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Madden NFL 19 tees off on PC

After an 11-year absence spent lurking on consoles, EA's American handegg series has returned to PC with the launch of Madden NFL 19. I am keen to probe its mysteries. We all know the sport is a competitive adaptation of the great English tradition of spending bank holiday Monday in a traffic jam on the M25, as represented by men the size of Ford Transit…

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FIFA 19 to disclose Ultimate Team loot box odds

EA say they plan to disclose odds of loot box items in FIFA 19 and other sport 'em ups, though it's unclear quite how specific they'll get. Loot boxes in FIFA? Yup, those are the 'packs' of random players and power-ups for FIFA's long-running Ultimate Team mode (FUT), sold for a virtuacash or a premium microtransaction currency, which players use to build and boost a…

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FIFA 19 yoinks the Champions League

EA have landed the Champions League license for FIFA 19, taking possession from Konami's rival Pro Evolution Soccer series after its 10-year deal expired. Y'know, the Champions League, the Pan-European football competition with the sixth-best theme song in sporting television (after Formula 1, the Test Match Cricket, Football Italia, BBC Snooker, and Monday Night Handegg). The Champions League will be splattered all across FIFA 19,…

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Madden NFL 19 is coming to PC, after 11 years away

After 11 years away, EA are bringing the sport of American handegg back to PC. During their E3 pressblast today, they announced a PC release for Madden NFL 19, the first game in their annualised series to come our way since Madden 08. It'll be released on the same day as its console counterparts too, August 10th. Here, watch the E3 trailer.

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FIFA 18 demo kicks off with a fry-up

Playing the newly-released free demo of FIFA 18 [official site] and its slice of the story campaign, I was delighted to see events kick off with a grandpa cooking a fried breakfast. Video game bellies are filled with cheeseburgers, meat on the bone, and fizzy pop, yet the humble fry-up is rarely featured. It's not right. Assuming that the full game continues this focus on…

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FIFA 18 is all Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldo

"Ooh look at that: EA have announced a new FIFA game! What a surprise!" someone on the bleeding edge of video game humour would once have declared. They'd turn to the audience, bow, and be showered in roses and adulation for their cutting wit. But being sarky doesn't fly any more, grandpa. This is 2017. Sarcasm is out and doomsaying is in. "Ooh look at…

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FIFA 17 Update 1 Booted Onto PC

For all you FIFA 17 [official site] fans out there, EA has released the first patch for the game that looks to take care of some pesky glitches and bugs. As before, the game centers around the game of English football (see Madden for American football, which I really don't know much about either despite living here) in which the objective is to get the…

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Feature: A nil-nil draw

FIFA 17 review

Some years a new FIFA game arrives with barely anything to write about bar balance adjustments that might form a monthly patch in many other games. FIFA 17 isn't one of those years. The latest iteration of EA's football giant boasts a new, glossy mode called The Journey in which you take control of Alex Hunter, watch his ascent through his first season in the…

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FIFA 17 Out Today, Lets You Try The New Journey Mode

There's a FIFA 17 demo available for download. It includes twelve teams to play in friendly matches, but also a taste of the game's new 'Journey' mode. This is where you take control of a single young footballer and try to guide them to stardom, complete with Mass Effect-style dialogue wheel during cutscenes. I've had a play.

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FIFA 17 Adds Story Mode With Alex Hunter’s Journey

E3's procession of press conferences brought the news that FIFA 17 [official site] will be getting a story mode and I'm... kind of excited about that. The mode is called The Journey and the E3 trailer follows Alex Hunter (which manages to be both an EXTREMELY videogames protagonist name and an EXTREMELY footballer name). He's been causing flurries of excitement at the exit trials (they're…

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Feature: Ball-toward-foot

FIFA 16 Is A Game Of Marvellous Imperfections

According to the wise folks of digital football, there's a new king in town. Or rather, an old king who has returned to reclaim his crown. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has been receiving rave reviews and with FIFA head honcho Sep Blatter once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons, there's no better time for a changing of the guard. I'll get to Pro…

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Real-Time Tactical Action: FIFA 16 Demo

Our Graham often writes posts about EA's FIFA games, but as he's off on holiday this week (sitting in a quiet, dark room, for all I know), I'll have a crack at this one. Hey there, FIfans! (I imagine that's the term.) EA yesterday released a FIFA 15 FIFA 16 [official site] demo, so we might finally answer the question on all of our lips: have…

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Feature: Injury Time

Why Playing FIFA Causes So Much Aggression

“I’ve been playing FIFA competitively since 09 but it's only as of about January this year I learned to control my aggression towards it,” says David Bytheway. Bytheway, a competitive FIFA player from Wolverhampton, reached last year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup final in Rio De Janeiro, but fell at the last hurdle to Denmark’s August Rosenmeier. The game finished 3-1 with Bytheway squandering a first…

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Feature: Muddled Thoughts

FIFA 15 review

FIFA is a game you play co-operatively with your computer. This is true of any game, of course; there is no play without the computer's reaction to your inputs. But FIFA requires that you steer eleven footballers in real-time around a pitch you can see less than a third of at any given moment. To make that possible, you're reliant on the computer to take…

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Feature: An Ode To A Spreadsheet

The Videogame Monument I’m Most Proud To Have Built

This isn't about building willies in videogames. Or, well, not literally. I've built castles in Minecraft, multiplayer maps for Half-Life, underground lairs in Dwarf Fortress and, yes, many schlong-shaped monsters in Spore, but the game-related object I'm most proud of creating is a spreadsheet.

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FIFA 15 Highlights The Emotional Intelligence Of Footballers

There's a point in the life cycle of any EA Sports series where, pressured by the need for new yearly features, the game dashes away from the reality of its simulated sport and straight into fantasy. In the old Tiger Woods golf games, that was being struck by lightning to charge up supershots. In FIFA 15, it's positing a world in which footballers have something…

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FIFA 15 Trailer Highlights “Visible Breathing”, “Visible Mud”

There's little I like more than chatting with my co-workers about videogames. Why, it was just earlier today that Adam turned to me and asked, "Hey Graham, what's your favourite gameplay feature?" I responded with something typically pithy, remarking that "My favourite gameplay features is the incredible visuals. For example the whole new level of visuals which bring fully realised arenas with Living Pitches to…

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FIFA 15 Gets E3 2014 Trailer, Is Balls

FIFA 15 is a game that I will definitely play. The latest entry in EA's endless foot-to-ball series will bring the PC version in-line with the next-gen console releases, finally giving us the new physics and graphics engine that console players received last year. It'll also bring one of E3's most hyperbolic trailers, which is embedded below alongside a thousand whiny complaints from me.

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And Another: FIFA 15’s ‘Next Gen’ Engine Coming To PC

For a long time, FIFA games on PC lagged behind their console counter-parts. Then FIFA 11 came out and brought the joy of parity; the PC version was finally the same as the 360 and PS3 releases, with the maximum number of realistic brick falls, awkward tumbling hugs and imprecise auto-passes that the series could muster. Unfortunately FIFA 14 eventually followed and the world was…

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