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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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Friday, August 28, 2015
02:56 PM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has released their NHL 16 player ratings for the top 10 goalies in the game, along with screenshots of each one of them in action.

The team looked at a goalie's reflexes, puck control, and athletic ability when deciding their overall rating. Check them out below and post your thoughts.

1. Carey Price - (Overall Rating - 94)
2. Henrik Lundqvist - (Overall Rating - 93)
3. Jonathan Quick - (Overall Rating - 93)
4. Tuukka Rask - (Overall Rating - 92)
5. Pekka Rinne - (Overall Rating - 92)
6. Braden Holtby - (Overall Rating - 91)
7. Sergei Bobrovsky - (Overall Rating - 90)
8. Cory Schneider - (Overall Rating - 90)
9. Semyon Varlamov - (Overall Rating - 89)
10. Frederik Andersen - (Overall Rating - 89)

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All
11:44 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 146th episode of the Press Row Podcast is our official Madden 16 Review Roundtable. The show is actually another two-parter; up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Madden Creative Director Mike Young and Assistant Producer Jake Stein to talk about this year's opening cinematic. The three chat about how it came together, the thought process behind it, and the challenges experienced at launch. Up next, Rich is joined by Owen Good, Bryan Wiedey, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Gus Ramsey to explore Madden 16 in depth. It's one of our most popular episodes each year!


Joining us this week:Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one 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), and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Run Time: 2 Hours, 11 Minutes

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All
11:32 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Shut it Down Diamond Dynasty packs are available now, and throughout the weekend, for MLB 15 The Show costing 10,000 stubs.

Each pack contains 3 player cards from the best relievers and closers. You are guaranteed 1 Gold card or higher with 10 times the chance of receiving a diamond.

Below is a list of players available in packs:
  • Craig Kimbrel
  • Dellin Betances
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Wade Davis
  • Koji Uehara
  • David Robertson
  • Trevor Rosenthal
  • Zach Britton
  • Andrew Miller
  • Cody Allen
  • Ken Giles
  • Drew Storen
  • Glen Perkins
  • Darren O'Day
  • Mark Melancon
  • Roberto Osuna
  • Kevin Siegrist
  • Carson Smith
  • Tony Watson
  • Junichi Tazawa
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Pedro Baez
  • AJ Ramos
  • Sergio Romo
  • Hector Rondon
  • Justin Wilson
  • Jeurys Familia
  • Joe Smith
  • Shawn Tolleson
  • Pedro Strop
  • Josh Fields
  • Luke Gregerson
  • Will Harris
  • Andrew Chafin
  • Hunter Strickland
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • Blaine Hardy
  • Keone Kela
  • Alex Wilson
  • Sean Gilmartin
  • Will Smith
  • Zach McAllister
  • Shawn Kelley
  • Jeremy Jeffress
  • Brad Brach
  • Travis Wood
  • Mark Lowe
  • Brian Matusz
  • Liam Hendriks
  • Franklin Morales
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 28 - View All
09:08 AM - August 28, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the latest Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 trailer, featuring all 10 skaters in the game. For those of you that haven't been following along with the title, you can choose from the following skaters:
  • Tony Hawk
  • Riley Hawk
  • Chris Cole
  • David Gonzalez
  • Lizzie Armanto
  • Nyjah Huston
  • Leticia Bufoni
  • Andrew Reynolds
  • Aaron "Jaws" Homoki
  • Ishod Wair
Activision Community Manager, Josh Engen, has posted more details about the new Create-A-Park feature in the game, which includes over 250 usable objects.

Start out by selecting your location (beach, skatepark, school, warehouse, and a super-secret locale), select the size of your park (small, medium, large) and start designing your park.

Building a park that has perfect, skatable lines with enough variability that skaters are forced to be creative is difficult, but THPS5 allows players to seamlessly switch between skate-mode and editing mode. So, as I created my own park, I would repeatedly pause construction to skate and reskate the new lines, adjusting them slightly to increase or decrease their difficulty.

THPS 5 comes out on September 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and November 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. You can pre-order it now. For more Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 news, screenshots and videos, check out this page.

Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 2 - View All
Thursday, August 27, 2015

After giving away a free Baseball is Better Diamond Dynasty pack (valued at 15,000 stubs) for MLB 15 The Show fans last week, the team is giving away 2 free packs this week.

Simply log into Diamond Dynasty and receive one Gold Sponsor pack and one random pack (valued at 12,000 stubs) from the list below:
  • Dev’s Choice
  • April Topps 50
  • May Topps 50
  • June Topps 50
  • July Topps 50
  • Heavy Hitters
  • Trades and Rumors
  • All I Do Is Win
NOTE: With the reintroduction of Limited Time Equipment, the Gold Sponsor Pack may have something special.

