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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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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
02:17 PM - August 24, 2011. Posted by 23. Written by Steve Noah

SLAM has posted their NBA 2K12 hands-on preview.

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You know how in most basketball games—well, probably in most sports games in general—there’s a kind of invisible wall surrounding the court/playing field, so if you’re controlling a player and run him out of bounds, he’ll just be stopped by a supernatural force? That doesn’t really exist anymore. If you run a defender into the scorer’s table, just like in real life, he’ll jump up and hop into the crowd, then gather himself and get back into the action. If you run him into the sidelines, he’ll leap over the folks lucky enough to be seated courtside before curbing his momentum and turning around. Cool, no?

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
02:14 PM - August 24, 2011. Posted by 23. Written by Steve Noah

Dime Magazine has posted their NBA 2K12 hands-on preview.

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After playing 2K12 for a few minutes, it was obvious that there were some widespread changes once again. Although last year’s game physics were pretty awesome, posting up was a little too difficult, speed dribbling was a little too effective, and crossovers were a little too devastating against other users. Not anymore.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
12:51 PM - August 24, 2011. Posted by ifriedrice. Written by Steve Noah

Check out 10 new NBA 2K12 screenshots.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
05:47 AM - August 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

IGN has posted their Grand Slam Tennis 2 hands-on preview. In the article they touch on the new Total Racquet Control system, among a few other things. Anyone looking forward to this one?

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The key innovation is Total Racquet Control, which takes its cues from other EA series' like Skate and Fight Night. Essentially the right stick becomes the racquet, and there are a number of ways to hit the ball – pull back and flick forwards for top spin, tap forward for a flat shot, and pull back and then release for a slice. Modifier buttons allow for drop shots and lobs, while aiming is based on the direction you push the stick during the various motions.

The system was the result of a fair bit of iteration, according to Thomas Singleton, the line producer on the game. "When we first started working on it," he told us, "we started getting pretty complex with Total Racquet Control. It was more like a Fight Night with lots of swooping motions. It doesn't work well with the fast twitch experience where a tennis ball is travelling past you at upwards of a hundred miles an hour at times in real life, and pretty close to that within the virtual world." Instead, they focused on getting the aiming right and giving players control over the depth of their shots – using the full court, in other words.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 2 - View All
12:13 AM - August 24, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

In a follow up article we linked to the other day, Kotaku has revealed why Charles Barkley isn’t appearing in NBA 2K12.

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2K Sports attempted to include basketball great Charles Barkley in NBA 2K12's "NBA's Greatest" mode, showcasing dozens of superstars spanning the game's history, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement bringing the hall-of-famer to the video game. He will not appear in NBA 2K12.

"There's no doubt in our minds that Charles is and should always be a key part of the conversation as it relates to who are the NBA's Greatest players of all time," a 2K Sports spokesperson told Kotaku. "We have a very positive relationship with Sir Charles and while we were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, we share everyone's hope that he may one day appear in our game."

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
06:13 PM - August 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
05:52 AM - August 23, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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NHL 12 demo is available now, please play a few games and post your impressions here. The demo weighs in at 1.34 GB. Available now for 360, later this afternoon for PS3.

UPDATE: PS3 demo is available now.

What's included in the demo? Check out the NHL 12 demo announcement blog.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All

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

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GI: A lot of people also want to hear about improvements to the career mode, which looks like has gotten some interesting content added where activities away from the pitch matter in the course of a career. Could you clue us into some new features on this mode as well?

Jaramillo: This year Career Mode will initiate transactions and scenarios to test your resolve as a manager. For example, there will be bigger decisions to make and more dynamic challenges. Evaluation Logic has been improved to reflect a player’s true value, and we added a new scouting feature to better identify players. Career Mode is now driven by the same drama, storylines and emotion of the real world. If it happens in real life, it can happen in our game. Managing team chemistry is vital to your success, players react like they do in real life to playing time, form, injuries, league position, and player morale impacts the game on the pitch. Storylines are created through Career Mode and then dynamically fed into the game. Plus, we have expanded Transfer Deadline Day to bring more emotion, urgency and drama to the mode.Career Mode is a feature that our core fans love, and we know the best way to build an experience they want is to listen. We’ve also done many testing sessions with fans to give us feedback on this year’s Career Mode. The community suggested features that we have integrated into the game, including, Email System, Loans, and Extended Transfer Deadline, and we have improved fundamental elements of the mode, such as player growth and team budgets.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
Monday, August 22, 2011

By now, most of you have already seen the new NBA 2K12 NBA's Greatest trailer.

