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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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Friday, June 10, 2016

Ducati - 90th Anniversary is available digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC/STEAM today for $39.99. Read the press release below.

In collaboration with Italy’s premiere motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati®, Square Enix® and Milestone announced that Ducati – 90th Anniversary is digitally available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam (PC) for $39.99. With 39 iconic models divided across seven eras from the 50’s to today, players can relive 90 years of the legendary brand in one complete experience from the leading motorcycle video game developer.

As an incredible spin off to Milestone’s successful motorcycle simulator RIDE, players will immerse themselves through several event challenges spanning across Ducati’s most important and historical events. Ducati – 90th Anniversary boasts extensive content including bikes of various eras such as the classic 125 Desmo (1958), the 500 Panteh (1970), the highly exclusive 1199 Panigale Superleggra (2014) and the high performance Monster S4RS Tricolore, among others. Players can take these bikes into the Ducati World Tour or compete online and challenge 11 other racers to be the best rider in the world.

The game also features five road tracks (Stelvio Park, Kanto Temples, Sierra Nevada, French Riviera and North Wales) and eight faithfully reproduced racetracks (Imola, Potrero de Los Funes, Alméria, Road America, Magny Cours, Donington and Sugo). Fans of the Ducati brand will also be excited about the inclusion of the Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli," the setting for so many legendary races and also for the nine editions of World Ducati Week, the famous gathering that brings together Ducatists from all over the world every two years.

Players can learn more about Ducati’s rich and storied history in the game’s interactive museum, with technical and historical details that have rendered every famous vehicle.

Game: DUCATI - 90th AnniversaryReader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Shady is back at it again with some NBA Finals game 3 highlights, with an assist from WWE 2K16.

Game: WWE 2K16Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 3 - View All
07:18 PM - June 9, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Xbox One users can download and play Rocket League for free, starting now through Sunday evening at just before midnight PT. Free access will not be permanent, once the free multiplayer weekend promo is over, so is your access.

Source - Xbox

Game: Rocket LeagueReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 4 - View All
07:00 AM - June 9, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

PES 2016 patch 1.05 and data pack 4 are available now. Data Pack 4 adds several national team kit updates, plus two new Adidas boot styles.

Check out the patch details below.

General
  • Stopping or interrupting games occurs when users select [Back] in the Player details in GAME PLAN.
  • When a goalkeeper takes a goal kick and the ball goes outside of the Goal line in the penalty area, the game play would not be interrupted.
myClub
  • If users operate Stamina Recovery in the play-off of Competitions then begin the match, the stamina would not be recovered.
  • While users are playing in the competitions and invited to [Online Challenge Cup] or [VS COM Challenge Cup] to play the match, the all matches that users play after that, would become competition mathces.
Master League&Become A Legend
  • If a player transfers from AFC Champions League unqualified team to AFC Champions League qualified team, the schedule keeps scrolling and the match date is not specified in the window of Forward Time.
Source - OPE

Game: PES 2016Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

NHL 17 Producers are answering questions on their Ask NHL page, similar to how they did it last year. If you have questions, make sure to submit them here.

We've posted some of the questions and answers below, click here to read them all.

How has skating been improved?

Skating has been improved in a lot of ways. We looked at responsiveness in pivots, ability to interrupt a pivot when it physically makes sense, ensuring that proper momentum and acceleration is consistent across all turning (deking, protecting the puck, etc.) which makes the puck carrier’s agility more realistic. We also worked a lot on facing angles and the control you have on defense to angle puck carriers, specifically looking at the angles and speeds you can take cross overs at before having to rotate your hips. You will also notice that you can step out and accelerate in a new direction like you can from a stop at speeds that makes it physically possible, rather than having to take a longer pivot out to convert your momentum like you do at high speeds.

Will new Goalie AI accompany the new animations?

Yes. In adding new blocking saves, the goalies save mechanics have been updated as well, so goalies will move their body into shots rather than making a limb based save which ultimately made them more vulnerable to be beat. They also know to stay tighter to their posts when the puck is down low and passes and shots are coming in tight to the net.

Can you talk about crease battles and cross crease goals from last year?

