FIFA 14 on next-gen is not what you expect. It’s not what you thought of in your wildest dreams and it’s not even encompassing what you wanted improved upon from EA’s previous attempt at perfecting the footie genre. If what EA say in this new FIFA 14 next-gen trailer is to be believed, it’s set to be so much better. Year on year we get incremental updates to the game; updated kits, more beautified blades of grass and that sort of thing but now, on next-gen it looks like EA Sports have finally accomplished something substantial. You can watch the new trailer discussing it all after the break.
Let it be said that Battlefield 4 does not have big shoes to fill in terms of its story. More like tiny, shrunken down clogs that its predecessor left behind, EA’s next big, bombastic shooter won’t have to do much to impress after the bitter taste that BF3’s double crossing plot left behind. But leaving the past in the cold like a dog that got its teeth on your favourite pair of loafers, Battlefield 4’s story looks like it’s going to be bigger, bolder and most importantly, better, than ever before.
What’s also key with Battlefield 4’s story is that it isn’t just fighting against past iterations, it’s also going up against the long reigning king of FPS sales that is Call of Duty: Ghosts. But unlike Activision’s fire-powered offering, EA’s seems to be doubling down on both the explosive factor (and those orange clouds of heat do look mighty impressive) as well as the interactions between a squad (which you could argue was perfected in other Battlefield series – Bad Company). And, showcasing that now in video form, is the Battlefield 4 story trailer, which you can watch after the break.
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With Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles, EA are looking to avoid getting sacked on a third down by making the right play that’s going to see them cruise past the redzone to score an all important touchdown. Meanwhile, we’re trying not to get tackled by an LT for all of those cheesy American football references. The point at hand is that with the current gen version of Madden NFL 25 already on store shelves, EA now have to prove that the game is worth a purchase on PS4 and Xbox One and now, with the help of a two minute trailer, the likelihood of us all shelling out for the title has just gotten a little bit higher.
In the 120+ seconds worth of Madden NFL 25 gameplay footage (it wasn’t clear as to whether what’s in the trailer was running on PS4 or Xbox One) EA introduce us to all of the fancy new branded features that their title will be running down the field with. ‘Player Sense’ is reportedly set to make characters more like intelligent, game aware players and less like reanimated muscly corpses while ‘True Step’ is the slightly gimmicky name EA are giving to Madden NFL 25’s new motion capabilities and you can watch both features in action after the break.
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It’s going to have guns, it’s going to have soldiers and it’s going to have more explosions than you can shake a ton of C4 at, this much we know about Battlefield 4. But should you want to get a taste of the bombastic gameplay of EA’s premier shooter for yourself, the publisher have set up the Battlefield 4 beta (which we’ll hopefully have a feature on soon), letting anyone who wants to play the game do so.
In the latest PlayStation Store update you’ll be able to find the Battlefield 4 beta available on the store, to jump in the action and take on others ahead of the game’s release, but if you need some encouragement, there’s also a video on the game’s multiplayer to watch too. The game’s lead multiplayer designer, Thomas Andersson, discusses DICE’s level editor as well as what they’re calling ‘Levolution’ (the dynamic map feature) along with some other interesting features that you’ll be able to get your hands on. You can watch it after the break.
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One of the biggest selling points of the NHL franchise has always been its ‘Be a Pro’ mode, letting you fill the sweaty ice skates of your own self-imposed ice hockey star with approximately none of the training or effort. EA aren’t getting rid of that in NHL 14 either, and are in fact upgrading it with the NHL 14 Live the Life mode, which will focus on your off-ice actions as much as they do with your on-ice skills.
Even more opportunities for upgrading your pro or just getting a massive rink-sized ego are on offer in NHL 14 Live the Life mode, as EA are letting your player garner endorsements, fan love, increase teammate support as well as the chance to go toe-to-to with the media as you now get to talk to the press. As demonstrated in the NHL 14 Live the Life trailer, posted after the break, how you choose your player’s conduct outside the rink will effect their performance in the rink too, with the video below showing that your stats can be decreased as a result of your player’s actions.
The trailer didn’t shed much light on just how much the teammate support or the endorsements will affect your player, but the EA Sports dev blog does say that “[The aforementioned] factors will influence your skills, progression and performance.” So going off of that then, you can likely expect NHL 14 Live the Life to help you improve your team’s chemistry or for any earned money to go towards unlocking new hockey gear for your player.
