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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
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
08:40 AM - July 24, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest F1 2013 gameplay video from Alex Gillon, featuring a 1980s Lotus 100T at Jerez.

Game: F1 2013Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
03:51 PM - July 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Today Codemasters® announced that the Peak Performance Pack (check out the new screenshots here), new downloadable content for GRID 2™, is available now for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft for 400 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live® online entertainment network from Microsoft and Windows® PC for $4.99 from Steam and for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $4.99.

To mark the launch of the Peak Performance Pack, Codemasters has released a new video showing the three customized U.S. Muscle cars and three tuned European classics contained in the pack cruising down the California Coast and being put through their paces around the city streets of Miami.

The Peak Performance Pack’s six special edition cars are available to race in GRID 2’s single player, split-screen and multiplayer modes and deliver a unique behind-the-wheel experience. Each vehicle has been customized with unique paint jobs, body modifications and tuning upgrades to deliver maximum performance and style, with each car competing in Tier 2 competitions as opposed to the stock vehicles, which compete in Tier 1.

The Peak Performance Pack includes maxed out versions of the following cars;
  • Dodge Charger RT – Stiffer suspension, wider wheels and aggressive camber improve traction whilst additional power under the bonnet, an extra gear and stripped out weight improve top speed and acceleration
  • Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special – Improved aerodynamics reduce drag, bigger brakes reducing braking distances and engine improvements increase acceleration and top speed
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS SS 1970 – A re-mapped engine adds more horsepower and torque, reduced mass and inertias give the car more responsive steering and a lower centre of mass and stiffer suspension improves traction and reduces body roll
  • VW Golf R – An engine upgrade boosts acceleration and top speed, a lower roll centre and lower center of gravity improves traction and its revised differential setup minimizes understeer
  • BMW E30 M3 – Comes equipped with a racing clutch to reduce shift times whilst its re-mapped engine and stripped out weight improves top speed and acceleration
  • BMW 1 Series M Coupe – With a huge 150 kg stripped out, this BMW’s stiffer suspension and increased camber improves traction and longer gear ratios increase top speed

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
02:59 PM - July 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA SPORTS ANNOUNCES FIFA 14 ULTIMATE TEAM WILL CARRYOVER FROM
CURRENT GENERATION TO NEXT GENERATION CONSOLES


Fans Can Start On Current Console, Then Bring Experience To Next Generation Console

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that EA SPORTS FIFA 14 is allowing fans to bring their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experiences with them to the new generation of consoles this year. Fans will be able to access* their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team full roster, in-game items and in-game currency (coins) from either console: between Xbox 360® and Xbox One, and between PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4. All changes made in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team will be reflected in both consoles so fans will be able to compete with their squads on either console throughout the season.

In addition, fans who begin their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will maintain their current division in Seasons mode on the new consoles. After the new consoles launch, fans who complete their current division matches and their current tournaments on one console, will earn status that will be recognized on both consoles: between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Fans also have a one-time choice to transfer their FIFA Points between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Within each of the respective platforms (Xbox and PlayStation), FIFA 14 Ultimate Team will share a common auction market so that fans can enjoy a richer and deeper experience with the millions of other players in the Ultimate Team world from the moment the new consoles launch.

"Our fans invest an enormous amount of time and energy into FIFA Ultimate Team as they craft their own unique squads, and recognizing that investment is absolutely essential,” said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice-President and Group GM, EA SPORTS. “We will ensure that no time will be wasted and fans will get full value for the investment they make from the start of the season on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to their move to their new console."

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
02:29 PM - July 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Using your Origin Account and respective Xbox LIVE or Sony Entertainment Network accounts, fans of Madden Ultimate Team will be able to transfer up to 1,100 items onto next-gen consoles, bringing 100 active items (55 players, 45 additional items) as well as up to 1,000 reserve items. All of these items can still be used in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, but cannot be auctioned or traded. Also, players who own the Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition will be granted six Madden Ultimate Team All Pro packs for use in their Ultimate Team on next-gen consoles.

With this news brings more optimism that we will be able to transfer our NCAA Football 14 draft class into next-gen Madden NFL 25. While the developers told me at E3 they were very close, nothing has been confirmed yet.

More details can be found in the latest Madden NFL 25 blog and the press release below.

MADDEN NFL 25 PROVIDES XBOX 360 AND PS3 PLAYERS
A HEAD START ON NEXT-GEN

Today EA SPORTS announced that Madden NFL 25 players on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be able to immediately enhance their experience on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with Madden Ultimate Team. The carry-over will apply to those transferring Gen3 to Gen4 across PS3 to PS4 only and X360 to Xbox One only.

Madden NFL 25, which debuts in stores on August 27, is offering the opportunity to transfer up to 1,100 Madden Ultimate Team items onto next-gen consoles, giving you a head-start in building your squad. Players who log into Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles with their Origin Account and respective Xbox LIVE or Sony Entertainment Network accounts will be able to bring over 100 active items (55 players, 45 additional items) as well as up to 1000 reserve items from their games on current generation systems*. These players and items can still be used in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game as well, but cannot be auctioned or traded.

