FIFA 15 New Features for PC begin on June 9

fifa-15-pc-header_656x369On June 9, EA will officially reveal FIFA 15 at E3 Press Conference. EA SPORTS IGNITE engine, powering all EA SPORTS titles on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will now also run FIFA 15 on PC.

The PC version will include all the same core features coming to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Learn more about all those features beginning on June 9.

 
Recommended Specifications:

 
OS: Windows V/7/8/8.1 -64-bit
CPU: Intel i5-2550K @ 3.4Ghz
RAM: 8GB
Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 6870, NVIDIA GTX 460
DirectX: 11.0

 
Minimum Required Specifications:

 
OS: Windows V/7/8/8.1 -64-bit
CPU: Intel Q6600 Core2 Quad @ 2.4Ghz
RAM: 4GB
Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
Minimum Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770, NVIDIA GTX 650
DirectX: 11.0

 

FROM: EA SPORTS .COM

 

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Big Moments of May 2014 Football Events

Big Moments of May 2014 Football Events

Follow us in fifa-coins.com you will never lose any exciting moments and events about what is happening in the real football! Enjoy yourselves all big moments of May 2014 here now.

 

 

Barclays Premier League

 
Let’s start from BPL. We were thinking Liverpool would get the league title but we were wrong. Actually, Manchester City won it. We wanted Liverpool to win the league because they deserved it more Man City. Man City got the title in 2011, and the fact that Liverpool has not won already 25 years.

 
After the draw with Sunderland, Liverpool had all chances to take the first place but their slip with Chelsea was unexpected. We think Brandon Rodgers has to change something in their game. They can easily attack and score goals but they are having difficulties to keep the game/score. With Man City and Crystal Palace, they faced that problem. They scored first in both games and they were playing and attacking very well until they thought they were done. In our opinions, the coach has some work to do with that. We want to congratulate to Man City and all fans of them for a good season and we hope that Arsenal and Liverpool will be on top candidates for the title next year.

 

 

FA CUP

 
Yes, we, Gooners, finally got a trophy. We got FA Cup, the first trophy since 2005. After being down by 2 goals, they could find the game and win the final game. We think Arsenal could have even won the title or at least be in the race if there were not injuries. Aaron Ramsey, Ozil, and Wilshere were injured on the second half of the season and they were very important in the field. We are not even mentioning Walcott, who we think is the most important player of team. We hope he will get soon and be back to form.

 

 

La Liga

 
Now, let’s take a look on La Liga. Even though Real Madrid is our second favourite team, we wanted Atletico Madrid to win La Liga. We haven’t seen such a tight race in La Liga and in BPL. The last game in La Liga was the decisive one and it was between two candidates of winners. Real Madrid did not play well at all in the last games and they were just trying to save their players for the UCL final. We are really happy that Atletico won the league title and we think Diego Simeone did a great job and he is one of the most talented coaches as of now. Probably, it was one of the worst seasons for Barcelona because they did not win any trophy but people sometimes don’t want to admit that any club cannot be in top forever. They were the best in the world for 5 years almost but now they are in a different stage. We think with Luis Enrique they will create a new style and get back to form.

 

 

UEFA Champions League

 
Now let’s get to the most important one: UEFA Champions League.

 

 

First Leg
We had a chance to watch great semi-finals. However, the first games were not that dramatic. Especially, Atletico vs Chelsea was very defensive on both sides and the game a little boring and the game ended 0-0. We think Mourinho did his bet on the second game in Stamford Bridge because they were almost unbeatable at home.

 

 

The other game of the first leg, was more interesting but again not with a lot of goals. Real Madrid won by 1-0 and the game was very tense. Bayern Munich tried to put all their effort to score an away goal but their tiki taka did not work so well. Ancelotti chose a right tactic with more defensive game and played on counter attack. They did their job well and went to the next game in Alienz Arena.

 

 

Second Leg
Jose Mourinho lost with his defensive tactics and Chelsea lost the game 1-3. We haven’t seen Chelsea being destroyed for a really long time. They were destroyed… Even though they scored first, they could not play well. It wasn’t because they were not in form, it was because Atletico did not let them. After watching the game twice, we saw some key moments. Many people think that the first goal of Atletico by Adrian was the most important and it destroyed the game. However, we have another opinion that Thibaut Courtois was the key man who destroyed Chelsea. After 1-1, Chelsea had several great chances to score but they could not because of Courtois. He won the game we think. He was brilliant.

