Fiery tennis legend, John McEnroe, will head up the cover of the global version of Grand Slam Tennis 2, publisher EA Sports has announced
The argumentative legend will be joined by current top-dog Novak Djokovic and female favourite Maria Sharapova. There's no room for Andy Murray on the UK cover. The cover will differ across Europe, with France...
Hey Europe, here's your killer-app
For real. It's no secret that FIFA is one of the biggest video game franchises here in Europe, and EA's upcoming PlayStation Vita release looks promising for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it's FIFA on the PlayStation Vita. There are no concessions nor compromises — this is the console FIFA experience in the palm of your hands. We've seen it in action..
Barcelona forward -- and all around footballing genius -- Lionel Messi has been announced as the new global face of the FIFA brand
Messi was previously the poster boy for Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series. He was replaced by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earlier in the year, prompting rumours that EA had snapped up the Argentinean striker. Messi's first project will be promoting next year's..
If EA Sports was hoping to play on nostalgia with its latest SSX reboot trailer, then it probably shouldn't have used a remix of Run DMC's "It's Tricky" to score the teaser
On the other hand, if it wanted to make all the hip kids of tomorrow "totally stoked" about its new ultra rad snowboarding game, then mission accomplished. We imagine the publisher's aims fell somewhere in the middle..
Man, we wished we could do some of these tricks
EA Sports' latest FIFA Street trailer offers 80 seconds of pure, unadulterated showboating. And it's awesome. Catch it after the break and turn green with envy.
EA has unveiled a new custom soundtrack system for its upcoming snowboarding reboot, SSX
The technology — entitled Harmony — sounds similar to the functionality in Wipeout HD. It essentially dynamically mixes your music in-game, so if you hit a particularly big jump, EA's able to fade out your custom soundtrack and replace it with the soothing sound of the wind whistling in your ears. Those..
EA Sports' latest football title -- FIFA Street -- might wear the word 'Street', but this soccer sim is anything but exclusively urban
New screenshots released by the publisher show matches taking place on the roof of buildings, in factories and by the sea. Feast your eyes on the full gallery through here.
SSX is coming to PlayStation 3 in February next year
But if the game's successful, EA hasn't completely written off the potential of a PlayStation Vita release. "One of the big philosophies for EA now, and in particular EA Sports, is fewer and bigger hits and in particular building big franchises," creative director Todd Batty told CVG. "We really hope that is going to be the..
The biggest game in Europe right now is not Call Of Duty -- though of course Activision's first-person series still does gangbusters over here -- but instead FIFA
For years EA's soccer simulation lived in the shadows of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer, but that's changed this generation. FIFA is the top-dog. And so when EA says that its planning on bringing a "perfect" recreation of the PS3..
EA has confirmed it has delayed snowboarding title SSX a month with a new trailer
The latest footage concludes with a February 14th release date. The game was originally expected to release in January. The new date will see SSX go up against Sony's heavily anticipated Twisted Metal reboot in the United States. European dates have yet to be confirmed.
If there's any series that can prompt us to take interest in American Football, it's NFL Blitz
Hot on the heels of its horribly mismanaged NBA Jam reboot, EA's hoping to come good with a new version of NFL Blitz. Due out in January 2012 on the PlayStation Network, NFL Blitz will feature the same balls-to-the-wall arcade action as its predecessor...
Despite FIFA 12 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 being closer in quality than years prior, it really feels like EA Sports' franchise is starting to take a strangle-hold of the genre
According to an interview conducted by MCV, FIFA 12 is outselling Konami's alternative by a ratio of 25:1 based on each title's first weekend sales. "When you look at Pro Evolution Soccer versus FIFA, only five years..
This is music to our ears
Regular readers will know just how much we love tennis games, and how long we've dreamed of a tennis game that gets PlayStation Move integration spot on. Well, EA's making all the right sounds when it comes to Grand Slam Tennis 2 on PlayStation 3. In an interview with Eurogamer, producer Thomas Singleton explained why the developer had opted to support PlayStation Move..
We told you FIFA 12 would hold onto the top of the UK sales charts for a good number of weeks
Not even an onslaught of new releases — RAGE and Dark Souls no less — could push the soccer sim from its perch, with both titles finishing second and third respectively. Elsewhere, there was room for Resistance 3 to re-emerge in the top-ten, while usual favourites Zumba Fitness and LEGO Pirates Of The..
FIFA 12 has enjoyed the largest first-week sales than any other sports video game to date
Electronic Arts estimates that the soccer sim scored an impressive 3.2 million sales between September 27th and October 2nd. The company added that sales are up 23 percent over last year, and that October 1st was the busiest day for online gaming in EA Sports history, with some 10 million games played..
Has to be a golfer, though
There's no Tiger Woods golf game due out this year — in fact, there are no golf games of any sort out before 2012, which may be some sort of record, we reckon. The next outing from the Tiger is the cleverly named Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and it's due out next March. You can start your participation now by helping EA to...
