Tag: Ea Sports

  • News FIFA 21 Won't Have a Free Demo for the First Time This Generation

    10-hour trial still available through EA Play

    If you have been planning on checking out FIFA 21 before its release but you don't have an active EA Play subscription, you're now completely out of luck. For the first time during the PlayStation 4 generation, EA Sports has confirmed that its latest football simulator will not have a free demo available...

  • News Lionel Messi Is Once Again the Best Rated Player in FIFA 21

    Everyone drops a rating

    EA Sports has just released its overall player ratings for some of the best names in football, meaning the battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can continue in FIFA 21. And for the second year running, it's the Argentine who comes out on top. Barcelona's uninterested forward gets a rating of 93 while the Juventus...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Celebrates a New Season of Football by Going Free-to-Play This Weekend

    Touchdown

    A new season of football is almost upon us, and one that’s set to be unlike any that have come before it. Freshly minted Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs will kick off against DeShaun Watson’s Houston Texans this week, and in order to celebrate you’ll be able to play Madden NFL 21 all weekend for free...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Adds Quarterback Colin Kaepernick As Free Agent

    Kap's back

    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been added to Madden NFL 21 for the first time since 2016, after EA Sports reached out to the player directly in order to secure rights to his likeness. The two-time WAC offensive player of the year is available as a free agent in Franchise mode, where he commands an 81-overall...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Reveals the First #FixMaddenFranchise Update

    As #EndMaddenMonopoly trends

    Fans are fuming with the state of EA Sports’ flagship football franchise, which has led to Madden NFL 21 registering the lowest user score in Metacritic history. To the publisher’s credit, it has been proactive in its communication with the series’ community, outlining its plans not only for this year’s game –...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Has the Worst User Score in Metacritic History

    #NFLDropEA intensifies

    Review bombing is nothing new, and it affects even the best games like The Last of Us: Part II. However, it takes a special kind of example to secure the accolade of Worst User Score in Metacritic History – but that’s exactly what Madden NFL 21 has managed. The title is currently rated a 0.3 on the PlayStation 4, having...

  • Hands On NHL 21 Is Looking a Lot Like a Hockey Game

    Déjà vu

    Alright, stop us if you’ve heard this one before: NHL 21 feels a lot like last year’s game. Between all the modes on offer and the actual presentation of the game, you’d be hard-pressed to notice any key differences between last year’s product and EA Vancouver’s newest entry in the chilled sports franchise. Now, in fairness to...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Patch Outlined as Fans Urge NFL to Ditch EA Sports

    #NFLDropEA

    Whether or not you think Madden NFL 21’s gameplay has stagnated, there’s simply no denying that this year’s game lacks polish. Since reviewing the release, the title has hard crashed on us a couple of times, and has also got stuck in infinite loading screens. It’s really buggy, and some fans have simply had enough, leading to the...

  • Review Madden NFL 21 - Football Brings All the Boys to the Yard

    Fumble

    Madden NFL 21 finds itself in a particularly peculiar position this year. The football simulation’s launching less than three months prior to the PlayStation 5, and while there will be a free upgrade to the next-gen console, it really shows. Despite bundling in a potential series cornerstone in the Yard, this is a relatively low-effort...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Sparks Fresh #FixMaddenFranchise Campaign

    As EA Play trial gets ripped to pieces

    Madden NFL 21 is nowhere near as bad as its Reddit community would lead you to believe, but football fans are frustrated with the state of the series. The new release attracted ire earlier in the year when it announced that the updates for Franchise mode expand to X-Factor abilities and an extended Wild Card...

  • News NHL 21 Cover Revealed Alongside Gameplay Snippet

    Eight is enough

    EA Sports has been teasing the reveal of this year's hockey title for a number of days, and at long last, the curtain has been pulled back. For the first time in quite a while, the cover will be graced by the Washington Capitals' "great eight," Alexander Ovechkin. He was last plastered on one of EA's hockey games in NHL 07 -- though...

  • News Why Do the New EA Sports Covers Look Like That?

    Coronavirus

    EA Sports’ latest batch of covers have been the subject of intense scrutiny; there are some who love the scattershot design, and others who hate them. So what exactly is going on? Why do they look like that? The answer, in hindsight, is a glaring one: coronavirus. Of course! “Generally a global pandemic is a bad thing,” explained...

  • News Madden NFL 21's Full Game Trial Is Live on EA Play

    Everyone already hates it

    You can play the full version of Madden NFL 21 for 10 hours with an active EA Play subscription right now, but the publisher may regret its decision to share the pre-release build with fans, as the feedback has not been pretty. Reddit is absolutely stuffed to the brim with bugs, glitches, and criticisms from some of the...

