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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Check out all the new FIFA 13 screenshots, right here.

Electronic Arts today unveiled five game-changing innovations that will bring revolutionary changes to EA SPORTS FIFA 13 along with the largest and deepest feature set in the history of the franchise.

"We are perfecting the best sports game in the world with innovations that capture all the drama and unpredictability of real-world football," said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 13. "These are game-changing innovations that will revolutionize our artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and collisions to create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, and deliver freedom and creativity in attack."

The most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved for the FIFA franchise will drive FIFA 13 on HD consoles and PC. All-new Attacking Intelligence enables players to analyse space, work harder and smarter to break down defenses, and think two plays ahead. Players now possess the intelligence to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur, make runs that pull defenders out of position to open passing channels for teammates, and better position themselves for new attacking opportunities.

In FIFA 13 every touch matters with the most comprehensive and intuitive dribbling system ever developed. Inspired by the world’s best footballer, Lionel Messi, Complete Dribbling enables players to face their opponent and use precise dribble touches combined with true 360° mobility with the ball, so it’s easier to be more creative and dangerous in 1v1 opportunities. Players change direction quicker, are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and are more effective shielding defenders for longer stretches. FIFA 13 1st Touch Control transforms the way players control the ball, eliminating near-perfect touch for every player on the pitch, and creating variety and uncertainty around ball control. Factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass now impact a player’s first touch, creating more opportunities for defenders to win back possession.

The second generation of the Player Impact Engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles between players. Defenders push and pull for position, and use their size and strength to win possession or force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives. FIFA 13 Tactical Free Kicks provides the tools to create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks utilising the most skillful players on the pitch. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and utilise dummy runs and more passing options to create elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.

FIFA 13 will also feature:
  • Improved Career Mode with major changes developed in response to requests from the most passionate fans of the franchise
  • New features to enhance the massive EA SPORTS FIFA online offering, including improvements to the wildly popular Head-To-Head Seasons mode
  • Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
  • Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.

Additional new modes and features will be announced in the months ahead.

FIFA 13 will be available in stores world-wide this fall for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system with Kinect™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Wii™, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and other mobile platforms. The game has not yet been rated.

Fact Sheet

FIFA Soccer 13 captures all the drama and unpredictability of the real-world game.

Description
Five game-changing innovations revolutionize artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and physical play in the No. 1 selling* and No. 1 rated** sports game in the world. These innovations create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, deliver freedom and creativity in attack, and capture all the drama and unpredictability of the real-world game.

All-new Attacking Intelligence infuses players with the most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved. Players have the ability to analyze space, work harder and smarter to break down the defense, and think two plays ahead. Now every touch matters with the most comprehensive and intuitive dribbling system ever developed for the franchise. Inspired by the world’s best player, Lionel Messi, Complete Dribbling enables players to face their opponent and use precise dribble touches combined with true 360° mobility with the ball, so it’s easier to be more creative and dangerous in 1v1 opportunities. FIFA Soccer 13 1st Touch Control transforms the way players control the ball, eliminating near-perfect touch for every player on the pitch, and creating more opportunities for defenders to win back possession. The second generation of the Player Impact Engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles between players. Defenders can push and pull for position, and utilize their size and strength to force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives. FIFA Soccer 13 Tactical Free Kicks provides the tools to create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks. Position up to three players over the ball and utilize dummy runs and more passing options to outwit your opponent.

FIFA Soccer 13 delivers the largest and deepest set of game-changing features in the history of the franchise. Additional features and new modes will be revealed in the months ahead.

* Over the past three years on Xbox 360 and PS3 according to Metacritc.com
**Based on total sales in 2011 according to the NPD.

