FUT 15 FUTTIES Marks the End of FIFA 15, Yet No Hype for FIFA 16

According to social media, the anticipation for EA Sports’ FIFA 16 has been nothing but lackluster. Amidst the FIFA corruption scandal, FUT Price Range Update and inclusion of women international teams, there are numerous issues that could potentially hinder the sales of FIFA 16. In addition, EA’s recent E3 FIFA 16 release was much to be desired. The PR department for EA Sports are working over time to include FUT giveaways like never before to appease frustrated fans.

The developer recently announced that starting on July 1 all fans of the football simulation title will be able to vote in the new FUTTIES awards. They are designed to celebrate the best players included in the Ultimate Team mode for the title. To illustrate an example, EA Sports have given every FUT player a free Daniel Sturridge on a 5 game loan, due to the Liverpool man scoring the most goals in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.

There’s no doubt that EA are troubled and are looking to announce more new features over the course of the summer. These giveaways are also a tell-tale sign that FIFA 15 is more or less over with. Anticipation is growing for FIFA 16, but EA has yet to release a convincing and exciting feature.

FIFA 15 FUTTIES

Below, you’ll find the full detail of the new FUTTIES special in-form cards:

Starting July 1, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite FIFA Ultimate Team players in 10 award categories celebrating their in-game heroics for your FUT Club. After the votes have been tallied, each award category player with the most votes will receive a special pink FUTTIES in-form with improved stats. Get ready to show your support for the players you love in FIFA Ultimate Team!

While you wait for the voting to begin, we’ll be giving away something special. According to our data, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is the top scorer in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team with over 80 million goals scored in total. To celebrate FUT’s top goal scorer, we are giving away a pink FUTTIES Daniel Sturridge on a five match loan to everyone! You simply need an active FUT account on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 3.

Pink FUTTIES Daniel Sturridge will be available in FIFA Ultimate Team once the award category players with the most votes have been announced.

The voting will take place on our official forum. Sign up now if you haven’t! Stay tuned for info on the FUTTIES categories and the voting process. Good luck, and we hope you’re looking forward to the FUTTIES!

-The FIFA Team

FIFA 16 Release Information

FIFA 16 will use a new slogan, Play Beautiful, which emphasizes the way the core mechanics have been re-designed to allow gamers to create the best moment from real-world matches.

On the defensive, a new range of options is offered for tackles, and there are new ways to use the entire team to protect the goalkeeper. Not to mention, the goalkeeper AI has been improved

Midfielders have more options when it comes to passes and for attackers EA Sports is adding the no ball dribble ability and more options when they place shots on goal.

No details about the Ultimate Team mode and its evolution have been offered so far.

FIFA 16 will be offered on the PC, the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and older consoles, albeit with fewer features, on September 22nd.

FIFA 16 Will have Improved Gameplay Mechanics and Agile Defenders

According to EA Sports producer Nick Channon, developers are making improvements to gameplay systems within Fifa 16 to take everything up a notch.

We have heard similar statements before, so take things lightly.

Developers wanted to use this year to take a step back and look at the game as a whole. Look at everything that we do, all the systems that we have… how do we bring the level up everywhere and how can we innovate? It’s as simple as that really, we’re looking at every system within our game and innovating within them all.

He noted that developers have been actively listening to feedback from player, particularly regarding better midfield-play and defending.

Balance between attacking and defending is improved and players will notice defenders doing better to keep up with the wingers.

In Fifa 15, we saw players like Messi, Ronaldo, Bale running past defenders with ease, but due to increased agility, defenders will give a hard-time to attackers in Fifa 16.

Check out the full video interview above and let us know if you are impressed with Fifa 16 or not. Fifa will release later this year on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Australia, France move on

Substitute Kyah Simon put herself in the perfect spot to make a winning shot.

She got it done in the 80th minute, tapping in a rebound to lead Australia to a 1-0 win over Brazil 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

A well placed ball from substitute Katrina Gorry found Lisa De Vanna charging down the right side of the field. De Vanna’s shot was blocked by Brazilian goalkeeper Luciana, but the rebound went right to Simon, who scored the first goal conceded by Brazil in the tournament.

“All that was going through my head was to be there in case (the goalkeeper) fumbled it,” said Simon, who had been substituted into the game just 16 minutes before the goal. “It just so happened that the ball fell at my feet and I got the tap-in.”

