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FIFA 14 adds layers of realism to the pitch photo
FIFA 14 adds layers of realism to the pitch
by Tim Sheehy

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 performance from the game from the get-go, and while the build I played wasn't the final product, it really felt close enough.

Rather than offering up the full 33 licensed leagues, my experience with this build featured several well known clubs from around the world. Playing on pro-difficulty, I choose to play a full-length match as the English Premiere League's Manchester City against the AI's Real Madrid -- unfortunately, Manchester United was not available -- to take place at Old Trafford. The demo was initially set up for head to head matches with human opponents, but I was assured the AI was properly in place, and fortunately they were right.

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NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy photo
NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy
by Steven Hansen

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 "relevancy," which is appropriate. It's something the series needs to regain. EA's ambitions, however, are not to just make a basketball that can compete with 2K at a fundamental level.

Leveraging a partnership with Synergy Sports, NBA Live boasts a constantly evolving game that will reflect the real life NBA season with hours of actual games being played. Really living up to the Live name, I guess.

Oh, and there's a TV show.

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Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense photo
Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense
by Steven Hansen

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 what used to take a wicked good eye and more memory than is worth expending.

Anecdotes say Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a choke artist who can't finish games. Numbers show that from 2008 to 2012, the number of game winning drives or fourth quarter comebacks he orchestrated increased each year, including five of the Cowboys' eight wins in 2012.

One the failings of Madden has been an inability to convey information and to teach football. Madden 25 took some steps to address this with the Skills Trainer, while CoachGlass goes a step further, actually working in-game to allow you to make informed decisions with an intuitive interface.

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9:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Need for Speed joins the EA Sports brand

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...

Alessandro Fillari

11:45 AM on 11.01.2013

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

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...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 10.28.2013

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

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,...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 10.18.2013

Such smooth armpits! NBA Live 14 gameplay trailer

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...

Steven Hansen

4:15 PM on 10.18.2013

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

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...

Steven Hansen

4:45 PM on 10.14.2013

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

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?

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Watch Madden 25 designers describe grass

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 09.28.2013

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes

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...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 AM on 09.27.2013

This FIFA promo will make everyone everywhere facepalm

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...

Brett Makedonski





4:30 PM on 09.26.2013

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

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...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 09.05.2013

Female fighters will be playable in the new UFC game

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 08.23.2013

FIFA 14 on Vita is a reskin of FIFA 13

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 ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Madden 25 photo
Review: Madden 25
by Steven Hansen

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 mechanics of writing. Maybe there was a misused em dash. Replace it in a way that is (probably) grammatically correct. Add some flourishes here and there. Some new puns, maybe.

You now have my review of Madden 25.

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