Let us know what you grabbed in your packs.

The team has also made some improvements to the economic landscape of the marketplace, which include:
  • Reintroducing Limited Time Equipment: "Stars and Stripes" and "Camo" equipment will be back in circulation for an indefinite amount of time. We always wanted to bring it back sometime, so why not now? Lots of limited time equipment was stock piled on troll accounts that have been banned, so we need more back in circulation anyway.
  • Cap on Stub Balance and Order Amount: We are setting a Stub Balance Cap at 10 million Stubs. If you had played 24 hours a day since the game launched you still would not have even a tenth of this cap. We are also reducing anyone with over 10 million Stubs to 10 million. This will put a ceiling on the negative affect any one troll could have on the marketplace and it only affects about .01% (1% of 1%) of users. The few affected will get a super awesome package of packs. We also have placed a cap on the max transaction amount to prevent outrageous orders that have no business being on the marketplace.
  • Buy-Order Reset: In order to properly apply the Stub Balance Cap mentioned above, we have reset all Buy-Orders on the marketplace, returning posted Stubs to their owners.
  • Marketplace Caps: transactions cannot exceed 500k Stubs. This happened a few days ago.
Source - The Show Nation

Game: MLB 15 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 28 - View All
06:05 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by grodbetatted. Written by Steve Noah

The NBA Live Stream Team have posted a video interview with the Sean O'Brien and Erika Esola-Imburgio.

There are some audio issues at the beginning, but it clears up later on. Mrprice33 has given us an update on some of the details mentioned below, but watch and listen to the interview here.
  • The gameplay here is from Live 15
  • Editing talk at about 15:30- Sean said "I want to take the responsibility to ensure that the 450 or so players in the game and the things happening with them is accurate."
  • At 17:00 he talks about the tip-off going straight to the PG. Will remain the same for 16 but they want to get it fixed for 17.
  • Goal is to have roster updates at least once weekly for ratings, equipment, etc. "If anything major happens it'll be updated the next day."
  • 20:00 is talk about AI improvements, Live Motion, team sets, etc. Heavy investment on AI improvements on offense and defense. "Haven't had a Live game where you can guard the basketball as well as in 16." Says that teams like the Warriors will play a lot faster and have a unique identity.
  • 22 minutes or so is ratings talk. Erika says that 90+ ratings are reserved for superstars, and that there's a bigger drop off between them and stars/rotation players/etc
  • 29 minutes: multiple versions of players for LUT. 93 Larry Bird is different from Legend Larry Bird. Rookie LeBron.
  • 32 minutes: can deny the ball this year, lot of work with defensive AI, players recognize when they are 1 or 2 passes away. Can't barrel over helpside defenders and get to the rim, more jostling and dribble bumps, more turnovers in paint.
  • 34:30: cannot fake dribble handoff, but it's defensible with coverages like pick and roll. Sean mentions that they've shown gameplay and will show it again on demo day. Seems to indicate no more raw gameplay footage.
  • Then at around 37 minutes he says there is something coming next week with raw gameplay. So do with that what you will.
  • 42 minutes talks about transition play, different per team, spacing is better with hit ahead and shooters finding the corners. Manual boxing out is in the game, get rewarded for it in teammate grade in Live Run/Summer Circuit.
  • 45 minutes: When asked if there have been any improvements to dynasty, Sean says that it's better but there has been no real innovation there this year, something they want to focus on for 17. Pivots to Pro-Am as real focus for this year, along with controls and gameplay.
  • 49 minutes: 6 different cameras this year, new default camera, hybrid between baseline and sideline camera.

Game: NBA Live 16Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 23 - View All
05:01 PM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA 2K16 is introducing over 1,500 tattoo designs that you can move, scale, rotate and layer onto your MyPLAYER. Fans will be able to apply tattoos to the chest, back, neck, legs and arms.

Check out the video here, or on YouTube at a higher resolution here.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All

EA Sports is currently recording commentary for the upcoming East Lake Golf Club, the newest course for Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR.

As mentioned previously, the course will be free in late September and available in Play Now, Tour Pro career, and online modes.

Game: Rory McIlroy PGA TOURReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 5 - View All
11:38 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Forza Motorsport 6 demo is set to arrive on September 1, exclusively for Xbox One users. Check out the full car list at the official website, along with screenshots of the tracks included in the game.

The demo features a selection of the 450+ Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. You’ll experience highlights from the game’s 26 world-famous locales, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

Everyone who plays the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their garage in Forza Motorsport 6 for no additional cost. In addition, the demo will include additional features that allow fans to get even deeper into the Forza Motorsport 6 experience.

