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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
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
04:46 PM - May 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted another Madden NFL 25 blog, written by Creative Director Mike Young, as he goes deeper into Connected Franchise. Here are a few bullet points. Some you may or may not already know about.
  • Import draft classes from NCAA Football 14 into Madden NFL 25
  • Offline 32-team Control
  • Control player or coach in the same Connected Franchise
  • Goal to allow players as much control over their Franchise as possible
  • start a league with a Fantasy Draft Before you start your Franchise (online/offline)
  • Refined user interface, reworked the trade interface and added a transaction log
  • Added the ability to change your players’ positions (For example, move DB to WR, DE to LB)
  • More legends added
On the presentation side, we’ve got a lot of exciting additions for your Franchise experience. Darren Rovell, Paul Lukas, and Mike Clay are just a few of the new names in sports media that will bring added depth to the News Center. Commentators will also fill you in on standings, season stats, last week’s game and more. In addition, experience all-new branching Draft story lines brought to life by Trey Wingo AND Adam Schefter.
Source - Connected Franchise Deep Dive (EA Sports)

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All
04:06 PM - May 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the official Forza Motorsport 5 box art.

Just in case you missed it yesterday, here is the reveal trailer and screenshots. Forza Motorsport 5 will launch with the Xbox One, however no release date has been given as of yet.

Game: Forza Motorsport 5Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All


FIFA 14 Releases September 24 In North America

Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS™ is offering FIFA 14 Ultimate Team gold packs to fans who pre-order* FIFA 14 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. The release date for FIFA 14 is September 24, 2013 throughout North America.

FIFA Ultimate Team is the popular game mode within EA SPORTS FIFA that reflects the best recent real-world performances of the world’s best players. Over 3.4 million games of FIFA Ultimate Team are played daily, and over 17 million players are transferred through the transfer market on a daily basis, as millions of fans re-shape their squads based on the real-world performances of their favorite players.

Fans who pre-order the “Ultimate Pass” pre-order package will receive 24 FIFA Ultimate Team gold packs—one per week for 24 weeks—to help build their ultimate team. Each gold pack is a mix of 12 items, including players, contracts, stadiums, managers, staff, fitness, healing, balls, kits, and badges. Gold packs consist mostly of players rated 75+ in-game, and include one rare item, such as enhanced player attributes, longer contracts, and the most coveted players. The “Ultimate Pass” is available until midnight on September 23.

Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14. Innovations to the franchise’s award-winning** gameplay will make FIFA 14 the complete matchday experience, introducing features that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities. Great matches are achieved through measured build up and incredible finishing. A new feature in FIFA 14 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 will deliver engaging online*** features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club, making FIFA 14 football's social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.

Fueled by EA SPORTS™ IGNITE, FIFA 14 will also release worldwide within the next 12 months on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4, and will be available for pre-order soon. A video showcasing how EA SPORTS games will look and play on Xbox One can be viewed here.

*Conditions and restrictions apply. Please see www.easportsfootball.com for details.
** The FIFA franchise has won over 250 videogame awards since 2010 on HD consoles
*** Internet connection and Origin account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.

Game: FIFA Soccer 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 16 - View All
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
04:12 PM - May 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


Special Edition Content Revealed in New GRID 2 Gameplay Video

Ahead of this weekend’s Indy 500, Codemasters® today released a new gameplay video showing Dallara IndyCars racing at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The video reveals extra content, redeemable via download, to feature in a special edition of GRID 2 available to pre-order from Best Buy, which includes extra routes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The GRID 2 special edition from Best Buy includes:

The IndyCar Pack – featuring two extra routes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Circuit plus the Dallara IndyCar and Indy 500 Pace Car liveries for the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition.

GRID 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™ and will invite players race only the world’s most exciting racing cars on city streets, licensed circuits and open-roads. From Paris to Dubai and Barcelona to California, gamers will journey from rookie to racing superstar as they blaze to the top of World Series Racing, a new world of professional motorsport.

