The winter transfer window closed just a few weeks ago and the football season is in full swing, so it’s a perfect time for EA to release a massive batch of player upgrades and oh boy, there has been some interesting decisions.
Every year EA releases these changes and this is one of the biggest ones to date and includes over 150 players from leagues all around the world.
The full player changes can be found over on the EA Sports Blog but if you don’t fancy looking through all that, just take a quick glance at the gold, silver and bronze upgrades which can be found below.
Unfortunately, current player ratings have not been upgraded and you’ll need to hunt down these new players by opening dozens and dozens of packs.
With Christmas only a few weeks away, developers and publishers are beginning to push their marketing campaigns in order to entice more sales for the Christmas period. EA Sports have decided to push their Christmas FIFA 15 campaign with an online head-to-head football match between Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard – who will win? Check out the trailer below, it’s mildly amusing!
There’s also a new “Holiday” edition of FIFA which comes packed with FIFA points to be spent in Ultimate Team, although the “Holiday” pack is only available digitally. The edition also includes a Messi FUT loan player (available for five games), a bundle of popular EA SPORTS Football Club catalogue items, the adidas all-star team and “more”.
EA are also launching 15 Days of FIFA (see what they did there) and are giving away all manner of FIFA related goodness from December 11 until December 25 – keep an eye on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It’s that time of year again folks, Black Friday is finally here and it’s filled with great discounts on some of the years most popular games.
The best part? You won’t even have to leave your house as these deals are available directly through the Xbox One marketplace and they’re some of the best we’ve seen yet; blockbuster titles like FIFA 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and The Walking Dead: Season 2 are available for up to 75% off but only until Monday, so you better hurry!
NHL 15 – 45%
Madden 15 – 45%
FIFA 15 Holiday Edition – 45%
Watchdogs – 33%
Titanfall – 75%
Titanfall (Bundle) – 75%
Titanfall Season Pass (Add-on) – 75%
Battlefield 4 – 50%
Battlefield 4 Premium (Add-on) – 50%
Wolfenstein: The New Order – 50%
Ryse: Legendary Edition – 50%
The Evil Within – 50%
The Walking Dead Season 1 – 40%
The Walking Dead Season 2 – 40%
The Walking Dead Season 1 + 2 (Bundle) – 50%
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – 10%
Being a massive football fan, this time of year is special to me; maybe just that little bit more at the moment! The Premiership season is well underway, Arsenal are currently unbeaten and are flaunting stars like the German playmaker, Mesut Ozil and Chilean attacker, Alexis Sanchez. United on the other hand are doing pretty bad, which is quite nice! Not only that, but it is that time of year when EA release their obligatory football game and one that I’ve actually been dying to play since tinkering with the demo for a brief period in the build up to launch on Xbox One.
I know the non-football fans out there will be saying “FIFA 15, surely just FIFA 14, with updated squads, kits, etc” – I have exactly the same conversations about another one of my favourites, Football Manager, too (but that’s for another time) – to the non-Football/FIFA fan, yes it is. But, for those schooled in the art of ‘FIFA’ you’ll start noticing that every FIFA title is different to its predecessor, and FIFA 15 being no exception to the rule.
When you load the game up you can immediately see the improvements made from the last addition of FIFA because the intro has more wow factor, the menus (albeit based on FIFA 14’s) are slicker, and there’s even a news feature that gets updated for your preferred team. I was blown away before I even kicked a ball. Though, after flicking through the menus for a while to see what goodies EA had in store for this year, I decide to play a few Online games – nothing teaches you the game quicker than playing someone else online and I instantly found the passing way more precise than previously. Additionally the shooting is a lot harder and the goal keeping is a lot better – I noticed this despite the first goal I conceded was complete fluke air shot that just managed to dip under the cross bar at the very last second. Also, it seems that EA Sports have listened to the fans with the player’s behaviour on and off the ball. For example; players now make more realistic forward movements when attacking and will point to where they would like the ball played, rather than just loitering around the oppositions centre backs. When defending, the computer controlled players automatically position themselves better so when you change to that player you are set to close down or cut out a pass. The horrible first touch mechanic is still in the game, but it is not as harsh as FIFA 14’s, and it is more realistic.
When playing FIFA 15 I couldn’t believe how realistic the player models were. In my opinion it is normally Konami that get the player models spot on, but this year – well, move aside PES, FIFA 15’s models are more realistic than ever! Even the squad players look more like who they are supposed to be – rather than the generic created players that you often see while creating your own pro. Though, they have still not quite mastered the players smile when they score – something for you to work on for the future maybe, EA? I also really enjoyed the stadium models before each match as it is a very pleasant addition to the game to see the Stadiums of teams (mainly the bigger teams) around the world.