  • News FIFA 21 Won't Allow PS5 and PS4 Players to Interact with Each Other

    No cross-play of any kind

    If you and a group of mates pick up FIFA every year, you're going to have to make sure you all upgrade to the PlayStation 5 together if you want to continue playing against one another in FIFA 21. That's because the latest iteration will not support cross-play of any kind, meaning those who stick with the PlayStation 4 past...

  • Review EA Sports UFC 4 - A Strong Sequel That Knows What Players Want

    Stand and bang

    We suppose the biggest challenge that EA Sports has always faced with its line of officially branded UFC games is that players clearly prefer to box. It’s been almost a decade since the last Fight Night game, as the juggernaut publisher has coveted the more commercially viable MMA crowd. But play new entry EA Sports UFC 4 online and...

  • News FIFA 20 Sold More Than Any Other Game During UK Lockdown

    GTA5 sells big too

    As football leagues across the UK were put on hold during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, supporters turned to FIFA 20 to live out their team's hopes and dreams. The EA Sports-published title was the best-selling game during lockdown across the nation, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V taking the...

  • News Madden Embraces NFL Street with The Yard

    New mode is all about backyard football

    Madden NFL 21 will follow in FIFA’s footsteps and incorporate its own adaptation of the street-focused Volta football mode named The Yard. Inspired by backyard football, this brand new option introduces its own rules and progression, challenging you to develop your own avatar in 6v6 matches where the centre...

  • News FIFA 21 Lets You Customise Your Own Stadium in Ultimate Team

    The Bernabéu belongs to you

    FIFA 21 really seems to be stepping up its game with this latest instalment, bringing with it sweeping changes to gameplay and Career Mode. It's Ultimate Team where EA Sports makes all its money though, and that too will receive some welcome improvements. Alongside better co-op play, events specific to real-life players,...

  • News FIFA 21's Career Mode Sounds Like a Massive Improvement

    It's in the game

    While the Madden NFL 21 community continues to criticise EA Sports for the lack of improvements to the series’ staple Franchise mode, it looks like the FIFA 21 team has been busy in the aftermath to last year’s dreadful Career mode. You may recall the soccer sim launching in an abysmal state, with all kinds of wacky bugs and...

  • News King Eric Cantona Narrates FIFA 21's First Trailer

    Ooh-ah Cantona

    There are no fancy pyrotechnics in FIFA 21’s debut trailer; this is a patchwork put together during a global pandemic, and it shows. Cover star Kylian Mbappé headlines the whole thing, but there are cameos for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Håland and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Manchester United legend Eric...

  • News FIFA 21 Confirms PSG's Kylian Mbappe for PS4 Box Art

    Trent, Mbappe, Haaland, and Felix

    Update: Electronic Arts has now posted the official box art for the standard edition of FIFA 21 on PS4, and it does indeed feature Kylian Mbappe of PSG. Original story: FIFA 21 is due a proper reveal trailer tomorrow, and while that slice of footage is yet to hit the internet, the footballers who will don the...

  • News EA Sports UFC 4 Out on PS4 Next Month, Puts an Emphasis on Single Player Career

    Out next month

    EA Sports UFC 4 is real and it’s releasing in just a few weeks: 14th August. The sequel was revealed as part of UFC’s big bout on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and includes Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya on the cover. As rumoured, anyone who pre-orders will unlock access to boxers Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, which...

  • News EA Sports UFC 4 Will Finally Enter the Cage on 11th July

    Fight night

    Do you remember EA Sports UFC 4, the mixed martial arts game that leaked eons ago but wasn’t announced during the publisher’s recent E3 2020-eque livestream? Looks like the title is finally scheduled to be revealed this week, as part of UFC 251. A fight card for the forthcoming event includes a logo for the upcoming PlayStation 4...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Devs Comment As #FixMaddenFranchise Trends

    But it has very little to say

    EA Sports has commented on a social media campaign which trended earlier this week, as fans registered their dissatisfaction with Madden NFL 21’s improvements to the popular Franchise mode. Earlier this week, the publisher released a blog post outlining the additions and improvements

  • News Snoop Dogg to Star in Madden NFL 21's Rags-to-Riches Campaign

    High school prospect to superstar

    Snoop Dogg will make a cameo in Madden NFL 21’s revised Face of the Franchise mode, which will see you work your way up from high school prospect to bonafide NFL superstar. As part of a blog post, EA Sports has revealed how the campaign will expand upon last year’s effort, as you start out playing backup...

