Tag: Ea Sports

  • News FIFA 21 Rights Row Rumbles on as FIFPro, Agents Weigh In

    Top football body makes statement

    Update (26th November, 2020): The footballer rights row is showing no signs of slowing, with both FIFPro and agents like Mino Raiola joining the discussion. First, the response from FIFPro, embedded below: In light of recent media reports, FIFPro wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of...

  • News FIFA 21 Goes for Goal on PS5 with DualSense Support, Better Graphics, and More

    Top bins

    EA Sports has given us a little more insight into how FIFA 21 will be improved on PS5. Naturally, the game's going to look better than ever — in part thanks to a newly implemented lighting system, which should give stadiums a noticeable boost in realism. There are even new pre-match cinematics, like seeing fans funnel into the arena. We...

  • News FIFA 21 Confirms Dua Lipa, Zidane, Lewis Hamilton for Volta Mode

    Mason Mount and Erling Haaland too

    Off the back of a PC leak earlier this month, EA Sports has now confirmed a new set of Groundbreaker players for the Volta mode in FIFA 21. They consist of singer Dua Lipa, F1 race car driver Lewis Hamilton, and two NFL players this scribe has never heard of in his life. Those starlets will be accompanied by actual...

  • News Free David Beckham Ultimate Team Card Coming to FIFA 21 on PS5, PS4

    Set-piece specialist

    EA Sports has temporarily rebranded FIFA 21 on the PlayStation Store as the Beckham Edition, and to acknowledge its partnership with the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid icon, it’ll be awarding all players on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 a free non-tradable David Beckham card in FIFA Ultimate Team. If you’re...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Improves Gameplay with NFL Next-Gen Stats on PS5

    Next-gen stats

    EA Sports has finally detailed Madden NFL 21 for the PlayStation 5, and its headline feature is the integration of NFL Next-Gen Stats. You may have heard about this while watching NFL broadcasts for the past five seasons. For those of you who don’t know, there’s a lot more going on with each player’s padding than protection from...

  • News Madden NFL 21 PS5 Trophies Emerge, And EA Sports Couldn't Even Update the Icon

    Sacked

    You’ve just got to laugh, haven’t you? Madden NFL 21 has completely missed the PlayStation 5’s launch after the PlayStation 4 version secured Metacritic’s worst ever user score, and despite being due out on 4th December, we’re yet to see it in action. Well, now the Trophies have rolled out on Sony??

  • News Dua Lipa Is Coming to FIFA 21 And She Looks Better Than Actual Footballers

    New Rules

    EA Sports continues to put its priorities in the right place, adding Dua Lipa as an unlockable player in FIFA 21. To be clear, that’s the New Rules singer and not some teenage Portuguese superstar that only soccer nerds have heard of. While the publisher’s yet to officially confirm the news, her model was datamined from a new PC patch...

  • News Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold Looks Sweaty in FIFA 21 PS5 Screens

    It's all kickin' off

    The rollout for FIFA 21 on the PlayStation 5 has been downright weird. We would have put money on the game being available day one for Sony’s new system, but it actually won’t release until 4th December. Worse still, we’ve barely seen a second of gameplay from the next-gen upgrade, despite the likes of NBA 2K21 being...

  • News Madden NFL 21 Cuts to PS5 from 4th December, Free PS4 Upgrade

    Rushing in fashionably late

    Madden NFL 21 won’t be rushing to the PlayStation 5 in time for launch, but it will still reach the Endzone before Christmas, as EA Sports has attached a 4th December release date to its next-gen football game. While the playoff brackets should be starting to take shape by then, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the...

  • News FIFA 21 Kicks Off on PS5 in December, Free Upgrade Detailed

    Back of the net

    FIFA 21 will launch on PS5 this December, EA has confirmed. Releasing just a few weeks after Sony's console, the next-gen title will feature a bunch of improvements, both technical and graphical. "New innovations unlocked by the power of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, like blazing fast load times, deferred lighting and rendering,...

  • News Will FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21 Be PS5 Launch Games?

    EA Sports saying nothing

    Two games we would have bet our vintage New York Giants jersey on being ready for the PlayStation 5’s release: FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21. But we’re now just three weeks away from the console’s launch in North America, and we haven’t heard a peep since the summer about the next-gen sports simulations. In fact,

  • Review NHL 21 - The Best Iteration of the Generation

    Bardown? More like bar up

    Sports games bring with them a certain expectation from fans. The titles get churned out every year, with relatively little difference, except maybe a few new ways to try and pry some extra money out of your hands with microtransactions. But you keep coming back because if you love a particular sport, there aren't any...

  • Review FIFA 21 - A Step Up from FIFA 20, But Must Do Better on PS5

    Tired legs

    In the real world, Premier League football stadiums have no crowds thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In FIFA 21, these same stadiums are packed — packed with the exact same awkwardly animated, ugly crowds that have been a part of FIFA for over half a decade. We're not sure which is worse, especially when these virtual fans...

  • News Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo Coming to Madden NFL 21

    Bucks basketball star joining the Yard

    Update: It's not just Giannis who's joining Madden NFL 21, but also his brothers Thanasis and Kostas – all three of whom are professional basketball players. They're available in the Yard now! Original Story: EA Sports sure is enjoying is bizarre crossover events this year. Hot on the heels of boxer Anthony...

  • News Not All Your FIFA 21 Progress Will Transfer from PS4 to PS5

    Ultimate Team and Volta will, though

    If you’re planning to begin your pursuit of promoting your local team to the Premier League in FIFA 21 this week, then you may want to pause before investing too much effort. In an FAQ on its official website, EA Sports has announced that not all your progress will transfer from the PlayStation 4 to the...

  • News NHL 21 Brings Back an Ice Cold SEGA Genesis Classic

    Cool

    EA Sports is running low on reasons to flog NHL 21 this year, so when in doubt go retro. The publisher is reviving SEGA Genesis classic NHL ’94, and porting in modern teams and rosters. You’ll be able to play the cool re-release from 30th October for free – assuming you pre-order the organisation’s all-new ice hockey simulation. The...

  • News EA Play Collapses as FIFA 21 Early Access Rolls Out

    The crowd goes wild

    The demand for FIFA 21 is predictably insatiable, as the soccer sim’s 10-hour early access trial has forced EA Play offline on the PlayStation 4. The subscription service is currently trending on Twitter as footie fans thirst for their first taste of this year’s game, but with the publisher’s servers struggling, it may be a...

  • News DJ Diplo and Boxer Anthony Joshua Are in FIFA 21

    You read it right

    EA Sports clearly has its priorities straight with FIFA 21 on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, announcing that DJ Diplo and Anthony Joshua will cameo in the upcoming soccer simulation. This is the second time British boxer Joshua has cameoed in a game this year, after also appearing in EA Sports UFC 4 – another sport he’s...

  • 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...