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Ever thought that the realistic football simulation of FIFA 13 just wasn’t enough? Did you spend more time complaining about the lack of lifelike virtual footballing animations than you did about letting in yet another goal to cheat character Lionel Messi? Apparently you’re not alone as EA are improving their football game even more with FIFA 14, citing ‘Pure Shot’ and ‘Real Ball Physics’ as the main features here, making us wonder that if this is the best then what the hell were we all playing before?
In FIFA 14, the players are reportedly going to have a few more smarts in their AI noggins than they did in FIFA 13, according to two members of the dev team in this new trailer. Smarter thinking is going to lead to an even more impressive range of goals and if you’re eagle eyed enough you’ll be able to see that even the airflow around the ball is taken into account with each shot.
Effectively, what EA are trying to say is that FIFA 14 will be ‘much, much better’ than its predecessor, and from what we’ve seen so far, we can only agree with them. You can watch the new FIFA 14 trailer after the break.
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Think that ice hockey is all about throwing punches at opposing teams? Think again, as according to EA’s upcoming puck slapping sim, NHL 14, winning at ice hockey also entails some finer stick movement as you hit the puck across the ice, y’know, before you throw down said stick and attempt to punch a man’s face off.
EA’s sports titles have always been good on realism so consider this yet another chance for NHL 14 to rocket itself into real life mode even more, as its take on the real sport has been stellar in past games. For a demonstration of EA’s fine tuning, they’ve released a new NHL 14 gameplay trailer that shows said stick skills in action and you can watch it after the break.
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There’s still a while to wait for the real football season to begin but if you want to watch virtual men kick a ball about then look no further than reigning King of the footie genre, FIFA 14. One of the biggest draws of the series has always been the Ultimate Team mode and FIFA 14 Ultimate Team is apparently going to be even better.
We have just as long to wait for the real life players to start playing the beautiful game as we do EA’s sports leader, but lucky for us we’ve got trailers to keep us hopeful until then. The new trailer which focuses on FUT talks us through the brand new features of FIFA 14 Ultimate Team. New features include a chemistry update so that we can fine tune player styles to specific types such as ‘sniper’ or ‘engine’, so there’s really little excuse to blame your players for doing poorly on the pitch. But should you still do badly there are now 10 divisions in which to redeem yourself in, upgraded from FIFA 13’s 5.
Last but not least, one of the big talking points of the new trailer is that in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, it’s now incredibly easy to transfer players in the game as EA Sports have finally added a search by name feature! No more league, nationality or team guessing as all you have to do now is double check the spelling on players like (Bayern Munich Midfielder) ‘Schweinsteiger’, so good luck with that one.
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As a new year of gaming begins, EA are starting the year off right helping us all decide upon the very first game on our 2013 gaming wishlists as they’re all ready to release the demo for Dead Space 3.
The full game of Dead Space 3 is set to let players take control of the bad-luck plagued space engineer Isaac Clarke and experience his willingness to constantly get himself into danger in places entirely overrun with necromorphs, as players will get to see an entirely new world, the “unforgiving ice planet”, Tau Volantis.
When the Dead Space 3 demo launches later this month (Dead Space 3 demo release date – 15th of January on Xbox 360, 22nd of January on PS3) you can take on Tau Volantis with a friend as the controversial inclusion of co-op takes form with secondary Dead Space 3 character, Sergeant John Carver, making his video game debut.
Those in doubt about the new co-op feature in Dead Space 3 (or the game as a whole) needn’t worry as EA say that their game will include “the franchise’s core elements of suspense, horror, action and sound”, which is exactly what made us love the previous Dead Space games.
As an added bonus for Xbox 360 players, EA say that you can go to demo.deadspace.com to win a chance to get to play the demo even earlier than the 15th of January.
Dead Space 3 is out on Xbox 360 on February 3rd and PS3 on February 5th (North American release dates).
The Mass Effect series of games have always been some of the most forward-thinking available and to the surprise of some, the developer of the 3 games, BioWare, have announced that Mass Effect 4 is in production.
BioWare are currently working our other favourite series of games, with Dragon Age 3 in development at BioWare Edmonton and in a blog post on the official BioWare blog, Yanick Roy, Studio Director at BioWare Montreal (one of the two teams working on Mass Effect 4), said that won’t tell us more about the game “for a good little while” because the two studios are developing the new game together.
What we do know is that Mass Effect 4 will be using the Frostbite Engine and although the Mass Effect trilogy is complete and Mass Effect 4 will be a completely new section of the series developed “in full compliance with the legacy established by the first three chapters”, Mass Effect 4 will be just as diverse as the first three games “including many alien races, a huge galaxy to explore and, of course, a rich and cinematic narrative.”
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