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Ah, so that's where those silly Madden GIFs are coming from

Create your own monstrosity
Sep 04
// Jordan Devore
I don't care at all about Madden, but GIFs? Damn you, Electronic Arts. You've won. The company has created a GIF maker for Madden NFL 15, "designed to help fans celebrate their favorite team's biggest plays and challenge thei...
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NBA Live 15

Not enough basketball in this NBA Live 15 trailer

And 2K is still streets ahead
Sep 02
// Steven Hansen
After taking several years to reboot NBA Live and still stumbling out of the gate with a crummy NBA Live 14 last year, EA isn't winning anyone over with a Visuals video or a face scanning video or a cover star announcem...
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EA aims to make $1 billion from extra content this year

Sports franchises being big contributors
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone knows that downloadable add-ons for videogames have become a profitable trend in recent years. This year, EA's aiming high and hopes to rake in a record amount of revenue from DLC. According to an article on Bloomber...
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NHL demo

NHL 15 demo is up on PS4 and Xbox One

Play it if you want. Or don't. I'm not a cop.
Aug 26
// Steven Hansen
You can play as either the New York Rangers or LA Kings, test out that new skill stick they're flaunting, or go into a free skate practice mode if you're new. 
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EA Sports

The EA Sports Season Ticket has ceased to exist

Same with Sports Arena
Aug 21
// Chris Carter
As was expected with the advent of the EA Access program, the EA Sports Season Ticket and Arena initiatives are phasing out. If you have a Season Ticket it will run until the end of March 2015, at which point it will expire -...
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Madden tries 'weird'

EA spent tons of money on this 'kooky' 'viral' Madden trailer

Dueling celebs, Lady Gaga jokes, women in hot pants, hologram football players
Aug 15
// Steven Hansen
I bet the people involved had a lot of fun shooting this offbeat Madden 15 commercial. It's also an obviously expensive production (beyond the celebrity costs) meant to be "weird" and, hopefully, shared (viral) over the Net....
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Madden 15 bundle

Xbox One Madden 15 bundle throws in a copy of the game for free

Not a bad deal if you're the football playin' type
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
Madden 15 is getting a special Xbox One bundle for its August 26 release. Like any offensive lineman worth his salt, it's larger than average. However, unlike any all-star caliber player, it sort of comes at a discount. ...
NHL 15 photo
NHL 15

NHL 15 flaunts its alliteration with the Superstar Skill Stick

See how the system's changed
Jul 24
// Brett Makedonski
Slapshots from the point, cheeky tip-ins, and wristers through traffic are all perfectly fine, but when you play an NHL game, you want to embarrass your opponent. You want them going to get their jock out of the rafters...
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Team USA's Clint Dempsey loses Xbox shirt for PS3/PS4 FIFA 15 cover

Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Lionel Messi will grace the cover of FIFA for the third year straight year, but FIFA 15's North American release will see team USA's Clint Dempsey creeping behind Messi, wondering why his lighting is so different.  ...
FIFA 15 photo

FIFA 15 puts priority on emotions and giant dogpiles

Everyone looks so happy!
Jul 18
// Brett Makedonski
Last month, I did my best to tell you what EA Sports wanted to put emphasis on for its three big sports titles this year. Then, it went and undermined me by releasing videos that say exactly what I wrote. In the unfortunate ...
NHL 15 photo
NHL 15

Pucks and players are more chaotic in NHL 15

All thanks to the laws of physics
Jul 18
// Brett Makedonski
About a month ago, I explained how EA Sports' big focus for NHL 15 was physics. In the event that you didn't believe me (or hate reading), this video adequately sums up the studio's intentions. Watch it to learn how pucks bounce or to see Matt Duchene crash the net like a total badass.
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Madden Gauntlet

Who is yelling in this Madden trailer and why, why, why

Sorry! O V E R
Jul 11
// Steven Hansen
I wanted to fit a "Red Warrior is about to die" joke in this trailer for Madden's new Gauntlet mode. I got as far as "Redskins is about to die" before I started watching this video and was greeted with an over eager, discordant voice over. Bosssssss levelsssssssssssss. Who thought this was a good idea?
NHL 15 photo
NHL 15

Be as arrogant as you want in NHL 15

But you have more respect for the game than that
Jul 09
// Brett Makedonski
Who doesn't want more control in their videogames? EA Sports explains that in NHL 15, players have been rebuilt from the ground up to give players unprecedented control. That includes the ability to choose your own goal celebrations. I'm sure everyone will respectfully skate back to the bench so as to not show up their opponent.
NHL 15 cover photo
NHL 15 cover

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron to grace the cover of NHL 15

Beating out Canadiens' P.K. Subban
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: EA Sports has sent along the cover art, which can be seen below.] At tonight's 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the winner of the NHL 15 cover was revealed. The athletes went through a fan voting process, begi...
Madden 15 photo
Madden 15

Madden 15 cover wants you to stop in your tracks, or something

Seriously, what's he doing?
Jun 20
// Brett Makedonski
Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman won the vote to be on the box art of Madden 15. What exactly he's doing on the cover, well, that's anybody's guess. Does he want a high-five? (If so, gotta go higher, Richard.)...

