Back of the net
Unlike the current Manchester United team, FIFA 14 has managed to make a not-so-dramatic comeback to reclaim its position at the top of the UK sales charts. The soccer simulation – alongside first-person shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts – managed to topple last week’s frontrunner Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which dropped all...
Wait until 2018
As expected, EA Sports is working on a World Cup-themed title to tie in with this summer’s event – but it won’t release on the PlayStation 4. The publisher confirmed EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for the PlayStation 3 yesterday, but has stressed in a statement today that the game won’t be kicking off on Sony’s...
It's (still) good
With the United States bracing itself for its annual football frenzy in the form of the elaborately named Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend, we’re avoiding predictable prophecies regarding likely victors, and instead looking a little closer to home. While the game of American Football has always remained something of an underground...
Draws Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition next
We’re running out of ways to make these UK sales charts posts interesting. Perhaps we should start talking about the weather, rather than the fact that FIFA 14 has enjoyed its ninth week at the summit of the best sellers list. Anything would be more interesting than a top three that hasn’t changed in...
This week’s UK sales charts are more predictable than a Manchester City home win, with FIFA 14 finishing the year in first position. Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, and Grand Theft Auto V predictably rounded out the top five
It’s been a long time since EA Sports actually followed through and tossed a new NBA Live title onto consoles, with nothing but a line of cancelled releases filling the space since NBA Live 10. However, with a new generation of consoles arrives the ideal opportunity to revive the dormant franchise properly. Sadly, the awful NBA Live 14...
'Twas the last chart before Xmas
Good old dependable FIFA 14 has sprinted towards Christmas at the summit of the UK sales charts, meaning that it’ll surely fancy its chances for the Premier League crown this season. The title enjoyed a sudden burst of commercial energy to the tune of 17,000 units, which allowed it to topple last week’s...
Through on goal
EA Sports' annual football franchise has enjoyed a good run of late, maintaining steady form over the past few years. The PlayStation 3 version of FIFA 14 was another solid step in the right direction, even if it was more about evolution rather than revolution, as we described in our review. Now, the game makes the jump to Sony's new...
Doesn't quite drop the ball
Madden NFL 25 is a celebration of one of gaming's most iconic franchises – and on its silver anniversary, EA Sports delivers a decent experience that will get fans chanting. This is a largely lifelike release with real drama, energy, pain, and sweet victories – and the power of the PlayStation 4 boosts the release by...
End of an era
EA Sports may have stuck with Tiger Woods during the darkest period of his career, but the publisher has finally decided to step away from the sporting hero after 15 years. The company’s golf chief Daryl Holt said that the firm had made a “mutual decision” to end its long-running partnership, making this year’s Tiger Woods PGA...
Now comfortable and confident with its position right at the very top of the football gaming league, FIFA remains a solid and reliable choice this year. But with Pro Evolution Soccer slowly but surely closing the gap between itself and EA's consistent franchise, does FIFA 14 do enough to secure its lead? The short answer is yes –...
Grand Theft Auto V may be the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time, but it’s already been toppled in the UK sales charts. Unsurprisingly, FIFA 14 latched onto a through ball straight to the summit, and brushed aside Rockstar Games’ critically acclaimed opus with relative ease. Despite this, though, the EA Sports...
Ditching its typical naming pattern for something a little more celebratory, Madden NFL 25 marks the silver anniversary for EA Sports' massively popular American Football series. However, even though this is still a great game, it's not quite the commemoration that you may have wished for, offering plenty of tweaks and enhancements, but...
Top of the league
You’ll be able to test out FIFA 14’s improved footwork from 10th September in North America and 11th September in Europe, when a demo for the upcoming soccer simulation is set to launch on the PlayStation Network. The full game’s due out a couple of weeks later on the PlayStation 3, and at launch on the PlayStation 4. Those...
Liverpool FC fans will be happy to know that their beloved team will be getting special treatment in FIFA 14. The Merseyside squad have had their likenesses scanned into EA's upcoming release, so you won't have to worry about one of those weird custom-made faces popping up on the team sheet. The reason for the reported three-year...
Back of the net
EA Sports has predictably whipped in a timely slice of footage from the upcoming FIFA 14. The game – which is due out on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 later this year – features a handful of improvements over its predecessor, including ‘Precision Movement’, which means that you can no longer pirouette on the spot like...
The beautiful game
FIFA 14 will kick off on the PlayStation 4 later this year – and it will be powered by a brand new engine named Ignite. The first footage of this was showcased during Microsoft’s big Xbox One reveal yesterday, but EA Sports has since confirmed that the demo reel applies to Sony’s next generation system as well. We’ve...
Real ball physics amongst the improvements
EA Sports has called up the next entry in its premium soccer simulation series, revealing that FIFA 14 will launch on the PlayStation 3 later this year. Strangely, both the PlayStation 4 and Vita have been forced to keep the bench warm for the time being, with the publisher stating that “additional...