FIFA 12 has topped the UK sales charts for the week
No real surprise there. Expect it to maintain its position at the top until Battlefield. The new arrival sees F1 2011 pushed down into third, with Zumba Fitness, Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a pleasing start too, landing seventh position..
EA's always been great at cross-promotion
Play a game of FIFA 12 right now and you can't move without seeing an SSX logo. And the same will be true of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. Kinda. The publisher has announced that three characters from its arcade snowboarding title will be jumping out of the snow and into the fire, as Elise, Kaori, and Mac all...
As the eager eyes over at VG247 noted this morning, EA's narrowed down the release date for its upcoming FIFA Street reboot from "early 2012" to the more specific "March 2012"
The date is mentioned on a pamphlet included inside new copies of FIFA 12. EA's been pretty secretive about FIFA Street up until now, but we expect the publisher to raise the curtain now its premier football title is on store..
SSX is back to its outlandish best in its latest 'Defy Reality' trailer
The footage depicts a variety of stunts and drops, all set to the delicious back-drop of shap synth pads and wobbly bass hits. Exciting stuff.
EA Sports (and PlayStation) aired the first FIFA 12 commercial over weekend
The spot popped up during Manchester United's demolition job against Arsenal. It's after the jump for your viewing pleasure. The commercial itself focuses on the love of football. It gets the message across. Expect the game to do absolute gangbusters when it launches next month on PS3 and PSP.
Yet another FIFA powerhouse has been chosen to represent FIFA 12
West London's own Chelsea will assume a place of importance in showcasing and enhancing EA Sports' FIFA 12. The Blues' native home of Stamford Bridge will soon house a hub of FIFA 12-related activities such as tournaments and handouts on chosen matchdays. Fans will also be able to head on over to the official Chelsea page to download..
Tennis games have always suffered from poor character models
So much so, we have fond memories of writing into Official Dreamcast Magazine about the 'Resident Evil Tim Henman' in the original Virtua Tennis. It's been a few weeks since EA announced Grand Slam Tennis 2, but the publisher's been keeping a lid on its character models, prompting some concern about their quality. Thankfully, there's..
As part of today's GamesCom 2011 presentation, EA's Todd Batty discussed in detail how SSX's multiplayer will provide a unique, social experience
Influenced by EA's recent racing titles — such as Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit — SSX will allow players to record ghosts which can then be shared with friends for instant competition. Players will be able to participate live in..
We're almost certain the next iteration of the FIFA franchise, FIFA 12, will be a brilliant slice of sporting simulation, but the amount of buzz-words being tossed about by EA Sports' David Rutter during the game's GamesCom presentation were a little bit worrying
In the old days of FIFA mediocrity, buzz-words and gimmicks were what EA Sports used to get people to upgrade to the latest game —..
EA opened its GamesCom conference earlier today with the announcement of a reboot for the FIFA Street franchise
The game — which is due on PlayStation 3 early next year — is gunning for depth, boasting twice as many moves as big-brother title FIFA 12. FIFA Street will also connect to EA Sports' Football Club service, allowing interoperability...
Regular readers will expect us to be going nuts right about now
We are. We're considering climbing onto our office roof and screaming words such as, "Yes! EA's making Grand Slam Tennis 2 for the PlayStation 3," but we suppose that would be a bit weird. Here's the hot news though: EA's making Grand Slam Tennis 2 for the PlayStation 3. The sequel to the Nintendo Wii game — which played..
Ready to take the crown?
So far we've seen some decent attempts at PlayStation Move tennis games, but neither Virtua Tennis 4 nor Top Spin 4 quite hit the mark. Now EA Sports is hoping to get in the game with Grand Slam Tennis 2. The newly announced game continues from Grand Slam Tennis on Wii by including licensed tournaments including Wimbledon...
EA Sports has talked about subscription services for its roster of annual franchises for a while, and today its launched the first stages of that vision -- EA Sports Season Ticket
For an annual fee of $24.99 — the service is not currently available in Europe on PS3 — EA Season Ticket will allow you to get early access to EA Sports titles,...
England stars Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere will appear on the front-cover of FIFA 12, EA has announced
The Arsenal midfielder will join Manchester United's forward for the UK, Ireland, Scandinavian and Middle East versions. It's Rooney's seventh appearance on the game's cover.
Sony is bundling up a Move package for all you naysayers and non-owners out there
Next week is set to see the release of the a $99 limited edition Move bundle, featuring (you guessed it) a Playstation Move Wand, a Playstation Eye, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. The bundle has not yet received an official UK price, and is currently on track for a release into stores everywhere on July 11..
Surprise: there's going to be a new FIFA game this September
EA Sports has announced that the multi-million selling follow-up in the FIFA franchsie, FIFA 12, will launch on September 27th and September 30th on PS3. Still no word on the PlayStation Vita version, but we suspect that will get announced later in the year.
