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FIFA 18 free trial available now

Want to experience the FIFA World Cup through more than just passively watching the tournament unfold? Well EA have stepped up to provide what you need: a free trial of FIFA 18.

Through the free World Cup update available on FIFA 18, you can play through the tournament, re-writing history as you see fit and generally experiencing the joy of football at the highest level on the world stage. The FIFA 18 trial is feature complete but with a limited run for the World Cup, so if you’ve got a football craving, jump on in. It’s available now on every platform.

FIFA 18 review

Alex Hunter returns in FIFA 18 as part of The Journey, but like many young players, his career takes a sudden turn and he finds himself looking for a new club. To add to that Alex’s Dad is back in his life with a revolution that rocks young Hunter.

I enjoyed EA’s first attempt at The Journey last year, and it’s good to see plenty of improvements have been made to bring me back in for another year. The story is fairly interesting, if a bit predictable but it mixes nicely with the football to make an enjoyable career mode. It was great to play as some different characters during the campaign also.

This years, Alex can be customised, outfits, hair, tattoos all allow you to create your own version of Hunter, while in game, some key decisions will define your future. The campaign took me around 14 in all, after each chapter your are rewards with special items that can be used in FIFA Ultimate team.

FIFA UT, is unsurprisingly the other main mode in FIFA 18, and if you have been hiding under a rock for the past few years this is the mode where you collect players to build your dream team. Although there aren’t masses of changes it’s still an entertaining mode if you are willing to put the time in. A new feature called Squad Battles allows you to to play against other players squads via AI to earn coins. It’s a bit like drivatars in Forza.

Manager mode has had some great improvements. Most noticeable is during the transfer window. You’ll now play a mini game where you will sit down with a players agent and make an offer. Once the two parties have agreed on a price, you’ll move to the next section where you negotiate with the player to secure their signature. It isn’t the most exciting of sections but it’s nice to see efforts being made to give you some more interaction when trying to sign players.

It’s great to see that the offline modes have been finally had some attention given to them, as it was much needed – I know enough people who don’t want to just play Ultimate Team as it takes up so much time!

Of course, having all these nice changes to the different game modes is great, but have things improved on the pitch? Last year with FIFA 17 things didn’t quite work on the pitch, which caused great frustrations for fans.

The good news is, FIFA 18 seems to have found its stride. It’s the second year of using the Frostbite engine but now it’s even more noticeable thanks to even more player animations, which creates a much more fluid game of football. Last year we were critical of losing out because players kept getting stuck in animations and therefore losing possession and conceding goals. Not this year.

Shielding the ball gives you greater options of slowing down play where needed, while players turn more sharply and dribble more intricately which makes losing the ball more difficult. EA have made some clever changes when crossing – depending on the wingers position, balance and how hard you hit the ball determines the height speed and direction allowing stronger attackers to get on the end of wicked crosses. Strikers now head the ball down for the first time which is a big improvement.

EA have always nailed the presentation and this year is no exception. Each stadium is more lifelike than ever. Depending on the time of day the lightning changes around the pitch, the crowd are more individual, players will run into the crowd to celebrate with the fans now, there is a great video around of a steward trying to climb over the advertising hoardings and falling over! It’s little changes but they make for a proper football experience.

The FIFA trainer has had some great updates for those who wish to practice playing without the assists. You can now tell the game how much you want to be told what to do. I try to turn the shooting assist off but my ability to shoot in the right direction was always off, with the FIFA trainer you can just have a subtle direction arrow at the players feet to help you line up shots much more easily.

The question on everyone’s lips is, which is better, FIFA or PES? After my PES review I was concerned that FIFA was going to be blown away this year. I saw very little gameplay and the demo arrived very late in the day, but actually I think FIFA takes this year’s crown, but only just.

Both games have their faults – Playing FIFA online can be tarnished by letting people with bad connections play, while PES can still feel a little lifeless at times.

Whichever way you choose to go, you’ll be lucky enough to play two fantastic games, I’ll just be playing more FIFA.

Thanks to EA and Xbox for supporting TiX.

PES 2018 review

I’ve been reviewing PES and FIFA games for such a long time now, yet every year I find myself really excited for the next iteration in the series, could PES 2018 topple FIFA this year?.

