FIFA 16 FUT Servers Down for Extended Period – October 26, 2015

According to EA Sports FIFA, FIFA 16 servers will be down for maintenance on October 26 for several hours. The scheduled maintenance answers the connection issues suffered by players all across the globe.

FIFA 16 FUT Servers Down for Extended Period – October 26, 2015

This maintenance means that neither the FIFA 16 Web App nor the FIFA 16 Companion App will be working while maintenance is in progress. EA has confirmed the outage over on Twitter as usual, revealing that the FIFA 16 servers will not be back up until 12pm UK time on PS4, Xbox One, PC and other platforms.

Maintenance started earlier this morning UK time at 7am, so EA must be fixing something fairly serious to bring the game completely down for that amount of time. We suspect that there is major game improvement with the maintenance and expect a game update following completion.

For now, let’s anticipate the deadline will extend beyond 12 PM UK time. Return here for status updates on the servers.

Update 12:30 UK time/8:30 EST time: Server maintenance is complete. Access granted for gameplay online.

UK Charts: FIFA 16 Scores Again with No Competition

FIFA 16 easily topped the UK Charts for a fourth consecutive week. This is thanks to a lack of competition from new releases. In fact, there were no changes within the Top 4. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Destiny: The Taken King, and LEGO Dimensions retain second, third, and fourth place respectively.

There were three major new releases last wee. Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zesteria came in eighth place, and was the only new release to make it into the Top 10. Big Ben’s WRC 5 came in twelfth place, and Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Heroes came in eighteenth place.

Check out the Top 20 below:

FIFA 16 (EA) – 1
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (Sony) – 2
Destiny: The Taken King (Activision) – 3
LEGO Dimensions (Warner Bros.) – 4
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar) – 6
Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft) – 5
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami) – 8
Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco) – Brand New
LEGO Jurassic World (Warner Bros.) – 12
Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft) – 13
Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (Sony) – 15
WRC 5 (Big Ben) – Brand New
Skylanders Superchargers (Activision) – 14
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo) – 7
Mad Max (Warner Bros.) – 11
NBA 2K16 (2K Games) – 9
Rugby World Cup 2015 (Big Ben) – 16
Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix) – Brand New
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) – 18
Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney) – 17

Top 8 FIFA 16 Ultimate Team value-for-money players you should check out

If the new FIFA 16 has successfully deprived you of your sleep and social life, you have no idea the kind of impact the new and improved Ultimate Team mode can have on your life. We have been stuck to it ever since its release and there’s no way we can get out of the addictive black magic that is the new FIFA.

Those who have been a part of the Ultimate Team mode before this would know that it’s next to impossible to get good deals on players in the first few weeks. But that’s where a little smart spending and player-choosing abilities come into contention. Your ultimate goal, however, is to build a solid team.

And in case you think creating a solid team in the first few weeks is tougher than the SATs, here’s a guide to direct you towards players who carry the required statistics to get you started. You can thank us later.

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team: Top 8 Value-For-Money Players

Andres Guardado – 80 Overall – This little Mexican can play almost anywhere on the field. The PSV Eindhoven man’s FUT 16 card shows 83 Pace and 83 Dribbling, apart from 88 Stamina and 82 Short Passing. You can grab him for a little over 800 Coins.

Fernando Llorente – 80 Overall – The Sevilla man may have left his better days behind, but he’s an absolute bargain considering FIFA 16 Ultimate Team. You may not be that impressed by his stats, but the ones like 91 Strength, 82 Finishing and 80 Reactions will surely make a few heads turn. You can get him for some 700 Coins.

Maicon Marques – 76 Overall – Lokomotiv Moscow’s talented Brazilian is all about bringing a bit of pace into the mix. If not anything, his 85 Agility, 93 Pace and 72 Physical should be good enough for your team. The man is available for 750 Coins.

Daley Blind – 80 Overall – The Netherlands may not have qualified for the Euro 2016 in France, but don’t let that fool you, if you are considering the Manchester United defender. Daley, son of Danny, shows some good numbers: 84 Reactions, 80 Interceptions and 92 Stamina, and can be obtained for a little more than 700 Coins.

Filip Djordjevic – 80 Overall – Italian side Lazio has always been known for hard-hitting players, and 28-year-old Djordjevic is just another example of that. The Serbian striker is a real bargain when considering his stats in FIFA 16’s Ultimate Team. For starters, the guy shows 85 Finishing, 90 Strength and 89 Jumping, and is available for 750 Coins.