EA Sports does not see the value of adding PlayStation Move support to future FIFA games
Despite the label announcing Kinect support for all future titles — with absolutely nothing to show, we might add — the FIFA team will not be adding functionality for Sony's motion controller into its premium football franchise. At least not for now, anyway. "We have not focused on PS Move for FIFA,..
As part of a massive FIFA 12 blow-out during EA's E3 press conference this evening, EA Sports has revealed "Football Club" for FIFA 12
Touted as a new way for players to connect, Football Club bridges the gap between the real-world sport and the video game. The millions of fans playing FIFA online have shown us there is a constant appetite for a deep connected experience, driven by a love of..
EA's confirmed that this year's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is the fastest selling game in the franchise's history
Gamasutra reports that the title has shifted 225,000 units during its first week on release — a favourable 17 percent more than Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 which was the previous best seller. It's well deserved too: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is a fantastic golf game. To celebrate..
EA's hoping to unify all of its games under one persistent player profile, EA Sports' Peter Moore has revealed
"Today we're looking at a seamless experience across all our franchises," he said in a speech watched by Joytsiq. "Regardless of where you are, what platform you have, what game you're playing, that you're constantly connected. [Future EA Sports games will be] connected..
Amidst all the furore surrounding EA's re-release of NBA Jam last year, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that the game actually released on PlayStation 3 last year
We saw it in a shop once. Originally intended as a pre-order bonus, then a PSN release, before ending up as a boxed retail title, most people had forgotten they wanted NBA Jam by the time...
So, we're not totally hot on realistic golf games
We prefer our video game golf to involve three button presses, cute characters and annoying accents. Still, the refined PlayStation Move support touted in the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: Masters Edition certainly has our attention piqued. And if Game Hunters are to be believed, we might get to...
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is hoping to improve on the Move controls patched into Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, with EA aiming for an increase in realism with a new first-person view. Another feature that could make the game a touch more real is the inclusion of caddies to carry your clubs on the fairway. The video below should...
We had to say it
Not everyone was impressed with the Move implementation in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, and it certainly lacks compared to John Daly's ProStroke Golf, but EA Sports is determined to put things right when it releases Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters in March. While the Move support for Tiger Woods 11 was introduced later in the...
We nearly called it and then we were like, nah, too crazy. Who'd have thought Call Of Duty: Black Ops would become the UK's best selling game of 2010? Our money was on the Nintendo Wii's Just Dance. We were close. That came in second. But blimey. Black Ops — crazy that. Gran Turismo 5 fared pretty well, coming third on the PlayStation 3 chart, while Red Dead Redemption and FIFA 11..
FIFA 11 and Just Dance 2 are still the UK's favourite games
Probably because no games have released since before Christmas. All that changes this week though: new video games actually release. It's going to be interesting to see where DC Universe Online ends up charting — we feel like the game's beta has pumped some real positive feedback around the title, but we'll still be surprised if it..
EA's announced a massive list of games that it'll shut down throughout this year
The list mostly includes older games from EA Sports, though we daresay some people will be disappointed at the decision. While the games will continue to operate as normal in a single-player capacity, it's the multiplayer components that will be stripped out. These decisions to retire games is never easy, EA said..
EA Sports said they'd stick with Tiger Woods for their premium annual golf franchise and they have
The upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 boasts the scandalous golfers name right on the cover. What it doesn't include is a mug-shot of ol' trouser-snake. EA's decided to make the inclusion of the game's Masters tournament the star of the cover. EA's used "state of the art laser scanning..
We don't think EA could have made a better trailer to capture the essence of what they're trying to achieve with Fight Night Champion
When the game was announced there was a lot of PR hyperbole about how EA intended to capture the "dark and gritty" backdrop surrounding the sport of boxing. We didn't read much into it. But if the full game carries the same tone as this trailer, it'll stand..
FIFA games have been coming out for the past 18 years
This year, with FIFA 11, EA Sports has passed the 100 million games sold milestone. They are some impressive numbers. FIFA 11 sold 2.6 million copies after just five days on sale. To celebrate, EA's giving away their "Ultimate Team" card-trading DLC for free. Traditionally the DLC comes as an extra charge, but this year you'll be able..
EA's just confirmed to us that NBA Jam HD will launch worldwide on the PlayStation 3 this coming November 17th
The game will feature the classic campaign, Tour Remix and 2vs2 online mode. The game will then get a title update in December, patching in Backboard Smash, Domination Free-for-All, Elimination, and 21. We have listened to our NBA JAM fans and appreciate their desire to play this game..
EA's announced that NBA Elite 11 has been delayed in the US
Which causes a problem for those who were buying the game just for the "free" NBA Jam supplement. Worry not. EA's confirmed that you'll now be able to pick up NBA Jam on PS3 completely separately from NBA Elite 11. Which is the way it should have been in the first place. The game's due to launch before Christmas. No word as to..