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7:00 PM on 06.18.2013

EA Sports' next-gen engine doesn't support PC, Wii U

EA Sports Ignite, the engine slated to handle PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sports games from EA like NBA Live 14, EA Sports UFC, Madden 25,and FIFA 14, presently doesn't support the PC or Wii U. FIFA is the only notable sports ...

Steven Hansen







FIFA 14 feels a bit more methodical photo
FIFA 14 feels a bit more methodical
by Steven Hansen

The "step-based locomotion technology" behind FIFA 14 makes the game feel grounded, putting a greater emphasis on the fluidity of movement. It's cool to see, because dribbling and positioning are paramount in soccer/football, so making the movement feel more than just moving the stick to glide players along the field is neat. Each step feels a bit more meaningful and just holding the stick in either direction lazily could give opposing players time to get into better position.

Beyond that, new ball physics allow for less linear shots, letting you truly Bend It Like Beckham as balls curve and drop in a more accurate manner. In addition, players approach shots in a more realistic way, cutting their stride as they approach the ball rather than doing weird, scissoring, stuttering leg things.

Iteration! Unless you're super into FIFA and wanted to buy it anyway, you might want to wait for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases. Perhaps next year's Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases when they get the next gen bugs ironed out a bit. Same could be said about most sports games, really.

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Madden 25 going crazy with one-handed catches photo
Madden 25 going crazy with one-handed catches
by Steven Hansen



Madden 13
was really the shot in the arm the franchise needed after several years of feeling remarkably stale. The implementation of a physics system in retrospect seems paramount for something striving to be simulation football and last year finally brought it, resulting in the most different feeling title the franchise has seen probably since the generation began.

The anniversary-named Madden 25, celebrating 25 years of the franchise, goes back to familiar ground a bit. It's once again a game of refinement, tweaking, and iteration, featuring an evolved version of last year's physics engine, which cleans up some of the rough edges from the prior game.

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NHL 14 fight system revamped, collision physics happening photo
NHL 14 fight system revamped, collision physics happening
by Steven Hansen

One of the weird things about NHL 13 was its newly implemented first-person fighting system. Well, that system is getting removed because it takes the player too much out of the game. In its stead, some of the tech from EA's Fight Night has been adapted in an all new combat system. Because hockey is all about fighting, I think? It's cool, though.

Better than that, the game adapted some of FIFA's collision physics. Coupled with last year's True Performance Skating, which feels great, this is the best feeling hockey game yet. Size and weight matter, as well as momentum. Glancing blows and hard hits abound with the new collision system. I'm pretty sure rocking people with big hits is the second thing hockey is about.

There is puck stuff in there somewhere, too.

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NBA Live lives, coming to PS4 and Xbox One photo
NBA Live lives, coming to PS4 and Xbox One
by Steven Hansen



NBA Elite 11
got cancelled once upon a time, dramatically close to its expected release. Fast forward a few years. EA tried to get back in the simulation basketball game with NBA Live 13, but it too got canned due to "quality concerns." As good as the NBA 2K basketball series has become, quality definitely should be a concern for EA.

NBA Live 14 still seems far off. The game is shooting for a PS4 and Xbox One release. EA's booth featured a little sample of the game running on the PlayStation 4 and featuring Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving. Irving was restricted to half of the court with a zoomed in, practice mode style camera angle that really let you appreciate the high quality assets running on next gen. Generally speaking, I'm actually rather excited to see sports developers finally get a hardware bump that will allow them to cram more tech into what are generally meant to be realistic, simulation-style games.

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EA Sports UFC features sexy, soft, squishy bodies photo
EA Sports UFC features sexy, soft, squishy bodies
by Steven Hansen



EA wrangled glistening, sweaty hold of the UFC license in a closeted deal with defunct THQ and have a game, EA Sports UFC, in the works for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One slated for spring 2014. Here at E3, we were shown a presentation about the amusingly named title and a brief snippet of pre-alpha footage.

The focus of EA Sports UFC is, as one might expect, realism. All the fighters have had a 3D head scan in order to help represent their likeness in game and the tech demos of facial animation shown off were pretty neat. Nothing as terrifying as Lebron.

Then again, behind me was a row of monitors with animated, subtly moving facial busts like Futurama's head museum, all looking at me, menacingly.

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3:54 PM on 06.10.2013

Drake is just one fan who loves FIFA

Elite technology brings the artistry of soccer this fall to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with FIFA 14. With the power of the Ignite engine stadiums are now alive, allowing players to feel the reactions and emotions from the cro...

Wesley Ruscher

3:52 PM on 06.10.2013

NBA Live 14 redefines dribbling with bounceTek

I have been known to shoot some b-ball, usually outside of my school, so long as no one starts making trouble in my neighbourhood. That being said, I have played a fair bit of Basketball videogames too, and as foolish as boun...

Jason Cabral

1:00 AM on 05.24.2013

FIFA 14 out September 24 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

FIFA 14 will be out on September 24, 2013 in North America, and September 27 in Europe. Those of you that want to pre-order the upcoming soccer game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC will be able to get the "Ultimate Pas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 05.22.2013

EA's E3 conference includes first look at Star Wars plans

Electronic Arts' E3 press briefing will provide viewers with a first look at what the company plans on doing with its multi-year Star Wars deal with Disney, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau announced. The new Star Wars titles...

Keith Swiader



The horrible secret behind EA Sports' Ignite Engine photo
The horrible secret behind EA Sports' Ignite Engine
by Conrad Zimmerman

I'll admit, when EA Sports' Andrew Wilson took to the stage during Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, I tuned out. If memory serves, I used the opportunity to take a much needed trip to the bathroom because I was certain there would be nothing there to hold my interest. 

I was wrong. Hopefully, it's not too late for us.

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12:45 PM on 05.21.2013

EA Sports announces partnership with Xbox One

Andrew Wilson got on stage to announce a partnership with Xbox One at the Xbox Reveal event today. First, he announced the lineup that will be coming to the system: Fifa 14, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and UFC Championship. Fifa...

Brett Zeidler





1:30 PM on 05.20.2013

New FIFA to be shown tomorrow during Xbox event

At what point can we start calling this a trend? After McLaren of all companies hinted at an announcement during Microsoft's pre-E3 reveal event for the next Xbox, now we have EA Sports hyping up "the next generation of FIFA"...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 05.08.2013

EA extends FIFA license agreement through 2022

EA Sports have announced that they've extended their licensing agreement with FIFA, meaning you'll see EA-made soccer games through at least December 2022. The people that play the 65 million weekly games will appreciate this...

Dale North

5:45 PM on 05.07.2013

Expect new games from EA Sports, BioWare, and DICE at E3

During an investor call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau briefly discussed the company's plans for E3 2013. As expected, June is going to be a big month for the new home consoles. "Regarding next generation consoles, w...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 05.01.2013

Yikes: Madden skipping the Wii U this year

EA Sports has confirmed to Nintendo World Report that Madden NFL will be skipping the Wii U this year. EA stated the following: "We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partne...

Hamza CTZ Aziz