This year, the team at Konami have got the jump on EA – They were quick to put out an online beta & demo, we’re still waiting for any sort of demo from EA. Clearly Konami are confident about tis years title and from what I have been playing, they are really onto a winner.

Let’s get my annoyances about the game out the way first, there aren’t that many. Normally, I would take a swipe about the lack of licenses in the game, it’s much better, but I’d still love to have proper names and kits for all teams. Only Liverpool and Arsenal seem to have had that treatment in the Premier League. There are still the three main competitors, Champions League, Europa League and Asian Champions League and a host of foreign leagues so you are likely to come across plenty of officially licensed teams as you play.

I’m also going to moan about the commentators, it feels like every game you play in is a cup final, or every chance you get is the most important moment in the match, it would be great to have seen a more realistic approach to what is actually going on, a bit like in the Madden titles.

On the pitch PES 2018 is something special. You can see the work that has gone into improving player animations and off the ball movement. Players are much more intelligent, attackers are always looking to move into space while defenders are much tougher to get around. Even if you have a player with blistering pace, you’ll still need to think about your next move otherwise a good defender will make sure you don’t get past. Tackling is satisfying, assuming you time it right, the referees seem pretty fair this year.

Each game flows well, and the natural movements of the players gives you a better sense of control, dribbling is tight and it really feels as though you can pressure a defender into a mistake thanks to the clever controls to performs tricks and flicks. More experienced players will take advantage of precision passing, and assists turned off, but if you are more of a casual player, you’ll still feel like you are able to ping the ball around with ease. Players are now able to control incoming passes with different parts of their bodies more naturally depending on the height and speed of the ball, which means we see less odd looking moves from them.

Goalkeepers unfortunately still seem to be a problem. They are great at shot stopping, but they have some terrible mistakes in them and it happens too often. Routine balls suddenly become a real problem, with the keepers reacting in odd ways leaving your defence in a mess. They spend too long on back passes and then distribute them terribly (which is realistic if you are Joe Hart). It happens enough to be noticeable but considering the rest of the on pitch improvements, it could be worse.

Set pieces have also been reworked to be simpler to execute, especially penalties, which is something for EA to take note off for FIFA 18.

Konami have always been keen to promote how realistic each player looks and some of this year’s likenesses are incredible, thanks to individual partnerships with clubs, you’ll even see tattoos on players, I’d still rather see fully licensed leagues though (I know I said I wouldn’t mention it again!). Presentation wise, the stadiums all look fantastic, thanks to the upgraded lighting, and the audio really adds to the atmosphere in matches, something I felt PES titles have suffered from. There have been a couple of times where I though a team had scored and the fans of that team had thought the same only to hear the collective groan when they realise it hadn’t gone in. It’s the small details that can really make a difference in sports games.

Master League makes a welcome return, with some great improvements such as Pre-Season tournaments, a transfer system that I can actually understand and the excellent pre-match interviews. I found the scouting to be a but hit and miss, but it feels like Konami are on the right track. Be a Legend is back for another year, which gives you a chance to create your own player and lead them to become a huge football store. I suspect it’s only in place because FIFA have the Be a Pro mode, It’s not a mode I particularly enjoyed playing.

Unfortunately, because the Live Servers aren’t available until launch we weren’t able to test the online features of the game, such as MyClub and the full 11vs11 – but we will update the review to let you know what we really think. You can however play local 2v2 and 3v3, it works better than I thought it would, I had a great time playing some games with the family.

PES 2018 is the best football title around and I’ll be surprised if FIFA is as good this year. The attention to detail with player animations and the realistic control of the ball make this a great title to play. If the online modes work well it will only add to how much you’ll have with this game. Based on how well the online beta went before the game’s release I can only be hopeful.

EA should be worried.

Thanks to Konami for supporting TiX

FIFA 16 Review

As an Arsenal fan I’m used to the disappointment of coming on fourth place, I’m also used to hearing Tottenham fans telling me that ‘this is their year’ and how North London is going to be white etc etc. FIFA has held the top spot in terms of football titles for a good few years now and where PES have been a bit like Tottenham, lagging behind but telling fans that this was the year they were going to turn things around.

I’ve wanted PES to be brilliant this year, and after playing the demo I was leaning towards picking it up, I then played the FIFA demo and it still felt like PES was the better title, but now I’ve had a fair chunk of time playing FIFA 16 I’m about to tell you why it’s still the best football game around.