It was also a bit of deja-vu for the Aussie, who scored her very first international goal against another team from Brazil.

“It kind of brought back flashbacks,” she said. “I was only 16 years at that age, and it was kind of ironic going on the field. I fell back to that moment and felt what an amazing moment it would be if I could do that again.”

There was no scoring in the first 45 minutes despite aggressive play from both teams.

The best chance before half came at the 28th minute, when Brazil’s Formiga launched a booming shot from outside the box on target for the top, right-hand side of the net, but it was deflected up and over by Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

Australian coach, Alen Stajcic called the win “exhilarating,” and said he felt good with his team’s attacking style.

“I think we’re one of the most dangerous teams at the World Cup if not the most dangerous team in going forward,” he said.​

France rolls into next round

Marie Laure Delie scored two goals to help France beat South Korea 3-0 and advance to the quarterfinals.

France will play Germany on Friday here at Olympic Stadium, where the French-speaking crowd serenaded Les Bleues with their national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” German coach Silvia Neid was in the stands, scouting her next opponent after her team beat Sweden 4-1 in Ottawa on Saturday.

Delie scored in the fourth minute and Elodie Thomis made it 2-0 in the eighth. Then France scored again in the 48th minute when Eugenie Le Sommer brought the ball to the end line and passed it back to Delie in the middle.

Delie received a standing ovation from the France fans in the crowd when she left in the 84th minute for a substitute.

The first half had a lengthy delay when South Korean goalkeeper Jungmi Kim needed medical attention after taking an elbow — from one of her own teammates — to her cheek while leaping for a ball that was lobbed into the box.

She remained in the game with her cheek bandaged, but she took another hit later in the half.

Delie has made a habit of scoring quickly.

Her header just 34 seconds into the group-stage finale against Mexico sparked a 5-0 rout that helped Les Bleues overcome — if not forget — their loss to Colombia that was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

The Matildas Are Headed To The Cover of FIFA 16

Last night the Matildas beat Brazil to reach the Quarter Finals of Women’s World Cup. Now we’ve discovered that, in Australia, one member of Australia’s national women’s soccer team will appear on the cover of FIFA 16.

This news comes in the wake of EA’s inclusion of women to the FIFA series.

EA is putting it to a vote: either Katrina Gorry, Stephanie Catley or Kyah Simon will make the cover alongside Lionel Messi this year. You can make your choice here.

At this exact moment Stephanie Catley seems to be in the lead, but Kyah Simon did herself a few favours by scoring the winning goal against Brazil, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a spike in voted for her as a result.

Congrats to the Matildas for making history against Brazil, becoming the first Australian team to make it this far in any World Cup. And kudos to EA for finally bringing women’s soccer to FIFA, and putting women on the cover of the game. Great news all round.

FIFA 16 vs PES 2016 Neymar Jr. Screenshots

Both FIFA 16 and PES 2016 released new screenshots showcasing Neymar Jr.

As you can see above, this is a new screenshot of Neymar Jr. in FIFA 16. He’s posing with Barcelona. EA Sports released this new screenshot to celebrate the team’s recent win at the UEFA Champions League.

PES2016_Neymar_01

Next up, we have Neymar Jr. as he appears in PES 2016. He’s the cover star for the new PES game. Konami is going all out this year to make PES as strong as it can be.

Comparing the two screenshots of FIFA 16 and PES 2016, I have to say PES 2016 has the edge in this round. Neymar Jr looks cleaner and more vibrant. The graphics in FIFA 16 don’t look as bright.

PES 2016 has a slight graphical edge as it’s using the FOX Engine. This is the same graphics engine that powers Metal Gear Solid V. EA Sports is just using its Ignite game engine for FIFA 16.

Obviously, graphics aren’t everything when it comes to video games. In more recent years, fans have preferred FIFA over the PES series. Also, FIFA games usually outsell PES by a large margin.

PES 2016 could make some strides over FIFA 16 as it still has the lucrative UEFA license. FIFA on the other hand have added women for the very first time.