  • Gallery FIFA 21 Looks Extraordinary in PS5 Screenshots

    Back of the net

    Much like the Madden NFL 21 screenshots, we’re not entirely sure how representative of the final product these FIFA 21 on PlayStation 5 screenshots will turn out to be. Nevertheless, they look absolutely staggering – particularly the image of Anfield, as scousers gather around the stadium like they used to do in the good ol’...

  • Gallery Madden NFL 21 Screenshots Showcase Raytraced Helmets

    A nice detail

    Let’s hope these Madden NFL 21 screenshots are truly representative of the PlayStation 5 version of the game, because it looks ridiculous. Our favourite detail so far – aside from the rain lashing down on new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady – is the way EA Sports is using raytracing to reflect entire stadiums on the...

  • News FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21 Will Use PS5's Controller to Heighten Immersion

    Feel next level

    If you buy FIFA 21 or Madden NFL 21 for the PlayStation 4, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free – and here’s what publisher EA Sports has in store for us. Both titles will use the new DualSense controller to provide “rich and responsive haptic feedback” that promises to let you “feel the rhythm...

  • News Buy FIFA 21 on PS4 and You'll Get the PS5 Version Free

    As expected

    Just like with Madden NFL 21, purchasing FIFA 21 on the PlayStation 4 will allow you to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. There are some caveats: you’ll have up until the release of FIFA 22 to redeem your free next-gen copy, and you’ll need a PS5 with a disc drive if you’re planning to purchase FIFA 21 physically. This...

  • News EA Sports Introduces PS5 Versions of FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21

    No word on NBA Live 21, NHL 21

    We can safely say this trailer features football and not annoy anyone in the process. This first look at FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 on the PlayStation 5 is surprisingly light on gameplay – especially when the two titles will launch later this year. Alas, they do look nice – even if it’s not especially clear how...

  • News There's a New Skate Game in Development

    That's it. That's the article

    After years and years of fan demands, EA has announced that a new Skate game is in development – presumably for the PlayStation 5. We say presumably because, well, the publisher quite literally had nothing else to share. No trailer. No name. No vague release date. Nothing. There’s a new Skate game in development,...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Owners Can Upgrade to PS5 from PS4 for Free

    But there are a few catches

    If you purchase Madden NFL 21 on the PlayStation 4, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version free of charge – assuming you claim your copy prior to the release of next season’s game. American football tie-ins tend to launch prior to the start of the season, so you’ll have until around August 2021 to...

  • News EA Sports UFC 4 Leaks Ahead of EA Play Live 2020

    Almost ready to rumble

    Looks like EA Sports will be re-entering the cage, as EA Sports UFC 4 appears to have leaked for the PlayStation 4 ahead of a probable EA Play Live 2020 unveiling. Patches for a “community feedback environment” for the release were spotted on Sony’s servers, suggesting some kind of beta is on the way in the very near...

  • News EA Sports to Extend Madden Partnership with NFL

    Roughing the passer

    EA Sports is on the cusp of extending its partnership with the National Football League, securing its position as the sole creator of “NFL-themed realistic action simulation video games” through the 2025 season. It’ll also have an option to further that deal through the 2026 season, taking the series up to Madden NFL 27 at...

  • News Madden Bowl Champion Plays Punter in QB Position, Doesn't Throw a Single Pass

    Wins with a shutout

    In a result that must leave EA Sports more than a little red-faced, professional Madden NFL 20 player Raidel ‘Joke’ Brito won the Madden Bowl 2020 Championship this weekend – using a roster without a quarterback in it. The e-sports superstar used Washington Redskins punter Tress Way to hand the snaps off, as part of a...

  • News Free FIFA 20 Added to PS4's EA Access Vault

    No neutral venues needed

    Real-world football may be on hiatus in most parts of the world, but FIFA 20 is about to get a jolt of life as it’s been added to the EA Access Vault. This means that existing subscribers to the PlayStation 4 service can download and play the soccer sim without spending a penny, which is great news for those enduring...

  • News Watch Six Seconds of Madden NFL 21 Next-Gen Gameplay

    Into the endzone

    Is it gameplay? Probably not, but that’s what EA Sports is describing this six-second look at Madden NFL 21 to be, so we’ll take the publisher’s word for it. Much of this trailer taken from Microsoft’s big Inside Xbox showcase centres on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes but we are treated to a teensy glimpse of...

  • News Pro FIFA 20 Match Decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors

    After server issues

    While the world of live football continues to lament the use of the controversial VAR, professional FIFA 20 is also under attack after elite players claim they were forced to decide the outcome of a qualifying game using Rock, Paper, Scissors. This is because the servers for the title weren’t fully functional, so it prevented...