Furthermore, Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition players who participate in this offer will also be granted six Madden Ultimate Team All Pro packs for use in their Ultimate Team on next-gen consoles.* †

Madden Ultimate Team gives fans the opportunity to collect star players, set lineups, and complete collections to earn coins, special packs or rare players and items. In addition to buying packs in the online store, Madden Ultimate Team enthusiasts can post and bid on items and players on the auction block. Throughout the season, Madden Ultimate Team players will find special challenges and rewards for big games, holidays special events and more.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 53 - View All
06:57 AM - July 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NCAA Football 14 Uniform Pack #1 is available now for 360 users, later today for PS3 users. (We will update this post when they are available.)

UPDATE: EA and Microsoft are working on the 360 slowdown issues.

UPDATE #2: PS3 users can download the uniform pack now.

UPDATE #3: Having issues downloading the NCAA Football 14 uniform pack or have longer than normal load times? Try this.

For some reason, the Uniform Store still isn't available, but you can queue it up and download it from Xbox.com, right here. It's free and weighs in at 136 MB.

All of the details for the NCAA Football 14 uniform pack can be found here. Thanks to @MrLux for the video.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 50 - View All
Monday, July 22, 2013
06:19 PM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports just sent us the details for the NCAA Football 14 Uniform Pack DLC, which arrives tomorrow (timing based on 1st party). 21 teams and more than 120 individual uniform pieces are included in the free DLC.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 50 - View All
03:26 PM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


After previously releasing Madden NFL 25 Ultimate Team details (video included) and managing team Chemistry blogs, EA Sports has released their third and final blog on MUT.

This one talks about Season mode for Madden Ultimate Team. This year, you can battle random MUT players in an All-Pro game (with three-minute quarters) and the ranking system will try to make sure both teams have roughly the same overall rating.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE

Each season is made up of ten games and a four-round playoff. There are eight levels of play, starting at level one. If you win enough games to earn a playoff berth (five wins for level one), then you earn the right to advance to the next level once the playoffs for the current level are complete. There will also be a milestone for a number of wins to earn a first round bye (for eight wins for level one). With the bye, you’ll skip the Wild Card game and go right to the Divisional contest.

Once you’ve advanced to level two and beyond, you’ll see a number of games required to avoid demotion (maintain your level). If you win less than this number (three games in level two), you’ll be demoted to the previous level. But fear not! You can always work your way back up the levels with more wins.

EARN REWARDS

You’ll earn coins for each game you play in Seasons. More coins are awarded for outstanding performances, such as winning by lots of points or accumulating many yards of offense. Milestones such as earning a playoff berth or winning the bye are also accompanied by coin rewards. At certain milestones in later levels, you’ll receive a reward pack that contains a Premium collectable that helps you get some great items such as unique alternate jerseys. You’ll always receive an additional reward pack for winning the Super Bowl.

The leaderboard offers a Level Breakdown that shows exactly where you stand among your MUT peers. You’ll also be able to review the History of all your Seasons play and relive the glory all over again.

The only way to prove your Ultimate Team’s dominance is to win the Super Bowl in Head-to-Head Seasons. Unlike solo challenges against CPU squads, you’ll be matching wits and skills with players that have built teams of legendary players just like yours. Only the best will win the All-Madden Super Bowl Championship in level eight.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All
02:06 PM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Last year 2K Sports started up their Community Team-Up Program for NBA 2K13, giving the biggest NBA 2K fans an exclusive look at the game. IpodKingCarter, Chris Smoove, KSpade64, vannwolfhawk, ShakeDown and sma11z99 all accepted their invites, while Da_Czar declined and Shady00018 couldn't make it.

2K Sports has just started up another Community Team-Up Program for NBA 2K14. It would be great to see someone from the OS community get in on the action.

With that said, speak up now. Who are your recommendations?

Game: NBA 2K14Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 97 - View All
10:43 AM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s the 32nd Episode of the Press Row Podcast, a mega-sized show where we interview three FIFA 14 developers about this year’s upcoming title on the PS3, 360, and PC. Up first is Lead Gameplay Producer Aaron McHardy, discussing the philosophy of FIFA’s gameplay design process and the way his team put together the features of this year’s game on the pitch. After that are Ultimate Team Creative Director Adam Shaikh and Ultimate Team Designer Tyler Blair talking about the history of Ultimate Team, how and why it’s become such an influential aspect of FIFA in particular and sports games in general, and, naturally, an in-depth look at the additions to Ultimate Team in FIFA 14.

Do you enjoy these types of episodes? If so, make sure to let us know. Do that in one (or all!) of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 2 Hours

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.


Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 16 - View All
09:41 AM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Shady has checked in with another NBA 2K13 video, this one featuring some of the upcoming rookies.

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 75 - View All
08:29 AM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Check out the extended Need for Speed Rivals Cops vs. Racers trailer.