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FIFA 13 has proved its dominance in the football genre by selling “over 4.5 million units across all platforms” in just five days. Unsurprisingly, more than one million of those sales took place in the UK within the simulation’s first 48 hours available. Anecdotal aside: there wasn’t a copy of the game to be found in our...
EA Canada, known for its work on the Fight Night series, will be behind EA Sports' new licensed UFC game. It's provisionally known as EA Sports UFC. A new 'Fighting Team' has also been created at EA because of the UFC licence acquisition. Fight Night Round 3 and Fight Night Champion gameplay design lead Brian Hayes has taken up the role...
If you’re still reeling from England’s premature exit from the European championships this weekend, then we imagine the last thing you’ll want to read about is football. Still, EA thought it was appropriate to reveal the UK release date for the upcoming FIFA 13 today, so here we are. Don’t worry, we keep seeing Ashley...
Back in the game
Remember NBA Elite? EA Sports sure hopes you don’t. During its E3 press conference this evening, the publisher announced NBA Live 13, which is set to shoot some hoops on PS3 this fall. EA promises the title will capture “the future of basketball”. We wonder what the future of basketball could possibly entail – hoverboards,...
Now the English Premier League has ended, EA Sports has kicked off the information offensive for FIFA 13, coming to PS3 and PS Vita later this year. The publisher revealed new features it believes will change football games. Again. First up is the new artificial intelligence system, which EA says is its "most sophisticated" AI...
All for one
EA’s booted up the first footage of its licensed UEFA Euro 2012 expansion pack for FIFA 12. The content – set for release on 24th April for £15.99 – will see EA’s club-focused soccer sim transformed into a patriotic party, with all of the international teams from the summer tournament included, in addition to a host of new modes...
On the ball
Video game fans can be a fickle bunch. After years of campaigning for the demise of bi-yearly summer spin-offs, now gamers are starting to question why the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 tournament isn’t getting its own standalone game. For those that haven’t been keeping track, EA announced earlier this week that its Euro 2012 offering...
As good as the Tiger Woods titles are every year, it must be a difficult task for EA’s marketing group to make each new release seem fresh and different. This year, for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, the publisher's trying an interesting tactic: put footballers in the game. No, we’re not joking. Catch the trailer below for footage of Wayne Rooney...
EA’s updated FIFA 12’s squad and player roster in order to reflect the changes made during this year’s January transfer window. The update – enabled by loading up a Head-to-Head seasons match – includes Gary Cahill’s switch to Chelsea, Louis Saha’s transfer to Everton and Bobby Zamora’s arrival at QPR. The update also...
While this FIFA Street trailer is supposed to highlight all of the game’s various game modes and rule-sets, we found ourselves unable to see past the vast array of tricks on display. We’ve never been to a street football match so we can’t commentate on what actually goes on, but having spent many years playing kick-about in the school playground we can confirm that proceedings were..
With EA Sports' Grand Slam Tennis 2 due out on European store shelves this week, the publisher has served up an official launch trailer for the game highlighting all of its features and modes. There’s a mixture of classic and modern footage on show, in addition to a few seconds of Sharapova’s trademark screaming. Yeah, we could have done without that part too. Still, for tennis buffs..
If you’re in the UK, we suspect the last thing you want to hear about is snow. But put those memories spent lingering on icy train stations to the back of your mind, because SSX demands your attention. In a brand new trailer, creative director Todd Batty has introduced a couple of the title’s online modes. First up is Global Events, which represents the game’s main..
Yesterday we reported that EA's upcoming arcade snowboarding title, SSX, would require an online pass to participate online
We were speculated based on traditions — and we're happy to say that we were wrong. If you pick up a used copy of SSX you will be able to play the game online, however any rewards you unlock from doing so will remain...
It's not in the least bit surprising that EA Sports' latest multiplayer outing, SSX, should come packaged with an online pass -- but it's something you probably might like to know
The anti-used game measure was spotted in a Giant Bomb video, which highlighted the option to "Redeem" an online pass in the game's opening screen. While you'll...
In a new trailer, Grand Slam Tennis 2's excitable producer, Thomas Singleton, has offered a birds-eye view at the upcoming sim's Pro AI system. The theory is that the game's able to capture the behaviour of its professional players — from John "you cannot be serious"..
There was a time when Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was king of the world
It was the Call Of Duty of the time — an unbeatable franchise that the entire industry was trying to ape. But oversaturation and a general lack of new ideas meant that the genre quickly lost its relevance. EA's hoping that the return of the SSX franchise later in the year will usher in a new era for extreme sports. "Over the..
We're certain you won't see a more bizarre headline than this all year: Blockbuster has revealed its pre-order bonuses for the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and they involve, erm, Wayne Rooney
That's right, the Manchester United striker will be joined by fellow footballers James Milner, Theo Walcott and Petr Cech in the upcoming golf sim. A second pack will boast ice hockey favourite Jeremy..