 

 

In Alienz Arena we saw something that nobody expected. 0-5 Real Madrid won. That was just wow… Real just destroyed Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich with their tiki taka game. Ramos was MOTM and he scored great headers. We think the game was very nice, unless you are a Bayern Fan.

 

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FIFA 15 Release Date: September 25?

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The FIFA 15 release date is in secret. But FGN already has some information that want to share with you. Until the official announcement, the FIFA 15 release dates are subject to change.

 

 

Last year, we were the first website to announce the FIFA 14 release dates. We did it 38 days before the official announcement. This year, we will be again the first ones to share this information with you.

 

 

Here are the estimated FIFA 15 Release Dates:

 

 

 

North America Latin America Australia Europe
September 26, 2014 (Friday)

 

 

Latin America Australia Europe
September 25, 2014 (Thursday)

 

 

Australia Europe
September 25, 2014 (Thursday)

 

 

Europe

September 26, 2014 (Friday)

 

 

FIFA 15, also known as FIFA Soccer 15 in North America, will be available to Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, XBox One and Playstation 4.

 

 

The FIFA 15 release dates for all these platforms should be the same, including current and next-gen consoles.

 

 

FGN suspects that FUT 15 Web App will be available for old FUT gamers at September 12, 2014 but the official announcement will be made to September 14. It is expected some welcome packs to those players. If everything goes normal, the FIFA 15 Demo could be launched on September 9th.

 

 

Another way to start playing FIFA 14 earlier is to buy the EA Season Ticket. For some dollars more you will be able to start playing the new FIFA at September 20, 2014.

 

 

FGN was the first website to announce the FIFA 14 release date

 

Android and iOS users may be lucky since it is expected that FIFA 14 will be free in these platforms. EA will use advertising, like they already done in the last SimCity.

 

 

Last year, FIFA 14 was released at September 24 in North America, September 26 in Australia and September 27 in Europe. The game was sold in Brazilian stores only at October 3rd.

 

 

We remind you that the FIFA 15 release dates indicated in this article are merely indicative. Currently, there is not any official confirmation of when it will be possible to play FIFA 15. Last year, EA Sports have announced the FIFA 14 release date at May 23rd. So, they will do it for FIFA 15 very soon. We will keep you updated on this subject.

 

FROM: FIFAGAMENEWS.COM

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FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup – Frequently Asked Questions

 

Starting May 29, there will be an additional way of playing the World’s largest tournament. On top of the already available EA SPORTS 2014 World Cup Brazil game for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360, we are bringing the 2014 FIFA World Cup to FIFA Ultimate Team on all consoles and PC.

 

 

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup, a separate mode within FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), lets players build their ultimate squad of players from all 32 National Teams attending this summer’s tournament in Brazil. FUT World Cup features all 32 National Team crests, National Team kits, the official adidas® Brazuca match ball, the Estadio do Maracana, and all-new look and feel within FIFA 14 Ultimate Team.

 

 

Players can improve their team to make them tournament contenders by acquiring new players and consumables from special Packs in the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup Store. Every FUT World Cup Pack includes a free Gold Pack available for use in the tradional FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience.

 

 

FUT fans will also have the chance to write football history. With Online and Single Player tournament modes, players can compete through the group stage and knockout phases in order to win the FIFA World Cup. By winning matches, players will earn in-game virtual coins that can be used to acquire packs in the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup Store to strengthen their squad. Fans can increase squad chemistry by finding and playing with players from the same country or governing confederation.

 
Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Which platforms is FUT World Cup available on?

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team World Cup is available as a free update to EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 29, 2014.

 

 

How much does FIFA Ultimate Team World Cup cost?

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team World Cup will be available as a free update to FIFA 14.

 

 

How many packs do we start with?

Like FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, users will receive a single Starter Pack when they start FUT World Cup.

 

 

How can I add new players to my squad?

Players can be added to your squad by buying packs with FIFA Points or coins in the FUT World Cup Store. You’ll also be awarded coins and packs as you progress through the World Cup.

 

 

Can I trade my players in FUT World Cup mode?

No. To keep the tournament experience authentic, items from FIFA 14 Ultimate Team World Cup are unique, untradeable, and can only be found in World Cup packs. However, you’ll receive one free Gold pack in FUT 14 for every pack purchased in FUT World Cup.