GRID 2 will ship to stores on May 28 and is available for pre-order now. Fans can keep up with all the latest updates straight from the studio by speeding over to www.gridgame.com and www.facebook.com/gridgame or follow the team at www.twitter.com/gridgame.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All

Joystiq has posted some new information on Madden NFL 25 which also includes a video.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 53 - View All
10:39 AM - May 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
More Gran Turismo 6 videos have surfaced, thanks to GTPlanet.

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Game: Gran Turismo 6Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3Votes: 5 - View All
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
07:22 PM - May 21, 2013. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

VSN has posted an interview with Madden NFL 25 Lead Designer for Connected Franchise, Josh Looman.

VSN: Coach Contracts for when we just play as Coaches? Will Owners be different in the coach they want depending on their style? How will CPU Owners handle 32 Human Coaches when it comes to firing and hiring someone new?

Josh Looman: We have built new logic in to the coach hiring process. We’ve added scouts and trainers to the game. So if you are an owner, you can hire a head coach, scout or trainer. If you are a coach, your owner will wait until the end of the offseason and make a decision on your contract. Last year if your contract was up, basically that was it. This year the team will actually look at you and make you an offer.

Coach Firing will still be a feature that you can turn off and on but if you are an owner you can be forced to sell the team if you are running it into the red. We are also working on a feature that if you are forced to sell a team, you can’t just rejoin that league as the owner of that team. You will have to take over another team. We don’t want people running a team into the ground as the owner in an online league and then turning around and running them into the ground even more. Everything as a coach and player will be back again this year.

A lot of decisions that we make sadly are the result of people trying to exploit the game. It’s not all about adding cool new things since we have to spend a lot of time coding to block exploits.

One of our favorite new features this year is the ability to relocate a team in owner mode but the community guys really wanted us to have the ability to turn it on or off by league so we put that in as an option to be decided by the commissioners and league members.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 53 - View All


Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA LIVE 14 and EA SPORTS UFC to Launch Within Next 12 Months

Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that it has developed EA SPORTS™ IGNITE (see the trailer here, if embedded video doesn't work), a new game engine that will power EA SPORTS games on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4. (Check out the blog and three more videos here) Fueled by EA SPORTS IGNITE, EA SPORTS games will be alive with players who think, move, and behave like real athletes and dynamic living worlds, transforming the way people play and experience games on next gen consoles. Created with the EA SPORTS IGNITE engine, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA LIVE 14, and EA SPORTS™ UFC, will each launch within the next 12 months.

EA SPORTS IGNITE blends new technology with the best rendering, run-time physics, animation, intelligence, locomotion, and online systems from across EA into one powerful, new engine. Athletes will possess human-like intelligence for advanced decision-making, players will have the agility required to change speeds and directions with true athletic motion, and living worlds will make the game experience as rich and dynamic as real-world stadiums and arenas.

“Through years of investment and innovation, we have built technology across EA SPORTS to create a game engine that will deliver stunning accuracy, realism and experiences that we previously could only dream about,” said Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President and Head of EA SPORTS. “With EA SPORTS IGNITE and the power of next generation consoles, our games will come alive—with more authenticity, more emotion, more connectivity, and more fun.”

Athletes in EA SPORTS next gen games will be able to make intelligent decisions with human-like reaction times. EA SPORTS IGNITE computes four times more calculations per second than previous consoles, unlocking nearly infinite potential for how players think, and enabling them to make more difficult decisions faster. Players are alive with contextual awareness and instincts—thinking, anticipating, and reacting—just like real athletes, and players are conscious of their environment. In FIFA 14, for example, a player’s sense of urgency increases as the match draws on and a goal is needed, rushing to take a free kick, corner, or goal-kick if time is running down.

