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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
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
09:27 AM - January 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Shift 2 UnleashedReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 2 - View All
Friday, January 21, 2011
08:10 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Tradition Football recently received an email from Ben Haumiller.

He's looking to identify where the home team band sits, in preparation for NCAA Football 12, from the looks of it. Let's give an assist to what Tradition Football has already started, by following Ben's directions.

The Gaming Tailgate also has a very well organized thread on the same topic.

Quote:
"What we need is to identify where the band sits at each stadium. We only need to know where the home band sits since we already know where the away section is for each stadium.

The preference would be either photo reference/circling the section on a seating chart image over just a written description of the locations."

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 99 - View All
07:07 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

During today's Fight Night Champion chat, it was revealed that the demo will be released on February 1st.

Quote:
"Ok, since you asked. Demo will be released February 1st, a full month before the game is set to release March 1st. Check out the Facebook page Monday morning for all the details."

Game: Fight Night ChampionReader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 17 - View All
06:39 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Some of you may recall Owen Good's piece from last year, where he gave MLB 2K10 camera angle settings for all 30 major league teams.

This year, MLB 2K11 will use those camera angle settings, in the improved broadcast view.

Quote:
"As you tour the 30 ballparks of Major League Baseball 2K11, you'll see games there from a center field camera view unique to each stadium. I can vouch for this feature's authenticity - because I did the work behind it.

MLB 2K11 will feature a new broadcast-style presentation in which the angles of the center field camera view will change for all 30 major league ballparks, mimicking real-life broadcasts. Visual Concepts and 2K Sports credited the feature to this column I wrote last April, in which I used the camera settings of MLB 2K10 to recreate, as close as possible, what you saw in the center field shot from each baseball stadium.

My point in doing so was that the uniform dimensions of a basketball or hockey arena, or football-only stadium, usually mean a uniform camera view in those sports. But in baseball, with the outfields' irregular measurements and ballparks' increasingly deliberate quirks and features, camera placement varies stadium to stadium.

"We've said it before, but we really do pay attention to message boards, comments, and the good and bad criticism from journalists as ways to better our product and please our fans," said Chris Snyder, 2K Sports' director of marketing. "The fact that we have now put every home broadcast angle in Major League Baseball 2K11 is further evidence of that, and Kotaku and Owen deserve a big thank you for giving us the idea."

Source - MLB 2K11's New Broadcast View Features Kotaku's Camera Work (Kotaku)

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
03:32 PM - January 21, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Teamxbox has just posted their Major League Baseball 2K11 preview.

Quote:
"The ball physics have been rewritten so that its reactions to dirt, grass and brick are all new. The the ball can fade in different directions and it isn't always the difference of a single pixel for a strike or a ball. Runners caught between bases can hold the two triggers rather than tap a single direction so that they can make the call when to run at the right moment. And overall errors don't happen randomly. They claimed you won't see the same fielding mistakes present in MLB 2K9. Errors are situation-dependent in that yes, a shortstop might just fumble a hard grounder, but a pop-fly won't be missed under the right conditions.

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay provided advice and suggestions for a lot of the development process. He correct the dev team when they had something wrong and explained how certain situations in the game work out from his point of view. This expert testimony from the big leagues definitely pays off in the game as it all further exemplifies the attention to detail found in this experience."

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / NDS / PCVotes: 17 - View All
Thursday, January 20, 2011
08:13 PM - January 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out all the new screenshots, right here.

The World’s Top Tennis Stars Are Hitting the Courts
Again as SEGA’s Best-Selling Tennis Series Releases in Spring 2011

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (January 20, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are thrilled to announce that Virtua Tennis ™ 4 will be making its way onto North American retail shelves for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Wii™ system from Nintendo in Spring 2011. As previously announced, the game will also be available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system featuring PlayStation®Move compatibility and 3D technology.

Developed to take full advantage of Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Move, and MotionPlus, Virtua Tennis 4 puts players closer than ever before to being out on the court. Fans of the world’s No.1 selling tennis series can also enjoy all of the new features using regular controllers. Boasting its strongest ever player line-up across all platforms, Virtua Tennis 4 features the world’s top stars such as world No.1 Rafael Nadal, 16-time major champion Roger Federer and UK No.1 Andy Murray. Joining them for the first time are seven new champions making their debut to the series, enabling players to take on the likes of Juan Martín Del Potro, Fernando Gonzalez, Caroline Wozniacki and Laura Robson.

“Virtua Tennis 4 is going to be a massive push forward for the series, ” commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA of Europe and SEGA of America. “New technology has allowed for the development of innovative styles of gameplay, meaning Virtua Tennis can reach a level of realism not seen before in the tennis genre.”