 

 

Will I be able to manage multiple squads?

In FUT World Cup, you will manage a single squad and lead them to World Cup glory. However, you can keep more players than the 23 available in your squad. Simply search your Club to add them to your squad.

 

 

Will my Club players from FIFA 14 Ultimate Team be available in FUT World Cup?

No. To keep the FUT World Cup as authentic as possible, you won’t be able to bring your current squads to the FUT World Cup. This is a completely separate experience, with no need to worry about your existing FUT squad.

 

 

Will I be able to use my coins from FIFA 14 Ultimate Team in FUT WC, and vice versa?

Yes, you can use your FUT 14 coins and FIFA Points in FUT World Cup to purchase packs from the FUT World Cup Store.

 

 

Will my FUT WC players be available in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team?

No. Players found in FUT World Cup will only be available in the World Cup mode.

 

 

Will FUT World Cup player ratings be the same as FUT 14?

Some players in FUT World Cup will feature ratings different than FUT 14.

 

 

Will these new FUT World Cup player ratings be carried on into the future?

At this time, player ratings in FUT World Cup have been created for this new mode only.

 

 

Will FUT WC have Man of the Match items?

Man of the Match items will exist in FUT 14, outside of the World Cup experience. However, once a player receives a MOTM, his attribute boosts will be updated in your FUT World Cup club.

 

 

Will teams and players not participating in the World Cup appear in FUT World Cup?

No, only players from the teams attending the FIFA World Cup will appear in FUT World Cup.

 

 

Can I play a friend online?

No, Play-a-Friend mode is not available in FUT World Cup. Instead, players can compete in the full 32-team FIFA World Cup tournament mode both online and offline.

 

 

Can I access FUT WC from the Web App or Mobile Companion App?

No. FUT World Cup can only be accessed from your retail copy of FIFA 14.

 

 

How will chemistry work in FUT World Cup?

Players can build team chemistry by linking up with other players from the same country or confederation (Europe, South America, Africa, etc).

Stay tuned in the following days as we reveal updated ratings and additional info regarding this update.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is already available as part of a free add-on to FIFA 14 on Mobile. From Qualifying to the World Cup Finals, experience all the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

 

FROM: EA SPORTS

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5 Reasons To Play EA Sports FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup

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Available on May 29, experience FIFA Ultimate Team: World Cup, the new mode that brings the 2014 FIFA World Cup to FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 14. The World’s biggest sporting event combined with FIFA’s most popular mode – it’s an excellent mix.

 

 

But, for those still on the fence if FIFA Ultimate Team: World Cup is worth a try, we have five easy reasons why it is.

 

 

1. It’s FREE

 

 

FIFA Ultimate Team: World Cup is a free update to FIFA 14 available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. Enjoy the World Cup in a completely separate mode within FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT).

 

 

2. Authentic 2014 FIFA World Cup Experience

 

 

Featuring players and kits from all 32 teams participating in the 2014 FIFA World cup, including the official adidas® Brazuca match ball and Estadio do Maracana in Rio. Now it’s your job to take on the world!

 

 

3. New Player Items

 

 

They look different – they are different. Updated player images and a fresh World Cup theme will make your squad stand out. Some players feature updated stats for the World Cup alone

 

 

4. 2-for-1 Packs: Free Normal FUT Gold Pack in EVERY World Cup Pack You Open

 

 

Yes, it’s true! Every single World Cup Pack contains a FREE Gold Pack for the regular FIFA 14 FUT game mode. Keep your FUT squads and transfer market activity fresh while you enjoy a bit of Rio.

 

 

5. It’s the World Cup

 

 

This is the first time the FIFA World Cup has featured in Ultimate Team – ever! Play through the full tournament online or offline, from the groups to the knock-out stages. The most popular mode in FIFA finally gets the world’s biggest football tournament.

 

 

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: World Cup is available as a free update from May 29 – see you in Brazil!

 

 

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World Cup XI – Best Who Didn’t Qualify

The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts in a few weeks’ time, featuring some of the best footballers from around the world. But with all that talent on display, there are a handful of stand-out players who unfortunately won’t be in Brazil to show off their skills.

 

 

We decided to compile a squad of 23, made up of those who have had incredible 2013-14 seasons (based on their real-world Club stats) but were unlucky to not have their respective nations qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

 

It’s still not too early to start your own 2014 FIFA World Cup.
 