Yes. When we looked at one of the main issues for defenders it was the ability to tightly mark a player in front of the net or on the weak side. Last year, there was a big focus on getting defensive deflections and interceptions right but this year, we really wanted to focus on that close defending of a player. With net battles and extended stick lifts, you are given tools to tie up a player in front of the net so that you can take the goal side position and move them out from screening your goalie, tie up their stick, or simply just get in the way of them making a play.

Will there be a defensive skill stick?

No, there won't be a defensive skill stick for this year. Knowing that we needed a way to tightly mark a player in front, we focused on the addition of Net Battles and extended stick tie ups. Through discussions with the community, the GameChangers and internally, there were ideas on how a defensive skill stick could work but at this point there isn't a plan on how it wouldn't compromise other controls in one way or another. In theory, having more control is always better but we want to ensure if we go down that path, it is ultimately able to achieve that goal without taking control away elsewhere.

Will there be GM Connected in NHL 17?

GM Connected will not be in NHL 17.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
11:00 AM - June 8, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Take a look at wishlists for almost any annualized sports game and you'll see fans requesting changes to commentary. It's an area of the video games that is one of the most difficult to reproduce from actual televised broadcasts. Once a commentary team is in place developers hesitate to make major changes, as the audio libraries continue to build year-by-year and priorities inevitably are directed elsewhere. Scrapping and starting over is rare.

The Madden NFL series is one of the few that has done so however - and multiple times in the last decade. The latest is about to take place as Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis will be replacing Jim Nantz and Phil Simms with Madden NFL 17.

Rich Grisham interviews Gaudin and Davis, along with Madden producer Christian McLeod, in this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass. The group discusses everything from how the antiquated commentary system has been "blown up" for Madden 17, why Gaudin and Davis were selected for their respective positions in the booth, how commentary may differ from mode-to-mode, examples of some bizarre lines they've had to record, and the work that will be done regularly during the season to update commentary.

Joining us this week:
  • Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
  • Charles Davis (@CFD22) Fox Sports/NFL Network
  • Brandon Gaudin (@BrandonGaudin) Georgia Tech/Westwood One/Turner
  • Christian McLeod (@CMcLeod_EA) EA Sports
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Run Time: 1 Hour, 7 Minutes

Don’t forget about your chance to own Out of the Park Baseball 17 for 10% off! Just go to ootpdevelopments.com, click on the OOTP 17 banner, then enter the promotional code "PRESS17" at checkout to take another 10% off the price.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All

A new commentary team featuring Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color commentary and analysis) will replace Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in Madden NFL 17. The team will be able to add new commentary to the game throughout the entire season.

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Today EA Tiburon revealed the new commentary team that will be calling the games in Madden NFL 17. Brandon Gaudin will be the new voice providing play-by-play, with Charles Davis adding color commentary and analysis. Thanks to unprecedented access to Davis and Gaudin, Madden NFL 17 will ship with the most commentary ever at launch. This year’s game also features the opportunity to add commentary updates throughout the NFL season on Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

Brandon Gaudin will be joining the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer this fall after being the Voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets since 2013. Additionally, he has been named the lead college football play-by-play voice for Westwood One Sports, and will also call occasional NFL games for the network. Gaudin will continue to serve as one of the voices for Westwood One’s coverage of men’s basketball, including conference championship week and the NCAA Tournament.

Charles Davis is best known for his work on the NFL Network and NFL on FOX. This past season he could be seen providing analysis each week during NFL on FOX broadcasts, as well as providing extensive coverage of the NFL Draft on NFL Network. Davis is known for his meticulous and detailed knowledge of the NFL, which he will bring to the Madden NFL 17 broadcast booth.

Read more about the new Madden NFL 17 commentary team in the official blog.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
04:44 AM - June 8, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Forza Motorsport 6 will debut the Forza Racing Championship later this summer, giving everyone, no matter the skill level, a chance to win real-world prizes.

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Racing on Xbox One will soon take its next great leap forward with the Forza Racing Championship, debuting later this summer in Forza Motorsport 6. The Forza Racing Championship will take advantage of Forza’s renowned authenticity and the massive amount of content available in the game, including more than 600 fully detailed Forzavista™ cars and an unmatched lineup of racing tracks from all over the world.