EA SPORTS IGNITE will deliver the dynamic movements and biomechanics of the world’s best athletes. With 10 times more animation depth and detail than previous consoles, and thousands of new sport-specific animations to drive new locomotion systems, players now plant, pivot and cut, quickly change speeds, and shift momentum with the agility and explosiveness of superstar athletes.

EA SPORTS games for the next generation will have stunning accuracy and visuals. By creating living worlds, the in-game environment is now as dynamic as real-world stadiums and arenas that change throughout a match. For the first time ever, 3D crowds and dynamic sidelines will impact the experience, and rich sports atmospheres will change organically based on the progress of a match. Player actions will change depending on the situation, and crowds will have an expectation of how a game is likely to play out, and react accordingly.

Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, EA SPORTS UFC and NBA LIVE 14, will release worldwide within the next 12 months on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and will be available for pre-order soon. Madden NFL 25 will release in North America on August 27 and worldwide on August 30 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. FIFA 14 will also be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PC and additional platforms. The release date has not yet been announced.

Platform: Xbox One

We have posted 43 more Madden NFL 25 screenshots, captured from the latest Connected Franchise Owner Mode trailer.

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All

Check out 20 new MotoGP 13 screenshots, right here.

One of MotoGP’s official commentators lends his voice to the official video game of the MotoGP 2013 season!

Publisher PQube, along with Milestone, one of the most successful racing videogame developers for consoles and PC, announces the inclusion of one of MotoGP’s most recognized voices as the in-game commentator for MotoGP 13, the official game of the MotoGP™ World Championship 2013, due for release in June 2013.

To watch the gameplay video, click here.

Gavin Emmett has long been associated with MotoGP, well known for being both a journalist and a commentator, most notably for the official MotoGP website, the sport's international English broadcast and the BBC's Red Button service. He was in a London recording studio just a few weeks ago recording commentary and voice overs to be used in the upcoming MotoGP 13 video game. His voice is now currently being implemented into the game that will be released in June this year during the 2013 MotoGP season which runs from 7th April up until 10th November.

MotoGP 13 is a new start for the MotoGP video game franchise, with Milestone regaining the official license once again, based on fans over riding consensus that the ‘08 version of the game, also developed by Milestone, is the best MotoGP video game ever! Milestone have taken on the challenge to out-do their previous iteration of the franchise by developing a brand new game engine especially for MotoGP 13, giving the game realism, depth, playability and excitement.

“Using Gavin for the commentary is just another detail which adds to the unrivaled realism of the game and is a nice connection to what’s going on in the real life world of MotoGP. It gives the game an added sense of authenticity, with Gavin’s professionalism and in-depth knowledge providing a natural and exciting feel to the in-game audio, drawing you into the action even more.” commented Martine Saunders, PQube’s Senior Product Manager.

Developed by Milestone studio, MotoGP 13 is currently available to Pre-Order and is scheduled for release in June 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3, Windows PC and PlayStation®Vita.

Game: MotoGP 13Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS VitaVotes: 0 - View All
09:04 AM - May 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Madden NFL 25 gives you the option to relocate your franchise within the Connected Franchise mode. Follow along with Shopmaster, as he relocates the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Source - Connected Franchise: Relocating Your Franchise in Madden NFL 25 (MyMaddenPad)

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 53 - View All
08:51 AM - May 21, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Two more GRID 2 videos have arrived this morning, take a look below.

(GRID 2 - Yas Marina Race)

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(GRID 2 Uncovered - Dubai Endurance)

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GRID 2 arrives in stores on May 28th for PC, PS3 and 360.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
Monday, May 20, 2013

Out of the Park Developments Announces the Sale of Title Bout Championship Boxing to P.I.S.D. Ltd.

TBCB 2013 to be Released on 10th June, 2013

Out of the Park Developments today announced the sale of its boxing management simulation Title Bout Championship Boxing to P.I.S.D. Ltd. A new version of the game, Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013, is available from P.I.S.D. for pre-orders now and will ship on 10th June 2013. Everyone who pre-orders gets immediate access to the current Beta version of the game.