Game: Need For Speed RivalsReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
06:32 AM - July 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14. Innovations to the award-winning gameplay make the game more authentic and more fun. Dictate the tempo of a match, create chances through midfield, and then unleash the perfect strike. A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating. FIFA 14 delivers engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club. FIFA 14 is football's social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others. Additional features will be revealed in the months ahead.

Key Features
  • Precision Movement - Now every step counts as players plant, pivot, cut, and shift momentum with the agility and explosiveness of real footballers. Player acceleration and deceleration is more realistic with a game-changing effect on gameplay. Players feel more grounded, agile and athletic, and manage their momentum with distinct foot plants and push-offs, bringing the authentic motion of professional footballers to FIFA 14.
  • Pure Shot - Shooting has been transformed. Players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel satisfying and goals are rewarding. As well as quality strikes, players can now shoot while off balance or rushed.
  • Real Ball Physics - Strike the ball with more force and finesse. Realistic ball physics now determines the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or swerving shots, just like real footballers.
  • Protect The Ball - Dominate midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed. Protect the ball from opponents to control play through midfield and dictate the pace of the match. Plus, out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the ball, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities.
  • Teammate Intelligence - Better decision-making delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking. Defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession. Attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents and break down tighter, more intelligent defences by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace.
  • Sprint Dribble Turns - Utilize quick, explosive cuts and turns to beat defenders one-on-one while sprinting with the ball. Players can move in any direction, preserving their natural momentum and maintaining possession of the ball.
  • Variable Dribble Touches - The First Touch Control of dribbling varies a player’s touch when dribbling with pace. Skilled players have the touch and control to stand out while less skilled players will experience fewer perfect touches and more uncertainty dribbling, creating opportunities for defenders to win back possession, and placing emphasis on building play through midfield.
  • FIFA Ultimate Team - Create your own unique squad to play your style of football. Ultimate customization is possible with all-new Chemistry Styles that make every player and every team unique. Like real-world football, chemistry influences a team’s performance so building ideal chemistry within a squad enables a team to perform at its best. Each Chemistry Style has a unique effect on the way a player performs by enhancing different player attributes. There are a variety of different styles that can be applied at every position. After crafting squads, fans will be able to test their talents in the popular Seasons mode—now expanded to 10 divisions— or in online single games and tournaments. Plus, new streamlined search filters will help target coveted players in the Transfer Market as fans re-shape their teams based on the real-world performances of their favorite players.
  • Skill Games - A competitive practice mode that enable players to learn or master the fundamental skills necessary to compete at FIFA 14. Become a better player, faster, no matter what your skill level, competing against yourself or friends in all-new mini-games.
  • Career Mode - Search for talent year-round with the new Global Transfer Network that brings the world of professional scouting to life. Develop and refine your own scouting network. Evaluate footballers to uncover the attributes of players who could bolster your squad during the transfer windows. A new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.
  • Complete Authenticity - Over 30 leagues, more than 600 clubs and 16,000 players.

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 16 - View All
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.


Hot News, Previews and Features

OS Blogs

New Videos and Screenshots

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Sports / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 19 - View All
Saturday, July 20, 2013
09:08 AM - July 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



Havok’s Leading Middleware Technology to Power KONAMI’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

Pro Evolution Soccer Franchise Uses Havok’s Physics, Animation Studio and Cloth Technologies to Enhance Soccer Gameplay Experience

Havok™, a leading provider of 3D interactive game development technology, today announced that it is working with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to provide advanced physics, animation and cloth simulation technologies to deliver a true-to-life and graphically advanced soccer experience for all the players of Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2014, the highly-anticipated new entry in the 82.3-million-selling soccer franchise.

“Player movements and physics are key components of a lively game, so it’s a true honor for Havok to power these elements in Konami’s incredible PES 2014,”said Arnaud Saint-Martin, Asia Regional Director at Havok. “The Pro Evolution Soccer team has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a football game, and in these years, Havok has worked with this talented team to integrate Havok’s technology to help take the realism of PES even further. We think football fans will appreciate how Havok technology will blur the line between the sport and simulation, and provide a football experience that looks as real as can be.”

The product of several years of collaboration between Havok and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., PES 2014 offers advanced Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok Cloth technology, for a comprehensive simulation of each on-field player. Each player’s intricate movements are naturally represented according to the individual players’ mass and physique, and each uniform reacts realistically according to the players’ moves and speed.

"Pro Evolution Soccer needless to say is a leading sports franchise played worldwide," said Tadahiro Manmoto, Asia Developers Relation Manager at Havok. "It is really an honor that PES 2014 integrated Havok technologies to bring even more advanced experiences to football fans all over the world. I'm confident players will be excited by more realistic representation of players in the field. We are so proud that Havok technologies and dedicated support helped make it possible."

Havok is also used in many other games, including Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

For more information about Havok, please visit: www.havok.com.

Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 0 - View All
09:00 AM - July 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted some more Need For Speed Rivals screenshots.

Game: Need For Speed RivalsReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All