The Forza Racing Championship welcomes players of all levels to hone skills as they compete for glory and real-world prizes. Competitions will be open and competitive for all, from brand new players taking their first laps, to the fastest virtual drivers in the world. Forza Racing Championship will be home to the best and most inclusive racing competition in gaming – where everyone has a chance to win, no matter how many miles they have behind the wheel.

The team is also giving away a free 2016 #66 Ford GT Le Mans race car in Forza Motorsport 6. Codes will be sent via Xbox Live messages for all owners of the game. It could take users up to a week to receive the code, so keep an eye on your messages. Turn 10 also plans on launching a brand new Le Mans-themed Rivals event in Forza Motorsport 6 this week.

Source - Forza Motorsport

Game: Forza Motorsport 6Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
05:55 PM - June 7, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has sent us some new NHL 17 screenshots, check them out here.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All

EA Sports has just revealed their NHL 17 features, check them out below.

All-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever make NHL 17 the most exciting EA SPORTS NHL game to date.

Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics. Take your team to the next level in the most customizable EA SPORTS Hockey League ever and bring your game to life with dozens of thrilling new goal celebrations. No matter how you play the game, NHL 17 lets you shape your legacy on and off the ice.

LIVE YOUR HOCKEY FANTASY IN NEW GAME MODES
No matter how you play the game, NHL 17 delivers new modes to connect to your favorite teams and players. Feel the thrill of fantasy draft night with a star power team in Draft Champions, or play for national pride in the World Cup of Hockey. Be a GM fans experience the evolution of team management and take on the entire business in Franchise Mode, where you call the shots from concessions to arena relocation.

WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY
For the first time in EA SPORTS NHL history, play for national pride in a full International Tournament Mode. Featuring all of the official World Cup of Hockey teams, players and uniforms, take to the ice on a world stage as your national team and heroes.

NHL DRAFT CHAMPIONS
The new Draft Champions mode introduces the thrill of the fantasy draft with fast rounds of superstar picks. Each round challenges managers to choose the best players to build a balanced team. Immediately following your draft, take to the ice and fulfill your team’s potential by winning the Draft Championship.

FRANCHISE MODE
Fan-favorite Be a GM mode expands to complete control of an entire franchise with the addition of unique team owners. Control your favorite team and lead them to Stanley Cup glory by managing the team and the business behind the scenes. Make game-changing decisions from player personnel, ticket prices, marketing, arena upgrades, and even relocation – all from under the watchful eye of a demanding owner with challenging goals.

NEW WAYS TO PLAY FAN FAVORITE GAME MODES
Take your EA SPORTS Hockey League team to the next level by progressing through ranks to unlock customization items and give your uniform a unique look, or use the all-new Arena Creator to build the home ice you’ve always wanted. Celebrate career defining Moments in Be a Pro and immerse yourself into the most exciting Hockey Ultimate Team ever with the introduction of team Synergy, completely changing the way you build and play your dream team.

TAKE CONTROL OF THE ICE AND PLAY YOUR WAY
Own Every Zone with more end-to-end control with authentic goalies featuring positional awareness and Reactionary Save Intelligence, all-new Net Battles for offensive and defensive zone play, and dozens of thrilling new goal celebrations that capture the excitement of scoring the biggest goals on game night.

AUTHENTIC GOALTENDING
With all-new Reactionary Save Intelligence goalies will process their position, angle and the scoring situation before committing to an athletic or technical save. New motion capture replicates the technical movements of goaltenders resulting in true-to-life stances and an ability to use their body to stay big and block versus making a reactionary save.

BATTLE FOR THE ICE
In hockey, games are won and lost in front of the net. All-new Net Battle physics give you the ability to own that crucial piece of real-estate on offense or defense. Authentic battles, tie-ups, and stick play makes the battle for position in front of the net exciting thrilling and bruising chess match.

CELEBRATE WITH STYLE
After you’ve buried the puck into the back of the net all eyes are on you. Bring glory and emotion to the spotlight and celebrate using dozens of all-new player celebrations that give you a variety of ways to rub that goal into your opponent’s face and bring the crowd to their feet.