There are plenty of Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 screenshots, right here.

P.I.S.D. already maintains a relationship with Out of the Park Developments -- P.I.S.D.'s programming library has been used in Out of the Park Baseball for PC/Mac/Linux/iOS for the past several years.

Andreas Raht, who co-founded Out of the Park Developments with Markus Heinsohn, said: "We have decided to focus on our flagship series, Out of the Park Baseball, as well as iOOTP Baseball 2013 for iOS and Franchise Hockey Manager, which is in public Beta right now and will ship this September. We are happy to see development of Title Bout Championship Boxing continue under the watchful eye of P.I.S.D."

Paul Norman, who co-founded P.I.S.D. with Marc Vaughan, added: "Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 is a labour of love for me, so I am thrilled to take on ownership of the game. Marc and I are glad that Out of the Park Developments entrusted the series to us."

The first edition of Title Bout Championship Boxing (TBCB) was released in 2003 to critical acclaim, including an 8.1/10 score from Gamespot. Versions 2 and 2.5 followed later. The game features thousands of real boxers maintained by dedicated community members, with the ability to re-stage classic bouts or create "What if?" scenarios, such as pitting Sugar Ray Robinson against Marvin Hagler. TBCB can even be used to forecast upcoming fights.

Title Bout Championship Boxing also features Top Ten lists, complete statistics, revised and multiple ranking systems, full editing capabilities, and much more. Trainers, corner men, and referees are all part of the simulation, adding an extra dimension of realism.

Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 adds many new features, including: enhanced radio-style commentary; more realistic crowd noises; pseudo-animated fighters who throw punches, clinch, and get knocked down; ring girls who parade between rounds; organisational rankings; the ability to import multiple images of each fighter, as well as pictures of famous boxing venues; a revamped auto-scheduling tool; and much more.

Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 sells for $19.99 for one license containing two serial numbers that can be installed on two computers at the same time. There is a $10 discount if the buyer owns any previous version of the game. The game runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with the same licenses working across all three systems. The game can be found here.

iOS and Android versions of TBCB 2013 are in development. More news about them will be released soon.

Game: Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Android / iOS / Mac / PCVotes: 1 - View All
07:30 PM - May 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA SPORTS NHL 14 Cover Vote Hits Semifinals

Pavel Datsyuk vs. Martin Brodeur; John Tavares vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

EA SPORTS™, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA®) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the semifinal matchups in the next round of the EA SPORTS NHL®14 Cover Vote. Voting for this round is now live and fans can vote an unlimited number of times at NHL.com/CoverVote. The round closes on May 26 at 11:59pm ET. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be revealed as the NHL 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final.

NHL® 14 Cover Vote Quarterfinals Recap

The Quarterfinal matchups were very tight as each matchup came down to the wire:
  • Datsyuk vs. Lupul: Pavel Datsyuk narrowly defeated his opponent in the last round, sneaking by Joffrey Lupul in what was the tightest matchup of the round.
  • Brodeur vs. van Riemsdyk: James van Riemsdyk made things interesting for Martin Brodeur as they battled for a spot in the semifinals. Ultimately, Brodeur’s increased social media activity powered him through.
  • Tavares vs. Simmonds: The Philadelphia Flyers saw their hopes of back-to-back covers dashed as John Tavares rallied on the final day to eliminate Wayne Simmonds from contention.
  • Bobrovsky vs. Hall: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky continues to make waves in the cover vote. Bobrovsky defeated Taylor Hall to secure his spot.
Twitter Vote Thursdays

This year fans can double their voting power by using these player specific hashtags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.” Each player specific hashtag used on Twitter on Thursdays will be counted as two official votes. Fans can join the conversation about the cover vote every day by using #NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram.

NHL 14 will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. NHL 14 releases on Sept. 10, 2013, in North America and Sept. 13, 2013 worldwide.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 6 - View All