Key Features
  • Attacking Intelligence — All-new positioning intelligence infuses attacking players with the ability to analyze plays, and to better position themselves to create new attacking opportunities. Players will work harder and smarter to break down defenses, make runs that pull defenders out of position, and open passing channels for teammates. Plus, players possess an off-the-ball vision and the ability to think two plays ahead to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur.
  • Complete Dribbling — Make every touch matter with complete control of the ball. Take on defenders with the freedom to be more creative in attack. Players are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and utilize precise dribble touches with true 360° mobility with the ball while facing a defender. Face an opponent to threaten attack while moving with the ball in any direction to dodge tackles, or turn and shield the ball, maintaining position, and holding off defenders for longer stretches.
  • FIFA 13 1st Touch Control — A new system eliminates near-perfect control for every player by creating uncertainty when receiving difficult balls. Poor passes are harder to control, enabling defenders to capitalize on errant balls and poor touches. Multiple factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass all factor into a player’s success. Players with better control and skill stand out. Fewer perfect touches, the potential to over hit passes, more opportunity for loose balls, and greater balance between defending and attacking.
  • Player Impact Engine — The second generation of the award-winning physics engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles, giving defenders more tools to win back possession. Defenders can use their body to win possession, push and pull for position, and utilize their size and strength to force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives.
  • FIFA 13 Tactical Free Kicks — Create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and confuse opponents with dummy runs, more passing options, and more elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.
  • New Passes — Two new passing options give players the ability to finesse passes over the outstretched leg of a defender or play lower trajectory lofted through balls into space or to teammates.
  • FIFA 13 Fundamentals — Essential elements have been refined to make the experience more authentic. Referees will now make better decisions awarding fouls and cards, goalkeeper intelligence has been improved, and Tactical Defending has added lateral mobility for players in defensive containment. Plus, new animations have been developed for off-balance shots, 180° shots, and celebrations.
  • Complete Authenticity — Over 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players.
Product Specifications
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Developer: EA Canada
Street Date: Fall 2011
Rating: Not yet rated
Platforms: PLAYSTATION®3 /Xbox 360®/PC
No of Online Players: 1-22
No of Offline Players: 1-7 (PS3); 1-4 (Xbox 360); 1-5 (PC)
Website: http://easportsfootball.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/easportsfifa.

PC Recommended Specs: CPU with Dual core processor (Core duo 2 or better). Intel Core2Duo @ 2.4Ghz on Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7. 2 Gigabyte of RAM. DirectX® 9.0c Compatible 3D accelerated 256 MB video card or equivalent (must support Shader Model 3.0 or above). ATI RADEON HD 2900. NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT

© 2012 Electronic Arts Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Official FIFA licensed product. "© The FIFA Brand OLP Logo is a copyright and trademark of FIFA. All rights reserved." Manufactured under license by Electronic Arts Inc. *INTERNET CONNECTION required for online play.

Game: FIFA Soccer 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 15 - View All
Monday, May 14, 2012


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Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
06:47 PM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

DLG's Casey Mosier has posted his Madden NFL 13 hands-on impressions.

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This is a huge item for many of you (myself included) so let’s hit this topic right off the bat. The Passing system IS as advertised. Pass trajectories have been added so make sure you put touch on your throws when you need to. This has ELIMINATED the so-called super line backers. HOWEVER, if you throw a bullet pass directly to a linebacker with a receiver a few yards (5 maybe) behind him, you will possibly get picked off. I just wanted to put that in there for the folks who refuse to use actual passing windows like they are supposed to (and have to in the NFL). Use common sense and the pass will get there pending your QB can make the throw.
“Throwing a receiver open” is HUGE! It is a great feeling to see a receiver well covered and being able to aim the throw to where only he can catch it. Can you say back shoulder throws?!? That’s right, it is in there. I threw maybe 10-12 touchdowns using back shoulder throws, either at the goal line or in the end zone. Beautiful! Leading a receiver or throwing to a spot works very well (once again, if your QB can make a good throw) but is very much dependent on the user. It will take you a few games for sure to get used to the intricacies of the new system.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
03:52 PM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Trax is no more. At least for Madden NFL 13. The team will use an original score this year.

Also of note. The top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL will have their cadence captured for the game.

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Every year, members of the “EA Trax” team would sift through thousands of songs to come up with the 20 or so that would give gamers a sense of cool and cutting-edgeness as they played America’s highest-selling sports game.

This year, however, the Madden creative team wanted to go in a different direction.

The presentation in “Madden NFL 13” has been completely redone, from the all-new menus (they’re very industrial looking… in a good way) to the quarterback cadences (recorded in-person for each of the “top ten quarterbacks,” according to EA) to the recently introduced announcing crew of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.

And the accustomed sound of “EA Trax” just didn’t go with the new look.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All

Each broadcast booth view from each stadium in Madden NFL 13 will feature a different view with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Check out six new screenshots showing off a few of those views.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 74 - View All
01:57 PM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted a new Madden NFL 13 audio blog, written by the Audio Producer, Matt Bialosuknia. They also posted this Madden NFL 13 community blog, written by Markus Frieske.

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  • We’ve recorded approximately 82 hours of fresh commentary for Madden NFL 13, yielding us well over 9,000 unique new lines.
  • We’ve added a brand new 24 track recorded crowd for an even more emotional, exciting NFL broadcast experience. The story of the game is now more vividly told in the highs and lows of the crowd; from a home team touchdown where the place is rocking, to away team interceptions which drain the life out of the stadium.
  • EA Trax have been replaced with a new playlist of composed pieces for each of our new game modes.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
01:00 PM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

The Madden NFL 13 playbook #3 webcast has begun. Please chime in with your thoughts, as they happen.