Frank Lampard – 79 Overall – The ex-Chelsea man is one of the true legends of the game, and is currently playing for American side New York City FC. Even though the Englishman is past his prime, he’s still a big deal when considering him for your team. Lampard shows 75 Dribbling, 82 Shooting and 71 Physical that’s more than good enough. Frankie doesn’t come cheap though, so prepare to shell out some 900 Coins.

James McCarthy – 80 Overall – Pulling in McCarthy into your team is one of the smartest moves you can think of. The Republic of Ireland midfielder, who plays for English side Everton, shows an impressive 81 Physical, 91 Stamina and 78 Defending, and can be obtained for a little over 400 Coins.

Vincent Enyeama – 81 Overall – If you are building a solid team, the one thing you need to think over and over again is the goalkeeping position. However, if you are done thinking and it now hurts your brain, let us direct you to French club Lille’s Nigerian goalie Vincent Enyeama. The guy shows 90 Reflexes, 78 Diving and 80 Handling, and is available for 900 coins.

FIFA 16 Patch 1.02 Update Now Available; New Update from EA Brings Gameplay Improvement, Bug Fixes and More

FIFA 16 has gone through a heap of promotional and controversial phases for the past months before it was formally launched to the public. Now that it has held a steady foot forward, a new patch is introduced and fans have said nothing less than good.

Recently noted by WCCF Tech, the patch 1.02 made for FIFA 16 has done impressively on multiple levels. The updates done have given overall stability improvements, tackling on many items that the community have said something on.
The update was said to have a more optimized goalkeeper rushing, AI, as well as positioning, improved player wage accuracy in Career mode, addressed referee/kit clashes, exploit in Virtual Pro leaderboards and even a shot that misses the top corner, yet called out as a goal. Some other concerns that were taken into consideration were the player clipping while being in the intro sequence in some stadiums, as well as the fixing of the FIFA Trainer button tuning.

FUT items were also touched, such as the fixing of the EA Sports Football Club shared squads that did not show players in FIFA menus, and the relisting of Transfer List items not being able to retain previous price settings. The error message whenever an attempt to apply a contract consumable was also fixed as well as returning users experiencing issues whenever they attempt to rename their own respective clubs. Lastly, the disconnection of the controller in FUT modes was also repaired.

Delivered by Product Reviews, the particular update for FIFA 16 was progressive, and the feel of the game was indeed drastically noticeable. Moist players felt that it was faster, smoother, and that the improvement has really kicked.

Gear Nuke reported that the patch 1.02 is already made available for download, and as this is initially one of the more important corrections given to the title, fans have shown great enthusiasm from here on out, and hope that no further bugs or glitches will occur within the game’s future welfare.

Keep posted for more updates on the outstanding FIFA 16 title by Electronic Arts.

Buy FIFA 16 coins when frustration sets in

The temptation to buy FIFA 16 coins on the cheap is evident when frustration really sets in and the ability to use real world money isn’t anything new. We looked at a number of apps and console games in the past that see some people spending hundreds of pounds, or dollars, on in-game purchases. The Forge of Empires Diamonds would be one example, but how do most people feel about gamers spending real money to get ahead?

You might think parting with just under £8 for over 1000 FIFA Points isn’t a lot, but what if those purchases become addictive and run into a big bill? Most people are smarter than this, although the temptation is very clear when you start to get frustrated and see rare promo packs on offer.

FIFA 16 is free until frustration sets in – we will update our readers with quick reviews during our hands-on time with the most popular football game, also this will be backed up with breaking news in regard to special events and tips as well.

The screenshot below reveals just how much FIFA points cost for the latest game in dollar amounts. As you can see, you get 750 points for $7.49 and in the UK it’s £7.99 for 1000 points. Of course, £1 is about $1.51 and for some they would never considering parting with real money in any game.

This screenshot shows you how much it costs to purchase FIFA Points that allow players to quickly open Gold Premium packs, enter into the FUT Draft for further rewards, and many other items when they become available for a lot of coins. This is why a select few players try to buy coins in FIFA 16 and past games, as it could be cheaper than using money through official channels, or even try to find a FUT coins hack and cheats.

You should also download the companion app, or visit the FIFA 16 web app each day to receive a free gift. This will mostly be a free pack or coins, as seen in the photo below that we received today when opening the app on an iPhone.

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FIFA Points help you do things a lot quicker in the game and you won’t have to look far for those that just can’t wait, of course this system is how EA Sports make a lot of money and they will do their best to protect it. The whole FUT system isn’t built around spending real world money like other games, so this more relaxed approach is welcoming.

