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EA looking to stream games direct to Comcast customers


Get titles like Madden and Fifa from your cable provider
May 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts could soon be offering their games directly to Comcast subscribers, according to a report from Reuters. The two companies have been in talks, and after two years of testing it seems the deal is close to an agr...
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UFC

You can play as Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC


Game is out June 17 for PS4 and Xbox One
Apr 07
// Jordan Devore
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee will be a playable character in EA Sports UFC and with that knowledge, I can't imagine why you'd choose to play as anyone else. Now, EA is taking the usual "pre-order the game for access" ro...
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FIFA Manager is no more

EA says there won't be any more FIFA Manager games


Ain't that a ball in your face
Nov 25
// Joshua Derocher
Gerald Köhler, the founder and designer of FIFA Manager, sent out an open letter this weekend stating that FIFA Manager 14 would be the last one in the series. He said that "one game has practically dominated the ma...
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FIFA 14

FIFA 14 crash reported on Xbox One


Don't boot the game up with two controllers connected
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
A recent post on the EA Sports support page confirms launching FIFA 14 on Xbox One, while two controllers are connected, may cause the game to crash during startup.  The post breaks down the root of the crash t...
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NBA

EA Sports commits to improving messy NBA Live 14


The joys of rushing for a console's launch
Nov 22
// Jordan Devore
NBA Live 14 marks the return of the series and people aren't feeling it. With a Metascore of 45 for the PlayStation 4 version, executive producer Sean O'Brien says it best: "I'm not going to lie; it's been a rough week. As yo...
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NBA Live 14

Nice moves: NBA Live 14 next-gen demo drops tomorrow


Alongside the global release
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
Feeling a bit hesitant about lacing up your high-top Nikes and returning to the virtual hardwood? It's tough to blame you; a lot can go wrong when you step on that virtual court. You might pull a virtual Kevin Ware and shatte...

FIFA 14 adds layers of realism to the pitch

Nov 06 // Tim Sheehy
FIFA 14 (Xbox One) Developer: EA Canada Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: November 19, 2013 The first thing I noticed right off the bat was that every player felt heavier, and less-floaty than they had in previous installments of the game. It took a bit ot get used to the change, but over time, each movement began to seem a bit more realistic. Apparently this is due to the IGNITE engine's "precision movement" mechanics, designed to add more depth and detail to the animations. And, while I honestly feel like they're throwing around a few buzz words there, I can vouch that the FIFA 14's mechanics are more polished than ever before. Set pieces seemed a bit more dynamic, with players actually going out of their way to defend or head the ball without any prompting on my part. This actually made what should have been an easy game far more difficult than I had initially expected. At the same time, it kept me from losing against a few well placed corners. The rest of the gameplay, such as challenges, slides, shots and passes maintain the status quo we've come to expect from the series, although some of the more dynamic shots, such as bicycle kicks, look stunning in the replays. Visually speaking, the crowd at the stadium looked surprisingly sharp, and not simply copied and pasted throughout. It's safe to say there's at least enough variation to prevent that from becoming an eye sore. Full stadiums are now rendered in their entirety, complete with outside shots of each stadium and their surrounding geography. It's a neat feature to have, but at the same time, little more than a cosmetic face-lift. There are a few other visual improvements stand out, including everything from wrinkles on players uniforms to the blades of grass on the pitch itself. Interestingly enough, the wrinkles on the uniforms appeared more like static images, rather than transitioning dynamically. When asked, I was told that because it's the first year they're implementing that specific feature, they're hoping to improve it in future installments -- an adequate excuse, I suppose, especially considering the game gets an annual installment. In the end, I enjoyed my time with FIFA 14. It's safe to say the next-gen installment delivers more than a kit update. Those of you who've managed to hold out will be in for a treat.
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Refined mechanics aim to keep things fresh
From what I understand, FIFA 14 is one of the earliest games to be shown consistently running on Xbox One hardware, rather than being demonstrated on PC-based development kits. That being the case, I expected a solid performa...

NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy

Nov 06 // Steven Hansen
NBA Live 14 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One [previewed])Developer: EA TiburonPublisher: Electronic ArtsRelease Date: November 19, 2013 Yes, unless you keep your Xbox One offline, in-game player stats are going to automatically change to reflect how the player is playing in our squishy meat space. If the'yre ice cold on the perimtere, that will be reflected. If they tweak an ankle and suddenly are less effective driving, that will be reflected in player performance. No more ranking czars arguing over who's an 81 and who's an 82. If your favorite player is stinking it up in real life, you might perpetuate your anger trying to play them in the virtual world.  EA will even be updating players with haircuts and shoe choice throughout the year. You can take advantage of this ability chronologically, in Live Season, but these player ratings also reflect in the standard Tip Off, which automatically suggests as the two teams your set favorite team and whomever they're playing that day. Aside from player performance, within hours of games NBA Live will offer "Big Moments," challenges that can last, "from ten seconds to a whole game" and reflect real life situations. Madden Moments, basically, but playable within hours of the moments occurring in real life. NBA Rewind act as snapshots of history. In it, you can play all the games of last season with all the correct player personnel and stats variance as if the new ratings system had been implemented then. The individual game situations of this season will be recorded, too, and playable. If your team loses a key player halfway through the season, you can always go back and play games from the first half of the season instead of facing your problems. When the season ends, player ratings will freeze as a sort of snapshot of where the teams are at that point, but you can always go back and relive better parts of the season. Teams that continue into the playoffs may get additional daily challenges as well. Other game modes will be available, including Rising Star, Dynasty (up to 30 years as a General Manager), and various head to head options (quick play, full seasons, best of seven series). The awful Ultimate Team idea is jumping ship from other EA Sports properties as well.  Full defensive coaching options are available for the first time in the series and the soundtrack will also see periodic additions throughout the year. The latter is kind of great news. Sports game soundtracks get stale with a quickness. Let's not forget television, however! NBA Live 14 features ESPN broadcast integration. Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy provide play calling while Jalen Rose acts as the studio and game host. Rose will also serve as host of a weekly update program, "discussing all the latest NBA news, roster moves and biggest performances of the week." This includes commenting on the top NBA Live 14 players -- those who perform best on the daily challenges, and so on. I feel so bad for former NBA star Jalen Rose having to sit there and praise nOsCoPeKiLlaHx420 for his NBA Live 14 skills.  I didn't have enough hands-on time to sufficiently weigh NBA Live 14, particularly against its fabulous counterpart, NBA 2k 14, but Live feels a heck of a lot better than it ever did. The next console generation has greatly opened up ball physics, firm footwork. The ability to chain moves while dribbling (star players have signature moves) without ever being stuck in an animation isn't a stunning leap, but it feels a lot better than past iterations in the franchise.
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Playing the revived series for the first time and on Xbox One
Sports, television, videogames. NBA Live 14 is the Xbox One trifecta. The NBA Live series has long been dormant, finally reviving itself on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this month.  The key word I kept hearing was "relevan...

Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense

Nov 06 // Steven Hansen
CoachGlass is an application of Microsoft's second screen SmartGlass technology, which pairs the Xbox One with tablets or phones (iOS, Android, Windows). It acts as a defensive coordinator (and only on defense does it function) for a coach -- you-- that does their own play calling. It's likely that Microsoft encouraged EA to develop something for SmartGlass, which it has been shilling valiantly. Surprisingly, however, the result is something better than Madden's traditional, conventional play calling on defense. Rather than thumbing through a few cobbled together "Ask Madden" plays or fumbling through the enormous playbook while on a time limit, CoachGlass feeds you recommendations through real-life compiled Xbox 360 stats.  If a particular defense works well against a certain offensive formation based on the personnel on the field, it will be suggested. You can easily select defenses with a quick tap, or scroll through other options, including a more comprehensive list of all plays called up to that point, including information about the result of those plays -- how many yards were gained by the offense and so on. There's some nice intuitiveness to the app. You can, for example, select a portion of field to focus on (9x9; left, middle, right; short, medium, long) and quickly get defensive plays in ready to, say, take away the short out routes I love to spam. The best thing, however, is simply that the app presents you with a lot of information in fairly digestible levels of detail. As games go on, the app will pick up tendencies of the opposing offense. You will know which players tend to be the go-to guys in certain formations or your opponents' pass versus rush tendencies on first down. A lot of these things are details a lot of us might pick up, intuitively or otherwise, but it's still helpful. It's also a lot of fun to engage with, because a lot of sports fans are giant numbers nerds. Mostly, I like the idea of EA giving the player more information to work with so they can then make informed decisions instead of picking plays that have the coolest looking play art. So unlike EA.
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And it's cheaper than Coach glasses
Stats run sports. Yes, we have heartwarming stories of moxie and upsets and unexpected onside kicks right after the Super Bowl halftime show and they make for great narratives, but numbers are invaluable at easily quantifying...