  • News Kansas City Chiefs to Beat San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl, Reckons Madden NFL 20

    49ers are going Mahomes

    Iron-armed Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will bust through the San Francisco 49ers’ stubborn defence to win this weekend’s Super Bowl, believes Madden NFL 20. EA Sports has been collating data and running predictions based on its ranking data all week, and you can get a behind-the-scenes from what the...

  • News Play as Snoop Dogg in NHL 20 on PS4 with Latest Free Update

    Items, commentary, and more

    Talk about something we weren't expecting. Snoop Dogg has had a long-running, vocal fondness for hockey -- including a hilarious series where he breaks down the basics of the game -- so seeing him included in EA's annual series is a whole new level. Between being able to play as Snoop himself, face off against his team in...

  • News EA Sports Would Bring Back NCAA Football in a Heartbeat

    Heisman hopes

    There’s been measurable pent-up demand for new NCAA Football titles ever since the series ceased in 2013, but new legislation in California leading to revised rules may finally make it a possibility. EA Sports was forced to end the popular Madden alternative due to legal disputes surrounding player likenesses, but with the new Fair...

  • News EA Planning for PS5 As It Cans NBA Live 20

    Zero points

    Update: EA's explained that it was planning an "innovative new direction" for NBA Live 20 that would provide "new ways for players to engage, connect, and create through basketball". However, since learning more about the PS5, it's decided to postpone its plans. More details will be announced next year, as it plans to emphasise "social...

  • News No News on NBA Live 20 Days Before Basketball Season Gets Underway

    Don't got next

    NBA 2K20 is already the best-selling game of 2019 in the United States – despite it launching less than two months ago. 2K Sports’ stranglehold on the interactive basketball market is pretty much unparalleled, but for the past few years EA Sports has been making strides with its own underperforming NBA Live franchise. Earlier...

  • News Huge FIFA 20 Patch 1.05 Finally Tries to Fix Career Mode, Out Now on PS4

    Please work

    Update: FIFA 20 patch 1.05 is now available to download on PS4. It's around 1GB in size. Let's hope it works! Original story: FIFA 20 has been out for almost three weeks now, and the game's been plagued with problems since day one -- especially the oft-neglected Career Mode. Bugged team selection means that top clubs like Liverpool and...

  • Review NHL 20 - A Slightly Improved Version of the Same Game

    Video game misconduct

    Sports games have a tendency to change incrementally year-to-year. This applies to the bigger sports franchises, let alone the smaller ones, which is what NHL 20 falls under. NHL 19 was an absolute disaster of a product, underwhelming in almost every way possible, so it's with optimism that we say this is a step forward, though...

  • News FIFA 20's First Post-Launch Patch Probably Won't Have Career Mode Fixes

    Skied it

    FIFA global franchise lead Corey Andress has come out and said that FIFA 20's first post-release patch is currently "on the way" and locked in. There's no time frame on when it'll arrive, but we imagine that it'll be soon, especially if it's just in the process of being approved by Sony. However, it's "likely" that this update will not...

  • Review FIFA 20 - Seriously Shoddy Career Mode Almost Results in an Own Goal

    Wide of the post

    FIFA 20 has three core modes of play: Ultimate Team, Career Mode, and the all-new Volta. However, only one of these modes stands strong as a rock solid time sink -- care to guess which one? If you said anything but Ultimate Team, then you haven't been paying attention. Once again, EA Sports bolsters the mode that makes FIFA one of...

  • Hands On FIFA 20 Career Mode Really Needs a Patch

    Poor performance

    Poor old Career Mode, consistently left behind to stagnate as Ultimate Team gets all the attention. But hey, EA's finally made some nice improvements to Career Mode in FIFA 20, allowing for custom managers and one-on-one conversations with players, while also making a range of behind-the-scenes tweaks. However, despite all the good...

  • Hands On Madden NFL 20's Superstar KO Mode Channels NFL Blitz

    Big plays, big prizes

    One impressive Aaron Rodgers drive aside, last week’s NFL season opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers was a fairly mundane affair. While there’s plenty to appreciate about the defensive game, the reason we all tune in to football every Sunday is to see the big plays – and that’s what Madden NFL 20’s...

  • News FIFA 20 Demo Is Ready for Kick Off on PS4

    Get in

    The FIFA 20 demo is out now on PlayStation 4 ahead of the game's release later this month. It weighs in at around 6.5GB, and it features two modes of play: Kick Off and Volta. Volta being the kind of street-smart urban five-a-side footie that FIFA's bigging up this year (but the demo only allows for 3v3). As for Kick Off, the demo features...