In addition, Virtua Tennis 4 sees a totally new World Tour career mode designed to encourage replay value with an element of off-court fame. Each decision affects a player’s career path meaning no two careers will ever be the same, while a brand new on-court feature makes for even more dramatic singles and doubles matches. Players can build up their Match Momentum gauge over the course of a match and revel in their improved ability as their players grow in confidence.

The new Online Mode offers an invigorating experience with the choice of a competitive and casual area to suit all players. This new hub will be the most engaging online experience for tennis gamers ever, promising a more competitive matchmaking system and online tournaments geared to seeking out the ultimate Virtua Tennis Champion.

Virtua Tennis 4 is developed by the original Virtua Tennis Team in Japan and will be available in Spring 2011 for the PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360 and Wii and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Game: Virtua Tennis 4Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
04:03 PM - January 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Richard Towler, the iRacing NASCAR World Champion, takes the #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Impala for a couple of laps around the new Sprint Cup Series track Kentucky in the up and coming video game NASCAR The Game 2011.

Game: NASCAR The Game 2011Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 14 - View All

EA SPORTS™ NAMES VIRGIN GAMING AS OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE PROVIDER OF ONLINE TOURNAMENTS

Premier Sports Brand Joins Most-Advanced Competitive Gaming Platform

TORONTO, CA, January 20, 2011 - EA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Virgin Gaming™ today announced a new agreement whereby Virgin Gaming becomes the official worldwide provider of online tournaments for EA SPORTS. The agreement covers all head-to-head competitive play, pay-to-enter and sponsored tournaments for select EA SPORTS console video games.

As part of the agreement, the Virgin Gaming tournament platform will integrate directly with select EA SPORTS titles offering seamless web functionality and enhanced community tools for competitive gaming across Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 consoles. The first tournaments will begin early 2011, with details to be announced in the near future.

"EA SPORTS is the leading sports video game brand and publisher in the world, and we are thrilled to offer our members the opportunities to compete in some of their very best multiplayer sports games," said Rob Segal, CEO of Virgin Gaming. "Virgin Gaming is a unique convergence of competitive gaming, video games and social/community networking, and we are excited that EA SPORTS shares our vision for the platform and its potential."

"Competitive online gaming is an increasingly popular component of our industry and a great way for EA SPORTS and Virgin Gaming to help connect gamers around the world through the global language of sports," said Peter Moore, President of EA SPORTS. "Virgin Gaming demonstrates the system-wide integrity we desire, and this is a great opportunity for EA SPORTS fans to experience secure and impeccably managed online tournaments for some of our top titles."

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA ELITE basketball, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

About Virgin Gaming
Introduced in June 2010, Virgin Gaming is the premier destination for competitive console gamers to meet, challenge and play in head-to-head and tournament challenges for cash, points and prizes. With an array of proprietary features, including a Fair Play Guarantee™ (with automatic results validation), a secure payment back end, and a Community Reputation Management System, Virgin Gaming allows gamers of all skill levels from around the world to safely and easily compete in some of their favorite multiplayer games. A leading-edge convergence of competitive online gaming and video games, Virgin Gaming offers robust community features with member pages, clan support, invitational tournaments, stats tracking, news, information, and more. For additional information, visit http://VirginGaming.com.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
11:53 PM - January 19, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We've just posted 22 WWE All Stars screenshots, along with the new embedded trailer. If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

Game: WWE All StarsReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 8 - View All
11:33 PM - January 19, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted 3 more Top Spin 4 screenshots.

Game: Top Spin 4Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 8 - View All
11:15 PM - January 19, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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MX VS. ATV® ALIVETM BREAKING NEW GROUND
IN OFF-ROAD RACING AND DIGITAL CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

Most Authentic, Accessible Experience in 10 Million Unit-Selling Series’ History

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. January 19, 2011 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced MX vs. ATV® AliveTM, the next groundbreaking installment in the 10 million unit-selling franchise, is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price of $39.99. Featuring an enhanced physics engine and the most authentic motocross racing experience to date, MX vs. ATV Alive will be supported by an unprecedented digital content distribution strategy upon its scheduled launch in May 2011.

“With innovative technological advances and an unparalleled variety of content, the MX vs. ATV franchise has always led the pack in the off-road racing genre,” said Danny Bilson, THQ Executive Vice President of Core Games. “This year, MX vs. ATV Alive is bringing fans the features they asked for, along with a robust content distribution strategy that offers a great new way for gamers to specialize their experience.”

“MX vs. ATV Alive introduces a new Bar-to-Bar gameplay mechanic that allows players to physically fight for the lead by going elbow-to-elbow and banging handlebars,” said Michael Lustenberger, THQ Vice President of Global Brand Management Online/Digital. “Combined with the smoother controls and refined terrain deformation, the intense rider collision will make this the most realistic and accessible motocross game yet.”

