FIFA 15 delivers new layers of realism to the beautiful game

EA Sports’ FIFA 15 for XBOX One and Playstation 4 brings a new dimension of realism to the beautiful game. Electronic Arts pulled out all the stops to make this year’s game one to remember.

First thing’s first: The visuals on the new consoles are stunning. Getting into a match is breathtaking, beginning with an aerial view of the host stadium before taking the user to pitch level with the fans chanting and players coming out of the tunnel. During the match, as play goes on, footprints appear on the grass where players have been stepping, just another sense of realism brought in by EA. The corner flags are now part of the game play too, bending down as players run into them.

Gone is the slow game play of its predecessor FIFA 14. FIFA 15 bring a lot more pace to the game, enabling you to hit your opponent with a swift counter-attack or rush back to make a last-ditch clearance off of your opponent’s feet.

Passing is much quicker this year around. As quickly as you can counter attack, build-up play is just as similar. Ping-pong passing up the pitch is still doable, but the faster the ball glides up the pitch, the harder it is to control.


Long balls cannot just be heaved up-field and expected to conveniently fall to a player’s feet. Accuracy is paramount with the right amount of power behind the pass to ensure your striker can bring it down in his stride.

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Infuriated fans flys off the handle playing FIFA 14, breaks TV

Here we see a step-by-step guide of how to ruin a perfectly good television. The steps are quite simple:

1: Have a few libations

2: Play FIFA 14 with a friend with a temper

3: Score a goal

That’s seemingly what transpired in the video, and boy, is it awesome. You can watch the whole video build up to the pay-off moment, or, if you’re impatient, fast forward to the 48-second mark to see the tantrum.

What follows is a meltdown that would make Earl Weaver proud. Not only does the enraged gamer throw his controller and shatter the TV screen, he proceeds to beat the set with a series of slaps.

After that, we can’t see what exactly occurs (somehow the lights go out), but based on the cackles of his mates, we’re assuming he performed a series of elbow drops on the defenseless television set.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)


EA Sports’ FIFA franchise through the years


If you have ten minutes to spare today — it’s Friday, let’s be real, you do — we invite you to take a trip down memory lane with this gem of a video chronicling the history of the FIFA video game franchise.

From its 1993/94 inception with FIFA International Soccer to the present, EA Sports’ best-selling franchise has sucked us in to committing countless of hours on our Gameboys, PCs, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64s, Playstations and Xbox 360s, and as the platforms changed, so too did the quality of the game.

Check it out:

And how’s this for a bonus video? A young man apparently found the voice of the famous EA Sports intro!

H/T 101 Great Goals


FIFA 14 caps hat trick with stunning golazo

Soccer fans, rejoice: FIFA 14 is finally here. And while it might not feature the sort of gameplay changing revolution that FIFA 10 did with 360 degree dribbling, FIFA 14 does boast the nuanced revisions the franchise’s die-hards crave. 

The FIFA series just gets better and better, doesn’t it? We’ll admit that at first we were apprehensive by FIFA 14’s slower-paced gameplay than that of years past, but as you play the game more and more you appreciate the realistic feel.

From a gameplay perspective, gamers will find that patience, unlike in previous iterations, is the key to scoring.  Gone are the days where you could just sprint past slow defenders and be one-on-one with the goalkeeper. You have to be more methodological in your game play, keeping possession to break down defenses. With the physicality of players noticeably improved, getting bumped off the ball while trying to make a darting run is more commonplace. This is where shielding the ball really is at its best.


Image: EA Sports / FIFA 14

The game has slowed down to make way for tinkering in dribbling, passing, defending and shooting. All four combine to make for a more fluid and life-like gaming experience. Defenders play tighter than before, trying to cut out your options to make it more difficult to pick out that killer pass. The counterbalance to this is a vastly improved teammate AI.