Review: EA Sports UFC

Jun 19 // Ben Pack
EA Sports UFC (PS4 [reviewed], Xbox One)Developer: EA CanadaPublisher: EA SportsReleased: May 20, 2014MSRP: $59.99 This is the biggest MMA game release since EA Sports MMA in 2010. The game features a roster of 97 UFC fighters, as well as two DLC characters: former UFC superstar Royce Gracie, and Bruce Lee. The first time you start, it presents you with an 18-step tutorial which shows you how to do everything from throwing punches on your feet to breaking submission holds on the ground. Unfortunately, right after the tutorial, you are presented with your first fight. I hesitate to use the word fight, however, as the opponent had knocked me out within 30 seconds. Not a submission tap out, or a win by decision, just a cold hard knockout. The tutorial at the beginning is both too dense and not specific enough. It is too dense as it presents you with several options on how to win, but if you forget the specifics of one you are out of luck. If you want to be refreshed on, say, how to start a submission hold while you are on top of your opponent, you may think to access the player handbook from the pause menu. However, when you select this, you are just prompted to visit the EA Sports website for a digital version of the guide. Pressing start to look at your controls is something that has been in not only fighting, but boxing games for years and it could have really benefited UFC. There are also dozens of moves you can use at any time which can be very overwhelming. Each punch or kick (controlled by the four face buttons) can be modified by holding any direction or a shoulder button, and are different depending on if you are holding your opponent or not. It's not unlike in a fighting game, where without playing around with one fighter for hours you will not know which move to use in which situation. Unlike fighting games, however, there is no accounting for frames or combos you need to practice, so a lot of the time you will find yourself in a situation where you and your opponent both try to punch each other and both awkwardly miss. There is also a minigame when trying to put your opponent in a submission hold that is fun when it is two human players who understand it, but incredibly easy to manipulate against the AI, leading to easy wins. [embed]276769:54505:0[/embed] When you're on the ground after getting pummeled, you really start to notice how beautiful this game is. Everything from the glistening sweat dripping down characters, to the detail of the muscle -- this game is beautiful. UFC really shows off the power of the current-gen consoles. I think it's the best-looking sports games out today, and definitely high on the list of all games. The career mode does a much better job at teaching you how to play than the tutorial. I would suggest starting it immediately after you get beat up by the AI for the first time. You can choose one of the game's fighters or your own and take it into a simulation of one man's rise from nothingness to Spike TV celebrity. Before your first fight, you get a more detailed version of the tutorial which breaks things down into simpler, repeated commands that you have to master if you want to stand a chance. There are also frequent FMV cutscenes from UFC president Dana White, which is really goes at odds with the game because it looks so good, but obviously not as good when you're just seeing video of the humans the simulation is trying to emulate. The character creation process in UFC goes above what you would come to expect. You can make everything from the typical scary-looking UFC dude who unironically wears Tap-Out clothing and walks into the ring to “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons to a dreadlocked giant with the same chicken tattoo seven times named Turducken Hammerfist. It has stat manipulation like other EA Sports games, with attributes based on a style of fighting you can select like boxing or greco-roman wrestling. It also has a sort of perk system where you can have three different loadouts for your character, and different abilities based on standing offense, ground game, or defense that you can set up and choose before a fight based on your opponent. After completing a career mode, the versus mode is where you will be spending most of your time offline. The way it operates is smooth and easy, and great for both MMA fans who want to see their favorite athletes duke it out to fans of the game who want to test specific matchups. The online is completely functional, and presented a mostly lag-free experience for me. EA Sports UFC is an odd package. It might be too deep for fans of MMA to get into, and not cohesive enough for fans of fighting or boxing games to get into. Walking away from the game, I have no desire to go watch an MMA fight anytime soon, but I am not turned off from it completely. I can understand why it is only growing in popularity. I would recommend anyone with a little bit of interest in the sport and a lot of patience check out EA Sports UFC. There is a fun game in here somewhere -- it's just behind a lot of barriers.
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Causing brain damage never looked so good
Usually when I'm watching two grown men beat each other up, their names are Ryu and Ken. I am a fan of a good fight in games, but aside from the occasional boxing match I have never been very interested in MMA. After watching trailers for EA Sports UFC, I figured now might be the time to start to learn the sport through the game.

EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year

Jun 09 // Brett Makedonski
Madden may have been the franchise that's received the most love and care from EA for more than a decade, so it might be the one that's seeing the most nuanced changes. A lot of the upgrades to Madden 15 deal with presentation. There's no question about it: EA Sports wants you to feel like you're watching a football game when you're playing a football game. As soon as a game starts, that level of immersion begins to take effect. As we were shown a match-up featuring the recent NFL champion Seattle Seahawks in their home venue, we couldn't help but be impressed by the attention to detail. Wide-angle shots of the stadium, close-ups of the coach, the camera shaking from the intensity of the crowd -- it all positively smacked of watching a playoff game on television. That degree of presentation depth extends throughout the entire experience. New to Madden 15 is a full-fledged halftime show, explicitly tailored to the game at hand. Apart from detailed discussion about trends and certain plays in the first half, there's also on-field entertainment, statistics, box scores -- again, all the stuff that you could expect from a Sunday afternoon broadcast. [embed]275792:54268:0[/embed] There's also a bit of refinement taking place with regard to gameplay. One of EA's biggest priorities was to get away from using the skill stick to wiggle through plays, but instead concentrate on authentic strategy. Working toward being as close to a true simulation as possible, Madden 15 puts more emphasis on wise play-calling than unrealistic juking. However, Madden 15 will offer a bit of hand-holding to help acclimate those that haphazardly select plays like they're pointing out names in a phonebook. An updated approach to the play-calling screen shows players a strategic pick, a community pick, and a personalized pick. The strategic pick outlines what the opponent is likely to do, and hopefully reinforces your actions by teaching you about the game. The community and personalized selections don't sound as if they'll be as strategically refined, but, just like Madden, sometimes the popular choice is popular for a reason. If the improvements to Madden 15 hold a central theme of presentation, the one relating to FIFA 15 is undoubtedly emotion. Soccer is a game that brings out the passion and emotion in players and fans alike, after all. That's going to be nowhere more evident than in FIFA 15. EA set the framework for this feature last year; this year it's fleshing it out. Emotion and intensity of all 22 players on the pitch will be tracked at all times and constantly changing. The victim of a hard tackle might become angry at the opposition, and his teammates might too. A player that skies a ball in the box might be disappointed with himself, and react as such. Something as ridiculous as a keeper letting in an own goal might destroy team morale, at least temporarily. Of course, the emotion all translates to the players' other statistics, effectively acting as a boost or hindrance of sorts. Even though the emotion system will affect matches of FIFA 15 at its deepest level, it will have plenty of opportunities to become the star of the show. The greatest example of this may be after important goals are scored, as celebrations are now more grand than ever. Ten player dogpiles and elated sliding and hugging are sure to add an appropriate exclamation point to important moments and monumental wins. The emotion doesn't just stay on the pitch, however. It bleeds into the stadium. Rowdy crowds that hang onto every corner kick and through ball know how to act for any circumstance that might arise. Further, supporters are represented by the specificity that they're known for, and well, it's tough not to get goosebumps watching all of Anfield sing "You'll Never Walk Alone." EA's third major sports title for the year, NHL 15, focuses its intentions toward something much more integral than presentation or emotion. NHL 15 aims to revamp its physics, an aspect that affects the core of the hockey experience. Now that development of these titles has moved to its fourth generation, EA Sports stresses that consoles are equipped to do things that were never before possible. One such thing, and maybe the most notable improvement to NHL 15, is that the puck acts more like a puck and less like a ball. It may seem silly at first, but it's a sizable upgrade. Pucks are nothing like spheres, and being able to recreate their true movement adds that layer of realism that EA Sports yearns for. Expect more awkward bounces off of the endboards, funny hops over sticks, and deflections past goaltenders that weren't possible before. All because the puck acts like a puck now. Obviously, the puck is far from the only thing on the ice. There are also 12 athletes, 10 of which are skating about at breakneck speed. The physics improvements extend to them as well. The collision and hit detection for them has been overhauled in an effort to make every bodycheck unique to the forces being applied. In theory, because of the great number of influencing factors, each check will be like a snowflake -- no two the exact same. That's where EA Sports' intentions lie for Madden 15, FIFA 15, and NHL 15. The focal points may appear to smack of more subtlety with each passing year, and maybe it's because that's exactly the case. That's a luxury that EA Sports has on its side as it inches ever-closer to realism.
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EA Sports round-up!
EA Sports is in a good position with its athletic franchises. The demand for annual iterations in each series is high enough to warrant frequent releases, but sports don't really change. This allows the developers to focus on...