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The versatile Gareth Bale had an incredible first season with Real Madrid, finishing with 15 league goals and an additional six across all other competitions. Wales had a fairly disappointing Qualifying campaign though, finishing fifth in a group that featured both Belgium and Croatia. Along with fellow countryman Aaron Ramsey, the duo scored seven of the country’s nine goals over the 10 matches.
 

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Robert Lewandowski will be spending the FIFA World Cup moving from Dortmund to Munich, but his last season with BVB still saw him lead the Bundesliga with 20 goals. Poland missed out on the FIFA World Cup, finishing fourth in their group behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro. Lewandowski had three goals in qualification, including two from the penalty spot.
 

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the world’s most popular athletes and will be sorely missed at this year’s tournament. He finished the 2013-14 season with 26 goals, best in all of France. Sweden failed to qualify for Brazil after being knocked out by Portugal 4:2 in their two-leg playoff. Zlatan was his country’s best player, scoring eight goals across their 12 matches.
 

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Starting XI
GK: Petr Čech – Chelsea FC (England) – Czech Republic
LB: Martin Olsson – Norwich City (England) – Sweden
CB: Mehdi Benatia – AS Roma (Italy) – Morocco
CB: Martin Skrtel – Liverpool (England) – Slovakia
RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton (England) – Rep. of Ireland
CM (CAM): Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Armenia
CM: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal (England) – Wales
CM (CAM): Mateusz Klich – PEC Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Poland
LW (CF): Gareth Bale – Real Madrid (Spain) – Wales
ST: Zlatan Ibrahimović – Paris Saint-Germain (France) – Sweden
RW: Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Poland

 

 

On the Bench:
GK: Samir Handanović – Inter Milan (Italy) – Slovenia
GK: Kossi Agassa – Reims (France) – Togo
CB: Marko Basa – Lille (France) – Montenegro
CB: Cédric Mongongu – Evian (France) – France
RB: Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea (England) – Serbia
LB: Papa Souare – Lille (France) – Senegal
LM: Juan Arango – Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) – Venezuela
LM: Szabolc Huszti – Hannover (Germany) – Hungary
RM: Jefferson Farfán – Schalke 04 (Germany) – Peru
CM: Lasse Schöne – Ajax Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Denmark
ST: Alfred Finnbogason – Heerenveen (The Netherlands) – Iceland
ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borrussia Dortmund (Germany) – Gabon

 

 

What do you think of the 23 that were selected, anyone you feel should have been included?

 

FROM: EA SPORTS

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Enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup on your console

Enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup on your console

With the 2014 World Cup less than one month away, billions of fans across the world will begin making preparations to immerse themselves in the euphoria of the most prestigious tournament in football. Although certain fans may be fortunate enough to afford the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to the World Cup in Brazil to watch the action unfold, there are many others who will show their support from home through watching every game, purchasing national team merchandise, and putting up flags and banners across every town and city.

 

 

Being glued to the television set in your home or local pub is the best way to take in the excitement, tension and drama of Brazil 2014, although passionate fans may be left without a fix of World Cup action between each game.Reading up on the latest World Cup news allows fans to keep bang up to date with everything happening on and off the pitch, but taking control of your country and leading them to glory is the perfect way to pass the time. EA Sports have developed a unique spin-off from the hugely popular FIFA games series, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil title putting your country’s hopes in your hands through a beautiful replication of the quality of football and carnival atmosphere that will be prominent in the real tournament this summer.

 

 

Gameplay

 

EA have decided to go in a different direction for this summer’s World Cup, as the 2012 European Championship was covered by downloadable content which complimented the original FIFA games to provide gamers to enjoy the special game mode. It did not receive as much acclaim and success as EA had hoped, with gamers not taking to new content that, on the face of it, was not entirely different from the original FIFA 12 gameplay. They reverted back to the stand-alone title format that made the 2010 World Cup South Africa game popular; the 2014 World Cup version has been exclusively released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but will not be made available on the next generation consoles or PC.

 

 

The gameplay is based upon the exact game engine and physics that were used to create FIFA 14 which remains a big hit within the gaming community. There are many subtle changes which are instantly apparent when playing the game, such as different ball control physics that allow players to take the ball with their stride with the flick of the right analogue stick in the direction you are running. Gamers can also utilise a new distraction system that allows goalkeepers to make certain movements in an effort to put off the penalty taker and make them miss.