More incisive runs can be found around the pitch, but it’s up to the user to pick them out before the short window closes. On breaks, the computer makes smarts runs into space, drawing defenders or settling in for a key pass. The changes make for tougher scoring, but for those that enjoy the build up as much as the payoff, FIFA 14’s changes are a welcomed challenge.

The CPU’s tactics are also more sophisticated than in FIFA 13; teams press higher and more often — not just when the opponent is behind in the last 10-15 minutes of the game. For us, shooting was noted as the biggest improvement. Last year, we often would shoot whenever an open shot outside the penalty area presented itself. But depending on where the player was in relation to the ball, the shot seemed unnatural, or the game would defy physics in an attempt to create a shot that would look natural. 

For instance, Pure Shot makes goals look crisp and at times, can point out why you probably shouldn’t have gone for goal. Free kicks are harder to master, especially when the AI goalkeepers are much smarter than their FIFA 13 counterparts. Each set piece you take might have the same result, but the look and feel will be different all due to Pure Shot.

Shooting basics are not the only part of the game that has changed either. Career Mode has gone a major upheaval in team management, particularly scouting and the transfer window.  In a big change from seasons past, FIFA 14 no longer allows you to search for new players by their rating; now, they won’t be revealed to you until said players are actually acquired.

So how do you figure out who to buy? You utilize the completely revolutionized scouting network.  Aside from being able to search the world for the best new talents better than ever before — you can now search for up to six different player types each trip, plus select certain attributes you’d like players to have — your scouts can now also be used to help rate your transfer targets.  This change might be an annoyance to casual players who simply want to buy the best players, but it’s a FIFA diehard’s dream.  Your managerial skills will be more tested than ever.


Image: EA Sports / FIFA 14

Online gameplay sees a new addition to its many modes. The popular seasons mode is now accompanied by co-op seasons, which we find to be a lot of fun. The adrenaline you feel when you are going into the final game of your season, the result determining survival, relegation or promotion, can now be shared with a friend. This online experience will definitely be a fan favorite.

Feeling overwhelmed? Well, don’t. Most of the key skills and basics remain the same. In the end, FIFA 14 provides the same level of excitement, exhilarating gameplay and distinct presentation that’s second to none.


Celebrations kick it up a notch in FIFA 14

FIFA is undoubtedly the world’s best-selling sports video game franchise, and one of the most anticipated features each year is the updated goal celebrations package. The game’s release is just two weeks away, and to tease it, EA Sports has now revealed all the new colorful ways you can make your favorite players taunt computer-controlled opponents.

Keep in mind, this isn’t the NFL, where celebrations earn players penalties and fines regularly. In the beautiful game, the more extensive your dance routine after a goal, the better. It’s totally acceptable to bust out a highly intricate “Le Cirque Labelle” routine, do the chicken dance, or even try “riding the cat” (really EA Sports?), as made famous by Congo goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba:

Our money is on that one being the most used celebration in the game this year.

Sadly, you still can’t have your players do the one thing that isn’t allowed on the pitch — taking off their shirts (please don’t tell Mario Balotelli, he’ll be crushed). That option might never be included, but perhaps FIFA can meet us halfway. How about including an option of customizing your own undershirt messages?


I know it’s hard to contain the excitement, but try to relax guys, it’s just a trailer.

Among the key features for FIFA 14 are improvements in precision movement, shooting/positioning, ball physics, ball protection and teammate intelligence (thank goodness!). Will it top the ‘13 version? Jury’s still out.

Release date? September 27th. Ouch.

via EA Sports


FIFA 12’ sealed Remy, QPR transfer move

Loic Remy revealed a game of FIFA 12 with Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes confirmed his decision to move to Loftus Road.

The 26-year-old Frenchman agreed to a 4 1/2-year deal with the R’s on Wednesday, after manager Harry Redknapp secured the striker for a club-record fee.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Remy revealed a four-hour talk with Fernandes regarding his future ended in a game of FIFA 12, sealing the deal at Loftus Road

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