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Thursday, April 30

Madden Leauge Playoffs

We have decided to make the playoffs into a 8 man playoff like the NBA playoffs so are the seeds and the playoffs will start now.

Round 1                       Semi Finals            XBLNCS BOWL

vs                                (1)Bigboy7867
                                             vs                      (1)Bigboy7867
vs                                  (5)Jerhawk
(3)Deus Legend
vs                                 (3)Deus Legend                                  
(6)SC Spaniard
                                              vs                     (3)Deus Legend
vs                               (7)wjohnson19428

Madden NFL 10 Developer Demo Videos

NCAA Football 10 Trailer

Army of Two:The 40th Day New Trailer

Wednesday, April 29

Madden 10 New Screenshots

The first picture is the new play calling menu. The second shows off the new Pro-Tak system. Click on them to make them bigger.

To learn more about Madden NFL 10, click here.

Rumor: Splinter Cell: Conviction to be Released by End of Year

We've heard some ramblings about Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell Conviction coming out of hiding by the end of the year. It should be expected to see the game finally unveiled at E3 this year. But we'll see. We'll keep you updated on this as we get the information.

Monday, April 27

New Madden Features Info

Found some info about Madden 10 from the Playstation Site. The embargo from the community event will be up on Wednesday and more about these features can be discussed. Stay tuned.
Pro –Tak™ – This all new animation technology provides unprecedented control over the outcome of every play. Drag defenders towards the first down marker, including up to 9-man gang tackles, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and evade the rush with all-new quarterback avoidance actions. Enhanced play at the line of scrimmage features a new blocking system that allows the quarterback to step into the pocket and gives the defensive line more control over the rush.
Unprecedented Authenticity – Referees peeling players off a fumble pile, the chain gang rushing in to measure for a key first down, and all-new player equipment ensure that if you see it on Sunday, you’ll see it in Madden NFL 10.
Fight for Online Dominance – Delivering the most comprehensive online offerings in franchise history, Madden NFL 10 includes new modes to satisfy the competitive and cooperative football gamer.
The Emotion of the NFL – New TV broadcast-style presentation and cinematic cameras bring the suspense and intensity of the NFL to your living room.
Enhanced Franchise Mode – Run each aspect of an NFL franchise: draft players, sign free agents, manage the salary cap - just like a real GM. Enjoy all of the action throughout the league via a new, network inspired highlight show.
Madden NFL Your Way – The most customizable version of Madden NFL to date! Alter gameplay options to adjust the experience to your liking. A revamped play calling system and menu takes you to kickoff faster than ever before. Speed up online matches with accelerated clocks, streamlined presentation and more.

What is TeamBuilder Mode?

Friday, April 24

Madden 2010 Cover Announced

For the first time in Madden history, two players will be featured on the cover. Madden 2010 will include both Larry Fitzgerald AND Troy Polamalu. Will the treaded "Madden Curse" affect these two premiere athletes?

Madden NFL 10 First Trailer

Just incase you've missed it, here is the exclusive Madden NFL 10 trailer that was shown on Gametrailers TV.

Thursday, April 23

NCAA Football 10 Covers and TeamBuilder Mode

Michael Crabtree will be featured on the 360's cover.
NCAA Football 10 introduces TeamBuilder, an all-new, online create-a-school feature that will enhance the user’s ability to produce personalized content. With the capability to upload logos and numerous customization options for uniforms, fields, rosters, and much more, TeamBuilder gives users the opportunity to design completely original teams with infinite possibilities. Plus, preloaded logos for several Football Championship Subdivision schools will help users create authentic teams for NCAA Football 10. With its intuitively designed online database that is searchable across several fields, TeamBuilder allows users to share content with ease. A football fan’s dream, TeamBuilder will enable users to experience the excitement and pageantry of college football, defined by their own personalized creations.

Battlefield 1943 Coming in June

The game will arrive on XBLA for 1200MSP/$15 sometime this June.

Battlefield 1943 features three different tropical locales: Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, and gamers can play as either the US Marines or Imperial Japanese Navy in matches supporting up to 24 players.

The XBLN.com Myspace Style!

Hey everyone, we've got a little myspace page going. If you're interested, CHECK it out!

Tuesday, April 21

Burning: Oddball2121

Hello everyone welcome back to another edition of Burning with Blazenhawk this week I am going to be burning a person that we met online that was one guy when we met him and another when he got to know him enjoy reading this.

Oddball2121 was a really cool guy when we first met him when we are doing our madden leagues (Jerhawk recruited him) and he followed the rules but one day he just changed. When playing a game he came on saying he was using drugs (which he was not) and we do not condone that in public. Also what changed was that night that we all know that happened with Dwayne Bowe incident and oddball2121 got offended and Jerhawk kept apologizing and oddball either ignored him or just left the party. So we made up a name for him for our madden leagues and it was baby and when I told him and keep calling he was scared to stand up for himself. the best part is when he was playing Finch and he lost to him and wanted to send Deus Legend a message but he sent it to Finch and it is on our website what he said.