OWN EVERY ZONE
Feel complete control over the ice with improved tape-to-tape passing, puck pick-ups, and pivots. Manage your gap on the puck carrier and break up passing plays on defense with more responsive skating and stopping. Enhanced hit mechanics allow you to choose whether you close someone off at the boards, push them off the puck, or deliver a devastating body-check.

SHARPEN YOUR GAME
Whether you’re competing online for elite status or lacing up the skates for the very first time, the next generation of the critically acclaimed Visual On-Ice Trainer and Coaching Feedback tools return to teach you the skills needed to sharpen your game. Unprecedented control over gameplay settings and sliders give you the tools to go from fast, action-packed gameplay all the way to the most authentic simulation so you can play the style of hockey you love.

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
10:00 AM - June 7, 2016. Posted by DeuceDouglas. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted another quick Madden NFL 17 video, this one featuring pocket disengage and ball physics. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All
Monday, June 6, 2016
05:52 PM - June 6, 2016. Posted by sooner1074. Written by Steve Noah

The NHL 17 features are scheduled to be released tomorrow, what are you hoping for?

Game: NHL 17Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 9 - View All
FIFA 17 has introduced four new football ambassadors who have influenced complete innovation in the action on the pitch. James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC, and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund are four world-class attacking footballers who are capable of changing any game.

They all worked with EA SPORTS to bring to life the gameplay innovation which will be revealed at EA Play. The ambassadors also appear in the FIFA 17 pre-order offer as loan players in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team™.

EA Sports has also revealed their pre-order bonuses for FIFA 17, check them out below. If you missed the FIFA 17 reveal trailer, check that out here.



FIFA 17 STANDARD EDITION - $59.99
  • Full game
  • Up to five (5) FUT Draft Tokens (one (1) per week over five (5) weeks)
  • Eight (8) match FUT loan item of Hazard, Martial, Reus, or Rodriguez
  • Custom FUT kits created by designers or FIFA soundtrack artists


FIFA 17 DELUXE EDITION - $79.99
  • Full game
  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one (1) per week over 20 weeks)
  • Three (3) match FUT Team of the Week loan player (up to one (1) player per week over 20 weeks)
  • Eight (8) match FUT loan item of Hazard, Martial, Reus, or Rodriguez
  • Custom FUT kits created by designers or FIFA soundtrack artists


FIFA 17 SUPER DELUXE EDITION - $99.99
  • Digital Only
  • Full game
  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two (2) per week over 20 weeks)
  • Three (3) match FUT Team of the Week loan player (up to two (2) players per week over 20 weeks)
  • Eight (8) match FUT loan item of Hazard, Martial, Reus, or Rodriguez
  • Custom FUT kits created by designers or FIFA soundtrack artists
  • Own FIFA 16 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC? Pre-order the FIFA 17 Super Deluxe edition through the FIFA 16 main menu in-game and save 10% on your purchase.
Source - EA Sports

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All

FIFA 17 is scheduled to ship on September 27 here in North America and globally on September 29, powered by the Frostbite engine. Fans will see and hear authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

Read the press release below.

North America Launch on September 27, Global Launch Coming September 29

See How Football Has Changed on June 12 at EA PLAY

All-New Engine for FIFA 17, Gameplay Innovation Influenced by Four New Football Ambassadors

Electronic Arts Inc. today revealed that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 is powered by Frostbite™*. One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion. To see the full debut of FIFA 17 powered by Frostbite, fans can watch the EA PLAY livestream at 1:00pm PST on http://ea.com/play2016.

“Frostbite unlocks a whole new world of possibilities for the FIFA franchise and its fans,” said David Rutter, VP and Executive Producer. “We have never been as excited as we are today about the future of football and the experiences we are going to deliver in FIFA 17.”

EA Access** members on Xbox One and Origin Access** members on PC can play the game early with Play First Trials. Stay tuned for more information on access timing and availability.

FIFA 17 is developed by EA Vancouver and will be available in North America on September 27 and worldwide on September 29 on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system.

* Frostbite game engine technology is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only.

Game: FIFA 17Hype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 1 - View All
12:44 PM - June 6, 2016. Posted by DeuceDouglas. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted another quick Madden NFL 17 video, this one featuring designer blitz improvements. Check it out and post your thoughts.

Game: Madden NFL 17Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 24 - View All