Other titles, especially online only games like Forge of Empires, tempt you to spend real world money everywhere you go. This is a smart move by their developers and because the game is totally free, it’s also understandable why they need to integrate such systems. FIFA 16 and FUT are totally different, but if you break easy then you won’t need to look far to spend money on FIFA Points.

Would you part with real cash in FIFA 16 and Ultimate Team to speed up the process? If not, then share your tips on how you like to gain lots of coins fast without parting with real money.

FIFA 16 review

Reviewing FIFA 16 for PC is a tricky proposition. Sure, EA Canada has yet again laid out an all encompassing soccer smörgåsbord that boasts immaculate presentation and dizzying production values. Yet it’s hard to fight off the feeling this season’s effort feels more like a glorified DLC pack, rather than the full priced annual update you’d hope for.

No Touch Dribbling. Dynamic Crossing. Clinical Finishing. Confidence In Defending. Interception Intelligence. Good lord does EA love a capitalised buzz phrase. Unfortunately, most of this year’s supposedly new on-pitch features translate into diddly squat when you’re looking for tangible, easily felt improvements over FIFA 15.

Nearly everything that was right and wrong on the field last year remains in FIFA 16. That means slightly floaty shooting, fiddly tackling, lots of wing play and many an unspectacular tap-in dribbling over the line. Of course, it also means an incredibly solid passing game, with emphasis on satisfying buildup play and ferociously whipped in crosses. In other words, EA’s chart-topping juggernaut still plays a cracking game of football… for the most part.

What little that has changed revolves around subtly tinkered with passing on the ground. Previously, the FIFA community would complain that zipping the ball about a packed midfield was like a giant game of human pinball being played out between 22 millionaires. Now, though, stroking the ball even 10 yards between midfielders can feel downright glacial, with passes demonstrably slower than they were last year.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing—it certainly gives FIFA 16 a more realistic tempo—but given the fact many matches against the CPU are already unspectacular, low-scoring affairs, it leaves you with an experience that feels diligent, thoughtful, yet ultimately a little—whisper it—boring.

FIFA 16 may occasionally give into the Dull Side of the Force, but at least it’s progressive in other areas. At long last women are represented in a football game. Considering the impact last year’s terrific Women’s World Cup had on broadening the appeal of the sport, this is a welcomingly inclusive move on EA’s part.

The 12 national women’s sides offered might be a little stingy in number, but it’s a start and at least an effort has been made to ensure their matches feel different from the men’s game. The action is slower and more deliberate. Slightly more languid turning circles mean dribbling in tight spaces is difficult, encouraging a more robust style of passing. I found the altered pace refreshing.

Whether playing as men or women, FIFA’s life-swallowing online offering is stronger than ever. EA’s streamlined matchmaking is so confident and reliable at this point, instantly hopping into lag-free multiplayer matches is something you instantly take for granted. And of course, FIFA Ultimate Team (the absurdly addictive card-collecting mode) is back and remains the crowning jewel. This time, the headline addition is FUT Draft; a set of one-off tournaments that reward you for putting together winning streaks. The bigger the run of victories, the better the prizes—I bagged three Premium Gold Packs for a three-match win streak, one of which gave me Messi and Aguero as loan players.

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This being 2015, these juicy card prizes don’t come for free. You have to cough up 15,000 FUT coins or 300 FIFA points to enter a Draft tournament—the latter costing roughly £1/$1 of real money per 100 points. While you can still play the rest of FUT for free and have a grand old time winning games as you build up the Chemistry rating of your team by tweaking your squad and formation, EA’s love of micro-transactions is a reminder that FIFA 16 isn’t exactly great value for money. At £50/$60 for the standard edition, the lack of significant on-field improvements grates.

Make no mistake: this is still an exhaustive package. There are enough licensed teams, leagues and spot-on player likenesses here to, well, launch your own brown-envelope-free rival governing body. And, unlike PES 16’s pitiful PC showing, FIFA 16 is a cracking port that runs well on a variety of rigs—I played on a (admittedly monstrous) 980 TI, and the subsequent 4K/unfaltering 60fps action was totally sumptuous.

Technical triumph aside, there’s no denying EA’s soccer goliath is resting on its considerable laurels. Between FIFA 09-12, each new entry introduced bold new revisions—think 360-Degree Dribbling and Tactical Defending—which had a transformative effect on the actual football year after year. Yet since moving to the Ignite engine, the series has effectively stood still. Is FIFA 16 still the best football sim you can buy on PC? Absolutely. Has it also utterly stagnated over the last two years? You can bet Diego Costa’s hollowed out soul it has.