We talk with NCAA Football's Ben Haumiller about Ultimate Team Mode and what to expect!
A look at five features removed from the game that should make a comeback.
Best Buy has inadvertently (or purposefully) leaked more info on this year's FIFA.
A look at what EA Sports' new game(s) which are planned to be revealed at E3 might be...
EA Sports has posted another Madden NFL 25 blog, written by Creative Director Mike Young, as he goes deeper into Connected Franchise. Here are a few bullet points. Some you may or may not already know about.
- Import draft classes from NCAA Football 14 into Madden NFL 25
- Offline 32-team Control
- Control player or coach in the same Connected Franchise
- Goal to allow players as much control over their Franchise as possible
- start a league with a Fantasy Draft Before you start your Franchise (online/offline)
- Refined user interface, reworked the trade interface and added a transaction log
- Added the ability to change your players’ positions (For example, move DB to WR, DE to LB)
- More legends added
Check out the official Forza Motorsport 5 box art.
Just in case you missed it yesterday, here is the reveal trailer and screenshots. Forza Motorsport 5 will launch with the Xbox One, however no release date has been given as of yet.
INCENTIVE TO PRE-ORDER FIFA 14 ON XBOX 360, PS3 AND PC
Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS™ is offering FIFA 14 Ultimate Team gold packs to fans who pre-order* FIFA 14 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. The release date for FIFA 14 is September 24, 2013 throughout North America.
FIFA Ultimate Team is the popular game mode within EA SPORTS FIFA that reflects the best recent real-world performances of the world’s best players. Over 3.4 million games of FIFA Ultimate Team are played daily, and over 17 million players are transferred through the transfer market on a daily basis, as millions of fans re-shape their squads based on the real-world performances of their favorite players.
Fans who pre-order the “Ultimate Pass” pre-order package will receive 24 FIFA Ultimate Team gold packs—one per week for 24 weeks—to help build their ultimate team. Each gold pack is a mix of 12 items, including players, contracts, stadiums, managers, staff, fitness, healing, balls, kits, and badges. Gold packs consist mostly of players rated 75+ in-game, and include one rare item, such as enhanced player attributes, longer contracts, and the most coveted players. The “Ultimate Pass” is available until midnight on September 23.
Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14. Innovations to the franchise’s award-winning** gameplay will make FIFA 14 the complete matchday experience, introducing features that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities. Great matches are achieved through measured build up and incredible finishing. A new feature in FIFA 14 called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating. FIFA 14 will deliver engaging online*** features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club, making FIFA 14 football's social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.
Fueled by EA SPORTS™ IGNITE, FIFA 14 will also release worldwide within the next 12 months on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4, and will be available for pre-order soon. A video showcasing how EA SPORTS games will look and play on Xbox One can be viewed here.
*Conditions and restrictions apply. Please see www.easportsfootball.com for details.
** The FIFA franchise has won over 250 videogame awards since 2010 on HD consoles
*** Internet connection and Origin account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.
the New AllDrive Feature that Seamlessly Connects Friends into One Racing World
Electronic Arts Inc., today announced Need for Speed™ Rivals, an action/racing game created by an inspired new development team, using a powerful engine and delivering next-generation gameplay. Need for Speed Rivals is being developed by EA’s newest studio Ghost Games, who bring new thinking and innovation to the Need for Speed franchise in partnership with the expert racing team at Criterion Games. Built on the Frostbite™ 3 game engine, Need for Speed Rivals captures the adrenaline and intensity of the street’s ultimate rivalry between cops and racers, in a stunning open road environment. Need for Speed Rivals is coming to Xbox 360® game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC on November 19, 2013 and will also be released on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation 4 later this year.
Check out the trailer here and some screenshots here.
In Need for Speed Rivals, gamers play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. As a racer, the goal is to become infamous for taking risks behind the wheel and capturing your most intense escapes on video for the world to see. The more cops players evade, the more Speed Points they collect, enabling them to unlock new cars and items. Keep raising the stakes race after race to become an ever-more valuable target to the cops – but risk losing it all if busted. As a cop, players work together as part of a team in pursuit of racers, earning prominence and rising in the ranks of the Police Force with every bust. Achieving higher ranks unlocks new police only cars and more powerful pursuit tech.
Ghost Games also announced today the long-awaited return of Ferrari to the Need for Speed franchise. For the first time in seven years, gamers can get behind the wheel of some of the most luxurious, desirable automobiles on the planet, including the F12berlinetta. Spokesperson Stefano Saporetti, Head of Brand Operations in Ferrari added, “We are back in the Need For Speed franchise, starting with Need for Speed Rivals, as we want the fans of this world famous and award winning racing game saga to be able again to feel the excitement of the Ferrari Brand and cars.”
At the heart of Need for Speed Rivals is AllDrive, an innovative new online feature that allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone, to playing with friends, eliminating the line between single player and multiplayer. Players will have to keep one eye on their rearview mirror as friends will be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly, creating a world where no two events will ever be the same.
“The Need for Speed franchise has been an industry leader bringing social competition to the forefront in games,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer, Ghost Games. “For the first time, players will have the freedom to seamlessly go from single player to co-op to multiplayer. In Need for Speed Rivals we are creating one game experience with one progression, where the freedom to play with friends is more fluid and accessible than ever before.”
Need for Speed Rivals pushes the limits of racing games with all-new and improved features:
- Next-Gen Racing – Redview County is brought to life with stunning, next-generation detail and weather effects that force drivers to master the elements, as well as the competition.