PES 2016 Leaps Ahead FIFA 16 with New Features and Cover Star Neymar Jr

Konami is set to reveal full details of their next Pro Evolution Soccer installment, PES 2016, tomorrow, June 12. PES is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and have laid stake to the soccer gaming market with their slogan “The Pitch is Ours.” PES 2016 has jumped the gun ahead of its competitor, EA Sports’ FIFA 16, in hopes of luring fans to their franchise.

SEE: KONAMI retains UEFA License, No Champions League for FIFA 16

Neymar’s Excitement

Konami has already announced that Barcelona treble winner, Neymar Jr., is set to be cover star for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Players who preorder the game will be able to use Barcelona winger in myClub, more details will be coming in a couple days.

Neymar Jr. was ecstatic about his feature on the cover for PES 2016, stating “This is a real honor for me to be cover star for PES 2016.”

The Brazilian star further added:

The series has long been praised for its sheer level of control and utter realism and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team as Konami. I am fascinated by the huge amount of work involved in putting together the game and ensuring the world’s top players look and play just like the real things, and cannot wait to see myself in action as soon as possible.

Neymar has clearly given his stamp of approval for PES 2016. In the trailer below, we see uncanny similarity with real life players, in both attitude and image. The crowd seems more interactive, but the graphics are seemingly lacking. Take a look for yourself.

PES 2016 Expected Release Date

Historically Konami has always released the game within a week (before or after) of FIFA’s release but last year konami pushed the release date to 11 November more than month and half later than FIFAs release. In hope of to get away from the competition but that did not go very well in terms of sales.

PES 2012 – 27 September 2011 (USA), 14 October (Europe)
PES 2013 – 20 September 2012 (Europe), 25 September (USA)
PES 2014 – 20 September 2013 (UK), 24 September (USA)
PES 2015 – 11 November 2014 (USA) & 13 November (Europe)
Konami’s PES team has moved their operation offices to UK, so we can expect the game to be available first in UK and Europe followed by North America and other regions.

Germany smash records as Fiji’s fairy tale ends

THE DAY REPLAYED – The final day of group matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 once again offered plenty of excitement. While Germany and Brazil’s had already secured their places in the next round, the race for the last 16 continued behind the two leaders in Groups E and F.

The day began with an assured 5-1 win for the Germans against Honduras, who must now pack their bags and head for home home. Meanwhile Uzbekistan – still in last place with no points before kick-off – beat Fiji 3-0 to leap into second place and qualify directly for the knockout stages, a result that brings the Pacific islanders’ World Cup adventure to an end after three matches.

As evening fell, Brazil had clear difficulties breaking through Korea DPR’s tightly packed defence and only managed to shine in the second half, while Nigeria secured the runner-up spot with a 2-0 victory against Hungary.

The African side’s reward for this achievement is a last-16 encounter with a sharp-shooting Germany, while Hungary face an all-European duel with Serbia. Fans in New Plymouth, meanwhile, will be treated to a South American derby on Wednesday as Brazil take on Uruguay.

Results
Group E
Hungary 0-2 Nigeria
Brazil 3-0 Korea DPR

Group F
Honduras 1-5 Germany
Fiji 0-3 Uzbekistan

Goal of the day
Brazil 2-0 Korea DPR, Jean Carlos (66’)
Christchurch witnessed a flash of Brazilian footballing wizardry midway through the second half. A throw-in landed at the feet of Jean Carlos while he still had his back to goal. In the blink of an eye, the striker turned, tricked his way past two defenders and fired an unstoppable strike into the bottom-left corner.

Memorable moments
Sunday outing
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Christchurch, the blazing sunshine prompted many families to head down to the stadium to watch two enthralling U-20 World Cup encounters. The crowd of 15,298 not only created a wonderful atmosphere but were treated to quite a spectacle, as Germany and Honduras scored a total of six goals in the afternoon before Brazil added a further three that evening to round off a thoroughly enjoyable family day out.

The impenetrable goal
Brazil would have been excused for pulling their hair out during their game against Korea DPR. Despite dominating the match in the first half, the ball just would not cross the line, as demonstrated by one scarcely believable moment in the 30th minute. After an impressive solo run from Judivan, Malcolm picked up the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty area, but his shot was deflected by Kim Kuk Chol straight to the feet of Guilherme. The unmarked 19-year-old reacted instantaneously, but could only steer his effort onto the post rather than into the empty net. From there the ball bounced back across goal, where Judivan and Boschilia managed to send it over the crossbar together from five yards out.