UPDATE: If you missed the stream, it has been embedded.

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 74 - View All
12:43 PM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Just a few days ago, we mentioned the Madden NFL 13 scoreboard banner needed an adjustment.

With the help of the CD guys spreading the word and ideas from everyone here at OS, it looks like we have a winner.

Check out the new and improved Madden NFL 13 scoreboard banner.

What do you think?

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All
10:57 AM - May 14, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We have just posted a few more NCAA Football 13 screenshots.

Game: NCAA Football 13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 58 - View All
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.

If there is anything else you would like to see added to the OS Weekly Wrap Up, let us know!

Happy Mother's Day!

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Friday, May 11, 2012
08:50 PM - May 11, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Owen Good chimes in with his NCAA Football 13 dynasty article. Below are just a few bullet points from the piece.

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  • Gone is the frustrating "roulette wheel" of past versions, where you'd simulate calling a player on the phone and having to discuss a random attribute of your program, whether it's a strength, a weakness, or even something the kid is interested.
  • You can send assistant coaches to examine a player and see if he lives up to the hype, in virtual sessions as long as 60 minutes each.
  • The game will include the new Southeastern Conference alignments, of course, and figuring out its schedule rotation was a nightmare. The SEC will play an eight-game conference schedule, six of which will be divisional games that repeat every year, one of which will be an extradivisional protected rivalry, leaving one as a rotating random matchup.

Source - There’s a New Way to Pitch in NCAA Football (Kotaku)

Game: NCAA Football 13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 58 - View All
11:36 AM - May 11, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out NCAA Football 13 podcast #5, as Presentation and Audio Designer Christian McLeod and Dynasty Mode Designer Jordan Peterson talk about Dynasty mode.

Game: NCAA Football 13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 58 - View All


EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Campaign Reaches Quarterfinals

Sponsored By BlackBerry And Hosted On NHL.com, Nearly 17 Million Fan Votes Cast To Date In The First Ever EA SPORTS NHL® Cover Athlete Campaign

May 11, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ and NHL.com announced today the eight NHL players who have advanced to the quarterfinals of the EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote, sponsored by BlackBerry®. Beginning today on NHL.com, fans can vote for their favorite player to advance to the semifinals. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

NHL®13 Cover Vote Quarterfinals Breakdown

Bracket A
  • Claude Giroux vs. Anze Kopitar
  • Scott Hartnell vs. Evgeni Malkin
Bracket B
  • Pavel Datsyuk vs. John Tavares
  • Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pekka Rinne
NHL 13 Cover Athlete Voting Schedule:

May 11 – May 17: Quarterfinals – Bracket A matchups open for voting

May 18 – May 23: Quarterfinals – Bracket B matchups open for voting

May 24 – May 28: Semifinals

May 29 – June 4: Finals

Sponsored by BlackBerry® and hosted on NHL.com, the campaign gives fans the opportunity to select the face of the EA SPORTS NHL® franchise. Fans worldwide are able to vote an unlimited number of times and are encouraged to vote as often as possible at http://www.nhl.com/covervote to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds. Fans can also get involved and tweet their support by using #NHL13Cover on Twitter.

Game: NHL 13Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 23 - View All
Thursday, May 10, 2012
11:33 PM - May 10, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Owen Good has posted some more details on the addition of Rece Davis in NCAA Football 13.

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  • Brad Nessler, who has also recorded new audio so that he can react to what Davis is saying.
  • Each game played in Dynasty mode can have up to 10 studio updates.
  • There seemed to be about six different groupings of phrases, from Nessler's throw to getting the broadcast back from Davis, forming each update. Details like BCS or poll positioning, rivalries and upcoming games, and individual performances are all part of the mix.

Game: NCAA Football 13Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 58 - View All
11:12 PM - May 10, 2012. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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  • Fast forward to 8:45
  • EA Sports and Madden NFL 13 has partnered up with NFL Fillms
  • QB cadences have returned
  • Crowds in the past were recorded with 4 microphones, in Madden NFL 13 they used 24 mics
  • When big plays happen, you hear the highs and lows
  • Recorded grunts and hits from mic'd players, which has been implemented into the game
  • Jim Nantz and Phil Simms had recording sessions together and ad-lib audio was captured

Game: Madden NFL 13Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 74 - View All