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Fifa 14: New Mode Bringing World Cup FUT on May 29th

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.

EA Sports have posted an FAQ to answer any question about the new ‘World Cup FUT mode which will come to Xbox 360 and Xbox One FIFA 14 for free:

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 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).

 

Xbox Ultimate Day – Day 3 ‘Day Only Deals’

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Day three of the Xbox 360 Ultimate say sees the following titles added but for one day only so make the most of these huge offers:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
FIFA 14 Games on Demand 50%
Dead Island: Riptide Games on Demand 50%
Skyrim Games on Demand 67%
Left 4 Dead Games on Demand 75%
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Games on Demand 67%
Darksiders Games on Demand 75%
Bejeweled 3 Arcade 93%

 

 

FIFA 14 – Xbox ONE Stability Patch Now Available

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Football hooligan’s on Xbox ONE can now download the latest patch for Fifa 14. The fix which has been available on the PS4 for some time has now been made available for Xbox ONE gamers. Below is a list of improvements.

  • The new title update addresses the following:
  • Some stability issues when entering Online matches.
  • Some cases where users with large friends lists can’t access certain Online features.
  • Allows the Goalkeeper in Clubs mode to change camera angles.
  • Modifications to a couple of camera angles in specific stadiums to improve playability.
  • Ensures the Brazuca match ball appears properly in FUT once redeemed in the EAS FC Catalogue.
  • Resolves some Online issues regarding match invites.
  • Improvements to some Kinect Global Speech Commands.
  • Occurrences of mismatched roster names in Seasons matches.
  • Virtual Pro Ball Skills varying from match to match.
  • Random list appearing instead of Friends Clubs list in Pro Clubs.

Fifa 14 on Xbox ONE scored an impressive 84% in our review which you can read via this direct link.

Thanks: EA

FIFA 14 for Xbox One Graphic Engine To Power Future Sports Titles

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EA Sports latest football title FIFA 14 has pioneered the new Ignite Engine for Xbox One and all future EA Sports titles will utilise this next-gen graphics engine. This means that NBA Live, Madden NFL 25 and the new mixed-martial arts franchise UFC will all be powered by Ignite and all available on Xbox One.

Ignite was unveiled at a Microsoft Xbox One Games Preview Showcase recently and EA confirmed that they plan to utilise the engine for all sports gaming releases over the next 8 years. The visual difference on a game utilising Ignite is immediately noticeable and EA has tripled their investment in animation in the last year, purely to create more hyper-realistic effects and AI. In FIFA 14 over 1000 new animations where created, with 200 of them specific to goal scoring, and the crowds and players actions are now more in sync than ever before.

Fanboys are going to have to be even faster in response times as player actions will change according to the situations they are placed in, and there are 4 times more calculations per second than in previous EA Sports games. Gamers who need to work on getting reaction time up and acclimatise themselves to a faster pace should try playing the best Canadian mobile casino games at MobileCasinoCanada.ca to ensure they are ready for games that demand lightening fast reflexes and instant decision making.

Ignite is set to improve animation depth and detail, and for the first time ever 3D crowds and dynamic sidelines will have a massive impact on game play. The atmosphere will change according to the progress of the match and a player’s sense of urgency will increase as the pressure builds. The perks of the next-gen software are huge and new camera angles, clothing movement, facial expressions and physical movement go way beyond the current grade.

EA Sports have created virtual athletes in a hyper-realistic environment and Ignite fuels this dynamic to the max. Everything about FIFA 14 is more realistic and believable, and on Xbox Live the daily stream of new content will impact the game as it’s played.

Ignite-powered Xbox One versions of FIFA 14 is out now, but Madden NFL 25, UFC and NBA Live 14 are all launching over the next 12 months- The wait is almost over!

EA Sports Release First FIFA 14 Title Update

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EA have released the first Title Update for recently released FIFA 14 after reports of balancing problems and game freezing. Via the EA Fifa Forums the following fixes feature in the title update:

• Balancing lofted through balls. 
• Balancing attacking headers. 
• Balancing finesse shots. 
• Improved defender switching during crosses. 
• Freezes while making substitutions during gameplay. 
• Freezes while entering and exiting Leaderboards. 
• Improvements made to Dynamic Camera. 
• Corrected crowd sections in Signal Iduna Park. 
• Corrected “Any” and “GK” filters in Pro Clubs. 
• We’ve responded to the community and upgraded FIFA 14 cover star Stephan El Shaarawy to 4* Skills in Online Seasons, Head to Head, and Career Mode using EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day. Since the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team ratings and database are separate from the Match Day Update, he will be assessed and potentially upgraded in FUT at a later date. 