 

 

Other impressive features includes cut-scenes to see the managers react on the touchline during the game, the fans in the stadium get behind their team and unique footage of fans watching in a pub back home; it perfectly re-creates the passion and atmosphere created during a major international tournament. More importantly, EA have worked closely with FIFA and the Brazilian FA to not only perfectly replicate each official strip that will be worn during the 2014 World Cup, but also design each official stadium within a virtual world that contains every intricate detail and feature.

 

 

Game Modes

 

The considerable success enjoyed by the FIFA games series is the number of game modes available to football fanatics and gaming enthusiasts. Numerous online and offline modes provide endless hours of fun that captures the drama of leading a country to glory at the World Cup, or recreate the entire experience of qualifying and then going all the way to the Final in Brazil to enjoy a fairy-tale story. The latter is available through the Road to the FIFA World Cup mode where fans of every country who participated during the qualifying stages can take control and change the course of history in a virtual world and lead a country, whether it is Poland, Canada or Guinea, to the 2014 World Cup.

 

 

Gamers can skip straight to playing the FIFA World Cup which is officially licensed to provide every group as they appear in real life and take control of one of the thirty-two participating teams in the hope of lifting the famous trophy. Captain Your Country also returns as a popular feature, with gamers able to create their pro and having to impress as a young prospect to feature during the qualification stages with the hope of receiving the captain’s armband as a proud moment in your career. It can be made all the more worthwhile if you lead your country to glory at the World Cup and see your pro lift the famous trophy aloft. Story of Qualifying and Story of the Finals are unique game modes that provide a multitude of real-life situations from the history of the World Cup, where gamers have to complete certain objectives in order to win XP points and achievements. The Finals mode is regularly updated by EA to provide gamers with the ability to change history, or replicate real-life scenarios under a certain difficulty level that is likely to test their FIFA-playing skills.

 

 

Every FIFA game is made vastly popular by a successful online mode, with Road to Rio de Janeiro allowing gamers to compete against each other in an online tournament where they must progress through the twelve official World Cup venues. It follows the same format as Seasons on FIFA 14 where gamers would try to progress through ten divisions in order to reach the top.

 

FROM: FIFAGAMENEWS.COM

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FIFA Coins Reviews And Comparisons: Your Best Choice To Buy Cheap Reliable FUT Coins

FIFA Coins Reviews And Comparisons Your Best Choice To Buy Cheap Reliable FUT CoinsThe key and obvious function of a FIFA Coins Reviews service is to deliver the products you need at a reasonable price through a secure transaction. Additional helpful functions may mostly include email and live chat support, customer feedback, as well as private policy.

Below are the criteria www.fifa-coins.com used to evaluate FIFA Coins Reviews Services:

 

Ease of Use
A FIFA Coins Reviews service should be user-friendly, providing a major delivery method plus some additional choices for exceptional case, various payment options and a search function that will help you find the products you need for your console.

 

Pricing
FIFA Coins Reviews services should offer competitive prices, and the prices should remain as consistent and stable as possible. While sometimes, the prices for reference should be adjusted duly basing on the real-time supply and demand, so that you can double check the pricing of each console to ensure you get the best deal possible.

 
Reliability
FIFA Coins Reviews services should guarantee all the sellers in the reviewed list are legitimate and reliable, since the whole transactional process is about money, personal information including real name, ID card, passport, etc. and bank account.

 

Customer Support
The service should offer a number of practical features to make your shopping experience rewarding and enjoying mentally or materially, such as tracking order, refunding, leaving comments on feedback.

 

Transactions
Every transaction should be secure so only you and the service know your dealings. The best services buy, sell and trade products and deliver them quickly. You will also want to make sure that the service provider you choose has safe and fast delivery methods to ensure you get what you paid for in a convenient and timely manner.

 

Console and Quantity Selection
The service should offer coins for your favorite console including PS3/4, Xbox One/360, PC and iOS with various amounts from 50K to 100K and more flexibly. Since when it comes to money, everybody seems good businessman.

 
Finding a FIFA Coins Reviews service that sells FIFA Coins for different consoles with various quantities can be a daunting task. You will want to make sure the service you choose is reliable and offers the most competitive prices.

 

At www.fifa-coins.com, “We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To”.

