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Soapbox How I Hustled My Way Out of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team's Division 9
Born again winner
Since breaking my Madden NFL 21 duck earlier in the year, I’ve traded handegg for football, because I paid full-price for FIFA 21 at launch and I figured I should get my money’s worth. My relationship with EA Sports’ soccer simulation is a storied one: I lost countless lunchtimes to FIFA Football 2003 – the one with Roberto...
News Madden NFL 21 Coming to EA Play Next Week, Star Wars Squadrons in March
Flag on the play
Update: EA has announced more of what it has in store for its EA Play subscription service over the coming months, with Star Wars Squadrons also set to join the vault in March. There’s no word on when the dogfighting title will be available for members to download, but it’ll follow Madden NFL 21, which is slated for 2nd March...
Soapbox The Long, Painful Path to My First Madden NFL 21 Online Win
I like American football games (I’m even trying to collect every one ever made); I’m not very good at American football games. While I can generally hold my own against the computer, I’ve long endured a painful relationship online, getting my ass kicked at every opportunity. I have won matches in previous instalments, but nursing an 0-14...
Soapbox We Need to Talk About FIFA 21 Ultimate Team's Unfathomably Crap Cosmetics
Love it or loathe it, there’s unquestionably something cool about building a squad of superstars in FIFA 21’s uber-popular Ultimate Team mode. Sure, you’ll need to no-life the release in order to add the likes of Mbappe and Ronaldo to your roster, but even if you’re stuck with Raul Garcia and Andy Carroll upfront like this...
Random Actual Liverpool FC Footballer Diogo Jota Is Currently the Number 1 FIFA Player on PlayStation
Believe it or not, actual Liverpool FC attacking midfielder / centre forward Diogo Jota is currently the highest ranked FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Champions player on PlayStation platforms. The 24-year-old Portuguese has taken the weekend league by storm, running away with a record of 30 wins and zero losses. It's not uncommon for professional...
News Madden NFL 21 Tips Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LV
Mahomes to overcome Brady
The build-up to Super Bowl LV has been interesting to observe. The Kansas City Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and offensive weapons like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, are the favourites – but you just can’t rule out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady, with six rings, knows how to get the job done, and...
News Scream It from the Bleachers! EA Sports College Football Making a Comeback
EA Sports is bringing back college football, marking a return for the franchise which was abandoned with NCAA Football 14 on the PlayStation 3. That was released all the way back in 2013, before the PlayStation 4 even launched, with the series put on ice ever since. Now it’s announced EA Sports College Football, and while it doesn’t...
News Madden NFL 21 Will Host This Year's Pro Bowl
It's in the game
For those of you who don’t know, the Pro Bowl is an annual exhibition match designed to celebrate the best players from the NFL each season. It sees the top stars and coaches from the NFC and the AFC duking it out in a one-off game, and historically takes place on the weekend before the Super Bowl. This year, of course,...
News Madden NFL 21 Adds SpongeBob SquarePants Stadium, Challenges, Clothing
Gameplay challenges inspired by Nickelodeon show
Update: As promised, EA Sports has released an update for Madden NFL 21 which goes further than we ever anticipated with the SpongeBob SquarePants content. As of today, you'll find a new arena in the yard: SpongeBob Reef-Top. This is, as you'd expect, packed with references to the Nickelodeon show...
News Madden NFL 21 Makes Some Adjustments to Franchise Mode
Back when Madden NFL 21 was under the microscope last year, EA Sports promised that it was committed to improving the popular Franchise Mode over the course of the season. Now as we near the NFL playoffs, the developer is rolling out a major update for the title that will make some minor but appreciated tweaks to the campaign. The headl
Review Madden NFL 21 (PS5) - Three and Out for Tired Football Sim
The NFC East of sports sims
It’s hard to find any optimism in the Madden NFL 21 community, but a few football fans with a glass half-full of Gatorade had hoped that this year’s PlayStation 4 game was so disappointing because EA Sports was all-in on the next-gen upgrade. Now the PlayStation 5 version is readily available, we’re afraid to say...
Review FIFA 21 (PS5) - Now This Is a Next-Gen Upgrade
When EA Sports announced that FIFA 21 would be getting an upgrade on PS5 — which is free if you already own the PS4 version — we kept our expectations low. We enjoyed FIFA 21 on PS4, but the footie sim was really starting to show its age. Compared to other heavy hitting sports titles like MLB The Show 20 and NBA 2K21, it was rough...
News FIFA 21 on PS5 Has Hair Worthy of a L'Oréal Commercial
Push Square Towers has been abuzz with excitable chatter all evening, as we marvel at FIFA 21’s next-gen follicle physics. The soccer simulation – which launched earlier than expected on the PlayStation 5 for existing PlayStation 4 owners – is a genuine visual feast on Sony’s new console, and those aforementioned luscious locks...
News Madden NFL 21 Throws a Quick Pass to PS5, Upgrade Available Now
Ahead of schedule
Just like FIFA 21, the PlayStation 5 upgrade for Madden NFL 21 is also available now. The next-gen version weighs in at 50.46GB, so it’s smaller than its PlayStation 4 counterpart, which bloated to around 70GB with patches installed. Obviously this next-gen version brings with it some major tweaks, like the integration of Next...
News FIFA 21 PS5 Upgrade Available Now, Looks Awesome
EA Sports has made the free PlayStation 5 upgrade for FIFA 21 available right now for most players ahead of its official launch tomorrow. Head on over to the PlayStation Store and you should be able to download the PS5 version if you own a digital copy of the game, or simply insert the PlayStation 4 disc into your system to grab the...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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...
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,...