The FIFA 14 support team also commented on the remaining freezing problems not yet resolved:

We’ve located some of the issues causing freezing throughout the game, but not all of them. Please continue to let us know about specific instances on the EA forums as your feedback has helped immensely. There are a small percentage of remaining crashing/freezing instances and the team will continue to investigate and address them as needed. Thanks for your patience during this time.

FIFA 14 Review

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As reviewed by Robin White

This year’s incarnation of FIFA 14 made me feel awful. Just last week I was playing the recent Pro Evo release and thinking to myself ‘hot damn (I talk like a child from the fifties) Pro Evo might finally have caught up this year’, visualizing the oft benighted lesser sibling ousting EA’s FIFA from atop its footballing throne and declaring itself King of the football titles.

But then FIFA 14 arrived on my door step and Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s pocket sized maestro, looked up at me from the cover and I swear to goodness, the man winked. He knew, as I did, that of course FIFA was still undisputed Empire of the footballing world, the mighty Barcelona to Pro Evo’s Leyton Orient. Whilst Pro Evo seemingly improves every year and FIFA stays almost entirely the same, FIFA is still absolutely always better. It has no need to improve, for it is already, essentially, perfect.

Sorry Pro Evo. Back to Gamespot you go.

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With FIFA 14, EA hasn’t given us the ‘marquee’ feature we’ve come to expect from previous years. Too often in the past we’ve been treated to gimmicky innovations like the player impact engine and tactical defending with mixed results, but this year FIFA’s attention has been focused utterly on making sure that all of the little things are done just right. And that’s wonderful.

Whilst on the surface, improvements over FIFA 13 may feel somewhat superficial, in actuality they’re deeper than ever. The way players go about their business has been drastically modified for the better – passing, shooting and fluid on and off the ball movement are smoother than ever which coupled with significantly more realistic on pitch animation create a wonderful sense of immersion often missing from a sports title. There might well be no one stand out improvement, but as a cumulative effort what improvements we do have go together to result in an absolute triumph.

The players, who in previous years have been slowly benefiting from becoming much more physical in the way they interact with each other, finally feel altogether more human. They build up momentum, turn, manoeuvre and leap tackles like their real world counterparts and strike the ball so realistically that you can almost hear laces hitting leather.

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Having loaded my first career mode match, I spent the first three quarters of the game fighting out a frustrating 0-0 draw, unable to penetrate the AI’s solid defending, even though the odds are weighed significantly in my own squad’s favour. But on the 75th minute, the ball falls to my long distance specialist, eight yards outside of the box. Just as he would in the premier league, he glances up, sees a path to the goal through a mass of onrushing defenders, shapes his body accordingly and unleashes a veritably majestic screamer, courtesy of the outside of the boot which goes dipping, lunging, sailing its way inexorably into the back of the net, the goalkeeper staring  up at the sky dejectedly whilst my players dance around the centre circle in delight. This is FIFA 14.

Pleasingly, you won’t find yourself relying on Hollywood efforts to find the back of the net – you’ll score from all sorts of situations which were missing from FIFA 13, benefiting the aforementioned sense of impressive realism. Poached headers from the six yard box, scrambled shots taken from the deck having lost your feet, silkily worked passes into the back of the net and goals which see the ball bounce alarmingly close to the goal line are all in evidence and they’re wonderful to see. The ball physics are better than ever and you’ll be marvelling at your efforts and calling your flatmates into the living room to take a look at the free kick you’ve just bent over the wall, off the cross bar and in.

The criticism in some quarters of FIFA’s passing system, with EA’s forums seeing Pro Evo fan boys commenting on their own title’s slick feel in that area, could be justifiable, but in the case of Pro Evo it’s a slickness designed to hide failures in other key parts of the game. Fifa has no such troubles and its passing system one might argue is not as slick because it’s so successfully aping the real world, where beautiful one touch passing and moving happen far less often than a hurried tap to your neighbour under pressure of the onrushing 7ft tall Serbian centre half.

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Computer AI still feels a little naive and given a few hours of practice you’ll be falling them easier than is realistic, but improvements in the AI of your team mates are a welcome addition. They’ll make runs into space without being asked, making the through ball feature more useful than ever and it’s an immensely satisfying as part of your attacking game to thread the ball through two defenders and into the path of your forward.

Real world features, always a FIFA strong point are improved once again, with continual updates from the real season, impacting player ability based on their real life form. Commentators in game will pull up a player who’s performing particularly well in the premier league and its satisfying to feel like you’re part of the wider footballing world.