 

 

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FIFA 14 Ulitmate Team Tips: How to Beat Your Marker

 FIFA 14 Ulitmate Team Tips How to Beat Your MarkerLearn more about beating your marker in FIFA 14 Ulitmate Team with “the Best Place to buy FIFA Coins” www.fifa-coins.com now!

 

 

If a defender is right on top of you, hold RB when receiving a pass to allow the ball to go through your legs and past the defender. After this, you can run onto the loose ball or intercept it with another player, but if it is not used sparingly then your opponent may start to anticipate this move. Try running onto the ball and then spinning the opposite way to run into space.

 

 

Running towards the direction that the ball has come from, can result in a defender following you and creating space behind them.

 

 

You can then play into the space left behind by the defender. Press LT on its own to protect the ball, then turn and spin in the opposite direction to the defender to run into space. Mix up your play to be as unexpected as possible. Use the first time flick to create space by holding RT and flicking the right stick into the direction you want to run as you receive the ball.

 

FROM: THE BOOTROOM

 

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What EA Sports Must Fix for the FIFA 15

What EA Sports Must Fix for the FIFA 15

In years past, even as FIFA began to pull away from PES, every FIFA fan seemed to share the same singular vision when supplying yearly feedback to EA Sports: FIFA 09 was too fast; FIFA 11 had robotic defending, and even FIFA 12 – the pinnacle of the series – had some glaring issues. It’s clear that despite the quality, each year still saw new issues and problems.

 

 

1. Referees

 


In the modern game of football, many matches are wrongfully decided by poor refereeing decisions so at least EA Sports seem to be trying to be realistic with their portrayal of their in-game refs. So many times, FIFA ruins perfectly good matches with inconsistent decisions and it’s something that finally needs to be fixed.

 

 

The man in black is nearly as important to you winning as scoring goals, so if he’s not favouring you, you can forget about victory entirely. Constant shirt pulling and late tackles are rarely punished accordingly and it just encourages players to slide around all game committing fouls, making a mockery of the idea of a Beautiful Game. When the ref decides to call back play, he disrupts the game and often books two to three players after every intermission – frankly, it’s ridiculous.

 

 

Once more, FIFA 15 is rumoured to have a Be a Referee mode, which sounds crazy but surely it couldn’t be any worse than the current AI.

 

 

2. Aerial Supremacy

 

 

When FIFA plays well, there is nothing like it: the passing is crisp and smooth, the world’s best players look incredible, and even the fans were given an upgrade for FIFA 14′s next gen transition. But all it takes is one moment to ruin the beautiful presentation EA have worked so hard to create and most of these moments occur when the ball goes into the air, because though aerial supremacy is a huge part of modern football it seems lost on the developers at EA.

 

 

Apart from the overpowered headers and crosses, when the ball leaves the ground, FIFA 14 turns becomes nothing more than a lottery. World class players need three to four touches when trying to control the ball from a lofted pass with the ball bobbling around like a balloon afraid to come down. There’s nothing worse than being through on goal and getting caught in possession when your player has taken multiple touches.

 

 

Through balls are the bane of many users’ lives and FIFA 14 is as big a culprit as any in the series: if you ping a through ball into the air from anywhere in the middle of the pitch, you can quickly watch the hapless defenders do their best impression of Laurel and Hardy.

 

 

Naturally, it’s only funny if you’re winning, and conceding multiple goals to this glitch generally means you’ll start burning through new controllers.

 

 

3. High Pressure Abuse

 

 
FIFA’s online playground can be frustrating place: while you would think most players would want a nice even game, it’s often impossible to stay calm when a player decides to employ the high pressure tactic. With a simple press of a button, defenders transform into hungry lions chasing down their dinner, which means you literally have a split second to get rid of the ball or face near certain loss of possession.

 

 

Due to complaints at the start of the year, EA increased stamina levels for all players in online modes so that you are able to play high pressure for the whole game without any players getting injured or tired. It makes keeping possession nearly impossible so unless you can adapt to the frenetic pace set by your opponent and enter a game of ping pong football, don’t expect to find any success in playing a slow tempo game.

 

 

As anyone who watches football knows, dictating the pace of a game and holding possessing usually wins you games, but not in FIFA 14, where it’s actually the opposite, which makes a mockery of the game.

 

 

4. Overpowered Headers

 

 

Is there anything more annoying than overpowered headers in FIFA 14? A problem which has plagued the series since FIFA 10, headers from set plays and crosses in play are still completely broken. As well as making most games one dimensional, the entire mechanic fails comically on every level.