Forza Motorsport 6 arrives on September 15, but for those of you willing to shell out $99.99 for the Forza Motorsport 6 Ultimate Edition, you can get it on September 10.

For more news, screenshots and videos on Forza Motorsport 6, check out this page.

Game: Forza Motorsport 6Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
09:16 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Last season’s Operation Sports Fantasy Football Championship was a huge success, so we’re bringing it back for 2015!

For the first 10 weeks of the NFL regular season, you’ll be able to enter weekly qualifier leagues that offer $500+ in guaranteed prizes! If you win a weekly qualifier, you’ll gain entry to an EXCLUSIVE league in week 11 that offers $500 in free cash prizes, all courtesy of our partner FanDuel.

At FanDuel, there’s no need to commit to an entire season of fantasy football – each league lasts just one week. All you need to do is pick a nine-player team that fits under the salary cap, so there’s no waiting around for a draft. There are thousands of leagues open each week – starting for as low as $1.

Those new to FanDuel can sign up with promo code OS100 to receive a 100 percent deposit bonus, up to $200, that you earn as you play.

It doesn’t get any better than this! Think you can beat the rest of the Operation Sports community? Yeah? Then prove it.

Week 1’s league starts on Sunday Sept 13th. The top 20 teams win cash, and first place wins $100. $5 entry. Click here to join!

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 19 - View All
08:50 AM - August 27, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The Project CARS Old vs. New Car Pack is available now for PlayStation 4 users for $3.49, along with free car pack #3. Check out the new trailer here.

While it is currently available for PlayStation 4, it's coming soon for Xbox One and PC users.

UPDATE: It is available on Steam, for PC users.

UPDATE #2: (9/1) It is available for Xbox One users.

Featuring three retro machines and their modern-day counterparts, the Old vs. New Car Pack showcases the lineage of three major manufacturers: Ford, BMW, and Ruf.

Available cars:
  • Ford Mustang & Ford Mustang GT
  • RUF CTR "Yellowbird" & Ruf RT12R (Free)
  • BMW 2002 Turbo & BMW 320TC WTCC

Game: Project CARSReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
04:28 PM - August 26, 2015. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The NHL 16 team continues to answer questions about the game at their Ask EA page. The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading. Other Q&A sessions have been posted here in the same fashion.

Will we get HUT coins from playing NHL Live moments ? I know we couldn't last year and I would like this feature to return.

No, you won't earn HUT coins from playing Moments Live.

Did you get rid of the talking between teams in EASHL games?

Hi Jovi, you will only be able to hear the opposing team during a specific point in the pre-game flow. Once in gameplay, you will only hear voice communications from your teammates.

Will the C of Red from Calgary be implemented during the Playoffs?

Yes it will.

Knowing that EASHL will be played with pre-created player classes, what will the stats for these players be high or average stats? For example, will a playmaker have similar stats to Crosby or more average like a Bozak?

It is tough to identify an exact player for each player class as we focused more on balance across the entire mode than trying to match a certain player. That said though, they are more like second line players rather than first line players in the sense that they are usually very talented in a particular area and average in the rest rather than being well rounded superstars like a Crosby who can shoot and deke as well as he can pass.

How up to date will the rosters be when the game is released?

The rosters are up to date as of the second week of July on the disc. The user can visit the roster update screen to download an update if and when made available.

In Be a GM mode will free gent players on your team refuse to sign with my team again? You have added a chemistry feature so I wasn't sure if this would be part of that. It feels to easy and unrealistic to have every player willing to resign every year. It would be more challenging for a star player to not want to re-sign if the team is not making the playoffs.

Yes, in NHL 16 players will now refuse to re-sign with your team. This will occur when a player is very upset with the organization, the team has very low locker room chemistry or a player that wants to win but realizes your franchise is not in a state to win anytime soon. The same variables will also apply when trying to sign free agents during free agency. However this varies from player to player and is dependent on his personality.

In Be A Pro mode when your player is up for free agency will you be able to negotiate contracts at all?

When you become a free agent in NHL 16 Be A Pro you will be given a selection of 3-5 teams offers to choose from. The same way it has been in the past.

Is there going to be preseason in be a pro, gm, and season mode?

There is a preseason in Be A Pro and Be A GM modes but not in Season mode.

Will the Oilers new orange jersey be in the game?

Yes, the Edmonton Oilers orange jersey will be in NHL 16.

Will you guys going back to star potential for players?

Hi Gabriel, for NHL 16 we will be leaving the potentials as they were in NHL on the Xbox One and PS4 and not going back to the star potential system we had in past games.

Will there be authentic goal songs?