We have captured 80 NBA 2K12 screenshots from that trailer, that might reveal a few little things you may have missed. What catches your eye or peaks your interest the most?

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
08:16 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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New England Patriots

Gun Ace Pair Flex-Pats Smash Stick

The New England Patriots and MVP QB Tom Brady love to get their Tight End's involved in the offense as rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez combined to haul in 16 touchdown passes. On this play, the two Tight Ends will line up to the right side of the formation and run a stick concept while the backside receivers will run a hitch/corner or smash. This is a quick and easy read for Brady and is a common play used early in the game to help get the offense in a rhythm.


New York Jets

Dollar 3-2-6 Zero Blitz

The New York Jets arguably are the most aggressive defensive team in the NFL. The Jets strong play at the cornerback positions gives them the ability to blitz frequently while using zero coverage in the secondary. Dollar 3-2-6 Zero Blitz is a six man blitz scheme that employs zero coverage meaning there's no deep safety help in the secondary.


Miami Dolphins

3-4 Cross 3 Fire

The Miami Dolphins 3-4 scheme takes full advantage of the depth they have at the linebacker position. The Dolphins use a variety of stunts and blitzes with their front seven to keep opposing offenses off balance. 3-4 Cross 3 Fire calls for both inside linebackers to blitz while crossing each other's path.


Buffalo Bills

Strong Slot Bills-Bills Go's RB Cross

The Buffalo Bills were one of the few teams in the NFL to use the Pistol formation during the past season. In this Pistol set, the Bills try for a big play down the field by streaking both outside wide receivers and putting the slot receiver on a deep dig route. This route combination will force the defense to drop off to cover the deep routes, and if they do, it will allow the running backs to be open underneath on crossing routes.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:11 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012Reader Score: 6.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS2 / PS3 / Wii / PSP / PCVotes: 4 - View All
04:59 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Destructoid has posted their UFC Undisputed 3 hands-on preview.

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Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was the game's new and improved control scheme for entry level users. For the more casual fight fan who just wants to get in and start tapping out fools, a new "Amateur" control option allows for a simpler ground game. Instead of the sometimes complicated quarter- and half-circle right analog stick movements, the game replaces them with much simpler up-and-down movements. Going from top or side control to full mount is only a few well timed flicks of the sticks away.

Game: UFC Undisputed 3Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 11 - View All
03:24 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by Papi34. Written by Steve Noah


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NEW F1 2011™ VIDEO RECREATES GREAT MOMENTS FROM THE SEASON SO FAR

Gameplay Video, Including First Footage of the Safety Car Available

Los Angeles – August 22, 2011 Codemasters® today released the latest gameplay trailer for F1 2011. The new video recreates some of the best moments from the thrilling 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ in game and is available to view now at www.facebook.com/formula1game.

Featuring the first footage of the highly anticipated Safety Car, the video includes some of the amazing wheel to wheel action that's taken place around the globe this year such as Jenson Button's thrilling win in Canada and Vitaly Petrov taking to the air in Malaysia.

F1 2011 will challenge players to “be the driver, live the life, go compete”, with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus 8 AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend to play through a full season in a new co-op Championship mode or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode. F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the highly anticipated 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP including the current FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPION Sebastian Vettel. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA at Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar.

F1 2011 launches for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows® on September 20, 2011. Bespoke handheld editions of F1 2011 are also in production for Nintendo 3DS™ and PlayStation® Vita, each designed to take advantage of the new platforms’ unique capabilities; specific release dates for the handheld editions are to be announced. To get all the news straight from the studio race over to http://www.facebook.com/formula1game or follow the team on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/formula1game.

Game: F1 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
03:08 PM - August 22, 2011. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

Wondering what the file sizes are for Madden NFL 12 EA Sports Season Ticket subscribers?

PS3 - 4.87 GB
360 - 4.72 GB

Both will be available on August 26th. Should be interesting to see what the speeds will be like.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All