Long-distance throwing
Although goalkeepers are normally deployed to prevent goals from being scored, Nigerian custodian Joshua Enaholo proved to be an equally effective provider in his side’s match against Hungary. Hurling a throw-out well over the halfway line, he caught Hungary’s high defensive line off-guard. His throw landed in the path of Taiwo Awoniyi, who skipped past the sole remaining opponent and slotted the ball home to give Nigeria an unassailable 2-0 lead. Enaholo, having claimed an assist, celebrated exuberantly with his team-mates in true African style.

The stat
16 – Germany have been in fine scoring form during their three group matches, finding the net 16 times and breaking two records in the process. Frank Wormuth’s players surpassed the record for most goals scored in the group stages held by Brazil since 1997 (15) while at the same time beating their own previous best of 14 strikes set in 1987.

The words
“To have a chance of going through at the last game was a dream, but unfortunately the dream didn’t come true. Nevertheless, this campaign has already worked wonders for football in Fiji, not only for the players but also for our football association. The country had a team at a World Cup for the first time and one that proved we can compete at this level. The players have shown everyone, but most importantly themselves, that they can make the most of an opportunity when they get one. It has been an amazing experience for Fiji.” Frank Farina, Fiji coach

Next matchday
Wednesday 10 June 2015

Round of 16
Ukraine – Senegal, 19:30 (Auckland)
Ghana – Mali, 16:00 (Wellington)
Serbia – Hungary, 16:00 (Dunedin)
USA – Colombia, 19:30 (Wellington)

FIFA 16 vs PES 2016: The Big Fight for Supremacy

We are back into that time of the year when two of the biggest football titles in the world lock horns to establish supremacy in the industry.

While EA has been a sort of undisputed leader in terms of popularity, with its FIFA series, Japanese heavyweight Konami has turned up the heat on EA with its PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) series. The current year will see both of them try to capture the market with their respective titles, again.

EA may have all the licences to the game (barring one) compared to Konami, but it still needs to up its gameplay quotient each year so as not to lag in the race. Moreover, Konami boasts of the licence to the UEFA Champions League that FIFA fans have been crying out for so long.

With both the developers’ new titles – EA’s FIFA 16 and Konami’s PES 2016 – arriving soon, here’s a comparison that may indicate who is likely to have the upper hand in the long run.

Licencing and Management
This is one area where EA gets the better of the competition each year. Like every other FIFA title, the new FIFA 16 is also coming with as many real life teams and leagues that one can think of. Back in the day, FIFA 15 was blessed with 25 licenced championships and EA will look to build upon that.

Thus far, one of the biggest revelations for FIFA 16 has been the inclusion of international women’s teams. This is surely something that’s new and could see EA gain maximum advantage over Konami in this two-horse race.

That Konami severely needs some licencing deals for its PES franchise is evident from the list of funny and unreal names they place for the teams they cannot licence.
For instance, while the company did have Liverpool’s licencing not long ago, it’s now branded the team as Merseyside Red. For instance, we have no idea what ‘Mohammad Lewis Stadium’ is.

Konami does have the all-important licence for hosting the UEFA Champions League in its game. It’s the proverbial silver lining in the cloud. However, we are hopeful that things will get better for PES going forward (or maybe not).

Gameplay Mechanics
This is where the real race begins for both the franchises. Sure, Konami doesn’t always manage to give you all the licenced teams and leagues in the business, but they know how to make that up with some scintillating gameplay mechanics. It has been doing just that since the days of PlayStation 2.

With PlayStation 2, Konami found the perfect chemistry for its PES series, and that excited all those who enjoy a good game of footie with their friends after the final whistle is gone. The passes had to be calculated, each game felt like a major battle for survival and it was quite an ordeal to get into the scoresheet.

But that was a long, long time ago.

Since then, EA has more than understood the gravity of the situation and the rival it’s dealing with, and has considerably upped its gameplay mechanics. The developer brought in improved AI, more human-like players (Messi and Ronaldo don’t count), realistic ball control and dynamism.

That being said, Konami witnessed a sort of renaissance with the previously released PES 2015. The game was quite the upgrade from its predecessors and introduced an even smarter AI presence that sometimes required more cohesion than FIFA 15 to get within touching distance of the goal.