The only reason why I am doing this burn is because he sent Deus Legend a random message say for us to take the stuff we posted off and I sent him a message back saying no. He sent one back saying a lot of inappropriate stuff. I encourage all of you to send oddball2121 a message about this post. Thank you for reading, tune in next week also check out of what oddball said to finch.

Lego Rock Band is Real

LEGO Rock Band is coming this holiday season. The game, currently being developed by TT Games and Harmonix, will use all the existing Rock Band/Guitar Hero peripherals.

The family-focused version of the game will allow you to customize your "minifigure avatars" along with your road crew and managers. The kid-friendly song list hasn't been fully disclosed, but it'll include:
  • Blur: "Song 2"
  • Carl Douglas: "Kung Fu Fighting"
  • Europe: "The Final Countdown"
  • Good Charlotte: "Boys and Girls"
  • Pink: "So What"

Left 4 Dead DLC Now Available!

Left 4 Dead's free "Survival Pack" now. The DLC enables the new "Survival" mode and also adds the Death Toll and Dead Air levels to Versus mode. Download it free for the XBLM.

Monday, April 20

Sneak Peek at the Wildcat!


Also, Madden NFL 10 footage will be released sometime this week!

New Xbox 360 Elite Bundle

Today, Microsoft revealed a new Xbox 360 Elite bundle headed to store shelves this May. The Xbox 360 Game of the Year bundle includes Halo 3 and Fable II. The M-rated bundle is priced at $399.

Friday, April 17

Underdog Game? Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

SC Spaniard brought a game that sounds good that NOBODY has been talking about to my attention. I thought I would share. To me, this game looks good on paper. This comes out September 30th with a demo coming shortly before.

IGN Hands On

Thursday, April 16

The End of our Hero

We here at Thexbln.com would like to express our deep sadness in the news of our hero, John Madden, retiring from the broadcast booth at age 73. John Madden was a legend when it came to analyzing the x's and o's of a football game. He was a true genius in TV broadcasting, as he revolutionized the way we as Americans watch football. Elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2006, Madden is also well known for the most popular video game football simulation game which is named after him. John Madden also won Super Bowl XI in 1977 as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

A true legend, a true hero, John Madden. Thanks for the memories.

Tuesday, April 14

Burning Call of duty: World at War

Welcome back to this weeks edition to burring with blazenhawks and today we are going to be burring Call of duty world at war. This was released on October 11, 2008 by Treyarch which came after one of the best call of duty games out there so they had big shoes to fill.

I was really disappointed with this game being a big call of duty 4 fans I thought this game would be better. Boy was I wrong this game was really bad the graphics and campaign was the only good things about the game. When you go online I might as well play Madden it is so laggy and so many people glitch. The guns are bad and it takes for ever to level up and why would you bring tanks in the makes it so much unfair. What I think really ruined them was when they went back WWII come one Treyarch get with the new age we are tired of WWII games. And the maps are really bad also I played that game for about a day and it was so bad I traded it in.

For my closing remarks I think call of duty needs to stay with one company and that is with Infinity Ward. I hope you all enjoyed this burn and remember just post what you want me to burn and I will. Just to let everyone know that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will be out November 10, 2009

Microsoft Extends Warranty to Cover E74 Error

Major Nelson has announced that Microsoft is extending its Xbox 360 three year warranty to cover the E74 error message that has recently begun to make headlines. This does not change the length of the warranty which will remain at three years.

Microsoft has determined that the E74 error message is another indication of the general hardware failure that normally results in the flashing of three red lights. Microsoft will pay for E74 error repairs on consoles still under the three year warranty and reimburse anyone who already paid for a related repair.

Here are the details, direct from Microsoft:
The team is aware that a very small percentage of our Xbox 360 customers have reported receiving an error that displays E74 on their screen and after investigating the issue, we have determined that the E74 error message can indicate the general hardware failure that is associated with three flashing red lights error on the console. As such, we will be covering any repairs due to the E74 error message under the three year warranty we announced related to the three flashing lights error, as well as reimbursing any customers that have already paid for an E74 related repair. This applies to new consoles for the original retail purchaser, whether purchased before or after this change.

The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Details

GameStop just announced details of the Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle. According to an email sent out to customers, the Bundle will include a a Höfner bass, "The Beatles-inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band drums with classic pearl finish, a metal kick pedal and a vintage replica drumhead," a microphone and stand, as well as "additional special content."

Deus Legends Take: Jerhawk screams like a young school girl for 20 minutes while running through the house.

New Madden NFL 10 Screen

Note the hand towel, hand warmer and Seahawks green colored gloves.

Sunday, April 12

Happy Easter!

On behalf of the XBLN staff, Happy Easter.

Friday, April 10

America's Game: Jerhawk's Greatest Highlight EVER

This is from me (Seahawks) vs. Deus Legend (Falcons). This is the best example of what happens when Mo  Morris takes steroids. Did he step out of bounds? How did he break/shed all of those tackles? One thing's for sure, this play made Deus scream "NO MO!"