You often hear professional footballers say “every goal is special”, well with the shooting being a harder skill to master, and the goal keeping being much better than previous games, you can totally believe them. Even those little scruffy goals that hit 3 defenders on its way to the onion sack look, and feel great to get. EA previously came out and said that previous FIFA titles were set up for those who want to play ‘football’, with everyone’s philosophy of footballing being different to the next, this game feels more for my philosophy (as an Arsenal fan) of keeping the ball on the ground and passing the team to submission. Obviously, this doesn’t always work in reality, nor does it work all the time in the game, none the less with the pitch being wider and the passing being even more precise it allows me to play my own game.
There are added features in FIFA 15 that help you score the perfect goal. They have removed the option to create your own set piece – which felt ‘broken’ in FIFA 14 – and have added a more innovated way to attack the ball, and get the jump on the defence. Simply press down on the D-pad and a small option menu appears you can then select what you want to do, whether it is attacking the back post, making a run to the front post, or just crowding out the goal keeper making it near impossible for him to come and gather the ball from the set piece. I recommend practising set pieces as much as you can because they could be the difference between a W, or an L on your record when playing online.
All the usual modes are back and pretty much work the same as they did in previous FIFA titles, but why fix something that’s not broken, right? We buy this game because of the innovation and updates in the game play, not for the different modes. Though, I did notice that FIFA 15 doesn’t have the lobbies anymore, or at least I couldn’t find them on the game. Which comes as a great shame to me if they have been removed as enjoyed playing the 11v11 “Be A Pro” game modes on certain websites like YourFifaLeague.net where the website was based around that game mode, and was just about to re-launch after missing FIFA14. It’s worth having a crack at the ‘skill games’ also, as you will learn neat little tricks that will help you doing game play. You also get rewarded for spending your time playing the skill games with Achievements, which is always a good thing. Ultimate Team returns for all you out there that enjoyed playing this little game mode in previous FIFA titles. No doubt this will consume some of my hard earned cash when I get into it as I strive for a better team to compete online – My wallet hates micro transactions, as do I…But I just can’t stop myself when it comes to UT game modes – DAMN YOU EA!!
Overall FIFA 15 is brilliant; it can get frustrating at times, but then so does real football. It’s a game where emotions can run high, and EA have captured that perfectly in this instalment of FIFA. Unlike its predecessor, when you’re being out played on FIFA 15, it feels like you’re being outplayed not just being mugged off by the games ‘broken’ mechanics working against you. Though, there are a few things in this game that could use a little tweaking, it is by no means a perfect experience. Compared to last years title FIFA 15 is a massive leap in the right direction.
EA today announced that the playable demo of FIFA 15 is available to download for Xbox One & Xbox 360 owners with a Gold membership. The demo on Xbox 360 will be available to Xbox Live Silver members beginning September 16.
Fans will be able to play at Anfield as Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, SSC Napoli, Manchester City, and Boca Juniors, or as one of five unique squads in FIFA Ultimate Team.
The launch of the FIFA 15 Demo is like our pre-season and the first chance for millions of FIFA fans to get hands-on with the game. The demo is an early representation and taste of this year’s game, and we welcome the chance to get fan feedback on our innovations and new features.
said Nick Channon, Senior Producer, EA Sports FIFA.
FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning visual detail so fans can experience the emotion and intensity of football like never before. Fans are encouraged to send their first impressions of the game by using #FIFA15Demo on Facebook and Twitter. Fans across the world have already played FIFA 15 and praised innovations made to gameplay responsiveness and heightened player control; the FIFA 15 team continue to listen to fans, refine gameplay and improve the fidelity of goalkeepers on Xbox One.
EA SPORTS has today announced that last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Team of the Year, Eden Hazard, will make his debut on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA 15.
The 23 year old Belgian had an outstanding season for Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign with 14 goals, seven assists and 92 chances created from his 35 appearances. The midfielder had a pin-point 83% passing accuracy, including 1,055 passes in the opposition half – one of just ten players to top 1,000 in the Barclays Premier League last season. Hazard also completed more successful dribbles than any other player in the division with 132. In comparison, the second ranked player completed just 93, making Hazard the Barclays Premier League’s most dangerous player with the ball at his feet.
On seeing the FIFA 15 pack, Eden said: “I have played FIFA all of my life and it’s a huge honour to be asked to be on the cover of FIFA 15. Now I have played the game I can say it’s the most realistic football game I have seen, so I cannot wait to challenge my friends and team-mates with FIFA 15 and show off the new moves.”
Eden Hazard Stats:
International debut: 2008
International appearances: 50
International goals: 6
Barclays Premier League appearances: 70
Barclays Premier League Goals: 23
Barclays Premier League Assists: 18
The deal coincides with EA SPORTS long term partnership with Chelsea Football Club as the Official Video Gaming Partner, which will bring exciting digital and social content for the fans, alongside experiential activation at Stamford Bridge throughout the upcoming seasons.
EA SPORTS FIFA 15 is due out September 25th in Europe and September 26th in the UK and Ireland.