The game modes themselves are interesting, to the point that I find myself playing offline more than usual – the wealth of  depth in career mode is fantastic and the new mini games feature is a delightful distraction, perfecting various skills and feeling like something one might expect to find on the Wii U, only better. Whilst I’m in the minority of players who rarely engages with Ultimate Team, fans of the system will be pleased to know that it remains in abundance and online friendlies, returning after a confusing one year absence, are more satisfying than ever.

The game day experience itself, fantastically produced and lovingly directed also shows a marked improvement this year. The sense of drama and excitement are entirely evident before a big game and you can almost smell the pies and barely repressed homophobia in the terraces. Terraces which are, irritatingly, still one of the title’s failings. Considering the improvements in player animation, EA have done little to improve the pitch, the stadia or the crowd themselves in recent years and that’s no different here, with surroundings reminiscent of FIFA 11, which is now four games ago.

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With FIFA 14, EA have provided what I’ve been hankering after for a long time. A game which doesn’t rely on gimmicks or Hollywood features, but instead stands on its own two feet by way of immersive, engaging and ultimately realistic game play. This year the gamer feels more in touch with the on pitch action than ever before and I’m sorry to say that Pro-Evo lovers have got at least one more year to wait before they’re back on top. Fifa, indisputably, is still on top. Long live the king.

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The Soundtrack for FIFA 14 Is Revealed

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EA has today announced the soundtrack for EA SPORTS FIFA 14, which features 37 artists from 13 countries around the world. FIFA 14 features brand-new tracks from superstar artists Nine Inch Nails, Bloc Party, You Me At Six, Miles Kane, Wretch 32, Vampire Weekend and many more as listed in full below. It also includes new music from breakthrough artists such as Scotland’s CHVRCHES, England’s Disclosure and The 1975, Latin America’s Los Rakas and Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, American performers Robert DeLong, The Colourist, and American Authors, and Spain’s Crystal Fighters. Japan’s J-Rap kingpin Chinza Dopeness’ track will be exclusive to FIFA 14 on the new generation of consoles.

The complete in-game soundtrack for FIFA 14 includes:

ARTIST SONG TERRITORY
American Authors Hit It USA
Amplify Dot Get Down England
Bloc Party Ratchet England
Chinza Dopeness T.U.B.E. Japan
CHVRCHES We Sink Scotland
Crystal Fighters Love Natural Spain/England
Dan Croll Compliment Your Soul England
David Dallas Runnin New Zealand
De Staat Down Town Netherlands
Disclosure F For You England
Empire Of The Sun Alive Australia
Foals My Number (Trophy Wife Remix) England
Grouplove I’m With You USA
Guards I Know Its You USA
Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas Funky Futurista Argentina
Jamie N Commons Marathon England
John Newman Love Me Again England
Karol Conka Boa Noite Brazil
Los Rakas Hot Panama
Marcelo D2 Voce Diz Que O Amor Nao Doi Brazil
Miles Kane Don’t Forget Who You Are England
Nine Inch Nails Copy Of A USA
OK KID Am Ende Germany
Oliver Mechanical USA
Olympic Ayers Magic Australia
Portugal. The Man Purple Yellow Red And Blue USA
Robert DeLong Here USA
Rock Mafia feat. Wyclef Jean and David Correy I Am USA/Brazil
Smallpools Dreaming USA
The 1975 The City England
The Chain Gang Of 1974 Miko USA
The Colourist Little Games (St. Lucia Remix) USA
The Naked And Famous Hearts Like Ours New Zealand
The Royal Concept On Our Way Sweden
Vampire Weekend Worship You USA
Wretch 32 24 Hours England
You Me At Six Lived A Lie England

FIFA 14 will release in North America on September 24th and September 27th in UK for current gen systems with a next-gen day one launch on November 19th in North America and November 22nd in UK.

FIFA 14 News – Aston Villa Renew Partnership with EA Sports

One for the Aston Villa Fifa fans:

Aston Villa is pleased to confirm the renewal of its partnership with global video games company Electronic Arts Inc, reaffirming EA SPORTS™ as the Club’s Official Football Action Games Partner.

To celebrate the partnership, a unique Aston Villa FIFA 14 cover featuring three Villa stars will be available for supporters to download for free when the game is launched on Friday, September 27.  A limited number will be professionally printed for giveaways on the EA SPORTS Dugout, which will make a return to Villa Park for the Barclays Premier League game against Manchester City on Saturday, September 28.

Villa fans can also download a special FIFA 14 in-game graphic wallpaper featuring Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark.

Supporters will be able to try out the brand-new game on launch weekend when the popular EA SPORTS Dugout makes a return to Villa Park for the match against Manchester City. There will be prize giveaways and mini tournaments held on the day so get down early to the stadium.