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Madden 15

Madden 15 allows more freedom on defense than ever before

Get hyped for updates to defense
Jun 09
// Brittany Vincent
Madden 15 is seeking to put more focus on defense in the latest iteration of the ridiculously popular football game, with updates that should make the entire experience a little more fun overall. Players will be able to choos...
NHL 15 photo
NHL 15

NHL 15 trailer shows off the physics of hockey

Releases September 9, 2014
Jun 09
// Darren Nakamura
In its E3 press conference today, Electronic Arts released a new trailer for its upcoming hockey game, NHL 15. During the presentation, EA boasted that it would calculate "physics for all twelve players and the puck." The trailer above shows off those physics, with some bone-crunching hits and pretty fantastic shots on goal. NHL 15 is set to release on September 9, 2014.
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EA Sports PGA Tour

EA Sports PGA Tour lets you fire flaming balls over battleships

Powered by Frostbite 3
Jun 09
// Steven Hansen
Tiger Woods is out after damaging his brand. Flaming golf balls shot over battleships in the Pacific are in. Take that, Woods. EA Sports PGA Tour (Spring 2015) is going to use the Frostbite 3 engine, which will give its full...
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Madden 15 will feature player tattoos, releases E3 trailer

Let me know there's at least one person reading this that cares
Jun 06
// Abel Girmay
Amongst all the E3 hubbub about games like, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny, and Halo 5, let's not forget that August will bring us our annual Madden. Teasing what will be brought to the show, the Madden 15 E3 trailer implies, to m...
FIFA photo

FIFA 15 on PC won't use the old engine again

Parity with PS4, Xbox One
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
While EA Sports went with its new Ignite engine for FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the company opted not to use the game engine for the PC version. At the time, it was argued that the average player didn't have a good...
NHL 15 photo
NHL 15

First NHL 15 screen isn't of an Avalanche player like it should be

Guess where my allegiances lie
Jun 02
// Brett Makedonski
EA Sports has released the first screenshot for NHL 15, and it features San Jose captain Joe Thornton rocking an unimpressive beard, because they're the Sharks and their long list of playoff flameouts disappoint in both the c...
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UFC demo

Kick some ass on June 3 in the EA Sports UFC demo

Octagons scare me
May 29
// Brett Makedonski
As Stroke 9 once inquired, how many people want to kick some ass? If your answer is a resounding "I do! I do!," you have anger issues. Also, you might enjoy knowing that there's an imminent demo for EA Sports UFC. The bone-br...
EA Sports UFC photo
EA Sports UFC

EA Sports UFC shows off its fighting women

Still crazy realistic
May 27
// Steven Hansen
The game does look pretty impressive, but is it just me or does the whole thing sort of lack grace? The fighters seem a little more awkward and stilted than I would like. Of course, just because there isn't lifelike fidelity doesn't mean it doesn't play well (Dale was impressed with it). Just the sequence around 40 seconds looks a bit goofy.

EA Sports UFC looks ultra-freakin' real

May 20 // Dale North
[embed]275112:53952:0[/embed] In that first fight between Adam and I, making sure to watch his attacks and come back with either blocks or better timed hits was working for me. Being able to hold down L or R with the face buttons to modify attacks really seemed to help mix things up. But I suppose he started to see my patterns, and soon I was on the defensive. I was trying to time blocks to parry, but could only do it a couple of times before my face was bloodied.  The grappling side of the game is interesting in that it uses quarter-circle sweeping motions of the analog stick to clench and then move through positions. Somehow those sweeps feel kind of like what I'd imagine trying to break out of being caught up would feel like. My frantic QCF and QCB motions weren't enough to keep up with Adam's, so I lost another round.  In all, the combat system is easy enough to get into for even first timers to enjoy a round. But there are some complexities there to learn and master that gives UFC lasting power. There's plenty of depth there if you want it. So, while I was losing, I took the time to appreciate the visuals of this new game. We played it on Xbox One in our hands-on session. From a distance from any of the screens where it was being played, UFC looked photorealistic, like you were watching a television broadcast. We were told that because they only have to render two characters, the developers could crank the visual level all the way up. As you'll see in this gameplay video, they've done just that.  They used every ounce of system resources to make the in-game fighters look like the real ones. The team recorded 3D head and body scans for all of the athletes, and then took it over the top with details like veins popping out of players' heads when they're straining. Also expect to see blood and sweat come out in the most natural/gross looking way. Even the clothing looks real and seems to flow naturally.  It was a quick look, but EA Sports UFC is easy to get into and play, and it looks impossibly good to boot. It launches -- Bruce Lee, bruises and all -- this June for Xbox One and PS4.
Hands-on impressions
Look, I'm not necessarily a MMA fan, but I have played a few games and watched a few matches in my day. The latest, EA Sports UFC, is a pretty good time, even for a casual player like myself. I took on Digital Trends' Adam Ro...

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Here's Bruce Lee kicking ass in EA Sports UFC

As expected
May 14
// Jordan Devore
My gut reaction to hearing that Bruce Lee would be playable in EA Sports UFC was "Huh? That's a bit odd." In recent weeks, I've come around to find his inclusion to be in good fun. If you remain unconvinced, here's a video i...

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...
UFC photo

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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