 

 

Goalkeepers flap at balls, defenders get out-jumped by diminutive opponents and as the picture above shows, which was one of the first images EA used to promote the game, players like David Silva have the ability to jump around ten feet in the air. This is another area that EA don’t seem bothered with fixing and again, the comparison to rival PES 2014 is damaging.

 

 

Most people complain that crosses are too accurate and that their is too high a success ratio for scoring from headers, which is obviously a balancing issue. The modern game is no longer played that well, because the likelihood of scoring those goals decreases every season.

 

 

Moreover, much like conceding from scripting, watching David Silva or Eden Hazard consistently out jump giant defenders is a bit of a joke.

 

 

5. Player ID

 

 

Player ID is a feature sorely lacking in most sports games apart from the ever excellent 2K14 series. You would think that something as paramount to sport would be included in EA’s juggernaut by now, but year after year they churn out the same recycled player models and running styles.

 

 

PES 2013 nailed the aspect of playing with the world’s best players and what it felt like to dribble with Ronaldo, control the tempo with Xavi and dominate with Thiago Silva and while it was subsequently dropped when Konami integrated their new Fox engine, it still created the blueprint for the next step in football games.

 

 

EA would do well to use their various licences to incorporate as many playing styles as possible. They should let Iniesta dance with the ball and John Terry rough up opponents, and introduce mentality and aggression as well as unique animations and passing ranges as the game goes on. And some players should be allowed to walk around the pitch instead of jogging.

 

 

Celebrations and unique boots should not be an afterthought: player individuality is one area where PES still reigns supreme over FIFA. At the moment, every player feels the same which really detracts from the experience. In short, EA need to concentrate on the personal side of football for a change.

 

 

6. Defensive AI

 

 

While it goes without saying that FIFA 14 has improved the defensive side of its game, it’s still one of the weakest areas: defenders have two options at their disposal – either to commit to a tackle or pressure the opponent – but it’s not the user input that’s the problem. From corner kicks and fast breaks, defenders not under your direct control behave more like headless chickens than professional footballers, despite EA Sports’ attempt to eradicate dumb AI behavior.

 

 

Positioning wise, defenders make the most absurd decisions such as trying to play offside or completely jumping out of the way of a clear header. Meanwhile goalkeepers will still behave like superhuman acrobats when a shot is taken outside the box but they still don’t command the area, and simple catches are tipped over the bar and they still parry the ball back into the box nine times out of ten.

 

 

Hopefully, with the power of next gen goalkeepers have their own unique player models.

 

 

7. Transfer Market Price Fixing

 

 

The main aspect of Ultimate Team is to gather the best players in football and create the world’s greatest team – it stands to reason. Like any form of competition, the elite constantly strive to find better ways to adapt and grow as players in order to give themselves the best chance of success so as the series has grown, players have become more savvy when dealing with the in game currency.

 

 

Price fixing is when players with a lot of money manipulate the market by buying up certain players in bulk for cheap. They then bump up their prices, flood the market with them and make easy profits, which is then repeated over and over again; the more money they make, the more expensive players they use this method on.

 

 

Newcomers to the series are most affected by this but it also isn’t fair on novices or young children who can’t afford to buy the game themselves and must wait until Christmas, some three months later when the market is already practically ruined.

 

 

EA need to implement a fair system for all players, not just those who spend real money on buying coins and packs. One way to achieve this would be if EA made it impossible for players to have more than one of the same player in their club, which seems a simple rule that should have come in already: hopefully we will see it in FIFA 15.

 

 

8. The Transfer System

 

 

While on the topic of players, let’s discuss the glitch ridden transfer system at the core of both Ultimate Team and Career Mode. EA have really pushed the boat out in terms of presentation for FIFA 14 on next gen consoles, but the same problems still plague one of the most exciting aspects of world football; transfers. From marquee signings to deadline day bargain buys,there are few gameplay elements more addictive than targeting a player, scouting him and snapping him up after weeks of negotiations. It’s just a shame then that EA present this mechanic quite well only to fall at the last hurdle.

 

 

Career mode becomes a clustered mess once you start investing in your team and try to sign young starlets. The in-game scouts are totally ineffective and as you can’t see specific stats of any player on the global transfer market, so most transfers become a case of trial and error. It’s fine for the first few seasons but when players start retiring, it implodes into a mess of screens.