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Need for Speed

Need for Speed joins the EA Sports brand


EA explains its vision for the future of Need for Speed
Nov 05
// Alessandro Fillari
Only one week away from the release of its next title in the Need for Speed series, EA already has some big plans in mind for the future of the racing franchise. In an effort to provide more of an open attitude towards develo...
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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is trying to sell his name to a new videogame


Same name, different game
Nov 01
// Brett Makedonski
After Electronic Arts broke off a 15-year relationship with Tiger Woods, the golfer is doing what many in his situation would -- he's trying to rebound. The most recognizable name in professional golf is courting videogame pu...
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EA Sports

First image of next-gen PGA Tour is missing Tiger Woods


...and so is the title of the game
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
After years of Tiger Woods PGA Tour videogames, EA Sports and Tiger Woods are parting ways. "EA Sports and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA Tour golf game,...
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NBA Live trailer

Such smooth armpits! NBA Live 14 gameplay trailer


Coming out in November on nothing but next gen hardware
Oct 18
// Steven Hansen
Oh my gosh. Looks at those players' armpits. It's like an uncanny armpit valley. They look like Stretch Armstrongs or those sex dolls people date and think are real. Yes, the NBA Live series lives. NBA Live 14 is coming to P...
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Madden 25 trailer

Mmm, EA wants you to 'feel it': Next-gen Madden trailer


Step to it
Oct 18
// Steven Hansen
Skip to about 1:40 for a nasty hit. Now that we're in the year 2025, it's time for a next gen Madden game. Madden 25 released a couple months ago, but on smelly and dumb old news hardware. Next month, it's coming to fresh an...
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Next gen NBA

Whose screenshot is more next-gen, NBA 2k14 or NBA Live?


Tit for tat
Oct 14
// Steven Hansen
Today, NBA 2k14 released its first next-gen screenshot, featuring Lebron James. That is screenshot. Singular. I think NBA Live 14 is winning the next gen race, though, because it released its one screenshot almost a month ago. At least show some gamesmanship and one up them, 2K. Release two (k) screenshots.  Anyways, they are both attached. Which one looks more next gen?
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Madden 25

Watch Madden 25 designers describe grass


Slightly less dull than watching it grow
Oct 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
EA Sports has dropped a new video hyping the next-gen visuals Madden 25 will be sporting on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Leveraging the power of the Ignite Engine, the team has developed what they refer to...
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EA settlement

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes


Plaintiffs' attorneys call it a 'historic settlement'
Sep 28
// Brett Makedonski
Electronic Arts has bought its way out of a potentially nasty class action lawsuit, for use of the names, images, and likenesses of former and current NCAA student athletes. All it cost was an undisclosed amount, vaguely refe...
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FIFA 14

This FIFA promo will make everyone everywhere facepalm


'Oh, we're in dreamland!'
Sep 27
// Brett Makedonski
Well, here's a swing and a miss by EA's marketing department -- an overly Australian attempt at teaching us FIFA 14's celebrations "Oz Style". It's about as insufferably embarrassing as an advertisement can get. And that's b...
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EA Sports

There won't be an EA college football game next year


Future plans for the franchise are under evaluation
Sep 26
// Jordan Devore
After stating that it would move forward to create college football games without the NCAA names and marks, Electronic Arts has confirmed today that there won't be a new game in 2014. "We have been stuck in the middle of a di...
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Female fighters will be playable in the new UFC game


A first for the series
Sep 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
For the first time in the history of the official UFC game series, female fighters will be playable in the upcoming EA Sports UFC. “This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts,” said Dean Ric...
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FIFA 14 on Vita is a reskin of FIFA 13


Which was a reskin of FIFA Soccer
Aug 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Some may remember when it was discovered that FIFA 13 on the PlayStation Vita was a reskin of FIFA Soccer, the first soccer game to be released on the Vita. Well guess what?! FIFA 14 is going to be another reskin too. "There ...