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Every year when a new FIFA title is released EA Canada love to tell us about a blockbuster feature for the game, this year we were introduced to no-touch dribbling, the most skillful players in the game are now able to dazzle their opponents without having to touch the ball, creating themselves a yard of space before creating a chance for their teammates. Once you practice it works really well, but for me it’s all the little changes that make FIFA 16 great.

Last year we were overrun by the fastest players in-game and thankfully this year that has been scaled back, although there are times when you wonder why Ronaldo struggles to get past Per Mertesacker! If you are going to get on with FIFA this year then patience is key. Defenders are a lot smarter this year, those through balls that always came good last year will more than likely be cut out, and slide tackles will see defenders not only stop opponents in their tracks but actually regain possession if you get the timing right.

What I really like is that for the first time I can remember in a FIFA title is that I spend a lot of time passing the ball back to defence to restart an attack, it feels so much more realistic and tactical. Passing requires more care, although you can one touch pass around the opposition it won’t work every time. Shooting (if you take the assists off) is superb, the ball reacts as you would expect it too, off-balance shots will fly in all directions, but hit the sweet spot and you’ll burst the net. Here is one of my favourite efforts.

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Thanks to rumble feedback of the Xbox One controllers players feel weightier, when you hit an opponent with a great slide tackle or as you jostle for possession you can feel the effort going into it. It’s not always perfect, I have had some rather odd penalty decisions go for and against me, Innocuous collisions seem to be enough to make the referee point to the spot more than is needed, but we all know how what referees can be like right? Goalkeepers seem to have improved too, and with all players getting new animations the game looks more realistic than ever.

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FIFA 16 made history this year by adding Women’s football to the game, it’s a shame there are only a selection of International teams to play as, but it’s great to see how the game plays differently. It’s a lot less physical and much more tactical, and results in many different types of goals. You can only play in custom tournaments but fingers crossed FIFA 17 will expand on the Women’s game.

Elsewhere FIFA 16 is pretty much the same, with improvements to the different game modes available. Career mode has had new improvements to the scouting system, as well the introduction of pre-season friendly tournaments, which if you win can bolster your transfer kitty. Be a Pro makes a return as does Seasons mode and Pro Clubs.

It’s FIFA Ultimate Team that has had some big changes, the most advertised being FUT Draft. Using 15,000 coins or £2.39 you are given the chance to create a dream team of players, before entering a 4 game tournament. The better you perform the greater the reward, the prizes are basically gold packs and if you do well you could end up with some great players. The first draft is free so it’s well worth having a play. You can still play through online and offline seasons to earn coins and so far the online experience across the game had been good, so hopefully some work has been done on the EA servers.

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As you would expect, presentation wise FIFA 16 ticks all the boxes, it may not have the finesse of PES 2016 in terms of player likeness but the stadiums, the lighting and the UI all look excellent. The commentary is generally good, there are plenty of new lines that have been added and I like how the commentators address individual players regarding their form in the game.

There are still the annoyances that FIFA 15 had, the player swap button not always changing to the player I want, and the fact you can cut into the box far too easily and score, but with practice you can stop it, just like when you could score from kick off to easily.

Despite the small problems, FIFA 16 has done enough to stay as top dog in the football world, the fact is though PES 2016 is catching up and EA Canada need to make sure they are on top off it all they will end up second best.

Thanks to Xbox for their support.

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PES 2016 announced

imageKonami have revealed the PES 2016 will release a full week before FIFA 16, on 18 September.

There is a huge amount of new features that are listed below, in fact, you might want to get some snacks:


Advanced Collision System
– The physicality of the modern game has been realised in PES 2016 with a significantly improved collision system, calculating how players interact and creating a unique outcome depending on the type of impact.

Aerial Strength – With the new physicality system, aerial battles are a completely unique experience this year. Use the left stick to battle the opposition or disrupt a larger, more powerful, player; or find the best position to make the header/volley.