In NHL 16 we will have authentic goal songs for Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, Columbus, Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Will you have the Gila River Arena in NHL 16?

Gila River Arena will not be in NHL 16. Due to certain laws, rules and/or regulations in various jurisdictions, EA restricts the appearance of brands that pertain to gambling across all of its E or E-equivalent games and titles. Accordingly, due to the association with Gila River Casino, the Arizona Coyotes will be playing in a home arena called Arizona Arena not Gila River Arena in NHL 16.

I am interested in pre-ordering the to-be released NHL 16 Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4. I realize that pre-ordering the deluxe edition gets me $50 worth of HUT content. Also, I realize that pre-ordering NHL 16 from GameStop will get me $25 worth of HUT content. If I were to pre-order NHL 16 Deluxe Edition from GameStop, would I receive $75 worth of HUT content? Thanks!

If you pre-order the NHL 16 Deluxe Edition from GameStop you will receive $50 worth of HUT content. 40 HUT Gold Packs, 2 per week for 20 weeks. Pre-order offers are not stackable with the Deluxe Edition. To find out more visit our pre-order blog here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will I get 10 HUT packs as soon as I get the game if I pre-order / download the game from the Xbox store?

This offer only applies to players who owned NHL 15. If you owned NHL 15 and pre-order NHL 16 via digital download you will receive an additional 10 HUT Gold Packs when you enter into NHL 16 HUT for the first time. This is on top of the 15 HUT Gold Packs, 1 per week, you receive for pre-ordering.

When NHL 16 will be available for pre-order on the Xbox Marketplace?

NHL 16 is available to pre-order from the Xbox One Marketplace now.

What's different in the NHL 16 Deluxe Edition?

The in-game experience between NHL 16 Standard Edition and NHL 16 Deluxe Edition is the same. However, NHL 16 Deluxe Edition comes with $50 worth of Hockey Ultimate Team content. You will get 40 HUT Gold Packs, 2 per week for 20 weeks. More details are here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will you release top 50 player rating before the games come out, like last year?

We will be revealing ratings at the end of August.

The EA site says we can get 25 gold packs for pre-ordering from GameStop, but their site says they only give 15?

When you pre-order NHL 16 Standard Edition from GameStop you will receive 1 HUT Gold Pack per week for 25 weeks. There are more details here: http://o.ea.com/40758

Will NHL 16 have the classic NHL 94 controls?

Yes it will.

Game: NHL 16Hype Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 33 - View All

Some of the NBA players that have posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have posted some low resolution NBA 2K16 screenshots of themselves, which included their NBA 2K16 ratings.

Here are some of those screenshots in a much higher resolution.

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All

Just like Day One and Day Two, NBA players are currently posting their NBA 2K16 player ratings, along with in-game screenshots of themselves in action. Below are the players that have either posted on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram today.

(Click the name(s) below, to see the screenshot. Once we get higher resolution screenshots, we will post them.)Previously confirmed player ratings: (Click the name(s) below, to see the screenshot)

Game: NBA 2K16Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 42 - View All

Last night, during Game Changers Radio, Kolbe Launchbaugh, Creative Director of Madden NFL 16, advised everyone to wait until the upcoming patch (no estimated date yet, but we have seen "less than six weeks" thrown around by the development team) arrives before starting their CFM.

He talks about it at roughly the 13 minute mark.
  • They are aware of everything the community is bringing to their attention
  • They are addressing many of those items in a patch coming soon (no estimated date given)
  • You should wait until the patch is released before starting your CFM, as some of the fixes will require client side and server side fixes
No details have been given on what fixes are being implemented as of yet, but for now, it would be wise not to start your Madden NFL 16 CFM yet.

As for what could be in the patch. This is all speculation but here are some of the known CFM issues:
  • Ratings boost from drive goals making some players go over 100 overall. There is no workaround right now, drive goals are always on even if you don't keep notifications going on your screen.
  • Regression being overly harsh on offensive linemen (seems to be more pass blocking than anything else) that causes their ratings to fall quite drastically. This appears to stem more from SuperSim or simulating games as linemen give up too many sacks and then regress.
  • Rookies coming in that are not scaled to the new speed/deep accuracy ratings Madden is using on default rosters. So many new rookies can come in after season one and be better than most everyone else in the game at certain things. (This one seems like it would obviously be a reason you have to start your franchise over because rookies are put in your Year 1 CFM from the start of the season.)
Other issues we are tracking but haven't confirmed on staff ourselves:
  • QBs getting too many carries during a game (in SuperSim but not regular sims).
  • Re-signing players to really crazy bargains (that is, superstars taking major discounts).

Game: Madden NFL 16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 7 - View All