Football just got more emotional than ever before – at least on the digital pitch.
For the first time ever players now show emotion based on the context of the match in the new Fifa 15 video game.
With over 600 new emotional reactions, all 22 players on the pitch respond to pivotal moments – bad tackles, missed chances, epic goals, as they would in real life.
This latest edition of EA Games’ football franchise is packed with new features aimed at making your matches even more realistic, including more visible emotion from players, improved commentary and even crowd chants and behaviours relevant to your chosen club.
EA’s developers have also worked to improve goalkeeper AI and movement and have beefed up team performance so that players now recognise what’s happening on pitch and adjust their own tactics accordingly.
Visually the game looks better than ever thanks to the Xbox One’s improved ‘next-generation’ graphics, with players’ kits now showing mud splatters and grass stains and the pitch becoming increasingly dirtied up by boot marks and slide tackles as the game progresses.
FIFA 15 became the UK’s best-selling games of 2014 after selling a sterling 2.66 million copies.
This was followed by Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (1.84m) and Grand Theft Auto V, MCV reports. First-person shooter Destiny came fourth, Watch Dogs fifth and Minecraft: Xbox Edition sixth.
FIFA 14 took seventh place, far Cry 4 eighth and Call of Duty: Ghosts ninth. Assassin’s Creed: Unity rounded out the top 10.
LEGO’s endless spinoffs did well too, with The LEGO Movie Videogame charting 14th, LEGO marvel Super Heroes coming 16th and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming 18th. LEGO The Hobbit was 39th, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 64th, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 75th, LEGO The Lord of the Rings 86th and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean 100.
The process of a transfer is sometimes shrouded in mystery and can prove equally frustrating for managers, players and fans.
The process requires the co-operation of a whole host of parties and negotiations which can slow up at any point.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson seems to be struggling for luck in this January transfer window with Benik Afobe leaving, players turning the club down and deals taking time to complete.
Robinson said: “It’s a minimum of 50 to 100 phone calls with the club, 50 times with the player, 50 times with the club, it is just relentless that is why managers don’t like the January transfer window because this is as hard as it gets.
Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.
We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.
Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.
But that’s not the point here. This was about making a splash. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.
“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.
But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.
FIFA online players are experiencing EA server down time at the moment, where gamers may be having problems connecting to online play.
EA SPORTS FIFA @EASPORTSFIFA took to Twitter to let all FIFA players know they are aware of players not being able to access online play, the team is currently working on the issue to resolve it.
EA is compensating all FIFA players with FREE packs right now. Just visit this tweet here to see how you can claim your free packs. One player was so upset they said, “.@EASPORTSFIFA With all that money your customers spend on packs, invest in some decent servers, joke of a company.”
Gamers are complaining on Twitter saying EA should fix the servers ASAP. A few are even saying they are going to end up losing customers because servers being down seems to be a regular occurrence at the moment.
EA Sports have released their latest tutorial video for their game FIFA 15 with this one being about the best formations to use in the game.
The video runs through four different formations that you should consider using and explains the virtues of each one.
The first formation is the 4-1-2-1-2 wide which EA suggest is one of the more balanced systems in the game because it gives you a lot of attacking options whilst remains solid defensively as well.
The second is a 4-3-2-1, also known as the Christmas tree formation, which gives you a lot of attacking impetus going forward because the two wide forwards will cut inside as well as making runs out to the wings.
The third option is the 4-3-3 (2) which involves a central defensive midfielder with two central midfielders sitting just in front of him.
EA suggest that this formation is best used for players who like to play attacking counter-attack football using the wings as often as possible whilst the three man midfield allows the player to control possession in the match.
The final formation the video suggests is the 3-5-2, a formation that seems to be becoming increasingly popular in real life at the moment.
The suggestion is to use wide players rather than wing-backs and then two central defensive midfielders with one attacking midfielder and two strikers.
The video suggests that to compensate for the lack of protection in the wide areas move two of the three central defenders out into full-back roles and instruct the central defensive midfielders to drop deeper and act as centre-backs when needed.
portadafifaSiguiendo con la serie de vídeos tutorial para FIFA 15, EA Sports ha vuelto a distribuir una nueva secuencia en la que tratan de aconsejarnos sobre uno de los aspectos fundamentales de todo partido de fútbol: el disparo a puerta. De esta manera, y mediante la reproducción de diferentes jugadas, desde la compa?ía nos indican los aspectos fundamentales acerca de cada tipo de chut.
Para ello podemos ver en primer lugar a Negredo, el crack valencianista, que se saca un zurdazo inapelable, seco y cruzado al palo largo del portero, de la misma forma que más tarde reproducen este tiro Navas, del Manchester City, o Rodrigo, también del conjunto Che.
We’ve dusted off our crystal ball (Playstation 4) and come up with a rather pleasing prediction ahead of this weekend’s mouth-watering Premier League clash between the Swans and Chelsea.
Yep, it’s time to get yourself down the bookies because Wayne Routledge is going to make himself a hero early in the second half when he fires home the winner… maybe.
Using FIFA 15, we put Swansea up against Chelsea and let the computer play the game to determine who will come out on top.
Admittedly, this wasn’t the first simulation, or second, third, fourth or fifth. But after more 0-0 draws than you thought humanly possible, the Swans finally came out on top.
If you want to follow this game unfold exactly how our scientific experiment predicts, make sure you come back tomorrow when we will have live coverage of the match right here!
We are excited about the upcoming FIFA 15 January transfer update as anyone else, but one potential transfer that could be happening this Summer has become the talk on social media overnight.
Messi to Chelsea is what everyone is talking about at the moment, after Lionel Messi ‘followed’ the official Chelsea FC instagram page as well as several Chelsea players hours ago.
As you can imagine, Chelsea fans have gone into social overdrive on this, taking this as a confirmation that he will be leaving Barcelona to join the London club – if you can believe that.