With PES 2106, though, Konami will look to keep the thing going. But if it could further up the gameplay mechanics from the last one, a few folks over at EA will surely witness beads of sweat on their foreheads.

Player Realism

As far as player realism is concerned, few would disagree that Konami had the better of EA in that department in the last few years. With Konami’s PES 2016, player realism reached an entirely new level and fans were often jumping with joy seeing the perfect reincarnation of their real life stars in the game.

EA, however, had some ground to make up on that one. Back in the day, the likes of FIFA 2007 and FIFA 2008 offered reincarnations of players that were, well, less than satisfactory. Most of them looked like machines and nowhere near to their real-life counterparts. Maybe that’s where EA lost a few of its faithful to Konami.
But in the last few years, EA has made a point not to repeat the mistakes of the past. And hence we have all the Rooneys and Ronaldos that look so similar to the original ones. This has been achieved thanks to perfect detailing capabilities that EA takes up so seriously before each game hits the market.

Multiplayer
EA holds the upper hand here, undoubtedly. FIFA has always gained from whatever EA has learnt in the multiplayer department, from the likes of Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed. And we don’t see any reason why the same won’t fall in place for FIFA 16 as well.

However, Konami still lacks multiplayer features for its PES franchise. But with PES 15 already laying the ground work for that, we expect good things in the multiplayer department for PES 2016.

The Verdict
Expect another massive battle when both PES 2016 and FIFA 16 hit the stores. However, we have a feeling that EA will hold all the major cards heading into this poker game, as always, thanks to its top licencing deals, real stadiums and leagues and a great online presence.

But let’s not write off PES 2016 just yet.

Fifa 16 release date will be September 2; no 3DS, Vita versions, EA Sports rep says

It’s a good news and bad news situation for fans awaiting the release of FIFA 16.

Based on a report by Fifa16 News, while the official release date for the popular football simulation game has been officially announced for September 26, it looks like it will not be available for all consoles.

According to a representative from EA Sports, the game will be available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 but there are no details yet if it will be released on other platforms.

“With regards to FIFA 16, there isn’t a Vita or 3DS version. We don’t have any further detail on the mobile version but will be sure to share with you when we hear more,” he said in an interview with Pocket Gamer.

It is also unknown whether the game will get Nintendo Wii and Wii U devices as these were not mentioned in the official press releases.

The much awaited game has become controversial lately because of the inclusion of 12 National Women’s League Teams to the roster.

The decision to include the new teams drew mixed reactions from the fans with some poking fun at having women in the FIFA setting and their efficiency in the field if it was set in real life, reported Metro.

“Can’t believe they are putting women teams in Fifa 16 “Out for the season due to pregnancy,” said one Twitter user.

“Very cool that FIFA 16 has finally put Women’s National Team in the game. No reason not to and should bring a larger population to the game,” another responded.

An opinion piece by Chris Kerr published on Stuff, said that it’s about time for fans to be more mature about their acceptance of the women’s teams because its merely an option and does not affect the game’s totality.

“Such incessant, brutal ignorance is frustrating, and in this case, just plain wrong. Although most choose not to see it, the game hasn’t changed. Just as Manchester United fans don’t have to play as Manchester City, male players don’t have to use the women’s teams if they don’t want to. The game they know and love is still there, except now, women and men can also step into the studded boots of their female idols if they choose to do so,” he said.

FIFA 16 is not coming to Wii U or 3DS

EA has announced that its upcoming entry in the long-running FIFA series, FIFA 16, will not be coming to any Nintendo platforms — no FIFA 16 on the Wii U or 3DS or Wii.

FIFA is a best seller for EA and the company usually releases the game each year on a variety of platforms. FIFA 16 will be released on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on September 22. In addition to skipping the Nintendo platforms, FIFA 16 won’t be released on the PlayStation Vita either.

Last year, FIFA 15 wasn’t released on the Wii U, but did see a release on the 3DS and the original Wii. 2016 will be the first time there is no FIFA game on a Nintendo platform since 2000, where EA didn’t release FIFA 2001 on the N64 or GameBoy.

This doesn’t come as a huge surprise — EA has been the least supportive third party publisher of the Wii U, and recently, its CEO explained why they don’t focus on the Wii U and other Nintendo platforms.