About MX vs. ATV Alive
MX vs. ATV Alive will take THQ’s leading original franchise to exhilarating new heights with Bar-to-Bar racing, enhanced physics and the next step in downloadable content distribution. The new Bar-to-Bar racing mechanic allows for increased physical contact between riders so players can battle for position on the track like never before, creating the most intense, realistic racing experience yet. Featuring an advanced version of the franchise’s celebrated physics engine, MX vs. ATV Alive will deliver refined terrain deformation and smooth, intuitive controls that will appeal to newcomers and hardcore fans alike. MX vs. ATV Alive will also employ an “a la carte” method of digital content distribution that allows players to pay for only what they want to play. And for the first time in the series’ history, MX vs. ATV Alive will feature a prominent motocross athlete on the cover and in a variety of in-game videos: two-time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart. MX vs. ATV Alive will deliver the ultimate motocross racing experience when it releases on Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 for a suggested retail price of $39.99 on its scheduled launch in May 2011. For more information on MX vs. ATV Alive, please go to http://www.mxvsatv.com.

Platform:
Xbox 360 & PS3

Release Date:
05/10/2010

Genre:
Racing

Age Rating:
T

OVERVIEW

Feel it! Own it!

Own the competition as you wrestle for position with tightly contested racing in the fifth iteration of the MX vs ATV franchise. Feel the realism of the revolutionary real-world physics engine which has defined the racing genre. Live the sport as Alive captures the spectacle of motocross and the essence of competitive racing while providing the best riders and gear from the latest manufacturers.

THE ULTIMATE MOTOCROSS RACING EXPERIENCE

GAME INFORMATION

Definitive Realism
  • Experience total control of both rider and bike with easier controls as part of the enhanced Rider Reflex
  • An advanced real-time deformation continuously changes the track beneath you with every lap
  • Wreck-avoidance lets you correct collisions and landings to race like a pro
Elbow-to-elbow Action
  • Go bar-to-bar with in-your-face motocross racing
  • Rider-to-Rider collisions and win/loss conditions through a new bar banging system
Awe-inspiring Sports Experience
  • Real riders, real gear, and real licensors to be announced
  • Vehicles to be announced
Event Types
  • Compete in the Nationals and claim the Motocross Championship title
  • Additional event types to be announced
Multiplayer
  • To Be Announced
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - DLC DETAILS

MX vs ATV Alive delivers the best motocross racing game yet. With respect to game play, Alive builds upon the franchise's physics engine to deliver an enhanced racing experience in MX vs ATV Alive that is easier to play at a lower price.

Alive approaches features such as modes and tracks in an all-new way... you choose the game you want to play! Alive will initially offer the most popular modes and if you want to add even more of a particular mode, you can do so through downloadable content. You make the choice of what is in your game!

Splitting out the initial game from the downloadable content allows MX vs ATV Alive to be released sooner to you!
Extensive downloadable will be available after launch. A dedicated online store going live on the first day of launch will consist of rider gear, tracks, modes, etc. More information will be revealed soon!

Game: MX vs. ATV AliveReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
09:46 PM - January 19, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
KONAMI RELEASES NEW DETAILS FOR
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 ON NINTENDO 3DS™

KONAMI today announced new details for its eagerly awaited version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system. Designed specifically for the 3D-enabled unit, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 for 3DS offers an immersive take on the soccer genre by mixing the PES series' acclaimed level of control and realism with the added dimensions of the 3DS.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 on 3DS utilizes the cutting-edge technology the new system affords as the game puts you at the heart of every pass, through-ball, and shot. An active 'Player' camera centers on the user's every movement, dynamically following the action. This makes for an intense recreation of being a key part of a successful soccer team. Realism is literally taken to another level thanks to the game's incredible use of depth and distance perception. The camera views on the 3DS allow the user to visually ascertain how far away other teammates are thus enabling more instinctive long passes and dynamic movement.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 for 3DS uses the UEFA Champions League™ option by allowing users to partake in the game's greatest club competition, while the legendary Master League invites players to build a team from scratch and help them dominate both at the club, and on a global levels. Players can select one of 60 National and 170 club sides and lead them to glory within a range of challenging tournaments and leagues. The game's stunning AI also ensures that players not only look identical to their real-life counterparts, but move and react like them too.

The series' first 3D venture also utilizes the advanced technology in 'Street Pass' Mode, where Master League team data will be compared with another player when the handheld senses another 3DS user. A winner is determined once the data is compared. Reaching specific targets will also unlock new players and teams for use in the main game. With one-on-one wireless capabilities and play-by-play commentary, gamers along with, friends and family can all fully enjoy this groundbreaking soccer game in 3D.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is rated E for everyone and is currently available on PlayStation®3, Xbox 360®, Nintendo Wii™, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PlayStation®2 and PC, and will be available on Nintendo 3DS in Spring 2011.

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 3DSVotes: 6 - View All