 

 

The frequency in which players move is also quite disengaging; seeing Lionel Messi at Real Madrid after just one season disrupts the football world you’ve built in your head and serves no purpose to the mode. Meanwhile, fine-tuning this should be simple but it continues to be ignored by EA Sports, somewhat bafflingly.

 

 

Online, things are just as bad: Ultimate Team has become almost too popular and it’s clear to see EA still haven’t found a way to balance the market. It’s extremely hard to even navigate to the exact player you wish to purchase with literately thousands of each player floating around. This creates a much bigger problem which warrants its own self contained topic…

 
9. Hybrid Teams

 

 

What is the point of having a game mode based solely on creating your dream fantasy team and applying silly rules that only hinder the end result?
FIFA’s best mode bar none is the excellent Ultimate Team in which you sell, trade and buy your favourite players, toss them into a team and take on the world. This singular mode has probably sold more copies of the game than all the rest combined, which makes it even more difficult to fathom why EA continue to slowly destroy it from within.

 

 

The base game within Ultimate Team is too static with chemistry between players being decided by which clubs they play for and what nationality they are aligned to. Players earn loyalty after ten games but other than that, there is no emphasis on actually building a squad that makes it impossible to become engrossed in the story of your players. Managers and coaches add nothing.

 

 

Players can’t learn new positions, and it’s an archaic model that only suppresses the brilliance of the mode. It feels like EA deliberately holds back a lot of features to encourage customers to buy those expensively priced packs but it can only be a matter of time before people are no longer prepared to continue spending huge sums of money on packs, especially with the wealth of games coming out over the next year.

 

 

It’s a dangerous game to play so early in the next gen war and EA would do well to overhaul the model before it blows up in their face.

 

 

10. Pace

 

 

FIFA 14 is the closest EA Sports have come to nailing the exact tempo a proper football match feels like: defenders feel slightly slower than attackers, midfield battles are engrossing and the passing is better than ever with more emphasis on counter attacking football than simply spamming to the wings and burning up the touchline.

 

 

But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement, as the game still feels off and is nowhere near the pace friendly FIFA 11. Then again, you only need to take a quick look at any Ultimate Team squad online to see teams littered with speedy players throughout their starting eleven, which in itself carries a lesson.

 

 

Speed, not skill wins you matches in FIFA 14; being able to run the length of the field as quickly with Vincent Kompany as Gareth Bale is simply idiotic. Whether it’s the coding or the dodgy stats model to blame, it’s just another area where FIFA 14 is broken and needs fixing for the future of the series.

 

 

11. Close Control Dribbling

 

 

FIFA 14 streamlined the movements of players both on and off the ball but dribbling and close control are still not quite right compared to the real beautiful game. Precision dribbling is too slow and you still can’t beat a player with a deft touch or burst of pace without throwing a trick into the mix, which plainly does not reflect reality. Slower players such as Italian maestro Pirlo or Manchester United’s Juan Mata suffer greatly from this oversight as their genius is not even closely replicated, and they look like the rest of the team are carrying them.

 

 

With the power of next gen consoles, it’s time to see more realistic foot plants, unique dummied movements, shoulder shrugs and a much broader range of dribbling styles. It’s a pity that you can still only play one way if you want to be competitive. FIFA 15 needs to make technically gifted players dangerous without relying on just speed which brings me to my next point.

 

 

12. Scripting/Handicapping

 

 

Let’s start off with one of the biggest and most game breaking issues that has plagued FIFA since the inception of the series. Scripting is common place in all sports games but FIFA really hammers home the point that there always seems to be something devious going on behind the flash presentation and slick interfaces.

 

 

This is especially obvious once you start to put together a string of results or get any sort of momentum going and the game begins to suspect that you’re going to start getting bored of winning, so starts adjusting the parameters of gmae play to mix things up.
Once it kicks in you can unfortunately expect the likes of Manuel Neuer to become as effective as that one kid who used to stand in goals because he didn’t want to get hurt when you were younger. Defenders start to move as if stuck in quicksand and Lionel Messi becomes Emile Heskey, in the latter days of his career. While injured.

 

 

At its best the game becomes a farce and at its worst the game becomes unplayable. Arguably, this massive issue needs to be sorted for FIFA 15 more than any other on this list.

 

FROM:  WHATCULTURE.COM

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