1v1 Control – In PES 2016 the 1v1 player control have been enhanced, offering a wide range of movements within the existing control structure. Response times have been improved, allowing players to manoeuvre in tight situations. This also benefits the upgraded feint moves that allow sudden directional change that can cause defenders to lose their balance. The 1on1 situations now offer a great leap in exciting table-turning outcomes. Just as the real pitch offers opportunities for those brave enough to perform, in PES 2016 players can pull off precise action, manoeuvre flexibly and pull away from the defender. Technique and timing can see a defender lose his balance, and creates great chances just as you pictured.

Perfect Defense – Performing a tackle at the perfect time will powerfully shove the player out of the way to secure the ball. The ball will immediately be yours, creating direct turnarounds and counter opportunities.

Intelligent Player AI – 2-3 player combination play will be available via the improved concept of team strategy, which depends on the type of tactic you set for your team. Players are no longer reliant on manually triggering a one-two, with teammates intelligently running off passes into space.

Goal Keeper ID – In a bid to improve quality and add unique individuality in performance, new goal keeper parameters have been added that vary in Catching, Clearance, Collapsing and Deflecting. This adds character to the players, who you can count on catching the ball rather than punching, or are better at stopping close range shots.

Celebration Control – New for the series, players have full control over goal celebrations to maximize their excitement when scoring! Prompts appear after a goal to trigger a trademark celebration, or unique actions at the press of a button.

New significant improvements across key modes and features:

New Master League
– The famous and hugely popular Master League enjoys a total revamp, allowing users to immerse themselves in the managerial world of soccer. Every element has been redesigned or reworked, from the vibrant and involving menus to the new and exciting player transfer system, PES 2016 see one of the series most integral modes redefine the single-player experience.

New Visuals – Incorporating the many advancements of the Fox Engine, the visuals have seen a huge upgrade. See the rain splash as players slide in to win possession, or the turf kick up as you strike the ball into the top corner. New night-time lighting and real turf textures are among some of the many improvements.

Dynamic Weather – For the first time in the PES series, dynamic weather has been introduced, with the chance of rain starting during the game. Combined with the ever more realistic ball physics, the rain changes how the game can be played with passes speeding up, and less skilled players likely to struggle with trapping. The defender taken by the 1-on-1 will also be more likely to slip and fall due to incorrect studs or blades. This feature is applied to all offline modes including the Master League, and is an important element to decide the outcome of the match.

Human Motion – Seeking to humanize player movement, 3x new animations have been added to bring the in-game superstars to life. Goalkeepers have seen an abundance of save animations added, while outfield players shoot, pass, dribble and tackle with incredible variety depending on the situation. Players complain when a foul isn’t given, or lament a teammate when a pass isn’t made when in open space. The new 1v1 control also benefits from this, with players being able to fool their opponents with shimmies and feints that can result in causing the opposing player to lose his balance and fall in the wrong direction.

New Ball Physics – The past few years has seen the series make huge advancements in ball physics, and for PES 2016 new levels of realism have been reached. Each spin, bobble and ricochet has been calculated using real ball physic data, helping keep every moment in every game unique and unpredictable.

Upgrades per fan feedback:
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– Since the launch of the mode in PES 2015, myClub has been updated on a weekly basis, and has been further improved based on user feedback for PES 2016. The enhancement will introduce player level systems, and players exclusive to the mode. Use GP acquired through matches or myClub coins to experience realistic club management combined with players to strive to be stronger in your squad. Choose the manager, consider coaches, and build the strategy based on what you aim with your team.

Dynamic Wide Camera Angle – The new angle gives you a larger field of vision, allowing you to better plan and adjust your players to compete in aerial battles, or see the intelligent runs being made thanks to Intelligent Player AI. Depending on where the ball is on the pitch, the camera will tilt and pan accordingly to make sure the user has the best view possible during the match.

Commentary – New commentators have been introduced for both UK and Germany, with Peter Drury and Marco Hagemann joining the PES team. A wealth of new lines and specific stories have been recorded dedicated for Master League, responding to player transfers, player growth and team performance.

Pre-Order Content will help you get ahead in myClub


Day One Edition (All formats )

1x Player Loan – Neymar Jr. 1x Player – Neymar Jr. 1x Player – Neymar Jr.

1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014 1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014 1x Player UEFA.com TOTY 2014

10,000 GP x 10 weeks 10,000 GP x 20 weeks 10,000 GP x 15 weeks

10 Recovery Items 20 Recovery Items 20 Recovery Items

3x Player Contracts 5x Player Contracts 5x Player Contracts

1000 myClub coins

Steelbook

More details will be announced during E3 next week. Check out the first full trailer below as well as the Xbox One box art.