Review: Madden 25

Aug 23 // Steven Hansen
Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], Xbox 360) Developer: EA Tiburon Publisher: EA Sports Release: August 27, 2013 MSRP: $59.99 Madden XIII-2 would be a more accurate title than the grandiose, franchise-celebrating Madden 25. And is it back to 15 next year? That reads like an anniversary, too. One with ten less decades of baggage, a slightly shorter ouroboros of perpetual "tweaks" and balances that probably can't be ironed out. I'm not sure we're at a level wherein 21 AI footballers can respond in dual unison to player input in a wholly believable or realistic way.   Last year, when the physics didn't work quite right, the result was terrifying. Players would bend and contort in ways that would make them seem at home in an Asian horror film. Post play, players would constantly stumble over each other like drunkards. Now, when the physics go awry, the result is much less extreme, yet similarly terrifying. Most people, whether they watch sports or not, have seen gut punching clips of sports injury. When a shin snaps in Madden 25, it's just a player model going a bit janky. The player gets right back up. It's like an uncanny valley for human suffering when you see ankles and knees twisted in realistically horrifying, career-threatening ways coupled with no human response. Speaking of things that don't look human, let's talk about the coaches, trotting on the sideline with hair that is a pasted-on nightmare. Let's talk about Jeff Fisher's two balding spots that you can follow to the top of his head, hair looking like it was greased down with a helmet-full of petroleum. Yes, the physics are more finely tuned. Less flailing about, a more faithful recreation of movement. Taking angles, watching footwork, seeing legs tangle -- yes, this (and its predecessor) is a fairly different Madden, one whose new movements require some unlearning. You'll have to unlearn the desire to hold sprint down at all times. I still found myself doing it when they removed the sprint feature, choosing your speed for you. It's since been returned and I hold it still. With L2, now, there is something called "the precision modifier." Holding L2 slows you down -- but allows for more exaggerated, powerful versions of existing movements. Wilder spins, high amplitudes of juke oscillation, and an exaggerated stiff arm that's almost a Star Wars Force choke, among other things. It was fun in the skills trainer, no longer hideously Nike-branded as NCAA Football 14's was. I struggled to implement these more measured movements in games, though, especially on the fly. A decade of muscle memory will do that to you. The user interface is better. Big, clean boxes. Everything runs a bit slow, though. This isn't new. Madden, for its posturing, is always just a bit janky outside of the mostly well-running core. Weird lighting filters change quickly during PATs, saves are slow. Perhaps it's naive at this point to hope a new generation of consoles might have any positive effect on the series, beyond remedying these technical hiccups. Any chance at radical, significant change seems to be hamstrung by the commercial, one-year development cycle. It's on display even here. It took a long enough time to get physics put into the series, but it took until the second go around (this one) for them to be implemented well. At least it finally happened, and to good effect. But there are always fixes EA could blithely busy itself with instead. Defensive backs are often prescient, leaping into the air to pick off deep balls on streaks in which the receiver should have more than enough separation and the DBs hardly enough time to play the ball in the air. Receivers in general tend to be relatively timid. Except on onside kicks when the ball will magically fly into the computer's possession as if compelled by magnetism. It often literally flies into your opponents' hand -- one hand -- without them even attempting to make a catch.   You know what I would really like? A pared-down, no-nonsense mode for people who don't care about the instant replay brought to you by Snickers. For people who really, really don't want to hear more terrible commentary. I found some of the improved presentation bits novel, sure. The new pre-game opener looks like a Final Fantasy XII Quickening. But these flourishes will never be anything more than things we want to thumb through because we are trying to play a game of football. Yes, my knees are blown out. No, I won't ever play in the NFL. I'd just like to play some virtual football. That won't happen, of course, because matchups have to be brought to us by Papa John's and GMC, the official truck of the NFL. Then again, EA is only offering realism with its heavy advertising, right? Madden 25 is an improved version of the clumsy Madden 13, which was better than any Madden game that released on this generation of consoles. The physics are good and make manipulating these hulking brutes in a fabricated 3D space feel comfortable and occasionally interesting. Ultimate Team is still nothing I want to do, ever.  Nutty by Nature raw almonds are the unofficial nut of this Madden 25 review.
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I thought we'd have flying cars by 2025...
Take my review of last year's Madden 13. Give it a roster update. Associate any players I named who've been swapped around like pogs with whatever their new team is. Axe a missed dangling participle or two. Tighten up the mec...

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FIFA 14

Sir Patrick Stewart presents: FIFA 14


Jean-Luc Picard makes anything sound amazing
Aug 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: A demo for FIFA 14 is coming for PC, PS3, and 360 owners worldwide on September 10th (11th for European PS3 owners). Also, enjoy the trailer featuring Sir Patrick Stewart!] Lots of great FIFA 14 related news was ann...
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All Xbox One preorders in Europe will include FIFA 14


Absolutely free
Aug 20
// Dale North
FIFA 14 comes with every pre-ordered Xbox One in Europe, while supplies last. Free! Europe only, naturally. But what a nice bonus!
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FIFA 14 for Xbox One gets Ultimate Team Legends mode


Exclusive to Xbox
Aug 20
// Dale North
The football (Soccer to you Americans) stars of today can be combined with the legends of yesterday in FIFA 14. A new mode called Ultimate Team Legends comes only to Xbox, announced this morning at a pre-gamescom Xbox One pre...
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FIFA

EA 'didn't give a sh*t about FIFA'


The iconic football franchise almost never happened
Aug 16
// Alasdair Duncan
It may seem surprising considering the sales juggernaut it became but Electronic Arts wasn't initially keen on making the first installment in the long running FIFA series. "EA didn't give a sh*t about FIFA," says former EA m...
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Titanfall will be playable to the public at gamescom


As will a bunch of other Electronic Arts games
Jul 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts will be at gamescom in a big way this year, and they're bringing a big lineup of games that people can get hands-on with. The most notable being Titanfall, our game of the show for E3. Fans can also play Battl...
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EA loses lawsuit

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit


Boom! Tough actin' litigation
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
In 2011, we reported that Electronic Arts was being sued by Robin Antonick, designer of the original John Madden Football, who was claiming unpaid royalties for derivatives of his work after realizing subsequent early Madden ...
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EA

NCAA not renewing EA Sports contract (Update)


No more college football?
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: Electronic Arts' official response has come from EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson, who writes that the company "will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer incl...






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