craft a brilliant soccer video game. A simulation of the sport. So to hear you say that you played growing up and love the game is reassuring to me because that's what we're trying to do. Since we transitioned to this console generation, we rebuilt the engine, rebuilt the game, and slowly but surely have been getting to a game quality level that we were happy with. The past couple of years we've been 90 or around it on Metacritic. For this year, we actually invested a small team offsite to build the Player Impact Engine, and they were working on that for a while. The reason we wanted to do that was that we realized that we were limiting ourselves with the technologies we'd built four or five years ago, and we needed to rejigger. So this was a team-based initiative, rather than a company-based one.

For tactical defending and precision dribbling, those two things came as much out of my frustrations with the limitations we had in our dribbling, and also to do with the fact that our defending was basic and wasn't engaging—it was powerful, but ultimately did not reflect what defending is. We had the jockey press and whatnot on double triggers, but that was not an accessible mechanic for the vast majority of people. So we wanted to remove the kind of un-engaging, basic, and ultimately dull defending mechanic and put in something much more interesting, with a lot more depth, but that actually reflected the sport and people's experience with the sport.
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Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All