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Neymar confirmed as PES 2016 cover star

Ahead of tomorrow’s full reveal, it’s been confirmed that Barcelona star Neymar will be this years cover star.

PES fans who pre-order this year’s game will also receive Neymar as an reward for use in PES 2016’s team building mode myClub.

Erik Bladinieres, Konami’s European Brand Director of Football said

Neymar Jr. is a player that perfectly fits the PES brand, and what we want to achieve. His unique qualities and the ability to surprise goes hand in hand with the gameplay experience in PES 2016. In our anniversary year we want to celebrate the past, while look forward to the exciting future of the brand. We’ll do this with Neymar Jr. leading our campaign.

Neymar himself seems quite excited by the prospect too:

This is a real honour for me to be cover star for PES 2016. The series has long been praised for its sheer level of control and utter realism and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team as Konami. I am fascinated by the huge amount of work involved in putting together the game and ensuring the world’s top players look and play just like the real things, and cannot wait to see myself in action as soon as possible.

We’ve posted a teaser trailer below, hopefully tomorrow will give us a release date as well an insight to this years new features.

Soccer Reality Show from XES

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First thing is first oh mighty Microsoft Gods, it is called FOOTBALL!

Right, now that is over with, let’s move on to more pressing matters. Back in 2012 Microsoft created a division of its Xbox unit to focus on creating original, television-style entertainment for Xbox LIVE.

Every Street United (as reported by Gameinformer) will be an episodic show running for 30 minutes that focuses on street soccer (FOOTBALL!) players from around the world. The twist is they will be ‘undiscovered’ talent. Countries that these players will hail from include the US, Spain, Holland, France, Argentina, Brazil, Ghana and South Korea. Those that notice the UK is missing won’t be surprised due to the lack of street soccer uptake here on home ground.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the final episode of the series will be shot at the 2014 World Cup.

Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) are currently finishing of development of their first project, a live action TV series based on the Halo franchise. This has been in collaboration with legendary film producer, Steven Speilberg. As well as this there is mumblings around future editions of Miss Teen USA and Miss United Continent being produced and aired on Xbox One! The only rumour that does get excited is that of the Blake’s 7  remake!

Reportedly, the show, like many of the Microsoft entertainment projects, will feature interactive features of some kind.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Review

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It’s one of gaming’s true rivalries. To some, it almost supersedes the classic Mario and Sonic rivalry. Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA have been battling it out for the top spot in the world of football gaming since I was a child. In the early days, when it evolved from International Superstar Soccer and into the Pro Evolution Soccer we know it as today, Konami’s brainchild had same story every year. Pro Evolution Soccer couldn’t compete with the sponsorship that FIFA had. Without real kits and team names, it was always going to be hard to compete with the stronghold that FIFA had and still has on the football world. However, Pro Evo was always a much better pure football experience. This was until 2007 when EA Sports seriously stepped up their game with a whole new engine. Since then, Konami have found it hard to compete with FIFA’s realism and ever-improving gameplay. So the question is, have they done it this year? Let’s read on and find out.

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Let’s start with the nitty gritty, the core of every football game, the gameplay. It’s such a strange situation. If FIFA never existed, I could play Pro Evo 2014 and say that this is a great game. One that I could even play a lot of the time. But sadly, this is one game that will constantly live in comparison to another. It’s just not as good. The gameplay feels rigid and uninspired. With an entirely new glossy engine, Konami have still failed to make players off the ball do any sort of work. In fact, the only way you’ll see any off-ball innovation is if you initiate the one-two pass. I will give credit where credit is due. Hand the ball over to Ronaldo or Messi and you will see yourself thinking that they run, pass, and move exactly like their real life counterparts. I also noticed this signature movement whenever Cesc Fabregas was on the ball, this is something that FIFA could truly learn from. Unfortunately, this is where the innovation dies. Any player that isn’t a superstar will run in straight lines, pass with no finesse, and cross like somebody lined it up with a  ruler. The only time you’ll see any kind of realistic ball movement is when you shoot. To be completely honest, this feels like nothing more than a 3D version of Sensible Soccer.