- Need for Speed Network Powered by Autolog – Gamers can compare stats and challenge their friends anytime, anywhere and then easily share their accomplishments with both friends and rivals.
- Personalization – Drivers customize their ride with fresh paintjobs, custom license plates, liveries, decals, rims, and performance upgrades.
- Pursuit and Evasion Tech – Street racing explodes with 11 upgradeable gadgets including turbo boosts, jammers and EMPs for racers, and shockwaves, roadblocks and helicopters for cops.
* Conditions and restrictions apply. Click here for details.
The 'other' college athlete lawsuit against EA Sports has suddenly received new life as a Federal Appeals Court struck down a decision that said EA Sports had First Amendment Rights to college athlete likenesses via artistic expression.
In a 2-1 decision, the suit now has new life and will likely continue to move up the courts.
From the Kotaku Article: "The digital Ryan Hart does what the actual Ryan Hart did while at Rutgers," wrote Judge Joseph Greenaway, for the 2-1 majority. "He plays college football, in digital recreations of college football stadiums, filled with all the trappings of a college football game ... [t]he various digitized sights and sounds in the video game do not alter or transform the appelant's identity in a significant way."
Hart's complaint is similar to the Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller case which is currently at the Federal Level and which is expected to reach the Supreme Court eventually. Keller and O'Bannon's case will get a class action certification ruling in the coming weeks. If the class action suit is certified, all players past and present who have had likenesses in college sports video games could stand to receive some compensation and the fundamental structures of the NCAA could be forced to change. College sports video games themselves would be financial jeopardy at that point as well.
Needless to say, both EA and the NCAA have legal departments working a lot of hours these days.
Ahead of this weekend’s Indy 500, Codemasters® today released a new gameplay video showing Dallara IndyCars racing at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The video reveals extra content, redeemable via download, to feature in a special edition of GRID 2 available to pre-order from Best Buy, which includes extra routes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The GRID 2 special edition from Best Buy includes:
The IndyCar Pack – featuring two extra routes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Circuit plus the Dallara IndyCar and Indy 500 Pace Car liveries for the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition.
GRID 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™ and will invite players race only the world’s most exciting racing cars on city streets, licensed circuits and open-roads. From Paris to Dubai and Barcelona to California, gamers will journey from rookie to racing superstar as they blaze to the top of World Series Racing, a new world of professional motorsport.
GRID 2 will ship to stores on May 28 and is available for pre-order now. Fans can keep up with all the latest updates straight from the studio by speeding over to www.gridgame.com and www.facebook.com/gridgame or follow the team at www.twitter.com/gridgame.
Joystiq has posted some new information on Madden NFL 25 which also includes a video.
Last week, I gave everyone some (hopefully) helpful hints and house rules for an MLB: The Show 2013 fantasy draft. In part one, the article was based entirely around a one user-controlled team fantasy draft. The benefits of just having control over one team include a much faster fantasy draft, absolutely no bias towards the other 29 teams, and a having to bring a certain strategy into the draft if you want to succeed.
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Forza Motorsport 5 on the Xbox One
The dust has settled and a lot of the questions we had about what Microsoft and Sony are bringing to the table have been answered. There are still very important details such as pricing to be determined -- but we know what each console is largely bringing to the table.
Which of the two major consoles are you planning on buying within the next year? Sound off by voting in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums.
The Xbox One will require an internet connection after all in order to play games, which comes to the chagrin of many gamers. According to press material from Microsoft, the Xbox One will require that you connect to the Xbox Live servers once a day to continue playing it.
This of course presents huge issues for people where internet is limited, especially our men and women in uniform overseas. How Microsoft plans to work that detail out is unknown at this time.
Microsoft's seemingly puzzling answer to this is that, "No, it (Xbox One) does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection."
This is a bold move by Microsoft, and the type of move that could easily backfire on the company.
What do you guys think? Are you worried about the 'almost always on' connectivity required from the Xbox One?
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1. Mike Trout becomes youngest ever in AL to achieve cycle.
Angels starter Jerome Williams spun a gem over eight innings of shutout baseball, but the young phenom in center field stole the show in LA's rout of the Seattle Mariners. At 21 years and 188 days, Trout becomes the youngest in American League history -- edging out Alex Rodriguez by twenty-five days. ... Read More
There was certainly a lot of hype around FIFA Soccer 14 and what the Ignite Engine Could mean for the PC version of the game. Unfortunately for PC footballers, the Ignite Engine is completely meaningless to the game's PC version this year per a Tweet from Rob Hudson, community manager for FIFA:
"Clarification for the PC related questions earlier - EA SPORTS IGNITE will power FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4, not PC."
While the door is obviously left wide-open for next year's FIFA to get the Ignite Engine, it looks like PC Gamers will have to wait at least a year before they get the latest and greatest from EA Sports.
We all remember the magic Madden movie which set this entire generation of Madden up for failure -- that pre-rendered trailer set graphical and gameplay expectations so high, it ended up being a generation ahead of its time.
In essence, the next-generation of Madden in that 2005 trailer was actually the next-next generation of Madden.
To quote a famous pop artist (loosely), "Oops, they did it again." ... Read More
With the Conference Finals under way, it's a good time to look at the teams who just got knocked out of the Playoffs and see what lies ahead for them, both in real life and in NBA 2K13. We'll start with the Western Conference's ousted teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The Good News: The Oklahoma City Thunder have their flaws—for sure—but their flameout in ... Read More