FIFA 16 Features Women’s International Teams

FIFA 16 screenshot women - Alex Morgan

EA Sports’ FIFA games may top the sales charts each and every year, but they are often criticised for failing to include female players. Women have been left out of the annual series despite the fact that women’s football is growing fast across the globe (in England, the women’s national team are even drawing bigger crowds than the men).

The thunderous calls for female footballers to be added to FIFA have been ongoing since one football fan started a petition which drew the attention of EA. FIFA producer Sebastian Enrique had said that although it would take an entirely new physics model, new player models and new hairstyles, while executive producer David Rutter said that they would be added to the game eventually.

At the time, Rutter didn’t clarify when “eventually” would be but now, EA has confirmed that FIFA 16 will be the first game to star playable female footballers. Find out more after the break.

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Moonrise Released on Steam Early Access

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In Moonrise, the new game from State of Decay developer Undead Labs, your goal is to round up a group of cursed creatures called Lunari and help return them to their peaceful Solari selves. The game involves exploring its massive world, dungeons, quiet towns and all, and putting together a team of Solari who will gain experience and evolve during the course of play. We’ll have to organise our Solari teams appropriately, in order to be the most effective in battle.

If this is all sounding a bit like Pokémon then yes, I am inclined to agree with you. The fact that Moonrise is essentially Pokémon on PC (and mobile) is one of its biggest draws – and, is likely a key reason why over 4000 players were so excited to get into the closed beta. That beta appears to have gone well but there’s still much testing be done before the game has its full release, and so Undead Labs has now released Moonrise on Steam Early Access.

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[UPDATE] League of Legends Ekko Release Date Revealed

League of Legends Ekko release date

While League of Legends has welcomed a whole host of new champions in the past few months (Rek’Sai, Bard, Braum, and so on), few of them have been as highly anticipated as Ekko, the Boy Who Shattered Time. Ekko made his debut at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational before heading to the League of Legends PBE and many people outside of the game’s testing mode are patiently awaiting his release.

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait much longer for Ekko release date news as the time-turning assassin from Zaun will be released in the next League of Legends patch. Find out more after the jump.

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MMORPG ‘Dragon of Legends’ Joins Square Enix Collective

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The Square Enix Collective is a pretty handy way for developers to get feedback and marketing support for their game and to find out if people would put pledges towards a crowdfunding campaign. A good many games have signed up already including 4X space game Halcyon 6 and horror mystery game Tokyo Dark. The latest game to join them is MMORPG Dragon of Legends, which is in development at Thrive Games.

Dragon of Legends focuses on two alliances vying to take control of a region called Hávamál, while an evil force tries to destroy them. We’ll be able to choose our faction and whether we’ll let the world burn or protect Hávamál with our lives and, in typical MMORPG fashion, we’ll embark on a “mystery, danger, and countless adventure”. Find out more after the break.

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Rock Band 4’s RPG Campaign Detailed

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The best thing about games like Rock Band 4 is the way that they make you feel like a real rock legend. Your rocker may be virtual but it’s still tremendous fun going through the motions, as you grow from a small town band with just your closest friends as fans to sold out arenas where everybody knows your name. But that method is old hat; we’ve played through setlists before, building a reputation, and by now it’s a little bit boring.

That’s why it’s great news that Rock Band 4‘s campaign will play like a fully fledged RPG. We’ll get to make our own decisions about the way the band progresses as well as the ways that the band earns money and the way that we appeal to fans. We’ll also be able to customise our rockers to our hearts’ content. Find out more after the break.

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Sims 4 Microtransactions On the Way?

The Sims 4 Microtransactions

When The Sims 4 launched last year, it was almost unanimously criticised for not offering ay significant improvements over its predecessor; many agree that it wasn’t worth the full price. People also complained that The Sims 4 was missing vital features such as toddlers, leading some to believe that later down the line EA and Maxis would shove tons of extra features into expansion packs, thus forcing people to buy them.

With the Get to Work expansion and the smaller Outdoor Retreat and Luxury Party Stuff add-ons, we haven’t seen really that happen, but extra monetisation plans could be on the way if the work of one Sims 4 designer is to believed. It’s being suggested that The Sims 4 could soon get microtransactions, in a move that could upset the fanbase even more.

More on that after the break.

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The Swindle’s Enemies Will Kill You With One Hit

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Steampunk platformer The Swindle involves the simple premise of breaking in, stealing stuff, and getting the hell out of there. All of the properties that you’ll be stealing from are procedurally generated but in the end, all you have to do to secure the loot is leave the building with your life intact.

But leaving ‘with your life intact’ is a lot more difficult than it sounds as The Swindle‘s enemies can kill you with just one hit, no matter where it comes from. Given that the game’s playable characters are all gone for good once they die, along with all of the cash they’ve earnt in the level, that could make gameplay as stressful as ever. However, developer Dan Marshall is convinced that The Swindle is better because of it. Find out more after the break.

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League of Legends ‘Instant-Ban’ System Released in the EU

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League of Legends is a fantastic game. It encourages communication and teamwork and all of that good stuff as players do their best to take down enemy champs and destroy the enemy nexus. But it’s not all high-fives and championship trophies as League has a reputation of having one of the most toxic communities around.

Is that an unfair rep? Perhaps, when you consider that plenty of other online games have toxicity issues. However, League of Legends still has some serious problems and it’s not uncommon for verbal abuse, harassment and slurs to be thrown around because of a single bad game or an accidental death. Hell, I’ve even be criticised for games that I’ve won.

Riot Games has been trying to clean up the game’s act for some time now, including a system that doles out skins and other bonuses to players who haven’t been banned within a set time frame. Their latest attempt is a new ‘instant banning’ system which will quickly punish League of Legends players who abuse the rules.

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H1Z1 Patch Adds Crossbows and Smoke Grenades

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Since it launched on Steam Early Access earlier this year, H1Z1 has mostly been received quite well. It dealt with the loot drop controversy well, it survived as Sony sold its developer and people are no longer calling the game a DayZ knock off either, despite initial suggestions that the two zombie MMOs would look like clones.

People are also singing its praises since developer Daybreak Game Company does a pretty good job of updating regularly, with new patches being released at least once a fortnight. This latest H1Z1 patch adds new weapons and an unusual damage fix as well. More info on that after the break.

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Project LIANE Has Procedurally Generated Multiplayer

Project LIANE Announced for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Back in March, Project LIANE was announced for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The first person shooter stars a superhero (of sorts) named Anna Liane, a woman who is able to heal people’s wounds with her mind. She may not be ripped from the pages of a DC or Marvel comic book but she certainly does have a tragic backstory. The game begins when Anna is forced to escape from the military as they want to perform tests on her and (potentially) abuse her power.

So when the game launches later this year we can expect lots of creeping in shadows, shooting soldiers in the backs of their heads and trying to keep a low profile; all of the things any good stealth shooting game needs. It also makes sense that people would want to take this online and thankfully, we now know more about Project LIANE‘s procedurally generated multiplayer.

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