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One thing that I’ve believed for years is that Pro Evolution is much nicer looking than FIFA. The player’s faces and kits have looked so impressive for years. However, the switch to the new Fox Engine means that Konami have had to start from scratch. Although the players that they have made an effort to render look absolutely fantastic, and miles better than FIFA. Having to start from the beginning means that they haven’t put the work in on a number of high profile players that they have in the years before. This is a genuine disappointment, but it will get better year by year as it did before. But instead of dwelling on the ugliness of a player having a default edit face, we can focus on the positives. What they have worked on looks absolutely fantastic, adding to this and working hard on the gameplay can really put this game on top again.

It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Sponsorships and teams. You have to look at this objectively. This is a world where all games based on real sports and leagues should strive for realism first and foremost. With that In mind, the lack of real teams and kits in the most popular league in the world is truly an issue. An issue that it seems just cannot be fixed. As a supporter of the great North London Red, I find it hard to play as the team I support and love in this game. On the bright side, Serie A and La Liga sports full kits, real names, and stadiums. This is one saving grace for Konami. Another coup in this vein is the return of the Champions League. There is nothing like starting a match and hearing that beautiful theme blaring from the television. It genuinely adds a sense of awe and wonder. Bumping down a game’s score due to a lack of licensing does seem a tad harsh. However, this is a game where realism is the key to success. Pro Evo fails extensively in this instance.

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Where FIFA’s menus have become easy and seamless to navigate, Pro Evolution’s are archaic and rage inducing in comparison. Getting into a simple kick-off friendly match is even a task that takes time. Setting up your squad is so painful that you would just give up nine times out of ten. The menu music is despicably horrible as well. Just avoid it completely and turn on your own tunes. Word of warning, keep it on during the matches as John Motson’s horrific commentary makes an epic comeback.

Multiplayer and online returns. There’ nothing to the multiplayer as it it just a kick-off game with two people. Getting online was frustrating for me. Finding a stable connection with another player seemed to be a daunting task, but it finally happened after 45 minutes of trying. It appears that the game just won’t work at all if you don’t attempt to connect to people nearby or in surrounding countries.

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To sum up, I once loved Pro Evolution Soccer. It was an amazing series that innovated its use of the beautiful game year after year. After losing their way this generation, they never really did come back. This is a game that utilises nothing new in terms of gameplay. In fact, it appears to back track completely. Ignore the licenses for a moment, put this side by side with FIFA, it just isn’t fun and I wouldn’t recommend it to a soul. I think it’s time for some new blood to try and combat EA and FIFA, I nominate 2K Sports.

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Goodison Park Makes its Gaming Debut

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Goodison Park will make its gaming debut in FIFA 14, after Everton penned a new two-year deal to secure EA SPORTS as the Club’s official gaming partner until the end of the 2014/15 season.

The announcement follows on from a successful partnership with the sports entertainment brand over the past two years, and the inclusion of Everton’s iconic stadium in the latest version of FIFA 14 is a prominent feature of the deal.

EA SPORTS committed to featuring Goodison in its most lifelike format in the popular football video game and paid a visit earlier this year to capture the all-important details of one of the oldest football grounds in the world.

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Dan Holman, Head of UK Product Marketing, EA SPORTS said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Everton and especially to be adding Goodison Park to the stadium roster in FIFA 14. This will ensure fans will get a completely authentic experience. We look forward to working closely with the club over the next two years.”

Everton’ s Commercial Director Dave Biggar said: “We’re delighted that EA SPORTS are once again joining our portfolio of official partners – and even more so that Goodison will make its debut in FIFA 14. The game is hugely popular so we have no doubt that Evertonians will be looking forward to playing inside the stadium, even if it is in a virtual sense!”

Not only will Evertonians be able to enjoy playing in the home of the Blues in their virtual world, their favourite stars will be more realistic than ever in the new game.

Everton’s first team line-up underwent a 360-degree 3D digital head scan at the Club’s training ground so that EA SPORTS could make their virtual counterparts as lifelike as possible.

As part of the partnership, a special Everton FIFA 14 cover will be available for supporters to download for free when the game is launched on Friday 27 September. A very limited-edition game with a wrapped Everton sleeve will be also be available to buy in store at Everton One or Everton Two and online at evertondirect.com.

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