Thursday, April 9

The XBLN SIM League

BlazenHawks Is NOW The New/Old Commish of the League!

Here's an update on TheXBLN SIM League with our new league motto: "New League, New Dreams" The competition for this league is outstanding, and I would like to thank everyone involved. It's been a lot of fun and I'm sure it'll be a tight run down the stretch for the playoffs.

SC Spaniard
Deus Legend 
Martin pjp 42
Johnnie Coyote

Please remember everyone, DO NOT QUIT during your games unless you and your opponent have agreed to this, whether the connection was bad or something came up. Do not just quit the game if you're losing you WILL BE REMOVED, no warnings needed. This is your warning.

Also, please try to play your games. If somebody messages you for a game, please let them know if you can't play, DON'T JUST IGNORE THEM. I understand that we all have things to do outside of video games so we're not going to be on 24/7, but when you're online try to get some league games in please, otherwise you're wasting everyone else's time.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, April 7

Resident Evil 5 Versus Mode Already on Disc?

The total download size for RE5 Versus Mode is 1.86MB. You are not, in fact, downloading the content from Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Network. Instead, you are downloading a key that unlocks content already on the RE5 retail disc. The same disc you paid $60 for a month ago.

When asked to justify why gamers who already shelled out $60 for a copy of RE5 should have to pay extra to unlock content included on the disc, a Capcom representative said: "Versus mode represents content that was created outside the scope of the original design of Resident Evil 5. This is an all new mode that required additional resources to create, not to mention the additional bandwidth costs." 

The bandwidth costs are related to the PS3 version. Sony charges publishers for servers used for online games, which is why PS3 online is free to consumers. Microsoft includes these costs with the $50 Gold subscription paid for by Xbox gamers.

Deus Legend's Take: This content should be free. Why should people pay $5 more for something they already own?


Monday, April 6

Madden NFL 10 New Screen

A lone screen shot for Madden 10.

Sunday, April 5

Blazenhawks highlights

The first three were against Deus Legend (card's) vs my self (giants)

This one led to a game winner

This was against jerhawk (Texans) this was a lucky play

Saturday, April 4

Around the Hawk: NCAA Football 2010 Sneak-Peak

I was reading up on some of the new features for NCAA Football 2010 on EA Sport's Inside Blog, and I must tell you, I am very impressed with the way this game is coming along.

The big feature that was explained was the all new Player Lock feature, where you can select a player and lock onto him, switching the camera view to that particular player. However it only said that this would be used in Play Now and Dynasty mode, but didn't mention anything about it being for online play. This may be a good thing, as people may just take advantage of the DE the entire game (like they do anyways), but now with this new camera they wouldn't have to worry about anything that happens in the play behind them, they would just let the CPU do the rest of the work for them. This feature would really have to be used first-hand for me to give a solid opinion on it. It looks great for offline use like it says. However, it would be fun to user-control the wide receiver and catch some passes against another user-controlled DB.
A new feature called the Defensive Assist was also introduced, where all you have to do when controlling a defensive player is press the "A" button to move your player back into his correct assignment during a play if you get confused where your player should be covering. This should be helpful, especially for those who are learning to play safety, corner or linebacker in zone coverage. This is another feature that could be a hit or miss with me, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it.

NCAA Football 2010 should be a must-get for you football junkies out there like myself, which comes out July 14th, exactly one month before Madden.

Friday, April 3

America's Game: Jerhawk's League Highlights

This was from Jerhawk (Texans) vs. BlazenHawks (Giants) where RB Felix Jones was jacked up by the safety for the Texans after breaking out of a tackle, resulting in a fumble and a scoop and score.

Jerhawk uses Super-Mario Williams to user-pick a set up wide receiver screen from Cami5 (Vikings) for a pick-six.

Thursday, April 2

Burning Jay Cutler

For this weeks edition of burning with blazenhawks I am going to burn one Mr. Jay Cutler. Yes I know I am going to be burning a game but there are plenty of games out there I just thought I might get this one of my chest now before I forget.

Jay Cutler come one man you are staring to become the biggest cry baby in the NFL at the QB position. OK we get that your new coach trade to trade you for another QB but get over it the NFL is a business you should know this by now. We can understand that that you were mad I we all understand that you want to leave because you did not trust your new coach any more, but come one when they do start to trade you go and say “I can’t believe they are trading me I don’t want to leave”. My god man you are worse than Jerhawk and I playing at madden grow up if you demanded something you don’t be a baby and say you don’t want to go.

I want to thank you for burning this week next week I will be burning NBA live 09 and I am going to add a segment to were you the gamers will chose what game u want me to burn just post what game you want me to burn and I will burn it. This Segment will happen once a month.

Wednesday, April 1

April Fools?

Some of you may think this is an April Fools joke. Some of you may think you've entered the wrong website. But you are in the right place. This is the new Xbox Live Network. For a few months we have been developing a whole new layout for the site. Our new layout is a lot cleaner and organized than the old layout. We hope you enjoy the new look. If you have any comments about what we should do with the look, please let us know!