Just call it the comeback king; despite looking down and out when it launched on PlayStation 3 last year, Ubisoft Montpellier's cracking Rayman Origins has broken into the UK multiformat top-ten for the first time since its release
No doubt propelled by a slew of retailer discounts, the pretty platformer managed to climb ahead of Bethesda's RAGE to finish up in ninth on this week's best-selling..
We must admit, Hawk-Eye did cross our mind when we got our hands-on Grand Slam Tennis 2 earlier in the month
For those unfamiliar with tennis, Hawk-Eye is a technology which judges the trajectory of a shot or serve in order to help make difficult decisions. But the feature won't make its way into Grand Slam Tennis 2, according to producer Liam Miller. Its not like we didnt think about it..
FIFA 12's still top of the league, after shutting out fierce competition from Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to hold onto the top-spot for a fourth consecutive week
Shooty favourites Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 rounded out the top five — while Zumba Fitness reclaimed its grip on the UK, posting two titles in the top ten. We may have to dig up the old image if..
With the Australian Open officially underway -- and Britain's hopefuls already down and out -- EA Sports has released a brand new Grand Slam Tennis 2 trailer to tie in with the event
The Rod Laver arena always makes for a tropical backdrop in tennis games, with its blue, hard court surface illuminated by floodlights and the Australian sun. See what we mean after the break.
Skill based control has become a foundation of EA Sports' output this generation
Tiger Woods, Skate and Fight Night have all experimented with right analogue stick inputs, bringing a new level of fidelity to traditionally arcadey experiences. Grand Slam Tennis 2 mimics EA Sports' ambition, bringing a new level of shot precision to the game of...
It's time to don your Puma head-band and Wilson branded socks, as the demo for Grand Slam Tennis 2 has finally lobbed its way onto the PlayStation Network
In order to celebrate the release, EA Sports has served up a brand new trailer focusing on current top-dog Novak Djokovic and fan-favourite Rafael Nadal. Catch the trailer after the jump, then go...
After a strong return to form with last year's iteration, EA Sports will be hoping to maintain the momentum of its chief golf simulator with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, due for release on March 27th in North America and March 30th in Europe
Developed by EA Tiburon, the latest version of the game will feature 22 golfers and 16 championship courses, in addition to revamped swing mechanics and enhanced..
Get a grip
We're now a matter of weeks from Grand Slam Tennis 2 and its promising PlayStation Move features, but what exactly is EA's "Total Racquet Control" system? The publisher has released the video below to explain its new control method in more detail, though it's actually for traditional controllers rather than Move; here's hoping...
Buoyed no doubt by a strong week of football, FIFA 12 has held onto its position atop the UK sales charts for a third week running
With January ushering a mini-drought for new software releases, the chart is filled with familiar faces; with Battlefield 3, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Just Dance 3 and Skyrim all rounding out the top five. There was still space for id's RAGE though, which rocketed..
Sony's announced that a batch of anticipated demos are days away from launching on the PlayStation Store. Amongst the retail samples include Final Fantasy XIII-2, Asura's Wrath and, our most anticipated, Grand Slam Tennis 2. The news comes via the American-arm of the PlayStation Blog, meaning the news relates to the US PlayStation...
Would you like to know every single positive thing that's ever been said about EA Sports' upcoming SSX reboot? Then this trailer's totally got your back
Outside of the praise, the trailer boasts a bunch of gameplay footage from the tricked-out racer. It's taken a while, but the game's finally starting to look like it's deserving of its name. Catch the trailer after the break.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 is right at the top of our most anticipated releases for 2012
We know, pretty weird huh? But regular readers will be all too aware of our adoration for tennis based video games. While we're still a little concerned about the quality of the game's pledged PlayStation Move support — please, please, please be good — we're still intrigued by the game's standard controller..
People are keen to complain about touch-screen controls wherever they turn up
Even though the PlayStation Vita version of Uncharted: Golden Abyss is entirely playable in the traditional manner, you'll still find a select number of seasoned whiners moaning about the use of touch to navigate Nathan Drake through the world. FIFA on PS Vita's no different, but unlike Uncharted we actually think the..
There's only so many times you can lift the "London Lawn Tennis" trophy before you start to long for the real thing
The Wimbledon license has been the achilles' heel of a number of top tennis titles over the years, but Grand Slam Tennis 2, it appears, won't suffer from the same flaw. In a chest beating trailer, EA's celebrated Grand Slam Tennis 2's "exclusive" access to the prestigious..
EA has delayed its upcoming SSX reboot for the second time
The snowboarding title was originally due out on Valentine's Day, but will now drop on February 28th in North America and March 2nd in Europe. In a letter to fans, producer Todd Batty cited polish as the reason for the delay. Over the course of more than 10 years of making games I have not worked on a single project where our team did not..